Upper Township Gazette

Decision on pipeline to BL England could come soon

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:26 am

PETERSBURG – Opposing sides in the debate over a proposed natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands are gearing up in anticipation of a decision by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

Environmentalists handed out pamphlets to residents along Route 49 and Route 50 last weekend. An online petition against the pipeline has garnered almost 10,000 signatures.

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Structure fire on Chadwyn Drive in Upper Township

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, August 28, 2013 02:54 pm

Firefighters responded to Chadwyn Drive for a structure fire. Firefighters responded to Chadwyn Drive for a structure fire.

PALERMO – Fire companies in Upper Township responded to a reported structure fire on Chadwyn Drive in Palermo Wednesday.

The fire call went out around 2 p.m., with the Seaville, Marmora and Tuckahoe fire companies responding. The Upper Township Rescue Squad as also on the scene.

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Upper Township Beach Patrol's season a David versus Goliath story

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:48 am

Upper Township Committee honored members of the beach patrol Monday. The Upper Township Beach Patrol is co-champions along with Ocean City at the South Jersey Lifeguard Championships. Upper Township Committee honored members of the beach patrol Monday. The Upper Township Beach Patrol is co-champions along with Ocean City at the South Jersey Lifeguard Championships.

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee Monday honored the Upper Township Beach Patrol for keeping local beaches safe and their outstanding performances in lifeguard competitions this summer.

The local beach patrol placed first along with Ocean City in the South Jersey Lifeguard Championships. They also won or placed in a number of other lifeguard competitions, besting beach patrols three or four times their size.

“It’s a David versus Goliath type thing,” said Mayor Richard Palombo.

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Upper Township Committee honors home run hitters

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:43 am

Upper Township Committee presents brothers Brian and Christopher Furey with proclamations. Upper Township Committee presents brothers Brian and Christopher Furey with proclamations.

PETERSBURG – Three Upper Township kids were honored by township committee Monday for showing homerun power at Sea Isle City’s Philadelphia Phillies Home Run Derby last month.

Around 85 boys and girls swung for the fences in this year’s Philadelphia Phillies Home Run Derby at Dealy Field.

Kids hit baseballs thrown by an automatic pitching machine in the hopes of placing several of those pitches over the outfield fence. The winners received plaques and other prizes from the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Committeeman asks for Upper Township to delay trash truck purchase

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, August 27, 2013 05:08 pm

This automated side loading truck is similar to what Upper Township plans to purchase. This automated side loading truck is similar to what Upper Township plans to purchase.

PETERSBURG – Committeeman Tony Inserra raised questions concerning the township’s planned purchase of two automated side loading trash trucks Monday, saying he wanted to be sure that all the trash residents put out will be picked up.

It is the latest hiccup in the township’s search for new trash trucks. Trucks haven’t been purchased for six years, according to officials, and the last two years were spent by township committee studying and debating whether to buy automated side loaders or traditional rear loading trucks.

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Novice surfers rolled in for ‘Grom Test’ competition in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 27, 2013 02:43 pm

Novice surfers rolled in for ‘Grom Test’ competition in Sea Isle City

SEA ISLE CITY – Novice surfers, or groms, showed up in Sea Isle City last week to take part in the annual Grom Test at the 37th Street beach.

The competition, which is sponsored by Heritage Surf and Sport, Quiksilver and Roxy, took place on Sunday, Aug. 18. It featured 65 “groms” from all over the Northeast. Waves were chest high and there were on-shore winds for the event.

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Future firefighters have big boots to fill

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, August 27, 2013 01:34 pm

(Photos courtesy of Michelle Sampson) Upper Township’s junior firefighters had some big boots to fill during the Junior Firefighter Camp last week. (Photos courtesy of Michelle Sampson) Upper Township’s junior firefighters had some big boots to fill during the Junior Firefighter Camp last week.

Camp for kids was held last week in Upper Township

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Fourteen local kids learned firsthand what it takes to be a firefighter last week when they took part in Upper Township’s first Junior Firefighter Camp.

The camp was sponsored by the township’s three mainland fire companies and division of EMS. Kids took part in activities at firehouses in Marmora, Seaville and Tuckahoe where they went up on a ladder truck, used a fire hose, opened up vehicles using the Jaws of Life, and saw a live fire exercise where they crawled through a smoke-filled room.

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New FEMA flood maps for Cape May County due out today

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:06 am

As many as 300 homes in Upper Township removed from V Zone in latest version

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Cape May County officials were set to meet in Cape May Court House Tuesday to discuss the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) new preliminary base flood maps.

Mayor Richard Palombo said the maps had dramatically reduced the flood zones for homes in Strathmere, Beesleys Point and along the Tuckahoe River. As many as 300 homes may be removed from the Velocity zones and put into A zones there.

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Letters page: Township should look again at privatizing trash pickup

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, August 27, 2013 09:30 am

To the editor:

Once again our great and mighty township approves another cost savings blunder. First it was the recreation building. Now it is the automatic trash trucks. Why is it that our township officials make these costly decisions without asking the residents?

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Sea Isle City reports almost 2 percent drop in beach tag sales

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Monday, August 26, 2013 03:12 pm

The Sea Isle City beach taggers for the 2013 summer season gathered for a picture reacently. The Sea Isle City beach taggers for the 2013 summer season gathered for a picture reacently.

SEA ISLE CITY – City officials said that beach tag sales were down about $23,000, or 1.8 percent from this time last year.

As summer winds down, Sea Isle City Council said in a newsletter that beach tag sales saw only a slight drop after Hurricane Sandy. The city has sold $1,262,905 in beach tags through mid-August.

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