The column that says you never know who you’re going to meet at Mama Mia’s in the Salem strip mall, and it was Myra Jane Rivera of Country Crow fame, who stood across Shiloh Pike in the township municipal building parking lot watching the building reduced to rubble, including the pink nursery in the back built by her genius of a husband, Tony … but that’s progress.
By Jack Hummel
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The Green Olive team keeping modern buildings coming on both sides of Shiloh Pike in Hopewell Township.
We must introduce them to downtown Bridgeton.
Seriously, listen in Saturday at noon to 92.1 FM WVLT because Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler is connected to the kinds of organizations that can really help you.
And she has Pascale $ykes behind her.
Are we a liberal, a furple, a conservative or a crumple, and what’s in a name.
“You’re a liberal,” stresses Mike Abbott. “A bleeding heart liberal.”
We didn’t go looking for the tag. It came to us.
So, when Steve Lane says we seem unhappy with our lot or we wouldn’t want change so badly, we say we’re unhappy with the lot of half them people in this country.
And it has only gotten worse.
We think a 35 percent graduation rate in Newark schools, 1 in 5 people in Cumberland County living in poverty and 27 people living in one trailer on a North Dakota indian reservation is concern for all, and calls for change.
We think the poverty, drugs and crime in every large inner city in the country calls for new measures.
We believe a million dollars in drug money welded into one SUV and undetectable despite X-rays crossing the Mexican border calls for change.
Those you who say you’ve worked for what you have and the rest doesn’t concern you, stay patient. The day you want change will be too late.
You take care of those who take care you.
“Thank you to all of our Recreation Team Sponsors for this year:
Millville BPOE Elks #580
Rob Shannon Slow Pitch Softball Tournament
Cedar Cove Construction
Lynn’s Hometown Deli
Action Signs & Awards
Animal Clinic of MIllville
Dental Group of Millville
Systems Electric, Inc.
St Paul’s Lutheran Church
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
East Coast Sod & Seed
South Jersey Signs
Rocap Shannon Funeral Home
Plowman’s Windows & Doors
“We welcome back our returning sponsors and our new sponsors for the coming year.
“We hope to see everyone out at the complex this Saturday, Sept. 10, for opening day. First games will begin at 9 a.m. Recreation Division games will continue until noon and then girls travel games will follow until late afternoon.
— Newell Branin Jr.,
Millville Soccer Association
That’s one great organization!
“On a positive note …
“The SHINE program at First United Methodist Church in Millville is in full swing.
“After an incredibly busy summer, today we kicked off our after-school program.
“Children Pre K through 12th grade are welcome at no cost Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
“We offer help with homework, a snack, school supplies and many other activities. If you have or know any children that would benefit from this amazing program, please share the information.
“Questions? Call Shaun Connors at 856-503-9186 or First United Methodist Church at 856-825-2329.”
— Shaun Connors
Another tremendous program in the heart of Millville Center City.
These are the poorest of the poor until they meet Shaun Connors & C0.
Once upon a time in Cedarville …
“This will be the first time I’ve attended the crabfest in my old home town. I’ve been gone 10 years now. Hope I recognize people!
“My memory isn’t too sharp now after the stroke I had in May.”
— Kay Rudderow, Kay Myers
“He recently suffered a medical setback but thankfully is now able to head home. There are, however, alterations that need to be made to his home to make it more accessible for him.
“Please help to make this transition easier for him and his family by contributing, and giving back to someone who has given so much to others.
“Here’s some additional info about us and why we are doing this:
Police removed 13 pit bull-type dogs from the home of a Cumberland County man who was allegedly training the animals to fight.
The description that federal authorities provided of the home and its contents provides an inside look at the twisted world of dog fighting and its cruelties.
Robert A. Elliott Sr., 47, was arrested and charged with two counts of possessing pit bull-type dogs for the purpose of dog fighting. He was expected to appear in federal court on Wednesday, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
The federal Animal Welfare Act makes dog fighting a felony. It is also a felony to possess, train, sell, buy, deliver, receive or transport dogs for the purpose of dog fighting.
Authorities say that on June 1, a search warrant was executed at a multi-acre property in Millville where Elliott resided along with another defendant, identified as Frank Nichols. When police searched the location, they found and seized 13 dogs, seven of which were being kept on heavy chains in a wooded area near the house, police said.
“The dogs were spaced so that they could not reach one another,” Fishman said in a statement.
Investigators also found two more dogs in the wooded area that were being kept in pens, and three other pit bull-type dogs that were enclosed in shipping crates in an unfinished basement inside the house. On the first floor of the home, police found another dog inside a crate. According to authorities, that dog appeared to be ill.
Police say all of the dogs had untreated ailments and several of them had scars and other signs of injuries indicating that they had been used for dog fighting.
While searching the property, investigators also found objects indicating that the animals were being bred and trained to fight including break sticks, which authorities say are used “to pry open a dog’s mouth in order to release a hold that the dog has on another dog.”
Police also found a stand referred to as a “rape rack,” designed to immobilize a female dog during breeding, as well as a box filled with veterinary medications, needles, catheters, sutures, IV bags and a skin stapler. Authorities also found supplements to boost the dogs’ testosterone and make them more aggressive.
In addition, authorities say police located printouts of dog pedigrees and printouts of dog fighting registries.
“Elliott claimed ownership of several of the dog fighting paraphernalia found in his home and indicated that he and his family owned 10 of the 13 pit bull-type dogs found at his residence.”
If convicted, police say Elliott could face up to five years in prison on each count of possessing a dog for the purpose of dog fighting.
The U.S. attorney says the arrest came as part of “Operation Grand Champion,” a national crackdown on dog fighting
“The phrase Grand Champion is used by dog fighters to refer to a dog with more than five dog-fighting ‘victories,’” Fishman said.
Dog fighting is being targeted by top law enforcement officials throughout the country, not just animal cruelty officials.
In June, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey announced the arrests of six state residents charged in connection with a dog-fighting ring that stretched from New Mexico to New Jersey.
The dogs that were seized from the property are being cared for the Humane Society of the United States. Their current condition is not known.