Upper Township Gazette

Letter: The company you keep

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

Unless you're Jesus, you can be judged by the company you keep. Bob Barr, his go-to state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, and his go-to Gov. Chris Christie, Mayor Richard Palombo and fellow supporters of the proposed fracked gas pipeline for private industry are part of a merry band of reverse Robin Hoods.

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Upper Township school board awards bid for new wastewater treatment plant

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, March 04, 2015 01:31 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Board of Education awarded a bid to purchase a new wastewater treatment plant at the primary and elementary schools in Marmora to Sherwood-Logan & Associates, Inc. during its Monday, Feb. 23 meeting.
The approved bid totals $132,640. The project will replace portions of the existing wastewater treatment plant at the schools, which has been discharging higher than permitted levels of nitrogen into ground water, according to monitoring reports.

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Corbin City fire could have been worse if bridge had been closed, says fire chief

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, March 04, 2015 12:25 pm

photo by Kevin Kuperstein of Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company/Firefighters from Tuckahoe, Marmora and Seaville responded to a call of a house fire on Main Street in Corbin City on Saturday, Feb. 28. The house suffered extensive damage but nobody was injured. photo by Kevin Kuperstein of Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company/Firefighters from Tuckahoe, Marmora and Seaville responded to a call of a house fire on Main Street in Corbin City on Saturday, Feb. 28. The house suffered extensive damage but nobody was injured. CORBIN CITY – The Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company’s annual installation dinner on Saturday, Feb. 28 was interrupted by a house fire on Main Street in Corbin City.

Tuckahoe firefighters arrived around 6 p.m. at the dinner at L’s Restaurant in Corbin City and were called to the fire shortly afterwards, Tuckahoe Fire Chief Ed Carter said Tuesday. The Tuckahoe fire company responded along with the Marmora Volunteer Fire Company, Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, Upper Township Rescue Squad, New Jersey State Police and the Atlantic County Fire Marshal.

The house near the corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue sustained serious damage, Carter said. But it could have been much worse if the Tuckahoe River bridge had been closed, he said.

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Letter: Fund raising letter sent to Strathmere in error

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, March 04, 2015 12:00 am

 To the editor:

I am writing today to express my deepest apologies. Over the past several weeks Strathmere residents have received a fund drive letter from our organization. We mail these letters to all residents in Upper Township. A mistake was made when the tax list of addresses was forwarded to our mailing company and the Strathmere residents were not removed from the list.

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Emaciated dog making good recovery at Seaville veterinarians office

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, March 03, 2015 12:03 pm

At left, Kim Becica and Dr. Nick Holland examine Shadow upon arrival in January. At left, Kim Becica and Dr. Nick Holland examine Shadow upon arrival in January. SEAVILLE – An emaciated dog taken from a home in Lower Township is making a good recovery at Shore Veterinarians in Seaville.

Shadow, a yellow lab, was brought to the animal hospital after being taken from a home in the Erma section of Lower Township on Jan. 15, according to a release from Shore Veterinarians. When he arrived, the staff there was not sure whether he would survive.

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Former governors urge senate to vote against Ocean City man's nomination to Pinelands Commission

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, March 02, 2015 02:18 pm

Four former governors wrote to members of the New Jersey Senate Monday, urging them to vote against the nomination of Robert Barr to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

Barr, of Ocean City, has been nominated by Gov. Chris Christie to fill the seat of Robert Jackson on the commission. The nomination has been contested by state environmental groups, who see it as a maneuver to get Pinelands Commission approval for a natural gas pipeline proposed by South Jersey Gas.

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Letter: More concern over PARCC test

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Written by Opinion Friday, February 27, 2015 03:21 pm

To the editor,

I have many concerns regarding the upcoming standardized testing known as PARCC that will be given to all New Jersey students during the months of March and May, 2015. Along with many parents throughout the state, our family has made the decision to have our son refuse to take the test.

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Citizen Call-Check offered in Sea Isle

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, February 27, 2015 12:00 am

SEA ISLE CITY – The Sea Isle City Police Department is asking residents who are older or have special needs to register for the Citizen Call-Check (CCC) program.

Residents can register their name and contact information with the Sea Isle City Police Department through the program, and are asked to call police headquarters to say “I am OK” every morning. If police do not receive a phone call by noon they will call the resident’s home to ensure he or she is doing fine. If the resident does not answer the phone, the police will call one of two designated friends or relatives. If need be, the police will knock on the resident’s door to see if help is needed.

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Storm drain reconstruction could be included in beach replenishment

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 am

SEA ISLE CITY – The Army Corps of Engineers’ beach replenishment project in Sea Isle City could also include reconstruction of storm drains at 82nd and 86th streets, according to the city.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company was awarded a $57,609,737 contract to complete dredging in southern Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City. The total project will pump 4.2 million cubic yards of sand onto local beaches, with 2.6 million cubic yards designated for Ludlam Island.

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Veterans make Valentine’s trip to memorial home

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 25, 2015 05:58 pm

Submitted / 
Jeffrey Pierson hands a check to Boris Reissek of the Vineland Memorial Home during a trip there on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Submitted / Jeffrey Pierson hands a check to Boris Reissek of the Vineland Memorial Home during a trip there on Wednesday, Feb. 11. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Cape May County Veterans Bureau sponsored its 31st Valentine’s trip to the Vineland Memorial Home on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Local veteran organizations and their auxiliaries collected donations from businesses throughout the county to present to hospitalized veterans at the home.

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From the sports field to the dance floor

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, February 25, 2015 05:00 am


Dancers twirl around and get warmed up for their creative dance class on Friday, Feb. 20 at Starstruck Dance Academy in Seaville. Upper Township Challenger Sports has teamed up with the dance academy to create a co-ed dance program adapted to fit the abilities of children with physical or developmental disabilities.  

Dancers twirl around and get warmed up for their creative dance class on Friday, Feb. 20 at Starstruck Dance Academy in Seaville. Upper Township Challenger Sports has teamed up with the dance academy to create a co-ed dance program adapted to fit the abilities of children with physical or developmental disabilities.  Upper Township Challenger Sports offering more ways for kids to succeed

SEAVILLE – Upper Township Challenger Sports is going from the sports field to the dance floor this winter.

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School district looks to join Sustainable Jersey program

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:00 am

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Board of Education is seeking to enter the school district in a new Sustainable Jersey for Schools program formed last year that seeks to promote sustainability and environmental initiatives in schools.

The program is modeled after the Sustainable Jersey program for municipalities, a non-profit organization started in 2009 that now boasts 417 participating towns in New Jersey. Upper Township received bronze level certification from the program last year for completing sustainability action items, such as holding rain barrel workshops, supporting a Shredding Day and planting a new garden at the Upper Cape Branch Library in Petersburg.

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American Legion honors Dino’s Seaville Diner

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Written by Ted Klepac Tuesday, February 24, 2015 09:54 pm

photos by Ted Klepac / 
Members and officers of American Legion Post 239 (left, front to back) Vernon Clarke, Dennis DeSalvo, Joe Georgio, Hermon Scheibein, Butch Meher and Charles Adelizzi with (right, front to back) Robert Smith, Paul Sutton, George Strunk, Linda Christian and Ted Behr.
photos by Ted Klepac / Members and officers of American Legion Post 239 (left, front to back) Vernon Clarke, Dennis DeSalvo, Joe Georgio, Hermon Scheibein, Butch Meher and Charles Adelizzi with (right, front to back) Robert Smith, Paul Sutton, George Strunk, Linda Christian and Ted Behr.  SEAVILLE – Members of the Wittkamp Colwell American Legion Post 239 in Tuckahoe recently honored Nick Karayiannis, proprietor of Dino’s Seaville Diner, for years of service to the legion’s monthly luncheon meetings there.

Karayiannis accepted an award from Post 239 senior vice commander Dennis DeSalvo and thanked the American Legion for the honor.

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Green Team work session Feb. 26

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 24, 2015 08:00 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Green Team plans to meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Upper Cape Library Branch, 2050 Tuckahoe Road, to discuss activities and partnerships in the township for 2015.

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Pipeline sparks debate at committee meeting

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 24, 2015 06:30 pm

TUCKAHOE — Debate over a proposed natural gas pipeline to the B.L. England power plant in Beesleys Point turned into a wide-ranging discussion on government surveillance, armed drones, and the first two amendments to the U.S. Constitution at the Upper Township Committee meeting Monday, Feb. 23.

The meetings usually draw little attendance or controversy. Debate at Township Committee is normally so staid that Mayor Richard Palombo has not gaveled a meeting to order in his more than 15 years in the position.

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Ocean City man’s nomination to Pinelands Commission released for full Senate vote

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 24, 2015 02:21 pm

The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to release the nomination of an Ocean City man to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission for a vote by the full senate.

Robert Barr was nominated twice by Gov. Chris Christie to fill the seat of Robert Jackson, of Middle Township, on the Pinelands Commission. He was first nominated last May, along with New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr. Barr and Roohr appeared before the judiciary committee in October 2014, but their nominations were unexpectedly held at the time.

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