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Firefighters Honor 9-11 Fallen At St. Matthias Mass

Firefighters Honor 9-11 Fallen At St. Matthias Mass

Firefighters, EMTs and their supporters gathered at St. Matthias Church on John F. Kennedy Boulevard Sept. 11 to once again honor first responders who died in the terrorist attacks 18 years ago. Participants came from departments across the township to hear the names of the firefighters, EMTs and police officers killed in the attacks on […]

Township Commemorates 9-11 Attacks With Ceremony

Township Commemorates 9-11 Attacks With Ceremony

The township on Sept. 10 held its annual Patriot Day Memorial Ceremony, remembering the six Franklin residents who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The event was held at the township’s 9-11 Memorial Garden, next to the main branch of the township library. Speakers included Rabbi Eli Garfinkel of Temple Beth El, Mayor […]

Calvary Community Church Group Told To Return To Historic Commission With More Information On Project

Calvary Community Church Group Told To Return To Historic Commission With More Information On Project

Representatives from an East Millstone church were told Sept. 3 that they’d have to make a return trip to the township’s Historic Preservation Commission with more information about an expansion project they’re planning. The group, from Calvary Community Church on Franklin Street, needs to give the commission information on the type of facade materials that […]

FR&A Photo Gallery: 2019 Week Of The People Event

FR&A Photo Gallery: 2019 Week Of The People Event

The annual Week of the People back to school event was held Aug. 24 at Naimann Williams Park. The day featured games, food, musical entertainment, presentations by local groups and a student backpack and school supply giveaway. Here are some scenes from the day:

Election 2019: Somerset County Sheriff Candidates Trade Jabs Over Use Of ‘Union Time’

Election 2019: Somerset County Sheriff Candidates Trade Jabs Over Use Of ‘Union Time’

The issue of Franklin Township Police officers’ use of “union time” has made its way into the race for Somerset County Sheriff. Republican Sheriff candidate Bill Parenti said in a report published on Aug. 22 that his Democratic opponent, retired FTPD Lt. Darrin Russo, should repay the township for the 273 hours of “union time” […]

‘Week Of The People’ Event Set For Aug. 24

‘Week Of The People’ Event Set For Aug. 24

The 48th annual Week of the People back-to-school event is set to run from 2-7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Naimann Williams Park on Matilda Avenue. The free event will provide educational essentials to children grades K-12, as well as information and resources for parents, provided by local community partners. The event theme is “Community in […]

Registration Open For RCDCU Bicycle Tour To Fight Prostate Cancer

Registration Open For RCDCU Bicycle Tour To Fight Prostate Cancer

There’s still time to register for the annual RCDCU “Bike to Fight Prostate Cancer” bike tour. The event is set from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21, and will start and finish at Franklin Middle School – Hamilton Street Campus, 415 Francis St. The tour, which has raised thousands of dollars for prostate cancer […]

Township Reviewing ‘Union Time’ Paid Leave Taken By FTPD Officers For ‘Appropriateness’

Township Reviewing ‘Union Time’ Paid Leave Taken By FTPD Officers For ‘Appropriateness’

In the wake of allegations of “substantial mismanagement” by the township police department’s former top brass, officials are determining which FTPD officers may have inappropriately used a benefit known as “union time” to take paid leave over the past nearly three years. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said on Aug. 6 that he and township attorney […]

Solutions To Black Youth Suicide Rate Sought At Panel Discussion

Solutions To Black Youth Suicide Rate Sought At Panel Discussion

Better access to mental health services and bringing an end to “systemic and structural racism” and the stress that causes were pegged at a July 29 forum as two key ways to stem the high incidence of suicide among black youth. The panel discussion was held at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens on […]

Four Candidates Vying For Three School Board Seats

Four Candidates Vying For Three School Board Seats

Two incumbents and two newcomers have filed for the three open Board of Education seats in the November election. School board president Nancy LaCorte and vice-president Ardaman Singh are looking to retain their positions, while newcomers Walter B. Jackson Jr. and Hugh A. Scott are making fresh runs for the board. Board member Christine Danielsen […]

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