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Little Leagues open day celebration April 26 at Tantum Park honored Robbinsvilles four 2012
state championship teams. Above, the 10U softball state champions throw out ceremonial
pitches. From left: Rachel Gillmer, Amanda Allen, Grace Maslak, Shea Walsh, Allison Taylor
and Devon Witt. See more photos on Page 19.
Play Ball!
Township donates police car to storm-ravaged Sea Bright. PAGE 5
Rent control
changes eyed
for trailer park
By JOANNE DEGNAN
Editor
The Township Council is con-
sidering making several changes
to the rent control ordinance now
in place for the 147 units in the
Mercer Mobile Homes trailer
park, including capping allowable
rent increases to 3.5 percent a
year.
A second change would estab-
lish separate pass-through sur-
charge for property tax increases,
instead of allowing the parks
owner to factor property tax
hikes into the base rent.
A third change would allow the
parks owner to install separate
sub-meters at each pad site to
measure water and sewage usage
so that residents can be billed in-
dividually, not collectively. Right
now there is one meter for the en-
tire park and residents pay for
water and sewer as part of their
base rent.
The parks owner, Larry Kauff-
mann, has been battling the town-
ship in court for years over a 1995
rent control ordinance and later a
zoning board decision that obli-
gated him to make extensive
sewer repairs (not yet undertak-
en) as a condition of his property
subdivision approvals granted in
2007 and 2011. Mr. Kaufmann did
not return a message on May 1 re-
questing comment on the new or-
dinance.
Sally Harrison, the president of
the parks homeowners associa-
tion, said residents were still di-
gesting the specifics of the docu-
ment and would attend a sched-
uled May 9 public hearing to have
their questions answered. Her
personal view was that the pro-
posed 3.5 percent cap and sub-me-
tering plan for each pad site in
the park makes a lot of sense,
she said.
Harrison said the current
arrangement of dividing the
please see RENT, page 15
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The Wall
John Carfaros 171 saves for lacrosse puts
him among top NJ goalies. PAGE 7
By JOANNE DEGNAN
Editor
The Robbinsville Board of Ed-
ucation has approved payment of
one-time stipends totaling
$260,000 that will be divided
equally among teachers and
unionized school employees in
place of retroactive salary in-
creases for the 2011-2012 school
year.
The school district and the
Teacher stipends of $908 approved
please see STIPENDS, page 16
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Runners and walkers can now
register online for the 4th Annual
Qasim & Ahad 5K race and one-
mile fitness walk, a fundraiser in
memory of two Robbinsville boys
whose tragic deaths in 2010 so
touched the community it led to
the establishment of the scholar-
ship funds bearing their names.
The Q&A race begins at Rob-
binsville High School at 9 a.m.
sharp on Saturday, June 8 and
continues along a sanctioned
course through Foxmoor and
Town Center that will bring run-
ners back to the RHS track and
field finish line.
Streets on the race route are
closed to traffic and monitored by
police to ensure the safety of the
hundreds of runners and walkers
who participate.
The entrance fee is $20 before
June 8 and $25 on race day. Stu-
dents 14 and under pay a reduced
price of $18. The cost for any par-
ticipant in the one-mile health
walk is also $18.
T-shirts will be given to all pre-
registered entrants and for as
long as supplies last to same-day
registrants. Registration and
check-in on race day begins at
7:30 a.m. behind Robbinsville
High School.
Awards will be given to the top
three male and female runners in
eight different age groups: 14 and
under; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-
59; 60-69; and 70 and over.
Discounted online registration
is available through June 1 at
www.active.com and www.prac-
ticehard.com. After June 1, run-
ners will have to drop off their
forms in person at Robbinsville
High School in order to register at
the discounted rate. Checks for
in-person registration should be
made payable to Robbinsville
High School.
The generosity of community
sponsors makes it possible to pro-
vide refreshments, merchandise
and T-shirts to the race partici-
pants.
Sponsorship opportunities
ranging from $25 to $300 are avail-
able.
Contact Robbinsville teacher
Samantha Rua for more informa-
tion at rua@robbinsville.k12.nj.us.
The Q&A race was started in
2010 two months after Qasim
Muzaffar, 14, and his 12-year-old
brother, Ahad, died of accidental
carbon monoxide poisoning
while overseas with their family
on a vacation.
Qasims classmates at RHS will
be graduating from high school
this year.
The annual fundraiser sup-
ports the Qasim Muzaffar Schol-
arship and the Ahad Muzaffar
Scholarship, which are awarded
to two college-bound seniors and
total a combined $7,000.
Q&A memorial 5K race set
Lunch - 11 AM
Registration - Noon
Tee Off - 1 PM
Editors note: The writers are
students at Pond Road Middle
School.
Stop littering!
Have you ever seen someone
toss trash out a car window?
Maybe you have even done it
yourself ? If so, then you have
seen someone litter. People litter
every year, costing our country
millions of dollars to clean up the
mess. People must realize even
the smallest piece of trash can
lead to big problems. Currently,
313 million people live in the U.S.
If everyone littered one item of
garbage it would mean 313 mil-
lion pieces of trash discarded
into our environment.
Have you seen a glass bottle on
the street before? That single bot-
tle will take about 1 million years
to decompose. According to
K.A.Bs research, 51.2 billion
pieces of trash occupy our road-
ways each year. That equals 6,729
pieces of trash per mile. In the
words of the Environmental Pro-
tection Agency, there are also
3,091 landfills in the U.S. In many,
liquids still in their containers
decompose into the soil and
groundwater, causing hazardous
chemicals to seep into our Earth.
Some may say that littering
isnt harmful to humans. Howev-
er, trash on our roads causes
25,000 accidents per year. Litter-
ing also contributes to fires, pollu-
tion, and increased taxes in order
to pay for cleanup costs. If people
stop littering, we will have a
cleaner environment. As a person
who inhabits the Earth, its your
job to help.
Some ways to lower the
amount of garbage on our planet
is to remind yourself and others
not to litter. This will help keep
the garbage off our streets. Peo-
ple need to recycle. Recycling
helps reduce the amount of trash
in the landfills. Lastly, you can
volunteer to help clean your town
or neighborhood. Our environ-
ment is important and taking
time out to help now will make a
big difference for our future.
Anna Dorval, age 11
Drunk driving is deadly
Imagine walking home from a
field trip with your mom and
first-grade class. Suddenly, a
drunk driver jumps the curb and
fatally strikes you, as your mom
and friends watch in horror. Peo-
ple should not get behind the
wheel after drinking, even if
theyve only had one alcoholic
drink.
M.A.D.D., or Mothers Against
Drunk Driving, claims that most
of the drunk drivers today are be-
tween the ages of 16 and 29, even
though its illegal for people
under the age of 21 to drink.
M.A.D.D. also has other statistics
on its website regarding drunk
driving. Did you know...
Drunk driving causes approx-
imately one-third of all traffic fa-
talities in the United States.
On average, someone in the
U.S. is killed by a drinking related
crash every 40 minutes.
Roughly three in 10 Ameri-
cans will be involved in an alco-
hol-related collision at some point
in their lives.
Some may argue that it is hard
to find a designated driver. If you
cant find a driver for a ride home,
call a taxicab to take you. It may
cost a bit more than you planned,
but you will be alive.
A good way to decrease drunk
driving is to cut back on alcohol.
Bars, clubs, and liquor stores
should stop selling so much alco-
hol to individuals. I would like
you to consider this: the next time
you drink, do not jump in a car
and drive away, you could get in-
jured before you even make it
home, or maybe youll never get
home at all. Here is my challenge
to you, government officials.
When you see a drunk driver, give
harsher tickets and longer jail
time. If we pull together we can
decrease the amount of drunk
drivers on the road.
Courtney Pokallus, age 11
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Editor
Robbinsville residents interest-
ed in running for a seat on the
Board of Education must file
their candidate nominating peti-
tions by 4 p.m. on June 4 in the
Mercer County Clerks Office.
School Board Business Admin-
istrator Bob DeVita said there are
three Robbinsville school board
seats on the ballot in the Nov. 5
election. All three seats, which
are now held by Matthew O-
Grady, Thomas Halm Jr., and
Board President Mike Reca, are
for full three-year terms.
Robbinsville recently moved its
school elections from April to the
first Tuesday in November when
other candidates for local, state,
and federal offices run for office.
School elections remain nonparti-
san, however, meaning candi-
dates run without political party
labels and are listed on a separate
place on the ballot instead of the
Democrat or Republican Party
columns.
To run for school board, poten-
tial candidates must be at a regis-
tered voter and U.S. citizen who is
able to read and write and lived in
Robbinsville for at least one year.
Potential candidates cannot run
for school board if they already
hold another elected office, if
they have a pending lawsuit
against the school district, or
have been convicted of certain
crimes.
Candidates for school board
are required to obtain the signa-
tures of 10 registered voters on
their nominating petitions in
order to have their name placed
on the ballot. Nominating peti-
tions can be obtained by calling
609-989-6494 or by downloading
the forms online at
http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/of
ficials/clerk/pdf/cc_schoolboard-
candidatepacket.pdf.
Petitions must be returned by 4
p.m., June 4 to the Election Office
in the Mercer County Clerks Of-
fice, 209 South Broad Street,
Room 202, Trenton.
State law requires all school
board members to undergo a
criminal history background
check through the NJ Depart-
ment of Education within 30 days
of their election. Criminal con-
victions that bar a person from
school board service include first-
and second degree crimes such as
drug convictions, robbery, aggra-
vated assault, arson, manslaugh-
ter and murder; third-degree
crimes such as reckless endan-
germent, making terroristic
threats, criminal mischief, bur-
glary, perjury, resisting arrest,
luring; and fourth-degree crimes
involving a minor.
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By JOANNE DEGNAN
Editor
A 2007 Robbinsville police
cruiser that was scheduled to be
retired from service this year was
instead delivered to the Sea
Bright police chief last week to
replace one of several vehicles
the borough lost in Hurricane
Sandys storm surge.
Mayor Dave Fried, Council
President Ron Witt, and Police
Chief Martin Masseroni dropped
the car off in Sea Bright on May 1
and handed Sea Bright Police
Chief John Sorrentino the keys.
The 2007 Crown Victoria with
100,000 miles on the odometer was
delivered six days after the Town-
ship Council voted to transfer the
squad car to Robbinsvilles re-
cently adopted sister communi-
ty for $1.
Sea Bright, a tiny barrier is-
land community in Monmouth
County, sustained widespread de-
struction from Hurricane Sandy.
Even though it has been six
months since the storm, only a
handful of businesses have been
able to reopen and many resi-
dents are still not able to live in
their homes.
Township Business Adminis-
trator Joy Tozzi read a statement
to the council on April 25 from
Mayor Dave Fried, who was in At-
lantic City attending the NJ Con-
ference of Mayors, that stressed
the need to help Sea Bright get
back on its feet.
Old squad car gets
new life in Sea Bright
please see CAR, page 17
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EDITOR Joanne Degnan
A mothers presence
By DAN GREGO
Pastor, Lifetree Community Church
Sunday is Mothers Day. I am deeply
grateful for a caring, wise, and fun-loving
mother. When I was young, she was the
best. When I became a teenager, every con-
versation came from somewhere behind a
baseball hat pulled over my face. I dont
think we made eye contact for four years.
When I went to college, her phone calls
were an invasion of my independence.
When my folks moved out of the country, I
started checking in on them. When I had
children, her number was on speed dial.
Funny how life comes full circle.
Nineteenth century writer William
Thackeray once said, Mother is the name
for God in the lips and hearts of children.
There is something about a mother that re-
veals the character of God. God is a pres-
ent God; he is constantly with us. Whether
I welcomed it or not, my mother was al-
ways there for me. Her constant presence
has taught me more than anything she
ever said.
I know many who have either lost their
mothers or never had an opportunity to
know their mother. The value of a moth-
ers presence may be recognized most in
her absence. An empty seat at the table or
the silence of the phone can be reminders
of what was lost. Nothing can take the
place of a mother.
To all the moms out there, can I offer
this encouragement? You dont have to be
perfect. No mother ever has. But do not
underestimate the significance your pres-
ence has. Every day, children lose parents
and live with that void. Your ability to con-
sistently be there for your children is life
changing. To all the mothers in Rob-
binsville, we pause to celebrate you. We
are thankful that you are with us. We wish
you all a very Happy Mothers Day!
One Saturday a year, the Church of St.
Gregory the Greats Social Concerns Min-
istry coordinates the Loaves and Fishes
Program, a monthly outreach run by local
churches that donate, cook, and serve a hot
meal and brown bag lunch to over 700 un-
derprivileged and homeless people at St.
Marys Cathedral in Trenton.
This year St. Gregory the Great will
serve a meal on May 25.
This outreach is a great resource to local
residents struggling to provide healthy
food to their families.
This program is only possible through
the generosity of parishioners and the
local community.
On May 24th, donations to support the
Loaves and Fishes meal will be collected
from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the St. Gregory the
Great Academy cafeteria. Volunteers will
be available for curbside drop off in front
of the school, 4680 Nottingham Way in
Hamilton Square.
Items needed include peanut butter,
grape jelly, juice boxes, snack bags of
chips, loaves of white bread, powdered iced
tea and lemonade, and store-bought cook-
ies.
Please consider sharing your blessings
with those less fortunate!
For more information, email Susan Sci-
bilia at lancescibilia@gmail.com or visit
www.stgregorythegreatchurch.org/loaves.
St. Gregory the Great collecting food donations
Have you ever wondered, in these trou-
bled times, how we can possibly live the
kind of life Jesus has called us to? St. Gre-
gory the Greats Emmanuel Prayer Group
presents the Life in the Spirit Seminar
series, exploring ways to more fully live
our faith and grow closer to Jesus through
the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Each session
will include a talk, a personal faith story,
small group sharing and an opportunity to
meet and greet fellow participants.
The series will be held in St. Gregory
the Great Church at 7:30 p.m. on Wednes-
day, May 22 (Topic: Growth) and Tuesday,
May 28 (Topic: Transformation in Christ).
All are welcome to come learn about God
and having a personal relationship with
Him.
Visit the website
www.stgregorythegreatchurch.org/lss for
more information.
Prayer groups Life in the Spirit seminar coming May 22
Send us your Robbinsville Interfaith Views
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Carfaro evolves into top goalie
By JUSTIN FEIL
Special to The Robbinsville Sun
John Carfaro felt prepared for
his first season as a starter with
the Robbinsville High School
boys lacrosse team, but its been
an even bigger challenge than he
expected.
The senior goalie has grown ac-
customed to facing a barrage of
shots. He ranks fourth in the state
with 171 saves this season.
I knew it was going to be a lot
of shots, but I never thought it
would get to that number on my
part, Carfaro said. The 33
against Notre Dame was pretty
ridiculous.
Twice this season, Carfaro has
exceeded 30 saves in a game,
which is what made last weeks
game against New Egypt so un-
usual even welcome for him
and the Ravens. Carfaro wasnt
tested as often as usual, making
just eight saves to help Rob-
binsville shut out winless New
Egypt 13-0 on April 30 and snap
the Ravens six-game losing
streak.
Its definitely good to finally
get another win under our belt,
Carfaro said. A lot of the teams
weve been playing have been re-
ally, really good competition.
With such a young team, its hard
to pull out wins against really
good, deep teams.
Not only are the Ravens young,
they havent been fully healthy all
year. They were expected to re-
turn Trevor Verry, a senior cap-
tain and key cog in their attack,
back in time for the May 4 game
against Hightstown (after The
Robbinsville Sun had gone to
press).
Those two things are a bad
mixture being inexperienced
and being injured, said Rob-
binsville head coach Don Green
of his team, which improved to 2-
9 with the April 30 win. It just
leaves a void.
The one thing weve definitely
seen is the kids are playing the
game the right way. Theyre try-
ing. No matter what, they do not
give up.
The Ravens havent gotten a
break in their schedule. New
Egypt was just the second team
on their schedule with a sub-.500
record. Pat Virgie had four goals
and two assists, and Nick Ferraro
had four goals and an assist for
Robbinsville. Justin Makkay
chipped in two goals and three as-
sists.
Definitely today is something
to build on, Carfaro said after
the New Egypt game.
Its something to get the mo-
mentum going for our team. Its
been such a low win, high loss
season, once we get one we can
keep it going.
Carfaro has been a bright spot
for the Ravens. He has been con-
sistent in goal and given his
young defense guidance.
His save totals are astronomi-
cally high, Green said. Hes had
multiple games over 30 games,
even more over 20. Every day, hes
teetering on being the save leader
for the state. Hes been making a
lot of saves. Without him, things
could be a lot worse.
The Robbinsville defense has
been under fire because its been
difficult for them to generate
turnovers and for their offense to
maintain possession.
The defense is definitely get-
ting better, Carfaro said. Its be-
cause theyve spent so much time
on the defensive end. Because its
a high-intensity situation, theyre
driven to go harder than in prac-
tice and they focus on the smaller
things so the entire team defense
doesnt break down.
Carfaro gained confidence over
the summer while playing with
the New Jersey Lacrosse Club. He
only started playing lacrosse as a
freshman.
I started playing as an attack-
man, he recalled. I was talking
with my friend Jeff (Kalczynski)
and I was talking about just doing
it for the winter league and I got
really good at it and I stuck with
it. It sort of came naturally. It sort
of clicked with me and being in
the cage.
Carfaro succeeded Kalczynski
as the starter this year, and has
grown into a leader and a better
communicator, something thats
critical to the position.
Its definitely part of the job,
Carfaro said. You have to be able
to do it. Getting to the point
where youre confident to tell
everyone what to do, it happens
over time.
Carfaro will be trying to help
his successor learn the same next
year. While he will attend Mercer
County Community College, Car-
faro will remain a part of the pro-
gram to help the upcoming
Ravens goalies develop.
Its been a tough year so far,
and I know a lot of kids are going
to work in the summer, he said.
Summer is where a lot of the
kids improve.
JOHN BLAINE/Special to The Robbinsville Sun
Senior goalie John Carfaro, shown here in the net fielding his team-
mates shots at a May 1 practice, is ranked fourth in the state with
171 saves so far this season.
WEDNESDAY MAY 8
Robbinsville American Legion
Post 530 Meeting: 7 p.m., Robbins
House, 245 Windsor Road. Veterans
wanted. If interested in joining, or if
you just want to take a look, call Mel
Boyce at 609-306-1496 for more
information.
THURSDAY MAY 9
Chair Yoga: 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Senior
Center, 1117 Route 130 North. A free
class for seniors 60 and over taught
by Connie Ferrara. No reservations
needed. For further information, call
259-1567.
Coffee, Doughnuts & a Movie: 1:30
p.m., Robbinsville branch of the Mer-
cer County Library System, 42 Rob-
binsville-Allentown Road. For more
information call 259-2150.
Ravens Boys Varsity Baseball vs.
Hun: 4 p.m., Robbinsville High
School, 155 Robbinsville-Edinburg
Road. Game subject to change;
check http://www.usatodayhss.com.
Dealing with Dizziness: 7 p.m., Rob-
binsville branch of the Mercer Coun-
ty Library System, Robbinsville-
Allentown Road. Vestibular rehabili-
tation specialist Linda A. Lucuski,
MPT, Rehabilitation Coordinator
with Princeton HealthCare Systems
Outpatient Rehabilitation Network,
will discuss vestibular rehabilitation
and explain how specific exercises
can provide symptom relief, improve
balance, and enhance safe activity
levels. Register online at
www.mcl.org.
Friendlys Cruise Nights: 5 p.m. to
9 p.m. (weather permitting), Fox-
moor Shopping Center, 1031 Wash-
ington Ave. All cars welcome from
classics to customs. DJ Cruisin
themes, goodie bags, food dis-
counts, kids games, trophies. For
more information, go to www.rob-
binsvillehotrods.com.
Robbinsville Township Council:
7:30 p.m., 1117 Route 130. Public
hearing scheduled on 2013 munici-
pal budget. Agenda online at
www.robbinsville-twp.org.
FRIDAY MAY 10
Sing Along with Miss Amy: 10:30
a.m., Robbinsville branch of the Mer-
cer County Library System, 42 Rob-
binsville-Allentown Road. A music
program is for children of all ages,
accompanied by an adult. Register
online at www.mcl.org.
21st Annual Joe Vastano 5K Run
and Chickie DeVito 2-Mile Health
Walk: 7 p.m. sharp, starts at St. Gre-
gory the Great Parish Center, 4620
Nottingham Way, Hamilton, and con-
tinues through residential streets
closed to traffic. Prizes and raffles.
Registration for 5K is $20 on race
day; $15 in advance. To register, go
to www.stgregorythegreatacade-
my.org/5K.
SATURDAY MAY 11
7th Annual Head to Toe Womens
Expo: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Robbinsville
High School, 155 Robbinsville-Edin-
burg Road. More than 100 exhibitors
and three one-hour seminar ses-
sions offered on topics that include
health, legal, finance home, garden
food, fashion beauty and more.
Hosted by Mercer County Woman.
Free admission. For further informa-
tion, call 609-890-4054.
Ravens Varsity Softball vs. Penns-
bury East: 7 p.m., at Robbinsville.
Game subject to change; check
http://www.usatodayhss.com.
MONDAY MAY 13
Tai Chi Classes at Senior Center:
9:30 a.m., 1117 Route 130 North. Pre-
registration required. There are still
openings in the current session that
runs through May 20. For cost and
further information, contact, Renee
Burns at 259-1567 or ReneeB@Rob-
binsville-Twp.org.
Free Blood Pressure Screenings:
11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., Senior Center,
1117 Route 130 North. For more infor-
mation, contact Renee Burns at
259-1567.
Ravens Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs.
West Windsor-Plainsboro South: 4
p.m. Robbinsville High School, 155
Robbinsville-Edinburg Road. Game
subject to change; check
http://www.usatodayhss.com.
Ravens Boys Varsity Tennis vs.
Notre Dame: 4 p.m., Robbinsville
High School, 155 Robbinsville-Edin-
burg Road. Game subject to change;
check http://www.usatodayhss.com.
TUESDAY MAY 14
Create a Ladybug: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Robbinsville branch of the Mercer
County Library System, 42 Rob-
binsville-Allentown Road. For chil-
dren of all ages accompanied by an
adult. Drop in; no registration need-
ed. For more information, call 259-
2150.
Babytime: 10:15 a.m., Robbinsville
branch of the Mercer County
Library System, 42 Robbinsville-
Allentown Road. Ages 6 months to
24 months, accompanied by an
adult. Registration required online
at www.mcl.org.
Chair Yoga: 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Senior
Center, 1117 Route 130 North. A free
class for seniors 60 and over taught
by Connie Ferrara. No reservations
needed. For further information, call
259-1567.
Yikes! Whats Happening to My
Body? 7 p.m., Robbinsville branch of
the Mercer County Library, 42 Rob-
binsville-Allentown Road. A program
about puberty for girls ages 9 to 12
with a parent or guardian. Spon-
sored by Princeton HealthCare
Community Education and Out-
reach. Registration required. Call
259-2150.
WEDNESDAY MAY 15
Ravens Varsity Baseball v. West
Windsor-Plainsboro: 4 p.m., Rob-
binsville High School, 155 Rob-
binsville-Edinburg Road. Game sub-
ject to change; check
http://www.usatodayhss.com.
Robbinsville Planning Board: 7:30
p.m., Robbinsville Senior Center, 42
Robbinsville-Allentown Road. Agen-
da online at www.robbinsville-
twp.org.
THURSDAY MAY 16
Chair Yoga: 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Senior
Center, 1117 Route 130 North. A free
class for seniors 60 and over taught
by Connie Ferrara. No reservations
needed. For further information, call
259-1567.
School-Age Storytime and Craft:
4:30 p.m., Robbinsville branch of the
Mercer County Library, 42 Rob-
binsville-Allentown Road. Ages
kindergarten and up. Online regis-
tration required at www.mcl.org.
Friendlys Cruise Nights: 5 p.m. to
9 p.m. (weather permitting), Fox-
moor Shopping Center, 1031 Wash-
ington Ave. All cars welcome from
classics to customs. DJ Cruisin
themes, goodie bags, food dis-
counts, kids games, trophies. For
more information, go to www.rob-
binsvillehotrods.com.
Book Talk with Author Jennie Gia-
rdine: 7 p.m., Robbinsville branch of
the Mercer County Library System,
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road.
Giardine's historical romantic sus-
pense novel Opium Dreams cen-
ters on an infamous opium den in
1883 London that drew high society.
Giardine is a Robbinsville resident
and composition instructor at Bucks
County Community College and the
Community College of Philadelphia.
Register online at www.mcl.org.
FRIDAY MAY 17
Storybooks in Action: 10:30 a.m.,
Robbinsville branch of the Mercer
County Library System, 42 Rob-
binsville-Allentown Road. Watch the
animated version of a storybook
and make a craft. Adults must
accompany children under 4. Online
registration required at
www.mcl.org.
RHS Prom Red Carpet: 4 p.m. to
6:30 p.m. outside Robbinsville High
School, 155 Robbinsville-Edinburg
Road. The community is invited to
see the Class of 2013 in their prom
attire walk the Red Carpet out the
front doors of RHS before they
depart for the prom. Parking in front
of the school is for prom-goers; par-
ents and the community are asked
to park in the lot behind the school.
SATURDAY MAY 18
Robbinsville Township Shred Day:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the truck is
filled), Robbinsville Fire House park-
ing lot, 1149 Route 130. Rain or shine.
Must show proof of Robbinsville res-
idency (drivers license, tax bill or
utility bill). Permissible items include
file folders, paper, bills, financial
statements, or anything you cannot
recycle due to confidentiality con-
cerns. There is a 100-pound limit. Do
not bring books, magazines or
newspapers that are regularly
picked up curbside on recycling
days. For further questions, call
Public Works at 259-0422.
7th Annual Robbinsville Senior
Center Open House: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.,
Robbinsville Senior Center, 42 Rob-
binsville-Allentown Road. All are
welcome to enjoy music, food, bocce
and prizes. Free admission. For fur-
ther information, contact Renee
Burns at reneeb@robbinsville-
twp.org.
SUNDAY MAY 19
6th Annual Hair of the Dog 5k
Race & Chesterfest: Race starts 10
a.m. (dogs are welcome to walk/run
too), Chesterfest follows (free
admission), 610 Windsor-Perrineville
Road. Proceeds benefit local pet
rescues. Race participants receive
race shirt, wine glass and tasting,
and goody bag. Chesterfest features
live music, great food, wine and
beer. Two great events in one! For
race registration and info go to
www.hairofthedog5k.com.
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Softball
Robbinsville 9, Hopewell 0
Senior Christine Levering
reached her 100th career hit mile-
stone in the Ravens 9-0 win over
Hopewell Valley Central High
School on April 26.
Levering is the third softball
player in school history to hit 100
or more hits. Pitcher Lauren Fis-
cher and catcher Rebecca Free-
man have also reached the same
milestone this season.
During the game against
Hopewell, Ravens batters scored
nine runs on 11 hits. Hannah Ol-
shevski pitched seven scoreless
innings and struck out six to pick
up the win for Robbinsville, the
teams 13th victory this season.
Robbinsville 9, Allentown 1
Pitcher Lauren Fischer went
four-for-four at the plate, includ-
ing two singles, a double and a
home run, to lift the Ravens to a 9-
1 victory over Allentown High
School on April 24. Fischer was
also dominant on the mound, al-
lowing only two hits over seven
innings for her ninth win of the
year.
Baseball
Robbinsville 5, Hopewell 4
Anthony DeChiara hit the
game-winning two-out 2-run sin-
gle to score M.A. Chiaramella
with two outs in the bottom of the
ninth to edge Robbinsville past
Hopewell Valley Central High
School 5-4 in extra innings on
April 26. Stephen Dranoff also
batted in two runs and C.J.
Gearhart went 2-for-4 with one
RBI. The Ravens Ryan Fischer
pitched three innings and picked
up the win in relief of starter
Steve Krebs.
Allentown 6, Robbinsville 3
The Ravens committed five er-
rors in their 6-3 loss to Allentown
High School on April 30. Anthony
DeChiara gave up 10 hits and
three earned runs in seven in-
nings of play and was tagged with
the loss. Allentowns Tom Malik,
who also gave up three earned
runs, was the winning pitcher.
Girls Track and Field
Robbinsville 80, Allentown 60
The Ravens defeated Allentown
80-60 on Tuesday, April 23. Taking
first place for the team: Erin
Holzbaur (1600-meter run); Katie
Koss (400-meter run); Noel
Jancewicz (javelin, 100-meter hur-
dles, 200-meter run, high jump);
Julia Borowski (3200-meter run);
Andin Fosam (shot put, discus);
and the 4x400-meter relay team of
Kelly Koss, Jill Testa, Makenzie
Bayless, Katie Koss.
Penn Relays Results
On April 25, several athletes
from the Ravens Girls Track and
Field team competed in the Penn
Relays, which feature more than
22,000 competitors from all over
the country, and even some inter-
national athletes. Ravens senior
Noel Jancewicz finished sixth
overall in the high jump with a
solid performance (5 feet, 5.75
inches). The 4x400 meter relay
(Kelly Koss, Paris Hughes, Erin
Holzbaur, Katie Koss) won their
section in 4 minutes, 5.34 seconds,
taking home Robbinsvilles first
Penn Relay plaque.
Boys Track and Field
Allentown 72, Robbinsville 68
The Ravens lost a close meet to
Allentown 72-68 on Tuesday, April
23. First-place finishes for the
Ravens included Craig Hunter
(pole vault, long jump, 100-meter
dash, and high jump); Zach Mi-
chon (1600-meter run); Graham
Rousseau (110-meter hurdles);
Ryan Gross (800-meter run); Mike
Michon (3200-meter run); and the
4x400 relay team of Dan
Gavrushenko, Nick Brennan,
Zach Michon, and Anthony Nier-
va.
Penn Relays Results
Robbinsville High School sen-
ior Craig Hunter competed in
Penn Relays on April 27 taking
sixth place overall with a vault of
14 feet, 9 inches.
Girls Lacrosse
Allentown 19, Robbinsville 9
The Redbirds defeated the
Ravens 19-9 in girls varsity
lacrosse action at Allentown High
School on April 30. Allentowns
Alex Moore and Kali Hartshorn
led the Redbirds offense by scor-
ing 13 of the Redbirds 19 goals.
For Robbinsville, Emily Kratz
four goals, Jill Frascenda had
two, and Courtney Allen, Emily
Martin and Courtney Stahlbrand
had one goal apiece. On defense,
Brianna Santoro had nine saves.
ravens nest
Special to The Robbinsville Sun
RHS senior Christine Levering
(holding poster) hit her 100th
career hit for the Ravens softball
team on April 26 during Rob-
binsvilles 9-0 win against
Hopewell Valley Central High
School.
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Athletes from Allentown High
School and Robbinsville High
School will be teammates on the
ice rink and in the swimming
pool again next year under a re-
newed shared-services agreement
approved by the Robbinsville
Board of Education.
Students at Allentown High
School, which does not have its
own swim team or ice hockey
team, will be able to once again
try out for and compete on the
Ravens ice hockey and swim
teams in 2013-2014.
A merger fee of $3,000 for the
ice hockey team and $5,000 for
swimming team will be paid by
the Upper Freehold Regional
School District, using funds
raised by parent booster groups,
to cover its share of the pro-
grams expenses. UFRSD is also
responsible for the transportation
costs for AHS athletes, who hail
from the communities of Allen-
town, Upper Freehold and Mill-
stone.
Schools Superintendent Steve
Mayer said the merger fee
charged for swimming remains
unchanged, but the ice hockey fee
is $1,000 less than previous years
because Allentown will have
fewer skaters on the team in 2013-
2014.
The swim agreement is a flat
fee for the arrangement, whereas
hockey runs at $500 per skater,
Mayer said on May 1.
The Ravens and Redbirds first
joined forces in the pool and on
the ice at the start of the 2011
school year. At the time, the
Ravens ice hockey teams season
was on thin ice because it had lost
six graduating seniors the prior
June and several of its remaining
starters were sidelined with in-
juries.
The small RHS swim team,
coached by UFRSD teacher Pam
Owens, welcomed the addition of
AHS swimmers, who have provid-
ed the Ravens with more depth
and power to compete against
larger schools. The swim team
merger two years ago also gave
RHS the numbers to finally break
its then fledgling co-ed team into
separate boys and girls swim
teams.
The reality is its definitely
gone better than we thought it
would, RHS Athletic Director
Curtis Wyers told the school
board April 23 meeting prior to
the vote on the new shared-servic-
es agreement.
Wyers noted the Ravens ice
hockey team, whose top-scorer
Logan Fredericks (42 goals) at-
tends AHS, went all the way to the
final eight of the state playoffs be-
fore losing in overtime to the two-
time defending state champion.
For a small little school,
mixed with some Allentown kids,
it was an amazing journey,
Wyers said.
He singled out Ravens hockey
coach Dan Bergan, a two-time
Colonial Valley Conference
Coach of the Year, for his leader-
ship that enabled students from
two different high schools to coa-
lesce into a winning team.
The Board of Education recog-
nized more than a dozen standout
winter athletes at the start of its
April 23 meeting, including sever-
al other hockey players from the
2012-2012 dream season team: jun-
ior Eric Hildebrand; senior Zack
Bryan, who will attend East Car-
olina University; senior Chris
Deck, who will attend Rowan Uni-
versity; and senior Kellen Anker,
who is headed to Ohio State Uni-
versity.
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The following items were taken
from reports on file with the Rob-
binsville Police Department:
An unidentified man tried to
break into an Andover Place resi-
dence at about 11:30 p.m., April 24.
The resident told Patrolman
Barbara Borges that she heard a
loud noise at the front door and
then saw a man running away.
When her husband returned
home from work he found pry
marks near the doorknob and
deadbolt. There are no suspects at
this time.
***
A 27-year-old North Brunswick
resident was arrested on drug
charges after a traffic stop at 2:11
a.m., April 22 on Route 130.
Patrolman Shawn Bruton
stopped the vehicle near Hankins
Road because it had a front wind-
shield view obstruction. During
the stop, he detected evidence
narcotics might be present and a
subsequent search revealed a
small quantity of marijuana and
drug paraphernalia.
The accused was charged with
possession of marijuana, posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia, view
obstruction and having a con-
trolled dangerous substance in a
motor vehicle.
***
A 51-year-old Trenton woman
was charged with hindering ap-
prehension and obstructing the
administration of justice at 1:35
a.m., April 23. Patrolman Robert
Quinn stopped the drivers vehi-
cle on Route 130 North because its
taillight was out. During the stop,
the driver gave the officer a false
name. An investigation later re-
vealed she had a $150 warrant out
for her arrest under real name.
The driver was also charged with
improper maintenance of lamps
***
A 38-year-old Plainsboro
woman was charged with DWI
and other offenses after a traffic
stop at 9:15 p.m., April 23.
Patrolman Wayne Haugh saw a
vehicle stopped in the shoulder of
Route 130 North at Woodside
Road. As he approached, the driv-
er made an abrupt K-turn and
pulled away. The officer followed
and pulled the vehicle over near
the A&M Farm Market. The driv-
er was then asked to perform field
sobriety tests, which she failed.
The driver was additionally
charged with careless driving,
reckless driving and failure to
maintain lane.
***
A 33-year-old Trenton man was
charged with possession of mari-
juana after a motor vehicle stop at
7:35 a.m., April 25 on Route 130
North. Patrolman Thomas Egan
pulled the vehicle over because it
was missing a front license plate.
During the stop, the officer detect-
ed evidence of narcotics and a
subsequent search revealed the
passenger was in possession of a
small quantity of marijuana.
***
A 28-year-old Boonton woman
was charged with DWI at 2:56
a.m., April 28 after police saw her
vehicle parked after hours at a
Route 130 business in the Wind-
sor section of the township.
Patrolman Chris Clifton saw
evidence the woman was intoxi-
cated and asked her to step out of
the vehicle and perform field so-
briety tests, which she failed. She
was additionally charged with re-
fusal to submit to breath testing.
***
A 38-year-old Cranbury man
was charged with DWI and other
offenses after a traffic stop at 1:45
a.m., April 28 on Hutchinson
Road. Patrolman Robert Quinn
saw a vehicle run a stop sign at
the four-way intersection on
Hutchinson Road in Foxmoor,
and then pulled it over near Lake
Drive. During the stop, the officer
observed evidence the driver was
intoxicated and asked him to per-
form field sobriety tests, which he
failed. The driver was additional-
ly charged with failure to main-
tain lane, reckless driving, care-
less driving and failure to stop or
yield.
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Robbinsville Comets 5
West Deptford Firecrackers 0
The Robbinsville Comets took
control in the second half and
pulled away for a 5-0 victory over
the West Deptford Firecrackers
on April 27, improving their
record for the spring to 8-0. The
Comets were led offensively by
goals from Brittain Ruscito (four)
and Aleca Fotiou. Caroline Cog-
gins, Kolette Schulz and Yianna
Mazzella also displayed outstand-
ing offensive skills while keeping
constant pressure on their oppo-
nent. Defensive leaders were Kai-
ley Pacifico and Alena Pietrini as
they continually shut down any
attack made by the Firecrackers.
Securing saves and the victory in
goal were Jaimee McEntee and
Cara Alban who were flawless in
net.
Robbinsville Little League
Division B Softball
Rville Stefanics-REMAX
(West Va.) 6,
New Egypt 5
In Softball B action (ages 8-10)
at Tantum Park on April 25, Rob-
binsvilles REMAX team was
trailing New Egypt 5-4 in the bot-
tom of the sixth inning, when
REMAXs Kailey Pacifico led off
with a single and later scored the
tying run on Brianna Riccobonos
RBI single. Sydney Herman then
ripped a line drive single to cen-
ter to score Riccobono with the
winning run.
For REMAX, Marlana Mentzer
pitched two scoreless innings;
Emilia Bercaw was 2-2 with a
scoreless inning; Brynn Hopkins
was 2-2 with a scoreless inning;
and Jordan Dicker had a double
in the gap.
RLL Rookie Division
Efinger All Season Sports vs.
Santinos Pizza and Restaurant
On April 24, Efinger All Season
Sports faced off against Santinos
Pizza & Restaurant in Rookie Di-
vision (ages 6 to 7) action. Efin-
gers had outstanding field play
when Logan Merritt made a great
play at second base recording a
much needed out. Kahnav Bhat-
nagar had three hard hit balls
along with Matthew Boss hitting
just as hard with one double and
two singles. Luke Brennan had
two great plays in the field and hit
the ball to the outfield.
Santinos was led by some
great fielding plays, highlighted
by Grayson Hopkins, Dylan
Golizio and Hayden Perusich.
Also, Will Schreyer, AJ Koch, and
Ben Slaven had a plenty of
leather on display in the infield as
well, and Ethan Brown had a
great game behind the plate. San-
tinos did bust out the big bats, led
by Lucas Hutt, Avery Stefanics,
Matteo Bonfanti and Jack Bot-
toni.
Dairy Queen of East Windsor vs.
Robbinsville Cleaners
The Dairy Queen team came
out swinging against the Rob-
binsville Cleaners crew on April
25 at Sharon School field. Dairy
Queen (aka the Orange Crush)
got some big hits from Grant
Paulus, Lucas Strand, and Ian
Keller. On defense, the team was
led by some great plays in the
field by Ian Keller and Steven Au.
Andrew Hegel caught a pop-up at
shortstop and turned it into an
unassisted triple play. Some great
work from the Crush catchers
Jack Lawrence, Ari Pollack and
Andrew Hegel.
Robbinsville Cleaners (aka the
Mighty Leprechauns) posted an-
other fine example of teamwork,
heady play and youthful exuber-
ance against a tough Orange op-
ponent. Line drive hits from
Christopher Burton, Anthony
Viscido and Enzo Immordino
brought the fans to their feet in
the first inning. Long fly balls
came off the bats of Conor
Doran, Chris Naperkoski and
Brendyn Porter.
A stellar defensive play at third
was turned in by Will Blum and
outs were recorded at first by
Evan Bunnell, second base by
Jack Newman and at third by
Reece Caldwell.
Jack Miller stopped a ground
ball with eyes on its way to left
field when he showed his range at
shortstop. Luke Hanuscin showed
why he likes being around the
mound with his smart play at
pitcher.
youth sports
please see SCENE, page 15
sewer and water bill equally
among the 147 units as part of the
base rent is inequitable, especial-
ly for single people living in
smaller trailers, and it provides
no incentive to repair leaking
pipes because all the tenants are
collectively responsible for pay-
ing the sewer and water bill. The
ordinance would remove water
and sewer service from the base
rent and instead charge people
separately for what they actually
use.
Personally, I think its a fairer
way of doing it, but not all the res-
idents that Ive spoken to about it
agree, Harrison said on May 1.
The ordinance also proposes
capping rent increases at a maxi-
mum 3.5 percent a year based on
a calculation tied to increases in
the Consumer Price Index New
York-Northern NJ region for the
prior year. This would work to the
residents advantage during peri-
ods of high inflation because cur-
rently the increases are tied to the
CPI, but without a cap. However,
the proposed ordinance would
also allow annual rent increases
of up to 2 percent regardless of
what happens with the CPI.
Other changes would allow
separate pass-through surcharges
to cover increases in property
taxes now billed to the parks
owner. Since the pad sites com-
prise only 80 percent of the prop-
erty, only 80 percent of the prop-
erty tax increase in any given
year could be passed onto resi-
dents through the surcharge.
The property tax surcharge
would be collected in 12 monthly
installments. The amount would
be determined by taking 80 per-
cent of the actual property tax in-
crease and dividing it equally
among the 147 tenants.
Township Attorney Mark
Roselli said the proposed change
also clarifies that any future tax
increase is not part of the base
rent so it cannot be factored into
the calculations for a rent in-
crease. In addition, under the pro-
posed surcharge system, resi-
dents would also be entitled to a
reduction if the parks owner
should win a tax appeal and have
the parks taxes reduced.
As is currently the case, the
landlord would continue to be al-
lowed to pass on the cost of com-
pleted capital improvements to
residents, with permission from
the Rent Leveling Board, as a sep-
arate surcharge. However, the or-
dinance specifically prohibits the
cost of installing sub-meters at
individual pad sites from being
deemed a capital improvement
expense that tenants have to pay
for.
Another provision in the pro-
posed ordinance would allow for
the permanent removal of rent
control on any pad site where the
tenant has died, voluntarily
moved out, or been removed by
court process. Exceptions are pro-
vided for spouses, parents and
children who inherit the mobile
home and use it within 45 days as
their principal residence.
Harrison, who is 81, estimated
that more than 70 percent of the
people living in Mercer Mobile
Homes are senior citizens on
fixed incomes.
Under rent-control, the rent
charged for the various pad sites
in the park now range from about
$340 to $573 a month depending
on size of the site, Harrison said.
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U.S. Amateur Baseball League
7U Travel Division
Robbinsville Ravens 14,
Marlboro Mustangs 7
The Robbinsville Ravens de-
feated a tough Marlboro Mus-
tangs team 14-7 In USABL 7U
Travel Division action on April
28. As usual Jamison Pike played
outstanding defense at the pitch-
ers position and made a diving
catch in centerfield to end a
strong push by the Mustangs to
clear the bases in the third in-
ning. Patrick Kapp laced two balls
up the right side and Jason Testa
smashed a ball to centerfield and
Ari Pollack and Grayson Hopkins
each had hits and scored twice for
the Ravens. Justin Young had
great outfield play against a hard-
hitting Mustangs team.
Luke Billings and Konnor Rosi-
ca pitched scoreless innings,
recording one strikeout each.
Patrick Riley played outstanding
defense at third base recording a
turnaround play to throw a run-
ner out at home plate. Cole
Gabert played great defense at
second base and made a diving
catch to seal the win for the
Ravens, whose record improved
to 2-1.
Youth Sports
SCENE
Continued from page 14
Washington Township Education
Association, which still uses the
municipalitys former name, re-
cently settled a new three-year
retroactive contract that provides
non-pensionable stipends for the
2011-2012 school year, 2.5 percent
more for salaries in 2012-2013, and
2.5 percent more for salaries in
2013-2014.
The union had been working
without a contract since July 1,
2011.
The stipend works out to $908
per person after the lump sum is
divided among 308 teachers, bus
drivers, custodians, secretaries
and support staff who were mem-
bers of the WTEA during the
2011-2012 school year. Some union
members, however, are receiving
a lower pro-rated amount to re-
flect a reduced work schedule or a
hiring or retirement midway
through the year.
The Board of Education voted
unanimously to authorize the
payment of the stipends at its
April 23 meeting. In a separate
resolution, the board also ap-
proved a $3,885 appropriation, as
per the new WTEA contract, for
per diem work done in the sum-
mer of 2012 by teachers working
with special education students
in the extended school year pro-
gram.
The union and school board
had been locked in an 18-month
contract dispute that had defied
the best efforts of state-appointed
mediator, arbitrator and fact-find-
er.
The union had rejected the
fact-finders proposal on Dec. 3 be-
cause it omitted retroactive raises
for 2011.
The impasse was resolved in
January after an informal meet-
ing between the school boards ne-
gotiators and WTEA leaders,
without attorneys or state union
leaders present, broke the stale-
mate and led to a deal that provid-
ed one time-stipends, instead of a
retroactive pay raises, for 2011.
Stipends do not raise base
salaries upon which the next
years increase is calculated.
On March 26, the Board of Edu-
cation approved the new WTEA
salary guides for the contract that
determine how much teachers
will be paid at different years in
their careers, and the WTEA
rank-and-file voted to accept it on
April 8.
The new three-year retroactive
contract provides a total 5 percent
more for salaries by the time the
pact expires June 30, 2014.
The school district originally
had sought a three-year contract
for all WTEA members that of-
fered no retroactive pay increases
for the first two years of the con-
tract and a 1 percent raise in the
last year, according to the report
released by state-appointed fact-
finder Martin Scheinman. The
WTEA wanted a four-year con-
tract providing a 2.9 percent
retroactive increase for 2011-2012;
2.75 percent for 2012-2013; 2.65 per-
cent for 2013-2014; and 2.5 percent
for 2014-2015, the report said.
The fact-finders non-binding
recommendation had been for a
three-year deal with no retroac-
tive raise for 2011, and phased in
raises for the remainder of the
contract that would have boosted
salaries 4.5 percent by the end of
the 2013-14 school year.
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ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP/Special to The Robbinsville Sun
From left: Robbinsville officials delivered a used 2007 township po-
lice cruiser to the borough of Sea Bright, which had several vehicles
destroyed by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy last fall. From
left are: Police Chief Marty Masseroni, Sea Bright Chief John Sor-
rentino, Mayor Dave Fried and Council President Ron Witt.
Helping right now is the dif-
ference between Sea Bright open-
ing for business or not this sum-
mer, Mayor Fried wrote. Keep
in mind this town has zero cash
flow. They are floating bonds at a
time when their bond rating is
plummeting.
Fried said the boroughs part-
time mayor, Dina Long, and a
skeleton crew were working out
of gym inside a damaged build-
ing still undergoing repairs after
being battered by an 11-foot storm
surge last October. Tiny Sea
Brights rebuilding efforts are not
commanding the public attention
and support that larger New Jer-
sey shore communities popular
with tourists are receiving, Fried
said.
I am by no means suggesting
raising taxes or compromising
the functionality of our town to
help another, Fried said, but if
we can assist with perhaps a few
older police vehicles that we were
going to swap out as a trade-in
anyway, or aid in the building of
steps to their beaches, we ab-
solutely should.
The council voted 5-0 in favor of
a resolution to provide one older
police car to Sea Bright.
During discussions of the draft
municipal budget in March, ad-
ministration officials said they
were planning to replace three
older township police vehicles in
2013.
The squad car given to Sea
Bright is one of the cars being re-
placed.
This is a pretty important step
to take to show support for a town
thats been ravaged by a storm, so
I would just like to commend
everybody on the council, as well
as the mayor, for working on this
and trying to support this town,
Council President Ron Witt said
at the April 25 meeting.
Councilwoman Sheree Mc-
Gowan noted the gesture was not
without precedent; the township
also donated police vehicles to
Ocean Springs, Mississippi in
2005 after Hurricane Katrina
struck that community.
Sea Bright Police Chief John
Sorrentino did not return a
phone message on May 1 before
The Robbinsville Sun went to
press.
Old police squad
car gets new life
CAR
Continued from page 5
18 THE ROBBINSVILLE SUN MAY 8-14, 2013
Arbor Day lesson takes root
JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun
Robbinsville Cub Scout Pack 79, Den 3, celebrated Arbor Day by
learning to plant a swamp white oak tree next to the townships Lit-
tle Red Schoolhouse, the former Union School #45 built in 1873. At
top left, Mercer County Soil Conservation District Director Bill Brash
(far right) and Public Works employees show the Cub Scouts how to
remove the wire and burlap from around the 450-pound rootball be-
fore rolling it into a pre-dug hole. Above, from left, Cub Scout Liam
Gray, Den Leader Peter Gray, and Mel Gale help Brash shovel in dirt
around the newly planted tree.
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Take me out to the ballgame
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Little Leagues opening day festivities on April 26 included player parades, ceremonies honoring the All-
Stars on Robbinsvilles four state champion teams, music, food, and inflatables at Tantum Park. Clock-
wise from top left: 6-year-old Rookie Division players displaying varying degrees of interest as the cere-
monies begin; Devon Witt, 12, enjoys a bouncy ride down the inflatable slide; and Little League Vice Pres-
ident Mike Rosica (left) and Vice President of Softball Scott Veisz (right) listen as state Senator Linda
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