Issue: 2017 February 24
February 24, 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

Township Committee Declares February as American Heart Month

Pictured: Committeeman Doug Tomson, Bill Greenhalgh, and Mayor Carl Suraci
Mayor Carl Suraci and the Township Committee presented a proclamation to Bill Greenhalgh, at the February 14th Township Committee meeting declaring February as American Heart Month.   

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting both men and women of every age and race.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
  • Watch your weight
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy

Township to Collect Scenic Photos for the "2018 Town Calendar"
Certificates of Appreciation Presented to 2017 Contributors

Pictured: Mike Williams, Mark Kijek, Carlene Bravo, Mayor Carl Suraci, Kristi Hakim, Christopher Brake and Luann Schafer
"The Town ship is again working with Town Planner Calendar to produce a 2018 color printed calendar which will be mailed out to every residence in Hillsborough, at no cost to our taxpayers," announced Mayor Carl Suraci at Tuesday's Township Committee Meeting. 

"The printing of the calendar is funded through the various advertisements contained within the calendar," added Mayor Suraci. The calendar, which was mailed out in December of 2016, includes various schedules, important dates and phone numbers for the coming year as well as twelve photographs featuring Hillsborough Township's landscape and scenery.

The Township Committee presented certificates of appreciation to those individuals who submitted photographs that were used in the 2017 calendar; Christopher Brake, Carlene Bravo, Helen Haines, Kristi Hakim, Mark Kijek, Luann Schafer, Gary Wiesner, Mike Williams and Milan Rose at Tuesday's  Township Committee meeting. 

Individuals interested in submitting photographs for consideration for the 2018 calendar can email their high resolution image to the Township Clerk at A photo release will need to accompany the pictures and there is no guarantee that the photo will be used

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Legend Equestrian / Atlantic Rehab Celebrates Grand Opening

Hillsborough Mayor Carl Suraci and Township Officials visited Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute-Legend Equestrian, located at 1800 Millstone River Road in Hillsborough on February 11 th for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Owner Adonis Bassil, family, friends and press were joined by Legend Equestrian members to celebrate its Grand Opening. 

Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute-Legend Equestrian is a full medical physical therapy and hippotherapy facility on an equestrian horse farm. They  use horses as a therapeutic and rehabilitative treatment  with state of the art equipment and innovative protocols that use the latest techniques to provide quality care for individuals of all ages who need Physical Therapy, individuals with Special Needs, Autism, and veterans with physical problems and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  

"It was a dream come true for me to combine Physical Therapy, which I have been practicing for more than twenty-two years, and horses, who are my passion, to create this amazing program and try to help everyone with pain and stress and give back to the community,"  said  Owner Adonis Bassil PT, " We welcome all to stop by and visit our beautiful place."

Pictured: Zeina Ghanem, Mayor Suraci, Adonis Basil, Beatrice Bassil, David Kois, Sarah Gaston, Business Advocate, Justin and Fadi Atme, Renee Bassil, Ken Hesthag, EBDC Chairman, Ranger, Gold & Cash.
Pictured: Renee Bassil, Zeina Ghanem, Beatrice Bassil, Christian Bassil, Adonis Bassil, Ranger and Sarah Gaston

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SwiftReach 911 Official Emergency Notification System
Effective March 1, 2017 Nixle Will No Longer Be Utilized

Committeeman Frank DelCore, Liaison to Public Safety reminded residents SwiftReach 911 is the official emergency notification system for the Township.  "Late last year, the Township entered into an agreement with SwiftReach 911 to provide emergency messaging notifications for the Township," stated Committeeman Frank DelCore.  

"A review committee met with the three respondents to the request for quotes and it was determined that SwiftReach 911 met the requirements that the Township was looking for," continued Committeeman DelCore.

The previous contract with Honeywell expired at the end of 2016 and Nixle, which historically was a free service for police notifications, had informed the Township that they would be migrating to a paid service.

"The functionality of SwiftReach 911, ease of use and and overall flexibility, along with a favorable cost component, led to the decision to contract with them," added Hillsborough Police Chief Darren Powell.
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Hillsborough - NYC Bus Service

Suburban Transit/Coach USA offers Express Service to New York City from Hillsborough.  Park for free in the Park & Ride lot at the Hillsborough Promenade shopping center (near Kohl's). Buses depart each weekday at 6:00 am, 6:30 am, 7:00 am and 7:30 am.  Return service departs New York at 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm. 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm.  
It's Time to Renew Your Dog License

Dog Licenses - January and February are the renewal months for dog licenses. Register your dog before March 1st to avoid a late fee.  Township Code, Chapter 117 requires all dogs to be licensed.  Renewal notices have been mailed to all residents who licensed their dogs in 2016.  The rabies vaccine must be valid through October 31st in order to renew your dog's license.  Please visit the Finance Office to renew or license your dog.
Registration Now Open for Recreation Programs

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Spring Soccer and Softball Registration
Believe it or not, Spring is right around the corner!  The Spring Soccer and Softball League registration deadlines are both  March 10 .  Soccer leagues are open to children ages 3 to grade 12, and softball leagues are open to girls in grades K to 8.  Full information and registration are available on .

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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 31  will receive the official t-shirt! 

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Summer Camp Registration
Summer Recreation Camp registration begins 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. 

Scholarship Competition Deadline Approaching
Entries Due in Mayor's Office by March 10th

The Township has teamed up with the Hillsborough Township School District to offer high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to win one of t hree $1,000 statewide scholarships available through the New Jersey League of Municipalities' "Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition".   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. 

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

The Hillsborough Township Credit Card Advisory Committee is currently accepting grant applications  for the first round of grants for 2017.

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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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
Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic - Full-Time
  • Building Maintenance Person - Part-Time 
  • Building Department Technical Assistant - Full Time 
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Season 2 - Episode 6 of Hillsborough The Good Life Now Airing

Three Recycling Drop-off Events in March

The next  First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event will be held on  March 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.   First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle tires, clean textiles and usual curbside items in one fell swoop.  They also enable residents to help people in the community who are less fortunate by donating food items for a local food bank.

The next Saturday Electronic W aste Drop-off event will be on March 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County South County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield Rd., Hillsborough, NJ 08844.   Residents can declutter their homes of the many electronic items that tend to accumulate free of charge at scheduled Saturday and weekday opportunities. 

The first Household Hazardous Waste drop-off for Somerset County homeowners and farmers in 2017 is Saturday March 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at the Bernards Township Public Work Garage,  located at 277 South Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 .   No registration is necessary, but proof of Somerset County residency is required.  The program is free to county residents.  

Rx Drive-Thru Medicine Drop-off March 18

Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano invites county residents to take advantage of the first Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-Off in 2017 on  Saturday,   March  18,  from  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  at the Bernards Township Public Works Garage , located at 277 S. Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920  to  safely dispose of unwanted or outdated prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. 
The Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-Off is a medicine-collection program sponsored by the Somerset County Sheriff's Office, the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (USDEA).  The program is held in conjunction with all scheduled Somerset County Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events.  This is a rain or shine event. 

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Senior Center Schedule for March

The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services have announced the March program schedule.  All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

All Somerset County-operated Senior Centers offer a nutritionally balanced lunch, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50, for anyone 60 and above.  Menu choices include a hot meat-based or meatless entrĂ©e and a cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunch.  Please make reservations before 10:00 a.m. at least one business day in advance.  Why not invite a friend or neighbor to join you for lunch!  As an additional suggestion, why not come earlier in the day and enjoy one of the center's many programs.

To view the Hillsborough Senior Center schedule for March, click here...
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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 25: YMCA's Healthy Kids Day
March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11: Hillsborough High School Theatre presents Once On This Island. 
Tickets are $10 at Show dates are:
March 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:00 p.m. and March 5 at 1:00 p.m.
March 4: Hillsborough Band Parents Association Clothing Drive
March 18, April 15: Indoor Farmers Market
March 18: 4th Annual Band Crop - Proceeds to benefit HHS Band and Guard Programs
March 21: Family Support Organization Presents Effectively Dealing with Challenging Behaviors in Youth
March 25: Parent Education Session on Opioid/Herion Addiction
March 25: Gigi's Playhouse Gala
March 25: Hillsborough Dukes Pop Warner Football and Cheer Registration
April 23: Run Around the Park
April 27: Neshanic Garden Club Spring Luncheon
May 20: Walk
July 10-14 - Duke Farms Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Township Committee Meeting 2/28/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 3/1/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 3/2/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 3/9/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 3/14/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 3/15/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 3/23/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 3/28/2017 7:30 PM

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