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Four Franklinites Make State ‘Power List’

Four Franklinites Make State ‘Power List’

Franklin Township is well-represented in the latest “power list” put out by a statewide political publication. “Insider NJ,” which covers all things political in the Garden State but has a focus on the Statehouse, recently published its “Top 100 Policy Makers of 2019” list. Included in the list were four Franklinites: state Education Commissioner Lamont […]

Starbucks, Self-Storage Facility Eyed For Frank’s Hardware, Sunny’s Site

Starbucks, Self-Storage Facility Eyed For Frank’s Hardware, Sunny’s Site

Chick-fil-A is out, but a second Starbucks and a self-storage business are still in a developer’s proposal for a Route 27 site. The lot at Rt. 27 and Kevin Apuzzio Avenue that now holds Frank’s Building Supply and Sunny’s diner is eyed by developer Paul Brown. Brown appeared before the Planning Board at its July […]

Schools Superintendent Receives $21,000 Merit Bonus

Schools Superintendent Receives $21,000 Merit Bonus

The Board of Education July 16 approved a nearly $21,000 merit bonus payment for schools Superintendent John Ravally. The bonus is part of Ravally’s salary package; Ravally is in the third year of a five-year contract which carries a base salary of $191,000, up to $196,584 when stipends are included. The salary increases 2 percent […]

Danielsen: President Should Apologize For Racist Remarks To Congresswomen

Danielsen: President Should Apologize For Racist Remarks To Congresswomen

Pres. Donald Trump should apologize to the four House of Representative members he targeted in “racist” weekend tweets, telling them to “go back to where they came from,” a local state Assemblyman said on July 16. State Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-12), called for the president’s apology in a Facebook post. Danielsen, a Franklin resident, referred […]

Danielsen: I’ll Fight For Brook Restoration Money

Danielsen: I’ll Fight For Brook Restoration Money

About $1 million of the state’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget targeted for a township stream project was frozen by Gov. Phil Murphy, but a local state Assemblyman has promised to fight for it. The $1.1 million was to go to restoration efforts along DeRussey’s Brook, which sustained damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Murphy in […]

Assemblyman Danielsen Looking For Donations For Backpack Drive

Assemblyman Danielsen Looking For Donations For Backpack Drive

State Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17) is looking for school supply donations for his annual backpack drive. The backpacks are distributed in September to students who live in the 17th Legislative District. Most needed now are: Backpacks #2 pencils Pocket folders Lined notebooks Scissors Rulers Pens Colored pencils or crayons Markers Glue sticks Donations can be […]

QuickChek At Easton Avenue/Route 287 Wins Approval

QuickChek At Easton Avenue/Route  287 Wins Approval

An application for a QuickCheck convenience store with an eight-bay gas station won approval July 11 from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The store is targeted for a 3-acre plot in a larger development bordered by Easton Avenue, Worlds Fair Drive and the Route 287 exit ramp. Previously approved on the total 9-acre parcel — […]

Danielsen’s Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law

Danielsen’s Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law

The state’s medical marijuana program will undergo expansion and changes thanks to a bill, co-sponsored by a township-based state Assemblyman, that was signed into law July 2 by Gov. Phil Murphy. The bill, A-20, will create more medical marijuana dispensaries, make it easier for medial marijuana patients to receive the product, and make it easier […]

Middle School Theater Team Creates Space Flight Model For Planetarium

Middle School Theater Team Creates Space Flight Model For Planetarium

Their work is generally not seen outside of the township, but this year the Franklin Middle School SGS/HSC Players Set Design Team created something that is literally out of this world. Or at least it’s a pretty good facsimile. Led by Somerset resident Bill Connell, the team created a model of the “Friendship 7” Mercury […]

Schools Superintendent, FHS Boy’s Track Team, Honored By Township Council

Schools Superintendent, FHS Boy’s Track Team, Honored By Township Council

Commendations were awarded by the Township Council June 25 to schools Superintendent John Ravally and members of Franklin High School’s championship boy’s track team. Ravally was honored for being named Somerset County’s Superintendent of the Year, while the boy’s track team was commended for capturing the state Group IV title, as well as sectional and […]

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