Goldie’s clothes closet; Bruce ACO Barry on 92.1 FM Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. after Mike Abbott talks at 11 a.m.; Maddie & Friends; Jose Rivera the Roadhouse meat cutter knows he didn’t win; Mel & Maryanne Glick and soooo-good sticky buns tomorrow; Deanna Speranza-Murphy schools us on cancer and education; Darlene Barber tells Jorje Romero to go for Angie’s!; Mike Abbott says ‘no-attic-living’ rule still in effect


The column that if you need women’s sizes 10 and 12 donated by a Peebles clothes horse, stop down at Goldie Wulderk’s Senior Thrift & Caring Center on East Commerce Street just down from the Ashley-McCormick and Gallery 50 in Bridgeton later tomorrow for a nickel on a dollar.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

 Don’t forget, Bruce (ACO) Barry will be on 92.1 FM Saturday noon to 2 p.m. just to please Rose Smith, from Pennsville, who says we never talk about Salem County.

Bruce runs the shelter down by the river in Pennsville, where we tried to make a dent a couple of years ago, but the people who ran it were more afraid of city council than forcing progress.

Bruce will be on with Animal Friends Foundation’s Ric Kuhns and Rescue Dogs Rock’s Linda Eisenberg to deal with the feral cat explosion and anything else they want to talk about.

Eisenberg will certainly want to discuss The Spot, 618 E. Landis Ave., where she has A Novel Idea — Chapter II, meaning book store at its second location (it’s actually the third), but she has expanded to other niche items you can’t find anywhere else.

Kuhns would like to have help from you so he can’t stop spending all of his own money on helping feral cats.

Instead of holding important events at Cumberland County College, you need only turn on the radio or your computer to join in with us o  an important issue. We know Cumberland County is transportation challenged.

What we now want to k now is (1), why doesn’t Salem County ask for its SPCA charter back, especially when Robin Buoncoure is working so hard on her own saving cats, and (2), why does 9 Fordham Rd. look like a shit house in a nice neighborhood?

A little history

Nov. 13, 2012

It all started behind a bank.

A kitten dropped by a mother cat, who didn’t come back to retrieve it.

The person who found it was Robin Buoncuore, in Quinton Township.

That was 10 years ago.

And that’s when Maddie & Friends was born.

“I named her Maddie and later went to the area to see where she came from,’’ said Buoncuore.

It was there that she came upon the colony, where approximately 60 cats were living.

“My husband and I started, out of pocket, removing kittens and finding them homes,’’ she recalled. “We spay/neutered the teenagers and older cats.’’

Teenagers were relocated to area barns (with permission) and the older cats were returned. And food and shelter was provided.

Today, there is one remaining female in one area of the colony and four in another area. Maddie celebrated her 10th birthday in July. Maddie & Friends has a petfinder site,, and a Facebook page.

“The kittens up for adoption most times don’t come to us cute and cuddly, just waiting for adoption,” said Buoncuore. “Many times, they take weeks of proper care to become healthy and social.’’

Ray Charles was just found with his littermates the weekend before Hurricane Sandy. He was left outside without proper care. His photo is obscene. Kittens many times get URI, eye infections, etc.

“Ray Charles had an eye infection, which left untreated caused his eyes to rupture,’’ she said.

He is blind. His littermates had minor infections, which cleared up with antibiotic.

Uno has a similar story, except he was lucky enough to only have one eye rupture. Uno is up for adoption.

“Ray Charles’ story touched someone’s heart, and he will be going home to a forever home in Maryland in December,” said Robin.

But no one is doing a victory dance because there is so much more to do.

“We have partnered with the Society to Protect Animals to offer the public these services through the Delaware SPCA,” said Robin. “The SPCA comes to New Jersey once a month, picks up the cats at a designated location, and transports them to their facility, where they have surgery and receive rabies and distemper shots.

“The cats are returned the following day.”

Cats are euthanized at a rate of 80 percent (sometimes higher) in shelters. What that translates to is that out of every 100 cats to enter shelters in New Jersey, more than 80 are killed.

The goal is to spay and neuter cats so they can no longer reproduce, which will reduce the numbers entering shelters.

“We do minimal rescue, not animal control. We are a small group of volunteers,” she said “No one receives a salary. Animals in our care are fostered by volunteers, in home, until permanent homes are found. They are vetted, receive shots, and are tested for feline AIDS/Leukemia. Many times they require additional treatment for various health issues.”

Every fall, they hold a holiday auction/fundraiser at the Salem County FOP in Pennsville.

This year, the auction is Thursday, Nov. 15.

Proceeds help fund our spay/neuter clinics and cover the cost of veterinary care, food, supplies etc., for cats/kittens waiting for adoption.

“This year, during our fundraiser, we will collect monetary donations for Cape Atlantic Cats in Ocean City,” said Buoncuore. “The cats were removed prior to Hurricane Sandy, but the shelter is a total mess. They lost equipment, climbers, etc.”

Good meat cutters know when they didn’t do their best.
We’re talking about Jose Rivera, the meat cutter at Texas Roadhouse for the last 13 years who entered the company’s meat cutters competition for the first time in Florida. His fear of flying had kept him out until local owner Andy agreed to drive him down.
Jose made the Final 12 and went for the $20,000 grand prize, but the results won’t be announced until next month when they all come back to Florida for the weeklong awards ceremony.
Jose gets to take his whole family (Andy picking up the tab for the kids). But he knows he didn’t win when they told him and the rest of the 12 to take a 6-pound cut on meat and yield everything possible out of it.
Jose knows he had to do better. The guy who won the last two years didn’t even make the finals this year.
OK, it may not be your March Madness, but it’s all relative, isn’t it? One man’s taking his steak for granted is another man’s Super Bowl.
Jose Rivera didn’t perform before 80,000 fans, but he faced the best.
Outback closing 30 stores in North Jersey.
Try looking for a parking place at the Deptford or Newark, Del., locations at 6 p.m. any night. The word on the street is serving lunch didn’t pan out.
Yeah, they all wait until supper.
Know who doesn’t wait until supper?
Patrons of Mel and Maryanne Glick at the sticky bun shop in the Bridgeton Amish Market.
They come out hot and sticky every hour as the line forms. Or you can pick up a black walnut with coconut icing half-cake picked up at famous Shady Maple smorgasbord the same day.
We eat the whole thing in three pieces.
Why does God put so many calories in things that taste so good?
To a woman and her family desperately fighting cancer, or a young who thought he had it beat and it has returned, can you imagine how much cancer research means right now?
Do we have to wait until it affects you to ask — no, demand — an all-out war on the disease? We don’t need prayers! We need action.
Read on …
Prayers to Trevor Ward, fight the good fight. Maybe we need to listen closer to Joe Biden who is pushing for more cancer research. We also need the FDA to approve drugs faster and cheaper!
“One thing we need to talk about in education is the parents. If schools can’t get parents to invest in their child’s education, we are sunk. Perhaps now is the time to mandate parenting classes, contracts for attendance we stick to.
“We need more structured after-school care with certified teachers to help with homework and tutoring. Let parents pay on a sliding scale. If they don’t work, let them volunteer so my hours at the school.
“We mandate everything else!
“Can you tell I’m feeling better? In these poor communities, why not offer night and weekend classes for those who want to improve their reading and math skills. Hey, make it mandatory to get benefits! Help in finances and filling out a job app.
“Isn’t this putting money in the right place instead of just throwing it down a hole generation after generation! The old give a man a fish! Yes, it will cost money. But, in the long run, if we can get people out of poverty, able to get off welfare and stop generational poverty, it will cost less in the long run.
“This can be a good use of the school facilities. Teachers can certainly use the extra money. It brings parents and teachers together. It makes school a place of hope.”
— Deanna Speranza-Murphy,
former president, Deerfield Board of Education
former teacher at Durand School
And, still, she has time to worry about your kids and the education failures of today.
“Please don’t think about when it will end. Every minute of every day, practice being in the moment and truly enjoy what you are doing right there and then. You have to practice this. It doesn’t just happen.
“Really listen, enjoy what you are doing or who you are talking to. Like a good Century donut! Most of all, be thankful for what you have, be humble and always grateful!”
— Deanna Speranza-Murphy,
who should be preaching from the world pulpit
“Jorje Romero, reach out to Jeannine MacDonald at the Empowerment Zone to discuss your plans with Angie’s Grill.
“There are still second generation funds available for qualifying businesses. Jeanine MacDonald can also guide you through what other options are available for qualified applicants.
“The Empowerment Zone Designation included millions of dollars to stimulate the economy in Cumberland County. Cumberland continues to be a successful model where funds are regenerated through loans.
“Good luck and bring back the pot pie soon!”
— Darlene Barber
Shep’s right knee is twice the size of his left knee.
That’s what keeps him out of a starring role in Ye Greate Street Live, happening Saturday at 6 p.m. at Morris Goodwin School in Greenwich. Ten dollars gets in the whole family.
Listening to Buckshutem is worth the price of admission. Seeing who is playing King Kong is priceless.
YOU CAN BOOK IT: Mike Abbott says the “no-attic-living” ordinance is still on the books in Bridgeton, but not enforced.
Goldie’s clothes closet; Bruce ACO Barry on 92.1 FM Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. after Mike Abbott talks at 11 a.m.; Maddie & Friends; Jose Rivera the Roadhouse meat cutter knows he didn’t win; Mel & Maryanne Glick and soooo-good sticky buns tomorrow; Deanna Speranza-Murphy schools us on cancer and education; Darlene Barber tells Jorje Romero to go for Angie’s!; Mike Abbott says ‘no-attic-living’ rule still in effect

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