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Franklin First: Murphy Visits State's First 'Incredibly Impressive' Community-Based Vaccination Site

February 24, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ - First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens was chosen to launch a statewide initiative designed to ensure vaccination distribution is done in an equitable manner.  

Jonnice Slaughter, 45 of Rahway became the first of 300 people who will be vaccinated at the site on Wednesday. Once, the Moderna shot went into her arm the room full of socially distanced ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

Shepa Uddin appointed Ward 2 councilwoman and FTPD continues to diversify with new promotions

SOMERSET, NJ – The township council appointed a local businesswoman, Shepa Uddin, last night to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Will Galtieri, who was in the final year of his first term. Uddin became Franklin’s first Asian-American woman to sit on the council following her unanimous appointment. 

“I believe you’ll bring a unique perspective to our ...

Feb. 24 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 65 New Cases Overnight

February 24, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Wednesday reported 17,834 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus, an increase of 65 cases overnight, with 680 COVID-19 deaths reported since March 8.

Franklin has a total of 4,498 COVID-19 cases, and 201 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

There are 680 COVID-19 related ...

The Week Ahead in Franklin Township: Feb. 22 to Feb 25

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

You can submit events directly through the website by clicking on the "Submit Content" button located on the upper right side of the front page, where you will be brought to a menu, simply pick events. 

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Feb. 21 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 55 New Cases Overnight, Vaccination and Testing Information Available

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Sunday reported 17,588 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus, an increase of 55 cases overnight, with 677 COVID-19 deaths reported since March 8.

Franklin has a total of 4,450 COVID-19 cases, and 201 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

There are 677 COVID-19 ...

Somerset County School Employees Seek Priority Access to COVID-19 Shots

February 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Patrick Frain, president of the Somerville Education Association and other local education association leaders have written a letter urging Gov. Phil Murphy to give public school employees priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

To do so would assist with the safe reopening of Somerset County schools and support the overall recovery of New ...

Somerset County VoTech Looking to Expand Programs

SOMERSET, NJ – Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School (VoTech) is a step closer to securing the funding needed to expand 21st Century programs at its Bridgewater campus. 

On Feb. 9, Somerset County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to guarantee the 25-percent match. The approval by the commissioners will now enable VoTech to apply for grant monies to ...

Saint Joseph HS Celebrates Catholic Schools Week in Service to Others

METUCHEN, NJ – Saint Joseph High School is celebrating Catholic Schools Week in service to others. Through the school’s Campus Ministry team, students, staff, families and alumni are working to reach out to first responders and senior citizens. 

“Senior Citizens have suffered through long isolation periods to keep them safe from the COVID-19 Virus, and our first ...

New Jersey to Expand Indoor Gathering Limits to 35%, Drop 10 P.M. Curfew

February 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has expanded indoor gathering limits in New Jersey effective Friday.

Businesses, indoor entertainment and recreation areas (casinos and gyms), personal care businesses, indoor performance venues and indoor gatherings (religious ceremonies, wedding ceremonies, political activities and memorial services/funerals) in the Garden State may ...

Franklin Week in Review: New Dunkin' Donuts Approved, Locals Win Countywide Photo Contest, High School Hoops Round Up & More

February 21, 2021

Rutgers Prep is inviting prospective students and their families to attend the school's virtual open house events scheduled for this week. TAP here for more details.

SOMERSET, NJ - Click headlines below for statewide COVID-19 stories:

Gov. Murphy Encourages All to Double Mask, Releases Latest COVID-19 Figures

COVID-19 Vaccine Guide: What Somerset County Residents Need to ...

Local Residents Among Winners of the 2020 Somerset County Photo Contest

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Local resident Hugh McCann was selected as the overall winner of the 2020 “Show Us Somerset County Through Your Camera Lens.,” contest for his Van Liew-Suydam House entry, according to county officials. McCann also won the community category with his St. Mathias Carnival entry.

Local resident Cristina Forte took first place for the ...

Things to do in and around Franklin this weekend (Valentine's Day Edition)

SOMERSET, NJ - Do you have Valentine's Day plans this weekend?

If you don’t, check out our editor’s picks for some of the best things to do in and around Franklin Township. 

You can submit events directly through the website by clicking on the "Submit Content" button located on the upper right side of the front page, where you will be brought to ...

New Jersey to Expand Indoor Gathering Limits to 35%, Drop 10 P.M. Curfew

February 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has expanded indoor gathering limits in New Jersey effective Friday.

Businesses, indoor entertainment and recreation areas (casinos and gyms), personal care businesses, indoor performance venues and indoor gatherings (religious ceremonies, wedding ceremonies, political activities and memorial services/funerals) in the Garden State may ...

Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

February 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb. 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated by ...

Green Brook Schools: Transitioning to 100 Percent In Person for All Grades

GREEN BROOK, NJ - Green Brook Township Schools will be transitioning to a 100% in school option for grades K-8 by March 1. Dr. James Bigsby, Superintendent, presented the plan at the last meeting of the Green Brook Board of Education.

Beginning March 1, hybrid attendance  will no longer be an option. Students will either attend 100% distance or 100% in person. Current hybrid students ...

New Brunswick Students Will Face Disciplinary Measures if They Don't Wear Masks

February 3, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – School officials continue to finalize COVID-19 safety protocols as the New Brunswick School District inches closer to its projected April re-entry.

One thing will be certain when in-person instruction resumes: Students will be required to wear masks or face disciplinary measures.

How to handle students who habitually forget or refuse to wear their masks, maintain ...

New Brunswick City Center Recognized for Efforts to Keep Downtown Vibrant During Pandemic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Visitors marveled at ice sculptures, took carriage rides, sang along with carolers and gazed at holiday lights strung high above the streets.

Restaurants hosted outdoor diners in heated tents and the annual tree lighting ceremony was held at 19 different locations – and even streamed live for those who couldn’t attend.

New Brunswick City Center’s ...

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Amwell Road: Car "Climbs" Utility Pole After Leaving Roadway

February 22, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Firefighters and emergency personnel were able to assist a motorist whose car had left the roadway and hit a pole, coming to rest in a vertical position at a severe angle with the front of the car pointing skyward.

The incident occurred at 1:45 p.m.; no other vehicles were involved.

The car hit the pole on Amwell Road near Service Road, parallel to the Route 206 ...

Fugees 1996 Album Recorded in an East Orange, NJ Basement Turns 25

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Twenty-five years ago, the epic album titled, “The Score” was recorded and released by the Fugees at the Booga Basement, located at 232 South Clinton Street in East Orange, New Jersey, and released on February 13, 1996. 

The album which combined, Hip Hop, R&B, and Reggae sold over 20 million copies world-wide. 

While no one can ...

Railroad History Comes Alive at Steamtown Historic National Site in Scranton PA

February 24, 2021

SCRANTON, PA -- Located in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site offers visitors an exciting look into one of the first rail lines built in the northeast. The park is built on the former site of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest and most important rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Steamtown features a large collection of ...

Amwell Road: Car "Climbs" Utility Pole After Leaving Roadway

February 22, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Firefighters and emergency personnel were able to assist a motorist whose car had left the roadway and hit a pole, coming to rest in a vertical position at a severe angle with the front of the car pointing skyward.

The incident occurred at 1:45 p.m.; no other vehicles were involved.

The car hit the pole on Amwell Road near Service Road, parallel to the Route 206 ...

Fugees 1996 Album Recorded in an East Orange, NJ Basement Turns 25

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Twenty-five years ago, the epic album titled, “The Score” was recorded and released by the Fugees at the Booga Basement, located at 232 South Clinton Street in East Orange, New Jersey, and released on February 13, 1996. 

The album which combined, Hip Hop, R&B, and Reggae sold over 20 million copies world-wide. 

While no one can ...

Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

February 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb. 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated by ...

Green Brook Schools: Transitioning to 100 Percent In Person for All Grades

GREEN BROOK, NJ - Green Brook Township Schools will be transitioning to a 100% in school option for grades K-8 by March 1. Dr. James Bigsby, Superintendent, presented the plan at the last meeting of the Green Brook Board of Education.

Beginning March 1, hybrid attendance  will no longer be an option. Students will either attend 100% distance or 100% in person. Current hybrid students ...

Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

February 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb. 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated by ...

Green Brook Schools: Transitioning to 100 Percent In Person for All Grades

GREEN BROOK, NJ - Green Brook Township Schools will be transitioning to a 100% in school option for grades K-8 by March 1. Dr. James Bigsby, Superintendent, presented the plan at the last meeting of the Green Brook Board of Education.

Beginning March 1, hybrid attendance  will no longer be an option. Students will either attend 100% distance or 100% in person. Current hybrid students ...