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5 Trends to Watch in 2014 in Hillsborough

From changes in the township offices to new businesses and local real estate, here are the trends we expect to see in the new year.

Hillsborough Township will continue to improve the way services are delivered to residents in 2014. Credit: Patch file photo
Hillsborough Township will continue to improve the way services are delivered to residents in 2014. Credit: Patch file photo
Looking ahead to the new year, it's hard to guess what the top stories will be come December—but we think we'll see plenty of stories following these trends:

More Department Changes at Peter Biondi Municipal Complex

This year, we reported on two major efforts by township officials to redesign the operations of the building department and the Social Services department. Look for stories about further improvements in the township's delivery of services to residents.  

More Small Businesses in Education

Check the nearest strip mall and spaces that used to be dollar stores or card shops are now Kumon or Mathnasium businesses. Look for this trend to continue into 2014 as parents seek more ways to help their youngsters get a head start in the uber-competitive worlds of college and work.

More Reality TV Shows Featuring Your Neighbors

Last week, we noted one new show on HGTV will feature a Hillsborough story line—but keep an eye out for more: during the summer, several producers were scouting Hillsborough for a variety of reality shows. 

More Focus on Local Charities and Help

Until recently, most charitable giving was headed to large national or regional organizations, but thanks to websites such as Patch-partner GoFundMe.com and Kickstarter, we think more people will turn to their friends and neighbors when looking for help or a cause to support. 

More Home Equity in Local Real Estate

Real estate professionals we've been speaking with are cautiously optimistic about 2014—they're seeing real changes in the backlog of properties that's been holding down prices.  


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