• Upper Township Gazette

    (Jen Marra) Beaches in Strathmere have signs posted warning visitors of nearby nesting birds. The birds nest here each spring.

    STRATHMERE – Mayor Richard Palombo said last week that the planned beach replenishment project in Strathmere, Sea Isle City and the southern end of Ocean City will start sometime next fall and take more than a year to complete.

  • Upper Township Gazette

    UPPER TOWNSHIP – Kameron Ghanavati of Upper Township will compete with the University of Delaware’s Vocal Point a capella group in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) competition next month.

  • Upper Township Gazette

    UPPER TOWNSHIP – A spokesperson with the state Department of Community Affairs said this week that the closure of the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point would not affect $6.2 million in energy tax receipts to Upper Township.

    The money funds half of the township’s budget each year. Officials have said a loss of that revenue would lead to large tax increases or substantial cuts in services.

  • Upper Township Gazette

    UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township is seeking a conditional approval of its official tax map in order to proceed with a planned property revaluation this year.

    The state Division of Taxation gave officials a 64-page itemized list of changes that must be made to the tax map in March, engineer Paul Dietrich said last week. Upper Township had hoped to start its revaluation in April.

  • Upper Township Gazette

    Last weekend, 34 scouts and leaders from Boy Scout Troop 95 spent the weekend in New York City. Scouts were picked up from school Friday, and quickly loaded into waiting cars, their gear having already been packed the night before.

Upper Township Gazette

Humans rule

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:00 am

To the editor:

During my college days, I was fortunate to hear Kurt Vonnegut speak. He likened the human race to a hot meat glacier, crawling over the earth, smothering everything in its path. When I read the article about the piping plovers in Strathmere and our mayor's statement, "For three or four birds, we could have someone seriously hurt," it reminded me of Mr. Vonnegut's words.

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Bumpy road on committee for start of repaving project

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:36 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township committee voted 4-1 Monday to go out to bid for a $1.5 million road repaving project.

It will be the first locally funded repaving work the township has done in four years, according to officials. Township engineer Paul Dietrich said the township has used state grants to do work on local roads, but Upper Township has not budgeted money for roadwork since 2009. The state and county have also performed work on state and county-owned roads.

Some of the roads on the list to be repaved haven’t been resurfaced since they were constructed in the 1950’s and 1960’s, he said.

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Sciencetellers make learning fun

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, June 24, 2013 02:14 pm

The Sciencetellers visited libraries in Upper Township and Sea Isle City Tuesday and taught kids about science through an interactive program. The Sciencetellers visited libraries in Upper Township and Sea Isle City Tuesday and taught kids about science through an interactive program.

PETERSBURG – An interactive science show called Sciencetellers will come to the Upper Township Branch and the Sea Isle City Branch libraries on Tuesday, June 23.

Performers will present a show called “The Bugs of Blackwood” from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Upper Township Branch Library, 2050 Route 631 in Petersburg, and from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the Sea Isle City Branch Library, 4800 Central Avenue.

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Three car crash on Route 9

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 24, 2013 01:19 pm

A three-car accident Monday afternoon (June 24) closed Route 9 about a half mile south of Route 50. The number of people injured was not immediately available, nor were the extent of the injuries, but there was a call for a medical evacuation helicopter after the accident. As of 1:15 p.m., crews were beginning cleanup and investigators from the state police were still on scene. A three-car accident Monday afternoon (June 24) closed Route 9 about a half mile south of Route 50. The number of people injured was not immediately available, nor were the extent of the injuries, but there was a call for a medical evacuation helicopter after the accident. As of 1:15 p.m., crews were beginning cleanup and investigators from the state police were still on scene.

A three-car accident Monday afternoon (June 24) closed Route 9 about a half mile south of Route 50. The number of people injured was not immediately available, nor were the extent of the injuries, but there was a call for a medical evacuation helicopter after the accident. As of 1:15 p.m., crews were beginning cleanup and investigators from the state police were still on scene. 

   

Officials to cut ribbon on Sea Isle City gateway project

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, June 24, 2013 12:12 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – City and county officials will cut the ribbon on the JFK Boulevard gateway project at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25.

Asphalt Paving Systems, Inc., of Hammonton repaved JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue between the beach and the bay as part of the project. Work is being stopped during the summer, with final completion scheduled for the fall.

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Announcements, edition of June 26, 2013

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 24, 2013 12:00 am

Stacie McKinley graduates from University of the Sciences

Stacie McKinley of Seaville recently graduated from University of the Sciences. McKinley graduated cum laude with a doctor of physical therapy degree. She is the daughter of Jim and Sue McKinley.


Local students named to Dean's List at University of Delaware

Several local students have been named to the University of Delaware's Dean's List for the spring semester. Kameron Ghanavati of Seaville, Jeffrey Haas of Palermo, Robert Kelly of Marmora, Joseph Massaglia of Marmora, and Ashley Whitford of Seaville were named to the Dean’s List.

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above for the semester.


Ryan Gill named to Hartwick College Dean's List

Hartwick College freshman Ryan Gill of Seaville has been named to the college’s Dean’s List for the spring term. Inclusion on the Dean List requires the completion of a full course load with at least a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale.

Gill is majoring in mathematics. He is the son of Mark and Joanne Gill.


Caroline Jaquett named to Wake Forest University Dean's List

Caroline Jaquett of Seaville has been named to the spring 2013 Dean's List at Wake Forest University. Students who achieve a 3.4 and no grade below a C were named to the list.

   

Upper Township school board renews health and dental plans

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, June 21, 2013 10:00 am

PETERSBURG – The school board Monday unanimously approved a health benefits plan with Horizon BC/BS of New Jersey effective July 1 through June 30, 2014. The single plan will cost $678.19 for traditional coverage and $552.19 for Point of Service (POS). A two adult plan costs $1,479.36 and POS $1,204.55 respectively; a parent/children plan costs $989.60 and $805.73 respectively; a family plan costs $1,729.29 and $1,408.13.

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School district supervisor in Upper resigns

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, June 21, 2013 08:30 am

PETERSBURG – Jeff Samaniego, supervisor of planning/research/evaluation for the Upper Township School District, has resigned.

The school board accepted the resignation with deep regret during its meeting Monday, June 17. Samaniego will leave the district effective July 15. His last day on the job will be July 12.

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Upper Township reviewing School Choice application

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, June 20, 2013 02:47 pm

PETERSBURG – Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said this week that an application to participate in the state’s School Choice program is under review. 

“We could have an answer by Friday (June 21) but definitely by July 1,” he said.

In December, school officials estimated the Upper Township school district could generate an additional $1 million in tuition payments if it entered the state School Choice program.

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Sea Isle’s Skimmer Festival attracts thousands

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:52 am

Tom Overton and his sister Ally, both of Marlton, sip on fresh squeezed lemonade from a vendor at the Skimmer Festival in Sea Isle City Saturday, June 15. For more photos see page 30. Tom Overton and his sister Ally, both of Marlton, sip on fresh squeezed lemonade from a vendor at the Skimmer Festival in Sea Isle City Saturday, June 15. For more photos see page 30.

SEA ISLE CITY – Over 25,000 people came to Sea Isle City for last weekend’s Skimmer Festival.

The annual summer celebration was hosted by Sea Isle’s Division of Tourism. It featured a seaside market, food court, family entertainment, live music, an antique auto show and parade, and guided historical trolley tours.

Vendors positioned themselves on the Promenade for the seaside market. The pop band Second 2 None performed at the resort’s Band Shell in Excursion Park. Families enjoyed free activities, including inflatable obstacle courses, face-painters, a “Waxy Hands” station, balloon artists and a photo booth.

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Teachers object to kindergarten move into smaller classrooms

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, June 19, 2013 02:37 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Board of Education Monday discussed plans for the primary school next year, including rearranging grades in their own wing of the building and a new emphasis on life skills and manners.

Some kindergarten teachers objected to rearranging grades, however, saying that kindergarten classes need bigger rooms for playtime.

Superintendent Vincent Palmieri and primary school Principal David DelConte outlined plans to improve the overall climate of the primary school beginning in September.

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Board member: New Upper Township Elementary School no longer an option

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, June 19, 2013 01:36 pm

PETERSBURG – For several years, the Upper Township Board of Education has contemplated building a replacement for the aging elementary school. 

Two referendums to build a new school failed in recent years, so school district officials began the process of renovating and repairing the building. At a Monday, June 17 school board meeting, board member Steve Martinelli, who heads the district’s buildings and grounds committee, said the district would no longer pursue grant funding to replace the structure. 

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