Upper Township Gazette

Primary school page turners

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, June 20, 2014 11:30 am

Second graders Lily Mammele, Dan Leiser and Katie Worchel stand with the Bookworm. The Bookworm grew longer each week, as children read stories and added links to form a huge paper chain. Second graders Lily Mammele, Dan Leiser and Katie Worchel stand with the Bookworm. The Bookworm grew longer each week, as children read stories and added links to form a huge paper chain. MARMORA – Students at the Upper Township Primary School FAR exceeded their goals in a month-long reading challenge.

The entire school participated in the annual Bookworm Challenge, where students from preschool through second grade helped a character called “Bookworm” grow by adding paper links for each book or chapter they read independently or with a helper. The challenge aims to encourage students to finish the school year strong, and to help develop confidence, independence, and enthusiasm for reading.

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Summer is not beach season for dogs in Upper Township

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, June 20, 2014 09:00 am

STRATHMERE – The township’s animal control service says it will begin patrolling beaches in Strathmere as a result of complaints about dogs on the beach.

The township does not allow dogs on local beaches between April 1 and Sept. 15, except for guide dogs. Dogs are allowed on beaches between Sept. 16 and March 30, according to the township.

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Conservation innovation in Upper Township

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Written by Deborah Patterson Thursday, June 19, 2014 03:23 pm

Karl Yunghans, owner of Littleworth Farms, next to a blueberry plant. Karl Yunghans, owner of Littleworth Farms, next to a blueberry plant.

PETERSBURG – The Cape Atlantic Conservation District is conducting a new project to increase pollinator species populations like honey bees and butterflies by expanding their habitat sites.

The group is using compost filter socks containing wildflower seeds to try and bring back pollinators. Each sock measures 12 inches in diameter and contains compost material that can be laid out anywhere.

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Upper Township school board honors retirees, teachers of the year

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, June 19, 2014 01:19 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Board of Education recognized a dozen retiring staff members Monday, as well as the district’s three teachers of the year.

School board president Michele Barbieri said the annual recognition was always an emotional time for the school board.

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Erosion on Strathmere’s north end, but beach fill coming

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:14 pm

A rock wall on the north end of Strathmere has been exposed by waves and the dune system has been eroded, but officials hope a beach replenishment project planned this fall will come in time. A rock wall on the north end of Strathmere has been exposed by waves and the dune system has been eroded, but officials hope a beach replenishment project planned this fall will come in time.

STRATHMERE – The ocean waves and flow of the Corson’s Inlet channel have taken their toll on the beach and state park on Strathmere’s north end.

Dunes have been sheered off by the tides and part of a rock wall installed by the township in 2008 is visible again. The large beach left by the latest beach replenishments is mostly gone.

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Look who comes crawling back

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:00 pm

Musician Karen Buckley, also known as “The Turtlesinger,” will entertain children with clever songs and live turtles. Musician Karen Buckley, also known as “The Turtlesinger,” will entertain children with clever songs and live turtles.

Sara the Turtle Festival set for June 19

SEA ISLE CITY – The Sara the Turtle Festival will return this weekend to Excursion Park in Sea Isle City.

The festival is planned from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 19. It will include a variety of free family activities, live entertainment, nature displays and the chance to pet animals. 

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Plan still needed for baseball field lights

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, June 17, 2014 02:34 pm

To the editor:

After reading Jeff Pierson’s remarks in last week’s edition of The Gazette, I felt it important that the reasons for my decision to vote no on the lighting for Amanda’s Field be clearly stated to the public.

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Upper Township Committee honors responders in Parkway bridge crash

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, June 17, 2014 09:00 am

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee last week approved resolutions honoring emergency responders and construction workers who helped save the life of the driver whose truck crashed off the Parkway bridge into the Great Egg Harbor Bay.

Construction workers Jason Armbruster and Aaron Grace were honored for “selfless acts of heroism” for diving into the water after the truck fell off the bridge. The men broke the truck’s windshield and held the driver’s head above water as the dump truck filled with water.

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Upper Township considers speed humps on Martintown Road

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, June 16, 2014 06:29 pm

STEELMANTOWN – Township committee members said last week that they would support putting speed humps in on Martintown Road.

Residents have complained of speeding vehicles and “drag races,” Committeeman Hobie Young said. They have asked for speed humps or an intersection there, he said.

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Upper Township emergency warning system to be tested

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, June 16, 2014 04:26 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township plans on testing a new emergency warning system sometime later this month.

Mayor Richard Palombo said last week that the township has adopted a new CodeRED alert system to use in case of weather emergencies or other hazardous situations. It will allow the township to notify residents of an emergency in a shorter time period than the previous reverse 9-1-1 system.

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