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By Jack Hummel
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We watched a drug-cartel documentary Sunday night and saw $1 million in drug money welded into an SUV in such a way that it could nota be detected by anything but a blow torch.
It was money going into Mexico to be laundered in Cancun, a trip so sophisticated that lookouts were posted everywhere.
And we thought about the little drug dealers in Cumberland County, and how we keep discussing ways to stop them, without realizing how gigantic this problem is.
It’s not just the strung-out kid with the scraggly hair flicking his lighter in Millville.
It’s not just the guy caught with $3 million in heroin in his vehicle.
Who knows? He could have been a decoy for another vehicle carrying $20 million in drugs on the same highway.
They say only the dumb get caught.
Whatever the story is, it’s not going to end as long as the drugs are distributed by the cartels and the penalty for not paying for them is death.
In Millville …
“One last request for the day: We need prizes for the carnival games.
“Big or little, candy, books, toys — it doesn’t matter.
“Please drop off to The Incredible Bulk between now and Friday afternoon. Thanks!”
— D. Bailey Miles,
Taking Back Millville
“P.S.: I need anyone with surplus paint, wood, and tables ASAP for Community Day this Saturday.”
“Someone who works at our county shelter in Vineland has advised me that the Bridgeton city grant from PetSmart Charities for spay/neuter, shots, worming, flea/tick treatment, has been extended to the outlying borders.
“All with a 08302 zip code are now eligible for this program. Please share and pass the word and let’s get all cats and dogs spayed/neutered and with shots.
“There are many health reasons as to spay/neuter to protect them from several diseases, including cancer.
“Originally, residents living in Bridgeton could contact the CCSPCA facility to make an appointment for the FREE services. Spay/Neuter, distemper & rabies vaccinations, flea/tick treatment & intestinal parasite (worming) are all included in this program!
“All pets must be handleable — no ferals will be accepted. Owners must be able to provide proof of residence via a valid photo ID.
“Appointments must be scheduled in advance. Please call the SPCA at 856-691-1500.”
— Gail Ward
We’re not Petsmart, so we’re not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, but with 2 million feral cats around, why are we not attacking the real problem?
“I went to Mississippi after Katrina with a bus full of Church of Christ teens and worked.
“What did you do?”
— Harold Pearl
“Get the young Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for a communities project, needs weeding and new mulch.”
— Janice Berkey Bunting
Devin Riley Band back at Uncle Ricky’s Bar & Grille on Wheat Road in Vineland Friday night starting at 7 p.m.
A little history
March 25, 2013
In September 2009, Devin Riley followed her dream.
Against everybody’s advice, she moved to Nashville, Tenn.
“I was 21,” said the country singer.
She was with “this guy,” and her mother was flabbergasted.
“My family went down a couple of weeks ahead of time, and we got an apartment and we were ready to move in,” she recalled.
The plan was, the guy was going to work at Lowe’s.
If lucky, Devin was going to become Taylor Swift.
His plan never got off the ground.
“The first eight weeks, I was so upset and so homesick,” she said. “He wasn’t working.”
Her girlfriend came down to visit, they talked, and she escaped back home.
Her mom was elated.
Two weeks later, she went back to Nashville, but to a new apartment and living alone.
“It was good because I could walk everywhere I needed to go,” she said.
Devin is legally blind. She can’t drive.
She made friends with another guy, who knows a band that was looking for a female singer.
It was called the Gary Love Band.
“We had a really good time with them,” she said. “I finally have friends and I’m doing something with music.”
But her male friend lost interest.
And the lead guitar, Jimmy Church, began picking her up for practice.
Devin had written “Heaven Tonight” before going to Nashville.
She wrote “Going Crazy” down there.
They wrote “Bad Boy” and “Shiny Things” together, with Church playing the lead.
Then Devin and Jimmy decided to put their own band together.
“We couldn’t find a bass player,” he said. “We had bought all the gear we needed.”
She cut demos.
To cut a record it would cost $50,000.
They wound up playing acoustics gigs for tips in bars.
“We played this one Irish bar a lot,” she said. “No, I never tried contacting a big star and asking them to listen to my music.
“It was a 45-minute drive into Nashville and you have to have money to do things.”
They had the total support of her family back in Millville.
It was then she found out what it would cost to put together a complete package to promote 10 songs: $50,000.
“I wanted something good to happen in my life,” she decided. “I wanted a family.”
Riley Ann Autumn Church was on her way.
They moved back to Millville in May 2012 and “RyRy’’ arrived on Oct. 16.
Her grandfather bought them a mobile home off Mays Landing Road.
Recently, at the Shellpile Sports Bar and Grill, the five-member Devin Riley Band debuted to the public, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Ronnie Everwine, 54, is rhythm guitar; Jim Kubiak, 57, is the drummer; Phil Bennett, 20, plays bass, and Jimmy, 26, is lead guitar.
Devin plays a “sparkly, pink guitar.”
“Our chemistry is great,” she says of the band. “We’re only going to get better.”
Alby Miller, who used to sing with Devin around Cumberland County before she went to Nashville, will set up the equipment Saturday night.
Devin Riley has sung the National Anthem for every sports team in Philadelphia.
She sang at the casinos, including Delaware Park.
She has also sung it for Millville Little League.
Whatever she sings from here on will be her own material.
There is a place opening in April in Buena called the Tombstone Saloon.
“It’s going to be the leading country place around here,” she said. “We talked to them and we should play there around mid-May.”
Nashville again is a possibility.
“If it happens, it happens,” she said. “But I won’t go back to Nashville to live.”
Maybe the career has yet to match Taylor Swift’s, but the tears are over.
Last Saturday night, she packed the Shellpile Bar & Grill in Port Norris.
“Wow! Something Tom sent you that I like.
“Stroll down memory lane with a list of businesses in 1968 Bridgeton yearbook.
“Keep in mind, probably 10 times that were there that didn’t place ads. Hundreds. Thanks Tom.”
— Richard Hoch
At one time, Fortescue was the oyster capital of the world and Bayside also was the sturgeon capital of the world.
Knowing that does nothing for the future.
We need Rich Hoch to be the radio capital of the world with a staff of 3,000. Now.
“God bless Goldie Wulderk! Truly an angel in disguise.
“My mom was blessed to have her for a friend for many years.”
— JoAnn Cantoni
A little history
Dec. 23, 2010
Due to the struggling economy, the amount of local need has increased beyond expectation. Many who never anticipated asking for help have lost jobs and are now struggling to feed and clothe their families.
According to Goldie Wulderk, “You can either cry about it, or you can get out there and do something.”
Since 1974, Wulderk has worked hard to provide for the local community, particularly those who have been left in the gaps of other forms of assistance.
Her station wagon is usually filled with donated food and clothes, and she’s been known to give peaches to passersby and coats to cold gas station attendants.
These days, her Senior Thrift and Caring Center is seeking its own help in the form of customers, volunteers and donors.
Originally established in partnership with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Carll’s Corner, the Senior Thrift and Caring Center moved to its current location, a 139-year-old building at 28 E. Commerce St., in 1984.
“We want to be able to continue to help the needy in any way,” said Wulderk. “Good works spread from one to another and multiply.”
The organization’s rich history includes providing assistance to victims of floods, hurricanes, and this year’s earthquake in Haiti, in addition to meeting the needs of its local community on a regular basis.
Wulderk has even worked with fire companies to provide appropriate-size clothing to families whose homes have been destroyed. This valuable work was recognized in 1987 by U.S. Rep. William J. Hughes with entry of an Extension of Remarks to the Congressional Record.
Today, more than 4,500 individuals are fed monthly through the organization’s food pantry at the Salvation Army auditorium, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m.
“When people are hungry, they’re not hungry once; they’re hungry too often,” Wulderk noted. “Even if people don’t have a home where they can keep food, we want them to be able to eat with us at least three times a week.”
The food pantry works with local companies such as Terrigno’s Bakery; Clement Pappas; and Sparacio’s, Sheppard’s, and Sunny Slope Farms to pick up food donations that would otherwise be discarded as waste due to slight imperfections. Additional much-appreciated support is provided by the South Jersey Food Bank.
Unlike many other resources for the needy, this food pantry does not rely on grant funding and therefore does not require those receiving assistance to meet criteria other than wanting assistance.
“Other programs have been cut when their grants have been cut, but we can fall back on the shop,” explained Wulderk. “It gives us the privilege of doing what we want and helping all those we can.”
However, this autonomy makes the success of the Senior Thrift and Caring Center crucial for the continuation of the food pantry’s services, since the revenue raised by the shop’s sales support the program.
The thrift store offers affordable clothing, toys, books, furniture, sports equipment, housewares, and even medical supplies such as walkers and crutches, all received by donation to the 501(c)3 organization.
“Anything that anyone might need in a home, we probably have it here,” Wulderk said.
Popular items include men’s jeans, work clothes, videos, toys and household furnishings needed by the many families in the area who often migrate from town to town following seasonal work, according to Wulderk.
The store also offers wall hangings, antiques, and books, and one shopper recently bought a book for $1 and resold it on the Internet for $150, proving what gems are hidden in the mix.
The store is maintained by a small staff of volunteers, which does everything from picking up donations and providing tax write-off documentation, to setting up merchandise in the sidewalk display windows.
With more volunteers, the thrift store would be able to extend store hours beyond its current schedule of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday, allowing more customers to browse its diverse offerings and support this much-needed community resource.
— Lauren Taniguchi,
before she became famous
“I foster furbabies.
“The rewards for awesome. It’s a good feeling doing knowing I’m helping these animals until they go to their forever homes.”
— Lizann Loomis
YOU CAN BOOK IT: Before last week, when is the last time an entire’s house furnishings were stolen?