Upper Township Gazette

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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Appellate division rules for Upper Township in wrongful termination lawsuit

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, September 03, 2014 02:21 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – The Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division has ruled against a former township employee’s nine-year-old lawsuit challenging his termination in 2005.

The Aug. 18 opinion is the latest ruling in the protracted legal battle. It upholds Office of Administrative Law and Civil Service Commission rulings that sustained charges of conduct unbecoming and insubordination against former Upper Township truck driver Jon Kevin Grubb, as well as the termination of his employment.

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Township may again consider beach tags in Strathmere

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, September 03, 2014 01:21 pm

STRATHMERE – Mayor Richard Palombo said he will look to set up a workshop sometime this year on implementing beach tags for Strathmere beaches at the behest of residents there.

Strathmere resident Randy Roash asked Upper Township Committee to consider beach tags here in a recent letter, which was also printed in The Gazette on Aug. 20. He said the revenue produced will help fund the beach patrol, beach cleaning and beach access area maintenance.

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One injured in two-car accident in Upper Township

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, September 02, 2014 12:17 pm

PALERMO – One person was injured Tuesday in a two-car accident on Route 9 in Palermo.

A black Jeep collided with a white SUV just south of Sea Sounds Avenue on Route 9 shortly after 11:45 a.m. The Jeep flipped onto its side as a result of the accident. The white SUV had damage on the driver’s side.

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Upper Township historical society plans meetings through fall

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, September 02, 2014 11:42 am

PETERSBURG – The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township will hold meetings at the local branch of the Cape May County library through the fall.

The society’s History Through Art program will be the topic at the Tuesday, Sept. 9 meeting. Ten historical paintings of Upper Township’s sections will be presented. The artists will be on hand to discuss their works. The program was made possible through a grant from Cape Bank.

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Philadelphia man killed in Tuckahoe crash

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, September 01, 2014 03:21 pm

TUCKAHOE – A Philadelphia man was killed Saturday when a limousine bus crossed into oncoming traffic and hit an SUV.

Mario Carlo, Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Route 49 in Tuckahoe, according to State Police.

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Upper Township Committee rejects security system bids

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:53 am

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee Monday voted to reject the bids it had received for installing a security system at three municipal buildings.

Officials are looking at purchasing closed circuit security cameras, intrusion alarms and fire alarms at the Upper Township Municipal Building, Upper Township Community Center and the public works yard.

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