Newspaper delivery woes; Full-length mirrors needed; Diet guru coming up; 92.1 FM coming line-up, including president of CCC; Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler; Now it’s Restoration House; Ric Kuhns keeps feral cat situation real; Millville Youth Week; CCC president speaks and gets responses

The column that says if your newspaper(s) is not delivered, you can’t decide to go with another area newspaper because the same carrier delivers all three, so if he misses with one, he’ll miss with all, so now we stopped getting one of them on April 22 and ordered another one, but the first one’s manager called and said he’d get to back to us, so here it is almost a week later and it’s still be delivered — in duplicate — and the new newspaper hasn’t been seen yet, and did we tell everybody’s price went u.p?

By Jack Hummel

Radio: 92.1 FM WVLT Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.


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Good evening!

If God made us all with full-length mirrors hanging 5 feet out in front of us so we see ourselves as others see us, there would be no fat Americans, and if you don’t believe it, how many times have you muttered “How disgusting!” to yourself when you see obesity struggling down a store aisle?

Our diet guru — Giuseppe Ungaro — coming up from Somers Point next week to tweak our diet with his calorie calculator that says at our height and weight, we should eat 2,671 calories to maintain and 2,200 to lose.

Like everybody, we inhale more calories a day than we think. We’re down 64 pounds since Aug. 13, but, apparently, a house salad with hard-boiled egg, bacon bits and onions and grilled chicken house salad with a had-boiled egg, bacon bits and onions — both with light ranch dressing — are not enough to prevent creating fat.

So we’ve gone to no-fat ranch we carry with us, and all this is served by waitresses weighing 105 pounds. All this because we refuse to have surgery to correct a bad habit.

Executive Director Steven Paul, of Bridgeton Main Street, on 92.1 FM with us at noon Saturday, May 6, to hype Cinco de Mayo. We will get into it and find out why more gringos don’t attend.

Bridgeton Historian Jim Bergmann will be on 92.1 FM Saturday, May 13, at noon to talk, but asks that you listen for an hour unless you have specific questions related to his what he is informing you.

He is heading the intricate and different Memorial Day ceremonies at Old Broad Street Church this year. He built a railroad and a boxcar to run on that railroad in Maine, so never sell Bergmann short on what he’s talking about. Inhale it!

We can’t get rid of crime, drugs and gangs, and we can’t get rid of feral cats, and you wonder why we come off so hyper, and why Al Solanik doesn’t want to talk to us at Texas Roadhouse while he’s out buying a new car and we’ve got 267,000 miles on ours.

Did we tell you we’re doing a remote from Vineland Founders Day, Main Road and Landis Avenue, on Saturday, May 20, at the request of T. Carl Hemple, WVLT station manager.

Chris Randazzo will run the board and we could get to know everybody in Vineland, and so could you.

We’d like to have CASA’s Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler on that day connected to a loud speaker in the immediate area so attendees can hear from the best thing to hit Cumberland County since philanthropist Fran Sykes opened her Pascale Sykes office here, and Sam Feinstein bought a camera.

A little history.

Aug. 5, 2012

As a teenager, Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler, the recently appointed executive director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem Counties, Inc. (CASA of CGS), was on the verge of failing out of high school.

She failed nearly every year leading up to high school before flunking ninth grade at Arthur P. Schalick High School in Pittsgrove, and after moving to Florida, failed 10th grade, Kappeler said.

“I think I missed half the school year probably,” Kappeler said. “I just skipped … I felt like I was drowning and just didn’t know how to turn things around … I was pretty much an academic failure from the beginning.”

In Florida, a mentor persuaded Kappeler to join the school debate team. One year, the topic was homelessness. To prepare her, Kappeler’s mentor took her to a homeless shelter where she met kids who couldn’t enroll in school because they didn’t have permanent addresses, she said. The experience altered the course of her life.

“I was looking at these students thinking, ‘how are they going to go anywhere in life if they don’t get an education,’” Kappeler said.

“I realized that no matter what I had been through, whatever my experiences were, I had an opportunity that I squandered, and I felt responsible at that moment to not take that opportunity for granted,” Kappeler said. “I never failed another class.”

From then on, Kappeler dedicated herself to service and to empowering others to volunteer in their communities. In her newest position with CASA, Kappeler continues to serve by mobilizing volunteers to improve the lives of children in southern New Jersey.

CASA trains volunteers to advocate for youth and neglected children. These volunteers stay with a particular child through the foster care process and act as that child’s advocate, Kappeler said.“They’re just a volunteer, but they’re the most important person in the life of that child,” Kappeler said. “Everyone else has an agenda or a disinterest. (The volunteer) is a fierce advocate for the child.”

Kappeler’s early troubles and her experiences in service and mobilizing others made her a perfect fit for leading CASA of CGS, said Kappeler’s co-worker, Amanda Peoples.

“Her many experiences in the non-profit and also the business world will enableCASA to expand farther into our communities,” Peoples said. “She is passionate about empowering youth and has a great drive to make a difference in this area.”


After her experience at the homeless shelter, Kappeler immersed herself in community service, helped create and implement a service-learning program into Orange County schools in Florida, was the youngest person involved in a design council for the Disney model town of Celebration, Fla., and created her own non-profit to engage people nationwide in service.Kappeler was also invited to join a leadership council with the Points of Light Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with President George H.W. Bush dedicated to bringing volunteers and organizations together to solve national issues.

She found herself mingling with CEOs, inventors and prominent leaders in the community.

At one meeting, Kappeler felt compelled to tell her story.

“I said that getting young people engaged in service is not just about the people they’re helping, it transforms the life of the person doing the service,” she said. “I told my story, how I failed ninth and tenth grades and made the honor roll because these homeless kids did more for me than I ever did for them.”

That moment led to Kappeler embarking on a whirlwind series of speaking engagements sharing her story and encouraging young people to serve their communities.

“(I went) from being a kid who was skipping school and just wallowing in depression and feeling worthless … to rising and (helping to) define the national agenda on service and civic engagement,” she said. “It was an extremely empowering time in my life.”

She was accepted into American University in Washington, D.C., on the merits of her service experiences and in 2001, graduated from the University of Denver College of Law, where she studied child advocacy law.

In the wake of the Columbine shooting, Kappeler organized a program called “Day of Hope.” She also toured the country speaking about violence prevention in schools and promoted service-learning and conflict resolution programs in 50 Colorado schools, detention centers and homeless shelters.

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, occurred a few months after Kappeler graduated from law school. She was unemployed, young and idealistic, and had a vision of citizens rebounding from the tragedy by serving each other, she said.

“It’s not what happens to us, it’s how we respond that defines us,” she said. “Instead of seeing us weeping and dejected, (terrorists) should see millions of us helping each other, feeding our hungry, education our illiterate, helping people who are unhealthy, doing service … and let images of hope take over images of terror.”

She sold her television to Mormon missionaries and pawned her most valuable belongings. With the few hundred dollars she received in return, Kappeler and a friend drove to Washington, D.C., in an old pickup truck. When they arrived, she contacted organizations she had worked with in the past and explained her vision to anyone who would listen.

Within five months, Kappeler secured the support of hundreds of non-profits and celebrities such as Kelly Clarkson, had a promotional trailer being played on 5,000 movie theater screens and registered young people in all 50 states and in 150 countries to participate in the “United Day of Service” on the one-year anniversary of 9/11.
The event belonged to the people, she said.

“There was an innate desire in people to be a part of a response,” she said. “They wanted to do something, all we were doing was creating an outlet for that.”

In 2003, Kappeler became the youngest women in history to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, running to represent Virginia’s 8th district, where she was living at the time.

“I loved running for Congress, and I met thousands of people,” she said. “It was just an extraordinary learning experience.”

However, after experiencing the backdoor deals and darker sides of congressional campaigning and having the FBI on speed dial to protect her from a stalker, Kappeler said she felt compelled to withdraw from the race.

“For someone as young and wide-eyed as I was, it was just disheartening,” she said. “If you’re going to (run), you need to set your mind on it, build up your network, really dig deep into the issues and get involved in the issues in your (district), and you need to make sure the people around you are prepared.”

In 2011, Kappeler debuted, a resource and advocacy organization for young Americans. The organization was heralded by Whoopi Goldberg on “The View.”


CASA of CGS executive director Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler
CASA of CGS executive director Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler

Kappeler recently decided to move back to New Jersey after the birth of her one-year-old son.“I didn’t think I would ever come back, but I feel like I have a responsibility to come home and take everything that I’ve learned and experienced and help the community I’m from,” she said. “And I want my son to live in a community where we know all our neighbors and he can ride his bike and go out on the lake and fish and go to a small community church. I don’t want him to be caught up in the rat race.”

With CASA, Kappeler hopes to serve all 1,200 children in foster care in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.

“Every single case, each one of those children (having) a CASA advocate would make an enormous difference,” she said. “Right now, the goal is to, within the next 24 months, double the number of children we’re serving to become the best CASA program in the country.”

Despite nearly failing high school, Kappeler’s achievements have been the result of taking initiative and working harder than the people around her, she said.

“It wasn’t just a desire or the inspiration that took me from one point to the next. I had to work 18 hours a day … I (told myself) ‘I may not be the smartest person and I may not have all the resources, but I can get up earlier than (others) do and I can go to bed later, and in between that time I can work harder,’” Kappeler said.

“Every person in history, every single one who has ever made any kind of impact, if you look back at their lives, they were the least qualified people to do it,” she said. “The world belongs to the people who say, ‘You know what? I’m going to show up and do it anyway.’”

— Dan Rogers

You can’t imagine how far her effort has advanced in five years, but we’re going to make sure you find out in the months ahead!

Rev. Stephen P Harris, President & Founder of the Millville Community Church, along with the board of directors today announced that their name has officially changed to Restoration House.

For more information about Restoration House, please visit their website at .   You can also reach them by phone 856-300-2552 or email at  Fax number is 856-210-7481.

Donations are welcomed by either the website or the app as well as  accepted during church services. The attire is casual.  The preacher preaches in jeans.

Restoration House is a 501c3 non-profit in Millville and is a church plant of Gloucester County Community Church. Restoration House was created to lift the fallen, restore the broken, and help the hurting to advance the kingdom of God.

Ric Kuhns makes it clear his past was his own feelings …

“This post is in response to an opinion featured in Jack Hummel’s blog on 4/26/17. As my original communication to Hummel did not contain the name of the foundation I represent, let’s be clear that this is my personal opinion and therefore not intended to represent the opinions of the membership of Animal Friends Foundation who work very hard for the purpose of reducing the feral cat population in our area.

“Animal Friends Foundation’s advocacy of managed colony care is meant for the sole purpose of bringing together those who represent both sides of the TNVR issue in order to show that our ultimate goal is the same, but that action has to be taken now because they are not going to magically disappear no matter how many times you cross your arms and blink your eyes.”

— Ric

And more …

“2,000 feral cats in Cumberland Co.? I might dip enough to think between 20,000 and 30,000. Charity estimate formulas estimate more than 8,000 in Millville alone, but 2,000 ?

“If there’s only 2,000 stray/feral cats in Cumberland County, we have no feral cat problem. And you guys should help us instead of just complaining without bringing an alternative to TNVR to the table.

“I get it, you don’t like feral cats. Well neither do I. I wish there weren’t any, and I’ll tell you this as well — we’ll get a lot closer to not having any by practicing TNVR than we will if we all did what you’re doing, nothing.

“Doing nothing is why we have this problem and why it gets worse every year. 2,000? Give me a break! Why don’t you go talk to the developers who are ripping out acreage by the hundreds to build developments people can’t afford, and forcing wildlife closer to where these cats are.

“These are ‘community cats.’ they’re not car pooling out to the woods to climb trees and snack on birds, I’m an animal person, not a cat person, I don’t want to annihilate one species in favor of another, 2,000.

“And while we’re at it, let’s print this, too. I call ’em like I see ’em., and I stand on wood. I may think some of the actions or policies that Diane Starn or Bev Greco or any other person whose job requires that they do these things are wrong or unfair, but they’re not doing anything outside the parameters of the laws and policies that guide them.

“And that’s what needs to change, the policy not the person. And anyone that’s done their homework would know that. And I didn’t affix my Foundation’s name, either. I’ve learned to separate my personal feelings from those that guide the mission statement of Animal Friends Foundation.”

— Ric Kuhns

Wonder how many people would come on board if it were announced by officials that TRAP AND KILL would start on a certain date down the road?

Had it been announced that those swans at Parvin State Park and Mannington Meadows were going to be shotgunned on a certain date if nothing was done to save them, we guarantee they would have been saved.

“Working on my inauguration speech and envisioning what kind of transformation we can work together to achieve in Cumberland County. Setting our sights high, raising the bar, inspiring and holding ourselves accountable for better outcomes. Embracing the 30-year vision.”

— Prez Yves Salomon-Fernandez,

Cumberland County College president

“You can inspire many by sharing your dream and plans for positive change and growth. But inspiration needs to be followed by action to promote the change. A call for workers is needed. A call for volunteers is needed. I want to see change. I am willing to work. May you lead in such a way that dreams and plans become a reality.”

— Jo Ann Street,

our guru to end violence in the late 1990s, early 2000s

“I’ve been asking city hall this for the last 3 years. I can’t wait to see it. We need to lay it out of we want our community to look like.”

— Pastor Steve Harris

The faces of the March For Autism Saturday at Sunset Lake in Bridgeton backed by the national association and rabidly pushed locally by Gladys Lugardo-Hemple to the point of 10,000 people should show up.

Ionic Lodge 40, 180 Vine St., Bridgeton, is collecting new or used coats for winter coat giveaway this coming winter. Contact Jerry Warner at 856-392-8292.

Chandra Pitts, an absolute icon in Delaware in fighting everything bad, is coming back on 92.1 FM on Saturday, May 27, from noon to 2 p.m.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Get involved!

Newspaper delivery woes; Full-length mirrors needed; Diet guru coming up; 92.1 FM coming line-up, including president of CCC; Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler; Now it’s Restoration House; Ric Kuhns keeps feral cat situation real; Millville Youth Week; CCC president speaks and gets responses

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