Upper Township Gazette

Investigation at Seaville fire company began with an offhand comment

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, September 29, 2014 11:23 am

SEAVILLE – Seaville Fire Chief Richard E. Stevens said the investigation into potential financial fraud at the firehouse began when the treasurer of the Fire District No. 4 Board of Fire Commissioners mentioned in an offhand comment that firefighter Jacob Spiegel’s reimbursement for training would be ready soon.

“I remember it very clearly,” Stevens said in an interview last Thursday. “It was a typical Monday night at the firehouse. We schedule drills or a meeting night on Mondays. The commissioner treasurer told Jacob that his training reimbursement would be ready soon and I turned to the training officer sitting right next to me and said, ‘What training?’

“This was late December,” Stevens added. “Our training was done for the year.”

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Sea Isle City civic club raises $2,000 for local food banks

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 01:47 pm

$2000 was raised for local food banks during the Sea Isle City Women’s Civic Club’s annual Card Party on Sept. 18. Shown during the fundraiser are (from left) civic club vice president Anita Dudzek, treasurer Barbara Robinson, former president Dolores Meyers and event organizer Dody Walker. $2000 was raised for local food banks during the Sea Isle City Women’s Civic Club’s annual Card Party on Sept. 18. Shown during the fundraiser are (from left) civic club vice president Anita Dudzek, treasurer Barbara Robinson, former president Dolores Meyers and event organizer Dody Walker.

SEA ISLE CITY – Members of the Sea Isle City Women’s Civic Club hosted their annual Card Party on Thursday, Sept. 18, raising funds for local charities.

This year’s nautically-themed Card Party attracted more than 100 participants. They enjoyed a buffet luncheon, door prizes and a variety of games such as Bridge, Pinochle and Mahjong.

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Library research area dedicated to Upper Township woman

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 11:39 am

Harriett Reardon Bailey and Mike Stafford are shown in front of a plaque in Bailey’s honor. Harriett Reardon Bailey and Mike Stafford are shown in front of a plaque in Bailey’s honor.

SEA ISLE CITY – Members of the Sea Isle City Historical Society recently gathered inside the Historical Museum for a special ceremony to honor Harriett Reardon Bailey, a founding member of the society and a driving force who helped create the museum.  Bailey, of Seaville, was the society’s first president and the museum’s first curator. 

A plaque inscribed with Bailey’s name was unveiled in the museum’s Family Research Area. The Family Research Area focuses on Sea Isle City’s many notable families, each represented by books filled with photographs, news articles and other artifacts. 

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Mayor: Baseball lighting project should be rebid

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, September 25, 2014 05:23 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Mayor Richard Palombo said Thursday that the purchase of lighting equipment and poles to light baseball fields at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg should be rebid, following discussion at an Upper Township Committee meeting earlier this week that a potential bidder did not send in a proposal because they couldn’t meet a price they were told by someone from the township.

Bids for the project were opened this week. Only one company, Musco Lighting, submitted a bid of $175,605. Two other companies took out specs on the contract, according to township engineer Paul Dietrich.

Dietrich said at a Township Committee meeting Monday, however, that one of those companies did not bid on the project “because he couldn’t meet the budgetary price he was told by somebody” within the township.

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Two more Seaville firefighters were terminated in connection with alleged theft

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, September 25, 2014 02:42 pm

SEAVILLE – Two more members of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company have been terminated in connection with an internal investigation by the company, according to Seaville Fire Chief Richard E. Stevens.

The former chief of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, Eugene Robert Spiegel, and his son Jacob were indicted Wednesday for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the fire company.

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Former Seaville fire chief and son indicted on $46,000 theft from fire company

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 03:50 pm

Jacob Spiegel, left, and former Seaville fire chief Rob Spiegel, right, were indicted Wednesday. Jacob Spiegel, left, and former Seaville fire chief Rob Spiegel, right, were indicted Wednesday. TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said Wednesday that the former chief of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company and his son have been indicted for allegedly receiving payments of approximately $46,000 based on fraudulent invoices and receipts they submitted for reimbursement to the fire company and Fire District No. 4 commissioners.

Eugene “Rob” Spiegel, 51, and Jacob Spiegel, 20, both of Seaville, were indicted by a state grand jury.

Rob Spiegel stole $44,722 and Jacob Spiegel stole $1,275, according to the attorney general.

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Upper Township receives $175,605 bid for baseball field lighting

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, September 24, 2014 03:10 pm

PETERSBURG – The township has received just one bid of $175,605 for lighting equipment and poles at baseball fields in Amanda’s Field.

A second bidder apparently decided not to bid on the project because he didn’t think he could be competitive with a price he was given by somebody within the township, according to township engineer Paul Dietrich.

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New 4-H club to meet in Upper Township

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 23, 2014 09:54 am

Fall crafts, games and a showcase of 4-H clubs are planned as part of a 4-H Open House scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5. Fall crafts, games and a showcase of 4-H clubs are planned as part of a 4-H Open House scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5. UPPER TOWNSHIP – For more than 100 years, 4-H clubs across the country have helped boys and girls “learn by doing.”

But it’s more than just showing goats and pigs at the annual fair. The Cape May County 4-H program offers clubs in robotics, shooting sports, gardening, Legos, fishing, science, archery, herpetology, livestock, equestrian, a horseless horse club, teen leadership and culinary science.

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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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