Upper Township Gazette

A merry little moment

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, December 21, 2014 02:35 pm

Mackenzie Kohlash, 4, of Atlantic City, asks Santa Claus for Barbie dolls this Christmas as she visits the Sea Isle City Fire Department’s Christmas Celebration for Children Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the school gymnasium on Park Road. Mackenzie Kohlash, 4, of Atlantic City, asks Santa Claus for Barbie dolls this Christmas as she visits the Sea Isle City Fire Department’s Christmas Celebration for Children Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the school gymnasium on Park Road.

Mackenzie Kohlash, 4, of Atlantic City, asks Santa Claus for Barbie dolls this Christmas as she visits the Sea Isle City Fire Department’s Christmas Celebration for Children Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the school gymnasium on Park Road. 

photos by Jen Marra

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Contract negotiations ongoing, says committeeman

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, December 20, 2014 12:00 am

PETERSBURG – Committeeman John Coggins said at the Dec. 15 meeting of Upper Township Committee that negotiations with the township’s employee bargaining group are going well.

Coggins, who oversees revenue and finance for the committee, said both sides are sensitive to the needs of the other. He said the township will likely face a challenge in next year’s budget as healthcare costs are set to increase.

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Upper Township Christmas trash schedule

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, December 19, 2014 12:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township offices will be closed for the week starting 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, but trash will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26.

Residents with their regular trash day on Thursdays will have their trash and recycling collected on Friday, Dec. 26, according to the township. Residents with a Friday trash day will have their trash and recycling collected on Monday, Dec. 29.

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Former Seaville fire company treasurer pleads guilty to writing checks to himself

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:15 pm

Michael J. Petrella Michael J. Petrella

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The former treasurer of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company pleaded guilty Thursday, Dec. 18 in Superior Court to writing $19,000 in checks to himself.

Michael J. Petrella, 26, of Seaville, waived his right to a jury trial, and answered Judge John C. Porto with a quick “yes,” or “no,” to his questions as to whether Petrella understood what pleading guilty meant.

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Local fire companies help Santa Claus come to town

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:00 am

Santa Claus joined members of the Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company for their Dec. 7 breakfast.
Santa Claus joined members of the Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company for their Dec. 7 breakfast. UPPER TOWNSHIP – Santa Claus will forego the sleigh and arrive in Upper Township on a fire truck next week.

The annual tradition is set to continue courtesy of fire companies in Marmora, Seaville and Tuckahoe.

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Township committee approves contract for baseball lights

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:45 am

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee voted 3-2 Monday to approve a contract with Qualite Sports Lighting, LLC of Hillsdale, Mich. to provide lighting for two baseball fields at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg.

Qualite bid $129,923 for the contract. The township estimates it will cost around $10,000 more to install the lighting.

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In the Spotlight: A Christmas tradition continues in Strathmere

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Written by Deborah Patterson Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:17 am

Vaugn and Ferguson Kurilko, Valerie and Michaela Voegtlin and Catie Mae West pose in their holiday best. Vaugn and Ferguson Kurilko, Valerie and Michaela Voegtlin and Catie Mae West pose in their holiday best. STRATHMERE – The Strathmere Improvement Association and the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company held the annual community Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Deauville Inn. The event has been creating holiday cheer for over 50 years and is one of many held throughout the year in Strathmere, including the Community Beach Party and the Fourth of July Parade.

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Touchdowns for the tots

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:00 am

The South Jersey Storm semi-pro football team plays against the Levittown Rebels in a scrimmage game for their third annual Toys for Tots game Saturday, Dec. 13, at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg.
The South Jersey Storm semi-pro football team plays against the Levittown Rebels in a scrimmage game for their third annual Toys for Tots game Saturday, Dec. 13, at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. The South Jersey Storm semi-pro football team plays against the Levittown Rebels in a scrimmage game for their third annual Toys for Tots game Saturday, Dec. 13, at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg.

Photos by Jen Marra 

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OCHS says no to Upper Township’s School Choice students

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:31 pm

Ocean City High School Ocean City High School

UPPER TOWNSHIP – School officials in Ocean City said they will not accept School Choice students from Upper Township’s middle school at Ocean City High School, Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said Monday.

During the Upper Township Board of Education meeting Dec. 15, Palmieri said he and school board president Michele Barbieri met with high school principals and Ocean City Superintendent Kathleen Taylor on Thursday to discuss the issue, and were notified Friday that the students would not be admitted.

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Strathmere first in line for sand, but north end may have to wait

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, December 17, 2014 05:43 am

Jen Marra photo / Strathmere, Sea Isle City dredging set to start in March Jen Marra photo / Strathmere, Sea Isle City dredging set to start in March

STRATHMERE – A beach replenishment project in the south end of Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City is scheduled to begin in early March, according to new information from the Army Corps of Engineers, which is coordinating the project.

But township engineer Paul Dietrich said Monday that the north end of Strathmere, which has been the hardest hit this year, may have to wait until after summer, according to a schedule from the Army Corps.

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Yoga instruction at Wesley Methodist Church

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:00 am

PETERSBURG – The public is invited to take part in yoga sessions every Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. to relax and regroup, at Petersburg Wesley Methodist Church, 400 Route 610.

Luanne Fisher, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, leads the class. Cost is $8 per session, pay as you go. The yoga is a gentle exercise, suitable for all abilities. Bring a yoga mat if you have one.

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On the cover: Playing for toys

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:00 am

Jesten “Country” Morgan of Millville, a player with the South Jersey Storm semi-pro football team 
Jesten “Country” Morgan of Millville, a player with the South Jersey Storm semi-pro football team, places his unwrapped toy donation in the box during the Storm’s third annual Toys for Tots scrimmage against the Levittown Rebels Saturday, Dec. 13, at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. Admission to the game was an unwrapped toy and the event was co-sponsored by the South Jersey Storm, Marine Corps and Levari’s Seafood and American Grill. Jesten “Country” Morgan of Millville, a player with the South Jersey Storm semi-pro football team, places his unwrapped toy donation in the box during the Storm’s third annual Toys for Tots scrimmage against the Levittown Rebels Saturday, Dec. 13, at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. Admission to the game was an unwrapped toy and the event was co-sponsored by the South Jersey Storm, Marine Corps and Levari’s Seafood and American Grill. For more photos, see Touchdowns for the tots.

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Additional safety measures on Sea Isle Boulevard

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:00 am

SEA ISLE CITY – The county is implementing additional safety measures on Sea Isle Boulevard during construction there.

City officials recently met with county engineer Dale Foster, Sheriff Gary Schaffer and Sea Isle City Police Chief Thomas D’Intino to discuss the construction project on the causeway into the city.

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Townsends Inlet Bridge closing in January

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:00 am

Officials said that Musgrose Construction, Inc. will begin the second phase of construction on the Townsends Inlet Bridge in January.

The bridge will likely be closed starting in the first week of January, according to a release from Sea Isle City. The bridge is scheduled to reopen in May.

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Online votes could win Seaville preschool a new playground

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:00 am

Children at Abundant Life Church (ALC) Learning Center in Seaville listen to stories. Children at Abundant Life Church (ALC) Learning Center in Seaville listen to stories. SEAVILLE – The Abundant Life Church (ALC) Learning Center in Seaville is asking people to visit the Hulafrog website and vote for them in a national competition to win a custom playground from Grounds for Play.

The preschool was named the winner of a county-wide Hulafrog competition last month, garnering the most votes online. The school could win a playground valued at $15,000 if it wins the national competition.

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Historical paintings to be displayed at Township Hall

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 16, 2014 04:45 pm

Historical paintings to be displayed at Township Hall Historical paintings to be displayed at Township Hall

PETERSBURG – The township will accept 10 paintings by local artists telling the story of Upper Township for display at the Upper Township Municipal Building on Tuckahoe Road in Petersburg.

Mayor Richard Palombo said that the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township has offered to donate the paintings to the township. He said the municipal building was a good place for the paintings, and not just because it is the seat of government here.

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