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Township Council Puts Another Liquor License Up For Sale

Township Council Puts Another Liquor License Up For Sale

Several months after having sold the first retail consumption liquor license in 13 years, the Township Council on March 12 put another one up for sale. The minimum bid for this one is $225,000, a $25,000 increase over the one sold last November. Bids are due to the Township Clerk’s office by noon on April […]

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Township Luminaries Named To African-American Political Power List

Township Luminaries Named To African-American Political Power List

Several township figures are considered among the state’s African-American power elite by a statewide political publication. InsiderNJ.com‘s “2019 African American Political Power List” includes people as varied as state Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet, former Township Councilwoman and current Somerset County Freeholder Shanel Robinson, longtime Councilwoman Kimberly Francois, entrepreneur Randall Pinkett and the Rev. DeForest “Buster” […]

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Performance Gazebo Officially Gifted To Township

Performance Gazebo Officially Gifted To Township

The Franklin Township Cultural Arts Commission performance gazebo was officially gifted to the township at the Feb. 12 Township Council meeting. The gazebo, located in the municipal complex, next to the township library’s main branch, was the brainchild of Bill Grippo, the MacAfee Road School principal and former township politician known for his fundraising prowess. […]

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Township Council Honors John Clyde With Posthumous Commendation

Township Council Honors John Clyde With Posthumous Commendation

The Township Council on Feb. 12 honored one of their own who died in late January. John Clyde, a former Councilman and Mayor, died Jan. 24 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. A Council member for 16 years, Clyde served as Deputy Mayor in 2000 and Mayor in 2001. Clyde was also active […]

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Defiant Prasad Vows To ‘Fulfill My Term’ Amid Calls To Resign, Accuses Opponents Of Political Grandstanding

Defiant Prasad Vows To ‘Fulfill My Term’ Amid Calls To Resign, Accuses Opponents Of Political Grandstanding

Rejecting repeated calls for his resignation, Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad on Feb. 12 vowed to fill out his term, and accused those who oppose him with “political grandstanding.” Prasad (D-At Large) has been enmeshed in controversy at various times over the last three years, most recently over his handling of the approval process for the […]

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‘Empty Bowls’ Fundraising Event Sets Sights On Food Insecurity

‘Empty Bowls’ Fundraising Event Sets Sights On Food Insecurity

Organizers of the upcoming “Empty Bowls Franklin Township” fundraiser have high hopes for their inaugural event. The founding executive team members – Susan Winston Seamon and Bob and Ceil Cheril – say they wanted to do something to help ease the concerns of people with foo insecurity. The fundraiser is set for 1-5 p.m. March […]

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Two Franklin Women Among Nine Named ‘Outstanding Women In Somerset County’

Two Franklin Women Among Nine Named ‘Outstanding Women In Somerset County’

The township’s municipal prosecutor and a long-time educator are among the nine women chosen as the 2019 Outstanding Women in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women. Bernice Jalloh, an attorney who is currently the township prosecutor, will be honored in the Journalism/Media/Law category, and Wanda Brooks-Long, CEO of an […]

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Developer Looks At Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, Self-Storage On Route 27

Developer Looks At Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, Self-Storage On Route 27

A developer is looking to bring a Chick-fil-A and a second Starbucks to a lot adjacent to the Route 27 redevelopment area. The project is targeted for land now occupied by Frank’s Hardware & Building Supply and Sunny Seafood on Rt. 27/Somerset Street, bordered by Kevin Apuzzio Avenue and the WaWa convenience store. The project […]

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Crystal Pruitt Chosen As Newest Township Council Member

Crystal Pruitt Chosen As Newest Township Council Member

Township Democrats tapped some home-grown talent in picking the newest member of the Township Council on Jan. 22. Township native Crystal Pruitt was unanimously picked by the council to fill in the one-year unexpired term of former Councilwoman Shanel Robinson. Robinson, who held an At-Large seat, is now a Somerset County Freeholder, having won that […]

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King Breakfast Attendees Urged To ‘Live The Dream’

King Breakfast Attendees Urged To ‘Live The Dream’

Hundreds of attendees at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast were urged Jan. 21 to continue the slain civil rights leader’s legacy by acting as he would. “Dr. King’s legacy would demand that we not sit back, that we look inside of ourselves first, and that we launch out where we see […]

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