Issue: 2016 December 30
December 30, 2016
 
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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

 
Hillsborough Township Celebrates Hanukkah

On Thursday, December 29th, the    Chabad Center for Jewish Life teamed up with Hillsborough Township for the annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony.   Miriam Krinsky from the Chabad Center for Jewish Light was on hand to lead the festivies, along with  Mayor Frank DelCore, Deputy Mayor Carl Suraci and   Committeeman Doug Tomson.

The annual event, included the lighting of the giant outdoor menorah, followed by a party inside.

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Deputy Mayor Carl Suraci, Miriam Krinsky from the Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Mayor Frank DelCore.
Township Employees Complete CERT Training Program

Pictured: Mary Decker, Cathy Faerber, CJ Faerber, Mayor Frank DelCore, EMS Chief David Gwin, Lori Voorhees, and Pamela Borek
CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as: fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Township employees participated in an extensive training program over the last several months culminating in a ceremony at a Township Committee meeting in which the participants received their completion certificates and their official CERT supplies.


Boy Scout Troop 186 Gives Back to the Community

Boy Scout Troop 186 recently stopped by the Mayor's office to meet with Mayor Frank DelCore.  The scouts have been busy volunteering in various capacities throughout the town.  Just before Thanksgiving, the boys packed over 140 bags of groceries, helped restock the pantry and sorted toys for the Community Assistance Network in the Social Services Department.  Once again, earlier this week, there were groceries to be packed and the scouts were happy to lend a hand.  Troop 186 also held a Toys for Tots drive, working with several local businesses, collecting a total of $950 and donating 183 toys.




Pictured with Mayor DelCore: Asst. Scoutmaster Paul Miller, Connor Welch, Brendan Carew, Ryan Welch, Darren Kinzler, Joseph Patti, Corey Bessasparis, Bryan Nastawa, Jack Szwarc, Jack Cummings, Stephen Strauss, Jacob Miller, Patrick Carew, and Scoutmaster Barry Bird.
The 2017 Reorganization Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 3rd
Winter Activities Guide Now Available

The 2017 Winter Activities Guide is now available. Included in this activities guide is Youth Programs, Adult Programs, Spring Soccer Leagues, Spring Girls Softball Leagues, and the Run Around the Park. Registration for all programs in the activities guide is now open.

To view the Activities Guide online, click here...

To Register for Activities, click here...
Shop Hillsborough Program

The Shop Hillsborough Reward Program combines saving and shopping. Simply present your Shop Hillsborough Reward Card to a participating merchant at the time of purchase and a property credit will automatically be applied to your property tax bill. Not a property owner? Join the program to receive an annual rebate check. 

To get started, stop by the Administration Office in the Municipal Building to pick up a card.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm
   
Hillsborough - NYC Weekend Bus Survey 

Suburban Transit is currently conducting another survey to determine the level of interest in limited weekend service. If you would use Saturday and / or Sunday bus service to New York City, please go to Suburban's website ( suburbantransit.com ), click on "Hillsborough Weekend Service Survey" and complete the brief questionnaire.

Season 2 - Episode 5 of Hillsborough The Good Life Now Airing

Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Assistant Supervisor, Department of Public Works - Full Time
  • Full-Time Police Officer
  • Building Maintenance Person - Part-Time  
For position descriptions and qualifications, click here...
To download an Employment Application, click here...
Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic for Dogs & Cats on  January 14th

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When : Saturday, January 14, 10 am - 12 pm

Where : Hillsborough Department of Public Works - 21 East Mountain Road, Hillsborough
 
No Registration Necessary
Dogs must be Leashed
Cats must be in secure carrier
 
Clinic will be rescheduled if cancelled due to inclement weather
Date pending availability of veterinarians and vaccine
Please check website the week before to be sure the clinic is on
Senior Centers Announce January 2017 Activities

The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services have announced the January program schedule.  All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.  This month, all senior centers will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, for New Year's Day and on Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Martin Luther King's Birthday.

Somerset County-operated Senior Centers offer a nutritionally balanced lunch, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50, for anyone 60 and above.  Menu choices include a hot  meat-based or meatless entrée and a cold  meat-based or meatless boxed lunch.  Please make reservations before 10:00 a.m. at least one business day in advance.  Why not invite a friend or neighbor to join you for lunch!  As an additional suggestion, why not come earlier in the day and enjoy one of the center's many programs.

If you drive or have your own ride, you can go to any center of your choice.  

To view the progam schedule for Hillsborough's Senior Center, click here...
To view the program schedule for all county Senior Centers, click here...
January Recycling Calendar

The Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, will be closed Monday, January 2nd, in observance of the New Year's Day holiday. 

Recycling pickup for residents of Branchburg, Raritan and Western Hillsborough will be Tuesday, January 3rd.

Due to the holiday, some recycling pickups scheduled in Somerset County the week of January 2nd may be delayed. Residents are asked to leave their recyclables at the curb.  Remaining collections will be completed as soon as possible. The Somerset County Recycling Division thanks residents for their patience and understanding.

County offices will be closed January 2nd for New Year's Day and January 16th for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  The Recycling Center will be closed January 2nd, but will be open on January 16th.  Recycling pickups will proceed as scheduled on January 16th.

To view the 2017 Recycling Collection Schedule, click here...
County Offers Christmas Tree Recycling

The Somerset County Park Commission is accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling until January 31, 2015.

Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park, Parking Lot F, 156 Mettlers Road in Somerset, Franklin Township or to North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road in Bridgewater at the northern end of the parking lot near the lighted ball field. Both facilities will accept trees from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., seven days a week.

Trees will be chipped into wood chip mulch and used in the park system and some chips are available to the public at the drop off site free of charge.

One tree per family and the tree must be free of all ornaments, wire, netting and tinsel. Wreaths and garland are not accepted.

State Park Service Kicks Off New Year With First Day Hikes
Events Across State Showcase Winter's Beauty While Providing Fun and Educational Experiences

The New Jersey State Park Service invites residents and visitors to start 2017 on the right foot by taking part in fun, invigorating and educational outdoor activities to be offered statewide as part of the annual America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative on New Year's Day.

State Park Service staff and volunteers will conduct 21 guided hikes, walks and interpretive tours, as well as two bike rides and a horseback ride at state parks, forests and historic sites across the state.

The hikes are designed to showcase many of the natural splendors of New Jersey's diverse network of parks, forests and historic sites. They range from short hikes that can be done by just about anyone to a 15 mile, daylong hike for the more ambitious.

All events are free. Most do not require pre-registration, but some do. For detailed information on starting times, how to dress, length and difficulty ratings for each hike, what to expect, and which events require preregistration, visit: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/first_day_hikes.html

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*REMINDER*  Dec. 31  Deadline for Outstanding Women Nominations

Do you know a Somerset County woman who has made extraordinary contributions to her career field or her community?

The  Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for its 2017 Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards program.

"We have many women in Somerset County doing amazing things every day," said Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh, commission liaison.  "It is most appropriate that during Women's History Month, we take the time to publicly recognize them and say thank you."

Print a nomination form and guidelines from  http://bit.ly/2017WomenAwards or call Commission Chair Janice Fields at  908-599-1637 if you do not have internet access.

Nominations must be received by  Dec. 31st, 2016.  Email submissions are preferred.  Send an electronic copy of the completed and signed nomination form, along with any supporting documentation, to  SCCSWomen@gmail.com  Entries also may be mailed to the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, Attn:  Janice M. Fields, Chair, 36 Darren Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ  07920.

FEMA Region II January Webinar 2017
Preparing for Winter Weather

It's that time of year again where we all have to make the necessary preparations to deal with snow, frigid temperatures, and ice. In FEMA's January webinar, to be held on  Wednesday, January 11, 2017  at 12 pm , the National Weather Service will provide  valuable tips on how to better prepare your home, business, or loved ones for the coming winter.  Speaker Gary Conte is the voice of several weather updates from the National Weather Service office in Upton, NY.

To Register for the Webinar, 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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January 17: Hillsborough Band Parents Association Clothing Drive
January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15: Indoor Farmers Market
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates  

  January
2017 Reorganization Meeting 1/3/2017
7:00 pm
  
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HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
2nd Tuesday until 7pm

BUILDING DEPARTMENT  
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Recreation 2017 Winter Activities Guide
 
Registration now ongoing 
 
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