Really wanting your business when you call; Inspira Urgent Care on Upper Deerfield Shopping Center pad; ER back-up on purpose?; Shiloh flags; Byron Hitcher gone again; Explain pheresis taking absence; Michael DeLeon’s food addiction; Deanna Speranza-Murphy speaks — we want her on speaking tour; Melissa Helmbrecht hooks up with AmeriCorps; Billionaire will handle all credit card transactions and give profit to Bridgeton; Waiver requests raining down on Bridgeton Midget Football; Booing Bridgeton Historic District

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The column that says the girl who answered the phone at DiLisi’s in the Upper Deerfield Shopping Center at Carll’s Corner today is a keeper, and you know why? She talked like she wanted to be there and that she wanted me to call, and that, my friends, is half the battle in the service industry.

By Jack Hummel

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Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

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Good evening!

Tired of waiting five hours in the emergency room at Inspira Elmer?

Yeah, the head nurse came right out and told us, “There are 18 being treated and 12 in the waiting room and it will be a 5-hour wait.”

And we said, what about if we come back at 2 a.m.?

“Same thing,” she said.

All night?

“All night.”

And then she suggested Urgent Care on 322 in Mullica Hill. One person ahead of us. No muss, no fuss.

But you won’t have to drive to Mullica Hill soon because Inspira Urgent Care is coming to a pad in the Upper Deerfield Shopping Center. They’ve already removed the parking lot asphalt.

We thought it might be John Daddario moving Nicey’s to a more prominent location.

We would like an honest answer to a couple of rumors …

If you know the back-up is five hours and going to stay five hours, why not either schedule more help to start with, or call in more help, unless you’re trying to discourage people from using the ER when you could wait until the next day to go to a clinic?

If that is the case, why not send them home from the ER untreated after a preliminary exam?

Only rumors …

Alas, Byron Hitcher has escaped again from DiLisi’s, and we never got to see him since the meeting in the Wendy’s parking lot when he spied us woofing down a full-size apple pecan chicken salad and was on his way to Enrico’s, the another Italian eatery just past the curve west of Shiloh.

Maybe he’ll drive a gourmet food truck in Bridgeton City Park.

Speaking of Shiloh, they’re loaded for liberty with American flags on every pole, but it looks like one got ravaged by the storms this week because it’s frayed.

But so is the country.

Blood reserves are at critical lows and the American Red Cross is calling for donors while 2017 marks the 23rd anniversary of the Downe Township Community American Red Cross Blood Drive.
The drive will be held Aug. 9, 2 to 7 p.m., at the Downe Township Senior Center, 288 Main St., Newport.
The Downe Township Seniors will be acting as hosts, making our donors feel welcome and comfortable. We will also be serving donors light refreshments and homemade baked goods along with surprise give-aways.
Anyone wishing to schedule an appointment may call Kary W. Dunkel at 856-297-1699 or go online at www.redcrossblood.org. We thank you for your past support and hope you will be able to donate this year.
We have a question for the Red Cross.
With blood is such low supply and pheresis, a 90-minute procedure in which the blood is filtered, separated, and a portion retained, with the remainder being returned to the individual, also in demand, why is there no location south of Camden where it can be donated.
We know someone who donated pheresis religiously when it was at Ace Hardware on South Delsea Drive.
If advertising is the problem, say so, don’t go away.
We have never seen a blood drive run by an individual fail to bring in enough donors to make it worthwhile to bring down the blood van.
People respond to pleas from a neighbor and friend. Shep could even fill a van in Greenwich if it wasn’t the harvest season and he wasn’t trying to out-grow the woman down the street.
What about the dikes, Shep. How close are we to a  nor’easter drowning Greenwich?
Michael DeLeon says he’s addicted …
“ANNOUNCEMENT. I am a damn food addict. Seriously! I’m DISGUSTED with myself.
“Telling people about health and wellness while I have a 44-inch waist and a belly the size of Buddha. 310 pounds! CRAP!
“I’m DONE! Today I made a serious commitment to lose all this weight. I will NOT fail my recovery!”
— Michael DeLeon,
founder, Steered Straight
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Belly the size of Buddah.
Will he apply the same rules to losing weight that he does for getting off drugs? Will he admit to every audience from now on that he has an addiction, too, and has met it head-on?
Will he say he has to get out of his environment that is causing him to eat too much? Will he ask for help from them audience, thus giving them a sense of importance?
“You can’t beat yourself up. You have a crazy lifestyle because of all that you do. It’s OK to put yourself 1st and take care of you, but you are NOT disgusting.
“You are just a man on the move. Losing weight takes time and dedication and I, for one, am very thankful for the time and dedication you put into helping so, so many people.
“You are awesome, Michael, and you can do this. You have overcome bigger and tougher things!”
— a Michael DeLeon disciple
First, he has to detox!
Does anybody know how many Weight Watcher points a plain, white, 8-inch, personal pizza is?
Does God give us the choice to take care of our bodies and, if we don’t, he refuses to fix our arteries and heal our broken heart?
So fat people are on his bad side? Are there any fat people in the Bible?
“On July 10, 2017, Cumberland County agreed to pay $45,000 to a public works employee who claimed that he was sexually harassed by his supervisor.”
— John Paff
God’s child speaks …
“Why doesn’t CRHS ask graduates to come and talk to the kids about their professions?
“Make it diverse so the kids get a sense of what is out in our community and the path to get there.”
— Deanna Speranza-Murphy
Deanna, if you have not heard of Jim Valvano of the Jimmy V Foundation, will you look it up and, as strength permits, lecture to the world?
Especially to the kids you loved so much as a teacher. Especially to those kids who you were told would never learn, and you proved them wrong.
And would you take your two brothers along as comedy props to keep the children entertained?
Guess what? Melissa Helmbrecht, leading United Advocacy Group at Hope Loft on the third floor of the Ashley-McComick building, has been joined by AmeriCorps.
AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at 21,600 unique sites including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.
Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing more than 2.3 million volunteers for the organizations they serve.
Does that now make 18 programs, Melissa?
Hint!
What if billionaire Bob Carr handled all of your credit card transactions in stores in Bridgeton and gave all the profit back to the city?
At no additional cost to the stores?
At no additional cost to you?
Like every time Mike Abbott goes downtown and replaces his socks? His underwear? Buys a bigger belt?
It’s happening right now. All the businesses have to do is sign up.
Whose program is it? Why, Melissa Helmbrecht’s, of course.
It’s time to haul the fish out of Bridgeton and either give everybody a fishing rod or teach them how to fish.
You never hear the guffaws from Florida in July and August because the computers have melted in the heat.
But they’ll be back in January and February.
Midget Football players are seeking waivers to play elsewhere …
“Everybody wants a waiver! Damn, what are they promising — houses, tractors and bags of money now for Midget League kids, too, just to TRY to win a championship?

 

“Is it really that serious and parents are trying to win a Midget League trophy. your prize for your child’s future, because last I checked these days, you can’t jump from high school to high school to try to win a chip!

“You better get it right the first time or he’ll be sitting a year or 2. Y’all taking this Midget Football too far. It’s not even about the kids learning anymore. It’s all about the coach to have bragging rights against his rival coaches at the dinner and on Facebook.

“This is ridiculous and sad. THIS IS NOT UP FOR DEBATE. THIS IS TRUE FACTS, and, hell yeah, I’m mad, especially at the parents selling their soul for a sign-up and some cleats!

“I swear to goodness y’all better not be doing y’all time like that. It’s all over the damn league! I’m pissed. This is crazy. I’m going to bed. I’m sick to my stomach!”

— Lynwood Mosley,

coach, freshmen Bulls

Bridgeton Midget Football

How the mighty have fallen!

We remember when the Gems played at Salvy Blandino Field under coaches Bob Wayne and then Phil Leyman and the place rocked like Plano, Texas, with uniforms perfect, coaches dressed coordinated like a drill team on the sideline under the lights and the question was not if we were going to win, but by how much as Pepi Dragotta ran the team, or Damon Calabrese, or Jack Stanton.

The Green and Gold headed for the playoffs where head referee Joe Shirk would be waiting and Salvy Blandino would be cursing, swearing they were all against us.

No matter what happened in the rest of the city, Bridgeton Midget Football and Jerry Alden’s Bridgeton Invitational Baseball Tournament were shining beacons that could not be dimmed.

But there’s more truth …

“We hurting because of financial purposes and everybody wants a new uniform, but nobody wants to pay to sign their kids up. You know how many kids we sign up out of our pockets?

“Jokers don’t know half of what we go through as coaches every year. I just asked like 8 little boys in the Heights on the basketball court why they not playing football and they either said my mom/dad said I can only play for Millville or my mom/dad won’t sign me up.

“We’re good, though. We’re gonna make it do what it does. I’m jus waiting for these jokers to win a championship with their own kids instead of going out of the city to find other kids.

“My question to the other parents of the city is your own coaches don’t even believe in your kids because they’re willing to pay a kid’s registration fee just so they’ll play in your city where you pay your taxes, so what does that say about your coaches and what are they saying about your child — they’re not good enough to win it?

“Like I said, it’s all good. We’ll be fine and I swear, jokers better stay where they’re at when the tables turn.”

— Lynwood Mosley

Support from a pioneer …

“Cumberland may take the Bridgeton kids, but they are not preparing them for the future. What is the regional’s record?
Case and point. Keep your kids where they are high school ready. What a disservice to them and what does it say to them.”

— Carole Green

More distress …

“I love history, but let’s be honest here. NOBODY is coming to Bridgeton to tour historic sites. This is not colonial Williamsburg. The historic society has blocked so much progress in our city, it’s no wonder downtown is full of empty business store front after empty business store front.

“We need to turn PRO business and PRO 21st century if we’re ever going to catch up to the surrounding cities.”

— Philip Finlaw

“Went to Fox Chase for my 4-year cancer check up. PTL, all is good.”

— Janice Laws

God told me to tell you to bake for the Dividing Creek Historical Society bus trips.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Things are never as bad as they look or as good as they look.

Really wanting your business when you call; Inspira Urgent Care on Upper Deerfield Shopping Center pad; ER back-up on purpose?; Shiloh flags; Byron Hitcher gone again; Explain pheresis taking absence; Michael DeLeon’s food addiction; Deanna Speranza-Murphy speaks — we want her on speaking tour; Melissa Helmbrecht hooks up with AmeriCorps; Billionaire will handle all credit card transactions and give profit to Bridgeton; Waiver requests raining down on Bridgeton Midget Football; Booing Bridgeton Historic District

Mike Trout exit up yet?; Why accident-free used car?; M25 looking for landlords; NIMBY?; Homeless never ask for help; Jean Nocon off to see Duprees; Rich Nichols cutting a commercial; Down 84 pounds; Dinner with Giuseppe; CCSPCA adoption chief coming on 92.1 FM; Michael DeLeon DAREs to rant; Andrew Pierce; Ralph Waldo Emerson’s pens success

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The column that asks if the Mike Trout Exit (27) on Route 55 is a reality yet because it has been 24 hours since we first asked and why would anybody be against it except maybe Don Money, the ex-Phillie who has farmed in Vineland ever since he retired, but nobody famous has ever been needed in this area more than Trout, but only his name, and maybe his own restaurant which is what every New York Yankee star invested in back in the day, and, by the way, if it has to be signed by the governor, we’ll send him two free meals at Nicole Maul’s place.

By Jack Hummel

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

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Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

Why does a used car you’re buying have to have never been in an accident, like bent fenders and grills can never be replaced like new by one of the many body shops in the area.

We’ve hit a half-dozen deer over the years and the vehicles were always repaired, and you can even say the replacement parts were newer than the ones damaged.

“Hooboy, this car has been in an accident! Thank goodness you checked with Carfax!”

Our girl on the road again …

The Dividing Creek Historical Society is sponsoring a bus trip on Sept. 17 to see “The Duprees and Doug Church (Elvis)” in concert at the palace in Blackwood. This is two spectacular shows and dinner for $85. The fee of $85 includes bus fare, driver’s gratuity, the show, dinner and gratuity for the dinner.

The bus will leave the Walmart parking lot in Millville at 12:45 p.m. and return around 6 p.m. Make checks payable to the Dividing Creek Historical Society. The deadline is Sept. 4. All proceeds benefit the DCHS. For more information contact Linda @ 856-785-2013.

— Jean Nocon,

Dividing Creek Historical Society

Dr. Robin Weinstein, president of the M25 Initiative and convener of the Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative, and Ralph Padilla, CEO of PRAC of New Jersey, announce that the collaborative is seeking landlords of rental properties in Cumberland County who are interested in housing one or more of the 42 chronically homeless that will be placed in permanent supportive housing by Sept. 30 with guaranteed income for rent and support through the partners in the Collaborative.

Check with Mike Abbott at the Crooked End House.

NIMBY? Not In My Back Yard? Not in my neighborhood?

“Hey, that’s where those homeless guys live! There goes the neighborhood!

Grow up!

You know what is absolutely unreal about things like this? They never asked for help in the first place.

Who ever told you, “Yeah, this scruffy-looking guy came up to me and said, ‘Can you take me home with you?”’

Who in Center City Millville ever came up to the director of Center City Neighborhood Group and said, “I’m at Fourth and Oak and I can’t wait until the next Dottie Wilkerson walk so I can tell you all my problems.”

Never happened. They never came to a meeting. They never joined in when a neighborhood trash pick-up was announced.

Yes, early on, Dr. Weinstein was asked for housing by a couple and he put them up in a hotel at his own expense.

And, yes, they ask Mike Abbott for money every time they see his loaded pockets downtown while he’s operating with a chair and a whip chasing panhandlers.

Rich Nichols cutting a commercial for United Advocacy Group Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at 92.1 FM while Melissa Helmbrecht flits around South Jersey putting together 18 different programs to help kids, families, neighborhoods and three counties without using taxpayer dollars.

And us. That’s the big one, although down 84 pounds while passing Sam Feinstein like he’s nailed to the floor. Ever try to lift an 84-pound human being? Find a child who weighs 84 and lift them, carry them around for 16 hours. That’s what we were carrying last August. Aug. 13 to be exact. Now it’s 256, but don’t try picking up 256 pounds.

But we digress.

Dinner with Glory Days magazine’s Giuseppe Ungaro Tuesday at Longhorn where is $5.49 salad with light ranch dressing and three diet Cokes are a complete meal for us.

You pay for the first Coke and find out the waiter has a master’s degree and twins while also working at Bayside Prison, with a pension after 25 years, which is at 56 for him.

The bill gives three tipping alternatives — 10%, 15% and 20% of the bill, and the 20% came to $7.71, and how do you tip the penny, but, for us, anything less than a $15 tip for service for two is inadequate.

The work is the same as a table for four, which will be at least $75. We told the hostess to tell the owner to get rid of the suggested tips on the bill. If they’re still there on Tuesday, we’re bringing in the Cowboys running back.

But we digress.

We may have the woman who handles adoptions at the Cumberland County SPCA on 92.1 FM at noon not this week, but the Saturday after to talk about how she is doing everything in her power to get shelter cats and dogs either adopted or fostered.

She hasn’t said no, and, to tell you the truth, she may be already scheduled.

We asked her boss to ask her today, then talked to the great Carl Hemple Sr. about a past due bill.

Every time somebody tells us to wait a couple of months, we remind them of our age. We realize we’re all penciled in, but the pencil mark is a little more faded for some.

Telling like it is …

“Again trying to get a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and as I have found out over the past 5 months, his staff is totally incompetent as I get conflicting emails, completely impossible to communicate with, and absolutely IGNORANT on the phone!

“A.G Sessions, your communication department is a DISGRACE! Pushing the DARE program is not only a BAD idea as designed, it will, as it always has, INCREASE youth interest in drugs.

“COPS ARE HEROES — PERIOD! But they are NOT the right messenger for this information. It will ONLY work when blended with a program like Steered Straight or other continual, age-graduating curricula that penetrates the mind and addresses ‘SOCIAL COMPONENTS’.

“DARE is an information model. That doesn’t work! An information model only works when blended and supported by a social-influence model which is evidence-based and has been proven to be the most promising intervention model available!

“Prevention through DARE is well-intentioned. However, EVERY study shows its ineffectivedeleonness. Mr. Sessions, ANSWER YOUR DAMN PHONE! I want to speak with you!”

— Michael DeLeon,

founder, Steered Straight

We could be wrong, but when is the last time DeLeon spoke in our neighborhood?

Everybody who has had DARE in their school will tell you how nice the police officer was and how much he wanted to help kids.

But did it work?

We know teachers who bought kids in their classroom winter coats and fed them at times and she was loved, but did she connect with the kids when it came to learning?

Do see why hearts are broken in the education system? The kids have to learn, perform, raise themselves from the level they were at when the year started. It doesn’t matter if they started out at the F level as long as they improved to at least a C.

We’re going to talk to Bob Hutchings about that a week from Saturday on 92.1 FM. He’s a retired Millville High graduate and Bridgeton High coach who was removed because he didn’t get enough of his basketball players into college, it was rumored.

Whatever happened to former Delaware running back Andrew Pierce?

The Cumberland Regional graduate is sorely needed in the local communities as a role model.

From Rob Weinstein …

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

—- Ralph Waldo Emerson

YOU CAN BOOK IT: He can do all that as the new Bridgeton business administrator in 2018.

Mike Trout exit up yet?; Why accident-free used car?; M25 looking for landlords; NIMBY?; Homeless never ask for help; Jean Nocon off to see Duprees; Rich Nichols cutting a commercial; Down 84 pounds; Dinner with Giuseppe; CCSPCA adoption chief coming on 92.1 FM; Michael DeLeon DAREs to rant; Andrew Pierce; Ralph Waldo Emerson’s pens success

Rain doesn’t stop when you park it; Braheme Days recognized; Mike Trout Exit a MUST; Crime? You want real crime?; SHINE camp blesses Center City; An angel named Michelle; Rob Weinstein for business administrator, and we don’t care how many jobs he has to give up; Bridgeton hasn’t earned upstairs living downtown; Newell Branin Jr. all over the place; Can Hutch bring passion to 92.1 FM?

 

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The column that says rain does not stop the fun at the splash park on a Sunday afternoon, nor does it stop the swimming in Sunset Lake or the running on the raceway path, and the picnic in the park went on under the roof over the picnic tables, and guess what, there is a sign leading into the park that pays tribute to Braheme Days, national high school shot put champion in 2013, and that’s taking a page out of John Daddario’s book when he erected signs all over Upper Deerfield about the Senior Baseball World Series championship team.

By Jack Hummel

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Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

So many good signs going up in Bridgeton!

One or six for the all-sports museum?

Time for Millville to make a big push in the state legislature to make exit 27 off Route 55 the “Mike Trout Exit” because 1) it is the Millville everybody takes to eat and shop in Cumberland Crossings Mall, and 2) it is Mike Trout’s number.

People sit in rooms all day calling themselves advertising agencies and never see something as simple as this for boosting tourism at an exit BEFORE Ocean City, and it wasn’t our idea, but it sure makes sense when, not too many years ago, the city got a $400,000 grant for wayward signage, because if they didn’t spend it, somebody else would.

$400,000-plus!

Like, “this way to the Motorsports Park” dedicated racing fans who knew where it was anyway because they have GPS and it’s part of their circuit.

You don’t think some people coming down Route 55 might think, hey, this is where Mike Trout lives, let’s see what else is here, or, next time down, we’ll stop in?

Maybe there is a Mike Trout restaurant, or Jim’s Lunch could put up a sign and that says, “Eat Where Mike Trout Eats!”

Of course, Rochelle Maul doesn’t need any more business from Columbus Day to Memorial Day, but maybe some of the shops in town do, and foot traffic is all-important6.

Pioneer artist Dennis Tawes could put up a sign saying, “Let me do a caricature of you and Mike Trout together.”

When are we going to get the water tower along Route 55 painted to say, “Home Of Mike Trout”?

Or did we miss it?

Some people who have given up talk about never getting rid of the stigma of drugs and crime in Millville, and we don’t capitalize on the rosy-cheeked, all-American boy with the Angels before he’s traded to the Yankees?

Crime? You’re talking about crime! Crime!

If you want crime, try Chicago. That’s crime. But it doesn’t stop the Cubs from being America’s favorite underdog, does it?

You want crime? Try Newark. Try Paterson!

Try sections of Philadelphia where the streets run red every night, but it didn’t stop the Democratic National Convention, did it?

Crime in Millville would be a police holiday in most cities.

SHINE Kids Camp at First United Methodist Church in Millville starts Monday and runs through Friday, 9′ a.m. to 4 p.m., and The Prez is going!

We’re talking Center City at-risk kids here who SHINE director Shaun Connors will take under her wing and show them the love and caring and direction they may desperately need, and why aren’t you volunteering for one hour, one day or one week instead of cursing the darkness.

We haven’t talked to her, but we guarantee The Prez is volunteering.

Bring a ton of something with you for the kids.

We wonder …

  1. When will Caesars & Marlene’s open in Priolo Plaza?

2). When will S&R Riley’s replacement open on East Commerce Street?>

3) When will the demolition of Hiway 77 Motel begin?

“THE ONLY PERMANENT WAY OUT OF AN ADDICTION IS TO:

1. Admit you need help from your God and ask for His help.

2. Do your part of succeeding.

3. Make God your partner, through continual prayer.

“This is what my teacher taught us Saturday in school! THEY GOT IT RIGHT!”

— Michael Mickey Williams,

Minor Adjustments.com

Hear Mickey at the church at 40 Bank Street, Bridgeton, Tuesday at 7 p.m. staring right at you, not the guy behind you.

Don’t go in the Board of Education building across the street by mistake …

And the angels sing …

“If you ever wonder if there really are ANGELS in this world …

“It’s hard for me to even talk about this woman right now without crying. But it’s time she is recognized for the angelic human being she is. Michele is a tireless advocate for everyone in need or suffering. Most recently with Nico, she cared for that child and his family for the longest time, seeing to it their family had everything they needed.

“She introduced me to Nico so we could grant a wish for him. She raised a ton of money for childhood cancer in honor of Nico. This woman went as far as having Nico shave her head bald to raise awareness for all children battling cancer. There are not a lot of women who would make that sacrifice. Think she cared about her beautiful hair? Not even for a minute.

“Michelle is the founder of The Unforgotten Haven, which has helped tens of thousands

of people in our local area and around the country. Her partner, Jeanne Haller-

Rodrigues, is another living angel. They singlehandedly restored my faith in humanity.

“We should all be so grateful we walk this planet with Michele and her team at The Haven.

“Thank you, Michele, for all you did for Nico and his family and for all you continue to do for our world.”

— Debbie Savigliano,

Bicana’s Kids

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Nico passed away last week, but not before bringing out a lot of good in a lot of people, and his life must be celebrated, and never wasted.

Rob Weinstein for the next business administrator in Bridgeton!

Tired of things not getting fixed!

How can the pink elephant at Washington and North Laurel Street look any worse?

Now 2x2s holding up some of the plywood pieces! Please don’t let your out-of-town friends take that route to the zoo and city park.

Right after the pink elephant comes the ghetto gas station on Washington Street. Sue the owner, Trolley Barn Custard next door.

If nothing else, park a tractor trailer in front of with an arrow to the zoo on the side, like Rottkamp’s does for their farm market.

You want upstairs living downtown because somewhere in the textbook it says it will allow the business underneath to stay in business — a cushion — and you don’t look at the rest of the city and see how code enforcement is doing nothing?

Bobby Hutch coming on 92.1 FM first Saturday in August if he’s not in the Fiji Islands.

A normal Saturday for one …

“So many things going on this weekend: Night in Venice, benefits, Levoy’s Summer Camp Seussical Jr show, Joseph at CP, Phillies game, graduation parties and a radio interview. I gotta miss them all. Gotta love work!

“So, good luck to my thespian friends and congratulations to the graduates! Sorry I”m missing, but have fun anyway! I know you will.”

— Newell Branin Jr.

YOU CAN BOOK IT:Sooner or later, we’re going to nail him for an interview.

Rain doesn’t stop when you park it; Braheme Days recognized; Mike Trout Exit a MUST; Crime? You want real crime?; SHINE camp blesses Center City; An angel named Michelle; Rob Weinstein for business administrator, and we don’t care how many jobs he has to give up; Bridgeton hasn’t earned upstairs living downtown; Newell Branin Jr. all over the place; Can Hutch bring passion to 92.1 FM?

That’s EMS Cafe on Route 49 just this side of Salem — what do you do, eat it in stories?; Open forum rattled the 92.1 FM phones; Do families of inmates relocate here?; Gloucester County freeholders listen to TNR program; JT Burks on 92.1 FM Saturday at 1p.m.; Anthony Sanchez on at noon; Privatize the ocean?; Action News does Sunny Slope piece — love Nora Muchanic!; Wilmington’s Chandra Pitts, one of Delaware’s most influential activists, has Bridgeton followers; Mission impossible?

The column that says we chose open forum on the radio today despite warnings that it would be boring, but we didn’t even get to page 3 of our notes because of all of the phone calls from listeners, and that’s a good sign, even though one of the Parent brothers said the problem in Bridgeton is families of inmates move into town to be closer to their incarcerated family member and we asked if he had proof of that because if we’re not mistaken, the mayor once said that wasn’t true.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

And we might add …

Wouldn’t it also be possible that they could live in Millville or Vineland, or even Salem, in order to be close to the prison?

We’ll ask Michael Mickey Williams, who, 1) spent over half of his life in jail, and 2) Runs Minor Adjustments at Kintock Halfway House for inmates about to re-enter freedom and look for a job.

We know that while Mickey was in prison, his family didn’t move to be closer to him.

But we don’t have the cold, hard statistics that says families are moving closer and we don’t have evidence that, if that’s true, it has made the city worse.

If drugs aren’t the biggest reason, a lot of experts are going to be surprised.

Riddle us this …

Do you still think a different culture than yours moving into your neighborhood reduces the value of your property more than the 53% rentals in the city, some who are so overcrowded that some have housemasters who collect individual rent from each tenant, adding up to more than the monthly rent, which is illegal.

When Dave Schoch was head of code enforcement, he called landlords the day before he was going to make an inspection after receiving a complaint.

Who does that? Did it make the city landlord friendly?

Who calls up and says they’re going to do a drug raid? How dangerous is an overcrowded former mansion rental if a fire should break out? With two floors and an attic?

“Exciting news! Gloucester County freeholders will be discussing a resolution endorsing TNR on Wednesday.”

— Robin Bundy

Good news, indeed!

JT Burks will be on 92.1 FM Saturday at 1 p.m. He’s the Holly City Midget Football official who goes into the projects to sign up players, not waiting for the players to come to him, and anyone who is doing that in any city is a hero.

From noon to 1 p.m., Vineland activist Anthony Sanchez will tell us how he is doing trying to get NJ Transit to run a route past the Guidance Center on Carmel Road.

But we will still have open forum because both guests are embedded in the community that we discuss every week.

“I never have bad days, only bad moments. Because it only takes me a few moments to find the lesson in the problem, the positive in the negative, and the other things I’m appreciative for!

“Bad days happen when you allow your negative energy to attract bad things throughout the day.”

— Bryan Real,

Takes A Village

“I live on south 55 and 47! Most people will even let me out! Maybe they see the fire in my eyes, but, every year from April to November, it’s non-stop traffic! But it is money on our shore towns and Wawas!”

— can’t  get out

If our shore towns bring in so much money, why is the state broke?

If this were Kansas with this state government, where would we be financially?

Can we privatize the ocean?

Bridgeton proud …

Jersey peaches are back and better than ever.

South Jersey farmers are now picking the luscious, juicy fruit and this year’s crop could shape up to be one of the best in years.

“It’s a very clean crop and it looks good,” said Ron Thomas of Sunny Slope Orchards. “We had a perfect amount of rain and sunshine so Mother Nature has blessed us this year in South Jersey.”

That’s a big deal. Last year because of frost and storms, Thomas lost halfof his crop.

But now at his Bridgeton orchard, peach picking operations are in full swing, with all of the fruit picked by hand.

“We pick by hand because the pickers know what to pick and when to pick the peaches that are most ripe on the tree,” Thomas said. “We might come back three or four times to the same tree because the peaches ripen at different times.”

After they are picked, the peaches are washed, waxed, sorted, sized and boxed in the packing house to be shipped to area supermarkets within a day.

“It’s very, very busy. Like almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week and our retail stand is open seven days — 8 until 6,” said Lisa Thomas of Sunny Slope. “There’s nothing like them; they’re just good, sweet, pretty, and yummy.”

New Jersey has about two million peach trees spread out around the state. This year, Jersey farmers expect a bumper crop, producing up to 60 million pounds of the juicy fruit.

“We drove 45 minutes from Atlantic City from friends telling us. They’re like, ‘Oh, you’ve got to come down and check out this place to buy peaches from,'” said Joyce Lee of Mays Landing.

“I heard the peaches are very good so I tried them,” said Tommy Wu of Atlantic City. “Very good. Very tender. Very crispy. Oh yeah, I will come again.”

The Garden State is the fourth biggest producer of peaches in the country. But what makes the perfect peach?

“It has a red tone and the undertone is going to be yellow and that’s what you have to look for in a peach,” Ron says.

“They’re sweet. They are the best, they really are and this is a great orchard,” adds Barbara Straigis of Bridgeton, who stocked up during her trip.

“I’m going to give some to my neighbors. I’m going to the shore this weekend so I’m going to take some with me.”

Whether you pick your own, buy at a supermarket or a farm stand — now is the right time for Jersey peaches.

— Nora

 

 

 

That’s EMS Cafe on Route 49 just this side of Salem — what do you do, eat it in stories?; Open forum rattled the 92.1 FM phones; Do families of inmates relocate here?; Gloucester County freeholders listen to TNR program; JT Burks on 92.1 FM Saturday at 1p.m.; Anthony Sanchez on at noon; Privatize the ocean?; Action News does Sunny Slope piece — love Nora Muchanic!; Wilmington’s Chandra Pitts, one of Delaware’s most influential activists, has Bridgeton followers; Mission impossible?

Chicken BBQ, Open window, Buy a church, Mickey!; ‘Mary Elmer Park’ looking good; Bob Novick best commercial; Carver scholarships; Why scholar afternoons off?; How is Pathstone doing? Update?; CCC food truck? Don’t send PAL kids home — send them to Pastor Morgan; Vineland dog census; Lawsuits; Anthony Sanchez — Vineland activist wanting NJ Transit route to Guidance Center; Open forum on 92.1 FM Saturday at noon?

The column that says they’re having a chicken barbecue at West Park United Methodist Church on Shiloh Pike Saturday and you don’t have to be Methodist, Mike Abbott, to partake, and if they never close the second floor window above Passion Isabel on Laurel Street next to Thompson Plaza, how do they keep wildlife out, and why don’t Michael Mickey and Lernell Williams buy one of the churches for sale to help take the burden off Bishop David Hadley — three thoughts in ack-ack fashion in a world too busy to read past the headline and first paragraph.

By Jack Hummel

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

Phone: 856-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

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Good evening!

We love the name Mary Elmer City Park in western Cumberland County as a new name for Bridgeton City Park since no tourists want to be associated with a name that is always in the crime headlines because the police department emails the daily stats to three newspapers — and the state police don’t.

And the 1,100-acre park is our best foot forward, even if it is a crawl.

Best Novick commercial by far is the one on 97.3 FM radio with ageless father Bob the headliner. We’d love to get one like that for United Advocacy Group.

Carver scholarships will enable 50 BHS students to earn a two-year college degree by the time they graduate high school.

More signed up, but 50 was the limit, so they had to do a lottery. The blueprint calls for the 50 to continue on to a four-year degree.

The good part is, everybody but medical and engineering students takes the same classes the first two years of college, anyway.

If you’ve never been to college orientation, you may not know that they tell you in the auditorium, look on both sides of you, two of you won’t be here in four years.

Is the college graduation rate in Bridgeton really 3 percent?

Why do so many high school students get the afternoon off? Aren’t there college classes they could be taking? We understand some need to work, but isn’t that being short-sighted considering the college bills ahead, but, obviously, they’re not thinking that far ahead to break the back of poverty.

Do we need more night jobs for youngsters? Or at least post-4 p.m., even with fast-food establishments everywhere?

Anybody hear how Pathstone is doing at the corner of Laurel and Commerce? They got that huge, seven-figure grant so we want to hear great things.

A little history

Feb. 10, 2015

Minnett Santiago doesn’t know anybody in town.

She sits in her sparsely furnished office at the intersection of Commerce and Laurel streets shaking her head when names like Karen Barnett, Sherman Denby and Dr. Thomasina Jones are dropped.

But that will change.

The deputy of field operations for the Pathstone Corporation has arrived in town at Thompson Plaza with a strongbox full of $1 million.

It may not be the biggest grant ever to hit Bridgeton, but it’s not far down the list.

The grant is from the U.S. Department of Labor for 36 months, depending on how successful Minnett is in giving the money away, for training and employment services, something Pathstone has been doing for 30 years.

Minnett Santiago needs 125 at-risk youths aged 14 to 24 in Bridgeton who need help getting a career under way.

She means:

* job readiness training.

* career and employment training.

* GED instruction and test payment.

* hands-on work experience.

* expungement education and assistance.

* service learning project.

* individualized employment plans.
* occupational skills training.
* job placement and follow ups.

There is one catch. You have to have a juvenile record. Not a felony, but a blemish.

You can be in school, have quit school, but you must live in Bridgeton.

All of Bridgeton qualifies, as well as certain poor parts of Vineland and Millville. That means the Department of Labor considers Bridgeton youth in more trouble than the other two cities.

“It’s based on poverty in an area and the number of youth eligible,” said Minnett, a Vineland native who has seen it all in 14 years.

“We are expected to provide certification for at least 75 youth,” she said, out of the 125.

“If we see one drop out, we may take on somebody else in their place.

“We will do an assessment and see what they want to be when they grow up and where they are today,” she said.

The goal for January was nine signed up.

They got seven.

The goal for February is nine, plus the two they didn’t get in January.

“We’re going into every community organization to spread the word,” said Minnett. “We have distributed over 500 brochures.”

The pamphlet has a $100 bill on the front.

One goal is to keep the kids 17 and under in school, and get them summer jobs.

Pathstone has the tentacles to get the people who are in training jobs.

Added regional administrator Chris Hopkins, seven years into his career, “We’ll show them how to write resumes, how to write a cover letter, have a mentoring program and go out into the community and find a project to complete.”

It could be picking up trash or painting over graffiti on wall, said Hopkins.

“We’ll let them pick out the project as a leadership role,” said Hopkins, “and that will make them more invested in it.”

Minnett is thinking outside the box.

“If we get five people who want to be electricians and they don’t have a class for that locally, maybe they will develop one at the college or vo-tech,” she explained.

“It depends on what the kids want. We’re going to guide them. We’re going to pay your tuition.”

Becoming a certified nurse’s aide takes only eight weeks.

“We’ll do job readiness training, which is a 40-hour curriculum,” said Minnett. “We’re going to do the research together and find out what you need to get there.”

Again, they have to have a juvenile record, but no adult convictions.

“Even though they may not finish the program, they will come back,” promised Minnett. “They call me mom.”

The Department of Labor wants a report every month.

As the regional director, Hopkins knows it falls on his shoulders.

“I’m up to the challenge,” he promised.

His ace in the hole is Adrian McGriff, adult education instructor and former Bridgeton High star athlete, who knows everybody in Bridgeton, including high school students and facilitators because he’s pounded the pavement here for Pathstone.

The office is on the first floor of Thompson Plaza, paid for out of the grant.

“Yes, we eat downtown,” said Hopkins, here since Jan. 1. “Got to have a Big John’s pizza once in a while.”

“The Bridgetowne,” added Minnett.

Mayor Albert Kelly is excited about kids being able to get summer jobs feeding people.

“Adrian emailed me about the grant,” he smiled, showing no surprise. “It is great news. I’m very excited. It’s one more reason to talk about the great city of Bridgeton.”

Neighborhood crime got us here.

Pathstone, armed with $1 million, is going to get us out.

It’s the only business left at the town center. The bank is closed. The Feinstein building is closed. The burned-down pizza place is a pocket park.

Can we get an update?

Carol Musso, Century Bank official, how would a group go about obtaining funding for a Community Development Group to tackle the emptiness in downtown Bridgeton, and what would the interest rate be?

You won’t hear talk like this at a city council meeting, and nobody is more involved in the community than Century Savings Bank.

Why does the window on the second floor of Kim’s Discount on Laurel Street need plywood? We assume Kim’s Discount is renting it. Why would the landlord not be made to fix that huge window?

Huge former mansion two buildings north of our hero — Bob Thompson — a shambles and unfit even for a ghetto. Mind you, the city may already be acting to correct some of these situations, but we’d like to hear them say that.

Martin Corp believes it should be in the old Bridgeton port.

Now they’re suing the city.

On April 10, 2017, the Bridgeton Board of Education (Cumberland County) agreed to pay $197,500 to a former teacher who said that her contract was not renewed after she complained that school officials would not help protect her from repeated physical assaults by students.

In her lawsuit, Michelle Andrews claimed that after she was assaulted by a student in January 2015, she filed a criminal complaint against the student and asked school officials “that the student who assaulted her be removed from her class so she would be protected from future violent acts.”

Andrews claimed that her supervisors refused her request and told her to “put on her big girl pants and deal with it.”  She claimed that she was again struck in the face by a student on March 18, 2015, when she was trying to break up a fight and was “body checked” by a female student shortly thereafter.  Andrews claimed that her supervisors did not write up or document the latter assault even though it was captured by a video camera.

After she formally complained to the Superintendent of Schools an offer to renew her contract was allegedly rescinded.  Andrews claimed that the non-renewal was done to retaliate against her for having complained.

— John Paff

“How about a food truck on the CCC campus?”

— Linda Eisenberg Smith

Dog census officials going door-to-door in Vineland. Good move. Bridgeton did it a few years ago in conjunction with the SPCA.

Carolscatz and Team Fortescue is doing a TNVR and rescue of a colony of abandoned cats and kittens.

Money is badly needed to spay/neuter and get vet care. If you can, please take a minute and make a tax deductible donation via PayPal to carolscatz@Comcast.net.

This will go directly on a MasterCard that is used solely for cat care. Please notate: For the fortescue cats!

We also need cat/kitten food, pee pads for the cages small stainless steel food water bowl.

— Carol Hickman
Most dedicated, one-woman cat saver in South Jersey.
Is United Advocacy Group’s Melissa Kappeler putting up 200 signs in Bridgeton? A lot more suddenly appearing! Long overdue. Guides to the city diamonds.
Swimmer here and there in banned Sunset Lake.
“I don’t care who your are, the energy you have, and what you represent, if you’re the only person in the circle or environment that shares the same vibes as you, you will be eventually deemed as the negative one.
“I’ve been in situations where I was the only positive mind in the room, and all of the negative thoughts deemed me as negative because I wasn’t down with their negative plans!
“Long Story Short … If you’re in a negative environment trying to do something positive, you have to be prepared for the backlash. It’s unfortunate, but you have to keep pushing and/or surround yourself with a circle or environment that embraces your energy or you will drive yourself crazy!”
— Bryan Real,
Takes A Village
Always check to see if the backlash is fighting to stay on top and not worrying about the community.
 This is sad …
Reminder: Only current PAL members covered under THIS YEAR’S application are considered active PAL members.
Due to insurance policies, we conducted an audit and found a couple youth who were under the age of 8 on the courts and found several youth were playing this year without a current application signed for THIS YEAR.
Those eligible youths whose applications were expired were not permitted to play and were sent home with a new application for this year.
In order to sign up for PAL, we need BOTH the parent and the participant present at the time of signing up ALONG WITH the annual membership fee of $30. We do have some scholarships available if you cannot afford the membership fee.
Please ask for Director Gramp to see if you qualify. Today was day (2) two of the games so it’s still not to late to sign up!
— Bridgeton PAL
Never send them home! Have someone go with them to talk to the parents to see what the story is, unless you can call them.
In a city that is begging youth to participate, keep it positive. No child left behind because of poverty.
We guarantee Dean Public Works Director Dellaquila, as poor as he is, will sponsor a player.
There is no such thing as not eligible in today’s city. We can’t afford it.
As soon as the above appeared on Facebook, a woman responded wanting to sponsor. Call Chief Mike Gaimari. Like he once told us, “It’s only a withdrawal.” But that was about wishing on his Dallas Cowboys.
Call the Bridgeton Professional Firefighters.
And we’ll say this: In 48 years of newspaper work, the one thing we’ve learned about youth is they reach a crossroads at the eighth grade level.
It has been determined that it is the age they are most likely to join a gang, and the interviews we’ve done in neighborhoods bear it out.
May our programs remember that, and the shortage we have.
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Vineland activist Anthony Sanchez wants NJ Transit’s route to go past the Guidance Center.
They don’t want to do it. He doesn’t care what they don’t want. He will be on our show next Saturday at noon on 92.1 FM.
YOU CAN BOOK IT: It might be open forum on 92.1 FM on Saturday, so we’ll put on our big boy pants and you call in at 856-696-0092, OK?
Chicken BBQ, Open window, Buy a church, Mickey!; ‘Mary Elmer Park’ looking good; Bob Novick best commercial; Carver scholarships; Why scholar afternoons off?; How is Pathstone doing? Update?; CCC food truck? Don’t send PAL kids home — send them to Pastor Morgan; Vineland dog census; Lawsuits; Anthony Sanchez — Vineland activist wanting NJ Transit route to Guidance Center; Open forum on 92.1 FM Saturday at noon?

Swimming goes on; One rotten apple on Washington Street; Your own swimming pool is like your own Ocean City; Dividing Creek going to Lancaster; We’ll miss you Willie Sanchez; Print the names of the championship players under their picture!; Tatz’s flame flickers; The Prez will feed the 5,000, if necessary; Bass Pro Shop-type building perfect for corner of Mayor Aitken and Park Drive; Did Walmart cost livelihoods?; How does a Dollar Store, Friendly’s fail? Willie Sanchez abdicated for Millville;

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The column that says the kids are still swimming in Sunset Lake despite the many signs saying there must be lifeguards present, but there are adults sitting on the bank, and the social services building is for rent on well-kept Washing Street until you come to that ghetto, abandoned gas station past all the nice Gateway buildings, and when did Papa Luigi’s go out?

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!

What goes best with 95-degree heat? Water! Rushing water that’s cold when you first touch it.

If you own a swimming pool, it pays for itself the first year in saved beach trips to that smelly ocean. You sun, you swim, you sun, you swim, and the dog swims, too. Sand is overrated.

Yeah, yeah, the boardwalk can’t be duplicated. Or can it? All you need is pizza delivered and a trip to your local custard stand. That’s the boardwalk.

You can do 100 laps walking in 4-foot water and shape those legs while staying cool instead of collapsing at the end of a treadmill walk, or running through the park making believe sweating is the key.

You can float on an air-filled cushion while everybody else is tied up in traffic, drawn like a moth to the flame by something called Night In Venice.

And if you live on the other side of Cedarville, you can have one of Janice Laws’ heavenly desserts.

And this …

The Dividing Creek Historical Society is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Christmas show at the American Music Theater in Lancaster on Saturday, Dec. 16. We will stop at the Olive Garden for lunch before the show.

Lunch is on your own. The bus will leave the Walmart parking lot in Millville at 10:15 a.m. and return around 7:30 p.m.

The cost is $75 and includes the bus, driver’s gratuity and the show. Make checks payable to the Dividing Creek Historical Society. The deadline is Nov. 4 for tickets. All proceeds benefit the DCHS. For more information contact Linda @ 856-785-2013.

— Jean Nocon,

Dividing Creek Historical Society

Wonder if Janice Laws’ desserts will be on the bus?

“Sunny Slope was very busy (Wednesday) morning after being on Channel 6 news last evening and Tony was right there sorting and filling baskets. One of the nicest and kindest people I have ever met.”

— Jane Uhland

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TONY MAZZEO

We met Tony Mazzeo’s wife at Inspira one afternoon. She’s a peach.

The Herb Henry Basketball League guru left town for Millville?

He worked so hard to raise money to keep both the Midget and Junior leagues going, and he also won most of the titles as a coach.

A little history.

March 31, 2014

Willie Sanchez was good enough to play high school basketball.

You don’t grow up playing every day of your life and come home with your pants black with dirt and hot and not get good.

But he still remembers the night he trudged home from high school practice in the snow to Church Street carrying his books on his back.

“And my mom was sick, so I had to walk from Church Street to the hospital, where they kicked me out at 8:30 p.m. after I spent 41 minutes with her.”

So he gave it up.

 RAY GARCIA, MAYOR ALBERT KELLY AND WILLIE SANCHEZ.

 

Today, four trophies straddle the TV in Willie Sanchez’s living room.

“They don’t mean that much to me,” said Sanchez. “I have trophies all over. I give them to grandchildren.”

Sanchez is the man who runs the Bridgeton Herb Henry Rec Midget and Junior Basketball Leagues.

And coaches in both age divisions.

This year, he and assistant Ray Garcia did something unheard of. They won championships in both divisions.

They are the New York Yankees of Bridgeton youth basketball.

Everybody wants to play on their team.

But the fans hate them for their success.

If you don’t remember how that feels, you only have to think of the stinkin’ Boston Celtics and cigar-lighting coach Red Auerbach.

Sanchez is going on 20 years coaching, always coaching two teams, one ages 9 to 11 and the other 12 to 14.

His wife loves that.

“I just leave and come back in March,” Jane said. “I go down South.”

Truthfully, she watched him play in the league when he was 14. They’ve been together for 33 years and married for 27.

Even assistant Garcia played for Willie.

“I’ve been coaching since I was 18 just so I could play,” he said. “I’d put the team together with four of my friends, but we hardly ever won.”

His uncle told him he didn’t win because his friends were terrible. Once he got rid of them, he started winning and has never looked back.

If it weren’t for Sanchez, there wouldn’t be a rec league now.

He has raised the money, dealt with irreverent fans and navigated other bumps in the road.

The league is keeping 100 kids out of trouble for three hours a week. In its heyday, it totaled 160 players.

Parents want their kid on his team.

“I’ve walked out of the draft room and a parent sees I didn’t draft his kid and I’m no longer his friend.

He said, “I tell them just because I talked him into playing doesn’t mean I was going to draft him.”

Every player gets to play 2 minutes in each half.

The lucky ones in the Midget League this year were Raheem Byers, Chad Mathias, D’aveon Dawkins, Dometrius Mosley, Sammy Hadden, Ruben Acevedo, Jovaunn Simmons, Kennedy Jones, Amir Ramirez and Jaden Booker.

The Junior champs include Casey Ordille, Ruben Jacobs, Tyesmen Johnson, Shawn Baldwin, Lamont Green, Shamar Baker, De’Channel Loatman, Davon Byers, Khalil Palmer and William Gould.

When he and Garcia are done with them at age 14, are they straight and going on to be productive citizens?

“We try” is all he could say.

For kids who can’t afford the sign-up fee, the league gives out “scholarships.”

There are a lot of one-parent families in the league.

“We do what we can do,” he said. “We’ve got to challenge people.”

Assistant Coach Garcia is moving to Millville and won’t be back until his 2-year-old son can play.

“I started alone,” said Sanchez, who will step down as president, but will still coach. A board of directors will be formed to back up the president and raise money.

“Mayor Albert Kelly has become a friend of the league,” he said. “He came to the championship game.”

Sanchez will never stop working to help the needy.

He collected food at Christmas time.

“We held a coat drive and I wound up taking 53 coats to Pastor Ellen at St. Andrew’s,” he said. “She was stunned.”

It’s not even his church.

But it’s his city.

Now his star player is a rising sophomore at St. Joe’s and he’s gone to Millville. That makes Willie Sanchez’s wife and home life the winners, but certainly not the kids.

He deserves to be in the sports hall of fame that, by the way, has a new addition that just sits there. Have you noticed how many game-changing projects in the city seem to just sit there?

 

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MID ATLANTIC PAIN THE MIDGET LEAGUE CHAMPS.

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LONG LAW THE JUNIOR LEAGUE CHAMPS.

Ever notice that team photos of kids are like taking pictures of cattle in a field. It’s like they have no names. Is it for protection reasons? But we can sure publicize them when they reach criminal age.

Why could we print baseball and softball boxscores in the local newspaper. You can’t identify a child by his/her name?

Print the names!

Vineland downtown has announced they want to keep the ball rolling every weekend, not just once or twice a year. Event after event for continuity.

Steve Tatz, 92.1 FM bulldog Mondays at 7 p.m., “Get Over It,” wants something held the Friday night before Cruisin’ The Ave.

But we can tell he’s just about given up on all the people who have promised to raise the downtown and failed. But Larry Leonelli may have rekindled his flame, starting with a Food Truck Festival in August at Landis and †he Boulevard, with a dozen trucks promised.

Cumberland County College won’t be a food desert for long …

“A few folks have asked how they can support our hunger issues on campus. We are hoping to establish a non-perishable pantry, but have no space on campus. We would need a trailer to permanently house such a pantry and keep it stocked.

“We welcome your ideas and contributions. Thanks in advance.”

— The Prez

We are the Garden State, people. We grow ears of corn pigs suck on, they’re so juicy.

We glean the fields after harvest to feed the poor people. And we can’t make sure the college students are fed? In the hub of agriculture? Are you kidding?

Good thing we’re not the center for oxygen. We’d all die from not being able to breathe.

By the way, if it sounds harsh, add up the accolades, too, It comes out pretty even, and one reason is Rev. David Rivera, the Latin Latino who shepherds over his flock at Immaculate Conception.

He’s pushing for the citywide ID cards that have been put on hold by city council.

How did a dollar store fail on North Laurel Street?

We believe the place to put a prime whatever in the city park is at Mayor Aitken Drive and Park Drive where it’s all woods now., across the street from Sunset Lake.

Something that looks like a Bass Pro Shop with high ceilings and beams showing.

You could put a combination of things in there for sale, including Tony Mazzeo keychains, Carl Hemple Sr. championship trophies, Melissa Hemple handcuffs, 50 different zoo trinkets, postcards of historic city scenes, Jim Bergmann with a tombstone bauble, and hundreds of autographed Sam Feinstein photos which won’t be here 100 years from now because nobody makes prints anymore.

Anybody got Bass Pro Shop blueprints, with all stained wood?

Did they burn the state building blueprints as anti-Victorian?

Have you tried to read the For Sale sign on the piece of ground right next to the state building on Broad Street.

The only thing that’s not faded is the phone number.

At one time, Popeye’s was the 2-1 favorite to go there after Wendy’s sued to keep them from moving next door.

How does a Friendly’s fail anywhere, let alone where there’s not ice cream for blocks?

Has the Upper Deerfield Walmart killed mom and pop stores in the area, with the money, train going to Arkansas? How about the little stores along Highway 77?

On the show on 92.1 FM Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., we could have any one of a number of current situation guests, or open forum talking how much promise Vineland, Millville and Bridgeton have, the demise of Salem, the Give Back Program funded for all of your school kids by a billionaire.

And we’re going to tape it and put it on the Internet in case somebody can’t listen Saturday, but, remember, if you don’t hear it live, you can’t call in and say Bridgeton will never be back.

But, then, Latinos don’t know what Bridgeton was, do they, so it makes no difference to them.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: But we love Cumberland County.

Swimming goes on; One rotten apple on Washington Street; Your own swimming pool is like your own Ocean City; Dividing Creek going to Lancaster; We’ll miss you Willie Sanchez; Print the names of the championship players under their picture!; Tatz’s flame flickers; The Prez will feed the 5,000, if necessary; Bass Pro Shop-type building perfect for corner of Mayor Aitken and Park Drive; Did Walmart cost livelihoods?; How does a Dollar Store, Friendly’s fail? Willie Sanchez abdicated for Millville;

Cooper building famous?; Chamber-Rotary 1-2 punch; Sports museum signs missing?; Ghetto gas station!; $2 zoo admission fee for adults only; Industry and new jobs only fields away; Helping college food shortage; Let’s take $500,000 inmate program to radio, Linda Solanik; Donut peaches perfect for city park — Why the emphasis on foreign cuisine? Tony Mazzeo keychains would sell out

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The column that says the Cohanzick Zoo signs all over Bridgeton look great, and the zoo has never been better, but we want to know if the Cooper building next to the canoe house is left over from the Cumberland Nail & Iron Works that dominated that part of Bridgeton back in 1900, or is the Nail House Museum the only thing left from that era, and if ever there was a partnership possible to advance Bridgeton’s economic cause, it’s the Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce and Rotary, who will meet together Thursday at Piney Point on Sunset Lake, at 12:10 p.m., so if you can’t afford the $15 entry fee, stay tuned.

By Jack Hummel

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Perfect solution for part of Bridgeton’s deficit: The prime feature right now is the zoo, so charge adults $2 and children get in free. It won’t hamper class trips or busloads of kids, or even large families, but will produce some offset to the approximate $600,000 the city provides annually.

Losing money on its most attractive offering? Who does that? Of course it has to make money, if not all from admission, then from donations combined with concession stand profits and the trinkets stand.

Trinkets stand? Novelties to help kids remember their trip to the zoo? Keychains? Fobs? Monogrammed stuffed animals? Cups? Glasses? Dean Dellaquila signed photographs?

Where in the park do we see an advertisement for the South Jersey All Sports Museum and its hours of operation? Where it can be seen while not driving 15 mph, but walking to, from, in the zoo?

Facing the parking lot?

If the Cooper building is that historic, why doesn’t a sign say so? Perhaps a sign made as a class project in high school using Victorian-style letters?

If any building is worth setting there, it’s worth identification.

The Trolley Barn ice cream stand next to that dilapidated, abandoned, rundown, graffiti-faced gas station on Washington Street must be like operating on the edge of the Badlands in Baltimore.

It’s not an eyesore. It’s despicable. A beacon signifying apathy. If it won’t fly in Fairmount Park, it won’t fly here. Thousands of cars coming and leaving the Marino Center see it. Why?

Is their a Historical Commission? All the advertisements say so. Who can defend this ghetto piece? It is tied up in litigation like the Lively Funeral Home torched before matches were invented?

It’s a gas station so there is obviously toxic waste that must be hauled off to Nevada. Has anybody applied for funding?

The obvious answer to the jobless situation in Cumberland, all the way from high school kids in the summer and grownups all the way to age 65 is something we do not need to invent, but, instead, reinvent.

Anybody 50 or over remembers the tomato smell from Bridgeton’s Ritter’s and Hunt’s plants.

But has the agriculture that fueled those plants gone? Has it even increased? The first thing screamed about Bridgeton is “state’s largest historic district” and the first thing said about Cumberland County is “agricultural capital of the Garden State.”

What’s wrong with this picture. Why are we not buying South Jersey vegetables every time we shop at ShopRite, Acme, Aldi’s or Save A Lot during the summer months?

Has our economy outside of the grower and the immigrants who work the fields become limited to roadside stands? Are their any contracts with supermarket chains? And if there were, would everybody be planting crops to be sending to a local clearing house the same way wheat goes to a farmers cooperative?

We know the Jersey tomato died because it couldn’t survive long enough to be marketed. Then Marlboro Market worked on how to preserve it. Where does that stand at $7 million Rutgers Food?

Florida sweet corn tastes like ca ca. Jersey sweet corn has no peer. Why are we not growing Rottkamp’s triple-sweet corn by the mega-bushel when we have the right soil and we can build and supply the buildings to collect and ship it?

We don’t care if we have to bring back the Concorde to distribute it.

Everybody wants industry to return to Cumberland County, but it has been here all along.

We know Florida and California have longer growing seasons. We know that is the reason the supermarket chains contract with those states. Why should they have two contracts?

Because this is the Garden State, and it was named that for a reason.

We have Rutgers Food off Broad Street in Bridgeton and we have food deprivation at Cumberland County College? Are you serious?

Let’s hear it for The Prez …

“This week, we added two new benefactors to our list of those helping us fight food insecurity on campus: Russo Farms and Nardelli Lake View Farms.

“Many thanks to our inaugural and continuing sponsor, F&S Produce/Sam Pipitone. Thank you all for your generosity.”

— CCC Prez Yves Salomon-Fernandez,

who found a positive rating that was really a negative number when she arrived on campus and she told us, “How do you come up with that number?”

Who is running the $500,000 grant program that involves the Cumberland County Jail inmates, and can we get her on radio to further explain the program since only, one story has been written about it, and didn’t include the person who wrote the grant.

“Stop in @ SUNNY SLOPE’S and try a DONUT PEACH!”

— Reva Christian

Sunny Slope can’t make us money in downtown Bridgeton, Bruce Riley?

Can’t make us money in the park?

The icon there — Tony Mazzeo — with his picture on a peach keychain could bring in thousands. Is anybody thinking?

How many out-of-towners visiting the zoo know about Sunny Slope peaches? Except Kay Rudderow Myers.

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TONY MAZZEO, 81 AND COUNTING.

A little history.
Dec. 13, 2012
Tony Mazzeo is 76 years old. 

The first time he handled a peach at Sunny Slope Farms outside Bridgeton was 60 years ago.

He figures it’s time.

“Every good thing must come to an end,’’ said the face of Sunny Slope this week. “I’m going to retire. At the end of this year, I’m going to retire.’’

They’ve heard it before.

“Ah, he’s not going to retire,’’ said Ken Sheppard, retired area school bus magnate who, like a lot of other people, make visiting Tony a daily ritual.

“We hold board meetingshere,’’ said Sheppard.

“He can’t retire,’’ said Sonny Bender, a retired auto body man. “Where will I get my apples?’’

They all tell him he can’t retire because they can’t remember getting peaches from anybody else. But Tony says it has to happen.

“I missed my kids growing up,’’ he said. “I own a place in Fortescue. Know how many times I’ve been there this year? Three times. My daughter, Michelle, was a good swimmer. She swam in Delaware and Maryland, and she went to Florida to compete.

“I missed it all.’’

And he refuses to make that mistake again.

“I want to spend time with my grandson,’’ he smiled. “I don’t want to miss him growing up. I want to take him fishing.

“He’s Cambodian.

“We have Cambodian help here. This Cambodian worker, she kept telling my son she had the right woman for him in Cambodia.

“So he went to Cambodia and met her.’’

The rest is history, the apple of Mazzeo’s eye.

During the peach harvesting season, you’re either in all the way or you’re out.

“Who knows how many hours?’’ he said. “Maybe 115 hours a week. Seven days.

“My wife, she knew I would be coming home at night, but she didn’t know when. I would tell her, I’ll be home, honey. Sometimes by 6:30. Sometimes by 8:30 or 9.’’

Mazzeo was born in Italy.

His family that was first here lost all their money twice when banks failed.

He speaks with an accent and he talks quickly, but always with a smile.

“I can’t remember when I didn’t work with Tony,’’ said Al Caggiano Jr., 48, who runs the 600-acre operation his father built.

Sunny Slope does 100,000 to 150,000 bushels of peaches a year.

“We work together,’’ said Mazzeo of Al Jr. “We clean all the equipment. We do the dirty jobs together.’’

He doesn’t know how to cut back.

“I’m 48,’’ said Caggiano, “so you know how long I’ve worked with him. I’ve never known him to wear a watch.

“He doesn’t leave until the job is done and he usually drags me into it.’’

The 85-year-old Sheppard isn’t convinced Mazzeo’s retiring.

“He’ll still be here,’’ he said.

“No,’’ corrected Tony. “All good things must come to an end. I want to go to Cambodia. It’s beautiful there.’’

Caggiano intervened.

“Tony will be here because his grandson likes to drive the forklift,’’ he smiled.

His grandson is 6. He carries his picture in his vest pocket.

“I’m going to invite my good friend Mario Andretti to my house to eat,’’ said Mazzeo.

He’s known the race car mogul for over 40 years.

“He calls and asks me why I don’t come to the races,’’ said Mazzeo.

Obviously, he doesn’t understand the peach harvesting business.

“Roger Penske used to race at Vineland Speedway,’’ offered Mazzeo. “Today, he has 40,000 people working for him. He owns two racetracks.’’

Penske comes to the New Jersey Motorsports Park when his team races.

Mazzeo has never been able to get away to go see him.

He also knew Andy Granatelli, another racing mogul.

“He liked Serra sausage made in Vineland,’’ said Mazzeo. “He always asked me to bring him pounds of it.’’

More importantly, Tony Mazzeo knows everybody in the Bridgeton area who likes peaches.

“I don’t know when my last day is,’’ he hedged. “I’ve got to get things cleaned up. It might not be done by the end of the year. But, it’s going to happen.’’

It will happen before the next peach season.

Before that, you can bet the pilgrimage will begin to say goodbye to an icon.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: He’s still there.

 

Cooper building famous?; Chamber-Rotary 1-2 punch; Sports museum signs missing?; Ghetto gas station!; $2 zoo admission fee for adults only; Industry and new jobs only fields away; Helping college food shortage; Let’s take $500,000 inmate program to radio, Linda Solanik; Donut peaches perfect for city park — Why the emphasis on foreign cuisine? Tony Mazzeo keychains would sell out