Upper Township Gazette

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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Sea Isle City starts the holidays with two-day event

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:22 pm

Riley McCormick, 9, and Nataly Portanova, 7, both of Dunmore, Pa., skate in to faux snow being blown onto the ice skating rink during Sea Isle City’s 2nd annual Holiday Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 30 in Excursion Park. The event is sponsored by Sea Isle Chamber and Revitalization. Riley McCormick, 9, and Nataly Portanova, 7, both of Dunmore, Pa., skate in to faux snow being blown onto the ice skating rink during Sea Isle City’s 2nd annual Holiday Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 30 in Excursion Park. The event is sponsored by Sea Isle Chamber and Revitalization.

SEA ISLE CITY – The city’s Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization (SICCCR) and Sea Isle City hosted its second annual Holiday Extravaganza last week.

The two-day event featured a parade, a tree lighting ceremony, entertainment, free ice-skating, free refreshments and plenty of holiday cheer.

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Upper Township lights up for the holidays

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 04, 2013 09:31 am

Upper Township lights up for the holidays

PETERSBURG – Upper Township held its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 25 at the Municipal Building in Petersburg.

The Upper Township Noon Rotary Club sponsored the event. It named Christina “Cricket” Brennan its Citizen of the Year(see related story).

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Upper Township woman honored for coordinating Sandy recovery teams

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 03, 2013 02:38 pm

Christina “Cricket” Brennan receives a plaque recognizing her as the Noon Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year. Brennan helps organize Hurricane Sandy recovery teams traveling to the Jersey Shore. Rotary president Chuck Meachon is shown at right. Christina “Cricket” Brennan receives a plaque recognizing her as the Noon Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year. Brennan helps organize Hurricane Sandy recovery teams traveling to the Jersey Shore. Rotary president Chuck Meachon is shown at right.

PETERSBURG – The Noon Rotary Club of Upper Township and Ocean City honored Christina “Cricket” Brennan as its Citizen of the Year last week.

Brennan is a volunteer at the Seaville United Methodist Church’s office. Rotary president Chuck Meachon said many people may recognize her as the voice who answers the phone but as a volunteer she has coordinated hosting and housing arrangements for dozens of recovery teams traveling to Cape May County to help the area rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.

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Upper Township animal control ups enforcement as temperatures drop

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:37 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Shore Animal Control said last week that it will begin stepping up enforcement of the township’s animal welfare ordinances as the weather turns colder.

Upper Township requires dog owners to provide a dog house for any dog that is chained or tethered, and prohibits the tethering of a dog outside after sunset and prior to sunrise.

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Recreation activities in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 03, 2013 10:00 am

SEA ISLE CITY – It might be winter but there is still plenty to do in Sea Isle City.

The Police and Kids group will run activities at the Sea Isle City Public School gym on Sundays excluding holidays. Residents 13-17 are welcome.

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Townsends Inlet Bridge to close in February

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 02, 2013 05:12 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – The Townsends Inlet Bridge repair project will close the span to vehicle traffic starting in February.

Mugrose Construction of West Caldwell is doing the work. The county awarded a $4.4 million contract to the firm in October meeting.

County engineer Dale Foster has told Sea Isle City officials that the bridge, which connects Avalon and Sea Isle, will be closed between February and April. The overall project is scheduled to be completed in May.

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Strong winds can’t throw Pilgrim Paddle off course for long

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 02, 2013 01:46 pm

  Rowers race from the Beesleys Point beach on Saturday, Nov. 30 during the sixth annual Pilgrim Paddle. The race is usually held on Thanksgiving Day but was postponed this year because of strong winds.
Rowers race from the Beesleys Point beach on Saturday, Nov. 30 during the sixth annual Pilgrim Paddle. The race is usually held on Thanksgiving Day but was postponed this year because of strong winds.

BEESLEYS POINT – The sixth annual Pilgrim Paddle was held at the Beesleys Point beach last week.

The race is usually held on the morning of Thanksgiving Day, but was moved to Saturday, Nov. 30 because of strong winds. There were 20 mph winds on the Great Egg Harbor Bay Thursday, according to race organizers.

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State Police charge Ocean View man with car burglary

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 02, 2013 01:34 pm

 Robert Brown, Jr., 29, of Ocean View, was arrested last week on charges of burglary. Robert Brown, Jr., 29, of Ocean View, was arrested last week on charges of burglary. UPPER TOWNSHIP – State Police from the Woodbine station arrested an Ocean View man last week on charges of burglary.

Robert Brown, Jr., 29, was found with evidence of a car burglary late Tuesday, Nov. 26 after a resident called the police after he confronted Brown as he attempted to steal items from his car.

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Beacon Animal Rescue looking for volunteers

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 02, 2013 01:11 pm

PALERMO – Beacon Animal Rescue on Butter Road in Palermo is looking for volunteers to help local cats and kittens at the PetSmart store in Consumer Square in Mays Landing. 

Volunteers should be willing to clean the cat adoption center inside the store. The work would require two hours in the morning.

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