Upper Township Gazette

Marmora woman killed after being struck by two vehicles

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 13, 2015 10:26 am

MARMORA – A 55-year-old woman was killed Monday night when she was struck by two vehicles while crossing Roosevelt Boulevard in Marmora.

Susan Cepp, of Marmora, was walking north across Roosevelt Boulevard near Stagecoach Road around 9:26 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12 when she was struck by a white 1994 Honda Accord traveling west. She sustained life-threatening injuries, according to a New Jersey State Police report.

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Man stole $700 worth of seafood, state police say

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 12, 2015 05:49 pm

Man stole $700 worth of seafood, state police say

UPPER TOWNSHIP – New Jersey State Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who stole $700 worth of seafood from an Upper Township store.


A Facebook post on the State Police page said that between Dec. 26 and Dec. 29 the same individual stole seafood and was captured by the store’s surveillance video cameras. The name of the store was not immediately available.

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Upper Township neighbors split over use of wood-burning heat

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 12, 2015 04:29 pm

Shari Troiano (right) and Teri Schnitzel stand atop a pile of wood they cut to heat their homes. Troiano is being sued by a neighbor to stop burning wood. Shari Troiano (right) and Teri Schnitzel stand atop a pile of wood they cut to heat their homes. Troiano is being sued by a neighbor to stop burning wood.

MARMORA – A local woman has raised more than $4,000 online to fight a neighbors’ suit seeking to stop her from burning wood to heat her home.


Shari Troiano, 45, has an EPA-certified wood-burning stove insert in her Pine Place home, which she uses to provide heat in the winter. She and a friend, Teri Schnitzel, of Galloway Township, chop up to nine cords of wood throughout the year to prepare for the cold months.

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Pierson sworn in to Upper Township Committee

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 12, 2015 11:14 am

Columb Higgins / Jeffrey Pierson takes the oath of office given by Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer at the Monday, Jan. 5 reorganization meeting of Upper Township Committee. His oldest grandchild, Katie, holds the Bible. Columb Higgins / Jeffrey Pierson takes the oath of office given by Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer at the Monday, Jan. 5 reorganization meeting of Upper Township Committee. His oldest grandchild, Katie, holds the Bible.  PETERSBURG – Jeffrey Pierson was sworn in to Upper Township Committee Monday, during the governing body’s annual reorganization meeting at the Upper Township Municipal Building.

He took the oath of office with 17 members of his family standing beside him.

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Polar Bear run walk scheduled in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 12, 2015 10:57 am

SEA ISLE CITY – The public is invited to the Polar Bear 5K Run/1.5-Mile Fun Walk for Autism at noon, Sunday, Feb. 15, at JFK Boulevard and Promenade, Sea Isle City.

Proceeds from the event benefit Autism Speaks, special services schools, autism support groups, and families of special needs children.

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Great Egg Harbor Bridge project on schedule for 2016 completion

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 07, 2015 12:00 am

Construction on the new southbound Garden State Parkway bridge is on schedule, with completion of the project set for 2016. Construction on the new southbound Garden State Parkway bridge is on schedule, with completion of the project set for 2016.

BEESLEYS POINT – Construction on the new southbound Garden State Parkway bridge is on schedule, with completion of the project set for 2016.

New Jersey Turnpike Authority spokesman Thomas Feeney said this week that two lanes of traffic will be maintained throughout this year. Once construction of the new bridge is complete, traffic will be rerouted there and the old southbound bridge will be demolished.

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Custard Hut in Greenfield for sale

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 07, 2015 12:00 am

Owner says longtime ice cream shop will reopen in spring if not sold

The Custard Hut on Route 50 in Greenfield is for sale, but its owners plan to open up this spring if no buyer is found. The Custard Hut on Route 50 in Greenfield is for sale, but its owners plan to open up this spring if no buyer is found.

GREENFIELD – The Custard Hut on Route 50 in Greenfield is for sale, but its owners plan to open up this spring if no buyer is found.

Monica DeScioli, who ran the business with her late husband Lou DeScioli and in-laws, Rich and Lucia Plum, said the family is looking to sell the property as they ease into retirement. The property isn’t being advertised and there is no rush to sell it, she said.

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Longtime businessman, civic leader, ‘Gam’ Broadley dies at 90

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 06, 2015 03:44 pm

File photo by Jen Marra / Gam Broadley in 2010 when he was honored as the grand marshal of the Red and White Weekend Parade. File photo by Jen Marra / Gam Broadley in 2010 when he was honored as the grand marshal of the Red and White Weekend Parade.

MARMORA – Gamaliel “Gam” Broadley, the founder of Broadley’s plumbing in Marmora and a longtime volunteer in Ocean City and Upper Township, died at the age of 90 Monday.

He was born on a kitchen table on Asbury Avenue in 1924 and served in the Marines during World War II. He was a member of the Upper Township Board of Education and the Cape May County Technical School Board of Education for 32 years.

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Library programs for children

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, January 04, 2015 12:00 am

PETERSBURG – The Cape May County Library is hosting programs for children and their caregivers in January.

Children ages 3-5 are invited to attend Preschool Storytime. Each storytime will include stories, songs and rhymes, and craft activities that enforce children's basic concepts, language skills, listening ability, and social skills.

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Committee approves Relay for Life at Amanda’s Field

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, December 31, 2014 08:00 am

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee voted unanimously earlier this month to schedule a Relay for Life event at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg.

Organizers are planning to hold the event from 6 p.m. on Friday, June 26 to 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.

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On the cover: Sunny skate session

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:00 am

Dylan Watters, 10, of San Clemente, Cal., practices his skate boarding skills Saturday, Dec., 28, in the skate park at Amanda's Field in Petersburg. Watters was spending the holiday weekend visiting his grandparents in Seaville.  Dylan Watters, 10, of San Clemente, Cal., practices his skate boarding skills Saturday, Dec., 28, in the skate park at Amanda's Field in Petersburg. Watters was spending the holiday weekend visiting his grandparents in Seaville. Dylan Watters, 10, of San Clemente, Cal., practices his skate boarding skills Saturday, Dec., 28, in the skate park at Amanda's Field in Petersburg. Watters was spending the holiday weekend visiting his grandparents in Seaville.

photos by Jen Marra


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Township committee bids farewell to Inserra

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:00 am

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee honored Committeeman Tony Inserra at his last meeting this month.

Inserra will leave office at the end of the year. He will be replaced by Jeffrey Pierson of Marmora, who defeated him in the November election.

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Upper Township schools designated a ‘high-performing district’

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 30, 2014 04:30 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township School District has been designated as a high-performing district by the state Department of Education, meaning it will not have to undergo the Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) evaluation for the next three years.

Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Upper Township Board of Upper Township that the school district received the high-performing designation in the first round of the program as well.

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Toy and food drive helps 17 local families

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 30, 2014 02:02 pm

Each year, during Mayor Leonard Desiderio’s Holiday Toy and Food Drive, local residents, businesses, civic groups and private organizations donate food, gift cards and toys for those in need. Shown on Dec. 15 making a sizable donation of toys, which were collected by the members of The Commodore Club, is club manager Jim Fusco (far left) with Mike Dominik, Desiderio and Pattiann Ponichtera.
Each year, during Mayor Leonard Desiderio’s Holiday Toy and Food Drive, local residents, businesses, civic groups and private organizations donate food, gift cards and toys for those in need. Shown on Dec. 15 making a sizable donation of toys, which were collected by the members of The Commodore Club, is club manager Jim Fusco (far left) with Mike Dominik, Desiderio and Pattiann Ponichtera. SEA ISLE CITY – Mayor Leonard Desiderio’s Holiday Toy and Food Drive spread Christmas cheer and brightened the holidays of 17 local families.

Each year, Desiderio and a group of volunteers collect food, gift cards, toys and other items for families in need. This was the 22nd year for the event.

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Upper Township receives Sustainable Jersey award

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 30, 2014 12:34 pm

Members of the Upper Township Green Team receive an award from Sustainable Jersey in November. 
Members of the Upper Township Green Team receive an award from Sustainable Jersey in November.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township’s Green Team was presented with an award from Sustainable Jersey at the organization’s annual awards luncheon Nov. 18 in Atlantic City.

The township recently received bronze level certification from Sustainable Jersey. To become certified, Upper Township submitted documentation to show it had completed a number of required sustainability actions.

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Preservation group sees Pinelands pipeline as continued threat

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 30, 2014 05:03 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The Pinelands Preservation Alliance released its annual State of the Pinelands Report in December, saying there is “real cause for concern in the actions of government agencies responsible for safeguarding the Pinelands.”

“The most well-know threat to the integrity of the Pinelands protection rules over the past year is the South Jersey Gas pipeline issue,” states PPA executive director Carleton Montgomery in his introduction to the report. “The good news was that in January 2014 the Pinelands Commission did not approve the special deal that was presented to authorize the pipeline in direct violation of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). But the Commission’s vote was 7-7, evenly split. That is cause for profound concern. This should have been an easy decision since the CMP is not ambiguous in barring this kind of new infrastructure in the Pinelands Forest Area.”

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