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Kramer: Township Caught In State Covid ‘Third Wave’

Kramer: Township Caught In State Covid ‘Third Wave’

The number of township residents testing positive for the coronavirus shows that Franklin is an active part of the “third wave” of virus infections recently declared by state officials. That’s the word from Mayor Phil Kramer, who has been tracking data behind the virus’ affect on Franklin residents. “I guess I could have called this […]

$10,000 Diamond Engagement Ring Is Grand Prize Of Venus Jewelers Contest

$10,000 Diamond Engagement Ring Is Grand Prize Of Venus Jewelers Contest

A $10,000 Verragio diamond engagement ring is waiting for one lucky couple at Venus Jewelers, Rutgers Plaza, Easton Avenue. The ring is the prize in the store’s “Amazing Ring Race,” planned for May 2. Couples will compete in a hometown version of The Amazing Race, but with a big rock at the proverbial finish line.  Registration is […]

South Middlebush Road Work Is Set By County

South Middlebush Road Work Is Set By County

Work will be done on South Middlebush Road this Spring, according to the Somerset County Public Works Department. The County is scheduled to install ADA-compliant curb ramps on the road from March 24 to April 2. Working hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with single-lane closures possible from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Later […]

Home Air Purifiers’ Ability To Reduce Airborne COVID-19 Studied, Participants Sought

Home Air Purifiers’ Ability To Reduce Airborne COVID-19 Studied, Participants Sought

Participants are being sought for a study to determine if airborne contaminants in the homes of COVID-19 patients can be dissipated by portable air purifiers. The study is being conducted by the Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute. “We believe that the high rates of transmission in homes are because people share their breathing […]

Library Receives Grant For New Branch

Library Receives Grant For New Branch

The Franklin Township Public Library has received a $1.3 million state grant for the construction of a new branch. The grant is part of the state Library Construction Bond Act, according to a press release from the Library. Under terms of the Act, the Library Board must provide at least a 50 percent match to […]

County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Being Determined

County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Being Determined

Somerset County officials are working on designating COVID-19 vaccination sites in the county, a spokesman said on December 21. Two vaccines – by New York-based Pfizer and Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna – have been given emergency use approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are now being shipped to states. The state and county […]

FTPD Makes History With First Female Black Lieutenant

FTPD Makes History With First Female Black Lieutenant

A bit of township history was commemorated at the December 8 Township Council meeting when the FTPD’s first female Black lieutenant was among 11 command-level officers who received their ceremonial swearings-in. Lt. Jolanda Lacewell, a 24-year veteran with the Franklin Township Police Department, and her 10 colleagues were ceremonially sworn in during the Council’s final […]

Changes in Election Day Polling Places

Changes in Election Day Polling Places

Coronavirus restrictions have resulted in changes to some in-person polling places for the November 3 election. The changes are as follows: Kingston Presbyterian Church, Griggstown Fire House, Wynnefield Club House, and Beacon Hill Club House have been changed to Griggstown Fire House, 1037 Canal Road, South of Bunker Hill, for Districts 1 through 7. Society […]

FTPD’s Newest Captains Sworn In By Council

FTPD’s Newest Captains Sworn In By Council

The three newest Captains in the Franklin Township Police Department were formally sworn in at the October 13 virtual Township Council meeting. Included in the trio was Capt. Sean Hebbon, the first African-American to rise to the rank of Captain in the FTPD’s history. The department’s first Black police officer, Naaman Williams – after whom […]

Local Women Participate In ‘Day Of Action’ For Postal Service

Local Women Participate In ‘Day Of Action’ For Postal Service

Three area women stationed themselves in front of the U.S. Post Office on DeMott Lane August 25 as part of a national effort to show support for the embattled Postal Service. The “Save the Postal Service” day of action was expected to draw thousands of people throughout the country to show up at Post Offices […]

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