Issue: 2016 October 28
October 28, 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

 
Halloween Curfew in Effect October 30th - November 1st From 10PM - 6AM

For more information and important Halloween safety reminders, click here...
Hillsborough Township Police Department was Host Agency for Annual Blue Mass

Pictured above:  Committeewoman Gloria McCauley, Township Administrator Anthony Ferrera with Police Chief Darren Powell and the Hillsborough Township Police Department.
On October 12, 2016 the Diocese of Metuchen celebrated its 15th Annual Blue Mass. Hillsborough Township Police Department was the host agency for this year's annual Mass.  The Blue Mass is the  Diocese's way of thanking law enforcement personnel for their service and sacrifice in protecting the lives of the people who live and work within the Diocese, which includes Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren counties.  Those members of the Hillsborough Police Department who participated in the mass included Lt. Charles Boyle, Lt. Michael Fitzpatrick and Chief Darren Powell as readers.  The liturgy assistants were Officers Dennis Rivera, Carly Valentino and Richard Yock.  The gift bearers were Officer Joseph Paschall and Corporal Mark Szymanski.  The ushers were Lt. Mark Besser, Sergeant Richard Evans, Sergeant Michael McMann and Sergeant Fred Wacker. The honor guard led by Officers Ted Lewis, David Brown, Christopher Kennedy and Patrick Murphy.  

Hillsborough Township Police Department Named As "One of the Best" in the Category of Police Department
2016 Readers Choice Winner

Pictured: Committeeman Greg Burchette, Mayor Frank DelCore, Police Chief Darren Powell and Committeewoman Gloria McCauley
Congratulations to Hillsborough Township Police Department for being named "One of the Best" Police Departments in Somerset County in the annual Readers Choice Award Contest.

Each year, the Courier News conducts their annual Readers Choice Contest for the "Best of the Best" in Central Jersey. Hillsborough Township's Police Department was voted as a Readers' Choice winner for the 'One of the Best Police Departments'.

"We are honored to announce that Hillsborough Township's Police Department received the One of the Best Police Departments award from the 2016 Courier News Readers Choice Contest," reported Committeewoman Gloria McCauley, Liaison to Public Safety, at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting.

Each summer the Courier News and Home News Tribune runs a Readers Choice Contest for various categories from bakeries and bistros to doctors and lawyers.  

"Congratulations once again to our Police Department on this much deserved recognition," added Mayor Frank DelCore.
Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance Celebrates  Red Ribbon Week!

Members of the Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance celebrated Red Ribbon Week at the Hillsborough High School home football game Friday night.  Members of the Alliance were joined by the Community to celebrate this important event including the Township Committee, the Board of Education, school district personnel, High School students and many community volunteers.

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in October every year and the campaign supports the continuing tradition of displaying red ribbons as symbol of intolerance toward the use of drugs and underage drinking.  

"Each year we join with the Municipal Alliance in support of this important awareness campaign by issuing a proclamation, tying red ribbons at the Municipal Complex, supporting the Red Ribbon Football game and providing communication channels for the many activities that the Alliance champions throughout the year," commented Mayor Frank DelCore.  

Pictured : Committeewoman Gloria McCauley with Hillsborough Township employees dressed in red to show their support for Red Ribbon Week

For a full news account, click here...
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

At the October 25th Township Committee Meeting, Mayor Frank DelCore and the Township Committee presented a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that a person uses against a partner, former partner or family member to control that person.  The problems of domestic violence are not confined to any group or groups of people but cross all economic, racial and societal barriers, and are supported by societal indifference.  The crime of domestic violence violates an individual's privacy, dignity, security, and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, with the impact of this crime being wide-ranging.

Pictured: Committeeman Greg Burchette, Joelle Piercy of Safe + Sound Somerset, Mayor Frank DelCore and Committeewoman Gloria McCauley
Everyone deserves to live a life free from the fear of being hurt or killed by people who are supposed to love them.  In our quest to impose sanctions on those who break the law by perpetrating violence, we must also meet the needs of victims of domestic violence who often suffer grave physical, psychological and financial losses.  It is victims of domestic violence themselves who have been in the forefront of efforts to bring peace and equality to the home.

Safe + Sound Somerset has been serving people affected by domestic violence for over 37 years. Safe + Sound Somerset agency services include emergency shelter, 24-hour call and text hotline, transitional housing, legal advocacy, outreach counseling, community education and volunteer Domestic Violence Response Teams.  Safe + Sound Somerset services are completely confidential and free of charge for survivors of domestic abuse, women, men, and children.

Mayor DelCore Meets Gigi's Playhouse "Mayor"

Mayor DelCore visited Gigi's Playhouse on Friday, October 21st to take part in the Fantastic Friends program, a social program for Gigi's Playhouse adults. Mayor DelCore enjoyed especially enjoyed meeting Jason Tyukody, a Hillsborough resident known at the Playhouse as "the Mayor" because he seems to know everyone in town.





Pictured: Jason Tyukody and Mayor Frank DelCore
Asian Indian Heritage Association Holds Garba and Dandia Night


Mayor Frank DelCore, Deputy Mayor Carl Suraci,  and Committeeman Greg Burchette attended Garba and Dandia Night, held at Hillsborough High School on Saturday, October 22nd.   The festival, hosted by the Asian Indian Heritage Association,  is held each year to celebrate Indian Heritage.



Pictured: Committeeman Greg Burchette, Jiten Parikh, Deputy Mayor Carl Suraci and Mayor Frank DelCore

7th Consecutive Year Hillsborough Township Qualifies 
for 100% of Eligible State Aid
Township Meets Best Practices Requirements Every Year since  Inception of the Program in 2010

Hillsborough Township again qualifies for 100% of eligible State Aid, reported Mayor Frank DelCore at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting.  

"The 2016 Best Practices Worksheet sets a standard for municipalities to achieve in the areas of general, financial and budget management, along with personnel compliance and disaster preparedness.  Hillsborough Township's policies and procedures ensure continued compliance with these standards," added Mayor DelCore.

The Best Practices Inventory Questionnaire, which began seven years ago, is issued by the state to determine whether a municipality is using the best management and fiscal practices on behalf of taxpayers.

"Hillsborough has an outstanding record for best practices when it comes to municipal finances.  The fiscally responsible and business-like approach of our local government is once again reflected in the Township gaining best practices approval by the state," stated Mayor DelCore during his remarks at Tuesday's meeting.

"Hillsborough Township has consistently found ways to save taxpayer dollars, which have resulted in the 100% eligibility of State Aid and a two notch increase in our credit rating from Standard and Poors Rating Services," concluded Mayor DelCore.
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 Suburbans website ( suburbantransit.com ), click on "Hillsborough Weekend Service Survey and complete the brief questionnaire.

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Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest at the Dog Park - October 29th: 

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 29th.  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:
  • November 1st - 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 7th - Deadline for IN PERSON Mail-In-Ballot Applications - Board of Election Office, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, NJ
  • November 8th - Election Day 2016
Vote by Mail Information from the County Clerk:
  • 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. 8th).
  • 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. 5th.
  • If submitted by mail, completed applications must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 1st (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. 7th, to fill out an application and receive a mail-in ballot.
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Hillsborough Fire District to Hold Trunk or Treat

On Saturday October 29th the Hillsborough Fire District will hold its first annual Trunk or Treat located at the Triangle Rd Sports Complex between 6:30 and 8:30 PM. Bring the kids down for some Halloween fun!!!! There will be candy, activities and all children will have a chance to sit inside trucks from all 3 Hillsborough Fire Companies. Dress up, or just come to say hello!!

We look forward to seeing you.
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...
Season 2 - Episode 4 of Hillsborough The Good Life Now Airing - Episode 5 Coming Soon!


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...
Leaf Pick Up for Week of November 1 - 4, 2016

November 1 - 4 Areas of Town
  • Crew in Green Hills Area
  • Crew in Claremont Development Area
  • Crew in Kilmer Drive Area
  • Crew in Winding Way / Willows Edge Area
  • Crew in Brook / Oxford Area
  • Crew in Starview / Murray Area
* Subject to change due to weather, equipment breakdown and manpower availability
 
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November Recycling Calendar

First Saturday of the Month Drop-off:
First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle tires, clean textiles and usual curbside items in one fell swoop.  They also enable residents to help people in the community who are less fortunate by donating food items for a local food bank.
  • Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Electronics Recycling:
Residents can recycle electronics free of charge on designated Saturdays and weekdays.
  • Saturday drop-off:  Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ.  
  • Weekday drop-offs:  Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North County Public Works Facility, 411 Chimney Rock Road - north of Route 22 - Building B, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 and the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.  
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Tire Recycling:
Up to eight tires per household can be dropped off.
  • MondayNov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage.  The Garage is located at 410 Roycefield RoadHillsborough, NJ
  • Saturday, Nov. 5 Tires can be dropped off during from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., as part of the First Saturday of the Month drop-off program. 
For more information about recycling electronics, visit  http://bit.ly/SCEwaste , contact the Somerset County Road Division at  (908) 541-5021  or email  roaddiv@co.somerset.nj.us

For a complete listing of recyclable items, recycling events and much more, visit  www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle   or call the Somerset County Recycling Center at  (732) 469-3363 .
New Jersey American Water Reminds Customers to Conserve While Drought Warning is in Effect

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Drought Warning for the following 14 counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.
 
The Drought Warning designation is an exercise of the DEP's non-emergency authority and aims to reduce the likelihood or severity of an impending water shortage and/or water emergency. Under a Warning, the DEP may direct actions to be taken by water suppliers that seek to preserve and balance water supplies in the affected region(s).
 
During this period of diminished rainfall and lower reservoir storage levels, New Jersey American Water encourages its customers to use irrigation conservation measures and begin using an odd/even schedule for outdoor watering.
 
"With our customers' cooperation in conserving water, we can continue to effectively manage our supplies to meet our customers' needs," said Kevin Kirwan, vice president of Operations.

New Jersey American Water will continue to provide regular updates regarding any additional conservation measures, as well as the overall supply status.
 
More water conservation tips are available at the New Jersey American Water website at Wise Water Use.

For a full news account, click here...
Somerset County Sheriff Shares Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a highly anticipated day for both children and adults. The variety of costumes and spooky home decorations make for an exciting time, but it's not the ghosts and skeletons that should cause concern.  

To ensure the safety of their children, parents are advised to prepare and review safety plans with them. "Go over simple information such as their phone number and home address in case of an emergency, plus what to do if a stranger approaches them," said Sheriff Frank Provenzano.  "Since impaired driving is known to occur frequently over this holiday weekend, reinforce the importance of being alert when crossing the street."

Sheriff Frank Provenzano is asking parents, children and motorists to follow a few safety tips:

PARENTS:
  • Know the route your children will be taking if you aren't going with them.
  • Make sure you set a time for them to be home.
  • Have your children eat a good dinner before going out.
  • Make sure your children are properly supervised while out.
  • Make sure they trick or treat in a group if you are not with them.
  • Children 12 years and younger should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tell your children to never go into a stranger's house.
  • Tell your children to stay out of the street while walking.
  • Choose a costume that is brightly colored and easy to see in the dark.
  • Carefully inspect all food and candy before letting your child eat it (when in doubt, throw it out). 
CHILDREN: 
  • Carry a flashlight and always keep a safe distance from moving cars. 
  • Cross at street corners, not diagonally across an intersection and never between parked cars!
  • Look in all directions before crossing; obey all traffic signals; walk and never run. 
  • Wear a glow stick necklace and wear glow stick bracelets - These glow sticks have saved lives. 
  • Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.  Only visit homes with porch lights on.
  • Don't go inside anyone's home; instead remain on the porch at all times.
  • Don't accept car rides from strangers.
  • Don't eat any treats until your parents have inspected them.
  • Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats. 
MOTORISTS: 
Halloween is one of the nation's most dangerous nights to drive. Consider driving at least five miles per hour under the speed limit in residential areas and allow extra time to get to your destination so you can drive with extreme caution. 

If you have any further questions about trick-or-treating, contact your local police department.  In case of an emergency, dial 911.

November Senior Center Schedule

The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services have announced the November program schedule.  All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

All Somerset County-operated Senior Centers offer a nutritionally balanced lunch, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50 for anyone 60 and above.  Menu choices include a hot meat-based or meatless entrĂ©e or a cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunch.  Please make reservations prior to 10:00 a.m. the previous business day.


For the Hillsborough Senior Center November Schedule, click  here...
To view the schedules for all Somerset County Senior Centers, click here...
FirstEnergy Power Systems Institute


As one of the nation's largest electric utilities, FirstEnergy knows that it takes a large workforce of highly trained, dedicated and motivated men and women to deliver electricity safely and reliably to our customers.

For more than a decade, we have teamed up with local community colleges to train the next generation of top-quality, well-educated line workers and substation electricians for the electric utility industry.

PSI is a unique, two-year program that combines classroom learning with the hands-on training needed to open the door to opportunities in the electric industry. Students who successfully complete the program earn an associate's degree.

PSI has helped more than 1,100 graduates take their careers to new heights. If you're interested - or know someone who is - request more information by calling 1-800-829-6801 or visiting  FirstEnergy's website.

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 29: Howl-O-Ween at the dog park.  Dog parade and costume contest.
November 18: Dukes Cheer Basket Auction
November 19: Hillsborough Band Parents Association Used Clothing Drive
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates  
    
November                 
Board of Adjustment 11/2/2016 7:30 PM
Planning Board 11/3/2016 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 11/9/2016 7:30 PM
Planning Board 11/10/2016 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 11/22/2016 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

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