Issue: 2017 March 17
March 17, 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

 
Eagle Scout Donates Collection Bin for Retired Flags

A new receptacle for damaged, worn and faded U.S. flags is available to the public in the Hillsborough Township Municipal Building.

Max Steimel, from Hillsborough Boy Scout Troop 89, constructed and donated the flag retirement drop off bin as his Eagle Scout Project.

The beautifully constructed bin sits right outside the Mayor's Office, providing the community with a much needed way to properly retire American Flags.


Pictured: Committeeman Frank DelCore, Max Steimel, Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
RVCC Nursing Students Hold  Township Health and Wellness Afternoon

Pictured: Angela Saggese, Lavern Gayle-Scott, Mariel Lambino, Mary Decker, Siobhan Spano, and Rodolfo Flores
Earlier this week Hillsborough Township's Health Department sponsored a Wellness Afternoon, presented by some students from  Raritan Valley Community College's nursing  program.

Free, confidential screenings provided by the RVCC Nursing Students included: heart health screenings, blood pressure check, BMI screenings.  The nursing students also shared information with Township employees and residents about nutrition, stress management and disease prevention.
Hillsborough Township Offers Clean Up Coupons for Auten Road Facility
Annual Clean-Up Program to Begin in April, Free of Charge to Residents

"The Annual Hillsborough Township Clean Up Coupons are now available for both residential access to the Auten Road Facility and for Senior Citizen Curbside pickup," announced Committeeman Greg Burchette, Liaison to Public Works during a recent Township Committee Meeting.

Coupons for access to drop off at the Auten Road Facility and Senior Citizen stickers for curbside pickup are now available at the Hillsborough Township Department of Public Works (DPW) office, located at 21 East Mountain Road, Monday through Friday, 7am to 3pm.  The coupons are distributed on a first come first serve basis.  There are 150 pickup coupons available per date.  Senior Citizen Curbside service will begin on Monday, April 3rd in the Northwest Section of town.  Stickers are required for Senior Citizen Curbside service.

"This extensive Township clean up program is available, free of charge to our residents, and was expanded to offer two Saturdays a month, beginning in April and running through October," added Mayor Carl Suraci.

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Hillsborough Township's 2017 Green Living and Wellness Fair Set for 
Saturday, June 3rd - Save the Date
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

"The Annual Green Living and Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, in conjunction with the Hillsborough YMCA HOP 5K", announced Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley.  
The Fair, which will be held rain or shine, is from 9 am until 12 noon at the Peter J. Biondi Municipal Building.

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.

Who Do You Know Who Has Gone Above and Beyond as a Volunteer? 

Nominations Sought for Volunteer Recognition Program -Application deadline March 31st

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and it is a time to celebrate and honor those who dedicate their time and talent to be stewards and leaders within our community through their generous volunteerism.

The exceptional volunteer spirit in Hillsborough is an extraordinary asset to our community and through the program, as such it is only fitting that we take the time to recognize those individuals who give so freely of themselves in the many selfless ways in support of our community.

All recommendations will be taken into consideration, reviewed and those selected will be honored at the April 25th Township Committee meeting with a joint proclamation honoring all selected volunteers. 

Hillsborough's New Official Emergency Notification System is Now Active

On 3/13/17 the Hillsborough Police will cease using Nixle

Hillsborough - NYC Bus Service

Suburban Transit/Coach USA offers Express Service to New York City from Hillsborough.  Park for free in the Park & Ride lot at the Hillsborough Promenade shopping center (near Kohl's). Buses depart each weekday at 6:00 am, 6:30 am, 7:00 am and 7:30 am.  Return service departs New York at 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm., 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm.  
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Registration Now Open for Recreation Programs

Run Around the Park  - April 23rd
The 4th Annual Run Around the Park will be  Sunday, April 23 . Join us for a family-fun day and non-competitive, recreational fun run at the park!  Why run around one park, when you can run around two?  The 3-mile course begins at Ann Van Middlesworth Park and continues to Woodfield Park before returning to AVM.  Pre-registration is required and available on the Parks & Recreation website.  All participants who pre-register before  March 31st  will receive the official t-shirt! 


Summer Camp Registration
Summer Recreation Camp registration began on Friday, February 17.    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 26  and run for 8 weeks through  August 18 .  Information and registration is available on the Parks & Recreation website. 


Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Full Time Police Officers
  • Police Dispatcher
  • Police Records Clerk
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
  • Part Time Building Maintenance Person
  • Part Time Plumbing Inspector
Season 2 - Episode 6 of Hillsborough The Good Life Now Airing


News From Somerset County
Freeholder Peter Palmer Celebrates National Agriculture Day at Hillsborough Library

On Saturday, March 4, 
Freeholder Director Peter Palmer visited Somerset County Library System of New Jersey's Hillsborough Library branch to celebrate National Agriculture (Ag) Day.

National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by agriculture. 2017 marks the 44th annual National Ag Day and, together with the Somerset County Agriculture Development Board and Freeholder Director Palmer, SCLSNJ marked the occasion with a family-friendly program for the community. Freeholder Palmer read a fun farm-related story and then participants painted mural boards representing this year's Ag Day theme: "Food For Life." The Somerset County Agriculture Development Board staff will assemble the completed boards into raised bed vegetable planters which will be located throughout Somerset County, including SCLSNJ's Bound Brook Memorial and Hillsborough Library branches. The harvest will be donated to local food banks.

If you missed this program, Freeholder Director Palmer will be at a second Ag Day program on March 21, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ's Bound Brook Memorial Library branch. Visit SCLSNJ.org for more information.
Rental Assistance Available

Somerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine has announced that the Somerset County Rental Assistance Program is available to provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and monthly case management to eligible Somerset County residents.

The case management is provided by a trained volunteer and is intended to help clients set and achieve goals that promote long-term financial stability. The program provides a monthly subsidy to pay the difference between household rent and 30 percent of one's monthly income, up to a maximum of $300 per month.

"The goal of this program is to help working families achieve financial stability," said Freeholder Levine, human services liaison.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they will be able to afford their housing without rental assistance within 15 months.  In order to qualify, at least one adult in the household must be employed, working at least 30 hours per week. Any non-working adult must have a verifiable disability or be a caregiver for a member of the household.

'A Woman's Story' - March 30 at RVCC 

Cultural differences and commonalities will be the focus of a Women's History Month program cosponsored by the  Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women  and the  Raritan Valley Community College  Office of Multicultural Affairs.

"A Woman's Story: A Celebration of Culture" will be held at the RVCC conference center on Thursday, March 30 , from 7 to 9 p.m.  There is no charge to attend but pre-registration is requested.  Sign up here to attend.

Women - and men - are invited and encouraged to bring their daughters, mothers, sisters and other female relatives and friends. The program will consist of presentations by a five-member panel of women from a variety of cultural backgrounds who will discuss their experiences as immigrants to the United States. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Freeholders Announce Partnership Health Center

On Feb. 28, 2017, the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously voted to award a contract to Princeton-based Integrity Health, LLC to establish, manage and operate an on-site health, wellness and care coordination center for county employees, employee dependents and retirees who are covered under the county's health plan. The center will become known as the Somerset County Partnership Health Center (SCPHC).

"Somerset County is always looking for first-class innovation in the way we spend taxpayer money and deliver services, so I am proud and excited to announce this new partnership with Integrity Health," said Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire. "We understand that one of the biggest factors associated with our county budget is the rising cost of health care and we have worked hard over the years to control these costs.

"By partnering with Integrity Health, we are going to provide better health outcomes for our employees at a lower cost to our taxpayers," he said. "After an exhaustive and diligent process that began over a year ago, we evaluated companies from across the country in a competitive review and chose Integrity."

Somerset County CERT Program Basic CERT Course 17-1

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster-response skills.  Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help.  Learn how to help yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your community when disaster strikes!

Registration for the  SOMERSET COUNTY BASIC CERT COURSE 17-1 is now open.  Please click links below for course schedule and application.


Somerset County Women of the Performing Arts

March 28, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Hillsborough Library

Celebrate the conclusion of Women's History Month with a presentation by Greg Gillette, chairman of the Hillsborough Township Historic Preservation Commission, and local history blog author.  He will discuss the contributions to the performing arts of several local women, including 20th century opera singer Anna Case Mackay. You can register at sclsnj.org or by calling (908) 369-2200 ext 12.
Annual Hillsborough Rotary Club Easter Egg Hunt
Scheduled for Saturday, April 8
3,000 Treat-Filled Eggs Await  Children 8 and Younger

The Annual Hillsborough Rotary Club Easter Egg Hunt, a Hillsborough tradition for the past 16 years, is scheduled this year for Saturday, April 8, beginning at 10:30 AM, at a new location - the Youth Football Complex on Triangle Road (Between Auten and South Triangle Roads).

The Easter Bunny and 3,000 treat-filled eggs await children 8 years old and younger, who will be organized into three age groups with different starting times for the hunt (see details below).  Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served after the hunt.  Participation in this Rotary event is free. Family and friends are encouraged to bring cameras.
Age Groups:
Age Group
Egg Hunt Start Time
3 year olds and under
11:00 AM
4 and 5 year olds
11:10 AM
6 through 8 year olds
11:20 AM
Art Show at Hillsborough Reformed Church 
Celebrating Its 250th Anniversary 



Impressions of the Millstone Valley will be an exhibition of fine art including paintings and photographs by local artists depicting the beauty and history of the Millstone River Valley.  

The exhibition will feature works by the late Biff Heins and Janet Singley. 
Some of the works on display will be for sale.

Location:  Hillsborough Reformed Church - Memorial Hall
One Amwell Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Dates:  Saturday, March 25 from 1-5pm with a reception starting at 1pm
             Sunday, March 26 from 11am-7pm
 
If you would like to become an exibitor, you can find more information and a submission form on the HRC website. The deadline for submission is March 4.
 
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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March 18: Spring Reigns of Life Comedy Night
March 18, April 15: Indoor Farmers Market
March 18: 4th Annual Band Crop - Proceeds to benefit HHS Band and Guard Programs
March 19: Festa di San Giuseppe 2017
March 21: Family Support Organization Presents Effectively Dealing with Challenging Behaviors in Youth
March 23 & 25: Rain Garden Workshop
March 25: Parent Education Session on Opioid/Herion Addiction
March 25: Gigi's Playhouse Gala
March 25: Hillsborough Dukes Pop Warner Football and Cheer Registration
April 22: Hillsborough Band Parents Association Clothing Drive
April 8: Foothill Acres Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
April 11 or May 4: Personal Safety for High School Seniors
April 23: Run Around the Park
April 26: Woods Road Firehouse Blood Drive
April 27: Neshanic Garden Club Spring Luncheon
May 3: Sammy's Hope Charity Golf Outing
May 20: Lungforce.org Walk
July 10-14 - Duke Farms Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

March
Planning Board Business Meeting 3/23/2017
Canceled
Township Committee Meeting 3/28/2017 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 Winter Activities Guide
 
Registration now ongoing 
 
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