Upper Township Gazette

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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OCHS students to give spaceflight presentation to Sea Isle school board

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 23, 2014 11:25 am

SEA ISLE CITY – Students from Ocean City High School’s science and TV/media departments will make public presentations during the Sea Isle City board of education meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6.

The Sea Isle City school board invites residents, taxpayers and the public to attend the presentation, much of which centers around the attempted launch of the students’ experiment in October.

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Township withdraws ordinance charging fee on vacant properties

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, December 22, 2014 05:06 am

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee last week voted unanimously to withdraw an ordinance that would have imposed a fee on the owners of vacant properties.

The proposed ordinance was up for a public hearing and final vote at the Monday, Dec. 15 meeting of Township Committee. It would have required the owners of vacant properties to pay $500 to the township.

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Focus on History: ‘Nucky’ Johnson and the Tuckahoe connection

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Written by STODDARD C. BIXBY and MICHAEL R. HOUDART Monday, December 22, 2014 12:00 am

Enoch “Nucky’ Johnson Enoch “Nucky’ Johnson 
Charles Campbell of Tuckahoe Charles Campbell of Tuckahoe

By STODDARD C. BIXBY and MICHAEL R. HOUDART
Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township

TUCKAHOE – The infamous Enoch “Nucky’ Johnson, the “boss” of Atlantic City for more than 30 years, had connections all over New Jersey, including our very own little town of Tuckahoe.

During Prohibition, the many hidden woods areas and the abundance of water played a role in the illegal booze trade. Moonshine was a Tuckahoe staple and the “Boss” allowed any bootleg into his Atlantic City.

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A merry little moment

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, December 21, 2014 02:35 pm

Mackenzie Kohlash, 4, of Atlantic City, asks Santa Claus for Barbie dolls this Christmas as she visits the Sea Isle City Fire Department’s Christmas Celebration for Children Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the school gymnasium on Park Road. Mackenzie Kohlash, 4, of Atlantic City, asks Santa Claus for Barbie dolls this Christmas as she visits the Sea Isle City Fire Department’s Christmas Celebration for Children Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the school gymnasium on Park Road.

Mackenzie Kohlash, 4, of Atlantic City, asks Santa Claus for Barbie dolls this Christmas as she visits the Sea Isle City Fire Department’s Christmas Celebration for Children Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the school gymnasium on Park Road. 

photos by Jen Marra

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Contract negotiations ongoing, says committeeman

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, December 20, 2014 12:00 am

PETERSBURG – Committeeman John Coggins said at the Dec. 15 meeting of Upper Township Committee that negotiations with the township’s employee bargaining group are going well.

Coggins, who oversees revenue and finance for the committee, said both sides are sensitive to the needs of the other. He said the township will likely face a challenge in next year’s budget as healthcare costs are set to increase.

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Former Seaville fire company treasurer pleads guilty to writing checks to himself

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:15 pm

Michael J. Petrella Michael J. Petrella

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The former treasurer of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company pleaded guilty Thursday, Dec. 18 in Superior Court to writing $19,000 in checks to himself.

Michael J. Petrella, 26, of Seaville, waived his right to a jury trial, and answered Judge John C. Porto with a quick “yes,” or “no,” to his questions as to whether Petrella understood what pleading guilty meant.

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Local fire companies help Santa Claus come to town

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:00 am

Santa Claus joined members of the Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company for their Dec. 7 breakfast.
Santa Claus joined members of the Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company for their Dec. 7 breakfast. UPPER TOWNSHIP – Santa Claus will forego the sleigh and arrive in Upper Township on a fire truck next week.

The annual tradition is set to continue courtesy of fire companies in Marmora, Seaville and Tuckahoe.

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Township committee approves contract for baseball lights

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:45 am

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee voted 3-2 Monday to approve a contract with Qualite Sports Lighting, LLC of Hillsdale, Mich. to provide lighting for two baseball fields at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg.

Qualite bid $129,923 for the contract. The township estimates it will cost around $10,000 more to install the lighting.

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In the Spotlight: A Christmas tradition continues in Strathmere

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Written by Deborah Patterson Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:17 am

Vaugn and Ferguson Kurilko, Valerie and Michaela Voegtlin and Catie Mae West pose in their holiday best. Vaugn and Ferguson Kurilko, Valerie and Michaela Voegtlin and Catie Mae West pose in their holiday best. STRATHMERE – The Strathmere Improvement Association and the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company held the annual community Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Deauville Inn. The event has been creating holiday cheer for over 50 years and is one of many held throughout the year in Strathmere, including the Community Beach Party and the Fourth of July Parade.

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