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Non-Profit Sets ‘Vote N’ Vibe’ Event For FHS Class Of 2020

Non-Profit Sets ‘Vote N’ Vibe’ Event For FHS Class Of 2020

Franklin High School’s Class of 2020 will be honored with “Vote N’ Vibe Summer Kickback” from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 15 at FHS’s Warriors Stadium. The event is sponsored by the Franklin-based non-profit, Clued Up. Vote N’ Vibe was organized with the intent of providing this year’s FHS graduates a chance to collectively celebrate their accomplishments […]

School District Hopes To Offer Free COVID-19 Testing For District Staff, Families

School District Hopes To Offer Free COVID-19 Testing For District Staff, Families

Free coronavirus testing for school district staff, students and their families is in the planning stages, and could be offered by the end of the month. That was one of the nuggets of information provided by schools Superintendent John Ravally August 4 during a teleconference “Town Hall” held to answer questions about the re-opening of […]

10 Percent Of Township Students Opt Out Of In-Person Learning, So Far

10 Percent Of Township Students Opt Out Of In-Person Learning, So Far

On the eve of a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the school district’s reopening plan, nearly 10 percent of the township’s student population will start the school year learning at home. District spokeswoman Mary Clark said that as of the afternoon of Aug. 3, the district was notified that 666 students would opt for […]

Township Coronavirus Testing Program Growing In Popularity

Township Coronavirus Testing Program Growing In Popularity

The township-sponsored COVID-19 testing program held at houses of worship is on track to test nearly 1,200 people in its first two days. About 545 people were tested on July 27 at St. Matthias Church, and 600 people have registered for the July 31 testing at the former Consolata Missionaries property on Route 27. COVID-19 […]

School Board: District Is ‘Institutionally Racist,’ Sets Anti-Racism Goals

School Board: District Is ‘Institutionally Racist,’ Sets Anti-Racism Goals

A policy that acknowledges historic and current “personal and institutional racism” in the school district, as well as a commitment to overcome it, was introduced on first reading at the July 23 Board of Education meeting. In its “anti-racism” policy, the Board pledged to “end the predictive value of race and ensure the success of […]

Eight Candidates File For Three Board Of Education Seats

Eight Candidates File For Three Board Of Education Seats

Eight township residents are vying for three available three-year seats on the Board of Education. That group includes all three incumbents, Michelle Shelton, Nisihita Desai and Michael T. Smith, who are running as a slate. The incumbents are running for their second terms. The challengers who filed, and who are running individually, are: William Grippo […]

Sister2Sister Plans Virtual 5K Breast Cancer Run/Walk For Life

Sister2Sister Plans Virtual 5K Breast Cancer Run/Walk For Life

Submitted by Sister2Sister. On Saturday, October 3, 2020, Sister2Sister (S2S) will host a Virtual 5K Breast Cancer Run/Walk 4Life from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. This event is designed to raise funds, educate and bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer, celebrate survivorship; and to honor the lives of those who lost their battle.  […]

FHS Athletes Face Stringent Requirements In Summer Workouts

FHS Athletes Face Stringent Requirements In Summer Workouts

Things are going to be different when Franklin High School athletes hit the fields for training later this month. For one, there will be no hugs, no high-fives, no fist-bumps, no contact of any kind, for that matter. “(W)orkouts shall be limited to conditioning, skill sets, and sport-specific non-contact drills,” according to the high school’s […]

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 […]

Franklin Day Festival Canceled For 2020 Over Large Gathering Ban Uncertainty

Franklin Day Festival Canceled For 2020 Over Large Gathering Ban Uncertainty

Uncertainty over whether the state’s ban on large group gatherings would be lifted in the next two months led the township to cancel the annual Franklin Day Festival. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker suggested the cancellation of this year’s September fest, which draws upwards of 20,000 people to Colonial Park, during the July 14 virtual Township […]