Issue: 2017 March 31
March 31, 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 Recognizes March as American Red Cross Month

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Mayor Carl Suraci, Sean Andersen from the American Red Cross Board, and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
The American Red Cross has touched many lives in Hillsborough, across the country and around the world. American Red Cross Month is a special time to recognize our everyday heroes and thank those who contribute to the mission of the Red Cross by donating their time, money or blood and encouraging everyone to help others in need.

Throughout the past year, the organization launched thousands of disaster relief operations, responding to an emergency every 8 minutes, to help people affected by fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes.  The American Red Cross provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families, and provides training in CPR, aquatics safety, and first aid.

In Hillsborough, the Red Cross works tirelessly through its employees and many volunteers to support us when disaster strikes, when someone needs life-saving blood, or the comfort of a helping hand.

At the March 28th Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee presented a proclamation declaring March as American Red Cross Month and  encouraged all Hillsborough Township residents to support this organization and its noble humanitarian mission.
Gil Pilarte Named HHS Educational Services Professional of the Year

At the March 28th Township Committee Meeting Gil Pilarte was honored for being named Hillsborough High School Educational Services Professional of the Year for 2017.

Mr. Pilarte, who has been a faculty member of Hillsborough High School since 2006,  is a Student Assistance Counselor and Co-Advisor for Sources of Strength and Peer Mentoring at Hillsborough High School.  He is known for his sense of humor, ability to help students work through their concerns productively, and for providing a safe haven for students who are struggling and in need of assistance.

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Gil Pilarte, and Mayor Carl Suraci

March is National Nutrition Month

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci, ShopRite's Registered Dietitian Samantha Nuzio, and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley

At the March 28th Township Committee meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee, in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ShopRite of Hillsborough, declared March as National Nutrition Month.  The theme for 2017 is "Put Your Best Fork Forward".

Food is the substance by which life is sustained and the type, quality, and amount of food that individuals consume each day plays a vital role in overall health and physical fitness and aids in the prevention of chronic diseases. There is a need for continuing nutrition education and wide-scale effort to enhance good eating practices.

National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, helps spread the word about the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise.  It started in 1973 as National Nutrition Week and as popularity grew, National Nutrition Month was established in 1980.   

The Mayor and Township Committee encourage all Hillsborough residents to join the campaign and become concerned about their nutrition and the nutrition of others in the hope of achieving optimum health for both today and tomorrow.

Hillsborough Township Recognizes 2016 Top Cops
Three Veteran Officers Receive Recognition

Each year the Township Police Department selects "Top Cops", one from each Patrol Squad, to be recognized for their exceptional performance for the previous year. The award recipients are determined based on a score devised from the Annual Job Performance Evaluations, along with a ranking achieved from their respective supervisors and peers. 

For the first time, two Officers tied for the highest ranking on one of the two Patrol Squads. Officer Joseph Paschall, Officer Jason Beverett and Officer Craig Heindrichs were awarded the "Top Cop" title for 2016, based upon their outstanding performance throughout the past year. "Top Cops" are formally recognized by the Department and receive an acknowledgement in their personnel file. In addition, Officers Paschall, Beverett and Heindrichs will have their names engraved on a plaque displayed in the lobby of Police Headquarters honoring each year's recipients since the program's inception in 1996. In addition, they will be awarded a merit bar that is worn above their uniform badge. 

"Congratulations to these three veteran officers on their exemplary service to the Township, earning them this distinct honor," commented Committeeman Frank DelCore, Liaison to Public Safety.

Officer Joe Paschall
Officer Jason Beverett
Officer Craig Heindrichs

Robotics Team Hosts Open House

The RoboRaiders Robotics Team 75 hosted an open house this past Saturday, March 25th. Congressman Leonard Lance , Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Committeeman Doug Tomson and Mayor Carl Suraci received a tour of everything this great team has been working on this year.  

Pictured: Congressman Leonard Lance, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Mayor Carl Suraci, and Committeeman Doug Tomson 
Pictured: Congressman Leonard Lance, Mayor Carl Suraci, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, and Committeeman Doug Tomson with RoboRaoders Robotics Team 75

RWJ Health Network Awarded Contract to Provide Emergency Medical Services at No Cost to the Township of Hillsborough
Township to Realize an Average Savings of $300,000 per year initially

Hillsborough Township Committee voted Tuesday evening to award a contract to Robert Wood Johnson Health Network to provide Emergency Medical Services for the Township, replacing the current provider, Hillsborough Emergency Medical Services Corporation (HEMs).
  • The vote essentially allows for a two month transition period from HEMs to work with RWJ to allow for a seamless migration to the new service provider, who currently offers similar services in eight other Somerset County municipalities as well as other out of county towns. 

Prior to the final decision by the Township Committee, the following documents were shared with the public via the Township website: a question and answer document, the bid response from RWJ, the Fitch Report, a memo from the CFO regarding the award of contract for Emergency Medical Services and the evaluation scores. 


"After thoughtful evaluation and deliberation, we are proceeding with the consideration of a contract award to Robert Wood Johnson Mobile Health Service, the only bidder in the process, to provide basic life support (BLS) service for the Township," stated Mayor Carl Suraci.

UText. UDrive. UPay.

Chief Darren Powell would like to remind residents  of the 2017 Distracted Driving Crackdown both locally and nationally, from April 1st through April 21st, in an effort to raise awareness and decrease driver distraction through a combination of enforcement and education.  Distracted driving can result in injuries and deaths to all road users (motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists). In 2014 alone distracted driving-related crashes resulted in 3,179 deaths and 431,000 injuries on our nation's roads; and New Jersey distracted driving was listed as a contributing circumstance in more than 800,000 crashes between 2010-2014.  We urge all residents and motorists to wait to text.
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.  Senior Citizen Curbside service will begin on Monday, April 3rd in the Northwest Section of town.  Stickers are required for Senior Citizen Curbside service.

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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 23 . 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.  All participants who pre-register before  March 31st  will receive the official t-shirt! 

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
  • Police Dispatcher
  • Police Records Clerk
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
  • Part Time Building Maintenance Person
  • Part Time Plumbing Inspector
Season 2 - Episode 6 of Hillsborough The Good Life Now Airing

Network with the Hillsborough Business Community, Exchange Business Cards, Build Connections and Develop Relationships.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Register by April12th

The event will be at 6:00 PM at the Restaurant at Royce Brook.  The price of admission is  $15,   which includes hors d'oeuvres, fruit, cheese, salad, pasta, chef's choice of main course, soft drinks, coffee, tea and dessert station.  A cash bar will be available.   We anticipate this event to sell out.

CEO Worldwide Consumer,

Guest Speaker

"Inventing For Customers at Amazon"

Online registration is required
No payments accepted at the door
Tickets are non-refundable
NJ American Water Flushing Schedule

This spring and into the summer months, New Jersey American Water will perform its annual cleaning of the water distribution system to help ensure that customers continue to receive high-quality, reliable water service.  Starting the week of March 20, New Jersey American Water will begin annual maintenance to flush out harmless mineral deposits that may have built up in the pipe's inner walls.

Flushing the water mains involves loosening sediment by pumping a high velocity of water into the pipes then out through open fire hydrants. The service areas that will be impacted and dates when flushing begins are posted at  , under Alerts.

Caregiving: Balancing Work, Family & Eldercare
Hillsborough Library: April 11, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Program Room B

Presented by the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills. Learn about the joys, trials and tribulations of the caregiving journey.  Topics include how caregivers handle this complicated role, techniques to handle their feelings, and community resources they can turn to for assistance.  This will be an informal presentation with an opportunity to discuss specific caregiver situations.  

News From Somerset County
Nominations Sought for Profiles of Positive Aging

The county Office on Aging and Disability Services is seeking nominations for "Profiles of Positive Aging" to recognize residents age 60 and above who bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities by demonstrating how to live longer, healthier and engaged lives.

Four Recycling Drop-off Events, 
Composting Workshops in April

The next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off  event will be held April 1  from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at the Somerset County Recycling Center , located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater 08807.

The next Saturday electronic waste drop-off  event will be held April 1 , from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at the Somerset County South County Public Works Garage , located at 410 Roycefield Rd. Hillsborough  08844.

The next Household Hazardous Waste drop-off for Somerset County homeowners and farmers is SaturdayApril 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warren Township Public Work Garage, located at 1 Bardy Road, Warren 07059.

The Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management is partnering with the County Road Division to collect old scrap tires, with or without rims, MondayApril 17, through Friday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage.  The Garage is located at 410 Roycefield RoadHillsborough 08844

Developing Cultural Competence
Youth Services Workshop on April 7

What defines cultural identity and how does it influence our thoughts and behaviors? Why is cultural sensitivity and competency so important in our work with youth?

Somerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites parents, guardians and professionals who work with children and families to learn more about cultural competence at a workshop being held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 7. The program will take place in the first floor conference room at the  Somerset County Human Services Building. The GPS address is 27 Warren Street, Somerville, NJ 08876.  Parking is available in the adjacent parking deck, third level or higher. Walk-ins are welcome.

To register, contact Gretchen Craig at or (908) 704-6300.  The program fee is $20. 

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

It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!

Girl Scout cookies will be sold throughout Hillsborough, on weekends starting Friday, March 17....come support our town's girl scouts, and enjoy your old cookie favorites.  Open the attached document for store locations and times of sales. 

Blowing Bubbles 4 Autism

This year the Blowing Bubbles 4 Autism activity is coming to the six County Senior Centers on April 6th and April 7th.  The Hillsborough Senior Center will  be doing this activity at  10:30 on Friday, April 7th.
Everyone in the county is encouraged to gather their own groups on any day in April to participate in this Autism Awareness observance. 
Information  on Autism  is on display in the Hillsborough Municipal Building outside of the Library.  Stop by to learn more about Autism and Blowing Bubbles 4 Autism and sign your name to the board to show your support.

Pictured: Ashley Rose, Police Chief Darren Powell, Sgt. Jim Omert, Lt. Mike Fitzpatrick, and Lt. Charlie Boyle
Pictured_ Committeeman Doug Tomson and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley


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 2: BoroBlueAutism
April 6-7: Bubbles for Autism
April 8: Rotary Easter Egg Hunt
April 8: Foothill Acres Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
April 11 or May 4: Personal Safety for High School Seniors
April 14: Fundraiser for Service Dog at EarthFruits Yogurt
April 15: Indoor Farmers Market
April 22: Hillsborough Band Parents Association Clothing Drive
April 23: Run Around the Park
April 26: Woods Road Firehouse Blood Drive
April 27: Neshanic Garden Club Spring Luncheon
May 1: Flag Art Contest entries due
May 3: Sammy's Hope Charity Golf Outing
May 20: Walk
July 10-14 - Duke Farms Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Board of Adjustment 4/5/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 4/6/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 4/11/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 4/13/2017 7:30 PM
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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