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School District Looks For Grant To Fund Summer Enrichment Program

School District Looks For Grant To Fund Summer Enrichment Program

The latest step in helping students who are suffering academically because of learning changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic was taken by the Board of Education at its January 28 meeting. The board during the meeting approved the submission of a grant application to the state Department of Education’s “Addressing Student Learning Loss” grant program. […]

Councilman Galtieri: I’m Not Pursuing Grandparents’ Park

Councilman Galtieri: I’m Not Pursuing Grandparents’ Park

The push to build a pocket park on Willow Avenue formally ended on January 26, with Township Councilman Will Galtieri publicly pulling the plug on his brainchild. “I have heard you loud and clear and at this point I am not proceeding with asking Council to change the usage of the land from passive to […]

Proposed ‘Grandparents’ Park’ Plan May Be Dead

Proposed ‘Grandparents’ Park’ Plan May Be Dead

A controversial plan to build a small park on Willow Avenue, near New Brunswick Road, appears to be dead, according to a comment made by a Township Councilwoman. Councilwoman Kimberly Francois (D-At Large) made the announcement in the midst of a conversation on another topic during the township Redevelopment Agency’s regular meeting on January 25. […]

Bench Replacement, Sponsorship, Could Be On Horizon For Township Trails

Bench Replacement, Sponsorship, Could Be On Horizon For Township Trails

The township is looking into replacing deteriorating benches along trails, and may open up purchases to the public. In a plan discussed at the January 19 Open Space Advisory Committee meeting, residents would be able to “sponsor” the new benches, and dedicate them to loved ones or organizations. Many of the wooden benches that line […]

Public Pans ‘Pocket Park’ Plan

Public Pans ‘Pocket Park’ Plan

Residents opposed to a proposed “Grandparents’ Park” in Somerset spent more than two hours January 12 expressing their feelings about the plan to the Township Council. The Council held a special hearing on the plan, necessitated by the facts that the land – located at Willow Avenue and New Brunswick Road – was bought with […]

Township Council Goes To ‘Plan B’ For CDBG Grant Money, Will Help Renters

Township Council Goes To ‘Plan B’ For CDBG Grant Money, Will Help Renters

Getting almost non-existent response from East Franklin businesses to a COVID-19 relief grant program, the Township Council has decided to instead use the money to help township renters. Mayor Phil Kramer said at the November 24 virtual Township Council meeting that given that only one business owner applied for the special Coronavirus Aid Relief & […]

Township Could Absorb NJAW Rate Increase For Rate Payers

Township Could Absorb NJAW Rate Increase For Rate Payers

The township may temporarily absorb a nearly 7 percent rate increase from New Jersey American Water that has been approved by the state. But that won’t be indefinite, and at some point the increase will be passed on. Mayor Phil Kramer announced the 6.6 percent increase – approved by the state Board of Public Utilities […]

More Positive Coronavirus Cases In Schools; Nov. 30 Opening Still Planned

More Positive Coronavirus Cases In Schools; Nov. 30 Opening Still Planned

Plans are being finalized for the November 30 return to hybrid in-person learning in township schools, even as several more cases of coronavirus infection in the district have been confirmed. Another seven people associated with district schools tested positive for the virus between November 2 and 19, according to district officials. District spokeswoman Mary Clark […]

Township Agrees To Pay FTPD LT. $300K To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

Township Agrees To Pay FTPD LT. $300K To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

The township has agreed to pay $300,000 to a Franklin Township Police lieutenant and keep her on paid administrative leave until mid-2021 to settle a discrimination and harassment lawsuit the lieutenant filed in 2018. The officer, Lt. Kristen Durham, has been on administrative leave since early 2018, after what she claimed was a “bogus” internal […]

Legality Of Township Leasing Six Mile Run Explored

Legality Of Township Leasing Six Mile Run Explored

Whether the township can legally lease the Six Mile Run Reservoir Site land from the state will be the topic of discussion soon between the Township Manager and township attorney. Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said he would discuss the issue with township attorney Louis N. Rainone. Vornlocker did not sound optimistic about the idea being […]