Issue: 2017 February 10
February 10, 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

 
Mayor Suraci Attends 25th Annual Mayors' Legislative Day

On Wednesday, February 8th, Mayor Carl Suraci attended the Mayors' Legislative day, which is held each year to give local leaders the opportunity to interact with individuals who are responsible for setting the agenda for Property Tax Reform, Affordable Housing, Pension and Health Benefits Reform, Transportation and Utility Issues. It is also a great way for local leaders to learn, first hand, about the state's legislative agenda from the Administration officials and key members of the Senate and Assembly at the start of the new legislative session.







Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci and Senator Tom Kean Jr.
Dr. Laurene Wolf Named as Outstanding Woman in Somerset County

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci, Dr. Laurene Wolf and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
At the January 24th Township Committee Meeting, Dr. Laurene Wolf was presented with a proclamation recognizing her as one of the 2016 Outstanding Women of the year in Somerset County in the field of Medicine.

Dr. Wolf is an orthodontist in Hillsborough who opened her practice in 1998, and continues to provide the finest care for children, adolescents and adults.  She is able to provide perfect lifelong smiles by utilizing state-of-the-art technology for the most effective and efficient treatment possible.

Dr. Wolf graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine as valedictorian of her class.  She is past president of the Central Dental Society of New Jersey and a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

In 2008 Dr. Wolf established the Giving Smiles Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides complimentary orthodontic care and donates generously to various charities including Steps Together and scholarships for high school students.

New Jersey Monthly Magazine has named Dr. Wolf as "Jersey's Choice Top Dentist " 2010, 2014, 2015 & 2016 and has been voted as one of "New Jersey's Favorite Kids Docs 2016" by newjerseyfamily.com.

Route 206 Bypass Public Hearing to be Held Wednesday, February 15th

On February 15, 2017,   from 4pm to 7pm,  there will be a NJDOT Public Information Meeting regarding the Route 206 Bypass in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Municipal Building.  This will be to discuss the construction of the last two (2) sections of the Route 206 Bypass.  These remaining sections will complete the Bypass which will allow the existing Route 206 to become our Town Center Roadway.  All residents may attend.  For more information, click  here....

Additionally on February 15th, there will be a Public Hearing held between 4:30pm and 6pm for NJDEP Green Acres Program.    For more information, click here...
Township Committee Once Again Partners with School District for Scholarship Competition
Three $1,000 Statewide Scholarships Available Through the New Jersey League of Municipalities' "Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition"

Mayor Carl Suraci announced Hillsborough Township's participation in the New Jersey League of Municipalities' Louis Bay II, Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition. 

"The Township is once again teaming up with the Hillsborough School District so Hillsborough students can participate in this scholarship competition," announced Mayor Suraci at Tuesday's Township Committee Meeting.

The purpose of this scholarship program is to advance the virtues of elected and volunteer positions in municipal government while raising awareness of municipal government in general. "We are delighted to partner with the Township through the New Jersey League of Municipalities to participate in this scholarship competition opportunity for our students," commented Dr. Jorden Schiff, Superintendent of Hillsborough Township Schools.

For a full news account, click here...
Download an application here...
Hillsborough Rewards Credit Card Program Accepting Grant Applications
Hillsborough Based Non-Profit Groups Serving Youth and  Seniors Invited to Apply Deadline is March 10 th 

"The Hillsborough Township Credit Card Advisory Committee will be accepting grant applications beginning February 1st for the first round of grants for 2017," announced Committeeman Doug Tomson Liaison to the Credit Card Advisory Committee.  

"Applications will be made available on the Township website or can be picked up in the Administration Office for any Township based non-profit, senior or youth organizations to apply for grants up to $2,000 funded through the Hillsborough Township Credit Card Rewards Program," continued Committeeman Tomson.

Grant applications can be found on the Township website at  www.hillsborough-nj.org or copies are available at the Administration Office.  Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, March 10, 2017 to the Administration office to be considered for eligible grant funding.

To date, the Hillsborough Rewards Program has awarded over $60,000 in grants to community based non-profit organizations that serve Township youth and seniors.

For a full news account, click here...
To Download a grant application, click here...
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Did you know that Hillsborough Township actively uses Twitter to share information with residents?Along with the Friday e-newsletter, SwiftReach 911, the Hillsborough Township website, and YouTube, Twitter is used to communicate with residents on a daily basis.   

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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
   
Season 2 - Episode 6 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...
Volunteers Sought for County Animal Response Team
The Next Meeting is Scheduled for Feb. 28

During natural disasters, pets and animals sometimes get separated from their homes and need to be placed in temporary shelters.  The Somerset County Animal Response Team (CART) is seeking volunteers to help set up shelters and take care of animals in emergency situations.

"Natural disasters are already stressful situations for people. But they can be even more so if a family pet gets lost or needs to be placed in a separate shelter area," said Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, public health and safety liaison. "We rely on the assistance of CART volunteers to take good care of these animals until they can be returned home."

Applications and eligibility requirements for CART membership can be found on the Somerset County website at  www.co.somerset.nj.us/cart.  Volunteers meet monthly, participate in training modules and run through practice drills so they know what to do when their services are needed.  Meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy, located at 402 Roycefield Road.

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Somerset County Among Top Places to Live in the U.S.


Somerset County is a great place to live - one of the top 25 in the country and first among the top three in New Jersey, according to 24/7 Wall St. ( www.247wallst.com).

In its January 2017 list of "The Best Counties to Live In," the online financial news and opinion company ranked Somerset County, NJ, in 16th place, followed by Morris and Hunterdon at 17th and 18th, respectively. Read the full report

"Once again, Somerset County is in the top tier of desirable places to live, work, raise a family and spend leisure time," said Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer. "We're proud of the many individuals and organizations that contribute to our outstanding quality of life."

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Deadline Nearing to Enjoy Ballpark Community Box 


Requests are now being accepted to use the 30-seat community box at the TD Bank Ballpark.  To be eligible, applicants should be nonprofits whose client base consists of at least 50 percent Somerset County residents or community organizations that are located in Somerset County or have a facility based in Somerset County that serves the citizens of Somerset County.  Applicants should provide a significant community service or volunteer element to Somerset County residents.

"Since the time the ballpark was constructed by the county, one 30-seat community box has been available for the benefit of nonprofits and community organizations," said Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer. "We are pleased to continue the tradition again this year."

Entry forms  must be received  or postmarked  by  4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17and must include the organization's name and address, a contact person and phone number, the purpose of the organization and information about volunteer and/or community service.

Organizations can receive an entry form by calling (908) 231-7040 or by going to http://bit.ly/CommBox17. The entry form is a fillable PDF, which can be printed and filled out manually or filled out on a computer, saved as a PDF, and emailed as an attachment to Administratorsoffice@co.somerset.nj.us.

For more information, click here...
Somerset County: Tax Counselors Ready to Help
The free, volunteer Tax-Aide program is designed to assist area residents in preparing their income tax returns.
  
The county Office of Volunteer Services and AARP have again teamed up this year to provide free tax-counseling assistance to residents in preparing their federal and New Jersey income tax returns.

The volunteer program, Tax-Aide, is designed to help area residents prepare their tax returns.  The program places specific emphasis on assisting seniors, residents with disabilities, and lower-income residents, but is open to everybody.

For a full news account, click here...
PSE&G Offers Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The LIHEAP application period runs from October 1st to April 30th of each year.

LIHEAP  helps very low-income eligible residential customers pay their winter heating and cooling bills. You may qualify even if your heat is included in the rent. To be eligible to receive a financial grant, your household income cannot exceed the amounts allowed in the following  household income table .  LIHEAP also can assist with emergency heating system services and emergency financial assistance during a specific time of the year.

For more information, visit   
To download an application, click here...
FBI Launches Wanted Mobile App

The FBI depends on the public to help nab its most wanted. Now the agency has made it easier for citizens to help put those bad guys behind bars with a Wanted mobile app.

With  FBI Wanted, citizens who see someone who looks like he might be among the most wanted or missing can search pictures and descriptions of individuals the FBI is seeking. It allows citizens to search, view, sort, filter and bookmark all information released by the FBI.

The app allows the public to report information via buttons that either call the FBI or link to forms. 

For more information, click here...
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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February 11; Cupid's Chase 5k

February 11: HHS Band Parent Association Clothing Drive
February 12: Hillsborough's My Town Night with the NJ Devils
February 18, March 18, April 15: Indoor Farmers Market
February 19: Water Bottle Flipping Challenge (Hillsborough Baseball 11U Fundraiser)
March 18: 4th Annual Band Crop - Proceeds to benefit HHS Band and Guard Programs
July 10-14 - Duke Farms Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates



February
Township Committee Meeting 2/14/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 2/15/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment
2/22/2017
7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 2/23/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 2/28/2017 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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To register for programs online, click  here...  
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