Lau and Linen will find a way; Modri-Wren kayak; Collini, Gentile-Van Meter on Kaepernick; Kelvonne Rhett minces no words; Lou Magazzu’s mom; EMS Cafe Sunday brunch; CrabFest testimonial

The column that says no matter how much Gov. Christie cuts funding for Cumberland County schools, instructors like Spencer Lau of Woodruff School and Sgt. George Linen of Bridgeton High will continue to work their magic in musicals and ROTC, even if we have to sell pencils on street corners.

By Jack Hummel

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There are some teachers who are bigger than the programs they teach in school, just like, on a bigger scale, there are football coaches who are walking legends.

Players run through walls for them.

Teachers like Shawn Bridges, Sherman Denby, Sgt. George Linen and Spencer Lau have that special gene for success.

They believe in their students. The students believe in them as to what can be achieved.

Lau is on a quest to take middle school musicals to a countywide level, so everybody gets a chance to go to New York to practice for a week and then take part in a play.

Of course, the first thing cut as far as funding will be the arts, but when parents and students are all in, excited, can’t wait to perform, the money will be raised.

In Lau’s case, his musical program has acquired non-profit status, making it eligible for grants.

In fact, Disney — you may have heard of them — has asked to team up with Lau, but that’s a secret.

Don’t you love it when a program achieves success with no — count ’em — no input from the know-it-alls?

Do you want to know what you can do with PARCC tests?

Do you want to know what you can do with all the paperwork that teachers are buried under all year long?

We cannot believe Gov. Christie pooh-poohed pre-kindergarten, thus ignoring everything that has been written by experts in the field.

It’s just sad.

As for the CrabFest & RiverFest held today in Bridgeton, Sam Feinstein was there to capture all its glory.

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Stefanie Hawk Modri and Meghan Wren show good form in the RiverFest Kayak Race on Saturday. Sam Feinstein photo.


Officer Julia of the Bridgeton Police Department watches helplessly as Briheem Jordan’s shot approaches the rim in a pickup game of basketball in Bridgeton City Park on Saturday. Brycen Bartley is moving in for a possible rebound while Officer Hoffman is momentarily out of the picture. The officers and boys were working up a sweat as the temperature was 95 degrees. Sam Feinstein photo.

On 49ers Colin Kaepernick not standing for the National Anthem:

“Point: Live here, respect here. No one is forcing anyone to recite. How about just respecting those who do?

“As Gina (Collini) pointed out, I am a nobody in the realm of celebrities, but if I were a betting person I would bet that as an educator in a public school, if I did not stand and recite the pledge, the board of education and the local media ( there were newspapers then) would have crucified me.

“Just my opinion. Many kids love sports. For some it is a dream that helps them succeed. So why can’t there be good role models?”

— Peggy Gentile-Van Meter

You know why it bothers me.

“Because our officers are making less than 50k to risk their lives every day to keep people safe.

“That includes all people, even illegal immigrants, and if we die, our families rely on generous donations and life insurance that we pay for to make sure our family is financially able to survive.

“Our fallen officers families don’t get paid millions if they get shot and killed by a criminals like they do if they get justifiably shot!This (guy) gets paid millions because of the sacrifices other AMERICANS made for him.

“Our flag stands for freedom and if he doesn’t respect it, then he is not a TRUE American. That’s what’s wrong with this world. The people that feel entitled are the same people that don’t contribute (bleep) to this country.”

— Gina Collini

If that’s the way he feels, so be it.

We’ve lost millions of lives protecting what people want to think.

We’d rather know what his feelings are rather than him keeping it to himself. But we wouldn’t waste our time trying to convince him otherwise.

It makes us love Gina that much more!

Every fourth Saturday, the members of Bethany SDA Church provides meals to the residents of Oakview Heights. To God be the Glory!

— Albert Kelly

“But I want to say something about the spirituality debate.

“You don’t believe in God? That’s OK, but why is it so important for many of you to mock those of us that do? If we’re wrong, what have we lost when we die? Nothing!

“How does our faith in Jesus Christ bring you any harm? You think it makes me stupid? Gullible? Ignorant? That’s OK, too. How does that affect you?

“If you’re wrong, your consequence is far worse. I would rather live my life believing in God and serving Him, and find out I was right, than not believe in Him and not serve Him, and find out I was wrong.

“Then it’s too late.

“Ain’t no shame in my game! I believe in Jesus Christ. He said deny me in front of your friends and I will deny you in front of my Father.”

— Kelvonne Rhett

Guess who’s coming on 92.1 FM Saturday at noon?

Kelvonne Rhett.

And if a couple of non-believers call in, we may go to 2 p.m.

Actually, we want Lou Magazzu’s mother for the second hour.

She has 50 years of memories from working with the American Cancer Society.

And working with Goldie Wulderk.


The 2016 Bridgeton Cadets and staff from the Bridgeton Police Department.

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Bacon! Pancakes! BACON! Pancakes!

Sunday breakfast buffet $8.99 all you can eat, 7 a.m. to 1.p.m., at EMS Cafe and Pattyscakes Concessions at 97 Quinton-Marlboro Rd., Salem, NJ 08079.

A little history

Jan. 24, 2015

Travelers on Route 49 have a new place to grab a bite to eat in the morning after the Early Morning Start Cafe opened earlier this week.

Luke and Bethanne Patrick opened the E.M.S. cafe next door to White Horse Treasures on Tuesday and are celebrating their new undertaking with a grand opening Saturday.

Luke Patrick said they had a busy, but exciting start.

“Yesterday was a mad house,” he said while sitting at one of his restaurant’s tables Wednesday. “Everyone was coming in to see the new restaurant, and today was just as busy. I think we were just a little better prepared.”

This is the husband-and-wife duo’s first time running a restaurant, but they do have experience in the food industry. Their food trailer, Pattyscake Concessions, has been all over the area serving food at community events.

In the last four years, they’ve been everywhere from Septemberfests in Pennsville, to county fairs in Cape May and Ocean counties, and even events in Dover and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Bethanne said they had plenty of help from their friends and family, but they were ready for something more stable and a little cooler.

She said they still plan on operating the trailer during the summer, but they will most likely be doing fewer events than before.

For now they are excited to get their restaurant going.

The idea originally came from Bethanne.

“When I first met him, I said, ‘It would be cool to win the lottery and open a restaurant and then just sit back and watch,'” she said. “Now, he comes to me and said ‘lets do this.'”

Luke said he likes to make a decision and jump in. After doing his research and finding the right location, they got started on getting the restaurant ready about two months ago.

Just a few days into operation, Luke said customers already have been picking out some of their favorite things on the menu. Fried pickles, a carry-over from their food trailer, has been a hit, as well as the cheeseburgers.

There is one thing their food trailer is famous for that the Patricks won’t be selling at their new restaurant, blooming onions. Luke said they make it difficult to maintain the fryers.

If someone comes in asking for one, Bethanne has an answer ready for them.

“We tell them to be excited for summer when the food trailer comes back,” she said. “We want to give them something to look forward to.”

The new cafe is right across Route 49 from Niblock’s Pork Store, giving the Patricks an opportunity to serve some of the freshest food around. It was a partnership they couldn’t pass up.

“We thought it would be perfect,” Luke Patrick said. “They’re making the product right there. Why would I have it brought in from farther away?”

Bethanne Patrick said the proximity between the businesses offers other chances to boost sales going both ways.



“If someone goes into their store and asks what their scrapple tastes like, they can say ‘why don’t you go over to the E.M.S. Cafe and try it,'” she said. “Or if someone in here asked where we get our scrapple from we can tell them they sell it right across the street.”

Luke Patrick said they were happy to be part of the township’s business community.

“This is exactly what the area needed,” he said. “The community came out and really showed us they wanted us to be here.”

Mayor Raymond Owens said small businesses like the E.M.S. are what the township tries to focus on.

“The majority of our businesses are that kind of small, mom-and-pop place,” he said. “We try to cater to local business … We welcome companies like that, and we’re glad to have small businesses that want to stay in town.”

— Alex Young,

On stray cats …

“Statistics are astounding. Yes, for all of New Jersey.

“That is why I posted the link. It’s this way all over the country.

“But that amount of cats being down in just one shelter. How many shelters do we have just in New Jersey? The country?”

— Gail Ward

“The crabs and linguine at CrabFest were awesome!”

— Theodore Ritter

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Make sure that quote by that man is the featured advertisement for next year’s CrabFest.

Lau and Linen will find a way; Modri-Wren kayak; Collini, Gentile-Van Meter on Kaepernick; Kelvonne Rhett minces no words; Lou Magazzu’s mom; EMS Cafe Sunday brunch; CrabFest testimonial

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