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Franklin Township: Inspiring Day for at Raritan Valley Habitat 'Women Build Day'

June 19, 2017

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity hosted its 11th Annual "Women Build Day" May 20th as part of its national initiative to bring woman together in a show of solidarity and to make a difference in their communities. 

With the help of a grant from Lowe's and the hard work of a diverse group of women, $11,000 has been raised to help future Habitat for ...

Franklin Township Dr. Martin Luther King Community Foundation Raises $20k for Students

SOMERSET, NJ - Twelve Franklin High School seniors were awarded $20,000 by the Franklin Township Dr. Martin Luther King Community Foundation at the FHS Annual Senior Awards, Monday night.

The Franklin Township Dr. Martin Luther King Community Foundation (FTMLKCF) has raised over $175,000 and awarded 167 FHS students with scholarships, since 1998. 

“In giving this scholarship, we ...

Franklin Township: Warriors for Life Scholarship Foundation to Host 1st Annual Gala

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Are you a Warrior for Life or member of the community that wants to give back? 

Well, now you have a chance to take action by showing support for one of the township's newest not-for-profit organizations, the Warriors for Life Scholarship Foundation (WFLSF). 

"If you believe in sustaining and building the strength and character here in the ...

Franklin Township: Free 'Tick Talk' Community Forum

June 22, 2017

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Next Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. the public is invited to a forum on how to stay safe from ticks during the summer months at the Franklin Township Municipal Building. 

“While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, it’s important to be extra vigilant during the warmer months from April to September when ticks are most ...

Danielsen Amendment Clears Committee: Would Require Notification of Public Utility Disconnection for Non-payment

TRENTON, NJ -  State Assemblyman and Franklin resident Joe Danielsen (D-Middlesex, Somerset) sent a bill to the Assembly Speaker which will prohibit public utilities from terminating service for nonpayment unless the customer is provided a certified letter at least 10 business days prior to scheduled termination date, was released by the Assembly Telecommunication Committee on ...

The Week Ahead in Franklin Township: June 19-22

Here's a look at some of the municipal, business and recreational events going on this week in the Township of Franklin.

Monday, June 19

Franklin Township Public Library 

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Community Room A+B)

Beginner Yoga 

Shanti Manifase will guide participants through an introductory ADULT yoga session. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a towel or ...

Franklin Police Peacefully End Incident With Knife-wielding, Child

June 22, 2017

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Police calmed a knife-wielding girl, Wednesday after she locked herself in the bedroom of her Somerset home, officials said.

Responding officers were told by the resident of the home that her 11-year old autistic daughter had an outburst and grabbed a large kitchen knife and locked herself in her bedroom, police say. 

Officer's Brian Quigley and ...

Franklin Township: Haz-Mat Spill on Somerset Street

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Yesterday at approximately 6 p.m. the Franklin Township Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a fuel leak near Millstone Road and Somerset Street, official say. 

Responding officers found a 2016 Audi Q5 with a ruptured fuel tank, according to authorities. 

The rupture was a result of a female driver striking a pole sticking out of ...

Police Searching for Suspect in Commercial Avenue Shooting

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A 19-year-old city man was shot in both of his legs early this morning at a Commercial Avenue apartment complex, according to police.

The victim, whose name wasn’t released, was with friends outside Building 1 of the New Brunswick Apartments, 33 Commercial Ave., shortly before the incident, according to a press release. A suspect then approached the group ...

What’s Going On In Franklin Township This Weekend?

June 22, 2017

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Looking for something to do this weekend? Would you like to run or walk for a good cause? Maybe you want to add a furry friend to the family? What about cooling off poolside with some drinks?

Well, you can do all that and more right here in town!

Check out TAPinto Franklin Township’s roundup of some of the best things to do close to home. 

Friday, June ...

Somerville Hosts Weekly Summer Dance Party with Live Music on Division Street

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough is synonymous with live events that include - what else - live music.

Over the past three weeks, there was live music on Main Street during the June 4 Somerville Business & Professional Association street fair; on June 10, there was a live band on the steps of the historic Somerset County Courthouse as part of the Flag Day celebration and this past ...

Get Your Lawn Chairs Ready: The Piscataway Summer Concert Series Begins July 6

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Cultural Arts Commission has announced the dates for the 2017 Summer Concert Series.

The annual concert series will take place at Columbus Park Extension Gazebo located at the intersection of Lakeview Avenue, New Market Road, and Williams Street.

Performances are scheduled for Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m., July 6 to Aug. 31st.

In the ...

Prosecutor’s Office: Piscataway Man Charged with Killing Brother

June 23, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A township man, Jahneel Stevenson, 21 has been charged with the June 16 shooting death of his brother, Henry Stevenson, Jr., 24, also of Piscataway, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Scott Cartmell of the Piscataway Police Department.

On June 22, Stevenson, the accused was charged with murder, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon ...

Prosecutor: Suspect Shot Victim Twice Four Days Apart

Editor's note: The headline for this article has been changed for accuracy. 

SOMERVILLE, N.J. - A Bound Brook man charged with attempted murder shot the victim on two separate occasions during the same week, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Isaiah Wilson, 25, of  Fisher Avenue, Bound Brook is charged with 1st degree, attempted murder and 2nd ...

Nominations Sought for 2017 Spirit of Somerset Awards

June 11, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Spirit of Somerset Awards Committee is seeking nominations for their annual Spirit of Somerset Awards, which will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater.

The fundraising event benefits the Strengthening Families and Pathways to Parenting Programs at the Somerville-based non-profit agency Somerset Treatment ...

Franklin School District Shows ‘Significant’ Decline in HIB Incidents for First Half of School Year

June 23, 2017

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The school district was ‘significantly’ safer for students during the first half of the school year, officials reported Thursday night.

School Management Director Orvyl Wilson told Board of Education members and the public that the number of both reported and confirmed Harassment Intimidation and Bullying incidents in the district dropped by about ...

TAPinto Franklin Township: Athletic Scholar Series

SOMERSET, NJ - TAPinto Franklin Township will be running a series called "Athletic Scholars.” The objective is to showcase exceptional student athletes attending Franklin Township Public Schools. Each student must be a senior playing a varsity sport with a minimum 3.5 GPA. The student should have also shown a commitment to volunteerism in the community. 

Parents, teachers, ...

Franklin High School Graduation 2017

SOMERSET, NJ - Hundreds of family members, friends and supporters filled Franklin High School's athletic field to celebrate the graduation of 501 students of the Class of 2017, Friday afternoon.

The FHS Band led by Director, Daniel Berz opened the ceremony to lead the class onto the field with a rendition of "Pomp and Circumstance."

Following the procession was the ...

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NY Mets Turn to Patriots for Pitching Help: Atkins Heads to AAA Las Vegas

June 21, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots sold the contract of right-handed pitcher Mitch Atkins to the New York Mets. He will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Atkins was 4-3 with a 4.06 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 62 innings pitched in 11 games started for Somerset this season.

He was in his second season with the Somerset Patriots and in the Atlantic League. The righty began the 2013 ...

Community Rallies to Help Piscataway Man Critically Injured in House Explosion

June 22, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Joseph Keleman’s gofundme campaign is trending because in the past four days, 54 people have raised $4,290 of the $50K goal for the Piscataway resident who was critically injured after his home exploded early Sunday morning, June 11. 

"The force of the blast completely leveled the home which was fully engulfed in flames by the time fire fighters arrived ...

At Rutgers, a History of Conservatism Intertwined with Controversy

Editor’s note: This story is the fourth in a five-part series on the Rutgers Conservative Union. Through that lens, TAPinto New Brunswick intends to provide a comprehensive look at an energetic year of on-campus activism at New Jersey’s flagship university. The third part is available here.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — As the clock ticked closer to 10 p.m., the ...

County and Activists Defend Middlesex Policy Against Attacks from ICE

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Since Middlesex County adopted a policy forbidding, in most cases, its jail and sheriff’s department from aiding immigration authorities, the feds, national right-leaning media and local Republicans have come out against the move.

But the backlash has also re-energized the pro-immigrant activists who pushed the county to adopt the policy in the first place.

Two Dead After Car Goes Off GSP into Rahway River

CLARK, NJ — Two people are dead after one-car crash on the Garden State Parkway Friday morning around 10:45 a.m. The names of the victims have not been released.

“The vehicle went off the road on the right-hand side and was submerged in water. The right two lanes of the parkway are closed for investigation and will be for some time,” Lieutenant Schafer of the ...

A Fiery Year On the Banks: The Rutgers Conservative Union Finds a Voice

Editor’s note: This story is the first in a five-part series on the Rutgers Conservative Union. Through that lens, TAPinto New Brunswick intends to provide a comprehensive look at an energetic year of on-campus activism at New Jersey’s flagship university. The second part is available here.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Dylan Marek went to bed an anonymous Rutgers University ...

New Brunswick Approves City ID Program to Applause from Residents

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city expects 1,500 people to apply for municipal identification cards within the first six months of the program, which gained approval last week after roughly a year and a half in the making, according to officials.

The New Brunswick City Council adopted an ordinance establishing the city ID program on June 7, before a crowd of activists and immigrants. Many held ...

Community Rallies to Help Piscataway Man Critically Injured in House Explosion

June 22, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Joseph Keleman’s gofundme campaign is trending because in the past four days, 54 people have raised $4,290 of the $50K goal for the Piscataway resident who was critically injured after his home exploded early Sunday morning, June 11. 

"The force of the blast completely leveled the home which was fully engulfed in flames by the time fire fighters arrived ...

At Rutgers, a History of Conservatism Intertwined with Controversy

Editor’s note: This story is the fourth in a five-part series on the Rutgers Conservative Union. Through that lens, TAPinto New Brunswick intends to provide a comprehensive look at an energetic year of on-campus activism at New Jersey’s flagship university. The third part is available here.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — As the clock ticked closer to 10 p.m., the ...

County and Activists Defend Middlesex Policy Against Attacks from ICE

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Since Middlesex County adopted a policy forbidding, in most cases, its jail and sheriff’s department from aiding immigration authorities, the feds, national right-leaning media and local Republicans have come out against the move.

But the backlash has also re-energized the pro-immigrant activists who pushed the county to adopt the policy in the first place.

Nominations Sought for 2017 Spirit of Somerset Awards

June 11, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Spirit of Somerset Awards Committee is seeking nominations for their annual Spirit of Somerset Awards, which will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater.

The fundraising event benefits the Strengthening Families and Pathways to Parenting Programs at the Somerville-based non-profit agency Somerset Treatment ...

Nominations Sought for 2017 Spirit of Somerset Awards

June 11, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Spirit of Somerset Awards Committee is seeking nominations for their annual Spirit of Somerset Awards, which will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater.

The fundraising event benefits the Strengthening Families and Pathways to Parenting Programs at the Somerville-based non-profit agency Somerset Treatment ...

Community Rallies to Help Piscataway Man Critically Injured in House Explosion

June 22, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Joseph Keleman’s gofundme campaign is trending because in the past four days, 54 people have raised $4,290 of the $50K goal for the Piscataway resident who was critically injured after his home exploded early Sunday morning, June 11. 

"The force of the blast completely leveled the home which was fully engulfed in flames by the time fire fighters arrived ...