Issue: 2017 July 21
July 21, 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

Hillsborough Honors Three Eagle Scouts from Troop 186

Three  Eagle  Scouts were honored with proclamations at the July 11th Township Committee. Honorees included Samuel Radowitz, Zachary Seery and Connor Welch.

Eagle  Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy  Scouts of America (BSA). The designation " Eagle  Scout" has a long history since its founding over one hundred years ago. Only four percent of Boy  Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill.

Be sure to read future editions of Hillsborough Township's eNews, as the individual  Eagle  Scouts and their accomplishments will be featured throughout the coming weeks.

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci and Committeeman Greg Burchette with Boy Scouts from Troop 186 
Green Living Poster Contest Participants Recognized

At the July 11th Township Committee meeting, young artists were presented with ribbons and prizes  in recognition of the  artwork they submitted for a poster contest held at the 2017 Green Living and Wellness Fair Participants were asked to design a poster with a "Green Living" message and were judged on message content.  

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Kaitlyn Napier, Megan Rutkowski, Rayah Rasdhi and Mayor Carl Suraci
Hillsborough Ranked Among America's 30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child

Hillsborough Township ranked in the top 30 "Safest Cities in America to Raise a Child", according to Mayor Carl Suraci at a recent Township Committee meeting. 

"We are honored to announce that Hillsborough Township was ranked 22nd Safest City to Raise a child," stated Mayor Suraci. 

The SafeWise Report released its "30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child" report on June 26, 2017. To compile this report, SafeWise reviewed reported sex offender concentration, state graduation rates, overall school quality ranking, and FBI violent crime data. Also, they eliminated all cities with fewer than 10,000 residents and those communities that did not report complete crime numbers to the FBI. 

"We are pleased to be recognized once again by SafeWise. This recognition is a direct result of the professional and proactive police work by all the fine men and women in the department that are committed to serve our residents," stated Hillsborough Police Chief Darren Powell.

2016 Township Financial Audit Completed
Financial Records Found in Compliance

"Hillsborough Township's 2016 Audit has been completed and once again we are pleased to report that the auditors have found the Township's ledgers in financial compliance.  This year's audit did not have any significant findings to warrant an audit comment," reported Mayor Carl Suraci Tuesday's Township Committee meeting.  

Suplee, Clooney & Company, the Township's Municipal Auditor, conducted the audit, which was completed in June.  Upon completion, the audit report was submitted to the Township and, as required by New Jersey State Law, reviewed and acknowledged by resolution.  Also, the audit summary will be published in the newspaper, as required by law, and will be made available on the Hillsborough Township website.  

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Celebrate Hillsborough's Newest Centenarian - Mary Buckshaw

Help celebrate and honor the Township's newest Centenarian, Mary Buckshaw by sending her a Birthday Card

Lifelong Hillsborough Resident Mary Buckshaw is celebrating her 100th birthday on July 23rd and all Hillsborough residents are invited to honor and celebrate this milestone by sending her a card.  

Mary has been an active member of the Hillsborough Community for more that 80 years and has been a member of several township groups since their inception including the Flagtown Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, Hillsborough Senior Citizens Chapter B,  the Rockettes and Rocket dance group as well as the original Senior Club founded in 1974.

If you would like to send Mary a Birthday greeting, please mail it to:
Norz Hill Farm 
120 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ  08844 
Attn:  Birthday

Cards can also be dropped off in the Mayor's Office in the Municipal Building.  
The cards will be gathered at Norz Hill Farm and given to Mary on a weekly basis.  
Hillsborough Township's Annual Fishing Derby and Family Camp Out - Friday, August 4th 
Registration Now Open

"The Annual Fishing Derby and Family Camp Out will be held on Friday, August, 4th at Ann Van Middlesworth Park," announced Mayor Carl Suraci at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting. 

"All residents are invited to the Annual Family Camp Out and are encouraged to pack your fishing poles for the David L. Thomas, Sr. Memorial Fishing Derby," added Mayor Suraci. 

"This event is a summer highlight for many of our families in the Hillsborough," continued Mayor Suraci. 

The Fishing Derby will run from 5-7 pm and the registration fee is $5.00 per child. The Camp Out fee is $10 per person and includes dinner and breakfast. Registration and additional information is available at the Parks and Recreation website. 

"We look forward to seeing you all there," concluded Mayor Suraci.
Season 3 - Episode 1 Hillsborough the Good Life 

Check out the new format for Hillsborough the Good Life featured in Episode 1 of Season 3.

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.

Deadline to submit photos is August 15th.

For advertising opportunities, please contact Jim O'Dowd at 973-650-2736 or
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 availalbe date is August 26th
  • 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
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
Beat the Heat -- High Temps Can Make You Sick

Today is a hot one around the Garden State. As everyone continues to go about his or her daily routines, it's important to remember that body temperature can rise to a dangerous level, making you extremely sick. Heat-related illness and deaths are preventable. Know the signs before you become a statistic.
Signs of heat-related illness (CDC)
  • Heat exhaustion: heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; fainting.  
    • What to do: move to a cooler location; lie down and loosen clothing; apply cool, wet cloths to as much of the body as possible; sip water; and seek medical attention if the person vomits and continues vomiting
  • Heat stroke/sun stroke: high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit); hot, red skin - dry or moist; rapid and strong pulse; possible unconsciousness
    • What to do: CALL 911 immediately and follow the operator's directions - this is a medical emergency; move the person to a cooler place; reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or a bath; do NOT give liquids
 Tips to prevent heat illness:
  • Always check for children and pets when leaving your car. Hot cars can kill. Leaving the windows down does not prevent them from getting heatstroke.
  • Air conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death.
  • Drink extra water (fluids) all day and less tea, coffee, cola and alcoholic beverages. Do NOT wait until you feel thirsty to drink - it may be too late!
  • Reduce or schedule outdoor activity for cooler times of the day, before 10am and after 6pm.
  • During outdoor activities, take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting, open-woven clothes.
  • Wear a vented hat in the sun to protect yourself from the sun's rays. Don't forget sunscreen!
  • If you have a chronic medical problem, ask your doctor about how to deal with the heat.
Book Talks at SCLSNJ's Hillsborough Library branch

Five women participated in the July 19 book discussion group program hosted at SCLSNJ's Hillsborough Library branch. 

The group read and discussed  "The Cavendon Women" by  Barbara Taylor Bradford. 

The group will be meeting again on  September 20 at 3 p.m.  to discuss " Birdsong" by Sebastian Faulks. 

Pictured on right: Karen Labe, Susan Rose, Ann Fishman, Anna Benitz, and Carmel Termotto 

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 July 31, 2017

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
Come out to the Somerset County 4-H Fair

Free family fun close to home, and yummy food too! Who could ask for more? The 2017 4-H Fair is Aug. 9-11 at North Branch Park in Bridgewater.

There's lots to see and do at the Somerset County 4-H Fair - we'd love to see you there!  More information will be available soon.

Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Planning Board Business Meeting 7/27/2017 7:30 PM

Township Committee Meeting 8/8/2017 7:30 PM

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