Issue: 2017 January 13
January 13, 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

 
Municipal Offices will be Closed Monday, January 16th in Observance of 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Library  will be open 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Hillsborough Township Swears in New Police Officer

At  the January 10th  Township Committee Meeting a new Police Officer was sworn in to fill a vacancy in the Hillsborough Township Police Department.  After a detailed examination, the Chief of Police and the Police Committee identified Thomas Stout  as the top candidate. The new officer was joined by his family at the meeting as he was sworn in by the Mayor and Township Committee.

Pictured: Committeeman Frank DelCore, Committeeman Greg Burchette, Mayor Carl Suraci, Officer Thomas Stout with his family, and Police Chief Darren Powell
HHS Girls Cross Country Team Honored With Proclamation

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci with the HHS Girls Cross Country Team and coaches.
At the January 10th Township Committee Meeting, the Hillsborough High School Girls Cross Country Team was honored with a proclamation for another successful season. 

The girls were the champions of the Cherokee Challenge Invitational, Central Jersey Group 4 State Sectional Champions and qualified for the prestigious Meet of Champions and finished 7th in New Jersey.

Members of the Hillsborough High School Girls Cross Country Team are: Chloe Wong, Jenny Tavares, Natalie Tavares, Peri Bongiovanni, Kate Van Pelt, Diana Voronin and Brianna De la Cruz.  The team was led by Coach Refi, Coach Hicks and Coach Rudich.

HHS Robo Raiders Hold Kickoff Event

On Saturday, January 7th, Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley attended the HHS Robotics Team 75 Kickoff event at Hillsborough High School. Kickoff is a celebration of the release of the FIRST Robotics Competition robot game. It marks the beginning of the six-week build season, where the team strategizes, designs, builds, wires, programs, and tests a robot that can complete the objectives presented in the game.




Pictured: Robo Raider Co-CEOs Chris Rothmann and Madie Vailhe with Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
Scouts Thank Former Mayor

Webelos 2 from Pack  1776, grateful for the support from Committeeman Frank DelCore showed them last year while he was serving as Mayor, presented him with a picture taken of the boys during one of their visits with the mayor last year.





Pictured: Committeeman Frank DelCore with Scout Master Graham Carley and members of Pack 1776

Reminder to All Residents: Parking Prohibited on Snow Covered Roads Clear Snow and Ice from Vehicles Before Operating

Committeeman Frank DelCore, Liaison to Public Safety would like to remind all residents, of the prohibition of parking on snow covered roads.  "Township Code Chapter 143-21 prohibits parking on snow covered roads.  When snow is anticipated, use off street parking as an alternative.  Vehicles are subject to summonses and the potential of being towed at the owner's expense," reported Committeeman DelCore.

Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway an emergency shall exist, and no vehicle shall be parked on either side of any of the streets or parts thereof as described in Schedule XVI (ยง 143-45 ) of the Township Code.

"It is necessary to have the streets accessible and free from vehicles parked on the side to allow for the plows to complete their work," added Committeeman DelCore.

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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 tax 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:
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic - Full-Time
  • 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
News From The 
Business   Advocate
Upcoming HBA Member Events

Littel Gym WINTER ENROLLMENT OPEN HOUSE
It's this Sunday! Jan. 15 at 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Come and experience The Little Gym program. Free admissions for the entire family. Welcoming ages 0 - 12 years.

133 Stryker Ln, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844

For more information & other upcoming The Little Gym events, click here
Original Artwork Sought for Senior Center Galleries


Somerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine, human services liaison, invites area artists to submit photographs or images of original artwork for exhibits, which will be held at two county-operated senior centers from  Feb. 13 to May 19The submission deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 1.
 
Artwork can include, but is not limited to, watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography, pastels, drawings, mixed media and printmaking. Artists are invited to submit 4"X6" photographs or jpeg images to Caitlin Witucki at Witucki@co.somerset.nj.us  or to the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, N.J. 08876. All physical images will be returned.
 
Exhibitions will be held starting Feb. 13 at the following county-operated senior centers:
  • Senior Wellness Center, located at 202 Mount Airy Rd. in Basking Ridge
  • Quail Brook Senior Center, located at 625 New Brunswick Rd. in Franklin
Entries must be identified. A list of all submissions should be included on a separate sheet of paper, providing artist name, address, phone number, title, dimensions, preferred senior center location and media type. 
 
Selected art must be framed, wired and ready for hanging by the drop-off day, Feb. 10.
 
Exhibitors may offer artwork for sale with a small percentage of the sale donated to the Somerset County senior centers.
 
For more information, contact Health Promotion Specialist Caitlin Witucki, Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services, at (908) 704-6346 or witucki@co.somerset.nj.us.

Peter Palmer Named Freeholder Director for 2017
Scaglione to Serve as Deputy Director
 
Peter S. Palmer of Bernardsville was named 2017 director of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the board's annual reorganization meeting, which was held Jan. 6 at the Historic Courthouse.  Patrick Scaglione of Bridgewater will serve as deputy director this year.
 
Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh of Green Brook was sworn in to a fourth three-year term by Superior Court Assignment Judge Yolanda Ciccone. Other members of the board include Mark Caliguire of Montgomery and Brian D. Levine of Franklin.
 
Also taking the oath of office was Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano of Raritan, who was re-elected to a fifth three-year term.
 
In his inaugural remarks, Freeholder Director Palmer thanked the hundreds of volunteers whose involvement in many programs and agencies make it possible for Somerset County to achieve and maintain a high quality of life.
 
He also highlighted some of the past year's accomplishments, including the opening of the new Bridgewater Senior Wellness Center, the Somerset County Library System's designation as one of America's Four Star Libraries, and the presentation of an international award, shared by only a handful of gardens in the United States, to Colonial Park for its rose garden.  "All of these achievements help to build Somerset County's national reputation as a desirable place to live, work, learn and play," he said.
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Local Libraries to Host Harry Potter Book Night Program


Almost two decades ago, a young boy emerged from a cupboard under the stairs and walked right into the hearts of millions of people. Today, with over 400 million copies of the books sold worldwide, Harry Potter still has a strong presence in readers of all ages.

"Harry Potter continues to be popular, especially with the release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' this past summer," said Laura Frantz, SCLSNJ collection development librarian. "For the Harry Potter enthusiasts looking for something new, I suggest the illustrated versions of the first two books that were released in 2015 and 2016, which can be found in our library branches. There are also a few book tie-ins with the 'Fantastic Beasts' movie--such as the 'Magical Movie Handbook' and the 'Character Guide'--based on J.K.Rowling's book. There are lots of ways Harry Potter fans can explore the world of fantasy; just ask one of our staff members."

"For Harry Potter make this lower case fans, Rowling's universe is more than an entertaining escape," said Jessica Trujillo, SCLSNJ's youth services manager. "With the Harry Potter series we are given a way to understand our world and ourselves. With every re-read, we are reminded that love and hope will always triumph over hatred and fear. We are reminded that every one of us can be a hero in our own way. Harry Potter Book Night gives us all a chance to come together to celebrate this series that has made such an impact on us."

Harry Potter fans are invited to Somerset County Library System of New Jersey's library branches this February for some very magical programs.

Registration is required to attend these programs unless otherwise indicated. To register, visit SCLSNJ.org or contact your local SCLSNJ library branch

For more information, including dates, times and locations, click here...
Giving Network
Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Giving Network is dedicated to recycling excess household items that are donated and delivered to people in need in in Somerset County, NJ. It is a volunteer-run volunteer-driven program that achieves its objectives by working with other organizations, agencies, businesses and churches. We are a 501(c)(3) organization founded in in 1999 with a home base in Somerville, New Jersey.

To volunteer, donate, or request help: 
P
lease call (908)927-9001 or visit givingnet.org
 
Cupid's Chase 5K - Saturday, February 11, 2017

Community Options, Inc. invites runners, walkers, and rollers (baby strollers and wheelchairs) to help raise funds to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities by participating in our annual Cupid's Chase 5K. Because of you...we can make a difference!

Not a fan of the cold weather? Instead of bundling up, cuddle up with your sweetheart and support people with disabilities. Cuddle up for the cause today and become a Virtual Participant! 

Event Location
Buccleuch Park
321 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
 
Time
Registration:  7 AM
Race Begins:  9 AM

5K Registration Fees
$20 on or before September 30, 2016
$25 on or before December 31, 2016
$30 on or before  February 10, 2017
$40  February 11, 2017 - Event Day


Direct Link to sign up for our New Brunswick race (proceeds go to Somerset county and Middlesex county Community Options regions)   http://imatter.comop.org/site/TR?fr_id=1397&pg=entry

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 14: Free Rabies Clinic
January 17: Hillsborough Band Parents Association Clothing Drive
January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15: Indoor Farmers Market
January 27: Designer Bag Bingo
February 4: South Branch Reformed Church Preschool Registration Open House
February 11; Cupid's Chase 5k
February 12: Hillsborough's My Town Night with the NJ Devils
July 10-14 - Duke Farms Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

First Meeting Dates for 2017

Hillsborough-Millstone Municipal Alliance 1/13/2017 9:00 AM
Environmental Commission 1/23/2017 7:00 PM
Hillsborough Youth Services Commission 1/23/2017 6:30 PM
Capital Planning Committee 1/25/2017 6:00 PM
Historic Preservation Commission 1/26/2017 7:30 PM
Agricultural Advisory Committee 1/30/2017 7:30 PM
Sign Review Committee 1/30/2017 6:00 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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