Teach a snowplow driver!; Where did Ben Franklin Bridge go?; Mike Zapolski counsels; Soroptimist Merit Scholarships; Needs for Mission Teens; Renee Brecht, what happened?; Jorje Romero lays teenage woes, parenting on the line; Potpie at EMS Cafe; Ratings drive the country


The column that says what possesses a state snowplow driver to let seven cars creep along behind him while he was going 35 mph on a stretch of Route 77 north of Seabrook that is double yellow-lined forever, and there was no snow on the road and whatever he was dropping wasn’t showing up behind him, so why didn’t he just pull off the road for 15 seconds to let everybody go bye-bye?

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

Race Street! Not Arch! Race Street is the key to finding the Ben Franklin Bridge from Jefferson Hospital.

You come in on 8th Street and go back out on Race.

It’s called how to see Philly on one tank of gas, from Market to Walnut to Broad, from 9th Street to 19th Street, and all streets in between.

Or, why is Arch Street suddenly going one way away from the Ben Franklin Bridge?

If you’re that unhappy, take another card from the Dealer, for it rarely turns out the same way twice.


 “The ‘landscape’ changes when integrity is broken, trust no longer exists, the initiator doesn’t acknowledge the issue, and when confronted with reality evades responsibility.
“It is further compounded by those who excuse the perpetrator’s faults by making (or accepting) excuses rather than chance their ire.
“Forgiveness, healing, and peace are waiting behind the door of reflection and accountability.  However, one must be willing to look into the mirror of acceptance and responsibility before that door can be opened.”
— Councilman Mike Zapolski Sr.,
explaining his side as to why the Bridgeton Park plan is fatally deadlocked
Soroptimist International of Cumberland County
Merit Scholarship Application 2017

The mission and purpose of Soroptimist International of Cumberland County is to improve the lives of women and girls in our local community and throughout the world.

In concurrence with this mission, the Soroptimist International of Cumberland County Merit Scholarship is given to (up to four) graduating high school senior female student applicants, residing within Cumberland County, NJ in recognition of their outstanding contributions and accomplishments in their school, community and world.

Only correctly completed applications will be considered by the SICC Student Award Committee. The SICC Student Award Committee shall decide the recipients. The decisions of the Awards Committee are final.

Please visit our website to download the application. Deadline is Feb. 1.
Needed for Mission Teens, a local drugs and alcohol treatment center.
39 gal Large garbage bags, garbage bags 13 gal.,25-dollar gift cards for Walmart for supplies or ShopRite for groceries.
They have an urgent need for a commercial meat slicer.Mailing address is 108 Gershal Ave., Elmer NJ 08318. You can call Mike Abbott at 609-774-6571.
Is this correct?

Renee Brecht

Associate Director of Marketing and Economic Development, Greater Philadelphia Area.


Is this the girl who first zoomed down a snowy Millville street to start Code Blue after she found a sleeping bag outside the door to her Littoral Society office in Millville?
Is this the girl who stood up at a Peace In The City meeting in Millville and wanted to bring the whole county together to do great things?
A little history
March 21, 2015

Renee Brecht met someone in the library to talk about Code Blue and discovered two people who had been homeless for two years.

She is the Greater Philadelphia Area-Delaware Bayshore Program director at the American Littoral Society who admitted she didn’t know “the players in the social and religious communities” in town when Code Blue started.

Brecht told the group about a new initiative called Love Where You Live, where you take pride in your community.

“Unlock our potential,” she said. “Raise our standards to make sure people want to come here. Pride in ourselves. Recognizing our strengths

“Our sense of place has become all those things that are negative.”

Make sure the pieces of our neighborhood fit together.

1. Get the right information and advice to the right people.

2. Promote and celebrate what our local area has to offer.

3. Engage.

“Right now,” she said, “if we put pins on a map where things are happening, it would look like measles. What we need to do is make it look like it’s all shaded in.”

It is a county initiative.

“We’re looking for a steering committee,” she said. From all sectors.

But who will lead it?

Brecht feigned the obvious, “I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes.”

Is she kidding?

The Millville Code Blue springboard who lives in Greenwich and has dealt with the entire county in Littoral Society projects — 30,000 volunteer hours by her own count — is the poster child for what she is looking for.

Sam Feinstein, she looks enough like Donna Erianne to be your dental hygienist.

And more history

April 9, 2015

You remember Renee Brecht. She found evidence a homeless person had slept on her office step, and Code Blue was born that afternoon in Millville.


Now, she’s Renee Brecht, task force leader who wants to connect all the successful red dots on the Millville map until the area is all red — all success.

She first unveiled her plans at a Peace In The City meeting.

And here is her update:

“Learned today that I am on agenda with city commission for the work session on the 21st to give a presentation on the Community Visioning.

“Been talking to a quite a few people and there is a lot of interest and excitement around it.

“Anyone interested in supporting the effort is encouraged to come to the meeting at 4 p.m. in a show of support.

“I’ve worked through the methodology, and have consulted with others who do this sort of thing.

“Our visioning would involve an initiating or steering committee of 10-15 people of various backgrounds that would guide the process.

“One of the critical components to visioning is that it should be diverse and representative of the community as a whole, so we want to cast a wide net to involve people from all ends of the spectrum in the public sessions (the larger ‘task force’).

“The real fun comes in with those four larger public sessions that will include:

* Celebrating the progress we have made — what is good in our community.

* Talking about the challenges we are facing.

* Learning what other communities are doing.

* Working together to create plans to move to action.

“We’ll need all hands on deck for that.

“We can create dialogue using many techniques — public sessions, surveys on Third Friday, electronic Survey Monkey surveys, cognitive mapping, working with local maps and post-its/push pins; disposable camera and artistic “visioning” projects; community “cafes,” planning as play (James Rojas models,) etc.

“As themes begin to develop, we will make note of those that recur with the highest frequency.

“They are examined — perhaps with panel discussions, research, etc., under two other lenses: Feasibility (what is technically and organizationally feasible) and viability (what can be financially viable).

“At that point, implementation plans are developed and task forces can be formed to work on the objectives that were given highest priority by the community.

“We want this to be truly community led — and we are hopeful that we’ll be able to involve the city, the businesses, and the many non-profits that are doing good things in the process, as well.

“In the end, we want to have a consensus about who Millville is (a mission statement), what future the community wants (a vision statement), decide what is necessary to achieve it (implementation plans), and then put task forces together to make it happen.

“None of this will happen overnight. It’s a commitment to a process that has as much potential as the energies that people are willing to put into it.

“So, lots of exciting things.

“Now that we have the methodology and process mapped out, we’ll be starting to move ahead, and, hopefully, with lots of support from the community at large!

— Renee Brecht

So where does all this leave us?

“War, something you don’t want your kids to ever have to go through.”

— Shep,

Vietnam veteran

“John Fuqua, we don’t need a wish.

“We need prayer and a lot of positive examples to make lasting impressions on these young people in and outside the home.

“The sad reality is that those role models and support people are not in the home in the form of a parent. But that shouldn’t keep these kids from succeeding if they so desire.

“These kids out there have role models/support in teachers, friends, friends’ parents, church members, and even social (Internet).

“The fact that they choose to look up to the wrong people and then mimic their behavior is the real problem. Young people’s sense of right and wrong and no sense of responsibility for their actions is also a great problem which later leads them down the wrong paths in life.

“Young people lack direction because they are content or unwilling to have faith in themselves and/or their ability to change their life or situation, so they give up before even starting in school, work and life.

“It’s a cycle of despair and wasted potential that needs to change. Yes, they need support, but inner strength and love of one’s self goes a long way in life.

“I’m with you, John. I believe that my most important job in life is to support, teach, love and care for my children. I’m present in all aspects of their lives in every which way possible — doctor’s appointments, school matters to walks in the park, I’m there.

“My father, on the other hand, was cold, callous and non-existent. But it stops here with me. I refuse to be my father. I’m one of those dad’s that takes cupcakes and ice cream to the whole class on birthdays.

“I’m there for award ceremonies and special shows. Why? Because it’s important to show support, love and enthusiasm for the things that are important in your child’s life.

“They will remember who was in the back waving while they received that certificate, who was taking pictures or yelling their names when they finished a performance. I want my kids to remember me in a good light because I was present, supportive and cared.”

— Jorje T Romero

God bless

Jorje Romero will be on 92.1 FM with us Saturday, at noon, for a roundtable discussion.

Not as important as your Cowboys, we know.

Chicken Potpie at EMS Cafe Friday night.

Don’t forget to place your Chicken Potpie orders. Pick up after 4 p.m.

$9 a quart.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: As long as there ratings to garner, the media will never, ever be the same.


Teach a snowplow driver!; Where did Ben Franklin Bridge go?; Mike Zapolski counsels; Soroptimist Merit Scholarships; Needs for Mission Teens; Renee Brecht, what happened?; Jorje Romero lays teenage woes, parenting on the line; Potpie at EMS Cafe; Ratings drive the country

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