Issue: 2017 September 8
September 8, 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

Annual Raider Football and Cheer Night

Last week,  Deputy Mayor McCauley, Committeeman DelCore and Committeeman Doug Tomson attended the  Raider Football and Cheer Community Night held at Hillsborough High School. 

Several hundred people came out for this event held each year to kickoff the season. The event is a great opportunity for the High School Football and Cheer teams to interact with the children in town that participate in youth programs. 

Pictured: Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Committeeman Frank DelCore, and Committeeman Doug Tomson along with Hillsborough Raiders supporters
Special Needs Children Enjoy A Special Day at the Rotary Fair 

Pictured: Representatives from the Organization for Autism Research with Committeeman Greg Burchette and Committeeman Doug Tomson
An estimated 15,000 people passed through the colorfully lit entryway last week at the Hillsborough Rotary Fair, but no group of attendees was more special to the Rotary Club of Hillsborough members than those who visited on Saturday afternoon's Family Fun Day. Added to their annual Fair in 2012, Family Fun Day is an invitation-only event dedicated to special needs children and their families. Held from 1 to 4 PM, the Fair is closed to the general public so that children with special needs and their immediate family members can enjoy the rides, games and food free of charge.

"We receive wonderful feedback every year from very grateful parents," commented Rotary Club of Hillsborough President, Anthony Franchini, "They tell us how much they enjoy attending an event catering to special needs children, as well as their families."

School is Open - Drive Carefully

Police Chief Darren Powell would like to remind area residents and commuters that Hillsborough Township Schools are now open.  Motorists can anticipate an overall increase in traffic volume throughout the Township as school buses take to the streets along with congestion and backups around Township Schools.

Motorists are cautioned to be alert for stopped school buses and increased pedestrian traffic.  It is also recommended that motorists plan for a longer commute for the first few days of the school year as everyone gets accustomed to school being back in session.

Update From the Department of Public Works: Clean Up Coupons Have All Been Distributed for 2017
Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township is currently looking to fill the following position:
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
  • Building Maintenance Part time 
Are You Hurricane Ready?

Being prepared is the key to safety in any emergency situation.  Below are some general guidelines and suggested supplies in the event of a weather emergency.

Prepare Your Home
  • Get your yard or property ready for a hurricane by bringing in all outdoor furniture & securing anything else that isn't tied down.
  • Be ready to protect appliances from minor flooding. Put a half-block of cement under each corner of refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dryers. Use bricks or boards if you don't have cement blocks.
  • Prepare your family, home, or business before a disaster strikes. Learn how you can get prepared to lessen the impact of severe tropical weather by visiting:
  • Visit the National Weather Service's website:

Preparing a "Go Kit", should you need to evacuate your home is also recommended.  Suggested items to include in a "Go Kit" are:
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper - When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Hillsborough IHOP is Raising Funds for Hurricane Harvey  Relief 

Please come visit us on 
Saturday   9/9/17 @ 8 A.M. to 2 P.M .

  Make a Donation  and receive a 

Hillsborough IHOP will donate 100% for the funds to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. 
Please be advised this offer is only good at 
Hillsborough IHOP on RT 206
Dine in Only

Sunday, September 24th 12pm - 8pm @ Woods Road Firehouse

The 7th Annual Nick Magos Cancer Callout will be held on Sunday, September 24th at the Woods Road Firehouse. The Cancer Callout raises money throughout the year with their main event being "The CALLOUT." Each year, the event, named after Nick Magos, one of the founders of the Somerset County SWAT Team who passed away from cancer, is run by SWAT Team members and is designe d to benefit families who are in need of assistance due to their battle with cancer and or other life threatening illnesses.

September is National Preparedness Month

This week's theme is " Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community"
Visit for more information and helpful links
Attention Organizations or Individuals Seeking Service Hours

Are you or your group or organization looking for service hours? Hillsborough Township often has volunteer/service opportunities and is now maintaining a list of individuals, organizations and groups looking to give back to the community.

The purpose of this initiative is to link those individuals or groups in need of completing service hours with the organizations who have service opportunities.

Register here and the Mayor's Office will reach out when an opportunity arises.

If you are not able to access the registration form, please call the Mayor's Office 908-369-3535.

Tuesday, September 12, 7-8:30 p.m. - Program Room B

Dust off the spiders and cobwebs of your fall decor! Rich and Debbie Norz from Norz Hill Farm & Market, and professional house haunters, will demonstrate how to create a ghastly outdoor space. 

Recently Added Events
Visit the Community Events Calendar Page for More Information
Farm to Table Harvest Fest Fundraiser to support Feeding Hands Food Pantry   
Sunday, October 1st Noon - 6pm 

Petrock's Bar & Grille and Petrock's Liquors along with Dogwood and Martenette Farms are Hosting a  Farm to Table Harvest Fest  Fundraiser , featuring a Pig Roast, Music and Market . This is a fun way for the Community to come together, celebrate being a Local,  and support a worthy cause!  

The Event will be held behind the store at 419 Amwell Road, Hillsborough and will feature an array of Local Producers, including Lone Eagle Brewery, Skunktown Distillery and Ironbound Cider.  

Long time Local residents David and son Jeff Kyle along with John Duke will be the Pit Masters!  There will be plenty of  VEGGIE  and Non-Alcoholic OPTIONS!  

Tickets are $35 in advance ($45 at the gate) and include entry, food and one complimentary drink.  

There will be a Cash Bar featuring 90+ Cellars Wine, Market Vendor Tents selling seasonal goods, p lenty of Lawn Games, bales of hay and a Big Top Tent.  Oh What A Day It Will Be!  For additional information and to purchase tickets through  Eventbrite .   Tickets are limited so please buy yours early.   

ARIS/HMS Discount Card 2017-2018  On Sale Now!!

ARIS/HMS 2017-2018 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 34 local businesses including ShopRite's $4.00 off $100.00 purchase, McDonald's, Super Sundaes, Lenny's, Philly Pretzel, Revival Barbershop, Olympia Sports and many more!!  Discounts are valid through 9/30/18.
Special Promotion:  Buy 5 cards, get 1 card free!

If you would like to purchase a discount card, please email or stop by Super Sundaes (near the Post Office) and pick one up.

Thank you for your support!
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
Freeholders to Place Wreath at 9/11 Memorial

Members of the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer, will place a wreath at the county's 9/11 memorial at the corner of Main and Bridge streets on Monday, Sept. 11.  The public is welcome to attend. As people gather for the ceremony, the Somerset County Police Pipes & Drums band will perform.

At 8:46 a.m. - the time when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center 14 years ago - the ceremony will begin with a brief tolling of the bell at the top of the nearby historic courthouse.  The Somerset County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard will present the colors. Senator Christopher (Kip) Bateman also will participate in the ceremony.

The Freeholders will then read the names of the  39 Somerset County residents killed in the attacks. The placement of the wreath will be followed by a moment of silence. A second brief bell-tolling will conclude the ceremony.  
Rx Drive-Thru Medicine Drop-off Sept. 16 in Branchburg

Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano invites county residents to take advantage of the next Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-Off  Saturday,  Sept. 16,  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  at the Branchburg Township Public Works Garage , located at 34 Kenbury Road, Branchburg 08876  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. 

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Sept. 25 Program at Manville Library

Somerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites residents with disabilities, their families and caregivers to attend a free interactive training program on how to prepare for emergencies.
"Emergency Preparedness: What You Should Know" will be held Monday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Manville Library, located at 100 S. 10th Ave. Attendees with disabilities will receive one free disaster kit per household while supplies last.
Register by Sept. 15  by calling or emailing Paulann Pierson at (908) 704-6334 or and indicate whether Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations will be required.
Do you have questions about emergency preparedness? Do have a simple emergency plan that works for you? Do you have a "go" bag for emergencies? Do you know there are organizations and resources that help people with disabilities prepare for emergencies? These topics and more will be covered on Sept. 25.
Do You Have a Plan in Case of an Emergency?

You get ready for a lot of things in life, shouldn't emergencies be one of them? During an emergency, it is easy to feel helpless. The best strategy to handle emergency situations is to prepare for the unexpected to the best of your ability.

If a disaster strikes in your community, you may not have access to food, water or electricity for several days. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately half of U.S. adults do not have the resources and plans in place for a potential emergency.  Sitting down and developing a communication plan with your family and preparing emergency supply kits can help make emergencies less stressful.

September is National Preparedness Month and a good time to plan with your family what you would need should you have to leave your home or stay at home, also known as sheltering in place, due to a hurricane or another disaster. This year's campaign is titled "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can." It is a call to action to think ahead and look beyond batteries and flashlights when making emergency preparedness plans for family members and pets.

Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Township Committee Meeting 9/12/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 9/14/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 9/20/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 9/26/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 9/28/2017 7:30 PM

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