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Somerset Fire And Rescue Holds Annual Open House

Somerset Fire And Rescue Holds Annual Open House

By PJ Parker. The Somerset Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company No. 1 held its annual open house Oct. 13 at its fire house on Hollywood Avenue. The open house ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with fire and safety education, games, food and demonstrations, including how a truck would be lifted off someone trapped […]

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Township, School District Land Swap Plan Advances

Township, School District Land Swap Plan Advances

The land swap between the township and school district is all but a done deal with the Oct. 9 final passage by the Township Council of an ordinance approving it. The Board of Education approved the deal at its September meeting. In the deal, the district will get an approximately 13-acre parcel of land with […]

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Proposed Ordinance Amendment Would Expand Sunday Liquor Sales In Township

Proposed Ordinance Amendment Would Expand Sunday Liquor Sales In Township

Sunday alcohol sales would be permitted during the same times as the rest of the week under an ordinance amendment set to be introduced at the Oct. 9 Township Council meeting. Currently, Sunday sales of alcohol are restricted to noon to 2 a.m., in restaurants and noon to 10 p.m. in liquor stores. The rest […]

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Township Police Join ‘Pink Patch Project’ To Raise Awareness Of Breast Cancer

Township Police Join ‘Pink Patch Project’ To Raise Awareness Of Breast Cancer

Members of the Franklin Township Police Department will don pink patches this month as part of a department-wide fundraising effort for breast cancer awareness. The Pink Patch Project is a collaborative effort among the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association and public safety organizations around the country, according to the group’s Facebook page. The goal […]

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County Dem Leader: ‘Judicial Review’ Of Rodriguez And Prasad Underway

County Dem Leader: ‘Judicial Review’ Of Rodriguez And Prasad Underway

Actions taken by a Township Councilman and Municipal Court Judge are being reviewed in a “judicial investigation,” according to an email sent by a top Somerset County Democratic Committee official. An email set out Oct. 1 by Somerset County Democratic Committee executive director Max Blum said that there is an “ongoing judicial investigation” into township […]

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First Step Taken In Land Swap Between Township, Board Of Education

First Step Taken In Land Swap Between Township, Board Of Education

The first steps in the property swap between the township and the Board of Education were taken the week of Sept. 24. Through the swap, the Board of Education will acquire about 13 acres of the Consolata Mission property on Route 27, and the township will get about six acres on Amwell Road, in the […]

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Influence Peddling In Municipal Court? Prasad Emails Raise Questions

Influence Peddling In Municipal Court? Prasad Emails Raise Questions

A Township Councilman appears to have tried to influence a Municipal Court judge – over whom he has reappointment power – to help a local landlord evict tenants from her property, according to emails reviewed by the Franklin Reporter & Advocate. The councilman, Rajiv Prasad (D-At Large), steered the landlord to Municipal Court Judge Hector […]

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FR&A Analysis: Township Council Meeting Brings Some Surprises

FR&A Analysis: Township Council Meeting Brings Some Surprises

Analysis The scheduled discussion of a new aspect to a controversial monument park, the start of a recall effort against the champion of that park, and a robo-call campaign to get people to support the park all heightened the anticipation of the Sept. 26 Township Council meeting. Those who attended weren’t disappointed. The possible creation […]

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School Board Begins Look Into The Future

School Board Begins Look Into The Future

The Board of Education on Sept. 26 took its first step to look five years into the future. The board’s facilities committee met in its annual open meeting to discuss the upcoming Long Range Facility Plan. School districts in the state are required to update their long range plans at least once every five years. […]

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Criticism Of Council, Prasad Continues; New Memorial Park ‘Citizen’s Committee’ Discussed

Criticism Of Council, Prasad Continues; New Memorial Park ‘Citizen’s Committee’ Discussed

The Mayor and Township Council for the second consecutive meeting on Sept. 25 were criticized for the handling of a proposed “Peace and Nonviolence” monument park, targeted for township-owned open space. At the meeting, council members also discussed the idea of scraping all existing plans for the park and starting over with a reconstituted “citizen’s […]

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