• Upper Township Gazette

    (Jen Marra) Beaches in Strathmere have signs posted warning visitors of nearby nesting birds. The birds nest here each spring.

    STRATHMERE – Mayor Richard Palombo said last week that the planned beach replenishment project in Strathmere, Sea Isle City and the southern end of Ocean City will start sometime next fall and take more than a year to complete.

  • Upper Township Gazette

    UPPER TOWNSHIP – Kameron Ghanavati of Upper Township will compete with the University of Delaware’s Vocal Point a capella group in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) competition next month.

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    UPPER TOWNSHIP – A spokesperson with the state Department of Community Affairs said this week that the closure of the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point would not affect $6.2 million in energy tax receipts to Upper Township.

    The money funds half of the township’s budget each year. Officials have said a loss of that revenue would lead to large tax increases or substantial cuts in services.

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    UPPER TOWNSHIP – The township is seeking a conditional approval of its official tax map in order to proceed with a planned property revaluation this year.

    The state Division of Taxation gave officials a 64-page itemized list of changes that must be made to the tax map in March, engineer Paul Dietrich said last week. Upper Township had hoped to start its revaluation in April.

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    Last weekend, 34 scouts and leaders from Boy Scout Troop 95 spent the weekend in New York City. Scouts were picked up from school Friday, and quickly loaded into waiting cars, their gear having already been packed the night before.

Lady Tigers state their case for inclusion

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ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball had to beat our Lady of Mercy Academy Monday night to have any chance of earning a wild card bid into the eight-team Cape-Atlantic League playoffs.

The Lady Tigers certainly looked as if they deserved that bid.

After the game was tied 15-15 midway through the second quarter, Lower reeled off an incredible 17 straight points to open up a commanding 32-15 lead. After OLMA finally made two free throws, Lower scored another nine straight points and wound up with a rather easy 56-35 win.

“This was a very important game for us,” Lower Cape May sophomore guard Lauren Holden said. “We really want to make CAL playoffs so this game meant a lot to us.”

Holden led all scorers with 23 points, many of them coming during the Lady Tigers’ game-changing 29-2 run. Maddie Gibson added 10 points, eight of which came in the first half.

Lower opened a lead as large as 44-17 in the second half.

“I think we sped up the game and caused some turnovers and that gave us some easy baskets,” Lower coach Scott Douglass said.

For the latter part of the second quarter and most of the third quarter, OLMA had difficulty simply running its offense – let alone getting good shots at the basket – against the tenacious Lower Cape May defense.

“The coaches before the game said to treat this like a championship game,” said senior forward Megan Turner. “We knew had to treat this with so much intensity.”

Jill Vandermark made a significant impact on the game in the second quarter on defense. She drew three offensive fouls from Ruth Vetra, forcing the standout OLMA senior to the bench.

“Jill drawing those three charges was a big part of the game,” Douglass said.

Lower Cape May (15-8 overall, 8-4 CAL National) has completed its regular-season schedule. The Lady Tigers most likely need Atlantic City to lose to Holy Spirit in a key American Conference game on Tuesday to remain alive for an at-large berth. Then they’ll have to wait and see if they’re selected by the seeding committee during a meeting of the league’s basketball committee on Wednesday.

“Making the tournament has been our goal since the beginning of the year,” Douglass said. “We knew going into this game that we had to win. This was a must win to have a shot at the playoffs.”

The CAL playoff tournament begins with quarterfinal games on Friday at the home courts of the top four seeds, which are likely to be, not necessarily in this order, Ocean City, Cedar Creek, Middle Township and Holy Spirit.

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