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The Future is Ready for Franklin Students

September 15, 2017

SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Township School District is off to a solid start for the year, four students were recently announced as semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program, and today three schools have future ready students.  

 

According to a release, Franklin Middle School (FMS), Sampson G. Smith School (SGS) and Conerly Road School (CRS) have been certified ...

Franklin High School Has Four Semi Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

SOMERSET, NJ - Abigail Marshall, Kunj Padh, Shravan Venkatesan and Shyam Venkatesan have been named as Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.  In April 2017, the 50,000 highest PSAT scorers were offered an opportunity in which to continue in the competition. 

Of this select group of students, 16,000 were designated Semifinalists on a state ...

TAPinto Franklin Township's 2017 'Back to School Photo Contest' (POLLS ARE OPEN)

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Polls are officially open click here for details. 

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Today marked the first day of school for the Franklin Township District and TAPinto Franklin Township had the opportunity to visit one of the elementary schools, Conerly Road School.

This year TAPinto readers have a chance to share their back to school photos for a chance to win a ...

Franklin Township: Council Meeting Announcements and Reports (VIDEO)

September 13, 2017

SOMERSET, NJ - If you couldn't watch the township meeting live on TV and can't wait to see the replay, don't worry, because TAPinto Franklin Township has got you covered. 

Watch the videos below and click on the hyper links to get more details of some of the topics of discussion. 

Councilman Rajiv Prasad

Prasad announced the upcoming Transco Gas Compressor ...

Franklin Township to Hold 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Tuesday

The public is invited to multiple 9/11 remembrance ceremonies this week in the township and beyond. 

Monday, Sept. 11 the Somerset County Board of Freeholders will place a wreath at the county’s 9/11 memorial at the corner of Main and Bridge streets at 8:46 a.m. – the time when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center 14 years ago – the ceremony will ...

Somerset Man Injured in New Brunswick Shooting

September 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — One person has been hospitalized with serious wounds and another two injured as a result of a shooting Tuesday night near Throop Avenue, police confirmed in a statement.

Authorities believe that multiple suspects targeted multiple victims. The incident was not random, New Brunswick police Capt. J.T. Miller said. The shooting ...

Cops Not Naming Medical Practice Whose Patient Records Were Stolen

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — Authorities won't yet name the local medical practice whose patient records were stolen from a storage unit in East Brunswick.

The incident came to light this week, when the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office announced the arrest of Fernando Rios. Cops claimed the 33-year-old Sayreville resident stole and then sold more than 1,000 medical ...

Franklin Township: Police and Fire Officials Rescue Elderly Man from D&R Canal

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Police and fire officials rescued a 71-year-old man from Scotch Plains who was clinging to a tree branch while he was in chest deep water, according to a news release. 

Officer Alex Sodbinow, along with Franklin Township Office of Fire Prevention’s Deputy Director Andrew Berardo and Fire Inspector Peter Haver responded to the scene after the police ...

Jersey 4 Houston Charity Basketball Game Planned for Sept. 28

September 18, 2017

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - Harvey hit Houston weeks ago, but the recovery will be ongoing. 

Community leader Ashton Burell, of Highland Park, will host a charity basketball game dubbed "Jersey 4 Houston" at Highland Park Middle School (HPMS) on Sept. 28, to benefit the many lives impacted by hurricane Harvey. Burell along with Township of Franklin Councilwoman At-Large Shanel ...

86,000 Missing Veterans: Rolling Thunder Roars Into Advocacy for POW-MIA During the "Ride for Freedom" XXII in Holmdel

HOLMDEL, N.J. - POW - MIA. It stands for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action

Generations of children, young adults even grown men and women need the acronym above spelled out so they can remember the 86,000 men and women who never came home from the battlefields. There are men and women who carry that flag to this day who are here to help educate and inform, however. They are called  ...

Somerville: Police Departments Hold Supply Drive for Texas Hurricane Victims

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Several police departments in Somerset County are collecting donations to be shipped to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Dickinson, Texas.

A 42-foot trailer is parked at the Bernards Township police headquarters. Police are trying to get the trailer packed to capacity as soon as possible so that the needed supplies can be on their way to Texas, according to Officer ...

Area Church Hosts Community Dialogue on Mental Health Stigmas

September 10, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Central Jersey Community Coalition, African American Community Mental Health Outreach and the North Plainfield Stigma Free Zone Campaign are partnering to sponsor a community dialogue on how the stigma so often associated with having a mental health diagnosis reveals itself within different cultures.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “A ...

Franklin Township: Affordability Summit Proposes Agenda Items for Next Governor

September 21, 2017

SOMERSET, NJ - In New Jersey, 47 percent of residents aged 18 to 34 still live at home and the average property tax bill is $8,100. 

Those are two of the pressing problems discussed at the first “Affordability Summit” held Monday at First Baptist Church at Lincoln Gardens in Somerset. 

The summit was made possible by Opportunity New Jersey (ONJ) a non-partisan, ...

Route 206 Stop & Shop in Raritan Mall to Close by Nov. 30

 

 

RARITAN, NJ – The Stop & Shop Supermarket in the Raritan Mall off Route 206 will close by the end of November.

"After a thorough review of the operating performance of our stores, we made a business decision not to renew our lease at our Raritan store location," said Cindy Carrasquilla, manager of public relations and community relations for Stop & ...

Franklin Township: Women Business Leaders Forum, Unlocking the C-Suite

SOMERSET, NJ - Hundreds of women and a handful of men gathered Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset, to find out the secret to unlocking the C-suite. 

"Does anyone here doubt for even one minute that gender differences in communication and leadership styles have a strong impact on the way that men and women succeed in the workplace – whether in the corporate world or in ...

City, County and Rutgers make plans to attract potential Amazon headquarters

September 21, 2017

Middlesex County, New Brunswick and Rutgers University officials are eyeing the Hub City and surrounding area as a potential spot for Amazon’s “HQ2,”an East Coast headquarters, that would employ as many as 50,000 people  

The online retail giant, which is headquartered in Seattle, announced its plans earlier this month to pump $5 billion into the project, and is ...

The Family of Holmdel Student Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd Share Personal Letter to All Who Mourn With Them

HOLMDEL, N.J. - The family of Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd requested that TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck share the following letter from the family. It is reprinted here in its entirety at their request to this publication and they ask that you share it with all who are mourning with them:

 

"We wanted to reach out to all those grieving with us and sending their love and prayers. I ...

Area Residents Discuss Strategy To Block Trap Rock Quarry Gas Pipeline Project

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – When it comes to blocking Williams' Northeast Supply Enhancement project and proposed natural gas Compressor Station 206, which would be located near Trap Rock Industries' Kingston quarry, numbers count, according to a panel of state environmental activists.

More than 150 people from South Brunswick and Franklin townships came out Thursday night to the South ...

Ducks Even Playoff Series with Win Over Patriots

September 21, 2017

 

DUCKS EVEN UP LIBERTY DIVISION SERIES WITH 4-1 WIN

 

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY- The Long Island Ducks (1-1) defeated the Somerset Patriots (1-1) 4-1 at Bethpage Ballpark on Thursday evening to take Game Two and even up the Liberty Division Series at 1-1.

The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Lew Ford.

Long Island put up two runs ...

Hillsborough: Children's Singer/Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

 

NEWARK, NJ – Eric S. Komar, a Hillsborough resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

 Komar, 46, was ...

Somerset County: New Veterans Park Honors John Basilone, All War Veterans

RARITAN, NJ - Officials dedicated the new Veterans Park, on West Somerset Street in Raritan, at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 12.

Somerset County created the park adjacent to the John Basilone Statue to honor the World War II Medal of Honor recipient and all United States veterans.

The park was announced in September 2016, and officials cut the ribbon to open it one year ...

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Stress, Success and Destiny: NJ Public Lecture Series

September 22, 2017

This is to announce a fascinating lecture series on the theme of ancient wisdom and its role in everyday life. The speakers are world renowned philosopher from India A. Parthasarathy (also known as Swami Parthasarathy) and his daughter-disciple Sunandaji. 

Swami Parthasarathy will speak on the “Law of Karma” and will explain how you alone are in control of your life. As he ...

City, County and Rutgers make plans to attract potential Amazon headquarters

September 21, 2017

Middlesex County, New Brunswick and Rutgers University officials are eyeing the Hub City and surrounding area as a potential spot for Amazon’s “HQ2,”an East Coast headquarters, that would employ as many as 50,000 people  

The online retail giant, which is headquartered in Seattle, announced its plans earlier this month to pump $5 billion into the project, and is ...

The Family of Holmdel Student Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd Share Personal Letter to All Who Mourn With Them

HOLMDEL, N.J. - The family of Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd requested that TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck share the following letter from the family. It is reprinted here in its entirety at their request to this publication and they ask that you share it with all who are mourning with them:

 

"We wanted to reach out to all those grieving with us and sending their love and prayers. I ...

Area Residents Discuss Strategy To Block Trap Rock Quarry Gas Pipeline Project

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – When it comes to blocking Williams' Northeast Supply Enhancement project and proposed natural gas Compressor Station 206, which would be located near Trap Rock Industries' Kingston quarry, numbers count, according to a panel of state environmental activists.

More than 150 people from South Brunswick and Franklin townships came out Thursday night to the South ...

Cops Arrest 1 of 2 Men Wanted for New Brunswick Murder

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The alleged murderer named Maniac is still on the loose, but police nabbed his counterpart today, they said in a press release.

Rayshawn Riddick, a 31-year-old from Newark, was taken in this morning by the FBI, the New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, according to the announcement. They didn't say where they caught ...

New Brunswick Council Still Weighing Tax Exemption for Easton Avenue Building

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Whether a developer looking to build a nine-story, mixed-use building on Easton Avenue will receive a long-term tax exemption—and what the deal might look like—is up in the air.

For the second time, at its Sept. 6 meeting, the New Brunswick City Council voted to table the ordinance that would enshrine a tax agreement for a subsidiary of the Missouri-based ...

Route 1 Fire Heavily Damages Best Western Hotel, Injures Two Firefighters

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A two-alarm fire at the Best Western hotel on Route 1 in Monmouth Junction Sunday night, heavily damaged an entire wing of the building, forcing dozens of guests from their rooms and injured two firefighters, police said.

 

City, County and Rutgers make plans to attract potential Amazon headquarters

September 21, 2017

Middlesex County, New Brunswick and Rutgers University officials are eyeing the Hub City and surrounding area as a potential spot for Amazon’s “HQ2,”an East Coast headquarters, that would employ as many as 50,000 people  

The online retail giant, which is headquartered in Seattle, announced its plans earlier this month to pump $5 billion into the project, and is ...

The Family of Holmdel Student Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd Share Personal Letter to All Who Mourn With Them

HOLMDEL, N.J. - The family of Jack Bailey Clarence Dowd requested that TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck share the following letter from the family. It is reprinted here in its entirety at their request to this publication and they ask that you share it with all who are mourning with them:

 

"We wanted to reach out to all those grieving with us and sending their love and prayers. I ...

Area Residents Discuss Strategy To Block Trap Rock Quarry Gas Pipeline Project

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – When it comes to blocking Williams' Northeast Supply Enhancement project and proposed natural gas Compressor Station 206, which would be located near Trap Rock Industries' Kingston quarry, numbers count, according to a panel of state environmental activists.

More than 150 people from South Brunswick and Franklin townships came out Thursday night to the South ...

Ducks Even Playoff Series with Win Over Patriots

September 21, 2017

 

DUCKS EVEN UP LIBERTY DIVISION SERIES WITH 4-1 WIN

 

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY- The Long Island Ducks (1-1) defeated the Somerset Patriots (1-1) 4-1 at Bethpage Ballpark on Thursday evening to take Game Two and even up the Liberty Division Series at 1-1.

The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Lew Ford.

Long Island put up two runs ...

Hillsborough: Children's Singer/Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

 

NEWARK, NJ – Eric S. Komar, a Hillsborough resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

 Komar, 46, was ...

Somerset County: New Veterans Park Honors John Basilone, All War Veterans

RARITAN, NJ - Officials dedicated the new Veterans Park, on West Somerset Street in Raritan, at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 12.

Somerset County created the park adjacent to the John Basilone Statue to honor the World War II Medal of Honor recipient and all United States veterans.

The park was announced in September 2016, and officials cut the ribbon to open it one year ...

Ducks Even Playoff Series with Win Over Patriots

September 21, 2017

 

DUCKS EVEN UP LIBERTY DIVISION SERIES WITH 4-1 WIN

 

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY- The Long Island Ducks (1-1) defeated the Somerset Patriots (1-1) 4-1 at Bethpage Ballpark on Thursday evening to take Game Two and even up the Liberty Division Series at 1-1.

The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Lew Ford.

Long Island put up two runs ...

Hillsborough: Children's Singer/Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

 

NEWARK, NJ – Eric S. Komar, a Hillsborough resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

 Komar, 46, was ...

City, County and Rutgers make plans to attract potential Amazon headquarters

September 21, 2017

Middlesex County, New Brunswick and Rutgers University officials are eyeing the Hub City and surrounding area as a potential spot for Amazon’s “HQ2,”an East Coast headquarters, that would employ as many as 50,000 people  

The online retail giant, which is headquartered in Seattle, announced its plans earlier this month to pump $5 billion into the project, and is ...