• Ocean City Gazette

    Members of the Ocean City High School surf team, pictured with Coach Mark Miedema, center, will travel to Dana Point, Calif. in June for a national surfing championship. The team is raising money to make the trip possible and is hosting a clothing drive this weekend. OCEAN CITY — Nine members of the Ocean City High School surf team will be heading to California in June, and they need your help to get there.

    The team qualified to go to the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s National Interscholastic Championship in Dana Point, Calif. June 14 – 16.

  • Regional

    A dolphin takes a breath while swimming off Ocean City Saturday with several others. Federal officials fear a deadly illness could be coming back north with the returning animals, although the hope is that the disease will peter out this spring. (photo by Bill Barlow)With warming temperatures, the snowbirds are returning from Florida.

    That goes for wildlife as well as human cold-averse residents. On platforms along the marshes and back bays, ospreys are choosing their nesting sites, and over the weekend, just past the wetsuited surfers in the 40-something degree water in Ocean City’s north end, a pod of dolphins made…

  • Upper Township Gazette

    Cyclists get moving at the start of the Fourth Annual Tour de Tuckahoe Bike Ride at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. The event is the largest fundraiser for the Greater Area Tuckahoe Merchants Association’s scholarship fund. PETERSBURG – Township committee last week approved the Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants Association’s request to hold the fifth annual Tour de Tuckahoe bike ride on Sunday, May 4 at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg.

    Last year, the event brought more than 260 cyclists. Participants could also compete in a duathlon.

  • Upper Township Gazette

     SEA ISLE CITY – The county fire marshal and the county prosecutor Monday continued their investigation into a fire that destroyed three beachfront condominiums last week, drawing firefighters from 14 South Jersey towns.

    The investigation could be complete by Thursday.

  • Summer Magazines

    bayfest SOMERS POINT  Bayfest will occupy 14 blocks along Bay Avenue with music, food, crafters and family activities 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, rain or shine.

    Somers Point is expecting more than 30,000 people to flock to Bay Avenue this year for four live bands, 38 food vendors and more than 120 crafters, as well as 15 children’s activities.

  • Weather

    For the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for the 2014 Wildwood Spring Bike Rally to finally arrive, here is the weather to expect when you drop a kickstand on Saturday and Sunday in front of the Bolero in Wildwood:/Jen MarraFor the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for the 2014 Wildwood Spring Bike Rally to finally arrive, here is the weather you can expect when you drop a kickstand Saturday and Sunday in front of the Bolero in Wildwood:

Upper Township Gazette

Focus on History: For my grandchildren, your great, great, great grandmother was an indentured servant

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Written by Marjorie Bailey Bixby Wednesday, March 19, 2014 01:37 pm

I understand that in school you have been learning about indentured servants. Well, one of your ancestors was one. This is what I know and how I know it.

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Neumann University Concert Chorale to play spring mission concert in Marmora

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:35 pm

The Neumann University Concert Chorale will perform at a spring mission concert in Marmora on Saturday, March 29. The Neumann University Concert Chorale will perform at a spring mission concert in Marmora on Saturday, March 29.

MARMORA – The Neumann University Concert Chorale will perform at the spring mission concert on Saturday, March 29 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Marmora.

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Sea Isle Ambulance Corps holds arts and craft fundraiser in April

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, March 18, 2014 02:08 pm

SEA ISLE CITY – The Sea Isle City Volunteer Ambulance Corps will hold an Arts and Craft Fair to raise funds for the purchase of rescue equipment from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5-6 at the Community Lodge, 300 JFK Blvd.

More than 30 vendors will sell a variety of handmade items. The event will feature jewelry, glassware, birdhouses, hand-knitted items, seasonal decorations, woodwork, baby goods, items created from recycled materials such as storm debris, and other artisan crafts.

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Rabies clinic in Upper Township vaccinates more than 150 dogs and cats

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:07 pm

SEAVILLE – Upper Township’s second free rabies clinic of the year vaccinated more than 150 dogs and cats, according to township officials.

The clinic held on Feb. 22 at Shore Veterinarians in Seaville enjoyed better weather and more success than the first clinic in January. The weather was a major factor in the huge turn out for the clinic.

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Van Drew: BL England pipeline has viable path forward

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:55 am

BL England

BEESLEYS POINT – State Sen. Jeff Van Drew said Tuesday that he has received the support of Gov. Chris Christie and state Senate president Steve Sweeney to advance plans for a natural gas pipeline to BL England.

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Oceanview resident celebrates 100th birthday

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:04 am

Ralph Passarelli celebrates his 100th birthday at The Residence at Oceanview. Ralph Passarelli celebrates his 100th birthday at The Residence at Oceanview.

OCEAN VIEW – Ralph Passarelli celebrated his 100th birthday with friends at The Residence at Oceanview on Friday, March 7.

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Another snow day in Upper Township

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, March 17, 2014 09:02 am

Another snow day in Upper Township

Schools were closed and township offices planned a delayed opening because of a mid-March snow storm.

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Upper Township Republicans back challenger over incumbent for June primary

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, March 15, 2014 11:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The local Republican County Committee has selected a challenger to incumbent Republican Committeeman Tony Inserra for a spot in the party’s column for the June primary.

The Upper Township Republican County Committee met Wednesday, March 5 to nominate a candidate for inclusion in the regular Republican column on the June 3 primary ballot. Jeffrey Pierson of Marmora won the vote 12-5.

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Zoning board approves variances for Seaville water tower

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, March 14, 2014 02:55 pm

SEAVILLE – The Upper Township zoning board Thursday approved variances for a 160-foot tall water storage tank at the Cedar Square Shopping Center.

The water tank is planned for a site behind the Acme supermarket. It requested use variances for height and for more than one principal structure on a lot, as well as preliminary and final site plan approval.

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On the cover: Sign of spring

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:47 pm

On the cover: Sign of spring

Rachael Smith, 13, of Seaville, and Marley Goudie, 14, of Marmora, enjoy the warm weather with a milkshake and sundae from Custard Hut in Seaville Saturday, March 8. The Custard Hut had its grand re-opening Friday, Feb. 28, with their annual Education Foundation Day Saturday, March 1, where all net proceeds were donated to the local education foundation. 

   

Tuckahoe bridge contractor looks to change plans for fear of hitting gas main

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:59 am

 TUCKAHOE – The contractor building the new Route 50 bridge in Tuckahoe is looking at scrapping plans for a temporary bridge during construction because of fears of hitting a nearby gas main.

Township engineer Paul Dietrich said that South State, Inc. of Bridgeton, which received the $11,676,863 contract to do the work last June, is concerned that driving pilings for the temporary bridge will hit the 20-inch gas main under the Tuckahoe River.

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Committee members still divided over Amanda’s Field lights in Upper Township

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:30 am

PETERSBURG – Committee members Monday continued to debate the need for $50,000 in additional funding for lights at new baseball fields in Amanda’s Field.

The new funding would be combined with $130,000 already budgeted in a capital bond approved last year. A Little League field and Babe Ruth League field would be lit as part of the project.

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