Mayor Fried’s political fundraiser showcases Robbinsville businesses

Photo by Joanne Degnan/The Sun Mayor Dave Fried gives an interview during an April 5 political fundraiser organized by his supporters that was held at Felice Pasquale Fine Jewelry on Route 33 in Robbinsville. The mayor’s term expires at the end of 2013, but Fried maintains he has not made a final decision on whether to seek a third term.

Photo by Joanne Degnan/The Sun
Mayor Dave Fried gives an interview during an April 5 political fundraiser organized by his supporters that was held at Felice Pasquale Fine Jewelry on Route 33 in Robbinsville. The mayor’s term expires at the end of 2013, but Fried maintains he has not made a final decision on whether to seek a third term.

Mayor Dave Fried maintains he’s not made a final decision on whether to run for a third term in November, but supporters who paid $150 a ticket to attend a  recent political fundraiser in his honor apparently have little doubt about it.

The event, called a “A Taste of Robbinsville,” which took place inside Felice Pasquale Fine Jewelry in Town Center on April 5, was billed as an evening of “fashion, sparkle and beauty” that also provided Town Center businesses with a chance to showcase their food, products and services.

Models, whose hair and makeup were done by VC Salon, wore clothing provided by the InJeanous boutique and jewels from Felice Pasquale as they mingled with crowd. Guests sampled food and cocktails provided by Centro Grille, Dolce & Clemente, and DeLorenzo’s that were served from the high-end kitchen located inside the jewelry store, which was once Sharbell’s Lofts sales office.

Photo by Joanne Degnan/The Robbinsville Sun The “Taste of Robbinsville” political fundraiser honoring Mayor Dave Fried was also an opportunity for Town Center businesses to showcase their products and services. VC Salon owner Angela Pantaleone (center) and her staff did the hair and makeup for models Olivia Rahim (left) and Christie Livoti (right).

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The “Taste of Robbinsville” political fundraiser honoring Mayor Dave Fried was also an opportunity for Town Center businesses to showcase their products and services. VC Salon owner Angela Pantaleone (center) and her staff did the hair and makeup for models Olivia Rahim (left) and Christie Livoti (right).

There was also a “paparazzi wall” where guests could pose for pictures with the models, and “swag bags” with gifts from Robbinsville businesses.

As Fried worked the room he would only say that he was “seriously considering” running for re-election, but was not ready to make an official announcement. The fact that organizers had sold out tickets for the event in three days, however, was an encouraging sign for his potential candidacy, he said.

“Part of this is to gauge the support there is in the community,” Fried said. “I’m grateful to all of the supporters, especially Assemblyman (Wayne) D’Angelo and the four council people who have shown their support by being here tonight.”

Conspicuously absent from the affair was Councilman Dave Boyne, who is also considering a run for the mayor’s job, but has not announced his decision on whether he will be a candidate.

Robbinsville recently switched its nonpartisan municipal elections from May to November. The filing deadline for nonpartisan candidates, who run without Democrat or Republican Party labels, is 4 p.m., Sept. 3. Candidate packets and nominating petitions can be obtained from the municipal clerk after May 1.

The invitation to “A Taste of Robbinsville” fundraiser listed the event’s hosts as Assemblyman DeAngelo of Hamilton, D-14; Robbinsville Township Council members Christine Ciaccio and Ron Witt; Dave Bonanni, who owns commercial real estate business in Hamilton; and Chetan Shah, a physician who has a medical practice in Lawrenceville. Guests were asked to make checks payable to the Election Fund of Dave Fried.

 

 

 


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