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Councilwoman Pruitt Gives Emotional Speech To Her Community

Councilwoman Pruitt Gives Emotional Speech To Her Community

An emotional Crystal Pruitt on April 27 gave voice to the anxiety over the issue of police violence normally felt by people of color and exacerbated after the verdict in the case of a white former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of killing an unarmed Black man. The At-Large Councilwoman, head of the Council’s public […]

Township Council All In For Offering All Types Of Legal Weed Licenses

Township Council All In For Offering All Types Of Legal Weed Licenses

The Township Council on March 23 gave the high sign to supporting all six of the licenses that will be available for the budding legal marijuana industry in New Jersey. Council members unanimously supported a motion made by Councilwoman Kimberly Francois (D-At Large) to introduce and pass ordinances allowing for licenses for the cultivation, manufacturing, […]

Councilman Chase Declines To Run For Re-Election, Potosnak Tapped To Run

Councilman Chase Declines To Run For Re-Election, Potosnak Tapped To Run

Longtime Township Councilman Ted Chase has decided to keep his hat out of the ring for re-election this year, capping a 12-year Council career. The township Democrats hope to replace Chase, who represents Ward 1, with current Board of Education member Ed Potosnak. Running for re-election are Council members James Vassanella (Ward 5), Charles Onyejiaka […]

Township Council: FTPD Getting More Diverse, More Work To Be Done

Township Council: FTPD Getting More Diverse, More Work To Be Done

The Franklin Township Police Department has become more diverse over the past several years, but it still has a ways to go before it reflects the demographics of the township, township officials said on February 23. Demographic statistics of the department were reviewed during the Township Council’s virtual meeting by Councilwoman Crystal Pruitt (D-At Large). […]

Township Council Picks Local Businesswoman As Newest Member

Township Council Picks Local Businesswoman As Newest Member

The newest Township Council member is a local businesswoman who owns a catering business with her husband. Shepa Uddin was chosen by the Township Council on February 23 from three candidates selected by the township Democratic Party to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman Will Galtieri. Galtieri, who represented the 2nd Ward, resigned after […]

Five New Police Command Staff Ceremonially Sworn In

Five New Police Command Staff Ceremonially Sworn In

Five new Franklin Township Police command staff members were ceremonially sworn in during the Township Council’s February 23 virtual meeting. “These men and women excel,” township Public Safety Director Quovella Spruill said during the meeting. Those sworn in to their new ranks were Lt. Florindo DiMarzio, Sgt. Leah Spahr, Sgt. Michael Opaleski, Sgt. Patrick Clyne […]

Township Democrats Pick Three Candidates For Council Seat

Township Democrats Pick Three Candidates For Council Seat

Township Democrats have selected a slate of three candidates to fill an unexpired set on the Township Council. The Council will choose one person from the three at its February 23 meeting. Township Councilman Will Galtieri resigned his Second Ward seat earlier this month, citing as his reason his move to a neighboring town. Galtieri […]

Township Official: Get Cars Off Streets During Snow Storms

Township Official: Get Cars Off Streets During Snow Storms

Plowing issues experienced during the late January-early February snow storm could have been avoided had some residents moved their cars off streets, a township official said February 9. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker reminded residents during the virtual Township Council meeting that township ordinance requires that cars not be parked on residential streets when snow plowing […]

Councilman Will Galtieri Resigns, Search On For Replacement

Councilman Will Galtieri Resigns, Search On For Replacement

Township Councilman Will Galtieri (D-Ward 2) has resigned from the governing body as a result of his moving out of the township. Galtieri was in the last year of his first term on the Council. Township Democrats have 15 days to recommend three candidates to replace Galtieri to the Council. The Democrats will screen candidates […]

Kramer: Vaccination Goal Is At Least 500 Shots A Day

Kramer: Vaccination Goal Is At Least 500 Shots A Day

The vaccination rate in Franklin Township would have to be about 500 shots a day to reach “herd immunity” against COVID-19 by Labor Day, Mayor Phil Kramer said on January 13. Kramer made the estimation during a virtual Town Hall meeting about vaccinations. The Mayor said that his goal is to reach “herd immunity” through […]

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