Upper Township Gazette

On the cover: Just for the girls

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 27, 2013 03:41 pm

 Laura Mandell of Lancaster, Pa.; Brittany Fellin of Lancaster, Pa.; MaryKate Pawlowski of West Chester, Pa. and Kendall Warren of Baltimore, Md. spend the afternoon perusing the shops in Sea Isle City during the Sea Isle Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization’s annual Girls Weekend Saturday, Nov. 23. The friends find fun clothes, accessories and even a wine cup with a straw and planned to visit one of the participating bars for a martini special. Laura Mandell of Lancaster, Pa.; Brittany Fellin of Lancaster, Pa.; MaryKate Pawlowski of West Chester, Pa. and Kendall Warren of Baltimore, Md. spend the afternoon perusing the shops in Sea Isle City during the Sea Isle Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization’s annual Girls Weekend Saturday, Nov. 23. The friends find fun clothes, accessories and even a wine cup with a straw and planned to visit one of the participating bars for a martini special.

Laura Mandell of Lancaster, Pa.; Brittany Fellin of Lancaster, Pa.; MaryKate Pawlowski of West Chester, Pa. and Kendall Warren of Baltimore, Md. spend the afternoon perusing the shops in Sea Isle City during the Sea Isle Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization’s annual Girls Weekend Saturday, Nov. 23. The friends find fun clothes, accessories and even a wine cup with a straw and planned to visit one of the participating bars for a martini special.

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Local connection to a classic piece of Americana

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Written by Michael R. Houdart, Janet Stevens and Jean Albrecht Wednesday, November 27, 2013 01:00 pm

 Norman Rockwell’s “Saying Grace,” on the Thanksgiving cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Nov. 24, 1951, started with a suggestion from Elsie Earl of Townsends Inlet. The original is expected to bring more than $15 million at auction Dec. 4.
 Norman Rockwell’s “Saying Grace,” on the Thanksgiving cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Nov. 24, 1951, started with a suggestion from Elsie Earl of Townsends Inlet. The original is expected to bring more than $15 million at auction Dec. 4.

A famous painting expected to sell for millions at a New York auction made a woman with local connections $50 in 1951.

In December, Sotheby’s in New York will auction Norman Rockwell’s original “Saying Grace,” among several other works, with estimates that the painting could bring $15 million to $20 million dollars.

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Letters page: Police patrols, not lower limits, needed to reduce speeds

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, November 27, 2013 01:00 am

To the editor:

In response to the article “Upper Township looks to slow down Stagecoach Road traffic once again” printed on Nov. 14, lowering the speed limit on Stagecoach Road will certainly not decrease the speed that people drive.

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Sea Isle begins the holidays next week with ice skating, parade

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 22, 2013 10:30 am

Shown during last year’s event are sisters Haley, 11, and Annalise Tyson, 7, of Mantua, with Santa Claus. Shown during last year’s event are sisters Haley, 11, and Annalise Tyson, 7, of Mantua, with Santa Claus.

SEA ISLE CITY – The city will hold its second annual Holiday Extravaganza on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30.

The event is sponsored by the Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization in cooperation with the city. The two-day event will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29 with free ice skating at Excursion Park on JFK Boulevard next to the Promenade. For those without their own ice skates, complementary skates will be available courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce.

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Letters page: Police patrols, not lower limits, needed to reduce speeds in Upper Township

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Written by Opinion Thursday, November 21, 2013 06:36 pm

To the editor:

In response to the article “Upper Township looks to slow down Stagecoach Road traffic once again” printed on Nov. 14, lowering the speed limit on Stagecoach Road will certainly not decrease the speed that people drive.

I am a resident on Peach Orchard Road, which is located in Seaville. As a resident of this lengthy residential road, I have almost never seen any cars traveling the 25 mph speed limit. Personal vehicles, delivery trucks, even school buses, have been observed traveling at a high rate of speed down this residential road.

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Entries now accepted for Sea Isle City’s Holiday House Lighting Contest

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 21, 2013 04:09 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – The city’s Division of Recreation is now accepting entries for the annual Holiday House Lighting Contest.

Local residents and business owners can enter the competition, which will be judged on Thursday, Dec. 12 by members of the Sea Isle City Garden Club. Judging will be based on creativity, aesthetics, effect and endeavor. Prizes will be awarded to the contest’s top three winners.

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Car crashes into utility pole on Route 9 in Upper Township

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:48 pm

PALERMO – A car crashed into a utility pole on Route 9 in Palermo Tuesday morning.

Emergency responders were called to the scene around 9:30 a.m. after a car left the road and hit the pole. There were no reports of any injuries.

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Holiday beach tags available in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:12 pm

Sea Isle City’s limited edition holiday beach tags are now on sale for $20. Sea Isle City’s limited edition holiday beach tags are now on sale for $20.

SEA ISLE CITY – The city’s limited edition holiday beach tags are now on sale.

The tags cost $20 each, which is the pre-season beach tag rate. They can be purchased at City Hall, 4501 Park Road, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. They can also be purchased 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays at Sea Isle City’s Welcome Center, 300 JFK Boulevard.

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Great turnout at Upper Township Community Night

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Written by Deborah Patterson Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:59 am

Mark Johnston of Seaville attended Community Night with his daughters Amber and Brianna Mark Johnston of Seaville attended Community Night with his daughters Amber and Brianna

MARMORA – What a great turnout for the Upper Township Business Association's annual Community Night held Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the primary school gym. There were a lot of activities for families this year and lots to see and do.

Sensei John McCray of the American Martial Arts Academy held a karate demonstration, Daryl DeTroia's Challenger Sports had a ball toss game set up, and Lynn Sooy invited the audience to dance to the Zumba beat. I got there too late for the line dancing led by Joelle Motley that UTBA board member Blanche Adams said was there on my suggestion from last year...Dang!

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Letters page: New committeemen should forego insurance, pensions

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, November 19, 2013 01:00 am

 To the editor:

Congratulations to our neighbors John Coggins and Hobie Young for their convincing win for Upper Township Committee posts. Many of us voted for them based on their advertised statement that their top priority would be planning our township’s financial future that must begin with them accepting their new responsibilities and authority. We must eliminate the financial deficit that we have deserved over the past decade through unwise spending to again become a properly governed surplus community.

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Committee awards contract for Upper Township road repaving

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, November 15, 2013 05:34 pm

PETERSBURG – Township committee Monday approved a contract for its 2013 repaving project.

The low bidder for the project, which will repave a little over five miles of roads, was South State, Inc. of Bridgeton. The company bid $866,428, around $20,000 lower than the next highest bidder.

The township had projected the cost at around $1.5 million in a capital improvement bond passed earlier this year.

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Upper Township shifting bond money to building security, but no third trash truck for now

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, November 15, 2013 03:32 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township will amend a bond ordinance passed earlier this year to fund additional building security measures, officials said this week.

But a committeeman shot down a proposal to fund a third automatic side-loading trash truck through changes to the $3.5 million bond.

Upper Township Committee is looking to move money away from vehicle purchases after the township received grant money. The bond originally included funding for a snow plow and spreader, pickup and dump trucks, and lawn mowers.

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Upper Township historical group learns ‘The Story of Old Glory’

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Written by Deborah Patterson Friday, November 15, 2013 03:28 pm

Jim Stephens, left, and Bob Holden hold up the first flag which was designed by the Sons of Liberty. Jim Stephens, left, and Bob Holden hold up the first flag which was designed by the Sons of Liberty.

PETERSBURG – The Historic Preservation Society of Upper Township held a program called “The Story of Old Glory” on Monday in honor of Veterans Day.

Jim Stephens, deputy director of Historic Cold Spring Village, who serves as an education and interpretation coordinator, spoke about the history of the American flag. Stephens created the program 12 years ago after he was asked to speak about the history of the flag for a Flag Day presentation.

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It's all fun and games at Upper Township Community Night

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, November 14, 2013 05:00 pm

Damien Thomas, 5, of Beesleys Point, throws a ball at the Challenger Sports table during the Upper Township Business Association’s annual Community Night at the primary school. Hanna Dietrich, 16, with Challenger Sports, looks on. Damien Thomas, 5, of Beesleys Point, throws a ball at the Challenger Sports table during the Upper Township Business Association’s annual Community Night at the primary school. Hanna Dietrich, 16, with Challenger Sports, looks on.

MARMORA – The Upper Township Business Association held its second annual Community Night on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Upper Township Primary School gym.

Residents were able to meet with representatives from Upper Township businesses, services, community groups, sports and social groups. There were activities for children and free giveaways and door prizes.

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Loose leaf collection begins in Upper Township

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 14, 2013 04:35 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Loose leaf collection will start next week, engineer Paul Dietrich said Tuesday.

Large brush pickup will end at the same time as leaf collection begins, Dietrich said. The township asks residents not to place brush in their leaf piles.

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Property revaluation planned for next year in Upper Township

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, November 14, 2013 03:01 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township committee introduced an ordinance this week that authorizes funding for a property revaluation here.

Officials were told by the Cape May County Board of Taxation that it has to complete a revaluation by the end of 2014. After years in which South Jersey communities were required to perform revaluations because of dramatically rising property values, those same communities are now adjusting their values lower because of the housing bubble burst in 2008. Cape May County has lost billions in property value since then.

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