Upper Township Gazette

Letter: Tainted bidding process costing taxpayers more money

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Yes, it is that time of year where elected officials are running for reelection, many of which unfortunately turn to making statements that are fabricated and often lack the transparency expected of our elected officials. Over the past three years, I have served the citizens of Upper Township on Township Committee and I believe it is my duty to address statements made by Committeeman Anthony Inserra in which he has taken credit for budgetary savings but lacks transparency when questioned about his own spending practices.

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Letter: Inserra looks for ways to save tax dollars

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Deputy Mayor Anthony Inserra deserves reelection to Upper Township Committee. An independent Republican and supporter of the taxpayer, he is not committed to any political machine or organization. His election three years ago garnered the support of Republicans, Democrats and independent voters alike. He has a strong devotion to family, church and the community which he serves.

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Letter: Inserra had nothing to do with health care savings

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

After serving for 12 years on Upper Township Committee, I felt that after I left office I would not have to attend a future Township Committee meeting. That all changed as I read several articles in The Gazette concerning placing lights at Amanda’s Field. I was further convinced that I should attend after reading The Press of Atlantic City’s article where Committeeman Anthony Inserra claimed that he had saved the township $230,000 in health care costs.

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Letter: Inserra has fought hard for taxpayers

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Upper Township needs to reelect Deputy Mayor Tony Inserra to ensure our community remains a clean, safe and affordable place to live.

Mr. Inserra’s opponent has admitted the township is in good shape under the current leadership. So why is he running? Maybe to try and return Upper Township to PRO Club rule? Mr. Inserra has always put the best interest of our township before anything else and owes no allegiance to any political association or club.

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Amanda’s Field light project being rebid

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, October 20, 2014 02:17 pm

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee rejected the sole bid it received for a project to light two baseball fields at Amanda’s Field and is rebidding the project.

Musco Lighting, which provides sports lighting for fields around the world, bid $175,605 on the Amanda’s Field baseball lighting project. It was the lone bidder. The bid was opened in late September.

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Baseball field lights spark controversy on Upper Township Committee

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, October 20, 2014 11:11 am

PETERSBURG – The rejection of the only bid to provide lights for baseball fields at Amanda’s Field got heated last week, as two Upper Township committeemen argued over why the bid was being discarded and the project had to be re-bid.

Mayor Richard Palombo said the bid process was tainted when Committeeman Tony Inserra talked with a representative of a company that took out a bid package on the project. A representative from the company later said they did not bid because they could not meet a price they were told by someone with the township, according to township engineer Paul Dietrich.

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Upper Township man charged with drugs, weapon possession

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, October 17, 2014 12:58 pm

MARMORA – An Upper Township man has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a weapon after the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant on his home Thursday.

Angelo Cuculino, 48, of Marmora, was found with more than 28 grams of marijuana and an amount of alpha-pyrrolidinopeniophenone, a stimulant, at his home, according to Prosecutor Robert Taylor. He also had three firearms and $19,225 in cash, the prosecutor said.

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Environmental groups seek to block Pinelands Commission appointments

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, October 16, 2014 01:39 pm

TRENTON – Environmental groups are seeking to block the appointments of two nominees to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, claiming it is an attempt to reverse a January vote that defeated a natural gas pipeline proposed by South Jersey Gas.

The 22-mile pipeline would have run through protected Pinelands to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point.

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Woman steals identity and $10,000 in Marmora, police say

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:15 pm

MARMORA – New Jersey State Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman wanted for identity theft and the theft of about $10,000 cash, officials said Wednesday.

Police said that on Monday, Aug. 25, at about 12:15 p.m., an unidentified woman withdrew about $10,000 from the PNC Bank in Marmora.

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On the cover: Heating things up

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:00 am

Jake Gannon, 16, of Tuckahoe, Ryan Roller, 15, of Marmora, and Chuck Atwell, 17, of Corbin City, all with Iron Kettle BBQ in Beesleys Point, man the grill and get orders ready for customers during the annual Ocean City Fall Block Party Saturday, Oct. 11. Jake Gannon, 16, of Tuckahoe, Ryan Roller, 15, of Marmora, and Chuck Atwell, 17, of Corbin City, all with Iron Kettle BBQ in Beesleys Point, man the grill and get orders ready for customers during the annual Ocean City Fall Block Party Saturday, Oct. 11. Jake Gannon, 16, of Tuckahoe, Ryan Roller, 15, of Marmora, and Chuck Atwell, 17, of Corbin City, all with Iron Kettle BBQ in Beesleys Point, man the grill and get orders ready for customers during the annual Ocean City Fall Block Party Saturday, Oct. 11.

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Cyber-bullying presentation at Bishop McHugh

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:11 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A presentation on the dangers of cyber-bullying, and how to protect your children online, will be the topic of a presentation by Det. Bryan Hamilton of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School. Hamilton also will cover “Sexting” and App Safety.

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Halloween parade and dance party in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 14, 2014 12:36 pm

The Pennsport String Band will entertain spectators lining Landis Avenue during the Halloween Parade on Friday, Oct. 17.
The Pennsport String Band will entertain spectators lining Landis Avenue during the Halloween Parade on Friday, Oct. 17. SEA ISLE CITY – The city’s annual Halloween parade will step off along Landis Avenue on Friday, Oct. 17.

The parade will start at 7 p.m. 40th Street and end at 45th Street. Live music will be provided by The Eagles Pep Band, The Atlantic City Fire Department Sandpipers Pipe and Drum Band, The Pennsport String Band and The Ed Coles Entertainers.

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Letter: More checks and balances needed

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 14, 2014 12:30 pm

To the editor:

It is disgraceful that our community had a chief of a firehouse allegedly steal thousands of dollars from the hard-working people of this township. What are our trusted elected officials going to do to ensure the hard-working people of this community that this will never happen again?

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Program on heroin addiction in Woodbine

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 14, 2014 12:05 pm

WOODBINE – The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office will make a presentation called Pills to Heroin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, 610 Washington Ave.

The presentation seeks to educate the public about the current heroin epidemic that is affecting communities across the country, including Cape May County, according to a release.

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Octoberfest celebration at Excursion Park in Sea Isle City

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, October 13, 2014 01:14 pm

Sea Isle City’s annual Octoberfest celebration will feature live German music, free hayrides on the beach, an inflatable obstacle course, a pie baking contest, and pumpkin painting. Shown choosing a pumpkin during last year’s festival is Mia McNeil, of Vineland. Sea Isle City’s annual Octoberfest celebration will feature live German music, free hayrides on the beach, an inflatable obstacle course, a pie baking contest, and pumpkin painting. Shown choosing a pumpkin during last year’s festival is Mia McNeil, of Vineland.

SEA ISLE CITY – The city will host an Octoberfest celebration from 1 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue in Sea Isle City.

The event is sponsored by the Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization in cooperation with the City of Sea Isle City.

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Marmora open house marks Fire Prevention Week

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, October 09, 2014 12:57 pm

MARMORA – The township’s fire companies and EMS held an open house at the Marmora firehouse Wednesday, with kids having fun playing firefighter and learning about fire prevention.

The annual open house is held each October, marking Fire Prevention Week.

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