Upper Township Gazette

Storm drain reconstruction could be included in beach replenishment

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 am

SEA ISLE CITY – The Army Corps of Engineers’ beach replenishment project in Sea Isle City could also include reconstruction of storm drains at 82nd and 86th streets, according to the city.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company was awarded a $57,609,737 contract to complete dredging in southern Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City. The total project will pump 4.2 million cubic yards of sand onto local beaches, with 2.6 million cubic yards designated for Ludlam Island.

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Veterans make Valentine’s trip to memorial home

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 25, 2015 05:58 pm

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Jeffrey Pierson hands a check to Boris Reissek of the Vineland Memorial Home during a trip there on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Submitted / Jeffrey Pierson hands a check to Boris Reissek of the Vineland Memorial Home during a trip there on Wednesday, Feb. 11. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Cape May County Veterans Bureau sponsored its 31st Valentine’s trip to the Vineland Memorial Home on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Local veteran organizations and their auxiliaries collected donations from businesses throughout the county to present to hospitalized veterans at the home.

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From the sports field to the dance floor

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, February 25, 2015 05:00 am


Dancers twirl around and get warmed up for their creative dance class on Friday, Feb. 20 at Starstruck Dance Academy in Seaville. Upper Township Challenger Sports has teamed up with the dance academy to create a co-ed dance program adapted to fit the abilities of children with physical or developmental disabilities.  

Dancers twirl around and get warmed up for their creative dance class on Friday, Feb. 20 at Starstruck Dance Academy in Seaville. Upper Township Challenger Sports has teamed up with the dance academy to create a co-ed dance program adapted to fit the abilities of children with physical or developmental disabilities.  Upper Township Challenger Sports offering more ways for kids to succeed

SEAVILLE – Upper Township Challenger Sports is going from the sports field to the dance floor this winter.

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School district looks to join Sustainable Jersey program

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:00 am

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Board of Education is seeking to enter the school district in a new Sustainable Jersey for Schools program formed last year that seeks to promote sustainability and environmental initiatives in schools.

The program is modeled after the Sustainable Jersey program for municipalities, a non-profit organization started in 2009 that now boasts 417 participating towns in New Jersey. Upper Township received bronze level certification from the program last year for completing sustainability action items, such as holding rain barrel workshops, supporting a Shredding Day and planting a new garden at the Upper Cape Branch Library in Petersburg.

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American Legion honors Dino’s Seaville Diner

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Written by Ted Klepac Tuesday, February 24, 2015 09:54 pm

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Members and officers of American Legion Post 239 (left, front to back) Vernon Clarke, Dennis DeSalvo, Joe Georgio, Hermon Scheibein, Butch Meher and Charles Adelizzi with (right, front to back) Robert Smith, Paul Sutton, George Strunk, Linda Christian and Ted Behr.
photos by Ted Klepac / Members and officers of American Legion Post 239 (left, front to back) Vernon Clarke, Dennis DeSalvo, Joe Georgio, Hermon Scheibein, Butch Meher and Charles Adelizzi with (right, front to back) Robert Smith, Paul Sutton, George Strunk, Linda Christian and Ted Behr.  SEAVILLE – Members of the Wittkamp Colwell American Legion Post 239 in Tuckahoe recently honored Nick Karayiannis, proprietor of Dino’s Seaville Diner, for years of service to the legion’s monthly luncheon meetings there.

Karayiannis accepted an award from Post 239 senior vice commander Dennis DeSalvo and thanked the American Legion for the honor.

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Green Team work session Feb. 26

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 24, 2015 08:00 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Green Team plans to meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Upper Cape Library Branch, 2050 Tuckahoe Road, to discuss activities and partnerships in the township for 2015.

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Pipeline sparks debate at committee meeting

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 24, 2015 06:30 pm

TUCKAHOE — Debate over a proposed natural gas pipeline to the B.L. England power plant in Beesleys Point turned into a wide-ranging discussion on government surveillance, armed drones, and the first two amendments to the U.S. Constitution at the Upper Township Committee meeting Monday, Feb. 23.

The meetings usually draw little attendance or controversy. Debate at Township Committee is normally so staid that Mayor Richard Palombo has not gaveled a meeting to order in his more than 15 years in the position.

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Ocean City man’s nomination to Pinelands Commission released for full Senate vote

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 24, 2015 02:21 pm

The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to release the nomination of an Ocean City man to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission for a vote by the full senate.

Robert Barr was nominated twice by Gov. Chris Christie to fill the seat of Robert Jackson, of Middle Township, on the Pinelands Commission. He was first nominated last May, along with New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr. Barr and Roohr appeared before the judiciary committee in October 2014, but their nominations were unexpectedly held at the time.

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Bailey commits to Alderson Broaddus

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 24, 2015 02:16 pm

Bill Bailey, 18, of Tuckahoe, recently committed to play football at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, WV. He is a student at St. Augustine Prep in Richland, where he is on the Dean’s List. He is the son of Bill and Bridget Bailey of Upper Township Bill Bailey, 18, of Tuckahoe, recently committed to play football at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, WV. He is a student at St. Augustine Prep in Richland, where he is on the Dean’s List. He is the son of Bill and Bridget Bailey of Upper Township Bill Bailey, 18, of Tuckahoe, recently committed to play football at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, WV. He is a student at St. Augustine Prep in Richland, where he is on the Dean’s List. He is the son of Bill and Bridget Bailey of Upper Township.

 

Pack 79 goes to the races

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 24, 2015 02:15 pm

Pack 79 Cub Scouts held their annual Pinewood Derby Races on Saturday, Feb. 21. Pictured above are the winners from the Wolf Den: Jack Brogan (third), Ethan McAfee (second) and Brady Oliver (first). Best of Show in their division went to Logan Blackledge. Winning scouts will participate in the BaySea District Pinewood Derby Championship on April 18 in West Cape May. Pack 79 Cub Scouts held their annual Pinewood Derby Races on Saturday, Feb. 21. Pictured above are the winners from the Wolf Den: Jack Brogan (third), Ethan McAfee (second) and Brady Oliver (first). Best of Show in their division went to Logan Blackledge. Winning scouts will participate in the BaySea District Pinewood Derby Championship on April 18 in West Cape May. Pack 79 Cub Scouts held their annual Pinewood Derby Races on Saturday, Feb. 21. Pictured above are the winners from the Wolf Den: Jack Brogan (third), Ethan McAfee (second) and Brady Oliver (first). Best of Show in their division went to Logan Blackledge. Winning scouts will participate in the BaySea District Pinewood Derby Championship on April 18 in West Cape May.

   

Committee introduces ordinance with bulkhead, zoning changes

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 24, 2015 02:15 pm

TUCKAHOE – Upper Township Committee voted unanimously Monday, Feb. 23 to introduce a zoning ordinance creating new bulkhead requirements for waterfront homes and amending zoning rules.

The ordinance will be up for a public hearing and final vote at the Monday, March 30 meeting of Township Committee. Mayor Richard Palombo said the ordinance will be posted online at www.uppertownship.com for residents to review.

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Tax levy stable as Upper Township Committee cuts $378,000 from budget

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 24, 2015 09:07 am

TUCKAHOE – Upper Township Committee cut $378,296 from its proposed budget Monday, preventing any increase in the local purpose tax levy.

Officials said the local tax rate will still change, however, because of a revaluation nearing completion. New assessments were mailed to property owners earlier this month, and appeals are being heard at the Upper Township Community Center this week. A final tax rate will not be finalized until early March, said Chief Financial Officer Barbara Spiegel.

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Water damage forces Upper Township Committee meeting move

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, February 23, 2015 10:53 am

PETERSBURG – A burst pipe at the Upper Township Municipal Building last week flooded several rooms near the court room and has forced Upper Township Committee to move its Monday, Feb. 23 meeting to the Upper Township Community Center.


Mayor Richard Palombo said a pipe burst during the hard freeze last week. Committeeman Hobie Young, who oversees buildings and grounds for the township, said that along with the pipe repairs, carpets were scheduled to be cleaned and some drywall would have to be replaced. The township’s insurance would cover the cost of the repairs, he said.

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Palermo girl named county Junior Outstanding 4-H’er

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, February 20, 2015 02:17 pm

From left, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher, Amanda Schuler, and State Board of Agriculture President Richard Norz. From left, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher, Amanda Schuler, and State Board of Agriculture President Richard Norz.

ATLANTIC CITY – Two Cape May County teenagers were recently honored at the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention Delegates’ Dinner on Feb. 4 in Atlantic City.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno visited the dinner and helped present the Cape May County Outstanding 4-H’er award to Cody Hanek, of Woodbine, and the Cape May County Junior Outstanding 4-H’er award to Amanda Schuler, of Palermo.

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Public safety officials making plans for Tuckahoe River bridge closure

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:55 am

TUCKAHOE – Public safety officials in Upper Township met last week with the contractor for the Route 50 Tuckahoe River bridge replacement to discuss contingency plans in case the bridge is closed.

South State, Inc. is considering closing the bridge for up to nine months as part of a project to build a new span across the river. The current bridge is in such bad shape that a plan to temporarily widen it and keep one lane of alternating traffic open during construction has been scrapped because it would not be able to handle the stress, according to officials.

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Keys to the kingdom

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:21 am

Marmora woman has played for churches almost her entire life

Elsie Shearer of Marmora practices playing the organ at Trinity United Methodist Church. Columb Higgins / Elsie Shearer of Marmora practices playing the organ at Trinity United Methodist Church.

MARMORA – For almost 98 years, Elsie Shearer’s life has been set to music.

She was born in Philadelphia in 1917 and started learning how to play piano when she was 4-and-half years old. She played for the Sunday school at the Baptist church in Oaklyn where her family moved, and learned sight-reading not long after in order to play requests.

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