Our biggest month of recreation is on tap in the coming days, highlighted by the Robbinsville Township Community Day Festival June 8 at Community Park.
There will be food, live music all day provided by Robbinsville High Jazz Band, “Kindred Spirit” and our headliner, “The Suspects.”
Community Day also features our acclaimed “Prize Alley,’’ activities and games for the kids, vendors, a host of non-profit organizations to learn about and of course fireworks beginning at approximately 9 p.m.
In addition, the 2nd Annual Joe Barker Volunteer Star Award will be presented to Dave Doran in recognition and appreciation for all he has done for the Robbinsville community. Barker served as recreation director for nearly seven years until he passed away on Feb. 11, 2018 after a valiant battle with colon cancer. Joe was a mainstay at the township’s athletic facilities and Community Day was his “work baby.” We miss him every day.
On Saturday, June 15, the C.A.R.E. Father’s Day Fishing Derby will take place at the Town Center Lake Gazebo.
Registration is at 7 a.m., with fishing from 8-11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in several age categories, along with the Grand Prize package for the angler sporting the most fish caught. Breakfast items will be sold by the RHS Marching Band. No license is required.
* * *
Proud to have stood alongside Marci and Seymour Josephson at the Joint Senate/Assembly Transportation Hearing May 16 at the Statehouse in Trenton.
Needless to say, Seymour delivered another power testimony to life of his beloved daughter, Samantha, who was murdered March 29 in Columbia, South Carolina, allegedly by the driver of a car she thought to be her Uber. Sami’s Law—aka Rideshare Safety Bill A5321—passed the state Assembly unanimously May 23 and has been sent to the Senate for a full vote. Believe it or not, legislation does exist that goes far beyond traditional politics. We hope this bill, which would mandate several safety measures for rideshare companies to follow, including a QR code to confirm each trip, also is unanimous in the Senate and is sent without delay to Gov. Murphy’s desk for his signature.
* * *
On May 20, Robbinsville paid the invoice of $709,680.18 for the billing period of July 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019 for use of Hamilton Township’s sewer utility. We hope that payment, confirmation of which, along with the bill from Hamilton, can be viewed at robbinsville.net, puts to rest any suggestion that Robbinsville is in arrears to Hamilton for the shared use of its sewer. Additionally, Robbinsville has committed to pay for half of an independent rate study to determine how our two towns can move toward an amicable solution to our current billing disagreements.
Hamilton and Robbinsville have had a joint sewer agreement since 1976.
* * *
My thoughts and deepest condolences, along with those of my administration and staff, are extended to the Brien family of Robbinsville during this deeply tragic and sorrowful time.
Dave Fried is the Mayor of Robbinsville.