Upper Township Gazette

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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New by-laws planned for Upper Township recreation programs

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:37 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Committeeman Hobie Young said last week that he plans to create a standard set of by-laws for Upper Township sports and recreation programs.

Young said the by-laws will govern how programs operate, including how coaches are chosen for sports teams. Last year, a group of parents of football players and cheerleaders asked the township for help in dealing with the Upper Township Football Association, which they said removed a coach unfairly.

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Upper Township historical society looking for help with research project

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 22, 2014 09:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township is conducting a major research project on the history of Upper Township schools, from the first school in 1801 to the most recent Primary school in 1993.

Society members are asking the community for any articles, documents, post cards, photos or stories that might be of value to the project. Personal stories of attendance at any of the local schools, report cards, certificates or even dunce hats are being accepted.

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Upper Township senior center to re-open next month

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:29 am

SEAVILLE – The Upper Township Senior Center is slated for a grand re-opening in February, according to township officials.

Mayor Richard Palombo said last week that the senior center could officially re-open on Monday, Feb. 10. No date has been finalized, he said.

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Sure shot

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 20, 2014 12:03 pm

Logan Bloomstead of Seaville is presented with the 13-year-old boys Knights of Columbus Free Throw International Championship trophy by program chairman Mike Stadnicki (left) and Grand Knight John Fennekohl at the Frank Lang Memorial Golf Tournament. Logan Bloomstead of Seaville is presented with the 13-year-old boys Knights of Columbus Free Throw International Championship trophy by program chairman Mike Stadnicki (left) and Grand Knight John Fennekohl at the Frank Lang Memorial Golf Tournament.

SEAVILLE – Logan Bloomstead, 13, of Seaville, was recently presented with a Knights of Columbus Free Throw International Championship trophy for his performance in the competition last year.

Bloomstead represented Msgr. James Zegers/Resurrection Knights of Columbus. He won four contests netting 13-15, 20-25 and 23-25 in the regional competition. He then shot 24-25 to win the New Jersey State Championship.

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Knights of Columbus donates $1,000 to Upper Township Challenger Sports

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 20, 2014 11:22 am

Challenger Sports players recently enjoyed a day of bowling at the Mouse Trap Lanes in Woodbine. Players learned new skills and practices for an upcoming Special Olympic competition. Here, program founder Daryl Ditroia, left, accepts a check from Kevin Smyth, right of the local Knights of Columbus. Challenger Sports players recently enjoyed a day of bowling at the Mouse Trap Lanes in Woodbine. Players learned new skills and practices for an upcoming Special Olympic competition. Here, program founder Daryl Ditroia, left, accepts a check from Kevin Smyth, right of the local Knights of Columbus.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The Knights of Columbus Monsignor James J. Zegers/Resurrection Council 9113 recently donated $1,000 to Upper Township Challenger Sports.

Challenger Sports started in 2009 with 20 players and volunteers and now has nearly 70 players and over 100 volunteers from Cape May County and elsewhere, according to its founder, Daryl Ditroia. Volunteers team up with the players to offer encouragement and support during fun-filled, skill building activities and adapted games.

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Coldest week in decades a challenge for local animal control

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Written by Columb Higgins Sunday, January 19, 2014 09:30 am

A white pit bull mix, one of the many strays picked up wandering the streets during the extreme temperatures that was rescued and taken to the Cape May County Animal Shelter until the owner could reclaim it.     A white pit bull mix, one of the many strays picked up wandering the streets during the extreme temperatures that was rescued and taken to the Cape May County Animal Shelter until the owner could reclaim it.

SEAVILLE – Last week’s cold weather was a challenge for Shore Animal Control officers patrolling in below freezing conditions.

The company responded to more than 40 calls and emails last week, according to a press release. Many of the calls were from residents reporting animals left outside and in violation of local ordinance. 

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Upper Township stitchers give Quilts of Valor to Vietnam veterans

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:18 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Three local Vietnam veterans were presented with Quilts of Valor by members of the South Shore Stitchers Guild.

The group presented Charles F. "Chick" Cossaboone, Jr., William W. Layton, Sr. and Joseph M. DeAugustine, Jr. with quilts on Jan. 13. Members of American Legion Post 239 Aaron Wittkamp Colwell, the South Shore Stitchers Guild and the veterans’ families were on hand.

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Flying through water

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, January 16, 2014 02:04 pm

  Members of the Ocean City High School swim team cheer on teammate Sofiya Lebedeva during the 100 meter butterfly during a recent meet against Vineland. See Sports for more on the OCHS swim team.

Members of the Ocean City High School swim team cheer on teammate Sofiya Lebedeva during the 100 meter butterfly during a recent meet against Vineland. See Sports for more on the OCHS swim team.

Members of the Ocean City High School swim team cheer on teammate Sofiya Lebedeva during the 100 meter butterfly during a recent meet against Vineland. 

 

Upper Township abstract artist exhibits work in Ventnor

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:19 pm

Lance Balderson will have his first solo exhibition at the Holtsman Gallery in Ventnor this month. Lance Balderson will have his first solo exhibition at the Holtsman Gallery in Ventnor this month.

VENTNOR – The Holtzman Gallery in Ventnor will present Upper Township abstract artist Lance Balderson’s first solo exhibition on Saturday, Jan. 18 and running through February.

Balderson lives in Ocean View and has his art studio there. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Columbia University School of Law, the Woodmere Art Museum, Curtis Institute of Music and Wesley College.

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