Beware of door knob keepers; Tax cut for 23-cent gas hike benefits rich?; EMS Cafe specials; Amish corn maze awaits you Thursday; Millville Bethel AME’s after school tutoring includes meal; Native Americans forgotten?; Our favorite SPCA workers;

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The column that says never let somebody walk through your mind with dirty feet, and we wish that were original, but it comes from Bryan Real.

By Jack Hummel

Radio: 92.1 FM WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

“It’s always a good day when I make your blog, Jack.

“And those with few or no skeletons are usually willing to remove door knobs. Those who keep them are the ones we need to worry about … Just saying.”

— D. Bailey Miles

Are we a door knob? That would be a really big door knob.

Did we keep your door knob?

We don’t even know where you live, but if we see someone with a bag of door knobs, we’ll text you.

We’re getting smarter!

Read a story that senior citizens will actually make out filling out tax returns as offsetting the 23-cent gas tax hike.

We’ll be able to claim less of our savings.

Hey, senior citizens living on a fixed income, this is not for you because you haven’t saved.

Hey, millionaires, this break is for you because you have a lot of savings.

One in 5 people in Cumberland County are living below the poverty level. Guess who doesn’t have savings?

Can’t believe they would even brag about this.

Taco Tuesday at EMS Cafe.

Only $5.95 for 3 tacos served with Spanish rice.
Taco Salad in an edible bowl $6.50
Nachos Grande $7.50

Beef, Chicken, Hard, Soft.

Eat in, take out or delivery
Tuesdays hours are 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
856-935-0349

www.emscafe.com

97 Quinton-Marlboro Rd,k Quinton, corner of Jericho Rd mile marker 13.

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TACOS SERVED WITH SPANISH RICE.

Thursday, for sure, try the corn maze at the Greater Bridgeton Amish Market.

Go early enough to work up an appetite for a good meal at a reasonable price inside with Jonas King and polish it off with hot sticky buns with an avalanche of nuts on top.

“Starting soon, children can eat Monday thru Friday after school while we tutor, mentor and make ourselves available to them.”

— Rev. Charles Wilkins,

Millville Bethel AME Church

Not only food pantries all over Millville, but churches feeding and tutoring students.

How are Native Americans making out in the Land of Plenty?

  • The percentage of homes that are overcrowded on reservations is 3-6 times higher than the percentage of overcrowded homes in the U.S. as a whole (Housing Assistance Council, 2013; U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 2003; U.S. Census, 2000).
  • As of 2011, there were over 120,000 tribal homes lacking access to basic water sanitation services (EPA, 2012).
  • It is estimated that almost 1 in 10 American Indian homes are without safe and reliable water (Indian Health Service, 2011).
  • More than 60% of the roads within the Indian Reservation Roads system are earth or gravel (NCAI, 2012).
  • Nearly a quarter of IRR bridges are classified as deficient (NCAI, 2012).

Just wanted to make sure nothing has changed.

Millville Community Cat Program has 85 members.

A little CCSPCA history.

Nov. 24, 2012

It’s 9 a.m. Monday morning at the Cumberland County SPCA.
It’s another day for the shelter’s two cruelty agents.

Charlene Rosenbaum, 37, and Diane Luellan-Lilla, 52, have looked over the paperwork for the day and are checking on their cruelty cases being housed at the shelter.
Including the fish.

“I think we lost a piranha overnight,” said Luellan-Lilla.

Rosenbaum hopes it won’t be like the previous Wednesday.

“I had a flat tire after doing an educational visit to Schalick High School,” she said. “It had better not happen. We just got four brand new tires.”

The tires were donated. The two don’t say it, but they could also use a new van.
They’ve been working together since June 2010. That is, most days. When one is off in the county of 156,000 people, the other has to ride solo.

“Compassion is not something you’re born with. It has to be nurtured. You’ll see that today. They (abusers) just don’t get it,” said Rosenbaum. She said a lot of animal abuse is gang-related.

“Oh my Lord, yes,” said Rosenbaum. “They spray-painted our van right here in the parking lot.”

They joke that they are part of gang warfare.

“If so, I’m going to go on their turf and spray paint CCSPCA all over,” she laughed.

Both say pit-bull fighting is no laughing matter and it is running rampant in Cumberland County. They’re asked if they can do something about it.

“Who? Her and I?” said Rosenbaum. “What can we do alone?”

They see themselves as alone in the animal protection effort.

“That’s all there is, her and I,” she said. “People say why don’t we do surveillance. How do we do that? We’re the only ones they see on the road. They know us.

“The culture (of abuse) is huge and it goes across the spectrum.”

You have to catch them in the act of dogfighting to get a conviction, they say.

“How do the two of us do that?” asked Rosenbaum.

Fighting leads to the stashing of dogs, according to the cruelty agents, who say the practice also leads to people dropping off dogs and leaving them to stray.

They talk about pit bulls being stolen in Millville by Bridgeton people. And vice versa.

“They wind up dropping them off in Fairfield,” said Rosenbaum. “Gouldtown, halfway between the two towns, becomes the dumping ground after they’re done with it.”

The pit bull found earlier this year in a Millville lake was one of them.

The agents say the state police are undermanned.

“And they get transferred out every two years,” said Rosenbaum. “Somebody from Hoboken doesn’t really understand what goes on here.”

Rosenbaum remembers Reece, the dog that was dragged behind a truck in Vineland.

“I know the whole story,” said Rosenbaum. “People told me exactly what happened, but they will never testify.”

And they can’t find the guy who did it anyway, she said.

The cruelty agents speak highly of their relationship with police.

Officer Christopher Reeves, killed earlier this year in Millville, was one of the best, they said.

“It was like he had a sense I needed him,” said Rosenbaum. “He’d show up when I was in a sticky situation and say, ‘SPCA, do you need my help? Do you need some of my people to come by?’

“Pretty soon, here would come two or three cop cars. I miss that.”

However, some dispatchers, when the animal control officer is not available, have told callers to put a stray dog back where they found it, Rosenbaum said.

“A lost dog is a safety issue,” grimaced Rosenbaum. “This is a county where a stray can have rabies. That’s why we’re here. To protect people from that.”

They see themselves as lacking resources. As they head out of the office on this day, they look back at a nonworking computer.

“Can you get somebody to donate a computer?” Luellan-Lilla asks.

Rosenbaum throws the van into gear and heads for Bridgeton to start rechecks, or follow-ups on previous abuse reports.

“First Bridgeton, then Seabrook and then the lake,” said Rosenbaum.

As in Laurel Lake. And any calls that come in between.

Believe it or not, Rosenbaum and Luellan-Lilla say education works.

“Even the simplest instructions can straighten out a situation,” Luellan-Lilla said. “Some people don’t know not to tie your dog with a shoestring.”

The day goes well.

They meet Billy Knipe, Bridgeton animal control officer, at their first stop, but no one is home, so they leave papers on the front door.

Knipe will check back later.

A stop at a Carll’s Corner store results in snacks “for the pit bulls that can never be adopted.”

“I want them to know what good care feels like,” says Rosenbaum.

Seabrook is another recheck and all goes well.

At an apartment complex in Millville, a woman has moved out without leaving a forwarding address.

A woman who has been cited for hoarding is not at home.

A Laurel Lake visit is both the saddest and most rewarding. A dog has not been fed because the owner has run out of money. The agents give her a half-bag of dry food and ask her to feed it a little bit at a time, but three times a day.

She cries.

They promise to run tests to see if the dog has worms and get back to her with more food.

“She’s my baby,” sobs the woman.

It is what they like to do.

Help people.

They are two extremely dedicated workers who really don’t know what they’re going to run into at the next stop.

For instance …

A little history

Feb. 6, 2014

Blue had a bad day on Jan. 23.

Because he’s a dog, he doesn’t know how bad.

The big Millville Cane/Corso/Mastiff mix is on death row at the Cumberland County SPCA, all because either somebody left him off his leash or his love for a pit bull in heat gave him super-canine strength.

It all happened on the 300 block of West Foundry Street at 10 in the morning.

Suddenly, in the back yard of 308 W. Foundry where four pit bulls call home, there was fighting.

Blue, who resides in the backyard next door, was off his chain and going for a female in heat in a pen with a male pit bull.

“I saw it all,’’ said a neighbor two doors down. “I looked out the window and Blue was getting the best of two pit bulls.’’

But, Rocky, the biggest of all was able to push out the bottom of his cage and drag in Blue.

He chewed his face.

Rocky’s owner, Michael Fowlkes, sprayed the pair into submission.

Blue bounded out to the street with his face covered in blood.

Millville Animal Control Officer Anthony Cills arrived and told the owners, Jose and Sonia Ramos, to control their dog.

“I asked her to secure the dog,’’ Cills said of Sonia. “She said, no, it was a big dog and she hid behind the door.”

Then Jose, the owner, appeared and Cills gave the same order.

“He told me he was disabled and couldn’t help, and closed the door,’’ said Cills.

After trying to get at feral cats under a porch, Blue finally calmed down and Cills secured him.

But not before some people in a crowd that had gathered yelled, “Shoot it!’’

Cills said he heard Sonia say the same thing, but the young, soft-spoken girl denied it Friday when Cills and SPCA agents delivered the bad news.

The only things Cills and the agents couldn’t determine is how Blue got off his chain.

“His collar is still on with two links of chain,’’ said humane law enforcement agent Diane Leuellen of the collar the SPCA supplied when he broke loose one other time. “And the dog is weak.

“And there is no way someone could have undone the clamp that has a screw in it.’’

Sonia blamed it on Karen O’Connor, the neighbor who called in the incident.

“I would never do that,’’ she said while almost in tears Friday.

“We’ve seen (Karen) in the backyard at night,’’ said Sonia.

“I was feedlng the dog over the fence,’’ said Karen. “They leave that dog chained in the backyard in the freezing cold,’’ she told Cills. “The SPCA has been here several times.’’

Now O’Connor fears retaliation.

“I’ve never seen them feed that dog,’’ said a man who lives in the same house as O’Connor. “We throw it food over the fence.’’

Cills took Blue to Dr. Kevin Ludwig, who was able to stitch up his face after sedating him.

Blue has wounds all over his body.

Cills said the dog is emaciated with a poor coat, probably due to malnutrition.

Blue is called Blue because he is the color of blue suede.

Sutured up, he was taken to the shelter where he will be held for 10 days due to no proof of rabies inoculation

The following charges were issued to Jose Ramos:

• Run at large.

• No proof of inoculation.

• Nuisance prohibited.

• Disturbance of peace.

• Interference with officer.

Sonia Ramos faces interference with an officer.

In court Monday, the case was postponed until the defendants secure a public defender.

Chief humane law enforcement agent Charlene Rosenbaum, who faces animal problems like this on a daily basis, went right into Blue’s cage Friday as the big dog welcomed her presence.

That’s what makes it hard.

“A woman from St. Hubert’s was down here and she’s an expert on aggression,’’ she said. “Blue will never get along with animals again because of what happened. Since he can’t be retrained, he won’t make it.’’

Rosenbaum said to look what he came from — out in the freezing cold, malnourished and so strange to his owners, they were afraid of him.

Humane death has to be a better deal.

On his cage, she has left a note for all to read:

“This is Blue, He is a Cane Corso. I have known this dog since he was 5 months old. Please spoil him. Give him anything he wants, including lots of fluffy blankets. He has had a rough life and doesn’t hold it against the rest of us. Rescue being contacted. Please do not use any rough methods to correct him.’’

Cumberland County, we saw you yesterday.

A dog who never had a chance at a normal life.

Don’t ever say to us, “Be that as it may …”

YOU CAN BOOK IT:The county should supply four more cruelty agents so neither of the present two ever have a to work a shift alone.

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Beware of door knob keepers; Tax cut for 23-cent gas hike benefits rich?; EMS Cafe specials; Amish corn maze awaits you Thursday; Millville Bethel AME’s after school tutoring includes meal; Native Americans forgotten?; Our favorite SPCA workers;

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