Cindy on her way?; Learn about PTSD; Abe Morris on fallen buddy; Everett Marino Jr.; Jorje Romero on investigation; CCC announcer Jim Williams update; Flags? What flags?


The column that says Cindy Zirkle is willing to come on 92.1 FM Saturday at 1 p.m. to talk about the women’s march that took place on Dec. 21, but we’re not sure who else.

By Jack Hummel

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


Phone: 856-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

Google all columns at jackhummelblog

Good morning!

“Don’t just keep an eye on PTSD victims. Learn what PTSD is and how it affects them and their loved ones.

“Keep an eye makes it sound like you’re waiting for somebody to go postal.”

— Dan Mourning

Who d0 we get on 92.1 FM to talk about this, Dan?

A victim? A doctor?

“I found out today that a Go Fund Me account has been set up to help defray some of the costs of Richard (Richie) Tavenner’s funeral expenses.

“I came up with an idea that may be beneficial to Richie’s family as well as to help keep his memory alive. Someone could have T-shirts made with Richie’s ‘Cowboy Rodeoing Company’ name and logo on the front and some kind of in memory of Richie Tavenner on the back. They could be sold for about $50 each with most of the proceeds going to Richie’s family.

“I participated in one of these T-shirt campaigns a couple of years ago. I respectfully decline to be in charge of this campaign because I already have too many irons in the fire. But if someone else wanted to look into this and run with it, by all means please be my guest.”

— Abe Morris,

former bull rider, author

“My Cowboy Hat Still Fits”


Abe Morris, Colby Weisenberger and Richard Tavenner.

How can everybody have “They say he’s the best in the country” doctor?

“Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.”

— George Carlin


Ozkan Akilli with Everett Marino Jr.

Still want to build that seafood restaurant where the boat ramp is now in Bridgeton, Everett?

The toxic waste is capped.

How did we let him get away?

A little history.

Feb.14, 2010

Every seat in the Centerton Country Club banquet hall Saturday night was empty as Everett Marino Jr. rose to speak.

The room was packed.

But no chair was filled as everyone stood to applaud the patriarch who helped define a city.

The Joint Service Clubs Karaoke Contest presented by Bridgeton Rotary and Bridgeton Main Street (BMS) included in its normal fundraiser event a tribute to the tight-knit and storied Cumberland family.

The Marinos operated Dill’s Seafood, in Bridgeton, for nearly six decades before selling the business in the fall of 2009.

Event organizers wanted to honor the clan that, by all accounts, gave an extra dose of familial love in all it did.

Everett’s speech came in the interim between two batches of karaoke singers.

It followed the tales of other family members and friends who recalled many Dill’s memories.

Of small stature, he took the microphone from the event’s emcee, the towering BMS president, Edward Bethea.

Everett climbed up onto the stage on which the singers performed.

“We worked under the same roof for almost 60 years,” he said.

He remembered the various stages of learning the job – scaling, cutting, boning fish, working the cleaning board, and so on.

Everett began to list scores of family — brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces — who worked at Dill’s over the years.

“I can’t think of them all because there were too many,” he said apologetically.

Audience members helped, fondly calling out names or reminding him of events.

Marino kin took up at least 10 tables.

Everett also recounted being raised in Rosenhayn.

“That’s where I grew up and learned to work in the fields … and that really was work,” he said.

He also remembered trying his hand at lots of ventures, inside and outside the seafood business.

“I was adventurous. I liked to do everything that nobody else did,” he said.

“I’m sorry we closed Dill’s,” he later added. “The fish just got too darned high; everything got expensive.”

“You did a good job!” someone from the audience shouted, and others concurred.

“I think we made our mark in this town,” Everett allowed with an air of humility. “We tried to do the best we could.”

Originally from North Jersey and an area resident for about 13 years now, Bethea lauded the Marinos as a welcoming and good-natured family.

“I always felt, whether it was first, second or third generation, all the Marinos made me feel special and made me feel that family was most important,” he said.

Not long before his speech, Everett spoke of the event’s meaning.

“It’s an honor for us to be recognized,” he said in a lobby area just outside the banquet hall.

But he quickly pointed out the event’s purpose benefiting the Bridgeton Area Police Athletic League (PAL) and BMS.

“We’re history, but this event is not history,” he explained. “This is about PAL and Main Street. We’re glad to be part of that because they’re worthy projects.”

On display in the lobby area were photos of family events and of the fish market’s earliest days.

A scale model of the facility that long stood at 80 Cohansey St. showed literally every detail of the building.

The model was created by  Faustino “Tino” Wulderk using the actual wood from the building, which was torn down in 1993.

Wulderk included even the smallest details — each shade variation in the paint, a few missing boards on one door, the screen doors, the plate on the outside wall that showed where the heater was installed.

Everett’s father, Everett Marino Sr., worked for the original owner, Billy Dill.

In the early 1950s Billy offered the business to him, and he and his wife Sebastiana (“Bessy”) took over, but kept the iconic name.

And so, whether by coincidence, destiny or linguistics, a family named Marino moved from making a living by the soil to doing so by the sea.

Everett Jr. and his brother, Earl, took over operations in 1972, according to an account in the evening’s program prepared by event committee members Flavia Alaya and Nancy Marino.

Shad had then become a major catch for the family business, along with the variety of aquatic staples it harvested.

The Marino women — Shirley, Leona, Nancy, Bessy, Janice, Lorraine and Bessy, likely among others, perfected what Alaya said became an efficient way to extract the shad’s many bones and still leave a fillet intact.

New York Times Magazine writer Jonathan Reynolds attested to the method in one of two articles he wrote in May and June of 2000 on Dill’s.

But the women’s role went far beyond that.

Ask just about anyone familiar with the business, and they’ll say the women were the backbone of Dill’s.

There are too many things for locals to recall of Dill’s to fit in one event.

Everett Jr’s son-in-law, John Catalano, a Vineland orthopedic surgeon, summed up the family’s legacy in a presentation during the event.

Like others, he described Dill’s — and, perhaps, by extension, the Marinos themselves — as a “Bridgeton institution,” and the influence went well beyond.

Even screen stars dropped in at the Cohansey mainstay to sample its one-of-a-kind flavors and spirit.

Among them was actress Pauley Perrette, who portrays Goth forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the CBS series “NCIS.”

A New Orleans native, Perrette likely gave the Marinos a unique chance to prove their seafood expertise.

In what Alaya later described as “the emotional high point of the evening,” Everett Jr. sang Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”

“At that one, everyone just sort of leaped to their feet in applause,” Alaya said.

— Joe Green

“Camden County Prosecutor investigates Camden County Police officers involved in a shooting.

“Does anyone besides me notice a conflict of interest? How can Camden County employees be impartial and fair when investigating their own? The Camden Prosecutors Office is also responsible for police training and certifications. They would never admit or take blame for the lack of training, experience and supervision as the reason for the shooting and eventually death of the suspect.

“I’m not saying that the officers did anything wrong, I just think that this investigation should have been conducted by a different agency.”

— Jorje Romero

Attorney General’s Office wouldn’t come to Bridgeton to investigate police shooting.

Stu Bykofsky!?

He’s still at the Daily News?

We read him in 1972!

“Tomorrow evening marks two weeks since coming to MeadowView Rehab.

“It’s been an interesting 13 days so far. I’ve gone from not walking with a walker to being able to walking down the hall with one, albeit wobbly at times.

“Transferring from sitting to standing is still difficult without some level of assistance. Yesterday, for instance, I couldn’t get from sitting in a wheelchair to standing on a scale without the help of others.

“Oh, by the way, I’m closer to my senior year weight having lost about 10 pounds since being here.

There have been embarrassing moments, to be sure, but the staff here has been accommodating to my needs.

Do I feel stronger? A little, I suppose. Do I notice progression in things? Yeah, I guess. I know this is a process that will take many more days and weeks.

“The support of friends like you and family truly does help more than you’ll ever know.”

— Jim Williams,

CCC Dukes sports announcer hoping to make spring training

“I work at a state office building a couple days a week.

“I can’t help but notice that there are two things missing — the American and NJ State flags that go on the empty poles outside of the building.”

— Dan Mourning

YOU CAN BOOK ITThe flags, including the POW/MIA flag should be flying at the Bridgeton State Office building by the end of next week.

Cindy on her way?; Learn about PTSD; Abe Morris on fallen buddy; Everett Marino Jr.; Jorje Romero on investigation; CCC announcer Jim Williams update; Flags? What flags?

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