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‘Winterfest’ Seeks To Educate About Census 2020

‘Winterfest’ Seeks To Educate About Census 2020

Somerset County brought its Census 2020 roadshow to the township on January 18, offering education under the guise of entertainment at one of the township schools. The event was called “Winterfest 2020,” a nod to Census 2020 and the county administration’s desire to have as close to a full Census count as possible. Franklin is […]

Kennedy Memorial Approved For JFK Boulevard

Kennedy Memorial Approved For JFK Boulevard

A 792-square-foort memorial to Pres. John F. Kennedy at a strip shopping plaza on John F. Kennedy Boulevard was approved January 15 by the Planning Board. The memorial will feature a 9-foot-tall statue of Kennedy and his son, John, Jr. – which will face toward JFK Boulevard – and interactive screens detailing Kennedy’s life. The […]

Somerset County Park Commission to Recycle Christmas Trees

Somerset County Park Commission to Recycle Christmas Trees

The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling through Friday, January 31. Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park Gardens, Parking Lot F, 156 Mettlers Road in Somerset, Franklin Township or to North Branch Park at the lighted baseball field, 355 Milltown Road in Bridgewater. Both facilities […]

Embattled Municipal Court Judge Rodriguez Not Reappointed By Council

Embattled Municipal Court Judge Rodriguez Not Reappointed By Council

A New Brunswick attorney who is under a state ethics investigation for comments he made to a defendant while serving as Franklin Township’s presiding Municipal Court judge was not reappointed to that position at the January 6 Township Council reorganization. The Council chose to not reappoint Hector Rodriguez, who had served as the Municipal Court […]

Farming Bids Accepted For Land In Township

Farming Bids Accepted For Land In Township

A 41-acre parcel of land abutting Colonial Park is one of 10 for which the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting farming bids. The tract is known as the Howe parcel and is adjacent to the Howe farmstead and the Howe Athletic Complex. Bids are being accepted through January 8, 2020, when they will be […]

Danielsen Lauded At Last School Board Meeting

Danielsen Lauded At Last School Board Meeting

Veteran Board of Education member Christine Danielsen was lauded by her colleagues at the December 19 meeting, her last as a board member. Danielsen served two, three-year terms on the board, joining the panel in 2014 when it was essentially divided into two camps, which resulted in occasionally raucous meetings. That hasn’t been the case […]

Township 4-Year-Old Credited With Saving Her Mother’s Life

Township 4-Year-Old Credited With Saving Her Mother’s Life

A 4-year-old township girl is being credited with saving her mother’s life on December 6, after the woman had collapsed in their home. Police Dispatchers Julie Kozo and Olivia Klein received a 9-1-1 call at 7:45 a.m. from a little girl who turned out to be Isla Glaser, a Bartle Road resident, who told them […]

Kudos Rain On Prasad At His Last Township Council Meeting

Kudos Rain On Prasad At His Last Township Council Meeting

The Township Council chamber was awash in love for Councilman Rajiv Prasad on December 10 as friends and Council colleagues honored him for his 13 years on the governing body. Prasad decided against running for re-election this year, following several scandals that resulted in his censure by the same Council members at the end of […]

Township Kicks Off Holiday Season With Annual Tree Lighting

Township Kicks Off Holiday Season With Annual Tree Lighting

A mini-concert by the Franklin High School Madrigals highlighted the annual township holiday tree lighting in the municipal complex. Following the lighting, the party was moved to the Senior/Community Center, where there was music, children’s activities and light refreshments available. There was also a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, to the delight of township […]

Franklin Youth Groups Receive County Grants

Franklin Youth Groups  Receive County Grants

Several Franklin Township youth groups were recently awarded $9,000 in grants from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Franklin received a $5,000 grant for its Girls Circle, Boys Council, and Youth Council, and a $4,000 competitive grant for its Peaceful Warriors program. The grants were part of $106,939 in grants awarded by the Freeholders. […]

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