Open 24 hours how many ways? Happy memories of the Bridgetowne; Shep hanging in; Amy Ellis Nutt a blue-chip journalist; Millville PAL; Four hair salons on Shiloh Pike? Dr. Mike Abbott: Don’t eat greens; Blood is not blue; Katie Doodle working Monday at DiLisi’s Roadhouse open for lunch on Monday; Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies vs. Grand Mac; Designer Bag bingo; Food trucks headed to NJMP; Blue Angels headed for Millville


The column that says why does a business that is open 24 hours/7 days a week have to put on their drive-thru window: Monday thru Friday — 24 hours. Saturday — 24 hours. Sunday — 24 hours, but there must be a good reason and that scares us to death.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

How small a world is it?

Doctor’s office not important so as not to embarrass anybody.

Us: Are we in the right place?

“What is your name?”

Us: Hummel.

“Any relation to the Hummel in Vineland?”

Us: Nope, came from Delaware.

“Well, you look like him. He’s in the local newspaper. Let me look.”

She picked up a Daily Journal.

“Nope, his picture is not in there today.”

Us: You mean the South Jersey Times, and it hasn’t been in there since Dec. 31 a year ago.

“I don’t read the paper much.”

A woman at the end of the counter, we can identify.

“I’m Tony Mazzeo’s wife. He works at Sunny Slope. You did a story on him. I’m also good friends with Karen Sexton, and she always talks about you.”

Memories came rushing back.

Tony Mazzeo was going to retire to the tan house on the end of the beach until Sandy hit. He’s still working, giving half the store away to everybody he knows.

He knows everybody.

We’ve loved Karen Sexton since she was the shining light waitress at the Bridgetowne when Joe Grega was the short-order cook and Nelda Krevetski rode herd on the staff.

Every day at lunch, with the place packed with bankers, store workers, shoppers and Newsies, the conversation went like this:

Us: Karen, are you married?’


You’ll have to ask her to tell you the rest of the story when she comes up from Florida occasionally.

At first, her favorite words were, “… you little bastard. No, you big bastard …” when we needled her.

Now, she hates us.

Can Shep quit smoking?

No way.

“So far it hasn’t been that bad. Been staying busy cutting wood, splitting new bean poles and filling bird feeders.

“Anything to stay busy , but I am getting tried of hard candy.”

— Shep

Does it include harassing the woman down the street?

More on our dumb idea to invite the homeless to the Sock Hop, the fundraiser for them.

“I will go around and see some today and ask if they would like to attend.”

— Cindi Stanger Cooke,

Millville Code Blue

Of course it’s not a good idea. We don’t them to be a spectacle, although when Pastor Rob Weinstein gets done dressing them up, you can’t tell us from them.

And they did drop out of society. And it probably would be a cultural shock. They would much rather stay on their turf.

But, one thing it would not be is that they are too dangerous!

We have a good friend who believes watching them in line to get showers every Saturday at Bethany Grace Community Church is disgusting, probably because it is not Bridgeton putting its best foot forward for visitors.

If so, personally, we don’t care to see those visitors.

Did the journalist who wrote the story on Sandy’s effect on Sandy win a Pulitzer?

That’s what we were told today. Her name is Amy Ellis Nutt and she wrote it for the Star-Ledger.

Here is her  bio:

Born in Staten Island, I grew up in central New Jersey as the middle child of five, daughter of Dave and Grace Nutt. I have a beloved brother and sisters and 12 adored nieces and nephews.

An aborted career as an academic serendipitously propelled me, albeit late out of the gate, into journalism. Sports Illustrated magazine, and Bambi Bachman Wulf, gave me my start as a fact-checker. A Masters degree in Journalism, earned at Columbia University in one of the J-school’s first part-time classes, helped me realize that as much as I loved sports, I didn’t want to write about them the rest of my life.

Nearly everything I know about storytelling I learned at The Newark Star-Ledger, where I was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2009 for “The Accidental Artist,” which eventually became a book, “Shadows Bright as Glass.” In 2011, I was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for my series “The Wreck of the Lady Mary.”

In 2014 I was lucky to land a dream job as a science writer at The Washington Post, where my beat is the “brain.” Currently I live in Washington, D.C., but I’m still a Yankees fan.



Here is an excerpt from one of her stories:

… It wasn’t about being ignored — they were used to that, they were fine with that — it was about being ignored when so much was wrong. The storm shattered lives and livelihoods, sweeping away precious fishing grounds that sustain thousands and contribute millions to the state economy.

Spend time on the wide grass prairies as they cut salt hay or on the bay as they rake oysters. Drink a can or two of Bud with them, walk the drenched land with them and see for yourself how nothing much has changed since Sandy throttled the Bayshore.
Be sure to stop along the beachfront, too. Homes that once huddled here against the storm now form ghost towns from which only occasionally a man or woman emerges, specterlike, to claim not all is lost.
Do this and you will see and hear for yourself what it means to die not from a natural disaster, but from neglect, with no one to help, no one who has the governor’s ear and no experience asking for public money after a disaster … .
And …
It’s easy to see why wildlife biologists and conservationists refer to the Delaware Bayshore as the “Serengeti of the West.” The land stretches to the horizon, Kansas-flat, revealing a painter’s palette of green. Asparagus, iris and morning glory grow wild by the side of the road. And over islands of water in the middle of meadows, snowy egrets flutter awkwardly to earth like tetherless kites. So flat is the western coast of the state that many who live here have a view of both sunrise and sunset and the constellation Cassiopeia can be seen year-round.
This is the LeBron James, Mike Trout and Tom Brady of journalism.
“I would like to thank the Millville High School Basketball Program for recognizing Millville Youth Basketball.
“Tonight, during halftime of the varsity game, they gave a shoutout to the Millville Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Millville Basketball Association (MBA).
“Thanks, and let’s go, Bolts!”
— Rick Kott,
Millville PAL basketball
Another hair salon headed for Shiloh Pike in the rental just exited by Hair Barn?
That will make Shear Mania, the new one, Hair Barn and Outlook Salon.
“You need to talk to your doctor. Green salad makes your blood thicker.”
— Mike Abbott
At the specialist’s today:
Is blood blue until it hits the air and then turns red, or is the vein blue?
Tech: Vein is blue.
Second tech: Blood is blue.
Then why is blood in the bag red when you give blood without it hitting the air?

Blood is always red. Oxygen-rich blood is bright red as it leaves the heart. When it returns in veins without much oxygen, it’s still red, but it’s a deeper, darker red.

So why do veins look blue?

It all has to do with the science of light. The colors we see are the result of which wavelengths of light are reflected back to our eyes. Veins appear blue because blue light is reflected back to our eyes.



Katie Doodle working Monday night at DiLisi’s.

Texas Roadhouse opens at noon on Monday. Lunch at Texas Roadhouse and dinner at DiLisi’s?

And where is diet-focused Sandra Johnson when we need her.

In Houston, of course!

How many calories in a sleeve of Thin Mints Girl Scout cookies?


Crispy chocolate wafers dipped in a mint chocolaty coating.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 4 Cookies (32g) Servings Per Container: about 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 105mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 6%

In case you care …

There are 890 calories in the new Grand Mac, with 52 grams of fat, 18 grams of saturated fat and 2 grams of trans fat.

— myfitnesspal

Hearse parked in Cherry Hill Dunkin’ Donuts today.

An omen?


Hey, Bridgeton City Council!

Calling all foodies! Save the date! New Jersey Motorsports Park is hosting a Food Truck Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. This is event is FREE and open to the public!

The NJMP Food Truck Festival will feature 10 – 15 food trucks, live music, beer gardens, yard games, on-track action and more!

Be part of this awesome event!

Food Truck application:
Non-food vendor application:

Please email food truck applications to and non-food vendor applications to

Food Trucks:
Wahlburgers on Wheels (Wahlburgers Philly).

Would any of them sign up for Bridgeton City Park as part of the plan to make the park a real tourist destination, including the amphitheater being reborn with the sound of music, the splash park and the zoo?

And miniature golf.

And daylong basketball tournament.

And car show.

And zip line.

And soccer tournament up the hill.

Or should local groups use the chance as fundraisers?

The Blue Angels are coming back to Millville this year for the air show on May 27 and 28!

YOU CAN BOOK IT: If you’re going to doubt what you hear is going on in Cumberland County, doubt the bad stuff, not the good stuff.

Open 24 hours how many ways? Happy memories of the Bridgetowne; Shep hanging in; Amy Ellis Nutt a blue-chip journalist; Millville PAL; Four hair salons on Shiloh Pike? Dr. Mike Abbott: Don’t eat greens; Blood is not blue; Katie Doodle working Monday at DiLisi’s Roadhouse open for lunch on Monday; Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies vs. Grand Mac; Designer Bag bingo; Food trucks headed to NJMP; Blue Angels headed for Millville

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