Government

November 10, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - World War I ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. This year, Nov. 11 falls on Sunday, and members of the military will be honored with the Veterans Day Parade that will start in Highland Park and proceed over the bridge into New Brunswick. "We ...

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SOMERSET, NJ -  Township council voted to remove a resolution from the agenda that excused Councilman Rajiv Prasad from attending council meetings. Before the council took a vote at the Nov. 8 meeting, Township Attorney Louis Rainone recommended the council meet in an executive session to discuss ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Mimosas on Sunday mornings may seem like a small step but for someone feeling blue over Blue Laws, it’s a start. An ordinance adopted by the Township Council Tuesday will treat Sunday like any other day when it comes to serving and selling alcoholic beverages. Restaurant owners ...

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SOMERSET, NJ: Township Manager Robert G. Vornlocker announced the emergency closure of a section of Mettlers Road between Amwell Road and Weston Road after the bridge over Mettlers pond was deemed unsafe. Somerset County Roads and Bridges immediately closed the road on Tuesday, and it’s ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - This holiday season, local business owners could have more than the usual reasons to celebrate with the anticipated lifting of Sunday alcohol sale restrictions. Restaurant owners have asked for relief from a law that cut short Sunday alcohol sales, and their wish could be granted ...

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SOMERSET, NJ: Franklin Councilman At-Large Rajiv Prasad is stepping away from his position on the council for an undisclosed amount of time. At the Oct. 9 council meeting, Township Clerk Ann McCarthy read a statement from the councilman, who was not in attendance. “After consulting my ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The value of Franklin comes from its diverse faces – and it's time to further integrate diverse voices into our local government. No matter who you are or where you fall on the political spectrum, it is of critical importance that you understand the issues facing our community, and ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - It’s unclear what the ultimate fate of the controversial “Peace and Non-Violence” memorial is after Tuesday’s Franklin Township Council Meeting.  Mayor Phillip Kramer broke standard protocol to open the meeting with a statement on the future plans for the project.  “The only ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - High school students across Middlesex and Somerset counties have a chance to tell adults why people should vote in elections in a contest that the Women Voters of the Greater New Brunswick Area is sponsoring for youths. In "Y-Vote," students can write an essay or produce a ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Councilman Theodore Chase joined Franklin Township residents in calling for Township Councilman At-Large Rajiv Prasad’s resignation on Thursday for Prasad’s handling of a controversial project. “An extraordinarily wide spectrum of concerned citizens of this township have ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Everyone likes turning their unwanted items into a little extra cash; but meeting with potential online buyers to close the deal can mean not only fraud, but violence, as has been the case in recent years. Like many communities across the state, the Township Council is looking to ...

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TRENTON, NJ— A request for a two-week extension has been awarded to the state of New Jersey to answer a lawsuit seeking to integrate New Jersey's schools, indicating that a settlement could be possible. A new deadline of Sept. 14 has been set. In a letter sent to Mercer County Superior Court ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is facing a Friday deadline to respond to a lawsuit seeking to desegregate schools in cities like Newark, Camden, New Brunswick, as well as districts throughout the state with a large population of minority students. The lawsuit, filed by New Jersey Coalition ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - If you've been seeing NJDOT trucks around town, here's the reason why: the resurfacing of Route 18 from Hillsdale Road (just south of the Brunswick Square Mall) and Eggers Street (CVS) will begin tonight.  Work will take place mostly at night, and one lane in each direction ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee will host Somerset County Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione at a luncheon Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 where he will speak about business attraction and retnetion initiatives with business leaders.   The luncheon meeting will ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Despite recent revelations in the local media that the construction of statues for a proposed peace monument began well before the plan come before the Township Council, a vast majority of the public at Tuesday night’s meeting expressed support for the project. “We have an ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The township is positioning itself to possibly get a slice of the medical marijuana business pie. Township Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to pass a resolution supporting the use of medical marijuana through an alternative treatment center in the community, thereby ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A new state program will offer mediation counseling services to New Jersey residents facing foreclosure, giving them at least a fighting chance when going up against lenders during the legal process. The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is using $1 million to fund the ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The state’s push to meet a growing demand for medical marijuana has thrust the town into an issue Mayor Phil Kramer was in no hurry to tackle:  whether Franklin should allow alternative treatment centers in certain zones. TAP here for resolution.  “I’d have preferred to wait until ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - As the township begins work on a Route 27 water main relining project Monday, residents that use the road between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. might want to find another route. According to the township, work is set to begin Monday night on relining the water main along Route 27 ...

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TRENTON, NJ— Some county college students around the state could attend classes in 2019 for free thanks to a pilot program launched by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration yesterday. The program, the Community College Innovation Challenge, is the first phase of the governor’s initiative to provide ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Looking for the 2018-2019 property tax bill?  It will be mailed on Aug. 1 and there is a grace period. An announcement on the township’s website reads: "The tax collectors office has received certified rates, and are beginning the billing process. The 3rd quarter is ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Nobody likes to admit his or her own prejudices.They especially do not like to discuss them at an open forum.  However, East Brunswick's Human Relations Council created a welcoming environment in which local residents could do just that - face up to what's going on in our own ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Township Council members unanimously approved a resolution July 10 to make some changes for deer hunting in the upcoming 2018-19 season. Following a presentation by Open Space Consultant Tara Kenyon, the governing body decided to prohibit hunting with firearms during ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s have reaffirmed Somerset County’s Triple-A ratings. “Somerset County continues its sound financial planning practices, as evidenced by the Triple-A ratings,” said Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione. “Higher ratings mean ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Property tax bills in New Jersey municipalities, including Franklin Township, will be delayed. According to the township website as soon as certified rates are received it will begin its billing process. "The 3rd quarter is still technically due August 1, 2018, but the grace ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Fast food restaurant owners in Franklin and elsewhere are being asked by the state to provide information about their use of employee non-compete or “no poach” agreements, documents that "can restrict the ability of workers to obtain a better-paying job with another franchise," ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Traffic delays on Demott Lane are expected this Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm due to Operation Secure Shred, according to officials. Operation Secure Shred will be held at the Franklin Community/Senior Center Parking Lot on 505 DeMott Lane. The event is sponsored by the Somerset ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A bill signed into law by New Jersey’s governor last week means transgender residents can legally change their gender on their birth certificates. The ‘Birth Certificate Bill’ - now known as the “Babs Siperstein Law’ - was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on July 2. Under the ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Montgomery Township officials, are fighting a proposed two-week closure of Route 206 for the reconstruction of the bridge over Crusers Brook, which is located near the Montgomery Township Municipal Complex. The New Jersey ...

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