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Two homicides in two weeks in Bridgeton area, and two more families grieving.
Why is it happening?
The people who are busting their rear ends to change things, improve things, fix things deserve to know, so we know where to concentrate.
We don’t know.
We’ve asked Bryan Real and Lernell Williams. Lernell has visited the grieving relatives of most victims, and she said she doesn’t know.
She’s part of Minor Adjustments with her husband, Michael Mickey Williams, putting God into broken lives.
Having the boss over for dinner this weekend?
Get over to the Amish Market at 2 Cassidy Court in Hopewell and look up Amos Lapp of Dutch Country Meats, which brags 72 inches of meat case space.
He has pure prime meat shipped in from the Midwest before it can be sold to Japan.
Nobody else has it.
If you want to impress somebody, get him to cut it 1 and a half inches thick.
A little history.
March 15, 2014
Amos Lapp is a man of few words.
He runs the 72 inches of fresh meat counters at the Bridgeton Amish Market.
He knew media was coming to interview him. The merchants had all discussed it.
But he still acted shy, especially when the questions started flying.
Nobody said there would be questions.
“The market is doing well,’’ he finally said on Thursday, eyeing the tape recorder.
It took a while to find the hook.
He’s going to do something totally different in April.
“I’m going prime,’’ he announced. “I’m bringing it in from Missouri.’’
It will be deer.
“It will be $3 to $4 more a pound,’’ he warned.
But where else can you get white-faced hereford, prime meat in Cumberland County?
Not choice. Prime.
Most of it goes from the Midwest straight to Japan.
Lapp has his wife and three children working at the market.
“He’s a good boss,’’ said his wife.
His daughter agreed.
Lapp, 56, used to work 10 hours a days, six days a week in construction.
“My company was not big — 10 to 12 workers,’’ he said.
He did Jersey jobs, but he doesn’t want to talk about it.
“Right here is where I want to be,’’ he stressed, of the market.
You look at the various meats in the meat cases and you wonder if it’s all going to get sold in three days.
“We come pretty close,’’ he said. “Some Saturdays at 2 p.m., you wonder if it’s going to get sold.’’
He can sell back home in Lancaster what he doesn’t here.
He saves no meat from one weekend to the next.
Unlike some of the Amish merchants in the beginning, he didn’t worry about where the people were going to come from in countrified Cumberland County.
He has six or seven kinds of just sausage.
“Steaks will take over when the weather gets warmer,’’ he promised. “The grilling season.’’
The stranger offered a tip.
Never buy a hind quarter in the fall because it has been eating grass all summer.
Buy in the spring because the steer has been eating corn all winter.
“Some people want grass-fed,’’ Amos said quickly.
No, it’s too stringy.
“Who said that?’’ he asked. “Now they want organic grass fed. I can get you all-natural, grain-fed. I can get you organic grass-fed.’’
He’s bringing it out of Missouri from Wells Farms.
He’s not talking Angus.
Amos Lapp wears the traditional hat and has the traditional Amish beard.
His handshake is firm like that of a construction worker.
And he smiles a lot.
“Did you interview the guy down there?’’ he was wiggling out of more uncomfortable questions.
What does he sell?
“Pickles,’’ he smiled.
It was time to go back behind the counter.
AMOS LAPP IN HIS PRIME.
“Please read this and the comments as it is relative what is happening to just one of our colonies.
“My one response: I want people to especially see:
“Linda Forbes, it is not just there, I get calls each week with issues and I still do not have government approval in Millville.
“I have a lack of cooperation from the CCSPCA as the CCSPCA writes grants and does not do anything for Millville’s cats but instead we see Bridgeton and Vineland, Millville is very close to approval on this and I hope for closure within the next 30 days and Animal Friends Foundation is experiencing issues at the moment.
“I have pressed on despite negative rumors, criticism and on my own most of the time. Today, as an example, I had to post up responding to a situation in Millville where I was contacted asking for help getting rid of cats. The resident would be OK with TNR, as she was reasonable.
“Instead, the truth is, we have zero funding still.
“When she posted, she was trapping and going to take them to the CCSPCA. I had to respond with this:
“That will will not work.
“The area will refill with the cats in what is called the Vacuum Effect. PLEASE call the mayor’s office and ask for them to approve my Gary Meyer’s feral cat program, which will direct funding to TNR.
“I will hit your area first, as we are very close to getting approved now, but, right now, as I explained, my hands are tied with funding.
“If your neighbor abandoned cats, let them outside and then moved, that is a crime and that person should be reported. I am HAPPY to help the situation as an unpaid volunteer for the city, but they have to give me funding.
“I would encourage anyone reading this post that wants to help, please join Millville Community Cat Program on Facebook. We are ready to help, we need the mayor to approve my program
Name: Michael Santiago
Title: Mayor / Director of Public Safety
Phone: 856-825-7000, ext. 7397
— Gary E. Meyer,
Millville Community Cat Program
We hint that, because Millville has been a strong supporter of the SPCA, there may be some reluctance.
Why wouldn’t the city schedule a meeting involving all three parties?
“So to let you guys know, Commissioner Porreca Compari and myself have asked the city attorney to prepare a resolution for our county freeholders to pay for Shotspotter.
“This would allow the commission to continue to increase manpower in the dept. Let’s see what the freeholders say.”
— Commissioner Joe Sooy
Wilmington, Del., has lowered gunshots in the city by 42 percent since renting Shotspotter over three years for $415,000.
“I have attended all the meetings and read all the articles about ShotSpotter and do support it.
“However, I would have to hear from the police department that they also think it is essential and that they are committed to using it to its fullest.
“There are other options, such as increased manpower, body cameras or street cameras that may be considered, as well.
“Or better yet, a combination of those resources.
“I am interested in a comment made by Gary E Meyer that data storage for body cameras is not that much of a problem or expense. I read two articles today that the cost of storage was making body camera technology very hard for cities to handle.
“Maybe we can pull all this together without the usual government nonsense.”
— Larry Malone
We were told five years ago owners of the utility poles won’t allow cameras. Just saying.
“Here’s an idea. If you can’t afford a security system, get a few ‘Beware Of Dog’ signs and put them in a couple of windows and/or at your front and back door.
“You’d be surprised how many thieves will go to the next house if there’s a chance that they could be attacked by a ferocious dog.”
— dog lover
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