Upper Township Gazette

Township considers making room for Pickleball

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 21, 2014 03:35 pm

PETERSBURG – Committeeman Hobie Young said last week that Upper Township should consider setting aside a place and time for Pickleball, a racket sport for two to four players that is growing in popularity.

Young said the sport is especially popular with seniors. Players use wood paddles and hit a perforated ball on a shrunken tennis, or Badminton, court.

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Sixteen percent of middle school students ‘chronically absent’ last year

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:51 am

Issue could affect Upper Township schools’ evaluations, funding

PETERSBURG – Chronic student absenteeism is a problem in Upper Township and it could affect school funding in the future, school officials said Monday.

Ken Barth, the district’s academic achievement officer, told school board members that the district must address the issue to meet state criteria.

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No term limits in Upper Township

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:00 pm

PETERSBURG – Township solicitor Dan Young said last week that township committee members could not enact term limits for elected officials here.

Committeemen John Coggins and Hobie Young asked about the possibility of term limits in April. Coggins asked if township committee might have to change its form of government to implement term limits.

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The bridges of the Tuckahoe River

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:00 pm

TUCKAHOE – The 1925 Tuckahoe Bridge between Tuckahoe and Corbin City is receiving some attention these days due a state Department of Transportation (DOT) project to replace it. It seemed a good time to peer into old newspapers to find notations about this, and former bridges in the same location.

The following were found at www.GenealogyBank.com.

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Mama Mia’s celebrating more than 25 years in Seaville

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:00 pm

 
Mama Mia’s owner Joseph Massaglia, right, with chef Steven Strenger in front of the painting of Portofino that adorns the wall in the restaurant’s main dining room.
 Mama Mia’s owner Joseph Massaglia, right, with chef Steven Strenger in front of the painting of Portofino that adorns the wall in the restaurant’s main dining room. SEAVILLE – Mama Mia’s Ristorante is marking more than 25 years in business in Seaville this year.

Owner Joseph Massaglia says when he opened his doors in 1988 most people didn’t know where Seaville was, let alone his new restaurant. Now, it is one of the most successful Italian restaurants in the area.

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Guest Column: Admiral had great influence on Navy, nation

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Written by Paul Sutton Tuesday, May 20, 2014 03:22 pm

 The ship, shown during its launch, is named after Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, the youngest Chief of Naval Operations in the Navy’s history. The ship, shown during its launch, is named after Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, the youngest Chief of Naval Operations in the Navy’s history.  My wife Connie and I drove up to Bath, Maine last month at the invitation of the late Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt’s family for the ceremonial launching of the USS Elmo R. Zumwalt. The ceremony was held outside in as near-perfect weather as you can hope to find in southern Maine in April. Not a cloud in the sky, with temperatures approaching 70 degrees as the ceremony came to an end.

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PRO club trying to regain control of committee

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Written by Opinion Monday, May 19, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

In an April 29 letter to the editor, Richard L. Phillips, president of the Upper Township People’s Republican Organization (PRO) wrote “The PRO Club has nothing to do with the candidate selection process” in a response to a letter I had submitted. I have a question for Mr. Phillips. How many of the 29 Upper Township committee people are PRO members? I’ll bet the number is close to 29.

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Is Inserra planning independent run for committee?

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, May 19, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

Tony Inserra is the only township committee person whose seat is up for election this year. Is he planning on running as an independent in November’s general election, bypassing the primary this June?

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Ballroom dancing at Upper Township Community Center

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, May 19, 2014 11:32 am

 Ballroom dancing at Upper Township Community Center Ballroom dancing at Upper Township Community Center TUCKAHOE – Around 75 couples enjoyed a night of ballroom dancing at the Upper Township Community Center last weekend.

The event was the brainchild of local boy scout Tom Schroth. It served as a fundraiser for boy scout programs in the area and to help with camp tuition for those scouts who need it.

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Workshop teaches Upper Township residents how to build a rain barrel

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, May 16, 2014 12:53 pm

PALERMO – A workshop at the Upper Township Senior and Wellness Center will teach residents how to build their own rain barrel.

The workshop is planned for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3 at the center, 1369 Stagecoach Road in Palermo. The cost is $20 per person.

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Marmora fire company receives grant

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, May 16, 2014 09:51 am

Marmora Fire Chief Jay Newman (left) accepts a check from New Jersey American Water Senior Director of Operations for the Coastal Region Kevin Kirwan. Marmora Fire Chief Jay Newman (left) accepts a check from New Jersey American Water Senior Director of Operations for the Coastal Region Kevin Kirwan.

MARMORA – New Jersey American Water presented a grant to the Marmora Volunteer Fire Company this week.

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South Jersey Industries executives confident of pipeline approval

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:07 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Executives with South Jersey Industries, the parent company of South Jersey Gas, said in a conference call with investors last week that they are confident that a 22-mile natural gas pipeline from Millville to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point will ultimately become a reality.

South Jersey Industries chairman and CEO Ed Graham said Friday, May 9 that a 7-7 vote by the state Pinelands Commission in January stalled the project, but that the company is seeing an “enormous groundswell starting at the governor's office, including the head of the Senate (state Senate president Stephen Sweeney) and actually quite frankly, the biggest and most vocal leader has been Senator (Jeff) Van Drew who's area was most impacted.”

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Upper Township Middle School recognized for sustainability efforts

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:03 am

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Middle School was recognized last week for environmental projects aimed at energy and water conservation, sustainable foods and reducing consumption and waste.

The middle school is one of three Eco-Schools in Cape May County. The Eco-Schools USA program is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and seeks to provide free resources and support to schools working toward environmental sustainability.

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On the cover: Blooming baskets

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Written by Jen Marra Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:00 pm

 Photos by Jen Marra

 Susan Heaton of Woodbine picks out a couple of hanging baskets Saturday, May 10, at the Upper Township Rescue Squad’s Mother’s Day Flower Sale fundraiser in Petersburg.  
 Susan Heaton of Woodbine picks out a couple of hanging baskets Saturday, May 10, at the Upper Township Rescue Squad’s Mother’s Day Flower Sale fundraiser in Petersburg.

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Eagle Scout project benefits Family Promise

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:45 pm

  Nate Holloway and a number of volunteers build the foundation of a play area at Family Promise’s Day Center in Cape May.
Nate Holloway and a number of volunteers build the foundation of a play area at Family Promise’s Day Center in Cape May.

NORTH CAPE MAY — A prospective Eagle Scout from Upper Township recently built a playground area for the Family Promise Day Center in Lower Township.

Nathan “Nate” Holloway, a sophomore at Ocean City High School, is a member of Troop 79, Upper Township, which meets at the Seaville Methodist Church. Currently a Life Scout, Holloway has been working on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting.

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Upper Township honors resident as constant presence, contributor

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:38 pm

Alice Teal sits in the front row of the chambers where Upper Township Committee meets. She has been a regular attendee at meetings for 30 years. A plaque in her honor is shown to the left. Alice Teal sits in the front row of the chambers where Upper Township Committee meets. She has been a regular attendee at meetings for 30 years. A plaque in her honor is shown to the left.

Alice Teal has attended meetings here for 30 years

UPPER TOWNSHIP – For more than 30 years, Alice Teal has attended Upper Township Committee meetings. Though the meetings are mostly quiet and sparsely attended, Teal always had her place, sitting in the front row of the court room in the municipal building where committee meets twice a month.

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