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6 Stories Marking 2013 in Hillsborough

Green energy, school board elections and a third grocery store mark changes this year in Hillsborough.

Primus Green Energy's Hillsborough demonstration plant proves the company's method for producing cleaning burning fuels from biomass at an affordable cost may prove to be a key technology in the race for better energy efficiency. Credit: John Patten
Primus Green Energy's Hillsborough demonstration plant proves the company's method for producing cleaning burning fuels from biomass at an affordable cost may prove to be a key technology in the race for better energy efficiency. Credit: John Patten
Here's a look at some of the stories that mark a significant change or new direction in Hillsborough:

Primus Green Energy Builds Demonstration Plant 

For years, researchers at Primus Green Energy have touted the company's method for producing vehicle-ready fuels from biomass but doubters challenged the claims the methods were reproducible on a commercial scale. But when the company fired up its Hillsborough demonstration plant, the company showed the way to a cleaner, more efficient future that doesn't require massive conversions of existing infrastructure.   

Central Jersey Airport Hosts Air Show

The first of what is expected to become an annual event to benefit local veterans groups drew a good crowd. We're excited at the prospect of the show becoming a summer highlight in the coming years. 

School Board Moves Elections to November

One of the last hold-outs in the transition to November school elections, the Hillsborough board agreed in 2013 to move the election with the first school board election held with the Nov. 5 General Election. Budget votes? A thing of the past now. 

Open Space Referendum Fails

It's been a few years since an issue excited voters as much as did the ill-fated referendum to allow the use of open space funds to improve properties. The impact of the referendum's failure may be clearer in the coming years.

Weis Opens in Hillsborough

Can Hillsborough support three grocery stores? Will shoppers turn out late at night to keep the 24-hour store open? We'll see if the township has grown enough to make it work.

Joetta Clark Diggs Named to New Jersey Hall of Fame

Hillsborough nearly added two to the Hall of Fame—Doris Duke was also nominated for her philanthropic work—but for now, Olympic medalist Joetta Clark Diggs is our lone Hall of Famer. The four-time track standout is busy these days showing young students how to live healthier lives.  
gracie15 January 02, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Love my Hillsborough Shop Rite, but it is turning into a junk store. This store needs a re-model really bad. If I want to buy toys and sheets, I will go to the appropriate store that sells this type of stuff. Lately, I have been going to the Mongomery Shop-Rite. They have excellent prepared foods and, in general, seem to have better quality foods products. The Hillsborough Shop Rite makes me feel dirty. I haven't checked out the Weiss yet, but I am sure if there prices are decent, then Hillsborough can support this store.
mikeh January 04, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Shop rite in Somerville is the same as Montgomery only newer. Weiss markets will not make it in Hillsboro if they don't address their price issues. They are generally quite a bit higher than shop rite. They also price the same items at different prices due to the labeling folks not paying attention to what they are doing.

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