Upper Township Gazette

Upper Township wants School Choice students accepted at Ocean City High School

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:04 am

PETERSBURG – Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said Monday that the school district is awaiting word from Ocean City on whether it will accept School Choice students in Upper Township at Ocean City High School.

The Upper Township School District began accepting students through the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program starting this year. It was granted 35 seats through the program by the state Department of Education and filled them all, Palmieri said.

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Upper Township community news

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:00 am

GriefShare meets during holidays

GriefShare will hold a “Surviving the Holidays” meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Second Cape May Baptist Church, 600 Route 9 in Marmora. The meeting features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one's death. Topics to be discussed include why the holidays are tough, what to expect, how to manage relationships and holiday socials. For more information, call Jim or Dot Schmidt at 609-390-7771 or the church at 609-390-0681.

High school scholarship dinner

The Ninth Annual Ocean City High School Scholarship Fundraising Dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Ocean City High School cafeteria. The dinner will be a buffet featuring specialties prepared and served by chefs from many local restaurants. Dinner will be served promptly at 5:30 p.m. followed by door prizes. Dinner music will be performed by Tym Cox and the OCHS Jazz/Rock Ensemble students. Adult tickets are $25 and children’s tickets are $15. Tickets may be purchased in advance. Contact Amy DePasquale at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 609-399-1290, ext. 1312. Take-out dinners are available for $15 beginning at 5 p.m. Proceeds will fund scholarships for graduating students in the OCHS Class of 2015.

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Medal of Honor winner, other veterans honored in Sea Isle City

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 17, 2014 04:31 pm

During Sea Isle City’s 2014 Veterans Day Ceremony, representatives from the South Shore Stitchers Guild presented During Sea Isle City’s 2014 Veterans Day Ceremony, representatives from the South Shore Stitchers Guild presented

SEA ISLE CITY – The city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony brought more than 300 people to Veterans Park last week.

Seven veterans were presented with “Quilts of Valor” by members of the South Shore Stitchers Guild. Tom Rock, who served in Vietnam from 1969-70; Dan Campbell, a Vietnam veteran who served from 1967-68; Post 1963 Commander Charles Haines, a Vietnam veteran who served from 1969-73; Michelle Herman, who served in the Middle East in 2010; Nick Cooney, a World War II veteran who served from 1943-45; and Leonard Bonitt, who served in World War II from 1942-45, were all honored.

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Upper Township veterans recall a world at war

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Written by Deborah Patterson Monday, November 17, 2014 02:29 pm

William Brown listens to Earl Butler as he recounts landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy during a meeting of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township on Veterans Day. Both men are World War II veterans. William Brown listens to Earl Butler as he recounts landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy during a meeting of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township on Veterans Day. Both men are World War II veterans.

PETERSBURG – The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11 and the focus was on Veterans Day.

President Michael Houdart organized an oral history presentation to honor World War II veterans from Upper Township.

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Upper Township Christmas tree lighting Nov. 24

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Written by Columb Higgins Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:00 pm

PETERSBURG – The township will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24 at the Upper Township Municipal Building, 2100 Tuckahoe Road in Petersburg.

The event is sponsored by the noon Rotary Club of Ocean City-Upper Township. In past years, the group has named its Citizen of the Year at the event.

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Trip to Norfolk will take two employees, but net free tow truck

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Written by Columb Higgins Sunday, November 16, 2014 10:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Officials said last week that two township employees and one county employee are needed to bring back a heavy-duty tow truck from Norfolk, Va.

Committee members initially questioned the need for two township employees during an Upper Township Committee meeting on Monday, Nov. 10.

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Baseball field work continues at Amanda's Field

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, November 15, 2014 01:00 pm

PETERSBURG – Work on the baseball fields at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg continues, with Public Works employees reconstructing infields there.

Committeeman Hobie Young, who oversees sports and recreation, said at the Nov. 10 meeting of Upper Township Committee that the infields need to be grass and graded properly in order to hold tournaments there. The fields are being completed with a $220,000 grant from the county Open Space program.

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New rules for vacant properties in Upper Township on the way

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

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Solicitor Dan Young said an ordinance imposing new fees on vacant properties in the township could come before Upper Township Committee next week.

The ordinance would address township rules for the owners of vacant properties here. Most of the homes are foreclosed upon and have not been occupied for months.

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Bayview Drive repaving out to bid

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Written by Columb Higgins Saturday, November 15, 2014 09:00 am

STRATHMERE – Township engineer Paul Dietrich said last week that a project to repave and raise Bayview Drive in Strathmere is out to bid.

The project is being funded with $340,000 in grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, he said.

Dietrich said the project will raise the road and complete drainage improvements to reduce nuisance flooding in the area.

 

Upper Township comes out for Community Night

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, November 14, 2014 12:30 pm

Bridget Higgins was all smiles after having her face painted like a cat. Bridget Higgins was all smiles after having her face painted like a cat.

MARMORA – A couple hundred people and dozens of businesses came out for the third annual Upper Township Community Night Wednesday at the primary school in Marmora.

The event is sponsored by the Upper Township Business Association.

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Planning board to consider zoning change in Palermo

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Written by Columb Higgins Friday, November 14, 2014 11:31 am

PALERMO – The Upper Township Planning Board will meet next week to discuss a zoning change to several residential lots in Palermo.

Township engineer Paul Dietrich said that the planning board will look at rezoning eight lots and part of another on Butter Road, Wyndham Way and Stagecoach Road from commercial to residential. The planning board could then make a recommendation to Upper Township Committee to approve a zoning change.

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Seaville woman found passion for history in search of family tree

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, November 13, 2014 01:12 pm

Ellen Higgins looks through the family Bible of William Lemon, her great-great-grandfather. Ellen Higgins looks through the family Bible of William Lemon, her great-great-grandfather.

SEAVILLE – One of Ellen Higgins’ great-great-grandfathers fought at Gettysburg during the Civil War. Another great-great-grandfather fought and died on Jan. 15, 1865 at the Battle of Fort Fisher, a fortification guarding the Cape Fear River and Wilmington, N.C., the last of the Confederacy’s major ports still open to the Atlantic.

Higgins, of Seaville, discovered her ancestors after pouring through old records and microfiches of U.S. censuses from the 1800s and 1900s at the National Archives in Philadelphia. Her interest was sparked when her son Ryan came home and asked where his ancestors came from for a school project.

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$1M state grant for Corson's Inlet Bridge substructure

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, November 13, 2014 01:10 pm

STRATHMERE – The Cape May County Bridge Commission is planning a $1 million project to repair the substructure of the 68-year-old Corson’s Inlet Bridge next summer.

County engineer Dale Foster said this week that the most recent inspection of the bridge, part of Ocean Drive, determined numerous repairs are needed to the pilings. Plans are being prepared by engineering and construction services firm Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. of Lebanon, he said.

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Leaves of change

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:00 am

Bright colored leaves still cling to the trees in Cape May County Park North – Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday, Nov. 8 in Palermo. The grounds of the park are littered with fallen leaves blown down by the stormy weather of last Thursday and Friday Bright colored leaves still cling to the trees in Cape May County Park North – Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday, Nov. 8 in Palermo. The grounds of the park are littered with fallen leaves blown down by the stormy weather of last Thursday and Friday Bright colored leaves still cling to the trees in Cape May County Park North – Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday, Nov. 8 in Palermo. The grounds of the park are littered with fallen leaves blown down by the stormy weather of last Thursday and Friday.

photo by Jen Marra

   

Eagle Scout honored by Upper Township Committee

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 11, 2014 05:53 pm


Eagle Scout Brandon Hadtke (center) receives a proclamation from Upper Township Committee at its meeting Monday, Nov. 10.
Eagle Scout Brandon Hadtke (center) receives a proclamation from Upper Township Committee at its meeting Monday, Nov. 10.

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee honored Eagle Scout Brandon Hadtke at their Monday, Nov. 10 meeting.

Hadtke is a member of Boy Scout Troop 79 in Upper Township. He completed his Eagle Scout project this year, installing new pavers at the Upper Township Branch Library’s sitting area. He and volunteers also replaced the wood on the picnic tables there, put in new mulch and shrubs, and a new arbor.

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Upper Township honors local veterans at Osprey Point

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, November 11, 2014 04:42 pm

Veterans Day 2014

SEAVILLE – Osprey Point in Seaville held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday, honoring service men and women, as well as more than 50 residents and former residents of the adult community here.

The names of each veteran at Osprey Point, and the names of those who have died, is read out every year at each Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremony. The park where the ceremonies are held, Staff Sergeant William Godfrey Memorial Park, is named after the only Upper Township resident to die in the Vietnam War.

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