Loretta, Civic and Giuseppe; Soroptimist on the job; Paws In The Park in Millville; Michael DeLeon down 62 pounds, in Cumberland County; Sign up for Bridgeton Americorps; Pastor Dave Ennis renews quest for peace; Kristi Birtch’s planting mums at WWII monument


The column that says Loretta at the LongHorn has traded in her sports car for a Civic now that she has graduated as a medical assistant, and we couldn’t convince her to apply at Jefferson, but the big boss was there tonight — the boss of her boss — and we nailed him on the way out after he said, “I can fire this guy on the spot!,” referring to the underboss, but then he saw we were with Somers Point’s Giuseppe Ungaro and he was backing Loretta, so everybody calmed down.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

Domestic Violence Awareness Sunday, Nov.5, at 3 p.m. in Bridgeton City Park, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Cumberland County.



Hey, D. Bailey Miles, you’re cutting in on our radio time with The Prez of Cumberland County College fame.

People need to be updated on what is happening at the home of the Dukes, starting at noon on 92.1 FM.

“DOWN 62 pounds total, 54 pounds since starting bulaFIT.

“Put in the thinnest suit I’ve worn since college. 46 stretch pants to 38 suit pants. Part of Recovery is Health and Wellness! Feel better than I have in many years! Message me if you want to seriously change your body! Not a diet. A new way of life!! Has even changed the color of my skin! Changed my body, changed my brain, changed my circulation!”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight



Michale DeLeon will be the first man to keep kids off drugs and also keep America fit.


We are so proud of our Rowan First Star Academy kids who were all awarded full-ride scholarships to college thanks to the generosity of Bob Carr and the Give Something Back Foundation. In a time when every headline and news story is horrific, you and the contribution you are poised to make, gives us immense hope. CASA of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem Counties — with Racheal Sylvia SmithCalise SharpeWayne Rock Johnson,Adina BrancoNina SmallMarjorie GravesWally KappelerLinnea Luzzo and Paige Chan.”

— Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler

When Bridgeton is moved forward, United Advocacy Group will be the movers from the third floor of the Ashley-McCormick building, where the huge vertical sign space has been cleared off for the new name.

The third floor is called the Hope Loft.

United Advocacy Group has enough backing to turn the town upside down, starting with education and ending with a voice for abused children in Family Court.

“Seeking: People who have a desire to step outside their normal routine and dedicate one year of their lives to making a measurable impact in our community by joining AmeriCorps.

“What is AmeriCorps?

“It is a domestic Peace Corps and we have 20 openings to launch an AmeriCorps national service site in Bridgeton — a place with a mere 6% college attainment rate and the highest child poverty rate in New Jersey.

“Our Corps members are going to change those statistics, make a difference, Be the Difference. Please check out the video and email me at melissahelmbrecht@gmail.com if this is of interest to you or someone you know. Thank you!”

— Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler


A voice from the past on a mission …

“How many of you are interested in coming together for the purpose of responding to the senseless deaths within our community?

“Our young men and women are dying by the dozen with no response. As most of you know, I’ve been sounding the alarm for years on this subject and like many of you, I’ve grown weary and tired. But I believe there is a need to assemble with the right people and with the right motive to respond to these senseless killings that in my opinion are worst than the lynchings and slavery related issues that we sustained in years past.

“When Jim Crow was in command, there was no choice because the choice was made for you. Today, though, we have a choice.

” Now, I’m not interested in a dialogue with pastors and church leaders who are looking for ways to increase your membership. I can teach that to you on another occasion. Not interested in racial debates. Nor am I interested in a dialogue with promising politicians who are looking for a quick vote.

“This call is a call that only the concerned and motivated individuals need to respond to. No degree needed. No big words needed. All lives matter. Black, White, Latino, GBLT or straight, this is a table where there is no discrimination .

“All that is needed is a readiness to do something right. If you are willing and feel as though you have anything good to bring to the table, then I’m going to ask.you to announce yourself and say, ‘Yes, I’m down.’

“If you say nothing , that will also tell the story of how you plan to get involved. The next instructions are contingent upon your response. Waiting on you!”

— Pastor Dave Ennis

” … anything good to bring to the table …”

Rev. Ennis started monthly Peace In The City meetings in Millville, then successfully ran for city commission.

A little history

July 14, 2014

A recent five-week span of violence here left cars and buildings riddled with bullets and four people slain.


But it was the most recent death – the June 26 fatal shooting of a man who was talking to friends while sitting on a front porch – that may have finally pushed folks here into action.


Residents have since stormed a City Commission meeting, telling local leaders they not only need more help from police, but that they are so tired of being afraid and are willing to take a stand against the violence.

“It takes us, the community, to have to stop this,” Jenisha Hadden, who lives in the troubled Center City neighborhood, told City Commission. “Yes, we’re scared as hell, but at the same time, we have to do this.”


Residents in the 200 block of East Mulberry Street in Center City have formed a sort of unofficial neighborhood watch. Organizers said they are looking out for each other and calling local authorities about suspicious and criminal activity.


“The burden falls on all us,” said Larry Kelly.


Kelly lives on the block with his sons, ages 10 and 14. He said he will not let the boys play outside unless he is there to watch over them. He said that fear did not exist when he was growing up in the city.


“We’ve got to step up,” he said.


Folks living in the Center City and 3rd Ward neighborhoods, considered by police to be high-crime areas, are also taking interest in a program to develop community gardens.

The plan is for the gardens to create community pride and spirit, said City Commissioner Lynne Porreca Compari. The first garden will be planted next to the public library on Buck Street in the 3rd Ward, she said.


City Commissioner David Ennis said a new organization – Peace in the City – is currently forming. Members plan on going into neighborhoods to help bring residents together, he said.


The new group is part of an effort by Ennis to turn the city around into a “world class” place to live. Ennis, a clergyman, believes it can happen.


“It will take time, but I have hope,” he said.


Other, more forceful action is also underway here to stem the violence.

On July 3, police from here, Vineland and Bridgeton and agents from agencies that included the FBI, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office swept through the Center City and 3rd Ward neighborhoods. The authorities made 23 arrests in what they said was the first of other crime-deterring sweeps planned for the future.


City Commission will also spend $200,000 in Urban Enterprise Zone money to hire more police officers. Those officers – the number of which is still to be decided – will be retained after the UEZ funding for them expires, city officials said.


Police said help from residents is a crucial part of making the efforts work.


“People got tired of it,” Lt. Jody Farabella said of the recent crime here. “People are getting a belly full. They’ve got kids out there. They’ve got family out there.

“People are coming around a little bit,” he said. “We need more of it.”

Which is what Center City resident Mary Messeck has preached for years.

Messeck operates the struggling Millville Crime Watch organization. She is a regular at City Commission meetings, where she has begged for residents to become more involved in fighting crime. The recent surge in resident anger has Messeck hopeful that will happen.


“It’s a distinct possibility,” Messick said. “Unfortunately, it took four deaths in one month to get people to do something.”


Local residents Delshawn Harris and Pablo Caban, both 20, died after being shot multiple times in the 700 block of Buck Street in the 3rd Ward around 7 p.m. on May 20. Arrested for the slayings are charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a weapon without a permit to carry, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon are James Henry, 25, of Glassboro, Gloucester County, and 29-year-old Kevin Lamar Hall of this city.


Authorities allege Jose Galarza, 49, fatally stabbed Casey Watson in the abdomen during a fight in a parking lot of the Delsea Gardens apartment complex on South 2nd Street on June 5. Galarza is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.


James Collins, 22, of Powell Street, was shot on a front porch of a house in the 1000 block of Church Street in the 3rd Ward early on June 26. Authorities said they believe the incident is gang related, and no arrests have yet been made.


Ennis said he is not sure how the city slipped into its current condition. He has made personally responsibility — everything from keeping sidewalks clean to proposed list of how the city expects its renters to behave — a theme since taking office in January.


Ennis says he senses the recent shootings made residents want to be more involved in helping their neighborhoods.


“I think that most people are just extremely fed up,” Ennis said. “We live in a community that has activities and we cannot enjoy them because of the criminal element.

“When you have nowhere else to go and are unable financially to (move) geographically, you have to make a decision,” he said.

— Tom Barlas

“Jim’s Lunch in Millville is hiring.

“Prep-cook (must have experience)
“Waitress or waiter (must have experience)
“Pot Scrubber (dishwasher)

“I will not except any messages!!
Please come IN-PERSON ( no phone calls ) Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thank you.”

— Nichole Maul

So proud to have Nafeesah Goldsmith on board today for our powerful programs in Bridgeton schools.
“Our Middle School and High School Assemblies are one small part of our overall programs. Evidence-Based, effective education for entire communities! Book us now!”
Michael DeLeon,
At the World War II monument outside Broad Street School …
“We will be planting mums at the WWII monument during the first week of October.
“If anyone is interested in donating one, please let me know. We usually plant 8-10. Thank you.”
— Kristi Birtch
YOU CAN BOOK IT: There is so much to do and so far to go as far as education goes in Cumberland County, and it all starts with education.



Loretta, Civic and Giuseppe; Soroptimist on the job; Paws In The Park in Millville; Michael DeLeon down 62 pounds, in Cumberland County; Sign up for Bridgeton Americorps; Pastor Dave Ennis renews quest for peace; Kristi Birtch’s planting mums at WWII monument

Owner-waitress at Mama Mia’s good deal, even if son behind swinging door smashes your face; Giuseppe bringing good news about Sixers; Greg Adomaitis has no beef, except with Mike Abbott; Gladys Lugardo-Hemple’s nativeland devastated; Flavia soldiered through; You realize see through more as you get older; Gone swimming at 10 p.m.


The column that says when the owner is your waitress, it either must be something special or she gave a waitress the night off because the No. 1 waitress is overdue for her baby, which could have arrived on our birthday and been famous but has chosen to put his grandmother to work longer at Mama Mia’s in the Salem strip mall where the supermarket is for sale — the only supermarket in Salem, and what’s with that in a food desert?

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

“…  Yet the Sixers still do not know how much center Joel Embiid will be able to play this season… . ”

 Giuseppe Ungaro, he of Bridgeton News and Vineland Daily Journal editorial fame, makes another grand entrance into Cumberland County Thursday night to regale us with stories about how many games Joelle Embiid will play for the Sixers this season, which driving Las Vegas oddsmakers nuts.

If he plays 70 games, the Sixers will be in the playoffs, and not just the No. 8 seed.

If he spends more time getting MRIs than playing, the Sixers won’t even see the light of day.

By the way, has any NBA player ever suffered from leg maladies and experienced a complete career? In fact, outside of Bobby Orr and perhaps Mickey Mantle, has anybody overcome chronic leg issues?

More on the vegan kick …


“I’ve been a vegetarian since August 2005. No beef, no chicken, no pork, no fish, no eggs, no slip-ups and best of all, no guilt.
“Kudos to you for trying something far too many folks turn their nose up at.
“Can you really claim ‘animal lover’ in one hand with a hamburger in the other?”
Greg Adomaitis,
the only reporter who could ignore mouthpiece Mike Abbott at a
Bridgeton City Council meeting until Abbott called the editor complaining
Bridgeton’s Gladys Lugardo-Hemple’s nerves are frayed with Puerto Rico getting hammered.
Her brother and his family hid in a walk-in closet and he thought his house lost its roof.
He told Gladys he still has water and a hot plate, but that she would be howling like the hurricane’s winds if she were there.
Unless you’ve never experienced nature’s wrath, you have no concept of what it can be like to be powerless.
“News on the Nail House to come!”
— Flavia Alaya
“Belated thanks to everyone who joined us for our combined CAWA/CHABA regional bus tour in celebration of the Cohansey RiverFest. (Reason for the lag: Your tourguide/reporter was totally absorbed in a matter before the Bridgeton City Council last night! Good outcome, btw!)
“The tour certainly had its pleasures, and — small favors — these included good weather and excellent company! But we know it had its challenges, too, in spite of best laid plans.
“So, thank you again. You were really good sports through it all. And more BIG thanks to our hosts, up-front and behind the scenes: the Bridgeton Public Schools, the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center, Bob Francois and the loving caretakers of the Old Stone Church in Fairton, as well as Bridgeton Main Street, who co-sponsored and helped advertise the tour.
“Thanks, as well, to all the historians who came along and added some color to our ‘Colors of History’ theme, as well as to our own stores of knowledge!
“And, finally, thanks to those amazing people who came before us who have preserved and treasured the stories of this place and its people, and made it their life’s work in some cases to pass them on so we could tell them again.”
— Flavia
Something you’ll realize when you get to your 70s is, other than leadership is 80 percent illusion, so there really aren’t that many people smarter than you and all advertising is stretching the truth and the truth is always in the small print at the bottom that is either too small to read or doesn’t stay on the TV screen long enough to get through the first disclaimer.
Maybe it all started with politicians, but it has since spread to everything, but nothing so obvious as televangelist Peter Popoff, who will sell you magical water that will work only if you follow his every steps, and who can simply touch the afflicted and they can suddenly run up and down the stage despite crippling arthritis, and people believe it and send in money.
And we can’t convince people to call 856-265-6802 and at least look into being a voice for abused kids in Family Court? Are you serious?
How many loves ones have you lost because of drugs?
How many do you know who are still unsuccessfully fighting substance abuse?
How many believe this pandemic is not affecting you? Can never affect you? Will never affect you?
And yet you believe Peter Popoff!
YOU CAN BOOK IT: Internet too slow, going swimming!
Owner-waitress at Mama Mia’s good deal, even if son behind swinging door smashes your face; Giuseppe bringing good news about Sixers; Greg Adomaitis has no beef, except with Mike Abbott; Gladys Lugardo-Hemple’s nativeland devastated; Flavia soldiered through; You realize see through more as you get older; Gone swimming at 10 p.m.

Vegan is in, if you include pizza and save swans and buffalo; The Prez coming on 92.1 FM; Calling Chandra Pitts; Bowl for the homeless; Michael DeLeon finds another frontier; WheatonArts comes alive; Dennis Tawes’ painting returned; Duker Ts stirs


The column that says we tried vegan tonight for the first time, and if we were sure it would save every animal on the planet, starting with the buffalo they’re going to shoot out west and ending with the swans they shotgunned at Parvin State Park, we’d go for it, as long as it included pizza.

By Jack Hummel

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Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

By the way, Ric Kuhns, of Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Release for feral cats fame, has told us he’s willing to save the buffalo. We figure he can house them in Gary E. Meyer’s warehouse in Millville until we get them all adopted.

The swans didn’t know somebody was going to turn on them, and neither will the buffalo. It’s almost like a plague happening they can’t explain.

Coming on 92.1 FM with us Saturday at noon is The Prez, who had to be tough growing up with five brothers, so the president of Cumberland County College will be no match for us because we’re waving the white flag on Tuesday.

We’d love to match her up with Chandra Pitts, who has taken Delaware by storm with her One Village Alliance.

“A dedicated visionary and philanthropist, Chandra Pitts is committed to propelling children and their families on a holistic journey toward excellence through education and the arts.

“She has been known throughout her life for her passion, integrity and authentic voice of advocacy with marginalized youth in communities around the world.

“As founding President & CEO of One Village Alliance, Chandra’s primary work takes a gender specific approach to healthy youth development including a focus on fatherhood.

“Girls Can Do Anything!” empowers hundreds of girls throughout the region to redefine womanhood and what it means to be a girl.

“Raising Kings changes society’s prominent image and expectations of men and boys of color by elevating the level of positive male engagement in the lives of boys.  And Suitable Men provides fatherhood training, man-to-man mentoring, and workforce development skills for dads.”


CHANDRA PITTS              

For Cumberland County Code Blue and Ending Homelessness Programs on Sept. 23, from noon to 5 p.m. at Campani’s Legacy Lanes, for just $12, join us for an event for the whole family to help raise funds for Code Blue, Housing First, and other related projects to help the poor and homeless.

The ticket includes two games and shoe rentals. Gift Baskets will be auctioned off throughout the event.

Tickets can be purchased at www.strikeouthomelessness.com or at the door!

— M25 Initiative

On the drug front …

“Helping our Students

“Many four-year universities offer housing that supports students in recovery with an all-around substance-free environment, but most community colleges lack that component since their students don’t live on campus.

“We must be more community-resourced and partner with students who need help or are in recovery from addiction.

“Aside from housing:

“• Colleges need to set up core curriculum about addiction, not only in freshman orientation and seminars but throughout all programs for all students.

“• Staff must be aware of current drug trends and the importance of intervention when students present symptoms. A good place to start is the Monitoring the Future website at drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trendsstatistics/monitoring-future.

“• Administrators should be aware of and inform students about community resources that are available and how they can access those programs. Treatment centers can be found on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website at findtreatment.samhsa.gov. If possible, the ideal would be to offer certified addiction counseling to students in need.

“• A campus-wide approach is necessary to overcome the stigma that fuels addiction. Not talking about this will not make this go away. The National Council on Patient Information and Education has created a resource kit for college campuses, “What You Can Do: Tips for Raising Awareness about Prescription Drug Abuse on Campus,” which can be found at bemedwise.org/documents/WhatYouCanDo_Tips.pdf. As postsecondary education remains vitally important in American life, promoting substance abuse prevention and treatment and supporting recovery for our population is more crucial than ever to student success. Facing this American pandemic of addiction head-on is vital. Our students increasingly will come to depend on our partnership in this issue for their success. Our success is only their success.”

— Michael R. DeLeon,


Cumberland County College


Steered Straight

“P.S.:  So proud to represent my Community College, my Trustee Board, and Transformations Treatment Center as National Recovery Advocate to write and teach about Addiction, Recovery and Student success! The No. 1 issue facing student success is addiction -—PERIOD! We MUST talk about this more and take ACTION!”

“Very proud of your work in this realm and your representation of the College. We have no record of any trustees having been published in Trustee Quarterly. This is a significant honor. I look forward to your presentation next week to scholars, practitioners, trustees, and presidents. Putting Cumberland on a bigger stage.”

— Yves Salomon-Fernandez,

CCC president

One of New Jersey’s Heartland’s biggest festivals is just around the corner. The WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, at the WheatonArts and Cultural Center. It will feature 150+ juried artists, artist demonstrations, hands-on family activities, musical entertainment, specialty foods, a glass pumpkin patch and a beer and wine garden!

We’re giving TWO LUCKY New Jersey’s Heartlanders a chance to each Win a One-of-a-Kind Glass Pumpkin and 4 Tickets from WheatonsArts and Cultural Center!

— New Jersey’s Heartland


It’s back!



“Great news!

“Mm\y son, Sean, just returned from a food run and found this sitting on the chair on our porch. I am grateful that this person returned it to where it belongs. Thank you everyone for getting the word out there for me.”

— Dennis Tawes,

Millville Pioneer Artist

Duker Ts will have potato leek soup for this coming weekend, Sept. 22-25. $4 per pint.”

— Bob Barber

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Is that vegan?

Vegan is in, if you include pizza and save swans and buffalo; The Prez coming on 92.1 FM; Calling Chandra Pitts; Bowl for the homeless; Michael DeLeon finds another frontier; WheatonArts comes alive; Dennis Tawes’ painting returned; Duker Ts stirs

Make the empty store windows sparkle!; Gift bags for Veterans Home vets; Campani’s Legacy Lanes; Why more running plays for Eagles; Millville haters, go away; Shep toiling long hours; Departing Millville city commissioner hears from brother, Big Rob; The best administrators know the students; Jim Cook Jr. back in November 2018; Crabfest says thank you; Michael DeLeon says you have to want it


The column that asks, why can’t somebody clean off the dirty windows in two of the empty stores on North Laurel Street, or is it because you can’t get the keys from the North Jersey landlords that we need to send back where they came from because we don’t need you, and where are the Jaycees we had in the 1970s that ran this town like a well-oiled machine, so how about less photo ops and more moving forward?

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

The Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland generously houses and feeds our vets, but does not provide much-needed personal care items.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Misbah is doing something about that. Along with her mother, Celeste, and her mother’s friend, Dennis Dase, Sarah if collecting items from you for gift bags for all 310 veterans who live there.

Let’s put this in perspective. Thirty of the bags will not include socks because 30 of the veterans do not have legs. Also, 12 are women.

In each gift bag will be bodywash, lip balm, deordorant, slipper socks and tissues. Celeste figures each bag will cost about $8, so if you want to just donate cash, she will take care of the shopping.

She is determined to stock the volunteer office at 524 N.W. Blvd, in Vineland before Christmas.

On Sunday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is a car show put on by the Nostalgia Knights and South Jersey Cruisers.

Call Sarah at 856-579-7087 if her cause excites you even a little bit, and if you belong to a group looking for a feel-good outing, schedule a meet and greet with the troops.

Call Lisa Williams at 856-405-4212.

What’s happening the first week of the new fall bowling season at Campani’s Legacy Lanes …

FRED KENDALL 268-209-233 710
BOB DUBOIS 246-201-242 689
RICH GRIFFITH 224-191-252 667
CHRIS HUNTLEY 225-254-178 657
TED DENOFIO 224-230-203 657
ALFRED PIERCE 227-204-211 642
STEVEN GABURO 228-203-202 633
JOE DIPRIMIO JR 199-233-183 617
BYRON CALAKOS 191-267-156 614
ANDREW DUBOIS 208-222-180 610
JEFF TANIGUICHI 224-210-168 602
ALFRED PIERCE 227-225-254 768
DAVE ZIEGER 276-229-263 706
BRIAN SHIFLET 195-249-252 696
FRED KENDALL 225-216-212 653
CHARLIE BROWN 232-221-195 648
TYLER SHUMATE 130-267-246 643
BILL ZIEFLE 215-175-227 617
JR NUTZ 201-176-234 611
BOB MURPHY 221-216-267 704
PETE SAMMS 246-213-239 698
BECKY MILLER 150-153-242 545
DONNA MORRIS 168-158-173 499
DAVE WILLIAMSON 255-287-246 788
TYLER SHUMATE 258-257-268 783
GREG SABLA 224-264-267 755
DAVE FRANCE 225-277-212 714
GARY BERES 217-225-246 688
BRIAN SHIFLET 227-244-205 676
CHRIS HUNTLEY 194-265-205 664
CHRIS 195-243-225 663
MARK COUCH JR 202-221-237 660
BOB GALLAGHER 201-268-188 657
GARY MARTINELLI 244-181-227 652
JAMES MUFFLEY 238-205-202 645
RICH GRIFFITH 194-202-243 639
JAMES MESSECK 190-243-204 637
DAVE HEMPLE 186-226-225 637
PAUL LAWRENCE 255-214-167 636
DAN BENNETT 237-230-167 634
ALFRED PIERCE 253-201-180 634
RON WILSON 253-202-178 633
MATT SWISTUNOW 252-203-175 630
MARK KAZAOKA 226-191-213 630
ROB ANDINO 225-155-245 625
NICK DURHAM 236-195-190 621
MICHAEL DEFALCO 223-192-201 616
DONNA WILLIAMSON 215-196-196 607
KARL HERMAN 210-170-226 606
DEAN GAINES 180-172-254 606
MOE THOMPSON 166-200-239 605
RICKY HOLLENWEGER 232-192-177 601
HEATHER RIPA 268-225-279 772
JAMES MESSECK 237-267-233 737
BILLY ROBB 204-248-279 731
JOE RAYMOND 275-216-215 706
GLENN CORBETT 261-234-211 706
EMILY NAKOVICH 238-233-222 693
TRAVIS CLARKE 203-242-245 690
MIKE PIERCE 210-178-300 688
BRIAN SHIFLET 269-205-213 687
FRED KENDALL 184-244-256 684
SHANE HARRIS 201-225-237 663
DANA WOLBERT 207-203-253 663
CJ LOGAN 180-246-231 657
ORVILLE JOHNSON 242-212-201 655
ROB MAGDIN 206-207-236 649
TYLER SHUMATE 225-201-221 647
KARL MUNSON 194-225-224 643
TINY LITTLE 212-212-212 636
ALFRED PIERCE 211-222-179 612
CHRIS RAUNER 210-193-208 611
ERIC JOHNSON 246-299-188 733
DAN MILLER 161-246-224 631
TOTIANA MIRANDA 242-192-168 602


Why do the Eagles need more running plays?

As Merrill Reese said, had they run 10 more plays, they would have gained 12 yards. Big deal.

You give the football to your best player. That is not any of the running backs. It’s Carson Wentz. When the Eagles put together an offensive line on the field instead of on paper, then the holes will be there.

It is not a good running play offensive line. It may even get Carson Wentz hurt soon. But if it can pass block, Wentz will do the rest, but, you know Philly fans, if they’re not screaming “Victory parade!” they’re still screaming something.

And if you’re still following that clown Lombardi like a sheeple after what he wrote about Doug Pederson, why don’t you go root for some of the teams he’s ruined?

And these people on Facebook who rip Millville like it’s a ghetto should be asked to leave town by an official letter from city commission, or at least threatened with a lawsuit that says they will either prove what they are saying, or pay a steep price for saying it.

It’s time for haters to pay their dues.

You have a bad life? Blame it on something else. You need help? Ask for it. You don’t have any answers, keep your mouth shut and your guts warm.

“Taking a break today. Not going back to bean field tonight. These 10/12 hour days are getting to me. Not aspiring chicken anymore, but not a wimp, either.

“Give it hell in the a.m. again.”

— Shep

David Ennis is finishing up his four-year term on Millville City Commission not like he felt going in.

His brother, Rob Sr.,who we have admired for years for his coaching and organizing ability, chimes in …

“We have all grown from your term of service in this city. For those of us who love you, it’s been a tremendous challenge standing on the sidelines watching as you were relentlessly and unjustly attacked by people with a third of your intellect and a quarter of your education.

“Racism is like a seed-bearing plant. It grows, produces seeds and replicates itself. To eliminate it, it must be pulled up from the roots and this town isn’t ready for that.

“Politics is a dirty, muddy business. That filth is only amplified in a town that rejects progress and spends all its time looking back and longing for the way things used to be.

“Even the least astute among us can clearly interpret the meaning of Taking Back Millville. But I say to you, bro, well done. You stood by your convictions in the face of extreme adversity as they challenged your integrity, your character and even your faith.

“Of course, these folks didn’t know who our daddy was or who our mama raised. They had no idea what we are capable of. I’m proud to be your little brother.

“Next chapter.”

— Big Rob,

as he’s known in Midget Football circles

Millville is not that different from Bridgeton, yet Albert Kelly is able to defuse situations that could be called racism, including a police shooting that led to a confrontation with an activist who demanded he blame the police department.

And he didn’t crack.

Can you turn them into teaching moments instead of confrontations? It is not that we don’t know what is. It is what we choose to do about it.

Wally Kappeler knows every student in the Maurice River Township School District before the school year starts.

Prez Yves Salomon-Fernandez, of Cumberland County College, meets every student in the first month of the school year.

Amanda Schoch, waitress at DiLisi’s and CCC freshman, said The Prez met and spoke to the group she was in.

Thus, the good ones can never say, “I wish I had time to interact with the students.” Cut down on the meetings and go out and meet the world that is your job.

“Wally is awesome! He and Melissa are so great and care so much about the community. I love them!”

— The Prez

You can spot the genuine ones a mile away.

“Loved seeing all the photos and updates from the Perry Awards. Great to see the NJ Theatre Community thriving stronger than it’s ever been, with all the groups supporting each other. That’s what it’s all about.

“Someday I’ll be back, and someday I’ll be there!”

— Jim Cook Jr.,

ETS: November 2018

Saying thanks …

“I would like to thank everyone that made it out to Bridgeton Crabfest yesterday. It was a nice turnout.

“A special thanks to all the volunteers.

“Ms. Cynthia Wilks, who proved all the student volunteers.

“Noah Hindle, Bill Friendly, Rhonda BusnardoMariann Kenney BodineFaith BodineAnthony Busnardo, Denise and Kiah Sheppard.

“Also like to thank Bridgeton Public works for all their help. The Bridgeton police for their support and help with some clean-up. Moses Arellano for his help. James Smith Jr. for his help advertising.

“Next, maybe we can do that bike show. And, last but not least, Steven James Paul and the rest of the Bridgeton Main St. board.. Till next year. Sorry if I missed anybody!”

— Deborah Boykin-Greenberg

“Well, I’ve COMPLETELY changed my stance on this. No more trying to convince people otherwise since I’M convinced YOU MUST ABSOLUTELY WANT RECOVERY TO RECOVER.

“No one can want it for you! No ifs, ands, or buts about it. I was wrong. If you don’t WANT IT, you’ll NEVER GET IT!”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

And how long is that going to take in the governor’s proposed $200 million substance abuse program?

Will some be forced into failure?

“Or as the literature says, when the pain of where you are is worse then the fear of moving forward, that’s when you move.”

— Ricky Byrd

“I guess I should clarify.

“Incarceration DOES work, forced treatment DOES work. Court-ordered treatment DOES work, too. But it only works if it after it’s forced upon you, you embrace it. NO ONE can have Recovery if they don’t want it.”

— Michael DeLeon

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Drugs and cancer. Cancer and drugs. And one doesn’t even need you to take the  wrong path.

Make the empty store windows sparkle!; Gift bags for Veterans Home vets; Campani’s Legacy Lanes; Why more running plays for Eagles; Millville haters, go away; Shep toiling long hours; Departing Millville city commissioner hears from brother, Big Rob; The best administrators know the students; Jim Cook Jr. back in November 2018; Crabfest says thank you; Michael DeLeon says you have to want it

Out of apple pecan chickenh salad?; Eagle coverage brutal; TNVR in Upper Deerfield; Michael DeLeon loses one; Flipper’s open until Oct. 15; Jerry Young hypes Tri City Boxing show; Joan McAllister escapes unscathed; Sam Feinstein doesn’t; Our in-law protects Bernard Hopkins; ‘Be gone, Andy!’; Drug study seven years ago


The column that says when does a chain fast-food eatery run out of an item on the message board unless it’s us at Wendy’s asking for an apple pecan chicken salad when every other salad on the board is available, but, then the angels sing and they somehow make one anyway.

By Jack Humml

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815989

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Good evening!

Do the sports talking heads push a switch and everybody suddenly decides to get down on Coach Doug Pederson, or is it all signals point to that’s what everybody is talking about, so they join in for the ratings?

It’a like a feeding frenzy.

The Eagles stay with one of the best teams in the NFL, and only a Hall of Fame writer — Ray Didinger — sees it as a plus, with everybody else, including Seth Joyner and Barrett Brooks, saying close losses are still losses and let’s not use this as a barometer.

Pederson is done.

We told you to take the under.

“CONGRATULATIONS, UPPER DEERFIELD TWP! TNVR FOR EVERYONE! Linder Smith (Suuuuper Linder) and Bruce ACO Barry, let’s set the organizational meeting date.”

— Ric Kuhns

It’s not all blue skies, green lights, straight ahead …

“Today was one of the hardest days I can remember. Said goodbye to one of the most amazing men I’ve ever met. HUGE service with hundreds of people, a testimony to how much he was loved and how much he affected other people.

“I am so grateful to his wife for this picture from just a week ago when we spent today together in Cook Forest. I love you, Kasey, like my own brother.

“We MUST stop this national scourge.”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight



Tired of losing friends to heroin. Please keep a family in Millville in prayer.”

— Millville man

“So sorry for your loss. This heroin epidemic is terrible. These people think they can handle it. They don’t realize some of it is laced with fentanyl. And even when it’s not, it’s still deadly, and it’s cheap and easy to find.

“Heroin does not discriminate. It can affect anyone. Doesn’t matter what type of background you come from. So many people are using it. I just don’t understand it. In the end it will get them unless they get help. Many do not seek help. I know those who have been in rehab come right out and get right back on it. It’s just a shame.”

— one who has seen it

“A lot of kids we went to school with in Pittsgrove and Elmer that I was friends with, died. The first one to go was in 2004. I really miss them.”

— it’s everywhere

Meanwhile, back at Flipper’s Custard in Millville …

“Last day of 2017 season is Sunday, Oct. 15.

“New hours: Opening weekdays at 1 p.m. Weekends at noon. Closing times vary. Call for times at 856-327-1234. We might also close on very rainy days.”

— Flipper’s Custard

“Thank you for having Terry and me on your show. As always, we are going to continue to be in the trenches working to steer our youth in a positive direction.

“It’s frustrating when you see those that have fallen through the cracks, but then you see the ones that are, through it all, on the right road, and that makes your efforts worthwhile.

“I invite everybody, that can, to come out and support us in our upcoming boxing show, ‘The War on Cancer’. Twenty per cent of the gate will go to a local breast cancer survivors group.

“The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Bianca’s Kids will also receive donations as a result of this show. If you can’t attend, buy a ticket and donate it to somebody that can attend.

“By doing so, you will be helping to keep kids off the streets and helping to save lives. For more info or to buy tickets ($15 each) in advance,call me, Jerry Young at 856/369/5843 or Terry Gould at 856/332/4488.”

— Jerry Young,

Tri City Boxing

Tri City HOPE

There will be boxers from Millville and Vineland on the card, and we’re praying Buffalo’s Mikiah Kreps can find an opponent out of NYC.



Joan McAllister usually tapes the history of other people, but Irma happened to her …

“No one else can say that they were hit by Irma on Wednesday and then escaped it the next Monday!

“Hit in St. Maarten on Wednesday, evacuated on Saturday and just made it out of Atlanta on Monday before they closed the airport.”

— Joan McAllister

Sam Feinstein went down, but is safe in the North Carolina waves.

Not so, his cellphone.

Film at 11.

Talked to big, mean, tough Jose Douglas in the South tonight.

On our next trip to Greensboro, he’s going to protect us.

Guess who he bodyguards for? Bernard Hopkins.

And he’s in the family. One call and he’s here.

Isn’t it funny how suddenly everybody likes Andy Reid again after we drove him out of town like he was radioactive nuclear waste.

Are we making any progress?

Sept. 17, 2010

The following is a study.
Illegal drug use has peaked for the first time in almost 10 years, with a spike in the number of people using or abusing marijuana, ecstasy and meth.
The report from the federal government said there was a 9 percent increase in overall drug use — blamed in part on more lax attitudes about pot and other illegal drugs and a drop in focus on warning kids about the dangers of ecstasy.
The fight over medical marijuana, and the sharp rise in states approving it, explains the 8 percent increase in pot use, according to Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
“I think all of the attention and the focus of calling marijuana medicine has sent the absolute wrong message to our young people,” Kerlikowske told the Associated Press.
Marijuana remains the most frequently used drug, according to the annual report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Kerlikowske said the findings are disappointing but not shocking considering the “eroding attitudes” about how harmful illegal drugs are, according to the AP.
About 8.7 percent of the population ages 12 and older, or 21.8 million Americans, said they used illegal drugs last year. It’s the highest number since the survey’s inception in 2002. Previously, the high had been about 20 million in 2006.
Ecstasy use was up 37 percent and those taking methamphetamines jumped 60 percent. Cocaine use has continued to drop, down 32 percent from its peak in 2006, the AP said.
The report, released Thursday, draws data from interviews with about 67,500 and is thought to be the most thorough picture of U.S. drug use.

“There are very few valid studies addressing the effects of community watch groups.
“The best results from CWs come when there are car patrols, cell phones are used, and the members wear uniforms.

“There are valid studies that show when people legally carry concealed guns, crime goes down.”



Out of apple pecan chickenh salad?; Eagle coverage brutal; TNVR in Upper Deerfield; Michael DeLeon loses one; Flipper’s open until Oct. 15; Jerry Young hypes Tri City Boxing show; Joan McAllister escapes unscathed; Sam Feinstein doesn’t; Our in-law protects Bernard Hopkins; ‘Be gone, Andy!’; Drug study seven years ago

Boxing show on radio; Save the praise for real progress; Calling for changing Millville animal control; BHS Class of 1959 chows down at Mama Mia’s; Rondy Henderson signs up waitress to play on his softball team; Michael DeLeon’s continued success; Tri City Boxing’s beginning in 2011


The column that says Tri City Boxing’s show on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the ALMS Center in Bridgeton will be carried live on 92.1 FM WVLT — the whole card, 11 bouts — with not only electronic wizard and DJ Chris Randazzo providing the juice, but maybe also the announcing, although we’d rather have Dave Bontempo, who is in the U.S. Boxing Hall of Fame for his announcing after he left the Bridgeton Evening News, and he nows lives in Egg Harbor Township, not that far from a two-man association looking for a home to train in other than the city park — is there any room in the bear cage, the splash park after dark?

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!

Of course, we could get Bob Hutchings, who announces anything they call him for.

But, he’ll probably be in Saudi Arabia trying on the sheik’s rings.

The boxing show will start at 6 p.m. with the national anthem and end with Ashin “The Machine” Robbins in the feature, on his way to becoming a civil engineer out of Morgan State.

But, let’s get serious about one thing Terry Gould talked about on today’s radio show.

He drew in the fighters and he trained them well, but, eventually, they were drawn back into the gang life, even threatened, and that tells us we’re not even close — NOT CLOSE — to climbing to the top of the mountain in leading kids out of this gang lifestyle.

We got them out and we couldn’t keep them out before the lure of dying on the streets, winding up in jail or walking around penniless overcame whatever programs, sermons, seminars, baubles, bangles and beads the rest of us can offer them?

Are you serious?

Better rethink all that praise you’re heaping on the city of Bridgeton. We are sick and tired of people standing up at meetings and raining down praise on everyone doing so much for Cumberland County, when they haven’t done bleep socially or economically to close the gap.

Except The Prez. She’s going to change things so fast at CCC, it will look like everybody else is nailed to the floor.

Back at the stray cat ranch …

“I have conversed with Linda Gentille and I FULLY SUPPORT Shore Animal Control to take over all the ACO duties of Millville.

“Not only would it be less expensive than our own ACO doing the job, it would have better coverage and service. As the Animal Coordinator for Millville, I am not happy with what I have seen personally and reported over and over by caretakers and residents with poor ACO service.

“I am publicly advocating for Millville’s ACO to be replaced because of poor service. This also serves the taxpayers, too, as it would save nearly $40,000 a year with the gross salary, city monies in taxes and benefits of the employee, a city van and gasoline.

“The numbers speak for themselves, making this a huge win for the city and the animals as right now we have higher costs with poor service.”

— Gary E. Meyer,

Animal Coordinator for Millville

What does the SPCA think?

“Animal Control should be like a walking talking billboard for a city’s TNVR program as they interact with residents. What a waste. A/C should’ve been working with coordinator for the last 5 years, imagine where we’d be now if we all had (business cards).

“I’ll have to show you some of the quotes in the newspapers from a/c about TNVR from 5 years ago when Millville first adopted. Makes me wonder, where the hell has that guy been? You get this done, my friend, and I’ll stand by your side to wake our program up and get it moving!”

— Ric Kuhns,

TNVR leader

So there were all these tables pushed together at Mama Mia’s tonight for a 6 p.m. dinner and we suspected it was the BHS Class of 1959.

When we saw Rondy Henderson, we knew we were right.

“Every month, somebody different gets to pick the restaurant where we meet,” he told us in a booth near the gathering. For September, somebody chose Mama Mia’s.

Before our conversation could end, Rondy had signed up his waitress to his softball team.

“We have to have one girl on the team,” he said, “and I lost mine.”

So the waitress who moved up here from Naples, Florida, but kept her house to rent out, will reignite her softball career with the Class of 1959 pitcher’s team in Stow Creek.

“Do you know where Stow Creek is?”


“It’s right up the road off 49.”

Do you know where Marlboro Market used to be?

“No. I just know how to come to work and go home.”

It’s funny. Mike Bruno, part of the Mama Mia’s family who lives in Vineland, never, ever goes into Salem even though the restaurant is at the east end of the town.

And here’s a waitress who never goes the other way.

By the way, correcting an earlier column, Ag is not the symbol for gold. Au is. So the golden retriever from the Newark High School Class of 1959 was called Au, not Ag. Ag is the symbol for silver, like if you wanted to name your pet fox.

“OK, so for news. Upper Deerfield newsletter came out today and we are supporting TNVR. Anyone in the township wanting to volunteer to help with this can call me for details. Or email at booksn2u@gmail.com. Phone is 856-364-3502.

“Hooray for Upper Deerfield!”

— Linda Eisenberg Smith

On the road to recovery …

“On the Road to Recovery in Shippensburg, PA, to hear one of the most amazing transformations I’ve ever heard! Incredible woman with incredible strength and perseverance.

“Can’t wait to share her story with you… . Christina Burns…”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight



A little history

March 9, 2011

Tri-City Boxing, Bridgeton’s newest sports organization, is off to a great start with two of its members coming back from the Arnold Fitness Exposition in Columbus, Ohio, sporting both a gold and a silver medal around their necks.

Moses Molina won a gold medal in the seventeen-years-old and up open-weight category and Micah Branch won silver in the sevnteen-years-old and up welterweight category.

Giving credit where it was due, Molina said he owed the victory in large part to Terry Gould, the president of Tri-City Boxing, who along with vice-president Jerry Young is the driving force behind the organization that seeks to introduce youths and even those over eighteen to the world of pugilism.

“Some days I didn’t want to come to practice, but Mr. Gould really pushed me. He said the training should always be the hardest part, so that way the fighting is easy, sir,” said Molina.

Punctuating every sentence with a “sir”, and otherwise acting as the very model of manners, Molina is an example of the type of person that Gould said the discipline and dedication required to succeed in boxing can produce.

“If he were not here, he could be out on the streets getting into trouble,” said Gould.

“Here” is the third floor of the Ashley – McCormick building. The organization had been without a home ever since Gould and Young decided to splinter from the Bridgeton PAL and The Boys and Girls Club of Vineland.

“We did not feel that PAL was very supportive of the boxing program,” said Gould. This was despite the fact that he and Young were president and vice-president of the PAL at that time. Gould is also a retired corrections officer for the state corrections department.

“People get the idea that boxing is violent, so they do not like the idea of involving their kids in it,” said Young. “Actually, youth boxing has less injuries than basketball, soccer, football, almost any sport.”

The sport’s association with violence made it difficult for the group to find a facility to use.

Young said a Bridgeton church was on the verge of letting them use space in a building it owned, but at the last moment decided not to sign the contract.

The owner of the Ashley-McCormick building, Hank Murad, agreed to let them use the top floor after hearing of their plight. Since Gould is paying almost all of the organization’s expenses out of his own pocket for the time being, Murad also leased the space to them at a reasonable price.

“It is much cheaper than we would normally pay for a space this size,” said Young.
How much is a space that size normally?

“We were looking at an old transmission building on Landis Avenue, and they were going to ask for $5,500 per month,” said Young. Not only was the lease too pricey, Young and Gould did not want to move the organization from Bridgeton where they both live.

In order to pay for the organization’s expenses, or at least a paltry portion of them, Tri-City Boxing is searching for sponsors primarily in the form of local businesses.

The sponsorship levels range from $25 for a friend to $500 or more for a platinum member. Gould said they are having T-shirts made for the children in the program with advertising prominently displayed on the back. The kids will wear them when attending competitions.

The organization also charges a membership fee of $60 for those between the ages of eight and seventeen, and $100 for anybody who is older.

Young explains there is slim profit to be gained from the fees.

“To be insured when you are practicing at home or in the gym or to participate in any fights, you have to be a member of USA Boxing,” explained Gould. “Forty-four of the hundred dollars goes towards registering, and the little we have left goes towards gas to get to and from competitions, and towards everything here.”

The third-floor gym is equipped with a full-sized ring, a multitude of bags, and various other pieces of workout equipment.

Though over twenty young men and women have boxed under Gould and Young since they began with the Bridgeton PAL, Tri-City now comprises about nine steady members. They attend their practices Monday through Friday from 5 – 9 p.m.

Gould and Young are looking to expand though, and for their organization to put down roots in the city.

“We are looking to become a fixture here,” said Gould. “We had offers for buildings in other towns but we did not want to go to Vineland or Penns Grove, we wanted stay right in Bridgeton.”

Gould is not complaining about the cost of running the organization either. He actually drove Molina and Branch to the Ohio competition at his own expense.

“I get paid out of satisfaction,” he said. “When those kids develop from where they cannot throw a punch to where they have a gold medal around their necks, that’s the payoff.”

Anybody wishing to get involved may call Mr. Gould personally at 856-332-4488 or 856-369-5843.

— Stephen Smith

YOU CAN BOOK IT: One more time on Oct. 7.

Boxing show on radio; Save the praise for real progress; Calling for changing Millville animal control; BHS Class of 1959 chows down at Mama Mia’s; Rondy Henderson signs up waitress to play on his softball team; Michael DeLeon’s continued success; Tri City Boxing’s beginning in 2011

Ready to march against cancer or do we wait until it hits you?; D. Bailey Miles back on her horse; Lauren Van Embden has the Levoy facts, haters; Kirk explains Saturday clean-ups; Anybody soon starting a Bridgeton Future Lane?; Millville commissioners holding town hall; any Bridgeton council members considering the same; N.C. moving 200-year-old trees for construction; Get off the GBAT bus early and walk for your exercise; Why can’t our students rank higher in brains? ATTN: CCSPCA needs foster homes; Bridgeton Crabfest Saturday hoping to sell 1,000 dinners and scurry for more crabs


The column that says a 26-year-old father, with three kids, dealing with cancer all over his body is beyond comprehension, and how does this happen when it involves the prostate at his age, but these kinds of stories are going to continue to happen until we decide to take a stand and go all out to fight this dreaded disease like we do when we spend $10 million a week on war, but that won’t happen until it affects you and us at the same time.

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!

This is how our girl in Millville speaks when she’s on her game…

“And I’m not sure why we are talking about the Levoy in this context. We know that the decisions made over the course of the last 30 years have compounded into the situation we have today.

“I think Lauren makes a good point about the assets of the Levoy, but I think (at least with regards to the residents’ perceptions) that this highlights a greater truth: We need to stop expecting any one project to “save” the city. No one person, one project, one leader, or one department is going to do it. We all need to work together and approach our many problems from varied angles.”

— D. Bailey Miles,

Taking Back Millville

“Thank you, D Bailey Miles. I was hoping to quell some of the misconceptions that have been floated about the Levoy somehow taking money from other projects (like the Buck Park repairs on the original post by Mr. Owens) and wanted people to be aware that not a penny of property tax dollars has been spent by the city on the Levoy since it was constructed.

“It’s just a theatre. I will never understand why Gigi hates it so much.

“I personally like Kirk‘s idea and have thought for a while that I would take a trash bag along to collect when I do get to the various parks. Each of us doing our part would go a long way.”

— Lauren Van Embden

Kirk’s idea …

“The cleanup is a weekly endeavor by a small group of dedicated people each Saturday at 10 a.m., yes, due to the the size of the park and the limited amount of people that are there to help each week.

“The decision was made to dedicate their efforts to picking up drug paraphernalia along with trash. It is important to know that anyone is welcome to come to the park any Saturday morning and join in and more than likely even meet some new people along with doing something for the community.

“In ending, it’s important for people to know that the City of Millville also supplies correct nitrile safe gloves and grabbers for the safety of the residents that do this each week.”

— Kirk

Of course, there will always be Levoy haters, and culture has a lot to do with that. But some of the vitriolic comments coming out of Millville make us wonder either why these people choose to live in town or why they haven’t been encouraged to leave.

After all, if there are problems, obviously these people offered no solutions. So they blame others and everything they try to do.

But, at least, they care enough to comment, and don’t we wish Bridgeton had the same concerns for what is instead of what was?

You have a Memory Lane? Fantastic. But when are you going to start a Future Lane with smart ideas, stupid ideas, out-of-the-box ideas, other towns’ successful ideas?

From the Mayo Clinic diet because somebody has to remind you what you look like …   

Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly. By performing an activity or exercise for even just 10 minutes at a time, you’re gaining the health benefits of physical activity. Consider these ideas:

  • Do your desk work standing at a counter.
  • Exercise while watching TV. Start with commercials.
  • Vacuum your carpets and furniture.
  • Wash your floors.
  • Walk up and down every aisle in a large discount store.
  • Wash your windows.
  • Turn off your TV and take a walk.
  • Get off the bus a few blocks early or park three blocks from work.
  • If you’re traveling, pack resistance bands and use them in your hotel room


Or do 200 circular laps in a 4-foot-high pool without stopping, especially if you’re having leg problems and can’t walk far.

Some other places that are worse …

“It’s a sad day when you decide to move six 200-year old trees to build a Publix.

“It’s in Wilmington (NC) according to the news. Everyone is happy because they are spending $250,000 to move the trees down the street. I don’t see the logic. Spend $250,000 to help people with mental illness and leave the trees and don’t build the Publix! There’s enough places to shop at! Sometimes, I’m not sure I live on the same planet as everyone else.”

— Courtnee Hummel,

in the Tarheel state

North Carolina deserves our pity. That many people cannot stay in the dark this long without everybody pulling together.

Maybe they should be the Tarhead state. References upon request.

Meanwhile, back at the critter ranch that is 1244 North Delsea Drive …

“CCSPCA is super crazy full (picture dogs locked inside their kennels so another dog can be put in the outside run … ), so if any of our amazing rescue/shelter partners could come save some dogs tomorrow, that would be the best ever!

“And I wish I could throw small dogs at ya, but most of the ones in the shelter currently have applications or are on stray time, but it’s okay because our big dogs and old dogs are amazing.”

— Maria Stoerrle,


Millville commissioners Lynn Porreca Compari and Joe Sooy hosting town meeting at Millville American Legion on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

Any Bridgeton City Council members doing the same thing? If not, why not?

“OK, State of New Jersey Department of Education, when school average, district average, state average and cross-state average all fall below expected level, I think it’s time to rethink the testing!

“We scored overall about average, but when the overall scores of kids across the state averages are under expected level, there is definitely something wrong!

“Shouldn’t the average be the expected average? Or am I wrong? Not to start a world war, but strikes me as odd! I would think they would see this and think we need a change somewhere so our average score across the state is on target level!”

— Missy Walker

Why are Cumberland County high schools ranked in the 300s in the state when rating 330 high schools?

If it’s not the teachers, then who? Why are the boards of education not even close to being transparent about what is going on, and what they are doing to fix it, unless they don’t know what to do.

If you don’t know, do you cry for help? Do you throw yourself on the mercy of the community, or hide the reasons we are not in the top 300. We have met the enemy, and it is us? How do you tell a community that?

How can we point to a St. Augustine and not say, you can go here if you work hard? When was education instilled in these kids as long as people like Millville Librarian Courtenay Reece pleads with you to read 1,000 books to your baby in the first three years?

Where is the missing link?

We’ve got volunteer groups holding after-school study sessions to help students improve. We’ve got sports organizations checking report cards to make sure players don’t fall behind.

We’ve got people from outside enabling our students exposure to higher education, and we’re still ranked in the 300s as high schools? When do we really start worrying about that as communities with meetings, even if no one attends at the start?

Are you going to the Bridgeton Crabfest Saturday?

Are you going on the historic tour?

Do you think we can sell 1,000 dinners?

Can we make Steven Paul, Jorje Romero and the others scurry to find more crabs to fill the avalanche of orders pouring in, and do they have IOUs printed?

YOU CAN BOOK IT: When you rank our schools, please tell us why we can’t crack the top 300 as a county, and then either come and help fix it, or also mention the good things.


Ready to march against cancer or do we wait until it hits you?; D. Bailey Miles back on her horse; Lauren Van Embden has the Levoy facts, haters; Kirk explains Saturday clean-ups; Anybody soon starting a Bridgeton Future Lane?; Millville commissioners holding town hall; any Bridgeton council members considering the same; N.C. moving 200-year-old trees for construction; Get off the GBAT bus early and walk for your exercise; Why can’t our students rank higher in brains? ATTN: CCSPCA needs foster homes; Bridgeton Crabfest Saturday hoping to sell 1,000 dinners and scurry for more crabs