Issue: 2017 April 28
April 28, 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

 
Township Introduces 2017 Municipal Budget Under the 2% Cap
7th Consecutive Year - No Exceptions Taken - Resulting in $194,071 Taxpayer Savings

Hillsborough Township introduced the 2017 municipal budget at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, which for the 7th year in a row came in under the 2% levy cap, and for the 3rd year in a row the municipal tax rate remains the same.

The 2017 introduced budget saw a decrease in spending as a result of attrition in the Police Department, a mild winter realized a decrease in snow removal, as well as lower fuel costs and finally the increase in employee contributions to healthcare costs.  The total reduction in spending was $423,771.  

The Township continues the "Pay As You Go Program" for routine capital purchases and further makes payments on debt service greater than what is required, therefore further reducing the debt of the Township.  This practice affords the Township to maintain its AA+ bond rating.

Edward Wasser Honored for Service to Hillsborough Township

At the April 25th Township Committee meeting, Edward Wasser was recognized for his many years of service to Hillsborough Township.

Eddie began his career in the City of Bayonne, New Jersey as a Redevelopment Assistant in June of 1978 and joined Hillsborough Township in June of 1989 as a Building Inspector. Through his teamwork, dedication and superior work ethic, Eddie ultimately became an Assistant Building Sub-Code Official in Hillsborough Township.

Eddie was most notably recognized for his Plan Review skills and his expertise afforded homeowners in assisting them with their applications, in fact one resident wrote a letter of thanks stating how Eddie helped him for five hours to understand the process to submit a complete application, displaying excellence in Customer Service throughout his career.

Eddie is a member of the Central Jersey Code Officials Association and also a member of the New Jersey Building Officials Association, where he served on several sub-committees within both of these organizations.

The Mayor and Hillsborough Township Committee, along with Eddie's numerous co-workers,  express sincere thanks and appreciation to Eddie Wasser for his dedication and support as well as superior work ethic during his nearly 28 years of service to Hillsborough Township and its residents. 

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Committeeman Greg Burchette, Committeeman Frank DelCore, Committeeman Doug Tomson and Fellow Hillsborough Township Employees, with Jim Wasser who accepted the award on his brother's behalf

April is National Volunteer Month

National Volunteer Month was first established by President Richard Nixon in 1974 in order to inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.  New Jersey's 1.5 million volunteers provide more than 170 million hours of service annually where volunteers can connect with local community service opportunities through hundreds of community service organizations.

During National Volunteer Month, service projects will be performed and volunteers are recognized for their commitment to service.  Through service, ordinary people can make an extraordinary impact by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges.  An entire community can inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.

At the April 25th Township Committee, the Mayor and Township Committee recognized the following individuals for their dedicated volunteerism within our community: Amy Brandwein, Bob Lawton, Brenda Barron, Crissy Cace, Donna Hands, Erica Lenzo, Fred Kinzler, Gary Verhoorn, Georgieanna Spiers-Bachman, Greg Kane, Jason Smith, Jay Spagnuolo, Linda Mackiw, Marc Shein, Mary Riccardi, Maureen Uniszkiewicz, Nick Patullo, Robin Kimmelman, Susan Lintner, Susan Spagnola and Wendy Holt.

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Committeeman Doug Tomson with volunteers honored at the meeting

Green Living and Wellness Fair Date Set for June 3rd
  • In Partnership with the YMCA - 17th Annual Hillsborough YMCA HOP 5K
  • The Hop is at 8 am and the Fair is from 9am - Noon @ Municipal Building
Learn about Living a Healthy and Green Lifestyle
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Participating local businesses will have informative presentations, displays and demonstrations to raise awareness of the many facets of living a healthy lifestyle, including making sound nutritional choices, making long-term life planning decisions, choosing a green lifestyle as well as many health screenings.

Those organizations wishing to participate in the Fair must register in advance by calling the Health Department at 908-369-5652 or by filling out this registration form.


Poster Contest for School-Aged Children
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There will be a poster contest open to all school-aged Hillsborough residents to design a "Living Green" themed poster. Submitted posters should communicate a positive message on the benefits of living a Green Lifestyle, on an 8 1/2 x 11 size paper. Please include name, address, home phone number, age, grade and school on the back of the poster. Posters must be submitted to the Administration Office by Friday, June 2nd at 4:00 pm for consideration for the contest. All participants will receive a certificate of participation from Mayor Suraci and finalist prizes will be presented at a future Township Committee meeting.


Run in the Hillsborough Hop
Hillsborough YMCA is pleased to sponsor the event which has continued to grow over the past 16 years and has become a fun, spring fitness tradition in the Hillsborough community. The event raises funds that help Hillsborough YMCA fulfill its mission to keep programs and services available to all, regardless of income. 

To register to participate in the YMCA Hop 5K, please visit the  YMCA website 
Mountainview Park Grand Opening

Over 100 people attended the Mountain View Park Grand Opening on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Mountain View Park officially opened as a premiere recreation destination with six baseball fields equipped with lights.  Mayor Carl Suraci was joined by Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Committeeman Doug Tomson, Senator Kip Bateman and many Somerset County Freeholders for the ceremony.  The project was a collaborated effort between Hillsborough Township and Somerset County that started back in 2006, when the Township and County entered into an interlocal services agreement to acquire the property.

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci throwing out the first pitch
Pictured: Freeholder Director Peter Palmer, Mayor Carl Suraci, Freeholder Patricia Walsh, and Senator Kip Bateman










Run Around the Park 2017

Running enthusiasts kicked off the spring running season at the 4th Annual Family Fun Run / Walk around AVM Park on Sunday, April 23rd.
 
Over 100 runners and walkers participated in the event as a kick off to running season.
 
Be sure to check out the Parks and Recreation website for Summer Camps and other program registration information.

Pictured: 1st place winner Sam Yarkoni, 2nd place winner Kaitlyn SanFillippo and 3rd place Yaniv Yarkoni
Pictured: Committeeman Greg Burchette, Mayor Carl Suraci and Committeeman Frank DelCore

Hillsborough Township Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 29th
The Day to Dispose of your Unused, Unwanted, and Expired Prescriptions on April 29th between 10 am and 2 pm at the Peter J. Biondi Municipal Building near the Courtroom

Committeeman Frank DelCore, liaison to Public Safety announced that Chief Darren Powell and  the Hillsborough Police Department will be hosting an "Operation Take Back" on Saturday,  April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration  (DEA). This will be the public's 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by  ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the Peter J. Biondi Municipal Building at 379 South Branch  Road, Hillsborough, NJ. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The DEA  cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills and patches.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds-more than 3,500 tons-of pills.

"We encourage all residents to participate in this free, anonymous program, which provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription medication," commented Committeeman Frank DelCore.

Clean Up Coupons Available
Coupons are Going Fast, Get Yours Today!

Coupons for access to drop off at the Auten Road Facility are now available at the Hillsborough Township Department of Public Works (DPW) office, located at 21 East Mountain Road, Monday through Friday, 7am to 3pm.  

  • Coupons are distributed on a first come first serve basis  
  • First avaialbe date is June 24th - Limited availability for all dates.
  • One coupon per household per year

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Registration Now Open for Recreation Programs

Spring Recreation Programs
There is space still available in the following Spring recreation programs:
  • Running Club (co-ed, grades 3-6) 
  • Scrap-U (coed, grades K-6) 
  • Youth Skateboarding (co-ed, grades 4-8)
Spring Adult Bocce League
Registration is still open for the Spring Adult Bocce League.  Games are played at Ann Van Middlesworth Park on Saturdays beginning on  April 29 for 6 weeks.  Games are played from  9:30 to 11:30am and each team plays two games per day.  Pre-registration is required and all participants receive the Hillsborough Bocce Club t-shirt!

Summer Camp Registration
Summer Recreation  Camp registrations are currently being accepted.   Camps for 5 to 11-year-olds are held at Auten Road and Amsterdam Schools.   Camp for 12 to 14-year-olds will be held at Hillsborough Middle School.  Tiny  Camp for 4- and 5-year-olds will be at Hillsborough Elementary School.   Camps begin on  Monday, June 26 and run for 8 weeks through  August 18.  Information and registration are available on the Parks & Recreation website.


Free Paper Shredding Event Saturday, April 29th
9am - 1pm at Auten Road School

Operation Secure Shred, sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders is hosting several document shredding events throughout the county over the course of the next few months. The next opportunity for free secure document shredding will be held on this Saturday, April 29th from 9am until 1pm, rain or shine, at the Auten Road School, 281 Auten Rd, Hillsborough.

For a full list of Shred It events for 2017, click here...
Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Full Time Clerk - Finance Department
  • Full Time Police Officers
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
  • Part Time Building Maintenance Person
  • Part Time Plumbing Inspector
Somerset County Senior Centers Announce 
" Older Americans Month" 
May Senior Center Schedules Now Available
 
In celebration of Older Americans Month, the senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services have announced the May program schedule.  All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.  
 
This year's national theme for Older Americans Month is "Age Out Loud," which shines a light on many important trends. What it means to age has changed over the years. More than ever, older Americans are working longer, trying new things and engaging in their communities. They're taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence and advocating for themselves and others. Older Americans Month is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.
 
All Somerset County-operated senior centers offer a nutritionally balanced lunch, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50 for anyone age 60 and above.  Menu choices include a hot meat-based or meatless entrĂ©e and a cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunch.  Please make reservations before 10:00 a.m., at least one business day in advance.  Why not invite a friend or neighbor to join you for lunch!  Or come earlier in the day and enjoy one of the center's many programs. 
 
If you drive or have your own ride, you can go to any center of your choice.    


News From Somerset County
Two Recycling Drop-off Events in May, Holiday Schedule

The next  First Saturday of the Month Drop-off  event will be on  May 6  from  8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at the  Somerset County Recycling Center , located at  40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater 08807 .  

The next Saturday Electronic Waste Drop-off event will be on May 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield Rd.Hillsborough.

The Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

'Trans 101' Workshop on May 12

The Somerset County Office of Youth Services will host a workshop that is designed to promote knowledge and sensitivity around transgender and non-binary identities and experiences on Friday, May 12.

The program will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the first floor conference room at the  Somerset County Human Services Building. The GPS address is 27 Warren Street, Somerville, NJ 08876. Parking is available in the adjacent parking deck, third level or higher. Walk-ins are welcome.

Space is limited; registration is requested by Wednesday, May 10. To reserve a seat, contact Gretchen Craig at  gcraig@co.somerset.nj.us or (908) 704-6333.  The program fee is $20. Cash or checks will be accepted; checks should be made payable to Friends of Somerset County Youth.  Professional development credits will be made available.  Registration and a light breakfast will open at 8:30 a.m.


Hillsborough 
UNICO  Accepting Applications for Miss  UNICO  2017

A pplicants must fit the following criteria:
  • The young woman must be at least 50% Italian
  • Must be a resident of Hillsborough, NJ
  • Must be continuing her education
  • Must be between the ages of 18 to 25 years old
  • Must be comfortable speaking in public
  • Must learn the Motto and purpose of UNICO
  • Must attend the: Hillsborough Rotary Fair Special Needs Day in August, 2017 
  • Must be able to attend John Basilone Parade in Raritan, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
  • The successful applicant will be invited to attend: Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser.
  • The successful applicant will provide assistance, however possible, with Comedy Night Fundraiser

Applications must be received no later than May 15, 2017

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!
Fairways for Airways Charity Golf Outing

Event : Fairways for Airways Charity Golf Outing

Beneficiary : Steps Together

Location : Royce Brook Golf Club

DateSaturday, June 24

Time: Lite Open Bar Lunch Reception and Registration at  11:30am, Shotgun 

Start1pm

Cost : $155 (includes lite open bar lunch and giveaways, range balls, greens fees w/cart, lite open bar dinner reception w/prizes)


To participate in the event contact Mike Marchetti me at  mjmarchetti@hotmail.com or  609.439.3935.

To sponsor contact Jason Wacaster at  waerloga13@yahoo.com

Event Flyers
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April 29: Pre-Loved Kids Clothing Sale
April 29: WRSHA Clothing Drive
May 1: Flag Art Contest entries due
May 4: Personal Safety for High School Seniors
May 3: Sammy's Hope Charity Golf Outing
May 12 & 13: Neshanic Volunteer Fire Co. Flower Sale
May 16: HHS Band Raffle
May 20: Family Fun Day for Special Needs Children and Their Families
May 20: Lungforce.org Walk
June 10: Senior Chapter A Indoor Flea Market
June 17: Boy Scout Troop 1776 50th Anniversary Celebration
July 10-14 - Duke Farms Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates


April
Township Committee Meeting 4/25/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 4/27/2017 7:30 PM



May
Board of Adjustment 5/3/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 5/4/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 5/9/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 5/11/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 5/17/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 5/23/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 5/25/2017 7:30 PM


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