The column that says we wish we could talk like Jim Albertson on the radio, but we’ll take good health instead and a village economically on the rise so everybody can be happy.
By Jack Hummel
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Bridgeton Main Street Director Steve Paul wants to listen at the feet of Realtor Bob Thompson, the most generous businessman in town over the years.
Bob went to Cuba when Fidel Castro was still alive.
JoAnn Street, meet Lawanda Reid.
A little history
Dec. 4, 2015
“Why do people need to kill others?
“Why do we have cancer?
“Why are people mean?
“Why are people hungry?
“Why are people homeless?
“Why do people sell drugs?
“Why do people use drugs?
“Why are people so insensitive?
“Why are people selfish?
“Why can’t we just live until we die of ‘old age’?”
— Jo Ann Street,
Bridgeton mother who lost a son to a senseless shooting at McDonald’s at Carll’s Corner in 1998
Maybe they’re all senseless.
More from Jo Ann, who we worked with at the Bridgeton News:
“Our community has had several violent deaths in the last few days, weeks, years.
“Almost seventeen years ago, my son met a bullet that did not have a name. It greeted him and invited many people, family friends and associates to a gathering that only leaves memories.
“If I had one Christmas wish, it would be a year of respect for life. A year of no death by killing or murder or any other violent act.
“It saddens my heart to know that there have been three people killed by an act of violence in the first two days of this month. The month that many celebrate the birth of Christ, the Ultimate Victim. I thank God that Christ rose from the grave. I pray for a change of heart. I pray we end the senseless violence.”
— Jo Ann Street
Jo Ann Street held a “Stop The Violence” rally at Cumberland County College after her son was killed.
A little future
Dec. 10, 2016
Lawanda Reid lost a husband to a shooting in December 2014 that drew national attention.
It led to several protests on the streets of Bridgeton and lawsuits.
Now the widow of Jerame Reid wants to do something positive.
“My mission is to acknowledge the gun violence among the youth here in Cumberland County and to inform the community that everyone is responsible for bringing awareness and being part of the solution to this fatal problem.”
Lawanda is targeting all youth with more attention on the young black men in Cumberland County.
So she’s holding a Reid’s Manor/KYMO Collaboration on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Cumberland County College. It is called “Putting The Guns Down.”
Local talent will showcase rap, song, spoken word, dance, etc.
But, first, “I would like to open with a 20-30 minute panel discussion on how important it is to take back our community and to save each other’s lives.
“I would like the panel to consist of a police officer, corrections officer, a parent of someone who lost a child, and a child who lost a parent.
“That way, people get to see every angle of what is happening, then move to the showcase.”
Her goal is to see that despite what it looks like, people, especially our youth, know that there is a problem and want a solution.
“I want to see performers/audience get all their pain and frustration out, to mourn, to heal together.
“To leave it all in that building on that stage and walk into 2017 aware and with the mindset of doing better.
“This is not a fashion show. I would like everyone to wear a T-shirt, hoodie or carry a picture of someone who they’ve lost,” said Lawanda.
Bryan Real Smith, of “It Takes A Village,” will be the emcee, and you can’t get any better or harder working.
Speakers will be John Fuqua and James Parrish.
Performers will be Rico Gamble, Akeem “Stixx” Jones, The Hood Family, Rich “Dutch” Jamison, Fa’Neito & Chuck Baiby, Kid Dot, Kelvonne Rhett, Junious “JS” Sampson, Tamar Jackson ft, Team Lil’ Man, The Purge Boyz.
Tickets are $20 and the profits will go toward “the families of victims, educating the youth and the continued growth of Reid’s Manor, a non-profit actual place that will take part in the healing process.
Reid said last Saturday on 92.1 FM that she has her eye on a big house that fits the bill.
Go to reidsmanor.org or call 856-392-1335.
Once again, an effort is being made.
Another state heard from.
Nov. 5, 2016
Delaware needs to rebuild relationships with traumatized youth instead of rushing to punish them for acting out, a panel of local speakers said Saturday.
Policies like zero-tolerance discipline and a heavier law enforcement presence in schools may sound like quick fixes, but they don’t do anything to address the psychological issues that are causing kids to lash out violently, the speakers said.
“I would argue that, at the root cause of violence inside of schools – and maybe by extension, violence in communities – that it is about broken, violated or a lack of relationships,” said Malik Muhammed, a former Delaware principal who now runs a community consulting and training firm, Akoben. “That is not a cute or an easy answer or suggestion for folks. It really does require us to think about some solutions that are hard.”
Muhammed led a discussion at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew in Wilmington that was hosted by Movement for a Culture of Peace, a group of faith-based and community organizations dedicated to stopping violence.
Studies suggest violence in schools has declined dramatically over the past few decades. But the topic is on the minds of many in Wilmington after a string of high-profile tragedies.
In April, 16-year-old Howard High School of Technology student Amy Joyner Francisdied after a fight a school bathroom. Weeks later, 15-year-old Brandon Wingo, also a Howard student, was shot and killed near the school.
Last weekend, an A.I. duPont student was shot and killed in Chester, Pennsylvania.
In the wake of the Howard incidents, a committee of state lawmakers, police and school officials recently recommended placing more school resource officers and constables in schools and putting more resources into combatting cyberbullying, among other proposals.
Others have called for stricter disciplinary policies in schools to rein in behavior that leads to violence.
Christina Watlington, Muhammed’s wife and a clinical psychologist who works with traumatized kids, argued Saturday that “punitive” school environments actually do more harm than good.
Many children act out, she said, because they have been traumatized by the very people who should be caring for them, like their family and friends. That destroys their sense of self-worth.
“They start to think, what’s wrong with me?” Watlington said. “When you have schools that are punitive whenever children act out, that reinforces the belief. School systems have good intentions, but we know we have failed when we see how many of our children are being kicked out because of their behavior.”
One of the other speakers was Will Fuller, principal of Positive Change Academy, an alternative school for students who are removed from traditional schools in the Red Clay School District. He says students there often tell teachers they don’t know or don’t care what is causing them to act out, so the school focuses on helping them understand their own emotions.
The school has daily conversations in the morning where staff give “shout-outs” to students for positive actions. They also give out “humbles,” which require students and staff to acknowledge when they make a mistake and explain how it was harmful.
They encourage students to take “brain breaks” where they pause to think about what emotions they are feeling and understand why they may be tempted to act out.
The punishment for not attending class is suspension. “Well, who really cares about that?” Fuller said. “What is important is helping the student have a connection to the school, to feel like they belong. We are constantly out making visits to homes, going to athletic events, doing whatever we need to do to show we care.”
Muhammed and Watlington’s son Sadiki said one of the problems that lead to students acting out is a sense of frustration. That frustration can be exacerbated when school staff simply punish or stop paying attention to students when they make mistakes.
But Sadiki, an Appoquinimink High School student, said all of the onus is not on adults.
“Students must take responsibility,” he said. “We must act like the community we want to be. “
— Matthew Albright
What great observations!
And our schools have no clue from Trenton!
Shep is ringing the Salvation Army bell in historic Greenwich this Saturday morning.
He will stand in front of Aunt Betty’s, the old Arnold’s Store and post office on the corner of Ye Greate Street and Greenwich Road.
Shep has a lot of physical problems right now and has always suffered from PTSD since the Marine returned from Vietnam.
But all that will be set aside for a day to see if he can break his own record of $2,400.
Just as important, he is collecting dog and cat food for the Cumberland County SPCA, and if you cause him to make two trips to the shelter with his Marine sticker-laden pickup truck loaded down, he’ll feel even better.
One warning: Don’t let him hear change go in the metal bucket!
And maybe even collect a few hundred dollars from your social group and whoever gets the short straw has to go down and meet Shep.
Do you feed your dog crap, or Orijen?
It’s 75 percent meat and $84.89 for a 28.6-pound bag.
What do you expect to pay for real meat in a dry dog food.
Feed your dog what you eat!
“If anyone is interested in providing hats, scarves & gloves/mittens for school kids (all grade levels) as a Christmas gift, please contact me via my inbox or at 856-369-5843.
“Thanks in advance!”
— Jerry Young
The man does his thing all year long.
If a boxing show is coming up, empty your pockets.
If Jerry Young were 50 pounds heavier, we’d swear he’s Santa Claus. But his teammate, Terry Gould, is 50 pounds heavier, so … .
What’s happening at Campani’s Legacy Lanes:
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Like to Sing Christmas Carols?
Come on out to help spread the Joy of Christmas during the Mauricetown Christmas House Tour on Dec. 10.
We start at the old Post Office on Highland Street in Mauricetown and stroll the town entertaining our visitors. Start times: 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Carol lyrics and books provided, along with snacks. Everybody is welcome, even if you don’t think you can sing! Families and kids, especially!
Please share this with your friends!
And Merry Christmas!
— Positive Change in Cumberland County
“More importantly: “Who wants evidence-based sex education in all schools, and affordable access to birth control and family planning?”
— Doug Hummel-Price
YOU CAN BOOK IT: We have some really bright relatives because it tends to skip a generation.