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Despite this period of hardship, uncertainty and national division, the holiday season remains a time of great appreciation and celebration for all we have.

Whether you are preparing to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or, more recently, Diwali, my hope is that you have a peaceful and safe holiday with your family, friends and loved ones. I’ve said it in this space before, but we need to embrace all of our customs and cultures proudly. None of us are the same and it is important to remember that differences are healthy. Division is not. With the election behind us (hopefully), a little less talking and a lot more listening would benefit us all.

On the COVID-19 front, what more can I say that has not already been said? Please remain both diligent and vigilant. Wash those hands, wear face coverings in public and practice social distancing whenever possible. Kindly respect the choices of others, even when those choices are in direct contrast with your own.

We have seen an explosion of positive cases both across the country and in Mercer County, which was especially hard hit by the virus in November in exceeding 12,000 cases. Our health department has done an incredible job since the start of the pandemic in March, but they need your help. If you have contracted the virus, or have been in close contact with someone who has, please cooperate with contact tracers when they call. They are doing selfless work, all in an effort to keep you and your loved ones safe. Yes, the virus is obviously more widespread than it was over the summer and you may not want to disrupt the everyday lives of your friends if you test positive and have been in close contact (15 minutes or more inside of six feet) with them, but the implications for not participating in contact tracing after exposure could be dire for someone you love.

Hang in there. It is going to be a long winter, but we can do this. Continue to support our local businesses/restaurants and be safe.

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Congratulations to the slate of Rich Young, Scott Veisz and Maxine Fox on its decisive victory in the Robbinsville Township School Board election. Let’s all work together to keep the district moving forward.

Our Recreation Department will be working with the schools on ways to keep our kids safely active and engaged this winter. I want to send a big shout out to school administration, all the teachers, our Resource Officers and working parents for all you are doing to educate our children during these unprecedented times.

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The township will be presenting council with your ideas submitted over the past two months to our Miry Run virtual mailbox on Thursday, Dec. 3. An accompanying Pulse Productions video of those ideas, plus some of our own, for the 158-acre parcel will be released in the coming weeks. Following the presentation and video, we’d like to narrow the scope of ideas via a public survey that we hope you will participate in. Thank you for all the submissions!

To participate in the meeting remotely, visit the township council webpage under the “Government” tab at robbinsville.net for instructions.

May God bless you all with continued health and safety this holiday season.