Upper Township Gazette

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.  

Photo by Jen Marra

   

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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Food as medicine workshops planned in Marmora

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 12, 2015 01:12 pm

MARMORA – The public is invited to attend a six-session workshop of “food as medicine” beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Friday, March 13 at Fast Track, 510 Route 9 South, led by nutritionist Stephanie Iannarone.
Topics for the workshops include: why diets fail, stress reduction techniques and busting nutrition myths about carbs, fat, salt and vitamins.
Registration is required. The cost is $247 for current patients, and $297 for all others. For more information, call 609-736-0510.

 

Next township committee meeting is March 30

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:00 pm

PETERSBURG – Township clerk Barbara Young said Monday that the next meeting of Upper Township Committee is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30.
Township Committee normally holds its meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. March 30 is the fifth Monday of the month.

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Republican committee supports Palombo and Barr for re-election

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, March 12, 2015 09:00 am

Upper Township Mayor Richard Palombo (left) and Committeeman Ed Barr at a recent Upper Township Committee meeting. Upper Township Mayor Richard Palombo (left) and Committeeman Ed Barr at a recent Upper Township Committee meeting.

PALERMO – The local Republican County Committee voted last week to support Mayor Richard Palombo and Committeeman Edward Barr for re-election.
Palombo and Barr were the only candidates to submit their names for consideration. They will be listed in the regular Republican column on the June 2 primary ballot.

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Committeeman says township employees did not clear football field

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:00 pm

PETERSBURG – Committeeman Hobie Young, who oversees sports and recreation for the township, said Monday that Upper Township employees did not help clear a football field at Amanda’s Field of snow before Young’s semi-professional football team, the South Jersey Storm, played their first game of the year.

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Dance for Scouts planned at Upper Township Community Center

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:30 am

TUCKAHOE – A number of dances to benefit scouting in South Jersey are planned at the Upper Township Community Center and Avalon Community Hall throughout the year.
Dances will be held from 7:30-10 p.m. on Saturdays March 28, May 23, June 27, and July 25. Tickets are $10 and are tax deductible when made out to Garden State Council BSA.

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Upper Township introduces $12 million municipal budget

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, March 11, 2015 09:30 am

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee voted unanimously to introduce an $11,989,020 budget Monday with a zero tax levy increase.
Local purpose property taxes could increase or decrease for residents here, depending on their new assessment. Upper Township just recently completed a total revaluation and is setting a new tax rate to adjust to the change in ratables.

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Butter Road to be closed March 17-18

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 11, 2015 09:00 am

PALERMO – Butter Road is scheduled to be closed to traffic on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18, township engineer Paul Dietrich said last week.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is planning to replace the railroad crossing and asphalt approaches on the road, Dietrich said. The new crossing will be similar to the improved one on Tuckahoe Road, he said.

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Bridge closure could have ‘life and death impact,’ say Corbin City residents

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:00 am

photo by Columb Higgins / The Route 50 bridge over the Tuckahoe River links Tuckahoe with Corbin City photo by Columb Higgins / The Route 50 bridge over the Tuckahoe River links Tuckahoe with Corbin City CORBIN CITY – Officials in Corbin City are waiting to hear from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) on when a meeting to discuss the possible closure of the Tuckahoe River bridge will be rescheduled.

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