Government

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the ...

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As the Aug. 21 deadline to decide on legal marijuana gets closer, towns in Somerset County are banning or allowing — mostly banning — cannabis businesses, with some enacting penalties as high as $200 for smoking weed in public. The laws passed by the state legislature this year gave ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his regular COVID press briefing on Monday, July 19, that over 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in New Jersey and that more than 5 million individuals who live, work, or study in the state are now fully vaccinated. Among ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – The zoning board approved a 36,349 square foot addition to Tabatchnick Fine Foods on Hamilton Street, allowing the company to expand its production capabilities. Rita Tabatchnick, president of the Franklin-based soup company, said the expansion will help them fulfill the needs of ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – The Franklin Township Council approved a slate of motions tweaking some town operations and loosening restrictions brought on by the COVID-10 pandemic. The three motions passed last night resume in-person public meetings, codify Township Manager Robert Vornlocker’s ability to change ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – The Landing Lane Bridge, which connects the border of Franklin and New Brunswick with Piscataway, will be closed for repairs starting Wednesday. According to a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), the bridge spanning the Raritan River will be closed ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – Residents could see their sewerage bills go up by $9 per year if the Franklin Township Sewerage Authority approves a $0.75 per month rate increase at its August meeting.  Assemblyman Joseph Danielsen, D-Somerset, who also acts as the authority’s executive director, recommended the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s public health emergency officially ended on July 4 — 30 days after Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that allowed for most of his executive orders to expire. However, certain coronavirus restrictions remain in place. Here’s a rundown of those COVID-19 rules, based on ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – Township zoning officials questioned the appropriateness of using traffic impact data gathered from churches, mosques and synagogues to analyze the proposed Dada Bhagwan Vignan Institute last night.  Board members and the township planner said that the comparison to other houses ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – The township council solidified its stance on legal cannabis on Tuesday, passing an ordinance to allow weed businesses to operate in Franklin. The law permits all six classes of cannabis business licenses in the township and slots them into the existing zoning framework.  Each of ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – Long-vacant commercial space on the ground floor of 695 Hamilton St. -- a four-story building with 62 apartments and 21,985 square feet of retail space -- took a step towards being occupied on Wednesday night after the planning board granted relief from a condition of its original ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – The township open space committee will apply for prescribed burns in two of its grassland areas to beat back the invasive species members say are taking over the areas. The committee approved a motion to apply for the burns at it’s meeting last night, noting the progress already made ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated individuals ahead of Memorial Day weekend.  Effective May 28, New Jersey will lift the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings and will lift the prohibitions on dance ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Federal regulators granted on Thursday the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company’s (Transco) request for an additional two years to complete the controversial Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project that would bring gas from Pennsylvania – through a new compressor station in ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Local residents will be able to access Franklin Township Municipal buildings on Wednesday will at regular business hours. "So the plan as we have it right now is to reopen all municipal buildings to the public on May 19th, which is next Wednesday, that coincides with the lifting ...

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NEW JERSEY — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the deadline to file 2020 federal tax returns to Monday, May 17 to give individual filers, tax preparers and the IRS itself more time to sort through the many changes affecting one's 2020 taxes from the latest Covid-19 relief package. New ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The long-awaited opening of the Route 206 Peter J. Biondi Bypass, first conceived in the 1970s, is less than one month away. The state Department of Transportation has notified township officials that the ribbon cutting for the four-lane highway has been scheduled for June ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – Council members in Franklin are set to welcome legal weed businesses to the township following the introduction of zoning changes that would allow all six marijuana licenses offered by the state to operate within the town. The ordinance also sets a 2% municipal tax on retail cannabis ...

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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday called allegations of human trafficking and labor abuse made against the  BAPS Temple in Robbinsville horrific and disturbing and indicated that individuals who may be victims are receiving medical care.  Murphy's comments came a day after ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ages ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County has scheduled 10 open vaccination clinics for the week of May 10 as part of its effort to make it easy for every resident to be protected against the COVID-19 virus. In addition to hosting clinics throughout the county, for the first time Somerset will be ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – After the planning board approved three applications last night – two for subdivisions and the final site plan for a warehouse on Cottontail Lane – board chair Michael Orsini gave members homework due in June: Come up with the board’s vision for a post-pandemic Franklin.  “It’s ...

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NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launching a "Shot and a Beer" program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated. Any New Jerseyan who receives their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing Wednesday announced that he would sign an Executive Order allowing for summer camps – both day camps and sleep away camps – to open for the upcoming season. The governor says that he is pleased with the way COVID numbers are trending ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will visit Hillsborough Tuesday morning for a first-hand look at the $41M Route 206 widening project between Doctors Way and Valley Road  He will be greeted by state, county and local officials at 11 a.m. at Doctors Way, Murphy will be joined by New ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing Monday afternoon that effective May 10, indoor room capacities for private catered events -- including weddings and school proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances -- will increase to 50% with a maximum ...

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NEW JERSEY -- As of today, New Jersey residents ages 16 and up are now eligible to get vaccinated.  "Today, everyone who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey, ages 16+, is now eligible to be vaccinated" Gov. Phil Murphy said during his COVID press briefing in Trenton on Monday afternoon. "At ...

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