Read to your child; Pumpkin Festival at Amish Market; Rotary Club yard sale; Mikiah Kreps fighting, waiting for ‘Boom Boom’; Lee Samuels surfaces; Nobody knows but a cancer patient

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The column that asks why did they stop making Mercurys and especially Mountaineers, and go with Lincolns, because all we see on the road are Mountaineers that they stopped making after 2009?

Read 1,ooo books to your child before they reach 4 years of age.

It can be the same book.

It can be anytime night or day.

But read!

The cute music playing above the crib is nice, but it does not replace the reading.

“Reading a book to your newborn is a one-on-one activity that you can really turn into a special time with your baby,” says Mary Ann Abrams, MD, Reach Out and Read’s Medical Director (reachoutandread.org).

“It exposes the baby to the sound of your voice, which is soothing for him.

“In fact, a recent study in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics found that reading to babies in the NICU can help parents develop the same feelings of intimacy that parents of healthy newborns cultivate in the days and weeks after a baby’s birth.”

— Parent

Pumpkin Festival at the Amish Market, 2 Cassidy Court, in Hopewell Township on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The same day will be an antique tractor pull and wheat threshing.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you can attempt to find your way through the corn maze, passing people coming and going around in circles.

“It’s karaoke night at the New Mauros On the Ave, in Vineland.

“Come out for a great time and amazing drink specials all night long.”

— Zack Reed

Once known as the Zack Attack

“For those yard sale lovers, the Bridgeton Breakfast Rotary Club is having their annual yard sale this Saturday, Oct. 15, at Al Scarani’s Service Station at the corner of Broad  and Atlantic streets in Bridgeton, across from Hankins Lumber.

“Come out and see what you need!”

— Bob Spence

There’s a man spending his retirement here.

“Family/friends, Mikiah will be fighting in the main event on Oct. 22 at the Flare Center.

“Fights start at 2 o’clock. 307 LEROY AVENUE, BUFFALO, NEW YORK!

“This is going to be a great fight against two amazing fighters. Hope to see you all there.”

— Deborah Fields

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MIKIAH KREPS

That’s Mikiah Kreps, the boxer who came to Bridgeton to fight Basimah “Boom Boom” Baker.

It was the biggest boxing night we ever saw, not counting Richie Kates’ career.

A little history.

May 19, 2013

All it took was nine minutes.
After weeks of training in Bridgeton and Niagara Falls, N.Y., somebody was going to be disappointed Saturday night in the feature bout at the Throwdown in Gouldtown to battle juvenile diabetes.

It turned out be hometown favorite Basimah “Boom Boom’’ Baker.

After years of searching for fights around the country and being disappointed, the 16-year-old found a willing opponent in Mikiah Kreps, who traveled eight hours to do battle.

Kreps kept pressure on Baker, forcing a mandatory 8-count in both the first and third rounds of the bout the large crowd came to see.

The local boxer, dressed in all pink, seemed to run out of gas as each three-minute round progressed.

But Kreps, who hit like a sledgehammer, didn’t see it that way.

“Of all the 15 fights I’ve had,’ she hit the hardest of anybody I’ve fought,’’ said stressed after falling to her knees and covering her face with her hands when the decision was announced.

“I went to my knees because it was so emotional,’’ she said. “I’ve never fought in a situation like this.’’

Kreps, trained by her mother and accompanied by her brother and cousin for the trip, knew she had to go after Baker to avoid a hometown decision.

“She’s definitely the toughest fighter I’ve ever fought,’’ said the blonde bombshell who is now 13-3 for her career.

If it wasn’t Kreps’ biggest audience, it was her loudest.

By the third round, the throng of over 250 in the Fairfield School gym that included several local dignataries from freeholders to the county surrogate was imploring “Boom Boom’’ to come back while standing and crowding one side of the ring to take photos.

“Boom Boom’’ made no excuses.

“No, I don’t think I ran out of gas,’’ she said. “I don’t know what happened in there. I’m the toughest she’s fought? Well, she’s the toughest I’ve fought.’’

A rematch is only natural, since both fighters have had such tough luck finding opponents.

“I’d love to give her a rematch,’’ said Kreps.

Her mother, Deborah, agreed it can be arranged in Buffalo.

“I’ll talk to Terry (Gould, Baker’s trainer),’ she said. “I know I can also line up some bouts for some of his guys.’’

Before the fight, Deborah talked of having help training her daughter.

“You get to the point where you need help and you need to bring in somebody who knows more than you,’’ said the woman who started her own boxing career at age 30 “to get into shape. And that’s what I’ve done. Has it helped? We’ll see tonight.’’

Mikiah, who has been a gym rat since the age of 5, said sparring against boys made her tougher in getting ready for “Boom Boom’’

Kreps won the first round, but “Boom Boom’’ came out like a rocket in the second.

“She had said earlier, “I’ll go for a knockout in the second round.’’

She used that early flurry to win the round.

But Kreps survived another early onslaught by Baker in the third round and unleashed combinations of her own to subdue her opponent.

It was clear to the crowd at the end that the Niagara Falls invader had won.

“I’ve just got to train harder,’’ said a sullen Baker after the fight. “I definitely want to fight her again.’’

Gould, her trainer and Tri City Boxing president, said a trip to Buffalo, where a show is already planned in late June, is a must.

“We’ll definitely go,’’ he said.

Before the fight, Kreps said, “Out of the ring, ‘Boom Boom’ and I are friends.’’

They need each other if the 2016 Olympics are to become a reality for each other.

Right now, they’re the only two horses in the stable of 15- and 16-year-olds.

“Up to this fight,’’ said Kreps, “I’ve had 15 fights against four girls. Just four. That’s how hard it is to find opponents my age.

“I’m willing to fight women. Thirty years old, I don’t care.’’

“But she can’t do that,’’ said her mother. “Not until she’s 18. All she can do right now is fight 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds.’’

“Boom Boom’’ knows it only too well.

Kreps last fought in February.

It was “Boom Boom’s’’ first fight in ages.

Tri City HOPE President Jerry Young, happy with the turnout, looks to the future.

“Yes ‘Boom Boom, lost tonight,’’ he said “Neither she nor Tri City Boxing makes excuses.

“She feels as if she let Cumberland County down. Well, she is still our own Ringside world champ.

“Hopefully, we will be able to send her to Buffalo for a rematch with Mikiah Kreps.

“After that comes the Ringside world championships in Missouri.’’

And Mikiah Kreps will be there, too.

The rematch never happened.
“Boom Boom” retired.
She came out of retirement.
A month ago, Kreps offered her a rematch.
Just got off the phone after a lengthy conversation with Lee Samuels, originally from Pennsville who started his career there, then went through the Woodbury Times, Courier-Post and Philadelphia Bulletin before hooking on with fight promoter Bob Arum.
The rest is history.
He said he’s still not a millionaire, “but money has never meant that much to me.”
He shared some stories with us when he was still here and we’ll share some with you from time to time.
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LEE SAMUELS

“This is written by my friend, Vicky Pajaron Risher.
“She expresses here what I feel about Pinktober and more:
“For a cancer survivor like me, it’s getting through each day to survive.
Just because we are in remission doesn’t mean that things go back to the way they used to be.
“However, I want to expand on a thing or two.
“First, I hate Pinktober.
Second, I find the “Save the Boobies” or “Save the Tatas” campaigns absolutely tacky and deplorable. It trivializes breast cancer and is demeaning to women to look at fundraising campaign photos of women in sexy bras. ( yes I’ve seen them, and as of late, other photos that are thankfully more appropriate).
“It should be “Save Her (or His) Life.” Yes, men get breast cancer also and there simply isn’t enough research or support services for them.
“Also, if you are with someone who places more value on saving your breasts than your life, you are with the WRONG person. I’ve witnessed a few instances where the husband insisted that his wife get a lumpectomy and not a mastectomy, even when the doc said the lumpectomy wasn’t recommended for those situations.
“I’ve seen enough marriages break up once the breasts are either gone or they’ve been reconstructed with flaws. Cancer destroys far more than one’s physique.
“I dread October for one reason: Pink. Breast cancer isn’t pretty and trying to “Pink it up” doesn’t erase the scars or the pain that breast cancer brings into your life. It doesn’t lighten the mood at the end of the day. I will never be the person I was before breast cancer, no matter how many pink boas you throw around my neck.
“I also can’t stand how every company out there drowns their displays, commercials, and products in Pepto Bismol pink to entice customers to buy more of their product and make them feel good about it.
“Truth is, those corporations are getting the tax deductible charitable donation — NOT YOU. And those charitable organizations in general don’t give most of their proceeds to the victims of breast cancer or research.
“If you want to help, take a patient to their chemo appointment. Offer to go grocery shopping for them or clean their house. Pick their children up from school. Make some meals for them so they don’t have to struggle through the fatigue of treatment to try and feed their family. Offer to sit with them and be a shoulder to cry on if that’s what they need.
“Cancer is isolating, depressing, life altering and a lifetime of trying to find your new normal, whether you are actively in treatment or in remission.
“Even if patients or survivors look OK to YOU, they may not be inside. It may have taken all the energy they had that morning just to get out of bed, shower, get dressed, put makeup on and try to fit back into the life they once enjoyed before cancer.
“Also, please remember that many are left with lifelong side effects like lymphedema, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, depression, anxiety, etc and the emotional fallout their loved ones have to push through.
“Their loved ones who are often the caregivers need support, too! If you want to feel good about donating, please donate to your local community that offers support services for victims of this horrible disease.
“For instance, our local community offers services through the Breast Cancer Bridge program and there are services as well for those who have other kinds of cancer.
“Please keep ALL cancer patients and their families in your thoughts and good wishes for survivorship, not just those that society wants to identify by drowning the world in pink.”
— Diane Roberts Rogers
YOU CAN BOOK IT: Nobody knows but a cancer patient.
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Read to your child; Pumpkin Festival at Amish Market; Rotary Club yard sale; Mikiah Kreps fighting, waiting for ‘Boom Boom’; Lee Samuels surfaces; Nobody knows but a cancer patient

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