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Ari Drive Chain Brings Residents To Township Council

Ari Drive Chain Brings Residents To Township Council

The chaining off of Ari Drive at Julie Court was once again a hot topic during a Township Council meeting. Most of the residents of streets affected by the chains who showed up at the May 30 council meeting praised the decision, but there were some who opposed it. The council on Feb. 14 voted […]



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Schools Superintendent Gets New Contract, Salary Increase, In Line With State Regs

Schools Superintendent Gets New Contract, Salary Increase, In Line With State Regs

A new 5-year contract for the schools Superintendent was approved May 25 by the Board of Education. The $196,584 contract ups schools Superintendent John Ravally’s salary by nearly $20,000, and comes just two years into his original 5-year term. The move was made to bring Ravally’s salary in line with updated state regulations concerning schools […]



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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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