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Township Resident To Be Vice-Chairman Of Somerset County Republicans

Township Resident To Be Vice-Chairman Of Somerset County Republicans

A township resident will serve as the Vice-Chairman of the Somerset County Republican Organization beginning July 23. Ravikanth “Ravi” Kolla, a long-time township resident, is running on the “Unity 2020” ticket, which is unopposed at the July 23 SCRO executive board election. “Ravi has put Franklin GOP and the Somerset County GOP on the social […]

Are D&R Canal State Park, Six Mile Run On The Auction Block?

Are D&R Canal State Park, Six Mile Run On The Auction Block?

The Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park and Six Mile Run Reservoir Site could be part of a program included in a stop-gap budget measure that will open state parks to privatization. Both areas fall within Franklin’s boundaries. Gov. Phil Murphy on June 30 signed the $7.7 billion stop-gap budget, designed to fund the state […]

Updated: ‘Car Enthusiasts’ Hold Large Flash Gathering At Rutgers Plaza

Updated: ‘Car Enthusiasts’ Hold Large Flash Gathering At Rutgers Plaza

Update: The group showed up again on July 2, but township police shut the meeting down shortly after it started. FTPD Lt. Phil Rizzo said the department “received several complaints about the group including loud music and ‘rowdy’ behavior. Upon arriving and speaking with the group they left without incident.” Original Story: A large gathering […]

FR&A Photo Gallery: Hundreds Rally For Racial Justice At Police HQ, Director Expresses Solidarity

FR&A Photo Gallery: Hundreds Rally For Racial Justice At Police HQ, Director Expresses Solidarity

Hundreds of people marched up DeMott Lane June 4 in a continuing protest against police brutality and for racial justice. The march, as was the one earlier in the week in Franklin and others ocurring around the world, was spurred by the killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The officer, […]

County Youth Leadership Program Accepting Applications

County Youth Leadership Program Accepting Applications

High schoolers are invited to apply to Somerset County Youth Leadership Somerset program, which runs from September 2020 through May, 2021. The sessions are held one Saturday a month and last four to six hours. Applications must be received by May 31, and candidates will be selected by the end of June. Those accepted to […]

There May Be A Farmers’ Market This Year After All

There May Be A Farmers’ Market This Year After All

Franklin may indeed have a farmers’ market this summer. A lack of vendors interested in participating in this year’s planned market caused it to be cancelled earlier in the year. But, as Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said on May 14, there is renewed hope. During Mayor Phil Kramer’s “virtual” town hall, Vornlocker said that Somerset […]

Colonial Park: Colonial Drive Closed To Traffic On Weekends, Holidays

Colonial Park: Colonial Drive Closed To Traffic On Weekends, Holidays

Although Colonial Park remains open, new rules have been applied to its use. Starting May 9 and continuing on weekends and holidays until further notice, Colonial Drive – the road that runs through the entire park – will be closed to vehicles, according to a press release from the Somerset County Park Commission. Parking will […]

Retired Essex County Prosecutor Chief Of Detectives To Lead FTPD

Retired Essex County Prosecutor Chief Of Detectives To Lead FTPD

The township has hired a retired Essex County Prosecutor’s Office chief of detectives to lead the Franklin Police Department, a move that is historic in at least two ways. Quovella Spruill, the newly hired Public Safety Director, is the first woman and first African-American to lead the township police department. Spruill’s appointment to the position […]

Township Farmer’s Market Cancelled

Township Farmer’s Market Cancelled

The township’s annual Farmer’s Market has been cancelled this year, but not for the reason you’d think. The market, begun in 2017 and located at the corner of DeMott Lane and Amwell Road, has for the past three years run from the beginning of June through September, ending on Franklin Day. But not this year. […]

County Parks Open, But Use Common Sense

County Parks Open, But Use Common Sense

The Somerset County Park Commission is reminding park patrons that while parks such as Colonial Park are open, there are restrictions. Patrons should maintain the CDC-suggested Safe distance of at least six feet, and should move over on trails when encountering other people. Also, there is no access to bathrooms, entry onto playgrounds has been […]

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