Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ciattarelli Fills Biondi Assembly Seat

It is expected that Hillsborough resident and former Somerset County Freeholder Jack Ciattarelli will be filling the New Jersey 16th Legislative seat previously held by the late Peter Biondi until January 12, 2012.

Ciattarelli has resigned from his Freeholder position anticipating his selection to the NJ Assembly on November 29th by the Republican party.
For more on this story, go to articles in The Somerset Messenger Gazette and the Hillsborough Beacon.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

HHS Team RoboRaiders BoroBlast 2011

The Hillsborough High School RoboRaiders Team 75 hosted eighteen teams at the BoroBlast FLL (First Lego League) robotics competition on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the High School:

For more information about the RoboRaiders go here.

For more information about the FLL (First Lego League) go here.
Photographs courtesy of Susan Gulliford and George Mariasz.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hillsborough Veterans Day Ceremony 2011

Hillsborough Township's 3rd Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held yesterday evening at the Garden of Honor at the Municipal Building. The speakers included Father Sean Broderick, Committeeman and township veteran's liaison Robert Wagner,Jr., Mayor McCauley, Congressman Leonard Lance, and United States Marine Corps Veteran Corporal Nauman Chaudary.
The ceremony was followed by an indoor reception.

Hillsborough resident and Assemblyman Pete Biondi, who died on November 10th, was remembered by several of the speakers and a wreath:

Photographs taken of Assemblyman Biondi at the 2009 ceremony.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hillsborough's Pete Biondi (1942-2011)

Hillsborough resident and New Jersey Assemblyman Pete Biondi died yesterday. He had been fighting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.


Photographs courtesy of Susan Gulliford and George Mariasz.

Monday, November 7, 2011

HT Candidates' Night

At the Hillsborough Township Candidates' Night on October 18th, Democratic candidate Aldo Martinez said during his opening statement that he was applying for a position and he was here for his interview.

In the following hour, Mr. Martinez and his running mate John Reddan were interviewed for the positions of Township Committee person. The Republican candidates were conspicuous by their absence.

The students of the AP US Government and Politics class designed and ran the forum, which was divided into two parts. Part one included the candidates' opening statements, followed by five questions previously chosen by the students. The second half comprised five questions submitted by audience members and candidates' closing statements.

First Half
The topics of the first five questions were town center zoning and the Hillsborough Elementary School property, how the candidates would limit or decrease taxes, the role of the township in adding or attracting businesses, do the candidates believe that Hillsborough is less safe and why, and how the candidates would address a defeated school budget that was before the Township Committee.

Regarding the Town Center Zoning, Mr. Martinez mentioned that the 206 Bypass could have an effect on businesses located on Route 206 and that the Town Center Zoning should be reviewed. Mr. Reddan pointed out that the HES property is valuable.

As for limiting or decreasing taxes, Mr. Reddan stated that he wouldn't do away with any services, but would find the money without any specifics. Mr. Martinez mentioned professional part-time contracts, specific line items, and questioned the addition of the Business Advocate position.

Both candidates felt that attracting and assisting businesses should be one of the jobs of the Township Committee members.

Regarding public safety, both candidates pointed out the decrease in the number of officers while the population has increased. Mr. Martinez mentioned that Hillsborough's FBI crime statistics were up.

When it came to addressing a defeated school budget, the candidates both mentioned working closely with the Board of Education.

Second Half
The five audience submitted questions covered sustainability, shared services, COAH, increasing the openness of government, and cutting taxes and still keeping services.

Mr. Martinez seemed especially knowledgeable about sustainability, feeling that it makes economical sense and is part of the future. Mr. Reddan appeared confused by the topic.

Both candidates supported shared services as long as residents' safety wasn't compromised.

Both candidates recognized a need for some type of COAH housing, feeling it was beneficial to have diversity in choice. Mr. Reddan mentioned the diversity he saw while campaigning and felt that COAH would be helpful to young couples starting out and older couples who may be downsizing.

Regarding openness in government, Mr. Redden felt that there should be more accountability and said he sees some confusion during committee meetings. Mr. Martinez would like to see more openness, suggesting that department heads come in and present their arguments for their budgets in public. He also asked if they can make cuts why haven't they done it?

The final question about cutting taxes and still keeping services, brought Mr. Martinez's general comment that there should be more transparency and fiscal responsibility. He also reiterated that he felt that public safety was important. Mr. Redden mentioned that the township should clarify taxes and the revaluation as he felt they were very confusing.

During their closing statements Mr. Martinez mentioned that his parents sent him to the United States from Cuba when he was 11-years-old. He was here to give his life meaning, find his passion, and to represent everyone.

Mr. Reddan said that he was giving back to the community. In order of importance he mentioned his family, his country, and his party.
Usually when you miss an appointment for a job interview, you don't get the job.
The HNJJ crew has attempted to condense the evening's information from their notes. While we would like to suggest that everyone watch the forum on Channel 14, we have been unable to find it. Quelle surprise!
For the HNJJ's previous post about this forum go here.

Auten Road Dump Opening Extension

As a result of the extensive damage caused by the October snowstorm, the Auten Road Dump opening has been extended to Saturday, November 12th, to allow Hillsborough residents to dispose of brush only.

The dump will be open this week Monday-to-Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Any questions? Contact DPW.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

McRibs Are Back!

The Hillsborough McDonalds has McRibs again...

The HNJJ crew serves their McRibs with a glass of chilled White Zinfandel tapped directly from the box into an inexpensive juice glass.

Do you think that we are the only people who have a passion for McRibs?
Think again! If you Google "locate McRibs" you will find multiple sites dedicated to finding McRibs.

BoroGreen Sustainable Practices Conference Saturday

BoroGreen, Sustainable Hillsborough, and Sustainable Jersey are sponsoring the Central Jersey Best Sustainable Practices conference this Saturday, November 5th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Duke Farms.

From the BoroGreen site:
Energy, Transportation, and Recycling are the 3 main themes of the conference. Keynote speakers are Carolyn Ehrlich, Chief of Staff for Woodbridge Township (2009 Sustainability Champion Award) and Albe Zakes, the VP of Media Relations from Terracycle to encourage participants with their sustainable efforts. Participants will then break out into Learning Circles where they will hear Best Practices from a Green Team/Municipality and a moderator will lead the discussion on how to implement in your own town. Learning Circles include presentations and discussions about the NJ Clean Energy program, electric cars, Walking School Bus, lighting retrofits and efficiencies, and recycling improvements.

For more information and to register, go here.