Upper Township Gazette

UPDATE: Woman wanted by state police surrenders to Woodbine troopers

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 28, 2014 02:00 pm

Angela B. Comfort Angela B. Comfort  WOODBINE - Angela B. Comfort, 23, of Pelham, N.Y., accompanied by her attorney, surrendered to Woodbine Station troopers on Monday, Oct. 27, officials said today.

Comfort is a suspect in a recent case of identity theft, and the theft of about $10,000 from the PNC Bank in Marmora, and state police have credited social media with generating leads in the incident.

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Boy scouts meet Kazakh exchange student in Seaville

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 28, 2014 01:53 pm

Boy Scout Troop 79 members with Amina Kosbayeva, center, an exchange student from Kazakhstan who is living in Upper Township. Boy Scout Troop 79 members with Amina Kosbayeva, center, an exchange student from Kazakhstan who is living in Upper Township.

SEAVILLE – Boy scouts from Troop 79 of Upper Township hosted an exchange student from Kazakhstan at a recent meeting.

Scouts had the opportunity to ask Amina Kosbayeva, who has lived in Upper Township for a little over a month, questions about her home country. She also presented a slide show at the meeting.

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Upper Township Committee to meet with local fire districts on financial safeguards

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, October 28, 2014 01:52 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township will work more closely with local fire districts to make sure they are able to operate and there are financial controls in place to protect tax dollars, Upper Township Committee members said Monday.

The move comes in the wake of the indictment of former Seaville fire chief Rob Spiegel in September for allegedly stealing more than $46,000 from the fire company. Spiegel and his son, Jacob, allegedly received payments based on fraudulent invoices and receipts they submitted for reimbursement to the fire company and Fire District No. 4 commissioners.

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Upper schools plan powder puff football game

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:30 am

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township School District will host its inaugural Powder Puff Flag Football Tournament on Friday, Nov. 21.

“You will be entertained,” Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said.

The event is being sponsored by the Middle School Student Council. Girl students will play in the game and boys will be cheering on the teams.

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Bullying incidents low in Upper Township schools, report says

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Written by Ann Richardson Saturday, October 25, 2014 09:00 am

PETERSBURG — Bullying may be a big problem across the nation, but Superintendent Vincent Palmieri says it is not an issue in Upper Township.

In a presentation on the district’s annual Violence/Vandalism/Substance Abuse and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, HIB report at the Monday, Oct. 20 meeting of the Upper Township Board of Education, he said incidents were few and far between.

There were a total of 17 reported HIB incidents, and only nine of those qualified as actual HIB violations, Palmieri said. He read brief descriptions of the nine incidents, but did not include the names of the students involved.

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Upper Township students recognized for perfect NJASK scores

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, October 24, 2014 11:19 am

PETERSBURG – It is pretty unusual for any student to score a perfect 300 on the Language Arts portion of the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK), given annually to students in third through eighth grades.

In fact, it appears that Upper Township seventh grader Travis Krause is the first and only student in the state to have accomplished that feat.

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Corbin City seeking place on Ocean City BOE

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Written by Ann Richardson Friday, October 24, 2014 10:23 am

 PETERSBURG – If Longport has a seat at the table at the Ocean City Board of Education meetings, shouldn’t Corbin City?

That was the question posed by board member Jill Casacio at a Monday, Oct. 20 meeting of the Upper Township Board of Education. 

Longport has only a dozen students attending Ocean City High School, she said. Corbin City, which is a sending district to both Upper Township and Ocean City, has many more, she said.

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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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