Issue: 2017 November 3
November 3, 2017
 
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This e-newsletter is brought to you by the Hillsborough Township Committee 
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Mayor 
Carl Suraci
Deputy Mayor
Gloria McCauley
Committeeman 
Greg Burchette
Committeeman 
Frank DelCore
Committeeman 
Doug Tomson

 
Don't forget to Fall Back.  Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 5th at 2 am.  Turn Clocks Back 1 Hour. It's also a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors!
Nine (9) Non-Profits Receive Grant Funds through the Affinity Hillsborough Rewards Visa Credit Card Program
Over $10K Awarded in Fall 2017 to Non-Profit Organizations Serving Hillsborough's Seniors and Youths 

Nine different non-profit organizations received grant awards through the Hillsborough Rewards Visa Credit Card Program at Tuesday's Township Committee Meeting.  Representatives from the organizations were present to accept the ceremonial check presented by Mayor Carl Suraci, Committeeman Doug Tomson, and the members of the Credit Card Advisory Committee.

The total amount awarded Tuesday evening was $10,238. Since the inception of the program, nearly $75,000 in grants to community based youth, senior and local non-profit organizations have been awarded. Some of the Fall 2017 Grant recipients are pictured below.  The remaining recipients will be featured in a future edition of Hillsborough Township's eNews.

Hillsborough Rockettes & Rockets
Boy Scout Troop 489
Hillsborough Baseball League
Spring Reins of Life, Inc.
Township Employees Wear Red in Support of Red Ribbon Week

On October 25th, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Hillsborough Township employees dressed in red in honor of Wear Red Day.  Wear Red Day is celebrated each year during Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week is a way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs and show a commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23rd - 31st.

The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG - FREE AMERICA.

Rahul Ravula Builds Recyling Receptacle 

Rahul Ravula, working toward his Eagle Scout badge, wanted to make a difference in our community and our environment.  For his Eagle Scout project, Rahul built and installed a recylying receptacle at Woodfield West Park in Hillsborough Township.

On Saturday, October 28th, the receptacle was officially unveiled with a ribbon cutting ceremony, presided over by Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Committeeman Doug Tomson.

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
Pictured: Rahul Ravula



Night of Conversation to be Held on November 16th
Parents and Kids are Invited to Learn and Talk About the Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol at the Hillsborough Municipal Building

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Mayor Carl Suraci signed a proclamation declaring November 16, 2017 as a Night of Conversation at Tuesday's Township Committee Meeting. The proclamation was signed in an effort to address the rising alcohol and drug addiction problem occurring throughout the country.

The Night of Conversation is an alcohol and drug addiction prevention awareness initiative encouraging organizations throughout New Jersey to provide resources and awareness information on alcohol and drug addiction. The law also encourages parents to establish regular conversation habits with their children to prevent addiction.

Opioid abuse is a swiftly growing problem. According to a Trust for America's Health report, deaths from prescription painkiller use have more than quadrupled in the past 15 years, while deaths from heroin have tripled since 2010. In addition, nationally, more than two million Americans misuse prescription drugs, and nearly half a million are addicted to heroin. The Night of Conversation initiative hopes to stem the tide of drug use by arming parents with effective strategies to help them have meaningful conversations with their children on this challenging topic.

Hillsborough Township Welcomes New Businesses

Falcon's Nest

Falcon's Nest, located at 140 Falcon Road, has just gone through a major renovation and grand reopening.  

The Falcons Nest is a banquet hall with outdoor recreation facilities located in Hillsborough, New Jersey. 

The facility is available for events of all sizes, both indoor and outdoor. We welcome guests for all occasions (weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.) and party sizes.

They have three halls available for rental. Hillsborough Hall is the largest - with a dance floor, stage and 30-foot bar which can accommodate up to 300 guests.  The Hillsborough Boardroom is perfect for intimate parties and meetings of up to 50 guests.  The Hillsborough Tavern provides a unique lounge experience which can accommodate up to 100 guests.

The outdoor recreation area consists of a pavilion, stage, playground, soccer field and volleyball court ideal for any event including BBQs, corporate events, family reunions, weddings.

Pictured: Toni Natale, Elizabeth Laskowski, John Kuzmirek, Martin Brown, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Business Advocate David Kois
"Falcons Nest is newly renovated and under new management. We have three rooms for rent, a fantastic outdoor pavilion and grounds, great food, and a full liquor license and we can host events from large weddings to intimate anniversary dinners and everything in between. Please make an appointment to visit us and check us out on our Facebook page and our website. We are excited to work with all the local communities".
~Martin Brown




Falcon's Nest

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Hillsborough Dialysis Center

Pictured: Lisa Miller, Regional operation Director; Philip Varughese, Facility Administrator; David Kois, Business Advocate; Dr.Fazel Noor; Gloria McCauley, Deputy Mayor; Congressman Leonard Lance; Dr.Manisha Patel, Medical Director; Mark Nemenz, Regional Operation Director.
Hillsborough Dialysis Center is the first and only dialysis unit in Hillsborough, NJ currently available to treat end stage renal disease patients. This unit is certified by Medicare and opened for patient treatment in April, 2017.

 


 

In Somerset County, there are other dialysis facilities at near capacity.  This new facility provides a convenient treatment location for locally based patients who would otherwise have to travel farther to receive dialysis care.


 

This is conveniently located at the CVS shopping center in Hillsborough with ample  parking.


 

This unit is operated by DaVita Health Care, which is nationally recognized for its clinical performance. Providing a dialysis treatment center in Hillsborough, NJ strengthens the access and availability of dialysis care to the patients in Somerset County and neighboring areas.

Hillsborough Seniors Compete in 8th Annual "Minute to Win It"


The Rotary Club of Hillsborough participated in the eight annual Minute to Win It Challenge 2017.  The event was sponsored jointly between the Rotary Clubs of Hillsborough and Montgomery/Rocky Hill.  This event consist of fun competition between Hillsborough and Montgomery Senior citizens, Second graders and Rotary members from both club.  this year the Hillsborough Seniors took home the trophy!  Great job Hillsborough Seniors!!



Pictured: Rotary President Anthony Franchini, Director Rich Salem, Rotarian Ashley Rose and Director Peter Passalacqua.  Also in attendance was Michele Bagdan , Jim Machut and Bob Wagner.  Also in the picture are Hillsborough 2nd graders who participated in some of the fun activities.
Hillsborough The Good Life Season 3 Episode 2
Now Available for Viewing on Hillsborough's YouTube Channel


Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township is currently looking to fill the following position:
  • Full Time Police Officers
  • Social Services Administrative Assistant - Part Time 
  • Assistant Building Subcode Official 
  • Multi-Licensed UCC Inspector, Full Time 
  • Building Maintenance Part time 
Update From the Building Department
Thinking about selling or buying a home? 

As a seller, you get your house ready to be listed.  If you are a buyer, you establish a list, based on your personal needs, of must have and nice to have.  You feel confident you're ready.  Let the process begin!  Sounds great.... but are you really prepared?
One of the most important elements in preparing for a real estate transaction process is often overlooked and can be the cause of unnecessary stress and delays.   Permits!   

Open permits (permits obtained but the inspection process has not been completed) as well as work performed without required permits are the two main obstacles that can delay or even prevent a successful real estate transaction from happening.   Keep in mind, the Hillsborough Township does not require Certificate of Occupancy inspections on the resale of a residential property.  

Avoid these potential surprises by adding a call or visit to the Hillsborough Township Building Department to your to-do list.

For additional information, contact the Hillsborough Township Building Department at 908-369-4313, ext. 164, 165, 166 or 204.   Our office is open M-F from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  As an added convenience, we have extended hours on Tuesday evenings and are open to 7:00PM.







Find What You Need Faster, Easier with Library Checkout and Catalog Upgrade

Learn how to save your Library wishlists and borrowing history

This year has been the year of technology for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ). The System has already seen a new visual user experience release at SCLSNJ.org, a new phone system installed, an updated calendar and reservation system, and an upgrade to internet speed and reliability at all ten branches.

In early December, the Library System will be completing their most impressive enhancement with an upgrade to their almost fifteen year old checkout and catalog system. The new system, CARL * X from The Library Corporation, will offer patrons a suite of innovative features including improved search capabilities, the release of a curated children's catalog,

"We think patrons are really going to love the new catalog system," said SCLSNJ Director of Operations Lynn Hoffman. "People who are accustomed to shopping for products online will find it has a very familiar feel. And our Library power users will find a host of new features that will make them even better at searching the catalog."
Hillsborough UNICO Fundraiser Dinner / Comedy Show to Benefit Operation Shoebox NJ

Three top-flight New Jersey comedians will team up for laughs and a good cause 
Saturday, Nov. 11th  at the Somerville Elks Club, 375 Union Ave. (Route 28), Bridgewater.

The Veterans Day dinner show is a fundraiser presented by the Hillsborough Chapter of UNICO, an Italian-American social organization. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey, a non-profit organization based in Hillsborough that packs and ships personal care packages to United States troops deployed around the world.

All three comics tour nationally, and are fixtures at Las Vegas and New Jersey casinos; they each have made several television and movie appearances and most recently have been headliners at Atlantic City's Borgota Casino.

Doors will open at  6 p.m. The show begins after dinner.
Hors-d'oeuvres will be served before dinner. Admission is $50 per person.
Tickets can be ordered in advance by calling  (908) 296-4345 or by sending an e-mail to:  HillsboroughUNICO@gmail.com

UNICO is one of the largest Italian-American organizations in the US. Its objectives include, promoting, supporting and assisting local charitable organizations and projects, while enhancing the image of Italian-Americans.
ARIS/HMS Discount Card 2017-2018  On Sale Now!!

ARIS/HMS 2017-2018 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 34 local businesses including ShopRite's $4.00 off $100.00 purchase, McDonald's, Super Sundaes, Lenny's, Philly Pretzel, Revival Barbershop, Olympia Sports and many more!!  Discounts are valid through 9/30/18.
Special Promotion:  Buy 5 cards, get 1 card free!

If you would like to purchase a discount card, please email wenholt@aol.com or stop by Super Sundaes (near the Post Office) and pick one up.

Thank you for your support!


News From Somerset County
County Clerk's Office Extends Hours for Voters

The  Somerset County Clerk's Office, located in the lobby of the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St., is extending its office hours to accommodate voters who are unable to get to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 7.  

Residents who wish to vote via mail-in ballot can submit their applications to the County Clerk's Office during regular office hours between 8:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or voters can take advantage of extended hours by visiting the office before  6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, or between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Applications for mail-in ballots can be obtained at the County Clerk's Office, or  online.

Voters, or authorized messengers for voters who are sick or confined, may visit the County Clerk's Office up until 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, to fill out an application and receive a mail-in ballot.  New State statue limits the number of messengers to 3 per election.

All ballots must be received by the Board of Elections, located adjacent to the County Clerk's Office in the county Administration Building, before polls close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7.

'1st Saturday,' E-waste, Tire Drop-off and Holiday Closing

Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione, recycling liaison, invites residents to take advantage of the next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater 08807.
  
First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle tires; clean, dry textiles; and usual curbside items in one fell swoop.  They also enable residents to help people in the community who are less fortunate by donating food items for a local food bank.

 Recyclable textiles include: sheets, blankets, curtains, shoes (pairs), towels, winter and summer clothes (no ripped or torn clothing), belts, handbags and small stuffed animals.  Clean, dry textiles should be placed in plastic garbage bags.




Recently Added Events
November 4th
Scrap U Open House
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Important Upcoming Meeting Dates


November
Township Committee Meeting 11/8/2017 7:30 PM *
Planning Board 11/9/2017 7:30 PM

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