Issue: 2017 April 21
April 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

April is Autism Awareness Month

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci presents the Autism Awareness Month Proclamations and thanks all the community support organizations
At the April 11th Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee declared April as National Autism Awareness Month and vowed to continue to support programs dedicated to Hillsborough's special needs community. 

Autism is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder that manifests itself and affects the social, learning, and behavioral skills.  It is currently estimated that Autism affects 1 in 68 children nationally, with rates being highest in New Jersey, where the diagnosis rate for a child with an autism spectrum disorder has increased to 1 in 41, up 12 percent from previously released rate of 1 in 45 in 2014.

Boys are four and a half times more than girls to be affected by Autism, but there are no racial, ethnic or social boundaries, and neither income, lifestyle, nor education affects the occurrence.

A single specific cause of autism is not known, but current research links it to biological or neurological differences in the brain, as well as environmental assaults and neurotoxins.  Accurate, early diagnosis and the resulting appropriate education and medical intentions are vital to the growth and development of the individual.

Pictured: After the Autism Awareness Month Proclamation presentation, community members join Mayor Carl Suraci to sign the bulletin board to show their support for Autism
New Jersey offers a wide range of services and support to this population through various organizations for Autism.  Organizations and individuals such as Governor Chris Christie, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Autism New Jersey, Autism Speaks, Somerset County Therapeutic Recreation, Bella Vida Coaching Services, Hillsborough Board of Education's Special Services Department, Hillsborough Department of Parks & Recreation, Hillsborough Police Department, Hillsborough Rescue Squad, Hillsborough Rotary Club, Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Companies No.1, No.2, and No.3, Neshanic Fire Company, Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Organization for Autism Research (OAR), Somerset County Sheriff's Office, Somerset County Special Olympics, Legend Equestrian, Mission Cognition, and Norz Hill Farm enhance  awareness  throughout  our community by providing quality care, support or services to individuals diagnosed with Autism.

Hillsborough Business Association Holds Social Networking Event

Pictured: Township Administration Anthony Ferrera, Committeeman Greg Burchette, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Jeff Wilke, Mayor Carl Suraci, Committeeman Frank DelCore, and Business Advocate David Kois
Thank you to all those who attended the HBA Business Social at the Restaurant at Royce Brook earlier this week. With over 130 Hillsborough Business Community Members and Township Officials in attendance, it was a great opportunity for networking and developing new relationships within the community.  Guest speaker Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, gave a great talk on "Inventing For Customers at Amazon".  

The new "Experience Hillsborough" video was unveiled at the event.  The video, posted below, is now available for viewing on Hillsborough's YouTube Channel.

"Experience Hillsborough" Video Now Available on YouTube

Experience Hillsborough, NJ
Experience Hillsborough, NJ
Updated Evening Hours for Township Residents
Construction Office - Tuesdays until 7 pm
Clerk's Office: 2nd and 4th Tuesday until 7 pm
Health Office: 2nd Tuesday until 7 pm (starting May 9th)


Mayor Carl Suraci reminded residents that various offices offer evening hours for limited services at the Township.  
  • The Construction Office remains open until 7pm each Tuesday to pick up permit applications, accept permits, schedule inspections and other limited services. 
  • The Clerk's Office is open until 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month for notary services and voter registration. 
  • The Health Office / Registrar of Vital Statistics is open until 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. 
The Office of Vital Statistics (Health Office) offers the following services for Township Residents: certified copies of all vital records, including marriage / civil union certificates, birth and death certificates, again provided the event occurred in Hillsborough, and marriage / civil union licenses for residents by appointment only. Residents can also utilize this time to drop off food items and donations for the Hillsborough Community Assistance Network (CAN) and pick up recycling buckets at the Office of Vital Statistics during these extended hours. 

"In the event that there is an issue that cannot be dealt with during the evening hours, the information will be gathered and followed up by the appropriate personnel the next day," added Mayor Suraci.
Operation Take Back
The Day to Dispose of your Unused, Unwanted, and Expired Household Medicine

Date:  Saturday, April 29, 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 a household medicine that you wish to dispose of please come to the Municipal Complex between the listed hours.
Clean Up Coupons Available
Tickets are Going Fast, Get Yours Today!

Coupons for access to drop off at the Auten Road Facility 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.  

  • Coupons are distributed on a first come first serve basis  
  • Limited availability for May 20th and June 3rd
  • One coupon per household per year

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Registration Now Open for Recreation Programs

Run Around the Park  is this  Sunday, April 23  at Ann Van Middlesworth Park.  Event day registration will be available at the park ($25 per person, exact cash or check only).  Check-in and Registration will be from  8:00 to 8:45 .  The run/walk starts at  9:00am .  Join us for a fun, non-competitive, 3-mile run/walk through two parks!

Spring Recreation Programs
There is space still available in the following Spring recreation programs:
  • Running Club (co-ed, grades 3-6) 
  • Scrap-U (coed, grades K-6) 
  • Youth Skateboarding (co-ed, grades 4-8)
Spring Adult Bocce League
Registration is still open for the Spring Adult Bocce League.  Games are played at Ann Van Middlesworth Park on Saturdays beginning on  April 29 for 6 weeks.  Games are played from  9:30 to 11:30am and each team plays two games per day.  Pre-registration is required and all participants receive the Hillsborough Bocce Club t-shirt!

Summer Camp Registration
Summer Recreation  Camp registration begins 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 are available on the Parks & Recreation website.

Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #3 Auxiliary
Blood Drive

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

324 Woods Road Hillsborough, NJ 08844


Or visit and use Sponsor Code:Woods Road

Donor Eligibility Guidelines: Click Here  or call 1-800-RED CROSS
Donation Tips (including tips for after donating):   Click Here
Tips to boost your iron level:  Click Here

Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Full Time Clerk - Finance Department
  • Full Time Police Officers
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
  • Part Time Building Maintenance Person
  • Part Time Plumbing Inspector

News From Somerset County
Rental Assistance Info Session - April 26  

Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh invites county residents to learn about the Rental Assistance Program as part of the county's Housing Month activities.

County staff will host an information session and eligibility screening for the Somerset County Rental Assistance Program at the Somerset County Human Services building at 27 Warren St., Somerville, on Wednesday, April 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Information will be provided from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and staff will be available to answer questions from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The program offers up to 15 months of rental assistance to working families. The maximum subsidy provided is $300 per month.

"The goal of this program is to help working families who are struggling, or who have suffered a setback financially, to achieve financial stability by completing the entire program," said Freeholder Walsh.

After a brief overview, staff will be available to answer questions and review eligibility criteria, which are listed below. For more information about the program before the event, call the Somerset County Community Development Office at (908) 541-5756.  It is suggested, but not required, that you RSVP for the information session by Monday, April 24.

To qualify for the Rental Assistance Program:
  • All adults in the household must work at least 30 hours per week.
  • Clients must also complete a monthly household budget and meet monthly with a case manager.
  • Applicants must have a formal lease at a rate that is lower than the Fair Market Rental Rate.
  • Income limits are:                 
                   1 Person - $51,500           2 People - $58,800
                   3 People - $66,200           4 People - $73,500
                   5 People - $79,400           6 People - $85,300

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 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 16: HHS Band Raffle
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

Township Committee Meeting 4/25/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 4/27/2017 7:30 PM

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2nd & 4th Tuesdays until 7pm

2nd Tuesday until 7pm  (No Evening Hours January, February, and March)

Tuesdays until 7pm

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Recreation 2017 Spring Activities Guide
Registration now ongoing