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Video Story: Township Firefighters Train To Save Their Lives

Video Story: Township Firefighters Train To Save Their Lives

Firefighters from East Franklin and Community fire departments converged on the Rutgers Plaza parking lot Oct. 7 for training in newly purchased gear designed to save their lives. Called bailout gear, the equipment consists of rope, a hook, a device to aid in descending the rope and a carabiner, which is a metal lop that […]

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School Board Awards Contract For Complete Rebuilding Of FHS Tennis Courts

School Board Awards Contract For Complete Rebuilding Of FHS Tennis Courts

Franklin High School tennis teams may have their real home court to play on come this spring. The Board of Education on Sept. 29 awarded an $847,917 contract to Halecon, Inc. of Bridgewater to reconstruct the school’s tennis courts, which haven’t been used in years. Schools Superintendent John Ravally said the contract was awarded at […]

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$1 Million State Grant Allows For Refund Of Pre-K Tuition

$1 Million State Grant Allows For Refund Of Pre-K Tuition

Township parents with children in the district’s Pre-K program are getting an unexpected surprise: a refund of the nearly $6,000 tuition. District officials announced Sept. 28 that the state has approved a $1.1 million Preschool Education Expansion Aid grant for the 2017-18 school year. The money will be used toward reimbursements of the tuition paid […]

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Bunker Hill Road Resurfacing Set To Start Sept. 29

Bunker Hill Road Resurfacing Set To Start Sept. 29

The resurfacing of Bunker Hill Road from Canal Road to Route 27 is set to start during the evening of Sept. 29. The work will also encompass part of Canal Road and the Griggstown Causeway, according to an announcement from the township. Work will be done from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, […]

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Little Rocky Hill Water Main Woes May Be Ending

Little Rocky Hill Water Main Woes May Be Ending

It looks as though issues with the state have been resolved, and the woes associated with a water main in Little Rocky Hill may finally be coming to an end. Township Councilman Ted Chase (D-Ward 1) made the announcement at the Sept. 26 council meeting. Chase has been working on getting the main replaced for […]

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Middlebush Park Concession Stand Ready For Use

Middlebush Park Concession Stand Ready For Use

The long-awaited concession stand at Middlebush Park is ready for use. That was the word Sept. 19 from Township Manager Robert Vornlocker. The stand, which cost about $500,000, was hoped to have been operational by the beginning of the month. But, as Vornlocker explained to the Township Council on Sept. 12, there were some issues. […]

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South Middlebush Road Reopens, Township Residents Rejoice

South Middlebush Road Reopens, Township Residents Rejoice

South Middlebush Road was reopened on Sept. 1, to the apparent delight of many township residents. A part of the road was closed June 28 for a complete bridge replacement over the Six Mile Run. The project, managed by Somerset County, was projected to cost about $745,000, and necessitated the closure of the road between […]

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Queens Bridge Closed Sept. 8; Expected To Last Two Months

Queens Bridge Closed Sept. 8; Expected To Last Two Months

The Queens Bridge between South Bound Brook and Bound Brook is expected to be closed at 9 p.m. Sept. 8 for emergency repairs. The repairs should last about two months, said Stephen Schapiro, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. Schapiro said the work will not entail a replacement of the bridge, just repairs […]

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School Board Set To Vote On Superintendent’s 2017-18 Merit Goals

School Board Set To Vote On Superintendent’s 2017-18 Merit Goals

The Board of Education is set to vote Aug. 24 on a set of merit goals for schools Superintendent John Ravally that could be worth nearly $30,000. State law permits boards of education to approve merit bonuses for school superintendents, based on percentages of the superintendents’  salary. Ravally is in the first year of a […]

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Dump Trucks, Police Radio Systems Upgrade Among Items Purchased By Township Council

Dump Trucks, Police Radio Systems Upgrade Among Items Purchased By Township Council

Among the goods and services purchased were: $36,700 for shade trees for Middlebush Park from Northern Nurseries of Somerset. The cost is for the trees only, the township’s Department of Public Works will plant them. $73,742.58 for two 2017 10-foot Stainless Steel Dump Bodies, $36,871.29 each. The bodies will be installed on: Two 2018 Model […]

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