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‘A Call For Peace’ Town Meeting Results in ‘Men’s Coalition,’ Charge That Mayor Is Racist

‘A Call For Peace’ Town Meeting Results in ‘Men’s Coalition,’ Charge That Mayor Is Racist

A pledge to create a “men’s coalition” to deal with the problems confronting young black men in the township was the outcome Dec. 18 of a “Community Town Hall” held at the Parkside community room. The event, moderated by members of the Nation of Islam’s Muhammad Mosque No. 85, headquartered on Hamilton Street, consisted of […]

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White Nationalist Flier Found In Kingston ‘Little Free Library’ In June

White Nationalist Flier Found In Kingston ‘Little Free Library’ In June

A flier from a New Jersey based white nationalist group was found over the summer in a “mini library” in Kingston. The flier, from the NJ European Heritage Association, promoted the idea that there is an insufficient number of “European” babies being born in the United States, according to an email written about the incident […]

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‘Santa Paws’ Greets Visitors At Franklin Township Animal Shelter Open House

‘Santa Paws’ Greets Visitors At Franklin Township Animal Shelter Open House

By PJ Parker. Santa began his rounds early in Franklin on Nov. 24 at the Franklin Township Animal Shelter on DeMott Lane for its annual Santa Open House. Santa Bob Pezzano, past-president of Second Chance for Animals – the organization that helps fund the shelter – greeted animal lovers of all ages, as well as […]

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Two Township Residents Among County Photo Contest Winners

Two Township Residents Among County Photo Contest Winners

Two township residents were among the winners in the fourth annual “Show us Somerset County Through Your Camera Lens” photo contest for residents and county staff. John Carroll won first place in the amateur architecture and urban design category, and Julie Daigle won second place in the community and events category. Each category winner received […]

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Mettlers Road Bridge Repair Expected To Last Four Weeks

Mettlers Road Bridge Repair Expected To Last Four Weeks

The Mettlers Road bridge was closed on Oct. 23 for emergency repairs which are expected to take four weeks. Somerset County Engineer Matthew Loper said the work consist of emergency repairs to the brick arch of the bridge. He said there have not yet been cost estimates calculated. Mettlers Road is closed off at Amwell […]

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Community Foundation Votes To Refund Remainder Of ‘Peace And Non-Violence’ Donations; Project Effectively Dead

Community Foundation Votes To Refund Remainder Of  ‘Peace And Non-Violence’ Donations; Project Effectively Dead

The Franklin Township Community Foundation on Oct. 24 voted to return to donors the remaining contributions to a proposed “Peace and Non-Violence” monument park. The vote effectively kills the project that has sparked controversy in the township over how Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad (D-At Large) handled its approval process and his characterization of the park’s […]

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Human Relations Commission Member: Monument Park Opponents Are ‘White Racists’

Human Relations Commission Member: Monument Park Opponents Are ‘White Racists’

A member of the Township Human Relations Commission said at a recent meeting that the people who opposed a proposed “Peace and Non-Violence” monument park were “white racists.” The member, John Tibbs, said at the commission’s Sept. 24 meeting it was the same people who several years ago opposed Catalpa Park because of plans to […]

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Our Fifth Birthday Celebration, You Get The Gifts!

Our Fifth Birthday Celebration, You Get The Gifts!

The Franklin Reporter & Advocate web site launched in the early morning hours of Aug. 29, 2013. To commemorate five years in business, and acknowledging that we could not have done it without the support of Franklin Township readers and advertisers, the FR&A on Aug. 29 set off to present gifts to our loyal readers. […]

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Officials: Spray Park Construction Site Should Not Interfere With Franklin Day Festival

Officials: Spray Park Construction Site Should Not Interfere With Franklin Day Festival

The Colonial Park spray park’s construction site should not impact the Franklin Day festival in September, a township official said. The spray park is being built on a 1.6-acre parcel next to the playground off Colonial Drive. The festival, which has drawn more than 20,000 visitors, is adjacent to the construction area. Originally planned to […]

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Amwell Road Water Main Break Should Be Repaired By Week’s End

Amwell Road Water Main Break Should Be Repaired By Week’s End

The replacement of a 20-foot-long stretch of water supply main on Amwell Road, near Van Cleef Road, should be done by the end of the week, township officials said. The main burst on Aug. 6, sending what some witnesses said was a geyser of water into the air. All township water customers south of Skillmans […]

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