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In Your Opinion: Township Council Sets An Ominous Precedent

By Raleigh Steinhauer, Esq., Somerset. The Township Council’s recent takeover of the Hamilton Street Special Improvement District sets an ominous precedent. And while the Council’s unprecedented actions may not technically be illegal (the point is debatable) they certainly violate the intention of the law. The Hamilton Street Special Improvement District is a Special Improvement District […]

Sparky Lyle Joins The Fight Against Diabetes

Sparky Lyle Joins The Fight Against Diabetes

Bridgewater, NJ – American Diabetes Association’s Northern New Jersey Market has announced that Sparky Lyle, a Major League Baseball Cy Young Award winner (1977) and Manager Emeritus of the Somerset Patriots, will join Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes as the Honorary Chair. Lyle, who was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, will drive fundraising and […]

Momentum Advisors Wins $100K Grant

Momentum Advisors Wins $100K Grant

A township-based wealth management firm was named one of two $100,000 grant recipients from the Toigo Institute for Leadership Excellence Advancement and Diversity (I-LEAD)’s “Bridge to Business Initiative.” The firm, Momentum Advisors, was founded by township resident Allan Boomer, a Toigo Fellow. The program’s mission is to support the successful launch and growth of Toigo alumni-owned […]

High School Students Offered Taste Of Police Training Through ‘Police Youth Week’

High School Students Offered Taste Of Police Training Through ‘Police Youth Week’

Franklin High School students who may be interested in police work can get a taste of the training during a 5-day “Police Youth Week” program at the Somerset County Police Academy in Hillsborough. The program, open to all Somerset County high school students – including those who will be entering high school and graduating seniors […]

25th Annual Tour de Franklin Fundraiser For Food Bank Set

25th Annual Tour de Franklin Fundraiser For Food Bank Set

The 25th Annual Tour de Franklin fundraiser for the Franklin Township Food Bank is set for April 27. The event, which features events ranging from a 62-mile bike tour to a 1-5 mile ride or walk, is the main fundraising event of the year for the township food bank. Events begin at 7:30 a.m. at […]

Snow Storms Cost Township $310,000 And 30 Mailboxes

Snow Storms Cost Township $310,000 And 30 Mailboxes

This year’s rash of heavy snow storms has forced the township to so far spend about 2.5 times the average in snow removal costs. This year’s cost is about $310,000, said township manager Bob Vornlocker. The yearly average, he said, is about $125,000. The extra money will come from the township’s snow trust fund, into […]

UPDATE: Quail Brook And Spooky Brook Golf Courses Open For Season

UPDATE: Quail Brook And Spooky Brook Golf Courses Open For Season

Update: Quail Brook golf course on New Brunswick Road is also open now. Franklin Township duffers can break out the plaid pants now that the Spooky Brook Golf Course in Colonial Park is open for play. Spooky Brook joins the Neshanic Valley Golf Course in opening for the season. All five of the Somerset County […]

Township Council Awards Contracts, Makes Purchases

Purchases worth $53,950 and a number of professional and service contracts were awarded by the Township Council at the March 11 meeting. The council approved the $44,000 purchase of technical support for land development software from Spatial Data Logic of Somerset through Feb. 28, 2015. The software is used by a number of township departments, […]

Township Council Introduces Anti-Fracking Ordinance

Township Council Introduces Anti-Fracking Ordinance

Although they’re not sure it would ever happen in Franklin, the Township Council at its March 11 meeting introduced an ordinance to ban fracking. The vote was not unanimous; Mayor Brian Levine (R), saying there really isn’t any opportunity for the practice within township borders, voted against it. The amendment to the township’s quarrying and […]

In Your Opinion: Should You Pay The Whole Bill?

By Bill Connell, Somerset. I was at work approving invoices and it reminded me of a question I have.  When approving invoices I ask myself two questions. Did they provide the service? and is there any reason not to pay the bill? What I am about to ask has been asked of the board but […]