Upper Township Gazette

Public safety officials making plans for Tuckahoe River bridge closure

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:55 am

TUCKAHOE – Public safety officials in Upper Township met last week with the contractor for the Route 50 Tuckahoe River bridge replacement to discuss contingency plans in case the bridge is closed.

South State, Inc. is considering closing the bridge for up to nine months as part of a project to build a new span across the river. The current bridge is in such bad shape that a plan to temporarily widen it and keep one lane of alternating traffic open during construction has been scrapped because it would not be able to handle the stress, according to officials.

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Keys to the kingdom

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:21 am

Marmora woman has played for churches almost her entire life

Elsie Shearer of Marmora practices playing the organ at Trinity United Methodist Church. Columb Higgins / Elsie Shearer of Marmora practices playing the organ at Trinity United Methodist Church.

MARMORA – For almost 98 years, Elsie Shearer’s life has been set to music.

She was born in Philadelphia in 1917 and started learning how to play piano when she was 4-and-half years old. She played for the Sunday school at the Baptist church in Oaklyn where her family moved, and learned sight-reading not long after in order to play requests.

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Receipt shows money returned to Tuckahoe bank after 1925 robbery

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:06 am

photo by Ralph Cooper /Township engineer Paul Dietrich, right, with Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township president Mike Houdart, center, and vice president Horace Lorrilliere.
photo by Ralph Cooper / Township engineer Paul Dietrich, right, with Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township president Mike Houdart, center, and vice president Horace Lorrilliere. TUCKAHOE – A receipt written by the Cape May County sheriff in 1925 noting the return of $7,433.07 stolen from the Tuckahoe National Bank in a fatal robbery was recently recovered by township engineer Paul Dietrich.

Dietrich found the receipt in his grandfather’s desk, according to the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township. Dietrich’s grandfather, Frank Dietrich, was vice president of the Tuckahoe National Bank for many years.

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Teacher sets first novel in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:04 am

“Lost and Found in Sea Isle City” by Jeanine McGee.
“Lost and Found in Sea Isle City” by Jeanine McGee. SEA ISLE CITY – A married couple who originally met in Sea Isle City eight years ago has published their first novels, “Lost and Found in Sea Isle City” and “Covered in Delco.”

Jeanine McGee, who teaches at a Catholic school in Bucks County, Pa., wrote “Lost and Found in Sea Isle City” after her father passed away, according to a short biography on the book’s Amazon page. The novel tells the story of widow Jane Harper, who reminisces about her lost husband and the memories they made in Sea Isle City.

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Taking the low road

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:02 am

Motorist drive past a long expanse of dirt mounded up along Sea Isle Boulevard Saturday, Feb. 14, as road work continues on the elevation of the roadway. The boulevard is to be raised about four-and-a-half feet. According to the city’s project update report, the filling material will be placed and compacted in 300-foot long sections and hauling will continue until early April. Motorist drive past a long expanse of dirt mounded up along Sea Isle Boulevard Saturday, Feb. 14, as road work continues on the elevation of the roadway. The boulevard is to be raised about four-and-a-half feet. According to the city’s project update report, the filling material will be placed and compacted in 300-foot long sections and hauling will continue until early April. Motorist drive past a long expanse of dirt mounded up along Sea Isle Boulevard Saturday, Feb. 14, as road work continues on the elevation of the roadway. The boulevard is to be raised about four-and-a-half feet. According to the city’s project update report, the filling material will be placed and compacted in 300-foot long sections and hauling will continue until early April.

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Chillin’ in Sea Isle City

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:00 am


Chillin’ in Sea Isle City Chillin’ in Sea Isle City Participants race screaming into the Atlantic Ocean as they participate in the 21st annual Sea Isle City Polar Bear Plunge held Saturday, Feb. 14, at JFK Boulevard and the beach. All proceeds from the event benefit events sponsored by the Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization.  

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Sea Isle looks to honor Jameson with statue

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:00 am

SEA ISLE CITY – A committee of Sea Isle City officials and residents has formed to raise money for a statue of Sea Isle City’s longtime public relations director, Irene Jameson.

Jameson was the organizer of the city’s annual Polar Bear Plunge and appeared for years as the Polar Bear Queen. The committee hopes to honor Jameson with a statute depicting her as the Polar Bear Queen, according to a release from the city.

 

Letter: A plea for fair taxation

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Written by Opinion Monday, February 16, 2015 11:53 pm

To the editor:

It’s budget time again in Upper Township, yet not a word has been suggested to modify the dreadful high expense for tax-exempt medical and pension payments that some part-time elected politicians and their appointees demand from us. Full-time benefits are intended to reward and encourage dedicated career full-time employees.

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Sea Isle City says the ‘Forecast is Fun’

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 16, 2015 08:57 pm

During a press conference on Jan. 9, Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio outlined the city’s 2015 marketing strategy and officially launched Sea Isle’s 2015 visitor’s season. Submitted / During a press conference on Jan. 9, Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio outlined the city’s 2015 marketing strategy and officially launched Sea Isle’s 2015 visitor’s season.  SEA ISLE CITY – Mayor Leonard Desiderio and other officials gathered at the old public school last week to present Sea Isle City’s 2015 marketing strategy.

The plan includes billboards, web banner advertising, a three-month Facebook campaign, 50,000 copies of a 2015 Visitor’s Guide and other printed materials, and radio advertising, according to the city. Sea Isle City will also utilize its visitor’s website, VisitSICNJ.com, and a mobile app launched in 2014, according to a release.

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Bond for fire truck, 9-1-1 system

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 16, 2015 06:52 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – Sea Isle City Council introduced a bond ordinance at its Jan. 28 meeting that includes $850,000 for a new ladder truck for the Sea Isle City Volunteer Fire Department and $400,000 for a new 9-1-1 communications system for the police department.

Both items are including in the city’s capital plan. The new ladder truck will replace one damaged during Hurricane Sandy, according to a release.

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Atlantic Cape honors Greenfield woman

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 16, 2015 01:51 pm

GREENFIELD – Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved the retirement of three longtime employees at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Kristen Grech, of Greenfield, was assistant director of financial aid for the college. She joined Atlantic Cape in 2000.

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Local preschool seeks votes to win new playground

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 12, 2015 02:49 pm

Abundant Life Church (ALC) Learning Center SEAVILLE – A local preschool is making one last push for votes in an online contest that could win it a $15,000 playground.

In November, the Abundant Life Church (ALC) Learning Center in Seaville was named the winner of a county-wide competition on the Hulafrog website. It is now in the running to garner the most votes online in a national competition, according to the preschool.

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Residents reminded to keep pets inside during freezing temperatures

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Upper Township officials and Shore Animal Control are reminding residents to protect their pets by bringing them inside during extreme weather conditions.

Upper Township Committee approved an amendment to its animal control ordinance in April of 2014 that requires all outdoor dogs and any pet cat be brought indoors when temperatures are below 32 degrees or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Dogs that are tethered or kenneled must be brought inside unless the kennel is heated or air conditioned according to code.

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Business association plans Wine & Dine Mixer

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:00 am

MARMORA – The Upper Township Business Association is planning a Wine & Dine Mixer at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Foglio’s Flooring Center, 344 Route 9 in Marmora.

Several different types of wine will be selected by Boulevard Liquors to be paired with food from caterers at Upper Sandwiches. Business owners are welcome to attend.

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Township to pay $500 toward Beacon septic repairs

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 11, 2015 04:13 pm

PALERMO – Upper Township Committee members agreed last week to pay $500 toward repairs of the septic system at Beacon Animal Rescue on Butter Road in Palermo.

Committeeman Hobie Young said the animal shelter’s septic system has sand infiltration and needs to be pumped out. The total cost is estimated at around $750 to $1,000. More extensive repairs could be necessary too, he said.

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New bulkhead requirements to come before township committee

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, February 11, 2015 04:12 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Upper Township Committee will take up a number of recommended zoning changes in the coming weeks.

The planning board voted at its Nov. 20 meeting to recommend new requirements for bulkheads on waterfront homes and a zoning change in Palermo. Township Committee would have to approve any zoning changes by ordinance.

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