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Proposed Agricultural Heritage Center Presented to Township Council

Proposed Agricultural Heritage Center Presented to Township Council

A plan to turn the Stoothoff-Gunther farmstead on South Middlebush Road into an agricultural historic site was presented to the Township Council at its Nov. 26 meeting. The Franklin Agricultural Heritage Center, as it would be called, would draw an estimated 17,000 visitors a year and provide a place for recreation, education and preservation, the […]

Environmental Commission Gives Thumbs-Up to Proposed Church Re-Design

Environmental Commission Gives Thumbs-Up to Proposed Church Re-Design

Design changes to a proposed church at Cedar Grove Lane and Como Drive were given a positive reception Nov. 18 by the township Environmental Commission. The church, Edison-NJ Tabernacle Church, is scheduled to appear before the township Zoning Board of Adjustment at its January 9, 2014 meeting. The church has been asking for and receiving […]

Former Mayor John Clyde Honored for Trails Committee Work

Former Mayor John Clyde Honored for Trails Committee Work

The Township Council paid homage to one of its own at the Nov. 12 meeting, honoring former Mayor John Clyde with a commendation for his work on the Trails Advisory Committee. Clyde recently resigned from the committee, a member of which he has been since 2005. Clyde resigned “so others could participate as members, Township […]

‘High-Tech Scavenger Hunt’ Launched at Griggstown Grassland Preserve

‘High-Tech Scavenger Hunt’ Launched at Griggstown Grassland Preserve

Think of it as a high-tech scavenger hunt. That’s how some describe geo caching, the sport of finding hidden items on trails, using maps and GPS devices. It’s popular around the world, and on Oct. 27, a northern New Jersey caching group helped launch the trail at the Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve’s Cache Trail off […]

Geo Cachers to Gather at Griggstown Trail

Geo Cachers to Gather at Griggstown Trail

The Franklin Township Griggstown Geo Cache Trail will have its inaugural event at 1 p.m. Oct. 27. Between 50 and 75 “geo cachers” are expected at the event, to be held at the Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve, 1091 Canal Road. Members of the Northern NJ Geo Cachers Association will be at Griggstown to give GeoCache […]

Township Gets $2,000 Recycling Grant

The township has won a $2,000 grant which will be used for a new plastic bag recycling program. Franklin is one of four Somerset County towns – along with the county – being awarded grants through the  Sustainable Jersey small-grants program, which is funded in part by Walmart. The grant will be used for a […]

State Biologist Talks Turkey at Environmental Commission Meeting

State Biologist Talks Turkey at Environmental Commission Meeting

Apparently, single young men at 80s dance parties aren’t the only creatures on Earth who talk a lot and strut their stuff to attract the opposite sex. Turns out wild turkeys, do it, too. That and other facts about eastern wild turkeys were offered during a presentation at the Oct. 21 Environmental Commission meeting. Tony […]

Preliminary Plans Unveiled for New Township Park

Preliminary Plans Unveiled for New Township Park

There may be a new park in the township’s future. Preliminary plans for a new township park on the Catalpa farm property were presented Oct. 15 to the Open Space Advisory Committee. Under its current configuration, the park – as yet unnamed – would feature two cricket pitches, six tennis courts, two softball fields, three […]

‘First Saturday of the Month’ Recycling Drop-off Set

The next First Saturday of the Month drop-off day is Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater. Accepted at the event are up to eight tires – with or without rims, scrap metal, used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze and usual curbside materials, including […]