Upper Township Gazette

Keeping it clean

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:50 am

Ocean City High School students Malia Hindle, 16, Sara Redmond, 17, and Gus Jurasinski, 16, all of Seaville, search the marsh around 36th Street and Haven Avenue for debris and recyclables after volunteering to participate in Ocean City’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Citywide Clean Up Monday, Jan. 20.

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New by-laws planned for Upper Township recreation programs

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:37 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Committeeman Hobie Young said last week that he plans to create a standard set of by-laws for Upper Township sports and recreation programs.

Young said the by-laws will govern how programs operate, including how coaches are chosen for sports teams. Last year, a group of parents of football players and cheerleaders asked the township for help in dealing with the Upper Township Football Association, which they said removed a coach unfairly.

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Upper Township historical society looking for help with research project

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 22, 2014 09:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township is conducting a major research project on the history of Upper Township schools, from the first school in 1801 to the most recent Primary school in 1993.

Society members are asking the community for any articles, documents, post cards, photos or stories that might be of value to the project. Personal stories of attendance at any of the local schools, report cards, certificates or even dunce hats are being accepted.

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Upper Township senior center to re-open next month

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:29 am

SEAVILLE – The Upper Township Senior Center is slated for a grand re-opening in February, according to township officials.

Mayor Richard Palombo said last week that the senior center could officially re-open on Monday, Feb. 10. No date has been finalized, he said.

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Sure shot

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 20, 2014 12:03 pm

Logan Bloomstead of Seaville is presented with the 13-year-old boys Knights of Columbus Free Throw International Championship trophy by program chairman Mike Stadnicki (left) and Grand Knight John Fennekohl at the Frank Lang Memorial Golf Tournament. Logan Bloomstead of Seaville is presented with the 13-year-old boys Knights of Columbus Free Throw International Championship trophy by program chairman Mike Stadnicki (left) and Grand Knight John Fennekohl at the Frank Lang Memorial Golf Tournament.

SEAVILLE – Logan Bloomstead, 13, of Seaville, was recently presented with a Knights of Columbus Free Throw International Championship trophy for his performance in the competition last year.

Bloomstead represented Msgr. James Zegers/Resurrection Knights of Columbus. He won four contests netting 13-15, 20-25 and 23-25 in the regional competition. He then shot 24-25 to win the New Jersey State Championship.

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Knights of Columbus donates $1,000 to Upper Township Challenger Sports

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 20, 2014 11:22 am

Challenger Sports players recently enjoyed a day of bowling at the Mouse Trap Lanes in Woodbine. Players learned new skills and practices for an upcoming Special Olympic competition. Here, program founder Daryl Ditroia, left, accepts a check from Kevin Smyth, right of the local Knights of Columbus. Challenger Sports players recently enjoyed a day of bowling at the Mouse Trap Lanes in Woodbine. Players learned new skills and practices for an upcoming Special Olympic competition. Here, program founder Daryl Ditroia, left, accepts a check from Kevin Smyth, right of the local Knights of Columbus.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The Knights of Columbus Monsignor James J. Zegers/Resurrection Council 9113 recently donated $1,000 to Upper Township Challenger Sports.

Challenger Sports started in 2009 with 20 players and volunteers and now has nearly 70 players and over 100 volunteers from Cape May County and elsewhere, according to its founder, Daryl Ditroia. Volunteers team up with the players to offer encouragement and support during fun-filled, skill building activities and adapted games.

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Coldest week in decades a challenge for local animal control

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Written by Columb Higgins Sunday, January 19, 2014 09:30 am

A white pit bull mix, one of the many strays picked up wandering the streets during the extreme temperatures that was rescued and taken to the Cape May County Animal Shelter until the owner could reclaim it.     A white pit bull mix, one of the many strays picked up wandering the streets during the extreme temperatures that was rescued and taken to the Cape May County Animal Shelter until the owner could reclaim it.

SEAVILLE – Last week’s cold weather was a challenge for Shore Animal Control officers patrolling in below freezing conditions.

The company responded to more than 40 calls and emails last week, according to a press release. Many of the calls were from residents reporting animals left outside and in violation of local ordinance. 

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Upper Township stitchers give Quilts of Valor to Vietnam veterans

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:18 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Three local Vietnam veterans were presented with Quilts of Valor by members of the South Shore Stitchers Guild.

The group presented Charles F. "Chick" Cossaboone, Jr., William W. Layton, Sr. and Joseph M. DeAugustine, Jr. with quilts on Jan. 13. Members of American Legion Post 239 Aaron Wittkamp Colwell, the South Shore Stitchers Guild and the veterans’ families were on hand.

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Flying through water

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, January 16, 2014 02:04 pm

  Members of the Ocean City High School swim team cheer on teammate Sofiya Lebedeva during the 100 meter butterfly during a recent meet against Vineland. See Sports for more on the OCHS swim team.

Members of the Ocean City High School swim team cheer on teammate Sofiya Lebedeva during the 100 meter butterfly during a recent meet against Vineland. See Sports for more on the OCHS swim team.

Members of the Ocean City High School swim team cheer on teammate Sofiya Lebedeva during the 100 meter butterfly during a recent meet against Vineland. 

 

Upper Township abstract artist exhibits work in Ventnor

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:19 pm

Lance Balderson will have his first solo exhibition at the Holtsman Gallery in Ventnor this month. Lance Balderson will have his first solo exhibition at the Holtsman Gallery in Ventnor this month.

VENTNOR – The Holtzman Gallery in Ventnor will present Upper Township abstract artist Lance Balderson’s first solo exhibition on Saturday, Jan. 18 and running through February.

Balderson lives in Ocean View and has his art studio there. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Columbia University School of Law, the Woodmere Art Museum, Curtis Institute of Music and Wesley College.

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Automated trash trucks may have trouble in county landfill, says Upper Township committeeman

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 15, 2014 03:02 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township will purchase another rear loading trash truck to pick up solid waste with two automated side loader trucks potentially relegated to recycling pickup, a committeeman said this week.

Upper Township Committee voted unanimously Monday to go out to bid for a 25-yard rear loading truck, pending a review by Chief Financial Office Barbara Spiegel on whether there is enough money in the township’s most recent capital bond. A $159,861 contract to HA DeHart was already approved in July for a new 30-yard rear loading truck.

A number of older trash trucks will be retired as the two new trucks come on line. A third rear loading truck will likely be needed in the future, said Committeeman Tony Inserra.

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Tuckahoe Post Office to close or reduce hours

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 15, 2014 02:00 pm

TUCKAHOE – The post office in Tuckahoe is surveying residents there on whether they want service to end or continue with reduced hours.

A meeting on the U.S. Postal Service’s decision will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Upper Township Municipal Building in Petersburg. 

The survey mailed last week asks residents whether they want the post office to remain open with realigned service hours, going from eight hours to six hours a day, or whether the post office should close. Upper Township Committee received a survey as well and its members said they would like to see the post office stay open.

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Upper Township looks to disband zoning board, planning board would take over

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 14, 2014 03:31 pm

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee Monday voted to move forward with a proposal to disband the local zoning board and have the planning board take over its duties.

Committeeman Tony Inserra said the move would save the township money. There is no longer a need for separate zoning and planning boards, he said.

Inserra has served on the planning board as the Upper Township Committee representative for the past three years. He said he has also attended most zoning board meetings during that time.

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Fate of BL England plant up in the air after Pinelands pipeline denied

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 14, 2014 02:26 pm

Fate of BL England plant up in the air after Pinelands pipeline denied Fate of BL England plant up in the air after Pinelands pipeline denied

UPPER TOWNSHIP – A proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point was effectively denied Friday after the New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted 7-7 on a Memorandum of Agreement to allow the project to move forward.

Opponents of the pipeline cheered when the votes were counted. They said they were surprised by the outcome and grateful. Some asked for the resignation of Pinelands Commission executive director Nancy Wittenberg.

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Letters page: Number overload

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Written by Opinion Monday, January 13, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

The minds of some of us are being put to numeric overload by our televisions. Exactly when the process began is unknown but certainly in early bloom when during the 70’s Uncle Bill described his car in an advertisement as a 1972, 2d, 350, 4sp, 4b, with size 14 tires, a 411 rear and ¾ cam.

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Pinelands Commission denies natural gas pipeline to BL England

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, January 10, 2014 02:31 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP - A proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point was effectively denied Friday after the New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted 7-7 on a Memorandum of Agreement to allow the project to move forward.

The tie vote means the proposal is dead in the water, according to Pinelands Commission members.

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