Upper Township Gazette

New youth group starts at Church of the Resurrection in Marmora

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Written by Deborah Patterson Friday, December 20, 2013 12:12 pm

Group leader Paula Dalessandro and Father Peter Joyce pose with Keara Sorenson and Aubrey Hunter of Dennis Township and Dylan Eshelman and Alyson Curtain, both of Seaville, at the Youth Group kick off event. Group leader Paula Dalessandro and Father Peter Joyce pose with Keara Sorenson and Aubrey Hunter of Dennis Township and Dylan Eshelman and Alyson Curtain, both of Seaville, at the Youth Group kick off event.

MARMORA – The Church of the Resurrection in Marmora, part of the St. Maximilian Kolbe parish that includes St. Casimir Church in Woodbine, hosted its first Youth Group event on Sunday, Dec. 15. The night kicked off with a bonfire plus an evening of prayer, Christmas caroling and games.

Father Peter Joyce worked with youth group leaders Diane Peck, Cecelia Quigley, Paula Delassandro and Mark Bisignaro to start the group. Children attended from all over Upper Township and Dennis Township.

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Beach replenishment may come to Strathmere at summer’s end

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, December 20, 2013 11:51 am

STRATHMERE – The township’s beaches fared well through the summer but have experienced some losses in the fall after two recent northeaster storms, according to officials.

Beaches here are slated to receive new sand sometime next year, perhaps in the late summer, as part of a U.S. Army Corps project. The federal government is picking up the entire cost of that work.

Dr. Stuart Farrell of the Richard Stockton Coastal Research Center provides regular reports on the status of Strathmere’s beaches to Upper Township Committee. His report for the past summer showed very little sand loss.

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Children enjoy visit by Santa Claus in Seaville

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Written by Ted Klepac Wednesday, December 18, 2013 04:36 pm

From left are Santa Claus, Elizabeth Shone and her mother Sarah. From left are Santa Claus, Elizabeth Shone and her mother Sarah.

SEAVILLE – Word quickly spread that Santa Claus would be arriving at Dino’s Diner in Seaville at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.

More than 60 children and their parents and grandparents awaited his arrival. Suddenly, with a loud “Ho, Ho, Ho” and ringing bells, Santa appeared with a large bag of gifts.

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Four former governors come out against pipeline through Pinelands

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 18, 2013 04:20 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – In a letter to Pinelands Commission chairman Mark Lohbauer Wednesday, four former New Jersey governors came out against a pending proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands.

The Pinelands Commission is considering a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) that would allow South Jersey Gas to build the pipeline. The Pinelands Commission would receive $8 million for land acquisition and education programs.

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Sea Isle City AARP honors volunteer of the year at holiday luncheon

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 18, 2013 03:31 pm

Sis Borden receives the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award from AARP Chapter 710 president Tom Owings (at left) and Chapter 710 board member Bob Thibault. Sis Borden receives the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award from AARP Chapter 710 president Tom Owings (at left) and Chapter 710 board member Bob Thibault.

SEA ISLE CITY – Members of AARP Chapter 710 of Sea Isle City hosted their annual Holiday Luncheon Thursday, Dec. 12 at The Tuckahoe Inn in Beesleys Point. Group members showed their generosity by arriving at the luncheon with non-perishable food items and toys, which were donated to Mayor Leonard Desiderio’s annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive for needy families.

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Upper Township committeemen leave with combined 30 years experience

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 17, 2013 02:37 pm

Committeeman Curtis Corson and Jay Newman (left) with Mayor Richard Palombo and committeemen Tony Inserra and Ed Barr. Committeeman Curtis Corson and Jay Newman (left) with Mayor Richard Palombo and committeemen Tony Inserra and Ed Barr.

PETERSBURG – Township committee Monday bid farewell to two members with a combined 30 years on the body.

The Dec. 16 meeting was the last for longtime committeemen Curtis Corson and Jay Newman. They will be replaced by Hobie Young and John Coggins at the reorganization meeting in January.

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10-year-old honored for a lifetime of volunteer service with Upper Township Rescue Squad

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 17, 2013 01:44 pm

Marissa Sampson, 10, with her mother Michelle after Upper Township Committee honored the girl for being named “Outstanding EMS Action by a Youth” by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Services. Marissa Sampson, 10, with her mother Michelle after Upper Township Committee honored the girl for being named “Outstanding EMS Action by a Youth” by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Services.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Marissa Sampson has been assisting the Upper Township Rescue Squad since she was just a baby.

“We’ve had her there since the get go,” said Sampson’s mother, Michelle.

She was honored by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Services at a Nov. 15 ceremony for “Outstanding EMS Action by a Youth.” Upper Township Committee approved a resolution honoring her at its Monday, Dec. 16 meeting.

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Public hearing on BL England pipeline in Upper Township tomorrow

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 17, 2013 01:33 pm

Final vote could come next month

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will hold a public meeting on the proposed natural gas pipeline to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point today, Wednesday, Dec. 18.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Upper Township Branch of the Cape May County Library at 2050 Route 631 in Petersburg. It is the third public meeting on the pipeline proposal in little over a week.

Officials expect a decision on the controversial pipeline next month. The New Jersey Pinelands Commission has to approve the $90 million project by South Jersey Gas because around 15 miles of the pipeline would pass through protected Pinelands areas.

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Middle school in Upper Township receives $1K grant

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, December 16, 2013 01:48 pm

PETERSBURG – South Jersey Energy, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries, presented a $1,000 grant from its “Energy for the Arts” grants program to the school board Monday.

Fifteen school districts received the grants. They are designed to provide support needed to sustain local, competitive art programs for school-aged children.

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Upper Township seeking coastal resiliency grants

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, December 13, 2013 10:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township is applying for a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) coastal resiliency grant.

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Committee approves extra money for affordable housing rehab in Upper Township

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, December 12, 2013 04:41 pm

PETERSBURG – Township committee Monday approved an additional $2,235 for affordable housing rehabilitation in Upper Township.

In 2012, the township committed $200,000 to rehabilitate 14 low to moderate income homes. The last home in Tuckahoe is now under contract, but it has overrun estimated costs because it is considered a historic structure, engineer Paul Dietrich said.

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Upper Township approves computer system for trash carts

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, December 12, 2013 04:40 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP - Township committee Monday voted unanimously to approve a contract for $111,000 for a computer and RFID system that will track new trash carts used with new automated side loading trash trucks purchased in September.

Cascade Cart Solutions received the contract to provide a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader, mobile computer and refuse cart asset management system. The township will pay $67,625 in start up costs and around $8,700 a year for Cascade to service the system.

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VFW honors four Upper Township students

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 11, 2013 03:59 pm

Middle school principal Ken Barth and VFW Post commander Charles Adelizzi with students Ashley Gereaghty, Cassidy McComb, Matthew Leap and Jacob Stuart. Middle school principal Ken Barth and VFW Post commander Charles Adelizzi with students Ashley Gereaghty, Cassidy McComb, Matthew Leap and Jacob Stuart.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Four students from the Upper Township Middle School were recently honored by the local VFW for patriotic essays they wrote in an annual essay contest.

VFW Post 8695 of Upper Township sponsored Cassidy McColm, Ashley McGereaghty and Matthew Leap in the Patriots Pen contest. Jacob Stuart was sponsored by VFW Post 6257 of Belleplain.

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Upper Township student’s ‘Cereal from Santa’ goes to feed the hungry

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 11, 2013 02:57 pm

Andrew Ciurczak, right, and Seaville Acme manager Andy Loteck (second from right), with Santa Claus and local Knights of Columbus Dave Wurtz, Tim O’Shea and Tom Drinkard. Andrew Ciurczak, right, and Seaville Acme manager Andy Loteck (second from right), with Santa Claus and local Knights of Columbus Dave Wurtz, Tim O’Shea and Tom Drinkard.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Andrew Ciurczak, a senior at St. Augustine Prep High School, is helping to provide several hundred local families with breakfast this Christmas through his “Cereal from Santa” project.

Ciurczak, of Upper Township, is organizing the effort as part of a Caritas community service project. Caritas is the Latin word for charity or love.

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Upper Township schools to receive $1.3M in state funding

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:30 am

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township School District is slated to receive $1,326,493 from the state Schools Development Authority (SDA) for school construction projects, though the district has not received confirmation on what projects the money can be used.

In August, the school board voted unanimously to support an application to the state for $16,616,831 in renovations to the school district’s three facilities. The district was seeking 40 percent, or $6,623,332, in state funding.

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Letters page: Pipeline would violate Pinelands Commission mandate

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, December 11, 2013 01:00 am

To the editor:

I am writing to express my vehement opposition to the proposed pipeline through the New Jersey Pinelands. I understand that this pipeline would be built in clear violation of the Pinelands' own Comprehensive Management Plan, which was put in place to protect the Pinelands from exactly this type of development scenario. Thus its approval would set an ominous precedent for any future development plans, sending the clear message that our commitment to the Pinelands is an empty promise, ready to be broken as soon as powerful interests deem this to be to their advantage.

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