Friday, October 12, 2012

2012 Raider Marching Band Festival

Tomorrow's Hillsborough High School 2012 Raider Marching Band Festival is the perfect event for those who mainly go to football games to see the halftime show.
The show starts at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 13,2012, with the first of the 19 competing bands stepping off at 2:40 p.m. The Hillsborough Raiders will end the evening at 9:15 with an exhibition performance of this year's show entitled The Edge.

The entrance fee is $10 per person, and $8 for students and seniors. Food is available for purchase.

For more information on the band and this year's show go here.
Photograph from the 2011 show courtesy of Susan Gulliford.

Somerset County 2012 Weekend Journey Through the Past

The Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission is celebrating the 2012 Weekend Journey Through the Past on Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. and on Sunday, October 14, from noon to 4 p.m.

For complete information go here.
The photographs are of historic sites included on the Journey and were taken at past Weekend Journeys.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lord Stirling 1770s Festival Today

From the Somerset County Park Commission:

Colonial history lives at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual 1770s Festival when Lord Stirling's grand manor house and estate come to life in Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades and a Revolutionary War military detachment camp on the former estate lawns and conduct maneuvers. The event promotes historical and environmental education by familiarizing people with the rich local history of Basking Ridge, highlighting an unsung Revolutionary War hero, demonstrating the colonial heritage of New Jersey, and recreating a typical autumn afternoon in 1770. In 2006, the Lord Stirling 1770s Festival won the Cultural and History Commission of Somerset County History Award for Education. Period re-enactors attired in replicas of 1770s clothing participate in the festival demonstrating their trades and crafts (no crafts are sold). These crafts people make articles such as buttons, rifles, brooms, furniture, lace, stained glass, redware pottery, and powder horns. Other trades and crafts include a blacksmith, tinsmith, wool spinning, decoy carving, and colonial herbs. Children of all ages enjoy the hayrides, clay crafts using Stirling clay, stenciling, and toy making. Visitors may try on colonial costumes and have their photograph taken while restrained to the Somerset Gaoler's wooden stock.
$4 per person suggested donation
Sunday, October 7, 2012, 10:30am - 4:30pm. Outside.
Photographs from the 2007 festival when it was obviously much warmer, courtesy of Susan Gulliford.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Courthouse Quilter's 2012 Quilt Show

Tomorrow the Courthouse Quilters of Hunterdon County 2012 Quilts in the Mill show opens at Prallsville Mills on Route 29 in Stockton, NJ.

Over 200 quilts will be displayed on two floors of the historic mills. Additionally, there are vendors, door prizes, a raffle quilt, an art and handcraft boutique, a Kaffe Fassett book signing, and demonstrations.

Food is available for purchase with outdoor seating where you can appreciate the fall weather. If you prefer to bring along your own picnic lunch, there are tables near the river behind the mills.

The show runs for three days - Friday October 5th, Saturday 6th, and Sunday October 7th - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7, but a $1 Off Admission Coupon is available here.
For more information about the Courthouse Quilters of Hunterdon County go here.
Photographs from the 2010 and 2004 shows courtesy of Susan Gulliford.

Hillsborough Library 2012 Book Sale

The Hillsborough Library 2012 Book Sale is Saturday, October 6th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Program Room A at the Hillsborough Township Municipal Building.
Have fun!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

HTPB Hearing Extended Care Proposal

On Thursday, October 4th, the Hillsborough Township Planning Board will begin hearing the Harding Corona,LLC, application proposing the construction of a five-building extended care facility on Route 206 near Old Somerville Road.

The 8.946-acre site is on the east side of Route 206 between Old Somerville Road and Doctor's Way, across from the historic Van der Veer-Harris House. This is also the proposed intersection of Route 206 and the Route 206 Bypass.

According to the application, an existing house and garage would be demolished, to be replaced with a medical/administrative office, two residential buildings, a dining-recreation building, and an activities building. The two residential buildings would contain a total of 28 bedrooms housing 56 patients. The five buildings would total 34,115 square feet.

The waivers requested include parking lot aisle width, parking space size, and stream encroachment.

The stream encroachment involves an easterly-flowing tributary to the Royce Brook on the north side of the property. A report from the township's engineering firm points out that a portion of the proposed stormwater management facility, outfall, driveway, emergency driveway, utilities, and grading are within the 100-foot DRCC stream corridor buffer and/or Hillsborough's 150-foot stream corridor. The applicant also proposes planting some replacement trees within the DRCC buffer and conservation easements.

Harding Corona is also requesting an Economic Hardship Waiver from Hillsborough's Tree Mitigation ordinance which, if approved, would require only a $27,198 contribution by the applicant. The ordinance requires a $325-per-tree contribution. The construction would involve the removal of 189 6-to-12-inch trees, 23 13-to-24-inch trees, and two 25+-inch trees, and the planting of 160 replacement trees.

The center is also referred to as the GenPsych complex and is associated with Somerset psychiatrist Dr. Henry Odunlami. The property is owned by the Kulina Asset Management Trust.

The Planning Board meeting starts on October 4th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building. In January, 2011 the planning Board heard the applicant's concept plan.

From October 4th Hillsborough Township Planning Board agenda:
HARDING CORONA, LLC – File #12-PB-05-SR – Block 182, Lot 37 – 351 Route 206. Applicant seeking Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval with Waivers: 2-way parking lot aisle; parking lot rows; parking stall
size; maximum front yard setback; pole lighting height; fencing; stream encroachment and an Economic Hardship Waiver requested to construct a 5 building extended care facility with medical and administrative offices totaling 34,115SF in the HS District (EC: 09-24-12).

Sourlands Film Screening Thursday

From a Sourlands Planning Council press release. The HNJJ crew has seen this film and recommends it:
The Sourland Planning Council (SPC) will host a showing of Jared Flesher’s new documentary “Sourlands – Stories from the Fight for Sustainability” on Thursday, October 4th at 7 pm.

This film explores global environmental issues from a local perspective, with the focus on people working to make a difference in the Sourland Mountain region of western New Jersey. The Sourlands are home to the largest remaining forest in central New Jersey, which provides important wildlife habitat and water resources in the midst of one of the world’s most densely developed population centers.

“The natural world doesn’t exist in a vacuum,” says Sourlands director Jared Flesher, an award-winning journalist. “What happens in our forests, on our farms, and in our climate is all linked. In my film I look at this one green spot on the map, and tell a story about how if we want to save it — and green places everywhere — we need to start connecting the dots.”
The documentary tells the story of this green oasis from the perspective of its remarkable citizens – including biologists, farmers, hunters, engineers, and entrepreneurs – all fighting in their own ways to sustain the Sourlands and all it represents."

SPC hosted the sold-out premiere of the film this summer. “The crowd genuinely adored the film,” says SPC president Cliff Wilson. “We scheduled a second showing to give more people a chance to see it.” The film maker will be in attendance to speak and answer questions.

The upcoming showing will take place in the antique barn at Cashel, the home of SPC’s vice president at 145 Wertsville Rd. in Hillsborough. Light refreshments will be served starting at 7 pm and the film will begin at 7:30. A contribution of $20 is requested. Seating is limited so advance registration is recommended. Please register at More info on the film may be found at .
All ticket proceeds will benefit the host, The Sourland Planning Council (SPC), a local non-profit which works to protect the ecological integrity, historical resources and special character of the Sourland Mountain region through advocacy and education.