Upper Township Gazette

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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Consent agenda proposed

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 07, 2014 03:38 pm

PETERSBURG – School board president Michele Barbieri said last week that the school board would test out a “consent agenda” system at the May meeting.

When a consent agenda is utilized, the board can essentially combine items on the agenda for a single vote. At present, the board divides the agenda up, and separate votes are held to approve items in separate categories, such as curriculum and instruction, finance, personnel, transportation and miscellaneous.

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Candidate filing deadline extended

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, May 06, 2014 11:00 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP - The deadline for filing a nominating petition for a seat on a local school board has been extended until Monday, July 28. Petitions must be filed before 4 pm at the Cape May County Clerk’s office, 7 North Main Street in Cape May Court House.

The annual school election is on Tuesday, Nov. 4. There are three seats available for full, three-year terms. There will be no school budget vote this year.

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Sea Isle collection disposes of 27 pounds of prescription drugs

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, May 06, 2014 08:58 am

Marie Schad of Sea Isle City hands prescription drugs to Lt. Thomas McQuillen during the Sea Isle City Police Department’s “Drug Take-Back Day.” Marie Schad of Sea Isle City hands prescription drugs to Lt. Thomas McQuillen during the Sea Isle City Police Department’s “Drug Take-Back Day.” SEA ISLE CITY – The Sea Isle City Police Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a National Drug Take-Back Day event on Saturday, April 26.

National Drug Take-Back Day is an anonymous prescription drug collection that allows the public to safely rid their homes of unwanted and unneeded medications.

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First-graders’ pet project raises $200 for Beacon Animal Rescue in Upper Township

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Written by Deborah Patterson Monday, May 05, 2014 11:25 am

(photos by Deborah Patterson) First grade students from the Upper Township Primary School visited Beacon Animal Rescue on Saturday, May 3. The children raised $200 for the shelter. (photos by Deborah Patterson) First grade students from the Upper Township Primary School visited Beacon Animal Rescue on Saturday, May 3. The children raised $200 for the shelter.

OCEAN VIEW – Students in Janet Treen’s first grade class at the Upper Township Primary School visited Beacon Animal Rescue Saturday to donate $200 they collected in loose change.

The students took part in a service project this year that began with making a snowman snow globe craft. The snow globes were then converted into banks to collect loose change throughout March and April.

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Cyclists enjoy the ride in Tour de Tuckahoe

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Written by Deborah Patterson Monday, May 05, 2014 10:49 am

The Worchel family takes a short break from riding. From left are Katie, Rebekah and Deborah. Jason Worchel (not shown) was busy running in the adult duathlon. The Worchel family takes a short break from riding. From left are Katie, Rebekah and Deborah. Jason Worchel (not shown) was busy running in the adult duathlon.

PETERSBURG – Hundreds of bicyclists pedaled their way through the fifth annual Tour de Tuckahoe on Sunday at Amanda's Field.

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Tournament to benefit Upper Township Soccer Association

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, May 03, 2014 11:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township committee Monday gave approval to a July soccer tournament at Amanda’s Field that organizers hope will put Upper Township on the map for regional soccer events.

The tournament will also serve as a fundraiser for the Upper Township Soccer Association.

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Upper Township moving forward on vehicle purchases

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, May 03, 2014 09:00 am

PETERSBURG – Township committee Monday unanimously approved a resolution to go out to bid for a third new automated side loading trash truck.

Two new automated trucks were purchased from GranTurk Equipment Co. for $492,468 in September. A third automated truck is needed to move workers from trash collection to other duties, officials said this week.

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More than 250 volunteers help clean Sea Isle dunes

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, May 02, 2014 10:15 am

Alex Konyk, 15, and his parents, Lora and Christopher, of Line Lexington, Pa., are shown clearing debris from the 39th Street dunes during Sea Isle City’s annual Spring Beach Clean-Up on April 26. Alex Konyk, 15, and his parents, Lora and Christopher, of Line Lexington, Pa., are shown clearing debris from the 39th Street dunes during Sea Isle City’s annual Spring Beach Clean-Up on April 26.

SEA ISLE CITY – More than 250 volunteers from across the region gathered in Sea Isle City on April 26 during the resort’s 2014 Spring Beach Clean-Up, hosted by Sea Isle’s Environmental Commission.

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Tight budget means no sixth grade field trip this year

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, May 02, 2014 08:30 am

PETERSBURG – Board member Debbie McLees said Monday that she had a bone to pick on behalf of the school district’s sixth graders.

“Why is it we don’t have a sixth grade field trip when every other grade goes on a field trip?” she asked.

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Upper Township: Trash must be placed in bags

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, May 01, 2014 03:55 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township is reminding residents that trash should be placed in a bag before being placed into a trash cart.

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Upper Township school board approves budget with 2 cent tax increase

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, May 01, 2014 02:30 pm

PETERSBURG — The Upper Township Board of Education unanimously approved a $35,421,083 budget for the 2014-15 school year at a meeting Monday, April 28. 

The budget includes a 2 cent per $100 of assessed value tax increase. With a tax rate of $1.066, the impact on an average $327,000 home will mean an additional $65 on the tax bill.

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Upper Township scouts celebrate Earth Day with trip to Belleplain and zoo

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 01, 2014 01:49 pm

Pack 95 cub scouts learn about edible plants at an Earth Day celebration at the Cape May County Park and Zoo. Pack 95 cub scouts learn about edible plants at an Earth Day celebration at the Cape May County Park and Zoo.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Cub scouts and boy scouts from Pack and Troop 95 celebrated Earth Day last week with a weekend campout at Belleplain State Forest.

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Down the rabbit hole

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Written by Jen Marra Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:00 pm

 
Students of the Upper Township Middle School Drama Club rehearse for their upcoming play, Students of the Upper Township Middle School Drama Club rehearse for their upcoming play,   The Upper Township Middle School Drama Club rehearses Monday, April 28 for their musical performance of "Alice in Wonderland, Jr." in the auditorium of the school. The shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, and 9 a.m. on Friday, May 9 in the middle school auditorium, according to the school’s website. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

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