The column that says this is the season of giving and that has never been a problem in Cumberland County, no matter where we rank on the standard of living list, but can we also start passing out fishing rods so people can go catch their own fish the rest of the year instead of relying on government.
By Jack Hummel
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“OK, Jack, as the gauntlet has been thrown down, I will put my money where my mouth is.
“A donation to Bridgeton Main Street will be forthcoming by the end of the tax year — pinky promise.
“I also felt a little guilty seeing the photo of the students who gave their time to decorate said sad tree. The decoration of the area was first class. It is the tree itself (they can only work with what they have) that looked sub-par, not their work, so please don’t lump that in with my comments on the tree’s condition.
“It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it is not a very classic, full-looking Holiday Tree,and the bottom branches look bare (of needles). I could be wrong, it could have been the angle as I passed.
“I wasn’t on foot, but it is just leftover looking. Lovely job decorating, though, and the student volunteers should be congratulated on doing such a great job that endured gale force winds over the weekend!
P.S.: I’ll let you know when I send donation, so you can verify I keep my word.”
“I want to thank all the city workers for putting up the holiday (Christmas) decorations throughout the downtown and waterfront park.
“I would like to also thank the Bridgeton Main Street Association staff and volunteers for decorating the Christmas tree, gazebo, and sprucing up the pocket park.
“I’ll see everyone at the pocket park tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. tonight.”
— Jorje Romero
Pastor Albert Morgan will receive the City of Hope Bible College Pastor of Excellence Award & Honorary PH.D on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m., at the Carriage House in Galloway.
For tickets contact: Carolyn Smith (302-731-7053).
- Dr. Rob Weinstein, chair of the Cumberland County Code Blue Coalition/ President & Founder of the M25 Initiative/ Co-Founder of Code Blue.
- Pastor Steve Harris & Annamarie Harris, Millville Municipal Code Blue Coordinators/ M25 Initiative Board Member.
- Rev. Ellen Rutherford, Vineland Representative on the Cumberland County Code Blue Steering Committee/ Co-Founder of Code Blue.
- Mr. Carlos Mercado, vice president of the M25 Initiative.
Listen to a teacher on the DL (disabled list) cheering from the sidelines and praying she can get back in the game after reading the story of Lara Blew, Indian Avenue School Teacher of the Year now at Woodland Country Day School.
“What a great story, Jack!
“Got my teaching juices going! That is why you teach! So many good teachers out there going above and beyond for children! Teachers are the greatest advocates for children!
“Made my day! Miss it terribly!”
— Deanna Speranza-Murphy
Not as much as they’re missing you for their future and they don’t even realize it.
David Ennis is moving on.
“After much thought and many prayers, it is time for a change in ministry.
“I will officially be reassigned to a new location sometime in 2017. I have enjoyed my experience of working in Millville but truth is, it is time to move on.
“Pastor Gary Cornish and his adorable wife, Kendra, will become the new lead pastor and take the torch to a new level. Thanks to everyone who has supported the mission of working in urbanization.
“An official installation service will be established shortly. I will keep you informed for the changing of the guard. Thank you again and I solicit your prayers as I prepare to step into new territory.”
— Pastor/City Commissioner David Ennis
We will remember …
“We need to help them dream again and recapture vision. A lot of young people have no vision.
“Where there’s no vision, people perish. Without a vision, there’s always the risk of someone else creating one for you, and that’s what we see a lot of.
“There’s no standard, there’s no vision in this county, not just Millville. If we could raise the standard in Cumberland County, stop handing out vouchers, as opposed to raising the standards and say, ‘Hey, let’s help you to get in college, let’s find a way to help you do a little better.’”
Ennis spoke of a book he read regarding child development and named the things he learned are critical for a healthy image: A sense of belongingness, a sense of worthwhileness, and a sense of competence.
“A child needs to have all three of these essential components functioning simultaneously in order for him or her to develop into a person that feels good when they reach a certain age (18, 19).
“Because they’ve had these essential qualities cultivated into their life, you have a very good perspective of who you are and your self esteem is much higher opposed to a person who develops in a house where these essentials are not cultivated. There is no belongingness, no worthwhileness, there is no competence. \
“You’re led to believe you’re defeated and we develop these very negative attitudes and perspectives and it contributes to the demise of our young people. We self-destruct because of what we’ve been taught and what has been cultivated into our minds.”
Not that long ago was Peace In The City meeting monthly in Millville.
Ennis started it.
A little history
July 14, 2014
A recent five-week span of violence here left cars and buildings riddled with bullets and four people slain.
But it was the most recent death – the June 26 fatal shooting of a man who was talking to friends while sitting on a front porch – that may have finally pushed folks here into action.
Residents have since stormed a City Commission meeting, telling local leaders they not only need more help from police, but that they are so tired of being afraid and are willing to take a stand against the violence.
“It takes us, the community, to have to stop this,” Jenisha Hadden, who lives in the troubled Center City neighborhood, told City Commission. “Yes, we’re scared as hell, but at the same time, we have to do this.”
Residents in the 200 block of East Mulberry Street in Center City have formed a sort of unofficial neighborhood watch. Organizers said they are looking out for each other and calling local authorities about suspicious and criminal activity.
“The burden falls on all us,” said Larry Kelly.
Kelly lives on the block with his sons, ages 10 and 14. He said he will not let the boys play outside unless he is there to watch over them. He said that fear did not exist when he was growing up in the city.
“We’ve got to step up,” he said.
Folks living in the Center City and 3rd Ward neighborhoods, considered by police to be high-crime areas, are also taking interest in a program to develop community gardens.
The plan is for the gardens to create community pride and spirit, said City Commissioner Lynne Porreca Compari. The first garden will be planted next to the public library on Buck Street in the 3rd Ward, she said.
City Commissioner David Ennis said a new organization – Peace in the City – is currently forming. Members plan on going into neighborhoods to help bring residents together, he said.
The new group is part of an effort by Ennis to turn the city around into a “world class” place to live. Ennis, a clergyman, believes it can happen.
“It will take time, but I have hope,” he said.
Other, more forceful action is also underway here to stem the violence.
On July 3, police from here, Vineland and Bridgeton and agents from agencies that included the FBI, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office swept through the Center City and 3rd Ward neighborhoods. The authorities made 23 arrests in what they said was the first of other crime-deterring sweeps planned for the future.
City Commission will also spend $200,000 in Urban Enterprise Zone money to hire more police officers. Those officers — the number of which is still to be decided will be retained after the UEZ funding for them expires, city officials said.
Police said help from residents is a crucial part of making the efforts work.
“People got tired of it,” Lt. Jody Farabella said of the recent crime here. “People are getting a belly full. They’ve got kids out there. They’ve got family out there.
“People are coming around a little bit,” he said. “We need more of it.”
Which is what Center City resident Mary Messeck has preached for years.
Messeck operates the struggling Millville Crime Watch organization. She is a regular at City Commission meetings, where she has begged for residents to become more involved in fighting crime. The recent surge in resident anger has Messick hopeful that will happen.
“It’s a distinct possibility,” Messick said. “Unfortunately, it took four deaths in one month to get people to do something.”
Local residents Delshawn Harris and Pablo Caban, both 20, died after being shot multiple times in the 700 block of Buck Street in the 3rd Ward around 7 p.m. on May 20. Arrested for the slayings are charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a weapon without a permit to carry, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon are James Henry, 25, of Glassboro, Gloucester County, and 29-year-old Kevin Lamar Hall of this city.
Authorities allege Jose Galarza, 49, fatally stabbed Casey Watson in the abdomen during a fight in a parking lot of the Delsea Gardens apartment complex on South 2nd Street on June 5. Galarza is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
James Collins, 22, of Powell Street, was shot on a front porch of a house in the 1000 block of Church Street in the 3rd Ward early on June 26. Authorities said they believe the incident is gang related, and no arrests have yet been made.
Ennis said he is not sure how the city slipped into its current condition. He has made personally responsibility – everything from keeping sidewalks clean to proposed list of how the city expects its renters to behave – a theme since taking office in January.
Ennis says he senses the recent shootings made residents want to be more involved in helping their neighborhoods.
“I think that most people are just extremely fed up,” Ennis said. “We live in a community that has activities and we cannot enjoy them because of the criminal element.
“When you have nowhere else to go and are unable financially to (move) geographically, you have to make a decision,” he said.
— Thomas Barlas
Millville Soccer Association
The Millville Marauders finished their first season of Travel Soccer on Sunday with a dominating performance against the Voorhees Sol.
Playing in near freezing conditions, the boys displayed all of the skills they have learned throughout the course of the season.
Mario Jacobo led the way with 3 tallies and was joined on the scoring sheet by Devaughn Smith, Baily Brown and Trystan Sheppard.
The Marauders finished with a record of 9 wins and 1 loss. The boys and coaches would like to thank Millville Soccer Association and the parents for all of their support.
After losing on Saturday, the Millville Pride stormed back with vengeance on Sunday against HFC Ready, who not only had home field advantage, but also brought a 6-1 record into the match.
The Pride traveled over 90 minutes and played in 20 mph winds with periods of snow, and yet were able to put together one of their finest performances of the year.
Joya Cisco and Kayla Jacobo provided the scoring, while Jayme Sooy dominated the middle of the field.
Twin power was also on full display as Olivia Giordano and Julianna Giordano were key contributors in all areas for Millville who walked away with a final score of 2-1.
— Newell Branin Jr.
What’s happening at Campani’s Legacy Lanes.
|High Scores Week of Oct. 30|
|Nate Langston Jr||649|
|Coffee and Doughnut|
|Phil Procida Jr||576|
|Phil Gannon III||720|
|Jim Santora Jr||718|
|Bob Gallaher Jr||691|
|Sugie Henry Jr||667|
Coffee & Doughnut League being difficult, or snowed out.
YOU CAN BOOK IT: The only constant in this world is change.