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Claremont Road School To Go Solar

Claremont Road School To Go Solar

Claremont Road School’s electricity will soon be supplied via solar energy, thanks to a decision made February 25 by the Board of Education. The Board voted to approve an $813,501 contract for the solar installation to EZNERGY NJ of Brick. The solar panels will be installed on the school’s roof. Board member Ed Potosnak said […]

School Board Gets Clean Bill Of Financial Health

School Board Gets Clean Bill Of Financial Health

The school district’s 2020 financial reporting was given the thumb’s-up on February 25 by district auditors. Districts must conduct audits of their financial reports each year, and a report submitted to the Board of Education along with a list of recommendations, if any. District auditor Gary Vinci told the Board at their meeting that he […]

Township Council Ok’s More Than $120,000 In Services Contracts

Township Council Ok’s More Than $120,000 In Services Contracts

Contracts worth more than $120,000 were approved February 9 by the Township Council. The Council approved contracts to provide employee health services, and for maintenance for the township 9-1-1 system. A $30,000 contract for employee health services was awarded to Robert Wood Johnson Physician Enterprise P.A./Urgent Med of Philadelphia. According to the contract, services to […]

School District Looks For Grant To Fund Summer Enrichment Program

School District Looks For Grant To Fund Summer Enrichment Program

The latest step in helping students who are suffering academically because of learning changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic was taken by the Board of Education at its January 28 meeting. The board during the meeting approved the submission of a grant application to the state Department of Education’s “Addressing Student Learning Loss” grant program. […]

Councilman Galtieri: I’m Not Pursuing Grandparents’ Park

Councilman Galtieri: I’m Not Pursuing Grandparents’ Park

The push to build a pocket park on Willow Avenue formally ended on January 26, with Township Councilman Will Galtieri publicly pulling the plug on his brainchild. “I have heard you loud and clear and at this point I am not proceeding with asking Council to change the usage of the land from passive to […]

Proposed ‘Grandparents’ Park’ Plan May Be Dead

Proposed ‘Grandparents’ Park’ Plan May Be Dead

A controversial plan to build a small park on Willow Avenue, near New Brunswick Road, appears to be dead, according to a comment made by a Township Councilwoman. Councilwoman Kimberly Francois (D-At Large) made the announcement in the midst of a conversation on another topic during the township Redevelopment Agency’s regular meeting on January 25. […]

Bench Replacement, Sponsorship, Could Be On Horizon For Township Trails

Bench Replacement, Sponsorship, Could Be On Horizon For Township Trails

The township is looking into replacing deteriorating benches along trails, and may open up purchases to the public. In a plan discussed at the January 19 Open Space Advisory Committee meeting, residents would be able to “sponsor” the new benches, and dedicate them to loved ones or organizations. Many of the wooden benches that line […]

Public Pans ‘Pocket Park’ Plan

Public Pans ‘Pocket Park’ Plan

Residents opposed to a proposed “Grandparents’ Park” in Somerset spent more than two hours January 12 expressing their feelings about the plan to the Township Council. The Council held a special hearing on the plan, necessitated by the facts that the land – located at Willow Avenue and New Brunswick Road – was bought with […]

Township Council Goes To ‘Plan B’ For CDBG Grant Money, Will Help Renters

Township Council Goes To ‘Plan B’ For CDBG Grant Money, Will Help Renters

Getting almost non-existent response from East Franklin businesses to a COVID-19 relief grant program, the Township Council has decided to instead use the money to help township renters. Mayor Phil Kramer said at the November 24 virtual Township Council meeting that given that only one business owner applied for the special Coronavirus Aid Relief & […]

Township Could Absorb NJAW Rate Increase For Rate Payers

Township Could Absorb NJAW Rate Increase For Rate Payers

The township may temporarily absorb a nearly 7 percent rate increase from New Jersey American Water that has been approved by the state. But that won’t be indefinite, and at some point the increase will be passed on. Mayor Phil Kramer announced the 6.6 percent increase – approved by the state Board of Public Utilities […]

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