Bombshell coming; Dog loses on Route 55; More on kitten crisis; Dottie Wilkerson failing; David Price announces return, flower prices rise; ; Fat K donates PAL T-shirts


The column that says Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler and her Court Appointed Special Advocates team move into the Ashley- McCormick building in Bridgeton on Sept. 24 — 25 strong making good money and already doing good things, but not as good as the bombshell she will drop by the end of the year, so those of you who don’t believe, get out of town now because we don’t need you and we don’t want you.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

Bridgeton will no longer be giving out fish, but teaching people how to fish, if you get the drift.

C’mon, Bruce Riley, get in touch with Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler and book her to speak to the chamber of commerce.

You don’t know what you’re missing.



“Her name was UTE.

“She got out and traveled a bit far. Someone traveling on SH 55 hit her and continued on.

“She was alive, damn it !!! You left her there.

“Even if it wasn’t the law, how could you? People with no compassion are useless.

“Thank God for Jim Gutowski who stopped to help her. He was there for her as her journey on Earth came to an end and she went to Rainbow Bridge.”

— Gail Ward


“Still go the nervous sweats from that. Damn the people, they should know better.

“Yell, grunt, say something!”

— Shep

Eating crabs in Cedarville …

“1st seating started at 3 p.m. and has 199 people.

“Upstairs seating starts at 5 p.m. with 130 and late sitting starts at 6:30 p.m. with 460.”

— Brian Scarlato


About the kitten crisis …

Try calling C.A.T.S in Ocean City. They might take a litter; they are wonderful. They may have a surrender fee.

“Again, I stress, this is why we all need to meet and discuss FUND RAISING. Who’s going to pay for all the needs of these kittens; individual pockets. I know I’m already stretching mine with the 3 xtra I have.

“Their # is: 609-399-4228 or 609-425-0058.

“Here’s a couple more rescues, but they probably are full also: Oasis @
856-262-1222, or WAS in Voorhees, but I know they require a $50 surrender fee, then 10 more per kitten after 4. They’re # is 856-424-2288, ext: 102, or 112.

“Good luck and think about the fund raising. I have a book with ideas and have done it before.”

— Sandie Fleming

“Sad to report, but this is the best, fastest way to get this out.

“Dottie Wilkerson’s son Joe stopped in my store this morning and wanted me to let everyone know that Dottie is in Inspira, Vineland, and is failing quickly.

“Dottie, 91, was an inspiration to many of us with her neighborhood walks and determination.

“Keep Dottie in your thoughts and prayers.”

— Dave Vanaman

A little history
March 17, 2009

It’s been nearly 20 years since Dottie Wilkerson first began her walks through Center City.

Twenty years since she was first photographed by news crews as she pounded concrete on Vine, Mulberry and Pine streets in 1991.

It’s been 20 years since Wilkerson started encouraging her walkers to engage with children they see outside, to “show them we care.”

Much in Millville has changed in the past 20 years, but to many taking the stroll on Monday, Wilkerson’s first of the year, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Wilkerson surely hasn’t changed.

“We’re all going to walk down this side street,” announced Wilkerson, 83, to a group of about a dozen, eyeing up Vine Street. “That’s where the trouble is.”

Walkers, including Center City Neighborhood Group member and Millville Weed & Seed head Liz Nicklus and center city activist Carl Johnson, made running commentaries of neighborhoods and houses that have been restored or alternatively have fallen into disrepair.

For them, the progress that has been made is little comfort in the face of the challenges that lay ahead for Center City.

“It’s a little bit of both, encouraging and discouraging, walking around here,” said Nicklus, after pointing out a home on 5th and Pine street that has recently gone from renter to owner-occupied. “You see some improvement, but then see something else, and it’s clear there’s still a ways to go.”

Nicklus betrayed an interest in architecture, mourning the shambled state of homes that were obviously once the envy of the entire block, with their large rounded turrets and unique design.

“It’s supposed to be uninhabited, but we know there’s squatters on the second floor,” she said, pointing to a boarded-up home sporting a red turret like a dunce cap on the corner of Mulberry and 3rd streets. “You could tell it would be great if someone took the time and money to fix it up.”

— Jason Laday,


“Really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful rainbow pictures around Bridgeton today.

“And here’s the thing. Those rainbows occurred less than 24 hours after it was reported that I will be coming back to Bridgeton for the 1st time in years in early October for a special project.

{Coincidence? I think not.”

— David Price,

from Atlanta


A big THANK YOU to Fat K Designs in Bridgeton for donating hundreds of T-shirts to our City’s youth! Community partners like these play a vital role in pulling people together. — with Bridgeton Pal at Fat K Designs.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Down on Bridgeton? Sstep aside, you’re blocking the view.

Bombshell coming; Dog loses on Route 55; More on kitten crisis; Dottie Wilkerson failing; David Price announces return, flower prices rise; ; Fat K donates PAL T-shirts

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