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Paving of Parts of JFK Boulevard Has Begun

Paving of Parts of JFK Boulevard Has Begun

Navigating JFK Boulevard over the next couple of weeks will be dicey, as a good chunk of the road undergoes a rehab. Work has begun on the first phase of the resurfacing project. That first phase stretches from New Brunswick to Webster roads, said Township Manager Bob Vornlocker. The second phase will extend from Webster […]

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Grant Applications Approved for Road Work, Forestry Management Plan

Grant applications for resurfacing part of JFK Boulevard and creating a forest management plan were approved Sept. 10 by the Township Council. The JFK application, submitted to the state Department of Transportation, would be used for resurfacing JFK from Webster to Renfro roads. The second grant application is for the state’s 2013 Green Communities program. […]

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Council Votes to Spend $135,000 on Equipment

More than $135,000 in purchases and leases were approved Sept. 10 by the Township Council. Topping the council’s shopping list was $59,000 for Panasonic Toughbook in-car computers and $18,727.80 for two Zero-Turn mowers. Other items on the list were: A salt spreader for $14,128 GPS survey equipment for $13,195 A center post variable message sign […]

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County Shopping For New Trees For Two Franklin Parks

The Somerset County Freeholders are seeking bids for 102 trees to be planted this fall in various parks around the county, 11 of which are earmarked for Franklin. In its bid request, the county is asking for six trees for Spooky Brook Golf Course and five trees for Colonial Park, both in Somerset. The county […]

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Bennetts Lane Bridge Slated for Replacement

Bennetts Lane Bridge Slated for Replacement

Somerset County is preparing to replace one of its bridges on Bennetts Lane, work that will close a portion of the road for about four months. The bridge, which has been declared “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete,” is located less than a mile north of Route 27, and spans an unnamed tributary of the Six […]

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Mettlers Farmer to be County’s ‘Eyes and Ears’

Mettlers Farmer to be County’s ‘Eyes and Ears’

A South Middlebush Road dairy farmer is once again farming a plot at Mettlers and Weston roads. Bob Puskas, of Middlebsh Farms, was the winning bidder of the lease to the 40-acre, county owned plot. Puskas’ winning bid of $495 a year for each of the next five years – starting Jan.1 – won’t boost […]

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Teachers Readying New Portable Classrooms

Teachers Readying New Portable Classrooms

Teachers are busy getting their classrooms ready in the 12 new portable units in place throughout the school district. The portables, which have been leased for five years at a cost of about $3 million, are needed to handle overcrowding in the schools, said schools Superintendent Edward Seto. Sampson G. Smith School received its first […]

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New Gazebo Planned for Colonial Park

New Gazebo Planned for Colonial Park

County parks officials are reviewing four bids for a new, 40-foot pavilion, slated for Colonial Park. The structure, which has been budgeted at $225,000, is designed to be placed near the baseball diamond along Mettlers Road. The bidders in the running for the project are Louis Barbato Landscaping of Holbrook, NY, which bid $208,333; Whirl […]

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Township exploring ‘predictive policing’

Could township police one day “predict” where crime is going to happen? Representatives from PredPol, the company that has developed software it claims can predict crime, have met with several township officials and others, including Chief of Police Lawrence W. Roberts, have viewed a Web-based presentation on the product. The meetings were held at the […]

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Composting is Theme of September Workshop

Backyard composting workshops for county residents are set for 10-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 12 in conference room “B” of the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy, 402 Roycefield Rd. Hillsborough. Participants will learn how to compost kitchen and yard debris into a “black gold” organic material for use in the yard, garden and […]

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