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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 […]

James Vassanella Picked As Deputy Mayor For 2021

James Vassanella Picked As Deputy Mayor For 2021

The spinning wheel’s arrow landed on Township Councilman James Vassanella this year, making him the Deputy Mayor for 2021. Vassanella was elevated into the position during the Council’s January 5 virtual meeting. Vassanella, a Democrat who represents the township’s 5th Ward, last served as Deputy Mayor in 2019. He succeeds Township Councilman Charles Onyejiaka. While […]

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 […]

FTPD Officers To Be Sworn In At Council Meeting

FTPD Officers To Be Sworn In At Council Meeting

Ten recently promoted Franklin Township Police Department officers will be ceremonially sworn in at the December 8 Township Council meeting. There are three new lieutenants and seven new sergeants who will be sworn in during the meeting. Those being sworn in as lieutenant are Robert Ellis, Jolanda Lacewell, and Lloyd Fredericks. Those being sworn in […]

Solar Company Seeks To Aid Low- And Moderate-Income Families

Solar Company Seeks To Aid Low- And Moderate-Income Families

A project touted to help reduce the utility bills for township low- and moderate-income families is expected to receive the Township Council’s support. The project was introduced to the Council’s Public Works Committee by representatives from Manhattan-based Dimension Renewable Energy, who propose installing solar arrays on some of the township’s larger warehouse buildings, Township Councilman […]