Issue: 2016 October 21
October 21, 2016
One of the Best Places to Live in America
This e-newsletter is brought to you by the Hillsborough Township Committee 
Frank DelCore
Deputy Mayor
Carl Suraci
Greg Burchette
Gloria McCauley
Doug Tomson

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week

Pictured: Committeeman Greg Burchette, Committeeman Doug Tomson, Municipal Alliance Chair & HHS SAC Gil Pilarte, Mayor Frank DelCore, Municipal Alliance Member Lisa Gulla, District Life Skills Coordinator Minda Maggio, Municipal Alliance Member Diane Handwerk, HMS SAC & Municipal Alliance Member Anna Mahler, Committeewoman Gloria McCauley, Police Chief Darren Powell
At the October 4th Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and Township Committee recently presented a proclamation recognizing October 23-31, 2016 as "Red Ribbon Week".   

Did  you know that alcohol and other drug abuse in this nation has reached epidemic stages and that 90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18? 

It is imperative that visible, unified prevention education efforts by community members be launched to reduce the demand for drugs.

Pictured: Hillsborough School District Superintendent Jorden Schif, BOE President Thomas Kinst, Committeewoman Gloria McCauley, Deputy Mayor Carl Suraci, Committeeman Doug Tomson, Mayor Frank DelCore
The National Family Partnership for Drug Free Youth and the District Life Skills Committee are sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign, offering citizens the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to drug free lifestyles.

Business, government, law enforcement, schools, religious institutions, service organizations, youth, physicians, senior citizens, military, sports teams and individuals will demonstrate their commitment to drug free, healthy lifestyles by wearing and displaying red ribbons during this week long campaign.

The Township of Hillsborough further commits its resources to ensure the success of the Red Ribbon Campaign and its theme, "You Only Live Once.  BE DRUG FREE!"
Township Seniors Compete in 3rd Annual Senior Olympics 

Pictured: Senior Chapter A President Dori Guarniero, Carmel Shepley, Joetta Clark Diggs, Senior Chapter B President Tony Fusco
On Wednesday, September 21st, the Township's Ann Van Middlesworth park was transformed to Olympic Village for the Township's 3rd Annual Senior Olympics.   O ver 60 Township  Senior Citizens participated in the many events, such as basketball, bean bag toss, pickle ball, ladder ball, golf, bocce ball, horseshoes, ski ball, corn hole and lawn darts. 

Mayor Frank DelCore and Committeewoman Gloria McCauley greeted the Olympians and introduced special guest,  4-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs.  .  

Pictured: Committeewoman Gloria McCauley, Joetta Clark Diggs and Mayor Frank DelCore

Ms. Diggs provided an inspirational message to the Senior Olympians to kick off the start of the games.  She was also seen participating with the  Seniors in some of the events. Upon the conclusion of the competition, Bronze, Silver and Gold  medals were awarded to the participants during the Closing Ceremony which culminated with an energetic performance by the Hillsborough Rockettes and Rocket.
Bus Service Comes to Hillsborough
Express Service to New York City Began Monday, October 17th

Pictured: Lt. Charlie Boyle, Ronald Kohn of Suburban Transit, Township Administrator Anthony Ferrera, Suburban Transit General Manager Brett Burke, Suburban Transit Driver Eduein Feneque, Commuters Pat Brake and Andy Ryan, Mayor Frank DelCore, Committeeman Doug Tomson and Committeeman Greg Burchette
Mayor Frank DelCore, Committeeman Doug Tomson and Committeeman Greg Burchette cut the ribbon for the new Suburban Transit Bus Service from Hillsborough to New York on Monday morning.

Commuters to New York City now have another option for their commute with Suburban Transit's Line-200, Hillsborough Service, Express to Grand Central Terminal and the United Nations. 

"This is a great alternative for our New York Commuters," stated Mayor Frank DelCore during the ceremony that was held at the park and ride for the bus service at Hillsborough Promenade. 

The Line-200, Hillsborough Service, will operate weekdays only from the Hillsborough Promenade, 315 US-206 Hillsborough Township, which is at the Kohls, Lowe's and Weis shopping center. 

For a full listing of times and ticket information, please visit the Suburban Transit website at or call (732) 249-1100.
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 Suburbans website ( ), click on "Hillsborough Weekend Service Survey and complete the brief questionnaire.

Halloween Events Planned in Hillsborough Township

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Children's Halloween Party  -  October 27th : 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 29th: The second 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 29.  The parade will begin at 9:00 am at the pavilion.  There will be vendors, prizes, and fun for all!  

News From the Township Clerk's Office
Election Information Roundup

Important Dates:
  • November 1st - Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election (not less than 7 days prior to election) N.J.S.A. 19:63-3
  • November 7th - Deadline for IN PERSON Mail-In-Ballot Applications - Board of Election Office, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, NJ
  • November 8th - Election Day 2016
Vote by Mail Information from the County Clerk:
  • The Somerset County Clerk's Office is extending its hours to accommodate voters who will be unable to go to the polls on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 8th).
  • Applications to vote by mail are available online at: or at the County Clerk's Office, located in the lobby of the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville.
  • The County Clerk's Office will remain open until 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings through Nov. 2 for residents who need a mail-in ballot. In addition, the County Clerk's Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5th.
  • If submitted by mail, completed applications must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 1st (seven days prior to the election). This will allow time for the ballot to be mailed back to the applicant.
  • Voters, or authorized messengers for voters, may visit the County Clerk's Office during office hours up until 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7th, to fill out an application and receive a mail-in ballot.

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DEA's Operation Take Back - Saturday October 22nd

The Hillsborough Township Police Department will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's "Operation Take Back" program to dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine from your homes.  The event will take place on Saturday October 22nd from 10am - 2pm at the Municipal Complex.  Syringes and other sharp objects will not be accepted.

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Hillsborough Fire District to Hold Trunk or Treat

On Saturday October 29 the Hillsborough Fire District will hold its first annual Trunk or Treat located at the Triangle Rd Sports Complex between 6:30 and 8:30 PM. Bring the kids down for some Halloween fun!!!! There will be candy, activities and all children will have a chance to sit inside trucks from all 3 Hillsborough Fire Companies. Dress up, or just come to say hello!!

We look forward to seeing you.
Shop Hillsborough News
October Deals of the Month

The Shop Hillsborough Reward program continues to promote local shopping while allowing card holders the opportunity to reduce their property tax bill.
If you don't have a Shop Hillsborough card, be sure to stop by the Administration office in the Municipal Building to pick one up.   Free registration is required. Additional cards may be obtained for each member in a household with the same block and lot.  All household spending will be applied against your property tax bill.  
Register your card at to start earning a discount on your property tax bill.
To view October deals of the month, click  here...  
To view a full list of participating merchants and the discounts they offer, click  here...
Season 2 - Episode 4 of Hillsborough The Good Life Now Airing - Episode 5 Coming Soon!

Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Full-Time Police Officer
  • Building Maintenance Person - Part-Time - (Weekends) 
  • Electrical Inspector - Part-time 
For position descriptions and qualifications, click here...
To download an Employment Application, click here...
Join Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity and Magic 98.3 for "The House Built with Magic"

October 22 at Lowes in Hillsborough

For many, the reality of owning a home is simply a dream.   YOU CAN HELP CHANGE THAT! Here's how...

Be a part of  Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity's and  Greater Media Radio, Magic 98.3's FIRST EVER "The House Built with Magic" community campaign on Saturday October 22nd between 9am and 4pm at  Lowe's in  Hillsborough .  You might even be part of the live broadcast put out by 98.3!

You can be a  MAGICIAN by coming out on your own, with friends and family at a suggested donation of $25 per person, or with your CORPORATE TEAM (up to 8 members per team) at a suggested donation of $100 per person.  Register on our website at  !  Suggested donations help cover the cost of building materials for the new home.

Unable to attend the vent No problem! You can make a donation on our website mentioned above!

Looking to promote your business on Magic 98.3 in support of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity? Contact Jackie Farago of Greater Media Radio at 732-681-3800 ext 330 or email her at
Apply for Leadership Somerset - You'll be Surprised by What you Learn

Adults who live or work in Somerset County are invited to apply for the Leadership Somerset Class of 2017. The application deadline is Oct. 31st.

Benefits of the program include networking with community leaders, discovering Somerset County resources, exploring capacities of positive leadership, enhancing team and leadership skills and making an impact in the community. Apply today at

Leadership Somerset meets once a month, on a week day, starting in January. Sessions are full days that start between 8 and 8:30 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. 

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Marijuana & Its Effects on the Teenage Brain

Laws have changed since the 1980s commercial campaign that equated a sizzling egg to a teen's brain on drugs.  Today, there are 25 states, including New Jersey, that have legalized medical marijuana. Many teens now view it as a safe recreational drug, but what are the facts? What effect does marijuana have on the developing teenage brain?

Somerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites parents, guardians and professionals who work with children and families to a panel discussion that will focus on the impact and repercussions of marijuana use by teenagers.

The county Office of Youth Services will host the panel discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 2 , from to 11:30 a.m.  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.

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You and Your Credit Score

November 7 at 7 p.m. at the Hillsborough Library in  Program Room B

Presented by Kevin Lynch, President of the Somerset Chapter of the Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA). Learn about what is in your credit report, how to improve your credit, five factors of scoring, and more! 

Register by clicking here...
Hillsborough Rotary Recognizes Community Organizations for Assistance at Ninth Annual Rotary Fair

Pictured above with Club President Abed Medawar (3rd from right, back row) are representatives from Hillsborough Dukes, Branchburg Rotary, HHS Cross Country Team, HHS Robotics Club,  HHS Cheerleaders, Operation Shoebox, Rotaract, Kelly Compher of Keller Williams Cornerstone,  Unity Bank, Jodi DiPane-Saleem  on behalf of Farzan Saleem.  Other groups supporting the Fair but not pictured above include Weis Markets , Shoprite, Lowes, and Ken Genco of Caldwell Banker Homes.
At a recent October meeting, the Hillsborough Rotary Club honored the Hillsborough community groups that provided volunteers during the annual Rotary Fair, held this year between August 16 and 21.  "We set a new fundraising record," commented Abed Medawar, president of the Hillsborough Rotary Club. "Our success in supporting local organizations depends, in great part, upon our community volunteers, who provide help with everything from passing out bottles of water to operating the ever-popular Dunk Tank. We are so very grateful for their help." The six-day carnival attracted approximately 15,000 people.  All funds raised at the Fair are used to support a wide variety of community organizations and needs.

The Hillsborough NJ Rotary Club currently has over 40 active members from Hillsborough and surrounding commu nities.   Members include business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical   standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace  in the world.  The Hillsborough Rotary serves the Hillsborough community.  All funds raised at the Rotary Fair and other Rotary events throughout the year are donated back to community projects. The Hillsborough Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 6 pm at The Landing Restaurant at 311 Amwell Road in Hillsborough.
The 4th Annual Peter J. Biondi Run-Walk will take place on Sunday November 6th.  For 2016 the race will be a traditional 5K Run and Family Walk.  Start time for the race is 8:30am.  Visit the  RACE and  REGISTRATION pages for more information.

Proceeds for this event benefit the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program of Somerset County, in Peter Biondi's name.  Visit the SHIP page for more information about the good work that SHIP does throughout the community.

Chapter A Hillsborough Seniors Vendor/Craft Fair

Saturday November 12, 2016,  10am to 4pm
Vendors and Crafters are Needed
60 tables in the general meeting room of the Municipal Building
Light Refreshments
Holiday shopping all in one place
Anyone interested in participating can call Amy at 908-904-4877 to rent a table
Duke Farms - Farm to Table Market

Open Thursdays - 3 pm to 8 pm  until November 17, 2016

Farmers and specialty vendors have partnered with Duke Farms to present an array of LOCAL products to offer you, the consumer. Please come out and support your local farmers!

For more information and vendor listings, click here...

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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October 22 & 23: Used Book Sale
October 27:Childrens Halloween Party
October 29: Howl-O-Ween at the dog park.  Dog parade and costume contest.
November 19: Hillsborough Band Parents Association Used Clothing Drive
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates
Township Committee Meeting 10/25/2016 7:30 PM
Planning Board Special Meeting
7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 10/27/2016
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