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Trails Advisory Committee Photo Contest Winners Announced

Trails Advisory Committee Photo Contest Winners Announced

Six township residents came up winners in the annual photo contest sponsored by the township Trails Advisory Committee. Five of the winners received their prizes at the Sept. 12 committee meeting. The winners will have their photos featured in the committee’s upcoming calendar. The winners are: Overall winner: Corrine Prochazka Adult Photo Contest Navjot Singh […]

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Connect with Nature at Colonial Park Gardens ‘Forest Bathing’

Connect with Nature at Colonial Park Gardens ‘Forest Bathing’

The Colonial Park Gardens staff will present a unique program, “Forest Bathing,” on Sunday, September 9 at the Colonial Park Gardens, Parking Lot A. The program will run from noon to 2:00 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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$52 Million D&R Canal Dredging Project Underway

$52 Million D&R Canal Dredging Project Underway

The $52 million Delaware & Raritan Canal dredging project is underway. The entire project is expected to take four years, although actual dredging will occur in 2018, 2019 and 2020, according to the New Jersey Water Supply Authority’s web site on the project. During this stage of the project, the canal is closed to boaters […]

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Township Observes ‘National Farmers Market Week’

Township Observes ‘National Farmers Market Week’

The township observed the end of National Farmers Market Week Aug. 11 with a special versio of its own market. Organized by the Farmers market Coalition, National Farmers Market Week “is a great opportunity to show the nation how much value markets bring to their communities,” according to the organization’s web site. Rainy weather pushed […]

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Updated: Open Space Committee: Grassland Preserves Should Be Closed To Hikers For Two Months To Allow For Hunting

Updated: Open Space Committee: Grassland Preserves Should Be Closed To Hikers For Two Months To Allow For Hunting

Update: The Township Council on July 10 adopted the recommendations made by the Open Space Advisory Committee, the Trail Advisory Committee and the Agricultural Advisory Committee, all of which change the hunting program from what it was this past season. Changes were made to the 2017-18 hunting season to allow for more non-hunting use of […]

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Six Of 12 Transco Environmental Permits Deficiencies Tied To Gas Compressor Station

Six Of 12 Transco Environmental Permits Deficiencies Tied To Gas Compressor Station

  Half of the deficiencies that threatened to scuttle necessary state environmental permits for a natural gas pipeline project, before an 11th-hour withdrawal of the permit applications, were connected to the part of that project which falls in Franklin Township. The township is slated to be home to a 32,000-horsepower gas compressor station, part of […]

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Open Space Committee Rejects Plan For ‘Peace And Nonviolent’ Monument Park At Consolata

Open Space Committee Rejects Plan For ‘Peace And Nonviolent’ Monument Park At Consolata

A proposed “Peace and Non-Violence” monument park should not be located on the former Consolata property, a township advisory board recommended June 19. Instead, some version of the park should be incorporated into the Memorial Forest at Cedar Grove Lane and Amwell Road, the township Open Space Advisory Committee recommended. The committee also admonished the […]

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Environmental Commission Wants Study Of Fences, Professional Hunters To Control Deer Herd

Environmental Commission Wants Study Of Fences, Professional Hunters To Control Deer Herd

The township Environmental Commission wants the administration to study two vastly different methods of controlling the deer population in Franklin. The first was to look into the cost and feasibility of fencing an approximately quarter-mile stretch of township-owned property along DeMott Lane and, alternatively, look into the cost and feasibility of fencing off that entire […]

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Rose Day Festival at Colonial Park Set For June 9

Rose Day Festival at Colonial Park Set For June 9

On Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park Gardens will be celebrating “Rose Day Festival.” The event will be held at the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden at 156 Mettlers Road, Colonial Par, Lot A, Somerset. The Rose Garden will be in peak bloom […]

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RVCC Biologist: Deer Population Threatens New Jersey’s Forests, Wildlife

RVCC Biologist: Deer Population Threatens New Jersey’s Forests, Wildlife

New Jersey’s forests are in a “crisis” because of the ever-expanding deer population, a Raritan Valley Community College professor told an audience in the Township Council chamber on May 21. Jay Kelly, an associate professor of biology at RVCC, told the several dozen people assembled for the Environmental Commission’s deer and invasive species seminar that […]

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