Upper Township Gazette

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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Gabrielle DuBruille attending Wilkes University

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Monday, August 26, 2013 01:36 pm

Gabrielle DuBruille of Ocean View is attending Wilkes University. DuBruille is one of 617 incoming freshmen students and will major in pre-pharmacy.

 

 

 

 

 

Letters page: Pipeline supporters must be heard

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Written by Opinion Monday, August 26, 2013 12:35 pm

To the editor:

Most of you are probably aware that the BL England generating station in Beesleys Point is planning on converting to gas from their current coal and oil operation. It is a very large gas main that would come down from Millville and find its way into the electric plant. My understanding is it has been very heavily studied, the pipe has been rerouted several times to satisfy requirements by Pinelands people and other environmental agencies, and is ready apparently for the Pinelands Commission’s approval.

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Letters page: Better planning needed for trash truck purchases

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Written by Opinion Monday, August 26, 2013 12:34 pm

To the editor:

Those of you who have been following the details of Upper Township’s decision to purchase new trash trucks are aware that the bids for the automated side loader (ASL) trucks were rejected on a technicality in the bid specifications and members of the township committee have voted to go ahead with a rebid for the same trucks following clarification of the bid specs.

I would like to take this opportunity to state my opposition to the members of the Upper Township Committee’s decision to move forward with the rebid and purchase of ASL trash trucks which are more expensive and less versatile than conventional rear loader (REL) trash trucks.

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Upper Township hitters to be honored for homerun power

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, August 26, 2013 11:10 am

Abigail Craige of Seaville, center, was one of three Upper Township kids to place in the Philadelphia Phillies Homerun Derby in July. Abigail Craige of Seaville, center, was one of three Upper Township kids to place in the Philadelphia Phillies Homerun Derby in July.

PETERSBURG – Three Upper Township kids will be honored tonight 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.

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Upper Township schools hold student orientations starting this week

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Written by Columb Higgins Sunday, August 25, 2013 11:40 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – For the first time, there will be an orientation program for new students at the Upper Township Elementary School.
There will also be orientation for new preschoolers and kindergarteners at the Upper Township Primary School and sixth grade students at the Upper Township Middle School.

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Real keepers

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, August 23, 2013 04:45 pm

photo by Jen Marra photo by Jen Marra

Tyler Onesty, 19, his brother Zach Onesty, 15, both of Ocean City, spend the day catching crabs on the railroad bridge at Cedar Swamp Creek along Route 50 in Petersburg Monday, Aug. 19. The pair enjoys the time off with their father Marte Onesty, not pictured, and says the best time to crab is late August and early September.

 

   

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