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Council Approves Two-Year, $55,000 ‘Predictive Policing’ Software Contract

Council Approves Two-Year, $55,000 ‘Predictive Policing’ Software Contract

Although Mayor Brian Levine wondered aloud whether the money could be better spent elsewhere, and at least one councilman was unsure of the contract’s term, the Township Council on Oct. 22 voted to spend $55,000 for software that is touted to allow police departments to “predict” where crime will occur. The idea’s champion on the […]

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Levine Preparing to Officiate First Same-Sex Marriage

Mayor Brian Levine said Oct. 19 that he’s already been asked by a same-sex couple to perform their marriage. The wedding will occur next week at the municipal building, he said. “I was approached by a same-sex couple for the 24th, which is probably the first day you can do it after the three-day waiting […]

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Substitute Teachers’ Pay Cut to be Re-Examined by School Board

Substitute Teachers’ Pay Cut to be Re-Examined by School Board

Pressured by two months of lobbying and calls to organize, the Board of Education will take another look at a pay cut that has angered the district’s substitute teachers. School board president Julia Presley said at the Oct. 17 board meeting that the board’s personnel committee will review an earlier decision to cut the teachers’ […]

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Advisory Committee: Allow Temporary Ag Signs on Open Space

Seasonal agricultural signs would be allowed on township open space under a proposal approved by the open Space Advisory Committee. The committee at its Oct. 15 meeting voted to recommend that the Township Council amend the ordinance banning such signs to allow the temporary seasonal signs. Only the council can change ordinances. The proposal was […]

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‘Smoke-Free Parks’ Proposal On Way To Council

‘Smoke-Free Parks’ Proposal On Way To Council

A proposal to limit smoking in the township’s larger parks – and ban it outright in the smaller ones – is on its way to the Township Council. The township Open Space Advisory Committee at its Oct. 15 meeting endorsed a proposal brought by Alice Osipowitz, director of parks and recreation, to create the smoke […]

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Part of Canal Road Closed Until Nov. 1

Canal Road from Elm Street to Blackwell Mills Road will be closed to all but local traffic from Oct. 15 to Nov. 1, 2013, due to reconstruction work. Detours (Blackwell Mills Road, Van Cleef Road, Amwell Road) will be posted. [wpgmappity id=”4″]

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Township Council Approves More Than $130,000 in Grants to Organizations

More than $130,000 in Community Development Block Grant sub-grants to area social service organizations helping township residents were approved at the Oct. 8 Township Council meeting. The money is targeted primarily to groups and organizations serving the township’s minority and low- and moderate-income residents. The money comes from a total $254,714 CDBG grant won by […]

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Township Council Votes to Spend Nearly $380,000 on Goods, Services

Purchases worth nearly $380,000 were approved at the Oct. 8 Township Council meeting. The items the council voted to buy are two utility body trucks for $106,000 and two pickup trucks with snow plows for $78,500 from Beyer Brothers of Fairview, and a backhoe for $106,405 and an articulated wheel loader for $66,680 from Jesco of […]

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Park Pond Dredging Costs Less Than Expected

Park Pond Dredging Costs Less Than Expected

A pond dredging project at Colonial Park ended up costing about $300,000 less than anticipated. The Somerset County Freeholders at their Oct. 8 meeting are expected to authorize the final payment to Netcong-based Salmon Brothers for dredging and dam repair at Duck and Mettler’s ponds. The final cost will be $892,489.91, which is $307,470.09 less […]

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Homeowners Association to Donate $11,000 to Franklin Food Bank, Pay Township $130,000

The Hampton Chase Homeowners Association is putting itself out of business, but helping the Franklin Township Food Bank along the way. The association’s three-member board on Oct. 5 will donate more than $11,000 – in the form of liens on homes in the single-family development – to the Franklin Township Food Bank. The idea for […]

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