Issue: 2017 April 13
April 13, 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

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Pictured: Vice Chair of Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance Pamela Borek, Alliance Member Deanna Cannatelli, Chairman Gil Pilarte, Member Lisa Gulla, Secretary Minda Maggio, and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
At the March 28th Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee joined the National Council On Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) in proclaiming that April 2017 is Alcohol Awareness Month in Hillsborough Township. Additionally, the Mayor and Township Committee call upon all Hillsborough citizens, parents, governmental agencies, public and private institutions, businesses, and schools in Hillsborough Township to support the efforts that will reduce stigma, increase community awareness and increase support for individuals and families coping with alcoholism. Through these efforts, together, we can provide "Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow" for those in our community who are facing challenges with alcohol use and abuse.

Did you know? *
  • Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States where one in every 12 adults (17.6 million people) suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence.
  • An estimated 90,000 people die each year from excessive use of alcohol such as: drinking and driving crashes, other accidents, falls, fires, alcohol - related homicides and suicides.
  • More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking and more than 10% of children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.
  • Young people aged 12-20 years old drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States with 90% of this being binge drinking and where people who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21.
  • Alcohol related problems cost America $224 billion ($746 per person) in lost productivity, absenteeism, healthcare costs, crime and family - related problems.
  • The typical American will see 100,000 beer commercials before he or she turns 18.
The Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance envisions having our local community understand that alcohol use and abuse is a chronic condition that can be successfully prevented and treated.  The Municipal Alliance is a committee of volunteers who works tirelessly to provide programs focusing on education and prevention for all members of the community.   Visit the "Resources & Links" section of the Municipal Alliance's website for helpful information.

* Data provided by Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance

April 9-15 is National Library Week

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Mayor Carl Suraci, Library Area Manager Karen Pifher, Members of the Library Advisory Board Leslie Wise and Nandina Dutta, and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
At the April 11th Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee presented a proclamation recognizing National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017,  and encouraged all residents of Hillsborough Township to visit the library this week to take advantage of the wonderful resources available.  This year's theme, "Libraries Transform", helps raise awareness of the critical role libraries play in today's digital society.

Libraries and librarians open up a world of possibilities through innovative STEAM programming, Makerspaces,  job-seeking resources and the power of reading.  They create potential and possibilities within their communities, campuses and schools by providing a level playing field for all who seek information and access to technology.

All libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week.  In addition, Tuesday, April 11th was National Library Workers Day, recognizing the wonderful contributions made by all library workers. Wednesday, April 12th is National Bookmobile Day, recognizing the contribution Bookmobiles make and the services they provide to our community.

Hillsborough Children Scramble for Easter Eggs at Annual Rotary Egg Hunt

Pictured: Committeeman Greg Burchette with Padro, Caryn, Anthony, Anabell and Avelynn Antunes
Despite the chilly temps and change in venue, hundreds of children, with their parents in tow, poured into the Triangle Road Athletic Complex this Saturday to participate in the Hillsborough Rotary Club's annual Easter Egg Hunt.  About 4,000 treat-filled plastic eggs, along with miniature footballs provided by the Junior Raiders Football organization, were snapped up in a matter of minutes. Then it was off to the concession stand, where volunteers served free hot dogs, water and coffee to a grateful crowd. Face painters turned out dozens of smiling bunny faces, while an exciting mix of rock and roll music played over a concert quality audio system provided by Audio Cafe.  Children were treated to a close up view of the Woods Road Fire Company's ladder truck.  And, of course, the Easter Bunny made lasting memories for children and their parents.  

Along with the Hillsborough Rotary Club's summer Rotary Fair, the Eater Egg Hunt has become an annual Hillsborough family tradition for the past 16 years.

Autism Awareness Around Town

April is Autism Awareness Month and Sunday April 2nd was World Autism Day.  Various events were held around Hillsborough to honor the day, including free hayrides at Norz Hill Farm & Market, blue specials and free blue sprinkles at Super Sundaes, a hula hoop contest at Fit n Firm and a Human Austism Awareness Ribbon hosted by Mission Cognition: Special Education Enrichment and Training Center.
Pictured: Committeeman Greg Burchette, Committeman Doug Tomson with his daugheters, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Ashley Rose of Mission Cognition
Pictured: Super Sundaes owner Jayne Mochnacz, Committeeman Doug Tomson and his daugthers.
Pictured: Pictured Committeeman Doug Tomson with his daughters at the hula hoop contest
Pictured:  Norz Hill Farm Proprietors Richie and Debbie Norz at the hayride

Clean Up Coupons Available for Auten Road Facility

Coupons for access to drop off at the Auten Road Facility and Senior Citizen stickers for curbside pickup are now available at the Hillsborough Township Department of Public Works (DPW) office, located at 21 East Mountain Road, Monday through Friday, 7am to 3pm.  The coupons are distributed on a first come first serve basis.  There are 150 pickup coupons available per date.  

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Registration Now Open for Recreation Programs

Parks & Recreation Field Status:  We are aware everyone is eager to get their seasons underway and play on the fields in town.  However, due to the snow melt and rain the past week, many fields are unplayable due to the conditions.  Please monitor the Field Closure page  on the Parks & Recreation website daily for field status updates.  We are asking all organizations to respect the field closures to allow our parks department to properly maintain the fields in order to provide quality and safe playing conditions throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons.  We thank you for your patience and hope you all have a great season.

Run Around the Park  - April 23rd
The 4th Annual Run Around the Park will be  Sunday, April 23rd . Join us for a family-fun day and non-competitive, recreational fun run at the park!  Why run around one park, when you can run around two?  The 3-mile course begins at Ann Van Middlesworth Park and continues to Woodfield Park before returning to AVM.  Pre-registration is required and available on the Parks & Recreation website. 

Summer Camp Registration
Summer Recreation Camp registration began on Friday, February 17.    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 26  and run for 8 weeks through  August 18 .  Information and registration is available on the Parks & Recreation website. 

Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Part Time Office Assistant -  Administration/Clerk's Office 
  • Full Time Police Officers
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
  • Part Time Building Maintenance Person
  • Part Time Plumbing Inspector

News From Somerset County
Youth Leadership Somerset is Accepting 
Deadline is May 15  
Deadline is May 15

Youth Leadership Somerset, a leadership development program for Somerset County youth entering grades 9-12, is accepting applications for the 2017/2018 program year, which runs September through May. Classes are held one Saturday per month for approximately four to six hours. The application deadline is Monday, May 15. 

"The Youth Leadership Somerset program helps students expand their critical thinking, collaboration and communications skills," said Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer, liaison to the youth leadership program.  "Participants will be introduced to community leaders and challenged to explore current issues that impact their communities."

The application is available online. Students are asked to email the completed application to, and to mail a signed copy of the application and the reference letter to Youth Leadership Somerset, c/o Melania Tchir, Somerset County, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876-1262. The application should be postmarked no later than May 15.

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 May 15, 2017

Register Now for Dukes 50th Anniversary Season

The Hillsborough  Dukes  Pop Warner Football and Cheer program is celebrating their 50th  Anniversary  this 2017 Season. They have proudly serviced Hillsborough's youth since 1967 by promoting excellence both on the field and in the classroom.

This upcoming season the  Dukes are planning a homecoming weekend in September.  To plan for these events, we are reaching out to all  Dukes Alumni to gather facts, memorabilia, photos or any information that may have been lost over the last 50 years.  If you had any affiliation with the Hillsborough  Dukes, Little  Dukes, or Dukettes in the past please fill out our short questionnaire.

Click here to fill out survey

We hope to see you this fall.  GO DUKES!!

Register for the 2017 season at


ARIS/HMS 2016-2017 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 local businesses; valid through 9/30/17

Businesses included this year are SHOPRITE, Amwell Auto, Angelo, B & C Florist, Bagelicious, Big Bang Music, Bountiful Gardens, Carvel, Chicken Holiday, China Moon, Culinary Creations, Dave's Computers, The Day Spa at Hair Plus, Divine Curry, Dunkin Donuts, Earth Fruits Yogurt, Fruity Yogurt, Hillsborough Cinemas, Hillsborough Vision Center, IHOP, Impact Training, Jumbo Palace, Just Subs, Koko Fit, Kumon of Hillsborough, Lenny's Pizza & Pasta, Mailbox Business Center, Marianna's Pizzeria, Olympia Sports, Renaissance Hair Salon & Spa, Rita's Water Ice, Saladworks, Super Sundaes, Wendy's.   
Special Promotion:  Buy 5 cards, get 1 card free!

If you would like to purchase a discount card, please email Linda at   You can also purchase them via Community Pass.

Thank you for your support!
Event Flyers
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April 14: Fundraiser for Service Dog at EarthFruits Yogurt
April 15: Indoor Farmers Market
April 21: HHS Winterguard - Children of the Forest
April 22: Hillsborough Band Parents Association Clothing Drive
April 23: Run Around the Park
April 23: Paint Your Pet Fundraiser
April 23: Hillsborough Reformed Church Concert Series
April 23: Robo Raiders Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at Applebee's
April 26: Woods Road Firehouse Blood Drive
April 27: Community Health Fair at Foothill Acres 
April 27: Neshanic Garden Club Spring Luncheon
April 29: Pre-Loved Kids Clothing Sale
April 29: WRSHA Clothing Drive
May 1: Flag Art Contest entries due
May 4: Personal Safety for High School Seniors
May 3: Sammy's Hope Charity Golf Outing
May 12 & 13: Neshanic Volunteer Fire Co. Flower Sale
May 20: Family Fun Day for Special Needs Children and Their Families
May 20: Walk
June 10: Senior Chapter A Indoor Flea Market
July 10-14 - Duke Farms Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Planning Board 4/13/2017
Board of Adjustment 4/19/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 4/25/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 4/27/2017 7:30 PM

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