Patience, Jack, patience!; Wrong way in Philly; Fundraiser at DiLisi’s; Lynn Miller swinging from the heels in Millville; Catering company delivers mac and cheese to Code Blue; Tracey Wells-Huggins fights for justice; Pearl Street trestle construction, Broad Street temporary bridge


The column that says the guru tells us not to harp about the Bridgeton City Park plan because things are happening behind the scenes, including a Friends of the Park Committee, etc., but, frankly, too many things have been going on behind the scenes with things that should be out in the open, and too many summers have gone by with all the movement from the outside — Land Dimensions, Cindy Williams, so pardon us if we’re not buying in.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

We’re home from driving the wrong way on 8th Street in Philadelphia with a police car coming the other way wondering who taught New Jersey how to drive, but he let us make a U turn unstopped, and God bless blue.

Please don’t forget the Deanna Speranza-Miller fundraiser for Deerfield School on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at DiLisi’s Ristorante in the Upper Deerfield Shopping Center at
Carll’s Corner, where Christmas carols play at holiday time, and if anybody can keep the snow away, it’s Deanna.

Deerfield School has great students and great teachers, but not a lot of money for the little extras like school trips, and Deanna was president of the board of education before her battle with cancer, and she still really, really cares.

So let’s keep the fundraising going while she fights her battle.

It’a 4 to 9 p.m., and Sal would love to hear from you at 856-455-4011 if your group all plans to come at one time, so they spread out the dining.

So back to this park plan and not upsetting the apple cart. Are you kidding us?

So far, we’ve got an arch paid for by Century Savings Bank and President David Hemple and 401 pages of a concept by planner Cindy Williams that was delivered so long ago, a third Delaware Memorial Bridge could have been built.

Bob Thompson lets it be known that he’s willing to contribute to a worthwhile project after donating $1 million to the new Jim Hursey Stadium and buying a white elephant turned into a home for pigeons at Commerce and Laurel and investing another million dollars he’ll never get back.

Add the $1 million Hank Murad put into the three-story Ashley-McCormick building and the year after year he was willing to try anything to help the city he loves, and Bruce Riley and the Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce commissioning a film about the benefits of firms relocating here.

All out in the open. Screw behind the scenes. Screw people being screwed over. Screw all sides trying to screw over the others.

It’s getting old.

“This was taken directly from

“There are programs in place to fix the abandoned property issue in Millville. My question is, WHY AREN’T THEY BEING USED?

“It’s time to put some pressure on the powers that be. Hold the mayor, etc. accountable. Go to his site/email and demand an answer.

“Here is what it says:

“Vacant property owners must maintain their properties as determined by local codes.

“In most states, a city abating a code violation or a nuisance could place a priority lien on the property and can collect the costs of the abatement from a property owner’s other assets.

“According to a recent report released by the Brookings Institute, New Jersey has the strongest state statute in the country with regard to nuisance abatement, permitting municipalities to collect the costs of the nuisance abatement or receivership against any asset of the owner of the property, whether it be an individual property owner, a partnership or other recognized form of business organization.

” Redeveloping Abandoned Properties, county and local governments across New Jersey are taking steps to reduce the barriers to rehabilitating abandoned properties and promoting their reuse for a variety of purposes.

“The New Jersey Abandoned Property Rehabilitation Act was enacted into law in 2004. The Act offers New Jersey’s municipalities and others a toolkit of new ways to gain control of abandoned properties and restore them to productive use.

“Such resources include accelerating the foreclosure of abandoned properties, allowing municipalities to take possession and create lists of abandoned properties to make them eligible for special tax sale or spot blight, and permitting the recovery of funds spent by a municipality on the rehabilitation of abandoned properties under nuisance abatement laws.”

— Lynn Miller

… and …

“Many of the Section 8 and abandoned homes in Millville are owned by people who hide behind an LLC with a corporate name as opposed to their own. They form an LLC for each property and name each one something different.

“Someone who likes to do research can go to city records and look up the name on the recorded deed for the properties in question. Once that is found, an online search can reveal the person behind it.

“Anyone interested in doing a little sleuthing? If so, I’d like you to IM me. Please. This is important.

“Once we have the names of those who own these rundown and boarded up properties, we can take that information to the council and have them follow up on the situation.

“There are laws that require owners to maintain their properties. The city can force the home to be handed over. Then these homes can be sold to people who are interested in making them their permanent residence. Pleas, someone needs to make this their winter project.”

“Shoutout also to the catering company that delivered the wonderful macaroni and cheese to us. I’m not sure of name, but I got an email yesterday saying the food was available because an event was canceled!

“Of course, we said yes and our guests had that to enjoy, also.

“Our guests could have even 3rd and 4th helpings because we were blessed with this additional food.

“This is what I love … every now and then food just happens to find its way to our door. I love it because it always seems to happens at the right time!

“Thank you, everyone, and don’t forget to tell those at the Elks Club thanks for what they do. Support organizations and businesses that support the citizens of our town.”

— Cindi Code Blue,

Millville Code Blue

“P.S.: I have an elderly gentleman in need of adult bladder protection undergarments. Male, size large

Get the name of that catering company. No gesture will go unappreciated.


“Still looking for a good home for Toto.

“Need very soon. Great little girl.”

— Shep

Shep, you know nobody could take care of that little girl as well as you.

You’re all she has.

Take her to Aunt Betty’s with you. She won’t take up much room.


Soroptimist is gambling again.

The travel team jerseys are in the PAL office located in the Alms Center.

“Just got done running some kids off the ice at Cedarville Lake, in the back on a lake that just froze yesterday. Luckily, they stayed within 10 feet of the edge. I don’t think they will do it again!”

— Brian Scarlato

From the Harvey Porch collection:
Temporary bridge across Cohansey River after 1934 flood.
Pearl Street railroad trestle being constructed in 1923.
YOU CAN BOOK IT: That same trestle is there 93 years later.

Patience, Jack, patience!; Wrong way in Philly; Fundraiser at DiLisi’s; Lynn Miller swinging from the heels in Millville; Catering company delivers mac and cheese to Code Blue; Tracey Wells-Huggins fights for justice; Pearl Street trestle construction, Broad Street temporary bridge

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