Issue: 2017 July 7
July 7, 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

Hillsborough Township's 2017 Independence Day Fireworks Draws Record Crowd

After being rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday due to weather concerns, record crowds turned out to enjoy Hillsborough Township's Independence Day celebration under clear skies.   Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley kicked off the fireworks display with a countdown.  In addition to the spectacular fireworks display, residents celebrated their patriotism at the annual event that included food, amusements and entertainment.


HMS Softball Team Wins Championship Five Years in a Row 

Pictured: Members of the HMS Softball team with Coach Rich Rosenblum and the Mayor and Township Committee
At a recent Township Committee Meeting, the Hillsborough Middle School Softball Team was presented with a proclamation  honoring their successful season.

The team,  led by Coach Richard Rosenblum, was the champion of the Central Jersey Junior Schools Athletic Association for the fifth straight year and finished the season with an undefeated record of 13-0. The Hillsborough Middle School Softball Team finished with a five year record of 75 wins and 2 losses.

Hillsborough Middle School Softball Team members were: Olivia Bernhard, Allison Bijas, Claire Brouillard (Captain), Jane Buelt, Katie Buelt, Alexa Chess, Claudia DeRasmo, Victoria Fantozzi, Caitlyn Kowalski, Josephine Marcinek, Julia Martinez, Diya Patel, Carly Quabeck, Katherine Rygiel (Captain), Christina Sacca, Kirstyn Schechter, Alyssa Singer, Sierra Skala (Captain), Nora Ferro (statistician), Calie Giranda (statistician)

Congratulations Team!
Library Plants Vegetable Garden

On June 17, Hillsborough Officials joined SCLSNJ Branch Staff to celebrate the new vegetable planter installed in cooperation with the Somerset County Agriculture Development Board, and painted by local Hillsborough residents. Vegetables collected from the planter will be donated to the Hillsborough Community Assistance Network. 

Pictured left to right are SCLSNJ staffers Jessica Bauer, Pam Zamory, and Karen Pifher; Library Commission Chairman Chris Corsini; Hillsborough Township Director of Parks & Recreation and Social Services Bob Wagner; Hillsborough Township Administrator/Deputy Township Clerk Anthony Ferrera; Hillsborough Township Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley; and Hillsborough Township Business Advocate David Kois. 

Season 3 - Episode 1 Hillsborough the Good Life 

Check out the new format for Hillsborough the Good Life featured in Episode 1 of Season 3.

Township Collecting Photos for 2018 "Town Calendar" 

Individuals interested in submitting photographs for consideration 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.

Deadline to submit photos is August 15th.

For advertising opportunities, please contact Jim O'Dowd at 973-650-2736 or
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 August 5th
  • One coupon per household per year
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Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Plumbing Inspector - Part Time
  • Building Inspector - Part Time
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
SCLSNJ Unveils New Website

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will be debuting a new look for its website,, on July 10.

"We did a complete overhaul of the look and content," said Carolann DeMatos, SCLSNJ's director of marketing and public relations. "Our goals for a new website included: integration of modern user experience best practices, improved search engine optimization, ADA web compliance throughout the site, and to allow our resources, programs, and collections to be more seamlessly explored by patrons. As mobile usage increases in the United States, we needed to integrate responsive design and acknowledge our patrons needs for better accessibility to their Library on their mobile devices. Additionally, we wanted to offer a more modern and visually enticing web identity. SCLSNJ's virtual Library is open 24/7, and the web page should be welcoming and usable whether you are visiting at 3 p.m. to check out a book or to register for a program, or at 2 a.m. to cram in last-minute research for a school assignment."

The website also includes the new calendar system that will make viewing programs and events, and registering, a more streamlined process.

"We want it to be easy for our patrons to do what they're doing, or to find what they're looking for when they visit our site," said Lynn Hoffman, Director of Operations. "The technology we're using makes it much easier for our technology staff to maintain and update the site behind the scenes, and we have new opportunities to make the transition from our website to some of our other tools more seamless. These changes will get us ready to make major updates to our catalog and searching for materials in the fall."

"We want to make it easier to connect with us and explore the resources and services we have to offer," said Diane Hahn, adult services librarian at SCLSNJ's Warren Twp. Library branch. "Everything we do at the library is for our patrons. We're excited that the new website will better help them find answers to their questions and the information and materials they need. It's also going to give us the opportunity to highlight the initiatives, activities, and partnerships we're working on and are most excited about. We're hoping it will not only be a useful tool for our current patrons, but also serve as a fitting introduction for the members of our communities who are not yet patrons."

Visit to explore the enhancements.
Commuter Bus Guide Available from RideWise 

RideWise has recently published a Frequently Asked Questions guide to provide Hillsborough commuters with some very helpful information about the weekday express bus service to and from New York City.  

Ridewise  is an independent not-for-profit organization that educates businesses and the community regarding alternative transportation options in Somerset County.  Their mission is to promote and implement programs that improve mobility options.  The agency partners with businesses, municipalities, schools and nonprofit agencies to address a variety of mobility issues.  Learn more about RideWise by visiting the RideWise website.
JCP&L Annual Vegetation Management Aerial Patrol

JCP&L is conducting their Annual Vegetation Management Aerial Patrol.  Patrols consist of a Forestry Specialist that accompanies the helicopter pilot in order to identify effectiveness of prior year's herbicide application and identification of any conditions warranting further inspections from the ground and or corrective action.

Please be advised that the Haverfield Company will be the helicopter company assisting in the inspections on all Jersey Central Power and Light Northern Area Transmission lines, beginning  July 12th through July 13th, weather permitting.

The pilot will be in communication with any local Airports, when in their airspace.  The helicopter will be flying at a speed of about 35-40 mph above or alongside the lines, and may circle around for a closer inspection. 

The helicopter is typically black with a red strip, tail number N8330P (see attached photo - different tail number).  

As always, poor weather and emergency patrols/repairs elsewhere may cause re-scheduling and/or delays.   
Mold in the Home

  • Mold is found everywhere!  There are over 200,000 known species
  • Grows from spores. Spores are found EVERYWHERE, both inside and outside.
  • The spores need moisture and food to grow.  Some common food sources that mold use include wood, wallpaper, sheetrock, paper, wool, leather, hair and dust.
  • The key to preventing or eliminating mold growth is to remove the moisture.....NO MOISTURE, NO MOLD!!!!
  • People are often focused on testing the mold to find out if it is "dangerous or not".  Different types of mold affect, or do NOT affect, people differently.   A type of mold that has no effect on one person could be very irritating to another.
  • Rather than focus on what kind of mold you found, focus on finding the source of the moisture which caused the mold in the first place .

If mold is on hard, non-porous material, like wood, counter tops:
  • Ventilate the area or room as much as possible. Open windows and doors while working and place fans in the windows, blowing the air OUTSIDE.  
  • A N95 mask (available at hardware stores) should be worn while working. Protect the rest of home by hanging plastic sheeting in doorways.
  • DO NOT SPRAY MOLD WITH BLEACH.  Instead, spray mold with Phosphate free Trisodium Phosphate (available at hardware stores), scrub with a brush, then wipe dry.  Use fans, increased ventilation, or dehumidifier in the work area to remove moisture ASAP.  DO NOT USE BLEACH! Bleach will kill the mold, but the bleach will dissipate and leave water on whatever you sprayed, which will feed new mold. Also, when mold dies, it can be just as harmful or MORE harmful than when it was alive!!!
If mold is on soft, porous material, like drywall or furniture:  
  • Item or material must be discarded/replaced.  There is no way for you to completely remove all spores, and if any are left, it will begin to grow again.
  • If you aren't comfortable removing the mold, hire a professional company that deals with mold remediation.
  • If mold grew in an area once, it can come back if you don't remove the moisture.
  • Increase ventilation to the area, or use a dehumidifier to remove moisture.
  • Check gutters and downspouts to make sure they are draining away from the foundation of your house.  Also, make sure the grading around your house is pitched away from your house.
The key to preventing or eliminating mold growth is to remove the moisture.....NO MOISTURE, NO MOLD!!!!

Mold Guidelines for NJ Residents
FirstEnergy Offers Tips to Stay Safe Around Electricity This Summer

As the summer season is in full swing, FirstEnergy Corp.'s utilities remind customers to use caution near electrical equipment as they work and explore outdoors. While summertime is associated with climbing trees, flying kites, yard work and water activities, it is important to stay clear of power lines and other equipment when outside - and remind children to do the same - to help stay safe.

Some important FirstEnergy summer safety messages can be viewed here:

Keep in mind the following when playing or working outdoors:
  • Before letting children climb trees, do a thorough inspection to ensure no electric lines are nearby.
  • Keep children away from fenced in electrical substations and other equipment, such as pad-mount transformers, with posted warning signs.
  • Never let children fly kites, motorized airplanes or drones near power lines. While kites almost always use cotton string, wet cotton string can conduct electricity almost as well as metal string. If a kite gets stuck in a tree, check first to make sure no power lines are nearby before retrieving it. If a kite is tangled in a power line call one of our toll-free customer service numbers.
  • Properly secure Mylar balloons when outside. Because they have a metallic-based coating, these balloons conduct electricity and can cause outages if they fly into power lines.
  • If you have electrical connections near a pool, boat dock or other areas in close proximity to water, be sure to have the equipment and connections inspected annually by a qualified electrician to help ensure safe operations.
  • When hauling a boat, make sure it clears overhead power lines and stay away from power lines when sailing.
  • Don't shoot at or otherwise damage insulators on utility poles. This is very dangerous and against the law. Insulators keep electricity from traveling down the pole. If an insulator is broken off or damaged, anyone coming in contact with the pole could be injured.
Other FirstEnergy summer safety tips are available at:
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 July 31, 2017

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.
Recently Added Events
Visit the Community Events Calendar Page for More Information
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.

News From Somerset County
July Program Schedule - All County Senior Centers

The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services have announced the July program schedule. All programs begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise listed. This month, all centers will be closed on July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Entries Sought for Juried Senior Art Exhibit

If you are age 60 or above and a resident of Somerset County, Freeholder Brian Levine invites you to submit one original creation for a juried Senior Art Exhibit, which will be on display in the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Gallery, located in the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St., from Aug. 7 to Sept. 15.

Completed registration must be received by  Monday, July 24. All submissions must be the original work of the applicant, created within the last three years, and not previously entered in the Somerset County Senior Art Show. Categories include watercolors, oils, acrylics, digital/computer art, one-of-a-kind original craft creations, photography, pastels, drawings, mixed media, sculpture and printmaking.

An awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22. First place winners in both professional and nonprofessional categories will have their work displayed at the New Jersey State Senior Art Show, which will be held Sept. 21 to Oct. 19 at Meadow Lakes Senior Living in East Windsor.
All entries must be registered, delivered "show ready" and labeled. To view the entry form and exhibit guidelines, go to To obtain a hard copy of the entry form and guidelines, contact the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Office at (908) 231-7021. 

Wanted: New School Supplies for Children Served by Nonprofits

The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women has launched its annual "Project First Class" school-supplies collection. Children of families served by the Food Bank Network and other nonprofits in Somerset County will benefit from the donations.

NEW  school supplies - such as notebooks, three-ring binders (1½ to 3 inches), pencil cases that fit inside binders, paper, glue sticks, safety scissors, index cards, highlighters, markers, pens, pencils and crayons - will be accepted along with new or gently-used backpacks.

Donations may be dropped off to the Somerset County Freeholders' Office  on the third floor of the county administration building at 20 Grove St., Somerville , now through Friday, Aug. 11 . The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,  except for July 4. Free parking is available in the adjacent Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street.

Donations also may be dropped off Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.,  through Aug. 9, at the Somerset County Clerk's Office , located on the first floor of the administration building.

Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Township Committee Meeting 7/11/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 7/13/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 7/19/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 7/27/2017 7:30 PM

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