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Embattled Municipal Court Judge Rodriguez Not Reappointed By Council

Embattled Municipal Court Judge Rodriguez Not Reappointed By Council

A New Brunswick attorney who is under a state ethics investigation for comments he made to a defendant while serving as Franklin Township’s presiding Municipal Court judge was not reappointed to that position at the January 6 Township Council reorganization. The Council chose to not reappoint Hector Rodriguez, who had served as the Municipal Court […]

Township Residents Help Make Somerset County History

Township Residents Help Make Somerset County History

SOMERVILLE – Franklin Township residents played a pivotal part in the historic 2020 Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders reorganization meeting on January 3. A packed audience in the Historic Courthouse saw township resident Shanel Robinson become the first African-American Freeholder Director in Somerset County history, and also saw retired Franklin Township Police Lt. Darrin […]

Few Changes On School Board After Reorganization

Few Changes On School Board After Reorganization

The Board of Education returned its leadership to their positions and welcomed a new member at the January 2 reorganization. The board re-elected Nancy LaCorte as president and Ardaman Singh as vice president. Sworn in for his first term on the board was Walter Jackson. Jackson won his seat in November, along with LaCorte and […]

Franklin Reporter & Advocate 2019 People Of The Year: The FHS 2018-19 Girls Basketball Team And Coaches

Franklin Reporter & Advocate 2019 People Of The Year: The FHS 2018-19 Girls Basketball Team And Coaches

There are different things that can bind together a community; politics, volunteerism, and a shared history being some of them. In Franklin Township, the success of our children is one of the strongest magnets which pull us all together, even moreso when athletics is involved. That’s not to discount academic achievements; based on reaction to […]

Farming Bids Accepted For Land In Township

Farming Bids Accepted For Land In Township

A 41-acre parcel of land abutting Colonial Park is one of 10 for which the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting farming bids. The tract is known as the Howe parcel and is adjacent to the Howe farmstead and the Howe Athletic Complex. Bids are being accepted through January 8, 2020, when they will be […]

Danielsen Lauded At Last School Board Meeting

Danielsen Lauded At Last School Board Meeting

Veteran Board of Education member Christine Danielsen was lauded by her colleagues at the December 19 meeting, her last as a board member. Danielsen served two, three-year terms on the board, joining the panel in 2014 when it was essentially divided into two camps, which resulted in occasionally raucous meetings. That hasn’t been the case […]

FTPD Makes ‘Hero Isla’ Honorary Junior Officer

FTPD Makes ‘Hero Isla’ Honorary Junior Officer

A 4-year-old township girl hailed as a hero for saving her mother’s life was named an “honorary junior police officer by the Franklin Township Police Department on December 18. Isla Glaser of Bartle Road was feted by the FTPD in a press conference held in the township Municipal Court courtroom. Isla appeared with her family […]

Township 4-Year-Old Credited With Saving Her Mother’s Life

Township 4-Year-Old Credited With Saving Her Mother’s Life

A 4-year-old township girl is being credited with saving her mother’s life on December 6, after the woman had collapsed in their home. Police Dispatchers Julie Kozo and Olivia Klein received a 9-1-1 call at 7:45 a.m. from a little girl who turned out to be Isla Glaser, a Bartle Road resident, who told them […]

Kudos Rain On Prasad At His Last Township Council Meeting

Kudos Rain On Prasad At His Last Township Council Meeting

The Township Council chamber was awash in love for Councilman Rajiv Prasad on December 10 as friends and Council colleagues honored him for his 13 years on the governing body. Prasad decided against running for re-election this year, following several scandals that resulted in his censure by the same Council members at the end of […]

Township Kicks Off Holiday Season With Annual Tree Lighting

Township Kicks Off Holiday Season With Annual Tree Lighting

A mini-concert by the Franklin High School Madrigals highlighted the annual township holiday tree lighting in the municipal complex. Following the lighting, the party was moved to the Senior/Community Center, where there was music, children’s activities and light refreshments available. There was also a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, to the delight of township […]