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Schools Superintendent: No Pay Increase for Substitute Teachers

Schools Superintendent: No Pay Increase for Substitute Teachers

The school district administration will not support a requested reversal of a pay cut instituted this year for substitute teachers, schools Superintendent Edward Seto said Nov. 14. Nor will the administration support a previously promised bonus for those substitute teachers who worked more than 120 days in the 2012-2013 school year, he said. “I’m not […]

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Single-Stream Recycling Coming to the Township Next Summer

Single-stream recycling is coming to the township. Township Councilman Ted Chase (Ward 1) told members at the Nov. 12 meeting that Somerset County wants to expand its pilot program, started earlier this year, into the township next year. The plan, he said, is to start the new pickups in June, “after extensive publicity.” Under single-stream […]

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Township In Line to Save $750,000 in Health Benefit Costs Next Year

The township’s willingness to house its medical and dental health care plans with one company led the company to slash its initial 2014 renewal premiums by more than $750,000. That was the word Nov. 12 from Stuart Migdon, of the Woodbridge-based Business & Governmental Insurance Agency, the township’s insurance broker. Migdon told the Township Council at […]

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$1.1 Million Easton Avenue Repaving Begins Nov. 1

$1.1 Million Easton Avenue Repaving Begins Nov. 1

Milling and paving of Easton Avenue from John F. Kennedy Boulevard to Worlds Fair Drive begins at about 8 p.m. Nov. 1. The $1.1 million job is expected to take until Nov. 15, according to the Somerset County engineering department’s Rich Lazicky. Th work also includes all of the jughandles in that stretch of the […]

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New Signs on Tap for Historic Districts

New identifying signs for the township’s three historic districts were approved by the Open Space Advisory Committee. The committee took the action at its Oct. 15th meeting. The plan still must be approved by the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission. Each district would get up to three signs, at a cost of between $1,200 and $1,500 […]

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Franklin Boulevard Repaving Project Begins

Drivers may want to avoid Franklin Boulevard in the evenings and early mornings through Nov. 4. Repaving work on the road, between Easton Avenue and Hamilton Street, has begun. The work will be performed nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The cost for this county project is $688,000, according to county engineer Matt Loper. […]

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Fall Leaf Curbside Collection Begins Oct. 28

It’s that time of year again; the curbside leaf collection program will begin Oct. 28 and run through Nov. 29. The leaf drop-off program started Oct. 21, and also runs through Nov. 29. Regardless of whether they are picked up or dropped off, the leaves must be placed in brown paper biodegradable bags with the […]

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Middlebush Park Sports Complex Angers Some Neighbors

Middlebush Park Sports Complex Angers Some Neighbors

The township’s efforts in shielding Gauguin Way residents from noise and other nuisances of Middlebush Park’s sports complex aren’t sitting well with at least one resident. The 70-acre park, accessible off of DeMott Lane, is home to the township’s Pop Warner football program. With 300 players, Franklin’s Pop Warner program is considered to be the […]

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Council Moves on Lease for Franklin Township/South Bound Brook Little League

An ordinance that would continue the lease of township-owned land to the Franklin Township/South Bound Brook Little League was introduced at the Oct. 22 meeting. The five-year lease calls for an annual payment of $1 for the property at Hall Street and Madison Avenue. The lease would take effect in January 2014 and expire at […]

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Township Council Buys Two Dump Trucks for $311,000

A $311,000 contract for two dump trucks was approved at the Oct. 22 Township Council meeting. The contract is for two trucks with combination bodies and snow plows. Cambria Truck Center of Edison was the winning bidder. The deal includes a $20,000 trade-in.

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