Green Olive team developing west; Buy state building; Jim’s Lunch has memories; Broad Street Cemetery hit again; Miss Vineland beautifying Veterans Home


The column that says the Green Olive team continues to amaze by extending the right side of the Hopewell Shopping Center all the way to the back with new stores, and we now figure he’s the answer here to the two malls on Delsea Drive, since the ambitious plans on paper for Carll’s Corner, including a theater, are yellowing more by the day.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

Is the state building in Bridgeton a ratable?

If not, buy it and its spacious parking lot from the state and turn it into a mall.

Let the Green Olive team develop it.

Is that a broken side window covered over at the former Angie’s Bridgeton Grill on the Cohansey River.

Is this the rebirth of the broken window theory?

“Whoever came up with the FB site Millville Memory Lane, I just wanted to say THANK YOU.

“I’ve been reading all the new and old posts. I just love hearing old stories,, My family reminisces all the time about past customers.

“I’ve learned how just one or two people can change your life or your outlook.

“Life seemed so much simpler back then. No one was in a rush.

“No one was fighting over this and that. Just a happier time for sure.

“I’m only 40 and seen a lot and still have a lot to see and learn!

“I would love to have a positive impact on Millville and be remembered not just from cooking everyone burgers, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, etc., but doing good for our town and being good to people.

“Keep sharing your stories and photos. We can’t walk away from a town we used to love. We have to stick together and get back that town!

” If you have any old pictures of the restaurant (Jim’s Lunch), I would love to see them and make copies. We had so many at one time, but when the Holly House caught on fire years ago, they all got ruined.

“Thank you In advance. If you would rather send them to me, my email is or or my cell is 856-265-1682!

“Thanks again!”

— Nichole Maul,

Jim’s Lunch

Even the simpler times had their rough edges or there would not have been an Arnie’s on Main Street, no?

“The Broad Street Cemetery fence has been hit again.

“The driver left the scene, but he/she left some body parts behind this time.

“If you are aware of anyone who may be missing a bumper as shown in the photo or who has significant damage to an alloy wheel, please contact the Bridgeton Police. (856- 451-0033).”

— Sam Feinstein


This is totally the fault of the county.

It was the county who took out the guide rail in front of the fence, promising to replace it with yellow barrels full of sand.

We were the day it was promised, and so were Ken Freitag and Jim Bergmann, two men who have poured both money and sweat into the cemetery.

A little history

Jan. 22, 2014

Broad Street Cemetery will no longer have guardrails protecting it on the North West Avenue side where Greenwich Road and Central Avenue dead end.

But there will be something protecting the iron fence around the historic, 10,000-grave site from drivers who fail to heed the end of the road.

Bill Rafferty, five months short of 50 years as an engineer, met with cemetery stakeholders Jim Bergmann, Ken Freitag and Bruce Hankins Friday afternoon at the site of the latest accident.

That was after Rafferty, the county engineer, sat down with Freeholder Tony Surace and county roads superintendent Don Olbrich on Thursday.

Bergmann had requested the county move an existing guardrail protecting the cemetery across the road from where Central Avenue ends.

Bergmann wanted it closer to the West Avenue to better protect the cemetery fence.

At 3:45 on a Monday morning after an Eagles win over the Chicago Bears, the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup allegedly blew the stop sign. The truck hit the curb, flew the guardrail, police said, took down the iron fence and traveled 110 feet into the cemetery.

The driver was charged with driving while intoxicated.

It was at least the fifth such invasion of the cemetery over the years by an errant vehicle.

“Here’s where I am, guys,’’ began Rafferty. “Guiderails are designed to deflect cars.

“They should never, ever be designed to be hit head-on.’’

So the smashed guardrail already in place didn’t belong there in the first place.

“So what I’m going to recommend to the freeholder board,’’ said Rafferty, “is to remove this guiderail and the one down there … and that’s my recommendation.’’


“Nothing,’’ said Rafferty, who would make a great orator.

“You mean,’’ replied a stunned Hankins, “you would recommend something not to make (the situation) better, but to make it worse?’’

The cemetery line begins at the iron fence.

Rafferty said the cemetery association could do anything they wanted on their own property, but not at county expense.

Somebody suggested that the curb be eliminated that causes vehicles to go airborne in the first place.

“Very possible,’’ said Rafferty.

The rumble strips on Central Avenue did no good because the F-150 was reportedly in the wrong lane.

“So what deterrent do we use?’’ asked Hankins, the mayor of Hopewell Township.

“I’ve been wrestling with that,’’ said Rafferty, who was not county engineer when not just one, but two guardrails were placed on the spot.

“One was taken out with the Dare tombstone accident,’’ said Freitag, “and never replaced. I did repair work on that one.’’

“I have no answer for a 3 a.m. drunk,’’ said Rafferty “I swear to you, a flashing light would not have prevented (the latest) accident.’’

Freitag conducted a brief tour of the latest damage, including one tombstone that was buried two feet in the ground where the truck landed.

The tombstone of a Civil War veteran (Bowen) was knocked into a dirt roadway running through the cemetery.

Volunteers using Freitag’s tripod and his and Bergmann’s expertise put them all back in their proper place.

Several are chipped.

“It’s like being a little pregnant,’’ grimaced the funeral director.

Back at the fence, Rafferty, Bergmann and Hankins had been huddling.

“While you were away,’’ announced Rafferty, “one of these guys suggested those big yellow barrels filled with sand be placed here.

“I’m going to investigate that.’’

Freitag brightened.

“We are a Christian organization not only looking to protect the cemetery, but also prevent people from getting hurt,’’ he said.

“We could landscape it.’’

Rafferty couldn’t commit to anything.

“I have to check state guidelines,’’ he said. “And I can only make recommendations to the freeholders.’’

“Would it help if one of us attended the meeting?’’ asked Hankins.

“I would suggest an elected official,’’ said Rafferty to the Hopewell mayor.

A flashing light at the end of Central Avenue was also discussed.

“I am going to recommend the removal of the guardrail,’’ said Rafferty. “I am going to start the process for the possibility of a flasher (hanging out above the end of Central Avenue).’’

And, of course, the barrels filled with sand.

Rafferty is retiring in June.

“(If approved) I don’t expect the flasher to be in place by then,’’ he said. “The barrels, yes.’’

You say you love being a freeholder, Jim Quinn?

Fix this!

Gina Collini and her working dog visit the elderly.

“Gina it’s wonderful what you are doing! I know it truly brightens their day when the residents at the facility where I work receive furry visitors of any kind!

“We even have a few cats that live in our facility, and they are so very spoiled!”

— Jennifer Lynne Coyle

Who is local government would write this:

“It’s difficult to sit at the table with Judas. I realize that Jesus did it, but I’m still struggling with this one. And the sad part is you literally see right through them.

“Jealousy is a terrible thing and an insecure mind isn’t far behind. Praying for protection from enemies on both sides of the street.”

“Miss Vineland, Alyssa Rodriguez, assisted Derick Glenn in honoring Mr. and Mrs. Morales.

“Married for more than 40 years, both are veterans living at the Vineland Veterans Memorial Home.

“Mrs. Morales had one wish — to be pretty for her husband once again.

“Derick made arrangements for her to have special treatment at the facility’s beauty salon. Alyssa then presented her with a Beauty Pageant Tiara. A catered dinner followed.

“Thank you, Derick and Alyssa, for honoring these two special veterans!”

— Alex Kaganzev


YOU CAN BOOK IT: If you’re helping others, you don’t have time to complain, and, besides, nobody is listening because complaining changes nothing.


Green Olive team developing west; Buy state building; Jim’s Lunch has memories; Broad Street Cemetery hit again; Miss Vineland beautifying Veterans Home

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