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Ravally: School Buildings Will Be Ready For Start Of School

Ravally: School Buildings Will Be Ready For Start Of School

There will still be a few loose ends to tie up, but for the most part, district schools will be ready to open on Sept. 20, the Board of Education was told at its Aug. 23 meeting. Schools Superintendent John Ravally gave the board its final update on the “One Less Move” referendum construction projects […]

Catalpa Park Construction Start Delayed Until Next Year

Catalpa Park Construction Start Delayed Until Next Year

Construction on Catalpa Park has been put off for about a year due to permitting issues. The first phase of the park, bordered by Old Vliet and South Middlebush roads, was expected to be open by this fall. But a realignment of the driveway into the proposed park triggered the need for more stream crossing permits […]

Township Council Approves Purchase Of Five Electric Cars

Township Council Approves Purchase Of Five Electric Cars

The township motor pool will be a little “greener” soon, now that the Township Council has approved the purchase of five electric cars for its fleet. The cars, along with six charging stations that have yet to be purchased, were anticipated in the 2018 budget. The council at its Aug. 14 meeting approved the $188,312.50 […]

Township Council Votes To Support Medical Marijuana Facilities In Franklin

Township Council Votes To Support Medical Marijuana Facilities In Franklin

A resolution expressing support for medical marijuana facilities locating in certain sections of the township was unanimously approved Aug. 14 by the Township Council. The resolution states that the council is supportive of medical marijuana facilities – cultivators, processors and distributors – being located in the township’s M-1 and M-2 zones, which are light industrial […]

Updated: Private School Students May Still Get District Buses In 2018-19 School Year

Updated: Private School Students May Still Get District Buses In 2018-19 School Year

Update: The Board of Education at its Aug. 23 meeting approved a $432,000 contract with the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission of Piscataway to provide buses for private school students. Original Story: The question of whether the school district will provide bus transportation to private schools in the upcoming school year has not yet been […]

School Board Approves Nearly $30,000 In Superintendent’s Merit Pay

School Board Approves Nearly $30,000 In Superintendent’s Merit Pay

Nearly $30,000 in merit bonuses for the schools Superintendent were approved July 18 by the Board of Education. The bonuses were the result of schools Superintendent John Ravally meeting all of the performance goals set for him last year by the board. In total, Ravally earned $29,467.95 in the bonuses. Ravally is in the second […]

Griggstown Volunteer Fire Company Dedicates New Pumper Truck

Griggstown Volunteer Fire Company Dedicates New Pumper Truck

Members of the Griggstown Volunteer Fire Company capped off a three-year effort June 16 with the dedication of their new pumper truck. Technically, it’s called a Pierce-Arrow PUC Pumper, with the PUC being an acronym for Pierce Ultimate Configuration. The truck “allows us to put the maximum amount of equipment into the smallest piece of […]

Projected Opening Of Township Youth Center Set At Winter 2020

Projected Opening Of Township Youth Center Set At Winter 2020

The long-awaited, much-anticipated township youth center could open its doors by the winter of 2020, the Township Council was told on June 13. It’s possible that opening could be maybe a month or so sooner, but not likely, members of the architectural firm hired to honcho the project told the council. That’s because final designs […]

Somerset County Seeks Hunting Rights Bids For Trap Rock Property

Somerset County Seeks Hunting Rights Bids For Trap Rock Property

Somerset County is looking for bids for hunting rights on four parcels it owns, including one in the township. The Franklin parcel consists of 149 acres and is known as the Stavola/Trap Rock parcel, which is bordered by Route 518, Canal and Old Georgetown roads. Somerset County bought most of the property in 2014 for […]

Township Council Purchases Goods And Services, Including $524K For Playground Equipment

Township Council Purchases Goods And Services, Including $524K For Playground Equipment

The Township Council on May 22 approved a number of purchases of goods and services, including more than $500,000 in contracts for upgrades and equipment at several park playgrounds. Among the resolutions approved were: A $517,330.61 contract with Murray Paving & Concrete of Paramus for the first two phases of the municipal building window replacement […]