Issue: 2017 June 2
June 2, 2017
 
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 
Carl Suraci
Deputy Mayor
Gloria McCauley
Committeeman 
Greg Burchette
Committeeman 
Frank DelCore
Committeeman 
Doug Tomson

 
Hillsborough Honors Veterans At Annual Memorial Day Celebration

Pictured: Veteran Jon Lapidow and Committeeman Frank DelCore
Hundreds of Hillsborough residents lined the streets last Saturday to honor Township Veterans along the annual Memorial Day parade route and Garden of Honor Ceremony.  The day's events began early with Hillsborough Township's Salute to Veterans Breakfast held at the Peter J. Biondi Building on the grounds of the Municipal Complex.  
Pictured: Grand Marshal Ron Newsom and Mayor Carl Suraci

The Parade, led by Grand Marshal, Air Force Veteran  and long time Hillsborough resident   Ron Newsom,  began immediately after the breakfast.   Following the parade, Mr Newsom  shared what Memorial Day means to him in a moving speech at the Garden of Honor Ceremony.  

Dignitaries in attendance included Congressman Leonard Lance, Senator Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Freeholders Mark Caliguire, Brian Levine and Peter Palmer, County Clerk Brett Radi, Mayor Carl Suraci, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Committeeman Greg Burchette, Committeeman Frank DelCore and Committeeman Doug Tomsom.

Memorial Day festivities continued on Sunday in Neshanic with a parade. Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Committeeman Doug Tomson were in attendance and participated in the wreath laying ceremony.



Pictured Boy Scout Militia: Jack Macias (trumpet player) and then Jacob Romano, Travis Guerrera, Aidan Warner Vaughn Colva, Ian Golden, Nick Fanizzi, Lucas Romano

VFW Post #8371 Memorial Day Veterans Drawing 

Pictured: Members of the VFW Post # 8371 performing a 21 Gun Salute at their Memorial Service on Tuesday, May 30th. 
On Tuesday, May 30th, the Hillsborough Memorial VFW post # 8371 conducted a brief memorial ceremony at the Garden of Honor.  They also sponsored a complimentary drawing for all Hillsborough Veterans.

Congratulations to the following Veterans whose names were drawn during the May 30, 2017 memorial service conducted by VFW Post # 8371 members at Hillsborough Township's Garden of Honor.

Hillsborough Memorial VFW Post # 8371 thanks all Veterans for their service, Post # 8371 members also express their appreciation to all merchants who donated gifts to honor our local military personnel who have served their country over the years.

Reach Interns Recognized at Township Committee Meeting

Pictured: Reach Interns and Senior Internship Program REACH Coordinator Patricia Yale-Wasdyke with Committeeman Doug Tomson and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley 
Hillsborough Township partnered with the School District's REACH program to offer internships to high school students at the Municipal Offices.  At a recent Township Committee meeting, the interns received certificates of achievement from Mayor Suraci and the Township Committee.

REACH Interns honored included:  Ryan Beggiato, John Dombrowski, Amanda Gillette, Kaitlin Hands, Gutam Kalluri, Timothy Lee, Jay Mendapara,
Cassandra Mure, Katherine Myers, Karnik Patel, Ann Philips, Chris Rothmann, Roman Tatevosov, Olivia Tobia and Matthew Wei.

HHS Girls Swim Team Are Central Jersey State Sectional Champions for Second Straight Year

The 2016-2017 Hillsborough High School Girls Swim Team was honored at the May 26th Township Committee Meeting for their successful season.  The team won their 2nd straight Central Jersey State Sectional Championship finishing the season with a record of 10 wins and only 2 losses.

Megan Bull (senior & co-captain) broke two school records this season: 200 freestyle & 100 breaststroke. Megan now currently holds a total of 4 school records: 200 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, and the 100 Breaststroke. Megan was also crowned "Somerset County Champion" this season in the 200 Individual Medley & crowned "Skyland Conference Champion" in the 100 Breaststroke. Megan will swim for William & Mary College.

Additionally, seniors Megan Bull, Monica Stamler, Anushka Khanna, and Sompurna Choudhury were recognized for earning NISCA "Academic All-American Awards" for having a GPA of at least 3.75 or higher:

Members of the 2016-2017 Hillsborough High School Girls Swim, team under the direction of Head Coach Todd Sudol and Assistant Coach Adele Morgan, include Megan Bull, Sompurna Choudhury, Alyssa Cseh, Casey Kenny, Anushka Khanna, Palak Shah, Amanda Simon, Monica Stamler, Samantha Bobinski, Jessica D'Agostino, Rachel Karan, Catherine Nguyen, Liliana Passalacqua, Danice Pe Benito, Tara Reddy, Elena Soisson, Alexandra Temple, Meghan Tevnan, Ashley Yang, Jordan McChesney, Sankya Parvatrao, Haley Tevnan, Nicole Zou, Katelyn Battagliese, Emily Buisson, Marissa Choe, Gabriella Dudajek, Mae Kinst, Emma McLaughlin, Aditi Nigam, Cassidy Scillitani, Sydney Tran, Skylar Ward who helped the team reach exceptional achievements.

Congratulations Team!

Pictured: Coaches and Members of the 2017 HHS Girls Swim Team with Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
Green Living and Wellness Fair to be held on June 3rd
  • In Partnership with the YMCA - 17th Annual Hillsborough YMCA HOP 5K
  • The Hop is at 8 am and the Fair is from 9am - Noon @ Municipal Building
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Learn about Living a Healthy and Green Lifestyle
Participating local businesses will have informative presentations, displays and demonstrations to raise awareness of the many facets of living a healthy lifestyle, including making sound nutritional choices, making long-term life planning decisions, choosing a green lifestyle as well as many health screenings.  There will also be a  Poster Contest   open to all school-aged Hillsborough residents to design a "Living Green" themed poster. 
 

Before Heading to the Polls on Primary Day - Use Sample Ballot for Polling Location
Primary Election is Tuesday, June 6th - Polls Open 6 am Bring Your Sample Ballot to the Polls

The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Polls are open from  6 am to 8 pm , in accordance with New Jersey State Law. 

Please utilize the sample ballot that is mailed to you in advance of the Election to determine your polling location and voting district. This information is printed on the front cover of the sample ballot. Polling locations do have multiple voting districts, so it is important to know your voting district. To expedite your voting experience bring your sample ballot to the polls with you on Election Day.
Township to Host Business Summit
Facilitating Business Development & Expansion Remains a Top Priority

Hillsborough's Mayor Carl Suraci shared more details about the upcoming Business Summit that is set for Wednesday, June 7th at the Peter J. Bondi Building from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.

"Hosting a Business Summit gives our Business Community the opportunity to gather pertinent information from the Township Resources to assist them in their operations," stated Mayor Carl Suraci.

"We are always looking to further enhance the business community and believe that by providing this opportunity for the businesses to meet with the officials to discuss any concerns they may have will only continue to foster a positive experience for our local businesses," added Committeeman Greg Burchette, Liaison to the Hillsborough Business Association / Economic and Business Development Commission.

Eight (8) Nonprofits Receive Grant Funds through the Affinity Hillsborough Rewards Visa Credit Card Program
Over $7K Awarded in Spring 2017 to Non-Profit Organizations Serving Hillsborough's Seniors and Youths

Eight 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 and the members of the Credit Card Advisory Committee.
The total amount awarded Tuesday evening was $7,384.80. Since the inception of the program, nearly $70,000 in grants to community based youth, senior and local non-profit organizations have been awarded.   The Spring 2017 Grant recipients are:
  • Hillsborough Dukes
  • Hillsborough Band Parents Association
  • Hillsborough Baseball League
  • GiGi's Playhouse
  • Hillsborough Rockettes and Rocket
  • Senior Chapter B
  • Hillsborough Jr. Raiders
  • Girl Scout Troop HNJ
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 pborek@hillsborough-nj.org.  A photo release will need to accompany the pictures and there is no guarantee that the photo will be used.


For advertising opportunities, please contact Jim O'Dowd at 973-650-2736 or jimodowd@townplanner.com
Police Urge Residents to Keep Cars Locked

Residents are reminded to protect themselves from becoming a victim of personal property theft in their vehicles.  Keep your vehicles locked at all times and remove valuables.  If you must leave a purse or other valuables in your vehicle at least lock them in your trunk where they are out of sight, but it is better not to leave valuables in your car.
Are You Prepared? Hurricane Season is Here

Now is a good time to begin discussing hurricane risk and preparing for the tropical storm season that ends in late November. Be sure to have a plan, be informed, be prepared for a power outage, and know your evacuation plan.
  1. Have a plan : You may not be with your loved ones when disaster strikes, so have a Family Emergency Communication Plan in place so you know how to reach each other and where to meet up when conditions are safe.
  2. Be informed : Download the FEMA mobile app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips. The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.
  3. Be prepared for a power outage : If you or anyone in your household depends on medical devices that are powered by electricity, make those items a first priority. Talk to your medical equipment company to find out what will happen to your equipment during a power outage. FEMA recommends each person has at least a three-day supply of extra batteries for your flashlights, radios, and other devices run on battery power. Visit this webpage for information.
  4. Know your community's evacuation plans : Many communities have designated "evacuation routes" and some even have evacuation zones. You will want to be familiar with these so that if your local authorities issue an evacuation order, you'll know exactly where to go.
America's PrepareAthon! is a year round, grassroots, community-based campaign to increase national preparedness. From now until May, America's PrepareAthon! and its broad range of partners, including DHS, will be promoting preparedness for specific hazards so that all of us can be better prepared for emergencies. 

Visit the America's PrepareAthon! webpage to read about preparedness stories, find events in your area, access customizable resources, and register your preparedness activities. Visit the DHS Office of Emergency Preparedness website  or FEMA's Ready.gov for more information on other hazards, family planning, emergency kits, and becoming involved in your community.

Medicine and Drugged Driving -  Can Your Medicine Make Driving Dangerous?

Drugged driving - have you done it? We bet you have.  Millions of people suffer each year from seasonal allergies triggered by pollen from grass, weeds, or trees. For symptom relief, many head to their local pharmacy to purchase allergy products, usually oral antihistamines. Most people do not realize that many prescription and over-the-counter medicines can cause drowsiness and impair the ability to drive even when used according to the directions. It is extremely important to be sure to read the product label carefully before taking or giving any medicines. 
 
Consumers must  err on the side of caution when driving while using products like allergy medicines. According to recent news, drugged driving (driving while under the influence of drugs - legal (prescription/over-the-counter) or illegal) is on the rise across the country. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility recent report warns state officials of the growing problem of drug use on our roadways.

Free Workshop: Opiates and Marijuana Extractions
Presented by John Kriger, MSM, LCADC, ICPS

A FREE Workshop for Parents and Youth-Serving Professionals (ages 18+) will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 form 6:00-8:00 PM at the Hillsborough Municipal Building.

Newly updated, this highly acclaimed session offers an impactful overview the most up-to-date information available today on adolescent behavioral trends, focusing intensely on the two primary issues facing parents, and professionals today; Opiates and Extrac-tions. Learn the most current information on these two high-risk behaviors, and how they are drastically changing the risk potential for every family. Discover the risks, various sources of information and what every parent and professional is up against.

SCLSNJ's Hillsborough Library will open at 12:30 pm 6/3


Due to the Green Living and Wellness Fair and YMCA Annual Hop Race being held at the Hillsborough Township Municipal Building on Saturday, June 3rd, the Library will have a delayed opening at 12:30 pm.
Registration Now Open for Recreation Programs

Summer Camp Registration
Summer Recreation Camp registrations are currently being accepted.  Camps for 5 to 11-year-olds are held at Auten Road and Amsterdam Schools.  Camp for 12 to 14-year-olds will be held at Hillsborough Middle School.  Tiny Camp for 4 and 5-year-olds will be at Hillsborough Elementary School.  Camps begin on Monday, June 26th and run for 8 weeks through August 18th.  Information and registration are available on the Parks & Recreation website.

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 availalbe date is July 29th
  • One coupon per household per year
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Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Plumbing Inspector - Part Time
  • Technical Assistant/Office Clerk - Part Time
  • Building Inspector - Part Time
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
Hillsborough 
UNICO  Accepting Applications for Miss  UNICO  2017

A pplicants must fit the following criteria:
  • The young woman must be at least 50% Italian
  • Must be a resident of Hillsborough, NJ
  • Must be continuing her education
  • Must be between the ages of 18 to 25 years old
  • Must be comfortable speaking in public
  • Must learn the Motto and purpose of UNICO
  • Must attend the: Hillsborough Rotary Fair Special Needs Day in August, 2017 
  • Must be able to attend John Basilone Parade in Raritan, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
  • The successful applicant will be invited to attend: Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser.
  • The successful applicant will provide assistance, however possible, with Comedy Night Fundraiser

Applications must be received no later than June15, 2017

Recently Added Events
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) are pleased to announce a FREE Family Fun Day.   A Sensory Friendly presentation of the movie "Captain Underpants" will be held at Hillsborough Cinemas on June 10th at 9 am.   Space is Limited
Come celebrate with a Wetdown for the new Engine 36. Wetdowns are significant days in the fire service. They serve as a transition and dedication to the vehicle and the residents that it will protect and serve.
Visit the Community Events Calendar Page for More Information
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
You Can Help Curb Hunger in Somerset County!

Even though Somerset County is known for its affluence, food insecurity for children and adults is an enduring issue. Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer is urging residents to help change that by supporting the 23rd annual Curbing Hunger Month food drive.

State Sen. Kip Bateman, members of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and food bank supporters gathered at the Food Bank Network of Somerset County to launch this year's program, which will help boost food supplies there and at the Franklin Township Food Bank and other local food pantries serving Somerset County residents.



Come to the 4th annual Flag Day Festival  June 10  on the courthouse green in Somerville! Rain date is  June 11 .

  • Enioy the Bouncy House and get an Airbrush Tattoo 
  • Play games & have fun with the Somerset County YMCA
  • Try the latest virtual reality gear at the AT&T exhibit
  • Drill with NJ's Revolutionary War Heard's Brigade & BSA Troop 1776
  • See historic military vehicles and modern fire and rescue vehicles
  • See historic reenactment demonstrations, and much more


Important Upcoming Meeting Dates
  

June
Board of Adjustment 6/7/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 6/8/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 6/13/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 6/21/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 6/22/2017 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  (No Evening Hours January, February, and March)

BUILDING DEPARTMENT  
Tuesdays until 7pm
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Recreation 2017 Spring Activities Guide
 
Registration now ongoing 
 
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