Upper Township Gazette

Safety committee renamed

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 19, 2015 01:19 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Upper Township Committee approved a resolution renaming the safety committee to the Upper Township Safety and Wellness Committee during its Monday, March 9 meeting.

The change came at the suggestion of Committeeman Jeffrey Pierson, who said the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund (JIF), of which Upper Township is a member, is putting more of an emphasis on wellness.

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Upper Township reviewing affordable housing plan in wake of state Supreme Court decision

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, March 19, 2015 09:30 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township officials are looking into what a March 10 New Jersey Supreme Court ruling on affordable housing means for the local Fair Share Housing Plan.

Upper Township submitted a plan including more than 400 affordable housing units to the state Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) in 2008, but never received approval because laws and requirements have been in limbo. In 2011, Gov. Chris Christie abolished COAH and transferred its responsibilities to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The state Supreme Court then reinstated COAH until a final decision could be made on its future.

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Donation drums up memories of Tuckahoe’s past

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:09 pm

photo courtesy of Ralph Cooper/
From left, Carol Foster, Michael Houdart and Judy Rodgers with the Tuckahoe Concert Band drum donated to the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township.
photo courtesy of Ralph Cooper/ From left, Carol Foster, Michael Houdart and Judy Rodgers with the Tuckahoe Concert Band drum donated to the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township. TUCKAHOE – The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township held its annual Show and Tell Pot Luck Dinner on March 13 at the First Methodist Church of Tuckahoe.

Members brought their favorite side dishes and the society’s board of trustees provided the main course. After dinner, members and guests had the opportunity of presenting an antique and explaining the history of the item.

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Upper Township school board members frustrated OCHS not accepting School Choice students

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:00 pm

PETERSBURG – The answer from Ocean City school officials on whether there is any chance School Choice students in the Upper Township Middle School can attend Ocean City High School is a flat no.

School board member Fran Newman said Monday that she asked members of the Ocean City Board of Education at their last meeting whether Ocean City High School would accept Upper Township’s School Choice students next year.

“The answer was no without explanation,” she said during the March 16 meeting of the Upper Township Board of Education. Newman, who sits on the Upper Township school board, is also a voting representative to the Ocean City school board.

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Soccer program interested in Upper Township, says committeeman

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:00 am

PETERSBURG – Committeeman Hobie Young said last week that Global Premier Soccer, a soccer club based in New Jersey, is looking to use one of the Tyler Davis soccer fields at Amanda’s Field to hold a program for high school-age players.

The company recently made a presentation to the Sports and Recreation Advisory Board, looking to partner with the Upper Township soccer program, Young said. There were some concerns about approving a partnership, Young said, but the soccer club is also willing to organize games at Amanda’s Field for soccer players at the high school level.

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$35M Upper Township school budget includes large tuition increase to Ocean City

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, March 18, 2015 09:30 am

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to submit a proposed $35,843,787 2015-16 school budget to the executive county superintendent.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 27 at the Upper Township Middle School. There will be no public vote on the budget this year because it falls under the state’s 2 percent cap.

The school tax levy is slated to increase $459,500 over this year’s budget to $23,434,500, according to school business administrator Laurie Ryan. The owner of an average $327,000 home in Upper Township would see their taxes increase 2 cents under the old tax rate, around $68 for the year.

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$23,400 approved for new paper shredder

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 18, 2015 04:21 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Upper Township Committee voted unanimously last week to use $23,400 from its Recycling Trust Fund to purchase a new paper shredder.

The current paper shredder can no longer be repaired, said Committeeman Ed Barr. It has been on its last legs for some time, causing the Department of Public Works to cancel paper shredding days for residents.

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Upper Township community news

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:00 am

Lenten soup and supper

The Upper Cape Ministerium is holding Wednesday Lenten Soup Suppers and Service throughout Lent. Every Wednesday, a different church in the area will host the dinner and service with different clergy of various denominations taking turns giving the message. Dinner is free and all are invited. The schedule is as follows: St. Maximilian Kolbe on March 11 with Rev. Joe Breig; Seaville United Methodist Church on March 18 with Father Peter Joyce; Sea Isle City United Methodist Church on March 25 with Rev. Melissa Doyle-Waid; and Petersburg United Methodist Church on April 3 with all clergy participating. Fellowship and soup begins at 6 p.m. and the service starts at 7 p.m. There will be no dinner provided on Good Friday to respect those who are fasting.

Country Shore Women present ‘Shrek Jr.’

The Country Shore Women’s Club will present “Shrek Jr.” on March 20-22 at the Upper Township Elementary School in Marmora. The play is the group’s biggest fundraiser and features a cast of women’s club members and children. The Country Shore Women’s Club is a non-profit federated women’s organization that raises funds for the community, from scholarships for Ocean City High School students to local fire and rescue companies.

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County seeks more funding for Commonwealth Avenue resurfacing

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:00 am

STRATHMERE – Mayor Richard Palombo said last week that the county has received a federal grant to resurface part of Commonwealth Avenue in Strathmere, and is seeking additional funding to do the entire road.

County engineer Dale Foster notified the township about the funding in a letter this month, Palombo said. Commonwealth Avenue is a county road.

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On the cover: Ogre problems

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:00 am

Jessica Wriggins as Shrek reluctantly lets Laura McKinley as Donkey travel with her to the Kingdom of Duloc to confront Lord Farquadd as they rehearse for the Country Shore Women’s Club spring presentation of “Shrek The Musical Jr.” on Wednesday, March 11, in the Upper Township Elementary School auditorium. Jessica Wriggins as Shrek reluctantly lets Laura McKinley as Donkey travel with her to the Kingdom of Duloc to confront Lord Farquadd as they rehearse for the Country Shore Women’s Club spring presentation of “Shrek The Musical Jr.” on Wednesday, March 11, in the Upper Township Elementary School auditorium. Jessica Wriggins as Shrek reluctantly lets Laura McKinley as Donkey travel with her to the Kingdom of Duloc to confront Lord Farquadd as they rehearse for the Country Shore Women’s Club spring presentation of “Shrek The Musical Jr.” on Wednesday, March 11, in the Upper Township Elementary School auditorium.  

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Labor costs for Amanda’s Field improvements questioned

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, March 17, 2015 04:09 pm

Work was underway at the baseball fields at Amanda’s Field Monday afternoon. Work was underway at the baseball fields at Amanda’s Field Monday afternoon.

PETERSBURG – A township resident last week questioned the township’s costs for building three new baseball fields at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg.

The township plans on consolidating baseball activities at Amanda’s Field when the baseball fields are complete. It has purchased lights to illuminate two of the fields for $129,923 from Qualite Sports Lighting, LLC of Hillsdale, Mich.

The township was awarded a $220,000 grant from the Cape May County Open Space Program for construction of the baseball fields and a restroom. The cost of the lights is being funded through a $3.5 million grant approved in 2013.

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3,500 eggs to be hidden at inaugural Spring Fling

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 17, 2015 01:20 pm

PETERSBURG – The township’s first Spring Fling Festival will feature 3,500 eggs for an egg hunt, Committeeman Hobie Young said last week.

The event is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 at Amanda’s Field, 10 Sunset Drive in Petersburg. Children 3 and under will hunt for eggs at 1:20 p.m.; children 4 to 5 will start at 1:35 p.m.; children 6 to 8 at 1:50 p.m.; and children 9 to 12 at 2:05 p.m.

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Health benefits should only go to full-time employees

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

To the editor:

In his budget address, Gov. Chris Christie again reminded taxpayers that state and local pension and healthcare benefits are extremely costly. He predicted that if not controlled, it will significantly limit funds available for our schools and other priorities that will affect all of us. Trenton expects this warning to be passed onto local communities as we review our 2015 budgets that include similar local expenses.

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State Senate approves Ocean City man for Pinelands Commission

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, March 16, 2015 04:23 pm

TRENTON – It took two votes but the New Jersey Senate Monday approved Gov. Chris Christie’s nomination of an Ocean City man to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

The state Senate voted 19-18 in favor of Robert Barr’s nomination on its first vote, but fell short of the 21 votes necessary to approve it. State Senate president Stephen Sweeney then scheduled a second vote less than an hour later and Barr was approved 21-17.

Barr will fill the seat of Robert Jackson on the Pinelands Commission.

The nomination was contested by state environmental groups, who see it as a maneuver to get Pinelands Commission approval for a natural gas pipeline proposed by South Jersey Gas. In January 2014, the Pinelands Commission deadlocked 7-7 on a Memorandum of Agreement with the state Board of Public Utilities, which would have allowed the pipeline project to proceed. Jackson, of Middle Township, voted against the pipeline.

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Forestry grant shelved for now

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, March 13, 2015 12:00 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Upper Township Committee members voted Monday to hold off on spending a $3,000 forestry grant from the state until next year.
Township engineer Paul Dietrich said Upper Township received the grant to help prepare a report and train employees on forest management. The grant would provide training to help employees identify unhealthy trees and develop expertise in planning the placement of trees for streetscapes.

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Farmers market to plant roots in Seaville

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, March 13, 2015 10:00 am

SEAVILLE – Township engineer Paul Dietrich said Monday that the Upper Township Farmers Market Association has decided to locate its farmers market at the field off Pastime Place in Seaville, north of the Cedar Square Shopping Center.
The group plans to open the farmers market the last weekend of June, Dietrich said. They are reaching out to potential vendors now and purchasing insurance, he said.

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