The column that says Loretta at the LongHorn has traded in her sports car for a Civic now that she has graduated as a medical assistant, and we couldn’t convince her to apply at Jefferson, but the big boss was there tonight — the boss of her boss — and we nailed him on the way out after he said, “I can fire this guy on the spot!,” referring to the underboss, but then he saw we were with Somers Point’s Giuseppe Ungaro and he was backing Loretta, so everybody calmed down.
By Jack Hummel
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Domestic Violence Awareness Sunday, Nov.5, at 3 p.m. in Bridgeton City Park, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Cumberland County.
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— Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler
When Bridgeton is moved forward, United Advocacy Group will be the movers from the third floor of the Ashley-McCormick building, where the huge vertical sign space has been cleared off for the new name.
The third floor is called the Hope Loft.
United Advocacy Group has enough backing to turn the town upside down, starting with education and ending with a voice for abused children in Family Court.
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— Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler
A voice from the past on a mission …
“How many of you are interested in coming together for the purpose of responding to the senseless deaths within our community?
“Our young men and women are dying by the dozen with no response. As most of you know, I’ve been sounding the alarm for years on this subject and like many of you, I’ve grown weary and tired. But I believe there is a need to assemble with the right people and with the right motive to respond to these senseless killings that in my opinion are worst than the lynchings and slavery related issues that we sustained in years past.
“When Jim Crow was in command, there was no choice because the choice was made for you. Today, though, we have a choice.
” Now, I’m not interested in a dialogue with pastors and church leaders who are looking for ways to increase your membership. I can teach that to you on another occasion. Not interested in racial debates. Nor am I interested in a dialogue with promising politicians who are looking for a quick vote.
“This call is a call that only the concerned and motivated individuals need to respond to. No degree needed. No big words needed. All lives matter. Black, White, Latino, GBLT or straight, this is a table where there is no discrimination .
“All that is needed is a readiness to do something right. If you are willing and feel as though you have anything good to bring to the table, then I’m going to ask.you to announce yourself and say, ‘Yes, I’m down.’
“If you say nothing , that will also tell the story of how you plan to get involved. The next instructions are contingent upon your response. Waiting on you!”
— Pastor Dave Ennis
” … anything good to bring to the table …”
Rev. Ennis started monthly Peace In The City meetings in Millville, then successfully ran for city commission.
A little history
July 14, 2014
A recent five-week span of violence here left cars and buildings riddled with bullets and four people slain.
But it was the most recent death – the June 26 fatal shooting of a man who was talking to friends while sitting on a front porch – that may have finally pushed folks here into action.
Residents have since stormed a City Commission meeting, telling local leaders they not only need more help from police, but that they are so tired of being afraid and are willing to take a stand against the violence.
“It takes us, the community, to have to stop this,” Jenisha Hadden, who lives in the troubled Center City neighborhood, told City Commission. “Yes, we’re scared as hell, but at the same time, we have to do this.”
Residents in the 200 block of East Mulberry Street in Center City have formed a sort of unofficial neighborhood watch. Organizers said they are looking out for each other and calling local authorities about suspicious and criminal activity.
“The burden falls on all us,” said Larry Kelly.
Kelly lives on the block with his sons, ages 10 and 14. He said he will not let the boys play outside unless he is there to watch over them. He said that fear did not exist when he was growing up in the city.
“We’ve got to step up,” he said.
Folks living in the Center City and 3rd Ward neighborhoods, considered by police to be high-crime areas, are also taking interest in a program to develop community gardens.
The plan is for the gardens to create community pride and spirit, said City Commissioner Lynne Porreca Compari. The first garden will be planted next to the public library on Buck Street in the 3rd Ward, she said.
City Commissioner David Ennis said a new organization – Peace in the City – is currently forming. Members plan on going into neighborhoods to help bring residents together, he said.
The new group is part of an effort by Ennis to turn the city around into a “world class” place to live. Ennis, a clergyman, believes it can happen.
“It will take time, but I have hope,” he said.
Other, more forceful action is also underway here to stem the violence.
On July 3, police from here, Vineland and Bridgeton and agents from agencies that included the FBI, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office swept through the Center City and 3rd Ward neighborhoods. The authorities made 23 arrests in what they said was the first of other crime-deterring sweeps planned for the future.
City Commission will also spend $200,000 in Urban Enterprise Zone money to hire more police officers. Those officers – the number of which is still to be decided – will be retained after the UEZ funding for them expires, city officials said.
Police said help from residents is a crucial part of making the efforts work.
“People got tired of it,” Lt. Jody Farabella said of the recent crime here. “People are getting a belly full. They’ve got kids out there. They’ve got family out there.
“People are coming around a little bit,” he said. “We need more of it.”
Which is what Center City resident Mary Messeck has preached for years.
Messeck operates the struggling Millville Crime Watch organization. She is a regular at City Commission meetings, where she has begged for residents to become more involved in fighting crime. The recent surge in resident anger has Messeck hopeful that will happen.
“It’s a distinct possibility,” Messick said. “Unfortunately, it took four deaths in one month to get people to do something.”
Local residents Delshawn Harris and Pablo Caban, both 20, died after being shot multiple times in the 700 block of Buck Street in the 3rd Ward around 7 p.m. on May 20. Arrested for the slayings are charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a weapon without a permit to carry, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon are James Henry, 25, of Glassboro, Gloucester County, and 29-year-old Kevin Lamar Hall of this city.
Authorities allege Jose Galarza, 49, fatally stabbed Casey Watson in the abdomen during a fight in a parking lot of the Delsea Gardens apartment complex on South 2nd Street on June 5. Galarza is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
James Collins, 22, of Powell Street, was shot on a front porch of a house in the 1000 block of Church Street in the 3rd Ward early on June 26. Authorities said they believe the incident is gang related, and no arrests have yet been made.
Ennis said he is not sure how the city slipped into its current condition. He has made personally responsibility — everything from keeping sidewalks clean to proposed list of how the city expects its renters to behave — a theme since taking office in January.
Ennis says he senses the recent shootings made residents want to be more involved in helping their neighborhoods.
“I think that most people are just extremely fed up,” Ennis said. “We live in a community that has activities and we cannot enjoy them because of the criminal element.
“When you have nowhere else to go and are unable financially to (move) geographically, you have to make a decision,” he said.
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