The column that says the entire wait staff at Texas Roadhouse will soon be comprised of Cumberland Regional graduates if we keep recommending waitresses from other restaurants, especially West Cumberland Softball World Series participants, and who will ever forget that season?
By Jack Hummel
Radio: 92.1 FM WVLT Saturday noon to 2 p.m.
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It’s called United Advocacy Group, the new umbrella name for everything going on at the Hope Loft on the third floor of the Ashley-McCormick building, 40-44 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton, where 25 dedicated, educated, professional people are using Pascale Sykes Foundation funding to save kids who have no voices in family court, end the terrible statistics for orphans not leading productive lives by offering a summer stay at Rowan promising four years of college with First Star, provide higher education opportunities for children or incarcerated parents and send people having problems to those with the right solutions.
Is there anything left?
We know there are hundreds of agencies out there getting a lot more publicity doing good work, and the United Advocacy Group is connected to most of them.
That will change in this area, starting Saturday, June 3, when United Advocacy Group comes to 92.1 FM WVLT.
The executive director is Rich Nichols at 856-912-0813 and firstname.lastname@example.org. The one you know well through here is Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler, who has raised tens of millions of dollars in five years here by heading Court Appointed Special Advocates.(CASA), and creating the other programs with Pascale Sykes backing.
She is responsible for attracting 100 $20,000 college scholarships — are you listening — 100 $20,000, $20,000, $20,000, $20,000 four-year scholarships for at-risk kids because she is connected with a Chicago billionaire.
Remember that name. They someday may rename Bridgeton Carrton, Millville Carrville and Vineland Carrland — maybe not Vineland, who marches to their own beat, their own health department and own electric company.
Bob Carr is giving back.
You’ll find out all about that over the next few months on 92.1 FM WVLT, even though it has been highly acclaimed for playing Oldies music.
We’ve told you about Fran Sykes and how she is giving away tens of millions of dollars with a short deadline by helping as many people as possible in Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and part of Atlantic County.
Some $40,000,000 is earmarked right now for economic development after an initial goal of helping keep families ago.
Fran has dotted her i’s and crossed her t’s every step of the way, making sure those who apply for her grants have a plan from A to Z and 24 carefully crafted steps in between. You don’t have a plan, you get turned down.
And nothing faith-based.
Two examples locally are GBAT — Greater Bridgeton Area Transit — that is those little buses transporting people around Bridgeton, and a grant enabling the Bridgeton PAL basketball league to flourish.
She has an office in Vineland.
Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler is connected like no other person in Bridgeton. No other. If we wanted Whoopi Goldberg on the show, it’s done. If we want the movie producer on who started the First Star college program for orphans, it’s done.
She once signed up billionaires who wanted to be the first to fly into space.
She’s on the third floor of the Ashley McCormick building — the Hope Loft — when she’s not flying around the country. She a lot of times eats at the Amish Market on Thursdays and Fridays.
We meet her at DiLisi’s, where the salads flow.
Listen for promos on 92.1 FM in the next few weeks produced by the United Advocacy Group itself. Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler comes complete.
And we’re not allowed to tell you what landmark she’s buying in Bridgeton.
Get on board, Jorje Romero!
DJ Zach doing a live broadcast is the big news.
“HALLELUJAH!!! HALLELUJAH!!! There will be dancing in the streets with my wife leading the party.
“I go back to work on May 8. It has been a long winter for both of us.She prayed every morning that I would go to work and get out of her hair.
“If you see vans marked Chip ‘n’ Dale pull into my drive, don’t call me. I don’t want to know.”
— Mike Abbott,
hauling fresh vegetable sustenance to the shore
“Sometimes I wish I was a heroin addict junkie who fell and got hurt at work while he was high, got a huge settlement and started flipping cars with it, like the guy I just had to delete.
“Fell off scaffolding and had rebar go through his arm.”
— Jason Hess,
our 17-year reconstruction project
From the acclimated king of Cedarville …
“Guess I should stay in Cedarville. Really disgusted by how people in general act today. Was sitting at a light at Carll’s Corner and Engine 3301 was en route to a car crash with reported entrapment, and when the light turned green, the cars facing the fire engine took off (engine had lights and sirens blaring) and the engine had to stop and wait for the light to turn red to make the left and head to Walmart.
“Then I stopped at BK and while in the parking lot witnessed a man stop after the drive thru and drop his trash in the parking lot. He glared at me and I mouthed (bleep) and he just shrugged his shoulders!
“Don’t even get me started on the traffic!”
— Brian Scarlato
Drivers who refuse to give way to an emergency vehicle should do 100 hours of community service on first offense.
Just on the emergency vehicle’s say so.
“This morning, we are signing a dual admission agreement with Delaware Valley University (Del Val) that also promises 25K in scholarship monies for our students. Top-ranked university whose agricultural and horticultural programs are only second to Cornell.
“Propelling our students further and setting the bar high!
“They want to do hydro and aquaponics with us also, and with K-12 kids for career exploration. Exciting!
— Yves Salomon-Fernandez,
Cumberland County College president
coming to 92.1 FM on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m.