Issue: 2017 October 6
October 6, 2017
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This e-newsletter is brought to you by the Hillsborough Township Committee 
Carl Suraci
Deputy Mayor
Gloria McCauley
Greg Burchette
Frank DelCore
Doug Tomson

October is National Down Syndrome Acceptance Month
Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci along with representatives from Gigi's Playhouse and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley

At the September 26th Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and the Hillsborough Township Committee declared October as National Down Syndrome Acceptance Month and asked all citizens to celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of those with Down Syndrome.  Representatives from Gigi's Playhouse were recognized at the meeting for the work they do to support individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.

Approximately 1 in every 792 children are born with Down syndrome, representing an estimated 6,000 births per year in the United States. There are over 400,000 individuals living with Down Syndrome in the United States. People with Down Syndrome contribute to their families, their schools, their co-workers and society. They have hopes and dreams and make a difference in this world.

GiGi's Playhouse is a National Down Syndrome Achievement Center serving children and adults of all ages, providing educational and therapeutic programs at no charge in a format that individuals with Down Syndrome learn best, and their mission is to change the way the world sees Down Syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down Syndrome, their families and the community. GiGi's Playhouse in Hillsborough has successfully supported over 300 families in Central New Jersey since opening on January 2015. through community support have been  able to educate others about Down Syndrome. GiGi's Playhouse's vision is to maximize self confidence and empower individuals to achieve their greatest potential.  Their goal is to create a world where individuals with Down Syndrome are accepted and embraced in their families, schools and community. 
Local Karate Competition Team Recognized at Township Committee Meeting

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley along with Takeshi Mayer, Tres Marvin, Evan Meyer, Annalise Meyer,  Sensei J Jeffrey Molesko and Sempai William Nehlsen
At the September 26th Township Committee Meeting, the Shito Ryu Karate Do Genbu Kai New Jersey competition team was presented with a proclamation for their successful season.

The team consisting of Takeshi Mayer, Tres Marvin, Evan Meyer, Annalise Meyer, under the instruction of Sensei J Jeffrey Molesko and Sempai William Nehlsen, participated in  in a total of 12 events at the 2017 AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) National Karate Tournament held in Raleigh, NC on June 28 through July 1, 2017.

Takeshi Mayer competed in six competitions and earned a Bronze medal in the heavyweight Sanbon   Kumite division. Tres Marvin competed in two events in his first National competition. Evan Meyer competed in two events in his first Nationals and earned a Bronze medal in the heavyweight Green Belt Sanbon Kumite division. Annalise Meyer participated in two events in her first Nationals and was able to win one round of Kata before being eliminated from the bracket.
7th Annual Cancer Call Out

The 7th Annual Nick Magos Cancer CallOut was held on Sunday, September 24th.  The Cancer CallOut raises money throughout the year with their main event being "The CALLOUT."  Each year, the event, n amed 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 designed to benefit families who are in need of assistance due to their battle with cancer and or other life threatening illnesses. 

Pictured: Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Committeeman Greg Burchette, and Committeeman Doug Tomson with members of the Somerset County SWAT Team.
Asian Indian Heritage Association Holds Annual  Garba and Dandia Night

Mayor Carl Suraci,  Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Committeeman Doug Tomson attended Garba and Dandia Night, held at Hillsborough High School on Saturday, September 30th.   The festival,  hosted by the Asian Indian Heritage Association,  is held each year to celebrate Indian Heritage.

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci,  Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Committeeman Doug Tomson with members of the Asian Indian Heritage Association
Halloween Events Planned in Hillsborough Township

Children's Halloween Party
October 26th
Join us for a fun filled afternoon of Halloween fun!  Take a hayride to our pumpkin patch and walk through our haunted house.  Don't forget to wear your costume!  The fee is $5 per child, and pre-registration is required.

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Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest at the Dog Park October 28th
The third annual Howl-O-Ween at the Ann Van Middlesworth Park Dog Park will feature a dog parade and costume contest.  Registration is free and begins at 8:30 am on October 28th.  The parade will begin at 9:00 am at the pavilion.  There will be vendors, prizes, and fun for all!  

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:
  • Assistant Building Subcode Official 
  • Multi-Licensed UCC Inspector, Full Time 
  • Building Maintenance Part time 
Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic 
For Dogs And Cats 3 Months & Older

Saturday October 7, 2017
9:00 Am -10:30 Am
National Guard Armory
151 Eggert Crossing Rd
Lawrenceville, NJ

-- Rain Or Shine --

**Pets must be leashed or in carriers and accompanied by an adult**

All visitors are required to stop at the gate and provide identification.

The rabies clinic is sponsored by the Lawrence Township Health Department 
Questions? Call 844-7092
Special Event at the SCLSNJ Hillsborough Library Branch
Friends of the Hillsborough Library Annual Book Sale

The Friends of the Hillsborough Library will host their annual used book and media sale at the Hillsborough Municipal Building. The huge selection includes recent used books for adults, children, and teens, as well as electronic media. Some of the categories of books for sale include: current fiction, sci-fi, romance, history, biography, sports, science, business, cooking, crafts, gardening, textbooks, reference, holiday, literature, self-help, and much more. There will be DVDs of movies and TV series for adults and children, as well as many music CDs, books on CD, and games. All proceeds of the sale support SCLSNJ's Hillsborough Library branch.

Operation Take Back
The Day to Dispose of your Unused, Unwanted, and Expired Household Medicine

Date:  Saturday, October 28, 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 household medicine that you wish to dispose of, please come to the Municipal Complex between the listed hours.
Hillsborough Township Police Department Reaches Out to the Community for Assistance with Domestic Violence

Hillsborough, NJ -October 4, 2017 -The Hillsborough Township Police Department seeks volunteers to join their Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) through its partnership with Safe+Sound Somerset, a private non-profit organization in Somerset County that provides support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence.

DVRT volunteers are specially trained members of the community who assist victims of domestic violence at local police stations. They work collaboratively with law enforcement to supply information and resources to victims in the aftermath of very stressful and traumatic events. They help victims with safety planning and navigating the Temporary Restraining Order process. By providing empathy and information, volunteers help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license as well as access to reliable transportation. In addition, volunteers must participate in an interview process, submit to background checks and successfully complete Safe+Sound Somerset's mandatory 40 hour training. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required.

Be an agent of change in our community. Contact Rochelle Ostenfeld,, 908-359-0003 x 201 at Safe+Sound Somerset for more information about how you can become a Domestic Violence Response Team volunteer and help to stop the cycle of violence!

About Safe+Sound Somerset -Founded in 1978, Safe+Sound Somerset is the only non-profit organization in Somerset County exclusively dedicated to serving those whose lives have been impacted by domestic abuse. Services include counseling for adults and children, emergency shelter, transitional housing and legal advocacy. If you or someone you know needs help, please call or text our 24 hour, confidential hotline at 866-685-1122. For more information, visit
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.

JCP&L Fall Routine & UV/IR Patrols Pre-Flight Notice

Starting on Friday October 13th   (weather permitting), Chesapeake Bay Helicopters will be performing UV/IR patrols on the 500kV and 230kV and will also be performing Routine Patrols/Inspections on the 115kV lines in JCP&L. Chesapeake Bay Helicopters will be patrolling JCP&L territory full time until the inspections are complete. The patrols are estimated to take 7-10 days to complete and will be carried out by the following helicopters - please see the attached photos and following information:  

N748CB - All-black Hughes MD500 
N90TJ - Black & Silver, Hughes MD500 
A routine patrol/inspection is a general, overall look at the transmission line and associated hardware. The helicopter will be traveling at speeds of 25-30mph and may at times hover over top of structures and/or spans of conductor to get a better look at any problems/issues found during patrols.  

An infrared (UV/IR) patrol is similar to a routine patrol in terms of speed (20-30mph) but special equipment mounted on the bottom of the aircraft is used to get a detailed look at the conductor, insulators, shield wire, and their associated hardware through the infrared and ultraviolet spectrum.  

It should be noted that the contractor has been authorized to patrol the transmission circuits in their entirety (i.e. "breaker-to-breaker"), so patrols on certain lines may therefore extend into the neighboring regions. The flight crew provides information on their daily location to both Transmission Lines Maintenance and the FCC, and the pilot will be in communication with any local airports when in their airspace.  

If you have any questions please contact your local JCP&L Area Manager.  

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:

Other News From Around Town
Local Couple Recycles Metal for Charity

A local Belle Mead couple, Brenda Overcash and Tom West started a wire and metal recycling program seven years ago, with the proceeds being given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Pictured: Tom West, Lauren West, and Brenda Overcash
Brenda and Tom pick up donations at residences and sometimes commercial organizations. All metals-iron, steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, and aluminum-and objects with an electric cord, motors and cords all by themselves are accepted. Donations of all sizes have been collected, ranging from tools, nails, pots and pans to major appliances and grills. They have also recycled some unique items,such as 150+ lockers from the Hillsborough and Bridgewater YMCAs and a storage container that weighed nearly 10,000 pounds. One Hillsborough resident, Emily Benadon, has said "being able to get rid of fire pits, cooking pans, smart phone cords and metal shelves by giving them to a good cause instead of simply throwing them in the weekly garbage is one way to make a difference in our community. Since meeting Brenda and Tom when volunteering at a local road race event several years ago and hearing about how they recycle for Cystic Fibrosis, I have been donating metal and wire to their program and I tell my neighbors about it."

Last year, the work of this family and their friends, enabled them to donate $9,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They look forward to continuing this program to increase the materials that are recycled in the community and support the work of the Foundation to find a cure for this fatal disease. Contact Brenda at for additional 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.

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
Fall Leaf Cleanup Help Available

Do you know an elderly or disabled person who needs help getting his or her yard ready for the winter months?

The Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services will have volunteers available in November to rake leaves for elderly and disabled homeowners around the county who have no other means to do yard work.

If you need this service or know someone who does, contact the Office of Volunteer Services by Oct. 31 at (908) 541-5715.

Additional volunteers are still needed as well. The annual leaf clean-up project will take place Saturday, Nov. 18. However, anyone who would like to help but cannot make it that day is welcome to schedule an alternative date by calling the Office of Volunteer Services at (908) 541-5715.

Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic To Be Held October 14th
Residents, first responders are invited to consider this convenient option.

Somerset County adult residents age 18 and over to are invited totake advantage of a drive-thru flu-shot clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 .

The cost for the flu shot is $5 for the general public and free for emergency and first responders, with proper identification.

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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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