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In Your Opinion: Save The Marine Life From The Threats of NESE’s Proposed Pipeline Under Raritan Bay

In Your Opinion: Save The Marine Life From The Threats of NESE’s Proposed Pipeline Under Raritan Bay

Submitted by the Franklin Township Task Force on CS206 & NESE. The fishing and recreation industry by Raritan Bay, as well as the cleaned-up waters and marine life in the bay, would be in danger if the Williams/Transco NESE pipeline is constructed from Sayreville to an offshore point south of Rockaway, NY. Risks of adding […]

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In Your Opinion: County And Township Democratic Leadership Must Step Up

In Your Opinion: County And Township Democratic Leadership Must Step Up

By Bill Connell, Somerset. It’s all fun and games ’till someone loses an eye. It’s time to get out the eye patches. Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad’s notion that this is political grandstanding is silly enough to generate snot bubbles during this cold and flu season. The latest Prasad drama started at least a year ago, […]

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In Your Opinion: Our Air And Health Are Not For Sale

In Your Opinion: Our Air And Health Are Not For Sale

Submitted by the Franklin Township Task Force on CS206 & NESE. The proposed Compressor Station 206 will pollute our air with toxic chemicals for decades if it is built.  That’s one reason why we are calling on Governor Murphy and the NJDEP to deny the water permit applications so that Compressor Station 206 and pipeline […]

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In Your Opinion: Don’t Let Compressor Station 206 And NESE Pipeline Increase Our Ozone

In Your Opinion: Don’t Let Compressor Station 206 And NESE Pipeline Increase Our Ozone

Submitted by the Franklin Township Task Force on CS206 & NESE. We’ve worked for years to stop the NESE Project, and now we are in the home stretch.  We are calling on Governor Murphy and the NJDEP to deny the water permit applications so that Compressor Station 206 and pipeline near and under Raritan Bay […]

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In Your Opinion: Scout Parents Are The Best

In Your Opinion: Scout Parents Are The Best

By Matthew Piccoli, Somerset. My response to the Speak Out titled, “Scouts Help With Problem-Solving” is that Scout parents are the best and I am living proof. My father is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 113, Somerset, and my mother is involved with the Troop committee. They are committed to the Scout program and I […]

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In Your Opinion: Scouts Help With Problem-Solving

In Your Opinion: Scouts Help With Problem-Solving

By Bill Connell, Somerset. I once again led a parent group in set construction Footloose, at Franklin Middle School. It is a petri dish of problem solving. I must be honest though, we create the problems and then try to solve them. The journey makes January a lot shorter. After the show starts I get […]

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In Your Opinion: Dangers Of ‘Looking Behind The Curtain’

In Your Opinion: Dangers Of ‘Looking Behind The Curtain’

By Bill Connell, Somerset. True or not, New Years are times to hit the reset button. I believe in this. It forces you to refocus. At the Township Council reorganization meeting I wasn’t unable to attain that goal. It was just another day. I did not get up and speak because I could not muster […]

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In Our Opinion: Township Council Must Re-Authorize Prasad Censure, Back It Up With Action

In Our Opinion: Township Council Must Re-Authorize Prasad Censure, Back It Up With Action

The January 7 Township Council reorganization meeting is the perfect time for the governing body to follow-up its censure of Councilman Rajiv Prasad by adding some teeth to the measure. Prasad was censured by his fellow Democrats at the December 2018 meeting for the ethical lapses that have been well-documented in these pages. The censure […]

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Life Story: Dominador Mandapat, 69; U.S. Army Veteran, Retired Med Tech

Life Story: Dominador Mandapat, 69; U.S. Army Veteran, Retired Med Tech

Dominador Mandapat passed away December 22 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Somerville. He was 69 years of age. Mr. Mandapat was born in the Philippines and came to the United States as a young man. He lived for a time in Seattle before relocating to the New Brunswick area. He has resided in the […]

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In Your Opinion: Should Integrity Be Put Above Kindness?

In Your Opinion: Should Integrity Be Put Above Kindness?

By Bill Connell, Somerset. Enough has been written about the situation on the Township Council, but its actions Tuesday raise an interesting question: At what point does the integrity and trust of the institution outweigh common kindness. Township Council, Board of Education, Pop Warner, Little League , recreational coaching, theater and many more are all […]

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