Issue: 2016 October 14
October 14, 2016
 
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 
Frank DelCore
Deputy Mayor
Carl Suraci
Committeeman 
Greg Burchette
Committeewoman 
Gloria McCauley
Committeeman 
Doug Tomson

 

Municipal Offices & Library Closed to the Public Friday October 21st 9am 
until Noon

Traffic Advisory Wertsville Road between Longhill Road and Montgomery Road will be closed for approximately 2 months.  Detour signs will be posted along with variable message boards assisting motorists with the detour.  Residents will be able to access Wertsville Road from the Montgomery Road side.  Please allow extra travel time through the area.
 
Township Recognizes October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month
HRC Fitness Charity 5k Raises Funds For Gigi's Playhouse

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Mayor Frank DelCore and Committeewoman Gloria McCauley GiGi's Playhouse representatives.
At the October 4th Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee presented a proclamation recognizing National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and commending GiGi's Playhouse for the work they have done in our community to support families affected by Down Syndrome. Approximately one in every 792 children are born with Down Syndrome, representing an estimated 6,000 births per year in the United States.

GiGi's Playhouse is a National Down Syndrome Achievement Center serving children and adults of all ages, providing educational and therapeutic programs, at no charge, in a format that individuals with Down Syndrome learn best.  Their mission is to change the way the world sees Down Syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down Syndrome, their families and the community.  Gigi's Playhouse in Hillsborough has successfully supported over 200 families in Central New Jersey since opening on January 2015, offering more than 25 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge.
Pictured: Mayor Frank DelCore, Erin Morris,  Gregg Wilke,  Maryann Comiskey,  Dan Salerno, Committeeman Greg Burchette, Olivia Pinciotti,  Michelle Cunningham and Lisa Medawar
In keeping with their commitment to serve the community, HRC Fitness hosted their 3rd annual  Charity 5K event on Sunday, October 2nd. The event raised over $20,000 for the beneficiaries with the primary beneficiary being GiGi's Playhouse. The event kicked off at 9am with the 5K runner's official start announced by State Assemblyman, Jack M. Ciattarelli. Also present to support the event were Hillsborough Mayor Frank DelCore and Committeemen, Greg Burchette and Doug Tomson.

It was a successful event with over 400 participants (252 runners, 163 walkers, and 57 dashers). Post-race food and refreshments were provided by Wegman's and Starbucks while participants were entertained by TapSnap Phototainment, Sparkee from the Somerset Patriots, and the Somerset County Dairy Princess served up some delicious chocolate milk.   Event sponsors included Hillsborough Rotary, Tap Snap Phototainment, and Hillsborough Massage Therapy.  
Eagle Scout Christopher Machala Honored with Proclamation 

Pictured: Christopher Machala with his parents and Mayor Frank DelCore
Christopher Machala, a member of Boy Scout Troop 89 and a Sophomore at Hillsborough High School, was recently honored by the Mayor and Township Committee for earning the status of Eagle Scout. Christopher devoted many hours to attaining the status of Eagle Scout, working with diligence and making sacrifices in order to achieve this highly coveted position.  

Christopher's project consisted of purchasing, assembling and installing 3 military benches and a POW MIA monument in Hillsborough's Garden of Honor.  Christopher raised over $6300 selling patriotic chocolate lollipops and working side by side with The Township of Hillsborough, The Hillsborough Rotary Club, The Hillsborough Memorial VFW Post #8371, The Military Order of The Purple Heart Chapter 27, Mary Mother of God Church and the citizens of Hillsborough to solicit funds for his project. Christopher successfully completed the project in time for the 2016 Memorial Day Commemoration Program to pay tribute to our veterans.
Express Bus Service Comes to Hillsborough
Service Set to Begin on Monday, October 17th

Commuters to New York City will soon have another option to ease their commute with the onset of Suburban Transit's Line-200, Hillsborough Service, Express Service to Grand Central Terminal and the United Nations.

"We are happy to announce this new service available for commuters to access a Park and Ride here in Hillsborough with express bus service to the City," stated Mayor Frank DelCore during his
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announcement of the new service.

It was in the late summer that Suburban Transit conducted an online commuter survey and it was based on the results of that survey that service was initiated.

The Line-200, Hillsborough Service, will operate weekdays only from the Hillsborough Promenade, 315 US-206 Hillsborough Township, which is at the Kohls, Lowes and Weis shopping center.

For a full listing of times and ticket information, please visit the Suburban Transit website at www.suburbantransit.com  or call (732) 249-1100.

About Suburban Transit: Since 1941, Suburban Transit has satisfied the transportation needs of the growing motorcoach industry. From humble beginnings as a four-bus operation in Central New Jersey to a fleet of 300, Suburban Transit has become one of the largest bus companies in the United States.

To view the Express Bus schedule, click here...
Township Scheduled to Conduct Active Shooter Response Training
Municipal Complex Closed to the Public Friday, October 21st -  9 am until Noon

Hillsborough Township Mayor Frank DelCore advised that employees of the Municipal Complex, including the Library and Board of Education offices will be participating in an Active Shooter Response Training exercise on Friday, October 21 st .  The building will be closed to the public from approximately 9 am until noon, while the training exercise is taking place.

"A little over two years ago, the first of this type of drill was conducted here at the complex.  It is in the interest of safety for Township employees and visitors that a refresher training be conducted to reinforce what was previously taught during an emergency situation," stated Mayor Frank DelCore.   

In a collaborated effort between the Township Administration, Hillsborough Township Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management, the training exercise will be conducted in a similar manner as a previous one that was held just over two years ago.  The goal of the training exercise is to prepare employees in the event an active shooter should enter the complex.

Calling All Photographers!
Township Collecting Scenic Photos for the 2017 Town Calendar
LAST DAY TO SUBMIT PICTURES IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st

The Township is again working with Town Planner Calendar to produce a 2017 color printed calendar which will be mailed out to every residence in Hillsborough, at no cost to our taxpayers.

The calendar, which will be mailed out in December of 2016, is set to  include various schedules, important dates and phone numbers for the coming year as well as twelve photographs featuring Hillsborough Township's landscape and scenery.    

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. 
Halloween Events Planned in Hillsborough Township

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Children's Halloween Party  -  October 27 : Join us for a fun filled afternoon of Halloween fun!  Take a hayride to our pumpkin patch and walk through our haunted house.  Don't forget to wear your costume!  The fee is $5 per child, and pre-registration is required.


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Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest at the Dog Park - October 29: The second annual Howl-O-Ween at the Ann Van Middlesworth Park Dog Park will feature a dog parade and costume contest.  Registration is free and begins at 8:30 am on October 29.  The parade will begin at 9:00 am at the pavilion.  There will be vendors, prizes, and fun for all!  




News From the Township Clerk's Office
Election Information Roundup


Important Dates:
  • October 18 - Deadline to register to vote
  • November 1 - Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election (not less than 7 days prior to election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-3
  • November 7 - Deadline for IN PERSON Mail-In-Ballot Applications - Board of Election Office, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, NJ
  • November 8 - Election Day 2016
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County Clerk's Office Extends Hours for Mail-In Ballot Voters

The  Somerset County Clerk's Office is extending its hours to accommodate voters who will be unable to go to the polls on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 8). 

Applications to  vote by mail are available online at:  http://bit.ly/VoteMail or at the County Clerk's Office, located in the lobby of the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville.

The County Clerk's Office will remain open until 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings through Nov. 2 for residents who need a mail-in ballot.  In addition, the County Clerk's Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

If submitted by mail, completed applications must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 1 (seven days prior to the election).  This will allow time for the ballot to be mailed back to the applicant.

Voters, or authorized messengers for voters, may visit the County Clerk's Office during office hours up until 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, to fill out an application and receive a mail-in ballot. 

For a full news account, click here...
News From the Business Advocate
In his role as Hillsborough Township's Business Advocate, David Kois, facilitates economic development in Hillsborough by attracting, retaining and helping business to grow and expand.  David works closely with Hillsborough's business community, helping them comply with township regulations and ordinances and keeping them abreast of information and  developments that affect the success of their businesses.  David's contact information can be found on the  Hillsborough Business Association website .

The Little Gym Opens in Hillsborough

Pictured: HBA Member Tom Cellilli, Business Advocate David Kois, HBA Chair Toni Natale, Committeman Doug Tomson, Mayor Frank DelCore, Owners Ada and William Yung and her team members Jessica Nicewicz and Julie Schutzbank
Mayor Frank Delcore and township officials visited The Little Gym of Montgomery/Hillsborough on Oct. 8 for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Owners Ada and William Yung and her team members Jessica Nicewicz and Julie Schutzbank were joined by The Little Gym members to celebrate its grand opening. The Little Gym offers recreational gymnastics and enrichment programs for boys and girls under the age of 12. Established since 1976, there are now over 300 The Little Gyms all around the world. Warmly welcomed and embraced by the Hillsborough community, this is an exciting time for Hillsborough families.
 
"We're so fortunate to have found the perfect location to open the first The Little Gym in Hillsborough. There is now an outlet for energetic kids who want to build some serious skills while having fun right here in town. Kids find their "super powers" through our fitness and problem-solving focused curriculum," said Ada Yung, Gym Director and owner. "We look forward to growing by leaps and bounds with the community in the months and years to come, and welcome anyone to visit and try out The Little Gym experience."

The Little Gym is located at: 133 Stryker Lane in Hillsborough Township.  Visit their website for more information: http://www.thelittlegym.com/montgomeryhillsboroughNJ
Shop Hillsborough News
October Deals of the Month

The Shop Hillsborough Reward program continues to promote local shopping while allowing card holders the opportunity to reduce their property tax bill.
 
If you don't have a Shop Hillsborough card, be sure to stop by the Administration office in the Municipal Building to pick one up.   Free registration is required. Additional cards may be obtained for each member in a household with the same block and lot.  All household spending will be applied against your property tax bill.  
 
Register your card at www.propertytaxcard.com to start earning a discount on your property tax bill.
 
To view October deals of the month, click  here...  
To view a full list of participating merchants and the discounts they offer, click  here...
Upcoming Flu Vaccination Clinics

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING SOMERSET COUNTY FLU SHOT CLINICS
  • Oct. 18:  10 a.m. to noon - Raritan Borough Hall, 22 First St., Raritan, NJ 08869. Open to all Somerset County adults, age 18 and over.  Cost: $15 or free for people with Medicare Part B
  • Oct. 26:  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Franklin Township Senior Center, 505 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873. Open ONLY to Franklin Township residents, age 65 and over. Cost: Free
For more information on Somerset County Flu Shot Clinics, click here
Season 2 - Episode 4 of Hillsborough The Good Life Now Airing 

Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Full-Time Police Officer
  • Building Maintenance Person - Part-Time - Weekends 
  • Electrical Inspector - Part-time 
For position descriptions and qualifications, click here...
To download an Employment Application, click here...
Every smoke alarm has an expiration date: What's yours?
Hillsborough Bureau of Fire Safety urges all Hillsborough residents to know how old  their smoke alarms are, and to replace them every 10 years 

Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you're like most people, you're probably not so sure.
 
A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is a concern for Hillsborough Fire Department and NFPA, along with fire departments throughout the country, because smoke alarms don't last forever.
 
"Time and again, I've seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but I've also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren't working properly," says Chief Fire Marshal Christopher Weniger of the Hillsborough Bureau of Fire Safety. "That's why we're making a concerted effort to educate Hillsborough residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit."

For a full news account, click here...
'Purple Heart County' Signs Dedicated

Somerset County Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh hosted a dedication ceremony Oct. 11 for the new "Purple Heart County" signs that are going up around the county.

The event was held in front of Veterans Plaza on Grove Street in Somerville, where one of the signs is located.  Also in attendance were Freeholder Deputy Director Peter S. Palmer, Freeholders Patrick Scaglione, Mark Caliguire and Brian D. Levine; Sheriff Frank Provenzano; Surrogate Frank Bruno; and Somerville Borough Councilmen Ken Utter and Thompson Mitchell.

Attending from Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 27 were Commander Joe Kordzikowski and members Joe Piazza, Tony DelRocco, Ted Dima, Ken Meaney, Lenny Jackson, Jim Lindsay and Ed Mendoza.

Somerset is the only county in New Jersey to date to be given the "Purple Heart County" designation by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

For a full news account, click here...
The 4th Annual Peter J. Biondi Run-Walk will take place on Sunday November 6th.  For 2016 the race will be a traditional 5K Run and Family Walk.  Start time for the race is 8:30am.  Visit the  RACE and  REGISTRATION pages for more information.

Proceeds for this event benefit the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program of Somerset County, in Peter Biondi's name.  Visit the SHIP page for more information about the good work that SHIP does throughout the community.

Chapter A Hillsborough Seniors Vendor/Craft Fair

Saturday November 12, 2016,  10am to 4pm
 
Vendors and Crafters are Needed
60 tables in the general meeting room of the Municipal Building
Light Refreshments
Holiday shopping all in one place
 
Anyone interested in participating can call Amy at 908-904-4877 to rent a table
Duke Farms - Farm to Table Market

Open Thursdays - 3 pm to 8 pm  until November 17, 2016

Farmers and specialty vendors have partnered with Duke Farms to present an array of LOCAL products to offer you, the consumer. Please come out and support your local farmers!

For more information and vendor listings, 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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October 22 & 23: Used Book Sale
October 27:Childrens Halloween Party
October 29: Howl-O-Ween at the dog park.  Dog parade and costume contest.
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates
 
October   
Board of Adjustment
10/19/2016 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 10/25/2016 7:30 PM
Planning Board Special Meeting
10/26/2016
7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 10/27/2016
Canceled
 
                      
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MUNICIPAL BUILDING EVENING OFFICE HOURS

CLERK'S OFFICE 
2nd & 4th Tuesdays until 7pm

HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
2nd Tuesday until 7pm

BUILDING DEPARTMENT  
Tuesdays until 7pm
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Recreation 2016 Fall Activities Guide
 
Registration now ongoing 
 
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To register for programs online, click  here...  
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