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Township’s 9-11 Observance Will Be Virtual

Township’s 9-11 Observance Will Be Virtual

The official township observance of the September 11 terrorist attacks will be held virtually this year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made by Township Manager Robert Vornlocker during the Township Council’s September 8 meeting. In the five years since the township’s 9-11 Memorial was erected next to the main branch […]

FTPD Opens New Community Relations Bureau On Hamilton Street

FTPD Opens New Community Relations Bureau On Hamilton Street

The Franklin Township Police department started a three-day celebration of its new Hamilton Street Community Relations Bureau on September 1. Helping out with the celebration was FTPD PBA Local 145 and the Week of The People organization, which partnered to give local students school supplies in backpacks. The new bureau is located at 935 Hamilton […]

Change In School Opening Plan Forces District Employee Furlough

Change In School Opening Plan Forces District Employee Furlough

More than 160 school district employees were furloughed as a result of the district’s change to an all-remote school opening next month. The employees fell into four categories: 36 duty aides, 27 food service workers, 87 paraprofessionals, and 18 safety officers. The Board of Education approved the furloughs without comment at its August 27 meeting. […]

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 […]

Goodbye Freeholders, Hello County Commissioners

Goodbye Freeholders, Hello County Commissioners

Somerset County’s top elected officials will get a name change come next year, a change that some say is a long time coming. Gov. Phil Murphy on August 21 signed into law a bill officially changing the name of the state’s County Boards of Chosen Freeholders to County Commissioners. Somerset County’s Board will officially change […]

Classic Car Parade Winds Through Canal Walk, Somerset Woods

Classic Car Parade Winds Through Canal Walk, Somerset Woods

Residents at the Somerset Woods Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Canal Walk development received a treat on August 21: a rolling classic car show. Owners of more than two dozen classic cars – including a few from the 1920s – participated in the car parade which started at Colonial Park. Cavalcade of Classic Cars…Mustangs, Caddys, […]

RCDCU Ride For Prostate Cancer Research To Be Virtual

RCDCU Ride For Prostate Cancer Research To Be Virtual

The annual Renaissance Cyclists Defeating Cancer United “Bike to Fight Prostate Cancer” will be held virtually on September 19 and 20. Money raised by the ride, which offers cyclists 10-, 30- and 50-mile routes through the township and its environs, will be donated to the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. This is the 13th […]

Large Number Of Teachers Requesting Leave Prompted Ditching Of In-Person School Plan

Large Number Of Teachers Requesting Leave Prompted Ditching Of In-Person School Plan

The prospect of having more than 125 of the district’s roughly 800 certificated teachers not show up in the classrooms on a daily basis this Fall forced school officials’ hands in deciding against the planned in-person option for most of Franklin public school students. The district shelved its hybrid plan, which called for half of […]

School District Seeks To Delay In-Person Learning

School District Seeks To Delay In-Person Learning

With 39 percent of students opting for the remote learning learning plan for the 2020-21 school year, the district is asking for County permission to delay the start of in-person learning until November 30. Schools Superintendent John Ravally said in an August 18 phone blast to district families that the district decided to ask the […]

School Board Member Michelle Shelton Resigns

School Board Member Michelle Shelton Resigns

There are now seven people running for three available Board of Education seats, with the August 10 resignation of Board member Michelle Shelton. The Board accepted Shelton’s resignation at its August 12 meeting. Shelton, whose first term ends at the end of this year, said she resigned because she has moved out of the township. […]