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Mayor, Councilman: New Brunswick Should Pay for Any Additional Water Tests

Mayor, Councilman: New Brunswick Should Pay for Any Additional Water Tests

New Brunswick should “ante up” if the township has to do any additional water supply testing in the wake of charges that the neighboring city’s former water department operator falsified three year’s worth of water tests. That was the word Nov. 26 from Township Councilman Brian Regan (At-Large) and Mayor Brian Levine after the council […]

School Board Member: Board Is ‘So Fractured, We Cannot Function’ (Updated)

School Board Member: Board Is ‘So Fractured, We Cannot Function’ (Updated)

Deep divisions among groups of members and a feeling of overall failure permeate the 2013 self-evaluations completed earlier this year by the Board of Education members. “We are so fractured we cannot function,” one board member commented. “Plus, we are forcing the administration to spend time and money on board related in fighting (sic). My […]

Somerset Family’s Creation Included in County’s ‘Festival of Trees’

Somerset Family’s Creation Included in County’s ‘Festival of Trees’

A Somerset family’s creation will be among the dozens of trees at the 36th annual “Festival of Trees” at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge. The Lyons’ family’s tree is entitled, “Peace and Goodwill.” Presented by the Somerset County Parks Commission Environmental Education Center’s naturalists, the display will run from 9 […]

Rental Assistance Available Through County Program

Help in paying rent for low-income residents is available from the Somerset County Homelessness Trust Fund. The fund’s Rental Assistance Program will provide up to 15 months of assistance and case management to help them increase their chances of staying within teh county, according to a press release about the program. The program pays a […]

Updated: Amendments to Two Ordinances Approved by Township Council, Third Tabled

Minor adjustments to two ordinances were approved at the Township Council’s Nov. 26 meeting. The ordinances have to do with licensing and fees. The council approved an ordinance amendment that strikes the $50 per vehicle per year fee charged to limousine companies. Mayor Brian Levine said the change brings the township into compliance with state […]

Second Chance for Animals Receives Grant for Food Bank Pet Food

Second Chance for Animals Receives Grant for Food Bank Pet Food

The organization that funds the Franklin Township Animal Shelter received a $2,000 donation to help it buy pet food for families in need. The Franklin Township Community Foundation, started about 15 years ago through a grant from the Heller Corp., provided the grant. It was presented to Second Chance for Animals president Bob Pezzano at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

$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 […]