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Auditions Tonight for Villagers’ Holiday Offering

Auditions Tonight for Villagers’ Holiday Offering

Auditions for the Villagers Theatre KidsVill holiday show, “Crystal and the Christmas Snowman,” continue at 7 p.m. at the Villagers Theatre, DeMott Lane. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held Oct. 24. The characters are as follows: Josh- 9-11 years old Jessica-11-13 years old Lauren- 13-15 years old Stan the Weather Man- 25+ Father/Foster the Snowman- […]

Council Approves Two-Year, $55,000 ‘Predictive Policing’ Software Contract

Council Approves Two-Year, $55,000 ‘Predictive Policing’ Software Contract

Although Mayor Brian Levine wondered aloud whether the money could be better spent elsewhere, and at least one councilman was unsure of the contract’s term, the Township Council on Oct. 22 voted to spend $55,000 for software that is touted to allow police departments to “predict” where crime will occur. The idea’s champion on the […]

State Biologist Talks Turkey at Environmental Commission Meeting

State Biologist Talks Turkey at Environmental Commission Meeting

Apparently, single young men at 80s dance parties aren’t the only creatures on Earth who talk a lot and strut their stuff to attract the opposite sex. Turns out wild turkeys, do it, too. That and other facts about eastern wild turkeys were offered during a presentation at the Oct. 21 Environmental Commission meeting. Tony […]

In Your Opinion: Connell Responds to Fitzgerald on Substitute Teacher Pay

By Bill Connell, Somerset. This is to address Mr. Fitzgerald’s concerns. Board involvement is what created this concern. Having studied the board for a few years I feel I can speak to it. One of the problems I have noticed with the board budget is set when the state releases the budget at the last […]

Violence, Vandalism and Harrassment Decreasing in Township Schools

Violence, Vandalism and Harrassment Decreasing in Township Schools

Incidents of violence, vandalism and harassment are decreasing in all nine of the district schools, according to a district official. Orvyl Wilson, director of school management, told the Board of Education at its Oct. 17 meeting that not only is there a “downward trend” in all of the categories of violence, vandalism, substance abuse and […]

CROP Walkers Raise Money to End Hunger

CROP Walkers Raise Money to End Hunger

  About 60 people from Franklin and surrounding towns gathered Oct. 20 at the Somerset Presbyterian Church on John F. Kennedy Boulevard for the 40th annual CROP Hunger Walk. The church was the operations center for the walk, which involved members of other area churches including St. Matthias, Holy Trinity Lutheran, First Baptist Church of […]

High School Recognizes Senior Athletes

High School Recognizes Senior Athletes

Franklin Township High School recognized some of its senior athletes at the Oct. 18 football game against Westfield. On hand to help with the celebration were representatives from the township Pop Warner football program and their and cheerleaders, the Franklin Township Athletic Booster Club, and the Sisters Network of Somerset. The students recognized were: Cheerleaders […]

Canal Fest 2013: Food, Fun, Rubber Ducks

Canal Fest 2013: Food, Fun, Rubber Ducks

      The 3rd annual Canal Fest – officially the Delaware & Raritan Canal Festival – in East Millstone was expected to draw thousands of visitors to the historic village on Oct. 19. The event, which benefited the Franklin Township Food Bank, was held along a stretch of Market Street, starting from Amwell Road, […]

Your Opinion: School Board Should Reconsider Substitute Pay Cut

By Mark Fitzgerald, Somerset Dear Board Members; For those present at the board meeting (Oct. 17), you heard from numerous substitute teachers in the district regarding a recent decision to reduce their daily per diem compensation.  The change for many caused their daily rate to be reduced from $110/day to $95/day or $85/day respectively.  This […]

Levine Preparing to Officiate First Same-Sex Marriage

Mayor Brian Levine said Oct. 19 that he’s already been asked by a same-sex couple to perform their marriage. The wedding will occur next week at the municipal building, he said. “I was approached by a same-sex couple for the 24th, which is probably the first day you can do it after the three-day waiting […]