Issue: 2017 May 26
May 26, 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

Memorial Day Parade

All Hillsborough residents are invited to line the parade route and honor our Veterans at the Annual Memorial Day Parade tomorrow, Saturday May 27th at 10:30 am.  

Grand Marshal, Veteran Ron Newsom will lead the parade which begins at the corner of Auten and Triangle Roads at 10:30 am.   The parade route will proceed from Auten Road onto New Amwell Road then onto Beekman Lane, concluding at the Garden of Honor.  

Veteran Newsom will also be the featured speaker during the Garden of Honor Ceremony that begins at 11:15 am at the Municipal Complex.  

Hillsborough Swears in 2 New Police Officers

At  the May 23rd Township Committee Meeting, two new  Police   Officers  were sworn in to fill vacancies in the  Hillsborough  Township  Police  Department.  After a detailed examination, the Chief of  Police  and the  Police  Committee identified Pedro David Velez and  Richard Tichenor, III as the top candidates. The new  officers  were joined by their  families at the meeting as they were sworn in by the Mayor and Township Committee.

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Mayor Carl Suraci, Officer Velez with his family, Police Chief Darren Powell and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Mayor Carl Suraci, Officer Tichenor with his family, Police Chief Darren Powell and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
RoboRaiders Recognized with Proclamation

At the May 23rd Township Committee Meeting, the 2017 Hillsborough High School RoboRaiders Team 75 was recognized with a proclamation for their hard work and dedication, which led them to another successful season.

In March, the team competed against nearly 40 other teams at a the Mt. Olive High School District Event.  They advanced to the finals, were named Event Finalist and Engineering Inspiration Winners. In early April, the RoboRaiders competed in the Montgomery District Event and received the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors were named Event Winners.

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley with members of the 2017 Hillsborough High School RoboRaiders Team 75
At the Mid-Atlantic District Championship at Lehigh University, the RoboRaiders received the Engineering Inspiration award and were 8th Seed Alliance Captains during elimination matches at World Championships.

In addition to the team success, Diana Voronin was recognized as one of four Dean's List Finalists in the Mid-Atlantic Region, an award for exemplary students in their Region.

The 2017 Hillsborough High School RoboRaiders Team 75 was led by teacher advisor Christos Papadopoulos, student leaders Christopher Rothmann and Madie Vailhe and consisted of team members Vishakha Agarwal, Gautam Agarwal, Atiq Ahsan, Shibi Balamurugan, Nicholas Baldwin, Ryan Barry, Jarod Bisnar, Eli Capotorto, Ana Caro Del Castillo, Adam Casto, William Chen, Farhan Chhipa, Ryan Coiley, Jared Constantine, Marissa Creelman, Nikhil Damle, Mishti Das, Nicholas DeFilippo, Karan Desai, Nikhil Deshmukh, Dimitri Duma, Nathaniel Endick, Matt Fodera, Alison Fong, Shivam Gandhi, Hasan Hamad, Nikitha Harikumar, Shawn Hauss, Esmeralda Herrera-Dolores, Samuel Hoffman, Mrigank Jain, Abby Johnstone, Sreevenkata Kambhampati, Chris Keller, Sean Kile, Chad Lape, Daniel Lee, Alex Li, Ryan Lipper, Katrina Liu, Teresa Liu, Alicia Liu, Anastasia Liu, Rijul Newalkar, Evan Obenauer, Jay Parikh, Danice Marriel Pe Benito, Smruti Rajpara, Arya Rao, Nikhil Reddy, Matt Reyes, Amanda Richardson, Alex Robuck, Chris Rothmann, Zachary Seery, Nirmal Sekher, Neel Shah, Leonard Shapiro, Shrish Shenoy, Jon Snyder, Manasi Soman, David Spinrad, Lokraj Srinivasan, Alex Stadnitski, Brian Sun, Sonia Swami, Lamiah Syed, Samir Tripathy, Nihar Trivedi, Madeline Vailhe, Diana Voronin, Liam Waddleton, John Walsh, Justin Wirzman.

Hillsborough Adopts 2017 Budget with No Change in the Municipal Tax Rate

7th Consecutive Year - No Exceptions Taken - Resulting in $194,071 Taxpayer Savings

Hillsborough Township adopted the 2017 municipal budget at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, which as indicated when the budget was introduced, maintains a budget for the 7th year under the 2% levy cap.  Additionally, for the 3rd year in a row the municipal tax rate remains the same.

"This fiscally responsible budget once again has come in below the 2% tax levy, which as previously stated, has been the practice of the Township since the 2011 introduction of the 2% levy cap.  This saves our Hillsborough taxpayers $194,071 just this year," commented Mayor Carl Suraci during the public hearing on the budget.

"It is important to note that the municipal portion of your tax bill, assuming the same assessed value, will see no increase.  Said another way, the municipal tax rate is not increasing for 2017," added Mayor Suraci.

Township to Host Business Summit
Facilitating Business Development & Expansion Remains a Top Priority

Hillsborough's Mayor Carl Suraci shared more details about the upcoming Business Summit that is set for Wednesday, June 7th at the Peter J. Bondi Building from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.

"Hosting a Business Summit gives our Business Community the opportunity to gather pertinent information from the Township Resources to assist them in their operations," stated Mayor Carl Suraci.

"We are always looking to further enhance the business community and believe that by providing this opportunity for the businesses to meet with the officials to discuss any concerns they may have will only continue to foster a positive experience for our local businesses," added Committeeman Greg Burchette, Liaison to the Hillsborough Business Association / Economic and Business Development Commission.

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 4th  and running for 4 weeks.

Clean Up Coupons Available
Limited availability for all dates

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 29th
  • One coupon per household per year
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Rutgers Cooperative Extension To Host Community Education And Outreach Event

Hillsborough Township has partnered with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension on a grant that was awarded by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to improve water quality and reduce flooding in the Royce Brook Watershed. Hunt Club Road Pond, a retention pond located on Township Open Space property in the Fox Chase Estates residential development has been selected as a project site. The work will focus on re-establishing native vegetation along the northern shoreline, between the walking path and the pond. The vegetation has been selected to improve the ecological health of the pond and create a more inviting and engaging habitat for residents to enjoy. There will be a community education and outreach session hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 PM in the multi-purpose room at the Hillsborough Township Municipal Complex. Details will be given about Hunt Club Road Pond Restoration Project and to inform Hillsborough residents of an opportunity to participate in the Rain Garden Rebate Program. A rain garden is a landscape shallow depression that allows water to absorb slowly into the ground, preventing stormwater runoff from carrying pollution to our drinking water resources.
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
Parents who host teenage drinking parties or allow underage adults to drink in their home need to know the consequences of the law.  
  • Fact#1 - It is illegal in NJ to serve alcohol to anyone who is under the legal drinking age of 21 (NJSA 2C:33-17a).
  • Fact #2 - It is illegal in NJ to make your home or property available for the purpose of allowing anyone who is under the legal drinking age of 21 a place to consume alcohol (NJSA 2C:33-17b).
  • Fact #3 - Any person who serves or makes alcohol available to a person under the legal drinking age of 21 is subject to a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail per person served. Parents can be held civilly liable even if they are not present during the time of the party (NJSA 2C:33-17).
  • Fact #4 - If serving an underage person alcohol results in injury, the adult may be charged with Endangering the Welfare of Children, and may be subject to a fine of up to $15,000 and up to 5 years in state prison (NJSA 2C:24-4).
  • Fact #5 - New Jersey Law imposes civil liability on social hosts who serve alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21 who is subsequently involved in an incident causing injury or death.
  • Fact #6 - A social host may be sued for up to two years after an incident that occurs resulting in injury or death. As the result of a lawsuit, your house, car, and bank accounts may be seized and future wages may be garnished.
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.

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 June15, 2017

I Run Hillsborough
Support the Hillsborough Community by Participating in 3 Upcoming Events

All are invited to come together in support of 3 local organizations by running or walking in 3 exciting Hillsborough events!

Show your support for our community! 

Start at the St Joe's 5k, run with the Steps Together team in the Steeplechase Distance Run, and cross the finish line at the HRC Charity 5K benefiting GiGi's Playhouse to claim the "I Run Hillsborough" prize!

By registering for all 3 events, you will be joining in a community-wide effort to support the St Joe's youth as they repair communities in need, Steps Together as they support families who are facing medical crises, and GiGi's Playhouse as they empower & support individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
Sensory Friendly Movie Day  - June 10th

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The Rotary Club of Hillsborough and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) are pleased to announce a FREE Family Fun Day.

A Sensory Friendly presentation of the movie "Captain Underpants" will be held at Hillsborough Cinemas on June 10th at 9 am.

Space is Limited
RSVP by June 1st

News From Somerset County
June Program Schedule - All Senior Centers
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Free Rabies Clinic Open to all Somerset County Residents
Saturday May 29th 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @  Green Knoll Firehouse in Bridgewater


Dogs only 9 AM to 10 AM
Cats only 10 AM to 11 AM

It is extremely important that all dogs brought to the clinic be securely leashed and accompanied by an adult.  All cats must be leashed or contained in a secure box or carrier.  Current license information will speed processing but is not necessary for a vaccination.  All rabies vaccinations will be provided to pets free of charge.   

Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by MAIL for Primary

All applications to receive a Mail-In Ballot  by mail  for the Primary Election must be received by the County Clerk's office no later than May 30th.  After this date voters may come in person to receive a ballot or send an Authorized Messenger to pick up the ballot for them.  

Three Recycling Drop-off Events in June

 'First Saturday of the Month' Drop-off in Bridgewater June 3rd
The next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event will be held on June 3rd from 8 am to 2 pm at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater 08807.  

Drop-Off Electronic Waste June 3rd in Hillsborough
There will be a Saturday electronic waste drop-off event on June 3rd, from 8 am to 2 pm at the Somerset County South County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield Rd.Hillsborough 08844.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off June 17th in Somerset
The next Household Hazardous Waste drop-off for Somerset County homeowners and farmers is SaturdayJune 17th, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Franklin Township Senior Community Center Parking Lot, located at 505 DeMott Lane, Somerset 08873. Please note that this is a new location in Franklin Township.
Somerset County Clerk's Office Extends Hours for Voters

The  Somerset County Clerk's Office is extending its hours to accommodate voters who will be unable to go to the polls for primary elections on Tuesday, June 6th.  

Applications for  mail-in ballots are available online or at the County Clerk's Office, located in the lobby of the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St.

The County Clerk's Office will remain open until 6 pm on Wednesday, May 31, for residents who need ballot applications.  In addition, the County Clerk's Office will be open from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday, June 3rd.
If submitted by mail, completed applications must be received by Tuesday, May 30 (seven days prior to the election).  This will allow time for the ballot to be mailed back to the applicant.

Come to the 4th annual Flag Day Festival  June 10  on the courthouse green in Somerville! Rain date is  June 11 .

  • Enioy the Bouncy House and get an Airbrush Tattoo 
  • Play games & have fun with the Somerset County YMCA
  • Try the latest virtual reality gear at the AT&T exhibit
  • Drill with NJ's Revolutionary War Heard's Brigade & BSA Troop 1776
  • See historic military vehicles and modern fire and rescue vehicles
  • See historic reenactment demonstrations, and much more

The upcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and the opening of many family pools, as well as some community pools.   The Somerset County  Department of Health  urges residents to learn the facts about pool safety.

Swimming is a great way to enjoy family and friends and provides a fun way to be physically active. Just two-and-a-half hours of water-based activity a week provides health benefits for everyone. However, swimming, like other activities, is not risk-free. While sunburn and injuries might be the most well-known health risks associated with swimming, germs can be lurking in the water, including germs that cause diarrheal illness, which is on the rise.

Many people mistakenly think chlorine kills germs instantly!  The truth is that some germs can survive days in properly chlorinated pools. A diarrhea-causing germ called Cryptosporidium or Crypto can survive for more than a week. Crypto has become the leading cause of disease outbreaks linked to swimming.  

Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano has announced that the Sheriff's Office will take part in the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement program through June 4.  The program is made possible through a New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety grant. 

"The focus of these patrols is to ensure the safety and security of our residents," said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano.  "Sheriff's Officers will join other law enforcement agencies in issuing summonses to motorists and front- and rear-seat passengers who are not obeying the state's seat belt laws."

The "Click It or Ticket" campaign and similar efforts have increased safety belt use in cities, states and an entire region of the country. In New Jersey, 387 police agencies participated in the May 2016 enforcement mobilization. New Jersey's seat belt usage rate currently stands at 93.35 percent, up from 91.36 percent in 2015.  It is the highest recorded usage rate since the 2011 rate of 94.51 percent.

Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Planning Board 6/1/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 6/7/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 6/8/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 6/13/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 6/21/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 6/22/2017 7:30 PM

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