Issue: 2016 December 22
December 22, 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

 
Menorah Lighting will be held Thursday, 
December 29th at 
6 pm
outside at the Municipal Building by the Menorah followed by refreshments and fun games inside.
2016 Year in Review
Mayor Recaps Township's Many Accomplishments

Mayor Frank DelCore presided over his last Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, December 20th as his Mayoral term neared an end. The Mayor recapped his 2016 Mayoral term prior to getting to the general business of the meeting, highlighting the many accomplishments for the Township.

"It has been my honor and great pleasure to have had the tremendous fortune to serve as the Mayor of Hillsborough Township, for the year 2016," began Mayor DelCore.

"This year began with not only a record snowfall with winter storm Jonas, but that was quickly followed by the warehouse fire in February, that spanned several days. I cannot thank our first responders enough for their dedication and tremendous efforts during that event, despite the frigid temperatures, their resilience and bravery in ensuring the safety of our Township was unprecedented in the state," began Mayor DelCore.

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Jr. Raiders Varsity Team  Are Skyland Conference Championship for Second Year in a Row

Pictured: Mayor Frank DelCore with the Jr. Raiders Varsity Team and Coaches
The Hillsborough Junior Raider Junior Skyland Varsity Football Team was honored with a proclamation at a recent Township Committee Meeting for their  successful  season.  

The team displayed amazing teamwork throughout the season,  scoring an average of over 31 points per game and allowing an average of just under 11 points per game. They finished the season Defeating Bridgewater 37-16 in the semi-finals and defeating Basking Ridge 26-14 in the finals to become the champions of the Junior Skyland Football Conference for the second year in a row.

The Hillsborough Junior Raider Junior Skyland Varsity Football Team consisted of the following players: Thomas Amankwaa, Tyler Michinard, Drew Ryan, Jaime Mazuera, Troy Kennedy, Sean Levonaitis, Zack Pryslak, Adam Villano, Anthony Longhitano, Evan Swearengin, Luke Popadiuk, Hunter Jorgensen, Joey Schwarz, Sal Volpe, Scott Bruno, Matt Kent, Dylan Valis, Marc Gulla, Jacob Straz, Ryan Diaz, Aidan Lugo, Ethan McLaughlin, and Kabir Singh.  The team was led by Head Coach Paul Popadiuk and Assistant Coaches Norm Washington, John Mazuera, Kevin Levonaitis, Paul Michinard, Andy Ryan,  Art Villano, Eric McLaughlin and Jacob Patrick.
Hillsborough Junior Raider Junior Skyland JV Football Team Wins Junior Skyland Football Championship

Pictured: Mayor Frank DelCore with the the Junior Raider JV Team and Coaches
The Hillsborough Junior Raider Junior Skyland JV Football Team was honored with a proclamation at the December 20th Township Committee Meeting. The team won the Junior Skyland Football Championship and has won the Championship four out of the past five years.

The players on the team worked well with one another and had fun throughout their undefeated season, winning 10 games, 7 of which were shutouts, scoring 199 points and allowing only 24 points all season.

The Hillsborough Junior Raider Junior Skyland JV Football Team consisted of the following players: Cynthia Amankwaa, Tanner Boczon, Dom Bonsignore, Carson DeRoner, Nick Donnelly, Shane Donoghue, Mike Guiliano, Nikolas Koll, Ryan Leary, Brandon Lobelo, Jonathan Lobelo, Mike Miller, Dom Monsorno, Bryan Nastawa, Gianni Santonastaso, Kevin Shelton, Pierce Skala, Ryan Tasetano, Tyler Vancleef, Charlie Volpe, Nick West, Avery Whitney, and Joey Witcoski. The team was led by Head Coach Jim Burke and Assistant Coaches Blair DeRoner, Joe Riccardi, Clint Scala, Sal Volpe, and Ryan West.
Amanda Gillette Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Pictured: Amanda Gillette with Mayor Frank DelCore
Amanda Gillette, a senior at Hillsborough High School was recognized by the Hillsborough Township Committee at the December 20th Township Committee Meeting for earning her Girl Scout Gold Award.  Amanda worked with diligence for many hours in order to achieve this highly coveted award.

Amanda's Gold Award project, Family Reading Garden - "Books to Grow", consisted of collaborating with literacy teachers, Township leaders and the staff of the Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Department to develop a location where families can read together in a natural setting in Hillsborough.

The Reading Garden, located at the Township's Castle Park, supports the concept of family learning and encourages reading from a young age by providing books of varying genres for children as well as adults and will continue to grow as readers borrow and share books. It is Amanda's hope that through this cycle an interest in literacy and the joy of reading will blossom for both young and old.

The Reading Garden's ribbon cutting ceremony was on May 10, 2016 and she received her Gold Award in a formal ceremony at Raritan Valley Community College on June 5, 2016.

Amanda serves as an example to the youth of Hillsborough Township through her achievements, leadership, and community service.  The Mayor and Township Committee recognize and extend their sincere congratulations to Amanda Gillette for having earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, an honor for both her and for those who have guided her, and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
HHS Girls Volleyball Team Honored for Successful Season

Pictured: HHS Girls Volleyball Team and Coaches with Mayor Frank DelCore
The Hillsborough High School Girls Volleyball Team was honored by the Mayor and Township Committee with a proclamation at a recent Township Committee Meeting.  The team won the first Somerset County Championship in school history and the Girls Volleyball Team will now have a banner hanging on the wall in the Hillsborough High School gymnasium.  In addition to the Somerset County Championship, the team were the champions of the Morris Knolls Invitational and qualified for the NJSIAA State Tournament for the 6th year in a row. 

The Hillsborough High School Girls Volleyball Team consisted of the following players: Faith Adams, Jillian Boose, Lianna Bruno, Lenah Chedid, Isabelle Gonzalez, Morgan Krempasky, Gianna LoCicero, Marisa Mazuera, Natalie Minter, Hannah Otto, Erika Ravioli, Nicole Sacca, Nicole Salazar and Jordan Williams.  The team was led by Head Coach Cheryl Iaione and Assistant Coaches Kim Shelus and Heather Wells.

HHS Girls Gymnastics Team Honored with Proclamation

Pictured: Members and Coaches of the HHS Girls Gymnastics Team with Mayor Frank DelCore
The Hillsborough High School Girls Gymnastics Team had another very successful season due to their hard work and dedication and was honored with a proclamation, recognizing them for demonstrating excellent sportsmanship, team chemistry and industrious work ethic. 

The girls displayed the utmost pride while representing their school, community, families and program and their hard work paid off, earning them the following titles: Somerset County Championships, Skyland Conference Championships, and Central II Sectional Championships.

The Hillsborough High School Girls Gymnastics Team consisted of the following gymnasts: Kira Solt, Lauren Tran, Kelly Brady, Ashley Choi, Grace Dinunzi, Rebecca Lubin, Stella Pashaian, Stutee Patel, Clare Hanlon, Renee Kinzler, Cindy Liu, Jennifer Lopez-Martinez, Brielle Seidel, Jordyn Bell, Kaitlyn Dundorf, Michelle Lopez-Martinez, Haley Mandell and Sam Ringel.  The team was by Coach Beth Murrin and Coach Sabrina Levy.

Hillsborough Township Again Achieves Sustainable Jersey's® Highest Certification Level
One of 25 Towns in 2016 to Achieve Silver

Pictured: Business Advocate David Kois, Mayor Frank DelCore and Committeewoman Gloria McCauley
Sustainable Jersey representatives announced on November 15, 2016 at the Sustainable Jersey Luncheon that Hillsborough Township has once again met the rigorous requirements to achieve its fifth Sustainable Jersey certification. Hillsborough Township is one of only 25 New Jersey municipalities to have attained certification at the silver-level in 2016. The first three certifications for Hillsborough have been at the bronze-level. This is the second year in a row that Hillsborough has been certified at the silver level, the highest available certification.

"Hillsborough Township began sustainable initiatives in 2006. Sustainability and planning has been ongoing with the focus being to plan for the future to ensure our community has balanced economic, environmental and social objectives, developed with public input," stated Committeewoman Gloria McCauley, Liaison to Sustainable Hillsborough Steering Committee.

"Thanks to the efforts of our Business Advocate/Sustainability Director, David Kois, who once again, spearheaded the submission along with the volunteers of the Sustainable Hillsborough Steering Committee and Employees from our Municipal Departments, we are extremely proud of this achievement," stated Mayor Frank DelCore.

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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
New Resource Available on Municipal Alliance Website


The Hillsborough Millstone Municipal Alliance has many useful resources on its website and just added another.  A Steps To Action Recovery Treatment (START) information packet is now available for viewing or downloading.

This packet is designed to provide help and information for people in need of treatment for addiction and is being distributed to people who have been impacted personally by addiction or substance abuse. This information may be helpful to you or to a loved one.

The START packet contains information about services and resources available to those fighting addiction and mental health issues. The START packets will be given to overdose victims and family members by police officers, emergency room workers and EMS personnel.

The information in the START packet contains frequently asked questions about addiction treatment, a directory of Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and phone numbers and contact information for where people can get help.

To view or download the START packet from the Hillsborough Millstone Municipal Alliance Website, click here...
*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.

Library System Announces Year-Round Sunday Hours

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey's Bridgewater, Hillsborough, and Warren Twp. Library branches will be open Sundays, 1-5 p.m. throughout the year starting in 2017.

"In recent years, the trend in libraries nationwide has been to offer patrons enhanced access to library spaces and collections - even on Sundays. In fact, at SCLSNJ, Sundays are most often our busiest days," said County Library Administrator Brian K. Auger. "This important change - adding a third location, and no longer closing branches during summer Sundays - is further expanding SCLSNJ's superior library services. Libraries continue to be cornerstones of communities, and it is my goal, and the goal of all SCLSNJ staff members, to continue to be an integral institution for the residents of Somerset County."

SCLSNJ's Bridgewater, Hillsborough, and Warren Twp. Library branches will be open every Sunday in 2017 except for: January 1, April 16, May 14, May 28, June 18, September 3.

Due to internal union contract negotiations, at this time the branches will offer abbreviated services. However, patrons will still have use of Library spaces, WiFi connections, computer terminals, as well as access to all print and digital collections. If a patron requires more in-depth research support, the ability to schedule a free one-on-one appointment (Monday-Saturday) with a trained SCLSNJ staff member will be available.

For more information, contact County Library Administrator Brian K. Auger at 908-605-6001.
Think 'Green' When Gift Giving and Don't Forget to Recycle after the Holidays

Are you still struggling to find the perfect gift for loved ones this holiday season?  Freeholder Mark Caliguire, recycling liaison, invites residents to give "green" gifts a chance and to recycle as much as possible.

During the holidays, there are many things you can do to minimize the amount of waste you create.  "Green" gifts conserve resources, minimize the mess of packaging materials and even save money.  By recycling boxes, wrapping paper, greeting cards, cardboard and acceptable plastics you can help protect our environment.

Following are some "green" gift ideas, which will keep on giving well past the holiday season: Tickets:  theatre, dance, concert, comedy, sports events; Season Passes:  sports and entertainment venues; Memberships:  gym, organizations; Subscriptions:  books, magazines; Lessons:  cooking, music, dancing; Gift Certificates:  restaurant, car wash, spa, bed-and-breakfast; Services:  housecleaning, yard work, car washing; Charities: donate money in a recipient's name. Contributions to nonprofit organizations often are tax deductible.   

Ideas on how to reduce waste include:  Purchasing products with little or no packaging, sending electronic holiday cards to tech-savvy friends and family members, reusing gift wrap and bags and making the packaging part of the gift, such as wrapping a gift in a tablecloth, dishtowel, an article of clothing or a reusable tote bag.

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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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CLERK'S OFFICE 
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HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
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BUILDING DEPARTMENT  
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Recreation 2017 Winter Activities Guide
 
Registration now ongoing 
 
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