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Somerset Presbyterian Church Collecting Shoes For Star 99.1’s ‘Empty Shoe Memorial’

Somerset Presbyterian Church Collecting Shoes For Star 99.1’s ‘Empty Shoe Memorial’

A township church is helping a Zarephath-based radio station to create a temporary Sept. 11 memorial. Somerset Presbyterian Church, 100 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, is serving as a collection point for Star 99.1’s “Empty Shoe Memorial.” The station is collecting 2,996 pairs of shoes, one for every person who was killed in the Sept. 11, […]








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FTPD, Church Congregations, Hit The Streets In Parkside To Promote Unity

FTPD, Church Congregations, Hit The Streets In Parkside To Promote Unity

Franklin Township police officers and members of two church congregations went door-to-door in one neighborhood Aug. 12. The goal of the walk through the Parkside neighborhood, according to its organizers, was to help the community and the officers get to know each other. “What we plan to accomplish is just for the police officers to have the […]








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Interfaith Council, Township And Police Officials Gather To Work For Peace, Unity

Interfaith Council, Township And Police Officials Gather To Work For Peace, Unity

Religious leaders, township officials and the police department’s top brass met July 11 in the Community/Senior Center to call for unity and peace in the wake of killings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas. “We stand here today collectively to work in the community to make sure everybody has somebody and to make sure the […]








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Dozens Gather At Masjid-E-Ali Mosque For Candlelight Vigil

Dozens Gather At Masjid-E-Ali Mosque For Candlelight Vigil

More than 50 people gathered in the courtyard of the Masjid-e-Ali Mosque June 30 to hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of those killed by terrorists. The event was sparked by the June 28 attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey, in which 44 people were killed and about 240 injured. Alex Kharazi, vice president […]








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Peace, Compassion Are Themes Of Annual Interfaith Dinner At Masjid-E-Ali Mosque

Peace, Compassion Are Themes Of Annual Interfaith Dinner At Masjid-E-Ali Mosque

Messages of peace, compassion and following what one’s heart knows to be right were delivered by several speakers June 18 at the sixth annual Interfaith/Iftar Dinner hosted by Masjid-e-Ali mosque on Cedar Grove Lane. The mosque holds the dinner each year during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Christian pastors from township churches, Mayor Phillip […]








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Start Of Ramadan Marks Month Of Fasting

Start Of Ramadan Marks Month Of Fasting

By Rizwan Rizvi. June seventh will mark the beginning of 9th Lunar month in the Islamic Calendar known as Ramaḍān, although some Muslims consider June 6th to be the beginning of the month. It is the month when Muslims worldwide embark on a month-long fasting journey to spiritually connect them with their Lord. It is […]








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FR&A Photo Gallery: Balaji Temple Initiated With Ceremony

FR&A Photo Gallery: Balaji Temple Initiated With Ceremony

The Srivari Sri Balaji Temple on Elizabeth Avenue was formally initiated in a May 29 ceremony. The ceremony was the capstone of a three-day outdoor festival held by the temple. Two priests flew in from India to help with the ceremony, said Vijayaraghavan Poondi, chairman of the temple’s board of trustees. During the final ceremony, food […]








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Hindu Temple Prepares For Three-Day Festival, Naming Of Main Deity

Hindu Temple Prepares For Three-Day Festival, Naming Of Main Deity

A three-day festival – which will include the naming of a new main deity – is planned for later this month by the Srivari Sri Balaji Temple on Elizabeth Avenue. The Grand Prana Pratishtapana festival, the first for this year-old Hindu temple, will be held outdoors on its 6-acre campus from May 27-29. The festival […]








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FR&A Photo Gallery: St. Matthias Carnival Kicks Off

FR&A Photo Gallery: St. Matthias Carnival Kicks Off

The annual St. Matthias Carnival got underway May 10, featuring rides, games and food. The carnival runs through May 15 at the church, 168 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Hours are 6-10 p.m. through May 13, 2-10 p.m. May 14 and 2-9 p.m. May 15. Food specials for the week are fish fry on May 13 […]








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Township Interfaith Council Uses National Prayer Day As Starting Point For Renewed Effort For Unity

Township Interfaith Council Uses National Prayer Day As Starting Point For Renewed Effort For Unity

The National Prayer Day observance at the township Veterans’ Memorial marked what members of the township’s Interfaith Council hope is the start of a new vitality for the organization. More than two dozen members of township-based religious traditions gathered at the memorial on DeMott Lane for the ceremony, hosted by the Rev. Osy Nüesch of […]








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