Upper Township Gazette

Great Egg Harbor Bridge work closing Beesleys Point road this week

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 26, 2015 01:44 pm

BEESLEYS POINT – Township officials said that work on the new southbound Great Egg Harbor Bridge will close Harbor Road in Beesleys Point through at least Thursday, Jan. 29.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority said in a release that the road will be closed from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 26-29 as workers erect new concrete girders to support the bridge. The time frame may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather, according to the release.

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Marmora fire company ranked among top in the nation by ISO

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Written by Columb Higgins Monday, January 26, 2015 01:43 pm

MARMORA – The Marmora Volunteer Fire Company has received a Class 3 rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), which provides underwriting and risk management data to insurance companies, putting it in the top few percentile of fire departments across the country that have been reviewed by the company.


ISO has performed reviews of almost 49,010 professional and volunteer fire departments in the United States. The company evaluates fire department communications, fire flows, equipment, staffing and training and uses that information to create a Public Protection Classification number.

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More work to be done at Amanda’s Field baseball fields

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:00 am

PETERSBURG – The township has more work to do at the Amanda’s Field baseball fields, Committeeman Hobie Young said last week.

Young, who oversees sports and recreation for Upper Township, said there has been very little drainage work done at the three fields, which were built using a $220,000 grant from the county Open Space program. That grant will also cover the construction of restrooms there.

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Bingo bonanza for Ocean City crew

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:51 pm

Bingo bonanza for Ocean City crew Bingo bonanza for Ocean City crew photo by Deborah Patterson

A Bingo Bonanza Night was held at The Upper Township Community Center on Saturday to benefit the Ocean City Crew Boosters. There will be another Bingo game night at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the community center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Shown here are Dawn and Harry Vanderslice, Kathy and Pat Lavin, and Kate and Mike Donlevie.

   

American Legion wants to lease old Township Hall building, says committeeman

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 20, 2015 04:47 pm

The old Township Hall building on Mount Pleasant-Tuckahoe Road in Tuckahoe has not been used for many years. The building is in disrepair now.
Columb Higgins/ The old Township Hall building on Mount Pleasant-Tuckahoe Road in Tuckahoe has not been used for many years. The building is in disrepair now. TUCKAHOE – The American Legion Aaron Wittkamp Colwell Post 239 in Tuckahoe would like to hold meetings in the old Township Hall building on Mount Pleasant-Tuckahoe Road.

The building has not been used for 10 or 12 years, according to officials. At one time it was leased to the railroad for $1 a year, Mayor Richard Palombo said.

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Budget workshop planned Feb. 2

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 20, 2015 08:00 am

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee plans to hold its first budget workshop of the year on Monday, Feb. 2 at the Upper Township Municipal Building, 2100 Tuckahoe Road.

Committeeman John Coggins, who oversees revenue and finance, said budget workbooks were handed out to Township Committee members on Jan. 12. He asked committee members to look at budget line items where the township exceeded the budgeted amount last year.

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Rescue squad building in need of repair

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:00 am

PETERSBURG – The township will need to repaint the Upper Township Rescue Squad headquarters soon or replace the building, Committeeman Hobie Young said last week.

Young said at the Jan. 12 meeting of Upper Township Committee that the metal building is rusting in areas and needs a new coat of paint. He asked solicitor Dan Young if he could show township employees how to tape the building and then he would paint it.

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Pierson wants speed limit changes in Marmora

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 19, 2015 04:00 pm

MARMORA – Committeeman Jeffrey Pierson wants speed limits on Route 9 and Old Tuckahoe Road in Marmora lowered.

Pierson said Route 9 from Roosevelt Boulevard to the old Beesleys Point Bridge should be lowered from 45 mph to 40 mph. When the bridge was closed, the speed limit was lowered from 50 mph to 45 mph, officials said.

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Tattoo parlors a permitted use in downtown area, says committeeman

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 19, 2015 01:35 pm

MARMORA – Tattoo parlors are a permitted use in the Marmora commercial zone, Committeeman Hobie Young said last week, in response to questions about a new tattoo business potentially opening on Route 9 in Marmora.

Committeeman John Coggins raised the issue at the Monday, Jan. 12 meeting of Upper Township Committee, saying some residents had concerns about a tattoo parlor opening in Marmora.

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Strathmere’s northern tip to get beachfill first, Army Corps announces

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:29 am

photo by USACE / The Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet project calls for construction of a beachfill with a berm and dune in the municipalities of Ocean City, Upper Township, and Sea Isle City. photo by USACE / The Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet project calls for construction of a beachfill with a berm and dune in the municipalities of Ocean City, Upper Township, and Sea Isle City.

Reconstruction of the beach on Ludlum Island this spring will begin at the northernmost end of Strathmere after all, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday, Jan. 15.

Originally, construction of that northernmost tip of the beach, next to Corson’s Inlet, had been postponed until the fall because it is a known nesting ground for the piping plover. Severe erosion of the beach led to the scheduling change.

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Social media tips lead to charges in Upper Township seafood theft

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:57 am

New Jersey State Police have charged Reginald T. Cason with stealing more than $700 worth of seafood from a store in Upper Township. New Jersey State Police have charged Reginald T. Cason with stealing more than $700 worth of seafood from a store in Upper Township. UPPER TOWNSHIP – A Woodbine man has been charged with stealing $700 worth of seafood from a local business, and state police have credited social media with the man’s arrest.

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Nesting birds unlikely in Strathmere’s north end, but beach fill start still up in the air

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 14, 2015 05:31 am

STRATHMERE – Mayor Richard Palombo said Monday that the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is willing to relax permit restrictions for a planned beach replenishment project in Strathmere, saying it is unlikely that birds will nest there this year.

That could mean the project will be able to start on the hard hit north end sooner than planned.

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On the Cover: Wintery walk

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:00 am

Lisa Kania and Sandie McMaster, both of Sea Isle City, take their morning walk and are bundled up for the chilly temperature and blustery winds Tuesday, Jan. 13, on the Sea Isle City Promenade. Lisa Kania and Sandie McMaster, both of Sea Isle City, take their morning walk and are bundled up for the chilly temperature and blustery winds Tuesday, Jan. 13, on the Sea Isle City Promenade. Lisa Kania and Sandie McMaster, both of Sea Isle City, take their morning walk and are bundled up for the chilly temperature and blustery winds Tuesday, Jan. 13, on the Sea Isle City Promenade. 

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Township honors William Brown for 50 years of service to community

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:00 am

Columb Higgins / William Brown, center, is presented with a proclamation from Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Ed Barr and Jeffrey Pierson Columb Higgins / William Brown, center, is presented with a proclamation from Upper Township Committee members (from left) John Coggins, Hobie Young, Richard Palombo, Ed Barr and Jeffrey Pierson PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee honored William J. Brown for 50 years of service to the community at its meeting Monday, Jan. 12.

Brown recently stepped down from his seat on the Upper Township Planning Board. He was the chair of the Township Committee when it was just a three-person body. He also served on the Cape May County Board of Taxation, worked at the Woodbine Developmental Center and served as vice president of the Jersey Cape Diagnostic Training and Opportunity Center.

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Pack 79 builds gingerbread houses

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 13, 2015 06:24 pm

Cub Scout Pack 79 members and their families had fun at their annual Gingerbread House Pack Meeting Cub Scout Pack 79 members and their families had fun at their annual Gingerbread House Pack Meeting MARMORA – Cub Scout Pack 79 members and their families had fun at their annual Gingerbread House Pack Meeting.

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New members join Upper Township school board

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, January 13, 2015 04:00 pm

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Board of Education last week swore in two new members.

Incumbent Debbie McLees was sworn into another term of office at the Monday, Dec. 5 reorganization meeting. She received the most votes in the November election with 1,930, according to the county clerk’s office.

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