The column that says the best patrons at Texas Roadhouse get taken care of on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m. by, of all people, the bartenders, who prepare all the food for the party, which right now includes only mac and cheese, but planning is in the early stages, and what a nice gesture!
By Jack Hummel
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Katelyn Whitesall cooks her first turkey Thursday for 12, and pop-pop is bringing a back-up, but if she cooks like she waitresses, it won’t be needed.
“Glad to hear you are on the mend and up to answering emails!
“As for publicity, that is difficult for me. I used to do publicity when I was in the women’s club, but doing it for yourself is a whole different ballgame.
“I will send the postcards to people I know, but after that I’m really not sure how to go about it. I feel odd tooting my own horn.
“I don’t listen to the radio much, so am not familiar with the programs. I wouldn’t mind being on Jack’s show, but haven’t a clue how to contact him or what I would say.
Followed by …
“Would Jack be interested in having Terri on his show?
“She has a book about local characters. Alexis said it might become a movie, but I’m not so sure that is true.
“Let me know and I’ll put them in touch.”
— looking out for Terri
Dec. 17, at 1 p.m., Terri, at 632 Maurice River Parkway, Vineland.
Hopefully, one of the characters in the book is Carl Hemple Sr.
Mike Abbott might qualify, but he’s probably banned in Boston.
Pepsi Cola Randy?
The newspaperman who was horsewhipped by the politician?
Can’t believe we ran into Jim Davenport is in Dr. Watts’ office today.
He and Cosmo Terrigno are the last of the high-stakes golfers who played $5 Nassau and pressed on the 16th and 17th holes like their golf bags held Fort Knox.
All in fun, of course, and each won as much as they lost with the exception of Cosmo, who rarely lost.
All we know is Merle Casarow once told us he had to put $800 in his bag, just in case he could run short.
But they were all excellent golfers — Cosmo Terrigno, Jim Davenport, Jim Bertram, Sarge Nowcid, Merle Casarow and Bay DeLussa before spinal trouble doubled him over and he refused to have surgery.
It was their PGA tour.
On Thursday, Bethany Grace Community Church, 31 N.Pearl St., Bridgeton, expected to feed 300 people between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tonya Allen already immersed in grease.
“Tonight would have been the busiest night of the year at the Hillcrest.
“Don’t drink and drive.”
— Sam Wheaton
What night did the guy who was made to give up his car keys because they thought he was too drunk to drive go out and come back with a gun and shoot a guy to death?
When was Honest Jack Yellin the bartender?
Can you name the bartenders who stole from the owner, or is that everywhere?
“I’ve had no luck with foster places, or finding new homes for our cats.
“My husband just told me, not this weekend, but the next weekend, all our cats but two are going.
“He’s not letting me fight him on this, he’s had enough with cats. So, if the shelters are full, all I can say is this is an emergency situation now. I don’t want them in a shelter, or living outside, especially now with the weather.
“I’m breaking inside.”
— cat lover
Where are unloading them?
The Cumberland County SPCA has had tremendous success lately shipping cats to other areas where they are in demand.
Nobody takes us to Jake on the Lake, Kathy Moroni.
Replying to our comment that at least one worker was killed building Route 55 through alleged Indian burial grounds.
“Unfortunately, this is true on so many construction sites. My water truck driver got killed in front of me when he was struck by a car that was driven into our work zone.
“On a bridge in Wildwood (north), a guy I knew (ironworker) died when he blew off the bridge. At Revel Casino, several co workers were killed (1 by lightning), a couple had heart attacks, and a few others hurt very seriously.”
— Cindi Stanger Cooke
A little history
The completion of a four-mile section of four-lane highway in this Gloucester County township (Deptford) has brought a warning from an Indian chieftain that building the highway — work is continuing on other sections — or using it is fraught with danger because it runs through an Indian burial ground.
The danger, says Dr. Charles Pierce, the sachem, or chief of chiefs, of the 40,000-member Delaware Nation, is even more acute than when he gave a warning two years ago. That warning was followed by a rash of incidents and accidents, including the deaths of two highway workers, one in a mishap.
Carl Kruger, the site engineering superintendent on the Route 55 project, said the ”terrible things that were happening to members of my crew could hardly be explained and were unbelievable.” They stopped, he said, once the bed for the paving had been laid, and he attributed them to coincidence.
Governor Kean officially dedicated the new section of highway on Nov. 1.
It extends southward from Route 42, the freeway that connects the Atlantic City Expressway with the Walt Whitman Bridge in Camden, to join with Route 47. The section also marks the beginning of what will connect that part of Route 55 that starts south of Millville in Cumberland County as a turnoff from Route 47, or Delsea Drive, with a ”dead end” at Route 40 near Malaga, a job suspended a decade ago when funds were exhausted.
Another section, now being built, will extend the highway to the point where it now ends at Route 40.
Dr. Robert Harper, the Gloucester County historian, and other officials had no comments on the warnings by Dr. Pierce, a doctor of divinity whose Indian name is Wayadanga. They said they were more concerned about any artifacts — burial grounds or otherwise — that might have been dug up by Alan F. Mounier of Vineland, an archeologist hired by the state before the road project began.
Dr. Harper, a member of the county’s Cultural and Heritage Commission as well as its historian, said that the artifacts might not be available when the county observed its 300th birthday next May.
Freeholder Paul Oland said he planned to introduce a resolution at a meeting Wednesday of the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. It will ask the state’s Transportation Department to produce a catalogue of the collected artifacts and to assure the county that the relics will be turned over for an exhibition during the tricentennial.
In fact, said Dr. Harper, who is also a Glassboro State College history professor, the county has a two-year-old Superior Court order calling on the state to list the artifacts and make them available.
”But,” said Dr. Harper, ”while we were assured that the artifacts would be available, we have heard nothing.”
He said that Indian settlements — many dating to the paleolithic period 8,000 years ago – abounded in the area.
Kurt Kalb, archeologist for the Department of Transportation, said he saw no problems regarding the artifacts; they are in Mr. Mounier’s possession, he said. None of them, he emphasized, is from a burial ground. They officially belong to the state and, after being analyzed and catalogued, will wind up in the State Museum in Trenton.
He said he saw no difficulty or reason for Gloucester County’s not initiating the proper action to have them for temporary display.
According to Mr. Kalb, Mr. Mounier’s work indicates that the Route 55 sites date from 7000 B.C. to A.D. 1500 and represents ”supply camps” and ”work stations.” They include stone spear points, knives and cutting and scraping tools, as well as pottery fragments.
Mr. Kalb said that Dr. Pierce’s conclusion was not representative of traditional Delaware Indian views.
Dr. Pierce, a full-blooded Nanticote Indian who is also the Delaware Nation’s shaman, or medicine man, said that taking up the artifacts represented a disturbance of the dead and that Indian lore was laden with tales of reprisals against the living by the dead when that occurred.
He contended that incidents were still happening and were being ”covered up” by the Transportation Department.
Earlier this month, Dr. Pierce said, a tractor trailer jackknifed while entering the new section and there have been other, more minor, incidents.
The State Police and Transportation Department sources said they had no record of the tractor incident.
Mr. Kruger said the other accidents had started a month after the project began in March 1984.
Leroy Starling of Pemberton, a 34-year-old highwey crew member, was struck and killed by an asphalt-roller truck and it never was determined, Mr. Kruger said, what led to the accident.
In another incident, a worker on a bridge overpass was blown to the ground by a sudden gust of wind and was injured, according to Mr. Kruger.
Frank Renshaw of Runnemede, an inspector on the job, was fatally stricken with an aortic aneurism, Mr. Kruger said, and another worker had three heart attacks in succession. And a van that had caught fire exploded, he said.
According to Mr. Kruger, the incidents, which also included two workers falling ill with cancer, a miscarriage by the wife of a worker and a rash of minor injuries, ”seemed to end when the crew stopped moving the earth and when the north end of the section, where the burial ground is located, was completed.”
Mr. Kruger, who is part Cherokee and has a 25-year background in his work, said he had ”absolutely no belief” that an Indian curse was at work.
”We were dealing with what was obviously an incredible series of coincidences,” he said.
Dr. Pierce, who has traced his Indian ancestry to 1683, said he was also concerned about planned extensions of the same route. These, he said, ”are sure to lead to more Indian settlements and, automatically, Indian burial grounds.”
Mr. Kalb agreed, pointing out that one reason he has not received an official cataloguing of the artifacts from Mr. Mounier is that Mr. Mounier was busy trying to stay ahead of the construction.
— New York Times
Delaware New Castle County Police Officer Gina Collini said she helped an “elderly” man who had fallen down, then said he was 75.
Where do you get elderly out of 75?
“Ha, ha, sorry Jack!
“I guess the term ‘elderly’ is loosely defined as one who has ‘aged,’ or more specifically either someone over 65 or 75 depending on their physical limitations.
“In other words, it’s a matter of interpretation. I do find a bit of irony in the fact his name was also Jack.”
— Gina Collini
Didn’t know you could backpedal that fast, Gina.
Freeholder Jim Quinn has lost 20 pounds in eight days.
He’s had the “sleeve” surgery.
Don’t bother inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner.
He’s allowed 2 ounces.
On parents not attending PTA meetings:
“My guess is, time due to long work hours.
“I was PTA president for 4 years at a time when many moms were SAH, though the numbers were dwindling. We held book fairs and holiday sales during the day, but also focused on weekend events in greater number.
“Meetings at night were hard to get people to come to unless there was a guest speaker or a very important agenda topic that BOE members were willing to address (that wasn’t often lol).
“Parents were tired of fundraisers, saw their purchase as the only participation they could do, and felt bad when they couldn’t.
“Our population was also becoming increasingly diverse (this was North Jersey, and we had a huge number of Korean-American parents).
“I am talking about 20 years ago, not sure how they are faring these days up there. Oh, and don’t forget the ‘clique’ factor, which is a huge turnoff to many parents.
“Be inclusive every which way you can, no matter how hard it is.”
— Taking Back Millville observation
Time is precious.
Don’t waste time with boring presentations with no graphics and no solutions.
Don’t underestimate the intelligence of your audience.
And if your bosses are preventing you from saying what is important to protect †hem, forget it.
“Not able to head out to the Thanksgiving Day game between Millville and Vineland?
“No problem. The game can be seen live throughout South Jersey at 10 a.m. Turkey Day on WMGM-TV 40.
“Don’t live in South Jersey and as such lack access to TV 40? No problem. SNJ Today is producing the game and will have a stream of it up atSNJToday.com.”
— Jim Williams,
YOU CAN BOOK IT: Happy Thanksgiving!