Sydney doing her job among the hysteria!; Pizza Plaza 40th Reunion?; Who couldn’t hear the show?; Cedarville accident waiting to happen; Let the cruelty agents carry; Michael DeLeon at wit’s end; JT Burks coming on, Maria Stoerrle pending; One year ago in this space

The column that says thank goodness for people like waitress Sydney at DiLisi’s, who only could not figure out why everybody among the kitchen staff wanted the Patriots to lose, but didn’t know what “first down” meant, and was dutifully attending to all her customers while her boss had been at Lincoln Financial Field since 1 p.m. Sunday while mentioning her othe place of employment — Hope Chest — has 6,000 followers on Facebook and also that her parents think a Pizza Plaza 40th Reunion is a great idea, but, right now, Eagle Mania must be served, and we wonder if anybody just goes to tailgating all day, and then goes home.

By Jack Hummel

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Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

Anybody else besides Gary E. Meyer couldn’t hear Saturday’s show on 92.1 FM with Bruce ACO Barry?

“Trying to listen live from your website as I am out of the area and the link http://www.wvlt.com/listenlive.htmlshows nothing to even clock on to listen as I have done previously.

“Kindest Regards.”

Gary

It’s the Russians again, Gary!

They’re been pouring money into other radio accounts. Full Senate investigation coming.

We can tell you this, Gary Bruce ACO Barry didn’t leave anything on the field Saturday as he spelled out what is going to happen in the county with the SPCA and what could and could not happen.

The man is an animal titan!

For safety’s sake …

“The stop sign at Newport Rd & Cedarville Rd is a STOP SIGN!

“The people who are using it as a yield, even when a emergency vehicle is upon them, are risking their lives as well as ours and the people we are responding to help!

“Is it really worth the 5 seconds you are saving?”

— Brian Scarlato

If the Cumberland County SPCA cruelty investigators are trained to carry firearms — but don’t — how long will it be in this crazy world before some homeowner is tired of everything he’s dealing with and acts out simply because a cruelty agent is approaching his house?

And the whole county goes into mourning and people cry for change, but a good life is lost forever?

Arm them! As a deterrent! Is there any difference between serving a warrant and answering an animal cruelty call? And we’ve learned what can emerge during a warrant serving.

On the substance abuse front …

“One of the most difficult weeks in the last 10 years! So hard, so sad. I know 7 people who died this week to addiction.

“I worked with 3 people to find treatment who all refuse to go. I have families asking me how to help their kids who refuse to face reality.

“I saw someone relapse after 9 years of Recovery. I see so much infighting and backbiting within the Recovery Advocacy movement and SOOOO Many zealots pointing people to the pharma-path of freedom while they replace therapy and counseling with a pill and a swig.

“I’m watching our Government completely fail families in America with rhetoric and pittance funding and the media lie to people about what’s happening.

“I don’t WANT a break, but I guess I NEED a break. I’m going to take the next week to convince 5,000 People of Faith to start Living their faith when it comes to the nation’s Addiction Pandemic. I believe it’s our Only Chance! I really do! #HigherPower#GodHelpUs #Pharmageddon #Recovery #RecoveryArmy#KLoveCruise2K18 #GodistheAnswer.”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

Michael, Inspira opening 20 detox beds this month! For heaven’s sake, talk to John DeAngelis!

Cedarville suddenly hungry for Girl Scout cookies!

Oh to own a log cabin in the woods!

Philadelphia media going crazy over the $$ to be made between now and the Super Bowl. Advertisers will go crazy! Anybody want to go on WVLT Saturday between noon and 2 p.m.?

JT Burks, the Millville man interested in everything for youth, will be on Saturday at noon, hopefully followed by Maria Stoerrle, of Second Chance for Animals, talking about her program for seniors.

Sudden thought: Did anybody schedule a year in advance a fundraiser for tonight?

The results would be worse than those in a blizzard.

It’s an Eagles blizzard!

A little history

One year ago today in this space

Never buy lunch for a group until they explain to you how to fund Main Street, because they won’t talk with their mouths full, and they’re always full.

As we said before, if the purpose of Main Street is to improve the economic condition of the downtown, how can you attract visitors without an advertising budget?

The city doesn’t have money to give to the library, let alone Main Street. The state doesn’t have any money.

If there were a federal grant, we would have had it by now.

So do we do it from within? Do we do it with community money when few people seem to care, except where one-day events are involved?

Being the biggest historic district — 2,200 properties — in the state gets us what?

Having a 1,100-acre city park with a zoo and a lake that needs to deepened to prevent recurring bacteria has gained us a wonderful splash park, and guardrails blocking trails preventing motorists from trashing the woods.

The zoo is a gem, and only getting better, thanks to the Cohanzick Zoological Society.

Veterans Park is a serene, monument-filled setting fully appreciated only during patriotic holidays.

The Donald Rainear Amphitheater begs for folk music to entertain the visitors from the self-contained, self-regulated, self-policed Recreational Vehicle Campground suggested for north of the lake.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: It’s been a good weekend!

 

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Sydney doing her job among the hysteria!; Pizza Plaza 40th Reunion?; Who couldn’t hear the show?; Cedarville accident waiting to happen; Let the cruelty agents carry; Michael DeLeon at wit’s end; JT Burks coming on, Maria Stoerrle pending; One year ago in this space

Growing up Bridgeton got better today with John Fuqua’s testimonial; Where the SPCA stands by Bruce ACO Barry; Don’t give up cruelty, Bev! Extend Jenn Henderson’s live broadcast Wednesday at 10 a.m.; JIM QUINN show starting on 92.1 FM Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.; Michael DeLeon sick, sick, sick in Camden; Diana Sandoval of JROTC fame on 92.1 FM Feb. 3 to update her great, great story

The column that says there are some of our shows on 92.1 FM that magically work out even though somebody scheduled wakes up sick Saturday morning, and that’s what happened today when Debbie Savigliano, of Bianca’s Kids, canceled at 9:06 a.m., but John Fuqua, whose association with Steered Straight, Strengthening Families, the Bridgeton Board of Education and the very successful Youth Coalition has opened up a whole new world for him, and once got a $1,000 donation from Bianca’s Kids, was absolutely riveting as he detailed the good things going on for kids in Bridgeton, and then Bruce ACO Barry spent the second hour talking about the new direction the Cumberland County SPCA is taking after Gov. Christie disbanded the state organization by the same name’s hold over all the SPCAs, and giving the power to the prosecutor’s office.

By Jack Hummel

Radio: 92.1 FM WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

Who knew long-time Bridgeton advocate Carol Green stepped up and became a foster parent to three boys — the ultimate response to moving Bridgeton ahead in our eyes?

Fuqua detailed how Ashley Todd “is in it to win it” as a member of the board of education that has opened up the city schools’ gyms to be a part of the youth program, and who is a cheerleader mom in Midget Football, and entered the battle at the grassroots level, along with Lovely Durham.

There’s Erica Williams.

There’s police officer Josh Thompson.

There’s the WOW! factor in Dwayne Parker Jr., who took 31 kids outside the ALMS Center and showed them his new Dodge RAM with all the bells and whistles that he attained because he stuck with it.

There’s Dominique Williams, raised in the Burlington Manor project, went on to play in the NFL with the Jets, Vikings and Cardinals, and then the Canadian Football League, and this Thursday, at 6 p.m., at the ALMS Center, he’ll give a speech called “Successfully Broken” for anyone who wants to attend with especially their children.

In being part of Steered Straight, Fuqua has found he needs to talk to kids younger than  in high school, and even as far down as 6th grade, because he said they’re already thinking about making wrong decisions at that age.

“Go do some work,” they’re told as they’re being handed a gun.

“They don’t realize they’re going to be sitting in the county jail for the next three or four years,” says Fuqua. “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future. Common sense isn’t that common.”

Fuqua says for the first time everybody is working together and that’s making the difference.

They’re attacking gangs on two fronts:

~ Using the Juvenile Justice’s Phoenix Curriculum in schools.

~ Steered Straight after-school programs along with AmeriCorps at the HopeLoft in the old Ashley-McCormick building, 40-44 E. Commerce St., in Bridgeton.

Fuqua is going to provide us with the names and phone numbers of the what he feels are the 10 most important cogs in this wheel to help the youth of Bridgeton.

Is Cumberland County SPCA Director Bev Greco going to opt to pull the shelter at 1244 N. Delsea Drive out of the cruelty investigation business.

Prior to Christie’s move to rupture the state SPCA, it held the deed to all of Cumberland’s facilities in case we pulled out of the SPCA, including the $3 million facilities.

That no longer can happen.

But we don’t want Greco to do that because she has extended her stay already to ride through this mess before retiring, and we believe that decision to involve the new director, and we pray the board of directors isn’t thinking that way just to get people off their backs, at the expense of the animals.

We don’t even know if the new system under the prosecutor is going to be done on the cheap with the “Task Force” mentioned in the directive maybe involving only volunteers, or a director and the rest volunteers.

But we can tell you this: Nobody is better suited for a paying position in Salem County than Bruce Barry, and since he is animal control officer in Upper Deerfield, money could be saved by making him the director in both counties.

It will be interesting.

If you want to reach Barry, call 856-769-8468.

In the middle of it all today, Jennifer Henderson called to explain when she is live on the CASA website Wednesday at 10 a.m., listeners will submit questions to her about all the programs she’s involved in — and she figures it will take only 5 minutes.

No, no, Strengthening Families breath. Let’s extend her to at least15 minutes!

Go to Casa of Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem.

Big news …

“Talking about coming full circle, Feb. 1, I will be going back to 92.1 FM WVLT.

“I will be hosting my own talk show from 8 to 9 p.m. I was at 92.1 FM 40 years ago when it was WKQV.

“I’m really excited to be able to be back doing a talk show on the radio. It even gets better. Not only will I be on the radio, I will also be on Facebook live.

“Please mark it on your calendars — Feb. 1, at 8 p.m., I will be returning to 92.1 FM WVLT.”

— Jim Quinn

Wow!

Don’t know how this shakes out with SNJ Today.

But we know he will be taking calls, something that used to be done on WSNJ.

Quinn asked who wanted to eat dinner with him and the response was so great, he had to rent out the New Jersey Motorsports dining room.

Guaranteed, he won’t get a word in edgewise on his first show because of all the phone calls.

Steve Tatz said today things would be upgraded at the station, and that Quinn would be on his Monday show. Did we spill the beans, Steve?

Sam Feinstein posts 60 photos of the Herb Henry Basketball League in Bridgeton on Facebook, and he’s only been a city councilman for a week!

From the substance abuse front lines …

“Back in the saddest place I know of. The most beautiful people you’ll ever meet in the most hopeless place on Earth. Sick to my stomach. Spent 11 months here filming ‘Kids Are Dying’ and it’s worse now than it was then. WORSE! #AddictionPandemic.”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

And all they want to talk about is crime going down in Camden.

We have landed another coup in 92.1 FM.

On Feb. 3, at 1 p.m., Diana Sandoval, of SSgt. George Linen’s JROTC program at BHS, is coming on to update what has happened to her since graduation.

Here is a product of the Milltown section of Bridgeton who grew up with a friend, and they both had to make decisions in the gang-ridden section.

The friend chose the gang life and you can hear the life Diana chose on Feb. 3, right after Debbie Savigliano makes another appearance at noon

YOU CAN BOOK IT: It’s only going to get better.

Growing up Bridgeton got better today with John Fuqua’s testimonial; Where the SPCA stands by Bruce ACO Barry; Don’t give up cruelty, Bev! Extend Jenn Henderson’s live broadcast Wednesday at 10 a.m.; JIM QUINN show starting on 92.1 FM Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.; Michael DeLeon sick, sick, sick in Camden; Diana Sandoval of JROTC fame on 92.1 FM Feb. 3 to update her great, great story

The radio show to shake up those who need shaking; Millville Royalty?; SSgt. George Linen the education beacon; JROTC grad Diana Sandoval is reaching out to us as a college graduate with a new program; Alley Cat Allies, can they help us?; Jennifer Henderson on live; Saladworks the way to go?; Getting deadly serious about education, the 800-pound elephant in Cumberland County

The column that says if you want to separate fact from fiction, movers and shakers from losers and fakers, tune in to 92.1 FM WVLT Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. and hear what is going on in your community to build youngsters into good, contributing citizens who will give more often than they will want, and you can even add your two cents live on the air by calling 856-696-0092, even to disagree and put forth your solutions to everything from the drug pandemic to how to put education on the fast track.
By Jack Hummel
Radio: 92.1 FM WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.
Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com
Phone: 856-237-6645
U.S. Army: Ra13815980
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Good  morning!
Is it true the name of JT Burks’ youth basketball team is Millville Royalty?
We’ve been hawking all the reasons why you should have your student at Bridgeton High School join the JROTC program there taught by SSgt. George Linen because the man will transform your youngster into a grownup in the four years or less he rubs off on them.
Again and again, we’ve heard the success stories.
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THE OLD GEORGE LINEN.
A little history
It started with the presenting of the colors.It ended with loud applause.

In between, the Bridgeton High School Air Force Jr. ROTC program made a lot of parents, teachers, administration and themselves proud at Gia’s Suburban House Friday night.

It was their 11th annual military ball.

“I wouldn’t miss this for the world,’’ said Board of Education President Angelia Edwards, who has been the program’s biggest supporter.

The night was a display of precision, respect, confidence and leadership you wouldn’t expect of high school students.

Unless you know Air Force Tech Sgt. (ret) George Linen Sr. and his ability to draw success out of his troops.

Call her Mama Linen.

That’s what they all call her.

She is a dynamic woman who married a dynamic man.

Friday night, she told the story from the inside.

“The come in shy, develop leadership skills and leave here as great scholars,’’ she said.

She didn’t have to get involved while working in the guidance office at the high school.

“It’s a passion,’’ she said. “I can’t count the times I have cried.’’

She started a parents support group.

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Bridgeton Jr. ROTC Commanders Shannakay Thompson, left, and Diana Sandoval.

“They’re my children and I treat them like my children,’’ she said.

So many good stories to tell.

“One of our kids was in trouble in school and his first speech told us about his life,’’ she recalled. “It turned him a round and he’s now serving in Afghanistan.

“He always calls us and says, ‘Mom, dad, if not for you, I don’t know where I’d; be.’

“When they smile, I smile.’’

Last year, the program ran short of funds to go to the nationals despite a myriad of fundraisers.

When Board of Education President Angelia Edwards heard that, she vowed it would never happen again.

“Yes, now we have a place to practice (when it’s cold),’’ said Mama Linen, “and money is not a problem anymore.

“They’re working on getting everybody into the program who wants to get in.

“The kids want it.’’

She said her husband speaks to a lot of groups and churches.

“Me, I want to work behind the scenes,’’ she said. “Bless it forward.’’

She formed a parents support group.

“We’ve had cooperation from a lot of parents,’’ she said. “Yes, they’re there. I’m seen them’’

Her husband calls her a dynamic woman.

Clive and Juanita Thompson, of Cedarville, are on the parents committee.

They’ve bought in big time watching their daughter, Vice Commander Shannakay, mature into a leader.

“Yes, she’s sharp,’’ said Clive. “Yes, I knew she would do this well. She learned from her sister, Angel, who graduated in 2010.’’

She’s going to be a doctor.

“She was a shy girl and now her face lights up when she talks about Sgt. Linen,’’ said her mother.

She’s going to be an anesthesiologist.

Shannakay said all the things he likes about the program, then realizing it’s coming to an end, broke down.

The next day, there would be a new commander.

“Bridgeton High School is a very good school,’’ said Clive. “It has very good teachers and a very good superintendent and a very good principal.

“You have to show the students the way.

“You have to trust in the teachers.’’

“Never put kids down.’’

Mayor Albert Kelly showed his support.

“This is great,’’ he said. “I appreciate the students who took up the challenge of ROTC. I was in ROTC in college, so I know what it takes. It shows here in the city of Bridgeton that we have students willing to do this.’’

Edwards called it “a beautiful program. I’m always here to support the sergeant (Linen) and the children in any way I can.’’

The POW/MIA ceremony built around an empty chair and a small table reminded all “to remember.

“It is set for one and occupies a place of dignity and honor …

“The chair is empty. They are not here.’’

Commander Diana Sandoval broke down announcing that during the trip to Washington, D.C., a flag was flown over the Air Force Memorial on May 18 in honor of Sgt. Linen’s “dedication.’’

Added Sandoval, “We could never give back all that they have given to us.’’

Eight members of the ROTC program going into the military were honored along with their mothers.

The radio show to shake up those who need shaking; Millville Royalty?; SSgt. George Linen the education beacon; JROTC grad Diana Sandoval is reaching out to us as a college graduate with a new program; Alley Cat Allies, can they help us?; Jennifer Henderson on live; Saladworks the way to go?; Getting deadly serious about education, the 800-pound elephant in Cumberland County

Eagles stress at highest level; Looking for Jim Bergmann; Three most famous words in Bridgeton sports history; Michael DeLeon talking in exclamation points; Bruce ACO Barry on 92.1 FM Saturday at 1 p.m.

The column that the fact that the Eagles could make it to the Super Bowl has caused more stress in the Delaware Valley than has been felt on a season-long basis since the beginning of the NFL, and if we do win on Sunday, what does that say about the stress of the next two weeks as the television and radio media try to fill air time repeating everything that has been said the last two weeks, as Eagles and Cowboys fan get even closer to an all-out war.

By Jack Hummel

Radio: 92.1 WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

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Good evening!

Historian Jim Bergmann goes international …

“Hi, Jack

“I am trying to contact Jim Bergmann who you often write about.

“I am from the UK and trying to track down the background to a relative who may have died at the Cumberland Nail and Iron works in 1838

“All the info we have is:

“From the Baltimore Sun newspaper, Jul 6 1838:

“DROWNED — Thomas Prosser, employed at the nail factory, Bridgton, (N.J.) was drowned on the 25th inst, in the mill race, near Bridgton, leaving a wife and two children to mourn his loss.

“I am trying to find out if this is the Thomas Prosser from my family and wondered if Jim Bergmann might have some additional information.

“I would be grateful if you could pass this email to him

“Many thanks.”

Anita Prosser

anita@stiff.org.uk

If anybody can find the answer, it’s Jim Bergmann.

You can stand in Bridgeton City Park and Bergmann can tell you what room you’re in at the Cumberland Nail & Iron Works.

He knows the names of the men who dug the Raceway to supply the power.

The man is a walking encyclopedia.

Most famous three words in Bridgeton sports history:

“Way to go!”

— Edgar Joyce

JT Burks nails it …

“Racism has consequences just like any other character flaw. Until that’s realized, this world will continue to be a crazy place. We all a minority at some point or another.”

— JT Burks,

Taking Back Millville

JT is coming on 92.1 FM on Saturday, Jan. 30, at noon to talk about everything from Millville Midget Football’s championship wins in Canton, Ohio, to Millville PAL basketball to the first Thunderbolt junior to score 1,000 career points.

He may even bring Al Ripa with him.

Remember, Jennifer Henderson of CASA and Strengthening Families is going to be on Facebook live Wednesday at 10 a.m. to answer any questions you might have, solve any problems you can’t, and she’s way better than California Psychics for getting you “unstuck.”

Carolscatz is now booking appointments for feral and free-range cats for spay/neuter clinic for Friday, Feb. 

Must be in a trap. Cost is $50 for spay or neuter, rabies vaccination, distemper, vaccination, ear tip and transport to and from the clinic.

Eight slots available  Payment due up front in cash. Two slots available for Friday, Jan. 26.

Screaming on the substance abuse front …

11 girls 1 hour. Kids need help! It’s worse than EVER! Almost everyone said they’d go for help, but WHERE?

“Governor Christie lied to New Jersey, spent $42 million on his commercials and billboards telling people there was help readily available. THERE’S NOT! ITS A NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

“I hopefully can get one girl into detox, but beds are NOT available ON DEMAND! It’s a nightmare!! — in Camden, New Jersey.”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

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MICHAEL DELEON

“OMG, I didn’t realize Chris Christie spent that much on the advertising campaign! That money should have went to creating more detox/rehab beds!

“Most addicts, especially the ones on the streets, don’t even see those commercials. What a waste of money. Our state needs to do better.”

— Michelle Marie

“Politicians are too far removed. They tell us what they think will get them votes. In not saying they aren’t compassionate. But they need to get a call at 9pm from an addicts family member saying the addict wants help right now. Try getting someone help at that hour.”

— Brian Davis

“OHIO is experiencing the worst of this addiction epidemic, and KIDS are affected the most. Yet, more than 40 middle and high school Administrators in Columbus and Franklin County have said NO to one of the best, most impactful, Year-Long, Evidence-based prevention programs in the Country.

“Some of the excuses: No time, can’t take our kids away from academics, we don’t have a problem, we don’t do assemblies, we’ll call you back, our kids don’t do drugs. What’s Wrong with This Picture?”

— Michael DeLeon

Communication is a wonderful thing, if it hits the target. And the target is in the schools and neighborhoods.

Hey, in the meantime, let’s legalize marijuana, because kids are smoking weed anyway!

Let’s lower the drinking age to 14 because kids are doing it anyway, and it will calm their nerves, take away their stress.

It’s all about stress.

Hey, violent crime is down 7%!

What does that overall statistic mean? Nothing. What does Camden have to do with Bridgeton? What does Newark have to do with Bridgeton?

Deal with the stats in your own community, if that’s your thing. Stats are to look at if you don’t know what else to do.

And don’t get us started on polls!

And finally …

“Friends, I will be a guest on Jack Hummel‘s “Jacks Or Better” show on Cruisin’ 92.1 from 1 to 2 p.m. I look to discuss a couple of NJ’s newest bills which have been signed into law; Tethering restriction and proper outdoor shelter law and the revision of animal cruelty law enforcement in NJ. If you get a chance, please listen in and call in!”

— Bruce ACO Barry

YOU CAN BOOK IT: It’s called the real world on radio every Saturday.

Eagles stress at highest level; Looking for Jim Bergmann; Three most famous words in Bridgeton sports history; Michael DeLeon talking in exclamation points; Bruce ACO Barry on 92.1 FM Saturday at 1 p.m.

CASA Jennifer going live!; Next CASA training begins Jan. 30; Get DiLisi promotion idea, if we say so ourselves; Pepi Dragotta’s Heroes Foundation; JT Burks basketball update; ‘Weed Between The Lines’ with Michael DeLeon; Ed Andrews: Why get high?; Not enough love; With Andrew Bodine, who needs Marie Osmond?; Campani’s Legacy Lanes

The column that says Jennifer Henderson of Court Appointed Special Advocates is going live on Facebook Wednesday at 10 a.m., so Google the CASA Facebook page and find out how to connect so she can answer all your questions about being an advocate — a voice in Family Court for abused, abandoned children who have no voice, and the next training cycle starts Jan. 30, at 6 p.m., at Kountry Kitchen, on Route 40, in Elmer, and includes a meal and a chance to meet Jonathan Cummings, the man who started Revive South Jersey and wound up getting an apartment to use as a classroom/mentoring place at Bridgeton Villas, but don’t bother him during Little League season because he has a son at every level.

By Jack Hummel

Radio: 92.1 FM WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Pone: 856-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

Good evening!

Great idea for a DiLisi’s Ristorante promotion moving forward with Tony Passarello pushing the new menu.

For one week, go  down memory lane when it was called Pizza Plaza with the same great food as today and slash the entree prices to yesteryear for senior citizens who remember those days so they can enjoy it again.

New menu, new waitresses in uniform, but the same ol’ you make a great trilogy.

And put it on Bridgeton Memory Lane.

And wait until you meet Sydney, who found Hawaii poor looking and not what she expected, and Sabrina, who will sit down and eat with you if your salad comes out without the light ranch dressing you ordered, because she will reorder and eat the other one.

Pepi Dragotta’s Heroes Foundation rides again …

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Here is how it all began.

“Pepi Dragotta … went into cardiac arrest on the soccer field while playing a parents vs. the kids game with his 8-year-old son, Hunter.

“Pepi is only 39 years old and is an amazing husband and father to his three beautiful children.

“Fortunately, lots of other parents were there so once they realized he had collapsed, they checked for pulse and started CPR immediately. EMS arrived and had to use the defibrillator on him while waiting for the ambulance.

“Soon after, the helicopter came and he was airlifted to Cooper Medical Center.

“He is facing quadruple bypass surgery.

“The goal is $5,000 with $2,275 raised in 22 hours.”

— Jennifer Cline Federico

It turned out to be six bypasses by Dr. Highbloom at Cooper, the same surgeon who did us.

The donations flooded in, so Pepi started his foundation.

If you want to contribute to the Pepi Dragotta Foundation to make sure there are enough defibrillators everywhere to treat heart attacks, send your check to Pepi Dragotta, P.O. Box 225, Rosenhayn, NJ 08352.

But the former Bridgeton Midget Football coach and Pittsgrove Midget Football coach would rather see you in person on Feb. 24 at Centerton Country Club.

Are we talking Millville PAL basketball here?

“Great 1st win, team, 22-2.

“Jerrell Burks player of the game 18 pts, 1ast, 2rebs, 6stls, 1blk.”

— JT Burks

Hope it wasn’t against Bridgeton!

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I AM SO SICK OF ADDICTION! I HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT!

“I just don’t know how much more loss we can take?”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

“Weed Between The Lines” on his website.

Michael is going to talk to the CASA advocates at Kountry Kitchen in April, and we promised Jennifer Henderson we’ll be there.

“I ASK: Why does a person want to get high, and, if they do, they could cause problems.”

— Ed Andrews,

former Millville High coach

They’re not loved, Ed. Simple as that. When you want to matter, you’ll listen to anyone who appears to care.

Broken homes, dysfunctional families, cycles repeating.

Who needs Mayo Clinic or Marie Osmond …

“People crack me up with all theses fancy diets and exercise programs. I know I shouldn’t be on the cover of a fitness magazine but I do know FITNESS IS NOT THAT COMPLICATED! Move more and eat less is all you really needed to do….IT IS REALLY THAT SIMPLE. Just takes a little will power. Gradual change is the way you go. It’s the only way you will stay with it. Example…nothing fancy, just moved more and ate less.”

— Andrew Bodine

What’s happening at Campani’s Legacy Lanes …

WEEKLY RESULTS OF 01-15-2017
MONDAY MENS NIGHT
ALFRED PIERCE 279-206-247
CHRIS HUNTLEY 241-226-245
TOM HUCK 257-253-190
FRED KENDALL 216-230-219
JAMES MESSECK 223-221-215
JIM SANTORA 179-216-245
DAVE ZIEGER SR 190-237-210
ORVILLE JOHNSON 236-205-192
HARRY WEEKS 236-170-224
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CASA Jennifer going live!; Next CASA training begins Jan. 30; Get DiLisi promotion idea, if we say so ourselves; Pepi Dragotta’s Heroes Foundation; JT Burks basketball update; ‘Weed Between The Lines’ with Michael DeLeon; Ed Andrews: Why get high?; Not enough love; With Andrew Bodine, who needs Marie Osmond?; Campani’s Legacy Lanes

Verizon wants our flip phone; Ray Diddy doesn’t even own a phone; ACO Bruce Barry coming on 92.1 FM Saturday; Will Councilman Sam Feinstein swell the city council audience?; One year ago, hospitals on divert; Never did get to do ER gig, but later experienced the wait; Tributes to Edgar Joyce never grow old; Pepi Dragotta still saving lives

The column that says Verizon can’t wait to get its hands on somebody like us with a flip phone so they can upgrade to something that gives you instant access to the entire world, but there are some of us who can wait and not be the first to know the latest, and we keep reminding the girls behind the counter that neither Bruce Willson, the former director of the Fitness Connection nor Ray Diddinger, in the NFL Hall of Fame after an illustrious newspaper career, have ever owned a cellphone — not flip, not zip not clip.

 

By JackHummel

Radio: 92.1 FM WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-1237-6635

U.S. Army: RA13815980

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Good evening!

On 92.1 FM with us on Saturday at 1 p.m. will be Animal Control Officer Bruce Barry, the man in the know about what is happening at the Cumberland County SPCA.

From noon to 1 p.m. will be Debbie Savigliano, of Bianca’s Kids, and John Fuqua, of United Advocacy Group, and the recipient of Debbie’s generosity and finding a place for kids in Bridgeton to play indoor basketball.

Hopefully, you’ll call 856-696-0092 and chime in.

New Bridgeton City Council member Sam Feinstein goes to Tennessee, maybe to get new ideas about how to advance the stagnant city park.

How much will the audience increase at city council as Sam introduces his forward-thinking ideas before the thousands of members of Bridgeton Community Bulletin Board?

The possibilities cause the mind to boggle.

One year ago today in this space with hospitals on divert…

Emergency rooms have been upsetting us since the construction of the new hospital began.

We told the Inspira flak jacket that we were going to spend a night in the Newcomb emergency room to see how long it took to be waited on.

“No, no, no,” he said. “Let us give you a midnight tour of the new hospital going up, and that’s what Paddy Duke — the man in charge of building it — did.

In the middle of the night, we were climbing over pieces not yet in place hearing him say, “This is where the operating room will be.”

We never did get to do the ER gig, but we heard from enough people to make us think hospitals don’t want you going to the ER for anything that can possibly wait until you see your doctor in the morning.

HA! SEE YOUR DOCTOR IN THE MORNING?

You can’t get an appointment for three weeks! So let’s get together here and devise a plan instead of being divisive.

There has to be a place to go without waiting most of the night to be seen. Let’s stop playing games.

It can’t be, “Make them wait and maybe next time they won’t come back.”

It also can’t be, “Come one, come all, bring me me your tired … .”

All night doesn’t work. What is Plan B?

When we suffered our second degree thermal burn getting an MRI at Inspira Elmer, we were told to go to Emergency Care Mullica Hill because the Elmer ER waiting time was 5 — count ’em — five hours.

And the person who told us that was the ER’s head nurse — Renee Russo.

When our better half couldn’t stop coughing, we went to Inspira Elmer and got the last seat in the theater-setting ER waiting room, only to smartly decide to go to Jefferson instead, where she was admitted and diagnosed with pneumonia. enroute to a three-day stay.

Barry Morgan in the spotlight …

“April 20- 2012, I got a call from the Greater Bridgeton Sports Frolic committee to attend a Banquet at Gia’s.

“Little did I know I was receiving an award for support of our youth sports and recreation in our community given to me by George Joyce in honor of his father, Edgar Joyce.

“I still tear up about the prestige award given to me that night. He knew I had earned it.

“Thanks so much, Edgar Joyce, for looking down that night.”

— Barry Morgan

An Edgar Joyce comes along once every hundred years, but he should be remembered every year.

And we still have a lot of years to go.

A tribute …

Edgar was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, on July 30, 1910. His name was synonymous with area sports and with his contributions to support them. In the words of Cumberland Regional High School Superintendent Robert Bumpus, “There is a place in Kevin Costner’s field of dreams for Mr. Joyce.” It is a statement that will find little refute from anyone who knows Edgar.

Not only did Edgar sponsor and support teams, but he attended all the games that he possibly could. His son George, related that they sometimes attended four games in one day and six over one weekend. Edgar attended all home games of the Cumberland Regional High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. For 38 consecutive years Edgar did not miss 1 (home OR away) Bridgeton High School football game. This streak went on from 1938 until 1976.

Edgar was always a giving man, he supplied Cadillac convertibles for the annual Miss America Parade held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He owned all the vehicles supplied and this lasted from 1952 until 1995.

In the city of Bridgeton, Edgar is also know for his love of the city park. He arranged the donation of a large quantity of rhododendron bushes to be planted along the drive from the city zoo. This was done in 1932 and most plants are still there today and enjoyed by all. In 1980, Edgar again donated many more rhododendron bushes to the city and the “Edgar Joyce Rhododendron Garden” was established. It is located overlooking the raceway, in the city park, at the “hump back” bridge.

Edgar has been honored by the New Jersey Senate (1978), the New Jersey Assembly (1978 and 1989), the Cumberland County Freeholders (1989), the Township of Upper Deerfield (1989, 1999 and 2000), the City of Bridgeton (1983 and 1989) for his lifelong support of youth sports and his commitment to the betterment of many communities in and around Cumberland County. Here is a man that has truly dedicated his life to South Jersey youth and communities. Edgar has touched the lives of countless thousands of people from his sports and non sports involvement. He has no equal. Edgar is a man who is loved by all.

Somebody brought up Edgar Joyce’s name on Facebook, and we thought about the late Jim Valvano’s famous speech when he was dying and how he said, every day, you should do three things: Laugh, think and cry.

At least once a year, or maybe once a month, we should remember everything Edgar Joyce contributed to our lives.

If ever there should be a statue erected to someone who affected so many lives positively, it should be to Edgar Joyce.

He was just a  nurseryman, but he was so much more.

Around Edgar Joyce, you never had to wonder if you had done enough because he was so far ahead of you.

He lived to be 89, taken way too young.

“Besides that Jack Hummel, it was, ‘Way to Go!’

“I still have the article (think you wrote it) with that in the headlines from 1987 when we won our first championship for him.

“He was a great man.”

— Pepi Dragotta,

coach, Joyce’s Whips

Edgar Joyce should have his own niche in the hall of fame, with every team he touched.

It would cover a room.

Who else tried to hire an ambulance to break him out of the hospital on a Saturday to keep his streak going of never missing a Bridgeton High game?

True story. He had it all planned, but hospital intervened.

Who else would buy a farm when he heard a new town called Agri-City was going to be built in Upper Deerfield, “and I figured the farm was right where city hall was going to be built.”

It didn’t happen.

Joyce wasn’t the only one surprised. At the same time, John Schofield bought the Acme at East Commerce and Pearl to expand the Evening News.

He once hit a home run that traveled hundreds of miles.

“It landed on a flat car of a train passing by beyond the outfield fence,” he laughed.

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EDGAR JOYCE

An all-time man for all times

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YOU CAN BOOK IT: Pepi Dragotta is still saving lives.

 

Verizon wants our flip phone; Ray Diddy doesn’t even own a phone; ACO Bruce Barry coming on 92.1 FM Saturday; Will Councilman Sam Feinstein swell the city council audience?; One year ago, hospitals on divert; Never did get to do ER gig, but later experienced the wait; Tributes to Edgar Joyce never grow old; Pepi Dragotta still saving lives

Renewing Joann Street’s quest and hearing the WHOLE story; How we got from there to unchained — Jack Hummel’s 47 years, 10 months; Where Gary Simmerman eats; State SPCA is spayed/neutered; Michael DeLeon unchained; Millville Midget Football goes on a sign for all to see

The column that says we began anew some unfinished business at DiLisi’s Monday afternoon with Joann Street, who was Joann Thompson when she did photographer in the street in 1975 for the News as Gary Cooper’s intern after working for the Echo at Bridgeton High School, and this wonderful woman who has been trying to stop the violence ever since her son, R.J., was gunned down by mistake at the Carll’s Corner McDonald’s 19 years ago, and we got the entire story from every angle over two side salads Monday, and we found out what it’s like to be a woman of God, and, by the way, Gary Simmerman eats at DiLisi’s, and what more do you need to know?

By Jack Hummel

Radio: 92.1 FM WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 846-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

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Good evening!

When we were younger and the sports editor of the Evening News, we had to eat the crap of being new in town, and Tony Angelo, owner of the Army-Navy store at the time told us, it will take five years before people here will even accept you, so we trudged through those five years as what Chief J. Fred Semple referred to us as a “young scribe.”

Then, from 1973 to 1990, it was heaven working under local bosses John and Ed Schofield, and we thought that would never change, just like the Bridgetowne would always be there for lunch and Bacon’s,  Rovner’s, Bruskin’s and Frank’s Men & Boys’ Store would always be there for shopping.

John Schofield would pretend all departments had a say in raises at the end of every year, and composing would say, “All we’re asking for is a 16 percent raise, nothing else,” before J.T. tweaked his mustache and gave us what New York accountant Howard Bednay told him what the company could afford, which eventually became nothing.

You had to be there every day to get the full experience of the tsunami coming, including one official saying, “Why don’t you put a hit out” on another official.

So the News got sold and the free hand we had was gone forever, because, first, John Ewing came in as publisher and cleaned out the place from bookkeeping to advertising salesmen until we were sold again, and, this time, the invaders from the north said, ” Change is good,” and these readers “have no idea what we’re going to give them.”

But this wasn’t Woodbury and Gloucester County.

Ewing stayed on to head production and we heard him through the wall one day scream on the phone to Woodbury, “I’ll sue you for a million dollars!”

It eventually wound up with the News leaving town and editors being herded into the Campbell Center in Salem and shown a map colored in red, as in losing money, and The Man said, “If the red is still there six months from now, some of you won’t be here.”

Eventually came the day of the “bloodbath” in Woodbury.

Six months later, already reduced to 20 hours a week, we were let go — or maybe unchained would be a better description.

We had already began a radio career at WVLT 92.1 FM in Vineland under T. Carl Hemple Sr., Mr. Bridgeton Little League and Mr. Vineland Legion Ball.

We are out from under, and because of that, some people say we have changed. We haven’t changed. We have always thought this way since switching over to the News side in 1993.

We just never got a chance to exhibit it because no matter where we went on this planet and no matter what we said, we represented the corporation. But not anymore. And we’ve never felt more empowered, and it has never been clearer what changes need to be made to get Cumberland County out of poverty.

And that’s the name of that tune in this age of news being merely commentary “representing the corporation” all across the board.

Too bad we can’t go back to all the Little League boxscores and Midget Football scores in a local newspaper buoyed by ads from Rovner’s, Bacon’s, Bruskin’s and Frank’s Men & Boys Store.

We so much need that right now.

Somebody go to former Cumberland County Executive Director Linda Catalano’s grave and tell her the good news because she hated the son of a bitch who ran it back in her day …

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law Monday removing power from the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and giving responsibility for animal cruelty investigations to county prosecutors.

The NJSPCA will be phased out over the next six months. County SPCAs will remain in existence, meaning that county animal shelters will be unaffected. The legislation was authored by now-retired Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) and passed the state Legislature on the last day of his 40-year legislative career.

“A new day arrives for abused and abandoned animals in New Jersey, as law enforcement will do what law enforcement knows best: enforce the laws. And county SPCAs will be free to do what they do best: provide for and care for abused and abandoned animals,” Lesniak said.

Lesniak credited the law to a Kane In Your Corner investigation, which began in the fall of 2016 and exposed numerous issues, including animal cruelty cases apparently sitting uninvestigated, no-bid contracts between the NJSPCA and companies owned by its board of trustees, and various other financial irregularities.

The push to remove the NJSPCA as the state’s “animal police” gathered additional steam in October, when the SCI issued a scathing report recommending it be dissolved.

The NJSPCA and its well-connected Trenton lobbying firm, MBI-Gluckshaw, had been aggressively opposing the legislation, but the NJSPCA may have dealt itself a fatal blow with a plan to use assumed names and anonymous emails to lobby lawmakers. The plan was outlined in an email from an NJSPCA trustee to more than 50 of the group’s law enforcement officers.

Animal Control Officer Bruce Barry applauded the change.

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“THINK ABOUT IT. And all you pro-marijuana zealots, wait until you find out how Monsanto is controlling that plant you believe is all Natural!

“If we don’t wake up to the invention of diseases, if we keep allowing ourselves to be duped into believing that absurdity of the billing manual, the DSM-V, we’ll lose even more of our loved ones!”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

Saving kids, one hike at a time …

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“Congratulations to our Millville Midget Football team! This sign will be displayed in several parts of the city. These kids are so cool.”

— Steven Harris

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Midget Football trumps all the Neighborhood Meetings you can ever hold.

Renewing Joann Street’s quest and hearing the WHOLE story; How we got from there to unchained — Jack Hummel’s 47 years, 10 months; Where Gary Simmerman eats; State SPCA is spayed/neutered; Michael DeLeon unchained; Millville Midget Football goes on a sign for all to see