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McCarrick Care Center’s Annual Community Day Draws Large Crowd

McCarrick Care Center’s Annual Community Day Draws Large Crowd

There was live music, pony rides, games and lots of food Sept. 14 at the annual Community Day held by the McCarrick Care Center on Dellwood Lane. The free event was attend by McCarrick patients, their families and members of the Franklin Community. The petting zoo, featuring a variety of animals, was especially popular with […]



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Video Story: 9-11 Memorial Service for Firefighters, EMS at St. Matthias

Video Story: 9-11 Memorial Service for Firefighters, EMS at St. Matthias

Firefighters and EMS personnel from around the township gathered the evening of Sept. 11 to honor their comrades killed in the terrorist attacks. The service featured a special acknowledgement of former township resident John Collins, a New York City firefighter killed in the attacks, and the reading of the names of firefighters and EMS personnel […]



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‘Bike Without Fear’ attracts hundreds of cyclists and joggers, may be repeated

‘Bike Without Fear’ attracts hundreds of cyclists and joggers, may be repeated

Hundreds of people took advantage of a 6-hour ban on most automobile traffic along a 4-mile stretch of Canal Road Sept. 8 to bicycle and jog without fear of getting run over. The reason was the inaugural “Bike Without Fear” event, spearheaded by Township Councilman Philip Cramer. Cramer, himself a Canal Road resident, said he […]



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Registration On for Senior Water Fitness Programs

Programs in Water Pilates, hydro, deep water exercises and aqua boot camp are being offered to people aged 60 and older by the Somerset Valley YMCA in the Bridgewater Aquatic Center, 601 Garretson Rd. Registration for the courses ends Sept. 6. The cost is $35 for each 10-week session. No registrations will be accepted after […]



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County Cultural Commission Wants Input on Programming, Projects

Franklin residents can have an impact on the type of cultural events presented by Somerset County. The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is asking for responses to its cultural assessment survey. The survey will help guide the county in future cultural offerings, said Freeholder Patricia Walsh, the Freeholder liaison to the commission. “Your responses […]



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Welcome to the Franklin Reporter & Advocate, your online news source for Franklin Township. I’m Bill Bowman, the Franklin Reporter publisher and editor and a township resident for more than 25 years. My first instinct was to write “inaugural edition,” because that’s what this would be had this been a “traditional” paper publication. But times […]



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UPDATE: Applicants Sought for 2014 Leadership Somerset Fellows

UPDATE: The application deadline has been extended to Oct. 25. The Leadership Somerset program is taking applications for its 2014 program. Leadership Somerset is open to adults who live or work in Somerset County and who want to become part of a network of community leaders, according to a release about the program. The fee […]



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Quail Brook Senior Center September Schedule

The center is located at 625 New Brunswick Rd., in Somerset. The center’s hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call (732) 563-4213. Bingo – Every Thursday Caram – Daily (East Indian Game Similar to Billiards) Chair Exercises – Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Computer Instruction – Every Monday through […]



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Township Council Honors Senior Citizen Volunteers

Township Council Honors Senior Citizen Volunteers

Two “just amazing” senior citizens were honored by the Township Council at its August meeting. Jean Doyle and Irene Calafiore of teh Senior Citizens’ Advsory Committee were presented with Township Council proclamations at the meeting by Deputy Mayor Rozalyn Sherman. Sherman praised the women for their volunteer work, most recently for collecting school supplies for […]



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Sept. 20 Is Next ‘Buy One, Bring One’ Food Donation Day

The next targeted “Buy One, Bring One” Friday food donation event is Sept. 20. There is a blue, “BOBO” donation bin in the townshoip municipal building on DeMott Lane. The program collects food for Somerset COunty families in need. It is the brainchild of County Freeholder Patricia Walsh. “The slow economic recovery has put a […]



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