Let somebody think for you,voter; Cohanzick Golf Club remembered; Jorje Romero finds $1,000; Dottie Wilkerson has passed

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The column that says after Monday night’s presidential debate, make sure you tune in to a panel of experts who will tell you what you heard and what it means for the country and the future by people that make you wonder why they aren’t leading the country and make you wonder why you can’t think for yourself, and you can’t, not in the workplace and not in your private life because big business is taking over.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

“Hi, Jack,

“Really enjoyed your memories of Cohanzick Golf Course and Sarge Nowcid.

“Sarge has his golf clubs with him, so, hopefully he’s still playing golf on the that big course in the sky!”

— Joan Nowcid

Somebody should write a book about Sarge and the guys he played golf with.

One told me he never went to the first tee with these guys without $800 in his bag.

They word “press” was a regular part of their vocabulary.

If you couldn’t run with the big boys, you stayed on the porch, better known as the 19th hole. They were fearless.

And they knew how to play pressure golf.

“Alan Woodruff has a photo of Nicklaus at the country club.”

— Sam Feinstein

A little history.

March 16, 2012

“In the March 16 column, ‘mourning golfer’ in a long collection of thoughts expressed anb interest in seeing some photos abourt Cohanzick Country Club in its heyday.

“I enclose one that was takern at a banquet follwing a special exhibition golf round by a very young Jack Nicklaus in 1965.

“The affair was arranged to help celebrate the completion of adding the back nine holes to what was originally only a 9-hole municipal course, although privatized in the early part of the 20th century.

“The photo and supporting information hangs in the Bridgeton Sports Hall of Fame.

“The main stroy behind all of this is that becazuse of George Woodruff’s personal drive and contribution, as well as on-the-spot direction, the Cohanzikc 9-hole course was expanded ijn the mid to late 1950s into a full 18-hole course.

“The data pertinent to this colossal project can be found on the attached data sheet, and gives testimony to one man’s making a difference.

“I wish someone would have a complete history of the life and times of Cohanzick Country Club.

“’Mourning golfer’ recalls that there was a swimming pool and there were championship clay tennis courts for many years.

“Back in the 1920s, tennis great Big Bill Tilden gave a tennis exhibition, playing local players.

“Imagine all-time great golfers and tennis players (Nicklaus and Tilden) coming to Bridgeton and giving of themselves in support of their sports.

“It could not happen today.

“The history of the tennis activities is another interesting phase, in the years that Cohanzick fielsed excellent teams in the old South Jersey Tennis League.

“Many of us who played on those teams in the 1950s and 1960s are still around, including tennis great Dr. Peter Jespesen.

“I would be nice if anyone has group pictures from that era, too.

“Yours truly.’’

— Alan Woodruff

In the early days of Cohanzick Country Club, the gold course was only a 9-hole layout.

In the 1950s, the club wanted to expand it to a full 18-hole course and laready owned the adjacent woodland to tahe south.

A committee was formed to study the feasibility and get a proposed woking layout for the additional nine holes.

George J. Woodruff was the head of the committee and Warrewn Bidwell was secured as consultant.

Mr. Bidwell was course superintendent at Seaview Country Club and later aqssociated with the Congressional Golf Club in the Washington, D.C., arwa.

Ground-breaking work began in 1956 and proceed through the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Extensive tree removal and clearing work was done prior ot grading, filling and laying of top soil for the fairways and greens.

George Woodruff not only personally supervised this porject, but made available trucks, equipment and many thousands of man hours from the ranks of employees of the then-Woodruff Coal Company during the slack summer months.

Great attention was given to the foundation for the greens and a special mushroom soail was obtained the trucked to the site.

This contribution value was never tabulated, but made a tremendous cost saving to the overall clost of enlarging the course to its present size and layout.

The course opened for play on May 30, 1964.

George Woodruff’s personal contribution to this project in time and materials was suitably recognized by the board of directors of the old Cohanzick Country Club, which was private at the time, but permitted public play.

In 1965, a dedication of the course was held with none other than Jack Nicklaus present to highlight the affair.

The photograph shows George Woodruff presenting Nicklaus with a specially made gold arrowhead.

The location of Cohanzick was a major Indian site.

Woodruff found and collected Indian artifacts there and throughout the South Jersey area.

This 22,000-piece collection can be seen on display in the Woodruff Indian Museum at the Bridgeton Public Library.

This guy should be the city conscience:

“On my drive back from the pharmacy last night, I found a wallet on West Commerce Street at approximately 11:30 p.m.

“It contained over 1,000 dollars and various forms of Identification. I delivered the wallet to the owner’s residence just a few blocks away. He didn’t even know he had lost it. He believes he placed the wallet on top of his cars rooftop prior to opening the door and then drove off.

“I’m glad and he is very lucky that I was the one to find that wallet. But I’d hope that any of my other neighbors would have done the same.

“He had just put the money in his wallet because he was going to buy a car the next morning. I turned down a reward because I was just doing the right thing and I truly believe that good deeds bring greater blessings from God.

“With all the negative things going on, I thought I should share this positive story. Have a great day and God bless.”

— Jorje Romero

Jorje has 10 kids.

And no job.

As a police officer in Camden, his house was burned down and bis car was also torched.

You find these people in Bridgeton, haters.

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“It is with deep regret that I report to you all that Dottie Wilkerson has passed away this morning.

“For those that are not aware, Dottie was a champion of Millville, often unafraid to walk the streets and lead the city in a better direction.

“We are all poorer for the loss of this wonderful woman. May she rest well, for it’s now up to us to take it from here.”

— Peter Wine

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DOTTIE WILKERSON

Not everybody knows she was a Guardian Angel.

A little history.

Sept. 14, 2009

Millville’s Guardian Angel experiment has failed.

Just two weeks after suspending the local chapter to evaluate its future, the national organization has decided that it has none.

Scott Gallagher, commander of the Philadelphia chapter of the Angels, told The Press of Atlantic City that poor leadership was the primary factor in dissolving the chapter, citing at least three leadership changes in the local group’s 18-month history.

“We’ve given it three shots, and we haven’t been able to sustain it,” Gallagher said of the chapter. “We need to put our resources to better use.”

Despite initial popularity, the chapter’s membership dwindled as a result of internal fighting. Changes in leadership not only failed to bring in new members but also drove away existing members.

When the operations were suspended, the group had only five remaining members, Gallagher said. Only one of those members, center city resident Dottie Wilkerson, was among the original graduating class.

“I feel like I wasted a year and a half of my life,” she said. “It’s sad, but they haven’t come and got my red beret yet. I’m waiting for them to come take it from an 84-year-old woman. They can have it if they want it. I don’t need it.”

Wilkerson became the face for Millville’s small anti-gun violence movement when the Guardian Angels, along with founder Curtis Sliwa, first came to the city and presented the group as a possibility.

Known for her weekly walks through center city, Wilkerson – standing about 4 feet tall – showed that anyone could have a positive impact in Millville if they were only willing to do something.

She and others became disenchanted with the group almost immediately.

Some treated the chapter like a social club, she said. The community watch aspect of the chapter seemed to dissipate as time went on. Originally, the group would walk center city and the third ward a few times a week. But the frequency of the walks quickly dropped until the group showed up only for Third Friday celebrations and other community events.

Wilkerson even said some of group’s leadership was on drugs and would often drink on duty.

David Benitez was Millville’s first Guardian Angel captain. He was removed from that position and the group entirely just a few months after taking command, although Guardian Angel officials never specified why.

Robert Long took over next but was also removed without explanation. His departure particularly caused the group to suffer as several members left with him.

In between, the group has had to make due with representatives from the New York City and Philadelphia chapters just to exist. There were some people training to become members at the time the chapter was eliminated, Gallagher said, but no one to provide regular leadership.

“It was a little bit of a unique situation,” he said. “It wasn’t a matter of sustaining membership, but leadership. We’re not able to send in leadership from New York or Philly every time this happens.”

Millville could have another chapter someday, Gallagher said, when there’s a commitment to keeping the chapter active and with decent leadership.

The Angels, however, won’t be the ones calling this time.

Even without the Guardian Angels, Gallagher said people should still get involved with their community.

“We don’t care what people do, as long as they stay involved,” he said. “If they can’t join the Guardian Angels, there are many other outlets they can choose. We encourage people to be involved with their community.”

For Wilkerson, the loss of the Angels doesn’t mean too much, other than some wasted time. She said she still will be active in the community and go for her weekly walks. She just won’t be wearing the familiar red beret.

“I’m still gonna do my regular walk and I’m going to try and get more people to come out,” she said. “I’ve got to have my people.”

 

— Edward Van Embden,

Press of Atlantic City

 Dottie lived at 4th and Oak.
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Let somebody think for you,voter; Cohanzick Golf Club remembered; Jorje Romero finds $1,000; Dottie Wilkerson has passed

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