Upper Township Gazette

Upper Township veterans receive ‘Quilts of Valor’

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:52 pm

From left, American Legion members Robert Smith, George Meher, William J. Brown, Herman Scheibein and Ted Behr receive Quilts of Valor from the South Shore Stitchers. Dennis DeSalvo, who also received a quilt, is not pictured. From left, American Legion members Robert Smith, George Meher, William J. Brown, Herman Scheibein and Ted Behr receive Quilts of Valor from the South Shore Stitchers. Dennis DeSalvo, who also received a quilt, is not pictured.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The South Shore Stitchers quilting group honored six local veterans with “Quilts of Valor” last Monday at their monthly meeting.

Members of Aaron Wittkamp Colwell American Legion Post 239 received the quilts, which honor veterans and service men and women. The quilts were first made by the Quilts of Valor Foundation, a national volunteer organization that has thanked and welcomed home veterans with over 96,000 quilts.

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Troop 55 cleans up in Belleplain

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:19 pm

Tuckahoe Boy Scout Troop 55 recently cleaned up camping grounds at Camp Cavagnaro in Belleplain.

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Presentation on county heroin epidemic in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 17, 2014 01:59 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Sea Isle City Police Department and the Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC) will host a presentation called “Pills to Heroin” about the heroin epidemic affecting Cape May County and communities across the country.

The free presentation is for adults and children in sixth grade and up. It is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Sea Isle City Municipal Gymnasium, 4501 Park Road.

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Upper Township free throw shooters net trip to regionals

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 17, 2014 12:56 pm

Reese Bloomstead (left) and Syd Unsworth, both of Upper Township, won the Knights of Columbus District 50 Free Throw Championship in their respective age divisions. Reese Bloomstead (left) and Syd Unsworth, both of Upper Township, won the Knights of Columbus District 50 Free Throw Championship in their respective age divisions. UPPER TOWNSHIP – Two Upper Township residents are on their way to the regional championship of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw competition.

Reese Bloomstead, 12, and Syd Unsworth, 13, won the Knights of Columbus District 50 Free Throw Championship in their respective age divisions at St. Joseph’s Church in Somers Point.

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Basket Bingo fundraiser in Upper Township always a winner

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Written by Deborah Patterson Sunday, February 16, 2014 10:00 am

Phyllis Bonner and Jane Snyder, both of Ocean City, are ready to shout “Bingo!” Phyllis Bonner and Jane Snyder, both of Ocean City, are ready to shout “Bingo!”

TUCKAHOE – It was another big turnout for the Country Shore Women's Club as they held their annual Basket Bingo fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Upper Township Community Center.

Men, women and many young people from across the county came out to play Bingo, win a Longaberger basket and have fun. In addition to winning baskets for each of the 20 Bingo games played there was also an array of door prizes given away after every five games.

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Upper Township student headed to Mount St. Mary’s

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, February 15, 2014 10:00 am

Christopher Gabor (center) with his parents Kristine and Richard, St. Joe's Track & Field coach Barry Jackson and the boys and girls track team. Gabor will be attending Mount  Saint Mary’s University in the fall as a business major. Christopher Gabor (center) with his parents Kristine and Richard, St. Joe's Track & Field coach Barry Jackson and the boys and girls track team. Gabor will be attending Mount Saint Mary’s University in the fall as a business major.

PETERSBURG – Christopher Gabor of Petersburg has signed a national letter of intent to accept a Division I scholarship from Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland for men's track and field where he will be competing in the decathlon.

Gabor attends St. Joseph High School in Hammonton where he competes in the 100, 200, 4x100 relay and triple jump. He was also a starting safety and wide receiver for the Wildcats football team.

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Polar Bear Plunge’s royal family to be crowned in Sea Isle

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, February 14, 2014 10:00 am

Shown speaking with radio personality “Big Daddy” Graham during last year’s competition is 2013 Polar Bear King Dan Otto. Shown speaking with radio personality “Big Daddy” Graham during last year’s competition is 2013 Polar Bear King Dan Otto.

SEA ISLE CITY – The city’s 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge will start with the crowning of the event’s “Royal Family” on Friday, Feb. 14.

The Polar Bear Prince and Princess competitions, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization, will begin at 6 p.m. in a heated tent at the LaCosta complex, JFK Blvd. and Landis Ave. The contests are open to students 12-16. Contestants will be judged on appearance and personality. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by downloading an entry form at www.seaislechamber.com. The pre-registration fee (prior to Feb. 14) is $20 and same-day registration fee is $25.

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Donations for wheelchair van come from across the country

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Written by Deborah Patterson Thursday, February 13, 2014 01:24 pm

Maggie McAdams, Cynthia Phillips, Benjamin Walker, Janet Fayter and Jill Clark pose with Jaime Warren at the fundraiser benefit. Maggie McAdams, Cynthia Phillips, Benjamin Walker, Janet Fayter and Jill Clark pose with Jaime Warren at the fundraiser benefit.

CORBIN CITY – A benefit to raise money for a wheelchair accessible van for an Upper Township first grader raised over $20,000.

The fundraiser was held at L’s Restaurant on Route 50 in Corbin City on Sunday, Feb. 9. It was spearheaded by Jill Clark, a social worker at the Upper Township Primary School.

Clark said donations from all over Cape May and Atlantic counties, and as far away as a Hard Rock Café in Florida, came in long before the event.

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Three Upper Township Eagle Scouts honored

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Written by Ted Klepac Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:55 am

Wittkamp-Colwell American Legion Post 239 financial secretary Robert Smith presents awards to Eagle Scouts Andy Burnell, Alex Schoedler and Jack Kane. Wittkamp-Colwell American Legion Post 239 financial secretary Robert Smith presents awards to Eagle Scouts Andy Burnell, Alex Schoedler and Jack Kane.

SEAVILLE – The Wittkamp-Colwell American Legion Post 239 in Tuckahoe recently honored boy scouts Andy Burnell, Jack Kane and Alex Schoedler of Troop 79 for achieving the designation of Eagle Scout. Financial secretary Robert Smith presented the awards.

Msgr. Peter Joyce of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Marmora gave the invocation at the scouts’ Court of Honor at the Seaville United Methodist Church hall, followed by greetings from Scoutmaster Andy O’Connor. The ceremony featured awards from state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, county clerk Rita Fulginiti, Sheriff Gary Schaffer and county freeholders Len Desiderio and Will Morey.

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Palermo student interning with NBC Sports

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:44 am

Cody Barr Cody Barr

UPPER TOWNSHIP – An Upper Township resident studying at La Salle University is interning with NBC Sports and assisting in its coverage of the Winter Olympics.

Cody Barr of Palermo is an intern with NBC Sports in Stamford, Conn. She is studying Communications at La Salle. She is an Ocean City High School graduate.

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Seaville Fire Co. members graduate academy

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 11, 2014 03:50 pm

(photo by Deputy Chief Rich Stevens) From left are Perry Coker, Chris Hohman, Atlantic County Fire Academy training director Mike Corbo, Justin Mason, Scott Fancher and Dan Spatol. (Not pictured is Jake Spiegel.)  (photo by Deputy Chief Rich Stevens) From left are Perry Coker, Chris Hohman, Atlantic County Fire Academy training director Mike Corbo, Justin Mason, Scott Fancher and Dan Spatol. (Not pictured is Jake Spiegel.)

SEAVILLE – Six members of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co recently graduated from the Atlantic County Fire Academy at the Anthony Canale Training Center in English Creek.

Perry Coker, Chris Hohman, Justin Mason, Scott Fancher, Dan Spatol and Jake Spiegel attended firefighter training at the academy. Three of the volunteers graduated from the Firefighter I class and three from Firefighter II.

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Van Drew seeking state help to have BL England pipeline built

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 11, 2014 03:48 pm

BEESLEYS POINT – State Sen. Jeff Van Drew said Tuesday that he wants to know what went wrong with South Jersey Gas’s application to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission to build a natural gas pipeline to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point.

He said he will work with Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak to have the pipeline built.

“Make no mistake about it, we need to build this pipeline and I’m going to give it my level best to make it happen,” Van Drew stated in a press release. “I am asking the governor and senate president to help in this process.”

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Questions remain on trash trucks as Upper Township budget trimmed again

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 11, 2014 01:48 pm

PETERSBURG – Township committee trimmed its proposed 2014 budget again Monday, cutting $37,000 from public works and sports and recreation, but held off on more cuts after a department supervisor said he didn’t know if new automated trash trucks would work.

Public works supervisor Chris Thomas said the township will have to keep at least three of its old rear-loading trash trucks as a backup in case new automated trucks don’t work or need repairs.

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Upper Township Committee votes 3-2 to keep zoning board

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:47 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township committee voted 3-2 Monday against a proposal that would have disbanded the local zoning board and put the planning board in charge of all land use applications.

Committeeman Tony Inserra had pushed for the change, saying the township could save $15,500 by shutting down the zoning board. The township faces a tax increase of more than $600,000 this year.

“We’ve been going through the budget process for the past two or three weeks,” Inserra said. “A $1,000 line item was important enough for us to cut.”

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Upper Township senior center reopens after two-year closure

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, February 10, 2014 12:58 pm

PALERMO - After closing for two years, the Upper Township Senior and Wellness Center reopened to the public this week.

More than 25 seniors were on hand to celebrate the center’s reopening on Monday, Feb. 10 with county and local officials. Residents here have not used the center since it was closed for construction in early 2012.

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Knights of Columbus hold free-throw contest in Tuckahoe

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, February 10, 2014 11:48 am

From left are free throw contest winners, Ashley Rhodes, Annabella Halbruner, Brooke Markly, Savanna Holt and Reese Bloomstead. From left are free throw contest winners, Ashley Rhodes, Annabella Halbruner, Brooke Markly, Savanna Holt and Reese Bloomstead. TUCKAHOE – The Knights of Columbus Resurrection Council 9113 held their annual Free-Throw Contest at the Upper Township Community Center in Tuckahoe last month.

The contest winners were set to advance to the District 50 Free Throw at St. Joseph Church in Somers Point on Saturday, Feb. 8.

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