The column that says it’s fun to watch somebody ordering at a drive-thru speaker and accenting their verbal order with their hand and fingers out the window, but what isn’t fun is seeing that the Wendy’s double hamburger — named the Double Dave after the founder of Wendy’s who in his last years professed healthy eating, even if too late — is the official sandwich of the NCAA, and what kind of message is that sending to our kids?
By Jack Hummel
Radio: 92.1 FM WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.
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Talk about impatience for spring to arrive, in Sunday’s evening’s 45-degree temperatures, there was a line at Hopewell Custard.
As summer in waning, some people actually buy the custard and freeze it to eat over the winter.
Is Manco & Manco Pizza open again at the shore despite the guilty verdicts?
“Always GREAT to hear from you. Glad you’re still hanging tough.
“Apparently you still have a great taste in music. I’m still playing some ball and keeping the orthopedic surgeons busy throughout South Jersey.
“Your constant friend.”
— Mickey Gentile
Who’s going to retire from ball first, Mickey, you or Gary Fischer?
Or, who will be the first to play with his grandson?
They now have an 0ver-70 league where games are played at different rest homes and there is a drool bucket in every dugout. Bats are shaped like canes on the end.
“Driving to work on a Saturday morning, so love hearing Richard Hoch.”
— Reva Christian
“Carl (station manager Hemple) calls my show! And, he doesn’t yell.”
— Rich Hoch,
92.1 FM Saturdays 6 to 8 and sometimes 9 a.m.
“Rich Hoch, now of Camden County, where the tax birds sing every morning:
“From the media center at Camp Cupcake.
“Executive Director:The Lovely Kathy.
“The City of Bridgeton needs a super shock to revive the core — the retail shopping district.
“I have an idea. On Laurel Street, we have the old Rite-Aid and JC Penny buildings that can be combined to create a large retail space. The space is large enough to attract a serious retailer.
“I understand the owners of Forman Mills are sharp managers and eager to obtain favorable rent rates, or they don’t open.
“I would suggest a request from the state or the feds for money (they’re giving it away anyway!) to offer Forman Mills a rent-freel ease for this large space in return for a well-managed, full-service store with the hours similar to their Vineland store.
“They may bite … they may not.
“I’m not sure any other store could do it as well. They have what people want and need.
“Grants may be available or ask LoBiondo, Sweeney or whomever and get something done.
“Get the money to convert the space right.
“Step up, make it look like one beautiful place. If this were to happen, the draw could be incredible Other stores with the right business plan (new signage AND facades) should follow. This could break the image issue and stimulate a movement.
“Security and the threat of shoplifting may give them concern, but probably not more than their other stores.
“Maybe, police can do extra walk-throughs downtown with consistency Put that in the grant, too!
“Why not? What do you think? Morty (Lieberman) worthy?”
— Radio Talk Show Host and Camp CupCake member Richard Hoch
… and …
July 24, 2015
The Saturday morning man, the one who slinks through the streets of Camden and Cumberland counties on his way to 92.1 FM to do his 6 to 8 a.m. radio show, believes he has found funding for kids, seniors, the afflicted and drug programs.
“Jack Hummel, you claim we have no money to help seniors, the special needs people, drug addiction programs.
“Well,l here is just one government program that wastes.
“Look at the numbers: $64.3 billion in 2013, $63.5 billion in 2012. That’s $127.3 billion in just 2 years!
“Erroneous payments by Medicare increased by almost 12 percent, from around $44.3 billion in 2012 to almost $49.9 billion in 2013.
“That means that last year, nearly $1 out of every $10 spent on Medicare beneficiaries was doled out by mistake.
HHS made an estimated $64.3 billion in erroneous payments last year under Medicare and Medicaid combined, an increase from the $63.5 billion in 2012.
One of hundreds of departments wasting money.
— Richard Hoch
Does he still talk about this? Of course not. He realizes when a subject has been beaten to death.
When we suggested teenagers could scrap exteriors of houses in Bridgeton to the bare wood for the only decent way to paint them into their former glory, a caller on Saturday reminded us that the first two layers of paint are probably lead-based.
And we remembered that a lead base paint expert once figured to would cost $80 million to rid all of Bridgeton of lead-based paint. That was so long ago, the figure now would be at least doubled.
But lack of summer jobs for teenagers is a BIG city problem. How about we put them to work doing something vital for the city — carpentry — instead of raking leaves.
Hammer Thumbs instead of the old Green Thumbs.
Teens haven’t been asked to/ do vital things since we hunted for bear. And you wonder why they feel worthless?
When Bridgeton used to get aid as a distressed city, the rub was the givers would tell us how to spend it — or not spend it — and we didn’t like that.
However, now, the city government can’t even agree among themselves how to spend tax or bond money, even though everybody means well and ran on the same “ticket.”
“Join some community group’s to help us make a change.”
— Jorje Romero,
Bridgeton Main Street
We applaud and encourage the work of Bridgeton Main Street, and Director Steven Paul and board chairman Debbi Boykin-Greenberg, who get offered less monetary help from the city every year. We hear now it’s $30,000.
It used to be $75,000.
If BMS could talk an investor like the Green Olive-Hopewell Shopping Center backer into investing in North Laurel Street’s vacant eyes where one side is fire-ravaged bare ground and the other side is pure historic gingerbread from the third floor up, maybe a lot more people would come on board.
Somebody convinced Bob Thompson to invest $1 million in the former McGear building at Laurel and Commerce, and somebody talked Hank Murad to put $1 million into the Ashley-McCormick on East Commerce Street, with Gallery 50 and Cumberland County College between Murad and Thompson, and now Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler’s CASA organization on the third floor of the Ashley backed by the Pascale Sykes Foundation with $40,000,000 to invest in 3 1/2 counties.
Don’t waste time on poor people like us.
As a famous philanthropist once said, “If he’s worth a half-billion dollars, you’re wasting your time, so go after a billionaire.”
You will not change Bridgeton on GoFundMe.
“Are all those buildings owned by just a few people?
“Perhaps if people did what you just did, record the addresses of dilapidated buildings and flood code enforcement with complaints it might have an effect. The trash in the streets mirrors the condition of the properties.
“Fairfield/Bridgeton has a LONG way to go.”
— Cindy Zirkle
Cindy, you and Doc are just the kind of people we are talking about. Not only wealthy, but caring, like Karen Cox.
We must update you that since Dean Dellaquila took recycling by the horns in Bridgeton, the trash has disappeared, and we’ll make money recycling once we pay off the cost of the blue and red barrels.
Five-figures a year money.
Talk to Dean, Cindy. He’s the head of the quickly-diminishing public works department where they hold a retirement party and get rid of that chair for the next one.
Dean is one house removed from running for mayor.
One toke over the Bridgeton-Hopewell line.
“Had a hot roast pork sandwich with provolone, broccoli rob and a dash of BBQ sauce from Poliseno’s. Great food!”
— Billy Adams
They came from Rosenhayn to North Pearl Street, to the old custard stand.
“Nice to be in South Jersey again where people say hello and hold the door for you at Wawa.
“You won’t find that at other convenience stores. Thanks for being you, South Jersey!”
— Darlene Barber
That’s because you’re good-looking, and not big and hulking.
Contagious, contentious, crafty, cunning, courageous, controversial D. Bailey Miles unveils her plans for Millville this week with spreadsheets, graphs and a projector at the LongHorn as executives at other tables quietly sit by and marvel.
YOU CAN BOOK IT: It is only bad if you are a doctor to run out of patience.