Issue: 2017 August 11
August 11, 2017
One of the Best Places to Live in America
This e-newsletter is brought to you by the Hillsborough Township Committee 
Carl Suraci
Deputy Mayor
Gloria McCauley
Greg Burchette
Frank DelCore
Doug Tomson

Rotary Club Honored for 10th Anniversary of Rotary Fair

Pictured: Committeeman Greg Burchette,, Mayor Carl Suraci, and Police Chief Darren Powell with members of the Hillsborough Rotary Club
In honor of the the 10th Annual Rotary Fair, which will be held on August 15 - 20, 2017, the Mayor and Township Committee honored the Rotary Club of Hillsborough with a proclamation and thanked the Rotary Club members for their many hours of service to bringing this family fun event to the Hillsborough community.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough was originally founded on March 8, 1955 as the Rotary Club of Belle Mead. Today, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough has over 40 active members who volunteer their time at various projects throughout the year to help improve the lives of community members needing assistance. The Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Landing Restaurant at 311 Amwell Road.

The Rotary Fair has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that are returned to the community through charitable contributions that fund local college scholarships, the Hillsborough food pantry, autism research, veterans organizations and many others.

The Rotary Fair features 21 amusement rides, a wide selection of food, a petting zoo, a variety of  games and displays by area vendors along with a fireworks display on Friday evening.

The Rotary Club dedicates one afternoon during the Rotary Fair exclusively for children with special needs and their families. Family Fun Day is an invitation only event where admission, special t-shirts, rides, food, games and prizes are free to special needs children and their families, including siblings. Music and lights are subdued as an accommodation to their special guests.

The Rotary Club works tirelessly all year long to bring this event to our community.  Come out and join the fun! All proceeds from the fair go back to the community.
Eagle Scout Samuel Radowitz Honored with Proclamation

Pictured: Samuel Radowitz
Sam Radowitz, a recent graduate of Hillsborough High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 186, was recently honored by the Mayor and Township Committee for earned the status of Eagle Scout.  Sam devoted many hours, working with diligence, in order to achieve this highly coveted position.

Sam's Eagle Scout Project consisted of building a fire pit and benches for Temple Beth El in Hillsborough for the use of the congregation for gatherings outdoors.  Sam also ran a car wash to raise funds to finance his Eagle Scout project.

Congratulations Sam!

Township Adopts 2017 Capital Ordinance
No Borrowing for Routine Capital Purchases in 2017

Hillsborough Township adopted the 2017 Capital Ordinance for the routine capital purchases as part of the Township's 'no debt, pay as you go' capital plan.

"As the Township maintains a watchful eye over finances, the standard of this Township Committee remains and as such there will be no borrowing for routine capital purchases or improvements for 2017," stated Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Township Committee Liaison to Finance during the adoption of the Ordinance.

"The $804,962.78 capital ordinance is based on the recommendations of the Capital Planning Committee and is for those items recommended as high in priority by the Capital Planning Committee," reported Committeeman Greg Burchette, Liaison to the Capital Planning Committee.

Hundreds Turn out for Annual Fishing Derby and Campout

Campers and anglers joined together as one community under the stars at Ann Van Middlesworth Park (AVM), last Friday for the 16th Annual Campout and Dave Thomas Memorial Fishing Derby. 

The evening's festivities began with the fishing derby, followed by a dinner consisting of hot dogs and hamburgers and concluded with campfires for roasting marshmallows, a night walk and a movie on the big screen. 
Congratulations to the 2017 Fishing Derby Winners!

Pictured below: Committeeman Doug Tomson with the winners:  1st place Zyair McGee,   2nd place Sean Collins,  Tied for 3rd place Ava Waskiewicz and   Max Czaska

Library Releases Butterflies into Habitat

As part of the Library's Build a Better World summer reading program theme, the Hillsborough Library displayed a butterfly habitat.  

After the first of the chrysalides hatched, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley joined Library Staff and patrons for the official butterfly release last week.  A second butterfly is expected to appear over the weekend.

Pictured: Township Adminstrator Anthony Fererra, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Library Area Manager Karen Pfher, along with library patrons.

Season 3 - Episode 1 Hillsborough the Good Life 

Check out the new format for Hillsborough the Good Life featured in Episode 1 of Season 3.

Township Collecting Photos for 2018 "Town Calendar" 

Individuals interested in submitting photographs for consideration can email their high resolution image to the Township Clerk at  A photo release will need to accompany the pictures and there is no guarantee that the photo will be used.

Deadline to submit photos is August 31st.

For advertising opportunities, please contact Jim O'Dowd at 973-650-2736 or
Clean Up Coupons Available
Limited availability for all dates

Coupons for access to drop off at the Auten Road Facility are available at the Hillsborough Township Department of Public Works (DPW) office, located at 21 East Mountain Road, Monday through Friday, 7am to 3pm.  
  • Coupons are distributed on a first come first serve basis  
  • First available date is September 9th
  • One coupon per household per year
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Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township is currently looking to fill te following position:
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
Attention Organizations or Individuals Seeking Service Hours

Are you or your group or organization looking for service hours? Hillsborough Township often has volunteer/service opportunities and is now maintaining a list of individuals, organizations and groups looking to give back to the community.

The purpose of this initiative is to link those individuals or groups in need of completing service hours with the organizations who have service opportunities.

Register here and the Mayor's Office will reach out when an opportunity arises.

If you are not able to access the registration form, please call the Mayor's Office 908-369-3535.

Flu Vaccination Clinic to be held on September 14th

The Hillsborough Township Health Department and Green Brook Family Medicine are co-sponsoring a Community Flu Vaccination Clinic at the Hillsborough Municipal Building on Thursday, September 14 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  We will have the tetravalent (4 strains) of flu vaccine for all ages, and high dose flu vaccine for Seniors if requested. Vaccines will be available for ages 6 months and up at this clinic.

The Hillsborough Township Health Department will also team up with Walgreens of Hillsborough to sponsor 2 additional flu vaccination clinics on Tuesday, October 3, from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM, and Tuesday, October 10 from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Hillsborough Municipal Building. These vaccinations will be available for those ages 12 years and up.

Each of these clinics will require health insurance, medicare, or cash/check. Please check on the Health website to be sure your medical insurance will be accepted.  If your insurance is not accepted, check the cost of the vaccines on the website. Please go to and select Health Department from the Departments menu. 

It is possible that some people could have a reaction to the flu vaccination. Please review all of the information about flu shots on the health website, or go to .

Please double check these dates online or by calling the Health Department at 908-369-5652 at the end of August.
Hillsborough Boys Relay Track Teams Save the Best for Last

At the start of the 2017 spring track season, not many would have thought multiple Hillsborough boys track relay teams would come together and grow into some of the best squads in the state and in the country.  This year's boys relay squads, including the 4 by 800 meters, 4 by 400 meters, and 4 by 100 meters were some of the most accomplished groups in recent memory.

Pictured: The 4x400 team of Thomas DeLuca, Joe Bevilacqua, Jeremy Shipley , and Kennedy Penn
The wonderful run was capped with an impressive win and meet record of 7:51.48 at the New Balance National Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet in Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday, June 16 in the boy's 4 by 800 Meter relay race.  

The squad, consisting of Juniors Dominic DiNardi and Thomas DeLuca; and Seniors Mitchel Baron and Jeremy Shipley. This close-knit group of runners only started running this outdoor distance on May 26 at the Central NJ Group 4 Sectionals.  During this string of additional races including the NJ Group 4 Championship and State Meet of Champions, the team's times progressively dropped. At least one runner had a personal best in each of this string of races.  The team came in third place in the New Jersey Meet of Champions and qualified to the Nationals Emerging Elite Championship.  In his congratulatory note to the boys, former Hillsborough Boys Track Coach Robert O'Rourke noted he believed that this squad would break the longstanding Hillsborough Raider school record of 7:47.48 minutes if they only had a few more races.

Also running at the Nationals was HHS' 4 by 400 meter relay squad consisting of Juniors Kennedy 
Penn and Thomas DeLuca; and Seniors Joe Bevilacqua and Jeremy Shipley.  This 4 by 400 meter squad qualified for the most competitive Championship race and came in 24 overall with a time of 3.22 minutes.  During the Central NJ Group 4 Sectional meet, they broke the school record for this relay distance with a time of 3:20.00 minutes.

Pictured: The 4x800 team of Jeremy Shipley, Mitchel Baron, Thomas DeLuca and Dominic DiNardi.
The 4 by 100 meter team also broke the Hillsborough High School record for this distance and qualified for the New Balance Nationals.  This squad consisted of Juniors Christian Knief, Kennedy Penn, Thomas DeLuca and Tyler Boatwright.  According to Coach Eric Rosenthal, "It has been a phenomenal year for our runners, they worked hard and together as a team - and it is even more meaningful for seniors Baron, Bevilacqua, and Shipley to finish their senior year in such an amazing way." The parents, coaches and fans wish the graduating seniors the best as they move on and look forward to more excitement next year.
Miss UNICO Hillsborough Announced

Kimberly Ann Santaromita of Hillsborough Township has been selected as Miss UNICO Hillsborough for 2017-18.

Ms. Santaromita is a Hillsborough High School graduate and is a second-year student at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education.  She is pursuing her master's degree in education for grades K through 6 and she maintains a 4.0 grade point average.  While an undergraduate student at Rutgers, obtaining a degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education, she graduated with a 3.7 GPA.  She also competed on the Rutgers University Equestrian team for 2 years in both English and Western pleasure teams.  

Ms. Santaromita is an avid reader and enjoys helping and caring for animals.  She recently adopted her own rescue dog.

Ms. Santaromita is very proud of her Italian heritage and feels it connects her with her grandparents and her father.  Her paternal grandmother was born in Italy in a town near Bari called Palo del Colle. She then immigrated to the United States at the very young age of 10.  Her paternal grandfather's family was originally from Naples and Sicily.  

During her time at Hillsborough High School, Ms. Santaromita studied two years of Italian language classes.  She traveled to Italy to experience its rich culture and further connect with her native roots. She enjoyed the beauty of the country and the people in the areas she visited which included Florence, Venice, Rome, The Vatican and Capri.

Ms. Santaromita's first official Miss UNICO Hillsborough public appearance will be at the Hillsborough Rotary Fair Family Fun Day for families with children and young adults with disabilities on Saturday, August 19 th at 1pm.

UNICO National, founded in 1922, is the largest Italian American service organization in America, with local Chapters in 22 States across the country.  Its all-volunteer members work to support charitable, educational, scientific and literary causes while promoting Italian heritage and combating negative stereotyping.  For more information visit .
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Help raise awareness by putting up teal bows at the Hillsborough Municipal Building

Susyn Timko, the coordinator for Turn the Towns Teal in Hillsborough,  lost her mom to Ovarian Cancer and has been volunteering with Turn the Towns Teal for the past 8 years.  Susyn will be turning Hillsborough teal on Thursday August 31st and is looking for volunteers  to help.  

Volunteers will meet at the Municipal Building at 10 am on August 31st to put up teal bows around the Municipal Complex.  If you are interested in helping, email Susyn at .

If you are not able to help on the 31st, you can still help.  Susyn also needs volunteers to help take the bows down at the end of September.  Please email Susyn for more information.

Recently Added Events
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Duke Farms Farm Market Now Open
Sundays 12 pm to 5 pm  

The Farm to Table Market at Duke Farms is now open for the season. The Market features several vendors offering a variety of local produce, meats, cheeses, crafts and wine.

News From Somerset County
'Project First Class' Seeks School Supplies

The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is conducting its annual "Project First Class" school-supplies collection. Children of families served by the Food Bank Network and other nonprofits in Somerset County will benefit from the donations.

NEW  school supplies - such as notebooks, three-ring binders (1½ to 3 inches), pencil cases that fit inside binders, paper, glue sticks, safety scissors, index cards, highlighters, markers, pens, pencils and crayons - will be accepted. Most-needed items are new or gently-used backpacks.

Donations may be dropped off to the Somerset County Freeholders' Office  on the third floor of the county administration building at 20 Grove St., Somerville, through Friday, Aug. 11 . The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,  except for July 4.  Free parking is available in the adjacent Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street.

Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Board of Adjustment 9/6/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 9/7/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 9/12/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 9/14/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 9/20/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 9/24/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 9/28/2017 7:30 PM

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