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East Millstone Named ‘Great Neighborhood’ By Planning Association

The historic village of East Millstone has been named a “Great Neighborhood” by the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association. The award is one of several given out by the association, according to its web site. East Millstone and the other designees will be feted at an awards ceremony, slated for 6-8 p.m. […]

Sodhani Foundation, Canal Walk Group Donate To Food Bank

Sodhani Foundation, Canal Walk Group Donate To Food Bank

A local foundation partnered with a Canal Walk-based group to raise nearly $1,400 for the Franklin Food Bank to help it widen its offerings to its clients. Representatives of the Sodhani Foundation and the Indo-American Association of Canal Walk gathered Oct. 24 at the Food Bank headquarters on Churchill Avenue for a short ceremony to […]

Mayor, Township Council Candidates Square Off At Somerset Run Forum

Mayor, Township Council Candidates Square Off At Somerset Run Forum

Topics ranging from government transparency to economic development were discussed at an Oct. 24 forum for the Township Council and Mayoral candidates. Held at the Somerset Run clubhouse, the forum was moderated by the League of Women Voters. Running for the three available Township Council At-Large seats are Democrat incumbents Kimberly Francois and Crystal Pruitt, […]

Township Council Honors Vito Mistretta With His Own Day

Township Council Honors Vito Mistretta With His Own Day

Oct. 22 was officially declared “Vito Mistretta Day” by the Township Council, in honor of a lifelong township resident credited with helping start the Hamilton Street redevelopment. Mistretta, owner of Vito’s Head Shop on Hamilton Street, is an original member of what is now the Hamilton Street Advisory Board, as well as a founder of […]

Mixed Bag Of Results In School District Achievement Statistics

Mixed Bag Of Results In School District Achievement Statistics

Student achievement is on the uptick in literacy, while math skills still need to be improved, the Board of Education was told at its Oct. 17 meeting. Dan Loughran, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, told the board that assessment tests showed that more students in grades 3-10 are working above their grade […]

FTPD ‘Pink Car’ For Breast Cancer Fundraising Debuted

FTPD ‘Pink Car’ For Breast Cancer Fundraising Debuted

The second iteration of the Franklin Township Police Department’s “pink car” was officially unveiled Oct. 10. Representatives from the police department, township officials and members of the Sister2Sister Network – the non-profit organization benefiting from the FTPD’s “Pink Patch” fundraising program – were on hand for what’s become an annual event. The pink car is […]

Township Marine Recruit Looks To FTPD Sergeant As Mentor

Township Marine Recruit Looks To FTPD Sergeant As Mentor

Franklin Township Police Sergeant Ariel Almora has been acting as a drill instructor in the Somerset County and FTPD youth police academies for years. Although he deals with dozens of young men and women in those sessions, he said he’s never sure if he’s made an impact on them. But every now and then, a […]

Franklin Day Festival Draws Thousands To Colonial Park

Franklin Day Festival Draws Thousands To Colonial Park

The annual Franklin Day Festival drew sunny skies and thousands of visitors Sept. 28 to Colonial Park. Along with the usual craft vendors, township booths and food vendors, there were kids’ games, an antique car show and a visit from New Jersey National Army Guard soldiers via a Blackhawk helicopter landing. Musical and cultural groups […]

Firefighters Honor 9-11 Fallen At St. Matthias Mass

Firefighters Honor 9-11 Fallen At St. Matthias Mass

Firefighters, EMTs and their supporters gathered at St. Matthias Church on John F. Kennedy Boulevard Sept. 11 to once again honor first responders who died in the terrorist attacks 18 years ago. Participants came from departments across the township to hear the names of the firefighters, EMTs and police officers killed in the attacks on […]

Township Commemorates 9-11 Attacks With Ceremony

Township Commemorates 9-11 Attacks With Ceremony

The township on Sept. 10 held its annual Patriot Day Memorial Ceremony, remembering the six Franklin residents who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The event was held at the township’s 9-11 Memorial Garden, next to the main branch of the township library. Speakers included Rabbi Eli Garfinkel of Temple Beth El, Mayor […]