Upper Township Gazette

Upper Township asks for 1-year extension on Amanda’s Field grant

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, February 04, 2015 01:08 pm

South State, Inc. volunteers to install lighting

PETERSBURG – Delays in construction of three baseball fields at Amanda’s Field has prompted Upper Township officials to ask the Cape May County Open Space Program for a one-year extension on a grant funding the project.


The Open Space Review Board and Cape May County freeholders approved the Amanda’s Field project early last year. The township received $220,000 for the baseball fields and a restroom at Amanda’s Field, as well as $280,000 for a new boat ramp in Strathmere.

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Donation helps dogs at Beacon Animal Rescue feel more at home

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, February 04, 2015 11:33 am

Beacon Animal Rescue volunteers (from left) Carol Wescott, John and Leah Simpkins with Biscuit. Biscuit is wearing a ThunderShirt that makes him less nervous around other dogs. Beacon Animal Rescue volunteers (from left) Carol Wescott, John and Leah Simpkins with Biscuit. Biscuit is wearing a ThunderShirt that makes him less nervous around other dogs. PALERMO – The dogs at Beacon Animal Rescue seem a little more at home thanks to a donation from ThunderShirt, a Durham, N.C. company that makes products to ease anxiety in pets.

Beacon recently received four ThunderShirts and six ThunderLeashes after volunteers John and Leah Simpkins of Upper Township sent an email to the company. The ThunderShirts are designed to wrap around a dog or cat like a constant hug, which is calming for the animals if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited, according to the company. The ThunderLeashers help in walking dogs with pulling issues.

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Upper Township Committee will have to cut budget by $375,000 to avoid tax increase

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 03, 2015 04:04 pm

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee will have to cut around $375,000 from its preliminary budget in order to avoid a local purpose tax increase this year, Committeeman John Coggins said at a Monday, Feb. 2 budget workshop.

The budget workshop was Township Committee’s first of the year. Coggins, who oversees revenue and finance for the committee, said the meeting was a chance for committee members to get familiar with budget requests made by department heads. No cuts were made to the preliminary budget yet.

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Tuckahoe River Bridge could be closed for nine months, officials say

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, February 03, 2015 10:21 am

Tuckahoe River Bridge TUCKAHOE – A project to replace the Tuckahoe River Bridge could completely close the span for around nine months, officials said this week.

Upper Township Mayor Richard Palombo and engineer Paul Dietrich said they recently met with representatives from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and contractor South State, Inc. to discuss plans for construction of a new bridge. The project started in October of 2013 but has been delayed as construction plans have changed.

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American Legion honors former committeeman

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Written by Ted Klepac Wednesday, January 28, 2015 04:20 pm

 Upper Township Committeeman John Coggins (left) and former committeeman Tony Inserra with American Legion Post 239 senior vice-commander Dennis DeSalvo.
Ted Klepac / Upper Township Committeeman John Coggins (left) and former committeeman Tony Inserra with American Legion Post 239 senior vice-commander Dennis DeSalvo. SEAVILLE – The Wittkamp Colwell American Legion post 239 in Tuckahoe recently honored former Upper Township committeeman and deputy mayor Tony Inserra.

A certificate presented to Inserra at the post’s monthly lunch meeting at Dino’s Diner in Seaville thanked him for his dedicated service to the community.

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Youth opera concert to benefit Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:22 am

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Members of the Youth Opera of South Jersey rehearse a scene from “West Side Story” Sunday, Jan. 25 at the New Motion Dance Studio in Linwood.
photos by Columb Higgins / Members of the Youth Opera of South Jersey rehearse a scene from “West Side Story” Sunday, Jan. 25 at the New Motion Dance Studio in Linwood. LINWOOD – Members of the Youth Opera of South Jersey will perform “West Side Story” in concert this March to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.

The youth opera is also offering free workshops to kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City every Friday through the end of winter. Some of the children will also participate in the show.

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Locals look to grow interest in Upper Township farmers market

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Written by DEBORAH PATTERSON Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:08 am

 From left, Upper Township Green Team member Ralph Cooper, steering committee members Kiesha Bond and Becky Holden, and volunteer Len Smith at a meeting on an Upper Township farmers market. Deborah Patterson/From left, Upper Township Green Team member Ralph Cooper, steering committee members Kiesha Bond and Becky Holden, and volunteer Len Smith at a meeting on an Upper Township farmers market. PALERMO – A farmers market may be coming to Upper Township.

Residents Becky Holden and Keisha Bond have teamed up with the Upper Township Green Team to consider a farmers market here starting in June. The group held a meeting to gauge interest on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Upper Township Senior and Wellness Center on Stagecoach Road in Palermo.

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Dance the night away

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:50 am

The Phillie Phanatic joins in with a group of dancing students during Ocean City High School’s Raider-thon  
The Phillie Phanatic joins in with a group of dancing students during Ocean City High School’s Raider-thon on Friday, Jan. 23 in the school’s gymnasium. Students, volunteers and local businesses participated in continuous activities from 5 p.m. to midnight to raise money for the Sunshine Foundation and the Ocean City Education Foundation. The Phillie Phanatic joins in with a group of dancing students during Ocean City High School’s Raider-thon on Friday, Jan. 23 in the school’s gymnasium. Students, volunteers and local businesses participated in continuous activities from 5 p.m. to midnight to raise money for the Sunshine Foundation and the Ocean City Education Foundation.  

   

Emily Meachon named to Dean's List

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 27, 2015 12:00 am

Emily Meachon of Marmora has been named to the fall 2014 Dean’s List at the University of Hartford.

 

Great Egg Harbor Bridge work closing Beesleys Point road this week

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 26, 2015 01:44 pm

BEESLEYS POINT – Township officials said that work on the new southbound Great Egg Harbor Bridge will close Harbor Road in Beesleys Point through at least Thursday, Jan. 29.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority said in a release that the road will be closed from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 26-29 as workers erect new concrete girders to support the bridge. The time frame may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather, according to the release.

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Marmora fire company ranked among top in the nation by ISO

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 26, 2015 01:43 pm

MARMORA – The Marmora Volunteer Fire Company has received a Class 3 rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), which provides underwriting and risk management data to insurance companies, putting it in the top few percentile of fire departments across the country that have been reviewed by the company.


ISO has performed reviews of almost 49,010 professional and volunteer fire departments in the United States. The company evaluates fire department communications, fire flows, equipment, staffing and training and uses that information to create a Public Protection Classification number.

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More work to be done at Amanda’s Field baseball fields

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:00 am

PETERSBURG – The township has more work to do at the Amanda’s Field baseball fields, Committeeman Hobie Young said last week.

Young, who oversees sports and recreation for Upper Township, said there has been very little drainage work done at the three fields, which were built using a $220,000 grant from the county Open Space program. That grant will also cover the construction of restrooms there.

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Bingo bonanza for Ocean City crew

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:51 pm

Bingo bonanza for Ocean City crew Bingo bonanza for Ocean City crew photo by Deborah Patterson

A Bingo Bonanza Night was held at The Upper Township Community Center on Saturday to benefit the Ocean City Crew Boosters. There will be another Bingo game night at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the community center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Shown here are Dawn and Harry Vanderslice, Kathy and Pat Lavin, and Kate and Mike Donlevie.

 

American Legion wants to lease old Township Hall building, says committeeman

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 20, 2015 04:47 pm

The old Township Hall building on Mount Pleasant-Tuckahoe Road in Tuckahoe has not been used for many years. The building is in disrepair now.
Columb Higgins/ The old Township Hall building on Mount Pleasant-Tuckahoe Road in Tuckahoe has not been used for many years. The building is in disrepair now. TUCKAHOE – The American Legion Aaron Wittkamp Colwell Post 239 in Tuckahoe would like to hold meetings in the old Township Hall building on Mount Pleasant-Tuckahoe Road.

The building has not been used for 10 or 12 years, according to officials. At one time it was leased to the railroad for $1 a year, Mayor Richard Palombo said.

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Rescue squad building in need of repair

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:00 am

PETERSBURG – The township will need to repaint the Upper Township Rescue Squad headquarters soon or replace the building, Committeeman Hobie Young said last week.

Young said at the Jan. 12 meeting of Upper Township Committee that the metal building is rusting in areas and needs a new coat of paint. He asked solicitor Dan Young if he could show township employees how to tape the building and then he would paint it.

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Pierson wants speed limit changes in Marmora

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 19, 2015 04:00 pm

MARMORA – Committeeman Jeffrey Pierson wants speed limits on Route 9 and Old Tuckahoe Road in Marmora lowered.

Pierson said Route 9 from Roosevelt Boulevard to the old Beesleys Point Bridge should be lowered from 45 mph to 40 mph. When the bridge was closed, the speed limit was lowered from 50 mph to 45 mph, officials said.

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