Upper Township Gazette

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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Battle lines drawn on proposed Pinelands pipeline agreement

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 10, 2013 05:06 pm

Opponents, supporters have their say at sometimes raucous public hearing

GALLOWAY – The courtroom in the Galloway Township municipal building was packed Monday with supporters and opponents of a planned natural gas pipeline that would pass through the Pinelands.

The meeting was the first public hearing on a proposed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Pinelands Commission and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) that would allow South Jersey Gas to build a 22-mile natural gas pipeline from Millville to Beesleys Point.

The $90 million pipeline would fuel the BL England power plant, which has plans to convert from coal and oil to natural gas. Around 15 miles of the pipeline would pass through protected Pinelands areas.

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Upper Township mourns Barbara Camp, first woman elected to committee

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 10, 2013 04:05 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township committee Monday held a moment of silence for former committeewoman and township clerk, Barbara Camp, who died Saturday.

Camp, 70, was the first woman ever elected to a seat on Upper Township Committee. She was elected in 2003 and re-elected in 2006, running with Mayor Richard Palombo both times.

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Letters page: Trash audits shouldn’t be necessary

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Written by Opinion Monday, December 09, 2013 01:00 am

To the editor:

I received my notice regarding the new trash/recycling carts yesterday and immediately requested one extra trash cart. We typically put out more than three 45 gallon trash cans now so I wanted to be prepared in case I needed more than the one 96 gallon cart we are to be issued for trash. I understood I had to pay for an extra cart out of my own pocket. That's fine. No big deal. I have seen the same type 96 gallon automated truck cans at a "big box" hardware store and they weren't insanely priced.

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Philly band has Upper Township connection

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, December 05, 2013 01:29 pm

From left are Gordon Emma on bass, singer Valentina Raffaelli and guitarist Lewin Barringer of Sunshine Superman. From left are Gordon Emma on bass, singer Valentina Raffaelli and guitarist Lewin Barringer of Sunshine Superman.

WOODBINE – A former Upper Township resident will return to the area this week with his band, Sunshine Superman.

The indie band has played venues in Philadelphia for the past several years. They are scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Bull & Bear Restaurant, Route 550 in Woodbine.

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