Meeting Magazzu family like having dessert at DiLisi’s; Sixers need new coach; Jada Byers, we hardly got to know you; Losing a human being that’s still alive; Chandra Pitts fighting for lives every day; The 1967 Penns Grove Twins go down memory lane; Michael DeLeon fighting to get point across; Bridgeton Christmas House Tour; Who changes the channel at Vineland City Hall?

The column that says it’s like having dessert when you run into the Magazzu family — minus Lou — at DiLisi’s Ristorante in the Upper Deerfield Shopping Center, and that should be one heckuva selling point for Nancy and Sal DiLisi, because both Mike Magazzu and his mother love the food and said so, and we brought up the election night when the fight broke out at Democratic headquarters in Vineland, and Mike took to chop to the back of his head, which doesn’t happen anymore because the Republican party in the county is extinct.

By Jack Hummel

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Best time ever to find room in a 5-star restaurant in this area is on a Sunday night when a relevant Eagles team is playing the Dallas Cowboys.

No one is picking the Cowboys.

The last four times the Eagles were 8-1, they won two NFL titles and played in two Super Bowls.

Jada Byers scores five touchdowns for St. Joe of Hammonton against Immaculata in the playoffs, and if you think that’s impressive for the Bridgeton-born sophomore, wait until basketball season.

Asked the man who coached him in the Herb Henry Basketball League and won a string of titles.

Once the Sixers get a coach to match their talent, Golden State will not be able to overcome a 24-point deficit, and the Sixers will play them in the NBA finals.

Mark Jackson would be the best fit.

Coaching under Pop doesn’t make you Pop.

Will Press columnist Dave Weinberg be Martin Truex Jr.,’s wheelman next season?

While we worry about a stupid football game …

“I want to preface this by saying that I’m posting this only so I won’t be asked about her anymore and have to explain and revisit the absolute heartbreak I feel right now.

“Today, Jessica was removed from our home— there is now a TRO in place.

“She has been physically abusing Kacie and Andrew. She strangled Kacie until she passed out & hung Andrew over our railing to our steps by his feet & threatened to drop & kill him one day while I was at work.

“I had to put my babies above her. Their safety is my utmost priority.

“That being said, it doesn’t mean I hate her or will ever stop caring. She was our daughter the moment she moved in; it was just natural. I know why she is the way she is and all the abuse & pain she’s endured. We’ve cried together over it. I’ve cried alone about it. I will never not be affected by her.

“I feel like I’ve failed her.

I’m afraid she won’t make it through the night, knowing she has no one and no place to go. I’m afraid she’ll hurt herself because she did it two days ago. I’m afraid we were her last shot at bettering her life because I know the statistics for children like her; they’re shoved down my throat every single day.

“She’s getting off of work right now & we won’t be there to drive her home safely. Thanksgiving is this week & she has nothing to be thankful for. Christmas is coming & she has no one to celebrate with. It breaks my heart.

“I will always worry about her. Always.”

— heartbroken

There has to be help out there!

There has to be some organization and somebody who have the expertise to work with this girl long term until she can be turned around.

We don’t throw animals away and we don’t throw people away — not while we believe.

But this leads to another point. Did you read about handling troubled kids in the Sunday Press today? Read it online if you don’t have a copy. It’s eye opening.

And if you only get one thing out of it, remember that punishment in school is not the answer when a child is off the rails because of what has happened to them in their upbringing.

And ignore the suggestions of people who call them “punks” and “thugs,” because they’re totally clueless.

If you think the family that dismissed the girl was up against it, consider Chandra Pitts, of Raising Kings and One Village Alliance, trying to make a difference every day in Wilmington when  statistics come out calling that city the most dangerous in the world for its size, and it’s hard to find a politician talking about it on a national level.

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CHANDRA PITTS IN WATTS.

Meanwhile, Bridgeton’s John Fuqua starts Stronger Fathers to try and help stem the tide of gangs, drugs and crime. This time, he has the backing outside the community of United Advocacy Group, with connections all over the country, especially the Pascale Sykes Foundation, charged with soon giving away ALL the money in their foundation, but making sure it all goes to progress, both socially and economically.

They’re into kids.

So are the First Star and Give Back programs.

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Would you believe this is the Penns Grove Twins 1967 championship team picture, and we covered every game this team played as the sports editor of the Penns Grove Record weekly, and not only that, but Penns Grove High School also went undefeated that season and the Red Devil basketball team won its South Jersey group title. Johnny Attix coached this team.

1) Head Coach John Attix Lawlor 2) Rick LaFage 3) Dennis Mulford 4) Mike Maconi (Co Capt) 5) Larry White (Capt) 6) Tom Pennington (Co Capt) 7) Marcus Dowe 8) Randy Reed 9) Bob Simmons 10) Jim Priest Tom Pennington 11) Coach Romey Clement 12) Gary Spencer 13) John Corduff 14) Dave Shorts 15) Mike Costelli 16) Kevin Watson 17) Greg Watson 18) John Flowers 19) John Spencer 20) Greg Wright 21) Jerome Martin 

22) Coach Tom DiNelli 23) Bob Smith 24) Jon Rasmussen 25) Tom Williams 26) Pat Pawling 27) Louis Martell 28) Bruce Leighty 29) Bruce Willis 30) Rich Quick 31) Calvin Holmes 32) Tony Zeli 33) George Woodbury 34) George Blohm 35) Ed Micallef 36) Mike Spence 37) Jeff Bracale 38) Glenn Blohm 39) Keith Ayars 40) Russ Richardson 41) Andy Brown .

This was 50 years ago! Excuse the trip down memory lane from Tom Pennington — it’s been a great 50 years!

“More than 25% of overdose death certificates DO NOT list all of the drugs involved in the OD death.

“This is a Poly-Drug Pandemic and most people are focused on the wrong thing! America is suffering from a few MAIN Things … a Poly-Drug Pharma Pandemic, wide-spread socially-accepted Alcoholism, a Nicotine-slaughter campaign with higher levels in cigarettes than at any time in our history with a Vape campaign on kids and naïve smokers (COPD/CLRD are 3rd leading cause of overall death in America) and a Government sitting back allowing the INSURANCE Industry to dictate who lives and who dies while they dismantle the entire health care industry as we know it.”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

“P.S.: Full-blown addict tells Mother, ‘I just need detox, I don’t need treatment,’ then relapses day 1 out of detox. What other illness do we allow the Patient to dictate their Own Treatment. Is it an ILLNESS? If so, how does a family decide what’s best? How do we allow addicts who are IN addiction to dictate themselves how to solve their problem while IN their addiction??? I just don’t get people.”

Lidl is pronounced Lee-dul.

On Dec.2 …

Enjoy beautifully decorated homes in New Jersey’s Largest Historic District. Tour tickets provide a wagon ride sponsored by the Amish Market, as well as Christmas Caroling performed by The Off Broad Street Players. The tour will feature several new houses and an exhibit of photos from Sam Feinstein!

— Bridgreton Main Street

That Amish wagon will be driven by Jonas King, the big  man at the Amish Market.

Jim Bergmann will be serving World War I donuts at First Pres from 3 to 7 p.m.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: What makes the mayor of Vineland run from his office and switch TV channels at city hall?

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Meeting Magazzu family like having dessert at DiLisi’s; Sixers need new coach; Jada Byers, we hardly got to know you; Losing a human being that’s still alive; Chandra Pitts fighting for lives every day; The 1967 Penns Grove Twins go down memory lane; Michael DeLeon fighting to get point across; Bridgeton Christmas House Tour; Who changes the channel at Vineland City Hall?

No one talking violence; Carolscatz inundated with calls; Pepi Dragotta and Dr. Highbloom!; How it went down; Singers for Remember Me; Bulls, Gems among four championship games at Hursey Sunday; Bet on Sam Miletta coming back if you answer his call, and not just lip service; Joey Pep in 25 words or less; Eddie Williams: How do you accept poverty?; Michael DeLeon piling up the wins; Stronger Fathers group forming under John Fuqua

The column that says the one thing we learned 0n today’s show on 92.1 FM is that no one — not the candidates nor the elected — are talking about the violence in cities today until Chandra Pitts, of One Village Alliance, told us that Wilmington broke a record for violence this year with 176 homicides, all of them young black man and even one 13 years old, but that doesn’t stop her doggedly trying to change that.

By Jack Hummel

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We almost added a guest for next Saturday’s show after listening to the story of a waitress-mother at Mama Mia’s, but she will be busy on her second job filling the orders of customers, but it would have been an interesting take on raising kids.

John Fuqua, the perfect complement to Chandra Pitts today, is the one who asked, why aren’t the country’s leaders talking about the violence, and both agreed that if it were 176 white boys killed in Wilmington, it would be international news.

That has to change.

Guess who is inundated with calls about cats …

“This is Carol from carolscatz.

“Please note the following info: I am not a shelter. I do not ‘take’ cats. I do not ‘take kittens.’

“Sometimes, if the space is available and money is available, I will help with kittens in
Commercial Township .

“I gave been getting no donations, but hundreds of calls of people trying to get me to take cats and kittens. I do not have the space and definitely not the money to take them in.

“To get 1 kitten ready to be adopted, it’s over $300, not inclusive of the care and housing until adopted.

“If you are not willing to donate at least $75, do not ask me to take the cat or kitten. I am not a ‘for free’ pet dumping ground. I have had 165 calls since Nov. 10 asking me to take cats/kittens/dogs and hamsters.

“I am doing low-cost spay/neuter transport only!”

— carolscatz.com

Does 165 calls in eight days tell you something about the feral cat situation in Cumberland County? Take 165 x $300 and you can see how far in debt Carol Hickman would be if she followed through on all requests.

$49,500.

Send her lottery tickets for Christmas.

“It was 2 years ago today that I suffered sudden cardiac arrest while playing soccer.

“For obvious reasons and a very expensive helicopter ride, I️ was unable to finish the game. For everyone that knows me, I’m a competitor and I️ never not finish anything.

“I’ve made it my goal (pun intended) to return to Cohansey Soccer Club every anniversary and drive down the field, take one shot, and leave finishing the game.

“So far I️ scored last year and this year!”

— Pepi Dragotta

Who’s in goal?

A little history

Aug. 24, 2016

Aside from the scar on his chest, you wouldn’t know Pepi Dragotta had heart problems judging from his athletic build and active lifestyle.

Last November, during a parents versus kids soccer match, Dragotta had a heart attacked and collapsed on the field. Without the assistance of his friends and an automated external defibrillator(AED), he wouldn’t have lived to see his 40th birthday.

Knowing from experience how important AEDs are, Dragotta used money raised at a fundraiser to purchase 11 AEDs and is distributing them to local athletic leagues. He created an organization, the Heroes Foundation, to continue the work.

“This can happen to anybody,” Dragotta said of a heart attack. “It could be your kids or a grandparent watching the game or a parent of a sibling watching a game. To have someone at that facility who knows CPR or to have that AED at the facility, it could save a life.”

AEDs are portable defibrillators that have has a computerized voice that coaches a bystander in how to use it.

Dragotta, a Rosenhayn resident and Cumberland Regional High School alumnus, took special interest in being sure leagues from Cumberland and Salem counties could receive AEDs because they are poorer areas that might not have the means to afford the device.

“We have it and we’ll be able to use it and save lives,” said Linda Solanik, secretary of Bridgeton Midget Football. “You see where a lot of people today are dying and you didn’t know they had a heart condition or they didn’t even know they had a heart condition.”

Dragotta’s heart attack occurred on Nov. 18, 2015, at the last day of practice for his son at Cohansey Soccer Club. A few minutes into the parents versus kids soccer game, he collapsed.

“We weren’t sure what was happening,” Doug Volovar, a friend of Dragotta who was there said. “We thought maybe he was having a seizure.”

Volovar, the assistant principal at the Arthur P. Schalick High School in Pittsgrove Township and a former physical education teacher, performed CPR on Dragotta while his wife, Deanna Volovar, assisted. For years Volovar instructed people how to perform CPR but it was his first time having to do it on a person in an emergency — and on a friend who was dying.

“I was the luckiest person alive to have the four people there who knew CPR,” Dragotta said.

Jeanette Bokma and Brian Stanker helped them as they continued to perform CPR on Dragotta. The other parents tried to keep the children calm.

“Everyone that was there was helping in any way that they could,” Volovar said.

At one point, his heart stopped beating and arriving EMTs hooked him up to an AED. He was transported to Cooper University Hospital in Camden and underwent six bypasses.

Don Woods

Six bypasses! Seven would have put him in Guinness Book of Records.

Remembering those taken too soon in the county …

“We need a singer or two for our annual Remember Me Ceremony. For those who might not know, Remember Me is a ceremony where we remember the children who have passed away.

“This year’s ceremony will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., at the American Legion. If you know someone who might want to help us, please contact us as soon as possible.

“We are also still taking names and photos for the ceremony. Please contact my city email, Samantha.Cruz@millvillenj.gov.”

— Samantha Cruz

Bridgeton Bulls and Gems playing University of Woodbury Sunday at Jim Hursey Stadium.

Bulls play at 11 a.m. Gems play at 5 p.m. You’ll get home before the Eagles start. There will be four games.

“So who’s excited? It’s Championship time in the City of Bridgeton. We will be playing the Championship Games at the home of the Bridgeton Bulldogs, Bridgeton High School near Salvy Blandino Field on Sunday Nov. 19.

“Kickoff begins at 11 a.m. with the Bridgeton Big John Pizza BULLS vs Woodbury. The final game of the night is The Fifth Ward Athletic Association GEMS at 5 p.m.

“Stay for the day. There are games at 11, 1, 3 & 5 p.m. Entrance fee to the games are $3 for Adults, Seniors and 12 and under $1.

1 p.m. — Woodbury 7-1 vs Winslow 5-3

3 p.m. — Woodbury 8-0 vs Cumberland 5-3

 

Guess who won’t be in this lower division next season?

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If you’re a betting man, put your money on Sam Miletta coming back as both president of the Bridgeton franchise and also as coach of the Gems.

He has said this would be his last year, given all the crap off the field he has had to deal with. But the city apparently has softened its hardline stance on who is going to pay for what to keep this storied franchise going past 62 years.

But if you’re going to stand by and just wish him luck without lending a hand, the odds for a second year are going to go way up.

Miletta is going for his 13th coaching title from here to the shore and back again, but Woodbury is unbelievable this season.

By the way, the odds must have been reversed early on with the Eagles-Cowboys. Paper had the Cowboys favored by 3 points for at least three days, then it was reversed and now it’s up to 4 1/2.

At 92.1 FM today, Millville Commissioner-elect Joe Pepitone accompanied his Miss Cumberland County daughter.

He has gone from BOE member to freeholder to BOE member to commissioner.

We asked: Joe, what planned for Millville in 25 words or less?

He answered, “To do my best to help each and everyone see our untapped potential and to focus on ‘can do’ instead of ‘can’t. Join me?”
“I got mad love for my hometown and the folks I grew up with. But, man, y’all got to do something about this poverty mindset.
“I cannot understand how ANYONE that is not content with their current employment or lack there of … current living situation, lack of quality family time because of working two and three jobs, poor health, etc.
“How can YOU still be so closed minded to trying something new, investing in yourself. Just blows my mind. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
— Eddie Williams,
Elite Fitness
Education is the key — the only key. When almost one-fourth of the student population does not finish high school, of course you’re going to have 1 in 5 living below the poverty level and 30 percent functional illiteracy.
Who’s screaming about that in the inner cities?
“INCREDIBLE show, ‘Road to Recovery,’ on SNJTV. Absolutely incredible. Thanks to Tony Luke, Jr. Check out his initiative, ‘Brown and White’ initiative. It’s becoming a movement. #brownandwhite.”
— Michael DeLeon,
Steered Straight
Then that’s two incredibles in a row because your Steered Straight partner, John Fuqua, was just as incredible on 92.1 FM today!
This is what he posted on Thursday:
“Do you really care or are you just looking for likes? Will you step up or will you be to busy to get involved? Our young people are crying out for help! Stronger Fathers meeting tonight at 6p.m. at the Alms Center and I’m looking for a few good men!
“Our kids need mentors, big brothers, just a lil guidance! I’ll wait!”
He expects to have 100 Stronger Fathers signed up by the end of next year.
“So (four teens escape) happened in the last 24+hrs in my community.
“The sadness in my heart has many facets because there has been so much hatefulness, pain, verbalized oppression and even sarcasm regarding a situation that has absolutely NO winners on ANY side!
“II️ call you each into my heart and head space and you will know the reasons why … no winners and so much trauma, and yet, I️ wanna dig deep for a time when things like this are a distant memory for every community, not just mine.”
— Tracey Wells-Huggins
YOU CAN BOOK IT: John Fuqua will be coming back to 92.1 FM in two weeks.
No one talking violence; Carolscatz inundated with calls; Pepi Dragotta and Dr. Highbloom!; How it went down; Singers for Remember Me; Bulls, Gems among four championship games at Hursey Sunday; Bet on Sam Miletta coming back if you answer his call, and not just lip service; Joey Pep in 25 words or less; Eddie Williams: How do you accept poverty?; Michael DeLeon piling up the wins; Stronger Fathers group forming under John Fuqua

Anthony Bellano shows up along with Giuseppe Ungaro as Tony Surace’s documentary is about to hit Levoy Theatre; One marijuana report; Indian Avenue School feeding the poorest 40 of the poor 800; Feral cat alert in Buena!; Hopewell Economic Development Committee; Family Park Day?; Mikiah Kreps ranked No. 3 in nation; 2017 queens, John Fuqua and Chandra Pitts on 92.1 FM Saturday; Millville loses, 15-14

The column that says you never know who you’re going to meet at an eatery, because Hammonton’s Anthony Bellano, from the old News sports department and now of Patch, showed up at the LongHorn tonight because Texas Roadhouse looked too busy, and Giuseppe Ungaro, his old sports partner, was the first to see him, but he didn’t mention about going to Tony Surace’s documentary  — “Coach” — Tuesday night at the Levoy Theatre put on by SNJ Today, and if 800 people don’t show up, it’s a travesty — show them local sells, since newspapers can’t say it anymore.

By Jack Hummel

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Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

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One report on legalizing marijuana in Colorado …

In 2014 and 2015, nearly $6 million in pot revenues have been distributed to local governments. But the cost of increased law enforcement, drugged-driving incidents, fatal crashes, loss of productivity and a huge spike in gang-related crime bring into question the cost-benefit of those dollars.

Teen drug-related school expulsions are also on the rise. And the notion that prisons filled with minor drug offenders would be relieved of overcrowding—a selling point of legalizing marijuana—has been blown to smithereens.

Denver’s homeless population has exploded since Amendment 64 went into effect. And there are indications that finite tourist dollars are going more to pot and less to Colorado’s iconic natural wonders.

Cannabis is an intoxicant, proven to be dangerous to adolescents who use regularly, as well as to adults who are addicted to its calming, high-producing chemical, THC. But building a tax empire on a narcotic substance may be a dangerous proposition for the Centennial State.

Colorado’s Cannabis-Industrial Complex cannot sustain a complex economy traditionally built on natural resources, agriculture, innovation and family-friendly tourism. The eyes of other states eager to legalize pot should be firmly fixed on the unfolding saga of towns such as Denver, Boulder and De Beque, Colo.

— reprinted in Newsweek from The Daily Signa

Anything to fix the state budget gap, eh?

Will Delaware, with no sales tax, jump on the bandwagon and sell it cheaper, like they do cigarettes?

Will it go the way of the casino revenues?

Turkey trot …

“Hey, Jack,

“Just wanted to let you know we are once again doing our annual Thanksgiving food drive here at Indian Avenue School to help those students and their families have a better holiday this year.

“This year, we have collected approximately 40 turkeys, all donated by Indian staff and we are delivering the food baskets on Tuesday morning to over 40 families. Selfless love once again at it’s best from Indian Ave School staff. What a feeling! God bless!”

— Sterling Rainier

It does not cover all the poor families in the school district.

Just the worst!

A little history

Nov. 22, 2016

… The teachers will meet in the cafeteria and the chairman of the event will have a list of somewhere between 35 and 40 families and their addresses in the documented poorest neighborhood in the poorest city in the poorest county in New Jersey, and whoever compiled that information could have used the time better spent to actually going out and helping the neighborhood.

There will be a shopping bag full of goodies for each family and each teacher will take their part of the list — and most are women — go to their vehicles and go through the neighborhood making the deliveries.

There are ways through social programs that the school finds out who are the most needy.

We first met Indian Avenue School through the 2013 Teacher of the Year, Lara Blew.

And we want to know if Deanna Speranza-Murphy can relate to the following:

A little history

March 29, 2013

Where did Mrs. Blew come from?

The six third- and fourth-grade children in the classroom at Indian Avenue School pondered the question.

Kevin, Taheem, Bryan, Omar, Laura and Justice.

“Where there’s lots of water,” clued Lara Blew, the school’s Teacher of the Year. “Penn…”

“Pennsylvania!” the children shouted.

And did she go to college?

“Yes!” they said.

Where?

Silence.

“Another Penn,” said Blew.

“Penn State!” they answered.

Lara Blew has been teaching special education at the Bridgeton school for eight years.

Mrs. Blew Indian Avenue
LARA BLEW

But Blew must teach individuals, not a class.

She has to prepare a lesson plan for each student.

“It can be frustrating,” she said. “It’s a great plan until it blows up. It doesn’t always go like you plan.”

She was recently out three days for her father’s death.

Justice said he didn’t miss her.

“He likes to give me a hard time,” smiled his teacher. “I came back to tears after those three days.”

The students already know that if they want to get a job they have to be able to sign their name.

They write persuasive essays.

“They keep the reader interested,” explained one student. “We write to Mrs. Lugardo and the principal.”

Gladys Lugardo-Hemple is the aide.

“We asked Mrs. Lugardo for a snack,” one said.

“Pretzels with peanut butter inside.”

“Chicken wings.”

Mrs. Blew Teacher of Year Indian Avenue School

CONGRATULATIONS!

The principal walked in.

“What’s happening?” asked Mrs. (Karen) Horwitz.

The whole school staff voted Mrs. Blew Teacher of the Year.

“She’s very devoted to her students,” said Horwitz of Blew. “She follows them even after they leave her.”

A student she had last year came beaming down the hall that morning holding a math paper.

“He got 100 on it,” Blew said. “He couldn’t wait to show me.”

“It absolutely has to start here,” said Horwitz. “I saw that when I taught in high school, how important it is.

“And we have the dedicated staff here to do it.

“Our kids have great potential.

“I hope you’re here to say some great things about our great teachers.”

Help spread the good news.

Lugardo has been with Blew for five years.

“Before, some of our kids didn’t have successes,” she said. “I told one child if he could write his name by the end of the year, it would be a success.”

This class is better, even though there are still different levels of success.

That’s where a different lesson plan for each child comes in.

“She does a great job of building confidence,” Horwitz said of Blew. “Mrs. Blew is admired by her colleagues for her devotion to her students. She is known for setting high expectations for her students and turning them around.

“Her peers see her as highly organized, persistent and caring.

“An area of strength is creating a positive classroom environment and helping students to develop feelings of self worth.

“Her evaluation reports over the past six years are exemplary. They indicate that she consistently performs at a distinguished level in many areas.”

Blew has served on several of the school’s decision-making and strategic planning committees, including the School Leadership Committee and the Health Alliance Committee.

The school also gets great support from parents.

It’s called a Parents Spirit Committee.

Look it as the school’s PTA.

“We often have to have a translator,” said Horwitz. “But the turnout is tremendous.”

Students who are learning English are in bilingual classes while all students are learning Spanish in World Language classes.

The school is currently promoting our Second Language/Segundo Lenguaje program for families.

“Parents and guardians are invited to come out and ‘make and take’ bilingual books with text in both Spanish and English that they can read along with their children,” said Horwitz. “This is a great way to begin to learn a second language while helping students to become better readers.”

A week before school starts, the staff fans out across the community and knocks on doors.

The Parents Spirit Club does fundraisers.

They cut the cake at recognition dinners.

“Mrs. Blew is kind-hearted, nice and good,” said Taheem.

Whoa! Can’t say “good.”

“Marvelous,” “tremendous,” any big words.

On the wall outside the classroom are the “persuasive essays.”

Taheem has written Principal Horwitz about school safety.

There are two separate buildings and it worries him.

On the way out of the building, the principal’s office is full of grownups.

“They’re the parents,” said Lugardo. “Mrs. Horwitz is keeping in touch.”

Some things have changed. Mrs. Blew has moved on and the principal is elsewhere in the district.

But the turkey giveaway is still going on Tuesday.

Feral cats everywhere but not enough to act …

“There is an abandoned house on a street off Weymouth in Buena where several stray cats are living in the yard. There are some squatters living in the house that the neighbors buy groceries for and send to them. The squatters are feeding what little they can to the cats.

“Can anyone help? If so, call me and I will give exact location.

— JoAnn (not Ric) #856-265-1461

Hopewell is still hoppin’ …

We questioned the whereabouts of the Hopewell Economic Development Committee …

“The Hopewell Economic Development Committee is chaired by Gary Simmerman and meets monthly.

“Other members include Dave Hemple, Chuck Fralinger, Bruce Riley, Dave Wilson, Greg Facemyer Susan Anastasio-Quinones and myself.

“The committee is currently working with the township committee to establish a redevelopment zone in the Hopewell Business Park to assist in facilitating additional development there.”

— Paul Ritter III,

the man with a lot of Minerva

A little history

Nov. 22, 2013

At Thursday night’s township committee meeting, the Hopewell Township Economic Development Committee presented a strategic large-scale plan that would utilize undeveloped land for prospective commercial and residential developers.

Hopewell Township resident Gary Simmerman has been heading the township economic development committee for the past 18 months and presented the plan Thursday night.

Simmerman explained the main areas best for development would be near the Amish Farm Market, on Route 49.

“We need convenience stores, grocery stores, pharmacy, medical facilities, office and supplies stores,” Simmerman said. “Right now we don’t have that and residents have to travel outside the township for those services.”

Simmerman added, “We need to think outside of the box. We need to bring both people and industry in here in order to grow prudently.”

The township would seek to bring in developers to lease land from the township.

Simmerman said the cost of any development would primarily reside on the shoulders of the developers.

The township economic development committee partnered with Salmon Ventures, of Millville, to conduct a study of demographics and current land usage to determine all potential avenues for development.

Tony Stanzione, of township economic development committee as well as executive director for the Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce, added the need for residential housing, saying the township needs to bring people into the township in order for people to utilize any future businesses.

Simmerman said the township population has not grown in a three- to four-year period, citing statistics from the study conducted by Salmon Ventures. Hopewell Township has approximately 5,000 residents. Simmerman noted 31 percent of township employees work outside the township.

Simmerman said he has been speaking with representatives from Wawa Inc. to potentially bring a Wawa into the township. However, the lack of foot traffic would make that prospect difficult, Simemrman said.

Mayor Bruce Hankins acknowledged that there has been a lack of development in the township over many years and was in full support of the plan.

Simmerman emphasized the need to be aggressive with the plan so that it does not end up being shelved and abandoned.

“Gary, I’m with you,” Hankins said. “I don’t want to see this end up collecting dust.”

Hopewell clerk and business administrator Willie Daddario believes the timing is perfect.

“There are a lot of things happening right now,” Daddario said. “The Green Olive is expanding, a new Mexican restaurant has opened. We have the possibility of a Family Dollar opening, and you don’t want the development to end up helter skelter. Maybe we should act on this sooner than later.”

The plan is in its earliest of stages and no price figure has been determined. A time frame for the plan has also not yet been determined.

The township committee approved a motion Thursday night to send the plan to the township’s planning board for discussion.

— Spencer Kent

“Let’s plan a ‘Dad’s Take Your Kids To The Park Day’ in Millville probably when it gets a lil warmer.

“Would give great opportunity to get introduced to other caring involved fathers in our communities. We could network, play games, and break barriers.

“Sometimes, you fear what you don’t know or understand. We all will be surprised how similar we all are. We are all trying to provide, survive and protect. We can flood City Park and just have a blast together.

“#We are Millville #taking back our communities #Postive Vibes better together!”

— JT Burks,

headed for 92.1 FM next Saturday at noon

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JIM AND MARY E. BERGMANN

Watch this man down a dozen World War I donuts on Saturday, Dec. 2, at First Pres during the Bridgeton Christmas House Tour.

He has the recipe and will share it and the donuts with you on his 81st birthday between 3 and 7 p.m.

And if you’re telling people, emphasize the second n.

We will be selling as many donuts as we can pilfer outside the church at West Commerce and Giles streets at 2017 prices.

How do strip mall owners get away with charging Cherry Hill prices to renters?

“How do 19-year-olds hooked on cigarettes cope with no longer being able to buy smokes until they are 21?”

— Giuseppe Ungaro

“I fully expect my 13- and 5-year-old children to try drugs when they are older.”

— eatery waitress

“Ranked #3 in the nation. We are coming for that #1 spot. With God, hard work and dedication anything is possible! We are not in competition with NOBODY. Our goal is simply to beat our last performance!”

— Deborah Fields,

trainer of 119-pound Buffalo boxer Mikiah Kreps

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Mikiah is going for a spot on the U.S. Boxing Team and then the U.S. Olympic team.

The Olympics had only three weight classes for women in the last Olympics. And who decided that?

Quick, Terry Gould, write down these names! It’s 10 female boxers all on one list.

Now, Jerry Young, advertise for 10 local 119-pound female fighters to train. We’ll hold an all-female boxing show at the ALMS Center.

Area princesses will talk turkey at noon Saturday on 92.1 FM. Hopefully, the oldest will interview the others.

Might be for five under the wing of Alex Kaganzev, and the least they can do is present him with a birthday cake.

John Fuqua on 92.1 FM Saturday at 1 p.m. while, hopefully, Chandra Pitts. of One Village Alliance and every organization helping women in Wilmington, hopefully calls in.

Chandra is light years ahead of the rest of us!

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CHANDRA PITTS

YOU CAN BOOK IT: One can do worse than lose in the Group 5 semifinals, 15-14, so 1975 is still Millville’s only unbeaten season.

Anthony Bellano shows up along with Giuseppe Ungaro as Tony Surace’s documentary is about to hit Levoy Theatre; One marijuana report; Indian Avenue School feeding the poorest 40 of the poor 800; Feral cat alert in Buena!; Hopewell Economic Development Committee; Family Park Day?; Mikiah Kreps ranked No. 3 in nation; 2017 queens, John Fuqua and Chandra Pitts on 92.1 FM Saturday; Millville loses, 15-14

Looking for pool heater inspector: Unmarked pickup truck?; Cheaters most active Nov. 17; Connie Parkell; Bridgeton tree lighting Tuesday — Feliz Navidad?; How fast can we educate our young; John Fuqua tries again — coming on 92.1 FM Saturday at 1 p.m.; We become who we hang around; Shep gets his first check; Healthy QBs will make Super Bowl

The column that asks why does it take a month a get a heater for your outside pool hooked up because a permit is needed for the propane line and then the line has to be inspected before it can be hooked up and that can take weeks for some reason and we’ve already lost most of November and who knows what December will bring  — and was that a pickup truck with police lights that we just saw stop a vehicle on the Shiloh-Quinton part of Route 49?

By Jack Hummel

Radio: o2.1 FM WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

Google all columns at jackhummelblog

Good evening!

A survey has determined …

Friday, Nov. 17, is the one day of the year most married people cheat.

Why? Because it’s the week before week Thanksgiving and they won’t be able to cheat during that long weekend, so they cheat the Friday before.

Remember the name Connie Parkell, the hostess at Mama Mia’s in the Salem strip mall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

She’ll greet you, seat you and beat you if you get smart with her, like we like to do.

In the meantime, Bank of America seems to be doubling down on tenants after the owner of the mall declared bankruptcy.

Thank you, Rob Weinstein …

The Bridgeton Rotary Lunch Club will hold its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Bridgeton Pocket Park at the corner of Commerce and Laurel Streets at 6 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The community is invited to participate for this holiday celebration featuring caroling and special guest: Santa Claus. A reception will follow that is hosted and sponsored by WHIBCO, Inc.

Wade Sjogren always does his reception so you don’t go away hungry. And the way sand is being trucked to Pennsylvania fracking sites, he won’t disappoint this year, either.

He once ran for city council, you know, and didn’t get elected, and only the city was tge loser for that.

The Rotary is working with PRAC of Southern New Jersey to collect donations of bottled water, Gatorade, and Pedialyte for the Puerto Rico relief efforts. Participants are encouraged to bring donations to support the relief efforts.

For more information about the Bridgeton Rotary Club, please visit www.bridgetonrotaryclub.org.

Can someone run for office on poverty next November in Bridgeton?

Can The Prez work hard enough and fast enough at Cumberland County College to get as many young people educated in this county as possible?

That’s Yves (Eve) Salamon-Fernandez, the enterprising, entertaining, efficient, engaging, ebullient president of CCC, for the uninitiated.

Getting really real …

“Do you really care or are you just looking for likes?

“Will you step up or will you be too busy to get involved?

“Our young people are crying out for help! Stronger Fathers meeting tonight at 6 p.m .Alms Center.

“I’m looking for a few good men! Our kids need mentors, big brothers just a little guidance!

“I’ll wait!”

— John Fuqua,

Stronger Fathers

If John Fuqua had a dollar for every time he’s gone begging, he’d be better off than Bill Gates.

A little history …

It’s a Thursday night in Bridgeton and John Fuqua is standing smack-dab in the middle of rival gang members in the midst of heated battle.

The men surround him, gritting teeth and posturing hardened looks past him at their opponents.

Fuqua — thickly-muscled, but shorter than many of the men — keeps his composure. The calm look of experience rests in his eyes. The other men leak sweat in the tension of the moment, but Fuqua’s brow stays dry.

He’s been here a million times before.

He holds a whistle to his lips and, at his prompt, fury is unleashed. The grunts and screams of competition echo in the hall.

They’re fighting not over territory or drugs. Instead — just as Fuqua, 36, would have it — they’re fighting over a basketball.

Conflicting visions of Bridgeton

Bridgeton is a patch of town nestled in the Cumberland County flatlands not far from the coast of Delaware Bay. Some 25,000 residents reside within its six square-mile borders.

On the one hand, it boasts having the largest historic district in New Jersey, with thousands of Victorian-era homes in the national Register of Historic Places. On the other, after years of post-industrial decline, it’s also become known as a hotbed of gang activity.

A 2010 report by the New Jersey State Police found that Bridgeton — though very much a rural area — has one of the highest rates of gang participation per-capita in the state.

The numbers said that 2.3 percent of Bridgeton’s population was known to be gang affiliated. That rate is higher than Newark and Trenton; it’s second only to Camden.

For many of Bridgeton’s youths, gang-affiliation starts early and rages often. It’s become commonplace for fifth- and sixth-graders to think of gangs in the way most kids think of high-school: An inescapable inevitability.

John Fuqua’s mission has been to give the kids an escape. A major part of that effort has been the basketball leagues he runs by cobbling together an assortment of sponsors.

About 100 kids come to play organized games twice a week. And yes, Fuqua says, many of them already have rival-gang affiliations, but when they come to his league, their only allegiance is to each other.

“A lot of those kids want to do something different. It’s about giving them opportunities,” said Fuqua. “For a lot of them, the gangs are right there outside their front door. For a lot of them, it’s right in their own home. But if we open doors of facilities like this and we give them opportunities to be kids, then they’re gonna come play if they have that opportunity.”

The road less taken

As a teenager growing up in a Bridgeton housing project, when most everyone else he knew was dropping out of high school to join gangs, Fuqua dreamed of life beyond Cumberland County, so he committed himself to graduating.

“Just growing up in the house I grew up in, seeing my mom do crack 24 hours a day — until she became clean the last 14 years of her life — it’ll have a profound effect on a kid,” said Fuqua. “Seeing all four of my sisters come home pregnant before they were 16 years old leaves a scar on a kid, and makes you know what you don’t want to do.”

But he met hurdles to that goal everywhere, including amongst his own peers.

Fuqua says he was constantly challenged by the dropouts in the neighborhood when they saw him going to Bridgeton High; “You corny, why you going to school? You think you white?” they’d taunt.

“I’m darker than most people that live here,” says Fuqua, “but I was called ‘white’ because I was trying to go to school, because I was trying to get an education.”

Sometimes it wasn’t just name-calling. Fuqua remembers a half a dozen times when he had to physically fight people who were trying to prevent him from walking to school.

“The scrutiny that comes in the community where there’s nothing but failure and no opportunity,” he said, “you try and do something different, you gonna be challenged every step of the way.”

While much of the rest of his neighborhood got sucked into repping gang colors and flashing signs, the linebacker-sized Fuqua stayed out of trouble by immersing himself in not just school, but sports. Football. Basketball. Track.

Fuqua’s determination paid off. By the time he finished high school, based on both his academics and athletics, he punched his ticket out of Bridgeton by earning a partial scholarship to William Paterson University.

Hours away in North Jersey, he excelled. After graduating with a degree in English, he began to build a career as a social-services counselor.

By the early 2000s, he had a steady job and cozy place in Jersey City with a view of the Manhattan skyline.

Bridgeton, he figured, was buried in the past, and he had no intentions of ever going back.

Bridgeton came calling

A few years passed before Fuqua received the phone call that would forever change his life. It was a desperate plea from Rakeem Stubbs.

“My nephew called me in 2006 and asked me if he could come live with me in Jersey City because the gang problem in little Bridgeton, New Jersey was starting to be too much for him,” Fuqua recounted.

At first, Fuqua didn’t think it was a good idea. His apartment was too small and Jersey City had problems of its own. But when Rakeem persisted, Fuqua came up with what he thought was a better idea.

Instead of helping Rakeem get away from the bad in Bridgeton, Fuqua — now a grown man — would go back and do what he couldn’t do as a boy: make the town better.

By the time Fuqua returned in 2007, Bridgeton’s gang problem was even worse than he remembered, even from a personal perspective.

“My nephew was already signed up with a gang. He was already engulfed in gang activity,” Fuqua said. “He was incarcerated at Cumberland County detention center, because Rakeem had accumulated three assault charges in one year.”

Over the next year, once Rakeem got out of jail, Fuqua tried to convince him to take a more positive route, but nothing stuck.

Deaths at Christmas

Then, on Dec. 24, 2008, Rakeem was shot and killed in a gang-related robbery gone wrong.

Upon hearing about the shooting, many of Fuqua’s family members immediately rushed to the scene in separate cars, including Fuqua’s mother. She was a half a block from Rakeem’s dead body when she went into cardiac arrest.

“By the time I got up here, she was out of the car. People were trying to do CPR on her,” Fuqua said. “I stepped in, checked her pulse and started administering CPR on my mother for around eight or nine minutes.”

But, he couldn’t revive her.

“I lost my mother and I feel like I failed her with my hands because I couldn’t even keep her alive,” Fuqua said.

Before the clock rang midnight on Christmas Day, Fuqua’s family was two members smaller.

The nephew he came back to save had been gunned down. The only parent he had ever known lay breathless on the frigid Bridgeton roadside.

At a crossroads

In the days following the deaths, Fuqua says many members of his extended family called for retaliation.

“I got people in my family that are gang members, gang affiliated and they’re really in it,” he said. “I’m not involved in no gang, but my voice said, ‘No.’”

Fuqua blamed the plague of violence that had shrouded his city on the lack of alternatives for Bridgeton’s youth.

Instead of retribution, Fuqua doubled down on positivity. He turned to the thing that had been his savior as a kid: Organized sports.

“I found five kids, went to those five kids and gave them a task,” he explained of a mission’s starting point. “They all had to go get three kids to come sign up for basketball. That group of kids came back and they had to go get two, three kids to sign up for basketball,” said Fuqua. “That was their fee, to play basketball you had to bring three other kids. You had to be a referral source.”

‘Something like a dad’

Six years after his Bridgeton return, Fuqua’s basketball program has been making a real difference in kids’ lives.

“He’s always around,” said 16-year-old Sadaiah Robbins of Fuqua. “He gives you good advice. Something like a dad.”

Now an honor roll student, Robbins hopes to one day become a doctor, lawyer or athletic director. But just a few years ago, she was on a much different track.

“I mean I was hanging out. I was outside at like 11 o’clock. I would fight. I would help the kids jump other people,” Robbins recounted. “We see a kid walking down the street, we would hit them. I don’t know why. We just did it.”

Robbins calls Fuqua by the nickname most of the kids know him by: “John Willy.”

“When I met John Willy, he turned my life around,” she said. “He got me into basketball. He got me into good things at school.”

Offering hope

Just like Fuqua before him, eighth grader Tavaius Wilson feels trapped by the lack of opportunity in Bridgeton.

“Little kids, around my age or whatever, they starting to make their own gangs and getting more into it, and they starting to bring the violence into schools,” said Wilson.

But it’s Fuqua’s league — and his story — that gives him the hope that he, too, can rise above the troubles of the town.

“I see him as a good friend to me, someone I can come talk to,” he said. “If I got any problems or if I need any help with anything, I feel as though he’ll be there to help me.”

It’s not just the kids who’ve noticed Fuqua’s efforts. Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly values him as a key on-the-ground resource in the city’s overall fight against gang culture.

But to Fuqua, it’s not about the recognition. It’s about saving other families from the pain that he felt when he lost his mother and nephew in 2008, a pain that he says “wakes him up every single morning” and drives him to stick with the town he once worked so hard to get away from.

“I just want to be consistent. I want the kids to know that these leagues are going to be here every single year,” Fuqua said. “They’re going to have jerseys. They’re going to get trophies. We going to have fun.

“They gonna laugh, and the thing about it is, when these kids leave here they can know that [if] they can get along on the basketball court, they can get along in this community. You don’t gotta live up to no facade. You don’t got to be repping nothing. I want you to be a kid.”

— WHYY

Read it again!

Read it until it’s burned into your mind.

We’ve allowed this to happen and all the fish you can catch and give away in a decade won’t make a long-term difference.

Trouble is there to be introduced to the young as a way of life, and it festers in poverty until you can become a made man, and going to prison becomes a badge of courage and getting out earns a welcome home party.

John Fuqua will be in the 92.1 FM studio Saturday at 1 p.m., after the area princesses hawk turkeys for the Thanksgiving hungry.

Do you ever wonder how many children go to bed hungry in our city, even though it doesn’t make an infomercial like a Third World county?

A toy? A backpack? A winter coat? Tech Sgt. George Linen one class a day when they get to high school, but what about the sixth-graders thinking gang affiliation?

What is enough?

“We become the combined average of the five people we hang around the most.”

— John Maxwell

Shep has received his first check for ringing the Salvation Army bell.

He’ll be in front of Aunt Betty’s, in Greenwich, on Saturday morning, Dec. 2.

Looking for coin and canned cat and dog food. No donation too big. He knows a tractor trailer driver.

Why are Cowboys a 3-point favorite over the Eagles?

We could get the whole county out of poverty with this bet.

Three-point underdog? Really?

YOU CAN BOOK IT: The teams reaching the Super Bowl will be the ones who kept their quarterbacks healthy.

Looking for pool heater inspector: Unmarked pickup truck?; Cheaters most active Nov. 17; Connie Parkell; Bridgeton tree lighting Tuesday — Feliz Navidad?; How fast can we educate our young; John Fuqua tries again — coming on 92.1 FM Saturday at 1 p.m.; We become who we hang around; Shep gets his first check; Healthy QBs will make Super Bowl

We’re just like him!; Tired waitress getting ahead; Roadhouse workers show us education coming; Maria Stoerrle leaves nothing on the playing field in SPCA column; Millville Midget Football gets two calls to show off its city!; But are other things like buildings, falling down porches, rentals needing painting, more police officers more important?; D. Bailey Miles warns then haters to change or go away; Bridgeton Midget Football can play on high school field, but scoreboard is broken in a stadium with a $1 million track and all-purpose turf!; Mayor Crilley wins the big one!; Big Chessies and NFL linemen are not ‘cute’

The column that when a tearful Roadhouse hostess tells you that you remind her of her grandfather who passed away two years ago today because he smoked a pipe like we carry, you want to hug her to death and realize old people are good for something, and waitress Rachel is so tired because she put in 38 hours at the hospital, and is now working two straight shifts at a place doing $90,000 a month, but her whole future is ahead of her and she’s going to be an independent woman who can take care of herself.

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 evening!

Texas Roadhouse is a great place to go to reinforce the hope that we’re getting ahead in education in Cumberland County, because most of the women working there are in college, waiting to go to college or out of college working internships — everything from nursing to social work.

It doesn’t matter what you’re working now while in high school as long as you’re pointing toward higher learning that will not only make you independent, but also a smarter, more-involved citizen.

“If you haven’t read the CCSPCA article on page 5B of today’s Daily Journal and you support our shelter, please read it and keep it handy.

“This article not only points out the dedication of the staff both volunteer and paid(I guess you could call it pay), but it tells of many different functions that routinely take place from day to day that require the commitment of a lot of people.

“That is a great article, Maria DeFillipo, and it should appear a couple more times before the end of the year, just for the benefit of those who missed it.”

— Ric Kuhns,

Animal Friends Foundation

face of Cumberland County TNVR

the article …

There has been a great deal of information shared recently about the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter.

The county and municipalities have been asked to see us in a new light; we have reached out for the support of our community. We have provided many different statistics, reports and numbers in an effort to be transparent and open. It’s really important to analyze these numbers and review the statistics, but sometimes the heart of what we do can almost get lost in a report. Behind every number is one of our community’s thousands of animals – an animal with their own story, hoping for a chance to find that happy ending. You find the heart of the shelter in the efforts of our staff and volunteers to give these animals – all of them – the best chance possible.

The heart of the shelter was on full display last weekend, both in and out of the shelter. I just arrived home from our Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, where I took a break from being a staff member and joined the ranks of some of the most dedicated, hardworking and compassionate people I know: our volunteers. Our volunteers also showed up for PetSmart’s Adoptathon Weekend, making sure dogs and cats were given that extra chance to find a forever home and get out of the shelter for an outing. Volunteers also filled the shelter, making sure remaining animals received attention and laundry and dishes were tended to.

One column isn’t enough to give the volunteers credit for everything they do: our baking brigade, which ensures that no event is without incredibly delicious treats; our event volunteers; our work room volunteers, who keep the shelter running; our dog walkers and cat cuddlers; our volunteers who transport hundreds of animals to rescues; and on and on. The shelter wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our volunteers. Without the shelter, there are no shelter volunteers – and that would be just another way in which the animals would lose.

Our staff comes to work each day, motivated not by money but by heart. We are all here not because the job is easy (it never is), well-paying (certainly not that) or convenient (talk about taking your work home with you). We show up because we know the animals need us. Because we bring something important to the table that makes the animals lives’ better than if we were not here.

This can be seen in so many different ways: The kennel attendant who sits with a frightened dog and coaxes her to eat.

The veterinary technician who shows every single animal compassion and kindness at one of the scariest points in their lives.

The front office staff who take time and care to ensure that our animals are getting adopted into loving homes. Our coordinators who work hard for the success of an event or program to create long-term positive change.

We have staff that stay late, wake up early, bring the saddest animals home, tackle insane amounts of paperwork, volunteer on days off, work from home and give it everything they have, all in hopes of helping the animals. Most of this the public never gets to see that, but it’s there, every single day.

While we technically measure success in numbers, the feelings mean more. Increasing adoptions by a certain percentage is great, but when a more-difficult-to-place animal gets adopted — and we get to hear how great he’s doing in his home — that is better.

Knowing thousands of animals were rescued is exhilarating, but walking a single one of those sad souls from a cage to into someone’s waiting arms is better. Including hundreds of animals in our foster program is amazing, but watching an animal transform from scared and broken to happy and healthy is heartwarming.

We’re proud when we pull off a successful event like our dinner — not because we measure success by how many dollars came in, but because we saw volunteers and staff working so hard together and our community arriving in droves to support what we are doing, because we know that each of those dollars equals a better opportunity for the animals we love.

 We know that we still have work to do and progress to make, and we are committed to doing better. We want to reach the illustrious 90 percent save rate. We are not motivated by the percentage, but by the faces that haunt us, the ones who don’t make it out. We are committed to doing better for them.
For years now, we have climbed this mountain of progress with one hand tied behind our backs, and I remain hopeful that with the support of our community we can keep climbing and reach even greater heights, all for the animals.
— Maria Stoerrle,
Second Chance for Animals
That mountain will be climbed!
SHELTER NEEDS: The South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter requests donations of kitten and cat chow (dry food; no dyes, please), canned dog food, large dog toys (Nylabones, Benebones, Kongs, etc.), cat toys and paper towels. It also requests gift cards to grocery, hardware and pet stores.
Don’t believe the haters who would throw out the baby with the bathwater in the name of saving animals. They are blowing in the wind, where there are no answers.
That column should be printed in every publication in Cumberland County — every publication. A few more local contributions liker this and less Washington Post!
Regional is not reality, but full local is.
Everybody can use a little help …
“Hello, everybody,
“I’m not the one to usually ask for help! As most of you know, I have been teaching young boys and mentoring them, for many years. Always trying to make a difference in their lives through coaching football.
“Even through the hardship of losing a Head Coach, a friend, a brother, a mentor and a huge part of our moral/motivation, Coach Carl File, the Millville Midget Football League, Junior Division, has been selected to play in the Regional Championships in Middletown, Del., December 1-3.
“The Junior team has also received a very prestigious invitation to play at the Football Hall of Fame Game for Life National Championship in Canton, Ohio, Dec. 14-17.

:The Junior team is made up of 30, 10- and 11-year-old boys who work hard every day on and off the field! Our record to date is 8-1, winning our playoff game against our arch rival, Vineland.

“We will be playing our championship game this upcoming Saturday against Gloucester Township.

“So, to all my friends, family, MSHS Football Alumni, former football players that I have coached, I ask you to make a huge difference in this group of young men’s lives and give them the opportunity to get to somewhere they’ve earned the right to be.

“All donations received will be paid directly to the (MMFL/Junior Division) and will go toward registration costs, transportation and lodging. No donation is too small. These boys are our future Millville Thunderbolt State Champs.

“I had a hand in coaching last year’s 11-1, Group Five State Champions, as well as this year’s 9-0 to date, MSHS BOLTS! If you trust the process, a change will come!

“It’s always a Great Day to be a Bolt ⚡️⚡️

“Thanking you in advance!”

— Head Coach Jeffrey Mills
MMFL Juniors
Phone: 856-300-9162
Jymills13gmail.com
Now, you tell us what is more important here.
Do we save an historic building tomorrow, do we prop up a falling-down porch, do we provide the paint for a once-grand mansion turned into seven rentals, do we give to the poor, or do we provide the means for these kids to be all they can be on top of great mentorship and continue their success to becoming successful citizens — minus the cost of substance abuse treatment and incarceration?
Is this part of a successful foundation, or is this the continuation of giving them a fish without teaching them how to fish?
You tell us.
A tired leader, who has bounced back after being taken down, is still on a mission …
“Ugh! I’m exhausted!
“I shouldn’t still have to say this:
“Racism, in addition to any other ideology that promotes one group over another on the basis of religion, gender, ethnicity, or social class or standing, will result in your posts/comments being deleted, and probably your membership to the group.
“If you disagree, just leave now. I don’t know how else to say it. There are a million ways to divide this city — we need to find ways to come together.
“There is no room in this fight for a better Millville for this hateful nonsense. If we keep looking around and finding superficial reasons to hate, this whole ship is going down.”
— D. Bailey Miles,
Taking Back Millville
The more intelligent the populace, the less hatred, prejudice, racism — and the more understanding.
To steal from Jerry Young: A bear eats white, black, red, brown and yellow, because it all tastes like chicken.
— Barry Perlow
Barry, Art has been very sick, but you’re right. He will always be Mr. Ferracute.
If Penny Watson couldn’t save the place, it’s not going to happen.
Upper Deerfield Township Mayor Jim Crilley won his own Super Bowl this week!
Buy him dinner at DiLisi’s and ask him why he loves Coca-Cola, but not Nebraska!
Good news on the Midget Football front …
“We have the OK to use the high school field for the championship games.
“The only problem is the scoreboard is not working. Does anyone know where we can get a portable football scoreboard.
“We would love for these kids to play there.”
_— Sam Miletta,
president/coach
Bridgeton Midget Football
Not working?
In a $7 million plant, not working?
Call Bob Thompson, who helped make the Bob Thompson Sports Complex happen, and tell him it’s not working.
Doesn’t make any difference if he’s not in. Tell his people to ask him to call back your people because it’s near and dear to his heart.
YOU CAN BOOK IT: No, 125-pound Chessies are not cute!
We’re just like him!; Tired waitress getting ahead; Roadhouse workers show us education coming; Maria Stoerrle leaves nothing on the playing field in SPCA column; Millville Midget Football gets two calls to show off its city!; But are other things like buildings, falling down porches, rentals needing painting, more police officers more important?; D. Bailey Miles warns then haters to change or go away; Bridgeton Midget Football can play on high school field, but scoreboard is broken in a stadium with a $1 million track and all-purpose turf!; Mayor Crilley wins the big one!; Big Chessies and NFL linemen are not ‘cute’

We love Jim Davenport and his daughter!; We don’t need money, we need education!; And United Advocacy Group!; Katelyn Whitesall gets accepted; Winter coat drive on again; Will John Fuqua show on Saturday?; D. Bailey Miles trying to get shot on road by Baileytown and become a trophy without a smile; Hunters amuse us; Bridgeton Midgets need immediate funding for security this weekend!; Michael DeLeon runs into flak;

The column that says they don’t come any better than Jim Davenport, on or off the golf course, and it was good also to meet the mother of Kristy Davenport Rearick, who we had the pleasure of working with at the newspaper in an atmosphere where she was the angel, and Jim and his wife were into rigatoni at DiLisi’s tonight while we devoured every salad on the menu.

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 evening!

What is it this area needs, and what have we been receiving and what has not been working?

We get 90 percent of our education paid for, but what has that gotten us so far? What? We’re in the last 30 of 330 public schools rated in New Jersey.

It hasn’t improved the graduation rate. It hasn’t improved the number of college grads we’ve produced.

So you tell us what good it has been for money thrown at us to cure our ills. What good has money being thrown at anything to cure ills been?

When do we finally decide it has to come from within? When do we decide poverty has to be ended by the community in the neighborhoods?

If they gave Bridgeton $10 million tomorrow, what would you do with it?

Fix every falling down porch in poor neighborhoods?

Insulate every windy home in poor neighborhoods?

Prop up Bridgeton Main Street financially?

Try again to agree on what to do with the city park to once again try to turn it into a destination area?

It’s a good thing the fixing of the Raceway after the storm wasn’t left to the city fathers, or nothing may have gotten done.

Outside money cannot get us out of poverty, even if a dozen food innovation centers are constructed in the city and General Motors comes to town building a plant that stretchers from Wendy’s to the bypass.

Look at the casinos in Atlantic City and what exists a block or two away. Do you believe downtown Camden has been cured by all the waterfront construction?

We believe you can’t turn a poor town with a reputation for drugs and crime into a destination area until you get control of the drugs and crime and turn the perception into one of safety.

And as long as the poverty as it is exists, it’s not going to change. And as long as the lack of education exists as it is, the poverty is going to remain.

You can bring back the UEZ funding. You can even bring back a fully funded empowerment zone at $25 million a year. But will it get rid of the poverty that breeds drugs and crime? Not a lick.

Have you ever looked at how many of the good paying jobs in a poor community revolve around free health care for the poor, drug stores, correctional facilities and obtaining grants to help the poor?

That has to change.

United Advocacy Group is trying to change that by mentoring high school students to the point where they can get into college, and if they can’t afford it, give out scholarships to help education break the back of poverty.

They are sending foster children — the worst for aging out and going to prison or being homeless at age 18 — to summer college while in high school and then right on to college on scholarships.

And it doesn’t involve a nickel of taxpayer money! None of these programs does. You’ve got billionaire Bob Carr simply asking for you to take his money, you’ve got the Pascale Sykes Foundation on the clock for giving away all its money and you’ve got AmeriCorps shepherding your children through school.

It’s all coming out of the Hope Loft and 40 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton.

And the best news is, AmeriCorps is embedded in the neighborhood — South Avenue — needing the most help. They’re not asking you to come to Cumberland County College for a breakfast.

And isn’t it great that CRHS grad and centerfielder Katelyn Whitesall has been accepted into the Our Lady of Lourdes nursing program? Another Roadhouse veteran bent on completing higher education!

We’ve got to get more Dunkin’ window waiters thinking beyond Saturday night. An, contrary to the opinions of would-be geniuses, they can give back the correct change.

Bethany Grace Community Church is partnering with Century Savings Bank for the third year to host a winter coat drive to help the homeless and less fortunate in Bridgeton.

Donations of new or gently worn & clean winter coats are needed for people of all ages.

The coat drive runs Nov. 27 through Dec. 13. Coats may be dropped off at any Century Bank location.

Donations are accepted at Century Savings Bank branches during regular business hours. Items may also be dropped off at Bethany Grace Community Church during weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information or to make a monetary donation, please visit: www.faithinactioncentral.com or call 1-855-818-3810. Monetary donations can also be mailed to Bethany Grace Community Church, 31 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302 and note on the memo line: “Winter Coats.”

Children need the help in poor neighborhoods. Children need everything, including mentors, in poor neighborhoods — until we get rid of the poverty.

The last thing Bridgeton needs is to attract more poverty.

What are the odds for John Fuqua showing up Saturday at 1 p.m. on 92.1 FM? His response to us was, “Be there.”

If Chandra Pitts calls in from Wilmington, or even California if she’s out there for a conference, we’ll have a problem-solving hour.

Chandra is on the front lines in a city called the best chance in the entire country for getting shot, and it’s just across the bridge.

D. Bailey Miles trying to get shot …

“Just returned from Baileytown on this cold, cold morning. I want to say I was verbally accosted — I wasn’t. But I felt accosted.

“Whilst trying to wrap my head around all the changes the state has made out there, I was told that I should really be wearing orange, so as to not be mistaken for a pheasant and shot … on the road.

“That’s awesome, guy. The government has once again erased markers to my family history so that guys who can’t tell the difference between pheasants and people can play with their guns, totally unaware of the history of the ground you are standing on.

“That’s a hard lesson to learn on a freezing Tuesday morning, and it will probably take me all day to let it go.”

— D. Bailey

If they didn’t take a picture holding on to the antlers of the deer, we might believe hunters are only doing it to be able to eat or to thin down the herd to keep too many from starving.

If they didn’t litter a spot with apples and “deer corn” and tracked their quarry, we might consider them legitimate. But sit in a tree and wait for the animal to come walking along? That’s sport?

We grew up on a farm where we learned to shoot a rifle from age 12. We shot expert in the Army. But we never considered shooting anything but a target. Take a photo of your shot group and post it.

On the Midget Football playoff front …

Want to see Sam Miletta and Curt Morgan coach their last games and walk away from something that has gladdened their hearts for decades?

Here’s your chance.

“Bridgeton Midget Football is hosting 4 championship games this Sunday at 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m.

“I was told to have one police officer there. It will cost us about $400. Then I was told to have the rescue squad there. It would be $140 a hour.

“Are you kidding me? This is a youth sporting event.This is why the the number in sports in Bridgeton is down.

“We get no backing at all. It is all about taking money from our leagues. I hope the high school comes through tonight.”

— Sam Miletta,

president

Bridgeton Midget Football

Wait a minute, Sam! Let’s be safe rather than sorry. Presence beats reacting to, when it comes to security.

As for the rescue squad, let’s not precipitate a lawsuit when a kid is seriously injured and immediate response is critical.

Let’s keep everybody safe by asking the community to make it so. Let’s ask. Let’s ask Bob Thompson. Let’s ask Wade Sjogren. Let’s ask CompleteCare. Let’s ask Bridgeton McDonald’s. Let’s ask Bob Rone at Wendy’s. Let’s ask Rotary and the other service clubs.

Let’s ask!

Let’s communicate.

“I believe the city administration has agreed to waive the costs now.”

— Melissa Hemple,

city recreation guru

Where they’re dying in the streets …

“So BLESSED tonight. After being attacked this morning by a wolf in sheep’s clothing and some quasi-Christians, it’s great to be in a big Church full of REAL ones! So sad the way people act, fake, lies, fraud

“C’mon, people! Let’s get it together and COME TOGETHER. People are dying!”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MICHAEL DELEON

 

How is this, Michael?

“Maybe the most misunderstood idea when working with someone with a substance use disorder is that we need to motivate them to stop.

“We need to work harder on motivating them to find the strength to open the doors to the things that hurt most. Only then, can they really begin to heal.

“Compassionate support is how we keep the door open so at the times when the pain is threatening to take over and shut everyone out, they know there is someone with a foot in the door ready to help them keep it open.”

— one take on substance abuse

While waiting for Shep to ring the bell on Saturday, Dec. 2, in Greenwich …

A little history.

Dec. 3, 2012

Shep ringing the bell in Greenwich for the Salvation Army has no end.

The donations keep rolling in.

The pot has now reached $1,330 for the one-man band, who rang the bell from 7 a.m. to noon on one Saturday.

He’s ringing the bell again in front of Dino’s restaurant right on the main drag — Route 553 — in Cedarville on Saturday morning.

But this crew will be better looking because Linda Quay is assembling the EMS to keep Shep straight.

Ask her for one of her famous cookies.

“Tomorrow is the Annual Police Vs Teachers Charity Basketball game.

“Please come out to the Millville Senior High School. Game is at 7 p.m. and all proceeds go to support PAL Basketball.”

— Rick Kott,

face of Millville PAL who will be high scorer for police or all cars parked there get a ticket

Just heard 6-11 center from 1969 signed up as a substitute teacher!

YOU CAN BOOK IT: We’ve taught you nothing and you still haven’t learned.

We love Jim Davenport and his daughter!; We don’t need money, we need education!; And United Advocacy Group!; Katelyn Whitesall gets accepted; Winter coat drive on again; Will John Fuqua show on Saturday?; D. Bailey Miles trying to get shot on road by Baileytown and become a trophy without a smile; Hunters amuse us; Bridgeton Midgets need immediate funding for security this weekend!; Michael DeLeon runs into flak;

Tough for small business owners; Education coming on strong; Bethany Grace holding Thanksgiving meal; Ric Kuhns on feral cat situation; Fine Latino cuisine in Bridgeton; Michael DeLeon issues warning on legalizing pot; Alex Kaganzev collecting turkeys; Veteran who was denied; John Campani’s Legacy Lanes

The column that asks, has it ever been tougher to be a small business owner with the internet drawing away in-store customers and rent in strip malls going through the roof, and Cumberland County not getting any wealthier despite the Cumberland Empowerment Zone back in the day being called a model for the rest of the country before Al Gore gave away the presidential election and the next administration did away with the program and the Cumberland Development Corporation has not been able to make a big impact and taxes in the cities are not going down?

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!

But the one area where improvement seems to be growing by leaps and bounds is education.

The number of students seeking higher education is going up, if only because more scholarships are being made available by groups like United Advocacy Group, which helps steer billionaire Bob Carr’s Give Back program.

Without mass improvement in education, we’re never going to get out of the poverty cycle.

Bethany Grace Community Church will be hosting a free breakfast for the community on Thanksgiving Day, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The breakfast is being co-sponsored by Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Volunteers serving the breakfast are coming from all over Cumberland County.

For more information or to donate, visit www.faithinactioncentral.com or call 1-855-818-3810. Monetary donations can be sent to Bethany Grace Community Church, 31 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton, NJ.

 

On the feral cat trail …

“Last night, I spoke at town council meeting about asking if the ACO’s could release ear tipped cats that were trapped. they deferred to the health department, who is in process of reviewing the adoption of TNR.

“Today, I found out that what I feared most had happened. Two of my ear tipped cats were trapped. One of them was just released last week. I called the people at the health department, animal control, public works, township clerk and finally stopped in the township health department office. I discussed it with the officer and he said the cats could be released from the ‘shelter’ to a rescue only.

“So I called my friend who runs a rescue and she agreed to help. So I gave all the info they wanted and about 5 tonight I got the call that they agreed to release the cats to me! Victory!”

“This post was copied from a lady in Middlesex County and indicates that her town is in the process of reviewing TNVR for adoption. It states that although she was told by the officer at the Health dept. that the cat could only be released to a rescue, she ultimately received a call informing her that they were releasing the cats to her.

“Even though the cats were ear-tipped indicating their inclusion as cats that were (T)rapped by someone who doesn’t want to see any more kittens in their neighborhood, (N)eutered so they no longer had the ability produce any more kittens-which at some point means no more cats, (V)accinated against rabies as required by law, and (R)eturned to where they were trapped where they have shelter, food and are monitored for health conditions by someone who cares, the town hasn’t adopted TNVR yet, so it’s safe to think that their contract for animal control services provides that animals picked up are taken to the shelter and either adopted out or killed.

“A provision allows the shelter to release the cat to a rescue as an extension of the attempt to have it adopted. These cats were released to the caretaker by the officer at the Health Dept. even as their code calls for animals picked up by animal control to be taken to the shelter.

“In the State of New Jersey, Animal Control falls under the guidance of the Dept. of Health and Senior Services, who has a position statement regarding feral and free roaming cats that can be found on their website.

“Within this statement and in regards to the state statutes governing the impounding of stray animals, the Animal Control Officer is provided the authority to consider managed colony cats to be on the property of the owner and not fall under the category of a stray animal to be impounded.

“Local officials, and in particular the officer involved from this city in Middlesex Co., have demonstrated a pro-active approach in their Animal Welfare methods.

“When the situation was reviewed after all the information was collected, the officer concludes that due to the ear tip marking the cats as neutered, vaccinated and being monitored by someone who cares, in a town that is considering adopting TNVR at the present time (collectively referred to as the totality of circumstances), that he is not placing anyone in danger and acting within the scope of his authority to not send these two otherwise healthy cats through a system of animal control that is inhumane, costly to the city and therefore its residents, a constant drain to their shelter’s resources and has failed to provide any control over this animals population.

“DOHSS very clearly states that they are neither for or against the concept of managed colony care, preferring to leave that decision to each municipality.

“However, they do advise local governments to develop standards and ordinances that promote proper colony care should they decide to adopt TNVR. The remainder of their statement is used to list guidelines that work to provide accountability and oversight by Health Dept. and Animal Control officers representing the city’s concerns.

“Animal Friends Foundation has been advocating low-cost spay and neuter programs for all companion animals and TNVR to reduce the feral cat populations as a mission statement since 2003.

“We’ve sponsored programs and continue to advocate the use of TNVR by educating our municipalities and partnering with them to ensure positive standards and ordinances are developed that promote the guidelines established in the State of New Jersey by DOHSS.

“While we wait for the wheel to be reinvented in Cumberland County, I’m calling on my TNVR colleagues to call or email your local officials and request they take AFF up on an offer to casually meet for 30 minutes and discuss the free roaming cat situation, as well as what TNVR can do for your city, and in support of CCSPCA.

“I’ll even provide an extra copy of information I give them that can be sent to CCDOH as was requested.”

— Ric Kuhns,

Animal Friends Foundation

Face of TNVR in Cumberland County

Downtown Bridgeton cuisine …

“The emerging Mexican economy in Bridgeton is producing some fantastic authentic Mexican food available to Gringos also,”

— Kennard Hildreth

There are several places in bridgeton that have great authentic Mexican food. Watch out the heat if you are not used to it ,it could take your breath away!”

— Debra Halkyer
A warning …
“Congratulations, New Jersey. Within 100 days from Jan. 16, you’ll have commercialized marijuana for sale!
“You have NO IDEA what’s coming your way for your children. For minorities. For those with mental health issues. For your roads. I know.
“Call me an Alarmist” Call me a Conspiracy Theorist!
“In 2007, after presenting to Law Enforcement Heroes, I was called, Chicken Little, because I predicted an impending Heroin Epidemic! Can you imagine?
“NJ isn’t Colorado. NJ isn’t California. Mark this post down. Come back to it in 48 months, maybe 36. Mark my words! I fear what’s coming! It’s NOT WEED ANYMORE!”
— Michael DeLeon,
Steered Straight
From the Mayo Clinic …
It’s easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious in the beginning.
If you haven’t exercised in a while, a short-term goal might be to walk five minutes once or twice a day, and a long-term goal might be to complete a 5K walk.
Whatever your current fitness level is, aim to strike a safe but challenging balance.
This is the danger season when there are sweets everywhere that turn to fat in your body and crave more sugar.
By January, you’ll be looking for relief by visiting workout centers.
By April, you’ll be back to your old ways because of not enough results for the beach season and the reason you were eating the first place is still there.
“Project Thanksgiving is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m.-5 p,m.
“We’ll be accepting donations in Gloucester County for the Food Bank of SJ, and the Salvation Army in Cumberland.
“Frozen turkeys, cash, store certificates for free turkeys and checks will be accepted.
“Please make checks payable to either ‘Food Bank of SJ’ or ‘Salvation Army.’ Write ‘For Project Thanksgiving’ on the memo line. Cumberland has TWO Salvation Army Corps offices — Bridgeton and Vineland. Feel free to support either one with your donation.”
— Alex Kaganzev
Alex and the princesses from around South Jersey will be on 92.1 FM Saturday, from noon to 1 p.m., just before John Fuqua comes on and Chandra Pitts calls from Delaware.
Post Veterans Day …
A little history.
June 5, 2014

Angelo Lugardo can load a plane with anything.

Stick a tank in here, a helicopter there and enough food to feed an army for a week back there.

He trained eight weeks in the States to do that, plus eight weeks in Okinawa practicing loading ships.

What he can’t understand is why he looks like he does today — his skin colored orange over most of his body.

Don’t get him wrong because he’s glad to be alive at age 68.

Most of the men he served with aren’t.

But not downed by bullets.

It was 1964 and the Vietnam War was on.

All the training Lugardo received prepared him to load something called Agent Orange that would be used to create births of one-eyed babies, among other deformed fetuses in the country

“I saw the pictures my buddy took trying to help us,” said the native of Puerto Rico. “Babies in big bottles. He also wrote stories about it.”

It also got rid of the thick brush the Viet Cong were hiding in, while fighting a war with home field advantage.

“It came in 55-gallon drums,” he said. “Sometimes the cap would leak and you would get it on your skin.

“It smelled like diesel, maybe for the equipment. I never asked.”

Lugardo helped load the helicopter with Agent Orange.

“I touched it every day,” he said at his sister’s home in Bridgeton. “It went right through the gloves.”

He got out in 1966.

“In 1970, spots began to surface,” he said. “I went to the VA hospital, and asked what it was. I told them I had worked with chemicals and I said, you’re going to tell what it was.”’

They told him Agent Orange.

“My hair began falling out,” he remembered, living in Puerto Rico at the time. “They told me I was making up stories.”

And he had a good job.

Eventually, he moved to Connecticut and then Newark.

“My mother looked at the back of my head and said something looked funny,” he said. “She took me by the ear and said, ‘You’re going to do something about it.”’

She told him he was getting up in the night and screaming and speaking Vietnamese.

She took him to the VA and told them, “You’re going to fix my son or I’m going to start calling big people.”

They examined him.

“Earlier, they had told me I had something behind my eyeballs,” he said.

That was in Connecticut.

He saw a regular doctor.

“They operated on me and took it out,” he said. “The doctor told me it was a lot of chemicals.”

They even had to clean out his eye sockets.

By 1970, more hair fell out and headaches followed.

A hormone injection got the hair back.

“From 1975 to 1986, I went to the VA four times a week,” he said. “I was trying to convince them, but they wouldn’t listen.”

Today, his face looks like a color roadmap, with orange blotches.

His stomach is all orange.

His leg is an obscene white color.

“They gave me cream in 1986 to put on the orange and my hands ballooned up,” he said. “The VA told me I used too much cream.”

They gave him all kinds of pills.

“I did some research,” said Lugardo, whose sister, Gladys, is city council president, “and it said the pills could mess up my kidneys and my gall bladder.”

His mom said don’t take the pills.

Today, he sometimes stays up all night.

“Because I can’t sleep,” he said. “They give me pills, but I’m afraid to take them. I took one and it felt like my blood pressure went down to zero.”

But he has seen buddies who are worse.

“They have lost all their hair and their bodies have shut down,” he said.

Amazingly, despite being scarred for life with what looks like Halloween make-up, Lugardo can do most anything.

“He eats like a horse!” claimed in-law Carl Hemple Sr.

“I drink a little milk and it causes gas,” he said. “I’ve had gas for 25, 30 years with liquids. Red meat drives up my blood pressure.”

His blood pressure is normal.

But maybe it’s because of The Wall.

And Rolling Thunder.

“We meet in Washington, D.C., every year on Memorial Day.” he brightened. “They are all veterans. They are my brothers.”

The first time he went to the Vietnam Wall, “I couldn’t make it. I saw one of my buddies’ name and I broke up, crying. It was too much,” he grimaced. “The second time, I made it halfway and I saw another buddy’s name and I broke down.”

The third time, he saw a six-pack of beer inscribed on the wall and he smiled.

“It’s what we used to do together in Vietnam,” he smiled. “Sometimes Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller and Bud.”

“Today, I can talk to my friends at the wall,” he said. “Only when we have the candlelight vigil do I get choked up.

“My buddies tell me I look good.”

Not many Agent Orange victims are alive to hear that.

We will hate the VA for the rest of our days because they failed our returning service people.
What’s happening at John Campani’s Legacy Lanes …
     
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FRED KENDALL 225-200-189 614
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YOU CAN BOOK IT The important people we schedule on radio are the busy people getting things done, so if they don’t make it as scheduled, there’s a good reason.

Tough for small business owners; Education coming on strong; Bethany Grace holding Thanksgiving meal; Ric Kuhns on feral cat situation; Fine Latino cuisine in Bridgeton; Michael DeLeon issues warning on legalizing pot; Alex Kaganzev collecting turkeys; Veteran who was denied; John Campani’s Legacy Lanes