Thursday, March 8, 2012
It's still winter but the past few days feel like spring.
As I’m writing this, it’s one of the first memorably warm days of the week. Though it’s still winter, and a mild one at that, temperatures approaching 70 in early March—when it’s still winter—is cause for celebration. Granted, we also heard that it’s supposed to rain, so it’s a bit of a conundrum. As a result, Patch asks residents another question: If it’s nice out today, where are the best spots in town to enjoy the warm weather? What do you do if it’s warm but rainy? Here’s what you need to know today:
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
It's one week until March 14—the start of your Patch Editor's vacation.
In one week, your Patch Editor is shipping up to Boston. It’s the time of year for Saint Patrick’s Day, and that means it’s time for Eileen’s annual trip out of New Jersey. She’ll be leaving March 14 and returning March 19. What’s that mean if you have an event or story happening during those dates? If you let Eileen know about it now, she’ll see about arranging coverage while she’s away. She can be reached at Eileen.Oldfield@patch.com or on the phone at 908-552-9983. Here’s what you need to know today:
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
What would you say if a proposed apartment and hotel complex were all retail space?
Development? It’s a hot topic in Hillsborough. With the Planning Board hearing on the proposed Green Village development continuing March 22, and several storefronts now becoming vacant, Hillsborough Patch has to ask—would residents be more likely to accept the development if it were shops rather than housing? For those who haven’t followed the Planning Board, the Green Village development—which is still undergoing a site plan hearing—is a 469-unit apartment complex, 130-room extended stay hotel, and a 20,000 square foot retail space, proposed for a section of Route 206 that’s across from United Rent-All. 117 of the apartment units would fulfill affordable housing requirements—which means the town has to build those affordable units …
Monday, March 5, 2012
We're listing library events a day earlier than usual.
When you’re a kid, there’s often no better place to be than the Hillsborough Public Library. When you're a caretaker, those programs can provide a much-needed break. That’s probably why many of the kids programs fill up so quickly—and why many require an RSVP in advance of the program date. As a result, Hillsborough Patch will be tweaking how Take Five handles the library’s happenings. Instead of listing the events day-of, we’ll try to give one day’s notice for the events, so people can RSVP earlier. Here’s what you need to know today:
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Team fundraiser kicks off Saturday activities.
There’s no debate about it—if you’re looking to satisfy garage-sale shopping urges, the Hillsborough Debate Team’s Rummage Sale is the place to be. The annual sale is the award-winning team’s biggest fundraiser, and is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Hillsborough High School. The supporter—or residents looking to offload that lamp/figure/curio that seemed like a good buy in college (Hey, it’s vintage!)—donate the goods, and proceeds from the sale help offset the travel costs that come with going to debate competitions. Here’s what you need to know today:
Thursday, March 1, 2012
NJ Works at Your Library will introduce patrons to job-hunting services available in town.
Job hunting? Instead of the normal spot at the desk, at a temp agency or on the couch, bring your skills to the Hillsborough Public Library from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. That’s when the library will host New Jersey Works at Your Library, an introduction to the job-search services available through the library. Those services include classes on computer basics, business databases, programs on job searches for workers who are over 40, and one-on-one resume help. In addition to the library’s services, community partners from local government, civic and non-profit groups will be at the event, to help job seekers find necessary resources during unemployment. Here’s what you need to know today:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Lt. Victor Kubisch passed away Feb. 24.
Flags will fly half-staff in Hillsborough today in memory of Hillsborough Township Police Lieutenant Victor Kubisch. Lt. Kubisch passed away Friday night, according to an announcement made during Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting. He served Hillsborough Township as a police officer since 1981, and retired in 2011. An obituary printed in the Courier News and available on Legacy.com states the cause of death as Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Here’s what you need to know today:
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Okay Hillsborough, settle an ages-long debate for your editor's family.
Valentines Day past, which means only one thing. Easter candy is already on the shelves, including the ubiquitous marshmallow Peep. The packages of yellow, blue, pink, purple and white birds and bunnies, along with the necessary Cadbury eggs, used to signal the start of the spring season—though the Peeps have since diversified (or bled) into other occasions. Some argue the sugar-covered marshmallow birds are tasteless, textureless routes to a quick sugar high and an even quicker sugar crash. Others would prefer to put the candy through rounds of scientific tests. Or, if you’re inclined to eat the things, there’s the question of whether to eat them fresh out of the package, or to let them dry out first, so they get hard, crunchy and …
Monday, February 27, 2012
There's more retail space available in town. What do you want to see come in?
Two Hillsborough shops are slated to close this year. Though it’s news that Kmart and Blockbuster Video will soon close down shop in Hillsborough, it’s hardly unexpected. Comments on the Hillsborough Patch Facebook showed little wonder about either store closing, with residents noting that they preferred shopping at WalMart or Target or that they just get movies from NetFlix or other, similar services. With the two empty storefronts, what would you prefer to see in the Blockbuster and Kmart spots? We’ve heard residents requests for a Trader Joe’s somewhere in town, a Retro Fitness, and your editor would love to see an Ulta somewhere closer than Warren, East Brunswick or Princeton. What do you want to see in the vacant stores in town? Here…
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Do a few warm days make the snap back to normal winter weather harder?
Well, it couldn't last forever. After two days of wonderful, warm and—okay, I actually had a two-day long headache during it—mostly unseasonable weather, we're back to February. As I'm writing this, it's cold, dreary, wet and gray. In other words, normal February weather. If you're superstitious, or just willing to ignore that six weeks until Spring and six weeks left in Winter are the same thing, you could blame the groundhog. But, then you have to ask—which groundhog do you consult? Punxsutawney Phil? Milltown Mel? Or, as we've heard from Hillsborough Massage Therapy, the more local Neshanic Station Fred (who did see his shadow earlier this month)! Here's what you need to know today: