The column that hopes Tracey Wells-Huggins and Jorje Romero can come to an agreement on our future in Bridgeton Saturday at noon on 92.1 FM while the rest of the world is out shoveling snow, and, by the way, Mike Abbott has his own show at 11 a.m. and we’re going to expose him for what he is.
By Jack Hummel
Radio: 92.1 FM WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.
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“Code Blue was active last night and Jan 5 and will remain open as of right now until Monday night, Jan 9. Because of this, we need a few more food items.
1 bottle of pancake syrup
plastic eating utensils
paper plates, cups, napkins, etc
13 gallon trash bags
Ice Melt & snow shovel
“Also, a man’s boot size 8.5 is requested if anyone has it.
“Items can be dropped off at Incredible Bulk during the day or brought to Trinity Methodist Church after 5:30 p.m. on evenings we are open.
“Thank you so much for all your support.”
— Cindi Stanger Cooke
“P.S.: Many thanks to Millville Thunderbolt Club for providing our meal last night for Code Blue. (Thank you Bill from the Elks Club for arranging it and bringing it over to us). The guests loved it! It was very appreciated and much needed last night. Remember everyone support organizations that help support the citizens of Millville.”
“Jack Horner would have been 98 in April.
“He and my pop were the same age just a couple months apart. Jack’s family used to live in Greenwich. Pop talked about them, but I can’t remember which house.
“I miss the old man already, still going in taking care of Toto with help from a neighbor. She is a great little dog and needs a new home soon.”
Allow Jack Horner to take you back to his childhood, a Bridgeton retained in memory, for a brief moment:
“On April 18, 1919, I came into this world at 2 a.m. at 1 Myrtle St. right next door to Lestourgeon’s Bakery.
“So I came into this world to the great smell of fresh baked bread, rolls, cinnamon buns, doughnuts, crullers, old-fashioned molasses and sugarcake.
“Oh, and apple mince, cherry, raisin and pumpkin pies.
“What a way to come into the world, and I lived in that world until I was 12 years old.
“And I remember the summers, for only a block away came the good smell of Pritchard’s Pride of the Farm ketchup to blend in with the varieties of the bakery.
“This was the Roaring ’20s, but still a more friendly time. And the place to be on a summer Saturday night in the ’20s and ’30s was downtown Bridgeton.
“People lined both sides of the sidewalk from Church Lane to Broad and Jefferson Street from Pearl to almost the bridge on Commerce Street.
“And music and singing. At the corner of Laurel and Commerce near Cumberland National Bank was always the Salvation Army in their dress uniforms with the drums, the horns and the tambourines and always their opening song ‘Brighten The Corner Where You Are,” and they did.
“Seems like I can still hear the clinging sound of the tambourines as as the girls would go through the crowd to collect money to help someone else.
“There was no air conditioning in those days so the only thing that stood between the people and the inside of the stores were the screen doors.
“So out came the great smells from the Texas Hot Wieners, The 5 and 10 and Weber’s Candy Store.
“Oh my, the aroma of the chocolate and peanuts from the famous clusters, the cinnamon and coconut from the Irish potatoes and fresh roasting nuts.
“And just across Laurel Street from Weber’s was another great smell. It came from Pisarski’s City Bakery. Fresh baked cake, pies, cinnamon buns and French pastry. Seems like I can still see Mrs. Pisarski placing the many baked goods in the display window and my favorite, the French twirls, and a close second, the creme and jelly doughnuts.
“The last great smell on Laurel Street was Barber’s Peanut Roaster. You could get hot roasted peanuts in the shell for five cents a bag and the bag had a picture of an elephant on it.
“Oh, my, times you remember.
“And to top off the great smells on a summer night came from P.J. Ritter’s and their famous catsup. It would blanket the town when they opened the kettles.
“And when they ran tobacco flavor, that was a bonus. Nothing just like it. My favorite catsup.
“When you get into your 80s and times dwindle, you think back to the good ol’ days and the many stories you could tell and reminisce about my hometown Bridgeton.
“It would be great to go back to those good ol’ days, maybe just for the smell of it.”
– Jack Horner
Jack Horner was a walking encyclopedia of Bridgeton history.
Just like Shep knows his Greenwich history.
Another dive into history
Oct. 15, 2009
“I just spent a very interesting morning with the Bridgeton crew.
“Owen Garrison, Bob Westcott and Joe Young met with me over coffee and I ran out of tape recording the first of our sharing sessions.
“We are scheduled to meet again, so this might grow into a regular thing.
“I am looking forward to absorbing as much information as possible.’’
— Joan McAllister,
Cumberland County Historical Society
Where are the tapes now, Joan?
What’s going to happen to the tapes Bob Crowe made of all the history meetings he held with Bridgeton’s pillars from the 1900s now that Crowe has moved to North Carolina.
He tried to get them on the radio, but was turned down.
Reba Lummis was worth the price of admission
Here is column stalwart Joe Young at his best in 2009:
“Let’s see if you can handle my ‘Burnin’ Down the Outhouse Chili.’
“When it was judged hottest at a cookoff, the judges had placed a haz-mat sign on my pot.
“And you be on for 8-ball, especially bar rules.
“Sounds to me like you know some things about the white ball (cue ball).
“Every shot depends on how you hit it and where you send it.
“I’ve been known to be in a barroom pool shootout for hours and never foul a shot, break a rule or miss a shot.
“Of course, all of that changes once I pick up a cue stick.
“Speaking of pool, my daughter and I went over to the Q-ball Lounge, in Vineland, Sunday for a Blaze 9-ball tournament.
“Donny “Mousy” Polo was there showing his expertise on the table. Plenty of participants from all over.
“We did get to play a couple of players that didn’t enter this particular event, even though they are in the tour.
“We shot 9-ball in the back room with Joe, a cousin to my daughter’s hubby and an ex-Octagon Ring/Cage fighter, and Tony.
“Great guys and shooters. Class.
“Rather than send us out with our tails between our legs, they coached us to a degree, improving our games.’’
— Joe Young
Camels caught up to Joe Young.
On taking pensions to Florida:
“Jack, we moved to Florida for the weather.
“Besides, NJ makes us pay state taxes if we live in NJ. NJ is a beautiful state, but it doesn’t check all of the boxes.”
— Joe Fusco
Then how about ordering from the Bridgeton Internet Catalogue?
We remember you and Jack Yellin holding a weight losing contest, but he didn’t tell you he took water pills, did he?
God bless that man and his sainted wife as she deals with his Alzheimer’s.
Don’t take Route 55 in bad weather!
There’s something about that road that is reason for fear. Vehicles go out of control because of icy patches.
The carnage is unbelievable, if you add it up.
Do you believe in curses? If it’s an indian curse, good for them for getting even.
Remember Love Where You Live?
“We see this overarching slogan serving as the ‘rallying cry’ for existing and new community initiatives to change our internal marketing, and to take pride in our communities.
“That way, we have more of an emotional call to action — with greater chance of buy-in.
“‘Love Where You Live’ can be tailored to each specific municipality,, and the campaign can mean something different to each one.”
— Love Where You Live, Cumberland County
Here are the names listed:
D Bailey Miles
Prez Yves Salomon-Fernandez
Nicole Clements Wettstein
Jeanne B. Garrison
Phyllis J Seidner
What do these names mean?
“A few months ago, someone brought me a sick cat.
“They had no money to take it to the vet . My niece asked me to take it and get help. I was very limited on funds and taking it to the vet. Almost closed my bank account.
“The cat owner was to cone back a week later when funds came in and pay me the vet bill. I only received $40 instead and nothing more.
“My niece, who is disabled and on a fixed income, was homeless. And struggling. Promised me she would make this right and pay me the vet bill herself.
“It took a bit , but she has never let me down . Today she came and paid the bill .
Penny Hickman, I am so proud of you . And thank you for remembering me.”
keeping the faith
We both got screwed last month, Carol.
Did you get kissed first?
What’s this? A shooting behind the old post office in Bridgeton.
Guess that makes the who town dangerous.
Random shooting? Who cares? Now, we can’t drive through Bridgeton safely.
The sky is falling.
Was it downtown? No, we haven’t had a shooting downtown in 50 years.
Sleepover scheduled in pocket park at Commerce and Laurel. Only women invited. We want to prove to you how safe Bridgeton is.
What we’re up against, Steve Paul:
“Take a good look at Bridgeton.
“Empty stores with paper taped on the windows, a burned-out dinner on the riverfront and main road to go to the shore.
“Do you think that makes Bridgeton a town anyone descent would want to come live in? I DON’T think so. Maybe you start by cleaning up the mess that has been allowed to happen, don’t ya think?”
— she knows
“(She knows), you are one REAL and Intelligent WOMAN! You are ‘Right On Point!’ Seriously! Thank you!”
— one who also knows
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