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August Opening Eyed For Colonial Park Spray Park

August Opening Eyed For Colonial Park Spray Park

August 1 is the hopeful opening day for the new Colonial Park Spray Park, a Somerset County Parks Commission member said. The park’s planned opening was delayed by about a year after permitting issues in 2018 and the need to switch contractors earlier this Spring. The Spray Park, located next to the Morgan Pellowski Playground […]

Franklin Food Bank Dedicates New Building, Unveils ‘Client Choice’ Program

Franklin Food Bank Dedicates New Building, Unveils ‘Client Choice’ Program

The Franklin Food Bank on July 14 celebrated the “culmination of a long-term vision” with the grand opening of its new facility on Churchill Avenue. The new facility, at 7,200 square feet nearly three times the size of the food bank’s former 2,700-square-foot home on Millstone Road, allows the organization to change the way it […]

FTPD Officer Pleads Guilty To Heroin Possession, Will Leave PD

FTPD Officer Pleads Guilty To Heroin Possession, Will Leave PD

A Franklin Township police officer could avoid serving jail time for a guilty plea to possession of heroin and driving while intoxicated under a plea deal struck with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Matthew D. Ellery, 29, a township police officer since 2018, plead guilty to the charges on July 12 to state Superior Court […]

Township Council Moves To Scrap FTPD Chief Position For Public Safety Director

Township Council Moves To Scrap FTPD Chief Position For Public Safety Director

An ordinance amendment that would replace the Franklin Township Police Chief’s position with a Public Safety Director was unanimously introduced at the July 9 Township Council meeting. The change comes at a time when the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has assumed oversight of the department while it is investigating the circumstances of an FTPD officer […]

FTPD Union Heads Say They Were Left Out Of Conversation About Public Safety Director

FTPD Union Heads Say They Were Left Out Of Conversation About Public Safety Director

The heads of the two unions representing township police officers say they were blindsided by the Township Council’s move to eliminate the Police Chief and Deputy Chief positions in favor of a Public Safety Director. The two union presidents say their members would prefer the department stay under a Chief/Deputy Chief command structure. The Council […]

FTPD Chief, Deputy Chief Positions To Be Replaced By Public Safety Director

FTPD Chief, Deputy Chief Positions To Be Replaced By Public Safety Director

An ordinance amendment that would replace the Chief and Deputy Chief of Police with a Public Safety Director is expected to be introduced at the July 9 Township Council meeting. The ordinance amendment would also increase the number of Captains in the department from one to three and would modify disciplinary procedures within the department. […]

Diamond Miller Prepares To Join U19 USA National Women’s Basketball Team

Diamond Miller Prepares To Join U19 USA National Women’s Basketball Team

Former Lady Warrior Diamond Miller will have another chance to show her stuff on the world stage while representing the United States this summer when she joins the U19 USA National Women’s Basketball Team. Miller, who did not make the team during tryouts in May, was nonetheless asked to join it on June 26, after […]

Franklin High School Class Of 2019 Given Hot Sendoff

Franklin High School Class Of 2019 Given Hot Sendoff

The more than 530 members of Franklin High School’s Class of 2019 were urged by their classmates and others to stay positive, think big and help others at their June 28 graduation. It was a sweltering day, but the graduates held up under their dress clothes and caps and gowns to cheer their speakers, the […]

In Peek To The Future, Franklin Middle School Promotion Ceremony Held At FHS

In Peek To The Future, Franklin Middle School Promotion Ceremony Held At FHS

More than 500 8th Graders were challenged to “be ready” for opportunities for personal growth during their promotion ceremony held June 27 at Franklin High School. The event marked the first such ceremony for the Franklin Middle School students at the Sampson G. Smith and Hamilton Street campuses. FMS Hamilton Street Campus principal Nick Solomon […]

Township Youth Center Construction Contract Awarded

Township Youth Center Construction Contract Awarded

Construction of the long-awaited township youth center project will begin next week, with work starting on the center’s parking lot. That was the word from Township Councilwoman Kimberly Francois (D-At Large) who spoke before the Council approved a $9.8 million contract for the youth center’s construction at the Council’s June 25 meeting. The parking lot, […]

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