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Things to do in and around Franklin this weekend

June 10, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ - Do you have plans this weekend?

Check out our editor’s picks for some of the best things to do in and around Franklin Township. If you have an event let us know, by emailing mlyons@tapinto.net.

Friday, June 10

Championship Baseball - North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 final

The Warriors will host the sectional championship at 4:30 on Friday. TAP here to ...

Things to do in and around Franklin this weekend 

SOMERSET, NJ - Do you have plans this weekend?

Check out our editor’s picks for some of the best things to do in and around Franklin Township. If you have an event let us know, by emailing mlyons@tapinto.net.

Friday, June 4

Summer Fun Ready to Break Out in Downtown Somerville

The Downtown Somerville Alliance is bringing back that pre-COVID energy this season, with a weekly ...

Tickets Available for the St. Joseph HS Annual Falcon Golf Classic

METUCHEN, NJ - On June 14 St. Joseph High School alumni, staff, students and guest will gather for the Annual Falcon Golf Classic at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club. 

The cost for the golf outing is $350 per person ($1400 for a foursome) – which includes breakfast, lunch, on-course refreshments, and golf.  Sponsorship opportunities, some of which include one or more ...

Franklin HS baseball falls in N2G4 final, but enjoys turnaround season

June 11, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ - After the final out was made and eighth-seeded Franklin fell to 10th-seeded Ridge, 5-2, in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 tournament final on late Friday afternoon in Franklin, it hit both the players and coaches that the season had come to an end.

Head coach Nick Zucchero and his staff gave a long talk to the team in left field. The players and coaching staff all were ...

Warriors Outlast Westfield and the Weather, 4-1; Advance to Sectional Final

WESTFIELD, NJ - Mother Nature did her best to derail the Franklin Warriors run to the sectional final.

Their semi-final game at Westfield was halted on Tuesday in the third inning with the Warriors leading, 3-0, when severe weather hit, forcing the game to be suspended and resumed Wednesday.

The re-start was halted twice more by the rumble of thunder, but nothing could stop the ...

Warriors Game at Westfield Suspended in 3rd Inning, Lead 3-0

WESTFIELD, NJ - Top-seeded Union couldn’t stop Franklin in the state playoffs.  On Tuesday, Westfield clearly had their hands full with the off-speed deliveries of Warriors starter, Sohan Patel.

So what stopped Franklin’s run in the postseason?

The weather.  But only for the moment.

Heavy thunderstorms rolled in from the west and play was suspended after two ...

$400K in CARES Act money to fund job training and support for low- and-moderate income residents

June 11, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ – More than $400,000 of federal funds will go to job training and support for low- and moderate-income residents after the council approved an amendment to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program action plan last night. 

The move will use $300,000 to support partnerships with local non-profits, county and state agencies to train and place workers whose ...

Franklin Township Sewage Authority approves budget that anticipates increased revenue following COVID-19 pandemic

SOMERSET, NJ – The Franklin Township Sewage Authority adopted its annual budget on Tuesday, anticipating $14.3 million in revenue after lowering expectations last year due to COVID-19. The budget also earmarks $15.4 million towards capital projects to update and improve its infrastructure and equipment. 

Councilman Ram Anbarasan, who serves as the township’s liaison to the ...

Masks still required in town-owned buildings as state drops mandate in most public places

SOMERSET, NJ – Visitors to town-owned buildings will still be required to wear masks as the state relaxes COVID-19 restrictions in most public places.

The township council passed a motion requiring face coverings in its facilities last night, keeping in line with Gov. Phil Murphy’s move to require masks inside state offices open to the public like the Motor Vehicle ...

FTPD officers run to help raise nearly $200K for Special Olympics New Jersey alongside departments across the state

June 12, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ – Franklin police officers participated in the 38th annual Special Olympics Torch Run today, taking advantage of the cooler, overcast weather to raise money to support Special Olympics New Jersey. The officers joined their colleagues from Highland Park, North Brunswick, New Brunswick and Woodbridge to raise money for the cause. 

Franklin officer Mathew Russo, who ...

Suspects Charged with Attempted Murder in May 23 Somerville Shooting

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Two suspects face attempted murder charges in connection with an early-morning shooting in a neighborhood May 23.

Miguel Hernandez, 37, a resident of Division Street, Somerville, and Ronnie Lyles, 51, of Hudson Street, Phillipsburg, Both are charged with two counts of 1st degree Attempted Murder and one count of 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an ...

Man arrested on gun charges, including possession of a high-capacity magazine, near Millstone Road in Franklin 

FRANKLIN TWP., N.J. – A 23-year-old New Brunswick man was arrested on multiple gun charges on May 20 near Millstone Road and Somerset Street, said Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. 

Robertson said that members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force Street Crimes Unit along with members of the Franklin Township Police ...

Principals and teachers can give students ‘mask breaks’ but face coverings are still required in Franklin schools 

June 12, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ – Principals and teachers in Franklin’s public schools will be choosing when to allow kids to take their masks off, school officials said.

With Gov. Phil Murphy leaving it up to districts to make their own decisions on wearing masks indoors on Wednesday, Franklin is holding to its restart and recovery plan by mandating masks be worn by staff and students in ...

Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School Graduates Inaugural Class

SOMERSET, NJ - Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School celebrated 28 seniors with its first graduation ceremony Friday, June 4, at Colonial Park. 

"TEECS has grown a grade each year since its inception 9 years ago and was extremely excited to celebrate their first graduating class," TEECS Lead Person, Oguz Yildiz said in a news ...

Franklin High School Student Awarded National Merit Scholarship to Rutgers

EVANSTON, IL — Janine Q. Yanes of Somerset was the only Franklin High School student included as National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 3,100 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2021 National ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Revolutionary Trip to Bordentown

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Making a day of a date is a great way to create memories with your love, but when you choose to spend that time in Bordentown, it’s guaranteed to go down in relationship history. New Jersey has many historical towns and Bordentown, settled in 1682, is a true standout. Here you can visit the Clara ...

Seasonal Recipe: Make Our Quick Lemon-Basil Pesto

Grab some fragrant fresh basil at the store or farmers market, or pick some from your garden, for this zippy summer recipe.

This simple no-cook sauce is great on pasta or pizza. Try it on fish or chicken, or mix some into mayonnaise for a flavor-packed sandwich spread.

If you have leftover pesto, freeze it in an ice cube tray for future use.

Lemon-Basil Pesto:

1 cup packed fresh basil ...

Tyrone Stackhouse Projects Performs on Somerville's Summer Stage

June 5, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Tyrone Stackhouse Project, one of the busiest cover bands in central New Jersey, will take the stage Saturday night on the Division Street pedestrian mall for three hours beginning at 6 p.m. performing an eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz, Motown, and R&B hits.

The free Summer Stage concert series sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance presents live ...

Somerset County Real Estate Prices Soar 24% in April; Inventory Down

TRENTON, NJ — A dramatic decline in housing inventory contributed to a 20% increase in single-family home prices statewide compared to 2020, according to April data recently released by New Jersey Realtors. The rapid price increase follows predictions last month from real estate experts who told TAPinto the market is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. 

“The numbers ...

Hidden Gems: "Literary Emporium" Opens in New Brunswick with Music, Art, and Lots of Books

June 14, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It was a hot day in the Hub City in a neighborhood tucked in behind the Library, across from an historic cemetery, and down the block from the iconic George Street Co-Op. This past Sunday there was dancing in the street - New Brunswick's 55 Morris Street to be precise - and an exuberant atmosphere in the hearts of those in attendance at the grand opening of Hidden ...

Bear Spotted in New Brunswick Apparently Different Than The One Seen Tuesday

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A bear has been spotted near the city’s border with East Brunswick for the second time in as many days.

However, the bear that was seen Wednesday between Lipman Drive and Ryders Lane/Cobb Road in New Brunswick is apparently a different bear than the one spotted on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the city told TAPinto New Brunswick that the bear seen on Tuesday ...

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Council Says No to Legal Weed in Piscataway, For Now

June 13, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – With the ongoing debate over legalizing marijuana in New Jersey and what any guidelines would look like, on Thursday, the Piscataway Town Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the operation of any class of cannabis business within the township’s geographical boundaries.

The ban means medical and recreational cannabis establishments such as cultivators, ...

EBPD: Thieves Use Distractions to Rob Drivers

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department has notified the public that a crew of thieves is operating in the local area. They watch unsuspecting shoppers or individuals withdrawing money from ATMs, then covertly slash a tire on their vehicle. Once the vehicle is disabled, they pretend to offer assistance. While appearing to render aid, a member of their crew will enter the ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Council Says No to Legal Weed in Piscataway, For Now

June 13, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – With the ongoing debate over legalizing marijuana in New Jersey and what any guidelines would look like, on Thursday, the Piscataway Town Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the operation of any class of cannabis business within the township’s geographical boundaries.

The ban means medical and recreational cannabis establishments such as cultivators, ...

EBPD: Thieves Use Distractions to Rob Drivers

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department has notified the public that a crew of thieves is operating in the local area. They watch unsuspecting shoppers or individuals withdrawing money from ATMs, then covertly slash a tire on their vehicle. Once the vehicle is disabled, they pretend to offer assistance. While appearing to render aid, a member of their crew will enter the ...

Tyrone Stackhouse Projects Performs on Somerville's Summer Stage

June 5, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Tyrone Stackhouse Project, one of the busiest cover bands in central New Jersey, will take the stage Saturday night on the Division Street pedestrian mall for three hours beginning at 6 p.m. performing an eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz, Motown, and R&B hits.

The free Summer Stage concert series sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance presents live ...

Somerset County Real Estate Prices Soar 24% in April; Inventory Down

TRENTON, NJ — A dramatic decline in housing inventory contributed to a 20% increase in single-family home prices statewide compared to 2020, according to April data recently released by New Jersey Realtors. The rapid price increase follows predictions last month from real estate experts who told TAPinto the market is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. 

“The numbers ...

Somerville Pauses to Reflect and Honor America's Veterans

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Proud veterans snapped to salute and joined residents and public officials on the hallowed grounds of New Cemetery on South Bridge Street to commemorate the nation's war dead and honor the service of those who defended the USA during a 40-minute Memorial Day service.

The American flag flew at half-staff as several hundred gathered in a semi-circle in front of the portable ...

Tyrone Stackhouse Projects Performs on Somerville's Summer Stage

June 5, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Tyrone Stackhouse Project, one of the busiest cover bands in central New Jersey, will take the stage Saturday night on the Division Street pedestrian mall for three hours beginning at 6 p.m. performing an eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz, Motown, and R&B hits.

The free Summer Stage concert series sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance presents live ...

Somerset County Real Estate Prices Soar 24% in April; Inventory Down

TRENTON, NJ — A dramatic decline in housing inventory contributed to a 20% increase in single-family home prices statewide compared to 2020, according to April data recently released by New Jersey Realtors. The rapid price increase follows predictions last month from real estate experts who told TAPinto the market is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. 

“The numbers ...