Upper Township Gazette

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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Apple recognizes Upper Township schools for innovation

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, February 04, 2014 01:06 pm

School board president Michelle Barbieri receives a plaque from David Diokno, Northeast Regional Education Developer Executive for Apple, at a Jan. 27 school board meeting. School board president Michelle Barbieri receives a plaque from David Diokno, Northeast Regional Education Developer Executive for Apple, at a Jan. 27 school board meeting.

PETERSBURG – The school district accepted an award from Apple last week. 

At a Monday, Jan. 27 meeting of the Upper Township Board of Education, David Diokno, Northeast Regional Education Developer Executive for Apple, presented the board with the award, designating the school for achieving the Distinguished School status in the Apple Education Recognition Program from 2013 to 2015.

“Only 240 schools in North America received this award,” Diokno said.

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Upper Township faces 3 cent tax increase

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 04, 2014 12:06 pm

PETERSBURG – Upper Township taxpayers will likely face a three cent tax increase this year.

Committee members held a second budget workshop on Monday, Feb. 3 to make further cuts to a proposed budget. Around $750,000 in cuts were needed in order to avoid a tax increase this year.

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Acupuncture office opens in Marmora

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 04, 2014 12:00 am

MARMORA — Fast Track to Health, Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, opened recently at 510 S. Shore Road, Suite B.
It is a wellness clinic offering private acupuncture, community acupuncture and functional medicine.

“Community acupuncture is done in a group setting and is very affordable,” reads a statement from the organization.

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Sea Isle writer wins award in national poetry competition

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 31, 2014 03:56 pm

Writer Eva Feeley of Sea Isle City is shown holding the award she received during the Eber & Wein Publishing National Amateur Poetry Competition. Feeley’s poem, titled “Want Not,” was among thousands of works entered in the contest. Writer Eva Feeley of Sea Isle City is shown holding the award she received during the Eber & Wein Publishing National Amateur Poetry Competition. Feeley’s poem, titled “Want Not,” was among thousands of works entered in the contest.

SEA ISLE CITY – A Sea Isle City writer, poet, and creative writing teacher recently earned a third place prize in the Eber & Wein Publishing National Amateur Poetry Competition for her poem “Want Not.”

This is the second time Eva Feeley has earned third place in the national competition. Thousands of entries are received each year.

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Members push back against plan to disband Upper Township zoning board

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, January 30, 2014 01:59 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Members of the local zoning board Monday spoke out against a plan to do away with the body and transfer its responsibilities to the planning board.

Deputy Mayor Tony Inserra offered the proposal earlier this year as a cost saving measure. But opponents say disbanding the zoning board now could lead to lawsuits later, and it would be difficult to reconstitute the board with qualified members if applications pick up.

Officials say the township could save $15,500 immediately through the move. The township is facing a deficit of at least $500,000, they say.

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Upper Township school board considering taping meetings

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:27 pm

PETERSBURG – Responding to numerous requests that the Upper Township Board of Education tape their meetings for viewing on UTTV, school business administrator Laurie Ryan said there were a few possibilities.

At the Monday, Jan. 27 school board meeting, Ryan said her research revealed that Ocean City is the only school district in Cape May County that tapes their meetings. Ocean City pays $240 for two hours, and they get charged extra if the meeting runs longer.

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$3.3M in state aid available for Upper Township Primary School, but no referendum plans yet

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:06 am

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township School District has officially received a Preliminary Eligible Cost (PEC) letter for a potential referendum to renovate the primary school, but school district officials stressed that there are no immediate plans to move forward on a referendum. 

Members of the local school board unanimously accepted the PEC letter informing them that the school district is eligible for $3.3 million for the primary school at the Monday, Jan. 27 meeting. 

“That doesn’t mean we are doing a referendum,” said school business administrator Laurie Ryan. “It just means we accept the letter.”

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Seaville store celebrates customer satisfaction award

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 29, 2014 10:24 am

Advantage Rental and Sale store manager Bill Kelly, Tom Henrich and Nichole Hesington. Advantage Rental and Sale store manager Bill Kelly, Tom Henrich and Nichole Hesington.

SEAVILLE – Advantage Rental and Sales in Seaville celebrated Ace Hardware Corporation’s recent recognition in the J.D. Power & Associates 2013 U.S. Home Improvement Retailer Store Satisfaction Study.

The Seaville store was chosen as the only store in New Jersey to mark the award. It is the seventh year in a row that Ace has received the award.

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School board considering taping meetings

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, January 29, 2014 05:37 am

PETERSBURG – Responding to numerous requests that the Upper Township Board of Education tape their meetings for viewing on UTTV, school business administrator Laurie Ryan said there were a few possibilities.

At the Monday, Jan. 27 school board meeting, Ryan said her research revealed that Ocean City is the only school district in Cape May County that tapes their meetings. Ocean City pays $240 for two hours, and they get charged extra if the meeting runs longer.

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If you’re happy

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 am

If you’re happy If you’re happy  Asher Thomas, 4, of Ocean View, and Kaitlyn Murphy, 4, of Avalon, jump for joy as they sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” along with the children’s librarian during Preschool Story Time at the Sea Isle City Library Tuesday, Jan. 28. Preschool Story Time is held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday. For more information, visit www.cmclibrary.org

 

Upper Township needs to cut as much as $700K to avoid tax increase

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township committee will have to cut between $500,000 and $700,000 from its preliminary budget in order to avoid a tax increase this year.

Committee members held an hour long budget workshop on Monday to start the process of cutting. Another workshop is scheduled for 6:30-9:30 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 3 at the Municipal Building in Petersburg.

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