1000 Degrees gone; Bridgeton Invitational this month; Jerry Alden, John Hickman recalled; Dennis Tawes on 92.1 FM at 1 p.m. Saturday; Steven Paul’s High Hopes on at noon after Mike Abbott; Kristi Birtch’s class beautifying WWII monument at Broad Street School; Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler in Chicago visiting billionaire Bob Carr of ‘Give Back’

The column that says it must be cooler at the Millville mall because 1000 Degrees has closed down, and is there any business that is more competitive than pizza shops because they’re everywhere and once you find one you like, you never change, and everyone swears where they get their pizza is the best around, and if you’re going to call the Phils contenders, let it be because a winning streak has been against good teams.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

The Bridgeton Invitational Baseball Tournament has been moved to this month — 5 days long — and starts on May 18.

Who new?

Gary Fischer, who is the second oldest man in the area to ever play baseball — Mickey Gentile is the 1st — is the tournament director.

The tournament made it to its 50th anniversary being played in August and deserves a 50-year eulogy that can be placed in the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey. It should have its own trophy case … if not its own wall.

The tourney and Bridgeton Midget Football were the last diamonds to glitter.

“It’s another Bacon’s Blast!”

— tournament field announcer

“It’s another Ed’s Body Shop Blast!”

— tournament field announcer

“Pete Rose came to our town tonight … .”

— WSNJ sports director and tournament director Jerry Alden

“Whatcha doin’ siccing that rookie reporter on me, and you’re going with us to our Chincoteague plantation and you’re going with us to the York tournament?

“And you will not sleep in York because we play at 8 a.m. every day after we stay up until 1 a.m. telling stories.

“You’re asking me who my starting pitcher is in the next game? I don’t even tell my players that.”

— Parkway of Wilmington icon John Hickman

“I will not work another tournament as long as that man has a team in it!”

— announcer Al Solanik

Saturday at 1 p.m. on 92.1 FM, the prodigal son, Millville Pioneer Artist Dennis Tawes, will join us on two-way talk radio for an hour, and you can welcome him home.

A little history.

Feb. 18, 2015

Dozens of brightly colored paintings dot the red walls of Dennis Tawes’ studio, displaying 15 years of art, emotion and experience.

At the end of the month, Tawes will pack up those years and say goodbye to the Glasstown Arts District for good.

Tawes, the Arts District’s first pioneer artist, will return to Missouri where he painted for years before coming to Millville in 2000. His cottage studio at the Village on High will close at month’s end.

Before he goes, he’ll open the Tawes Art Studio at 501 North High Street 6 p.m. Friday for the district’s monthly Third Friday event.

“I have a family life and I have my work life, and social life kind of gets put to the side a lot of times, except for Third Fridays,” Tawes said. “I will miss that.”

 Born in Jacksonville, Fla., the 60-year-old expressionist painter traveled back and forth over the years between California and Missouri, until one day while doing art shows in New York, his agent told him about Millville and its plans to start an arts district

“The first time I came here I said, ‘Aww man, whew,'” Tawes said. “But there’s always that part of you that wants to make something better.”

Tawes left Branson, Mo. where he was director of the town’s arts council to help establish the Arts District’s presence on High Street.

Over the years here he’s painted several portraits, caricatures and other works. One of his biggest accomplishments in recent years was his creation of “LEDism,” in which his paintings undergo color and movement transformations under LED lights.

“I’ve seen many advancements in what I do,” Tawes said. “When creating ‘LEDism’ and some other things that have happened, like getting on the cover of an international magazine with my work and an interview. That brought me a lot more than I expected. When you’re able to see your work growing you don’t want to stop — you want to keep expanding.”

The pioneer artist won’t continue that growth here, citing a disconnect in the vision of the Arts District.

“I have an article in here that states there’s over two-dozen galleries here,” Tawes said. “I’m going, ‘where? There’s only three.’ The problem is they keep overselling it, so when people do come here, you think they’re coming back? Everyone keeps calling me a gallery, but I’m a studio.”

But Tawes said the good memories is what he’ll hold onto when he gets on the road.

“I’m going to miss the parents bringing in their young artists and asking questions,” he said. “At five years old I knew I wanted to be an artist. My mother took my brothers and me to one of those amusement story land places. I saw this guy doing caricatures, and I froze. My mother tried to drag me along, but I couldn’t move. I wanted to be the guy doing it. That was the strongest moment in my life I knew something. I didn’t know what to do with it but I knew it was in me.”

— Chris Torres

At noon, Bridgeton Main Street Director Steven Paul will continue how it’s going as we give up something called “High Hopes” that might be Steven’s guide …

“Broken bottles in the hotel lobby
Seems to me like I’m just scared of never feelin’ it again
I know its crazy to believe in silly things
It’s not that easy
I remember it now it takes me back to when it all first started
But I only got myself to blame for it and I accept it now
It’s time to let it all go, go out and start again
It’s not that easy
But I’ve got high hopes
It takes me back to when we started
High hopes
When you let it go, go out and start again
High hopes
When it all comes to an end
But the world keeps spinning around
And in my dreams I meet the ghosts of all the people who’ve come and gone
Memories they seem to show up so quick but they leave you far too soon
Naive I was just staring at the barrel of a gun
I do believe it
But I’ve … .”
Steven Paul has high hopes for his downtown, and we applaud him.
And right now he’s a busy beaver getting ready for Sunday’s Cinco de Mayo in Bridgeton. Are you going, Alex Calabrese? Jorje Romero?
Should we invite Jorje, the most aggressive member of Bridgeton Main Street, to this show to bring the passion? Have your people get back to our people. But no cigar.
Mike Abbott is on at 11 a.m. with the Bridgeton Police Dept. and a big announcement about Warren Robinson, worth the price of admission.
By the way, Mike thinks Jorje should stop posting photos of himself smoking $10 cigars. It gives off an image of kingliness. The man escaped Camden! Of course he’s a king. And he has Maria!
“Our class at Broad Street School will be beautifying the World War II Memorial Monument the morning of May 19. The Memorial Day program will be May 30, at 12:30 p.m., at the monument. 

“Any flowers, potting soil, mulch, and gardening tools that are donations can be dropped off at the school. Please contact me prior to make arrangements.

“There will also be a brief remembrance time for Mr. Robinson immediately following the program from our classes. As always, thank you for your support. We are always honored to take care of the monument. The students take great pride in helping their community and presenting their program. As in previous years families, veterans, and our community are invited to attend.”

— Kristi Birtch

Try to keep up, Bridgeton …

“Here in Lockport, IL, where the Give Something Back Foundation was formed by Bob Carr. Grateful to meet his family and hundreds of young people who received scholarships from Give Back over the past decade.

“Now, Bridgeton is a part of the Give Back story. ‘Our best days are ahead.'”

— Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler,

United Advocacy Group

Hope Loft, third floor, Ashley McCormick building

YOU CAN BOOK IT: The answer!

1000 Degrees gone; Bridgeton Invitational this month; Jerry Alden, John Hickman recalled; Dennis Tawes on 92.1 FM at 1 p.m. Saturday; Steven Paul’s High Hopes on at noon after Mike Abbott; Kristi Birtch’s class beautifying WWII monument at Broad Street School; Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler in Chicago visiting billionaire Bob Carr of ‘Give Back’

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