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October 13, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ — Drivers will soon have to slow down on two roads in Franklin with the council’s introduction of an ordinance to lower speed limits on Pleasant Plains Road and a section of Union Street.  Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said that the changes come following engineering studies ...

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NEW JERSEY — This may be the Garden State, but this time of year our attention shifts from tomatoes and zucchini in home gardens to oaks and maples as the forest and parks being their annual show.  According to the NJ Forest Service, the show is beginning in the northwesters part of the state — ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — After being flooded with water from Tropical Storm Ida, many animals were trapped inside the Johnson Park Animal Haven in Piscataway. Area residents expressed their concern about the conditions on social media, including Gabriella Lombardi of New Brunswick who launched an online ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Spotted lanternflies have become pervasive and unmistakable pests in Franklin, and everyone in the community is taking action -- including our community’s brightest teenagers.  Franklin High School student Megan Hauss, 15, is working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award by designing ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — After increased sightings in Livingston and across the state of spotted lanternflies, an exotic invasive insect known to feed on 70 different types of plants and trees, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) is urging anyone who comes across the insect to report and ...

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SOMERSET, NJ — The spotted lanternfly, with its whitish upper wings and red lower wings dotted with black spots, has become a familiar sight across NJ lately. State and local officials are still asking you to kill it.  “This invasive insect has the potential to impact dozens of important plant ...

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SOMERSET, NJ — As the Franklin Township Zoning Board moves closer to voting on an application for the Dada Bhagwan Vigan Institute that’s been before the board for months, members heard testimony from a planner and environmental expert contracted by neighbors against the project.  Both experts ...

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SOMERSET, NJ — Franklin’s environmental commission identified three projects as potential starting points for decreasing the amount of impervious cover in town. Tara Kenyon, the township’s land preservation consultant, presented the projects to the commission last night with an estimated price tag ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ -An ordinance designed to combat the uncontrolled growth of invasive bamboo plants has been adopted by the Borough Council The ordinance will regulate planting of new bamboo shoots and includes a provision whereby the borough can fine a property owner if a complaint is received ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – Open space committee members are looking to ban the operation of drones from two grassland properties that serve as nesting areas for birds. They see the drones as a potential threat to the birds during nesting season between April and August.  “The drones look like predators and ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – A report found that impervious cover – roads, parking lots and other surfaces that don’t absorb rainfall – increased in Franklin by 30% since 2015. Researchers found that between 2015 and 2021, the township’s impervious coverage expanded by more than 1,300 acres, rising from 4,243 ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Elm Avenue wends its way through the quiet solitude of the New Cemetery on South Bridge Street, with 19th and 20th-century gravestones and massive concrete monoliths off to each side of the packed dirt pathway. It is just one of many pathways that lead visitors to the final ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Duke Farms is expanding its hours of operation effective April 1, and has announced the 2021 resumption of the popular Sunday Farmers' Market on May 2. On April 1st, Duke Farms will reopen Tuesday - Saturday from 8:30am-6pm. Reservations for visitors in cars are required for ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mother Nature has delivered once again, with the second of three American Bald Eagle chicks cracking its egg March 2 at 6:04 a.m. The first egg hatched on Feb. 26 in the sturdy nest atop an 80-foot Sycamore tree at Duke Farms. A third egg has yet to hatch. The eggs ...

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TRENTON - The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) welcomed three new members during its quarterly meeting on January 27. “We continue to seek state leaders who are committed to moving the anti-litter education campaign forward in New Jersey,” said NJCCC Board ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of County Commissioners will expand an Open Space program to include funding for active and passive municipal recreational spaces such as athletic fields, parks, picnic areas, trails, exercise paths, and other projects. The goal is to continue large ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin Township's Parks and Recreation Department will host three winter family hikes to explore Flemmer Preserve or the D&R Canal Tow Path. Each hike will start on a Saturday at 1 pm and end at 3 pm, site will be determined by trail conditions.   "These are leisurely, ...

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NORTH BRANCH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission will accept natural Christmas trees for recycling through Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021.   Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park Gardens, Parking Lot F, 156 Mettlers Road in Somerset, Franklin Township or to North Branch ...

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EAST AMWELL TOWNSHIP - A decades-long vision of establishing a 1,150-acre nature preserve in the Sourland Mountains was just realized with the purchase of an additional 110 acres of farmland and forest in Hunterdon County. The preserve straddles the border of Hunterdon and Hillsborough in ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – Township officials are looking to residents for input on a new park that’s to be built on preserved land at the corner of Willow Avenue and New Brunswick Road. The council approved a motion at last night’s meeting setting up a special council meeting on Jan. 12 to garner public ...

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