Over 58 1/2 wins; Recipe for a great team; Don’t park in blue horizontal-lined space; Start with 30-second spots; New homes on the southside; Bob Thompson’s take; Russ DeCamp was Army; Shoutout to Friendly’s; Jerry Young again says thanks


The column that says can you imagine having the under 58 1/2 points for the total score of the Super Bowl and getting in the car in the middle of the third quarter to go pick up your winnings because they was no way it was going over, and then it all came unraveled because the Patriots have receivers who can catch the ball no matter where it’s thrown — and now don’t you feel sorry for Carson Wentz because he has nobody like that?

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

Jimmy Johnson said it all on FOX after the game.

If you want to pick next year’s Super Bowl winner, start with the organization — the owner, the general manager and the coach, and if they have a fan like Steve Lane.

Pick the team with the best of those and you’ll know which team will be there.

The coaching staff lost that game for the Falcons on Sunday. The players had it won. All that was needed was clock management, but the offensive coordinator did everything he could to let New England back in the game, knowing he had a tired defense.

But he’s going to be the head coach of the 49ers next year, so maybe he wasn’t all that smart to begin with.

Parking lot at Bridgeton ShopRite.

Handicap-stickered SUV squeezes into space with blue cross lines from top to bottom in between two handicap spaces.

No room for other two cars to open their doors, but driver stays with the car so he can back out if one of them appears.

One of them appears.

Backing out, Mr. In Between clashes outside mirrors, knocking a piece of his to the asphalt.

“It’s OK,” he says, showing a piece of Velcro on the back of it. “It just sticks on.”

Moral of the story: Don’t park in a zone filled with blue diagonal lines unless you’re mirrorless.

“When we (the residents) start believing in Bridgeton, you will see a lot of changes.”

— Steve Paul,

Bridgeton Main Street director

We can start by you giving us the full, complicated name of the eatery across from the Bridgeton Library.

And why can’t it be something simpler?

Not complaining.

Do you know what a 30-second commercial costs on 92.1 FM?

Nickels and dimes.

Do you know how many people listen to Jerry Blavat from 5 to 7 p.m. every day.


We’re not talking more to offer and all those words that mean nothing. We’re talking targeting specific places like Cumberland Tire does on television.

Get the name out there. Don’t say they can look on the website. Do you know how many websites there are?

Tell them on the radio what the piece de resistance is. Wings, frijoles, paleo, etc. Cindy Williams could write out the commercial for you.

You can’t ask everybody downtown to participate by throwing into the pot because they’re not organized.

But Jorje Romero, Gladys Lugardo-Hemple and Father David Rivera could bring them out of their shells if  none of the gringos do something stupid.

Are the new homes on the southside a good idea?

It’s new construction, and how much of that have we seen in Bridgeton recently?

It’s not an apartment complex, which should be outlawed nationwide. Anything two story for low-income people should be banned forever. Anything attached for 200 feet to house 10 families should be against the law.

Homes that you can walk all the way around with green grass everywhere is the way to go.

That is what these rentals will be. Twenty-eight of them.

We understand the land is being purchased at 40 percent its assessed value. We understand the complex will be run by Gateway, who will collect the rent.

Mayor Albert Kelly is the head of Gateway.

Would you feel better running it, instead? It’s called Gateway now instead of Tri-County because it’s in four counties now, instead of three.

Gateway Community Action Partnership houses dozens of different programs under one roof.

Alzheimer’s/Adult Day Care is a program that helps individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers solve the issues that face them daily.

Break Away offers college students an alternative to Spring Break vacations by affording them the opportunity to volunteer in the child care centers and assist with other social service initiatives.

Cheryl Chadwick Early Learning Center
Child care services for children ages 0-5 years.

Economic Development
Through a variety of programs, the Office of Economic Development helps people to learn to control their finances, start businesses and achieve financial freedom.

Family Success Centers
Family Success Centers are community-based, family-centered neighborhood gathering places where any community resident can go for family support, information, and services. Family Success Centers aim to enrich the lives of children and adults by making families and neighborhoods stronger by helping and empowering all families to succeed.

More than 800,000 pounds of below-market quality food products are distributed annually to churches and other food pantries through this program.

Head Start/EHS
An initiative that was founded during the 1960s, Head Start/Early Head Start operates 20 centers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and Mercer counties in New Jersey and in Philadelphia, Pa. . We serve more than 1,300 children and their families through a variety of educational and social service programs.

Housing Services
Gateway provides a number of options for affordable housing and transitional housing for families. Income eligibility guidelines apply in some cases. Dozens of people have become homeowners through Gateway’s Wesley Village Housing Development and many more will through its newest initiative, Orchard Glen Estates.

Housing Counseling Services
Gateway’s Housing Department conducts First Time Home Buyer education classes to educate potential home buyers in every aspect of the home buying process. Classes are designed to help potential home buyers understand budgeting and credit, mortgage and financing, shopping for a house, home maintenance and the closing process. Gateway also provides budget and financial literacy classes to homeowners undergoing foreclosure counseling. Find out more information about these services by visiting our housing page.

Home Energy Assistance/Social Services
Offering a multitude of services, this department offers services to help clients meet the basic needs of daily living. We also administer the energy assistance programs LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), USF (Universal Service Fund), and others to assist low-income families with their heating and cooling costs.

Jump Start –
Gateway Community Action Partnership’s Jump Start Program is designed for people with a desire to Jump Start their life! The program meets weekly, is free for all participants and is confidential.
Each meeting includes an educational enrichment component and character building curriculum which are supplemented by speakers, interactive discussion and activities. The Jump Start program consists of the following workshops: License Restoration, Financial Literacy, Budgeting, Life Skills, Interviewing Tips, Job Search Skills, Resume Writing and Weekly Support Groups.

Literacy Volunteers
Realizing that illiteracy is a barrier to self-sufficiency, Gateway Literacy Volunteers offers one-on-one tutoring for adults who need help with reading, writing or speaking English. Free tutor training is available to individuals willing to commit to tutoring other adults in Salem and Cumberland counties. Email literacy@gatewaycap.org for confidential literacy service information.

Mill Creek Urban Farm
Located on Mill Street in Bridgeton, this four-acre farm includes traditional and container farming, fruit trees and berry bushes and a hoop house used to raise seedlings for the warm weather growing season. The farm also include hydroponics farming, which is a soil-free process used to raise vegetables in an indoor setting using shallow irrigation troths.

Southeast Gateway
Neighborhood revitalization effort developed and implemented by members of the Southeast Gateway community.

Spring Gardens
This Senior Housing program is made up of a 125-unit apartment complex in Vineland and home to the Alzheimer’s Adult Day Care Center.

Gateway Toothmobile
The mobile dental unit brings preventive and restorative care to children in the Gateway region.

Protect your home against those elements that cause increases in energy costs.

This program helps women, infants and children maintain healthy nutrition with its voucher program.

Works for us unless you can come up with something better.

Who is going to buy the land at 100 percent its assessed value? You can?

“My Kind Of Town: Where everybody knows the problems, but nobody knows the answers.”

— Dan Mourning

The one person still left who could turn it around is Realtor Bob Thompson, who hasn’t been asked, but why should he at his age worry about something FEW people even consider salvageable.

A little history

Nov. 16, 2012

Many people believe rental properties are killing Bridgeton. They believe the goal should be owner-occupied homes that will be better maintained. Bob Thompson has more experience with rentals in the city of Bridgeton than anybody else. He is the city’s biggest landlord, so South Jersey Times went looking for him for answers.

Part III of III

BRIDGETON — Bob Thompson never joined the circus as a kid, but he’s bought a few white elephants in his time.

One of them sat at the corner of Laurel and Commerce streets in his hometown.

It was on life support when he bought it for $70,000.

The latest use of the once-famous McGear building that dates back to 1855 and was once the largest dry goods retail store south of Camden had been as a home for pigeons.

Windows on the top two floors were missing and the pigeons set up house.

Thompson, by far the biggest landlord in Bridgeton, never tackles a major project without fanfare.

He took people on a tour of the massive building, showing them dead birds along with rotting wood.

He wanted everybody to see the before.

When he was done, he held an open house.

He wrote on March 23, 2010:

“Sixty to 75 persons enjoyed a tour of the newly renovated building.

“The weather was beautiful and the decks were filled with people enjoying the view.
“Many thanks to all those who attended.

“I greatly appreciated all the positive comments and encouragement.

“My staff worked really hard on the project and is proud of the accomplishment.

“Like so many of the people in attendance at the Open House, I believe the possibilities for Bridgeton are numerous and hopefully brighter days are ahead.

“Second- and third-floor apartments in the downtown are essential to bringing people to the downtown area, and are a needed ingredient to assist owners with the expense of renovating and maintaining the commercial buildings.”

“Did I ever show it to you?” he asked.

Bob Thompson has never lacked confidence — or determination.

“I knew it was going to take over $1 million to fix up that building,” he said. “And I knew I would never get the money back.”

He remembered leaning over a trash can with Hank Murad, who had just bought the Ashley-McCormick building down East Commerce Street.

“I told Hank what I had done and said maybe together we could do something,” said Thompson.

His goal was to bring back the downtown.

So far, it hasn’t happened.

The first floor is rented out and the businesses are doing well, Thompson said, especially the computer store.

The second and third floors are empty.

More businesses are moving out than in downtown.

Thompson wants upstairs renting downtown and he wants it now.

It used to be that way. What happened?

“Ah, some whore yelled out a second story window,” he dismisses the move.

“You want people to locate downtown, you’ve got to give them something,” he stressed.

“That’s the point we’re at now. Don’t you think being able to open a store and also rent out the top two floors would draw?”

Who would rent is mentioned. Certainly not a mother with three kids.

Thompson broke into laughter.

“Deb, come in here,” he giggled. “We were just talking about this.”

Longtime partner Deb Liedtke entered the office.

“He said children shouldn’t be part of renting downtown,” Thompson guffawed. Both know enough about Philadelphia to know it is the norm, with parks nearby.

“Within two blocks, we have the biggest park and a zoo that nobody else has,” said Thompson. “And you say they wouldn’t have any place to play?”

The Realtor knows a transformation can’t happen overnight.

“Look, with all the hoops you have to jump through, it’s not going to affect that many places,” he said. ”Not everybody is going to be able to afford bringing it up to code.

“But, if you were going to open up a barbershop downtown, wouldn’t you be more likely to do it knowing you could rent the top two floors?”

They called Thompson crazy when he bought two of the Seven Sisters buildings at the west end of the downtown on the Cohansey River.

“They said I’d never be able to rent them out,” he recalled.

What he did was put decks overlooking the Cohansey on the back of the buildings and he has tenants, as well as what he describes as thriving stores on the first floor.

“Do you want to go see them?” he asked.

Look for the Ashley-McCormick to get busy again.

It already has CASA on the third floor.

“Jack, you got it wrong.

“Was not Russ DeCamp’s birthday, nor is he a Marine.

“7th Cav Army. Different branches but still brothers. Russ is a good man.”

— Shep

Guess he is a good man. 7th Cav picked up where the Marines left off.

They’ve kicked ass all over the world.

Tripoli? That’s named after Russ’ youngest!

“I would like to thank Shep for nominating me for the Quilt of Valor. He is the kind of person that you would want in a foxhole with you, for sure!

“We had a job to do and we did it to the best of are ability! Thanks again, Marine!

— Russ DeCamp

From now on, let the fighter jets and bombers do our talking.

No more walking or driving down roads in enemy territory to get our legs blown off.

If you’re against that, then don’t send out youngsters over there.

You go.

“Shoutout to Friendly’s. Wow! How wonderful.

“Friendly’s donated to Code Blue cases of frozen food that they have discontinued from their menu and no longer serving for our Code Blue.

“We are so fortunate to receive this wonderful gift. If you go into Friendly’s, make sure you tell them thank you from Code Blue.

“Mr Mel and Mrs. Maryanne Glick at the Amish Market once again made another great donation to Code Blue, also. Fresh baked pies, rolls, donuts and pound cakes. What a treat.

“Make sure you say hi to Mr. Glick when you go get your fresh donuts and baked goods at Bridgeton Amish Market.

“Please make sure you support the businesses that support the citizens of Millville!”

— Cindi Stanger Cooke

Millville Code Blue angel

The sticky buns, with and without nuts, come out of the oven every hour on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

It’s the smell that Vineland lost and Hopewell Township gained.

The cakes and pies from Shady Maple, the famous smorgasbord, are fresh every day and so moist. And they have half-cakes, too.

It’s obscene!

How many points on Weight Watchers is a slice of Shady Maple black walnut cake with coconut icing?

Everything in moderation.

Even a Vic’s sub in Absecon, supposedly the biggest sub in South Jersey.





Always shop locally.

“On behalf of Terry Gould, I would like to thank everyone that came out to Wesley Memorial AME Zion Church this past Saturday evening for ‘A Celebration of HOPE IV’ presented by Tri City H.O.P.E.

“It was great evening of inspiration for all that attended. I also thank all of the speakers and performers for believing in us enough to volunteer their time and talents to help Tri City H.O.P.E.

“Pastor Wayne DeShields and the congregation of Wesley, as usual, opened their doors and extended their hospitality to Tri City H.O.P.E. Please stay tuned as ‘A Celebration of HOPE V’ is already being planned.”

— Jerry Young

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Bridgeton City Council work session tomorrow night at 4:30 p.m. during which planner Cindy Williams will answer any questions council has about her 401-page proposal for the city park.

Over 58 1/2 wins; Recipe for a great team; Don’t park in blue horizontal-lined space; Start with 30-second spots; New homes on the southside; Bob Thompson’s take; Russ DeCamp was Army; Shoutout to Friendly’s; Jerry Young again says thanks

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