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County Youth Leadership Program Accepting Applications

County Youth Leadership Program Accepting Applications

High schoolers are invited to apply to Somerset County Youth Leadership Somerset program, which runs from September 2020 through May, 2021. The sessions are held one Saturday a month and last four to six hours. Applications must be received by May 31, and candidates will be selected by the end of June. Those accepted to […]

FHS Class Of 2020: Graduation Will Be Virtual, Still Hope For Prom

FHS Class Of 2020: Graduation Will Be Virtual, Still Hope For Prom

Franklin High School’s graduation ceremony will be part virtual, part in-person, Project Graduation is cancelled, but there is hope for the senior prom. Those are a few of the elements of the end of the school year observances for the FHS Warrior Class of 2020 in the Age of Corona. Students won’t return to school […]

There May Be A Farmers’ Market This Year After All

There May Be A Farmers’ Market This Year After All

Franklin may indeed have a farmers’ market this summer. A lack of vendors interested in participating in this year’s planned market caused it to be cancelled earlier in the year. But, as Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said on May 14, there is renewed hope. During Mayor Phil Kramer’s “virtual” town hall, Vornlocker said that Somerset […]

Township Girl Wins Mother’s Day Jewelry Design Contest

Township Girl Wins Mother’s Day Jewelry Design Contest

A 9-year-old township girl was one of two winners in a Mother’s Day jewelry design contest sponsored by a local jeweler. The contest, run by Venus Jewelers in the Rutgers Plaza on Easton Avenue, was held on Facebook, where viewers were invited to vote for their favorite design. More than 1,000 votes were cast. The […]

Colonial Park: Colonial Drive Closed To Traffic On Weekends, Holidays

Colonial Park: Colonial Drive Closed To Traffic On Weekends, Holidays

Although Colonial Park remains open, new rules have been applied to its use. Starting May 9 and continuing on weekends and holidays until further notice, Colonial Drive – the road that runs through the entire park – will be closed to vehicles, according to a press release from the Somerset County Park Commission. Parking will […]

Township Council Eliminates Hamilton Street Business District Assessment For 2020

Township Council Eliminates Hamilton Street Business District Assessment For 2020

Business and property owners in the Hamilton Street Business District will not have to pay an additional assessment this year, thanks to action taken by the Township Council on April 28. The District runs down Hamilton Street, roughly from New Brunswick Road to the New Brunswick border. Officially known as a Special Improvement District, business […]

Retired Essex County Prosecutor Chief Of Detectives To Lead FTPD

Retired Essex County Prosecutor Chief Of Detectives To Lead FTPD

The township has hired a retired Essex County Prosecutor’s Office chief of detectives to lead the Franklin Police Department, a move that is historic in at least two ways. Quovella Spruill, the newly hired Public Safety Director, is the first woman and first African-American to lead the township police department. Spruill’s appointment to the position […]

Franklin Township Interfaith Council Fundraising For PPE

Franklin Township Interfaith Council Fundraising For PPE

The Franklin Township Interfaith Council has launched a fundraising campaign to help purchase Personal Protective Equipment for local hospitals, other health care facilities and first responders. Alex Kharazi, the Council’s president, said that more than 4,000 KN95 masks have been donated by Razi Health Foundation and will be donated to local hospitals, among them Hackensack […]

Township GOP Club Donates To Animal Shelter

Township GOP Club Donates To Animal Shelter

Submitted by the Franklin Township Republican Club. The Franklin Township Animal Shelter on DeMott Lane in Somerset is a little quieter during the COVID-19 crisis. That does not mean, however, that they aren’t in need of the supplies that are essential to the well-being of the animals currently in their care. Rob Kash, a nurse […]

Township Farmer’s Market Cancelled

Township Farmer’s Market Cancelled

The township’s annual Farmer’s Market has been cancelled this year, but not for the reason you’d think. The market, begun in 2017 and located at the corner of DeMott Lane and Amwell Road, has for the past three years run from the beginning of June through September, ending on Franklin Day. But not this year. […]

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