SOMERSET, NJ - A town hall meeting to address the recent outbreak of violence will be held on Feb. 4 at 6 pm at Franklin Middle School (Hamilton Street Campus).

Councilman, Carl Wright announced the town hall event during the Tuesday night council meeting.

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"I came to town almost 30 years ago married moved to the fourth ward," Wright said. "I didn't have those issues, it just did not happen. Over time things started to change, things started to go from good to worse. It didn't jump to bad, it went from good to worse. It blew right past bad... We have a program schedule for next week, Tuesday, the 4th 2020 at the middle school. We're going to discuss this violence that we have here."

During the town hall meeting, the public will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas with educators, township officials, and law enforcement.

Township Manager, Robert Vornlocker and Superintendent of Franklin Township Public Schools, Dr. John Ravally will be available to discuss current township and board of education initiatives that will help prevent violence.

Vornlocker said the best way to stop violence in the community is to work in conjunction with law enforcement. 

"Our law enforcement community was met with great cooperation as they investigated these incidents and because of that all of them have now been closed with arrests and that's a step in the right direction," Vornlocker said. "So we'll want to see that to continue but more importantly to bring an end to this type of violence in the community and working all together. I commend Councilman Wright for coming to me and thinking that this needed to be done because I agree."

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