Carrot cake at DiLisi’s; CCSPCA’s Tree of Hope; Pet Photos with Santa, too; New freeholders make a difference?; Convince George Norcross; CASA Santa maybe on radio Saturday; Michael DeLeon taking PA by storm; Breakfast with Santa; Will you be a health club tourist in January and February, or Barb Fralinger asks, not at all?

The column that says carrot cake has returned to DiLisi’s even before the new menus come out while gelato is on the way and Sydney and Nick are on top of it while Tony is busy preparing his new wing sauce.

By Jack Hummel

Radio: 92.1 FM Saturdays noon to 2 p.m.


Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

The Cumberland County SPCA, at 1244 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland,  gets 18,059 likes on Facebook and that grand, glorious army should carry the day.

Meanwhile …

The holiday tree of hope will be illuminated with lights on Dec. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. dedicated in honor or in memory of loved ones & pets.

There is a short ceremony with a slideshow of photos submitted by those sponsoring a light, if they wish. We will have a bell choir and light refreshments are available before & after the ceremony.

Please dress appropriately for the weather, as the festivities are held outside unless it is raining.

The SJRAS Tree of Hope remains lighted until the first of the year, reminding passers by that with the help of everyone in our community we CAN make a difference, one animal at a time.


Also …

Pet Photos with Santa Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

$15 for only one subject, $20 if more than one subject.

For only $2 more, photos will be available on disk, allowing you to use any local photo center to produce holiday cards from the photos, or share them via the internet. All photos taken during your session will be on the CD!

Photos taken inside the SJRAS facility located at 1244 N. Delsea Dr. in Vineland.

Appointments at 856-691-1500 are suggested and fill-up fast.

Here is a reason to keep going …

It’s been an absolutely amazing year in our ability to move our homeless animals out to our rescue partners and sister shelters.

Last year, we saved more than a thousand lives in our transfer program and this year we are well on our way to far exceeding that number!

It’s hard for us to believe that there are shelters that can adopt out more animals than what they take in from their own areas, but sure enough, we have been sending dogs, cats and kittens to high volume adoption facilities from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts.

The big challenge for us is caring for these animals until they are ready for transfer or until our partners have space. This may involve holding a dog in the shelter for several weeks or raising a litter of kittens from newborn to the point where they weigh two pounds.

In spite of having many great foster homes that are able to help house the animals until they can be sent on their way, we are struggling for more fosters to keep up with the demand.


So more foster homes are needed, especially if the shelter stops taking in unloved and unwanted animals after Dec. 31.

Yes, not STRAYS, but UNLOVED and UNWANTED animals. Maybe not wanted here, but in more affluent areas, and that’s the direction the CCSPCA is going.

Meanwhile …

We have heard nothing to make us think the TNVR program is going to inundate Cumberland County anytime soon.

Saving the shelter is a bigger priority right now, and no news may be good news.

We wonder if new freeholder Joey Pep is an animal lover and will listen as long as outgoing Carman Daddario did. We still can’t believe he wasn’t re-elected. No one is public life ca®ed as much as Carman Daddario.

Can anybody convince power broker George Norcross to do as much for Bridgeton as he is doing for Camden? We asked a Cumberland County powerbroker and she said no.


Have you seen the money poured into that city where they can tear down $35 million stadiums to make way for bigger projects. We don’t even have a $35 million project to tear down.

Trying to get Hillary Nichols on 92.1 FM Saturday at noon …

“Received over 200 more kids this morning to find presents for.

“Not sure if I’ll be able to pull it off. Let me know if you wanna help! Presents are due by Dec. 8.”

— CASA Santa

Dear CASA Friend,

If you’re interested in sponsoring a child this holiday season, we will send you a list of the children we serve and you can select one (or more if you’d like!) to purchase a gift for.

Suggested price for the gift is $25 and we prefer the gifts unwrapped. One thing we do ask is, to tape the child’s number onto the gift. This way, we know who the gift belongs to.

We begin collecting presents the first week of December and pick up can be arranged if that is preferred.

Drop off location #1: CASA office, 40 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302.

Every abused and neglected child in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties deserves a safe, permanent, and nurturing home.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Vicinage XV ensures that a court-empowered, independent volunteer is able to voice timely and objective recommendations on behalf of the child.Our ONLY interest is the child’s best interest!

If only substance abuse hit us like an earthquake across the river …

“Two fantastic school assembly presentations as our 10-Module evidence-based and EFFECTIVE Programs begin in My. Union and South Huntingdon, PA.

“Great people and great school-districts who understand the importance of engaging and effective presenters!”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight



“Let me tell ya something. I LOVE Mt. Union and I Love these schools, these Educators and the Real Community Champions like Jeremy Crouse.

“I might just MOVE HERE To Help Make some Real Changes. I’m going to get Steered Straight into every Pennsylvania school district, collaboration or not!

“Detractors and obstructionists will never succeed at anything. If we’re working in SILOES, the pandemic will continue and I won’t let people like that get in the way. Kids Are Dying!!! If you’re not part of the SOLUTION, you are the Problem!”

— Michael DeLeon

Come and join us on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m., for Breakfast With Santa at Deerfield United Methodist Church (1557 Highway 77 Elmer NJ) in Upper Deerfield!

For a suggested donation of only $5 a person, you get breakfast, a photo with Santa and a craft to take home. We will have music and all kinds of fun. We’d love to see you out!

— Deerfield United


“The “I will start in January” people are often just kidding themselves because more than likely, they said the same thing this time last year and never committed to making things happen.

“The longer you wait to make a change, the more excuses you will find to not do it.

“Sometimes you need to just take the leap — especially if it is something that is scary but will move you forward in a positive way. What have you been putting off?”

— Barb Fralinger




YOU CAN BOOK IT: Moving the healthy needle one body at a time.

Carrot cake at DiLisi’s; CCSPCA’s Tree of Hope; Pet Photos with Santa, too; New freeholders make a difference?; Convince George Norcross; CASA Santa maybe on radio Saturday; Michael DeLeon taking PA by storm; Breakfast with Santa; Will you be a health club tourist in January and February, or Barb Fralinger asks, not at all?

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