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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 […]

Rutgers Master Gardeners’ Helpline Activated March 1

Rutgers Master Gardeners’ Helpline Activated March 1

Starting March 1, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County open their free helpline to provide one-on-one answers for homeowner lawn, garden, and landscaping questions and challenges. Comprised of highly trained volunteers, the Rutgers Master Gardeners are great for supporting the communities needs in plant and insect identification, home landscaping and gardening, weed identification, as […]

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 […]

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