Upper Township Gazette

Local veteran honored

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:00 am

Michael Wegelin (center) receives a Quilt of Honor during a Veterans Day ceremony in Sea Isle City. Michael Wegelin (center) receives a Quilt of Honor during a Veterans Day ceremony in Sea Isle City.

SEA ISLE CITY – Vietnam veteran Michael Wegelin was honored at Sea Isle City’s Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11. He also received a Quilt of Honor from the South Shore Stitchers Guild.

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Holiday Toy and Food Drive underway in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 26, 2014 03:06 pm

Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio (front, second from left) is shown with his “elves” in 2013 prior to delivering food and gifts to local families in need. The Mayor’s 2014 Holiday Toy and Food Drive is currently accepting donations, which will bring cheer to families in need this Christmas. Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio (front, second from left) is shown with his “elves” in 2013 prior to delivering food and gifts to local families in need. The Mayor’s 2014 Holiday Toy and Food Drive is currently accepting donations, which will bring cheer to families in need this Christmas. SEA ISLE CITY – Mayor Leonard Desiderio’s 22nd Annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive is accepting donations of cash, non-perishable food items and unwrapped toys and gifts for local families in need this Christmas.

For more than two decades, the event has assisted hundreds of adults and children, including elderly shut-ins and others.

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Legislators want excused absences for service on Veterans Day and Memorial Day

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 26, 2014 01:19 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – State Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak said this week that they are legislation that would make student absences from school on Veterans Day and Memorial Day excused absences under state law, in cases where a student is taking the day off to participate in a veterans’ activity.

The effort is a response to complaints in Upper Township, where a fifth-grade student was marked for an unexcused absence after volunteering to serve lunch to veterans on Veterans Day.

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Charles Adelizzi honored as Upper Township citizen of the year

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, November 26, 2014 01:00 pm

Charles Adelizzi, right, is honored as the Ocean City-Upper Township Noon Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year by club president Cheryl Seidel. Charles Adelizzi, right, is honored as the Ocean City-Upper Township Noon Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year by club president Cheryl Seidel.

PETERSBURG – The Ocean City-Upper Township Noon Rotary Club honored Charles Adelizzi as its Citizen of the Year at the township’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Monday.

The UpTown Singers performed a number of Christmas-themed songs at the event, held in front of the Upper Township Municipal Building. The building was decorated with lights and bows for the season. Officials turned on the lights at the end of the ceremony.

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Handmade treasures

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:00 am

Gail Graham of Beesleys Point and Sharon Tarvis of Palermo admire baskets made by Patti Heisler, owner of River Bend Basket Co. in Tuckahoe 
Gail Graham of Beesleys Point and Sharon Tarvis of Palermo admire baskets made by Patti Heisler, owner of River Bend Basket Co. in Tuckahoe, while visiting the Handmade in America Professional Craft Show Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Upper Township Community Center in Petersburg. The event is hosted by The Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants' Association and is one of several annual fundraising events to raise money for their scholarship funds.

photos by Jen Marra

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Parade and ice skating at Holiday Extravaganza in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 24, 2014 10:00 am

Free ice skating will be held at Excursion Park. Free ice skating will be held at Excursion Park.

SEA ISLE CITY – The Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization and the City of Sea Isle City will host its third annual Holiday Extravaganza on Nov. 28-29 at the Excursion Park Band Shell, JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, with free ice skating until 9:30 p.m. The use of complementary ice-skates will be available for adults and children, courtesy of the SICCCR.

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Upper Township school board members want voting rights restored in Ocean City

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Written by Columb Higgins Sunday, November 23, 2014 11:00 am

PETERSBURG – Members of the Upper Township Board of Education said last week that they are still seeking to restore some of their voting rights on the Ocean City school board.

Three Upper Township school board members serve on the Ocean City school board. They are permitted to vote on issues affecting Upper Township students, but since 2010 they have not had a say in the election of the Ocean City Board of Education president, vice president or solicitor.

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Seaville preschool wins online contest

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Written by Deborah Patterson Sunday, November 23, 2014 10:00 am

Shannon Fuller, Tammy Cappolina, Barbara Foster and Jane Guyon, all of Abundant Life Church Learning Center, display certificates received for being voted Most Loved Preschool in Cape May County. Jennifer Fedorchak, holding her daughter Leah, is with Hulafrog. Shannon Fuller, Tammy Cappolina, Barbara Foster and Jane Guyon, all of Abundant Life Church Learning Center, display certificates received for being voted Most Loved Preschool in Cape May County. Jennifer Fedorchak, holding her daughter Leah, is with Hulafrog. SEAVILLE – Abundant Life Learning Center was recently voted the “most loved preschool in Cape May County” in an online contest sponsored by Hulafrog and Grounds for Play.

Abundant Life Learning Center received the most votes in the county, according to staff.

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Clean audit for Upper Township School District

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00 am

PETERSBURG – Mike Garcia of Ford, Scott & Associates told Upper Township Board of Education members last week that the school district has received a clean audit for the 2013-14 school year.

The audit sampled financial transactions from last year to make sure they followed state and federal guidelines, Garcia said. The audit had no findings or recommendations for the school district, he said.

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Final showdown

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, November 21, 2014 04:23 pm

The Upper Township Indians pee wee defense lines up against the Egg Harbor Township Eagles as they play in the Cape Atlantic Junior Football League Championship game Saturday, Nov. 15, at Caldwell Park in Palermo.
The Upper Township Indians pee wee defense lines up against the Egg Harbor Township Eagles as they play in the Cape Atlantic Junior Football League Championship game Saturday, Nov. 15, at Caldwell Park in Palermo. photos by Jen Marra

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Students of the month recognized by Upper Township schools

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 21, 2014 02:26 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Students of the month from the primary, elementary and middle schools were honored by the Upper Township Board of Education last week.

In the preschool, Ava Beningo, Liam Hoffman, Sean Martin, Cullen Reese and Sophia Simone were honored.

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New paint job turns Upper Township Middle School gym into ‘Osprey Nest’

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, November 21, 2014 12:19 pm

Daniel Snyder stands in the gym of the Upper Township Middle School, where he painted a large osprey, the school’s mascot. Daniel Snyder stands in the gym of the Upper Township Middle School, where he painted a large osprey, the school’s mascot.

PETERSBURG – A student teacher from Cape May has helped make the gymnasium at the Upper Township Middle School a fitting home for the school’s sports teams.

A fitting nest might be a better name for the school’s home court, where the Ospreys play.

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Troop 79 hikes the Appalachian Trail

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, November 21, 2014 11:17 am

Boy scouts from Troop 79 of Upper Township hiked the Appalachian Trail earlier this month. Boy scouts from Troop 79 of Upper Township hiked the Appalachian Trail earlier this month.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Boy Scout Troop 79 of Upper Township traveled on the Appalachian Trail during a trip Nov. 1-2.

Thirty-four scouts and adults broke into two groups on Saturday, Nov. 1, with first-year scouts camping at the Blue Rocks campground in Pennsylvania. Blue Rocks is named for the river of boulders that was formed by a glacier during the last ice age. The rocks shine blue in the moonlight.

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Stricter attendance policy required by state, says school board member

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, November 20, 2014 01:25 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township School District’s new, stricter attendance policy is receiving its first complaints.

School board member Fran Newman said at the Nov. 17 meeting of the Upper Township Board of Education that she recently read a letter from a resident in a newspaper in which the parent complained that her child was marked for an unexcused absence after attending a Veterans Day ceremony instead of school.

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Upper Township students can learn to write cursive or code in new enrichment period

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:41 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Students at the Upper Township Middle School could take up the dying art of cursive next year during an Intervention/Enrichment period at the end of the school day.

“I personally think it’s an art form,” said middle school principal Jeffrey Leek.

If that’s too old-fashioned, they could learn how to write computer code, or practice photography, Leek said during a presentation at the Upper Township Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 17.

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Upper Township Rescue squad celebrates 50th anniversary, and its volunteers

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, November 18, 2014 01:05 pm

Members of the Cape May County Rescue Squad based in Ocean City pose for a picture in this undated photograph. Members of the Cape May County Rescue Squad based in Ocean City pose for a picture in this undated photograph.

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Rescue Squad celebrated its 50th anniversary Sunday with a barbecue at the squad headquarters.

A lot has changed since the squad formed in 1964, when it branched off from a rescue squad in Ocean City. At that time, there were only two rescue squads in Cape May County – the one headquartered in Ocean City for the northern part of the county and another in the lower part of the county.

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