Issue: 2017 September 1
September 1, 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

Anushka Khanna Earns Gold Award

Pictured: Anushka Khanna and her brother with Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley
Anushka Khanna, a 2017 graduate of Hillsborough High School and a member of Girl Scout Troop 60045, was recently honored by the Mayor and Township Committee for earning her Gold Award.

For her Gold Award project, "Sensory Friendly Art Time",  Anushka  chose to address the lack of programs for children on the Autism spectrum.  Anushka created therapeutic art programs in our local library to promote peer interaction and give children on the spectrum free opportunities outside of the classroom. Because the use of motor skills is greatly beneficial for the restless tendencies of children on the Autism spectrum, participants were able to engage with one another while keeping their hands busy by working in activity stations. Anushka's program took a year of planning and was a huge success with 20 children participating in the summer activities.

Anushka serves as an example to the youth of Hillsborough Township through her achievements, leadership, and community service, and we are very proud that Anushka is a member of our community.
Limited Clean Up Coupons Still Available
Very Few Coupons Remaining - Please Call Ahead Before Picking Up

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.  

Because availability is extremely limited, the Department of Public Works suggests you call ahead to confirm availability before coming in to pick up coupons.  The phone number for DPW is (908) 369-3950.
  • Coupons are distributed on a first come first serve basis  
  • Dates Available: October 7th and October 28th
  • One coupon per household per year
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Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township is currently looking to fill the following position:
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
  • Building Maintenance Part time 
Hillsborough Rotary Club Establishes Harvey Relief Fund

In response to the overwhelming devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Rotary Club of Hillsborough has established a relief fund and will match community donations up to a total of $2,500. The Club will use the combined funds to purchase gift cards to major retailers to assist families who have been displaced from their homes by the unprecedented floods. Community members are invited to make donations over the next two weeks using the "youcaring" page created for this purpose. 

"We will focus our support on the recovery phase, while the Red Cross and other first responders take care of the immediate needs of the community," commented Anthony Franchini, president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. "As a community, we can offer our support in many ways. "Our "youcaring" page allows anyone wishing to make a donation to double its impact, enabling us to make a difference for many families who have lost so much."

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough will work with fellow Rotary Clubs and others in the affected areas of Texas and Louisiana to distribute the gift cards directly to those families in need. It is anticipated that thousands of families whose homes and belongings were lost to the storm will need to replace clothing and other essentials so they can begin to establish a normal life again after the flooding subsides and the recovery phase begins.
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 "Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends"

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which  types of disasters  could affect your area.  Know how you'll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that's familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
  1. How will I receive  emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my  shelter plan?
  3. What is my  evacuation route?
Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.
As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children
Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.
Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

Visit for more information and helpful links
Be a Good Neighbor - Be Bear Aware

New Jersey is home to all kinds of beautiful wildlife - including black bears. Black bears are getting a lot of attention these days, for the wrong reasons. They're venturing too close to homes and into backyards, looking for food. Bears that look for food near your home or in your yard likely have learned bad habits from people who feed them intentionally, or unintentionally by carelessly leaving out food or garbage.

People who feed bears think they're helping them. But it only invites trouble. It can make them a nuisance or even aggressive. When that happens, the bears must be destroyed to protect your family and your neighbors. What's more, it's illegal to feed bears in New Jersey. Anyone who feeds bears could face a penalty of up to $1,000 for each offense.

Taking steps to avoid attracting bears with food or garbage is the best way to prevent them from becoming a nuisance near your home.

Here's what you can do to Be a Good Neighbor - Be Bear Aware: 
  • Use bear-proof garbage containers, if possible. They offer the best protection. Otherwise, store all garbage in airtight containers and place them along the inside walls of your garage, or in the basement, a sturdy shed or other secure area. 
  • Put out garbage on collection day, not the night before. 
  • Wash garbage containers with disinfectant solution at least once a week to remove odors. Draping rags soaked in bleach over your garbage bags also help to eliminate odors. 
  • Feed dogs and cats outside during daylight hours only. Immediately after feeding pets, remove all uneaten food and scraps as well as food bowls. 
  • Clean outdoor grills thoroughly after each use. Grease and food residue will attract bears. 
  • Do not place meat or any sweet foods in compost piles. 
  • Avoid feeding birds. They will survive without the supplemental seed that attracts bears. If you choose to feed birds, do so during daylight hours only, between December 1 and April 1, when bears are least active. Suspend feeder from a free-hanging wire, making sure it's at least 10 feet off the ground. Bring feeder indoors at night. Clean up spilled seeds and shells. 
  • Pick up any fruit that falls from fruit trees daily, and discard it in your airtight garbage containers. 
  • Consider installing electric fencing to protect crops, beehives and small livestock, if you live in an area with a large black bear population. 
  • Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to your local police department or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife at (877) 927-6337.

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Update from the Health Department - Fly Control

Over the past ten days, the Hillsborough Health Department has responded to  complaints from residents regarding periods of unusually large numbers of house fly populations causing nuisances in several neighborhoods throughout the Township. The Health Department is working closely with the Somerset County Agricultural Extension Service and Rutgers University entomologists to determine the source of the problem. Other towns in the County are experiencing this issue as well. At this time, the cause appears to be abnormally wet, cool conditions,which prompted a large hatch. This is a nuisance, but it is temporary.

There are a number of control measures that a homeowner may take to reduce the numbers of flies. Keeping garbage cans covered tightly to remove food for the flies, making sure all windows have properly fitting screens to keep flies out, using sticky fly paper inside and commercial fly traps outside to reduce populations.Sometimes a fan placed strategically can keep flies from getting into the home. Cleaning up dog droppings regularly, and turning compost piles is important to reducing fly populations.

If you have any questions about fly control, please call the Somerset County Agricultural Extension Service for guidance at 908-526-6293, or visit the link below, which is a thorough informational brochure on fly biology and control.   (Specifically, page 19, " Homeowner Options to Address Fly Problems"
Hillsborough  Turns Teal in Support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness

A group of volunteers, many of them residents who have in some way been touched by Ovarian Cancer, gathered at the Municipal Building on August 31st to Turn the Town Teal.

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers, and one of the five leading causes of cancer-related deaths in women.

In an effort to bring awareness to the community, teal-colored ribbons have been distributed and tied throughout the community as part of the Turn the Town Teal's national campaign.

Pictured: Susyn Timko and her band of volunteers, including residents and Township employees, in turning the Municipal Building teal by tying ribbons on trees throughout the complex.
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.

Recently Added Events
Visit the Community Events Calendar Page for More Information
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
Free Farmers Market Vouchers Available until Sept. 29

The Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, located in the Human Services Building at 27 Warren St., will have free farmers market vouchers available for eligible seniors until Friday, Sept. 29. 
Eligible individuals must be age 60 or above and reside in Somerset County. Income guidelines require that an individual's income not exceed $22,311 and a married couple's income not exceed $30,044.
Seniors can use the free vouchers, which are worth $25, to buy New Jersey fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables and herbs at participating farmers markets in Somerset County until Nov. 30.
People interested in applying before Sept. 29 can stop by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services in the Human Services Building, located at 27 Warren St., between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Vouchers will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.

DisABILITY Services Fair Scheduled for Sept. 16

Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites residents to attend the free 2017 Somerset County DisABILITY Services Fair Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Thomas J. Kavanaugh VFW Hall, 600 Washington Ave. in Manville 08835.

People with disabilities, their caregivers, family members, friends and all in the community are invited. The theme of the event summarizes its purpose: "Opening doors and dialogue to welcome all countywide."

The event focuses on disability-related information, but will be of value to anyone interested in learning about county, state and local agencies, organizations and businesses that serve the citizens of Somerset County. 

"We are pleased to be able to offer a wide variety of resources at this Fair," said Freeholder Brian D. Levine, human services division liaison. "I hope many people will take advantage of this opportunity to learn what is available to them, their family and friends.

Important Upcoming Meeting Dates

Board of Adjustment 9/6/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board 9/7/2017 7:30 PM
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 9/24/2017 7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 9/28/2017 7:30 PM

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