Upper Township Gazette

Sea Isle police receive state accreditation

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 26, 2014 04:51 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – The Sea Isle City Police Department was honored by state and local officials Monday for achieving accreditation with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

Accreditation assures that the police department is following recognized best practices by law enforcement agencies, including safety issues, equipment requirements and operational guidelines.

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Construction workers, firefighters lauded as heroes in Parkway crash response

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, June 26, 2014 02:29 pm

Aaron Grace, left, and John Armbruster, center, receive proclamations from Mayor Richard Palombo for their rescue of the driver of a dump truck that crashed into the water near the Parkway bridge May 23. Aaron Grace, left, and John Armbruster, center, receive proclamations from Mayor Richard Palombo for their rescue of the driver of a dump truck that crashed into the water near the Parkway bridge May 23. PETERSBURG – Officials honored six men Monday for their efforts in saving the driver of a dump truck that crashed off the Garden State Parkway bridge over the Great Egg Harbor Bay.

The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23, the start of the Memorial Day weekend. It brought a dozen emergency response agencies to the bridge.

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Critics cry foul on easement near Tuckahoe ball fields

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:24 pm

TUCKAHOE – Two residents spoke out Monday against a plan to give an easement to South Jersey Gas on a lot containing two tee-ball fields in Tuckahoe.

The easement would allow the company to build an interconnect station on the property, which would be used to regulate pressure in existing natural gas pipelines in Tuckahoe and a proposed 24-inch pipeline that would run to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point.

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Dog bitten by raccoon in Upper Township

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Written by David Benson Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:10 pm

raccoon trap UPPER TOWNSHIP – A dog was bitten by a raccoon in Upper Township Wednesday and animal control officers are now trying to trap the wild animal.

Spokesperson Linda Gentille of Shore Animal Control said there have been a couple incidents of rabid animals biting pets in the last few years. Animal control is now trying to trap the raccoon to determine if it is rabid, she said.

The most recent reported attack by a rabid animal in Upper Township was in March, 2012.

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Upper Township condo residents say they pay taxes, but get no services

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:19 am

MARMORA – Residents of the Bayberry Cove Condominium Association and Oak Ridge Resort Condo Association in Marmora pay local property taxes but do not receive township services like weekly trash pick up.

That is because both are registered as seasonal campgrounds and are considered businesses. Residents, some of whom who live there seven months out of the year, said they don’t feel like business, however.

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4-year-old boy drowns in swimming pool in Upper Township

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, June 25, 2014 01:28 pm

SEAVILLE – A four-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool at a residence on Route 50 in the Seaville section of Upper Township on Tuesday, June 24, a State Police spokeswoman said.

Trooper Alina Spies said State Police were called to the residence at about 8:15 p.m. for medical assistance with a drowning. The Upper Township Rescue Squad was the first to arrive at the scene.

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Contract negotiations continue with Upper Township teachers, administrators

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, June 24, 2014 09:00 am

PETERSBURG – School board member James Arsenault, who chairs the negotiations committee, said Monday his committee has been busy, as have representatives of the Upper Township Education Association, representing the teaching staff and the administrators union.

“We’re negotiating like no tomorrow,” he said. “We hope to have something this summer” for the board to consider.

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End-of-school surprise for Upper Township teacher

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 23, 2014 03:47 pm

(photos courtesy of Glen Stewart) Mike Kiefer proposes marriage to kindergarten teacher Christine Martorano during a student assembly at the Upper Township Primary School. (photos courtesy of Glen Stewart) Mike Kiefer proposes marriage to kindergarten teacher Christine Martorano during a student assembly at the Upper Township Primary School.

MARMORA – A kindergarten teacher got a surprise during the last day of school Monday, June 23 at the Upper Township Primary School.

Mike Kiefer proposed to teacher Christine Martorano in the primary school assembly room. To the delight of her students, she said yes.

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UTEA donates almost $5,000 to local students

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, June 23, 2014 03:00 pm

PETERSBURG – Speaking during public comment at the end of the school board meeting Monday, Upper Township Education Association representative Anna Kuemmerle said that members have generously supported student endeavors throughout the year.

Through fundraising, members were able to provide four $1,000 scholarships for Upper Township students graduating Ocean City High School 17 $50 awards to graduating eighth-graders.

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Upper Township School District honors volunteers

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, June 23, 2014 12:59 pm

MARMORA – The school district Wednesday honored the many volunteers who give their time at Upper Township schools.

A Volunteer Recognition Night was held on Wednesday, July 18 at the Upper Township Primary School. School board member Christie Chisholm organized the event.

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