Upper Township Gazette

School board considering taping meetings

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, January 29, 2014 05:37 am

PETERSBURG – Responding to numerous requests that the Upper Township Board of Education tape their meetings for viewing on UTTV, school business administrator Laurie Ryan said there were a few possibilities.

At the Monday, Jan. 27 school board meeting, Ryan said her research revealed that Ocean City is the only school district in Cape May County that tapes their meetings. Ocean City pays $240 for two hours, and they get charged extra if the meeting runs longer.

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If you’re happy

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 am

If you’re happy If you’re happy  Asher Thomas, 4, of Ocean View, and Kaitlyn Murphy, 4, of Avalon, jump for joy as they sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” along with the children’s librarian during Preschool Story Time at the Sea Isle City Library Tuesday, Jan. 28. Preschool Story Time is held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday. For more information, visit www.cmclibrary.org

   

Upper Township needs to cut as much as $700K to avoid tax increase

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township committee will have to cut between $500,000 and $700,000 from its preliminary budget in order to avoid a tax increase this year.

Committee members held an hour long budget workshop on Monday to start the process of cutting. Another workshop is scheduled for 6:30-9:30 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 3 at the Municipal Building in Petersburg.

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$3.3M in state aid available for primary school, but no referendum plans yet

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, January 28, 2014 08:32 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township School District has officially received a Preliminary Eligible Cost (PEC) letter for a potential referendum to renovate the primary school, but school district officials stressed that there are no immediate plans to move forward on a referendum.

Members of the local school board unanimously accepted the PEC letter informing them that the school district is eligible for $3.3 million for the primary school at the Monday, Jan. 27 meeting.

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Seaville store celebrates customer satisfaction award

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 28, 2014 03:35 pm

 Advantage Rental and Sale store manager Bill Kelly, Tom Henrich and Nichole Hesington. Advantage Rental and Sale store manager Bill Kelly, Tom Henrich and Nichole Hesington. SEAVILLE – Advantage Rental and Sales in Seaville celebrated Ace Hardware Corporation’s recent recognition in the J.D. Power & Associates 2013 U.S. Home Improvement Retailer Store Satisfaction Study.

The Seaville store was chosen as the only store in New Jersey to mark the award. It is the seventh year in a row that Ace has received the award.

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Members push back against plan to disband zoning board

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 28, 2014 03:29 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Members of the local zoning board Monday spoke out against a plan to do away with the body and transfer its responsibilities to the planning board.

Deputy Mayor Tony Inserra offered the proposal earlier this year as a cost saving measure. But opponents say disbanding the zoning board now could lead to lawsuits later, and it would be difficult to reconstitute the board with qualified members if applications pick up.

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Marmora church helps repair homes in Atlantic City

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 28, 2014 07:50 am

  From left are Doug Frohock, Chris Hayes and Linda Hayes. 
From left are Doug Frohock, Chris Hayes and Linda Hayes.  ATLANTIC CITY – Members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Marmora helped repair homes in Atlantic City that were damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

A mission team from the church joined other area churches on Saturday, Jan. 25 as part of the A Future With Hope program of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The program aims to repair 300 to 500 homes of low income, elderly or disabled people who do not have enough funding from other sources. Some have already been victims of contractor abuse, according to a press release.

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Republican club swears in new officers

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 28, 2014 06:48 am

 From left are incoming president Richard Phillips, outgoing president Dr. Janice Lake Betts, incoming vice president Drew Holmes and incoming treasurer Susan Fauth.
 From left are incoming president Richard Phillips, outgoing president Dr. Janice Lake Betts, incoming vice president Drew Holmes and incoming treasurer Susan Fauth.  UPPER TOWNSHIP – The Upper Township People’s Republican Organization (PRO) recently reorganized and swore in a new slate of officers.

Richard Phillips replaces Dr. Janice Lake Betts as president. Drew Holmes will serve as the group’s new vice president. Susan Fauth will be the treasurer.

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Republican committee seeking candidates

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 28, 2014 05:15 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The local Republican county committee is seeking candidates for an Upper Township Committee seat up for a vote in November. 
Any registered Republican who has lived in the township for at least one year is eligible to run. Those interested can submit their resume and a letter of intent to PO Box 725, Marmora, NJ 08223 by Friday, Feb. 17.

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Train derailment cleared in Upper Township

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 27, 2014 12:41 pm

The lead engine went off the tracks near the Glory Road crossing in Marmora. The lead engine went off the tracks near the Glory Road crossing in Marmora. MARMORA – The lead engine of a coal train derailed in Marmora Saturday and blocked traffic on Tuckahoe Road for more than two hours.

The Conrail train was heading to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point. Three engines were pulling 88 hopper cars full of coal.

No injuries were reported and the rail line suffered only minor damage. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined, according to officials.

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Upper Township Announcements, Jan. 29 edition

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 27, 2014 11:12 am

Georgetti makes Dean’s List

LJ Georgetti was recently named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at High Point University. He is on an athletic scholarship and plays for the school’s Division I men's golf team.

To make the Dean’s List, a student must earn a 3.5 GPA.

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Sea Isle City awards $11.7M contract for new City Hall building

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, January 24, 2014 10:00 am

SEA ISLE CITY – The city approve a construction contract for a new City Hall building earlier this month.

The proposed facility, which will combine City Hall operations, the municipal court, construction office, police department, and volunteer fire department operations, is needed because the current City Hall and Public Safety Building were damaged during Hurricane Sandy. City operations have been run out of the Sea Isle City Public School since the storm.

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Upper Township will undergo property revaluation in April

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, January 24, 2014 09:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township plans to award a contract for a property revaluation soon, with inspections set to start as early as April.

Officials discussed proposals by revaluation firms at its meeting last week. Tax assessor Megan MacAfee recommended awarding a contract to Vital Communications, the low bidder, for $587,000.

MacAfee said initial concerns about the company, such as how it would address the BL England power plant and whether its computer systems would interface with the township’s, had been addressed.

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Water tower proposed in Seaville shopping center

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, January 23, 2014 01:40 pm

SEAVILLE – A controversial water tower once planned for Stagecoach Road is now planned for the area behind the Acme supermarket in Seaville.

New Jersey American Water is seeking to build a water tower in Upper Township to maintain water pressure in the summer months and improve normal water pressure. A water tower will also provide the area with improved fire flow, according to the company.

The water tower would also provide pressure for potential future expansion of water lines in Seaville and Palermo. In recent years, New Jersey American Water has installed new water lines along Stagecoach Road.

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Joseph Corson I, the original ‘bridge burner’ of Upper Township

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Written by Memma S. Kilgannon Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:08 pm

Joseph Corson I, born in 1716, was the fourth and possibly fifth generation of his family in America, descending from early Dutch and probably English settlers of Long island. They were whalers who followed the whales down to Cape May County and began settling there in the 1680’s.

Joseph married Rachel Corson, his housekeeper and second cousin, in 1759 when he was 42. It’s been said that he married her to avoid having to pay her.

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Keeping it clean

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:50 am

Ocean City High School students Malia Hindle, 16, Sara Redmond, 17, and Gus Jurasinski, 16, all of Seaville, search the marsh around 36th Street and Haven Avenue for debris and recyclables after volunteering to participate in Ocean City’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Citywide Clean Up Monday, Jan. 20.

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