Issue: 2017 June 23
June 23, 2017
One of the Best Places to Live in America
This e-newsletter is brought to you by the Hillsborough Township Committee 
Carl Suraci
Deputy Mayor
Gloria McCauley
Greg Burchette
Frank DelCore
Doug Tomson

Township Recognizes Parks & Recreation Month

Pictured above:  (L-R) Committeeman Doug Tomson, Director Bob Wagner, Brian VanDongen, Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
Mayor Carl Suraci, Liaisons to Parks and Recreation: Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Committeeman Doug Tomson presented a proclamation honoring July as Parks and Recreation Month to Director Bob Wagner and Recreation Program Coordinator Brian VanDongen.  

P arks and Recreation programs are an integral part of communities throughout this country, particularly Hillsborough Township.
Additionally, Hi llsborough Township has been recognized as a Playful City USA community for the town's efforts in promoting play at parks through recreation programming and facility improvements for the second year in a row.  
(See below for more details)
Annual Green Living and Wellness Fair - Huge Success

Despite the rainy skies, records crowds attended the Annual Green Living and Wellness Fair that followed the Annual YMCA 5K HOP.  

!MPACT Training
Bridgeway Senior HealthCare
Central Jersey Family Health
Community Options
Community Visiting Nurse Association
Costco Wholesale
Dr. Illowite, Dermatology Center
Environmental Commission/ Enviroscape
Family Foot & Ankle Specialists
Fit n Firm
Foothill Acres Rehabilitation & Nursing
Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
Hillsborough CAN
Hillsborough Municipal Alliance
Hillsborough Police Department
Hillsborough School/ Community  Wellness Committee
Hillsborough Township Mayor's Wellness
Hillsborough Township OEM
Honor Yoga
Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Sheild
Koko FitClub Hillsborough
Make Sit Happen, LLC
Mission Cognition, LLC
Narcotics Anonymous
Natural Medicine
New Jersey Sharing Network
NexT Fit Clubs
OAR - Organization for Autism Research
Online Fitness Pro
Princeton Fitness and Wellness
Princeton Health Care System
Retro Fitness of Hillsborough
Robert E. Matros DC
Rock Steady Boxing, Hillsborough
Rutgers Master Gardeners
RWJUH Blood Bank
RWJUH Maternal & Child Health
RWJUH Sleep Disorders
Saint Peter's University Hospital
SCLSNJ'S Hillsborough Library Branch
ShopRIte of Hillsborough
ShopRite Pharmacy of Hillsborough
Spring Reins of Life 501c3
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center
Sustainable Hillsborough
Turn the Towns Teal

A special thank you to all of the above Organizations and Businesses that participated in the event, promoting Green Living and Wellness initiatives  
Hillsborough Township's 2017 Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Set for Saturday, July 1st
Festivities Start @ 5pm - Auten Rd. Intermediate School;  Shuttle Buses @ Hillsborough High School;  (Rain date is Sunday, July 2nd)

Mayor Carl Suraci recently that the Hillsborough Independence Day Fireworks Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 1st.   This years celebration will feature:
  • Fireworks
  • Food Tent
  • Free inflatable amusements available from 5pm to 8pm:  Dunk Pit Basketball, Castle Fun Center, Family Fun Slide, Pirate Island Obstacle Course
  • Free Dunk Tank
  • Pay to Play Boardwalk Games
  • DJ for musical entertainment from 5pm to 9pm
The food tent will include local delights for purchase. Refreshments will include pizza, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, kettle corn and more.  
The festivities begin at 5 pm at the Auten Road Intermediate School field. Shuttle busses will be available, beginning at 5 pm, from the Hillsborough High School parking lot.
The rain date is Sunday July 2nd.
"We look forward to seeing you all there," concluded Mayor Carl Suraci during the announcement.
Municipal Alliance Members Attend Appreciation Dinner
Pictured above:  (L-R) Alliance Members:Tracie Waller, Diane Handwerk, Vice-Chair Pamela Borek, Alliance Members:  Mike Arons, Liz Griffet and Alliance Secretary Minda Maggio

Somerset County Department of Human Services hosted its Annual Municipal Alliance Appreciation dinner on June 8th at Raritan Valley Community College.  Several members of the Hillsborough Millstone Municipal Alliance attended the dinner to celebrate a great year of prevention efforts.

For more information on the Hillsborough Millstone Municipal Alliance please click here.

Hillsborough Township Honored as  2017 Playful City USA Community
Hillsborough Twp. recognized for putting the needs of kids  and families first as part of Playful City USA program

National non-profit KaBOOM! is honoring Hillsborough with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the second time. Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills. These communities are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents.
The 2017 Playful City USA recognition includes 258 communities from Richmond, Virginia to Richmond, California that make it as easy as possible for kids to play. In total, these communities feature more than 14,000 safe and engaging play spaces that serve more than 4 million kids.
Hillsborough offers 20 parks and recreation facilities full of various amenities.  In the past year, a new playground structure was installed at the Municipal Playground and a new bowl feature was added at the skate park at Ann Van Middlesworth Park.  The Department of Parks and Recreation offers year-round sports and recreational programming for children of all ages and abilities.

Hillsborough Participates in 2017 Special Olympics Torch Run - Flame of Hope

Members of Hillsborough Township Police Department participated in the 34th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday, June 8th.  The Hillsborough segment began at Dukes Parkway East with the hand-off from Somerville Police Department and made its way down Route 206 to ShopRite.  Runners participated in 
 26 separate legs throughout the day starting at 4:45 a.m.   The run ended on Friday night at the Special Olympics New Jersey summer games opening ceremony at The College of New Jersey. 

Pictured above:  (L-R) Chief Darren Powell, Township Clerk Pamela Borek, Officers: Carly Valentino, Tom Stout, Richard Tichenor, Tom Gurba,  Chris Kennedy, Dispatcher Kristofer Grimm and Officer Chris Giraldi 
Township Collecting Photos for 2018 "Town Calendar" 

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.

For advertising opportunities, please contact Jim O'Dowd at 973-650-2736 or
Registration Now Open for Recreation Programs

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 26th and run for 8 weeks through August 18th.  Information and registration are available on the Parks & Recreation website.

Clean Up Coupons Available
Limited availability for all dates

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.  
  • Coupons are distributed on a first come first serve basis  
  • First available date is August 5th
  • One coupon per household per year
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Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Plumbing Inspector - Part Time
  • Building Inspector - Part Time
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
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 June 30, 2017

Parents who host teenage drinking parties or allow underage adults to drink in their home need to know the consequences of the law.  
  • Fact #1 - It is illegal in NJ to serve alcohol to anyone who is under the legal drinking age of 21 (NJSA 2C:33-17a).
  • Fact #2 - It is illegal in NJ to make your home or property available for the purpose of allowing anyone who is under the legal drinking age of 21 a place to consume alcohol (NJSA 2C:33-17b).
  • Fact #3 - Any person who serves or makes alcohol available to a person under the legal drinking age of 21 is subject to a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail per person served. Parents can be held civilly liable even if they are not present during the time of the party (NJSA 2C:33-17).
  • Fact #4 - If serving an underage person alcohol results in injury, the adult may be charged with Endangering the Welfare of Children, and may be subject to a fine of up to $15,000 and up to 5 years in state prison (NJSA 2C:24-4).
  • Fact #5 - New Jersey Law imposes civil liability on social hosts who serve alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21 who is subsequently involved in an incident causing injury or death.
  • Fact #6 - A social host may be sued for up to two years after an incident that occurs resulting in injury or death. As the result of a lawsuit, your house, car, and bank accounts may be seized and future wages may be garnished.
Swimming Pool and Permit Requirements

Generally speaking, pools, spas and hot tubs are categorized into three groups: in-ground; above/on-ground permanent; and above/on-ground temporary (seasonal), which include those that are portable or inflatable.

Are permits required for all pools, spas and hot tubs?  Maybe!   Here is a hint.....the STATE OF NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, as a safety measure, requires that any pool, spa or hot tub, as defined by the International Residential Code (IRC) 2009, New Jersey Edition, as any structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing that can hold more than twenty-four (24) inches in depth of water, requires the proper Construction permits.  In addition, ALL appropriate requirements of the Municipal Zoning & Engineering Codes must be met.   So before you take the "plunge" and purchase a pool, spa or hot tub keep in mind that a Construction permit along with other Municipal approvals may be necessary.  You, your family and the public's safety is everyone's primary concern!

The chart below illustrates what permits and approvals are needed for compliance:

In-Ground Pool
Above/On-Ground Pool - Permanent (capable of holding 24 or more inches of water)
Above/On-Ground - Temporary (capable of holding 24 or more inches of water)
Hot Tubs

Pools, spas or hot tubs not capable of holding over twenty-four (24) inches or more of water, do not require permits and other Municipal approvals.

Recently Added Events
Visit the Community Events Calendar Page for More Information
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
Farmers Market Vouchers for Eligible Seniors

Starting Monday, July 3, eligible seniors can obtain $25 worth of vouchers to buy New Jersey fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables and herbs. These free vouchers can be used at participating farmer's markets in Somerset County until Nov. 30.

People interested in applying can stop by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services in the Human Services Building, located at 27 Warren St., between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Vouchers will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.
Eligible individuals must be age 60 or above and reside in Somerset County. Income guidelines require that an individual's income not exceed $22,311 and a married couple's income not exceed $30,044.

All applicants must show proof of age and residency, such as a driver's license or other documentation, and proof of income, such as a current income tax return or social security statement. Office on Aging & Disability Services staff will be available to assist individuals when they are applying for their vouchers.

Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Board of Adjustment 7/5/2017 Cancelled
Planning Board 7/6/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 7/11/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 7/13/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 7/19/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 7/27/2017 7:30 PM

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Recreation 2017 Summer Activities Guide
Registration now ongoing