Upper Township Gazette

New trash carts will be delivered to Upper Township homes starting next week

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, March 01, 2014 09:30 am

This automated side loading trash truck is similar to the ones purchased by Upper Township. This automated side loading trash truck is similar to the ones purchased by Upper Township.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Thousands of standardized trash and recycling carts will be delivered to properties here starting next week.

The township plans to begin implementing its new automated collection system on Monday, March 17.

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Upper Township school budget includes tax increase, but not ‘banked’ cap

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, February 28, 2014 02:23 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township School District’s 2014-15 budget will likely go to the 2 percent cap, resulting in about a two cent tax increase, school business administrator Laurie Ryan said Monday.

But she advised against using a controversial $600,000 “banked cap” that the district has been able to use since 2012.

“I don’t want to put it on the taxpayer,” Ryan said.

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Three incidents but lots of paperwork for Upper Township to comply with state anti-bullying law

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, February 28, 2014 12:18 pm

PETERSBURG – Complying with the state’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act keeps the school district’s school safety team and designated anti-bullying specialists Tracey LeFever, Suzie Pashuck and Kathy Weatherby very busy.

Bob DiDinato, the district’s special education director and the district’s designated anti-bullying coordinator, said in a presentation Monday that the task of complying with the new state law and documenting everything is daunting.

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American Legion donates to Ready, Vet, Go program

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Written by Ted Klepac Friday, February 28, 2014 10:17 am

From left are Senior Vice Commander Dennis DeSalvo, Catholic Charities caseworker Diana Carolina Martinez and Post 239 Commander Hermon Scheibein. Post 239 donated $250 to the Ready, Vet, Go program at its monthly meeting. From left are Senior Vice Commander Dennis DeSalvo, Catholic Charities caseworker Diana Carolina Martinez and Post 239 Commander Hermon Scheibein. Post 239 donated $250 to the Ready, Vet, Go program at its monthly meeting.

SEAVILLE – Catholic Charities’ Ready, Vet, Go program recently received a $250 donation from American Legion Post 239 in Tuckahoe.

Diana Carolina Martinez, an outreach caseworker for the Diocese of Camden’s Catholic Charities, accepted the donation from Post 239 Commander Hermon Scheibein during the American Legion’s monthly meeting at Dino’s Diner in Seaville.

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Seaville resident to perform with TCNJ wind ensemble

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 26, 2014 02:27 pm

The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, shown here, will perform in Boston, Mass. next month. The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, shown here, will perform in Boston, Mass. next month.

SEAVILLE – Cory Nickerson of Seaville, a percussionist with The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, will perform with the group at the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference (CBDNA) in Boston, Mass. from March 6-8 at the New England Conservatory of Music.

The conference will feature different styles of music performed in wind band repertoire, from jazz, world, and ethnic music, to techno, pop, and fusion. Musicians and educators will partake in concerts, master classes and lectures related to the theme of crossover music.

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Letters page: Pinelands Commission made the right decision

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 26, 2014 01:56 pm

 To the editor:

I've been wondering, where are the standardized tests for politicians? Because it's really sad when public officials like state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, elected to make important public decisions, choose to remain ignorant of the science when it comes to damage to the ecosystem from “fracked” gas. He wants to do everything he can, he says, to overturn the Pineland's Commission's decision to uphold their mandate to “preserve and protect.” He says he is going to ask the governor and Senate president to help in the process.

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Who pays tuition when a student moves?

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 25, 2014 06:06 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The school board here delayed a vote on a policy revision that would take Upper Township off the hook for paying tuition when an Ocean City High School student moves but remains in the school.

Ocean City has a policy that if a student moves during their senior year, they may stay in the school district and graduate from Ocean City High School. Upper Township school board members asked for clarification of the policy so that the district would not be liable for paying Ocean City tuition for an Upper Township student who has moved.

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Substitute teachers could qualify for health insurance under ACA

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 25, 2014 06:05 pm

 PETERSBURG – School business administrator Laurie Ryan said Monday that 98 percent of Upper Township School District employees are being provided health insurance.

Next year, when the school district must comply with regulations concerning full and part-time employees, any employee working 30 hours or more must be offered health insurance, she said. That could mean providing health insurance to long-term substitute teachers, she said.

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School board member questions long-term substitutes

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:05 pm

 PETERSBURG – School board member Steve Martinelli said he was concerned about several retirements and short- and long-term substitutes on the agenda at Monday’s meeting.

“The kids will always tell me” when a substitute was in the classroom that day because they “didn’t do anything,” he said.

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School board approves special education tuition

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:03 am

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township school board Monday approved a $36,088.66 expenditure with the Ocean City Board of Education for the salary and benefits of a one-on-one aide for an Upper Township special education student attending Ocean City High School.

The aide worked with the student in the Upper Township school district, and when the student moved on to the high school it was decided the aide was best suited to work with the child, who is multiply disabled.

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Upper Township Announcements, Feb. 26 edition

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 24, 2014 11:19 am

Jackson named to Dean’s List

Ty R. Jackson of Petersburg, a junior at Marietta College, was named to the Dean's High Honors List for the fall semester of 2013. To be included on the Dean's High Honors List, a full-time student must complete at least 15 credit hours with a GPA of 3.75 or higher in a given semester. 

Local students make Dean's List

Local students have been named to the University of Delaware's Dean's List for the 2013 fall semester. They are Kameron Ghanavati of Seaville, Joseph Iudica of Ocean View, Ian Kosten of Woodbine and Joseph Massaglia of Marmora.

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

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John Townsend, father of Upper Township

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Written by Harriett A. Reardon Bailey Monday, February 24, 2014 10:16 am

The John Townsend House on Route 9 is the oldest house in Cape May County. The John Townsend House on Route 9 is the oldest house in Cape May County.

As you travel south down Route 9, just past the entrance to Sea Isle City, on your right you see beautiful Magnolia Lake. It is just as appealing today as it was over 324 years ago when John Townsend (1658-1722) found it a pleasing view for his home.

The Townsend family came from England to Boston in the 1640s. Some remained in Massachusetts while others moved to Rhode Island and Long Island seeking religious freedom. John Townsend, a Quaker, was arrested and banished from New York. He traveled to Cape May County seeking a new life here.

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UTTV moving to Channel 97 next week

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, February 22, 2014 05:14 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Comcast will relocate Upper Township’s government access channel, UTTV 2, to Channel 97.

The move will take effect by Friday, Feb. 28, according to township officials. The change is coming in accordance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules.

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Upper woman seeks to end isolation for eating disorder sufferers

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Written by Carl Price Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:00 am

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Ja’net Carlos wants people with eating disorders to know that they are not alone despite the lack of support groups and medical professionals who specialize in the diseases in the Cape May Atlantic County area.

To that end, she is hoping to start a group online that deals with eating disorders and allows members to share their stories, feelings and concerns and develop a feeling of community among those in the South Jersey area who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other eating disorders.

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Seaville food pantry seeks volunteers

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, February 21, 2014 02:17 pm

SEAVILLE – The food pantry in the lower level Fellowship Hall of the Seaville United Methodist Church, 3100 Shore Road, is seeking volunteers.

The food pantry serves anyone in the community who needs help providing enough food for their family. The pantry is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Tuesday. It is run in conjunction with Caring for Kids, a parent educator organization, located at 31. E Mechanic Street in Cape May Court House. 

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Sea Isle City Funland Amusement Park to close

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, February 21, 2014 12:56 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – City officials said Friday that Funland Amusement Park on JFK Blvd. near the bridge will not reopen for the summer.

Mayor Leonard Desiderio’s office said the amusement park will vacate the city-owned parcel. The park was not able to sustain itself because of lingering effects from Hurricane Sandy.

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