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Proposed ‘Pocket Park’ To Have Public Hearing

Proposed ‘Pocket Park’ To Have Public Hearing

Township residents will have the chance in January to give their opinions on a proposed “pocket park” at New Brunswick Road and Willow Avenue. The Township Council at its November 10 meeting decided to hold a special Council meeting on the second Tuesday in January 2021 to give residents an opportunity to say how they […]

FR&A Photo Gallery: Trails Advisory Committee Photo Contest Winners

FR&A Photo Gallery: Trails Advisory Committee Photo Contest Winners

The winners of the 2020 Trails Advisory Committee’s “Take A Photo From A Trail” photo contest have been announced. The annual contest is open to children and adults and seeks to publicize the benefits of Franklin’s many trails. The categories are each of the areas which host trails. Following are the winning photographs: Bunker Hill […]

No Support For Installing ‘Green Roof’ On Environmental Center

No Support For Installing ‘Green Roof’ On Environmental Center

A bid by a member of the Open Space Advisory Committee to recommend installing a “green roof” on the Bunker Hill Environmental Center got no traction at the Committee’s October 20 virtual meeting. Open Space members didn’t think the location was right for a green roof, and also questioned whether the environmental center building could […]

Annual John Clyde Stream Cleanup Date Set

Annual John Clyde Stream Cleanup Date Set

The annual John Clyde Stream Cleanup is set for 9:30 a.m. to noon September 26 at Seeley’s Run. The annual event, sponsored by the township Environmental Commission, is named after the late former township Mayor who created it. The Commission is partnering with Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership (LRWP), The Watershed Institute (TWI) and others to […]

Proposed Single-Use Plastic Ban Readied, But Its Fate Uncertain

Proposed Single-Use Plastic Ban Readied, But Its Fate Uncertain

A proposed township ban on most single-use plastics is ready after months of work, but the question of whether the Township Council will entertain it remains open. The township’s Environmental Commission spent hours over the last six months agonizing over what would be included in the proposed ordinance, finally settling on most single-use bags, polystyrene […]

Park Commission To Re-open Colonial Park Rose Garden

Park Commission To Re-open Colonial Park Rose Garden

Based on Governor Murphy’s recent Executive Order allowing an increase in the number of people permitted at outdoor gatherings and the lifting of the stay-at-home order, the Somerset County Park Commission will re-open the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden with certain restrictions in place. The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden in […]

Park Commission Reschedules Arbor Day Native Tree Giveaway

Park Commission Reschedules Arbor Day Native Tree Giveaway

The Colonial Park Gardens and Go-Green Committee have rescheduled the Arbor Day Celebration Native Tree Give-Away for Friday, June 19, 2020 at the Colonial Park Gardens, 156 Mettlers Road, Lot F. Curbside pickup of native trees will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Colonial Park Gardens. Information will be provided about each native […]

Coronavirus Update: One More Positive Test, No Deaths

Coronavirus Update: One More Positive Test, No Deaths

One more township resident tested positive for the coronavirus over the previous 24 hours, the township Office of Emergency Management reported on June 3. There were no new deaths attributed to the disease in that time period, OEM said. That brings the total number of positive tests of Franklin residents to 1,218, according to OEM. […]

State DEP Declares Transco NESE Applications Moot, Kills Compressor Station

State DEP Declares Transco NESE Applications Moot, Kills Compressor Station

In a decision based more on a technicality than environmental concerns, state environmental officials have denied a series of applications that would have allowed the construction of a 32,000-horsepower gas compressor station in the southern portion of the township. The decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to deny the permits sought by Texas-based […]

Dual-Stream Recycling Program Expanded In Township

Dual-Stream Recycling Program Expanded In Township

More than 1,000 homes are being added to Somerset County’s dual-stream recycling program in the township. Those added to the program will begin receiving two 65-gallon containers for the recyclables on March 12, according to a notice from the county recycling division. The new recycling program will begin on March 26. In November 2018, about […]

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