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Temple Beth El Commemorates Hanukkah With Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Concert

Temple Beth El Commemorates Hanukkah With Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Concert

By PJ Parker. Temple Beth El on Amwell Road was the site Dec. 4 of the traditional lighting of the Menorah candles to commemorate the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah. In addition to congregation members, also in attendance were Mayor Phil Kramer; Alex Kharazi, president of the Franklin Township Interfaith Council, and Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad […]

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Updated: St. Matthias’ ‘Fr. Doug’ Resigns Amid ‘Serious Questions’ About Church Finances

Updated: St. Matthias’ ‘Fr. Doug’ Resigns Amid ‘Serious Questions’ About Church Finances

Update: The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the matter, according to Det. Jeanne Trillhaase, the SCPO spokeswoman. She said the office “can’t provide details since the investigation is active and ongoing.” In a Nov. 5 meeting with parishioners, Metuchen Diocese Bishop James Checchio said that Fr. Doug, as he is known, admitted to “borrowing” […]

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Township Residents Join Hundreds At Hillsborough Vigil For Synagogue Shooting Victims

Township Residents Join Hundreds At Hillsborough Vigil For Synagogue Shooting Victims

HILLSBOROUGH – Franklin Township was represented at an Oct. 30 vigil for the Pittsburgh, Pa. synagogue shooting victims. The vigil, which was held at Temple Beth-El on Route 206, attracted hundreds of people from around the region. Obe person affiliated with the temple said there were nearly 1,000 people in attendance. Among those in attendance […]

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Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Hosts Vigil For Tree Of Life Synagogue Shooting Victims

Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Hosts Vigil For Tree Of Life Synagogue Shooting Victims

Nearly 200 people gathered at the Masjid-e-Ali mosque on Cedar Grove Lane Oct. 28 in a vigil for the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shootings in Pennsylvania. Organized by the Franklin Township Interfaith Council, the vigil featured comments from local politicians and faith leaders from throughout the township, state and Canada. The vigil’s […]

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Vigil For Victims Of Tree Of Life Synagogue Shooting Set For Oct. 28

Vigil For Victims Of Tree Of Life Synagogue Shooting Set For Oct. 28

A vigil for the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Masjid-e-Ali Mosque, 47 Cedar Grove Lane. On Oct. 27, a gunman opened fire in the synagogue, killing 11 and injuring six others in what has been called the deadliest attacks on Jews in the […]

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Plans Set For 45th Annual CROP Walk

Plans Set For 45th Annual CROP Walk

Somerset Presbyterian Church needs the public’s help, and their feet, on Oct. 21 for the 45th annual Somerset CROP Walk for hunger sponsored by Church World Service. Registration for the 6-mile (10-kilometer) CROP Walk will begin at 1 p.m. at the church, located at 100 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, and the walk will start at […]

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St. Matthias Holds Annual ‘Blessing Of The Animals’

St. Matthias Holds Annual ‘Blessing Of The Animals’

By PJ Parker. The field behind St. Matthias Church was the gathering place on Oct. 7 for many township furry friends and their families as they came for Sunday’s Blessing of the Animals. The event honored the Feast of  St. Francis, patron saint of animals. Deacon John of St. Matthias Parish conducted the blessings as […]

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Griggstown Reformed Church Hosts 138th Annual Harvest Home Festival

Griggstown Reformed Church Hosts 138th Annual Harvest Home Festival

As it has since Rutherford B. Hayes was the U.S. President, the Griggstown Reformed Church held its annual Harvest Home Festival on Aug. 18 on the church grounds. This was the 138th annual gathering that brings village residents out to taste home cooking, hear music and singing and play a variety of games. One of […]

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Somerset Presbyterian Church Revives Peach And Strawberry Festival

Somerset Presbyterian Church Revives Peach And Strawberry Festival

By PJ Parker The thunderclouds and rain did not dampen the August 11 Peach and Strawberry Festival/Fish Fry at Somerset Presbyterian Church on John F. Kennedy Boulevard. A fundraiser for the church, the peach and strawberry theme had been resurrected after a three-year hiatus. Originally planned for the church’s wide, grassy frontage, activities shifted indoors […]

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First Baptist Church Of Lincoln Gardens Takes Historic Step In Ordaining Deaconesses

First Baptist Church Of Lincoln Gardens Takes Historic Step In Ordaining Deaconesses

History was made at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens June 17 as 20 deaconesses were officially ordained as members of the church’s hierarchy. In the past, deaconesses were seen largely as the church’s “auxiliary,” given the title simply because their husbands had been ordained deacons, FBCLG Senior Pastor DeForest Soaries said in an […]

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