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School Administrators: We’re ‘Relieved’ By Chauvin Guilty Verdict

School Administrators: We’re ‘Relieved’ By Chauvin Guilty Verdict

The school district’s top administrators on April 20 weighed in on the multiple guilty verdicts against a former Minneapolis police offer for the 2020 murder of George Floyd, saying they were “relieved” by the jury’s decisions, and offered resources for district parents and students who may have been impacted by the trial. Former Minneapolis police […]

Coronavirus Update: Another 18 Positive COVID Test Results

Coronavirus Update: Another 18 Positive COVID Test Results

For the second consecutive day, another 18 Franklin residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, the township Office of Emergency Management reported on April 20. That brings to 5,742 the number of Franklin residents who have tested positive for the virus since mid-March 2020, OEM reported. The deaths of 201 Franklin residents have been attributed […]

Hearings Continue For So. Middlebush Rd. Temple; Lawyer Goes On Attack

Hearings Continue For So. Middlebush Rd. Temple; Lawyer Goes On Attack

A lawyer for some opponents to a proposed 21,000-square-foot temple went on the attack at the April 15 Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, grilling a temple representative on his sect’s practices, and the need for such a large building. It was the fifth zoning board hearing for the application submitted by Dada Bhagwan Vignan Institute, […]

Slight Tax Decrease In Proposed Township 2021 Budget

Slight Tax Decrease In Proposed Township 2021 Budget

Township property owners will see a slight decrease in the municipal portion of their 2021 property taxes under the $63.2 million budget introduced by the Township Council at its April 13 virtual meeting. The $63,243,699.96 budget – which weighs in $274,513.76 less than the 2020 budget – is powered by a local tax levy of […]

J&J Vaccine Pause Hits Home In Franklin

J&J Vaccine Pause Hits Home In Franklin

The decision to pause the distribution of the so-called “Johnson & Johnson” coronavirus vaccine is being felt in Franklin Township. A Somerset County run pop-up vaccination site in the township, which featured the J&J vaccine, lies dormant, and at least one small business is left with doses of the vaccine that expire in about a […]

Township Fines Property Owners Who Demolished Historic Building Without Permits

Township Fines Property Owners Who Demolished Historic Building Without Permits

The owner of Route 27 property located in the Franklin Park Historic District faces $8,000 in fines after they apparently demolished historic buildings without the proper permits. The main building, located at 3011 Route 27, was built in 1840 and sat on the site of Somerset County’s first courthouse, according to Andrew Burian, chairman of […]

Township Council All In For Offering All Types Of Legal Weed Licenses

Township Council All In For Offering All Types Of Legal Weed Licenses

The Township Council on March 23 gave the high sign to supporting all six of the licenses that will be available for the budding legal marijuana industry in New Jersey. Council members unanimously supported a motion made by Councilwoman Kimberly Francois (D-At Large) to introduce and pass ordinances allowing for licenses for the cultivation, manufacturing, […]

Central Jersey College Prep Gets 1,400 Applications For 150 Spots

Central Jersey College Prep Gets 1,400 Applications For 150 Spots

Sponsored Content. Central Jersey College Prep (CJCP), one of the highest-performing public schools in the State of New Jersey, announced today that over 1,400 parents have attempted to enroll their children in the school for the 2021-2022 school year.  CJCP, a public charter school open to all families free of charge within the Somerset, North […]

Township Slated To Receive Nearly $7 Million From Federal COVID Relief Program

Township Slated To Receive Nearly $7 Million From Federal COVID Relief Program

Franklin Township is in line to receive more than $6.8 million in direct, flexible aid through the recently passed federal American Rescue Plan. Franklin’s $6,819,531.17 is the largest amount of the aid earmarked for any Somerset County town, according to a joint press release issued by U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez. Somerset County […]

School District Plans To Expand In-Person Learning On April 19

School District Plans To Expand In-Person Learning On April 19

Students who attend school in person will do so every week – rather than attend school remotely on alternate weeks – starting on April 19, the schools Superintendent said on March 3. Schools Superintendent John Ravally said in a letter to parents that feedback from a recent survey showed district officials that those students who […]