Upper Township Gazette

Knights of Columbus donates $1,000 to Upper Township Challenger Sports

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 20, 2014 12:22 pm

Challenger Sports players recently enjoyed a day of bowling at the Mouse Trap Lanes in Woodbine. Players learned new skills and practices for an upcoming Special Olympic competition. Here, program founder Daryl Ditroia, left, accepts a check from Kevin Smyth, right of the local Knights of Columbus. Challenger Sports players recently enjoyed a day of bowling at the Mouse Trap Lanes in Woodbine. Players learned new skills and practices for an upcoming Special Olympic competition. Here, program founder Daryl Ditroia, left, accepts a check from Kevin Smyth, right of the local Knights of Columbus.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The Knights of Columbus Monsignor James J. Zegers/Resurrection Council 9113 recently donated $1,000 to Upper Township Challenger Sports.

Challenger Sports started in 2009 with 20 players and volunteers and now has nearly 70 players and over 100 volunteers from Cape May County and elsewhere, according to its founder, Daryl Ditroia. Volunteers team up with the players to offer encouragement and support during fun-filled, skill building activities and adapted games.

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Coldest week in decades a challenge for local animal control

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Written by Columb Higgins Sunday, January 19, 2014 10:30 am

A white pit bull mix, one of the many strays picked up wandering the streets during the extreme temperatures that was rescued and taken to the Cape May County Animal Shelter until the owner could reclaim it.     A white pit bull mix, one of the many strays picked up wandering the streets during the extreme temperatures that was rescued and taken to the Cape May County Animal Shelter until the owner could reclaim it.

SEAVILLE – Last week’s cold weather was a challenge for Shore Animal Control officers patrolling in below freezing conditions.

The company responded to more than 40 calls and emails last week, according to a press release. Many of the calls were from residents reporting animals left outside and in violation of local ordinance. 

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Upper Township stitchers give Quilts of Valor to Vietnam veterans

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, January 18, 2014 11:18 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Three local Vietnam veterans were presented with Quilts of Valor by members of the South Shore Stitchers Guild.

The group presented Charles F. "Chick" Cossaboone, Jr., William W. Layton, Sr. and Joseph M. DeAugustine, Jr. with quilts on Jan. 13. Members of American Legion Post 239 Aaron Wittkamp Colwell, the South Shore Stitchers Guild and the veterans’ families were on hand.

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Flying through water

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, January 16, 2014 03:04 pm

  Members of the Ocean City High School swim team cheer on teammate Sofiya Lebedeva during the 100 meter butterfly during a recent meet against Vineland. See Sports for more on the OCHS swim team.

Members of the Ocean City High School swim team cheer on teammate Sofiya Lebedeva during the 100 meter butterfly during a recent meet against Vineland. See Sports for more on the OCHS swim team.

Members of the Ocean City High School swim team cheer on teammate Sofiya Lebedeva during the 100 meter butterfly during a recent meet against Vineland. 

   

Upper Township abstract artist exhibits work in Ventnor

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 01:19 pm

Lance Balderson will have his first solo exhibition at the Holtsman Gallery in Ventnor this month. Lance Balderson will have his first solo exhibition at the Holtsman Gallery in Ventnor this month.

VENTNOR – The Holtzman Gallery in Ventnor will present Upper Township abstract artist Lance Balderson’s first solo exhibition on Saturday, Jan. 18 and running through February.

Balderson lives in Ocean View and has his art studio there. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Columbia University School of Law, the Woodmere Art Museum, Curtis Institute of Music and Wesley College.

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Automated trash trucks may have trouble in county landfill, says Upper Township committeeman

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 15, 2014 04:02 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township will purchase another rear loading trash truck to pick up solid waste with two automated side loader trucks potentially relegated to recycling pickup, a committeeman said this week.

Upper Township Committee voted unanimously Monday to go out to bid for a 25-yard rear loading truck, pending a review by Chief Financial Office Barbara Spiegel on whether there is enough money in the township’s most recent capital bond. A $159,861 contract to HA DeHart was already approved in July for a new 30-yard rear loading truck.

A number of older trash trucks will be retired as the two new trucks come on line. A third rear loading truck will likely be needed in the future, said Committeeman Tony Inserra.

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Tuckahoe Post Office to close or reduce hours

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 15, 2014 03:00 pm

TUCKAHOE – The post office in Tuckahoe is surveying residents there on whether they want service to end or continue with reduced hours.

A meeting on the U.S. Postal Service’s decision will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Upper Township Municipal Building in Petersburg. 

The survey mailed last week asks residents whether they want the post office to remain open with realigned service hours, going from eight hours to six hours a day, or whether the post office should close. Upper Township Committee received a survey as well and its members said they would like to see the post office stay open.

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Upper Township looks to disband zoning board, planning board would take over

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 14, 2014 04:31 pm

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee Monday voted to move forward with a proposal to disband the local zoning board and have the planning board take over its duties.

Committeeman Tony Inserra said the move would save the township money. There is no longer a need for separate zoning and planning boards, he said.

Inserra has served on the planning board as the Upper Township Committee representative for the past three years. He said he has also attended most zoning board meetings during that time.

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Fate of BL England plant up in the air after Pinelands pipeline denied

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 14, 2014 03:26 pm

Fate of BL England plant up in the air after Pinelands pipeline denied Fate of BL England plant up in the air after Pinelands pipeline denied

UPPER TOWNSHIP – A proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point was effectively denied Friday after the New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted 7-7 on a Memorandum of Agreement to allow the project to move forward.

Opponents of the pipeline cheered when the votes were counted. They said they were surprised by the outcome and grateful. Some asked for the resignation of Pinelands Commission executive director Nancy Wittenberg.

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Letters page: Number overload

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Written by Opinion Monday, January 13, 2014 01:00 am

To the editor:

The minds of some of us are being put to numeric overload by our televisions. Exactly when the process began is unknown but certainly in early bloom when during the 70’s Uncle Bill described his car in an advertisement as a 1972, 2d, 350, 4sp, 4b, with size 14 tires, a 411 rear and ¾ cam.

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Pinelands Commission denies natural gas pipeline to BL England

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, January 10, 2014 03:31 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP - A proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point was effectively denied Friday after the New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted 7-7 on a Memorandum of Agreement to allow the project to move forward.

The tie vote means the proposal is dead in the water, according to Pinelands Commission members.

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High school students sing Christmas carols for Seaville residents

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Written by Ted Klepac Thursday, January 09, 2014 12:00 pm

In alphabetical order, Shelly Alvord, Maddie Bradway, Lauren Bowersock (holding Wyatt), Chenda Chheth, James Chheth, Maddy Crowell, Ben Fisher, Greg Fisher, Emily Grant, Hannal Lucy, Claire Matera, Gianna Norwood, Josh Olandt, Sarah Olandt, Marie Quiad, Pierce Shellhorn and Gretchen Shirk of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club. In alphabetical order, Shelly Alvord, Maddie Bradway, Lauren Bowersock (holding Wyatt), Chenda Chheth, James Chheth, Maddy Crowell, Ben Fisher, Greg Fisher, Emily Grant, Hannal Lucy, Claire Matera, Gianna Norwood, Josh Olandt, Sarah Olandt, Marie Quiad, Pierce Shellhorn and Gretchen Shirk of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club.

SEAVILLE – Ocean City High School students brought holiday cheer to the doorsteps of residents in Seaville.

Seventeen members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) sang Christmas carols before the holiday. Many residents joined the singing group.

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New Upper Township school board member starts ‘new educational adventure’

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, January 09, 2014 11:00 am

PETERSBURG – With her husband, two daughters and parents looking on, Kristie Brown Chisholm took the oath of office at a Monday, Jan. 6 special meeting of the Upper Township Board of Education.

Chisholm won her seat in the November general election, along with incumbents Michele Barbieri and James Arsenault, who also took the oath of office.

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Newcomers sworn into Upper Township Committee promising change, but not overnight

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, January 09, 2014 10:30 am

Committeeman Hobie Young take the oath of office along with Committeeman John Coggins (not pictured) and members of their families at the Upper Township Committee reorganization meeting Friday, Jan. 3. Committeeman Hobie Young take the oath of office along with Committeeman John Coggins (not pictured) and members of their families at the Upper Township Committee reorganization meeting Friday, Jan. 3.

PETERSBURG – Newcomers John Coggins and Hobie Young were sworn into Upper Township Committee last Friday, Jan. 3.

The reorganization meeting marked the biggest turnover on township committee in more than a decade, as Coggins and Young replaced longtime incumbents Curtis Corson and Jay Newman. Young was the high vote getter in the election with 2,193 votes, or 27 percent. Coggins received 2,029 votes, or 25 percent. Newman received 1,922 votes or almost 24 percent. Corson received 1,874 votes or 23 percent.

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Snow stroll in Sea Isle City

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, January 08, 2014 06:01 pm

 

SEA ISLE CITY - Allie Rutledge of Sea Isle City has her dog Mia wrapped in a coat for their afternoon walk in the snow on the promenade in Sea Isle City Saturday, Jan. 4.

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Upper Township Cheerleading Association holding gymnastic sessions

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 07, 2014 11:30 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP - The Upper Township Cheerleading Association is sponsoring a six-week gymnastic session at Blake’s Gymnastics Academy in Northfield starting Sunday, Jan. 19, with classes continuing on Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Grades K-2 are scheduled for 10:20-1:15 a.m.; grades 3-5 for 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; grades 5-8 for 12:15-1:15 p.m.

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