Upper Township Gazette

Plane captured over township on Google Earth

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:49 am

What looks like an airport marking off Weatherby Road on Google Earth turns out to be a plane in flight over Upper Township. What looks like an airport marking off Weatherby Road on Google Earth turns out to be a plane in flight over Upper Township. What from a distance looks like an airport marking off Weatherby Road on Google Earth turns out, when zoomed in, to be a plane in flight over Upper Township, near the border with Atlantic and Cumberland counties.

See the image on Google Earth here. 

 

Mayor, committeeman spar over health insurance savings

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, October 22, 2014 03:29 am

PETERSBURG – Mayor Richard Palombo and Committeeman Tony Inserra argued last week over a change in health insurance that saved the township around $238,000.

The change came in April 2012 as Upper Township Committee approved a move from the state health benefits program to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. Inserra is running for reelection this year and the issue resurfaced in a recent candidates profile in The Press of Atlantic City.

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On the Cover: Fire it up

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Written by Jen Marra Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:00 pm

Blacksmith Bill Banks of Eldora helps Ryan and Rachel Bacon, 6 and 11 respectively, of Seaville, create a hook using a horse shoe nail during the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township’s annual AppleFest Saturday, Oct. 18 at the John Wesley Gandy Farmstead in Greenfield. Blacksmith Bill Banks of Eldora helps Ryan and Rachel Bacon, 6 and 11 respectively, of Seaville, create a hook using a horse shoe nail during the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township’s annual AppleFest Saturday, Oct. 18 at the John Wesley Gandy Farmstead in Greenfield.

Blacksmith Bill Banks of Eldora helps Ryan and Rachel Bacon, 6 and 11 respectively, of Seaville, create a hook using a horse shoe nail during the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township’s annual AppleFest Saturday, Oct. 18 at the John Wesley Gandy Farmstead in Greenfield.  

Photo by Jen Marra

 

More than just apples

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Written by Jen Marra Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:00 pm

photos by Jen Marra

Mike Fackenthal of Pittsburgh, with his wife Patrice not photographed, orders an apple cobbler with whip cream from Dan Leonard of Seaville, a member of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township, during the annual AppleFest Saturday, Oct. 18 at the John Wesley Gandy Farmstead in Greenfield.
Mike Fackenthal of Pittsburgh, with his wife Patrice not photographed, orders an apple cobbler with whip cream from Dan Leonard of Seaville, a member of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township, during the annual AppleFest Saturday, Oct. 18 at the John Wesley Gandy Farmstead in Greenfield. Mike Fackenthal of Pittsburgh, with his wife Patrice not photographed, orders an apple cobbler with whip cream from Dan Leonard of Seaville, a member of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township, during the annual AppleFest Saturday, Oct. 18 at the John Wesley Gandy Farmstead in Greenfield.

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New contract approved for school superintendent

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, October 21, 2014 06:17 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Board of Education approved a new contract for Superintendent Vincent Palmieri at its Monday, Oct. 20 meeting.

The board did not approve the contract as they voted on agenda items. With unanswered questions vexing some members, the board went into executive session and voted after returning to the board table.

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Memorial fund seeking locations for AEDs

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, October 21, 2014 05:00 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The Jennifer Ward Memorial Fund continues to place AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) and hold CPR/AED classes, and with National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month underway it is seeking public places or schools in need of equipment or training.

The Jennifer Ward Memorial Fund was founded in 2005 by Upper Township residents Gerry and Jerry Ward, who lost their daughter that year to a sudden cardiac arrest. The fund has worked for the past nine years to place AEDs in schools, local businesses, recreation fields and community centers in Upper Township and throughout South Jersey.

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Gill honored for win at South Jersey Lifeguard Championships

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 03:00 pm


Kevin Gill, holding a proclamation, is honored by Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Anthony Inserra and Ed Barr.
Kevin Gill, holding a proclamation, is honored by Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Anthony Inserra and Ed Barr. PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee last week honored Kevin Gill for winning the ocean swim event at the South Jersey Lifeguarding Championships this summer.

Gill, 17, also helped the Upper Township Beach Patrol finish second overall at the Cape May County Championships by winning two events. He won the swimming events at the Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races, the Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships and Margate Memorials.

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Upper Township honors local baseball teams after historic seasons

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, October 21, 2014 01:42 pm

The Upper Township 9-10-year-old All-Star Team was honored by members of Upper Township Committee last week. The Upper Township 9-10-year-old All-Star Team was honored by members of Upper Township Committee last week.

PETERSBURG – For a few weeks this summer, Upper Township baseball was close to unbeatable.

The combined Ocean City-Upper Township 11-12-year-old All-Star Team went undefeated during their regular season and made history as the only Cape May County team to ever win the New Jersey Section 4 Championship. They lost the state championship 7-6 on the final out of the game.

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AppleFest offers crisp and juicy treats

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 01:16 pm

Adriana Palmer of Ocean View buys a candy apple from John Roat of Wildwood. Adriana Palmer of Ocean View buys a candy apple from John Roat of Wildwood.  GREENFIELD – The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township held its popular AppleFest on Saturday, Oct. 18 and it had it all – apple pies, apple dumplings, caramel apples, apple butter, apple cider, apple turnovers and, of course, fresh crisp apples.

The festival was held at the John Gandy Farmstead on Tyler Road in Greenfield. Across the street, Dave Gandy offered free train rides to the young and young at heart.

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Senate committee puts hold on Pinelands Commission appointments

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:41 pm

TRENTON – The state Senate Judiciary Committee unexpectedly put a hold on two of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission last week.

Committee chair Sen. Nicholas Scutari said at the beginning of the meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16 that he expected to have a vote on the nominees following their testimony and comments from members of the public. But after testimony from New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr and Robert Barr of Ocean City he adjourned the hearing.

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Letter: What has committeeman done for township?

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 20, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

I just finished watching the Oct. 14 Upper Township Committee meeting. During this meeting Committeeman Anthony Inserra was reprimanded for interfering with the bidding process for the lights at Amanda’s Field.

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Letter: Real issue is baseball lights are unnecessary

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 20, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

Regarding the article on the baseball field lighting controversy and the allegations that an action on my part resulted in the “bid process being tainted,” I wish to state the facts of the matter once and for all.

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Leteter: Pierson has leadership, management experience

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 20, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

With the General Election just around the corner, I hope each voter in Upper Township takes the time to learn more about Jeff Pierson, candidate for Upper Township Committee. We have the opportunity to make a difference with our vote and make sure we elect a man with exceptional leadership qualities as his record over many years proves. Sometimes we feel our vote doesn't count or we can let someone else do it. This November that is not the case.

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Letter: Tainted bidding process costing taxpayers more money

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 20, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

Yes, it is that time of year where elected officials are running for reelection, many of which unfortunately turn to making statements that are fabricated and often lack the transparency expected of our elected officials. Over the past three years, I have served the citizens of Upper Township on Township Committee and I believe it is my duty to address statements made by Committeeman Anthony Inserra in which he has taken credit for budgetary savings but lacks transparency when questioned about his own spending practices.

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Letter: Inserra looks for ways to save tax dollars

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 20, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

Deputy Mayor Anthony Inserra deserves reelection to Upper Township Committee. An independent Republican and supporter of the taxpayer, he is not committed to any political machine or organization. His election three years ago garnered the support of Republicans, Democrats and independent voters alike. He has a strong devotion to family, church and the community which he serves.

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Letter: Inserra had nothing to do with health care savings

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Written by Opinion Monday, October 20, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

After serving for 12 years on Upper Township Committee, I felt that after I left office I would not have to attend a future Township Committee meeting. That all changed as I read several articles in The Gazette concerning placing lights at Amanda’s Field. I was further convinced that I should attend after reading The Press of Atlantic City’s article where Committeeman Anthony Inserra claimed that he had saved the township $230,000 in health care costs.

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