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In Your Opinion: Shake It Off

In Your Opinion: Shake It Off

By Bill Connell, Somerset.  I have been wondering something all summer. What does a normal BOE look like anyway? When someone is on the losing end of a debate, do they still feel it was a healthy discussion? Set-building is not nearly as sophisticated as a board of ed., but the process is similar. Creativity […]

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In Your Opinion: Former High School Principal Congratulates FHS On Magazine’s Ranking

In Your Opinion: Former High School Principal Congratulates FHS On Magazine’s Ranking

By James Bevere. To the Franklin High School Community, As we all enter into what I know will be an exciting and productive school year, I could not let this week pass without offering my “Congratulations” to the students and staff of Franklin High School on their recently released High School rank!   If you are […]

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For the Good of the School District

For the Good of the School District

By Richard Seamon, Somerset. Over the past 14 years, I have had the privilege of serving two terms on the Franklin Township Board of Education – which encompassed a total of 6 years and 8 months.  During my first term, I played a significant part in the successful referendum for the new High School and […]

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In Your Opinion: Saint Peter’s initiative serves uninsured, underinsured

In Your Opinion: Saint Peter’s initiative serves uninsured, underinsured

By Ronald C. Rak, J.D., President and CEO, St. Peter’s Health Care System Saint Peter’s Healthcare System recently developed and launched a “patient-centered medical home” for high-need uninsured and underinsured adults with diabetes mellitus and hypertension who reside in central New Jersey. The “patient-centered medical home” is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes […]

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In Your Opinion: A Case For BOE Diversity And Term Limits

In Your Opinion: A Case For BOE Diversity And Term Limits

By John Felix, Somerset A 2011 survey of school board officers conducted by the NJSBA concluded that most (>80%) school boards in NJ adopt a model of “Committee System” in which board members “break up into committees to do their work (such as the finance committee, curriculum committee, etc.) and the committee reports back to […]

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In Your Opinion: District Needs Space Now

In Your Opinion: District Needs Space Now

By Bill Connell, Somerset The Board of Education is once again considering moving back the date of the Referendum.  To this point the delays were based on getting as much state funding as possible before putting out the final number.  This delay is based on having a proper, well-organized group to support and articulate the […]

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In Your Opinion: Tour De Franklin Raises $63,000; Food Bank Needs Growing

In Your Opinion: Tour De Franklin Raises $63,000; Food Bank Needs Growing

By Doreen Clark, Somerset.  The Franklin Township Food Bank’s 25th annual Tour De Franklin bike ride fundraiser drew 660 participants, raising over $63,000 for the Food Bank. Held on April 27 in Somerset, NJ, it was the second most successful Tour, both in terms of participation and funds raised, since its inception 25 years ago. […]

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In Your Opinion: Hamilton Street Shepherds Need To Look To The Past To See The Future

In Your Opinion: Hamilton Street Shepherds Need To Look To The Past To See The Future

By Mark Grieco, Somerset. “Facts,” said John Adams, “are stubborn things…”  I was reminded of this quote by Adams when reading about the disbanding of the Hamilton Street Business and Community Corporation (HSBCC).  Over the past 10 years, the non-profit HSBCC had been tasked with overseeing the Hamilton Street Business District, over a 1-mile long stretch […]

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In Your Opinion: Talk About Positive Aspects Of School District

In Your Opinion: Talk About Positive Aspects Of School District

By Kimberly Stephens, Franklin Park. In recent months, our school district and our school board  has experienced more than its fair share of press, most of it negative. While I understand that some of our negative press was more than warranted, I’m sad to report that I feel that our town is falling victim to […]

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In Your Opinion: Resident Thanks Township Teachers

By Bill Connell, Somerset. Last week was Teacher appreciation week. I have a few thoughts on that.  I am a little jealous they don’t have an Estimator appreciation week but the thanks I get at the end of the SGS play in February, give me enough “thank yous.” I store them like emergency rations and […]

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