Losing weight means being a little hungry, no matter what they tell you, the comfortable; Michael DeLeon honored; Cruising the downtown; Mike Zapolski on new county clerk office; Us on county clerk office that you don’t care about; The Speranza brothers; When the courthouse leaves; When the jail leaves; When electricity and water leave; Let’s rebuild instead of restore!

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The column that says don’t let anybody tell you how to lose weight, because let me tell you this — I remember looking at all the dishes Sam Feinstein was privy to on Facebook and all the suppers the women were preparing and showing off, and the cheese-covered fries topped with bacon on a neighboring table at Texas Roadhouse and the pizza swimming in cheese and pepperoni on a high pallet at DiLisi’s, and how good they looked while we ran the menu through the garden, but, now we’ll say this to you — if you don’t think a bag of little raw carrots doesn’t look good to you, if a pile of spinach leaves with fat free ranch dressing on it doesn’t look like a banquet, you don’t know what hungry is, you have no clue in your comfortable world, and you also don’t know how down 75 pounds feels!

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

One of our favorite people blessed …

“I’m forever grateful to the Foundation for a Drug Free World for recognizing Steered Straight and our incredible people for reaching literally millions of students across America.

“Thank you to my Recovery troubadour, Ricky Byrd, for all that you do. Thanks to Meghan Fialkoff and Bernard Fialkoff for your tireless dedication to prevention education.”

— Michael DeLeon

We cruised North Laurel Street today looking for the new facade Steven Paul, Main Street director, told us about just past the bank and the barber shop.

There were two or three professional ones in a row, so kudos to those places, and why aren’t we pushing Woodruff Drugs as the only privately owned pharmacy around here — right there on North Laurel Street.

Are all the Chinese restaurants in Bridgeton owned by the same businessman?

Did you know we did not realize Fu Leen Meng was Chinese?

Anyway, who is crossing North Laurel Street when we approached Washington Street but Billy Sharp. We asked him if he were still mad at us.

He’s coming on 92.1 FM on a Saturday in July to talk about the old days in Bridgeton, and nobody can do it better.

In fact, if you see Bob Thompson around, tell him if he’ll buy the Cumberland National Bank, we’ll run it for him. We’ll drag Gary Simmerman and Carolyn Heckman out of retirement, and go look for Rich Johnson.

Three stores in a row on South Laurel Street have all Latino writing on the facade and the windows, but done very neatly, so we don’t have a problem with that.

Do you?

It’s the storefronts that look like the only word missing on a sign in the front window is “rubbers” to make it a New York City ghetto that raise our ire.

Is that what the word “dirty” means to you when some of you describe the downtown that Dean Dellaquila’s men keep immaculate? Dellaquila runs public works and is responsible for those red and blue trash cans that line the streets on trash day.

They are what keeps the city clean.

Or is “dirty” the non-lighting like you see on Broad Street with CompleteCare and Walgreens? Funny how you need a neon sign saying “Open” to tell who’s not closed downtown.

Although who stays open after dark in a downtown where there hasn’t been a crime since somebody stole another person’s drugs, so the victim ran down Broad Street with an Uzi and tried to highjack a woman and her baby.

That was Pete what-s-his-name’s first day as a reporter, and we don’t even remember his last name.

Should the Speranza brothers save Deerfield School a lot of money and headline its comedy show fundraiser as the Smothers Brothers?

Sister Deanna’s hospital chart says one brother should visit more often and the other stay home, of course written by the one “who should visit.”

Deanna might feel down if she could stop laughing.

A message from the site of the logjam that is Bridgeton City Council …

Hi, Jack,

I’d like to make a couple of points regarding your recent BLOG post. 

“First, upstairs living in the city’s downtown area was restored as a property ‘use by right’ in the 2012 full zoning code revision; and, discussed openly during my periodic oral and written code revision reports at council’s work sessions. 

“That right allows owners to  use their properties for that purpose without the need to pursue a costly ‘Use’ variance.  However, that use must also comply with the state’s building and fire codes.  That requirement has always existed, and not within the council’s legislative authority. 

Second, the CCIA’s newest ‘deal’ for Bridgeton’s central business district will NOT be a ratable.  I specifically asked that question, and was promptly informed by the CCIA’s director that it would not be taxable. 

“Whereupon I proposed that if the CCIA was really interested in doing something that would help Bridgeton’s economy, that they used the $750K to complete the needed environmental property cleanup and save themselves $9.25M.  That would make the contaminated properties more marketable and retain their taxable status. 

“The CCIA balked at that notion.  In a noticeable indignant tone, the director responded that that would never happen because the CCIA would lose control.   The CCIA’s plan makes Bridgeton’s ever-increasing tax problem worse by increasing the number of tax exempt properties. 

“Also know that city council was never a participant in the process that led to their project proposal.

“In my opinion, the CCIA’s plan only serves the needs of the CCIA and county government.  The notion that the project will improve Bridgeton’s economy is fiction.  It will not.
“The reliance on government to improve a municipal economy is deceptive, reckless, and does not work.  Just look around at the local examples of that has failed to work, and taken previously taxable Bridgeton properties off the tax role without any improvement to our economy.
“There are a number of existing city buildings that could be renovated for use as the county clerk’s office.”
— Mike Zapolski Sr.
Councilman, City of Bridgeton
Does that mean sprinklers required, or not?
Are they required only in apartments above a business? If so, and the foundations of the buildings are crumbling like the man doing the new facades in town reported to city council a couple of years ago, shall we demolish and rebuild in Victorian (Sam Feinstein can get you the blueprints) style one block at a time?
Gingerbread is gingerbread, whether it’s 200 years old or two weeks old. And sprinklers can be installed in townhouses over businesses, and we won’t have to worry about lead paint.
We’ll retract our comments if everybody living on West Commerce Street, Franklin Drive and the street with the tree growing in the middle are willing to live over a business downtown right now.
As it is, with sprinklers.
If you tell me apartments over present business sites in the downtown will spur enough revenue to turn the city’s economy around, then we should tear down empty stores and replace them with modern five-story apartment buildings called Thompson Arms on every block.
Back in the day, when the city first considered upstairs living again downtown, only a FEW buildings would have been affected.
Who has those meeting minutes? We’ll have to go use the microfilm at the library. Doug Van Sant was on council then.
We’ll take the new $10 million building anyway, Mike, and here’s why.
Sooner or later, Vineland is going to be the county seat, just as it is the site of the only hospital.
When the courthouse moves to Vineland, all county government will move with it, including the lawyers and the county clerk.
We will still have that new $10 million building, valued right now as the most expensive building in the downtown. The jail, as you know, is leaving town, and the building should be demolished immediately because it was constructed in three sections and that’s why it can’t be rehabbed.,
We can turn the courthouse into a four-star hotel and a ratable, and an eatery on the top floor, with a mall extending over the entire jail property, and a parking garage underneath.
Everything self-contained.
This may come as a shock, but courthouse workers don’t eat lunch in town, and neither do jail workers. If you can’t make that happen, Mike, and they certainly don’t shop in town, we need modern outlets away from your precious historic district.
And, by the way, if the new county clerk’s office is not designed in Victorian motif, the world is mocking your “state’s largest historic district.”
Just like it did when it designed the proposed library on North Laurel Street to look like the Social Security office.
How can we all get on the same page when eight people — council, mayor, business administrator and economic development director — will never agree on anything to move the city forward, and they can get away with it because  nobody cares.
Hopewell gets more done accidentally in one day than Bridgeton does in more year.
YOU CAN BOOK IT: We’re told you can buy a whole block in the downtown for a million dollars, but we would have to check with J&J Realty.
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Losing weight means being a little hungry, no matter what they tell you, the comfortable; Michael DeLeon honored; Cruising the downtown; Mike Zapolski on new county clerk office; Us on county clerk office that you don’t care about; The Speranza brothers; When the courthouse leaves; When the jail leaves; When electricity and water leave; Let’s rebuild instead of restore!

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