Help us help carolscatz; Blue collar was OK; Senior Thrift & Caring Center; Herb Henry sign-ups; Food truck downtown?; Problem with wait staff; Gary E. Meyer on the rampage


The column that says the colder the better at Texas Roadhouse Thursday night as we raise funds for carolscatz at 241 Daffodil Lane in Laurel Lake where Carol Hickman takes excellent care of a multitude of stray cats, all named, and all with shelter while still spending time helping get cats spayed/neutered all over, so if you’re going out to eat, meet us at the door and accept a flier that donates 10 percent of you check to carolscatz.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

“Are you going to be giving out the fliers on Thursday for the fundraiser for Carol?

“I’ll be there!”

— Linda Eisenberg,

The Spot

Carol’s daughter is handling the fliers.

We’re handling the waitresses. They’re the key.

Take care of a waitress and you’ll have a second home for life.

“Very well said, Deneen.

“Jack does try to look at all sides. Course he likes getting some of us riled up once in awhile. Let’s hope it really does make a difference. Merry Christmas.”

— Peggy Gentile-Van Meter

“I only wrote this because you did write that you would rather live next to someone with a college degree than not having one. Maybe I miss understood what you wrote?

“But, normally, it’s the people who go to tech schools or some that don’t even go to college who start the businesses around here. So maybe the college people should stay n start businesses here, too.

“Oh, that’s right, they can’t because their student loans are so high they have to find jobs quickly to start paying them off.

“I understand what you are saying, Jack Hummel. I would have loved for my son to go college, but just doesn’t like school but I do have a daughter going to college for dental hygiene who loves school!

“Merry Christmas, Jack, and  we should all say our prays that Bridgeton becomes a booming town like before!”

— Deneen Newmaster

It was a blue-collar booming town, and it was tight knit, with everybody pulling together to back youth sports and high school sports.

There was Owens-Illinois. That was our college where the young workers learned from the older ones and flowers were sent for funerals, and some funerals were even paid for, and parties abounded, and everybody bowled, and workers coached together and drank together.

If lighting was needed for the Midget Football press box, they took it out of the Owens director’s office.

If lumber was needed to replace old bleacher boards, it suddenly appeared one Saturday morning, and nobody asked where it came from.

And Bridgeton was somebody.

Settle for more!

Open more doors.

Exercise your mind to the fullest.

Get those third-graders thinking college.

It’s time we started rallying around an English class instead of just sports.

“Here is a non deplorable.”

— Bruce Riley



Is he coming with you Saturday?

“Hi, Jack,

“As you may know, The Senior Thrift and Caring Center in Bridgeton has finally finished the badly needed roof replacement. We had to borrow a large sum of money to pay the balance, but it is done.
“We have a lot of great Christmas decorations for sale in addition to winter clothing, luggage and a wide variety of goods. Treasure hunting galore.
“Please stop in for some holiday shopping. Kitty and the volunteers are in Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Happy Holidays to all. With appreciation.”
— Goldie Wulderk
Founder and Director
Senior Thrift & Caring Center
A little history
Aug. 28, 2013

The building housing the nonprofit Senior Thrift & Caring Center in downtown Bridgeton dates back to the start of the Civil War.

It causes more than cosmetic problems at 28 E. Commerce St.

“The insurance company came in and told us some things we had to do to the building,” said Goldie Wulderk, 86, who has run the shop for decades. “We had to buy the materials and pay the man to do them.”

A crack in the concrete foundation has to be filled in. New smoke detectors. Some floorboards on the second floor of the 18-foot-wide building.

The center’s income is limited to selling donated clothes and “anything you can use in your home,” said Wulderk of the 501(c)3 outlet. “We even have a set of antique golf clubs.”

Everything from picture frames to china dishes to books to picture frames.

“We sell everything at a discounted price,” said Wulderk. “Almost giving it away.”

The big benefit for the store is its connection to fresh fruits and vegetables from the Vineland Produce Auction as well as area farms.

“And we get food from the South Jersey Food Bank for 18 cents a pound,” said Wulderk.

It is all given away at the Bridgeton Salvation Army down the street.

Joe Fahrnbach drives the big truck that picks up vegetables from farms and also visits supermarkets to get donations of day-old bread products.

“We gave away over 80 tons of food last year,” said Wulderk.

She said 80 percent of the vegetables are donated by Sheppard Farm in Cedarville.

“Sunny Slope is always giving us peaches,” she said.

She said she loves Butch Sparacio, of Sparacio Farms in Rosenhayn, “for the wonderful strawberries they give us.”

The center is always ready to help fire victims.

“After the fire at Bridgeton Villas, we gave the victims 21 bags of clothing,” said Wulderk.

She found an angel at the Bridgeton Fire Department in Jeff Belum in September 2011.

The problem in the cellar was the dirt floor at one end running into the sump pump at the other end.

It needed a barrier to contain the dirt for some time.

The roof was a new problem, with recent storms leaving water running down into the inside in the back of the building.

It left piles of merchandise mildewed.

Belum and Wulderk met at fire scenes.

He remembered she brought fresh peaches to the fire house every year.

“Long before my time, she would always help the firemen out,” said Belum. “I was always told the stories about her providing coffee and food.”

At fire scenes, Belum was putting out the fires and she was helping the victims.

When she didn’t make a fire scene, she always called the next day to see what the victims needed.

Belum couldn’t help but notice.

“We know what she’s done for the community and for fire and rescue,” he said.

So, when the woman who runs the thrift center put out a call for help, he responded.

And because of what Goldie Wulderk does, they did it free.

If you want to help, call her at 856-451-3090 or send a donation to: Senior Thrift & Caring Center, c/o Goldie Wulderk, 1 Emerald Lane, Bridgeton, NJ 08302.

“It is that time for basketball again. We need at least 80 kids (we would like 120) to sign up this year to have a successful league and meet of the obligations that are associated with running a league.

“The Midget League consists of ages 9-11 years and the Junior League age group is 12-14. Games will start in January.

“The registration dates are as follows:

Weds. 12/7 & Thurs. 12/8 – 6 – 7:45 p..m at the Hall of Fame in the Park (across from the basketball courts).

Weds. 12/14 & Thurs 12/15 – 6 – 7:45 p.m. at the Hall of Fame in the Park (across from the basketball courts)

Sat. 12/10 & 12/17 – 10 a.m. – noon at the Bridgeton Midget League Football Clubhouse (Across from the football stadium)

“A parent or a guardian is needed to sign the child up, a $50.00 registration fee, and a birth certificate.

“Coaches, adult referees, and volunteers are needed. It is a league for the children in Cumberland County run by volunteers.”

— Warren Wright


“Do you know anything about an agreement for a food truck downtown?

“Apparently, this endeavor would cost the city nothing, with the owners paying 12% of all gross revenues to the city. I’ve heard that a deal was in place, but, for some reason, Mrs. Lugardo had a problem with it not being given to a city resident, even though an RFP had gone out 6 months earlier.

“Seems really stupid. It’s not like there’s a ton of opportunity for the city to make money.”

— Jim Kinkade Jr.

According to “The Digger,” Mike Abbott, it’s supposed to be placed where the boat ramp is on the south side of the Broad Street bridge.
On radio, he called it the “dumbest” proposal he has ever seen.
Originally, the food trucks were going to be placed in the park to see how much revenue they could generate, and, thus, if successful, make way for permanent food stations.
Abbott has a problem with it taking away for eateries downtown.
“When I walk into a business and they either act like they wish I was not there or have an attitude to me, that is a problem. I have yet to find any product that is so good that I am willing to put up with a poor attitude or lousy service.
“I have even elected to not make purchases at a local Wendy’s as a result of a ‘heaping helping of attitude’ while placing a straight forward order for a Frosty.”
— C.M. Pruitt
We can’t go through the drive-thru at Wendy’s without asking the money taker if she’s going to college, or compliment her smile, or thank her for rushing from washing pans to take care of us.
But, mostly, we thank God she’s doing honest work while taking care of an elderly person.
“Well, I accepted the Animal Coordinator position in February, it has been quite an adventure. At least in Millville we started with a City Ordinance with permitted Cat Colonies to the credit of Animal friends foundation and Mayor Shannon. I wanted to do more to help the cats than just colonies and been frustrated at the progress in Millville to be frank. Then I had the idea why this is so silly to do this for each area, why not just get all the areas together with the big groups and do this in one swoop so I planned this out and executed for the kitties sake.

“I then contacted the heads of all the biggest Animal Rights groups in NJ from the Humane Society, Animal protection league, NJ SPCA, et cetera and went to their meetings, their board meetings and spoke to all their Executive Directors. I asked to meet on common group to require a TNVR program for the state and we had our first meeting this past Saturday and it was like the cat Mafia 5 families, but larger with the biggest kitty power hitters in the state. I did not invite everyone, as I concentrated on groups with legislative power, influence and a large following and we had limited space too. I gave a PowerPoint presentation and the meeting was 3 hours held in Robbinsville, NJ outside of Trenton. The short story is we have a MUCH larger group, some will join this program as I will post a limited amount of information here.

“We are going to have another meeting and we are drafting legislation to present to the state and have lawyers that will work on this. This is a HUGE step for cats so nobody, and I mean nobody has to deal with nonsensical fights town by town like we are currently doing in New Jersey. The amount of personal time I have taken away from my business and family doing this is crazy. When I die, I have saved many lives but in the end I have yet to live mine doing all this volunteer work, but once this is passed I can relax again and work on my business once again (yeah!). While I would love to see a mandatory Community Cats program for the state, it will not fly to be frank so the next best thing is TNVR which is colonies everywhere including Vineland and Bridgeton where they are not currently permitted. Big things coming but this is just a heads-up to the group here.”

— Gary E. Meyer
YOU CAN BOOK IT: Where Texas Roadhouse love apparently upsets some Bridgeton people, but that’s for another day.
Help us help carolscatz; Blue collar was OK; Senior Thrift & Caring Center; Herb Henry sign-ups; Food truck downtown?; Problem with wait staff; Gary E. Meyer on the rampage

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