Issue: 2016 December 9
December 9, 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

 
2016 Christmas Tree Lighting

On Friday, December 2nd , a record breaking crowd gathered at the Municipal Complex to welcome Santa as he arrived to light the Christmas Tree courtesy of the Flagtown Fire Department.  Santa along with Mayor DelCore lit the tree and festivities continued for all to enjoy.

Spectators were treated to a live performance by Flair Dance Academy and Triangle Dance Studio and an appearance by Olaf and Queen Elsa from "Frozen".  Hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn and hot dogs were available while the children waited to visit with Santa. Additional festivities included a train ride, a snow machine and fire barrels to keep folks warm.

To view pictures from the event, click here...
HTPD Police Support Cancer Fundraising During "Pinktober"

Chief Darren Powell wishes to announce participation in a charitable fundraising effort undertaken by the men and women of the Hillsborough Police Department. 

For making a donation, police employees were given a "pink ribbon" pin to wear on their uniforms during the entire month of October. As many are aware, October is "Breast Cancer Awareness Month". The pins were a visible showing of support for women's health awareness. 

In addition to the wearing of the pink ribbon pins, during the month of November, male employees were granted permission by the Chief to grow full beards, and female employees were given "blue ribbon" pins to wear on their uniforms. The month of November has come to be known as "No Shave November" to raise awareness for men's health issues.The beards and blue pins were outward signs of support for men's health awareness. 

Pictured: Chief Powell and members of the Hillsborough Police Department with their November beards
With almost 100% employee participation, and a donation by the Hillsborough Police Benevolent Association Local #205, donations of $735 each were made to Dance for the Cure and the Movember Foundation. 

Dance for the Cure is a Hillsborough based organization that provides support for families affected by breast cancer in Somerset, Middlesex and Hunterdon Counties. More information can be found at: www.danceforthecure.org

The Movember Foundation supports men's health projects around the globe, including those addressing prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide prevention. More information can be found at: movember.com. 

Sadly, the Hillsborough Police Department lost a valued member when Sgt. Fred Wacker passed away suddenly at his home on November 19 at the age of 43, emphasizing the importance of lifelong health awareness.
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...
News From the Building Department

Great news..........the Hillsborough Township Building Department now accepts credit cards as a form of payment for permit applications. There is no added service charge for this convenience. This additional form of payment is only available when paid in person.
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...
Leaf Pick Up for Week of December 12-16

The 2016 Leaf Drop-off/Collection Program is currently underway.  We strongly urge you to take advantage of our Auten Rd. facility for leaf drop off. We are open from 7am to 3pm every Saturday from now until the end of December.  For residents who wish to have their own landscaper  drop off their leaves at the site please download the landscaper drop off form located on the Public Works link on the Township website and return the form in person with proof of residency to the Public Works facility on East Mountain Rd between the hours of 7am and 3pm. Lastly, if you would like to have Public Works pick up the leaves at your curbside we project our upcoming route locations in the Friday e-newsletter as well as on the website.  Please remember these are just projections as weather and other unforeseen variables play in integral part in this effort.  Please visit the Township website for more valuable information on this program.

Leaf crews will be working in the following areas of town this week:
  • Crew in SouthWest Section of Town
  • Crew in Millstone River Rd Area
  • Crew in Amwell Rd (206-Hunterdon Cty) Area
  • Crew in River Road Area between Beekman and Riverside
  • Crew in SouthEast Section of Town 
Projected Leaf Pick Up Areas for Week of December 12-16:
  • Crew in North East Section of Town
  • Crew in North West Section of Town 
* Subject to change due to weather, equipment breakdown and manpower availability


Child Break Webinars Accepting Registrations

Dear Educators & Concerned Parents,

You may have previously attended a PDFNJ 15 Minute Child Break. You may have also not been able to attend that 15 Minute Child Break. Well, there is good news.  You can  register online for one of four webinars being held on December 13th and 15th focusing on the issue of talking to children about the dangers of drugs. You can participate in this webinar from the comfort of your home and be empowered and supported with the assurance that, even in today's society, parents are still the strongest influence in their children's lives. Teachers and educators can earn 1.5 professional development credits.   Event information and registration can be found here.

The 15-Minute Child Break is a FREE, interactive, thirty-minute presentation for parents, grandparents and caregivers who are concerned about children (of any age) and substance abuse.  Representatives from the Partnership will deliver this informative, engaging, and educational presentation. Participants receive age specific information and communication skills concerning substance abuse. And, once again, teachers and educators can earn 1.5 professional development credits. All participants will be able to  choose from one of four different times that they find convenient on  December 13th and 15th.

The times for this webinar are as follows:

Date                                    Time
Tuesday, 12/13/16                11:30 AM
Tuesday, 12/13/16                  1:00 PM
Thursday, 12/15/16               11:30 AM
Thursday, 12/15/16                 1:00 PM

This is a great opportunity to reach into our communities and share this powerful message.  Please forward this email invitation to other parents, educators, PTA/PTO/HSA members, and co-workers that can take advantage of this free webinar.

I hope you can join us!
Angelo Valente
Executive Director, PDFNJ  
Veterans Town Hall Meeting & Claims Clinic Set for Dec. 14 at Richard Hall Community Health Center

Somerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites veterans, their families, and advocates to attend a Town Hall Meeting & Claims Clinic Wednesday, Dec. 14 , at the Richard Hall Community Health Center at 500 North Bridge St. in Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

The claims clinic  will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   The town hall meeting , hosted by Lillie Nuble, director of the Newark Regional Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Somerset County Veterans Services Office will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   

Veterans, their families and survivors, and organizations and individuals who work with or on behalf of veterans, are invited to attend to share information, hear feedback and get answers to questions about Veterans Affairs benefits, including compensation, pension, insurance, loan guaranty, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and education-benefit programs.

For a full news account, click here...
Troops Abroad to Receive a Welcomed  Holiday Gift From Home
Hundreds of Community Members Turn Out for Holiday Gift Packing Event Organized by Operation Shoebox and Hillsborough Rotary

This past Saturday (December 3) the crowds filing into the Hillsborough YMCA gymnasium weren't there for a basketball game, but were more than ready to give their best for a great cause. Hundreds of community members showed up to join in the annual holiday gift-packing event organized by Operation Shoebox and the Hillsborough Rotary Club.  Approximately 1199 boxes were filled with toiletries and a variety of food items in factory line precision as the line of volunteers marched along long rows of tables holding the donated items.  The assembled packages will now be shipped abroad to grateful men and women serving in our military.
 
"Partnering with Operation Shoebox and hundreds of community volunteers to ensure that our troops abroad know how much we appreciate their service is a perfect example of our mission at work," commented Abed Medawar, president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. "The overwhelming volunteer turnout continues to demonstrate just how important this event has become to our community."

For a full news account, click here...
Literacy Volunteers partners with local libraries in 2017 to continue positive impact on community


Earlier this year, Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County reported that, in one year , more than 350 students received LVSC free services: 236 adults received weekly tutoring from 184 volunteer tutors; more than 100 students participated in Conversation Groups; and 20 students completed U.S. Citizenship Preparation Classes.  In all, volunteers provided more than 8,000 hours of free literacy instruction. And that's just the beginning.

"There are many adults in our community who are eager to improve their English literacy and become an integrated part of the community," said Aimee Lam, LVSC executive director. "Each has a different reason to seek literacy instruction: some want financial independence but need better literacy skills on the job, others want to read to their child or grandchild, and the vast majority want to be able to communicate confidently. We are proud to help these hard working individuals and are grateful to our volunteers who commit the time and energy to provide literacy instruction. To meet the local need, LVSC plans to train a greater number of volunteer tutors in 2017 while increasing Conversation Group and U.S. Citizenship Preparation class offerings in county libraries."

For a full news account, 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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December 10: Hillsborough Band Parents Association Used Clothing Drive
December 10, January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15: Indoor Farmers Market
December 17: Hillsborough Heat 12U Breakfast with Santa at Applebees
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates  

  December
Township Committee Meeting 12/13/2016 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 12/14/2016 7:30 PM
Special Meeting
Township Committee Meeting 12/20/2016 7:30 PM

Board of Adjustment 12/21/2016 Canceled
  
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Recreation 2017 Winter Activities Guide
 
Registration now ongoing 
 
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