The column that says there is no recession on Route 55 if it was standing room only both Friday and Saturday night at Texas Roadhouse, and sales are up overall, and we wouldn’t know that unless we knew the right people, so why can’t we get an Outback at Carll’s Corner because what do roads have to do with great food?
By Jack Hummel
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We remember in the 1970s, the highways in Cumberland County were so bad, they were referred to as the Baja Peninsula, the worst roads in the entire country.
Routes 77 and 49 were terrible.
Today, both roads are wonderful and we find no fault with Route 55.
Route 56 (Landis Avenue) has been closed enough times to put people out of business. So has Almond Road.
And Park Drive has been closed more than it has been open because of the bridge at Sunset Lake.
It seems like we’re holding our own.
And the gas tax is going up 23 cents. Not gradually like the pay increase that has to be absorbed by businesses. Not 5 cents this year, and we’ll see what the price of gas next year.
23 cents, bam!
Because big labor has been laid off because of no money in the road and bridge fix bucket.
“Words can’t express how proud I am of Olivia.
“She studies so hard to learn what should be easy, but so difficult for her. This kid gets tutored 3 times a week to help her learn skills to aid learning. While most of her friends had the summer off she was buckling down with her tutor a couple times of week in the library. While others play in the morning she is being tutored before school and she does not complain.
“She works and works and works to keep up with her class. She is very smart she just doesn’t learn the way most kids learn.
“I can’t even begin to express the pride I have in her!”
— Cindi Stanger Cooke,
“Someone with dyslexia makes me proud every day”
You will see her picture in the dictionary when you look up the word “guts.”
“My music program is doing their first fundraiser.
“Please consider buying ONE set of Spirit Cups of your favorite NFL, MLB, NHL or college team or military branch. 40% of each sale goes to our program. All online orders are shipped directly to you.
“We are fundraising to offset costs of our fall production. We are doing a pilot of Disney’s Broadway hit ‘Aladdin JR.’
“Fundraising will help with costume and set building costs. Thank you in advance for your support of my amazing kids. All my sales will go directly to the program.”
— Spencer Lau,
greatest musical producer since Jerry Wexler
Schools can no longer afford this kind of excellence.
They can’t even afford paper.
Somewhere in the $9,000+ spent on each student, something has gone very wrong.
But it’s not the teachers.
Soon, we’re going to put it all on the politicians, because we haven’t met any bad teachers in big machines.
What they should do with Spencer Lau is let the entire county be taken under his wing so we can all benefit. Work him to death. He will make a great martyr — like John Henry.
“The 8th annual Project Thanksgiving is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We’ll be supporting Food Bank of SJ in Gloucester County, and Salvation Army in Cumberland County.
“Frozen turkeys, cash and checks (payable to either Food Bank of SJ or Salvation Army) will be collected by a team of dedicated, hard-working volunteers throughout the day at these locations: Shop Rites in Mullica Hill, Sewell, Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland; and Franklin Bank in Woolwich Township and Franklinville.”
— Alex Kaganzev,
the Pied Piper of Queens in South Jersey
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