Upper Township Gazette

Private security for Upper Township courts

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, September 17, 2014 09:00 am

PETERSBURG – The township will contract with K.D. National Force Security of Woodstown to provide security at the Upper Township Municipal Court.

Committeeman Ed Barr, who oversees public safety, said the company will provide security for the court, the judge and operate the metal detector system.

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Board, UTEA backs school newsletter proposal

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:00 am

PETERSBURG — Members of the Upper Township Board of Education’s public relations committee have suggested publishing a monthly newsletter, to spread the word about happenings within the school district from the classroom to the sports fields.

“So that all the stakeholders are aware, so it’s not just the people who show up at the board meetings,” said board member Kristie Chisholm at a Monday, Sept. 15, meeting of the Upper Township Board of Education.

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Upper Schools adopt rigid attendance policy

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 16, 2014 04:16 pm

PETERSBURG — The Upper Township Board of Education has approved a stricter attendance policy designed to align with New Jersey Department of Education requirements.

The state recently revised the rules for reporting student absences for all students age 6 to 16.
“Parents, you need to pay attention,” board member Fran Newman said at a Monday, Sept. 15 school board meeting. “Documentation is very important.”  

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Upper Township Board of Education notes, edition of Sept. 17, 2014

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, September 16, 2014 04:13 pm

PETERSBURG — The following items were discussed during a Monday, Sept. 15 meeting of the Upper Township Board of Education.

Televised meetings

During a board comment period at the end of the meeting, board member Jim Arsenault asked for an update on a potential plan to air board meetings on the township’s public access channel.

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Free rabies clinic in Seaville set for Oct. 25

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:00 pm

SEAVILLE – The township has scheduled a free rabies clinic from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Shore Veterinarian Animal Hospital, 73 Hope Corson Road in Seaville.

The event will be held rain or shine. Dog licenses will also be available for purchase.

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Volunteers needed for beach cleanup and dune grass planting in Sea Isle

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 12:00 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – Individuals, families, civic originations, scout troops and others are encouraged to volunteer for Sea Isle City’s 2014 Autumn Beach Cleanup and Dune Grass event from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The cleanup is hosted by the Sea Isle City Environmental Commission. Volunteers will gather debris from the beaches and dunes and plant dune grass to strengthen the shoreline.

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Upper Township committeeman suggests fee for vacant properties

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, September 13, 2014 02:00 pm

PETERSBURG – Committeeman John Coggins said last week that he would like Upper Township to make banks register foreclosed properties that they own, and charge them a fee.

Coggins said the Borough of Woodbine recently approved regulations that requires banks owning foreclosed properties to register them with the clerk. There is a $500 registration fee for the first year, $1,000 in the second year and $1,500 in the third year and thereafter, he said.

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New programs, rules for Upper Township recreation programs

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, September 13, 2014 01:00 pm

PETERSBURG – Local sports and recreation programs must begin coordinating better with the township, Committeeman Hobie Young said last week.

He recommended requiring all local sports programs send a representative to every Sports and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, and having equipment purchased by the programs be approved by the advisory board so it meets Upper Township’s specifications.

“There are too many hands in the soup out there,” Young said at the Monday, Sept. 8 meeting of Upper Township Committee. Young oversees sports and recreation programs as part of his duties on Township Committee.

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Upper Township committeeman proposes property sale to bring in $1M

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, September 12, 2014 04:19 pm

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee will consider selling four township-owned lots this year.

Committeeman Tony Inserra, who proposed the idea, said last week that he hopes the proceeds from the sale top $1 million. The money could be used to keep local property taxes down, he said.

“The township needs the money,” he said. “There’s no use sitting on these things.”

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Beach tags, parking regulations considered for Strathmere

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, September 12, 2014 01:15 pm

Committeemen ask if measures are meant to keep people away

STRATHMERE – Mayor Richard Palombo said last week that he will form a subcommittee soon to look at beach tag sales for Strathmere beaches, as well as other options like parking permits for residents.

But two committeemen questioned whether the moves are just aimed at discouraging people from going there.

Strathmere, with its unofficial motto “Shhh,” is not like most shore towns. It’s too small for the massive turnover and influx of renters that neighboring Ocean City and Sea Isle City experience each summer.

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Marmora man pleads guilty to selling false safety certifications

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, September 12, 2014 11:07 am

CAMDEN – A certified Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) instructor from Marmora has admitted selling more than 100 false safety certifications to New Jersey carpenters who never completed the required training, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said Friday.

Frederick Prinz, 38, of Marmora, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden federal court to an making and selling fraudulent construction industry certification forms, known as “OSHA 30” cards.

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At Sept. 11 ceremony, locals share vivid memories of attacks

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, September 11, 2014 01:37 pm

Residents of Osprey Point sing “God Bless America” at the end of a Patriot Day ceremony there. Residents of Osprey Point sing “God Bless America” at the end of a Patriot Day ceremony there.

SEAVILLE – Members of the Osprey Point adult community in Seaville, first responders and local officials held the township’s annual Patriot Day ceremony Thursday at Sgt. William R. Godfrey Memorial Park, marking the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Almost 3,000 people were killed when three passenger planes were hijacked and flown into the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked plane crashed in Pennsylvania after its passengers tried to retake control.

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Cape Shore Chorus celebrates 25th anniversary

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11:17 am

Cape Shore Chorus celebrates 25th anniversary Cape Shore Chorus celebrates 25th anniversary

TUCKAHOE – Cape Shore Chorus recently is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

The group recently held an anniversary dinner at the Avalon Golf Club. More than 30 current and former members of the chorus were present for an evening of good food, fond memories and lots of singing.

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Strathmere beaches stable since summer, but plans in place

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, September 09, 2014 11:24 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Township engineer Paul Dietrich said Monday that Strathmere’s north-end beach has not seen more significant erosion since the middle of summer, but the township has a plan in place if a storm threatens the Jersey Shore.

The north-end beach here lost 100 feet of sand as Hurricane Arthur passed to the east during the July 4 weekend, bringing strong waves and tides. Upper Township Committee passed an emergency declaration for the area a short time later.

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In Marmora, new construction and empty storefronts since recession

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, September 08, 2014 03:15 pm

Redevelopment may have to wait for stronger recovery, officials say

MARMORA – The township’s largest commercial zone has seen some substantial development projects in recent years, but many vacant lots and empty storefronts remain.

In some cases, the two stand side by side.

Upper Township Committee members said last month that attaining Town Center status from the state seven years ago has helped foster commercial development here. But it will likely take a stronger economic recovery before new businesses replace empty lots and storefronts, they said.

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Family fishing fun

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, September 05, 2014 04:10 pm


Bob Castner of Strathmere fishes alongside his son Eric, 13, who was fishing in the 11th annual Kid’s Surf Fishing Tournament Saturday, Aug. 30 at Prescott Street Beach in Strathmere. Eric Castner had caught a baby bluefish earlier in the tournament. The event is hosted by the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club.
Bob Castner of Strathmere fishes alongside his son Eric, 13, who was fishing in the 11th annual Kid’s Surf Fishing Tournament Saturday, Aug. 30 at Prescott Street Beach in Strathmere. Eric Castner had caught a baby bluefish earlier in the tournament. The event is hosted by the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club. Bob Castner of Strathmere fishes alongside his son Eric, 13, who was fishing in the 11th annual Kid’s Surf Fishing Tournament Saturday, Aug. 30 at Prescott Street Beach in Strathmere. Eric Castner had caught a baby bluefish earlier in the tournament. The event is hosted by the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club.

photos by Jen Marra

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