The column that says it’s Pumpkin Festival time on Oct. 22 at the Amish Market in Hopewell Township, but, this Saturday, it’s Batman time at the Bridgeton Library starting at 1 p.m. and it’s the Gotham gala at Jorje Romero’s home at 151 W. Commerce St. from 5 to 8 p.m. as long as you RSVP’d, so what else do you need on a Saturday except 92.1 FM from noon to 2 p.m. with you community the topic?
By Jack Hummel
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Everyone who wants Texas Roadhouse Val to keep her hair long and down, complain at the desk on your way in.
The Croningers from Shiloh eat at the Amish Market every Saturday and rave about the food.
Charlotte, who never wanted her name in the newspaper, will give a testament next Saturday.
When the Glicks took over making the donuts in June, the place exploded.
They have to roll out new sticky buns every hour.
Mel and Maryann in the lead.
“Paul Thorn fought against Roberto Duran prior to becoming a well-respected musician, is a fan of local boxing champ Richie Kates and Outlaw Country radio DJ Elizabeth Cook opens the show on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Levoy Theatre in Millville.
“This is one of those nights of great music you will not want to miss.”
— big-time promoter Bob Rose
“SHINE Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Millville is in need of help.
“The Lord has blessed us with an abundance of children. We need to rise to His blessing.
“Please prayerfully consider joining our family.”
— Shaun Connors
How about we leave really important things to the Lord and stop praying and start acting!
He helps those who help themselves.
SHINE is overflowing with Center City kids after school who need love, who need to feel wanted, who are at risk for going the wrong way.
Nobody is asking you to start a program. Just join in. No training necessary.
A little history.
July 14, 2014
That was the bank account balance in January when Shaun Connors was halfway through the school year providing five-day, after-school homework help for Center City kids in the SHINE program at First United Methodist Church.
Last week, Connors, the new director of the program, sat down with former director Steve Walters to talk about the program.
“It’s been a busy year,” she said. “The school year was fantastic. Some days, we brought in 50 and 60 kids and we fed them snacks and we did homework.”
“You see, we got involved in a Thanksgiving dinner for the first time and we got involved in a Holiday Hearts program where we purchased all of the product,” she began to talk faster.
“We wound up with about 80 kids and parents, and anybody else who wanted to come, including two homeless,” she said.
“It was cool. The kids from the culinary arts program at the high school prepared this fabulous spread.
“Jimmy McCarthy’s budget had been cut and it was the first meal they were able to prepare.”
The SHINE kids prepared the decorations for the tables.
Kudos poured out of the effervescent Connors.
“The culinary arts team served the dinner,” she said.
Walters, known to the kids as Mister Keith, had to step down as director because of a stroke. He is more of a cheerleader now, but takes photos. He didn’t make the Thanksgiving dinner, but he is still a cheerleader after slimming down from 365 pounds.
“I eat healthy now,” he almost whispered, grabbing a second cookie from the table.
“Except for cookies.”
Connors never let the ball drop.
“That’s when the congregation stepped up,” praised Connors about the dwindling funds.
They responded like never before with money and snacks.
“They baked cookies. Janice Page. Marge Astheimer. Donna Wilson. Charlene Davis. The next door neighbor.”
“I don’t know her name,” said Connors. “We began talking to her over the fence. The next thing you know, she brought us cookies.
“Today, she brought us piping hot brownies.”
Not every volunteer can be mentioned, but they are loved.
“We have 50 and 60 people who help us with our two summer camps,” threw in Mister Keith.
Christmas a year ago, they gave out 26 stockings.
“This year, we gave out 84 stockings,” said Connors. “It lets them be kids. They get gift cards, socks, gloves, hats.
“We had two Christmas parties for them.
“Judy Kessler and Barb Morrow had a little bit of money left in the Center City Neighborhood program and they did crafts with the kids and fed them in a fun little party.”
After school is going great guns. Last year, they might get up to 20.
“This year, we might get 25 or up to 62,” said Connors.
The SHINE room is no longer big enough. They have to hold it in the big room.
“One group goes upstairs with Judy Reeves and Diane Brown.
“Jay Reed, Judy Lokey or Claire Thomas will go in the computer room,” she said.
The rest of kids have a Bible lesson and maybe go outside and play kickball in the parking lot.
“We’ve cleaned the board of ed (Culver Center) and we’ve cleaned city park,” she explains.
Connors focuses more on service than trips for her kids.
“We went to Parvin State Park yesterday,” she said. “You do two service projects, you get two trips.”
Project Nature just donated $500 for a Christ-centered entertainment to come to the church.
They went Christmas caroling.
It led to one of those moments.
“We went down Third Street, up Fourth Street, down Fifth Street, zig-zagging everywhere” said Connors.
It was chaos at best, with kids hanging on fences, walking in the street, trampling on the grass, some not singing.
“And then this tough girl, new to the program, who has never asked for anything asked if we could go to her house.
“I would have gone to the moon for this girl at that point.”
She said her 17-year-old sister was there with her newborn baby and her mom was in the hospital with a heart attack.
“When we got there, I went into the house with a couple of the older kids and we formed a prayer circle, and as we prayed, this girl laid her head on my shoulder,” she said.
That moment in time made it all worth it.
Even when the bank acount said $7.68.
Cumberland County’s largest all-volunteer animal rescue and sanctuary recently took in its latest resident, a rescued Pekin duck named Quack II.
Why the numeral? Well, it harkens back to how Quack’s Corner began. It was founded in in 1988 when President Carol Kirshenbaum rescued an injured Pekin duck that had lost most of her sight. Kirshenbaum brought her home and named her Quack. The duck’s sheltered area soon became known as Quack’s Corner. Quack lived a full duck’s life, but when she was gone, her legacy lived on in Quack’s Corner.
In Quack II’s instance, Michelle Karpiak-Malloy found Quack II bleeding on the side of a road after appar- ently being struck by a car in Upper Deer- field Township. Quack II’s mate was dead at her side. Karpiak-Malloy called Quack’s Corner, which took the duck to the clinic.
Once at the clinic, Dr. Kevin Ludwig trimmed her injured bill so it would heal. Today Quack II has healed, has put on weight and her feathers are shining.
Playing a major role in the recovery is her new partner, Cuddle Duck, a male Pekin/Campbell mix who was also hit by a car and has made a fine recovery himself, according to Kirshenbaum.
Quack’s Corner is entirely run by volun- teers and offers sanctuary to homeless and abused animals. For more information about Quack’s Corner, go to the website http://www.quackscorner.petfinder.com, write to Quack’s Corner, PO Box 12, Shiloh NJ 08353, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deerfield Township School leads off the Richard Hoch Show today at 3 p.m.
They are not an Abbott School.
But they are a poor school.
What’s a school to do?
They have fundraisers like the one at Centerton Country Club this Saturday night.
The ticket is $50, but you get a buffet dinner at one of the premier eateries and a night full of laughs from three comedians.
“They all have a good time for a good cause,’’ Deanna Speranza-Murphy told us. “It’s our big fundraiser.’’
She said her brother bought 10 tickets.
But it’s more.
“Think of the ambiance when you walk into the room,’’ the art teacher said. “Every year, we have a different theme. This year, it’s Winter Wonderland.’’
With blue and white tablecloths.
For 20 minutes on Tuesday, we had the poster listing the three comedians.
But then they decided maybe showing off the poster on the Richard Hoch Show would get better play.
Ten faculty members, all women, plus board president Deanna were joined by Dr. Mark Jones, the super, in the library wrapping up baskets of cheer for Saturday night.
Deciding who would go on the radio/TV show was the hardest decision of the day.
With Tuesday night’s late snow, maybe they can all show up now.
Think about kids able to take field trips and going to plays and soaking up some culture.
Think about some of the basics they won’t have to go without thanks to you.
“We are desperately trying to upgrade our computer system,’’ said Speranza-Murphy. “How many board members do you know who get together with school members to raise money?’’
Bring back the Deerfield Bucks!
Lisa Trexler lives!
Deerfield School doesn’t even have an IT.
If you ask them how many computers they have, they respond, “That work?’’