Issue: 2017 October 27
October 27, 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

Dance for the Cure Recognized for Bringing Awareness to Breast Cancer

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Mayor Carl Suraci, Joanne Liscovitz, Kathleen Cirioli and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease, encourage early detection, and support research to find a cure. While we have seen an increase in mammography rates and a decline in deaths there is more we can do.

The awareness campaign is encouraging individuals to help reduce their risk of breast cancer through regular self-exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms which are vital since treatments are most effective when breast cancer is detected early.

Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Both men and women should be aware that age, genetics, and family history are factors that can contribute to the risk of developing this disease.  The National Cancer Institute estimates in the United States, more than 252,710 (female) and 2,470 (male) new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year.

Dance for the Cure is a not for profit organization committed to the prevention and cure of breast cancer through the celebration of dance, providing financial assistance to local women impacted by breast cancer.  Kathleen Cirioli, a two time cancer survivor, along with Joanne Liscovitz, co-founders of Dance for the Cure, a non-profit organization, have helped local families impacted by breast cancer; with donations totaling over $450,000 since its founding in 1999.  

The Mayor and the Township Committee declare October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, urge all women and their families to increase their knowledge about breast cancer, celebrate successes and memorialize lost battles.
Duke Farms Unveils Arboretum

Pictured: Historic Preservation Commission Chair Greg Gillette, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Duke Farms Executive Director Michael Catania, Somerset County Freeholder Director Peter Palmer, Freeholder Patricia Walsh, and Township Administrator Anthony Ferrera
On Wednesday, October 18th, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley attended a special preview and tour held at Duke Farms to mark the unveiling of its new Arboretum section.  The Arboretum officially opened to the public on October 21st.  

The Arboretum consists of approximately 50 acres surrounding the former main residence area that has been restored and prepared for public access.  Duke Farms will also open approximately 200 acres of Lowlands along the Raritan River to allow the public to access Duke Farms from the Nevius Street Bridge through a new pedestrian gate. The path that will connect the Bridge and the Gate will eventually become a paved connector to the Somerset County Raritan River Bikeway and Greenway.    

Hillsborough High School Hosts 24th Annual  Marching   Band  Festival

On Saturday, October 14th, Hillsborough High School hosted their 24th Annual  Marching  Band Festival.

Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley were on hand to award the Mayor's Trophy to Scotch Plains Fanwood Raider  Marching Band for their outstanding performance.

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci with members of Scotch Plains Fanwood's Marching Band, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Performing Arts Supervisor Michael Callahan

Faith Lutheran Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary

On Sunday October 15th, Faith Lutheran Church celebrated their 50th anniversary with a  Service of Holy Communion at the church followed by an an niversary celebration at Hillsborough Municipal Building later in the afternoon.  Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley dropped by to wish them well.

Pictured: Pastor Bill Zimmermann with members of the congregation and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
Senior B Swears in New Officer

Township Clerk Pamela Borek conducted the swearing in ceremony earlier this month for a new Officer for Senior Chapter "B".   Committeeman Doug Tomson was on hand to assist as   Bob Easton was sworn in to the office of Trustee for Chapter B of the Hillsborough Senior Citizen Group.

Pictured: Township Clerk Pamela Borek,  Chapter B Trustee Bob Easton and Committeeman Doug Tomson
Night of Conversation to be Held on November 16th
Parents and Kids are Invited to Learn and Talk About the Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol at the Hillsborough Municipal Building

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Mayor Carl Suraci signed a proclamation declaring November 16th, 2017 as a Night of Conversation at Tuesday's Township Committee Meeting. The proclamation was signed in an effort to address the rising alcohol and drug addiction problem occurring throughout the country.

The Night of Conversation is an alcohol and drug addiction prevention awareness initiative encouraging organizations throughout New Jersey to provide resources and awareness information on alcohol and drug addiction. The law also encourages parents to establish regular conversation habits with their children to prevent addiction.

Opioid abuse is a swiftly growing problem. According to a Trust for America's Health report, deaths from prescription painkiller use have more than quadrupled in the past 15 years, while deaths from heroin have tripled since 2010. In addition, nationally, more than two million Americans misuse prescription drugs, and nearly half a million are addicted to heroin. The Night of Conversation initiative hopes to stem the tide of drug use by arming parents with effective strategies to help them have meaningful conversations with their children on this challenging topic.

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

Hillsborough Police Chief Darren Powell reminds residents of his concern for the safety of all those who participate in Halloween festivities.

No persons under the age of 18 shall be permitted on any public place, public street, or public property in the Township of Hillsborough between the hours of 10pm - 6am, from October 30th thru November 1st, unless that person is in attendance at a program or function sponsored by the municipality, church, school or at a doctor's appointment or is accompanied by an adult over 21 years of age.

Halloween Safety Tips
Chief Powell would like to offer suggestions to parents of young children who "trick or treat" from door to door at this time.  The following precautions will hopefully lead to a safe and happy time for all our Township residents
  • Wear light - colored clothing that's short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape to the sides, front and back of costume.
  • Make sure children can see well through face masks.  
  • Adults should accompany young children.
  • Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight if out during darkness.
  • Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know.
  • Watch for traffic.
  • Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
  • Keep costumed children away from pets' because the pets may react unexpectedly.
  • Carry a cell phone to report emergencies.
  • Please do not text while walking.
  • Motorists are urged to drive with caution during times of trick or treating.

Somerset County Sheriff Shares Halloween Safety Tips
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Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest to be held at Dog Park Saturday, October 28th

The third 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 28th.  The parade will begin at 9:00 am at the pavilion.  There will be vendors, prizes, and fun for all!  

Hillsborough The Good Life Season 3 Episode 2
Now Available for Viewing on Hillsborough's YouTube Channel

Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township is currently looking to fill the following position:
  • Social Services Administrative Assistant - Part Time 
  • Assistant Building Subcode Official 
  • Multi-Licensed UCC Inspector, Full Time 
  • Building Maintenance Part time 

Operation Take Back
The Day to Dispose of your Unused, Unwanted, and Expired Household Medicine

Date:  Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location:  Hillsborough Municipal Complex near the Court Room

The Hillsborough Township Police Department is again participating in "Operation Take Back", a program from the Drug Enforcement Administration, for residents to safely dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired household medicine.  If you have household medicine that you wish to dispose of, please come to the Municipal Complex between the listed hours.
What Township Residents Can Do with Fall Leaves
Keep Your Lawn Healthy & Green by Cutting and Leaving it!

While it may not feel like it, Fall is in full swing, with November right around the corner. As the leaves begin to fall and cover your lawn, Hillsborough Township encourages you to help the Sustainable Hillsborough initiative by Cutting and Leaving It. Instead of disposing of your lawn clippings and leaves, try leaving your grass clipping on your lawn. This practice helps keep your lawn healthy and green. In addition, instead of placing leaves at the bottom of your driveway, place them in a compost heap in your yard. Compost piles are easy and cheap to construct and help to reduce Hillsborough's waste. For more information about Cut and Leave It, read the brochure on the township website.

"If you currently recycle your lawn clippings and leaves by staging them for pick-up through the Hillsborough Public Works Department leaf pick-up program, you are already helping to avoid air pollution and wasted resources. However, you can do more by reducing waste at the source. Leave the grass clippings on your lawn when you mow, compost your leaves, and let nature do the recycling for you," stated Deputy Mayor McCauley.

The Hillsborough Public Works Department will be running their annual leaf pick-up program starting in November.

Hillsborough UNICO Fundraiser Dinner / Comedy Shoebox NJ

Three top-flight New Jersey comedians will team up for laughs and a good cause  Saturday, Nov. 11th  at the Somerville Elks Club, 375 Union Ave. (Route 28), Bridgewater.

The Veterans Day dinner show is a fundraiser presented by the Hillsborough Chapter of UNICO, an Italian-American social organization. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey, a non-profit organization based in Hillsborough that packs and ships personal care packages to United States troops deployed around the world.

All three comics tour nationally, and are fixtures at Las Vegas and New Jersey casinos; they each have made several television and movie appearances and most recently have been headliners at Atlantic City's Borgota Casino.

Doors will open at  6 p.m. The show begins after dinner.
Hors-d'oeuvres will be served before dinner. Admission is $50 per person.
Tickets can be ordered in advance by calling  (908) 296-4345 or by sending an e-mail to:

UNICO is one of the largest Italian-American organizations in the US. Its objectives include, promoting, supporting and assisting local charitable organizations and projects, while enhancing the image of Italian-Americans.

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!

News From Somerset County
Somerset County Senior Centers Announce the November Program 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 a.m. unless otherwise  listed.

This month, all centers will be closed on Nov. 7, 10, 23 and 24.

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

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