Deerfield School fundraiser Jan. 18; Alex Calabrese recalls Bridgeton boys at Guadalcanal; Tell state to fix our crime area?; Wheaton’s Wide Open Weekends; Gina Collini takes her food home; Spencer Lau at work; Tiffany Willis’ quiz; Remembering Ron Hudak; 2015 plea about violent crime in Millville; Lou Costello’s New Year’s Eve party


The column that says between the teachers and PTO, we should fill DiLisi’s on Wednesday, Jan. 18, as a fundraiser for Deerfield School because Sal is donating 15 percent of everybody’s check to the cause, and would keep an open mind while trying their pizza because, as explained by Byron, they use only the best ingredients since there are different levels of cheese.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

And if one more student can go on a trip, or one more glove can be bought for the softball team or one more lunch on a school trip, it will be worth it.

The last time we did a story on Deerfield School, they didn’t have enough computers to take the PARCC test.

Not everybody is an Abbott District, but some that are not are just as poor as Abbott Districts.

And we will not let the arts die because of lack of funding.

“Jack, are you aware of the boys from Bridgeton who fought at Guadalcanal?”

— Alex Calabrese

One of them — Bob Green — was my father-in-law.

He got shot in the ass, earned a Purple Heart.

Every time a new reporter comes into the area and they’re told to do a veterans story somebody mentions Bridgeton and Guadalcanal.

“Jack Hummel, so what is going on at the Millville PD?

“Want a good steak? Centerton Inn!”

— Alex Dragotta

Steak Diane?

Wheaton Wide Open Weekends presented by PNC Arts Alive.

Admission is free to WheatonArts on Dec. 30 & 31!
“No one learned my old version of English. Didn’t spend much time in school.
“Working and in the woods and on the water where I was educated.”
— Shep

It didn’t stop Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.

On eateries forced to throw away food …

“I can’t speak for others. but I know my husband always cleans his plate. I, on the other hand, usually take home half of it.”

— Gina Collini

Let’s start a Take It Home campaign.

“OK, NJ theatre programs, I am putting possible 2017 Musical Theatre Celebration dates out so I can start making plans and figuring out costs and so forth.

“Please tag any theatre directors that might be interested in this ONE DAY festival.

“They are all Saturdays AFTER PARCC (not sure about HESPA, or whatever it’s called now). If you could answer with your school name, township, rough number of how many students you are planning on bringing that will be greatly helpful and your 1st, 2nd, 3rd date choice:

April 22
May 13
May 20
June 3

“Once we have an idea of what dates work best for the groups, that will help.”

— Spencer Lau,

producer of the decade

“Did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive?

“Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated?

“Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most?

“Did you know the three hardest things to say are I love you, I’m sorry, and help me?”

— Tiffany Willis

Where does Goliath fit into all of this?

Ready to deliver the word …



3 or 10 p.m. on Saturday at Union Baptist Temple

If it happened at Maple Gardens, would any more sinners turn out than at Union Baptist Temple?

We’ll be there for the “Throw The Drugs Away” sermon at a BHS assembly where the BOE member’s voice reaches The Villas from the pulpit.

A little history.

June 30, 2013

His brother is doing double life in prison.

He did drugs.

His mother went to bingo games that lasted for three days.

He grew up in a small gang.

He had to go back to finish school.

Pastor Ron Hudak has pretty much done it all.

Out of that has come something called Haven Ministries to help those that need help the most.

It is not part of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on West Commerce Street, but rents space there.

It is not easy to be accepted when you help the homeless, the fallen, the at-risk, both adult and children.

Christina just graduated from Bridgeton High School, where, as a sophomore, she led a student protest for pro-life.

Though self-spoken and an accomplished dancer, she has never been afraid to speak out.

Back to Haven Ministries.

“We serve meals and distribute clothing, and I teach a children’s ministry every Saturday,’’ she said.

They don’t run out of food.

The Camden Cathedral Kitchen makes sure of that.

“They prepare it,’’ said Pastor Hudak, seated with his two daughters, Christina, 18, and Ariela, 9, “and we have a gentleman who brings it down to us.’’

In the beginning, there was a line all the way around the church.

“Then we made it into a restaurant-style setting so it wouldn’t feel like a soup kitchen,’’ he said. “We’re learning how to break bread together as a people, as a community.’’

The meal is served to the table.

They have never advertised their effort.

“We serve 75 to 100 people every Saturday,’’ said Hudak.

“We’re also involved in the courts.

“I go before the judge with some of our members and he can convert their fines to community service.’’

It has gotten so the judges send over the paperwork to Hudak.

Who needs that in their community?

Who needs the downtrodden and the derelicts of society?

Who needs a man with $10,000 in fines in three different counties having it converted to 180 days and community service?

Apparently, Christina, a member of Sgt. George Linen’s Jr. ROTC program at Bridgeton and who is going to Cumberland County College for two years then on to Rutgers, has time for the hungry and homeless.

The family has been here for seven years.

“We came to Bridgeton with starting a ministry in mind,’’ Christina said.

They work with people who came out of Dumpsters.

It’s a restaurant, clothing store, ministry and legal advocate.

The feedings started in the family dining room after passing out tons of fliers.

“At one point, we had more than 40 children there,’’ Pastor Ron said. “And we had prayer. In fact, we had more people attend prayer than meals.

“We have people who want to remain homeless. That and generational welfare are our two biggest problems.’’

When Haven Ministries decided to reach out to the whole community, they lost helpers.

“You’re becoming a social service agency,’’ they heard.

“We’ve been kicked out of several ministeriums.

“They didn’t want to donate money. They wanted to gain money and pay salaries.

“I’ve never taken a dime from this ministry.

Pastor Ron works for the state helping at-risk kids in the Tri-County area.

“I thank the people for coming to us because they’ve not only changed me as a minister, they’ve changed me as a man,’’ he said.

Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly and the county are going to honor Christina at the Ashley-McCormick Center on Sunday, starting at 7 p.m.

“I think the freeholders got the ball rolling,’’ said Pastor Ron. “I let Mayor Kelly know what was going on and he wanted to be a part of it.

“I’m here to change a life and make somebody successful.’’

He rattles communities.

He’s like the guy who wants to put a drug rehab house in the middle of a community.

He’s the face of NIMBY — not in my back yard.

He doesn’t ask, how is going to help my church?

“After we left our living room because the neighbors were complaining about the people in the neighborhood, we went to Quarter Mile Lane School for a summer.

“But they wanted a lot of money for us to continue there,’’ he said.

So they went outdoors to a pavilion, meeting in the rain and the cold.

“I wrote a letter to every church in Bridgeton asking them to give us space,’’ he said. “Everyone turned us down.’’

Even St. Andrew’s, before they changed their minds.

They almost had to leave there.

“A couple of ladies spoke up and said they had been in the church all their lives and not once had the church gone out into the community,’’ he related.

One church was not afraid of a negative image in a city with a negative image.

“I’m not an enabler,’’ he said. “I love Bridgeton. We’ve taken people off the streets, off drugs and put them in jobs.’’

Why deal with that?

“Because I was there once,’’ he said. “A lady and then a church helped me. I’ve been on the streets.

“I want to see change.’’

We think that’s how it all started in Bridgeton.

You want the governor’s office to stop crime in your town?

The governor’s office?

A little history.

Nov.7, 2015

“We are all talking about the violent crimes in Millville because we care.

“I care enough for the residents stuck living in the known crime areas to try and help them by being a voice in support of getting additional assistance. I care enough for our local police who are at risk, as well. I believe you do, too.

“We have a leadership problem. It’s evident and we talk about it. They aren’t communicating with us about their plans for a safer community, a step to solution, or what the threats truly are in our community with all the shootings.

“Can we take an extra 10 minutes from our day and email the governor’s office about our concerns? Some may think it will do no good, but I believe with enough voices we can do plenty.

“Imagine 2k emails, or more, in a matter of days. It could (at the minimum) get our town some positive attention. Then we go from there and continue asking for support.

“Ask your friends and family to do the same. 10 minutes out of a day for an email could be well worth that time for our community.”

— Kathy Klawitter

“Happy New Year!

“You still have time to come and celebrate the new year with me! Once again, we will ring in the new year at the Crescent Shrine (we love those Shriners).

“Listen, you will dance like nobody is watching and eat like a Viking. Cash bar, hats noise makers champagne, yep, we got it all, for just $35.

“Nope, it’s not a typo. The price is just $35 per person! That’s why tickets are going so fast. So if you want a really good time for just a little dough, call this number right now and, if you get a recording, leave you name and number and they will call you back.


“Better hurry this party is about to start. Will your face be in the place? I hope so. Happy New Year to all!”

— Lou Costello,


YOU CAN BOOK IT: Since the state is broke, shall we instead go to the federal government, or fix it ourselves, or has that been done?
Deerfield School fundraiser Jan. 18; Alex Calabrese recalls Bridgeton boys at Guadalcanal; Tell state to fix our crime area?; Wheaton’s Wide Open Weekends; Gina Collini takes her food home; Spencer Lau at work; Tiffany Willis’ quiz; Remembering Ron Hudak; 2015 plea about violent crime in Millville; Lou Costello’s New Year’s Eve party

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