The column that says our general practictioner has never seen a second-degree burn like the one received during an MRI on Tuesday, one on the thumb and one on the hip, and there is no metal involved unless you want to count our steel resolve, so have you ever experienced such a thing, since we may need a shrink to get over this fear of going in the cylinder again, which is set for Monday at the same place?
By Jack Hummel
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“Day 3 SHINE camp was another incredibly blessed day. The presence of the Lord was undeniably felt.
“The kids served by working a tent at Playstreets. Leading younger children in crafts. They rotated allowing everyone an opportunity to “play”.
“Later in the afternoon, we praised God. We tried various forms of praise and stretched ourselves beyond our comfort zone. We made a promise to Jesus. A commitment to do something or stop doing something that is not glorifying to God.
“We closed the day with communion. Pastor Lew explained communion to the kids. He talked to them about getting their hearts right before coming up. Miguel read scripture, Kevin served communion. An absolutely joyful moment watching Kevin with Pastor Lew.
“As we head into day 4, I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us.”
— Shaun Connors,
Millville First United Methodist Church
Lew would be Pastor Lew Hiserote.
And, by the way, can anyone update us on Pastor Steve Shuster, the First United Methodist pastor who ran long distances for poor people?
Make sure you use Route 49 between Bridgeton and the old Marlboro Market to see how your 23-cents-a-gallon tax hike is being used. They’re paving overnight which gives you a chance to visit Roadstown by detour and see what Bob Thompson has done to preserve that historical store he bought on the northeast corner at the 4-way.
Was it Hewitt’s at one time?
“Did you see that Cumberland County College hired former Sacred Heart standout Ashley Durham as its new women’s basketball coach?
“Can you give her and CCC some love?”
— Stu Berman,
The Meadowlands, but still in our hearts
“P.S.: I have met (The Prez) and she is pro athletics and a wonderful person We need all the publicity we can get to let everyone know what a great experience and education you get at Cumberland.”
From Mike McGarry, of Press of Atlantic City …
Durham, 27, is one of the best players in Cumberland County history. She excelled at the now-closed Sacred Heart in Vineland, graduating in 2009 with 2,201 career points — the most by a Cumberland County girl. She was the 2009 Press Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The 5-foot-5 Durham went on to play at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where she scored more than 1,000 career points.
“I really want to do something that I’m passionate about,” Durham said. “I just wanted to give back to my community. Basketball has given me a lot of opportunities, and I want to give those things to young women in our community.”
In addition to becoming the next head coach for the Dukes, Durham is a family service specialist trainee for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families Division of Child Protection and Permanency.
“How many cats can be prevented for just 4 cents a day? To spay or neuter that outside/free roaming/feral/neighborhood cat, it cost literally 4 cents a day.
“The cost is $35 for spay or neuter, rabies and distemper vaccinations included, and $10 for transport. That’s a total of $45 per cat.
“Come on people, be part of the solution, not part of the problem. That cat may not be your cat, but you can be a responsible person and help eliminate the over-population in your neighborhood. That one cat becomes many in the future. Only YOU can stop the endless cycle ! Purrs and paws matter. Life matters!”
Second Chances — Cumberland County Animals In Need …
“We post our urgent animals as quickly as possible to allow for time to find appropriate placement for them.
“Once an animal is timestamped, it is typically too late to find Adoptive or Foster homes, as they require processing to make sure it’s a safe and appropriate fit.
“In addition, most animals are often timestamped due to illness and they cannot be spayed/neutered while sick- so they cannot be adopted.
“This page is geared toward our rescue/shelter partners, but we always welcome the public to our page because we have made some wonderful adoptive/foster matches, as well.
“But these take time, so if you want to save a life by fostering or adopting, start checking out the albums of our dozens of urgent animals that aren’t timestamped now! Thanks for your understanding.”
Our 4-5 week old babies are adorable medium haired black and white trio. They are super cute, but need a foster/rescue to help them with some extra snuggles for socialization. They are also being treated for Upper Respiratory Infection. Contact CCSPCA_rescue@yahoo.com.
Anybody remember writer Stephen Smith from the News.
A little history
Jan 21. 2011
In the cafeteria of the Hope Academy on Pearl Street, several dozen grade schoolers sat at rapt attention Thursday morning as Michael DeLeon scrolled through PowerPoint slides of teens and young adults from New Jersey whose lives have been either lost or forever changed due to gang violence.
“Michael Hawkins and Muriah Huff. He was 23 and she was 22, and now they are both dead. They were tortured, murdered, and then the people who killed them buried them in the yard behind a rowhouse in Camden,” said DeLeon.
“Here we have the 14 -year-old girl who was recently convicted for strangling Hawkins . She was just sentenced to 30 years.”
DeLeon’s message is simple and unadulterated: Becoming involved with a gang will lead to death, prison, misery for friends and family, or a mix of all three.
That is not to say it is inevitable because through the Steered Straight program he has founded with several others, he shows the schoolchildren numerous positive alternatives to the violent lifestyle.
Steered Straight, Inc., has been a labor of love for DeLeon. He began to work with the organization shortly after leaving prison in 2006. DeLeon had been sentenced to 10 years in 1995 for committing aggravated mans laughter. H e was released after five years, but was sent bac k for another four for violating terms of his release.
After he was released in 2006, he had to comply with three years of parole, though it appears the parole may not have been necessary. During the last two years of his sentence, DeLeon was fortunate to be placed in a halfway house, an opportunity he did not waste.
For the two years, he worked a full- time job and attended Cumberland County College, receiving associate degrees in criminal justice and public administration. As of 2011, his associate degree in criminal justice is a bachelor’s that he received from Wilmington University, and he is working on turning it into a master’s.
“He is also working on a bachelor’s degree in business. DeLeon uses the examples of his own post-prison drive to establish a respectable life, as well as the drive of many others to succeed by legitimate means, to motivate the kids he talks to.
“John Fuqua, who DeLeon says is his partner in Steered Straight, spoke to the schoolchildren Thursday morning about the successes and unfortunate tragedies of his life.
Fuqua grew up in Bridgeton and recently returned. “I lived in Amity Heights in the 80s and 90s. My first day of high school, when I got off of the bus, I could have gone left or right, and me and 1 2 other guys chose to go left, away from the school,” s aid Fuqua.
“One of them pulled out a bottle of Hennessy, and I drank for the firs t time.” Fuqua said he could have continued this behavior, but due to the support of a vice principal, and not wanting to follow in the footsteps of his mother who was addicted to crack cocaine, he decided to change his ways.
“I told myself I wanted to succeed, so I went to class every day that year, and at the end of the year, I had perfect attendance,” said Fuqua. “I wasn’t always the smartest, but I played football and worked hard in my classes, so when I graduated, I was accepted to every college I applied to.”
After graduating from William Paterson University, Fuqua became a teacher in Jersey City and related how the steady, well-paying job allowed him to live a life most gang members only dream of.
“On the weekends, I could hop on a train and be in Manhattan in seven minutes, or Hoboken. I could send my mom six or seven hundred dollars every month if she needed help. I was living the dream, and I said as long as God gave me breath, I wouldn’t come back to Bridgeton,” said Fuqua.
T hat was until his cousin, Rakeem Lamar Stubbs, called him in 2006 and asked to move with him to Jersey City because Bridgeton’s gang problem was so severe.
Fuqua refused at first. Stubbs called again in 2007, and not wanting to see him descend into a criminal lifestyle, Fuqua moved back to Bridgeton. Stubbs drifted into trouble despite Fuqua moving back, receiving seven assault charges in a matter of two years, and even beating up a family friend unwittingly.
Everything changed for Fuqua on Dec . 24 , 2008.
Instead of being home with his family, Stubbs was out with friends. He was shot and his grandmother rushed to see him at Bridgeton Villas where it occurred. She had a chronic heart condition and died of a heart attack upon seeing Stubbs, who died later that night in surgery.
Though he grieves losing his two family members, Fuqua says he’s an example for how the kids can succeed despite the challenges they face in Bridgeton.
“I’m tired of hearing kids say they have nothing to do. I went to college with kids from Africa who had to walk 20 miles to school and 20 miles back. You are lucky enough to live in a place where you c an basically walk anywhere,” said Fuqua.
Without applying himself as much, it seems the future could have turned out differently for Fuqua.
“Of the 12 guys I drank with on the first day of school, five of them are dead now, and four are never coming home,” he says . “They are in prison for life. They were my best friends.”
In addition to Fuqua, Steered Straight has 16 other speakers throughout New Jersey including Thomas Tapeh, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles. Steered Straight is a sort of alternative to Scared Straight, the program in which convicts and ex-convicts tell horror stories to children about their incarceration with the goal of making them too s cared to commit any c rime that could potentially land them in prison.
“A lot of the kids who were participating in Scared Straight actually ended up incarcerated themselves ,” said DeLeon.
“The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again,” said Darla, his wife.
Since DeLeon began with Steered Straight, accolades are rolling in from those who think the program is exactly what at-risk kids need.
Michael Dindak, CEO of the Vineland Children’s Residential C enter, said they did an “… excellent job communicating positively with our residents.”
T hey are planning several college tours, during which DeLeon will take 15 kids in a van to tour a college they could potentially attend. He said he will take any student who wants to tour a college, regardless of the number who sign up.
“I hate to take any credit. I do what I do because I feel like I got a s econd chance from God. I was in a gang and it ruined my life. I don’t deserve any of this ,” said D eLeon. “I just want to teach the kids that everything in the world comes down to what you do and what you don’t do. If you do good things , good things will happen to you. Everything has consequences.”
Today, DeLeon travels all over the country and Canada giving his message to young children.
How cool is this …
“Back in the day, I had this vision of my then-Bulls teams playing in high school together!
“Now, soon, my first 3 teams will all be in high school together! So I woke up this morning with this on my mind: 2018 and 2019 Bridgeton High School football team would’ve been made up of these few players who were on my mind …
Domitris Mosley Jr.
Tony Collins Jr
Charles Thomas Jr.
Edward gravely Jr.
Taron hart Jr.
“There are more, but these kids were in my dream last nite. Wow! Imagine this team on the field together for 2 years! Championship team! No debating!”
— Lynwood Mosley,
Bridgeton Midget Football Bulls coach
“Very special thank you to Bridgeton Family Practice Dr. Bear’s Office.
“They have made a donation to sponsor 10 local youth for a 1-year membership in the Bridgeton PAL program! The first 10 NEW youth that want to join PAL for 2017 AND they come to practice on Monday, July 17, they will NOT HAVE TO PAY the 2017 membership dues!
This includes summer soccer and basketball! Thank you, Dr. Bear, for your generosity!”
— Bridgeton PAL
And if 100 show up, call Coralee at Dr. Levitsky’s.
You know, when we used to have boxscores in the local newspaper, there were a reason why kids read the newspaper.
Now it’s just criminals.
YOU CAN BOOK IT: You get the feral cats all spayed/neutered in Cumberland County, it will not be on the backs of the taxpayers, or you will see mass killings.