• 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

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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Upper Township looks to solicit bids for $1.5M in road repaving

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, June 19, 2013 01:35 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township committee will vote on a resolution next week to solicit bids for five miles of road repaving.

Upper Township approved a $3.5 million bond in April that includes $1.5 million for road repaving. It will be the first road work funded by the township in four years, according to officials.

Engineer Paul Dietrich said that the township has done other road work funded through state grants. The state and county have also performed work on state and county-owned roads, he said.

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Announcements, edition of June 19, 2013

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, June 18, 2013 03:03 pm

Julia Russ graduates Centenary College

Julia Russ of Ocean View recently graduated from Centenary College with a Bachelor of Arts degree at its 138th May Commencement at the John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center.

 

Two graduate from Villanova University

Katherine Calemmo of Sea Isle City and Michael Carter of Marmora both graduated from Villanova University. Calemmo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and Carter earned a Master of Science in Church Management.

 

Abigail Jamison graduates with honors from James Madison University

Abigail Marie Jamison of Palermo  recently graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Interdisc Liberal Studies - BS from James Madison University. She was named to the President’s List for the spring 2013 semester. Students on the President’s List must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.9 or above.

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Nesting birds make it difficult to restore Strathmere beach entrances, officials say

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, June 18, 2013 01:01 pm

The entrance to the Vincent Ave. beach in Strathmere is narrow and has dune fencing that someone could step on, according to officials. The entrance to the Vincent Ave. beach in Strathmere is narrow and has dune fencing that someone could step on, according to officials.

STRATHMERE – Beach nesting birds are putting a kink in the township’s ability to restore beach entrances here.

Officials said last week that beaches in Strathmere and Whale Beach are in good shape for the summer. There is plenty of sand in both areas and the dune system is in place and growing again thanks to new fencing installed this spring.

But some beach entrances could not be fixed before beach nesting birds like the Piping Plover came to Strathmere. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) rules prohibit any heavy machinery near the birds’ nesting grounds.

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Upper Township students take a ‘beach walk’ at school

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Written by Deborah Patterson Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:58 pm

The class learned to turn over upside down horseshoe crabs safely. The class learned to turn over upside down horseshoe crabs safely.

MARMORA – Every year, Upper Township Elementary School teacher Maggie Dugan and her fifth grade class holds a beach walk and invites all the students and parents to attend. The unique thing about this beach walk is that it is held right in her classroom.

It is a great hands-on learning experience where students become the teachers as they share their knowledge of the Jersey Shore with visitors to the classroom.

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Eagle Scout honored by Upper Township Committee

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, June 17, 2013 12:00 pm

Avery Ryan Simpson, center, was honored by Upper Township Committee on Monday, June 10 for receiving his Eagle Scout badge. For his service project, Simpson built a shed for Upper Township schools’ special education program that will hold gardening tools for students. He is shown here with (l-r) Committeeman Jay Newman, Deputy Mayor Curtis Corson, Jr., Mayor Richard Palombo, and committeemen Tony Inserra and Ed Barr.

 

   

Youngsters congratulated on sharp shooting skills

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, June 17, 2013 10:43 am

Upper Township Committee congratulated Savanna Holt, Kelsey LeNoir and Logan Bloomstead for winning the New Jersey Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship in their age groups. Committee presented the youths with proclamations at its Monday, June 10 meeting.

 

 

American Legion recognizes coloring contest winners in Upper Township

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Written by Ted Klepac Monday, June 17, 2013 10:40 am

Jerry Pfeifle, Cynthia Brown and Seaira Manning were the top three finishers in American Legion Aaron Wittkamp Colwell Post 239’s annual coloring contest. They are shown with (l-r) finance officer Bob Smith, guidance counselor Suzi Pashuck, and vice commander Dennis DeSalvo. Jerry Pfeifle, Cynthia Brown and Seaira Manning were the top three finishers in American Legion Aaron Wittkamp Colwell Post 239’s annual coloring contest. They are shown with (l-r) finance officer Bob Smith, guidance counselor Suzi Pashuck, and vice commander Dennis DeSalvo.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – American Legion Aaron Wittkamp Colwell Post 239 in Tuckahoe recently honored three fifth graders at the Upper Township Elementary School.

Jerry Pfeifle won first place, Cynthia Brown took second place, and Seaira Manning was third in the annual coloring contest. The fifth grade students received a resounding round of applause from staff members and students.

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Parents: Upper Township Football Association to reinstate coach, allow for board elections

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, June 13, 2013 02:14 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP - A meeting between township officials, board members of the Upper Township Football Association and a group of parents held Wednesday night ended in an agreement to hold board elections next year and reinstate the Pee Wee football team coach.

Parents said the meeting was positive and that the football association was willing to compromise on several issues. A group of parents spoke at the Monday meeting of Upper Township Committee complaining about a lack of communication between themselves and the football association.

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Peyton’s Promise raises $36K for CDH research

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:17 pm

Kids take off in a special one-mile race during the 2013 Peyton’s Promise. Kids take off in a special one-mile race during the 2013 Peyton’s Promise.

SEA ISLE CITY – The fifth annual Peyton’s Promise 5K Run/2K Walk raised more than $36,000 for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) research.

The run was held June 8 on the Sea Isle City promenade. The family of Peyton Laricks, 5, of Sea Isle City, hosted the event.

CDH is a birth defect that occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully develop, allowing abdominal organs to enter the chest cavity. Peyton was born with CDH in 2008.

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Upper Township parents say football association has become a ‘dictatorship’

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, June 12, 2013 08:50 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – A group of parents of football players and cheerleaders asked the township Monday for help in dealing with the Upper Township Football Association, which they say has become unresponsive and a “dictatorship.”

The local football association is limping into the fall season, parents said. Two of the teams, which are based on age, have only a few children signed up so far, they said.

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Upper Township Business Association meeting focuses on business growth

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 12, 2013 08:00 am

MARMORA - The Upper Township Business Association will hold its quarterly dinner meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at Obadiah's Restaurant on Roosevelt Boulevard in Marmora.

There will be no meeting in July or August. Joe Molenaux from the Small Business Development Center at Stockton College will be the speaker. He also hosts a weekly radio show on Stockton's radio station WLFR called M4 Small Biz Radio: Where Management, Marketing, Money and Music mix. He will be speaking about opportunities available to grow businesses and will field questions.

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