Issue: 2017 January 6
January 6, 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

 
Suraci, McCauley Chosen for Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Hillsborough Township for 2017

Hillsborough Township Committee selected Carl Suraci as Mayor and Gloria McCauley as Deputy Mayor for 2017, at the annual reorganization meeting Tuesday evening. 

Committeeman Frank DelCore, who was re-elected in November, was sworn in for a fourth three year term on the Township Committee. 

Suraci brings extensive knowledge and experience to the position, beginning his 14th year on the Township Committee and having served as Mayor in 2006 and 2012, and Deputy Mayor in 2005, 2011 and 2016. Furthermore, during his tenure on the Committee, Suraci previously served as liaison to many boards and functional areas including the Board of Adjustment, Credit Card Advisory, Economic & Business Development, Emergency Management, Historic Preservation, Library, Personnel, Planning Board, Police, Recreation Commission, Rescue Squad and Sign Review Committee.

Pictured: Committeeman Frank DelCore, Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley

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Senior Chapter "A"  Swears  in 2017 Officers

Earlier this week, Township Clerk Pamela Borek conducted the  swearing   in  ceremony for four new Officers for  Senior  Chapter "A".  Welcome and best of luck Chapter "A".  

Pictured: Township Clerk Pamela Borek with the new Senior Chapter "A" officers
Senior Chapter "B"  Swears  in 2017 Officers

Last month, Hillsborough Township's newly elected Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley attended Senior Chapter "B"'s  luncheon h eld at Mary Mother of God Church.   Township Clerk Pamela Borek was also in attendance, and conducted the swearing in ceremony for 8 Senior Chapter "B" Officers for 2017.

Pictured: Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Township Clerk Pamela Borek with the new Senior Chapter "B" officers
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:
  • 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
January is National Radon Action Month
Test Your Home - Protect your Health

The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Greater Somerset Public Health Partnership (GSPHP), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the Regional Chronic Disease/Cancer Coalition (RCDC) of Morris and Somerset counties are partnering to recognize January as Radon Awareness Month.  The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present a proclamation at the  Jan. 10 freeholders meeting.

An information table will be in the lobby of the county administration building, located at 20 Grove St. in Somerville, throughout January. Visitors to the building are invited to help themselves to the material.  County offices will be closed  Jan. 16 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  

"Somerset County is committed to increasing awareness about lung cancer," said Freeholder Deputy Director Peter S. Palmer, public health and safety liaison. "It's important that residents decrease exposure to radon to reduce the incidence of lung cancer; go for cancer screenings so that problems can be identified at an earlier, less dangerous stage; and understand the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke."

Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that occurs naturally when uranium and radium break down in the soil and in rock formations. Radon gas moves up through the soil and finds its way into homes through cracks in the foundation and openings around pumps, pipes and drains. Radon occurs in higher concentrations in certain areas of the state, including Morris and Somerset Counties.

For a full news account, click here...
For information about radon and testing from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, click here...
Deadline Nearing to Donate Items for the Homeless
Drop off personal and new clothing items by Jan. 20

The holidays are over, but warm memories of family, friends and the spirit of giving are still fresh in our minds and hearts.

With that in mind, Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites residents to donate personal and new clothing items to be included in packages that will be distributed  Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, when the county conducts its annual Point-in-Time survey of homeless individuals and families in Somerset County.

Point-in-Time volunteers will interview the homeless as part of Project Homeless Connect. Social service organizations will be on hand to screen clients for relevant services and distribute donated items.

Requested personal items include shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, deodorant, body lotion and feminine hygiene products, as well as new blankets and towels.  Clothing items include new hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, socks, underwear, T-shirts, sweatshirts and pants. Other items include bottled water, juice boxes, individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, crackers, nuts and trail mix.  Somerset County is unable to accept used items for this program.

"Given the difficult economy, individuals and families who already are vulnerable are finding it even more difficult to make ends meet," said Freeholder Brian D. Levine, human services liaison.

"I want to thank the public for their generosity in the past in providing items to be distributed during the survey process; all donations are greatly appreciated."   

Donations can be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 20 at the Somerset County Community Development Office, located on the fourth floor of the Human Services Building at 27 Warren St. in Somerville, NJ 08876.  County offices will be closed Jan. 16 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. 
Winter Safety for Senior Citizens

Shoveling Did you ever hear a parent tell a child to put on a coat before they catch a cold?  That's because just being really cold can make you very sick, and it's not limited to kids. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) says older adults can lose body heat fast-faster than when they were young. A big chill can turn into a dangerous problem before an older person even knows what's happening. NIA has a brochure, Stay Safe in Cold Weather! with tips on how to stay warm when it's cold.

Here are a few of the tips they recommend:
  • Set your heat at 68 degrees or higher.
  • Dress warmly on cold days even if you are staying in the house.
  • Wear loose layers when you go outside on chilly days. Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves.
  • Don't stay out in the cold and wind for a long time.
  • Talk to your doctor about health problems that may make it harder for you to keep warm.
  • Find safe ways to stay active even when it's cold outside.
  • Ask a neighbor or friend to check on you if you live alone.
  • If you think someone has hypothermia, call 911 right away. Cover him or her with a blanket. Don't rub his or her legs or arms.
For more tips including keeping warm inside and how to talk with your doctor about staying safe in cold weather, check out the Stay Safe in Cold Weather Booklet from the NIA.
FEMA Region II January Webinar 2017
Preparing for Winter Weather

It's that time of year again where we all have to make the necessary preparations to deal with snow, frigid temperatures, and ice. In FEMA's January webinar, to be held on  Wednesday, January 11, 2017  at 12 pm , the National Weather Service will provide  valuable tips on how to better prepare your home, business, or loved ones for the coming winter.  Speaker Gary Conte is the voice of several weather updates from the National Weather Service office in Upton, NY.

To Register for the Webinar, click here
Community Groups Partner to Bring Special Documentary to Local Library

Children's Hope Initiative, the Somerville Public Schools and CASA SHaW (Court-Appointed Special Advocates, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties) will join forces to present a screening of James Redford's documentary "Paper Tigers" at Somerset County Library System of New Jersey's Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 S. Branch Road in Hillsborough.

"The science is clear - we can and should do a better job of helping traumatized children learn to manage their emotions rather than punish them for behaviors that are sometimes out their control," said Tracey Heisler, CASA of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren executive director.  "I'm so pleased for the opportunity to share this vital information with members of the public."

Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.

"Stressed brains can't learn." That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold. Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress.

For more information or to reserve your seat, call 908-369-2200 or visit SCLSNJ.org.

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!
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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 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

Open Space Advisory Committee 1/5/2017 6:00 PM
Planning Board 1/5/2017 7:00 PM
Economic & Business Development Commission 1/9/2017 6:00 PM
Board of Health 1/9/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Fire Commissioners 1/10/2017 8:00 PM
Recreation And Parks Commission 1/11/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 1/11/2017 7:30 PM
Credit Card Advisory Committee 1/11/2017 6:00 PM
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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Recreation 2017 Winter Activities Guide
 
Registration now ongoing 
 
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