Issue: 2017 August 25
August 25, 2017
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This e-newsletter is brought to you by the Hillsborough Township Committee 
Carl Suraci
Deputy Mayor
Gloria McCauley
Greg Burchette
Frank DelCore
Doug Tomson

Sydney Townsend Recognized for Earning Gold Award

Pictured: Sydney Townsend, Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
Sydney Townsend, a 2017 graduate of Hillsborough High School and a member of Girl Scout Troop 61052, was recently honored by the Mayor and Township Committee for earning her Gold Award.

Sydney devoted many hours, working with diligence, to her Gold Award project, "Increase Awareness of Sensory Disabilities".  Sydney helped raise awareness about discrimination and ignorance of sensory disabilities by holding workshops at the Hillsborough Public Library, providing a brief presentation on history, culture, and common misconceptions of sensory disabilities.  The workshops also included a few activities to allow participants to learn about ASL and Braille.  Sydney created a Facebook page to promote awareness about her project and a corresponding YouTube channel that showcases the exact presentations as well as clips of the activities.  Sydney hopes to increase awareness about individuals with certain specialties as her audience grows.

The Mayor and the Hillsborough Township Committee recognize and extend their sincere congratulations to Sydney Townsend for having earned her Girl Scout Gold Award.  Sydney serves as an example to the youth of Hillsborough Township through her achievements, leadership, and community service, and we are very proud that Sydney is a member of our community.
9th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 8:30 am; Municipal Complex's Garden of Honor

Hillsborough Township will be hosting its 9th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on  Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8:30am at the Garden of Honor, located at the  Hillsborough Township Municipal Complex. In case of inclement weather, the  ceremony will be held in the Multipurpose Room.

This year, Veterans Day falls on a Saturday instead of a weekday. Due to this, our  annual celebration will take place Saturday morning to be more accommodating for  guests. The program will include a ceremony at the Garden of Honor followed by a brief reception for participating Veterans and their spouses in the Multipurpose room where coffee and pastries will be served.

Members of the public are invited to observe the Garden of Honor ceremony. All those who attend are asked to bring a canned good item to be donated to the Hillsborough Community Assistance Network. For a list of items that are most needed, please visit
Tenth Anniversary Marks the Most Successful Rotary Fair Ever

Pictured with Mr. Wayne are (left to right) Rotarians Josh Riding, Patricia Marciano and President Anthony Franchini.  
The annual, week-long Hillsborough Rotary Fair may have just wound down, but for long-term Hillsborough resident Bruce Wayne (center pic 1), the fun was just beginning on Sunday as he collected his $2,700 in winnings from the Rotary Club of Hillsborough's Giant 50/50 Raffle.  

The annual Rotary Fair, now in its tenth year under Rotary's leadership, is the primary fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Hillsborough.  This year brought in record setting revenues to the Hillsborough Rotary Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough.  All the funds raised are returned to the community through contributions to a wide array of community service organizations and causes.

"We are very grateful for the overwhelming participation of the Hillsborough community," commented President Franchini.  "For many families, the Fair has become an annual tradition, and for our Club, it is a project near and dear to our hearts."  Now permanently located on the grounds adjacent to the Hillsborough Promenade near the Lowe's parking lot on Route 206 in Hillsborough, the Fair welcomed an estimated 15,000 people this year, who enjoyed its 21 amusement rides, games, food, fireworks and music throughout the week.

Rotary  brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

The  Rotary Club of Hillsborough  currently has over 40 active members from Hillsborough and surrounding communities.   Members include business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  All funds raised by The Rotary Club of Hillsborough are used to support a wide variety of community service organizations and projects. The Rotary Club of Hillsborough meets every Wednesday at 6:15 pm, at The Landing Restaurant in Hillsborough.  Those interested in exploring membership in Rotary can contact Rich Salem at 908-448-6630.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough extends thanks to all that made this event so successful.  Please visit the Rotary Club of Hillsborough's Facebook Page to read more about the many individuals and groups that contributed to this year's fair.
Time is Running out to Submit Photos for Photos for 2018 "Town Calendar" 

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Individuals interested in submitting photographs for consideration can email their high resolution image to the Township Clerk at  A photo release will need to accompany the pictures and there is no guarantee that the photo will be used.

Deadline to submit photos is August 31st.

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Limited Clean Up Coupons Still Available
Please Call Ahead Before Picking Up

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

Because availability is extremely limited, the Department of Public Works suggests you call ahead to confirm availability before coming in to pick up coupons.  The phone number for DPW is (908) 369-3950.
  • Coupons are distributed on a first come first serve basis  
  • Dates Still Available: October 7th and October 28th
  • One coupon per household per year
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Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township is currently looking to fill the following position:
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
  • Building Maintenance Part time 
Library Will be Closed on Labor Day

SCLSNJ's ten Library branches will be closed Monday, September 4, 2017 in observance of Labor Day. All branches will reopen as scheduled on Tuesday, September 5.

Attention Organizations or Individuals Seeking Service Hours

Are you or your group or organization looking for service hours? Hillsborough Township often has volunteer/service opportunities and is now maintaining a list of individuals, organizations and groups looking to give back to the community.

The purpose of this initiative is to link those individuals or groups in need of completing service hours with the organizations who have service opportunities.

Register here and the Mayor's Office will reach out when an opportunity arises.

If you are not able to access the registration form, please call the Mayor's Office 908-369-3535.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Help raise awareness by putting up teal bows at the Hillsborough Municipal Building

Susyn Timko, the coordinator for Turn the Towns Teal in Hillsborough,  lost her mom to Ovarian Cancer and has been volunteering with Turn the Towns Teal for the past 8 years.  Susyn will be turning Hillsborough teal on Thursday August 31st and is looking for volunteers  to help.  

Volunteers will meet at the Municipal Building at 10 am on August 31st to put up teal bows around the Municipal Complex.  If you are interested in helping, email Susyn at .

If you are not able to help on the 31st, you can still help.  Susyn also needs volunteers to help take the bows down at the end of September.  Please email Susyn for more information.

Recently Added Events
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September 11 Memorial Golf Outing

The annual 9/11 Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Bedminster Township.

The event benefits the Adam P. Arias Memorial Scholarship Fund which grew out of the organizers' desire to honor and aid first responders and their families and those who gave their lives on September 11, 2001 and thereafter in service to their country. It is held in memory of Adam Arias, a victim of the attack on the Towers and brother of one of the organizers.

Proceeds for the outing are donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a scholarship at Hillsborough High School to the child of a first responder, a scholarship to children of military personnel, and Hillsborough PBA Local 205 for the benefit of Travis Oldenburg, son of Hillsborough Police Detective Trevor Oldenburg. Travis is a student at Somerset Hills Learning Center which offers a broad spectrum of services to children, adolescents, and adults with autism.

Registration and lunch will begin at 11:00 am with scramble play beginning at 1:00 pm and cocktails and dinner at 5:30 pm. The $225 fee includes lunch, dinner and open bar from 5:00 - 8:00. The day will also feature on-course contests, 50/50, a silent auction, door prizes, and the opportunity to win a car on each of two par threes with a hole-in-one.

Checks to register for the outing or to make a donation may be made out to Memorial Golf and sent to Joseph Stutz, 601B Omni Drive, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. For further information contact him at 908-359-0221 or go to

ARIS/HMS Discount Card 2017-2018  On Sale Now!!

ARIS/HMS 2017-2018 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 34 local businesses including ShopRite's $4.00 off $100.00 purchase, McDonald's, Super Sundaes, Lenny's Philly Pretzel, Revival Barbershop, Olympia Sports and many more!!  Discounts are valid through 9/30/18.
Special Promotion:  Buy 5 cards, get 1 card free!

If you would like to purchase a discount card, please email or stop by Super Sundaes (near the Post Office) and pick one up.

Thank you for your support!
Duke Farms Farm Market Now Open
Sundays 12 pm to 5 pm  

The Farm to Table Market at Duke Farms is now open for the season. The Market features several vendors offering a variety of local produce, meats, cheeses, crafts and wine.

News From Somerset County
Senior Center Program Schedule for September

The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services  have announced the August program schedule. All programs begin at 11 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 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 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 attend any of the centers.  To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts  at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

September Recycling Calendar

  • The Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, will be closed Monday, September 4th, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.
  • Due to the holiday, some recycling pickups scheduled in Somerset County the week of September 4th may be delayed. Residents are asked to leave their recyclables at the curb.  Remaining collections will be completed as soon as possible. 
  • The next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event will be held on September 9th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater 08807.  September's First Saturday drop-off is being held the following week due to the Labor Day holiday.
  • The next free-of-charge Saturday electronic waste drop-off event is September 9th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County South County Public Works Garage at 410 Roycefield Rd.Hillsborough 08844.  September's usual electronic waste drop-off is being held the following week due to the Labor Day holiday.
  • A backyard-composting workshop will be held on WednesdaySeptember 20th, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville in the Engineering Conference Room on the second floor. A $50 registration fee includes attendance at a workshop, a compost bin and literature.  Registration is required by Wednesday, September 13th.
  • The next Household Hazardous Waste drop-off for Somerset County homeowners and farmers is SaturdaySeptember 16th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Branchburg Township Public Works Garage, located at 34 Kenbury Road, Branchburg 08876 

Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Board of Adjustment 9/6/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 9/7/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 9/12/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 9/14/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 9/20/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 9/24/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 9/28/2017 7:30 PM

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