We can feed a man a fish OK; Ragged flags; Campani Legacy Lanes scores; Millville Soccer scores; Remember the name Jada Byers; More on St. Augie recruiting; Bubba Green checks in; Juvenile crime; Wheaton Village big this weekend; Bryan Real at Bridgeton Midget Football


The column that says if anything you watch tonight on television will change the lives of people in your community, go for it.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

You have to admit one thing about Cumberland County.

We can feed a man a fish, even if we’re having trouble teaching him how to fish.

“Bethany Grace Community Church will be reopening its doors to the community for a free lunch every Sunday through May beginning this week (Oct. 2) from 1-2 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall.

“This is our third year with sponsoring the Agape Café and over the years it has grown from serving 15-20 people to now over 100 men, women, and children,” said Pastor Rob Weinstein.

The church is located at 31 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton.

“its not bad enough that people don’t take care of their flags, but you have a state building at the intersection of State Highways 77 and 49 that not only has an American flag but a POW flag and a state flag that are shredded and should have been replaced before now.”

— Whitey Ruberts,


We always have a problem with governments and a newspaper forgetting to change flags.

We don’t have a problem with the newspaper anymore.

From Campani Lanes comes this:

High Scores Week of Sept.19
Golden Age League
Phil Procida Jr 643
Dave Hitchner 534
Dom Rodriguez 532
Gary Bidwell 521
Monday Night
Dave Zieger Sr. 725
Steph Archetto 704
Chris Huntley 684
Jon Moreno 681
Al Pierce 670
Brian Shiflet 664
Billy Smith 643
Wayne Gonzalez 642
Andrew Dubois 639
Fred Kendall 633
Jamie Giedosh 622
Rick Malone 613
Tuesday Mixed
Diana Sorelle 639
Tom Buck 628
Tuesday Church
Phil Procido Jr 687
Gene Richards Jr 657
Paul Lawrence 629
Wednesday Juniors
Eric Johnson 618
SJ Industrial
Ray Mooney 776
Dave France 719
James Messeck 718
Jaysen Hague 688
Mark Couch 672
Bob Hartman 671
Mark Kazoka 664
Dave Zieger 664
Tyler Shumate 643
Howie Bailey 642
Brian Shiflet 640
Dean Gaines 631
Fred Pierce 626
Jim Santora 626
Harry Jackson 623
Kenneth Puck 621
Dennis Brady 612
Phil Gannon 3rd 606
Mike Sammons 605
Diana Sorelle 604
Stephanie Archetto 604
Friday Mixed
Ray Mooney 737
Patrick Godbey 721
Becky Rauner 717
Tiny Little 682
Gary Starcher 682
Heather Ripa 668
Billy Robb 662
Chris Rauner 662
Glenn Corbelt 653
Mike Sammons 643
Sid Johnson 637
Orville Johnson 631
Al (We Don’t Care) 630
Austin Boone 628
Curtis Johnson 624
CJ Logan Jr 622
Fred Kendall 620
Brian Shiflet 611

Check out Al’s name, even if you’re not a bowler.

Keeping kids busy in Millville is the Millville Soccer Association.
U10 Boys:

The Millville Marauders traveled to Haddonfield for their third match of the season this weekend. The boys played their best soccer to date and are truly making great progress.

Mario Jacobo found the back of the net 6 times and was joined on the tally sheet by Drew Finch, Devaughn Smith and Jake Bender.
The Marauders are coming together as a team and making tremendous strides.

U15 Boys:
On Sunday, Millville Mercy defeated Hammonton Heat in a tough 2-1 battle.
Scoring both goals for Mercy was Carter Sloan, one assisted by Adilya Rathod and one by Michael Ciccio.  Another great game for Goalie Braydon Bock.
Mercy travels to LAC Storm Chasers next Sunday.
U14 Girls:

The Millville Pride traveled to Bayville this Sunday to face the SJA SOL.
Millville controlled the tempo and possession during the entire half and went into the break up 1-0 on a wonderful goal by forward Olivia Giordano.
Millville would draw to a tie after a SOL direct kick deep into the 2nd half.
The Pride showed their worth, battled back and scored with 3 minutes remaining in the contest to walk away with a 2-1 victory.
Jayme Sooy, Olivia Fiocchi and team captain, Julainna Giordano were key contributors in the victory.
Keep your eye on St. Joe’s of Hammonton defensive back Jada Byers.
He was recruited out of Bridgeton by St. Augustine, Holy Spirit and St. Joe’s. He is starting as  freshman and we predict he will be a premier running back before his high school career is over.
He’s one of those — like Rob Ennis — who only come along so often. He already has two interceptions.
“Despite Mr. Provenzano’s protestations, these private, mostly Catholic schools, have the advantage that they can recruit athletes.
“I personally know of man who coached track at Camden and Willingboro, who asked me, ‘What’s going on over by you at St. Augustine? They’re taking all my best runners.’
“I’ll believe in the sincerity of St. Augustine’s statement of helping a needy child when I read they’re giving free tuition, or tuition assistance, to an overweight C student, not an athlete, from a disadvantaged family.
“The FACT remains, Jack, that public schools cannot recruit student athletes, but private schools do it all the time. Theses private schools need to be put in their own conference. Problem solved.
“And while at the bank, I don’t have to listen to an alumnus or parent from St. Augustine bragging how their sports teams trounce every team in the area. Then said alumnus takes umbrage when I point out that’s because Bridgeton High School can’t recruit football players.”
— Alex Calabrese
But, Alex, you have to love that there is a school like that around here.
Do they all come back here to live after college — and they all go to college?
Or do they leave for better careers?
“Coach them, baby!
“They all put their pants on the same way. Maybe they have a slight advantage, but as a coach, you got to get them ready.”
— Bubba Green,
Millville football icon
On stopping juvenile crime:
“On order for that to happen. They have got to stop having babies by the age of 16. The young men that father these children need to understand, having two to six children with different young women is not being a father. That just makes you a sperm donor. The parents of these young adults are to busy with doing their own thing to worry about them. It goes back to, it takes a village to raise a child.”
— Lizann Loomis
Perhaps you should talk to Sgt. George Linen of the Bridgeton High Jr. ROTC program, who grew up in crime-ridden Newark or E. Deionne ThrBak, also in the Bridgeton School System, who got stabbed twice in a gang fight in Chicago.
A little history
Sept. 24, 2014

The man who grew up in Chicago getting stabbed twice in the back in a gang fight, who, if had never met his wife from Gouldtown at a Sixers basketball game, would have never come here to work 14 years in the school system was elevated to principal Tuesday night by the board of education.

E. Deionne ThrBak was named principal of the Geraldyne O. Foster Early Childhood Learning Center to applause from both the board and well-wishers.

ThrBak has taught at Quarter Mile Lane, Cherry Street and what is now Broad Street School.

He was also sent overseas to Iraqi Freedom for nine months.

The Bridgeton School District never forgot him.

“The students and staff sent cards to my unit and care packages were sent,” he said. “I received great support from the community and Glory Tabernacle Church.”

The soft-spoken ThrBak, who grew up with the last name Baker before changing it when it got married to incorporate both his and his wife’s last names, was still accepting congratulations in the hall the whole time the board was in executive session.

He alluded to the meetings Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly was having with leaders from all over the county and Rutgers University to get a handle on the senseless violence that has racked the area.

“I was not at the latest meeting, so I haven’t gotten the report,” he said. “But it’s going to take everybody helping. Everybody.”

He mentioned the work of Bishop David Hadley, from his church, Glory Tabernacle.

“He’s been involved, as have the other ministers,” said the deeply religious ThrBak.

During an interview last year while assistant principal at the Early Childhood Learning Center, he never doubted Bridgeton could be turned around.

“Believe me, this is not Chicago,” he has said.

“Out of my eighth-grade class, two of us are alive today,” said ThrBak of the mid-80s. “Another classmate is in prison for life.”

He was introduced at the beginning of the meeting by Superintendent Dr. Thomasina Jones and asked to say a few words.

“I want to thank the board and Dr. Jones for your support in providing this opportunity and I intend to present the best education possible for our students,” he said.

His wife, Dr. Tiffanie ThrBak, also works in the school system.

When the new principal was growing up in Chicago, he could never escape the gang culture.

Even after he was sent to a private school, he said he had to run through enemy territory to catch the bus to the other side of town.

“What we need to show the children today is that there’s a better way. I’m here today because of my teachers.

“I made mistakes. I made bad decisions.

“I was angry because of where I was born.

“I fought in the gangs. I was looking for somebody who cared.”

He has been active in Bridgeton Little League, and called the Bridgeton High School Air Force Jr. ROTC program the best around.

How much of a draw do you believe gangs are.
We wrote a story about a girl growing up around Marion and Church streets in Bridgeton and how she and a friend growing up had to make the decision to which way to go — gang or no gang.
She went with the ROTC.
He went with the gang.
Here is one answer:
A little history
June 13,2013
It started with the presenting of the colors. 

It ended with loud applause.

In between, the Bridgeton High School Air Force Jr. ROTC program made a lot of parents, teachers, administration and themselves proud at Gia’s Suburban House Friday night.

It was their 11th annual military ball.

“I wouldn’t miss this for the world,’’ said Board of Education President Angelia Edwards, who has been the program’s biggest supporter.

The night was a display of precision, respect, confidence and leadership you wouldn’t expect of high school students.

Unless you know Air Force Tech Sgt. (ret) George Linen Sr. and his ability to draw success out of his troops.

Call her Mama Linen.

That’s what they all call her.

She is a dynamic woman who married a dynamic man.

Friday night, she told the story from the inside.

“They come in shy, develop leadership skills and leave here as great scholars,’’ she said.

She didn’t have to get involved while working in the guidance office at the high school.

“It’s a passion,’’ she said. “I can’t count the times I have cried.’’

She started a parents support group.

“They’re my children and I treat them like my children,’’ she said.


So many good stories to tell.

“One of our kids was in trouble in school and his first speech told us about his life,’’ she recalled. “It turned him a round and he’s now serving in Afghanistan.

“He always calls us and says, ‘Mom, dad, if not for you, I don’t know where I’d; be.’

“When they smile, I smile.’’

Last year, the program ran short of funds to go to the nationals despite a myriad of fundraisers.

When Board of Education President Angelia Edwards heard that, she vowed it would never happen again.

“Yes, now we have a place to practice (when it’s cold),’’ said Mama Linen, “and money is not a problem anymore.

“They’re working on getting everybody into the program who wants to get in.

“The kids want it.’’

She said her husband speaks to a lot of groups and churches.

“Me, I want to work behind the scenes,’’ she said. “Bless it forward.’’

She formed a parents support group.

“We’ve had cooperation from a lot of parents,’’ she said. “Yes, they’re there. I’m seen them’’

Her husband calls her a dynamic woman.

Clive and Juanita Thompson, of Cedarville, are on the parents committee.

They’ve bought in big time watching their daughter, Vice Commander Shannakay, mature into a leader.

“Yes, she’s sharp,’’ said Clive. “Yes, I knew she would do this well. She learned from her sister, Angel, who graduated in 2010.’’

She’s going to be a doctor.

“She was a shy girl and now her face lights up when she talks about Sgt. Linen,’’ said her mother.

She’s going to be an anesthesiologist.

Shannakay said all the things he likes about the program, then realizing it’s coming to an end, broke down.

The next day, there would be a new commander.

“Bridgeton High School is a very good school,’’ said Clive. “It has very good teachers and a very good superintendent and a very good principal.

“You have to show the students the way.

“You have to trust in the teachers.’’

“Never put kids down.’’

Mayor Albert Kelly showed his support.

“This is great,’’ he said. “I appreciate the students who took up the challenge of ROTC. I was in ROTC in college, so I know what it takes. It shows here in the city of Bridgeton that we have students willing to do this.’’

Edwards called it “a beautiful program. I’m always here to support the sergeant (Linen) and the children in any way I can.’’

The POW/MIA ceremony built around an empty chair and a small table reminded all “to remember.

“It is set for one and occupies a place of dignity and honor …

“The chair is empty. They are not here.’’

Commander Diana Sandoval broke down announcing that during the trip to Washington, D.C., a flag was flown over the Air Force Memorial on May 18 in honor of Sgt. Linen’s “dedication.’’

Added Sandoval, “We could never give back all that they have given to us.’’

Eight members of the ROTC program going into the military were honored along with their mothers.

“Police cannot stop crime and neither can social workers. It all starts in the home, how the children are raised, or not raised apparently. They need to be grounded very early on with morals, values, and respect.”
— Gail Ward
That is what has to be overcome, Gail.
But is it the parents or is it the neighborhood?
Do we need to work to get rid of the ghettos?
NOBODY is concentrating on this in the presidential election, because they don’t have an answer. But we want an answer!
Sudden thought: Tell me how flea collars work and if they’re the biggest scam going?

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1000 Village Drive, Millville
Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 5.p.m.

Cost: $10.

The two-day Festival of Fine Craft sponsored by OceanFirst Bank offers an art and shopping experience for the entire family, featuring over 130 artists and craftspeople presenting and selling traditional and contemporary works.

Come enjoy artist demonstrations, hands-on family activities, musical entertainment, specialty foods, a glass pumpkin patch, wine tasting, and a beer and wine garden!

Veteran artists as well as artists, never before seen at the festival will display their unique creations in this beautiful scenic setting. From inspired paintings, decorative ceramics and novel jewelry to innovative wood sculptures and vibrant wearable fashions, there’s something for everyone.

“On a more serious note.
“Being at the Bridgeton Midget Football field on the sidelines with the gems during their game today really got to me.
“I really built relationships with those boys in a short amount of time over the summer. I low-key felt like I was abandoning them as I left their game today.
“Really wish I could have worked something out with business at home where I could have been here for the entire season. I got love for those young men, and I wish them all of luck this season.
“Wish I was here to help teach them life through football! God knows that’s where I learned life skills and built life-long friends/brothers at.”
— Bryan Real
YOU CAN BOOK IT: If you can’t talk civilly, don’t talk at all.
We can feed a man a fish OK; Ragged flags; Campani Legacy Lanes scores; Millville Soccer scores; Remember the name Jada Byers; More on St. Augie recruiting; Bubba Green checks in; Juvenile crime; Wheaton Village big this weekend; Bryan Real at Bridgeton Midget Football

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