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In Your Opinion: Mayor Urges Residents To Vote The Entire Ballot

In Your Opinion: Mayor Urges Residents To Vote The Entire Ballot

By Mayor Phil Kramer. The approaching election is of great importance to New Jersey and to Franklin, and I urge everyone to vote the entire ballot. Many voters only come out once every four years and I assure you this year’s vote is one not to miss. It will impact all of us for years […]

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In Your Opinion: Support Potosnak, Desai And Smith For School Board

In Your Opinion: Support Potosnak, Desai And Smith For School Board

By Bill Connell, Somerset. We have a Board of Education election coming up. Over the years I have been very involved in our schools; as a parent, as a volunteer, and as an active community member following our board. In a way the school board election seems sort of boring, yet critical to our township. […]

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In Your Opinion: Scott Siegel Lays Out Reasons To Vote For Him

In Your Opinion: Scott Siegel Lays Out Reasons To Vote For Him

By Scott Siegel, Somerset. My opponent talks of stable taxes, smart budgeting, against future development and increased transparency. He fails on all four. From 2011 to 2016 only three of the 22 governmental units in Somerset County have raised taxes higher than Franklin Township. Statewide, towns that have recent financials online we rank in the […]

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In Your Opinion: We Support Frank Chimel As Next FHS Principal

In Your Opinion: We Support Frank Chimel As Next FHS Principal

By John Felix and Linda Darby, Somerset. The last sentence of Dr. John Ravally’s letter announcing the resignation of Franklin High School’s principal tells parents that the district “will begin actively seeking a permanent principal for Franklin High School as soon as possible.” Like many like-minded parents who have been advocating/pleading for continuity, consistency, stability […]

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In Your Opinion: Galtieri Will Make Thoughtful, Caring Township Councilman

In Your Opinion: Galtieri Will Make Thoughtful, Caring Township Councilman

By Bill Connell, Somerset. Driving down Elizabeth Avenue I saw a Will Galtieri sign, he is running for council. It put me on a train of thought: The average age of a politician around here is probably 55. William is slightly younger. I got to wondering what it really means and I concluded nothing in […]

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Faith In The Villages: Muharram Signifies Start Of Islamic New Year

Faith In The Villages: Muharram Signifies Start Of Islamic New Year

by Rizwan A. Rizvi. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is one of the four sacred months of the year. Since the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, Muharram moves from year to year when compared with the Gregorian calendar. The word “Muharram” means “Forbidden” and is derived from the word […]

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In Your Opinion: Eid al-Adha Commemorates Spirit Of Sacrifice

In Your Opinion: Eid al-Adha Commemorates Spirit Of Sacrifice

By Imam Rizwan Rizvi, Masjid-e-Ali Mosque. Eid al-Adha is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, as commanded by Allah. It is reported in Quran: “When his son was old enough to work with him, he said, ‘My son, I have had a dream […]

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In Your Opinion: Call To Sierra Leoneans To Help With Mudslide Relief

In Your Opinion: Call To Sierra Leoneans To Help With Mudslide Relief

By Willietta Gombeh, Co-Founder of Compassion For Peace and Child Survival Sierra Leone. Peace and Child Survival Sierra Leone, otherwise known as CPCSSL, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit operating both here in the United States and in the affected area of Freetown Sierra Leone. CPCSSL is proud to say that we have over 12 […]

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In Your Opinion: Thanks To Organizer, Participants In Vigil Against Hate

In Your Opinion: Thanks To Organizer, Participants In Vigil Against Hate

By Barbara Cuthbert, Griggstown. Thank you to Dr. Alex Kharazi of Franklin Township’s Interfaith Council for organizing Sunday evening’s vigil to reaffirm the community’s commitment to unity and solidarity in rejection of any form of racism, hate and bigotry. Thank you as well to the spiritual, governmental and educational leaders who clearly and passionately expressed […]

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In Your Opinion: Mayor’s Speech At Community Vigil

In Your Opinion: Mayor’s Speech At Community Vigil

 By Mayor Phil Kramer, East Millstone. Thank you Alex for your kind words and I’d like to thank all the folks at St. Matthias and others who have helped organize this event.  But most of all I would like to thank all of you for being here today.  At this time of great peril, you […]

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