Iconic Robin Weinstein eats at DiLisi’s, roll out the red carpet, Sabrina!; Ocean First Bank helps Bridgeton Library; Eatery at 101 E. Commerce St. now open; SSgt. George Linen turns 50; Megan Davis shares her no-gossip philosophy; Sam Feinstein takes the reins as city councilman — no pressure; Everett Marino sums up America today; Campani’s Legacy Lanes

The column that says Rev. Dr. Robin Weinstein eats at DiLisi’s in the Upper Deerfield Shopping Center under the expert guidance of waitress Sabrina Passarella, and we got a chance to review all he has been able to accomplish with Code Blue in Bridgeton, taking it from an acorn to a mighty oak tree that recently celebrated placing its 30th homeless person into permanent housing, and go down the list and tell us how many other sustained initiatives in the city have been so successful over the last 50 years we’ve been around, and we’ll save you the time — zero —and that’s why we begged him to be the next business administrator in the city because anybody who can move mountains deserves a chance to heal an entire city and, lord knows, Mayor Albert Kelly needs the help!

By Jack Hummel

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Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

Given how cold it has been, Robin Weinstein needs volunteers to man overnight shifts, especially in the early morning. The 30 volunteers are being stretched thin. Oscar won’t be one of your clients. He’s the latest to be placed in permanent housing.

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The Rev. Robin Weinstein, of Bethany Grace Community Church in Bridgeton, believes to truly live out the Gospel, there must be an effort to aid a person’s community for the better.

So Weinstein went on a mission to Kenya, where he “didn’t see big church buildings, but I did see a church that was very much alive.” He also spent a weekend as a homeless person in Bridgeton, where he found “no place for me to law my head, no place to go to the bathroom, no place to get a drink of water.”

Weinstein wound up founding what would become the Cumberland County Code Blue Coalition three years ago. The coalition later fell under the umbrella of his M25 Initiative, which developed a program to find permanent housing for the homeless. They are all volunteer organizations, primarily centered around houses of worship.

“We can do this kind of grass-roots work of being good neighbors to one another and restore hope in our community,” Weinstein said.

— Press of Atlantic City

Customers of Ocean First Bank: Check out all the books they have for free and if you take one, leave a donation. That money goes to our Bridgeton Public Library.

— Linda Smith

El Sabor Mexicano now open at 101 E. Commerce Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

It was Benjamin’s at one time and then 101 and then S.R. Riley’s.

When your students love you …

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“Keep calm and carry on!”

At the barbershop …

“In 19 years of being a hair dresser, I have learned quite a few things, and I have heard more rumors and stories than you could EVER imagine.

“But one thing remains with me. You NEVER judge someone based on what others say about them. I am not just a hairdresser, but a counselor, as well. Once someone respects me enough to tell me personal information, that stays locked up inside me. I will always remain neutral, no matter what I hear about someone.

“I judge my friendships based on how a person treats me. If you are kind and loving, so am I. If you do nothing but gossip about others, then I know I can’t trust you, and I take you with a grain of salt.

“If you’re fun and caring, I will be that to you. If you’re sad or sick, I will do my best to make you feel better. If you feel alone, I will try to make you feel like you’re not.

“It’s just who I am. I love all of my friends and clients, and everyone is different. And everyone has a different story! I will always be who I am, and I will always be true to my morals. But I will NEVER, EVER be a gossiper, or judge someone based on a story.”

— Megan Davis,

Shear Mania

She comes from excellent stock.

Let Everett Marino express our feelings perfectly …

“I’m 79 years old and have never heard of so much hate in our country. It is absolutely disgusting! I’m very concerned of how our children, Grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren will survive in the future with so much hate in America.”

— Everett Marino,

formerly of Dill’s Seafood

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Sam Feinstein takes the oath of office as a Bridgeton city councilman, with son, Nate, taking the picture tonight. May the heavens open up and Cohansey River part like the Red Sea in the next 11 months!

Angie Edwards, of Bridgeton Board of Education fame, congratulated him!

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The iconic Stu Berman with some other guy he met at the Super Bowl.

What’s happening at Campani’s Legacy Lanes …

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YOU CAN BOOK IT: That lump right above our belly button better not be a weak spot in the aorta.

 

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Iconic Robin Weinstein eats at DiLisi’s, roll out the red carpet, Sabrina!; Ocean First Bank helps Bridgeton Library; Eatery at 101 E. Commerce St. now open; SSgt. George Linen turns 50; Megan Davis shares her no-gossip philosophy; Sam Feinstein takes the reins as city councilman — no pressure; Everett Marino sums up America today; Campani’s Legacy Lanes

Dick’s closed, then opened right after Eagles won; Roadhouse waiter wins big; Meeting with DiLisi’s staff; Do squirrels squat?; Michael DeLeon still scheduled for 92.1 FM Saturday; Tatz: Did Valerie predict win?; Wheat Road Deli in the news; Coralie on destruction; Praise from Alma; Free Bud Light, really?; One year ago today in this spot, Millville eateries rated; Sam Feinstein on city park one year ago; Carolscatz looking for rescue pets; El Sabor Mexicano open at 101 E. Commerce St.

The column that hopes you had a winning square on a Super Bowl board game determined by the last number in each team’s score at the end of each quarter and the final score, which were 1 and 3 in 41-33, but next year, you run the board and collect an illegal commission and you’ll always make money, unless you get caught at it and go to jail, and did you know Dick’s in the Cumberland Mall closed early Sunday, saying they would open again last night if the Eagles won to fill the addiction for more green memorabilia.

By Jack Hummel

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

Email: jhummel97984@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

We had to look up Jess at the Roadhouse tonight to see how much he won on the Super Bowl. He wagers with fellow staff members and friends. The last time we talked to him, he had $200 in bets on the Eagles.

You fool! You idiot!

“We’ll talk,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll see you before the game.”

He didn’t.

We spent the first half of the game in a braintrust with Byron Hitchner, Olivia Smith, Sydney Olszewski and Bri Grant in an almost empty DiLisi’s in the Upper Deerfield Shopping Center, and Hitchner downed wings with Tony’s Passarella’s special sauce like he was in Wing Bowl.

We agreed the staff now at the Ristorante was the best in years, and all their pictures should go on billboards on Route 77 and Landis Avenue welcoming everybody to the Upper Deerfield Shopping Center, so people like John Daddario will join already good customers like Mayor Jim Crilley for dinner, since Crilley a lot of times eats alone.

Freeholder Jim Quinn has been known to dine their on Sundays.

It would be an excellent place for the chamber of commerce to meet because Bruce Riley’s international outfit is located in the township. And that also goes for Tony Stanzione’s Cumberland Development Corporation and Lou Magazzu’s CEO Group, since Joe Pipitone’s F&S Produce is just up the road in Rosenhayn.

Just askin’ …

Have you ever seen a squirrel pee?

If the substance abuse stars are aligned, Michael DeLeon, of Steered Straight, will educate everybody involved in a solution from former Gov. Christie to the county prosecutor Saturday on 92.1 FM from noon to 2 p.m.

He gets emotional and he loves to field phone calls — pro and con — and he’ll be coming soon to a school near you, no matter what state you live in.

Message to Steve Tatz, everybody’s friend at tax time …

Did the famous Valerie Morrison predict the Super Bowl winner on your every Monday show at 7 p.m. on 92.1 FM?

Go meet Paul Wroniak at Wheat Road Deli in Vineland because he helps out the all-important SHINE program at First United Methodist Church in Millville.

Keep an eye on who helps the local charity, educational and needy people volunteering to keep the county stable until the education blitz can really take hold and start to get us out of poverty by attracting higher-paying jobs.

You don’t agree education has anything to do with it? OK, you take the time to go ask technological companies why they’re not locating here — and don’t blame it on the state because they’re coming to North Jersey.

We send kids to college, who get degrees and find better, higher-paying jobs away from here. That has to stop.

And if Amazon comes to Newark, game, set match!

“This is an excellent authored blog post! I appreciate it greatly. Could you provide some bits of advice related to how to raise authoring talents? I am bad as a writer and it’s especially troublesome given that teachers in our university repeatedly provide us with writing tasks.

“To stay away from this problem, you can buy a essay from one of the penning companies that can be found in the web. But much of them are undependable. That’s why I usually read these guys.”

— Alma

We recommend Eileen Bennett of Millville, a seasoned author who cut her teeth writing award winning justice stories for the Press of Atlantic City.

“At Aunt Betty’s (in Greenwich) Tuesday morning, back to making the donuts and hearing Shep Sheppard giving me compliments.”

— Reva Christian

We had invited Reva to DiLisi’s, where there are no TVs, for the Super Bowl, but we guess she assumed there were TVS.

At DiLisi’s, you have to rely on the cooks in the kitchen or your iPhone for the score.

Waitress Olivia: “It’s 9-3.”

Waitress Olivia: It’s 15-12.”

Sydney Olszewski: “I bet $250, but don’t know my numbers.

Byron Hitchner: “More wings!”

Patriots the early favorite in Vegas to win next year’s Super Bowl.

From the sergeant to takes care of our aching bones …

“We always said we’d be on Broad Street when the Eagles won the Super Bowl, but after seeing the destruction by ‘fans,’ and in the interest of my own personal safety, I think I’ll pass.”

— Coralie Halter

Free Bud Light first drink for revelers at the parade? Is that a fact, or just a nightmare?

“I remain continuously moved by the generosity of our community. To help us combat food insecurity, The Safeway Group, led by the Tedesco family will be donating food for our students. The community spirit here is unparalleled.”

— The Prez,

Cumberland County College

One year ago in this spot …

“My opinion, Larry’s Bar had best cheeseburger sub, although the belly buster was great, too, from time when Jim from Jim’s Lunch moved out to Broad Street.

“Best cheesesteaks, John’s Bar and Shannon’s. Mom’s Place and Deluxe’s, as well as Rocky’s were great, too.

“Best burgers were, #1 Torelli’s, then Jim’s Lunch with 3rd being Deluxe.

“Just my opinion. Eat in them all often. Living in the Poconos. When I return to the area, all that is left is Jim’s Lunch and they don’t seem the same anymore. I guess nothing is the same as we remember them.”

— Jack Gilbert,

Millville Memory Lane

Sam Feinstein, now a city councilman, commenting on the park plan in this column one year ago today …

“Nothing will happen. The mile-long sidewalk is a nice addition, though.”

— Sam Feinstein

It will happen now!

Dave Hitchner, who helps make the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey hum, also one year ago today …

“It’s all a pipe dream. A billionaire should be found who wants to invest in re-creating a thriving small community, then rid the city of where incredibly bad housing is located and then start over, saving those areas that are truly historic and memorable.”

— Dave Hitchner

We can produce billionaires right here because the people who WILL make a difference are on the job, so if you are one of the detractors (not you, Dave), don’t get in the way or drive them away.

“I am looking for the following:

“If you know someone who has these animals, I have a home for them.

“Kittens, 8 weeks. Must be sisters from same litter. A gray tabby and a calico. Going to same home.

“Also a German shepherd puppy under 7 months. Female rescue animals only! Please share.”

— Carol Hickman,

carolscatz.com

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“El Sabor Mexicano opens its doors in Bridgeton’s Historic Downtown at 101 East Commerce Street! Stop by and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine!”

— Steven Paul

YOU CAN BOOK IT: We worked over 40 years in the Historic District.

Dick’s closed, then opened right after Eagles won; Roadhouse waiter wins big; Meeting with DiLisi’s staff; Do squirrels squat?; Michael DeLeon still scheduled for 92.1 FM Saturday; Tatz: Did Valerie predict win?; Wheat Road Deli in the news; Coralie on destruction; Praise from Alma; Free Bud Light, really?; One year ago today in this spot, Millville eateries rated; Sam Feinstein on city park one year ago; Carolscatz looking for rescue pets; El Sabor Mexicano open at 101 E. Commerce St.

Only the Eagles could close the Roadhouse; DiLisi’s still open; Don Reich turns back the clock; Bridgeton vegan truck starts GoFundMe; Michael DeLeon screaming in Ohio, set for 92.1 FM Saturday noon to 2 p.m.; More things needed for girls in Millville — JT Burks; Start coaching, Brett Brown; What will Super Bowl fallout be like in Philly?

The column that says, if you don’t like crowds, don’t ever go to Texas Roadhouse at 6:30 on a Saturday night before a Super Bowl because the parking lot is completely full and they start handing out those waiting devices that light up when they have space for you, and if we’re the poorest county in the state, imagine what it must be like in Texas, where Josh Watts tells us their outlets dwarf the ones here for attendance, even though their headquarters is in Florida, but Florida Roadhouse doesn’t have the same ring to it, and know they are closing at 6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, even though many people say they are boycotting pro football and even though the Roadhouse has TV screens all around the bar.

By Jack Hummel

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

But DiLisi’s, with no TV screens, will be open until 9 p.m. and that’s good because the first half is not going to count because we all know the Patriots don’t start playing until the second half.

Don Reich, uncle of Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich and football coach at BHS in 1986-87, predicted the Eagles will win, 24-21, on 92.1 FM today as his entourage motored from Chicago to Minneapolis.

They paid full price for their tickets “to sit in the nosebleed section.”

Like most of us, he has watched the Eagles this season on television, taking in only a pre-season game with the Dolphins.

Reich coached the Bulldogs in the conference title in 1986, but lost in the state finals to Lakewood. The team played its home games on the Midget Football field while Jim Hursey Stadium was being renovated.

And he remembered how legendary WSNJ announcer George Moore always asked in a pre-game interview, “What is it going to take for the Bulldogs to win today?”

Reich said he learned the most about coaching football from Tony Surace and Chuck Donohue, who have 57 years of coaching experience behind them.

Like Surace, Reich also says he left the coaching ranks too soon, although he threw his athletic director out of the locker room the last year he coached at Highland. An easy-going guy with a flash temper, he said the only time he wanted to do harm was to a referee his first year at Bridgeton.

“Had somebody not stopped me, I would have thrown away my job and my coaching career,” he stressed today. “I wound up pounding the ground.”

A year after coaching the Bulldogs to the state finals, Reich had so many distractions the following year, he decided to hang it up.

“We had so much more talent in 1987 than 1986,” he lamented, “but we had so much going on behind the scenes.”

For the record, the drug invasion in Bridgeton started in 1983.

Freeholder Jim Quinn and sons will have to go through security outside in 3-degree weather on Sunday, like all the others attending the Super Bowl.

Edgar Joyce and John Musso would be there, if still alive.

The vegan truck is on Facebook …

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“We are located in Bridgeton, and since June of 2017 we have had our food truck at a local park called Sunset Lake. Being there has shown us that people want something more than what just our food truck can provide.

“In the fall of 2015, we spent every penny we had saved, with the combined help of a generous friend, and purchased the van and built our food truck from the ground up.

“It took us years of saving money to get this business started, but we did it without any bank loans and were able to be debt-free with our business. Intuitively, we knew it would work, and we knew that once we were able to provide this food to people, they would understand how easy and delicious it is to eat vegan.

“The amount of time it will take to save up double, triple or more than that amount of money to open a restaurant, is more time than we have to give. The truck operation is already so busy, and it is just constantly growing. We need help in moving this process along faster, because we know that this restaurant is needed faster than we can monetarily provide.

“This is why we are asking for your help to get our restaurant moving forward in the right direction. The space and energy is needed to provide an array of services.

“Some services include, but are not limited to, delicious healthy vegan food, comfort vegan food, space to provide educational gatherings for adults and children alike, homestyle cooked food donations for the homeless and less fortunate, event space for charity, cooking classes, catering services, and endless possibilities for the community.

“We are currently looking at several buildings and ideas to acquire space in different locations in the south jersey region that will provide a comfortable atmosphere for people with a common interest to come together, network, create ripples, and make positive changes within their community.

“At the heart of this operation will be delicious meals, healthy drinks, desserts, snacks, or whatever strikes your tastebuds. This isn’t just food, it’s an experience that will help uplift your vibrations with positivity and nourishment.”

— Kirstina Snyder

Steven Paul, are you listening?

So far, on GoFundMe, they’ve raised $688 of $55,555 sought since Jan. 15.

Michael DeLeon in Columbus, Ohio …

“There’s a New, cuddly, touchy Trend gaining momentum in the ever-crumbling recovery advocacy movement, wrought with these new-age recovery gurus from suburban, Caucasian, affluent places.

“The new saying is, ‘Someone is in Recovery when THEY SAY They’re in Recovery.’

“Here’s the big problem with that, geniuses! If it’s a brain disease, and the addict is incapable of making rational, cognitive decisions in their life, and it was THEIR best thinking that got them addicted, WHY would you allow themselves to define their own condition?

“There’s an old saying: A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. An addict who defines his own Recovery lacks the responsibility of objectivity. YOU WILL KILL PEOPLE WITH THIS TWISTED MENTALITY!”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

“P.S.: January was the worst month I’ve ever experienced fighting addiction. And I thank God for His Grace and Strength to keep going. If YOU KNOW ANYONE who needs help with addiction, please call us 24/7 at 888-907-0150 regardless of where you are. We help everyone find the help that they need. Hundreds of Thousands of people treated their addiction and found Recovery. YOU CAN, TOO!”

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You have to admit, he’s passionate. And he’s booked for next Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. with us on 92.1 FM, so climb on the bandwagon or get your pushback ready. He said he’ll be in Vineland, so we stand a good shot.

“Yep, touchy feely, everything is right, nothing is ever wrong, no black and white, just grey, everything is ok liberalism.

“As much as I miss my son daily, I am glad he isn’t caught up in this new world of addiction. It’s not helping people, it’s making their lives worse, their chances for recovery slimmer.

“He hated the stigma, knew using was wrong and that motivated him to have long periods of sobriety. Without that motivation, I don’t believe he would have lived as long as he did.”

— been there

“There needs to be more stuff to do for young girls outside of sports. Things that are easily accessible, affordable for the general population.

“If you know some, plz list them. I may be over looking them because I’m male.”

— JT Burks,

Millville youth activist

“P.S.: I see a lot of dads daily supporting their kids. Great stuff. Stay up, brothers.”

JT, you have to hook up with Shaun Connors, head of the SHINE program at First United Methodist Church.

It’s five days of after school a week and two weeks of summer camp for tutoring, mentoring, spiritual guidance, interacting for all Center City Millville kids who may not know where their next meal is coming from, but may want to play basketball with you.

About 186 kids, all at-risk.

We could coach the Sixers better than Brett Brown.

Joel Embiid takes a man to the basket for back-to-back buckets like he’s not there and could do it the rest of the night, but it never happens again and all Brown can say is the Sixers didn’t guard the other team well enough.

He should spend the whole pre-game shoot-around designing 99 plays to get Embiid the ball under the basket, with everybody else leading the league in assists!

He’s afraid to hurt somebody’s feelings.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: What will the fallout be in Philly after the Super Bowl?

Only the Eagles could close the Roadhouse; DiLisi’s still open; Don Reich turns back the clock; Bridgeton vegan truck starts GoFundMe; Michael DeLeon screaming in Ohio, set for 92.1 FM Saturday noon to 2 p.m.; More things needed for girls in Millville — JT Burks; Start coaching, Brett Brown; What will Super Bowl fallout be like in Philly?

Overcome lobbyists, small print with education; Coach Linen asks a favor in exchange for growing up your children; Robin Ricci doing a buffet and beer for CCSPCA; Remembering Doodle; Players vs. Drugs, Guns and Gangs Flag Football; Maria Stoerrle’s school pet show needs help; Cafe Antonio’s open again

The column that says this country runs on lobbyists in Washington (special interest groups), the small print at the bottom of the ads and those rich enough to get the only thing left — power, and if you want to accomplish anything rather than be pushed around the rest of your life, you had better get yourself in a position to get your own power, because we keep telling women to get an education so you can be independent the rest of their lives no matter what situation they get into, but we don’t talk about getting an education so you don’t spend your entire work life worrying about changes that will end your employment, and that’s why they say the middle class will be the last ones to become millionaires because they are the most comfortable.

By Jack Hummel

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

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Good evening!

SSgt. George Linen, the man who has molded hundreds of your children into young men and women through the JROTC program at Bridgeton High School, needs a favor.

You see, he’s tired of coaching a losing girls basketball team at Bridgeton High, so he’s entering a team in summer AAU basketball, like all the good programs do.

It’s not only a second season, but it’s playing against the best high schools have to offer. It’s necessary just to keep up, and BHS has not been keeping up by any measure.

The summer will cost $5,200, a lot of money for prevention, don’t you think? But what do you think the cost of correction might be? Think about it. And the $5,200 does not include a salary for Linen, though everyone involved in correction is paid well.

It could be called a bargain.

We told George to contact the owner of the Bridgeton McDonald’s as well as Bishop Hadley because we know those two have stepped up before. The team can promise to celebrate victories at that McDonald’s.Or we could call the team “Don’t Even Try It” and have Pastor Morgan at Union Baptist Temple sponsor it. If we can have praise dancers, can’t we have basketball players?

And we have to give praise to Union Baptist Temple for the ALMS Center that is the Taj Mahal, the mecca, for Bridgeton recreation and a whole lot more. There isn’t anything that building can’t do molding our youth, from homework to tutoring to basketball to an in-school suspension program.

“OK, friends, I’m doing a beef and beer again this year for the (SPCA) shelter.

“I shall commence with the begging for donation baskets now! Date will be in March and I’ll post details soon.

“If you love me and want to donate an item or basket, I will love you forever!”

— Robin Ricci,

secretary

Cumberland County SPCA Board of Directors

She adds that it will probably be a buffet because like the variety. Call 856-691-1500 if you want to help. They say last year’s was a blast.

Did you know we may have been the first volunteer at the shelter allowed to answer the phone, and that’s why Robin Ricci stood behind us the whole time. She was protecting the $3 million investment.

What we really want to know is who didn’t trust us in the first place? We have been preaching stopping animal cruelty for 40 years and have never, ever faulted the efforts of the SPCA.

What we should have done is spend time with the animals, and we still have not found out if the sign honoring Doodle and Carole Hummel is on the front of the run we “purchased” while answering the phone.

Doodle was a special needs Golden Retriever who was the result of an brother-sister mating at a champion  breeder, and who made it through 7 1/2 years before a lining in her brain burst and she went into the last of many heart-wrenching seizures.

She’s perfect now.

“Attention fellow Millvillians!

“Please come out and support this year’s 2nd Annual Players vs Drugs, Guns, & Gangs.

“This event’s purpose is to encourage unity amongst Millvillians from different ethnic/cultural backgrounds, provide a platform for community organizations to connect with our citizens, and promote abstinence to drugs, guns, and gang violence.

“There will be two teams coached by Coach JT Burks and Coach Kuan Bowleg.

“We are looking for youth ages 6-10 years old to participate. Please inbox either coach to get your child registered. Hope to see you there. Peace and Blessings.”

— Coach Kuan Bowleg

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Get the gangs to play, Kuan!

“Pet Show on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 6-7 p.m. at my school in Millville — still seeking some cool attractions:

“** A Service, SaR, K9, etc. dog, basically a dog with a job (uniform is a plus to attract attention)

“** Anyone familiar with horseback riding- I have a set-up with a saddle, brush, bridle, etc., for the kids to check out. but need someone who knows what they are talking about to facilitate.

“If anyone can help, or has other ideas, let me know. I love teaching the little ones about caring for pets and rescuing and appreciate any and all help making it a success!”

— Maria Stoerrle,

Second Chance Animals

CCSPCA

Cafe Antonio’s is open again.

Call 856-455-1270.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Is DiLisi’s still open without us?

 

Overcome lobbyists, small print with education; Coach Linen asks a favor in exchange for growing up your children; Robin Ricci doing a buffet and beer for CCSPCA; Remembering Doodle; Players vs. Drugs, Guns and Gangs Flag Football; Maria Stoerrle’s school pet show needs help; Cafe Antonio’s open again

Waitress Victoria a shining example; Rich people spend money, too; Waitress knows her Steelers; 50 years ago this Sunday, and some great publishers; Don Reich at Super Bowl and on 92.1 FM; Some behind the scenes high school football history; Pushing education; Defending Bridgeton; No Kia spare tire?; Tylenol 3 for drug addicts?; JT Burks loses close one; Fred Melendez, Jim Quinn, Mike Abbott on 92.1 FM now; Shaun Connors on Saturday at noon to tell us the hundreds of at-risk kids she has helped

The column that says waitress Victoria at Mama Mia’s in the Salem strip mall has it totally all together because she’s 18, doesn’t smoke weed, doesn’t drink alcohol and is well on her way to becoming at least an X-ray tech if we can’t talk her into pre-med, which she realizes is a lot of years of education and also going into debt, which elders say she will never get out of, but, people, who isn’t in debt today, because as your income changes, so do your wants, like who wants to buy a yacht until you’re making $500,000 and who wants season tickets, or who thinks about going to a Super Bowl, or decides to follow Notre Dame all season, or joins duPont Country Club, or buy a Maserati, or builds a $4.3 million log cabin as a vacation retreat until you can almost afford it?

By Jack Hummel

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

Google all columns at jackhummelblog

Good evening!

The Eagles will be leading at halftime on Sunday.

The Patriots never score in the first quarter.

Book it.

Other than former News sportswriter Anthony Bellano, who is now with Patch, we’ve never found such a knowlegeable, diehard Steelers rooter than the girl at Mama Mia’s.

She knows the quarterback refused to talk to the offensive coordinator all season, relaying all messages through the quarterback coach, likes the head coach as does the owner, knows the Steelers should be in the Super Bowl because they’re better than the Patriots and believes Big Ben will flourish with a new offensive coordinator.

Who’s to argue?

Fifty years ago this Sunday, Feb. 4, 1968, we parked the $3,300 Corvette on East Commerce Street and climbed to the second floor of 74 E. Commerce St. to meet with Publisher John T. Schofield about an opening for a sports editor because Bill Higdon was leaving for Utica and John Simons didn’t want to divide his time between news and sports.

John T. interviewed us because it was the afternoon and iconic Editor Ralph Brandt was home taking his usual nap.

Serving in the Army for 3 1/2 years piqued the publisher, but the fact that the Vineland Times-Journal had offered us $135 a week to be their sports editor a month earlier sealed the deal — at $145 a week, as opposed to $127.50 at the Penns Grove Record, a weekly or sorely needed Tom Summiel to come back from the grave and be publisher.

There was something about publishers at that time that made them legendary in the communities they knew so well because they always lived there, not trucked in like today to fit everything into the same cereal box.

You can look at the Record, the Sunbeam and the News as strictly local newspapers with locally written editorials and stringers from the townships writing what everybody was doing and getting paid by the inch.

We can tell you this about John T. Schofield. The first few years he was publisher after taking from his father, Graham Schofield, he had to answer to a board of directors in town appointed by the bank.

He always said that just as his father was getting the newspaper on firm footing, he passed away.

The day that John T. paid off his last creditor, he cried.

Ralph Brandt celebrated 50 years with the News and was rewarded with his own front page the day he retired. It highlighted his whole career, back when the police chief would call him to go to a crime scene.

It seems something in town should be named for a pair who devoted that much time to their community, much like Mayor Aitken Drive through the park, much like Alden Field and Hunter-Ridgeway Field.

Dr. Mary Elmer got her just due, as did Jim Hursey and Bob Thompson, even if the latter had to pay for it. Did you know Meade Landis has his own little alcove next to Potter’s Tavern?

But we digress.

Fifty years ago, our life changed forever — eight years as a one-man sports department, 25 years in sports and 14 years in news — the real life department.

We regret not a minute of it, especially the total dedication or the original cast when they were given a say in everything. We don’t regret not being part of the local scene coverage because, in reality, nobody is anymore.

And that is a crying shame.

Excuse the anniversary waltz, it’s been a good 50 years.

Remember, former BHS football coach Don Reich, uncle of Eagles coach Tom Reich, will be calling in to 92.1 FM Saturday at 1 p.m. from the Super Bowl.

We won’t ask him to predict the winner.

Did you know he left Bridgeton one year after winning South Jersey Group III because some players let him down?

Did you know that another head coach, when a star player walked off the practice field, had assistant coach Jack Yellin go into the locker room to get him back?

Did you know school officials OK’d breaking a player out of the county jail to play in an important Bulldog game?

Did you know the greatest Bulldog rooter next to Edgar Joyce paid a defensive back to “work” at his business so he didn’t have to work after school to pay his child support and thus miss football?

Education has never been more important than it is today, even if you just want to keep up, not even get way ahead. That may be a new way of thinking in Bridgeton, given the industry we have been famous for and what was required to fill those jobs — all great people who worked hard and played hard, and loved their town.

But this is the technological age and we have to bust out and reach new heights to get out of the poverty that causes so many negatives. Education must be stressed from city line to city line, and beyond.

The future must extend past next Saturday night. Express that every time you’re talking to a child, to a teenager and be a mentor.

More on piling on Bridgeton …

“I am never afraid to walk downtown Bridgeton. It’s changed … mostly because we have lost the industry. But that’s everywhere anymore. It seems to me that things happen in cycles. I still love my little town. She will always be beautiful to me.”

— Lynette Capetillo

And there was no spare in the trunk …

“After hitting a pothole on Parvin’s Mill Road and ripping a hole in the sidewall of my tire, i am finally home.

“Thanks, Lori, for coming to rescue me. Thank you, A1 towing, for towing my baby home.

“And thank you, Kia, for not putting spare tires in your cars. Ugh!”

— Jackie Laspada,

chip off two of our favorite blocks ever

Do they have to wait until spring to fill really bad potholes?

This is Hopewell, right?

Call Robyn Freitag.

More on the substance abuse pandemic …

“If someone is a known drug seeker and been to the ER 77 times in a year, why on earth would a family Dr. prescribe Tylenol 3 to them.

“And we wonder why opioid addiction is an epidemic.”

— Jane Uhland

No we don’t, Jane. But everybody does think it only happens to “THEM.” You know, the deplorables growing like weeds — unchecked.

But not in our neighborhood.

Youth basketball downer …

“Tough loss. 18-16. e missed 4 free throws, so do the math.

“We came back from 6 or 8 down. Proud of their effort, but we will run.”

— JT Burks,

Millville youth activist

Radio station 92.1 FM is growing new hosts by the week.

Fred Melendez now has a sports show every Wednesday from 10 to 11 p.m.

Jim Quinn is on every Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m.

Mike Abbott is on every first Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon.

Mike invited the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office and community policing in Bridgeton with the help of a grant this Saturday, a perfect lead-in to Shaun Connors, executive director of the SHINE program in inner-city youth at First United Methodist Church of Millville.

We’re going to talk miracles for at-risk kids because of big hearts in Millville, and Shaun’s tireless efforts.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: It’s a story that needs to be told.

 

Waitress Victoria a shining example; Rich people spend money, too; Waitress knows her Steelers; 50 years ago this Sunday, and some great publishers; Don Reich at Super Bowl and on 92.1 FM; Some behind the scenes high school football history; Pushing education; Defending Bridgeton; No Kia spare tire?; Tylenol 3 for drug addicts?; JT Burks loses close one; Fred Melendez, Jim Quinn, Mike Abbott on 92.1 FM now; Shaun Connors on Saturday at noon to tell us the hundreds of at-risk kids she has helped

Learning to fish in college; Former sidekick Stu Berman made it!; Exercise, but not before bed; Emotional eating a no-no; Salivating over road signs; Bridgeton haters not more, just more vocal; Not dangerous where you go; Recovery stumble short-lived; Campani’s Legacy Lanes; Generations of people still here — Sam Feinstein

The column that says our waitress at Texas Roadhouse Tuesday night is completing her associate degree and is going on for a four-year bachelor degree, and that’s what we need more of in Cumberland County, so we know the women are empowering themselves, but we’re not keeping up with the men as the county tries to get out of 1 of every 5 living in poverty — it’s called teaching the future generation how to fish, even deep-sea fish.

By Jack Hummel

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

Good evening!

Stu Berman and his son Matt will be at the Super Bowl.

Back in the day when the Bridgeton Invitational Baseball Tournament was at its zenith under recreation commissioner Jerry Alden, we had doubleheaders that went nine innings each if a team faced elimination, and the News didn’t go to press until 1 p.m. the next day, but there were other things a one-man sports department had to do in the morning, so the stories had to be written the night before.

And you couldn’t write up the first game while covering the second because there were no computers.

And that’s where Stu Berman came in as a stringer covering one of the games at night while working at a bank during the day, so he didn’t get much sleep and we had to be back in at 8 a.m., so by the second week of the tournament, we were both punch drunk, with more laughing than typing. But he was good.

We don’t think he got to over the Mickey Mantles and Pete Roses and Willie Mayses, at least not down here, but who knows the kings he has dined with at the Meadowlands.

Stu went on to be a bigwig at the Meadowlands, and he always puts on Facebook where he and his wife are eating, and it never seems to be the same place twice.

Stu Berman made it big, but he always follows how Cumberland County College sports teams are doing, always pushing for more publicity. He is walking testimony as to what a Cumberland County product can achieve.

How many of his children do you think went to college?

“Regular physical activity, especially cardio exercise, can help you fall asleep faster and make your sleep more restful.

“However, for some people, exercising right before bed may make getting to sleep more difficult. If that’s you, experiment with different times of day to see what works for you. Not exercising within three hours of bedtime, for example, may be just what you need.”

— Mayo Clinic

It’s time for Anytime Fitness basketball!

Who isn’t an emotional eater …?

“Do you turn to food for comfort when you are lonely, sad, stressed or bored? Chances are, you have experienced emotional eating at one time or another — even when you are happy and feel like celebrating.

“The first step to overcoming this common struggle is to take a closer look at your habits.”

— Mayo Clinic

How about if you salivate every time you see a food sign on the highway?

A Dunkin’ Donuts? A Texas Roadhouse? Steven Paul walking into a Las Palmas? Jorje Romero at DiLisi’s. Karen Dunfee Cox dining in East Norriton, with pictures?

Continuing with the Bridgeton haters, with a comeback …

“That’s because industry abandoned the town and not many tried to evolve with the times or further their education to get a promising career.

“Most just waited until everything crumbled around them and then pointed their fingers at others instead of trying to figure out how they contributed to the ‘fall of the good old days’.”

— Amy Petrie

Those days were all blue-collar driven. Those days were mostly the glass industry before plastic became a dirty word in the city, and also clothing manufacturing, especially military contracts.

And there was the smell of ketchup.

Glass is gone forever, the original Jersey tomato couldn’t stay alive long enough to make it to market, and warmer climates had longer growing seasons.

And nobody matched Seabrook Farms, a giant in the industry!

“You have to be mindful wherever you are in the world of your surroundings.

“I’m in Bridgeton every day. I see a lot of good people doing good things for the town and a lot of good people still live in Bridgeton.”

— Linda Solanik

We’ll sleep all night on the bench in front of C Town and guarantee we’ll be safe, even after Big John’s closes at midnight.

Yes, the projects are rough, along with Milltown and off the other end of Fayette Street, as well as deep into the Southside. But why would you be there after dark anyway?

You can drive safely anywhere in Bridgeton in the daytime.

Our new friend in Alabama gets back up …

” Yes, what matters is how quickly we get back up.

“As long as I’ve got air in my lungs, should I stumble, I will get back up!”

— Alison

She HAS to make it!

What’s happening at Campani’s Legacy Lanes …

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WAYNE BUMP 171-171-255 597
JERRY GROOVER 182-202-204 588
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YOU CAN BOOK IT: Who’s left in Bridgeton? “Me. And lots of others who have been here for 50 years and more. Generations of people are still here.” — Sam Feinstein

Learning to fish in college; Former sidekick Stu Berman made it!; Exercise, but not before bed; Emotional eating a no-no; Salivating over road signs; Bridgeton haters not more, just more vocal; Not dangerous where you go; Recovery stumble short-lived; Campani’s Legacy Lanes; Generations of people still here — Sam Feinstein

Giuseppe Ungaro’s farewell party; Brawl looked worse than it was, we’ll bet; United Advocacy Group detailed; Carol Hickman running for office, will get cat vote; SHINE pantry bare; A little SHINE history; Burger King closing early on Super Bowl Sunday, but, please, not DiLisi’s!

The column that says Giuseppe Ungaro’s farewell party for South Jersey will be on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. at Gregory’s in Somers Point and good times will be remembered as he resigns as assistant commissioner of the Powder Puff Football League — he coached the champion this past season — and executive editor of Glory Times magazine and heads for sunny Florida to begin a new chapter in his life and hopefully adopt a dog that he has pined for since Dante passed.

By Jack Hummel

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

Google all columns at jackhummelblog

Good evening!

Guaranteed that brawl at the Vineland Denny’s wasn’t half as bad as it looked on video.

The smashing wasn’t done on heads. Most of the sounds came from breaking dishes.

You want to see a real fight? You should have watched the one down the right field line at the Phillies game when the slow-pitch softball team got into it and one of them decked an attendant like a sack of sand going down with one punch, and it went on and on.

Wasn’t anybody next to that videotaping it.

You’re either trained to fight or you’re not. That’s why a fighter’s hands are considered lethal under law.

“Congratulations to CCC Counselor Arthur Horn on being named the new chair of the Board of Trustees at Compass Academy Charter School.

“He succeeds Dean Litchtenberger in this role. We appreciate our colleagues’ leadership in the community.”

— The Prez,

Cumberland County College

Isn’t he connected with United Advocacy Group?

The story of United Advocacy Group, located at 40 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton …

Founded in 2014, the United Advocacy Group was formed as an innovative effort to follow a systematic approach of life coaching and education to improve financial stability, child wellbeing, general wellbeing, family stability, and life preparedness among the community it serves.

Hundreds of schools, places of worship, and community-based organizations across South Jersey serve and interact with thousands of youth and families every day.  The United Advocacy Group model is designed to partner alongside front-line organizations and strengthen their capacity to serve youth and families within their midst.

The United Advocacy Group model is based on the idea that youth and families are more likely to embrace direct services that are delivered through a place or organization where they are already involved such as: a church a family has attended for generations, a school where students regularly participate in enrichment activities, or community-based organizations where individuals are heavily invested.

This effort started in southern New Jersey but has plans to expand throughout the state and the nation. All United Advocacy Group activities are free and open to all members of the public. These activities will change individual lives which will in turn influence the overall well-being of the community.

Physical Address
40 E Commerce Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Mailing Address
PO Box 9
Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Phone: (856) 243-5810
Fax: (856) 494-1365

Have somebody in 8th grade you want to go to college and you need someone to mentor them the whole way, and not only make sure they get into college, but provide the way?

United Advocacy Group is for you.

Carol Hickman, better known at carolscatz, is running for office in Commercial Township.

Her platform:

“To curb municipal spending. To be a voice for the people and listen to the people.
And to work on the issues with the drugs and crime plaguing the area.

“I live very modestly on a month-to-month paycheck. I know the struggles facing middle income and low income every day. Areas need to be found to save the municipality money and to keep taxes down.

“At a recent township meeting, a resident was questioning Some payouts and etc. and suggested ways the municipality could save a substantial amount of money yearly.

“That person was basically told he was asking foolish questions and not to come there with anything except serious questions, etc. He was treated badly and told time limits need to be set for individuals who have such lists.

“There were only 5 people at the meeting, other then the committee. It just was not right.

“I was later told after I left he was verbally attacked when he was leaving. Bad feelings between people should not carry over like this.”

“You don’t recover from an addiction by stop using, You recover by creating a NEW LIFE where it is easier to NOT USE.”

— Michael Mickey Williams

Exactly, Mickey!

That’s why diets don’t work. Instead of stopping eating, you create a new life where it is easier to not crave food.

Speaking of food …

“As you can see our Food Pantry shelves are bare. We have tremendous need in our community and right here in our neighborhood.

“Each day, we have people coming in trying to make ends meet. I personally have learned so much from meeting each and every one of them. Although they are all very different and defy all stereotypes, there is one common thread — when we pray, it is gratitude that flows out of them. They are simply thankful.

“If you would like to help us stock our pantry, please feel free to drop off donations at:
First United Methodist Church
201 N. 2nd Street

“Please call Shaun Connors at 856-503-9186 for further information.

Cereal
Oatmeal
Rice
Macaroni and cheese
Pasta
Pasta Sauce
Soup
Tuna fish
Canned chicken
Beef stew
Spaghetti O’s
Coffee
Tea
Juice
Sugar
Baked beans
Canned fruit
Hot dogs
Ground beef
Chicken nuggets

— Shaun Connors,

SHINE program

The SHINE pantry should never, ever be bare in a city as giving as Millville!

A little history

June 16, 2014

$7.68.

That was the bank account balance in January when Shaun Connors was halfway through the school year providing five-day, after-school homework help for Center City kids in the SHINE program at First United Methodist Church.

Last week, Connors, the new director of the program, sat down with former director Steve Walters to talk about the program.

“It’s been a busy year,” she said. “The school year was fantastic. Some days, we brought in 50 and 60 kids and we fed them snacks and we did homework.”

$7.68.

“You see, we got involved in a Thanksgiving dinner for the first time and we got involved in a Holiday Hearts program where we purchased all of the product,” she began to talk faster.

“We wound up with about 80 kids and parents, and anybody else who wanted to come, including two homeless,” she said.

“It was cool. The kids from the culinary arts program at the high school prepared this fabulous spread.

“Jimmy McCarthy’s budget had been cut and it was the first meal they were able to prepare.”

The SHINE kids prepared the decorations for the tables.

Kudos poured out of the effervescent Connors.

“The culinary arts team served the dinner,” she said.

Walters, known to the kids as Mister Keith, had to step down as director because of a stroke. He is more of a cheerleader now, but takes photos. He didn’t make the Thanksgiving dinner, but he is still a cheerleader after slimming down from 365 pounds.

“I eat healthy now,” he almost whispered, grabbing a second cookie from the table.

“Except for cookies.”

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Shautazia Cornish prepares a sign for the free car wash for the SHINE Adventure Camp at First United Methodist Church in Millville. They collected $161 in donations and washed a box truck and a taxi. (Submitted Photo) 

 

Connors never let the ball drop.

$7.68.

“That’s when the congregation stepped up,” praised Connors about the dwindling funds.

They responded like never before with money and snacks.

“They baked cookies. Janice Page. Marge Astheimer. Donna Wilson. Charlene Davis. The next door neighbor.”

Who?

“I don’t know her name,” said Connors. “We began talking to her over the fence. The next thing you know, she brought us cookies.

“Today, she brought us piping hot brownies.”

Not every volunteer can be mentioned, but they are loved.

“We have 50 and 60 people who help us with our two summer camps,” threw in Mister Keith.

Christmas a year ago, they gave out 26 stockings.

“This year, we gave out 84 stockings,” said Connors. “It lets them be kids. They get gift cards, socks, gloves, hats.

“We had two Christmas parties for them.

“Judy Kessler and Barb Morrow had a little bit of money left in the Center City Neighborhood program and they did crafts with the kids and fed them in a fun little party.”

After school is going great guns. Last year, they might get up to 20.

“This year, we might get 25 or up to 62,” said Connors.

The SHINE room is no longer big enough. They have to hold it in the big room.

“One group goes upstairs with Judy Reeves and Diane Brown.

“Jay Reed, Judy Lokey or Claire Thomas will go in the computer room,” she said.

The rest of kids have a Bible lesson and maybe go outside and play kickball in the parking lot.

“We’ve cleaned the board of ed (Culver Center) and we’ve cleaned city park,” she explains.

Connors focuses more on service than trips for her kids.

“We went to Parvin State Park yesterday,” she said. “You do two service projects, you get two trips.”

Project Nature just donated $500 for a Christ-centered entertainment to come to the church.

They went Christmas caroling.

It led to one of those moments.

“We went down Third Street, up Fourth Street, down Fifth Street, zig-zagging everywhere” said Connors.

It was chaos at best, with kids hanging on fences, walking in the street, trampling on the grass, some not singing.

“And then this tough girl, new to the program, who has never asked for anything asked if we could go to her house.

“I would have gone to the moon for this girl at that point.”

She said her 17-year-old sister was there with her newborn baby and her mom was in the hospital with a heart attack.

“When we got there, I went into the house with a couple of the older kids and we formed a prayer circle, and as we prayed, this girl laid her head on my shoulder,” she said.

That moment in time made it all worth it.

Even when the bank acount said $7.68.


Burger King closing at 7 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday.

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