Upper Township Gazette

Poinsettia and wreath sale pays to repair Hurricane Sandy damage

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, December 21, 2013 12:00 pm

The Sea Isle City Italian-American Club Women’s Auxiliary hosted a successful Poinsettia and Wreath Sale on Dec. 7. Shown during the sale are auxiliary volunteers (from left) Barbara Steel, corresponding secretary Netta Otto, Roxanne Sortino and auxiliary liaison Lynda Fraizer. The Sea Isle City Italian-American Club Women’s Auxiliary hosted a successful Poinsettia and Wreath Sale on Dec. 7. Shown during the sale are auxiliary volunteers (from left) Barbara Steel, corresponding secretary Netta Otto, Roxanne Sortino and auxiliary liaison Lynda Fraizer.

SEA ISLE CITY – The Sea Isle City Italian-American Club Women’s Auxiliary recently raised money from a poinsettia and wreath sale to help pay for repairs to the organization’s club house, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

The auxiliary raises money for charitable efforts every year. But the group decided it needed to make repairs to the club house on JFK Boulevard in order to help others in the future, according to auxiliary vice president Colleen Falcone.

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Sea Isle homeowners light up for the holidays

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, December 21, 2013 10:00 am

The Blum family at 312 45th Place won first prize in Sea Isle City’s 2013 Holiday House Lighting Contest. The Blum family at 312 45th Place won first prize in Sea Isle City’s 2013 Holiday House Lighting Contest.

SEA ISLE CITY – The city’s Division of Recreation and the Sea Isle City Garden Club named the winners of this year’s Holiday House Lighting Contest last week.

The competition featured 14 well-decorated homes that were rated on creativity, aesthetics and endeavor.  

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Upper Township Middle School Honor Roll

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, December 21, 2013 09:00 am

First Trimester

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Former governors add voices to local pipeline opposition

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, December 20, 2013 11:56 am

PETERSBURG – Local opponents to a proposed natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands touted support from four former New Jersey governors last week.

Former governors Brendan Byrne, Tom Kean, Christie Whitman and Jim Florio – two Republicans and two Democrats – signed a letter to Pinelands Commission chairman Mark Lohbauer Wednesday, Dec. 18 saying they are against a pending proposal to build the pipeline through the Pinelands.

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New youth group starts at Church of the Resurrection in Marmora

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Written by Deborah Patterson Friday, December 20, 2013 11:12 am

Group leader Paula Dalessandro and Father Peter Joyce pose with Keara Sorenson and Aubrey Hunter of Dennis Township and Dylan Eshelman and Alyson Curtain, both of Seaville, at the Youth Group kick off event. Group leader Paula Dalessandro and Father Peter Joyce pose with Keara Sorenson and Aubrey Hunter of Dennis Township and Dylan Eshelman and Alyson Curtain, both of Seaville, at the Youth Group kick off event.

MARMORA – The Church of the Resurrection in Marmora, part of the St. Maximilian Kolbe parish that includes St. Casimir Church in Woodbine, hosted its first Youth Group event on Sunday, Dec. 15. The night kicked off with a bonfire plus an evening of prayer, Christmas caroling and games.

Father Peter Joyce worked with youth group leaders Diane Peck, Cecelia Quigley, Paula Delassandro and Mark Bisignaro to start the group. Children attended from all over Upper Township and Dennis Township.

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Children enjoy visit by Santa Claus in Seaville

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Written by Ted Klepac Wednesday, December 18, 2013 03:36 pm

From left are Santa Claus, Elizabeth Shone and her mother Sarah. From left are Santa Claus, Elizabeth Shone and her mother Sarah.

SEAVILLE – Word quickly spread that Santa Claus would be arriving at Dino’s Diner in Seaville at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.

More than 60 children and their parents and grandparents awaited his arrival. Suddenly, with a loud “Ho, Ho, Ho” and ringing bells, Santa appeared with a large bag of gifts.

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Four former governors come out against pipeline through Pinelands

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 18, 2013 03:20 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – In a letter to Pinelands Commission chairman Mark Lohbauer Wednesday, four former New Jersey governors came out against a pending proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands.

The Pinelands Commission is considering a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) that would allow South Jersey Gas to build the pipeline. The Pinelands Commission would receive $8 million for land acquisition and education programs.

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Sea Isle City AARP honors volunteer of the year at holiday luncheon

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 18, 2013 02:31 pm

Sis Borden receives the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award from AARP Chapter 710 president Tom Owings (at left) and Chapter 710 board member Bob Thibault. Sis Borden receives the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award from AARP Chapter 710 president Tom Owings (at left) and Chapter 710 board member Bob Thibault.

SEA ISLE CITY – Members of AARP Chapter 710 of Sea Isle City hosted their annual Holiday Luncheon Thursday, Dec. 12 at The Tuckahoe Inn in Beesleys Point. Group members showed their generosity by arriving at the luncheon with non-perishable food items and toys, which were donated to Mayor Leonard Desiderio’s annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive for needy families.

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Public hearing on BL England pipeline in Upper Township tomorrow

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:33 pm

Final vote could come next month

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will hold a public meeting on the proposed natural gas pipeline to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point today, Wednesday, Dec. 18.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Upper Township Branch of the Cape May County Library at 2050 Route 631 in Petersburg. It is the third public meeting on the pipeline proposal in little over a week.

Officials expect a decision on the controversial pipeline next month. The New Jersey Pinelands Commission has to approve the $90 million project by South Jersey Gas because around 15 miles of the pipeline would pass through protected Pinelands areas.

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Upper Township seeking coastal resiliency grants

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, December 13, 2013 09:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township is applying for a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) coastal resiliency grant.

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VFW honors four Upper Township students

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 11, 2013 02:59 pm

Middle school principal Ken Barth and VFW Post commander Charles Adelizzi with students Ashley Gereaghty, Cassidy McComb, Matthew Leap and Jacob Stuart. Middle school principal Ken Barth and VFW Post commander Charles Adelizzi with students Ashley Gereaghty, Cassidy McComb, Matthew Leap and Jacob Stuart.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Four students from the Upper Township Middle School were recently honored by the local VFW for patriotic essays they wrote in an annual essay contest.

VFW Post 8695 of Upper Township sponsored Cassidy McColm, Ashley McGereaghty and Matthew Leap in the Patriots Pen contest. Jacob Stuart was sponsored by VFW Post 6257 of Belleplain.

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Upper Township student’s ‘Cereal from Santa’ goes to feed the hungry

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 11, 2013 01:57 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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Letters page: Pipeline would violate Pinelands Commission mandate

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:00 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 04:06 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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Philly band has Upper Township connection

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:29 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 11:22 am

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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