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Township Council Introduces ‘Genderless Bathroom’ Ordinance

An ordinance that would require the establishment of single-occupancy, all-gender bathrooms in some public places within Franklin was introduced June 28 by the Township Council. The ordinance is championed by Councilmember Ed Potosnak (D-Ward 1), the Council’s first openly gay member. Potosnak said the ordinance is one measure to ensure inclusivity in the township. Under […]

Township Renters Receive $2.9 Million In Aid Through County Program

Township Renters Receive $2.9 Million In Aid Through County Program

Township renters received about $2.9 million in federal aid through a one-time program to prevent Covid-related evictions. The township was one of 18 Somerset County towns which received a total of nearly $9 million in renters aid to prevent evictions of renters who had fallen behind in their rent and utilities due to reduced income […]

Video, Expanded Photo Gallery: Memorial Day Parade Returns

Video, Expanded Photo Gallery: Memorial Day Parade Returns

The township’s Memorial Day Parade and observance returned on May 30 after a two-year Covid-19 hiatus. Marchers paraded up DeMott Lane from New Brunswick Road to the Veterans Memorial Park at the Municipal Complex. The Franklin Reporter & Advocate live streamed the parade and the observance at Veterans Memorial Park: Here are some scenes from […]

Somerset County Still Recovering From Ransomware Attack

Somerset County Still Recovering From Ransomware Attack

Somerset County officials are releasing few details about the May 24 ransomware attack that crippled County computers. Alternate email addresses have been assigned to “critical” County employees, such as the County Clerk, Surrogate and Sheriff, according to a press release from the County. The County phone lines are still up, as are emergency services communications, […]

Part Of Amwell Road To Close Nightly For Repaving

Part Of Amwell Road To Close Nightly For Repaving

Amwell Road between J.F.K. Boulevard and DeMott Lane will be closed tonight and at least through thee end of the week for repaving work. The work will be conducted from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Traffic will be detoured for all but local traffic and residents of that area, so expect delays. The work is […]

Financial Help Sought For Township Mother Of 2-Year-Old Drowning Victim

Financial Help Sought For Township Mother Of 2-Year-Old Drowning Victim

A call has gone out for aid for a township woman whose 2-year-old daughter drowned in a pool on May 13. Nilda Sanchez’s daughter, Alani, was at her babysitter’s house in Somerset when teh little girl fell into the pool and drowned. Sanchez is the sole wage earner in her family and has two other […]

UPDATED: Inaugural Juneteenth Parade Set, Participants Still Sought

UPDATED: Inaugural Juneteenth Parade Set, Participants Still Sought

The Somerset County Democratic Black Caucus’s first Juneteenth Parade is set for 11 a.m. June 18, with the starting point being the Pine Grove Manor School, 130 Highland Ave. The parade will wend its way up Highland Avenue to Hamilton Street, ending at Naaman Williams Park, 42 Matilda Avenue. There will be a short ceremony […]

Committee Looks To Re-Establish Grasslands ‘Demonstration Plots’

Committee Looks To Re-Establish Grasslands ‘Demonstration Plots’

The Trails Advisory Committee wants to know more about the township’s native grasslands and is looking to the Open Space Advisory Committee for help. The Trails Committee wants to re-establish 10 “demonstration plots” at the Negri Nepote Grasslands Preservation site off Skillmans Lane. The plots were first created in 2013, but have fallen into disrepair. […]

Providing Clean Water To Underserved Communities Is Focus Of 5K Run/Walk

Providing Clean Water To Underserved Communities Is Focus Of 5K Run/Walk

Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine will hold its inaugural 5K charity run/walk, “Conquer the Island,” from 10 a.m. to noon May 14 at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. All proceeds from the event will go to the “30 Days for Clean Water” program run by  Mission Clean Water, a New Jersey-based 501c3 nonprofit that focuses […]

FTPD Youth Police Academy Now Accepting Applications

FTPD Youth Police Academy Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Franklin Township Police’s Youth Police Academy, to be held from July 14-22, 2022. The program is open to students in 8th to 12 grades. The application deadline is June 1. The academy will be held daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to 30 students. […]

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