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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 […]

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, […]

Planning Board Approves 200,000-Square-Foot Warehouse

Planning Board Approves 200,000-Square-Foot Warehouse

An application for a more than 200,000-square-foot warehouse on Schoolhouse Road was approved April 7 by the Planning Board. The building at 17 Schoolhouse Road currently houses the New Jersey Chinese Community Center, and is the former home of the Central Jersey College Prep Charter School. The plan is to demolish the existing 90,000-square-foot structure […]

Engineering Firm Gets OK For Office Building

Engineering Firm Gets OK For Office Building

A Schoolhouse Road engineering firm received Planning Board approval April 7 to build an office building on its property. The Board approved a 6,095-square-ffot building that will be situated in front of the existing 6,000-square-foot building. Philip Prisco, the company owner, told the Board that the company’s office is operating out of a Summit location, […]

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 […]

Democrats Face Primary In Township Council Race; GOP Slate Set

Democrats Face Primary In Township Council Race; GOP Slate Set

The Ward 1 Township Council seat currently held by the retiring Ted Chase is the target of a challenge in the upcoming Township Council primary election. The township Democratic Party has chosen current Board of Education member Ed Potosnak to carry the mantle for Ward 1, but Potosnak’s candidacy is being challenged by another newcomer, […]

Nine-Unit Apartment Building Approved For Hamilton Street

Nine-Unit Apartment Building Approved For Hamilton Street

The Hamilton Street Business District re-imagining continued on April 1, with the approval by the Zoning Board of Adjustment of a three-story, nine-unit apartment building. But unlike other apartment buildings approved in the District, this one will not feature retail space on the first floor. Instead, and in recognition of reality in other parts of […]

Kramer: Township Caught In State Covid ‘Third Wave’

Kramer: Township Caught In State Covid ‘Third Wave’

The number of township residents testing positive for the coronavirus shows that Franklin is an active part of the “third wave” of virus infections recently declared by state officials. That’s the word from Mayor Phil Kramer, who has been tracking data behind the virus’ affect on Franklin residents. “I guess I could have called this […]

$10,000 Diamond Engagement Ring Is Grand Prize Of Venus Jewelers Contest

$10,000 Diamond Engagement Ring Is Grand Prize Of Venus Jewelers Contest

A $10,000 Verragio diamond engagement ring is waiting for one lucky couple at Venus Jewelers, Rutgers Plaza, Easton Avenue. The ring is the prize in the store’s “Amazing Ring Race,” planned for May 2. Couples will compete in a hometown version of The Amazing Race, but with a big rock at the proverbial finish line.  Registration is […]

Financial, Labor Support Sought For Howe Farmstead

Financial, Labor Support Sought For Howe Farmstead

The Somerset County Historical Society is seeking financial and labor contributions to the restoration and historical preservation work at the Howe Farmstead in Colonial Park. This is the first time a historic property is being restored as an all-original venue for historical and other purposes in this unique fashion, while paying homage to an up-and-coming […]

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