Issue: 2017 September 29
September 29, 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

September is Suicide Awareness Month

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci, BoroSafe Members Sue Walton & Pastor Tim Wolf, District Life Skills Coordinator Minda Maggio, Pamela Borek and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
At the September 26th Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee declared September as National Suicide Awareness Month and vowed to continue to support suicide awareness programs dedicated to helping Hillsborough's community because suicide is one of the most disruptive and tragic events a family and community can experience.  

Did you know?
  • Annually more than 44,000 lives are lost to Suicide.
  • Each person's death by suicide intimately affects at least six other people, with over 246,000 newly bereaved each year.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of adolescents between the ages of 15-24. There is one completed suicide every 13 minutes in the United States, 100 per day.
  • Hillsborough has experienced a statistically significant number of confirmed suicides over the last 16 years.
Hillsborough Township Public Schools actively educates students about suicide in an age appropriate manner.  BORO SAFE's goal is to raise community awareness that suicide is preventable. Residents are encouraged to educate themselves of the warning signs of suicide and understand suicide is preventable and that there are resources available.  Additionally, organizations and individuals such as Governor Chris Christie, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, 2nd Floor-NJ Youth Helpline, NJ Hopeline, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Jersey Voice, BORO SAFE, Hillsborough Police Department and Hillsborough Township Public Schools enhance  awareness throughout  our community by providing support or services to individuals in need.
HBL 7U Gold Travel Team Wins Big in 2017

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley with coaches and members of the Hillsborough Baseball League 7U Gold Travel Tournament team
The Hillsborough Baseball League 7U Gold Travel Tournament Team was recently honored with a proclamaion for their successful 2017 season.

The team won the Branchburg 7U Tournament Championship, USABL Jersey Battle 7U Tournament Championship, Monroe Make a Wish 7U Tournament Championship,  USABL North Jersey Mayhem 7U Tournament Championship, and successfully finished their season as USABL Summer Series Champions.  They  won 19 straight tournament games and ended summer tournament play at 19-1.

The Mayor and the Hillsborough Township Committee commend all of the members of the Hillsborough Baseball League 7U Gold Travel Tournament  Team, not only for their amazing season and the championships they have won, but also for their unwavering teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship throughout the season.

The Hillsborough Baseball League 7U Gold Travel Tournament Team consisted of Frankie Cocuzza, Aaron Feath, Jonathan Feltre, Daniel Gaffney, Gavin Glazewski, Justin Gregov, Bryce Hayden, Jack Pankowski, Logan Raab, Bella Ruh, Jacob Treonze, Andrew Wheeler and was led by Coach Gregov, Coach Raab, Coach Feltre, and Coach Treonze.
Hillsborough Office of Emergency Management Now on FACEBOOK
Like Hillsborough OEM on Facebook and Be Connected to Alerts and  Other Valuable Information

"Hillsborough Township OEM is now on Facebook," announced Committeeman Frank DelCore, Liaison to Emergency Services.

"In the Township's continued efforts to provide timely and appropriate information through various means of communication available to our residents, this new Facebook page has been released," continued Committeeman DelCore.

Hillsborough OEM Facebook can be reached at the following link:  

"Residents are reminded this Facebook page is simply for the Township to share non-emergency information; in the case of an emergency please dial 911 and to report a non-emergency issue please dial 908-369-4323," concluded Committeeman DelCore.

4th Annual Senior Olympics

Hillsborough Township's 4th Annual Senior Olympics was held on Tuesday, September 26th at Ann Van Middlesworth Park.  Dozens of Township Senior Citizens participated in events such as basketball, bean bag toss, pickle ball, ladder ball, golf, bocce ball and horseshoes.  Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Committeeman Greg Burchette were on hand to greet the Olympians and cheer them on as they competed in the various events.

Pictured: Committeeman Greg Burchette greets the Senior Olympians
Pictured: Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley with Parks & Recreation and Social Services Director Bob Wagner, Officer Ted Lewis and the Golf Gold Medal Winners

Gigi's Playhouse Celebrates Opening of New Location

On Saturday, September 24th, GiGi's Playhouse Hillsborough celebrated the grand opening of their new location at 450 Amwell Road, Suite H (Across from the Hillsborough Post Office).  Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Committeeman Doug Tomson and Committeeman Frank DelCore joined Gigi's Playhouse staff and patrons for the for ribbon cutting and festivities.

GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center's mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. We offer free therapeutic and educational programming to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Pictured: Committeeman Frank DelCore and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley with Gigi's Playhouse representatives
Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Gigi's Playhouse President Erin Morris

Arthur Murray Celebrates Grand Opening in Hillsborough

On Friday, September 8th, Team Arthur Murray Kartashov officially held the Grand Opening of their  new location in Hillsborough , New Jersey. With food, drinks, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and, of course, a lot  of dancing, it was a grand affair as students and staff of both Cranford and Hillsborough locations came to help celebrate.

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci, Committeeman Frank DelCore, Business Advocate David Kois,  Hillsborough EBDC Member Toni Natale along with Team Arthur Murray Kartashov
Hillsborough Township did its part to welcome Arthur Murray as well. Several prominent members of the city, including Mayor Carl Suraci and Business Advocate David Kois, joined the celebrations and helped cut the red ribbon with franchise owners Danila and Nuria Kartashov.
"A big thank you to the Hillsborough area for welcoming us here," Danila said. "We are looking forward to changing lives through dancing."

This is the second Arthur Murray location opened by  Danila and Nuria Kartashov. Both Danila and Nuria have been dancing since childhood - Danila in Moscow, and Nuria in Madrid. They met and began their partnership in 1999, and joined Arthur Murray - and tied the knot - in 2001. They became owners of the Kenilworth location in 2010, and moved studios to Cranford in 2015. The Hillsborough studio first opened its doors at the beginning of June 2017.

Deadline Approaching for Hillsborough Rewards Credit Card Program Grant Applications
Deadline is October 6th

"The Hillsborough Township Credit Card Advisory Committee will be accepting grant applications beginning September 12th for the second round of grants for 2017," announced Committeeman Doug Tomson Liaison to the Credit Card Advisory Committee.  

"Applications will be made available on the Township website or can be picked up in the Administration Office for any Township based non-profit, senior or youth organizations to apply for grants up to $2,000 funded through the Hillsborough Rewards Credit Card Program," continued Committeeman Tomson.

Grant applications can be found on the Township website at or copies are available at the Administration Office.  Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, October 6, 2017 to the Administration office to be considered for eligible grant funding.

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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:
  • Recreation Program Coordinator 
  • Executive Secretary to the Township Administrator / Mayor and Township Committee - Full Time 
  • Assistant Building Subcode Official 
  • Multi-Licensed UCC Inspector, Full Time 
  • Building Maintenance Part time 
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.

News From The Building Department

Do I need a permit?  This is the first question every homeowner should ask before  they decide to start a project.  The answer may surprise you!

Generally speaking, the scope of the work to be done will determine whether a permit may be necessary.  For instance, common projects homeowners face like replacing your roof, siding, furnace, air conditioner or water heater do require a permit .  

Other projects, defined as "ordinary maintenance" such as replacing an existing  light fixture, electrical outlet or wall switch do not .   Replacing a an old sink, worn out faucet or broken toilet , so long as its location and existing plumbing are not being changed or altered , do not require a permit.

Please contact the Building Department with any questions: (908) 369-5882
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P.L.C. is an enlightening program to help you:
  • Have meaningful conversation with your kids
  • Stay up-to-date about youth alcohol/drug trends & technology safety
  • Connect with other parents who want to be involved and informed!
Afternoon Series: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Tuesdays - October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, Route 206
Donate Items to Help Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico

Hillsborough Township residents Annette & Gary Henderson along with the Jr Raiders will be collecting much needed supplies for Puerto Rico residents impacted by Hurricane Maria.  Their plan is to have a container ship sent directly to Puerto Rico, leaving on Monday, 10/9 and arriving in Puerto Rico on Wednesday 10/18. We are asking for all donations to be dropped to a central location by Saturday, 10/7.  Things that are in need are  diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies, feminine hygiene products, water, hygiene products, kid's toys etc.  

Items may be dropped off on Saturday 9/30 between 8 am and 1 pm at the Triangle Football Complex.  The donation truck will then be available between 5 pm and 8:30 pm at Hillsborough High School for the JV and Varsity Football games.  Please contact Annette at or Gary at for additional drop off dates next week.
HRC Fitness to host 4th Annual 5K Run, Walk, Dash for Down Syndrome and Fall Festival

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In keeping with their commitment to serve the community, HRC Fitness will be hosting the 4th annual Charity 5K event on Sunday, October 1st in Hillsborough.  The primary beneficiary of the event is GiGi's Playhouse Hillsborough which opened its doors in January 2015 to provide therapeutic programs for individuals with Down syndrome.

This event provides an opportunity to bring together many local businesses in support of GiGi's Playhouse and it's participants. This year, HRC expanded its charitable efforts by including the ability for other organizations to create teams for the purpose of raising money and awareness for their cause. One such organization that has taken advantage of this opportunity is the Joseph D Hernandez Foundation.  Foundation members created a race team at the event in support of the foundation, whose mission is to raise funds to purchase and distribute used and new sports equipment for underprivileged boys and girls that want to play organized sports but lack the financial resources to do so.  To find out more about the Joseph D Hernandez Foundation, visit JosephDHernandezFoundation on Facebook.

Following the 5K run and walk, GiGi's Playhouse Hillsborough will co-host a Fall Festival along with their 4th annual Dash for Down syndrome to raise awareness and acceptance for individuals with Down syndrome.  The Fall Festival is open to the public and will include food, face painting, a balloon artist, games, fitness class demonstrations, a DJ, photo booth, and more, with something for every member of the family.

Community Options Announces 2018 Cupid's Chase

Community Options, Inc. invites runners, walkers, and rollers (baby strollers and wheelchairs) to help make difference in the lives of people with disabilities by participating in our annual Cupid's Chase 5K. Because of you...we can make a difference!  
Finisher medals guaranteed while supplies last!
Limited Edition Cupid's Chase shirts will be first come, first served on race day if you do not register by December 31st.

Not a fan of the cold weather? Instead of bundling up, cuddle up with your sweetheart and support people with disabilities. Cuddle up for the cause today and become a Virtual Participant! 

For more information, please email:
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.

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 Offers Shots for Seasonal Flu

 'Tis the season for pumpkins, colorful leaves and the flu.  Don't let the flu put a damper on your fall activities.

Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh,  public health and safety liaison, invites residents to take advantage of upcoming flu shot clinics, sponsored by the  Somerset County Department of Health, to protect against seasonal flu as follows:
  •  Oct. 3: 10 a.m. to noon - North Plainfield Community Center, 614 Greenbrook Road, North Plainfield, NJ 07063.  Open to Somerset County adults, age 18 and over. Cost: $5 for North Plainfield residents, $10 for non-borough residents, or free for people with Medicare Part B 
  • Oct. 12:  10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Franklin Township Community Senior Center, 505 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873.   Open ONLY to Franklin Township residents, age 65 and over.  Cost:  Free
  • Oct. 17:  9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Franklin Township Community Senior Center, 505 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873. Open ONLY to Franklin Township residents, age 65 and over. Cost: Free
  • Oct. 19:  11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Somerville Senior Housing, 1 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876. Open to Somerset County adults, age 18 and over.  Cost: $15 or free for people with Medicare Part B 
Three Recycling Drop-offs in October

Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione, recycling liaison, invites residents to take advantage of the next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater 08807.  
First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle tires; clean, dry 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.

Recyclable textiles include: sheets, blankets, curtains, shoes (pairs), towels, winter and summer clothes (no ripped or torn clothing), belts, handbags and small stuffed animals.  Clean, dry textiles should be placed in plastic garbage bags.

Residents can drop off up to eight tires - with or without rims - scrap metal, used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze and usual curbside materials, including chipboard items and plastic bottles and containers, marked #1 through #7.  Chipboard includes gift, shoe, shirt and all retail boxes, as well as cereal, cookie, pasta, cake and cracker boxes, without the plastic liners.  Also poster board, greeting cards, backing from writing pads and empty, dried-out steel paint cans are accepted.

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Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Board of Adjustment 10/4/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 10/5/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 10/10/2017 7:30 PM

Planning Board 10/12/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 10/18/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 10/24/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 10/26/2017 7:30 PM

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