Issue: 2017 June 9
June 9, 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 CAN (Community Assistance Network) Receives Donation from Atoms RCers

Pictured:  Atoms RCers members with Mayor Carl Suraci, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Committeeman Doug Tomson
Members of the  Atoms RCers attended a Township Committee meeting to present a donation check to the Hillsborough Community Assistance Network. Hillsborough CAN is a Township organization that provides food and necessities to Hillsborough families facing financial difficulty.  The CAN stocks canned and non-perishable food items, baby supplies, household cleaning supplies, paper products, personal hygiene items, pet food and cat litter.   

Residents of Hillsborough who want to make a difference in their community can donate their time and talents by volunteering through the Hillsborough CAN.  Prospective volunteers may sign up to organize food drives, bag groceries, coordinate special events and much more.  If you want more information about the organization or to learn more about volunteering opportunities please contact Hillsborough CAN at (908)-369-3880 or visit the Township website at
Affinity Federal Credit Union Hillsborough Rewards Credit Card Program Eight Non-Profits Receiving Spring 2017 Grant Awards

Eight different non-profit organizations received grant  awards through the Hillsborough Rewards Visa Credit Card Program at a recent Township Committee Meeting. Representatives from the organizations were present to accept the ceremonial check presented by Mayor Carl Suraci and the members of the  Credit  Card Advisory Committee. The total amount  awarded was $7,384.80. Since the inception of the program, nearly $70,000 in grants to community based youth, senior and local non-profit organizations have been  awarded. Four of the Spring 2017 Grant recipients are pictured below.  Look for the remaining recipients in a future edition of the eNews.

Hillsborough Jr. Raiders
Hillsborough Baseball League
Hillsborough Dukes
GiGi's Playhouse
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.

For advertising opportunities, please contact Jim O'Dowd at 973-650-2736 or
Registration Now Open for Recreation Programs

Summer Camp Registration
Summer Recreation Camp registrations are currently being accepted.  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 26th and run for 8 weeks through August 18th.  Information and registration are available on the Parks & Recreation website.

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
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 June15, 2017

Bank of America Holds Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Renovation

Bank of America announces the renovation of its Hillsborough financial center located at 430 Amwell Road, Hillsborough, NJ. Much more than a bank branch, the Hillsborough financial center is a destination for clients to connect to all of Bank of America's financial services, personalized solutions and expertise needed to make their financial lives better.

Pictured: HTPD Lieutenant Mark Besser, Business Advocate David Kois  and Township Administrator Anthony Ferrera, with Bank of America's Financial Center Manage Tabassum Sirquoh, Market Sales Manager Craig Eagleson, Regional Sales Executive Christine Cassidy, Operations Market Manager Lisa Chavez, Market Sales Manager Amelia Casarola and Financial Center Operations Manager Louise Heidenreich 
The design of this location features several new elements to enhance the client experience. Upon entering, clients are greeted by a relationship manager who helps identify their needs and guides their visit. Clients can utilize one of several private offices to meet with specialists to discuss a variety of solutions options, from Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Adviser, Mortgage Loan Officer or Small Business Banker.

A comfortable waiting area features interactive financial learning technology and tools to use and explore Bank of America products, capabilities and services. Digital Ambassadors are on hand to provide answers and assurance when clients come in with questions about how to download and use our Mobile Banking app and online platforms. This allows clients to benefit from the following s ervices featured at the Hillsborough financial center:
  • Everyday banking, including checking and savings account services and credit cards
  • Full suite of lending services for home loans, home equity and auto loans, as well as commercial lending
  • Merrill Edge financial and investment services, including retirement planning, IRAs and 401(k)s, investing and college planning
  • Small business banking
  • Priority service through the Preferred Rewards Center, a dedicated team of specialists available to handle product and service needs
  • A dedicated financial learning space with interactive tools and Digital Ambassadors to assist with mobile and online platforms
  • ATM services, including cardless access, multi-denomination selection and credit card payments]
The Hillsborough financial center's hours of operation are  Monday- Thursday  9:00-4:00Friday  9:00-6:00 and  Saturday  9:00-1:00. ATMs are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

To see Bank of America's financial center and ATM locations or to schedule an appointment online, visit
Hillsborough Municipal Alliance to Host Free Narcan Training

The Hillsborough Municipal Alliance will be hosting FREE Narcan Training on  Wednesday, June 14th at  6:00pm at the Hillsborough Township Municipal Building .   This  training  is open to anyone interested  in learning  about important drug trends and how to properly administer Narcan, or naloxone, which is used to reverse a heroin or opioid overdose.    Participants will receive a Narcan Kit.

Please c ontact Minda Maggio with any questions: 908-369-4313 x7125 or

Please click HERE for more information and to register for the training. 
Space is limited.
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.
Sky Lanterns Safety
Sky lanterns have become increasingly popular as a way to celebrate. However, they pose a serious fire safety hazard and their use is prohibited by National Fire Protection Association code requirements.
  • The lanterns are made of oiled rice paper with a bamboo frame, materials that can easily catch on fire.
  • A candle or wax fuel cell is used with the device.
  • The lit flame heats the inside of the lantern, causing it to rise into the air.
  • Once lit and airborne, it can travel over a mile in distance.
  • Wind can affect the sky lantern, blowing the sides, forcing the hot air out and sending the flaming lantern back to the ground.
  • These lanterns have the potential to cause fires.
  • A flaming lantern can drop onto a rooftop, field, trees or power lines before the flame is fully extinguished.
  • A destructive fire can result when a flaming lantern reaches the ground during dry conditions.
  • Sky lanterns should not be used under any circumstances.
Recent fires caused by Sky Lanterns:
  • A sky lantern landed on the canopy of a country club, igniting the canopy.
  • Two sky lanterns landed in forested land impacting valuable wildlife firefighting resources.
The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety has determined that the use of these devices does not comply with the requirements in Chapter 3 of the Uniform Fire Code. They create a serious fire and safety hazard that includes the potential to cause an unintended fire either on or off the property of their intended release. Therefore lanterns or other similar airborne devices that use open flame to propel them are prohibited.
Rotary Club Golf Classic  to Benefit Hugs for Brady and  The Hillsborough Rotary Foundation
Monday, June 19th

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough's annual charity Golf Classic has been scheduled this year for Monday, June 19, at the Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough.  Golfers and sponsors are invited to be part of this important fundraising event benefiting local community organizations.
Over the years, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Golf Classic has raised funds to support a wide variety of local community organizations as well as other philanthropic efforts.  This year's beneficiaries are Hugs for Brady , an organization dedicated to helping children with childhood cancers, and the Hillsborough Rotary Foundation , a non-profit, philanthropic organization supporting the Hillsborough community.
"This important annual event brings together golfers and local businesses for a fun event that benefits our community organizations," commented Rotarian Tricia Marciano, organizer of this year's event. "Organizations such as Hugs for Brady play a critical role in supporting children and their families through an unimaginably difficult time."

Recently Added Events
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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
You Can Help Curb Hunger in Somerset County!

Even though Somerset County is known for its affluence, food insecurity for children and adults is an enduring issue. Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer is urging residents to help change that by supporting the 23rd annual Curbing Hunger Month food drive.

State Sen. Kip Bateman, members of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and food bank supporters gathered at the Food Bank Network of Somerset County to launch this year's program, which will help boost food supplies at the Franklin Township Food Bank as well as other local food pantries serving Somerset County residents.

Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Township Committee Meeting 6/13/2017 7:30 PM
Board of Adjustment 6/21/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 6/22/2017 7:30 PM

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