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Home Air Purifiers’ Ability To Reduce Airborne COVID-19 Studied, Participants Sought

Home Air Purifiers’ Ability To Reduce Airborne COVID-19 Studied, Participants Sought

Participants are being sought for a study to determine if airborne contaminants in the homes of COVID-19 patients can be dissipated by portable air purifiers. The study is being conducted by the Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute. “We believe that the high rates of transmission in homes are because people share their breathing […]

Library Receives Grant For New Branch

Library Receives Grant For New Branch

The Franklin Township Public Library has received a $1.3 million state grant for the construction of a new branch. The grant is part of the state Library Construction Bond Act, according to a press release from the Library. Under terms of the Act, the Library Board must provide at least a 50 percent match to […]

County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Being Determined

County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Being Determined

Somerset County officials are working on designating COVID-19 vaccination sites in the county, a spokesman said on December 21. Two vaccines – by New York-based Pfizer and Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna – have been given emergency use approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are now being shipped to states. The state and county […]

FTPD Makes History With First Female Black Lieutenant

FTPD Makes History With First Female Black Lieutenant

A bit of township history was commemorated at the December 8 Township Council meeting when the FTPD’s first female Black lieutenant was among 11 command-level officers who received their ceremonial swearings-in. Lt. Jolanda Lacewell, a 24-year veteran with the Franklin Township Police Department, and her 10 colleagues were ceremonially sworn in during the Council’s final […]

Changes in Election Day Polling Places

Changes in Election Day Polling Places

Coronavirus restrictions have resulted in changes to some in-person polling places for the November 3 election. The changes are as follows: Kingston Presbyterian Church, Griggstown Fire House, Wynnefield Club House, and Beacon Hill Club House have been changed to Griggstown Fire House, 1037 Canal Road, South of Bunker Hill, for Districts 1 through 7. Society […]

FTPD’s Newest Captains Sworn In By Council

FTPD’s Newest Captains Sworn In By Council

The three newest Captains in the Franklin Township Police Department were formally sworn in at the October 13 virtual Township Council meeting. Included in the trio was Capt. Sean Hebbon, the first African-American to rise to the rank of Captain in the FTPD’s history. The department’s first Black police officer, Naaman Williams – after whom […]

Local Women Participate In ‘Day Of Action’ For Postal Service

Local Women Participate In ‘Day Of Action’ For Postal Service

Three area women stationed themselves in front of the U.S. Post Office on DeMott Lane August 25 as part of a national effort to show support for the embattled Postal Service. The “Save the Postal Service” day of action was expected to draw thousands of people throughout the country to show up at Post Offices […]

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 […]

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