Upper Township Gazette

Memorial fund seeking locations for AEDs

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, October 21, 2014 06:00 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The Jennifer Ward Memorial Fund continues to place AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) and hold CPR/AED classes, and with National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month underway it is seeking public places or schools in need of equipment or training.

The Jennifer Ward Memorial Fund was founded in 2005 by Upper Township residents Gerry and Jerry Ward, who lost their daughter that year to a sudden cardiac arrest. The fund has worked for the past nine years to place AEDs in schools, local businesses, recreation fields and community centers in Upper Township and throughout South Jersey.

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Gill honored for win at South Jersey Lifeguard Championships

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 04:00 pm


Kevin Gill, holding a proclamation, is honored by Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Anthony Inserra and Ed Barr.
Kevin Gill, holding a proclamation, is honored by Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Anthony Inserra and Ed Barr. PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee last week honored Kevin Gill for winning the ocean swim event at the South Jersey Lifeguarding Championships this summer.

Gill, 17, also helped the Upper Township Beach Patrol finish second overall at the Cape May County Championships by winning two events. He won the swimming events at the Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races, the Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships and Margate Memorials.

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Upper Township honors local baseball teams after historic seasons

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, October 21, 2014 02:42 pm

The Upper Township 9-10-year-old All-Star Team was honored by members of Upper Township Committee last week. The Upper Township 9-10-year-old All-Star Team was honored by members of Upper Township Committee last week.

PETERSBURG – For a few weeks this summer, Upper Township baseball was close to unbeatable.

The combined Ocean City-Upper Township 11-12-year-old All-Star Team went undefeated during their regular season and made history as the only Cape May County team to ever win the New Jersey Section 4 Championship. They lost the state championship 7-6 on the final out of the game.

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AppleFest offers crisp and juicy treats

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 02:16 pm

Adriana Palmer of Ocean View buys a candy apple from John Roat of Wildwood. Adriana Palmer of Ocean View buys a candy apple from John Roat of Wildwood.  GREENFIELD – The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township held its popular AppleFest on Saturday, Oct. 18 and it had it all – apple pies, apple dumplings, caramel apples, apple butter, apple cider, apple turnovers and, of course, fresh crisp apples.

The festival was held at the John Gandy Farmstead on Tyler Road in Greenfield. Across the street, Dave Gandy offered free train rides to the young and young at heart.

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Senate committee puts hold on Pinelands Commission appointments

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, October 21, 2014 01:41 pm

TRENTON – The state Senate Judiciary Committee unexpectedly put a hold on two of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission last week.

Committee chair Sen. Nicholas Scutari said at the beginning of the meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16 that he expected to have a vote on the nominees following their testimony and comments from members of the public. But after testimony from New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr and Robert Barr of Ocean City he adjourned the hearing.

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Upper Township community news

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

Trunk or Treat

The Upper Township Rescue Squad is sponsoring a Trunk or Treat event from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Amanda’s Field, 10 Sunset Drive in Petersburg. The rain date is Oct. 22. There will be a DJ, games, movie cars and a Best in Show award. Register vehicles at http://tinyurl.comUTRStrunkortreat14.

Ducks Unlimited fundraiser

Cape May County Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual Sportsman's Party at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Seaville Firehall on Route 50. Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest wetlands conservation organization. There will be a variety of food, including a pig roast. Raffles, auctions, and door prizes are planned. Tickets are $30 per person, $15 for those 16 and under.

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Letter: What has committeeman done for township?

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

I just finished watching the Oct. 14 Upper Township Committee meeting. During this meeting Committeeman Anthony Inserra was reprimanded for interfering with the bidding process for the lights at Amanda’s Field.

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Letter: Real issue is baseball lights are unnecessary

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Regarding the article on the baseball field lighting controversy and the allegations that an action on my part resulted in the “bid process being tainted,” I wish to state the facts of the matter once and for all.

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Leteter: Pierson has leadership, management experience

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

With the General Election just around the corner, I hope each voter in Upper Township takes the time to learn more about Jeff Pierson, candidate for Upper Township Committee. We have the opportunity to make a difference with our vote and make sure we elect a man with exceptional leadership qualities as his record over many years proves. Sometimes we feel our vote doesn't count or we can let someone else do it. This November that is not the case.

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Letter: Tainted bidding process costing taxpayers more money

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Yes, it is that time of year where elected officials are running for reelection, many of which unfortunately turn to making statements that are fabricated and often lack the transparency expected of our elected officials. Over the past three years, I have served the citizens of Upper Township on Township Committee and I believe it is my duty to address statements made by Committeeman Anthony Inserra in which he has taken credit for budgetary savings but lacks transparency when questioned about his own spending practices.

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Letter: Inserra looks for ways to save tax dollars

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Deputy Mayor Anthony Inserra deserves reelection to Upper Township Committee. An independent Republican and supporter of the taxpayer, he is not committed to any political machine or organization. His election three years ago garnered the support of Republicans, Democrats and independent voters alike. He has a strong devotion to family, church and the community which he serves.

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Letter: Inserra had nothing to do with health care savings

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

After serving for 12 years on Upper Township Committee, I felt that after I left office I would not have to attend a future Township Committee meeting. That all changed as I read several articles in The Gazette concerning placing lights at Amanda’s Field. I was further convinced that I should attend after reading The Press of Atlantic City’s article where Committeeman Anthony Inserra claimed that he had saved the township $230,000 in health care costs.

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Letter: Inserra has fought hard for taxpayers

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Upper Township needs to reelect Deputy Mayor Tony Inserra to ensure our community remains a clean, safe and affordable place to live.

Mr. Inserra’s opponent has admitted the township is in good shape under the current leadership. So why is he running? Maybe to try and return Upper Township to PRO Club rule? Mr. Inserra has always put the best interest of our township before anything else and owes no allegiance to any political association or club.

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Amanda’s Field light project being rebid

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, October 20, 2014 02:17 pm

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee rejected the sole bid it received for a project to light two baseball fields at Amanda’s Field and is rebidding the project.

Musco Lighting, which provides sports lighting for fields around the world, bid $175,605 on the Amanda’s Field baseball lighting project. It was the lone bidder. The bid was opened in late September.

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Baseball field lights spark controversy on Upper Township Committee

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, October 20, 2014 11:11 am

PETERSBURG – The rejection of the only bid to provide lights for baseball fields at Amanda’s Field got heated last week, as two Upper Township committeemen argued over why the bid was being discarded and the project had to be re-bid.

Mayor Richard Palombo said the bid process was tainted when Committeeman Tony Inserra talked with a representative of a company that took out a bid package on the project. A representative from the company later said they did not bid because they could not meet a price they were told by someone with the township, according to township engineer Paul Dietrich.

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Upper Township man charged with drugs, weapon possession

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, October 17, 2014 12:58 pm

MARMORA – An Upper Township man has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a weapon after the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant on his home Thursday.

Angelo Cuculino, 48, of Marmora, was found with more than 28 grams of marijuana and an amount of alpha-pyrrolidinopeniophenone, a stimulant, at his home, according to Prosecutor Robert Taylor. He also had three firearms and $19,225 in cash, the prosecutor said.

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