Issue: 2017 January 20
January 20, 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 John Dombrowski Honored With Proclamation

Pictured Eagle Scout John Dombrowski and Mayor Carl Suraci
Christopher (John) Dombrowski, a Senior at Hillsborough High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 1776, was recognized by the Mayor and Township Committee at the January 10th Township Committee Meeting for earning the status of Eagle Scout.

John devoted many hours, worked with diligence and made sacrifices in order to achieve this highly coveted position.

John's Eagle Scout Project consisted of installing an outdoor worship area at his family's church, Bridgewater United Methodist Church.  He built a fire pit with benches, two picnic tables and a large free standing cross, completing his project on schedule .  The area has already been used for evening worship during the summer months.

John serves as an example to the youth of Hillsborough Township through his high level leadership and community service, and we are very proud that he is a member of our  community.

Safe+Sound Somerset Recognized by Mayor and Township Committee

Pictured: Joelle Pierce, Safe + Sound Somerset Community Outreach Coordinator, and Mayor Carl Suraci 
Safe+Sound Somerset is the county's only non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to serving those whose lives have been impacted by domestic abuse. The agency services include emergency shelter, 24-hour call and text hotline, transitional housing, legal advocacy, outreach counseling, community education and volunteer Domestic Violence Response Teams.

Safe+Sound Somerset has instituted the first 24 Hour TOLL FREE hotline to accept voice calls and text messages and has been serving people affected by domestic violence for over 37 years.  Their mission is to empower survivors of domestic abuse and engage the community to break the cycle of violence.

By re-inventing & re-branding their name from the Resource Center of Somerset to Safe+Sound Somerset they have successfully maintained pace with changing demands of the clientele they serve and help better represent the programs and services they have to offer.

The Somerset County Business Partnership recognized Safe+Sound Somerset with the Business Partnership's Economic Vitality Award for 2016 and, at the January 10th Township Committee Meeting, Hillsborough's Mayor and Township Committee recognized the efforts of Safe+Sound Somerset in aiding victims of domestic violence and helping improve the quality of life for the people in our community.
Webelos II, Den 6 of Cub Scout Pack 1776 Visit Mayor Carl Suraci

Webelos II, Den 6 from Cub Scout Pack 1776, recently visited with Mayor Carl Suraci to learn more about local government.   After a tour of the Administrative Offices and an overview of the Township, the Webelos toured the Court Room.  

Pictured: Bear Cub Scout Aidan Adamo, Bear Cub Scout, Webelo   Layth Bischoff-Hashem blue, Mayor Carl Suraci, Webelo  Dylan Adamo, Webelo  Michael Duralek and Girl Scout  Grace Duralek

Winter Activities Guide Now Available

The 2017 Winter Activities Guide is now available. Included in this activities guide is Youth Programs, Adult Programs, Spring Soccer Leagues, Spring Girls Softball Leagues, and the Run Around the Park. Registration for all programs in the activities guide is now open.

To view the Activities Guide online, click here...

To Register for Activities, click here...
Shop Hillsborough Program

The Shop Hillsborough Reward Program combines saving and shopping. Simply present your Shop Hillsborough Reward Card to a participating merchant at the time of purchase and a property tax credit will automatically be applied to your property tax bill. Not a property owner? Join the program to receive an annual rebate check. 

To get started, stop by the Administration Office in the Municipal Building to pick up a card.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm
Hillsborough - NYC Weekend Bus Survey 

Suburban Transit is currently conducting another survey to determine the level of interest in limited weekend service. If you would use Saturday and / or Sunday bus service to New York City, please go to Suburban's website ( ), click on "Hillsborough Weekend Service Survey" and complete the brief questionnaire.

Season 2 - Episode 6 of Hillsborough The Good Life Now Airing

Join the Home Fire Campaign

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by 2020.

On average:
  • 7 people die every day from a home fire
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year
Can your family escape in just 2 minutes? You can keep your family safe with 2 simple steps.

Step 1. Practice your 2-minute drill. Make sure your family can safely escape a home fire in under 2 minutes. Use our worksheets to plan and prepare your 2-minute drill today.
Step 2. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Make sure you and your family are alerted as soon as a fire is detected. If the smoke alarm isn't working, change the batteries.

To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, click here...
Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic - Full-Time
  • Building Maintenance Person - Part-Time  
For position descriptions and qualifications, click here...
To download an Employment Application, click here...
Cervical Cancer Is Preventable, Treatable with Screenings and Immunizations

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month!  The Somerset County Board of Freeholders  and the  Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition (RCDC)  and its partners are urging women of all income levels to take advantage of life-saving screenings, immunizations and tests, and to become informed about prevention and early detection options, which decrease risk for infections and cervical cancer.

The Board of Freeholders will present a proclamation at the Jan. 10 freeholders' meeting.  The proclamation will be shared with local municipalities to adopt.
Cervical cancer can be detected with a simple pelvic exam and pap test.  A vaccine is available to prevent cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the main cause of cervical cancer. 

For a full news account, click here..
Your history, your library
SCLSNJ invites you to explore history this February

This February, Somerset County Library System of New Jersey wants to connect with you to explore, share and discover history.

Five Historical Facts about Somerset County You May Not Know
  1. The Somerset County Courthouse was once in Millstone, NJ before it was destroyed during the American Revolution.
  2. In 1921, President Harding signed the Knox-Porter Resolution, which officially ended US involvement in World War I, in Raritan, NJ.
  3. The Queens Bridge, linking both Bound Brooks, was an active crossing for both armies during the American Revolution.
  4. Rocky Hill boasted a terra cotta industry whose tiles still adorn the Woolworth Building and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  5. The people of North Plainfield twice voted down a proposal to join Plainfield in Union County.
Your history, your library programs this February at the Hillsborough Branch:

The Sweet History of Chocolate (appropriate for kids grades K-4)
February 3, 4-4:45 pm 
For more information, click here...

Who Was Who in Science
February 11, 4:30-5:15 pm, appropriate for children grades 3-5
For more information, click here.. 
February 12, 10-10:45 am, appropriate for children age 4-6 For more information, click here... 
February 12, 4-4:45 pm, appropriate for children grades K-2 For more information, click here... 

Charles Lindberg: His Biography, Part 1
February 28, 2-4 pm Author and historian Jim Davidson will explore Lindbergh's early career as a barnstormer, airmail pilot and designer of the "Spirit of St. Louis". Topics will include his time in Paris, his heroic return to the U.S.A., his 80 city U.S. tour, his marriage to Anne Morrow and the kidnapping of Charles Jr. Part 2 will be held March 7, 2-4 pm.
For more information, click here...

Giving Network
Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Giving Network is dedicated to recycling excess household items that are donated and delivered to people in need in in Somerset County, NJ. It is a volunteer-run, volunteer-driven program that achieves its objectives by working with other organizations, agencies, businesses and churches. We are a 501(c)(3) organization founded in in 1999 with a home base in Somerville, New Jersey.

To volunteer, donate, or request help: 
lease call (908)927-9001 or visit
Cupid's Chase 5K - Saturday, February 11, 2017

Community Options, Inc. invites runners, walkers, and rollers (baby strollers and wheelchairs) to help raise funds to make a 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!

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! 

Event Location
Buccleuch Park
321 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Registration:  7 AM
Race Begins:  9 AM

5K Registration Fees
$20 on or before September 30, 2016
$25 on or before December 31, 2016
$30 on or before  February 10, 2017
$40  February 11, 2017 - Event Day

Direct Link to sign up for our New Brunswick race (proceeds go to Somerset county and Middlesex county Community Options regions)


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
Click on a Flyer to View Event Details
January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15: Indoor Farmers Market
January 27: Designer Bag Bingo
February 4: South Branch Reformed Church Preschool Registration Open House
February 11; Cupid's Chase 5k
February 12: Hillsborough's My Town Night with the NJ Devils
July 10-14 - Duke Farms Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

First Meeting Dates for 2017

Environmental Commission 1/23/2017 7:00 PM
Hillsborough Youth Services Commission 1/23/2017 6:30 PM
Capital Planning Committee 1/25/2017 6:00 PM
Historic Preservation Commission 1/26/2017 7:30 PM
Agricultural Advisory Committee 1/30/2017 7:30 PM
Sign Review Committee 1/30/2017 6:00 PM

January Meetings
Township Committee Meeting 1/24/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 1/26/2017 Canceled

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

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Recreation 2017 Winter Activities Guide
Registration now ongoing 
To download/view the brochure, click  here...   
To register for programs online, click  here...