• Ocean City Gazette

    Members of the Ocean City High School surf team, pictured with Coach Mark Miedema, center, will travel to Dana Point, Calif. in June for a national surfing championship. The team is raising money to make the trip possible and is hosting a clothing drive this weekend. OCEAN CITY — Nine members of the Ocean City High School surf team will be heading to California in June, and they need your help to get there.

    The team qualified to go to the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s National Interscholastic Championship in Dana Point, Calif. June 14 – 16.

  • Regional

    A dolphin takes a breath while swimming off Ocean City Saturday with several others. Federal officials fear a deadly illness could be coming back north with the returning animals, although the hope is that the disease will peter out this spring. (photo by Bill Barlow)With warming temperatures, the snowbirds are returning from Florida.

    That goes for wildlife as well as human cold-averse residents. On platforms along the marshes and back bays, ospreys are choosing their nesting sites, and over the weekend, just past the wetsuited surfers in the 40-something degree water in Ocean City’s north end, a pod of dolphins made…

  • Upper Township Gazette

    Cyclists get moving at the start of the Fourth Annual Tour de Tuckahoe Bike Ride at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. The event is the largest fundraiser for the Greater Area Tuckahoe Merchants Association’s scholarship fund. PETERSBURG – Township committee last week approved the Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants Association’s request to hold the fifth annual Tour de Tuckahoe bike ride on Sunday, May 4 at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg.

    Last year, the event brought more than 260 cyclists. Participants could also compete in a duathlon.

  • Upper Township Gazette

     SEA ISLE CITY – The county fire marshal and the county prosecutor Monday continued their investigation into a fire that destroyed three beachfront condominiums last week, drawing firefighters from 14 South Jersey towns.

    The investigation could be complete by Thursday.

  • Summer Magazines

    bayfest SOMERS POINT  Bayfest will occupy 14 blocks along Bay Avenue with music, food, crafters and family activities 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, rain or shine.

    Somers Point is expecting more than 30,000 people to flock to Bay Avenue this year for four live bands, 38 food vendors and more than 120 crafters, as well as 15 children’s activities.

  • Weather

    For the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for the 2014 Wildwood Spring Bike Rally to finally arrive, here is the weather to expect when you drop a kickstand on Saturday and Sunday in front of the Bolero in Wildwood:/Jen MarraFor the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for the 2014 Wildwood Spring Bike Rally to finally arrive, here is the weather you can expect when you drop a kickstand Saturday and Sunday in front of the Bolero in Wildwood:

Upper Township Gazette

No parking on Route 50 for Amanda’s Field fireworks

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, July 03, 2013 09:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The fireworks at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg always draw a crowd, but the township is telling residents to resist the temptation to park on Route 50 in order to make a quick getaway.

There will be a parking ban on Route 50 from Sunset Drive to Route 610 on Thursday, July 4. Violators will be towed.

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Announcements, edition of July 3, 2013

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:00 am

Lawlor graduates Naval Academy

Navy Ensign Tyler M. Lawlor recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned to his current rank.

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Upper Township makes one last attempt to consolidate Zip Codes

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, July 02, 2013 03:55 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township committee will try one more time to get the United States Postal Service to consolidate local Zip Codes.

The township’s first attempt was denied by the USPS district manager in July 2012. In a letter to township committee, the USPS said a new Zip Code including all of Upper Township would require additional staff and equipment at area post offices.

A township appeal of that decision was denied last year, but officials are hoping that U.S. Congressmen can help.

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Favorite Fourth of July memories

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Written by Deborah Patterson Tuesday, July 02, 2013 07:17 am

 Favorite Fourth of July memories Favorite Fourth of July memories

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 declaring the 13 colonies’ freedom from British rule. People celebrate the day in many ways, including family reunions, baseball games, picnics and barbecues.

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Phillies Homerun Derby lets kids swing away

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, July 01, 2013 12:07 pm

Boys and girls, ages 7-12, can compete in the Philadelphia Phillies Home Run Derby on July 7 at Dealy Field in Sea Isle City.
  Boys and girls, ages 7-12, can compete in the Philadelphia Phillies Home Run Derby on July 7 at Dealy Field in Sea Isle City.

 SEA ISLE CITY – The city’s Division of Recreation will host the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies Homerun Derby on July 7 at Dealy Field, 59th to 63rd Street on Central Avenue.

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Boat fire in Marmora

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Written by Bill Barlow Sunday, June 30, 2013 01:14 pm

(photo by John Ryan) A blazing 21-foot boat is towed closer to dock so firefighters can reach the fire at All Seasons Marina in Marmora on Sunday. (photo by John Ryan) A blazing 21-foot boat is towed closer to dock so firefighters can reach the fire at All Seasons Marina in Marmora on Sunday. MARMORA – Three people were sent to the hospital after a dockside boat fire at the All Seasons Marina near the 34th Street Bridge heading into Ocean City early Sunday afternoon.

Aaron Arking, who works for Tow Boat US, was nearby when the fire started. He said he could see a huge ball of flame rising. When he got nearer, he said, he could see the boat drifting away from the fuel dock. The lines had apparently burned away.

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Traffic signal down at Roosevelt Blvd. and Route 9

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, June 26, 2013 01:12 pm

A traffic signal was down on Roosevelt Blvd. after a truck crashed into it Wednesday. A traffic signal was down on Roosevelt Blvd. after a truck crashed into it Wednesday. MARMORA – The Upper Township Rescue Squad said the traffic signal at the intersection of Roosevelt Blvd. and Route 9 is down after a motor vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon.

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Head of the class

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:07 am

Upper Township eighth graders prepare for move to high school

 Eighth grade students at the Upper Township Middle School held a ceremony to mark their promotion to high school last Thursday, June 20.
 Eighth grade students at the Upper Township Middle School held a ceremony to mark their promotion to high school last Thursday, June 20.

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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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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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