Upper Township Gazette

Upper Township schools look to save $4M with solar power purchase agreement

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, March 26, 2015 02:08 pm

The baseball field behind the Upper Township Elementary School will be the site of a new solar panel system that would provide enough electricity for the elementary and primary schools. The baseball field behind the Upper Township Elementary School will be the site of a new solar panel system that would provide enough electricity for the elementary and primary schools.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The school board voted unanimously last week to approve a Solar Power Purchase Agreement with three companies to build and operate solar generation systems that could save the district $4 million in energy costs over 15 years.

Cambria Solar Construction, LLC, Marina Energy, and EZnergy were the successful bidders for the project. The power purchase agreement sets a year-one energy price for the Upper Township School District of 4.25 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).

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Palombo, Barr file petitions for Republican primary

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, March 26, 2015 01:05 pm

Mayor Richard Palombo and Committeeman Edward Barr filed petitions with township clerk Barbara Young on Tuesday, March 24 to run in the June 2 Republican primary.

The incumbents are supported by the Cape May County Regular Republican Organization. Also in attendance were Upper Township Republican Organization president Richard Phillips, Committeeman Jeffrey Pierson, Freeholder Leonard Desiderio, Cape May County Clerk Rita Fulginiti, Freeholder and county GOP vice-chair Kristine Gabor and Committeeman Hobie Young.

   

Upper Township Republicans ask ‘What’s in a name?’

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – What is the difference between the Upper Township Republican Organization and the Upper Township Republican Club?

A whole lot, if you ask their members.

Richard Phillips, president of the UTRO, said in an interview March 4 that the similar names have caused confusion amongst local Republicans. The UTRO changed its name from the Upper Township People’s Republican Organization last year in an effort to rebrand, he said.

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Former committeeman and running mate file for Republican primary

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:00 am

From left, township clerk Barbara Young accepts petitions to run in the Republican primary from former committeeman Tony Inserra and John DeSalvo.
From left, township clerk Barbara Young accepts petitions to run in the Republican primary from former committeeman Tony Inserra and John DeSalvo. PETERSBURG – Former committeeman Tony Inserra and resident John DeSalvo filed petitions Monday, March 23 to run against Mayor Richard Palombo and Committeeman Edward Barr in the June 2 Republican primary.

There are two seats on Township Committee up for a vote this year. Democrats have not nominated a candidate here for many years so the Republican primary is likely to be the main event.

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Pack 79 celebrates with Blue and Gold Dinner

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 24, 2015 03:16 pm

Pack 79 of Upper Township celebrated another great year of scouting with its annual Blue and Gold Dinner marking its Webelos II den transitioning from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. The celebration had a carnival theme. It was attended by scouts and their families from kindergarten through fifth grade. Pack 79 of Upper Township celebrated another great year of scouting with its annual Blue and Gold Dinner marking its Webelos II den transitioning from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. The celebration had a carnival theme. It was attended by scouts and their families from kindergarten through fifth grade.  
Pack 79 of Upper Township celebrated another great year of scouting with its annual Blue and Gold Dinner marking its Webelos II den transitioning from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. The celebration had a carnival theme. It was attended by scouts and their families from kindergarten through fifth grade.

 

Planning board tables Butter Road application over drainage, landscaping concerns

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, March 24, 2015 03:06 pm

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A property on Butter Road that was cleared of trees last year was largely flooded Monday, March 23. Planning board members raised concerns about drainage there during a meeting last week.
Columb Higgins / A property on Butter Road that was cleared of trees last year was largely flooded Monday, March 23. Planning board members raised concerns about drainage there during a meeting last week. PALERMO – Members of the Upper Township Planning Board last week tabled an application for a new commercial building on Butter Road in Palermo over concerns about drainage and landscaping on the property.

The property was largely flooded on Monday, March 23 after snow and sleet the previous Friday. In November, residents expressed concern to planning board members about the clear cutting of trees at the property. Most of the trees there had been cut down by then and crushed stone placed on the ground.

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Troop 95 goes to Washington

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 24, 2015 02:46 pm

Members of Boy Scouts Troop 95 sit on the steps of the United States Capitol during a visit to Washington, D.C. last weekend.
Members of Boy Scouts Troop 95 sit on the steps of the United States Capitol during a visit to Washington, D.C. last weekend. A trip to the nation’s capital capped recent work by members of Boy Scout Troop 95 to earn the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge

"They have been watching historic speeches, and discussing the Constitution,” said Troop 95 chairman John Castaldi. The trip to Washington, D.C. was the finale of their efforts, but since they are Boy Scouts it was also a weekend camp-out.

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School board asks for deadline on voting representation change

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, March 24, 2015 01:08 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Board of Education voted last week to amend a resolution approved in February seeking to expand sending districts’ voting rights on receiving districts’ boards of education.

The school board’s resolution, which requests state legislation to make the change, was approved at the Feb. 23 meeting. The New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) said this month that it approved a policy in favor of expanding sending districts’ voting rights last year, and asked the Upper Township school board to rescind its resolution.

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School board thanks ShopRite for food storage

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:22 am

MARMORA – The Upper Township Board of Education last week approved a resolution thanking the Marmora ShopRite for providing storage of frozen food while the Upper Township Primary School freezer was repaired.

School board president Michele Barbieri said the supermarket agreed to house several pallets of food so it would not spoil while the primary school’s freezer was down.

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49 middle school students refused PARCC test

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:21 am

PETERSBURG – About 9 percent of students at the Upper Township Middle School did not take the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test this month.

Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said 49 middle school students had families send in forms declining to take the test. Elementary school students took the PARCC earlier this month, with 14 students declining to participate, Palmieri said.

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School district plans for Tuckahoe bridge closure

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:21 am

TUCKAHOE – The Upper Township School District estimated it would cost $60,000 more to reroute buses to and from Corbin City if the Route 50 Tuckahoe River bridge was closed.

New Jersey Department of Transportation officials announced last week that one lane of the bridge will remain open to emergency vehicles and school buses. Automobiles may also be able to use the bridge, according to officials.

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Upper Township Relay for Life kick-off event April 11

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:20 am

MARMORA – A kick-off event for the Upper Township/Ocean City Relay for Life is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at Whipporwill Campground, 810 Route 9, Marmora.

All are welcome. The event is free. Information about the Relay for Life, scheduled for June 26-27 at Amanda’s Field, 10 Sunset Drive in Petersburg, will be discussed. 

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Letter: Tuition not an excuse for school tax increase

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

Here we go folks. Hold on to your wallet. The annual carping about Ocean City tuition driving your Upper Township school tax increase has begun.

It is interesting that we didn’t get any tax relief from the nearly $3 million Ocean City sent back to us over the last three years. Did your school taxes go down? Mine went up $400 over the last three years. Where did the refunds go? They were buried in the budget and used to pay for non-mandated programs, items that were rejected in referendums, more administrative positions, and who knows what else.

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Tuckahoe River bridge will not close during construction

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, March 19, 2015 02:42 pm

State transportation engineer Dave Lambert discusses plans for the Tuckahoe River bridge Thursday, March 19. State transportation engineer Dave Lambert discusses plans for the Tuckahoe River bridge Thursday, March 19.

NJDOT officials say one lane will remain open, completion set for 2017

CORBIN CITY – Instead of being closed entirely, a single lane of the Tuckahoe River bridge would remain open during construction of a new span, under a plan proposed by New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials Thursday.

State transportation engineer Dave Lambert spoke at an information meeting at Corbin City Hall Thursday, March 19 to present a construction plan for the bridge. Around 50 people attended the meeting, including many concerned residents and business owners in Corbin City, who said a bridge closure would affect fire and emergency response from Tuckahoe.

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Township to solicit bids for antenna agreements

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 19, 2015 01:20 pm

TUCKAHOE – The township will solicit bids for antenna license agreements on the cellular tower at 1721 Mount Pleasant Road in Tuckahoe.

Solicitor Dan Young said the bids would be prepared with the help of a consultant. The cell tower in Tuckahoe currently has two antennae and the companies using them are expected to bid, he said. There could be more bids as well, Young said.

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Safety committee renamed

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 19, 2015 01:19 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Upper Township Committee approved a resolution renaming the safety committee to the Upper Township Safety and Wellness Committee during its Monday, March 9 meeting.

The change came at the suggestion of Committeeman Jeffrey Pierson, who said the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund (JIF), of which Upper Township is a member, is putting more of an emphasis on wellness.

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