Issue: 2016 October 7
October 7, 2016
 
One of the Best Places to Live in America
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This e-newsletter is brought to you by the Hillsborough Township Committee 
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Mayor 
Frank DelCore
Deputy Mayor
Carl Suraci
Committeeman 
Greg Burchette
Committeewoman 
Gloria McCauley
Committeeman 
Doug Tomson

 

Traffic AdvisoryWertsville Road between Longhill Road and Montgomery Road will be closed for approximately 2 months.  Detour signs will be posted along with variable message boards assisting motorists with the detour.  Residents will be able to access Wertsville Road from the Montgomery Road side.  Please allow extra travel time through the area.
Hillsborough Township Helps Promote Annual "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day"

Pictured: Committeeman Greg Burchette, Mayor Frank DelCore, Police Chief Darren Powell, and Committeewoman Gloria McCauley
Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort on October 10, 2016, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the State's roadways fatality free for one-day.

Known as Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, the national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws, including buckling up, every ride; driving the posted speed limit; avoiding distractions while driving; and always being safe and sober behind the wheel. Our goal is to experience a day when all roadway users are extra vigilant and there are no fatalities on our roadways.

To support this effort, Hillsborough Township issued a proclamation at Tuesday's Township
Committee meeting.

For a full news account, click here...
Hillsborough Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Joanne Liscovitz, Kathleen Cirioli, and Mayor Frank DelCore
At the October 4th Township Committee meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee presented a proclamation recognizing October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

The awareness campaign encourages individuals to help reduce their risk of breast cancer through regular self-exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms which are vital since treatments are most effective when breast cancer is detected early.

Kathleen Cirioli, a two time cancer survivor, along with Joanne Liscovitz,co-founders of Dance for the Cure, a non-profit organization have helped local families impacted by breast cancer; with donations totaling over $450,000 to date. Dance for the Cure produces their largest fundraising event of the year, "Ribbons of Hope" which raises approximately $50,000 each year, supported by  local businesses who donate goods and services. 

To further promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Municipal Complex has been decked out with pink ribbons.  The  pink ribbon  is an international symbol of  breast cancer awareness . Pink ribbons, and the color  pink  in general,  express  moral support  for women with  breast cancer . The ribbons will remain up throughout the month of October.


Pictured: Joanne Liscovitz with employees of Hillsborough Township 

Happy 50th Birthday Hillsborough Library!

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Library Area Manager Karen Pifher and Mayor Frank DelCore
At the October 4th Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee presented a proclamation to Library Area Manager Karen Pifher in recognition of Hillsborough Township Library's 50th Anniversary.

The  anniversary celebration  continued at the library on October 5th with birthday cake. Township Administrator Anthony Ferrera, Library and Township employees, members of Friends of the Hillsborough Library, and Library Area Manager Karen Pifher we are all on hand to join in the festivities.

A brief history of the Hillsborough Library:

In the early 1950s: Ms. Janet Twichell Singley started the first Hillsborough Library in her home.

October 8, 1966: The Hillsborough Public Library opened in its first public space on.

March 24, 1975: The Hillsborough Public Library officially joined the Somerset County Library System as a branch.

January 23, 1991:  A new 18,000 square foot library was opened in the Municipal Complex.

June 2005: The Hillsborough Public Library reopened its doors following an expansion which increased the space to 27,000 square feet.

2005: The library circulated over 70,000 items including large print books, books on cassette, dvds, videos, music cds, newspapers and over 250 magazine.

2015 The Hillsborough Library circulated over 404,000 items including print and electronic books, print and electronic magazines, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and  music cds.

2016: The library is open 70 hours a week and 7 days a week,  year round.


Pictured: Township Administrator Anthony Ferrera and Library Area Manager Karen Pifher along with Library and Township employees and members of Friends of the Hillsborough Library

Calling All Photographers!
Township Collecting Scenic Photos for the 2017 Town Calendar

The Township is again working with Town Planner Calendar to produce a 2017 color printed calendar which will be mailed out to every residence in Hillsborough, at no cost to our taxpayers.

The calendar, which will be mailed out in December of 2016, is set to  include various schedules, important dates and phone numbers for the coming year as well as twelve photographs featuring Hillsborough Township's landscape and scenery.    

Individuals interested in submitting photographs for consideration can email their high resolution image to the Township Clerk at  pborek@hillsborough-nj.org .  A photo release will need to accompany the pictures and there is no guarantee that the photo will be used. 
Hillsborough Rewards Credit Card Program Accepting Grant Applications
Hillsborough Based Non-Profit Groups Serving Youth and  Seniors Invited to Apply; Deadline is October 12 th

The Hillsborough Township Credit Card Advisory Committee is now accepting applications for the  second round of 2016 grants.

Applications are available on the Township website or can be picked up in the Administration Office for any Township based non-profit, senior or youth organizations to apply for grants up to $2,000 funded through the Hillsborough Township Credit Card Rewards Program.
 
Grant applications can be found on the Township website at  www.hillsborough-nj.org or copies are available at the Administration Office.  Completed applications must be submitted by Wednesday, October 12, 2016 to the Administration office to be considered for eligible grant funding.

To download an application, click here...
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Express Bus Service Comes to Hillsborough
Service Set to Begin on Monday, October 17th

Commuters to New York City will soon have another option to ease their commute with the onset of Suburban Transit's Line-200, Hillsborough Service, Express Service to Grand Central Terminal and the United Nations.

"We are happy to announce this new service available for commuters to access a Park and Ride here in Hillsborough with express bus service to the City," stated Mayor Frank DelCore during his
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announcement of the new service.

It was in the late summer that Suburban Transit conducted an online commuter survey and it was based on the results of that survey that service was initiated.

The Line-200, Hillsborough Service, will operate weekdays only from the Hillsborough Promenade, 315 US-206 Hillsborough Township, which is at the Kohls, Loews and Weis shopping center.

For a full listing of times and ticket information, please visit the Suburban Transit website at www.suburbantransit.com  or call (732) 249-1100.

About Suburban Transit: Since 1941, Suburban Transit has satisfied the transportation needs of the growing motorcoach industry. From humble beginnings as a four-bus operation in Central New Jersey to a fleet of 300, Suburban Transit has become one of the largest bus companies in the United States.

To view the Express Bus schedule, click here...
Halloween Events Planned in Hillsborough Township

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Children's Halloween Party  -  October 27 : Join us for a fun filled afternoon of Halloween fun!  Take a hayride to our pumpkin patch and walk through our haunted house.  Don't forget to wear your costume!  The fee is $5 per child, and pre-registration is required.


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Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest at the Dog Park - October 29: The second annual Howl-O-Ween at the Ann Van Middlesworth Park Dog Park will feature a dog parade and costume contest.  Registration is free and begins at 8:30 am on October 29.  The parade will begin at 9:00 am at the pavilion.  There will be vendors, prizes, and fun for all!  




News From the Township Clerk's Office
Election Information Roundup


Important Dates:
  • October 18 - Deadline to register to vote
  • November 1 - Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election (not less than 7 days prior to election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-3
  • November 8 - Election Day 2016
Forms: Useful Links:
 
The 4th Annual Peter J. Biondi Run-Walk will take place on Sunday November 6th.  For 2016 the race will be a traditional 5K Run and Family Walk.  Start time for the race is 8:30am.  Visit the  RACE and  REGISTRATION pages for more information.

Proceeds for this event benefit the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program of Somerset County, in Peter Biondi's name.  Visit the SHIP page for more information about the good work that SHIP does throughout the community.

Upcoming Flu Vaccination Clinics

October 8: DRIVE-THRU FLU SHOT CLINIC

Adult residents age 18 and over are invited to take advantage of a drive-thru flu shot clinic from  9 a.m. to noon on  Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.
 
The cost for the flu shot is $5 for the general public and free for emergency and first responders, with proper identification.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING SOMERSET COUNTY FLU SHOT CLINICS
  • Oct. 12:  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -  Franklin Township Senior Center, 505 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873.   Open ONLY to Franklin Township residents, age 65 and over.  Cost:  Free
  • Oct. 18:  10 a.m. to noon - Raritan Borough Hall, 22 First St., Raritan, NJ 08869. Open to all Somerset County adults, age 18 and over.  Cost: $15 or free for people with Medicare Part B
  • Oct. 26:  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Franklin Township Senior Center, 505 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873. Open ONLY to Franklin Township residents, age 65 and over. Cost: Free
For more information on Somerset County Flu Shot Clinics, click here
Residential Lawn Sprinkler Information

For those homeowners contemplating the installation of a lawn sprinkler system, did you know thesystem you choose may reduce  up to $70 on the cost of the required Permit?

Due to recent changes in UCC regulations, choosing a lawn sprinkler system which uses a wireless rain sensor that is plugged into an existing receptacle eliminates the need for a plan review and inspection performed by our Electrical Inspector. Instead, the inspection will be performed by a Plumbing Inspector at the time of the backflow inspector and results in a savings of $70 in permit fees.
Municipal Alliance Fall Programs Announced




P.L.C.
An enlightening program to help you h ave meaningful conversations with your kids and s tay up-to-date about youth alcohol/drug trends & technology safety.

Pre-registration (recommended): $15.00 per person OR $20.00 per couple (spouse or friend!)

At door (space permitting): $25.00 per person

Dates & Location:
Afternoon Series: 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Mondays - October 17th, 24th, 31st, November 7th and 14th
Hillsborough Presbyterian Church

Life Skills Presents: 
The 15 Minute Child Break
A Free Substance Abuse Prevention Parent Education Program which  covers topics such as:
  • Talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol
  • Effects of specific drugs
  • Strengthening parenting skills
  • Utilizing teachable moments
Date & Location:
Hillsborough Middle School - Media Center
Wednesday, October 19th
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m
FREE Narcan Training 

NARCAN®  Nasal Spray is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond.

RSVP to Minda Maggio
or email at  mmaggio@htps.us
(Space is limited. Please register asap.)

Date & Location:
Thursday, October 20th
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Municipal Building
Front Multipurpose Room
 
For more detailed information, visit the Municipal Alliance website by clicking here...
Shop Hillsborough News
October Deals of the Month

The Shop Hillsborough Reward program continues to promote local shopping while allowing card holders the opportunity to reduce their property tax bill.
 
If you don't have a Shop Hillsborough card, be sure to stop by the Administration office in the Municipal Building to pick one up.   Free registration is required. Additional cards may be obtained for each member in a household with the same block and lot.  All household spending will be applied against your property tax bill.  
 
Register your card at www.propertytaxcard.com to start earning a discount on your property tax bill.
 
To view October deals of the month, click  here...  
To view a full list of participating merchants and the discounts they offer, click  here...
Somerset County Election Board Hiring Pollworkers 

The Somerset County Board of Elections is looking for registered voters to serve as poll workers on Election days.   Training is provided prior to every Election and poll workers are paid $200 per Election. Contact the Board of Elections at 908-231-7086 for fall 2016 class dates and times.

For more information visit the Board of Elections website by clicking here
For an application click here
Sheriff's Office to be at Veterans Appreciation Day

Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano has announced that his office will participate at the Veterans Appreciation Day  at Central Jersey Regional Airport  (47N), 1034 Millstone River Rd., Hillsborough, NJ 08844 Saturday, Oct. 8 , from 1 to 5 p.m.  

 
"The Veterans Appreciation Day is an event to help the Hillsborough Rotary Club raise funds for various charities and foundations dedicated to assisting active U.S. military and veterans," said Sheriff Frank Provenzano. 

"This free-admission event is a fun-filled day that includes meeting veterans and active military so we can celebrate and show our appreciation of their commitment to keeping our country safe," he said. "Come out and enjoy the entertainment, food, community groups and much more.  It's events like this that make our country stronger.

For a full news account, click here...
Leaf Clean-up Help Available to Elderly & Disabled Residents

Do you know an elderly or disabled person who needs help getting his or her yard ready for the winter months?

The Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services will have volunteers available in November to rake leaves for elderly and disabled homeowners around the county who have no other means to do yard work.

If you need this service or know someone who does, contact Laurie Beckhorn in the Office of Volunteer Services by Nov. 2  at (908) 541-5715.

For a full news account, click here...
Rx Drive-Thru Medicine Drop-off Oct. 22 in Hillsborough

Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano invites county residents to take advantage of the last Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-Off in 2016 on Saturday,  Oct. 22,  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  at the South County Public Works Garage , located at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844  to  safely dispose of unwanted or outdated prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. 

The Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-Off is a medicine-collection program sponsored by the Somerset County Sheriff's Office, the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (USDEA).   The program is held in conjunction with all scheduled Somerset County Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events. This is a rain or shine event.  

For a full news account, click here...
Season 2 - Episode 4 of Hillsborough The Good Life Now Airing 

Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Full-Time Police Officer
  • Building Maintenance Person - Part-Time - Weekends 
  • Electrical Inspector - Part-time 
For position descriptions and qualifications, click here...
To download an Employment Application, click here...
County Clerk's Office Extends Hours for Mail-In Ballot Voters

The  Somerset County Clerk's Office is extending its hours to accommodate voters who will be unable to go to the polls on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 8). 

Applications to  vote by mail are available online at:  http://bit.ly/VoteMail or at the County Clerk's Office, located in the lobby of the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville.

The County Clerk's Office will remain open until 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings through Nov. 2 for residents who need a mail-in ballot.  In addition, the County Clerk's Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

If submitted by mail, completed applications must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 1 (seven days prior to the election).  This will allow time for the ballot to be mailed back to the applicant.

Voters, or authorized messengers for voters, may visit the County Clerk's Office during office hours up until 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, to fill out an application and receive a mail-in ballot. 

For a full news account, click here...
South Branch Reformed Church Preschool Clothing Drive


Saturday October 8, 2016, 9:30  am to 2:30 
870 River Road, Hillsborough
Parking Lot of South Branch Reformed Church

Help support the SBRC Preschool and clean out your closets at the same time.  We will accept all usable and wearable clothing, as well as accessories, shoes, linens, comforters, towels, handbags, scarves, backpacks, toys, dolls, stuffed animals and bicycles (no books).

Toys must be able to fit in a 24"x24" box.  Clothing is sorted and shipped to areas in the US and counties in need, nothing is shredded or destroyed.

The Preschool will earn 20 cents per pound of items collected, 100% of the proceed will benefit the Preschool.

Thank you for your support!
Chapter A Hillsborough Seniors Vendor/Craft Fair

Saturday November 12, 2016,  10am to 4pm
 
Vendors and Crafters are Needed
60 tables in the general meeting room of the Municipal Building
Light Refreshments
Holiday shopping all in one place
 
Anyone interested in participating can call Amy at 908-904-4877 to rent a table
Duke Farms - Farm to Table Market

Open Thursdays - 3 pm to 8 pm  until November 17, 2016

Farmers and specialty vendors have partnered with Duke Farms to present an array of LOCAL products to offer you, the consumer. Please come out and support your local farmers!

For more information and vendor listings, click here...
ARIS/HMS DISCOUNT CARD 2016/2017
ON SALE NOW!!

ARIS/HMS 2016-2017 Discount Cards are on sale now at a cost of $10.00 each, with all proceeds going to ARIS and HMS school programs and staff grants.   The card includes reusable discounts from local businesses; valid through 9/30/17

Businesses included this year are SHOPRITE, Amwell Auto, Angelo, B & C Florist, Bagelicious, Big Bang Music, Bountiful Gardens, Carvel, Chicken Holiday, China Moon, Culinary Creations, Dave's Computers, The Day Spa at Hair Plus, Divine Curry, Dunkin Donuts, Earth Fruits Yogurt, Fruity Yogurt, Hillsborough Cinemas, Hillsborough Vision Center, IHOP, Impact Training, Jumbo Palace, Just Subs, Koko Fit, Kumon of Hillsborough, Lenny's Pizza & Pasta, Mailbox Business Center, Marianna's Pizzeria, Olympia Sports, Renaissance Hair Salon & Spa, Rita's Water Ice, Saladworks, Super Sundaes, Wendy's.   
Special Promotion:  Buy 5 cards, get 1 card free!

If you would like to purchase a discount card, please email Linda at autenroadhsa@gmail.com.   You can also purchase them via Community Pass.

Thank you for your support!
Event Flyers
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October 8: Hillsborough High School Marching Band Festival
October 8: 6th Annual Nick Magos Cancer Call Out
October 8: South Branch Reformed Church Preschool Clothing Drive
October 13: Workplace Health & Wellness Exposition
October 13: Blood Drive
October 19: Blue Mass
Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen
October 22 & 23: Used Book Sale
October 27:Childrens Halloween Party
October 29: Howl-O-Ween at the dog park.  Dog parade and costume contest.
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates
 
October   
Planning Board 10/13/2016 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 10/19/2016 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 10/25/2016 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 10/27/2016 7:30 PM
 
                      
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MUNICIPAL BUILDING EVENING OFFICE HOURS

CLERK'S OFFICE 
2nd & 4th Tuesdays until 7pm

HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
2nd Tuesday until 7pm

BUILDING DEPARTMENT  
Tuesdays until 7pm
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For information regarding Online Payment and Tax Notices, please click here ...
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Recreation 2016 Fall Activities Guide
 
Registration now ongoing 
 
To download/view the brochure, click  here...   
To register for programs online, click  here...  
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