• 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

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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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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