Upper Township Gazette

Parade and ice skating at Holiday Extravaganza in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 24, 2014 10:00 am

Free ice skating will be held at Excursion Park. Free ice skating will be held at Excursion Park.

SEA ISLE CITY – The Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization and the City of Sea Isle City will host its third annual Holiday Extravaganza on Nov. 28-29 at the Excursion Park Band Shell, JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, with free ice skating until 9:30 p.m. The use of complementary ice-skates will be available for adults and children, courtesy of the SICCCR.

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Upper Township school board members want voting rights restored in Ocean City

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Written by Columb Higgins Sunday, November 23, 2014 11:00 am

PETERSBURG – Members of the Upper Township Board of Education said last week that they are still seeking to restore some of their voting rights on the Ocean City school board.

Three Upper Township school board members serve on the Ocean City school board. They are permitted to vote on issues affecting Upper Township students, but since 2010 they have not had a say in the election of the Ocean City Board of Education president, vice president or solicitor.

“We would really like to be able to have a vote on those three people to make sure they have our best interests in mind,” Upper Township school board president Michele Barbieri said at a Nov. 17 meeting.

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Seaville preschool wins online contest

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Written by Deborah Patterson Sunday, November 23, 2014 10:00 am

Shannon Fuller, Tammy Cappolina, Barbara Foster and Jane Guyon, all of Abundant Life Church Learning Center, display certificates received for being voted Most Loved Preschool in Cape May County. Jennifer Fedorchak, holding her daughter Leah, is with Hulafrog. Shannon Fuller, Tammy Cappolina, Barbara Foster and Jane Guyon, all of Abundant Life Church Learning Center, display certificates received for being voted Most Loved Preschool in Cape May County. Jennifer Fedorchak, holding her daughter Leah, is with Hulafrog.

SEAVILLE – Abundant Life Learning Center was recently voted the “most loved preschool in Cape May County” in an online contest sponsored by Hulafrog and Grounds for Play.

Abundant Life Learning Center received the most votes in the county, according to staff.

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Clean audit for Upper Township School District

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 am

PETERSBURG – Mike Garcia of Ford, Scott & Associates told Upper Township Board of Education members last week that the school district has received a clean audit for the 2013-14 school year.

The audit sampled financial transactions from last year to make sure they followed state and federal guidelines, Garcia said. The audit had no findings or recommendations for the school district, he said.

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Final showdown

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, November 21, 2014 04:23 pm

The Upper Township Indians pee wee defense lines up against the Egg Harbor Township Eagles as they play in the Cape Atlantic Junior Football League Championship game Saturday, Nov. 15, at Caldwell Park in Palermo.
The Upper Township Indians pee wee defense lines up against the Egg Harbor Township Eagles as they play in the Cape Atlantic Junior Football League Championship game Saturday, Nov. 15, at Caldwell Park in Palermo. photos by Jen Marra

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Students of the month recognized by Upper Township schools

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 21, 2014 02:26 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Students of the month from the primary, elementary and middle schools were honored by the Upper Township Board of Education last week.

In the preschool, Ava Beningo, Liam Hoffman, Sean Martin, Cullen Reese and Sophia Simone were honored.

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New paint job turns Upper Township Middle School gym into ‘Osprey Nest’

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, November 21, 2014 12:19 pm

Daniel Snyder stands in the gym of the Upper Township Middle School, where he painted a large osprey, the school’s mascot. Daniel Snyder stands in the gym of the Upper Township Middle School, where he painted a large osprey, the school’s mascot.

PETERSBURG – A student teacher from Cape May has helped make the gymnasium at the Upper Township Middle School a fitting home for the school’s sports teams.

A fitting nest might be a better name for the school’s home court, where the Ospreys play.

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Troop 79 hikes the Appalachian Trail

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, November 21, 2014 11:17 am

Boy scouts from Troop 79 of Upper Township hiked the Appalachian Trail earlier this month. Boy scouts from Troop 79 of Upper Township hiked the Appalachian Trail earlier this month.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Boy Scout Troop 79 of Upper Township traveled on the Appalachian Trail during a trip Nov. 1-2.

Thirty-four scouts and adults broke into two groups on Saturday, Nov. 1, with first-year scouts camping at the Blue Rocks campground in Pennsylvania. Blue Rocks is named for the river of boulders that was formed by a glacier during the last ice age. The rocks shine blue in the moonlight.

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Stricter attendance policy required by state, says school board member

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, November 20, 2014 01:25 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township School District’s new, stricter attendance policy is receiving its first complaints.

School board member Fran Newman said at the Nov. 17 meeting of the Upper Township Board of Education that she recently read a letter from a resident in a newspaper in which the parent complained that her child was marked for an unexcused absence after attending a Veterans Day ceremony instead of school.

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Upper Township students can learn to write cursive or code in new enrichment period

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:41 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Students at the Upper Township Middle School could take up the dying art of cursive next year during an Intervention/Enrichment period at the end of the school day.

“I personally think it’s an art form,” said middle school principal Jeffrey Leek.

If that’s too old-fashioned, they could learn how to write computer code, or practice photography, Leek said during a presentation at the Upper Township Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 17.

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Upper Township Rescue squad celebrates 50th anniversary, and its volunteers

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, November 18, 2014 01:05 pm

Members of the Cape May County Rescue Squad based in Ocean City pose for a picture in this undated photograph. Members of the Cape May County Rescue Squad based in Ocean City pose for a picture in this undated photograph.

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Rescue Squad celebrated its 50th anniversary Sunday with a barbecue at the squad headquarters.

A lot has changed since the squad formed in 1964, when it branched off from a rescue squad in Ocean City. At that time, there were only two rescue squads in Cape May County – the one headquartered in Ocean City for the northern part of the county and another in the lower part of the county.

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Upper Township wants School Choice students accepted at Ocean City High School

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:04 am

PETERSBURG – Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said Monday that the school district is awaiting word from Ocean City on whether it will accept School Choice students in Upper Township at Ocean City High School.

The Upper Township School District began accepting students through the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program starting this year. It was granted 35 seats through the program by the state Department of Education and filled them all, Palmieri said.

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Upper Township community news

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:00 am

GriefShare meets during holidays

GriefShare will hold a “Surviving the Holidays” meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Second Cape May Baptist Church, 600 Route 9 in Marmora. The meeting features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one's death. Topics to be discussed include why the holidays are tough, what to expect, how to manage relationships and holiday socials. For more information, call Jim or Dot Schmidt at 609-390-7771 or the church at 609-390-0681.

High school scholarship dinner

The Ninth Annual Ocean City High School Scholarship Fundraising Dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Ocean City High School cafeteria. The dinner will be a buffet featuring specialties prepared and served by chefs from many local restaurants. Dinner will be served promptly at 5:30 p.m. followed by door prizes. Dinner music will be performed by Tym Cox and the OCHS Jazz/Rock Ensemble students. Adult tickets are $25 and children’s tickets are $15. Tickets may be purchased in advance. Contact Amy DePasquale at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 609-399-1290, ext. 1312. Take-out dinners are available for $15 beginning at 5 p.m. Proceeds will fund scholarships for graduating students in the OCHS Class of 2015.

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Medal of Honor winner, other veterans honored in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 17, 2014 04:31 pm

During Sea Isle City’s 2014 Veterans Day Ceremony, representatives from the South Shore Stitchers Guild presented During Sea Isle City’s 2014 Veterans Day Ceremony, representatives from the South Shore Stitchers Guild presented

SEA ISLE CITY – The city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony brought more than 300 people to Veterans Park last week.

Seven veterans were presented with “Quilts of Valor” by members of the South Shore Stitchers Guild. Tom Rock, who served in Vietnam from 1969-70; Dan Campbell, a Vietnam veteran who served from 1967-68; Post 1963 Commander Charles Haines, a Vietnam veteran who served from 1969-73; Michelle Herman, who served in the Middle East in 2010; Nick Cooney, a World War II veteran who served from 1943-45; and Leonard Bonitt, who served in World War II from 1942-45, were all honored.

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Upper Township veterans recall a world at war

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Written by Deborah Patterson Monday, November 17, 2014 02:29 pm

William Brown listens to Earl Butler as he recounts landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy during a meeting of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township on Veterans Day. Both men are World War II veterans. William Brown listens to Earl Butler as he recounts landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy during a meeting of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township on Veterans Day. Both men are World War II veterans.

PETERSBURG – The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11 and the focus was on Veterans Day.

President Michael Houdart organized an oral history presentation to honor World War II veterans from Upper Township.

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Upper Township Christmas tree lighting Nov. 24

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Written by Columb Higgins Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:00 pm

PETERSBURG – The township will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24 at the Upper Township Municipal Building, 2100 Tuckahoe Road in Petersburg.

The event is sponsored by the noon Rotary Club of Ocean City-Upper Township. In past years, the group has named its Citizen of the Year at the event.

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