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In Your Opinion: Franklin Boy Scout Troop 113 Looking For New Recruits

In Your Opinion: Franklin Boy Scout Troop 113 Looking For New Recruits

By Michele Rojek. Franklin Township Boy Scout Troop 113 is ready for some new recruits – and we were lucky to have five prospects come and join us on a fun filled day on Saturday February 27th in the Somerset Presbyterian Church parking lot where we held a skills building competition in lieu of the […]

In Your Opinion: A Year Into Pandemic, Patience Is A Necessity

In Your Opinion: A Year Into Pandemic, Patience Is A Necessity

By Mayor Phil Kramer. March 15th marks one year from the press release of the first PCR positive case of the virus which causes COVID. Within 2 weeks we will likely reach 5,000 cases and 200 deaths in Franklin. In that year many of us have learned about virology and immunology in ways we never […]

In Your Opinion: Connell Explains Himself To Schaefer

In Your Opinion: Connell Explains Himself To Schaefer

Skip,  I was not going to reply, but Januarys are so long and boring without my work wife Terri Seggio, so I have nothing else to think about.  Thanks COVID. First, I would never tell you, you are wrong.  I hold you in high regard because you take the time to understand the players and […]

In Your Opinion: Grandparents Pocket Park Doesn’t Pass The Sniff Test

In Your Opinion: Grandparents Pocket Park Doesn’t Pass The Sniff Test

By Skip Schaeffer, Somerset. Regarding the virtual town meeting on January 12 on an idea for a Grandparents Pocket Park on Willow Avenue, the Franklin Reporter & Advocate article describing the meeting, and the two different opinions listed on the FR&A website: I did not attend the meeting. I previously lived in that Quail Brook […]

In Your Opinion: FR&A’s Stance On ‘Grandparents’ Park’ Is Wrong

In Your Opinion: FR&A’s Stance On ‘Grandparents’ Park’ Is Wrong

By Bill Connell, Somerset. The catalyst of this letter is that I did not think the Franklin Reporter & Advocate’s Editor’s letter regarding parks reflected the wisdom I know he has. First off though, the park meeting was awesome.  It had lots of respectful participation, and even a petition.  This is good work.  There were […]

In Our Opinion: Council Must Abandon ‘Grandparents’ Park’ Idea

In Our Opinion: Council Must Abandon ‘Grandparents’ Park’ Idea

Sometimes, what the Township Council thinks is a good idea doesn’t necessarily reflect public opinion. Those are not our words; they were spoken by Councilman Will Galtieri on January 12 after dozens of Franklin residents skewered his plan to build a pocket park – Galtieri calls it a “Grandparents’ Park” – near the corner of […]

In Your Opinion: Empathy And Delayed Gratification

In Your Opinion: Empathy And Delayed Gratification

By Mayor Phil Kramer. Twenty plus years ago, when Laurie and I lived in Baltimore, we had a friend, Mary, who held a senior administrative position at Loyola College.  I recall a discussion with her about how much more class time kids spent on social issues in modern times, than we did when we were in […]

In Your Opinion: Willow Park Letter Writer Responds To Comments

In Your Opinion: Willow Park Letter Writer Responds To Comments

By Arnold Schmidt. To Jim Johnstone:  You referred to an FR&A article “dated as recently as 9/23/2019” about this park plan.  I proposed that we wait to see the actual 2021 plan before forming an opinion on the park. We agree that Franklin is overdeveloped, but we need parks to accommodate our growing population.  The […]

In Your Opinion: Pocket Parks Are Good For Franklin

In Your Opinion: Pocket Parks Are Good For Franklin

By Arnold W. Schmidt. I recently read an article, and subsequent comments online, about a lot of concerns regarding a proposed park in the New Brunswick Road/Willow Avenue area.  The 2012 park plan being discussed was 6 acres which would have meant clear-cutting many trees. The new park plan is actually proposed to be on […]

In Your Opinion: Keep Thanksgiving COVID-Free

In Your Opinion: Keep Thanksgiving COVID-Free

By Mayor Phil Kramer. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Lots of food with the people I love most. I am however concerned about COVID spreading this Thanksgiving. Here are my suggestions on how to do a safer Thanksgiving. I recommend not gathering beyond your typical family unit. My extended family is planning a Zoom cooking […]

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