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Environmental Commission Hears Presentation On Spotted Lanternfly Threat

Environmental Commission Hears Presentation On Spotted Lanternfly Threat

Somerset County was recently added to the list of quarantined counties by state agricultural officials trying to battle an invasive insect that can wreak havoc if left unchecked. Somerset County joins Burlington, Camden, Hunterdon, Mercer, Salem, and Warren counties in that quarantine declared by the state Department of Agriculture. The culprit is the Spotted Lanternfly, […]

‘Forest Bathing’ at Colonial Park Gardens

‘Forest Bathing’ at Colonial Park Gardens

The Colonial Park Gardens staff will present a unique program, “Forest Bathing,” on Saturday, September 7 at the Colonial Park Gardens, Parking Lot A. The program will run from noon to 2 p.m. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, which translates as “forest bathing”, is intended to help foster a connection with nature that feeds the […]

Open Space Committee Recommends Fine-Tuning To Hunting Program

Open Space Committee Recommends Fine-Tuning To Hunting Program

The number of permits for most of the township’s hunting sites should be increased for the 2019-20 hunting season, the township Open Space Advisory Committee decided at its June 18 meeting. Committee members hope that doing so will increase the number of deer culled during the season, and continue the upward trend in numbers seen […]

More Than 100 Turn Out To Clean Stream In Honor Of John Clyde

More Than 100 Turn Out To Clean Stream In Honor Of John Clyde

An estimated 150 people gathered at the Franklin-New Brunswick border on Hamilton Street April 13 to carry on the legacy of the man who started the township stream cleanings decades ago. The inaugural John Clyde Memorial Stream Cleanup at Mile Run was attended by township residents and representatives, as well as by members of a […]

Somerset County ‘Walk, Bike, Hike’ Project Brought Out For Public Review And Comment

Somerset County ‘Walk, Bike, Hike’ Project Brought Out For Public Review And Comment

SOMERVILLE – With a labyrinth of proposed bike lanes and shared use paths, Franklin Township figures to play a large role in Somerset County’s “Walk, Bike, Hike Somerset County” plan. The plan, still in its early stages, outlines the first stage of upgrades and redesigns for the county’s trails and bike systems, according to a […]

‘Drive Electric Earth Day’ Features Benefits Of Electric Vehicles

‘Drive Electric Earth Day’ Features Benefits Of Electric Vehicles

The township Green Team and Environmental Commission are hosting a Drive Electric Earth Day from 5:30-8 p.m. April 23 in the township Community/Senior Center parking lot, off DeMott Lane. Sponsored by Plug-In America, the event will feature more than a dozen models of electric vehicles, including the best selling Tesla Model 3, according to a […]

Two Somerset Women Among Newest Somerset County Master Gardener Intern Class

Two Somerset Women Among Newest Somerset County Master Gardener Intern Class

Two township women are among 12 newly minted interns of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County program. Amy Xiang and Karen Davis, both of Somerset, completed their six months of horticultural training, and graduated earlier this month. The educational part of the curriculum focused on botany, soil, lawn care, pruning techniques, entomology, pest and disease […]

Arbor Day Celebration Set For Naaman Williams Park

Arbor Day Celebration Set For Naaman Williams Park

A tree planting and tree giveaway at Naaman Williams Park on Matilda Avenue will mark the township’s commemoration of Arbor Day. The April 27 event is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The township Shade Tree Commission is sponsoring the event, at which 225 tree seedlings will be given away. The seedling […]

‘West Side Story’ Presented at Franklin High School

‘West Side Story’ Presented at Franklin High School

Franklin High School presents the musical “West Side Story” at 7:30 p.m. April 5, 6, 12 and 13, and 2:30 p.m. April 14. West Side Story is a musical inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in an Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid 1950s, […]

Volunteers Help Clean Up Six Mile Run Property

Volunteers Help Clean Up Six Mile Run Property

About 45 people gathered at an abandoned farm house in the Six Mile Run state park March 16 to help clean up a bit of Franklin Township history. Organized by former Mayor Chris Kelly, the group – which included Boy Scouts, politicians and a geo-caching group – spent several hours climbing in and around the […]

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