Issue: 2017 August 18
August 18, 2017
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This e-newsletter is brought to you by the Hillsborough Township Committee 
Carl Suraci
Deputy Mayor
Gloria McCauley
Greg Burchette
Frank DelCore
Doug Tomson

Amanda Muller Recognized for Outstanding Lacrosse Performance at TCNJ

Pictured: Amanda Muller with her parents, Mayor Carl Suraci and Committeeman Frank DelCore.
At the August 8th Township Committee Meeting, Amanda Muller was honored with a proclamation for her outstanding performance in the NCAA Division III Girls Lacrosse Tournament and for her impressive academic standing.  Amanda, a 2014 graduate of Hillsborough High School, is currently a senior at The College of New Jersey and  is a member of the TCNJ Lions Girls Lacrosse Team.

The Lions Girl's Lacrosse Team was the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced all the way to the finals. Amanda scored nine goals and two assists for the Lions, including assisting in the game winning goal to send the team to the National Championship Game.  For her efforts, Amanda was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team, as well as being named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

The Mayor and Hillsborough Township Committee commend Amanda Muller for the honor she has brought herself, her team, and her community through her many achievements on and off the field.

Mayor Suraci Visits Recreation Summer Camps

Mayor Carl Suraci  visited the Hillsborough Recreation Summer Camps last week . He had the opportunity to meet with the campers, answer their questions about being Mayor and participated in various activities.

Pictured: Mayor Carl Suraci with Campers

10th Annual Rotary Fair in Full Swing

Pictured:  Committeeman Greg Burchette, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Committeeman Doug Tomson, Committeeman Frank DelCore, Mayor Carl Suraci, Rotary Resident Anthony Franchini, Tod Mershon, Ken Genco, Tricia Marcinio, Gregg Wilke, Michele Bagdan
The Mayor and Township Committee were all in attendance on Tuesday night as the ribbon was cut celebrating the opening of the 10th Annual Hillsborough Rotary Fair.  

The Rotary Fair will remain open through Sunday, with the exception of Friday (cancelled due to weather). Saturday the Fair hours are 6 pm to 11 pm and Sunday 2 to 7 pm.  There will be a fireworks display on Saturday night and pay-one-price for wristbands as well.  

The fair is located at the field adjacent to Lowes in the Hillsborough Promenade Shopping Center.
Hillsborough Holds Annual Purple Heart Ceremony

Hillsborough's Annual Purple Heart Ceremony was held on Monday, August 7th at the Municipal Complex.   Ceremonies, originally planned to be held at the Township's Garden of Honor, were moved indoors because of inclement weather.

Honored guests included members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 27, Freeholder Director Peter Palmer, Mayor Carl Suraci, Committeeman  Greg Burchette, Committeeman Frank DelCore, and Committeeman Doug Tomson.

Pictured: Freeholder Director Peter Palmer, Mayor Carl Suraci, Committeeman Frank DelCore, Committeeman Greg Burchette and Committeeman Doug Tomson with members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 27

Pictured (L to R): Committeeman Greg Burchette, Committeeman Frank DelCore, Mayor Carl Suraci, Committeeman Doug Tomson and Freeholder Director Peter Palmer

Hillsborough's Railroad Quiet Zones Officially Re-Certified

Each of the four railroad crossings of the Norfolk Southern line in Hillsborough Township have been re-certified by a licensed engineer and the Federal Railroad Administration.

On April 28th and July 11th, a licensed Professional Engineer from Maser Consulting P.A. inspected each of the four highway-railroad grade crossings on the Norfolk Southern line located in Hillsborough Township. Each of the four crossings were found to be in compliance with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 222, Appendix A, Approved Supplementary Safety Measures.

"With the railroad upgrades being re-certified, Hillsborough will continue to qualify for the Federal Railroad Administration's Quiet Zone designation along the Norfolk Southern line, which has a major positive impact on the quality of life for thousands of residents living near the line," stated Committeeman Greg Burchette, the Township Committee Liaison to Engineering.

Township's Website Restructured
Improved User Experience

"With the use of technology becoming increasingly present in the average household, the need for easily accessible information grows along as well", stated Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley, Township Committee Liaison to Information Technology.

Municipal websites continue to be one of the most important tools for residents to obtain needed information about their Township within the comfort of their own homes.

"We are pleased to announce a redesign of the Township website in order to enhance accessibility as well as to provide easier access to answers for commonly asked questions," added Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley.

The drop down menus have been restructured to reflect a more user friendly experience.

Hillsborough Township to Host Annual Senior Olympics Tuesday, September 19th at AVM Park
(Rain date September 26th)

"Save the date, Hillsborough Township will host the 4th Annual  Senior Olympics on September 19th," announced Committeeman Doug Tomson, Township Committee Liaison to Recreation and Social Services.

The Hillsborough Township Senior Olympics will be held on Tuesday, September 19th, with a rain date of the following Tuesday, September 26th, at the Ann Van Middlesworth Park. The Olympics will commence from 9 am until 2 pm with check-in beginning at 8:30 am.

"This Township sponsored event is open to all Hillsborough Senior Citizens of all fitness levels, so we look forward to seeing you there," added Committeeman Tomson.

Safely Watch the Eclipse at the Hillsborough Library's Eclipse Viewing Event

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey distributed free solar eclipse viewing glasses at their 10 local branches this past week.  According to their website, glasses will be handed out at viewing events that will be held in the Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield and Warren branches on Monday, August 21st, beginning at 1 pm.  The Libraries will also connect to NASA TV to livestream the eclipse.

NASA EDGE will join forces with the NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium to air a live webcast of the total solar eclipse from Southern Illinois University from Carbondale, Illinois. Prior to the totality in Carbondale at 11:52:26 AM CDT, we will introduce you to the science of eclipse and a variety of NASA experts including mission scientists, engineers and educators. Throughout the entire webcast we will switch to live views of the total eclipse as it occurs. So if you're unable to view the eclipse in person, don't worry. Sit back, relax and let NASA EDGE turn your location into the best seat in the house!
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.

Time is Running out to Submit Photos for Photos for 2018 "Town Calendar" 

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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 31st.

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 available date is September 9th
  • One coupon per household per year
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Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township is currently looking to fill te following position:
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic
  • Building Maintenance Part time 
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.

Get Ready for Flu Season

Clinics at the Hillsborough Municipal Building will be held on Thursday, September 14 from 3:00 PM TO 6:00 PM, and Tuesdays, October 3 and 10 from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM

The Hillsborough Health Department and Dr. Ron Frank of Green Brook Family Medicine will offer flu shots in the multipurpose room in the municipal building on Thursday, September 14 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, for ages 6 months and up . Dr. Frank accepts most health insurances and Medicare. HMO insurances will NOT be accepted. If you don't have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be $30 in cash for the standard intramuscular trivalent vaccine. Dr. Frank will offer the standard intramuscularly injected flu vaccination for the 2017-2018 flu strains. He will also have high dose vaccine for those over age 65, if requested.  These are killed virus vaccines you cannot get the flu from these vaccines. No nasal vaccine will be offered at these clinics.

The Hillsborough Health Department and Walgreens of Hillsborough will offer flu vaccinations on Tuesday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 10 from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Hillsborough Municipal Building. These Flu vaccinations can be given to those ages 12 years and up . Walgreens will offer intramuscular standard vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season, and High Dose for those over age 65 if requested. Walgreens will also take several insurances and Medicare. If you don't have health insurance, the cost is $25.99 cash or credit for the standard vaccine.

For more information, visit the Health Department's Flu Season page on the Hillsborough Township Website.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Help raise awareness by putting up teal bows at the Hillsborough Municipal Building

Susyn Timko, the coordinator for Turn the Towns Teal in Hillsborough,  lost her mom to Ovarian Cancer and has been volunteering with Turn the Towns Teal for the past 8 years.  Susyn will be turning Hillsborough teal on Thursday August 31st and is looking for volunteers  to help.  

Volunteers will meet at the Municipal Building at 10 am on August 31st to put up teal bows around the Municipal Complex.  If you are interested in helping, email Susyn at .

If you are not able to help on the 31st, you can still help.  Susyn also needs volunteers to help take the bows down at the end of September.  Please email Susyn for more information.

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
Local Gardeners Share Their Bounty with the Needy

The Somerset County Sheriff's Office is pleased to be part of a collaborative effort with Healthier Somerset and Duke Farms in Hillsborough to deliver fresh produce to the Bound Brook Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The need to increase fresh produce in local food banks and pantries was identified by Healthier Somerset, a coalition that works to improve the health of Somerset County residents and employees, in their Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  Through a New Jersey Healthy Initiatives grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthier Somerset is working to create a culture of health in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook. 

"After identifying farms willing to donate produce to a local food bank and a partner to transport it, Healthier Somerset formed this collaboration with Duke Farms and the Somerset County Sheriff's Office," said Serena Collado, Healthier Somerset director and director of Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. 

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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