Issue: 2017 May 12
May 12, 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

Eagle Scout Thomas J. Vlattas Honored with Proclamation

Pictured: Thomas Vlattas and his parents, Mayor Carl Suraci and Committeeman Frank DelCore
Thomas Vlattas, a Senior at Hillsborough High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 489, has recently earned the status of Eagle Scout.  At the April 25th Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee recognized the hard work and many hours Thomas dedicated to achieving this highly coveted position.

Thomas' Eagle Scout Project consisted of installing 17 cubic yards of stone at Oak Springs Girl Scout Camp to provide a dry surface for working and storing equipment and tools.  Thomas is also a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and a Peer Mentor at Hillsborough High School. Thomas will be attending college in the fall as a Business Major and hopes to obtain his MBA.

Thomas serves as an example to the youth of Hillsborough Township through his high level leadership and community service, and Hillsborough is fortunate to have him as a member of our community.
Maxavier Steimel Earns Rank of Eagle Scout

Pictured: Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Mazavier Steimel and his parents and Committeeman Frank DelCore
Maxavier Steimel, a Senior at Hillsborough High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 89, was honored with a proclamation at the May 9th Township Committee Meeting for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.  Maxavier worked with diligence in order to achieve this highly coveted position.

Maxavier's Eagle Scout Project consisted of building and donating a U.S. Flag Retirement Bin for Hillsborough Township citizens to retire torn and tattered U.S. Flags in an honored fashion.  The Flag Retirement Bin has been a wonderful addition to the Hillsborough Township Municipal Complex.  Community members  have already donated enough flags to fill the bin multiple times.

Maxavier, who will be attending SUNY Cortland in the fall, serves as an example to the youth of Hillsborough Township through his high level leadership and community service.  
Skate Park at AVM Gets Renovated
Ribbon Cutting Friday, May 12th at 6 pm

Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley announced that this Friday, May 12th at 6 pm there will be an official ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Skate Park.

Last summer the Township contracted with Rampage, LLC for the installation of a new skate park ramp for the Skate Park at Ann Van Middlesworth Park.

The renovations included a new state of the art concrete skate bowl and ramp.  In addition, a new bike ramp was added to the park.  

"Join us on Friday evening at 6 pm for the ribbon  cutting of the newly renovated park.  We look forward to seeing you all there at the Skate Park. Funding for the renovations came through  capital planning recommendations and investing in our parks is a priority of the Township making it One of the Best Places to live in America," commented Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley during the announcement.
Hillsborough Named Among Safest Cities in New Jersey by SafeWise Report

The SafeWise Report identifying the "50 Safest Communities in New Jersey" was released last week,
naming Hillsborough Township among the Safest Communities in New Jersey. 

To create the report, SafeWise reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. Cities with fewer than 10,000 residents and  cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were eliminated .   The remaining cities were narrowed down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city was calculated.

Air Force Veteran, Ron Newsom, to Serve at 2017 Grand Marshal
Program Set for Saturday, May 27th

Mr. Ron Newsom, Air Force Buck Sergeant E4 will serve as Grand Marshal of Hillsborough's 2017 Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony on May 27 th  in the Garden of Honor, announced Committeeman Greg Burchette, Liaison to the Veterans Committee, at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting.  

Veteran Ron Newsom served in Vietnam as part of the 96th Combat Support Group.   Upon  returning to the States, he was stationed in Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas.  After leaving the Air Force, Newsom returned to his hometown of Memphis to attend the University of Memphis.  He retired from Kraft Foods after a 30 year career in various management positions.  

Veteran Newsom is a 25 year resident of Hillsborough where he lives with Rose, his wife of nearly 50 years.  He is the father to DeLisa LaPolice, Matt Newsom and Shawna Guzy as well as 6 grandchildren.   Veteran Newsom is also a Past Grand Knight with the Somerville Knights of Columbus, Past-President of the Hunterdon Barbershop Chorus, President of Hearthstone at Hillsborough Active over 55 Community and he is also a member of the Mary, Mother of God choir.

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Duke Farms Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Duke Farms Visitor Education Assistant Carl Cucchiara, Duke Farms Executive Director Michael Catania and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
This month marks the 5th anniversary of Duke Farms opening to the public.  At the May 9th Township Committee Meeting, Mayor Suraci and the Township Committee recognized Duke Farms on their 5 years of service to the community.

The cultural landscape which includes lakes, waterfalls, fountains, bridges, carriage ways, and three iconic stone barns (the Farm Barn, the Coach Barn, and the Hay Barn), was initially created in the late 1800s by James Buchanan Duke and his daughter Doris Duke.  After a period of extensive renovations, Duke Farms reopened to the public, free of charge, on May 19, 2012. The renovations included two LEED Platinum buildings (the Visitors Orientation Center and the Orchid Range), a large photovoltaic solar array, geothermal heating and cooling, and a constructed wetlands wastewater treatment system among a wide array of demonstrations of sustainability and green architecture.

Duke Farms now provides a wide range of educational programs ranging from environmental education programs for children and adults, professional training programs, a 462 plot community garden, and a Bike Share Program, as well as meeting space for organizations involved in activities integral to the mission of Duke Farms. S ince the re-opening in May of 2012, more than two million visitors have taken advantage of all that Duke Farms has to offer, and Duke Farms has quickly become both a regional destination and a place where visitors of all ages can enjoy both nature and a respite from their busy lives.

The Mayor and the Township Committee recognized Duke Farms for their efforts in environmental stewardship and the inspiration they provide for their visitors, express their sincere appreciation for the prominent and supporting role that Duke Farms has come to play in the local community, and extended their best wishes to Duke Farms for much continued success in the future.
Municipal Alliance Joins Adopt a Highway to Keep Route 206 Litter Free and Bring Awareness to Mission of Alliance

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci with members of the Hillsborough Millstone Municipal Alliance
Members of the Municipal Alliance were recently out on Route 206 as part of the NJDOT Adopt a Highway campaign to bring awareness to the Municipal Alliance, their efforts and BOROAWARE. The Municipal Alliance is a volunteer organization that works to assist the community in providing education and prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.

Municipal Alliance Vision:
The Hillsborough-Millstone Municipal Alliance envisions having our local community understand that alcoholism and drug addictions are chronic conditions that can be successfully prevented and treated, and to create an environment that promotes and protects the mental, social and physical health of community members.

Municipal Alliance Mission:
The mission of the Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance is to change lives by empowering our communities to combat substance abuse and its related problems at home, school and work with proven, practical resources; prevention education and advocacy.
Green Living and Wellness Fair Date Set for June 3rd
  • In Partnership with the YMCA - 17th Annual Hillsborough YMCA HOP 5K
  • The Hop is at 8 am and the Fair is from 9am - Noon @ Municipal Building
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Learn about Living a Healthy and Green Lifestyle
Participating local businesses will have informative presentations, displays and demonstrations to raise awareness of the many facets of living a healthy lifestyle, including making sound nutritional choices, making long-term life planning decisions, choosing a green lifestyle as well as many health screenings.

Those organizations wishing to participate in the Fair must register in advance by calling the Health Department at 908-369-5652 or by filling out this registration form.

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Poster Contest for School-Aged Children
There will be a poster contest open to all school-aged Hillsborough residents to design a "Living Green" themed poster. Submitted posters should communicate a positive message on the benefits of living a Green Lifestyle, on an 8 1/2 x 11 size paper. Please include name, address, home phone number, age, grade and school on the back of the poster. Posters must be submitted to the Administration Office by Friday, June 2nd at 4:00 pm for consideration for the contest. All participants will receive a certificate of participation from Mayor Suraci and finalist prizes will be presented at a future Township Committee meeting.

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Run in the Hillsborough Hop
Hillsborough YMCA is pleased to sponsor the event which has continued to grow over the past 16 years and has become a fun, spring fitness tradition in the Hillsborough community. The event raises funds that help Hillsborough YMCA fulfill its mission to keep programs and services available to all, regardless of income. 

To register to participate in the YMCA Hop 5K, please visit the   YMCA website
Registration Now Open for Recreation Programs

Summer Camp Registration
Summer Recreation Camp registrations are currently being accepted.  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 26th and run for 8 weeks through August 18th.  Information and registration are available on the Parks & Recreation website.

Summer Recreation Basketball Leagues
Registration for the in-town summer recreation basketball leagues is open and the deadline is  May 19th . The program is open to boys finishing grades 5 to 8 and girls entering grades 4 to 9.  The season begins on  June 26th  and runs for 7 weeks.  All games are played at Ann Van Middlesworth Park.  Girls play on Mondays and Wednesdays and boys play on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Summer Boys Rookie League Basketball
Boys finishing grades 3 and 4 are eligible for the Boys Summer Rookie League.  Registration deadline is  May 19th .  Games are played  on Sunday  evenings at Ann Van Middlesworth Park beginning on  June 4  and running for 4 weeks.

Clean Up Coupons Available
Coupons are Going Fast, Get Yours Today!

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 July 8th - Limited availability for all dates.
  • 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
  • Technical Assistant/Office Clerk - Part Time
  • Building Inspector - Part Time
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
  • Part Time Building Maintenance Person

Hillsborough Express Commuter Service 

Offered By:  Coach USA
Weekday express service between Hillsborough, NJ and Midtown Manhattan. 

Operates:  Monday - Friday,  excluding holidays .

Buy Online
Tickets and passes purchased on Suburban Transit's website can either be printed or displayed on your mobile device. Look for the link to print or view your tickets on the confirmation screen after making payment or in the order confirmation e-mail.

Girl Scout Troop Works to Improve Community

Brownies from Girl Scout Troop 62308, based  out  of Amsterdam school, recently worked to improve some of Hillsborough Township's bike trails.  

The second grade girls are working on a project to help improve their community and spent Earth Day cleaning and beautifying the trails around town.

The troop also put together a list of concerns regarding the trails and plan to meet with the Mayor in the near future to go over their ideas and to learn more about how they can continue to give back to the community and keep the trails beautiful.

Pictured: Front row  Scouts Jules DiNuzzo, Sally Szary, Kyra Tanalski, Clara Rak, Megan Vogt, Elsie, Corrin Bonica and Paige Bonica who helped with the cleanup although not a member of the troop.   Back row:Troop leaders Eileen  Tanalski and Kim Kirwan
LIHEAP Application Deadline Extended to May 31st!

PSE&G customers still have time to apply for LIHEAP to receive
  • Heating benefits
  • Medically-necessary cooling benefits
  • Additional financial assistance of up to $450 in LIHEAP Emergency Assistance (for residential electric and gas heating customers who have already applied for, or received, LIHEAP benefits and are struggling to pay winter heating bills.)  For LIHEAP Emergency Assistance, customers must have a shut-off notice on their PSE&G account.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is taking applications until May 31, 2017.   In addition to financial assistance towards winter heating and medically necessary cooling bills, LIHEAP also screens program applicants for another payment assistance program, the Universal Service Fund (USF), which provides low income households with a monthly credit of $5 to $150.  There are also payment assistance programs for clients who are not low income, but have fallen behind on their energy bills.
For more information and to download program applications, visit or call 1-800-510-3102

Duke Farms Farm Market Set to Open
Open Sundays from 12 noon to 5 pm from May 21 to early November

The Farm to Table Market at Duke Farms is preparing to open for the season.  The market, which features several vendors offering a variety of local produce, meats, cheeses, crafts and wine, will be open every Sunday from May 21st through early November.

News From Somerset County
2017 Senior Expo

The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services will host its 2017 Senior Expo from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the county Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater, located at 876 East Main St.

Free screenings of blood pressure, balance, body mass index, glucose, hearing and vision will be offered by Somerset County community health partners, including the Somerset Hills Visiting Nurses Association, the Community Visiting Nurse Association, Saint Peter's University Hospital, Dr. Mike's Hearing Express, and RWJBarnabas Health.  Breakout sessions will be offered between 2:30 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m., including "Simple Exercise, Big Impact," "Finding Your Way to the Right Services" and "Senior Center or Adult Day Care."

Somerset County Election Board is Hiring Voters to Serve as Poll Workers for the 2017 Elections 

Somerset County Board of Elections is looking for registered voters to serve as poll workers on Election days.

Training is provided prior to every Election and poll workers are paid $200 per Election.

For more information click on the links below  or call  908-231-7086


Tuesday, May 9  -  10am  to  noon  @ 40 N. Bridge Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
Wednesday May 31  -  6pm to 8 pm  @ 40 N. Bridge Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

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

Community Options, Inc. Spring Golf Classic Supporting People with Disabilities

Please join us on Monday, May 22nd 2017 for Community Options' Spring Golf Classic

U nion League Golf Club at Torresdale
3801 Grant Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Board of Adjustment 5/17/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 5/23/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 5/25/2017 7:30 PM

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