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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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.
— 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.
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 …
“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.