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Proposed School Rezoning Plan Unveiled To Relatively Few Public Comments

Proposed School Rezoning Plan Unveiled To Relatively Few Public Comments

There were more questions than comments May 16 when the school district’s proposed school rezoning plan was debuted to a packed house in the Franklin High School cafeteria. That could be a good thing, in terms of keeping district on schedule for getting the entire redistricting project finished in time for the 2018-19 school year. […]








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Township Council Approves Contracts

Township Council Approves Contracts

The Township Council at its May 9 meeting approved several contracts for goods and services. Among the actions taken by the council: Approved a correction in a 3-year contract with Lightpath of Jericho, NY for the township’s telephone system. The original contract set a limit of $2,400 per month, but, according to a memo from […]








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Township Closes On $14 Million Purchase Of Consolata Missionaries Property

Township Closes On $14 Million Purchase Of Consolata Missionaries Property

What some township officials called the best land purchase in township history was closed on May 11, when papers were signed for the $14 million purchase of the 65-acre Consolata Missionaries tract on Route 27. Consolata representatives, township officials and others were on hand in the Township Council chamber for the closing, for which an […]








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Franklin Native Becomes Newest Police Officer

Franklin Native Becomes Newest Police Officer

One of Franklin’s own is its newest police officer. Malcolm Belvin was sworn in at the May 11 Township Council meeting. Belvin, a graduate of Franklin High School, was most recently a member of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department, said township Police Chief Lawrence Roberts. “I always like to say when we have the opportunity […]








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Modifications To ‘Sponsored Banners’ Policy Approved By Board Of Education

Modifications To ‘Sponsored Banners’ Policy Approved By Board Of Education

The Franklin High School outdoor athletic complex and gym will likely have some new additions starting next school year in the form of sponsored banners. The Board of Education at its April 27 meeting unanimously approved amendments to the district’s policy regulating sponsorship signage, allowing the banners only at the high school, showing no signs […]








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Township Council Contracts For Youth Center Feasibility Study

Township Council Contracts For Youth Center Feasibility Study

A Pennsylvania-based architectural firm has been hired to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed Lewis Street Youth Center. The Township Council awarded Kimmel Bogrette Architecture of Conshohocken, Pa. the $25,000 contract at its April 25 meeting. The firm was selected from eight candidates, all of whom were vetted by Township Manager Robert Vornlocker,  Alice […]








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‘Family Friendly’ Catalpa Park Plan Readied For Public Debut

‘Family Friendly’ Catalpa Park Plan Readied For Public Debut

A plan for a “family friendly” Catalpa Park – slightly different from what was approved last year – is making the rounds before relevant committees before its official public debut. The plan is being shepherded by Township Manager Robert Vornlocker. Earlier this month he took the plan to the Advisory Recreation Council for its input, […]








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Davenport Resigns As FMS Principal; Solomon Named Interim

Davenport Resigns As FMS Principal; Solomon Named Interim

Reginald O. Davenport has resigned as principal of Franklin Middle School. The resignation was effective April 3. Nick Solomon, the Sampson G. Smith vice-principal, has been named interim FMS principal. Davenport’s resignation letter cited “personal and health reasons,” district spokeswoman Mary Clark said in an email statement. “In the interim, as is standard operating procedure […]








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Township Council Introduces $11 Million In Capital, Bonding Ordinances

Township Council Introduces $11 Million In Capital, Bonding Ordinances

Bonding and capital ordinances appropriating more than $11 million for purchases and capital improvements were introduced by the Township Council at its March 28 meeting. The ordinances will have a public hearing and final vote in April. Among the biggest-ticket ordinances are $3,459,600 for water utility projects and $3,324,000 for the 2017 phase of the […]








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School Board Approves $1.5 Million In Contracts

School Board Approves $1.5 Million In Contracts

Nearly $1.5 million in contracts were approved by the Board of Education at its March 23 meeting. The biggest ticket item was a $1,128,999 contract awarded to Irvington-based KM Construction for reconstruction of the Franklin Middle School parking lot. The base cost of $830,707 is for the side lot and service courtyard. Alternate bids were […]








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