By Dave Fried

This has been a great year for Robbinsville Township.

Landing Amazon.com, McKesson Corporation and Walgreens and council adopting a budget equipped with a tax cut required a great deal of hard work, resources, diligence and patience from many people.

With summer upon us, it is time for our residents to kick up their feet and enjoy what we have planned for the month of June.

This is the recreation department’s time to shine, with a full slate of events based around its summer program. The highlight of the township community calendar to date is our annual Community Festival on Saturday, June 8 beginning at 2 p.m.

Corporate sponsors such as Investors/Roma Bank and Mercer Management have stepped up with sizeable donations, and our staff has done an incredible job preparing for the free event at Community Park, located at West Manor Way and Gordon Road. Recreation director Joe Barker has elevated all of our programs, and especially Community Festival, to unprecedented heights since coming aboard. Be sure to check out the Kids’ Zone, Prize Alley and enjoy live music all day, from a lineup featuring the Billy Walton Band and the Ernie White Band.

We also will officially launch the “Keep it Local, Robbinsville” on Community Day, an initiative where both merchants and consumers can learn more about the importance of keeping business dollars within our community. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. Our rain date is Sunday, June 9.

And what better way to begin Community Festival Day than by celebrating the lives of two very special young men from Robbinsville who left us far too soon?

A fundraiser in memory of the Muzaffar brothers, the 4th Annual Qasim & Ahad 5K race and one-mile fitness walk, will begin at Robbinsville High at 9 a.m. sharp. The race raises money for the Qasim Muzaffar Scholarship and the Ahad Muzaffar Scholarship, which are awarded annually with a combined value of $7,000 to a pair of college-bound seniors.

The “Q&A” race will be held along a sanctioned course through Foxmoor and Town Center, then end at the RHS track and field finish line. Be advised that streets on the race route will be closed to traffic, and police will be there to ensure the safety of runners and bystanders. The entrance fee is $20 prior to June 8 and $25 on race day. Registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. behind the high school.

Sponsors make this great event possible, so please connect with Samantha Rua for more information on how to get involved. She can be reached at rua@robbinsville.k12.nj.us.

Robbinsville Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse (R-MAPSA), along with support from Recreation, will host the 2nd Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby at West Town Center Lake on Sunday, June 16. Registration at the Gazebo begins at 7 a.m. Make Father’s Day even more special by enjoying a technology-free morning with the kids at the lake. Come enjoy breakfast sponsored by the RHS Band, giveaways and prizes for each age group.

This is a great day, and a great month, to spend quality time with your family and friends. Have a wonderful summer!

Dave Fried is the Mayor of Robbinsville Township.