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‘Art With Heart’ Auction Raises Money For Women’s Shelter

‘Art With Heart’ Auction Raises Money For Women’s Shelter

More than three dozen pieces of art and jewelry were up for auction March 31 to benefit a local women’s shelter. The event, “Art With Heart,” was held at Sophie’s Bistro on Hamilton Street. The money raised will benefit Dina’s Dwelling, a project of the Town Clock Community Development Corp. Dina’s Dwelling is comprised of […]

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Danielsen Vows To Push For Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill’s Approval

Danielsen Vows To Push For Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill’s Approval

A local state Assemblymen who played an integral role in proposed legislation designed to expand medial marijuana opportunities in the state said he’s not deterred by the bill’s failure to be voted on this week. The bill, A-10, was paired with another bill that would legalize recreational marijuana. The measures were scheduled to be put […]

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‘Mental Health Parity’ Bill Co-Sponsored By Danielsen Gets Legislative Approval

‘Mental Health Parity’ Bill Co-Sponsored By Danielsen Gets Legislative Approval

A bill co-sponsored by state Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17) designed to expand health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhance enforcement and oversight of mental health parity was approved March 26 by a vote of 73-3. The bill, A-2031, would require plans to provide coverage for medically necessary behavioral health care services and […]

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Township Democrats Announce Council/Mayor Choices: Kramer Tops Ticket, Prasad Not Included

Township Democrats Announce Council/Mayor Choices: Kramer Tops Ticket, Prasad Not Included

For the first time since 2008, Rajiv Prasad will not be on the Democratic ticket for an At-Large Township Council seat. Township Democrats have thrown their support to the re-election of Mayor Phil Kramer and At-Large Councilwoman Kimberly Francois, and the election of Councilwoman Crystal Pruitt and newcomer Sivaraman Anbarasan. Ron Jordan, the township Democrats’ […]

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Planning Board Gets First Peek At New Board Of Education Administrative Offices

Planning Board Gets First Peek At New Board Of Education Administrative Offices

The Planning Board on March 20 got an advance look at what the Board of Education plans to do with buildings it has acquired on the former Consolata property along Route 27. The school district and township are swapping properties; in the deal, the township gets the current BOE administration building on Amwell Road, and […]

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Township Council Puts Another Liquor License Up For Sale

Township Council Puts Another Liquor License Up For Sale

Several months after having sold the first retail consumption liquor license in 13 years, the Township Council on March 12 put another one up for sale. The minimum bid for this one is $225,000, a $25,000 increase over the one sold last November. Bids are due to the Township Clerk’s office by noon on April […]

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Inaugural ‘Empty Bowls’ Event Raises Thousands For Franklin Food Bank

Inaugural ‘Empty Bowls’ Event Raises Thousands For Franklin Food Bank

The inaugural Empty Bowls fundraiser raised at least $19,000 March 10 for the Franklin Food Bank. Participants chose hand-made pottery bowls and then visited a number of food stations  set up by local restaurants, who donated the food. The event was held at the DoubleTree Hotel on Atrium Drive. More than 300 tickets were sold […]

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New Elementary School Report Cards On The Horizon

New Elementary School Report Cards On The Horizon

Elementary school parents will see new report cards beginning with the 2019-20 school year. The new report cards are designed to be easier to read and present more information, said Dan Loughran, the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. The new school year will also usher in longer marking periods for the elementary schools, Loughren […]

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Three FTPD Sergeants Formally Sworn In

Three FTPD Sergeants Formally Sworn In

FTP Sgts. Ken Daly, Ariel Almora and Kevin Fitzharris, left to right, were sworn in at the Council meeting. The three newest Franklin Police Department Sergeants were formally sworn in at the Township Council’s Feb. 26 meeting. Ken Daly, Ariel Almora and Kevin Fitzharris were sworn in to their new positions in front of friends, […]

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FR&A Analysis: Why Did Prasad Want Judicial Salary Survey, Including Rodriguez In Mid-Term?

FR&A Analysis: Why Did Prasad Want Judicial Salary Survey, Including Rodriguez In Mid-Term?

Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad asked for a review of area Municipal Court Judge salaries in early 2018, including that of presiding municipal court judge Hector Rodriguez, barely a year into Rodriguez’s current term. The review, requested several months after Prasad steered a township landlord to Rodriguez for help with a tenant issue in 2017, came […]

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