Up all night writing a grant? Hire that girl; Fever spreading to Millville?; SSgt. George Linen key to a city’s summer?; 2×4 nailed diagonally across front door; Aly Steered Straight on the substance abuse circuit; Bridgeton Midget Football signing up; Rick Kott’s world; Abe Morris ropes a diploma; Kristi Birtch on 92.1 FM Saturday talking about Warren Robinson

 

The column that says we know a good meeting when we experience it, even if one of the participants stayed up all night writing a grant and the other was coughing up a lung thanks to Big Tobacco, but blamed it on a man cold in the board room at DiLisi’s, and guess who was there — two of the freeholders who listened to Ric Kuhns’ county plea for feral cats at the LongHorn — the right two by the way.

By Jack Hummel

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

As for the meeting, out of the way, people, we’ve waited long enough for progress, the light at the end of the tunnel, moving off square one, leaving the starting line, getting off the snide, said once upon a time by the president of Roget’s Thesaurus.

And now Millville will shift into second gear.

BHS Air Force JROTC SSgt. George Linen on trying to lose 25 pounds to get down to 180, and we asked him to start a club called Linen Lean to try and menu up the reasons food is way too important to those of us inviting heart disease and diabetes into our lives:

“Totally agree.”

Linen is the key to getting everybody involved in summer recreation in Bridgeton. If he says it will happen, it will happen.

All we need to do is get funding for the man who  could sell ice to the Eskimos to go full bore to not just connect dozens, not just 100s, but thousands of at-risk kids in Bridgeton into a total program THAT THE KIDS WANT instead of what the adults think.

All summer long.

Think of how many dedicated people could volunteer under Sarge, people who up until  now have worked in pairs or been part of a one-club effort.

You want boxing? You want it five days a week, with travel to out-of-state fight cards? It can be done, Jerry Young and Terry Gould, including a place to train.

All this is after youth baseball ends, and only the all stars are playing. It is hard up against Linen’s ROTC camp for prospective recruits in August.

Bridgeton PAL has already goal-posted sponsored soccer teams on the heels of its successful basketball program.

“Or your child could be on #PALteamUnidosParaLaFamiliaa @Unidos para La Familia. Thank you for sponsoring a soccer team!”

— Bridgeton PAL

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 But, more. We need more! Bus trips? To where? Where do kids really want to go, not just where adults want them to go.

Here’s the beef: How many kids in the city think the world is just four square blocks? Who listens to them anymore? Who takes the time?

There is a front door on Pearl Street with a 2×4 nailed diagonally across the front door facing the street.

It has been that way for months.

It is the face of an entryway into the city and a disgrace!

On the substance abuse front ,lines …

“I love speaking near my home and trying to make a difference in my community!

Michael DeLeon and I are over at Clementon Elementary School speaking to the 5th – 8th graders and teaching them the importance of ‘staying in your lane,’ staying true to yourself, communication, and making good choices and decisions.

“We are very lucky to get to speak to such an engaging group of students this afternoon!”

— Aly Steered Straight

A little history.

Nov. 12, 2015.

In order to escape the pain of a traumatizing past, and the pain of losing someone close, Aly turned to heroin as a release. The more she felt the stinging in her veins, the more her painful memories sank deeper into the abyss of her subconscious.

In order to free herself from the pressure to perfect herself, she didn’t pass up the opportunity to banish all the hurt, when offered. After a relapse, a deadly car accident, consuming suicidal thoughts, and a hefty prison sentence, Aly finally snapped back to reality.

Asking for help was the most noble and courageous decision she made. Turning tragedy into triumph, shaped her into the amazing, sober woman she is now.

Aly resides in Berlin, and has the love of her family, supporting her on her road to recovery. Aly’s biggest supporter is her inspiring, strong-willed mother.

Alongside Michael DeLeon, Aly travels to schools, sharing her inspiring story to students. When she grabbed hold of life’s hand, and boldly pulled herself out of the bottomless trenches, she realized her one voice can become powerful, when the rest of the world is silent.

Aly’s message: “If I can at least help one boy, or one girl, I’m getting somewhere.”

And signing up for the fall …

“As you all know, football season is rapidly approaching. We will have our early sign-ups June 9-10 at BMFL field. If you sign up on these days the price will be $75. If you wait to sign your kids up, it will be $100 once we start our regular sign-ups every weekend in July!

“I will be doing a free football camp with speed agility and conditioning drills for all kids 6-14 this is not mandatory, but we do need the kids to be in some kind of condition for the season.

“We are planning to work really really hard on building BACK up to where we belong and that’s on top of our division. We are not folding on the color change (to maroon). However, due to some setbacks on my behalf with family issues, I was in no condition or mindset to push it at that time. We will not give up. We intend to make this change to better suit our kids and our community and our pride back into our city and kids

“We ask that any parent willing to help out this year with fundraising and volunteer work, please sign up when you sign your kids up. W,e are all in this together and together we can build a better, fun-safe community and facility for our kids to grow and have fun.

“We all talk about being there for the kids, but it’s now time to show our actions, starting with myself and everyone else to follow. We have the power to change it, but will we put in the time and effort to do so?

“So that’s June 9-10 for early sign-ups at $75, and $100 if you wait until July! Sign your kids up early! Thank you and #PROJECTBULLDOG is still a reality! It’s a vision and we will see it through! Thank you everyone! See y’all soon!”

— Lynwood Mosley,

coach, Bridgeton Midget Football League

How does maroon and white uniforms “better suit our kids and our community and our pride back into our city and kids.”?
It hasn’t hurt the tight-knit city of Green Bay, where the green and white-uniformed pro team is owned by the city.
“So nice to relax for the evening after knowing God truly blesses you.
“Got to do a skit with Rob DeSantis‘ music class.
“Officers John Butschky and Mike Calchi doing an awesome job with a K-9 Demo at the High School.
“met up with Michael Morton and got to learn about a great new business on High St called P Seven.
Tyler Kott got the truck fixed.
David Woody got a job.
“I got to work the Celebration of Diversity at Memorial, and then went to get the packet for the Police Explorers to work the Air Show!”
— Millville Police Officer Rick Kott
“Another mission accomplished. Justin Morris graduating with honors from Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colorado. Hmmm. Since I’ll have more time on my hands now maybe I’ll write another book or start a homemade cookie business.”
— Abe Morris,
who got his bullriding career started at Cowtown
YOU CAN BOOK IT:  Kristi Birtch, third-grade teacher at Broad Street School, will be on 92.1 FM Saturday, starting at noon and ending with the last phone call remembering WWII veteran Warren Robinson on Memorial Day weekend.
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Up all night writing a grant? Hire that girl; Fever spreading to Millville?; SSgt. George Linen key to a city’s summer?; 2×4 nailed diagonally across front door; Aly Steered Straight on the substance abuse circuit; Bridgeton Midget Football signing up; Rick Kott’s world; Abe Morris ropes a diploma; Kristi Birtch on 92.1 FM Saturday talking about Warren Robinson

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