Upper Township Gazette

Letters page: Where has all our money gone?

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 am

To the editor:

Electing new township committee persons is critical to our efforts to restore fiscal responsibility to our modest Township of Upper. In the past, when a properly certified public accountant oversaw the township budget, we had no local purpose tax and we even contributed millions to our schools to help children while maintaining significant cash reserves.

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Letters page: Why should we vote for change?

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 am

To the editor:

I have been a resident of Upper Township for over 40 years and have seen the township progress over the last 20 years under leaders who have accepted the challenge to move with the times and seek alternative ways to keep our tax rate the lowest in Cape May and Atlantic counties. So, why should we vote for change in Upper Township?

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Free sand, $640K in grants coming to Upper Township

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, October 22, 2013 05:24 pm

STRATHMERE – The township is enjoying a windfall in state and county grants, as well as a fully funded federal beach replenishment project in Strathmere, almost a year after Hurricane Sandy.

Mayor Richard Palombo announced the grant awards at a Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting of Upper Township Committee. He said the township will receive a $142,000 state grant to purchase backup generators and emergency systems. The county has also approved a $220,000 grant for work at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. Another $280,000 grant has been approved for a new boat ramp on Bayview Drive in Strathmere.

None of the grants have a match, Palombo said.

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Upper Township school board recognizes students’ perfect NJASK scores

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 22, 2013 04:23 pm

PETERSBURG – Earning a perfect score on the NJASK test is no easy feat, but several Upper Township students were able to accomplish just that.

A standing room only crowd gathered as dozens of third to eighth grade students were honored at the Monday, Oct. 21 meeting of the Upper Township Board of Education.  

“It’s huge,” a smiling school board president Michele Barbieri said. “To have a child score a perfect score, in either math or science or both, I tell you, it’s huge. For our students to score a perfect 300 is impressive.”

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$3.1M bond introduced in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 22, 2013 09:00 am

SEA ISLE CITY – City council introduced a $3.1 million bond for general improvements at its Oct. 8 meeting.

Those bond includes funding of $300,000 toward equipment and vehicles, $250,000 for building and facility improvements, $200,000 for landfill remediation in the north end, $250,000 for the engineering and bulkhead replacement at 47th Place, 90th and 91st streets, $1.75 million for road construction and drainage improvements, and $350,000 for the Landis Avenue streetscape (37th to 39th and 43rd to 45th streets).

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Letters page: Township has stepped up to protect Strathmere beaches

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 21, 2013 03:27 pm

To the editor:

At the last township committee meeting the mayor read off what seemed like a laundry list of grants and programs that have come to fruition for the township. But those grants were dwarfed by his announcement that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been funded to do a beach replenishment project in south Ocean City, Strathmere, and Sea Isle City. It’s an ongoing commitment that will last for years. This is incredible news for Strathmere. It’s a really big deal.

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Flu clinics offered in Cape May County

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 21, 2013 02:27 pm

CAPE MAY COUNTY – The Cape May County Department of Health will once again offer flu clinics this year.

To keep up to date on all of the county’s flu clinics, visit www.cmchealth.net or call the flu hotline at 463-6581.

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Sea Isle City projects 1.5 cent tax increase

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 21, 2013 01:26 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – Officials in Sea Isle City have projected a 1.5 cent tax increase in the 2014 budget.

Chief Financial Officer Paula Doll spoke at an Oct. 8 meeting of Sea Isle City council and said taxes will increase around $730,000, a 1.5 cent hike in the local tax rate. The increase is attributed to debt service payments, contractual increases and anticipated healthcare cost increases, she said.

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Free health screenings, flu shots at Upper Township Community Center

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, October 21, 2013 10:53 am

TUCKAHOE – A free health clinic will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 21 at the Upper Township Community Center, 1790 Route 50 in Tuckahoe.

There will be free health screenings, demonstrations and giveaways, according to a release from the township.

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Fire house party in Marmora

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Written by Jen Marra Sunday, October 20, 2013 10:30 am

Shawna Mulford with Let’s Party Painters gives Marissa Sampson, 10, of Marmora, a festive painted mask during the Fire Prevention Open House in the Marmora Fire House Wednesday, Oct. 9. Shawna Mulford with Let’s Party Painters gives Marissa Sampson, 10, of Marmora, a festive painted mask during the Fire Prevention Open House in the Marmora Fire House Wednesday, Oct. 9.

MARMORA - Local emergency services held their annual fire prevention open house on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Marmora Firehouse.

There were educational handouts and fire safety items for children. A firefighter challenge was held and visitors were able to experience what it’s like in a smoke house.

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