Upper Township Gazette

Sea Isle City receives state grant for Landis Ave. improvements

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 05, 2014 11:13 am

SEA ISLE CITY – The city will receive a $1 million Neighborhood and Community Revitalization grant for improvements to Landis Avenue.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) last week announced that four New Jersey municipalities have been selected from the first round of applications for $5 million in grants from the Neighborhood and Community Revitalization (NCR) program. The four selected municipalities are Highlands, Asbury Park, Keansburg and Sea Isle City. 

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Presentation warns parents on dangers of prescription drugs and heroin

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, March 04, 2014 09:34 am

SEA ISLE CITY – The county prosecutor’s office is telling residents in Cape May County to get rid of their unused prescription drugs.

Painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and other opioids are often the first step young people take on the road to heroin addiction. They are readily available in many medicine cabinets and parents or grandparents don’t notice when they go missing, said Lt. Joseph Landis of the prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force.

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Sea Isle City will receive $1M for Landis Ave. work

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, March 03, 2014 01:37 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – The city will receive a $1 million Neighborhood and Community Revitalization grant for improvements to Landis Avenue.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) last week announced that four New Jersey municipalities have been selected from the first round of applications for $5 million in grants from the Neighborhood and Community Revitalization (NCR) program. The four selected municipalities are Highlands, Asbury Park, Keansburg and Sea Isle City. 

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Marmora firefighters honored at annual dinner

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 03, 2014 01:29 pm

From left, fire company president Paul Hoster looks on as Mayor Richard Palombo administers the oath of office to new Marmora Volunteer Fire Co. captains Doug Stauffer, Charles “Butch” Weil and DJ Young and new trustee Scott Mensinger. From left, fire company president Paul Hoster looks on as Mayor Richard Palombo administers the oath of office to new Marmora Volunteer Fire Co. captains Doug Stauffer, Charles “Butch” Weil and DJ Young and new trustee Scott Mensinger.

OCEAN CITY – The Marmora Volunteer Fire Company installed new officers and honored some of its members at its annual company dinner.

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Committee shifts funding for night games at Amanda’s Field

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Written by Columb Higgins Sunday, March 02, 2014 10:00 am

PETERSBURG – Township committee voted this week to add $50,000 to funding for lighting at new baseball fields at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg.

The township has already budgeted $130,000 for the lights in a capital bond it approved last year. That is enough to light the Babe Ruth field planned at Amanda’s Field, according to Committeeman Hobie Young who oversees sports and recreation for the township. The additional funding would allow for lighting at the adjacent little league fields, he said.

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HVAC unit catches fire in Upper Township home

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, March 01, 2014 03:05 pm

MARMORA – Firefighters responded to a home at 4 Delores Ave. in Marmora last week after a HVAC unit caught fire.

The Marmora Volunteer Fire Company, Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue and the Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company all responded along with the Upper Township Division of EMS. There were no injuries.

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New trash carts will be delivered to Upper Township homes starting next week

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, March 01, 2014 09:30 am

This automated side loading trash truck is similar to the ones purchased by Upper Township. This automated side loading trash truck is similar to the ones purchased by Upper Township.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Thousands of standardized trash and recycling carts will be delivered to properties here starting next week.

The township plans to begin implementing its new automated collection system on Monday, March 17.

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Upper Township school budget includes tax increase, but not ‘banked’ cap

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, February 28, 2014 02:23 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township School District’s 2014-15 budget will likely go to the 2 percent cap, resulting in about a two cent tax increase, school business administrator Laurie Ryan said Monday.

But she advised against using a controversial $600,000 “banked cap” that the district has been able to use since 2012.

“I don’t want to put it on the taxpayer,” Ryan said.

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Three incidents but lots of paperwork for Upper Township to comply with state anti-bullying law

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, February 28, 2014 12:18 pm

PETERSBURG – Complying with the state’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act keeps the school district’s school safety team and designated anti-bullying specialists Tracey LeFever, Suzie Pashuck and Kathy Weatherby very busy.

Bob DiDinato, the district’s special education director and the district’s designated anti-bullying coordinator, said in a presentation Monday that the task of complying with the new state law and documenting everything is daunting.

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American Legion donates to Ready, Vet, Go program

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Written by Ted Klepac Friday, February 28, 2014 10:17 am

From left are Senior Vice Commander Dennis DeSalvo, Catholic Charities caseworker Diana Carolina Martinez and Post 239 Commander Hermon Scheibein. Post 239 donated $250 to the Ready, Vet, Go program at its monthly meeting. From left are Senior Vice Commander Dennis DeSalvo, Catholic Charities caseworker Diana Carolina Martinez and Post 239 Commander Hermon Scheibein. Post 239 donated $250 to the Ready, Vet, Go program at its monthly meeting.

SEAVILLE – Catholic Charities’ Ready, Vet, Go program recently received a $250 donation from American Legion Post 239 in Tuckahoe.

Diana Carolina Martinez, an outreach caseworker for the Diocese of Camden’s Catholic Charities, accepted the donation from Post 239 Commander Hermon Scheibein during the American Legion’s monthly meeting at Dino’s Diner in Seaville.

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Seaville resident to perform with TCNJ wind ensemble

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 26, 2014 02:27 pm

The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, shown here, will perform in Boston, Mass. next month. The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, shown here, will perform in Boston, Mass. next month.

SEAVILLE – Cory Nickerson of Seaville, a percussionist with The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, will perform with the group at the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference (CBDNA) in Boston, Mass. from March 6-8 at the New England Conservatory of Music.

The conference will feature different styles of music performed in wind band repertoire, from jazz, world, and ethnic music, to techno, pop, and fusion. Musicians and educators will partake in concerts, master classes and lectures related to the theme of crossover music.

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Letters page: Pinelands Commission made the right decision

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 26, 2014 01:56 pm

 To the editor:

I've been wondering, where are the standardized tests for politicians? Because it's really sad when public officials like state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, elected to make important public decisions, choose to remain ignorant of the science when it comes to damage to the ecosystem from “fracked” gas. He wants to do everything he can, he says, to overturn the Pineland's Commission's decision to uphold their mandate to “preserve and protect.” He says he is going to ask the governor and Senate president to help in the process.

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Who pays tuition when a student moves?

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 25, 2014 06:06 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The school board here delayed a vote on a policy revision that would take Upper Township off the hook for paying tuition when an Ocean City High School student moves but remains in the school.

Ocean City has a policy that if a student moves during their senior year, they may stay in the school district and graduate from Ocean City High School. Upper Township school board members asked for clarification of the policy so that the district would not be liable for paying Ocean City tuition for an Upper Township student who has moved.

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Substitute teachers could qualify for health insurance under ACA

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 25, 2014 06:05 pm

 PETERSBURG – School business administrator Laurie Ryan said Monday that 98 percent of Upper Township School District employees are being provided health insurance.

Next year, when the school district must comply with regulations concerning full and part-time employees, any employee working 30 hours or more must be offered health insurance, she said. That could mean providing health insurance to long-term substitute teachers, she said.

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School board member questions long-term substitutes

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:05 pm

 PETERSBURG – School board member Steve Martinelli said he was concerned about several retirements and short- and long-term substitutes on the agenda at Monday’s meeting.

“The kids will always tell me” when a substitute was in the classroom that day because they “didn’t do anything,” he said.

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School board approves special education tuition

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:03 am

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township school board Monday approved a $36,088.66 expenditure with the Ocean City Board of Education for the salary and benefits of a one-on-one aide for an Upper Township special education student attending Ocean City High School.

The aide worked with the student in the Upper Township school district, and when the student moved on to the high school it was decided the aide was best suited to work with the child, who is multiply disabled.

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