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The Week Ahead in Franklin Township: Feb. 19 to Feb. 22

February 18, 2018

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

Email the editor at FranklinTownship@tapinto.net with local event suggestions. 

Monday, Feb. 19

Happy President’s Day! Franklin Township Public Schools and the Library will be closed. 

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Franklin Township Public Library - ...

TAPinto Franklin Township Week in Review: Major Fire, High School Threat, Youth Center & More - Feb. 10 to Feb. 16

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Did you miss any of last week’s top news stories? Click on the headlines to catch up:

One resident was displaced and three housing units at Kingsberry Acres were deemed uninhabitable due to fire and smoke damage from a Tuesday morning blaze, according to police. 

BREAKING NEWS: Major Fire at Kingsberry Acres (UPDATE)

In response to parent phone ...

Sister2Sister Seeks Volunteers for 5K Run; Breast Cancer Health Summit and Screenings March 24

February 19, 2018

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Sister2Sister, a non-profit organization that supports minority and underserved breast cancer survivors, is getting an early start on planning its 5K Breast Cancer Run & Walk For Life with an organizational meeting Thursday, Feb. 22.

Those interested are invited to the organization’s headquarters at 1201 Hamilton St., Somerset for the 7 p.m.

Franklin Food Bank’s Annual Tour de Franklin Set for April 29

SOMERSET – The Franklin Food Bank’s annual Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride is traditionally held in April and is one of the first bike rides of the season. This year is no exception, with the Tour scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Somerset, NJ.

This year is the Tour de Franklin’s 29th year, and it has grown into a community tradition. Every April, the event kicks ...

Franklin Township: Youth Center One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality

February 14, 2018

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - If all goes according to plan the township will have a three-story 25,000-square-foot community youth center on Lewis Street.

The architectural firm, Kimmel Borgette was contracted by the township to create the design of the proposed facility. The center is slated to serve children of all ages residing in Franklin Township. 

The youth center is projected to cost ...

Franklin Township: Gazebo Plans Moving Forward

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - During the township's Jan. 23 council meeting the proposed community gazebo came one step closer to becoming a reality. 

Michael Steinbrück, Bill Grippo, and John Felix told the council $35,000 has been collected toward a goal of $50,000. The three men are spearheading the project and said they hope to break ground early spring in order to have the ...

Franklin Township: Show of Support for Gunawan Liem During Council Meeting

February 14, 2018

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Mayor Phillip Kramer commented on the arrest and detainment of a Franklin Park man by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, during Tuesday's council meeting. 

Gunawan Liem left his home to drop off his daughter at her bus stop on Jan. 25 and never returned. 

"To my understanding, this is a man who came here legally, and due to ...

TAPinto Franklin Township Meet the Leaders Series: Kimberly Francois

Last year during TAPinto Franklin Township's inaugural month we ran a series called "Meet The Leaders.” Based on positive feedback from readers and leaders in the community the series has been brought back. 

The objective is to provide readers an opportunity to hear from Franklin Township’s leaders in government, public safety, education, houses of worship and other ...

Franklin Township: District Investigating Student Video That Used 'Poor Judgement'

February 20, 2018

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Over the weekend the Franklin Township Police Department (FTPD) was contacted by school officials from Franklin Middle School (FMS), reporting a video that was found on social media, according to police. 

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John A. Ravally issued a statement to parents saying two FMS students exercised "poor judgment" while editing a video ...

Franklin Township: Schools Were in No Imminent Danger, Superintendent Says (UPDATE)

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - In response to parent phone calls and social media discussions, Mary L. Clark, a spokesperson for Franklin Township Public Schools sent out a statement describing the thought process involved in handling a threat made against Franklin High School, by a 14-year-old student. 

After the police investigation deemed the threat made against the high school was not ...

South Brunswick: Volunteer Soccer Coach Charged With Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography

February 15, 2018

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A volunteer youth soccer coach and former Sunday school teacher is charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, officials said Thursday.

FBI agents and local law enforcement arrested Waldo Milla-Guerra, 49, at his Kendall Park home Thursday morning after executing a search warrant, officials said.

Milla-Guerra, a volunteer soccer coach with the ...

New Brunswick Off-Duty Cop Charged in Bar Fight Near Rutgers Campus

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick cop has been charged in connection with a fight at a popular college hang-out, authorities announced on Feb. 8.

While off duty, Anthony Jones, a New Brunswick police officer, was involved in a scuffle while inside the Golden Rail Tavern on Easton Ave., on Jan. 21, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

The bar, adjacent to the College ...

Whole Foods in Bridgewater to Officially Open Doors March 21

February 20, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Whole Foods Market Bridgewater, the first Somerset County location for the retailer, will officially open its doors on Chimney Rock Road March 21.

According to a release from the company, the 49,000-square-foot store will open at 9 a.m., and there will be prize giveaways, special sales and product demonstrations and samples.

"We can't wait to serve Bridgewater and ...

Somerville Grieves Over Death of Jerome Gonzalez, a Modern-Day Renaissance Man

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Jerome Luiz Gonzalez, a devoted father, artist, author and the heart and soul of the burgeoning downtown arts community, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 17 pursuing another one of his passions, competing in an endurance race in North Carolina.

A 1992 graduate of Somerville High School and a resident of Bridgewater, he was 44.

The obituary provided by Cusick ...

Following Florida Massacre, EB Schools Add Armed Officers to Security

February 17, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - At a meeting Thursday night, the East Brunswick board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to engage the East Brunswick Police department to place armed police officers at each school building in the district throughout the entire school day.  

In a report released by superintendent Victor Valeski yesterday, township officials asserted that the move ...

Bernards Police Locate Body of Township Teen in Wooded Area

BERNARDS TWP., NJ -  Bernards Township Police announced late Thursday afternoon that the body of a 19-year-old township resident, Lydia Comtois, had been located in a wooded area of Liberty Corner following a search by personnel and volunteers from numerous public safety organizations. 

A preliminary investigation indicated the young woman's death was not deemed to ...

TAPinto Travels Presents - Our Winter Olympic Connections

February 9, 2018

TAPintoTravels - The Winter Olympics are in South Korea and many members of the TAPinto community are there competing, spectating, traveling, or behind the scenes.

For TAPinto athletic competitors, see this article.

For TAPinto professional broadcasters, see this article on a Cranford High resident’s journey and her NBC colleague from Somers.

Ten 2018 ...

Missed Traveling to the Winter Olympics? Good News You Can Still Watch the Opening Ceremony

TAPinto Travels - The opening ceremony for the XXIII Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang starts at 8PM KT on Friday which is 6AM EST.  

Do not fret!  Although, Korea is 14 hours after EST and the opening ceremony is at the early hours of our rush hour, you will still be able to see them.  NBC will rebroadcast the opening ceremony during our prime time TV ...

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Free Maker's Day at YingHua International School

February 19, 2018

It has been a big hit for the past years that is why we are doing it again.  Let's Make Things!  

YingHua International School at 25 Laurel Avenue, Kingston, NJ sponsors a FREE Maker's Day on March 3 from 9:30 - 3:30 pm.  Everyone is invited to join as for a fun learning experience for all ages.  Learn how things work!  From Science, Technology, ...

Following Florida Massacre, EB Schools Add Armed Officers to Security

February 17, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - At a meeting Thursday night, the East Brunswick board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to engage the East Brunswick Police department to place armed police officers at each school building in the district throughout the entire school day.  

In a report released by superintendent Victor Valeski yesterday, township officials asserted that the move ...

Bernards Police Locate Body of Township Teen in Wooded Area

BERNARDS TWP., NJ -  Bernards Township Police announced late Thursday afternoon that the body of a 19-year-old township resident, Lydia Comtois, had been located in a wooded area of Liberty Corner following a search by personnel and volunteers from numerous public safety organizations. 

A preliminary investigation indicated the young woman's death was not deemed to ...

Filthy, dangerous conditions, theft and assault alleged at recently-opened Newark shelter

Newark, NJ—Antoinette Jackson, Sonya Webb and Andrea Eaddy sit in a McDonald’s on a cold winter morning, not far from the homeless shelter they currently call home.

During the day, they count on places like McDonald's to stay warm. They must leave the shelter at 7 a.m. and can only return after 4 p.m., even when temperatures drop below freezing.

When the ...

Following Florida Massacre, EB Schools Add Armed Officers to Security

February 17, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - At a meeting Thursday night, the East Brunswick board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to engage the East Brunswick Police department to place armed police officers at each school building in the district throughout the entire school day.  

In a report released by superintendent Victor Valeski yesterday, township officials asserted that the move ...

Bernards Police Locate Body of Township Teen in Wooded Area

BERNARDS TWP., NJ -  Bernards Township Police announced late Thursday afternoon that the body of a 19-year-old township resident, Lydia Comtois, had been located in a wooded area of Liberty Corner following a search by personnel and volunteers from numerous public safety organizations. 

A preliminary investigation indicated the young woman's death was not deemed to ...

Filthy, dangerous conditions, theft and assault alleged at recently-opened Newark shelter

Newark, NJ—Antoinette Jackson, Sonya Webb and Andrea Eaddy sit in a McDonald’s on a cold winter morning, not far from the homeless shelter they currently call home.

During the day, they count on places like McDonald's to stay warm. They must leave the shelter at 7 a.m. and can only return after 4 p.m., even when temperatures drop below freezing.

When the ...

Whole Foods in Bridgewater to Officially Open Doors March 21

February 20, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Whole Foods Market Bridgewater, the first Somerset County location for the retailer, will officially open its doors on Chimney Rock Road March 21.

According to a release from the company, the 49,000-square-foot store will open at 9 a.m., and there will be prize giveaways, special sales and product demonstrations and samples.

"We can't wait to serve Bridgewater and ...

Somerville Grieves Over Death of Jerome Gonzalez, a Modern-Day Renaissance Man

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Jerome Luiz Gonzalez, a devoted father, artist, author and the heart and soul of the burgeoning downtown arts community, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 17 pursuing another one of his passions, competing in an endurance race in North Carolina.

A 1992 graduate of Somerville High School and a resident of Bridgewater, he was 44.

The obituary provided by Cusick ...

Big Little Railroad Shop in Somerville Runs Out of Steam; Store Closing

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Big Little Railroad Shop, an iconic retail store for 27 years and a fixture on Main Street most of those years has run out of steam.

The hobby shop for serious model railroaders, which first opened in 1991, is selling out its inventory at reduced prices and will close its doors at 63 W. Main St. for the final time on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Owner Jen Lush and her husband ...

Whole Foods in Bridgewater to Officially Open Doors March 21

February 20, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Whole Foods Market Bridgewater, the first Somerset County location for the retailer, will officially open its doors on Chimney Rock Road March 21.

According to a release from the company, the 49,000-square-foot store will open at 9 a.m., and there will be prize giveaways, special sales and product demonstrations and samples.

"We can't wait to serve Bridgewater and ...

Somerville Grieves Over Death of Jerome Gonzalez, a Modern-Day Renaissance Man

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Jerome Luiz Gonzalez, a devoted father, artist, author and the heart and soul of the burgeoning downtown arts community, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 17 pursuing another one of his passions, competing in an endurance race in North Carolina.

A 1992 graduate of Somerville High School and a resident of Bridgewater, he was 44.

The obituary provided by Cusick ...

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AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!