The column that says we haven’t had this much hype about a 7-inch snowstorm since the Blizzard of 1888, and it’s because we’ve had a mild winter, for if we had 10 inches last week and 9 inches the week before, we’d take this one in stride, and this one is the savior for those who went to Florida for the winter saying it was worth it.
By Jack Hummel
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Do we relly care when we hear Boston is going to get 2 feet of snow?
We’re just thankful it’s not here and we’re glad we don’t live in Boston, unless we’re Mike Abbott, who God still hasn’t forgiven for coming from there as evidenced by his blown up heater and 20-degree temperatures in his house.
Since the use of brine was started a few years ago, the only unsafe roads three hours after the storm ends are those still using salt and sand.
Whether it’s 12 inches or 18 inches, a snowplow can still clear it as soon as the storm ends. This is one will be classified as a blizzard if sustained winds reach 35 mph. Right now, they’re predicting 40 mph gusts.
A whiteout is when you have to lower your driver’s-side window to see where the road is because driving snow is making visibility impossible out the windshield.
Newspaper people always go through the worst conditions in their 10-year-old junkers because they’re expected to be in the office, while TV personalities like Cicely Tynan get picked up at their door by a tank limousine.
And newspaper people never live where they work.
Shep knows the Ackmonster …
“The Ackmonster made a hummingbird for my old lady. It was outstanding, like everything he has done.
“I have pieces of his work sent to the Midwest and other places. Good man and friend. Also, a brother Marine.”
But he’s never tried to do Shep.
Can you imagine a 6-foot, chain-saw carved statue of Shep ringing the Salvation Army bell where Greenwich Road meets Ye Greate Street just to keep the turkey buzzards away?
If it’s still $100 a foot, we’ll raise the money, but it must be carved out of oak, same as the real Shep.
Senator Linda Greenstein has introduced a bill that requires shelters to save lives and treat animals humanely. Specifically, S3019 mandates New Jersey animal shelters:
1) Notify rescues and other interested parties 2 business days prior to killing any animal
2) Not kill animals when empty kennels or other alternatives exist
3) Make serious efforts to reunite lost pets with families
4) Stay open at times when people can visit
5) Be inspected by qualified individuals 3 times a year
6) Share animal outcome statistics
7) Provide socialization, exercise and better veterinary care to animals
8) Use state certified individuals to euthanize animals to ensure such animals are euthanized humanely
9) Pay increased fines for violating state shelter laws
While Senator Greenstein should amend the bill to remove provisions allowing shelters to kill animals rescues in good standing are willing to take and letting local health departments rather than the NJ Department of Health conduct required inspections, this bill is a game changer.
Regressive shelters will do everything they can to kill this bill.
Therefore, we need everyone to call and email their local Senator and Assemblyman and demand they vote in favor of S3019.
All state senator and assemblyman contact information:http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/abcroster.asp.
Is the good senator going make the state pay for all these extra services, when they’ve done nothing to end pit bull fighting?
Or will shelters have to charge $200 for each adoption? We have a favorite rescue group that charges $300 each and brings in animals from all over, and has no trouble placing them because they have high-end connections with areas that can not only afford to have pets, but have trouble finding them to adopt.
The Cumberland County SPCA now transfers more adoptions to other areas than they do here. Why can’t we connect with sources in Princeton and Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Bergen counties where the per capita income is between $42,000 and $48,500?
Don’t demand! Connect!
A little history.
One year ago today.
If you have a student at BHS or getting ready to move up to BHS, make sure they join Sgt. George Linen in Junior ROTC.
We promise he will make a well-rounded person out of your son or daughter.
When the agencies rate high schools, they didn’t include Linen.
And that still holds true today. Guaranteed or your money back.
So, tell us, what has being an Abbott District done for education in Cumberland County, when schools like Deerfield have had to scrape and beg to get through the school year, but might be one of the tightest districts around?
How have we spent the extra money and what have been the real results? We’re just asking, but we know Peggy Gentile-Van Meter had to buy her own school supplies every year — but she was Cumberland Regional.
We would never turn down funding, but let’s get some real numbers here.
Is anybody else willing to pay George Norcross $1 million a year to move down here and save Cumberland County like he is the city of Camden?
“Most of you know that I’ll be running for the NJ General Assembly in the First Legislative District.
“Well, already a former assemblyman has labeled me a racist, hypocrite, radical and a do-nothing politician. Ahhhh, let the race begin. I wonder what he sees when he looks in the mirror. I wonder what will be said once it becomes official? Stay tuned for updates.”
— Jim Sauro
He has you confused with congress.
Pompous, flaccid Congress has done more to negatively affect the future of this country than Russia ever will.
“Mushrooms stuffed with crab meat available this weekend $15 per dozen.”
— Bob Barber,
“As a leader, you have to know when your time is up and it’s time to move on to new challenges, levels, and things that spark new motivation, or you’ll begin to go on a decline and/or become stagnant!
“Life will tell you when it’s time to elevate. You just can’t ignore the signs!”
— Bryan Real,
Takes A Village
Uh oh! Setting us up for a departure?
Wanna be accuBrian …
“Officially, we could see 2-6 inches here in Cumberland County.
“Reality, we could see 1 inch to 12 inches. Storm could come closer and only start and stop as snow with lots of rain in between. Storm could form farther out to sea and we stay mainly snow with some sleet and rain mixed in.
“Hopefully, we just get a few inches and spring returns next week!”
— Brian Scarlato,
on his dynomometer
7 inches max.
“Tonight’s ‘shots fired’ courtesy of the folks in the 500 block of Second Street.”
21 hours ago
We know where the crime is. We know the parameters. And, still, it is allowed to exist because we don’t make it uncomfortable enough for them.
They feel at home in their element, which they totally own and get all the help they want, and, besides, what has society done for them other than take care of the children.
They feel hopeless, and we feel scared, and never the twain shall meet.
And then there’s the pushback:
“One less A-hole ruining our town. I wish they’d all just shoot each other and put us out of our misery. Such nice people, aren’t they? NOT!”
— Tired of all this Millville resident
How do you feed someone, house someone and then turn them out into 7 inches of snow?
Can we sit them in a house of God singing hymns until at least noon? The Salvation Army auditorium? Shoveling snow outside the Alms Center? Cancel the snowplow and let them shovel by hand to feel like somebody?
It’s important to feel like somebody. All the volunteers are raised to a new level.
Hurry, M25 initiative with permanent housing!
But no one freezes to death anymore. Now, we just overdose. Do we need overnight facilities for addicts? But we don’t feel the same about addicts as the homeless, do we?
And the homeless have too many detractors as it is.
Nick opening DiLisi’s Ristorante Tuesday for lunch.
Bob Thompson’s world never stops.It doesn’t even slow down in his landlord empire.
He grants an interview around hourly cell phone calls from his broker (perhaps disguised as his rent collector), workers explaining how repairs are going, and while praising his office staff for keeping the business giant going.
“Is the market up or down?” he asks his broker again and again. “Down? Get back to me.”
He is also a one-man stock market of housing.
“Just bought seven houses,” he revealed. “My son wanted to add to his holdings.”
The one on Preston Avenue will need a new roof.
“That will be about $7,000,” he figured.
People call him every day asking if he wants to buy their house.
He flits from topic to topic.
He laments the cost of putting in a new hot water heater.
“I have to buy a permit,” he said. “Then I have to hire a certified plumber to change the pipes. Then I have to hire a certified electrician to move the wire By the time it’s done, it costs me $500.”
Regardless of the cost, he will upgrade everything in a house he purchases.
New wiring, new heating system, etc.
He prides himself in that.
Out of 450 rentals in the city of Bridgeton, you will not find one in poor condition, even though most are when he buys them.
Why aren’t the houses being sold to prospective home owners?
“The banks aren’t lending,” he said. “I have the money. So they come to me.”
He finds a toy or two in the mix. He once spent a fortune turning an old Victorian into a bed and breakfast on downtrodden Bank Street. Because of the location, it never got off the ground.
“I bought a big, old mansion on the corner of Cedar Street and East Avenue that I’m having fun with,” he said“Will I ever get out of it what I put into it? No.He sees no bad streets in Bridgeton.
“Yes, I have some rentals that if I drove by and saw a bunch of guys on the porch, would I get out and go up and start taking their picture? No,” he said. “I would be afraid.”
But he gets to know all of his tenants.
Bob Thompson loves his city.
“I know you don’t like so many rentals,” he said. “I, too, would like to see owner-occupied homes. I’m not getting any younger. My kids don’t want the headaches.”
If he sat down and figured it out, “I’ll bet I’m owed $1 million in back rent,” he guessed.
If everybody wants the same end result, why is it not happening?
The streets are not safe in more and more neighborhoods.
And this bothers Thompson.
Thompson wants police officers walking city streets.
“Whizzing by in a car doesn’t help,” he said. “If Walnut Street is dangerous, have two officers walk a beat and get to know the residents.”
It’s too dangerous.
“Too dangerous?” he shot back. “What about the woman who needs to walk to the store for milk or a loaf of bread? Is it too dangerous for her?”
If 50 percent of the people are dealing drugs, that leaves the other 50 percent who want you there looking out for them.
“It can’t be done on a Thursday night with code officials going along,” he said of Mayor Albert Kelly’s latest community effort.
“You can’t wait for a shooting to respond. You need to get to know these people on a regular basis.”
He wants people to be able to come home at 5 p.m. and be able to walk to a corner store up until 9 o’clock.
“Without fear of being hit over the head for 50 cents,” he added.
He calls Walnut Street a good street.
“I have some wonderful people I rent to on Walnut Street,” he said. “But two or three bad houses can make a difference.
He admits he would not walk down Walnut Street after dark.
“We have to take back the streets, but it won’t be done on a Thursday afternoon. It will take police officers on patrol.
“They’ll say they don’t have enough men. But, when there’s an accident, five cop cars drive up.”
Bob Thompson has never met a street he rents on that he didn’t like.
YOU CAN BOOK IT: The man is a wealth of knowledge dying on a city vine that needs are the nourishing input it can get .