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Video Story: New Police Chief Formally Sworn In, Pledges To Maintain Department’s Quality

Video Story: New Police Chief Formally Sworn In, Pledges To Maintain Department’s Quality

Franklin Township Chief of Police Richard Grammar was formally sworn in to the position on Jan. 9 before an audience comprised of fellow officers, his family and visiting la enforcement dignitaries. Grammar, a 30-year FTPD veteran, is the township’s seventh police chief. In his remarks after being sworn in, Grammar said he would work as […]

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Richard Grammar, 30-year FTPD Veteran, Is New Police Chief

Richard Grammar, 30-year FTPD Veteran, Is New Police Chief

A 30-year veteran of the Franklin Township Police Department has been picked to head the agency. Richard Grammar, who for the past six years has served as Deputy Police Chief, will be formally sworn in to the position at the Jan. 9 Township Council meeting. Grammar was officially sworn in on Jan. 5. Grammar, 51, […]

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FR&A Video Story: 2018 Township Council Reorganization

FR&A Video Story: 2018 Township Council Reorganization

Winners of the November 2018 Township Council election were sworn in Jan. 1 at the annual reorganization meeting. Newest council member William Galtieri (D-Ward 2) was sworn in, as were returning council members Ted Chase (D-Ward 1), Charles Onyejiaka (D-Ward 3), Carl R.A. Wright (D-Ward 4) and James Vassanella (D-Ward 5). Councilwoman Shanel Robinson (D-At […]

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Dissent On Township Council As Decision To Start FTPD Chief Search Is Made

Dissent On Township Council As Decision To Start FTPD Chief Search Is Made

The Township Council officially began the search for a new police chief on Dec. 12, but the decision to do so was not without its drama. Current Police Chief Lawrence Roberts is retiring on Dec. 31. He announced his intention in June. The council on Dec. 12 held an executive session to discuss the chief’s […]

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Video Story: Township Council Honors Outgoing Police Chief Roberts, Councilwoman Sherman

Video Story: Township Council Honors Outgoing Police Chief Roberts, Councilwoman Sherman

The Township Council said goodbye Dec. 12 to one of their own and to the township’s police chief. FTPD Chief Lawrence Roberts is retiring at the end of the year, capping a 30-year career in law enforcement, while Councilwoman Roz Sherman did not run for re-election this year. Following are videos of the presentations made […]

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Township Council Approves Deal Meeting Affordable Housing Obligation Through 2025

Township Council Approves Deal Meeting Affordable Housing Obligation Through 2025

The township has already provided for more than enough low- and moderate-income housing to meet its Mt. Laurel obligations through 2025, a township official said in the wake of an affordable housing agreement approval. An agreement between the township and the Fair Share Housing Center, approved at the Township Council’s Oct. 10 meeting,  sets Franklin’s […]

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Township Council Commends Eagle Scout, Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Township Council Commends Eagle Scout, Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

An Eagle Scout and the leader of a township-based cancer support organization were in the spotlight at the Sept. 26 Township Council meeting. Joseph Repsher, an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 113, chartered by Somerset Presbyterian Church, was commended for attaining the highest rank in scouting, and Dorothy Reed, co-founder and president of the […]

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Township Council Gives Conditional Support To ‘Performance Gazebo’ Idea

Township Council Gives Conditional Support To ‘Performance Gazebo’ Idea

An idea to place a “performance gazebo” on township property next to the library’s main branch was given conditional support July 11 by the Township Council. The gazebo would be donated to the township, but paid for by private donations and managed by the Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council. Council members were told about the […]

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Reduction In Time For Firearms Hunting In Preserves Approved By Township Council

Reduction In Time For Firearms Hunting In Preserves Approved By Township Council

A proposal to reduce the amount of time hunting is allowed on two township nature preserves this year was adopted July 11 by the Township Council. As a result of the vote, hunters using firearms on the Negri Nepote Native Grassland Preserve and the Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve/Bunker Hill Environmental Center will be restricted to […]

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Mixed Reaction So Far To Idea Of Recording More Board, Commission Meetings

Mixed Reaction So Far To Idea Of Recording More Board, Commission Meetings

Update 3: After a lengthy discussion, the Human Relations Commission deferred making a recommendation to the Township Council, pending information members said Mayor Kramer was going to supply. The mayor also told the commission that part of the recording package would be a relocation of their meetings from the library’s Historic Collections Room to the […]

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