The column that says don’t let 5 percent or less of the city destroy all the good that has been going on, is going on and will go on in Millville because everybody knows where the biggest problems are, including the people who live there, but don’t expect them to stick their necks out because the fear of retaliation is real, even if a police chief we know well says it rarely happens, and he’s going on 35 years in the business.
By Jack Hummel
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What did the girl beaten by several others in Millville do wrong? Has anybody bothered to grill the three that have been arrested? Aren’t you curious?
How can we prevent stuff like this if we don’t know why it’s happening?
If you want to get a handle on the problem, don’t interview the victims — the scared, the outraged. Find out the backgrounds of the three who have been arrested. Born in Millville? Born in Bridgeton? Went to school locally? Dropped out? Why can’t we collect this kind of data undercover?
Is it a drug turf war involving gangs? What gangs? How is it an intervention group we interviewed maybe 7 years ago knew the name of every gang leader in Bridgeton, including one who was 13, because their cases were in the city? The story was so revealing, even without naming names, she wouldn’t let us print it.
The girl getting beaten is just the tip of the iceberg, just like the video-captured beating a girl gave another girl in Salem caused shock waves. It was over a workplace incident.
It has always been that the police refuse to release details because “it might hinder the investigation.” Investigation of what? What details? That Second, 3rd and 4th streets are breeding grounds for drugs, crime and gunfire? That the fear is going to continue, fueled by Facebook postings?
What is happening to a great city? Is it bigger than the city? Is it Delaware Valley wide? Is it in need of a task force that the county can’t provide?
Don’t lament, insist!
What is happening at Campani’s Legacy Lanes.
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“Our best days are ahead. Touching inauguration as first woman president of Cumberland County College. She is a gift to our community and we are so fortunate she chose us! — with Wally Kappeler, Prez Yves Salomon-Fernandez and Arthur Horn.”
— Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler (on the right),
United Advocacy Group
Hope Loft (Ashley McCormick building)
40-44 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton
The first child Melissa ever helped had the first name Ashley.
Prez is coming on the air with us Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., following Old Broad Street Cemetery Memorial Day plans by historian Jim Bergmann from noon to 1 p.m.
“Part of my routine when I get up in the morning is to read the newspapers, then check the Twitter feed of our Athletic Director, Keith Gorman.
“Yesterday, Cumberland County College won the Garden State Athletic Conference. We couldn’t have asked for a better baseball team, Head Coach, coaches, volunteers, and players. Congrats to our baseball team!”
— Prez Yves Salomon-Fernandez
T. Carl Hemple, manager of radio station WVLT 92.1 FM, had his best month ever selling ads in April, and he wants us to be better known in Vineland, so he’s paired us with host Chris Randazzle from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Vineland Founders Day at Main Road and Landis Avenue.
Come out if you want and see the 20-foot tall banner with “Jack Hummel” written on it right above the portable radio board. The station begins broadcasting from there at 11 a.m. and will probably have interviewed everybody important, especially if it’s Steve Tatz.
“Powerful day today. So many students asking questions and opening up. Great message delivered by Aly Steered Straight. #StayInYourLane#DrugFreeWorld #SteeredStraight #RecoveryArmy Thank you, Belhaven Middle School!”
— Michael DeLeon,
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