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King’s Memory, Mission Celebrated At Annual Township Breakfast

King’s Memory, Mission Celebrated At Annual Township Breakfast

Americans can not let the civil rights advances of the last 50 years be whittled away by prejudice and hatred, a crowd of more than 300 people was told Jan. 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset. The speaker was Randal Pinkett, and the event was the 18th annual Franklin Township Community Breakfast, held to honor the […]

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Advocacy Works: Community Outcry Scuttled Plan To Cut East Millstone Post Office Hours

Advocacy Works: Community Outcry Scuttled Plan To Cut East Millstone Post Office Hours

Editor’s Note: From time to time, the Franklin Reporter & Advocate will present stories of community advocacy campaigns. A plan that surfaced last spring to cut the hours of the East Millstone Post Office on Market Street was soon abandoned after village residents protested. Somerset Postmaster Ionie Anglin devised the plan to reduce the number […]

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Chris Kelly Sworn In As Township Mayor

Chris Kelly Sworn In As Township Mayor

He’s a triathlete, a pastry chef and now, a mayor. Township native Chris Kelly was sworn in as mayor at the Jan. 13 Township Council meeting, replacing Brian Levine, who has moved on to the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Kelly will serve out the final year of what would have been Levine’s third […]

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Township GOP Submits Candidates To Replace Levine For 2015

Township GOP Submits Candidates To Replace Levine For 2015

Township Republicans have submitted three candidates to the Township Council to fill out the one-year unexpired term of former Mayor Brian Levine. Levine is now a Somerset County Freeholder. The candidates are township Republican chairman Bob LaCorte of Blackwells Mills Road, Chris Kelley of Hilltop Lane and Raleigh Steinhauer of Pinecrest Drive. The names were […]

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Francois Named Deputy Mayor In Council Reorganization

Francois Named Deputy Mayor In Council Reorganization

Township Councilwoman Kimberly Francois (D-At Large) was unanimously elected Deputy Mayor at the Jan. 6 reorganization meeting. Francois will lead council meetings until a replacement is picked for former Mayor Brian Levine, who is now a Somerset County Freeholder. The council has 15 days from the time three names are submitted to pick a candidate […]

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Levine Sworn In As County Freeholder

Levine Sworn In As County Freeholder

  Franklin Township officially lost its mayor at 3:10 p.m. on Jan. 6. That’s the time when Brian Levine completed his Oath of Office as a Somerset County Freeholder. With his wife and two daughters by his side, Levine repeated the oath as administered to him by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Before the meeting, Levine said […]

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Potosnak, LaCorte To Lead School Board

Potosnak, LaCorte To Lead School Board

The Board of Education elected a new leadership team at its Jan. 5 reorganization meeting. Ed Potosnak was elected board president and Nancy LaCorte was elected vice president in split votes. Both counts went 6-2 for the winners, with board members Richard Arline and Betty Whalen voting for Arline in both positions. Former board president […]

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Raccoon Killed By Dog Tests Positive For Rabies

Raccoon Killed By Dog Tests Positive For Rabies

A raccoon killed on Shelly Drive has tested positive for rabies. The case is the second in the past month in the township. A township resident’s dog killed the raccoon sometime around Dec. 12, according to a press release from the Somerset County Health Department. Rabies was confirmed on Dec. 18. The dog did not […]

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Fire Commissioner Fined $2,500 For ‘Willful’ Violation Of State OPRA; District Must Pay $15K In Attorney’s Fees

Fire Commissioner Fined $2,500 For ‘Willful’ Violation Of State OPRA; District Must Pay $15K In Attorney’s Fees

A state panel has ordered a township Fire Commissioner to pay $2,500 and his Fire District nearly $15,000 in fines for “willfully and knowingly” violating the state’s Open Public Records Act. The Government Records Council made the Dec. 18 ruling against William Kleiber, a Fire Commissioner with Fire District 2 and that district’s former designated […]

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Proposal To Eliminate FHS Mid-Term Exams Approved By School Board

Proposal To Eliminate FHS Mid-Term Exams Approved By School Board

UPDATE: The proposal to eliminate mid-term exams was approved by the Board of Education at its Dec. 11 meeting. The measure was to have been voted on at the board’s November meeting, but interim schools Superintendent Lee Seitz asked that it be pulled pending further study of grade calculations. At the Dec. 11 meeting, Seitz […]

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