FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Franklin Gazebo project came one step closer to becoming a reality Feb. 28 thanks in part to a donation of $2,500 from PBA Local 154, Franklin Township.

According to fundraising guru, Bill Grippo the PBA's donation brings the total raised close to $40,000, towards a goal of $50,000. 

"Donations like this make it possible," Grippo said... "This brings us to a real threshold... coming from the men and women from the police, we really appreciate it."

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Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council (FTCAC) members Michael Steinbrück and John Felix along with Mayor Phil Kramer joined the PBA during the press conference. 

Felix was especially pleased that the donation came from law enforcement. 

"I think it is extremely important that cultural arts and any community organization has a close relationship with first responders and police officers," Felix said. "I am deeply grateful for this check, it is a substantial donation." 

Felix went on to invite them to opening day, which is targeted for July 4. The site will be in front of the library in the municipal complex. 

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The Franklin Gazebo will serve as a central hub for cultural events such as music and outdoor theater shows, weddings, engagement photos, and other cultural celebrations. 

Grippo said he thinks it would also be a nice place for people to pop the big question. 

According to the construction plans, the Franklin Gazebo would be 38 feet in its widest span, with bench seating and electricity. It would also be ADA compliant. 

The FTCAC will maintain the gazebo and be responsible for its programs.

Steinbrück and Felix discuss the support provided by local officials and key community members and laid out the timeline for project completion.

Kramer gave local police high praise and thanked them for their donation. 

"The officers that I’ve ridden around with love this town," Kramer said. "This is not the first time and I know not the last time they will donate.”

The FTCAC is hosting a "Community Concert" May 12, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Franklin High School. The public is invited to attend to learn about the project before the concert. 

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Concert details:

The Motor City Revue is an 11-piece band covering popular and rare Motown and Stax hits, plus rock and soul classics. There are many bands that cover Motown tunes, but few strive to match the vocal harmonies and instrumental mix that distinguished the original recordings. Motor City Revue was formed to offer music lovers an authentic tribute to the artists and songs that defined a generation.

Motor City Revue will have you dancing and singing along to the songs immortalized by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes and countless others.
Come and also enjoy an opening musical showcase by Franklin Public Schools finest student musicians.

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Send Inquiries to Michael Steinbruck at or call (732) 754-5649.

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