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Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw, Help Raise Money For Franklin Food Bank

Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw, Help Raise Money For Franklin Food Bank

In what its organizer hopes will become an annual event, a township farm resonated with the sound of rock ‘n roll on Sept. 7 to raise money for the Franklin Food Bank. The inaugural concert featuring the Smithereens with Marshall Crenshaw was donated by Ron and Diana Consiglio, and hosted on their Butler Road farm. […]

Calvary Community Church Group Told To Return To Historic Commission With More Information On Project

Calvary Community Church Group Told To Return To Historic Commission With More Information On Project

Representatives from an East Millstone church were told Sept. 3 that they’d have to make a return trip to the township’s Historic Preservation Commission with more information about an expansion project they’re planning. The group, from Calvary Community Church on Franklin Street, needs to give the commission information on the type of facade materials that […]

Colonial Park Spray Park Opens To Cheers, Squeals From Children

Colonial Park Spray Park Opens To Cheers, Squeals From Children

The long-delayed spray park at Colonial Park finally opened on Aug. 30, and the initial reviews were positive. The opening of the 6,500-square-foot park, located next to the Morgan Pellowski Playground on Colonial Drive, was delayed more than a year due to changes in contractors and bacteria found in the water earlier this month. But […]

FR&A Photo Gallery: 2019 Week Of The People Event

FR&A Photo Gallery: 2019 Week Of The People Event

The annual Week of the People back to school event was held Aug. 24 at Naimann Williams Park. The day featured games, food, musical entertainment, presentations by local groups and a student backpack and school supply giveaway. Here are some scenes from the day:

Election 2019: Somerset County Sheriff Candidates Trade Jabs Over Use Of ‘Union Time’

Election 2019: Somerset County Sheriff Candidates Trade Jabs Over Use Of ‘Union Time’

The issue of Franklin Township Police officers’ use of “union time” has made its way into the race for Somerset County Sheriff. Republican Sheriff candidate Bill Parenti said in a report published on Aug. 22 that his Democratic opponent, retired FTPD Lt. Darrin Russo, should repay the township for the 273 hours of “union time” […]

‘Week Of The People’ Event Set For Aug. 24

‘Week Of The People’ Event Set For Aug. 24

The 48th annual Week of the People back-to-school event is set to run from 2-7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Naimann Williams Park on Matilda Avenue. The free event will provide educational essentials to children grades K-12, as well as information and resources for parents, provided by local community partners. The event theme is “Community in […]

Registration Open For RCDCU Bicycle Tour To Fight Prostate Cancer

Registration Open For RCDCU Bicycle Tour To Fight Prostate Cancer

There’s still time to register for the annual RCDCU “Bike to Fight Prostate Cancer” bike tour. The event is set from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21, and will start and finish at Franklin Middle School – Hamilton Street Campus, 415 Francis St. The tour, which has raised thousands of dollars for prostate cancer […]

FHS 1994 Football Champs Reminisce At 25th Anniversary

FHS 1994 Football Champs Reminisce At 25th Anniversary

Members of the Franklin High School 1994 championship football team, and their coaches, huddled at the Twenty/20 tap house Aug. 17 to mark the 25th anniversary of their taking the state trophy home. Organized by Robert Edmond, one of the team’s three captains, the evening was meant for one-time teammates and now adult friends to […]

Township Reviewing ‘Union Time’ Paid Leave Taken By FTPD Officers For ‘Appropriateness’

Township Reviewing ‘Union Time’ Paid Leave Taken By FTPD Officers For ‘Appropriateness’

In the wake of allegations of “substantial mismanagement” by the township police department’s former top brass, officials are determining which FTPD officers may have inappropriately used a benefit known as “union time” to take paid leave over the past nearly three years. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said on Aug. 6 that he and township attorney […]

Solutions To Black Youth Suicide Rate Sought At Panel Discussion

Solutions To Black Youth Suicide Rate Sought At Panel Discussion

Better access to mental health services and bringing an end to “systemic and structural racism” and the stress that causes were pegged at a July 29 forum as two key ways to stem the high incidence of suicide among black youth. The panel discussion was held at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens on […]