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Who are the Candidates on Your Franklin Primary Ballot?

June 25, 2020

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The New Jersey Primary Elections will be held on Tuesday, July 7, and Franklin residents will make first choices within their specific parties at a national, state, district, and local level.

This election cycle will witness the expansion of vote-by-mail, and voters who are registered in their parties have already received their ballots. If you have not received a ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Hundreds Served at Danielsen's COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing Sites (UPDATE)

SOMERSET, NJ - Over the course of three days, more than 700 people received a free COVID-19 test courtesy of Assemblyman Joe Danielsen and volunteers.

The testing was done on June 27, 28, and 29 in under 55 hours. Participants used FEMA's self-administered nasal swab test and Rutger's PCR saliva tests. Test results will be delivered via phone.

Test screenings didn't ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

New Brunswick Police Officer Investigated For Allegedly Repeatedly Texting Woman Displayed The 'behavior of a Stalker,' Says Councilwoman

July 2, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A police lieutenant who allegedly used a city-issued cell phone to repeatedly call a woman and send her at least one nude photo displayed “the behavior of a stalker,” says a member of City Council.

Rebecca Escobar, a member of the council since 2010, addressed a published report that Lt. Raymond Trigg, among other things, called the woman 43 times in one ...

Somerville Locks Down Raritan River Access to Deter Visitors' Abuse

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerville and Somerset County officials have shut down the South Bridge Street access to the Raritan River and Somerville Beach after a crowd of 250-300 people last weekend left behind 980 pounds of trash scattered along the riverbank, raising fears that it could happen again during the July 4th holiday weekend.

The riverbank property is owned by the Borough of ...

Flags Still Available for Field of Honor This Year Memorializing Bedminster Police Sgt.

BEDMINSTER, NJ _ Flags are still available for the 5th Annual Field of Honor® at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum in tribute to celebrate the nation's independence and to honor those who have served their country. This year's tribute especially honors the memory of Bedminster Police Sergeant AlTerek Patterson, "End of Watch 4-12-20." 

Sgt.

Central Jersey College Prep Graduates 8th Grade Class of 2020 In Outdoor Ceremony

June 23, 2020

Editor's Note: Article updated to reflect the correct names of graduates and presenters. 

SOMERSET, NJ - The Class of 2020 graduated from Central Jersey College Prep Charter School today in a unique outdoor event held in the school's parking lot. Yesterday CJCP held similar ceremonies for the kindergarten and fifth-grade class. 

COVID-19 ...

FMS Eighth Grade Virtual Ceremony Video

SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Township Public School district honored the Eighth Grade Class of 2020 with a promotion ceremony video and a compilation of family wishes. 

TAP here to view both videos. 

Have a news tip, feedback or story idea? Email FranklinTownship@tapinto.net or call our tip line 908-279-0303 ext.

Cedar Hill Prep Second Graders hold Virtual Science Fair

SOMERSET, NJ - Despite the change in the way 2nd graders have attended school recently, students at Cedar Hill Preparatory School continued to work hard on Science Fair projects.

Students enthusiastically shared their results, demonstrating their understanding of the Scientific Method in live on-line presentations. Many topics were investigated, including friction, car speed, ...

Parts of George, Church Streets to Close For Expanded Outdoor Dining

June 26, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Portions of George and Church streets will be closed starting this afternoon as the city makes room to expand its outdoor dining experience.

George Street will be closed between Albany and Church streets, between Church and Paterson streets and between Paterson and Bayard streets.

All streets crossing George Street will remain open.

The closures will start ...

New Brunswick Residents Gather to Call For Renaming of Woodrow Wilson School

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – About 25 people gathered today to call for the Board of Education to take Woodrow Wilson’s name off the school that’s home for about 450 K-8 students.

They stood about 50 yards from the school’s entrance on Tunison Road and unfurled a banner emblazoned with the message, “Remove Woodrow Wilson’s Name From New Brunswick Public School ...

Outdoor Dining Draws Diners to New Brunswick Restaurants

NEW BRUNSWICK,  NJ  - The wine was flowing, the stars were shining, the music was playing, the food had just arrived and everything was right in Deborah Bello's world tonight. 

She and her husband,  Gary Battaglia,  drove 40 minutes to eat at Catharine Lombardi on the first night in which outdoor dining was reintroduced across the state.

Bello said they had ...

Month-Long Virtual CanalFest Raises Funds for Franklin Food Bank

July 3, 2020

FRANKLIN, NJ – For the past 45 years, the Franklin Food Bank has relied on monetary donations and fundraising initiatives to fulfill its mission to help hundreds of township residents in need.

Due to COIVD-19, more and more families are turning to the food bank for assistance but, at the same time, the healthcare crisis led to the cancellation of the non-profit’s two major ...

Pop-Up Drive-Thru Food Pantry Happening at Ukrainian Cultural Center This Wednesday

SOMERSET, NJ - The nonprofit SALT Foundation will be holding a Community Love Drive-Thru food pantry event for the needy Wednesday from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Ukrainian Cultural Center on 135 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873.

Residents in need can drive up and volunteers will provide pre-packed shopping bags filled with a range of healthy and hearty free fruits, vegetables, ...

Residents Celebrate Juneteenth With March Through Franklin Township

FRANKLIN – A woman in a bright green shirt and a straw hat paused from sweeping her driveway as a group of people came up Lewis Street.

“Happy Juneteenth,” they called to her.

A big smiled broke across her face as she cast the broom aside to wave back.

Saturday’s rally had a decidedly different feel than some of those that moved through these streets and ...

Somerville Revises Request to Shut Down Main Street for Dining, Shopping

July 4, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough is making a second attempt to shut down the state highway that bisects the downtown shopping and restaurant district to create a pedestrian boulevard for shopping and outdoor dining from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays.

A resolution will be voted on at Monday's virtual Borough Council meeting, and sent to Trenton for review by officials from the state Department ...

Somerville: Washington's Headquarters Hosts July 4th Reading of Declaration of Independence

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The historic Wallace House, which served as General George Washington's winter headquarters in 1778-79 will be the setting for a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday, July 4th, at 1 p.m.

The document, signed by the founding fathers in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, escalated the colonies' struggle for independence. from England.

Black Lives Matter/Pride Demonstration & March in Somerville June 28

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Historic Somerset County Courthouse on East Main Street will be the setting for another demonstration and protest on Sunday, June 28, beginning at 3 p.m.

There will be speakers, music and a protest march down Main Street and back to the courthouse where the demonstration will continue with more speakers.

Organizers Ashley Figueroa and Erica Schmidt said the event ...

Parts of George, Church Streets to Close For Expanded Outdoor Dining

June 26, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Portions of George and Church streets will be closed starting this afternoon as the city makes room to expand its outdoor dining experience.

George Street will be closed between Albany and Church streets, between Church and Paterson streets and between Paterson and Bayard streets.

All streets crossing George Street will remain open.

The closures will start ...

New Brunswick Residents Gather to Call For Renaming of Woodrow Wilson School

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – About 25 people gathered today to call for the Board of Education to take Woodrow Wilson’s name off the school that’s home for about 450 K-8 students.

They stood about 50 yards from the school’s entrance on Tunison Road and unfurled a banner emblazoned with the message, “Remove Woodrow Wilson’s Name From New Brunswick Public School ...

Outdoor Dining Draws Diners to New Brunswick Restaurants

NEW BRUNSWICK,  NJ  - The wine was flowing, the stars were shining, the music was playing, the food had just arrived and everything was right in Deborah Bello's world tonight. 

She and her husband,  Gary Battaglia,  drove 40 minutes to eat at Catharine Lombardi on the first night in which outdoor dining was reintroduced across the state.

Bello said they had ...

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Parker CEO Prays for Peace, Compassion, Tolerance, and Greater Justice

June 22, 2020

These have been challenging months for long-term care communities, as we strive to ensure the health and safety of our Elders, patients and staff in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we remain focused on that situation and providing the highest quality care possible, this is a critical moment in our nation to take pause and comment on the violent incidents we have experienced these ...

State Officials See Contact Tracers as Key Component in Fight Against COVID-19

June 25, 2020

NEW JERSEY – The state is hiring more than 200 contact tracers as part of its ongoing fight against COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy announced at press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“There are more than 230 tracers being on-boarded,” Murphy said. This is in addition to the 900 tracers already working throughout the state.

Murphy said they are trained to not only find ...

Activist, 17, Lobbies Malinowski on Black Lives Matter Legislation

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th, sat at the end of the conference table in his District office on North Bridge Street and listened intently as 17-year-old Faith Wilson dissected a piece of legislation proposed by Black Lives Matters that seeks redress of social injustices, stricter oversight of local police departments and intense training to correct racial bias and other ...

Police Searching For Missing Homeless Man

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police are asking the public’s help in locating a homeless man who has been known to frequent New Brunswick.

John Shapinski, 32, was last heard from about a week ago, according to an alert from the South Brunswick Police Department.

According to the alert, Shapinski is also known to use bus stops along the Route 27 corrider.

Police describe hm as white, 6 ...

Rally to Support Law Enforcement Officers Held in Flemington

FLEMINGTON, NJ — A Pittstown area woman, in response to Flemington Borough Mayor Betsy Driver’s decision to have the controversial blue line down the center of Main Street removed, organized a protest in support of law enforcement Saturday at the old courthouse that ended in attendees using chalk to draw a temporary replacement line.

“I just felt it was really disrespectful ...

New Brunswick Man Struck And Killed By a Car on Route 27

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 70-year-old New Brunswick man has died after he was struck and killed by a car Friday on Route 27.

Police said that Teddy Davis was struck at about 9:04 p.m. near Van Dyke Avenue.

The driver, Juan Gonzalez, 43, of North Brunswick, has been charged with driving without a license and causing the death of another person in the third degree, according to a press release ...

Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

July 3, 2020

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen ...

State Officials See Contact Tracers as Key Component in Fight Against COVID-19

June 25, 2020

NEW JERSEY – The state is hiring more than 200 contact tracers as part of its ongoing fight against COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy announced at press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“There are more than 230 tracers being on-boarded,” Murphy said. This is in addition to the 900 tracers already working throughout the state.

Murphy said they are trained to not only find ...

Activist, 17, Lobbies Malinowski on Black Lives Matter Legislation

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th, sat at the end of the conference table in his District office on North Bridge Street and listened intently as 17-year-old Faith Wilson dissected a piece of legislation proposed by Black Lives Matters that seeks redress of social injustices, stricter oversight of local police departments and intense training to correct racial bias and other ...

Police Searching For Missing Homeless Man

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police are asking the public’s help in locating a homeless man who has been known to frequent New Brunswick.

John Shapinski, 32, was last heard from about a week ago, according to an alert from the South Brunswick Police Department.

According to the alert, Shapinski is also known to use bus stops along the Route 27 corrider.

Police describe hm as white, 6 ...

Somerville Revises Request to Shut Down Main Street for Dining, Shopping

July 4, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough is making a second attempt to shut down the state highway that bisects the downtown shopping and restaurant district to create a pedestrian boulevard for shopping and outdoor dining from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays.

A resolution will be voted on at Monday's virtual Borough Council meeting, and sent to Trenton for review by officials from the state Department ...

Somerville: Washington's Headquarters Hosts July 4th Reading of Declaration of Independence

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The historic Wallace House, which served as General George Washington's winter headquarters in 1778-79 will be the setting for a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday, July 4th, at 1 p.m.

The document, signed by the founding fathers in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, escalated the colonies' struggle for independence. from England.

Black Lives Matter/Pride Demonstration & March in Somerville June 28

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Historic Somerset County Courthouse on East Main Street will be the setting for another demonstration and protest on Sunday, June 28, beginning at 3 p.m.

There will be speakers, music and a protest march down Main Street and back to the courthouse where the demonstration will continue with more speakers.

Organizers Ashley Figueroa and Erica Schmidt said the event ...

Somerville Revises Request to Shut Down Main Street for Dining, Shopping

July 4, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough is making a second attempt to shut down the state highway that bisects the downtown shopping and restaurant district to create a pedestrian boulevard for shopping and outdoor dining from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays.

A resolution will be voted on at Monday's virtual Borough Council meeting, and sent to Trenton for review by officials from the state Department ...

Somerville: Washington's Headquarters Hosts July 4th Reading of Declaration of Independence

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The historic Wallace House, which served as General George Washington's winter headquarters in 1778-79 will be the setting for a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday, July 4th, at 1 p.m.

The document, signed by the founding fathers in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, escalated the colonies' struggle for independence. from England.