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Video Story: Masala Bay Celebrates Second Anniversary

Video Story: Masala Bay Celebrates Second Anniversary

Masala Bay, an Indian-Fusion restaurant on Easton Avenue, celebrated its second anniversary Feb. 5 with an in-restaurant party. The Franklin Reporter & Advocate was there to live stream some of the celebration, including a peek in the kitchen of chef/owner Anita Amin and her special naan bread recipe. Masala Bay’s second year anniversary party. Going […]

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ShopRite Dietician Provides Free Health And Wellness Counseling

ShopRite Dietician Provides Free Health And Wellness Counseling

ShopRite of Somerset on Elizabeth Avenue has a new Registered Dietician. Marisa Wagner offers her services at no charge at the store, and joins more than 100 other dieticians at ShopRite stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland. “As we kick off our ‘Fuel Better’ campaign, we’re excited to expand our […]

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Frutta Bowls Latest Entry In Township’s Selection Of Fast-Casual Restaurants

Frutta Bowls Latest Entry In Township’s Selection Of Fast-Casual Restaurants

Another addition to the township’s expanding diverse selection of eating establishments formally opened Jan. 13, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Frutta Bowls, in the Crossroads at Somerset Center, Old New Brunswick Road and Elizabeth Avenue. Partners Dave Malatesta and Dan Jackson opened the health-oriented store a scant six months after deciding to join forces on […]

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Hamilton Street Holiday Lights Troubles Continue, Township May Install Own Poles

Hamilton Street Holiday Lights Troubles Continue, Township May Install Own Poles

If one believed in omens, one might think that the Hamilton Street Advisory Board’s attempt to brighten the business district for the holiday season was doomed from the start. At least for the part of the effort having to do with stringing holiday lights across the street. First, the lights couldn’t be put up in […]

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Local Zoup Franchise Helping In The Fight Against Childhood Hunger

Local Zoup Franchise Helping In The Fight Against Childhood Hunger

Two local business owners are pitching in to help end hunger among children, one cup of soup at a time. Charmayne and Clinton Fleming, the owners of the Zoup! Fresh Soup Company franchise in the Cedar Grove Center on Cedar Grove Lane, are participating in the company wide fundraising effort for No Kid Hungry, an […]

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Unity Bank News: Food Pantry Donations, Employee Bonuses

Unity Bank News: Food Pantry Donations, Employee Bonuses

Unity Bank employees recently donated $1,300 to the Franklin Food Bank and also learned that they will receive a one-time bonus thanks to federal legislation. The township food bank was one of 17 food pantries in New Jersey and Easton, Pa. to receive the donation, according to a press release from the bank. Money for […]

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Live Video Story: WaWa Grand Opening Party Benefits Township Food Bank

Live Video Story: WaWa Grand Opening Party Benefits Township Food Bank

The grand opening of the WaWa convenience store and gas station on Somerset Street on Dec. 15 was part party, part fundraiser. The celebration included music, an “historical” parade and a sub sandwich-making contest, which is where the fundraising came in. Teams from the Franklin Township Police Department and the Community Volunteer Fire Company competed […]

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Franklin Food Bank Benefits From Jeweler’s ‘Round Up For Hunger’ Campaign

Franklin Food Bank Benefits From Jeweler’s ‘Round Up For Hunger’ Campaign

A two-week matching donation program run by a township jeweler resulted in a $1,500 contribution to the Franklin Food Bank. Peter Stavrianidis, owner of Venus Jewelers in the Rutgers Plaza on Easton Avenue, presented the check to Frank Hasner, the food bank’s executive director, at a short ceremony in the store on Dec. 12. The […]

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Somerset Family Therapy Once Again Collects Toys For Tots

Somerset Family Therapy Once Again Collects Toys For Tots

There’s still time to play Santa Claus for local families in need. Somerset Family Physical Therapy, 14M Worlds Fair Drive, is a drop-off point for the Marine Corps Reserves Toys For Tots program, and they’ll be taking donations through Dec. 11. Megan Gonzalez, the practice’s receptionist, brought the program in about three years ago, she […]

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New Focus On Dessert (Italian Style) At Piazza Orsillo

New Focus On Dessert (Italian Style) At Piazza Orsillo

The fact that his business is one of the more established in the township doesn’t stop Damiano Orsillo from trying new things. That was evidenced in November, when Orsillo, owner of Piazza Orsillo Pizzeria and Restaurant on Cedar Grove Lane, introduced a new line of desserts to his menu. He likes them so much that […]

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