Issue: 2017 September 22
September 22, 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 Jr. Raiders Touch a Truck Event a Huge Success

The Jr. Raiders held their free Touch a Truck event  on September 10th.  The event gave participants the opportunity to spend the day exploring vehicles of all kinds from dump trucks to fire trucks.  
Committeeman Doug Tomson, along with the Hillsborough Township Department of Public works were on hand to show off some of the Township's big trucks. 

Pictured: Hillsborough Township Department of Public Works employees with Committeeman Doug Tomson

NOFA-NJ and the Hillsborough Winter Farm Market Donate to the Community Assistance Network

Pictured: Tony Kennette, Farm Market Manager; Doug Tomson, Committeeman; Bob Wagner, Recreation, Parks, and Social Services Director; Cali Alexander, NOFA-NJ Board Member; Mayor Carl Suraci; and Kate Nelson, NOFA-NJ Office Manager.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, The Northeast Organic Farming of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) in partnership with the Hillsborough Winter Farm Market presented a donation to the Community Assistance Network at the Hillsborough Township Committee Meeting.  The $300 donation was presented to Committeeman Doug Tomson, Recreation, Parks and Social Services Director Bob Wagner, and Mayor Carl Suraci. NOFA-NJ and the Hillsborough Winter Farm Market aimed to provide a market for farmers and artisans throughout the winter months, engage the community with the local food system, and provide assistance to the Hillsborough Food Bank. The Hillsborough Winter Farm Market was a true success!

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Jim Finkel, Mayor Carl Suraci, Susyn Timko, Jane Staats and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
At the September 12th Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee presented a proclamation proclaiming September 2017 as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  During the month of September, we call attention to a disease that affects women across our county, state and country, with the American Cancer Society estimating that 15,000 American women are projected to lose their lives to ovarian cancer this year.  These women are mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, community members and cherished friends, and the absence they leave in our hearts will be deeply felt forever. 

Women who are middle aged and older, who have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, or have had certain cancers in the past are at increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.  Ovarian Cancer knows no boundaries, the disease can strike anyone, across lines of age, ethnicity, and race.  Because Ovarian Cancer often goes undetected until advanced stages, increasing the awareness of risk factors is critical to fighting this disease as it is estimated that about 22,000 new cases of Ovarian Cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.

The public awareness campaign strives to increase knowledge about this disease and recognizes the best defense against Ovarian Cancer is early detection, therefore it is essential that women know the risk factors associated with the disease, and that men are educated so they can help their wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and girlfriends.

This month is dedicated to the prevention and awareness. It is also to honor those we have lost, show our support for women who bravely carry on the fight, and take action to lessen the tragic toll Ovarian Cancer takes on families across our county.

The Mayor and the Township Committee call upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise Ovarian Cancer awareness and continue helping women live longer, healthier lives and urge women to talk to their health care providers to learn more about this disease. 
Hillsborough Township Office of Emergency Management to Conduct Point of Distribution Drill
Residents Invited to Participate in the September 27th Drill for the Distribution of Supplies/Medications in the Event of a Natural/Manmade Disaster or Pandemic

"The Hillsborough Township Office of Emergency Management, in collaboration with Hillsborough Health Department and the Hillsborough Business Advocate's Office will be conducting a Point of 
Residents driving through the drill will be given a supply bag filled with goods donated by local businesses
Distribution Drill (POD) on September 27, 2017 at the Mountain View Park, 141 Mountain View Rd., Hill sborough Township, NJ 08844 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm," announced Committeeman Frank DelCore, Liaison to the Office of Emergency Management at Tuesday's Township Committee Meeting.

A Point of Distribution Drill is conducted to test the Township's capabilities to distribute supplies and medications to residents and visitors to Hillsborough Township in the event of a natural or man-made disaster or pandemic. Hillsborough businesses were invited to donate  discount coupons and other promotional giveaways to be included in the supply bags.  Please note, there will not be any medication distributed during this drill.

"Township residents are encouraged to assist in the drill by driving through the POD and receiving the supply bag.  The more people that participate the better prepared the Township will be in the event of an actual emergency," added Committeeman Frank DelCore.  
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Hillsborough Rewards Credit Card Program Accepting Grant Applications
Hillsborough Based Non-Profit Groups Serving Youth and
Seniors Invited to Apply - 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 
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
  • 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.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension To Host Community Education And Outreach Event

Hillsborough Township has partnered with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension on a grant that was awarded by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to improve water quality and reduce flooding in the Royce Brook Watershed. Hunt Club Road Pond, a retention pond located on Township Open Space property in the Fox Chase Estates residential development has been selected as a project site. The work will focus on re-establishing native vegetation along the northern shoreline, between the walking path and the pond. The vegetation has been selected to improve the ecological health of the pond and create a more inviting and engaging habitat for residents to enjoy. There will be a community education and outreach session hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension on Monday, September 25th at 7:00 PM in the rear multi-purpose room at the Hillsborough Township Municipal Complex. Details will be given about Hunt Club Road Pond Restoration Project and to inform Hillsborough residents of an opportunity to participate in the Rain Garden Rebate Program. A rain garden is a landscape shallow depression that allows water to absorb slowly into the ground, preventing stormwater runoff from carrying pollution to our drinking water resources. An initial meeting was held on June 7th.
September is National Preparedness Month

This week's theme is "Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger"

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Hillsborough Township to Host Annual Senior 
Olympics Tuesday, September 26th
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(Rescheduled from 9/19 due to weather)

The Hillsborough Township Senior Olympics will be held on Tuesday, September 26th, at the Ann Van Middlesworth Park. The Olympics will commence from 9am until 2pm with sign in beginning at 8:30 am. This Township sponsored event is open to all Hillsborough Senior Citizens of all fitness levels.

The participation fee is $10.00 per senior, which includes the Olympic games and a commemorative t-shirt.  All pre registered participants will receive participation in all games as well as a BBQ lunch.  Pre-registration to participate in the Olympics is required. Seniors are invited to contact Social Services at 908-369-3880 to register for this fun filled day.
The 15 Best Books for Business Professionals

A list of the newest business reads from 2016 and 2017;
curated by SCLSNJ's business librarians

Are you in need of innovation, inspiration, or organizational tactics for taking your business to the next level? Then look no further than your local Somerset County book providers - your Library and your neighborhood Barnes & Noble.

On October 17th from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble located at 319 US-202 in Bridgewater, SCLSNJ Librarians Manny Miracle and Cathy DeBerry will be discussing the 15 best (and newest) books for business professionals.

"Books written by titans in their industry provide valuable insights about succeeding in the face of daunting challenges and finding opportunity in the most unlikely places," said Manny Miracle, adult services librarian at SCLSNJ's Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch. "Quality information offers professionals a competitive advantage by sparking new ideas and providing cutting edge practices that benefit both client and provider."

Sunday, September 24th 12pm - 8pm @ Woods Road Firehouse

The 7th Annual Nick Magos Cancer Callout will be held on Sunday, September 24th at the Woods Road Firehouse. The Cancer Callout raises money throughout the year with their main event being "The CALLOUT." Each year, the event, named after Nick Magos, one of the founders of the Somerset County SWAT Team who passed away from cancer, is run by SWAT Team members and is designe d to benefit families who are in need of assistance due to their battle with cancer and or other life threatening illnesses.
Join the Steps Together Team at  Steeplechase Distance Walk & Run on September 24th

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The Steps Together team will participate in the Steeplechase Distance Walk & Run on September 24th in Hillsborough. The team will be raising funds for local families impacted by a medical crisis while also supporting the Cancer Center at RWJ-Somerset by participating in their race. Event options include a 2 Mile Walk, 5K, 10K or Sprints for Kids 2 to 11.

By joining the Steps Together team, you will automatically be registered to participate in the 2017 Steeplechase Distance Run/Walk.  Team members will receive weekly emails with training tips, suggested workouts, invites to group training and fundraising advice. In addition, all team members will receive a shirt to wear race day highlighting beneficiaries and sponsors.

New in 2017, the Steeplechase Distance Run/Walk added special pricing for those 15 and under across all events. This has allowed Steps Together to reduce the team price for those 15 and under to $25.

UNICO Italian Heritage Festival

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You're invited to attend an
Italian Heritage Festival Festival
Mary Mother of God Event Center 157 Triangle Rd. Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Sunday, Oct 1st  
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Rediscover your Italian heritage along with the opportunity to join one of the largest Italian-American Service organization in this country.

This wonderful event will be at no cost to you if you RSVP by Wed. Sep. 27th  and $10 per person thereafter.

Please contact John at (908) 295-4345 or email with your name and number of attendees or if you have any questions.

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.

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
County Bus Routes Now on Google Maps

Somerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine has announced that the county's public bus routes are now just a click away on Google Maps.

"The addition of our county bus routes to Google Transit will be a great convenience for students heading back to Raritan Valley Community College this fall, as well as for others who rely on our SCOOT, DASH and CAT buses for work or other transportation," Freeholder Levine said.

Go to Google Maps on desktop or mobile ( and click on the Directions arrow next to the search box. Select the public transit icon, enter your start point and destination within Somerset County, and get county bus route information to guide you to your destination.

Recovery Works! Public Invited to Community Celebration
Free Event will be held Saturday, Sept. 23rd

Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites residents age 18 and above to Somerset County's " Recovery Works! Celebrating Recovery as a Community Event" on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, located at 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

"We're holding this free event to acknowledge the resiliency of people recovering from mental health and substance use disorders," said Freeholder Levine, human services liaison.  

The community program, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., includes coffee and a light breakfast. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $25 Dunkin Donuts gift card and other prizes. Planned activities include games, puzzles, an adult coloring corner and a healthy cooking demonstration at 10 a.m. Yoga, meditation and gardening workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 12 to 1 p.m. 

'Project Warm Your Heart' Clothing Drive

The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is conducting its eighth annual "Project Warm Your Heart" to collect new or gently-used coats, mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for children only.  Donations are requested by Oct. 31.

Children of families served by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and other organizations will benefit from this winter-clothing drive, which follows the commission's recent collection of school supplies held during the summer months.

Donations may be dropped off to the Somerset County Freeholders' Office on the third floor of the county administration building at 20 Grove St., Somerville, now through Tuesday, Oct. 31. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Columbus Day. Free parking is available in the adjacent Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street.

October Program Schedule - All Senior Centers

The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services have announced the October program schedule. All programs begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

This month, all centers will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of Columbus Day.

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.

Disability Advocates Awards Nominations Sought

Somerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites residents to nominate an individual, organization or business in Somerset County whose efforts in the area of advocacy, service and inclusion on behalf of persons with disabilities is exemplary.

The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services is seeking nominations for its 2017 Disability Advocates Awards Program to acknowledge individuals, businesses or organizations that promote independence and empower adults and children who have disabilities to freely exercise their life choices and fully participate in community life. The deadline  for nominations is Friday, Oct. 6.

"I hope residents will take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on these exemplary leaders of our community who through their actions demonstrate compassion, respect, and empowerment for people with disabilities," said Freeholder Brian D. Levine, Office on Aging and Disability Services liaison.  "Their efforts enhance the lives of others and help them to lead fuller, more productive lives.  We are honored to recognize these praiseworthy people who serve Somerset County."

For a nomination form, call (908) 704-6346, go to the county website at  and click on "Disability Services" on the left or  dial 711 Telecommunications Relay Services if you have a hearing or speech disability.

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