Upper Township Gazette

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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Upper Township Middle School’s Arts Night explores the British Empire

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, May 12, 2014 12:24 pm

(photo by Deborah Patterson) Students made dot self portrait at last year’s Arts Night, which focused on the arts of Latin America. (photo by Deborah Patterson) Students made dot self portrait at last year’s Arts Night, which focused on the arts of Latin America.

PETERSBURG – The eight annual Upper Township Middle School Arts Night is scheduled for Thursday, May 29 at the school, 525 Perry Road in Petersburg.

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Upper resident places third in vocal competition

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, May 10, 2014 09:00 am

Kameron Ghanavati of Seaville recently won third place in the Varsity Vocals' International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICAA) with the University of Delaware’s a cappella group, Vocal Point.

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Family Spring Day to benefit Jennifer Ward Memorial Fund

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, May 09, 2014 08:30 am

Jennifer Ann Ward Jennifer Ann Ward

CORBIN CITY – The Jennifer Ward Memorial Fund will hold Family Spring Day fundraiser from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at Fluharty’s Buck Tavern, 621 Route 50 in Corbin City.

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Cherie Denton taught generations of Upper Township students

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Written by Deborah Patterson Thursday, May 08, 2014 12:37 pm

Cherie Denton poses with her daughters Missy Schenck and Cricket Brennan and granddaughters Noley and Charlie May on her last day of teaching. Cherie Denton poses with her daughters Missy Schenck and Cricket Brennan and granddaughters Noley and Charlie May on her last day of teaching.

MARMORA – Teachers and students at the Upper Township Primary School lined the hallways to thank longtime teacher Cherie Denton as she completed her final day of teaching last week.

Denton started teaching in 1970. She taught generations of students in Upper Township. 

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Broken bones don’t stop Upper Township boy

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, May 08, 2014 11:33 am

Charlie Fayter enters the batter’s box during a Challenger Sports baseball game Sunday at the Upper Township Middle School in Petersburg. He is helped by (from left) Coach Jackie Adams and volunteer buddies Mike Kimball and Noah Gillian. Charlie Fayter enters the batter’s box during a Challenger Sports baseball game Sunday at the Upper Township Middle School in Petersburg. He is helped by (from left) Coach Jackie Adams and volunteer buddies Mike Kimball and Noah Gillian.

Charlie Fayter takes the baseball field to celebrate Wishbone Day

PETERSBURG – There was a risk Charlie Fayter could break a bone when he took the baseball field Sunday. But that has never stopped him before.

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Easter vacation set for next year

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 07, 2014 09:40 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township school board last week unanimously approved the calendar for the 2014-15 school year, which includes the dates of Easter vacation.

Easter is April 4 next year and the school will be on break from Friday, April 2 through Sunday, April 11.

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Committeemen look at possibility of term limits in Upper Township

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, May 07, 2014 03:41 pm

PETERSBURG – Two committeemen who ran on imposing term limits on future elected officials have asked the township solicitor whether such a move is allowed by state law.

John Coggins and Hobie Young, who ran successfully for Upper Township Committee in November, made term limits a major theme of their campaign. They were running against two incumbents who had served a combined 12 terms on committee.

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Upper school board moves closer to videotaping meetings

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, May 07, 2014 03:40 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township school board may be coming to a TV near you very soon.

School business administrator Laurie Ryan said last week that the local school board could move its meetings to the Upper Township Municipal Building and use video equipment there, or the school district could purchase its own audio and video equipment to do the job on its own.

The Ocean City School District is the only other community in Cape May County that televises its meetings, Ryan said. Ocean City pays $250 for up to two hours of taping, she said. After two hours, the board is billed $15 for each additional half hour.

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