Upper Township Gazette

Polar Bear Plunge’s royal family to be crowned in Sea Isle

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, February 14, 2014 10:00 am

Shown speaking with radio personality “Big Daddy” Graham during last year’s competition is 2013 Polar Bear King Dan Otto. Shown speaking with radio personality “Big Daddy” Graham during last year’s competition is 2013 Polar Bear King Dan Otto.

SEA ISLE CITY – The city’s 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge will start with the crowning of the event’s “Royal Family” on Friday, Feb. 14.

The Polar Bear Prince and Princess competitions, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization, will begin at 6 p.m. in a heated tent at the LaCosta complex, JFK Blvd. and Landis Ave. The contests are open to students 12-16. Contestants will be judged on appearance and personality. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by downloading an entry form at www.seaislechamber.com. The pre-registration fee (prior to Feb. 14) is $20 and same-day registration fee is $25.

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Donations for wheelchair van come from across the country

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Written by Deborah Patterson Thursday, February 13, 2014 01:24 pm

Maggie McAdams, Cynthia Phillips, Benjamin Walker, Janet Fayter and Jill Clark pose with Jaime Warren at the fundraiser benefit. Maggie McAdams, Cynthia Phillips, Benjamin Walker, Janet Fayter and Jill Clark pose with Jaime Warren at the fundraiser benefit.

CORBIN CITY – A benefit to raise money for a wheelchair accessible van for an Upper Township first grader raised over $20,000.

The fundraiser was held at L’s Restaurant on Route 50 in Corbin City on Sunday, Feb. 9. It was spearheaded by Jill Clark, a social worker at the Upper Township Primary School.

Clark said donations from all over Cape May and Atlantic counties, and as far away as a Hard Rock Café in Florida, came in long before the event.

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Three Upper Township Eagle Scouts honored

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Written by Ted Klepac Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:55 am

Wittkamp-Colwell American Legion Post 239 financial secretary Robert Smith presents awards to Eagle Scouts Andy Burnell, Alex Schoedler and Jack Kane. Wittkamp-Colwell American Legion Post 239 financial secretary Robert Smith presents awards to Eagle Scouts Andy Burnell, Alex Schoedler and Jack Kane.

SEAVILLE – The Wittkamp-Colwell American Legion Post 239 in Tuckahoe recently honored boy scouts Andy Burnell, Jack Kane and Alex Schoedler of Troop 79 for achieving the designation of Eagle Scout. Financial secretary Robert Smith presented the awards.

Msgr. Peter Joyce of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Marmora gave the invocation at the scouts’ Court of Honor at the Seaville United Methodist Church hall, followed by greetings from Scoutmaster Andy O’Connor. The ceremony featured awards from state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, county clerk Rita Fulginiti, Sheriff Gary Schaffer and county freeholders Len Desiderio and Will Morey.

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Palermo student interning with NBC Sports

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:44 am

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UPPER TOWNSHIP – An Upper Township resident studying at La Salle University is interning with NBC Sports and assisting in its coverage of the Winter Olympics.

Cody Barr of Palermo is an intern with NBC Sports in Stamford, Conn. She is studying Communications at La Salle. She is an Ocean City High School graduate.

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Seaville Fire Co. members graduate academy

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 11, 2014 03:50 pm

(photo by Deputy Chief Rich Stevens) From left are Perry Coker, Chris Hohman, Atlantic County Fire Academy training director Mike Corbo, Justin Mason, Scott Fancher and Dan Spatol. (Not pictured is Jake Spiegel.)  (photo by Deputy Chief Rich Stevens) From left are Perry Coker, Chris Hohman, Atlantic County Fire Academy training director Mike Corbo, Justin Mason, Scott Fancher and Dan Spatol. (Not pictured is Jake Spiegel.)

SEAVILLE – Six members of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co recently graduated from the Atlantic County Fire Academy at the Anthony Canale Training Center in English Creek.

Perry Coker, Chris Hohman, Justin Mason, Scott Fancher, Dan Spatol and Jake Spiegel attended firefighter training at the academy. Three of the volunteers graduated from the Firefighter I class and three from Firefighter II.

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Van Drew seeking state help to have BL England pipeline built

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 11, 2014 03:48 pm

BEESLEYS POINT – State Sen. Jeff Van Drew said Tuesday that he wants to know what went wrong with South Jersey Gas’s application to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission to build a natural gas pipeline to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point.

He said he will work with Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak to have the pipeline built.

“Make no mistake about it, we need to build this pipeline and I’m going to give it my level best to make it happen,” Van Drew stated in a press release. “I am asking the governor and senate president to help in this process.”

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Questions remain on trash trucks as Upper Township budget trimmed again

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 11, 2014 01:48 pm

PETERSBURG – Township committee trimmed its proposed 2014 budget again Monday, cutting $37,000 from public works and sports and recreation, but held off on more cuts after a department supervisor said he didn’t know if new automated trash trucks would work.

Public works supervisor Chris Thomas said the township will have to keep at least three of its old rear-loading trash trucks as a backup in case new automated trucks don’t work or need repairs.

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Upper Township Committee votes 3-2 to keep zoning board

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:47 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township committee voted 3-2 Monday against a proposal that would have disbanded the local zoning board and put the planning board in charge of all land use applications.

Committeeman Tony Inserra had pushed for the change, saying the township could save $15,500 by shutting down the zoning board. The township faces a tax increase of more than $600,000 this year.

“We’ve been going through the budget process for the past two or three weeks,” Inserra said. “A $1,000 line item was important enough for us to cut.”

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Upper Township senior center reopens after two-year closure

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, February 10, 2014 12:58 pm

PALERMO - After closing for two years, the Upper Township Senior and Wellness Center reopened to the public this week.

More than 25 seniors were on hand to celebrate the center’s reopening on Monday, Feb. 10 with county and local officials. Residents here have not used the center since it was closed for construction in early 2012.

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Knights of Columbus hold free-throw contest in Tuckahoe

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, February 10, 2014 11:48 am

From left are free throw contest winners, Ashley Rhodes, Annabella Halbruner, Brooke Markly, Savanna Holt and Reese Bloomstead. From left are free throw contest winners, Ashley Rhodes, Annabella Halbruner, Brooke Markly, Savanna Holt and Reese Bloomstead. TUCKAHOE – The Knights of Columbus Resurrection Council 9113 held their annual Free-Throw Contest at the Upper Township Community Center in Tuckahoe last month.

The contest winners were set to advance to the District 50 Free Throw at St. Joseph Church in Somers Point on Saturday, Feb. 8.

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Announcements, edition of Feb. 5, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, February 07, 2014 12:00 pm

Baumgartner named to Dean's List

Allison Baumgartner, a senior early education major from Seaville, was named to the Dean's List at Chestnut Hill College for the fall 2013 semester. Students are named to the Dean's List if they have achieved a GPA of 3.6 or higher, and will be recognized at Honors Convocation on April 27 at the College.

Meachon makes Dean's List

Emily Meachon of Marmora has been named to the University of Hartford’s Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester.

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Sea Isle City says it was first to offer free beach tags to veterans

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, February 07, 2014 09:00 am

In 2010, Sea Isle City was the first resort in New Jersey to distribute free beach tags to veterans. A new state law allows all shore towns to do so now. Shown here is the first special edition veterans beach tag created by Sea Isle City. In 2010, Sea Isle City was the first resort in New Jersey to distribute free beach tags to veterans. A new state law allows all shore towns to do so now. Shown here is the first special edition veterans beach tag created by Sea Isle City.

SEA ISLE CITY – After years of lobbying for a state law that allows municipalities to distribute free seasonal beach tags to military veterans, Sea Isle City officials said they were happy a new bill will do just that.

Five years ago, Mayor Leonard Desiderio met with a group of local veterans from VFW Post 1963 to find a way to distribute free seasonal beach tags to vets. There was no enabling legislation that allowed municipalities to do so.

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Vendors wanted for Sea Isle Ambulance Corps benefit

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 06, 2014 02:11 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – The Sea Isle Ambulance Corps is in search of woodworkers, crafters, painters and other artisans to be vendors during their Craft Fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6 inside the Sea Isle City Community Lodge, 300 JFK Boulevard.

The fair will only feature vendors who sell hand-made items.

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On the cover: Short winter break

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, February 06, 2014 01:04 pm

Karl Fischer of Marmora wears his running shorts for a four mile jog on the Ocean City Boardwalk Saturday, Feb. 1. The warmer weekend temperatures brought people out for a walk, bike ride or run on the boardwalk and the beach.

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Display on Lincoln at Upper Township library

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, February 06, 2014 12:34 pm

PETERSBURG – A member of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township is displaying his collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia at the library this month.

Robert Holden of Steelmantown taught in the Ocean City School District for more than 30 years and is now an adjunct history professor at the Atlantic Cape Community College campus in Cape May County. He has a vast collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia and has spoken on the subject many times in the area.

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Run and walk for autism returns to Sea Isle City next week

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 05, 2014 11:28 am

In 2013, more than 500 athletes competed in the Mike’s Seafood Polar Bear 5K Run for Autism along Sea Isle City’s Promenade. Organizers will host this year’s race – and a 1.5 Mile Walk – on Sunday, Feb. 16. In 2013, more than 500 athletes competed in the Mike’s Seafood Polar Bear 5K Run for Autism along Sea Isle City’s Promenade. Organizers will host this year’s race – and a 1.5 Mile Walk – on Sunday, Feb. 16.

SEA ISLE CITY – The Mike’s Seafood sixth annual Polar Bear 5K Run and 1.5-Mile Walk for Autism will return to Sea Isle City’s next weekend as part of the city’s Polar Bear Plunge Weekend.

Thousands of runners and walkers are expected on Sunday, Feb. 16 to raise funds and awareness for a disorder that affects 1 out of 88 children, according to a press release.

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