The column that is always a hammer looking for a nail, and can we have a painting party in Shiloh to make the old Noyes Servicenter look presentable while the other half of the party tackles the rotting wood on the side of Richardson’s Store.
By Jack Hummel
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Saturday at 1 p.m. on 92.1 FM we want to hear about every store in downtown Bridgeton, including an eatery called La Cabana, what the menu looks like and all about the owners.
We want to her about Fat Ks, Lets Do Linens, the computer store that is always busy, the status of the empty bar with the ugly awnings that just sits there, and how East Commerce Street has blossomed.
All from Bridgeton Main Street Director Steve Paul, if he isn’t wrestling in Delaware, former economic director Steve Lane and current city flame burning bright, Jorje Romero.
“Food trucks, hopefully, will bring some folks into the downtown. It’s working in Philly, NY, LA and yes, even Camden.
“All the food trucks sell different items and don’t compete with each other. It’s like a food court on wheels, or food caravan would be appropriate.”
— Jorje Romero
Are talking buying and sitting in your car to eat, or taking back to the office?
Carmelo’s has always delivered, Hopewell Sub & Pizza is delivering and so is DiLisi’s Ristorante in the Upper Deerfield Shopping Center, which is perfect for courthouse employees because the parking garage is too far away to get takeouts.
But, we can tell you this.
The courthouse is the immediate key to the success of the downtown. Nobody talks about that because we always had the Coach Room.
We don’t have Cosmo Terrigno’s eatery anymore, so what do the city planners do about that, and why haven’t they taken steps — not to replace the building, which Mayor Kelly has — but to make sure there is an alternative.
Is CASA’s Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler part of Main Street yet?
CASA, backed by the super benevolent Pascale Sykes Foundation, helps everybody do everything. EVERYTHING!
And she and her elves are located in the Ashley-McCormick building. Twenty-five strong! After $30,000 in renovations on the third floor, and maybe soon to take over the second floor, after dear owner Hank Murad busted his guts trying to lift up the city, with maybe $1 million to bring back the old paperclip store.
Bethany Grace Community Church will hold its annual Christmas morning breakfast with Santa on Dec. 25, from 9 to 10 a.m.
The breakfast is free and open to members of the community. Children will receive presents and adults will receive socks, hats, and gloves — all donated from the community.
Bethany Grace Community Church is located in the poorest area south of Camden where over 50 percent of the children live below the poverty line.
That’s 1 of every 2 living below the poverty level.
Franklin Drive brings it up to 1 in 5 poverty stricken.
What’s happening at Campani’s Legacy Lanes.
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“’Amanda’s Voice’ 2nd ED is a journey of trauma, tragedy and forgiveness. It is the story of a massacre of an entire family — with the exception of one sibling, teenager Amanda Bennett.
“In this book, her grandmother, Eileen Bennett, a retired newspaper reporter, relates the story of the murders in chilling detail — the May 2006 night that Amanda lost her mother Wendy, 35; brother Scotty, 12; and sister Melanie, 6.
“Their husband and father, Scott Sr., 40, had shot them as they slept before turning the gun on himself.
“It is through Amanda, who lives her life with the strength, dignity and forgiveness rarely seen in one so young, that the rest of the family finds hope and forgiveness.
“For Eileen and her husband Chick, a retired police officer, it is a journey that leads them to the New Jersey Statehouse in 2007, where they joined other victims’ families, me, and other anti-death penalty advocates in the successful move to abolish the death penalty in New Jersey.
“What could have been a story of revenge and bitterness instead tells the tale of the power of forgiveness in the human spirit.”
— Sister Helen Prejean,
author of “Dead Man Walking,” which was nominated for a 1993 Pulitzer Prize.