Upper Township Gazette

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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Contract approved for Bayview Drive reconstruction

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 30, 2014 04:59 am

STRATHMERE – Upper Township Committee approved a contract for reconstruction of Bayview Avenue in Strathmere at its Dec. 15 meeting.

F.W. Shawl & Sons, Inc. of Marmora bid $337,703 for the work, which will be funded through two New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Municipal Aid Project grants.

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Letter: Marmora underserved with just one gas station

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, December 30, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

We have one place to get gas for our vehicles in Marmora. Why is that station consistently higher in price than other, similar-type gas/coffee establishments in surrounding towns?

Two days ago, the price of gas in Marmora was 15 cents per gallon higher than in Somers Point. I’m aware that those stores probably have different owners and/or managers, but is the price difference due to no competition in Marmora and that’s why they feel (and do) get away with consistently higher prices? Does the cost of the gas to stores with the same name differ from store to store with Marmora paying more per gallon than other similar stores and that’s why Marmora is always higher than surrounding towns? Even the gas/coffee store in Ocean View is usually lower than Marmora.

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Public defender fee increased

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 29, 2014 02:43 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Upper Township Committee voted unanimously at its Dec. 15 meeting to increase the application fee from $50 to $200 for people using the public defender.

Solicitor Dan Young said that a review of the municipal court system had recommended the fee increase. All neighboring municipalities have application fees of $200, which is the maximum allowed under state law, he said.

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Sea Isle to host ‘A Night in Egypt’ and fireworks Dec. 31

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 29, 2014 11:42 am

SEA ISLE CITY- The Sea Isle City Municipal Alliance Committee will host the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration for children from 5:30-7:30 p.m. inside the City Hall/Public School Gymnasium, located at 4501 Park Road.

The evening’s theme “New Year’s Eve in Egypt” will be highlighted by a variety of decorations that will have guests feeling as though they are on the banks of the Nile River. The celebration will include a hot buffet dinner, dancing and other family entertainment.

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Upper, Dennis township baseball could merge

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 24, 2014 12:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The Upper Township and Dennis Township baseball associations could join together next year in order to increase competition amongst their constituent teams, according to Committeeman Hobie Young.

Young, who oversees sports and recreation activities, said he and Committeeman Ed Barr recently met with both baseball associations to discuss the possibility. Dennis Township has three or four teams that play in an “in-house program,” Young said.

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Drop in tuition adjustment projected in next year’s school budget

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 23, 2014 03:00 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township School District should expect a drop in the tuition adjustment payments it receives from Ocean City next year, meaning the district may have to dip into its “banked cap” to supplement its 2015-16 school year budget.

School business administrator Laurie Ryan said at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Upper Township Board of Education that the district received $835,000 in tuition adjustment from Ocean City, which went toward this year’s budget. It will probably receive between $500,000 and $600,000 next year, she said.

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Seaville holly is oldest in the state, maybe the nation, say historical society members

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 23, 2014 02:32 pm

Mayor Richard Palombo, society president Michael Houdart and society member Stoddard Bixby hang a Christmas ornament on the Shoemaker holly tree.
Mayor Richard Palombo, society president Michael Houdart and society member Stoddard Bixby hang a Christmas ornament on the Shoemaker holly tree.  SEAVILLE – The 325-year-old holly tree at the Garden State Parkway’s John B. Townsend-Shoemaker Holly Picnic Area in Seaville probably doesn’t get a second look, if it is noticed at all, by most drivers.

But the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township aims to change that, at least for those travelers who slow down and stop for a moment at the rest area.

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