Issue: 2017 February 3
February 3, 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

Junior Raiders Youth Cheer Squad Recognized for Successful Season 

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Committeeman Doug Tomson with members of the Junior Raiders Youth Competition Cheer Squad
The 2016 Junior Raiders Youth Competition Cheer Squad was recognized at the January 24th Township Committee Meeting for their successful season.

The cheerleaders attended nine football games to cheer for the the Junior Raiders Junior Varsity Football Team and were recognized as being an important part of the 2016 Championship Season.  In addition to cheering on the football team, the squad attended eight competitions this season and were awarded three first place wins, three second place wins, a third place win, and the "Best Use of Props" Specialty Award for the organization.  The girls also received a Grand Champion Award for their division at their first competition.

The squad, led by Head Coaches Amanda Pecora, Alyssa DiGirolamo, Christine Araco, and Junior Coaches Gina Clementi, Olivia Marnell and Camille Aitcheson, was made up of the following young athletes: Michela Araco, Jocelyn Dolores, Delia Erb-Wagner, Samantha Green, Charlotte Griffin, Emmeline Griffin, Juliana Monsorno, Alyssa Parola, Ella Rosenel, Emma Savidge, Miranda Verbist and Gia Viscariello.
Junior Raiders Junior Competition Cheer Squad Recognized by Mayor and Township Committee 

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Committeeman Doug Tomson with members of the Junior Raiders Junior Competition Cheer Squad
At the January 24th Township Committee Meeting, the 2016 Junior Raiders Junior Competition Cheer Squad received a proclamation for their successful season.

The squad attended eight competitions this season and were awarded first place wins, three second place wins, and the "Best Use of Props" Specialty Award for the organization. The cheerleaders also attended nine football games to cheer for the the Junior Raiders Varsity Football Team and are recognized as being an important part of the 2016 Championship  Season.

The squad was led by Head Coaches Michelle Drab, Pinky Nielsen, Natalie Mahoney, Amy Garguile and Maria Marnell and Junior Coaches Grace Marnell, Kaitlin Hands and Jenna Deane, and was comprised of the following young athletes: Kaitlyn Alexander, Francesca Araco, Alexis Barrios, Jenna Bevan, Brianna Borel, Mikayla Canica, Courtney Curabba, Annalise Drab, Julia Gadaleta, Madison Gargiule, Emma Harbison, Amber Jackson, Shannon Jennings, Lauren Michta, Alexandra Nielsen, Rachel Nisenson, Lauren Radomski, Hannah Rosenel, Ally Schantz, Sierra Sickles-Bonet and Gwendolyn Verbist.
Municipal Employees 'Go Red' For Women

National Wear Red Day, Feb. 3, 2017, marks 15 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, which was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women's heart health.  In the last 15 years:
  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third of women has lost weight.
  • More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.
Mayor Carl Suraci and Municipal Employees Wear Red in Support of American Heart Month
Despite the progress, more work is crucial. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. But what's more powerful? Millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends are making a change.

Funds raised by "Go Red" support educational programs to increase women's awareness about their risk for heart disease and stroke as well as critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

To learn more and find out how to contribute, click here...
Township Committee Once Again Partners with School District for Scholarship Competition
Three $1,000 Statewide Scholarships Available Through the New Jersey League of Municipalities' "Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition"

Mayor Carl Suraci announced Hillsborough Township's participation in the New Jersey League of Municipalities' Louis Bay II, Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition. 

"The Township is once again teaming up with the Hillsborough School District so Hillsborough students can participate in this scholarship competition," announced Mayor Suraci at Tuesday's Township Committee Meeting.

The purpose of this scholarship program is to advance the virtues of elected and volunteer positions in municipal government while raising awareness of municipal government in general. "We are delighted to partner with the Township through the New Jersey League of Municipalities to participate in this scholarship competition opportunity for our students," commented Dr. Jorden Schiff, Superintendent of Hillsborough Township Schools.

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Hillsborough Rewards Credit Card Program Accepting Grant Applications
Hillsborough Based Non-Profit Groups Serving Youth and  Seniors Invited to Apply Deadline is March 10 th 

"The Hillsborough Township Credit Card Advisory Committee will be accepting grant applications beginning February 1st for the first round of grants for 2017," announced Committeeman Doug Tomson Liaison to the Credit Card Advisory Committee.  

"Applications will be made available on the Township website or can be picked up in the Administration Office for any Township based non-profit, senior or youth organizations to apply for grants up to $2,000 funded through the Hillsborough Township Credit Card Rewards Program," continued Committeeman Tomson.

Grant applications can be found on the Township website at or copies are available at the Administration Office.  Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, March 10, 2017 to the Administration office to be considered for eligible grant funding.

To date, the Hillsborough Rewards Program has awarded over $60,000 in grants to community based non-profit organizations that serve Township youth and seniors.

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To Download a grant application, click here...
Hillsborough Township Participating in the NJ Devils' "My Town" Series
Special Tickets Available now for the Devils vs. San Jose Sharks

"Hillsborough Township will again participate in the New Jersey Devils' "My Town" Series on February 12th during a Devils game against the San Jose Sharks," announced Mayor Carl Suraci.

The "My Town Series" Program, now in it's third year, highlights New Jersey Towns during National Hockey League Games played at the Prudential Center in Newark.  The New Jersey Devils tested the program during the 2013-2014 National Hockey League Season with 5 New Jersey towns as part of their pilot program. The success of that expanded the program during the 2014-2015 program NHL Season and will continue with enthusiasm this Season.

This is a super fun exciting event open to people of all ages!
There are currently a limited number of  specially priced Sideline tickets available for purchase.
  • The February 12th game is Taylor Hall Bobblehead day! The first 9,000 fans to arrive gameday will receive a Taylor Hall Bobblehead.  In addition, 9 bobbleheads will be painted gold and if you receive one you get a chance to meet Taylor Hall and have him autograph your bobblehead after the game.
  • The first 12 tickets will get to enter the "High-five Tunnel" where fans get to high-five the players as they enter/exit the locker room!
  • Post-Game photo on the ice for everyone!
  • Kids Day! All kids will receive a limited edition poster commemorating the game!
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Did you know that Hillsborough Township actively uses Twitter to share information with residents?Along with the Friday e-newsletter, SwiftReach 911, the Hillsborough Township website, and YouTube, Twitter is used to communicate with residents on a daily basis.   

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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...

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

Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic - Full-Time
  • Building Maintenance Person - Part-Time  
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Outstanding Women to be Honored March 10

Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards dinner sponsored by the county Commission on the Status of Women.

This year's program will be held Friday, March 10, at The Imperia at 1714 Easton Ave., Somerset.  A cash bar at 6 p.m. will be followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person. Advance reservations are required by Feb. 24; no reservations will be taken at the door.  For a reservation form or more information, contact commission member Marti Kalko at (908) 385-7948 or or visit to print the form.

"We have many women in Somerset County doing amazing things every day," said Freeholder Patricia Walsh, commission liaison.  "It is most appropriate that during Women's History Month, we take the time to publicly recognize them and say thank you."

Honorees are women who live in Somerset County. This year's recipients by category are:
  • Arts/Entertainment/Sports - Caren Frost and Carolyn Kelly, both of Basking Ridge
  • Business/Entrepreneurs/Information Technology - Dr. Ahu Yildirmaz of Warren and Margaret E. Helms of Montgomery
  • Education - Mary Bridgeman of Hillsborough
  • Government/Public/Social Service - Carol Manuele Bianchi of Basking Ridge 
  • Hometown Hero - Jody D'Agostini of Basking Ridge
  • Medicine - Sally Steele Hoben of Bound Brook
  • Volunteerism - Sue Ferranti of Branchburg and Kathleen I. Piedici of Basking Ridge
Somerset County: Tax Counselors Ready to Help
The free, volunteer Tax-Aide program is designed to assist area residents in preparing their income tax returns.
The county Office of Volunteer Services and AARP have again teamed up this year to provide free tax-counseling assistance to residents in preparing their federal and New Jersey income tax returns.

The volunteer program, Tax-Aide, is designed to help area residents prepare their tax returns.  The program places specific emphasis on assisting seniors, residents with disabilities, and lower-income residents, but is open to everybody.

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PSE&G Offers Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The LIHEAP application period runs from October 1st to April 30th of each year.

LIHEAP  helps very low-income eligible residential customers pay their winter heating and cooling bills. You may qualify even if your heat is included in the rent. To be eligible to receive a financial grant, your household income cannot exceed the amounts allowed in the following  household income table .  LIHEAP also can assist with emergency heating system services and emergency financial assistance during a specific time of the year.

For more information, visit   
To download an application, click here...
Hillsborough Youth Wrestling Varsity Team Takes on Rival Watchung Hills at Rider University

The Hillsborough Youth Wrestling Club Varsity team is competing in a showcase youth wrestling match vs rival Watchung Hills on the campus of Rider University on  Saturday February 11th at 6PM

They are calling on all supporters of the program to fill the stands and support the Raiders and Broncs!

The last two seasons our matches with Watchung have come down to the wire and this year's match expects to be highly competitive as well. 

Immediately following the match, the Rider Broncs will compete against the Drexel Dragons in a great collegiate match up. 

To purchase tickets at a group rate, please contact Hillsborough Youth Wrestling Club Program Director Todd Oram at to secure tickets prior to the match, or you may buy at the front door or online at  

Lets be LOUD & PROUD!!!!!

Event Info - Wrestling Double Header

Hillsborough Raiders vs Watchung Hills Warriors
Time - 6PM

Rider University Broncs vs Drexel University Dragons
Time - 8PM

Location - Rider University - Alumni Gym

Hillsborough Youth Wrestling Club
Designated Drivers are True Super Bowl Champions
The 'John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers' is aimed at encouraging safe and sober driving during the Super Bowl game.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, the Somerset County Sheriff's Office DWI Enforcement Team will be patrolling the roads of Somerset County.

"With help from the community, we are working together to promote the 'John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers' aimed at encouraging safe and sober driving during  the Super Bowl game," said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano.

As part of the campaign, restaurants Verve in Somerville, Big Heads Pub in Hillsborough, as well as car dealerships Bridgewater Lexus, Bridgewater BMW, Open Road Volkswagen and Open Road Mercedes Auto Group have agreed to promote the HERO Campaign to its patrons.  Bridgewater Lexus and BMW are also campaigning to support the initiative and are handing out campaign brochures and magnets.   

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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
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February 4: Project Graduation Dress Sale
February 4: South Branch Reformed Church Preschool Registration Open House
February 5: Pancake Breakfast to benefit Hillsborough High School Baseball Team
February 11; Cupid's Chase 5k

February 11: HHS Band Parent Association Clothing Drive
February 12: Hillsborough's My Town Night with the NJ Devils
February 18, March 18, April 15: Indoor Farmers Market
February 19: Water Bottle Flipping Challenge (Hillsborough Baseball 11U Fundraiser)
March 18: 4th Annual Band Crop - Proceeds to benefit HHS Band and Guard Programs
July 10-14 - Duke Farms Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Planning Board 2/9/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 2/14/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 2/15/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment
7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 2/23/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 2/28/2017 7:30 PM

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Recreation 2017 Winter Activities Guide
Registration now ongoing 
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