The druggie in the parking lot; Downtown Bridgeton; Food trucks?; Deanna Speranza-Murphy; Domestic violence: A goodbye and a plea; SERV


The column that says Merry Christmas to all, including the woman in the parking lot at the old Dill’s Seafood who said she only wanted enough money for bus fare, and we told her to contact Michael Mickey Williams and told her he sat on a bench a block away once upon a time and told God he couldn’t do it anymore, and we asked her who turned her on to the crap, and she said no one, so neither Steve Paul, Jorje Romero or us gave her anything, and we hope she wasn’t God in disguise testing us.

By Jack Hummel

Radio: 92.1 FM WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.


Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

How the whole thing started:

“(Saturday) I will be on the radio with Jack Hummel. I don’t know what the agenda is, but I am speaking from my heart, and laying it out.

“My town BRIDGETON should be doing much better. I love this town, have answers to many questions, and solutions to problems. 1300 … 1 p.m. 92.1 FM.”

— Steve Lane

He did speak from the heart, but, as usual,  we got nowhere today on 92.1 FM with the status and future of downtown Bridgeton, but we talked about it and we pissed off the Main Street director and the new Latino in town and ripped city council to the point of the station manager calling the show twice to lay the blame elsewhere.

We can’t understand how the Main Street director can beg for shoppers to come downtown and not have an advertising budget, if not for billboards, if not for newsprint, then at least for radio.

How does anybody know what is downtown and what they have to offer.

“You have to go there,” insists Steve Paul.

No, you have to entice us, like the Bridal Shop in Vineland does each day on 92.1 FM.

Who is selling the sizzle?

“The lessons I’ve learned in Bridgeton growing up have been unmatched and have taken me to great heights with so many other great people I’ve met so far in my life.

“No place like home.”

— Sharon Fletcher

“Must establish something for the youth on all sides of town.”

— Steven Davis

“We have State offices, County Offices, County Jail, County Clerks Offices, Social Security Offices, Post, Court House, Prosecutors Office, County Tax Office, Municipal Court, City Hall, Attorney Offices, Hardware/Building Supply, and about 50 open businesses in the downtown business district which is only 4-6 square blocks and doesn’t include businesses on Route 77 and the rest of the city.

“We have a lot more businesses in town than most people realize.”

— Jorje Romero

“Bridgeton has some beautiful old homes that are in such disrepair. I wanted to cry last time I was there and rode around town.

“I would love to see that town turn around.”

— Becky Wheaton Dunfee

“Food trucks. It’s working in Philly, NY, LA and, yes, even Camden.

“Jorje Romero, Bridgeton is a tiny town. You’re describing huge cities, and, yes, they would work there.

“I usually agree with you and you have great ideas, but I don’t think food trucks would be successful. You need the foot traffic first and its not there.

— Gail Ward

“That’s what we are trying to generate, foot traffic.

“That’s the whole purpose. The food trucks in Camden were operating during lunch hours. The towns volume grows during the day.

“Maybe we can capitalize on those consumers/visitors.”

— Jorje Romero

But a food truck where the boat ramp is off Broad Street?

Switching gears …

“I am OK, Jack!

“I do have a cold got it from my 15-year-old. Because when you are sick you want your mom! I have to go back and forth for platelets.”

— Deanna Speranza-Murphy

Why don’t you and John come on the show and explain what it’s like for both patient and saint to go through, and advice for all the others who will face the same road ahead?

Well-wishers will take up one hour.

We want to do a fundraiser at DiLisi’s for Deerfield School right after the 15th of the month.

What do you think?

A goodbye and a plea:

“Today, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, I had to say goodbye to a very beautiful woman.

“Tara was murdered by her husband. Tara made that break from him. She had a hard way to go. She made a place for herself and two kids that lived with her. All 5 of her kids will miss her.

“The two youngest lived with her, they heard their dad kill their mom. The State Police still have not found him. I don’t believe he is around here.

“I pray these two kids, 5 and 12 years old, can forgive their dad for taking their mom’s life. These two will need all the love and support both families can give them. I pray God will show us what we need to do for these two kids.

“Merry Christmas to All, and A Happy New Year.”

— Lizann Loomis

“Thanks for the mention, Jack! Always enjoyed reading your column.

“You always give a reason to read the ‘newspaper.’

“You follow me, and I follow you. We all love our country. We just have different ways of communicating it. Make America Great Again! (can I say that here?) FYI. ZERO profanity.”

— Burl Kimble

PTSD, a possibility?

“Domestic Violence, like other horrendous issues, if not discussed, will continue to destroy families. Sad and disgraceful. How many more families will be destroyed?”

— Peggy Gentile-Van Meter

Home › SERV Domestic Violence Services NJ State Certified Domestic Violence Response Advocates can be reached through 24/7 toll-free hotlines: Gloucester County: 1-866-295-SERV (7378) Cumberland County: 1-800-225-0196 SERV (Services Empowering Rights of Victims) is the New Jersey State Designated Domestic Violence Program for Gloucester and Cumberland Counties.

Services include 24/7 crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling and support to female and male victims of domestic violence.

Advocates are available to offer legal, education, and housing assistance to victims of violence and their children. Ongoing counseling and support groups meet to help victims work recover from the trauma of abuse.

Emergency safe housing is available to women and children suffering from domestic violence. The safe house offers a caring environment for residents to explore their options without fear of victimization or concern for basic needs such as food, medical services, clothing, and shelter.

SERV promotes prevention and provides outreach education in the community to dispel myths and raise public awareness of domestic violence issues. SERV protects the rights of survivors to ensure they are treated with compassion and dignity.

Support is offered for those close to the survivor through education, guidance and counseling. All services are provided free of charge, strictly confidential, culturally sensitive and bilingual.

Information on Domestic Violence What is Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is a pattern of many behaviors directed at achieving and maintaining power and control over an intimate partner such as physical violence, emotional abuse, isolation of the victim, economic abuse, intimidation, and coercion and threats.

If someone is abusing you or someone in your household, you do not have to accept it – even if you spouse is the abuser.

If you are victim of domestic violence and need a safe place to go, call our 24 hour toll free hotline – Gloucester County: 1-866-295-SERV (7378) or Cumberland County: 1-800-225-0196. Domestic Violence can include: Physical Assault Sexual Assault Intimidation Isolation Verbal abuse or harassment, including disrespectful or demeaning comments Threats against you or another family member Creating disturbances at your place of work Economic Control Harassing telephone calls Spying on you Child abuse Destruction of property or pets How to protect yourself: Learn where to get help; memorize emergency phone numbers Keep a phone in a room you can lock from the inside; if you can, get a cellular phone that you keep with you at all times If the abuser has moved out, change the locks on your door; get locks on the windows

Plan an escape route out of your home; teach it to your children Think about where you would go if you need to escape Ask your neighbors to call the police if they see the abuser at your house; make a signal for them to call the police, for example, if the phone rings twice, a shade is pulled down or a light is on Pack a bag with important things you’d need if you had to leave quickly; put it in a safe place, or give it to a friend or relative you trust Include cash, car keys & important information such as: court papers, passport or birth certificates, medical records & medicines, immigration papers Tell your friends, family and co-workers How to protect your children: Teach them not to get in the middle of a fight, even if they want to help Teach them how to get to safety, to call 911, to give your address & phone number to the police.

Teach them who to call for help Give the principal at school or the daycare center a copy of your court order; tell them not to release your children to anyone without talking to you first; use a password so they can be sure it is you on the phone; give them a photo of the abuser Make sure the children know who to tell at school if they see the abuser Make sure that the school knows not to give your address or phone number to ANYONE.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: But the judge didn’t help!

The druggie in the parking lot; Downtown Bridgeton; Food trucks?; Deanna Speranza-Murphy; Domestic violence: A goodbye and a plea; SERV

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