The column that says we asked Dunkin’ if we could have a dozen free donuts and the girl said, “We don’t do free,” but she wound up giving the dog a plain donut, and what’s that all about, and notice we said only Dunkin’ because that’s going to be their new name — just Dunkin’ and did you know Wawa is coming to Bridgeton in the field across from the Bridgeton Fire Department, and Hopewell couldn’t pull that off?
By Jack Hummel
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What do you do when a girl in her 20s at the drive thru window says she, too, needs a new body when diets came up, and then she says she has lupus and her kidneys are failing and she was put on a list, but she has AB negative blood, so what are the chances of a transplant?
What do you do? You shut the hell up about your little problems.
Be careful if you’re switching health-care plans.
We figured we could save $68 a month by going with AARP. We called them on July 11 and canceled our other carrier as of July 31.
As of this week, we have received a paper to fill out that could have been faxed back and forth, and they say when they receive it back, it will take 14 days to process, and †he only question the paper asks is, are you stopping another plan to go with AARP, and we could have told them that on the phone, but they said no, and we figure it’s a stalling tactic, so, you know what, we’re going back to our old plan at $320 a month, since we’ve been without insurance since July 31.
We’re pushing the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program that is part of United Advocacy Group until they get 100 new members …
The CASA advocate of the month for July is Deena Osmer.
Deena has been an advocate since 2016 and has been on her case with two children since January.
Throughout her case she has been objective and thorough, combing through the history of the case, the current status, and ensuring that any negative impact of the case on the girls would be as minimal as possible.
Her reports to the court cover all areas of the children’s lives and assisted the judge in seeing multiple sides of the case, while keeping the best interest of the children in mind. Despite the circumstances surrounding the reason the children were placed into care, Deena never gave the impression that she judged anyone involved in the case and remained professional at all times.
Her peer coordinator, Dot says of working with Deena, “Deena is an exemplary CASA. She is very prompt with her reports and responds to any communication. But more importantly, she has been very dedicated to the children she works with. She visits regularly with the children and formed a good relationship with them, bringing to the court any relevant concerns/comments. Her commitment to representing the CASA organization is apparent. Some of the court hearings went for hours and into the afternoon, and Deena made it a point to stay the entire time, even though she was missing time at work. It is a real pleasure to work with Deena.”
One of Deena’s fellow advocates, Tim, says, “Deena is always outgoing and has a love for children. In her spare time, she is still doing this for other children. She truly believes in speaking for children.”
Deena was also named as Bridgeton’s 2016-17 Governor’s Teacher of the Year for her role in the ExCEL program. In addition to be an outstanding volunteer, Deena is also a fantastic mom and a Science teacher for Bridgeton Public Schools.
We are so thankful to have Deena on our team and love witnessing the change she brings to the community and to the lives of the children we serve.
— CASA of Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester counties
From the CCSPCA …
“So many cats and kittens. 11 albums to add and 4 updated, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“All so urgently in need of rescue and all so super wonderful.”
— Maria Stoerrle
Where are the tapes?
Oct. 15, 2009
“I just spent a very interesting morning with the Bridgeton crew.
“Owen Garrison, Bob Westcott and Joe Young met with me over coffee and I ran out of tape recording the first of our sharing sessions.
“We are scheduled to meet again, so this might grow into a regular thing. I am looking forward to absorbing as much information as possible.’’
— Joan McAllister,
Cumberland County Historical Society
Is anybody willing to convert classic old film in a drawer at the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey to a modern, viewable set?
BHS football games back in the day.
And where are the tapes of the voices of old-timers in Bridgeton sports talking about their careers? They were taped a couple of decades ago.
When did we stop connecting the dots?
Why hasn’t she been asked back as a fundraiser …
“Maybe I already sent you and e-mail thanking you, but even if I did, here is another one.
“Thank you again for your support of me and my work.
“The readings and energy work I did at the Cumberland County SPCA event in Vineland were extremely well received. I know you are a part of helping to bring that forth, for animals and their people in the Cumberland County area.
“I was totally booked all day.
“They forgot to even give me a time slot for lunch. It’s OK; I got to eat a little bit every now and then.
“One woman who didn’t have an appointment, arrived at 10 a.m. and waited for the one cancellation that happened, at 2:15 p.m., meaning she waited over four hours to have me be with her dog.
“But, maybe I already told you all of this. And even if I did, thank you again.’’
— Elizabeth Severino,
That was seven years ago. Who doesn’t love a person who is able to communicate with animals, both alive and dead, as long as she can hold something that belonged to the dog.
We’ve got to do something athletically in memory of Steve Lane!
The dedication of Warren Robinson Park takes place Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the corner of Pearl and Commerce streets, and, somewhere, he will cry … before ripping into city government again for not doing something.
More on the deteriorating look in Bridgeton …
“When I had a half double house on Vine Street, the city required that I paint it and it was not nearly as bad as some of the houses I see in town.
“Can’t remember how long I had to comply, but was told I would be fined for every day that went passed the compliance date. I had it painted.
“It’s like anything else — only people who have respect for the laws will follow them.”
— Jane Uhland,
Code Blue baker
YOU CAN BOOK IT: All these years and we never knew the spelling of the sergeant’s name in Dr. Mark Levitsky’s office is spelled C-O-R-A-L-I-E.