• Ocean City Gazette

    Members of the Ocean City High School surf team, pictured with Coach Mark Miedema, center, will travel to Dana Point, Calif. in June for a national surfing championship. The team is raising money to make the trip possible and is hosting a clothing drive this weekend. OCEAN CITY — Nine members of the Ocean City High School surf team will be heading to California in June, and they need your help to get there.

    The team qualified to go to the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s National Interscholastic Championship in Dana Point, Calif. June 14 – 16.

  • Regional

    A dolphin takes a breath while swimming off Ocean City Saturday with several others. Federal officials fear a deadly illness could be coming back north with the returning animals, although the hope is that the disease will peter out this spring. (photo by Bill Barlow)With warming temperatures, the snowbirds are returning from Florida.

    That goes for wildlife as well as human cold-averse residents. On platforms along the marshes and back bays, ospreys are choosing their nesting sites, and over the weekend, just past the wetsuited surfers in the 40-something degree water in Ocean City’s north end, a pod of dolphins made…

  • Upper Township Gazette

    Cyclists get moving at the start of the Fourth Annual Tour de Tuckahoe Bike Ride at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. The event is the largest fundraiser for the Greater Area Tuckahoe Merchants Association’s scholarship fund. PETERSBURG – Township committee last week approved the Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants Association’s request to hold the fifth annual Tour de Tuckahoe bike ride on Sunday, May 4 at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg.

    Last year, the event brought more than 260 cyclists. Participants could also compete in a duathlon.

  • Upper Township Gazette

     SEA ISLE CITY – The county fire marshal and the county prosecutor Monday continued their investigation into a fire that destroyed three beachfront condominiums last week, drawing firefighters from 14 South Jersey towns.

    The investigation could be complete by Thursday.

  • Summer Magazines

    bayfest SOMERS POINT  Bayfest will occupy 14 blocks along Bay Avenue with music, food, crafters and family activities 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, rain or shine.

    Somers Point is expecting more than 30,000 people to flock to Bay Avenue this year for four live bands, 38 food vendors and more than 120 crafters, as well as 15 children’s activities.

  • Weather

    For the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for the 2014 Wildwood Spring Bike Rally to finally arrive, here is the weather to expect when you drop a kickstand on Saturday and Sunday in front of the Bolero in Wildwood:/Jen MarraFor the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for the 2014 Wildwood Spring Bike Rally to finally arrive, here is the weather you can expect when you drop a kickstand Saturday and Sunday in front of the Bolero in Wildwood:

Upper Township Gazette

Ecker completes Navy basic training

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:19 pm

Navy Seaman Apprentice Jonathan Ecker, son of John Ecker of Buena and Theresa Oweill of Seaville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Ecker completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

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Public hearing and final vote tonight on $12.4M Upper Township budget

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, April 14, 2014 02:24 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township committee will hold a public hearing and final vote on its $12.4 million budget at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Monday, April 14 at the Upper Township Municipal Building.

If approved, the spending plan for 2014 will raise taxes here by 3 cents per $100 of assessed property value. The owner of a $300,000 home or business will see their taxes increase by $90.

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Volunteers needed for dune cleanup in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, April 14, 2014 12:14 pm

Jim and Lucille Carroll of Rydal, Pa. and Sea Isle City donated their time in 2013. Jim and Lucille Carroll of Rydal, Pa. and Sea Isle City donated their time in 2013.

SEA ISLE CITY – The city will hold its 2014 Spring Beach Cleanup from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 26 at the beach near JFK Boulevard and the Promenade.

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Egg hunts and sack races at Sea Isle City’s Easter program

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 11, 2014 02:00 pm

Nicholas Edwardi, 3, of Sea Isle City (front, center), led the charge at the start of the egg hunt during Sea Isle’s annual Easter Program on April 9 at Dealy Field, hosted by the Division of Recreation. Nicholas Edwardi, 3, of Sea Isle City (front, center), led the charge at the start of the egg hunt during Sea Isle’s annual Easter Program on April 9 at Dealy Field, hosted by the Division of Recreation.

SEA ISLE CITY – More than 100 children and their parents attended Sea Isle City’s Easter program at Dealy Field on Wednesday, April 9.

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On the cover: A knight’s tale

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, April 10, 2014 09:56 am

knight's tale  OCEAN CITY - King Arthur, played by Oliver Trout, and Patsy, played by Brendan Haddon, visit with the Knights who say Ni, the tallest knight played by Matt Popp, and encounter another problem after handing over the shrubbery the knights demanded as the students perform Monty Python’s “Spamalot” Saturday, April 5 in the Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School.  

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Construction office seeking 37 percent increase in fees

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, April 10, 2014 09:55 am

PETERSBURG – The township’s construction official has requested a 36 percent increase in construction permit fees this year but township committee members say they are reticent to approve it.

Construction official Edward Kenney said in an end-of-the-year report to township committee members that the construction office took in $162,785 in fees in 2013. Its costs were $253,094, including $163,945 in salaries and wages, $57,380 for benefits, pensions and Social Security contributions, $4,682 in other expenses, and $12,085 in “indirect costs” allowed by the state Department of Community Affairs.

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Spring Fling Community Dance

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 09, 2014 12:00 am

TUCKAHOE - Upper Township Cheer will hold a Spring Fling Community Dance from 6-8 p.m. on April 11 at the Upper Township Community Center in Tuckahoe. There will be light refreshments available, a DJ and games. Kids are $3 and adults are free.

Dances are also scheduled for May 17 and June 7.

 

Future is now at Upper Township schools’ Techspo

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:30 pm

Three sixth grade students enjoy Upper Township schools’ 18th annual Techspo. From left are Mary Loteck, Reghan Handley and Maris Horner. Three sixth grade students enjoy Upper Township schools’ 18th annual Techspo. From left are Mary Loteck, Reghan Handley and Maris Horner.

PETERSBURG – Upper Township schools held their 18th annual TechSpo last Thursday, April 3 in the middle school. The event was sponsored by the local Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

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Free throw skills take Upper Township student to national competition

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:10 pm

 Bradley Jamison Bradley Jamison  UPPER TOWNSHIP – Bradley Jamison of Upper Township will compete at the Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals on Saturday, April 12 in Springfield, Mass., the birthplace of basketball.

Jamison, 11, is representing Egg Harbor Township Elks Lodge #2563. He won the local, district, state and regional competitions to advance to the finals.

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In the Spotlight: Upper Township schools mark World Autism Awareness Day

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Written by Deb Patterson Tuesday, April 08, 2014 09:30 am

Fourth grade students dressed in shades of orange for World Autism Awareness Day.  Fourth grade students dressed in shades of orange for World Autism Awareness Day.  UPPER TOWNSHIP – World Autism Awareness Day was last week, Wednesday, April 2, and students at Upper Township schools learned that autism is just one way that students are different.

Throughout the week students have heard stories and had discussions about supporting others with differences.

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Ocean View Poetry Getaway in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, April 07, 2014 08:09 pm

 Travis Love of Ventnor participates in a discussion at a poetry getaway.
 Travis Love of Ventnor participates in a discussion at a poetry getaway. SEA ISLE CITY – Writer and educator Peter Murphy will present the ninth annual Ocean View Poetry Getaway on April 25-27 in Sea Isle City.

Poets will discuss issues facing professionals before working with prompts that will challenge them to write for expression and discovery, according to a press release. Workshop sessions will be led by Murphy and Cat Doty, author of a book of poems, “Momentum,” and recipient of a 2011 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Upper Township historical society presents ‘My Father’s Memories of World War I’ tomorrow

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, April 07, 2014 03:44 pm

PETERSBURG – The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, April 8 for a presentation by speaker Joan Boden entitled “My Father’s Memories of World War I.”

Boden, of Bridgeton, will share excerpts from her grandfather’s letters and her collection of memorabilia.

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