The column that says we began anew some unfinished business at DiLisi’s Monday afternoon with Joann Street, who was Joann Thompson when she did photographer in the street in 1975 for the News as Gary Cooper’s intern after working for the Echo at Bridgeton High School, and this wonderful woman who has been trying to stop the violence ever since her son, R.J., was gunned down by mistake at the Carll’s Corner McDonald’s 19 years ago, and we got the entire story from every angle over two side salads Monday, and we found out what it’s like to be a woman of God, and, by the way, Gary Simmerman eats at DiLisi’s, and what more do you need to know?
By Jack Hummel
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When we were younger and the sports editor of the Evening News, we had to eat the crap of being new in town, and Tony Angelo, owner of the Army-Navy store at the time told us, it will take five years before people here will even accept you, so we trudged through those five years as what Chief J. Fred Semple referred to us as a “young scribe.”
Then, from 1973 to 1990, it was heaven working under local bosses John and Ed Schofield, and we thought that would never change, just like the Bridgetowne would always be there for lunch and Bacon’s, Rovner’s, Bruskin’s and Frank’s Men & Boys’ Store would always be there for shopping.
John Schofield would pretend all departments had a say in raises at the end of every year, and composing would say, “All we’re asking for is a 16 percent raise, nothing else,” before J.T. tweaked his mustache and gave us what New York accountant Howard Bednay told him what the company could afford, which eventually became nothing.
You had to be there every day to get the full experience of the tsunami coming, including one official saying, “Why don’t you put a hit out” on another official.
So the News got sold and the free hand we had was gone forever, because, first, John Ewing came in as publisher and cleaned out the place from bookkeeping to advertising salesmen until we were sold again, and, this time, the invaders from the north said, ” Change is good,” and these readers “have no idea what we’re going to give them.”
But this wasn’t Woodbury and Gloucester County.
Ewing stayed on to head production and we heard him through the wall one day scream on the phone to Woodbury, “I’ll sue you for a million dollars!”
It eventually wound up with the News leaving town and editors being herded into the Campbell Center in Salem and shown a map colored in red, as in losing money, and The Man said, “If the red is still there six months from now, some of you won’t be here.”
Eventually came the day of the “bloodbath” in Woodbury.
Six months later, already reduced to 20 hours a week, we were let go — or maybe unchained would be a better description.
We had already began a radio career at WVLT 92.1 FM in Vineland under T. Carl Hemple Sr., Mr. Bridgeton Little League and Mr. Vineland Legion Ball.
We are out from under, and because of that, some people say we have changed. We haven’t changed. We have always thought this way since switching over to the News side in 1993.
We just never got a chance to exhibit it because no matter where we went on this planet and no matter what we said, we represented the corporation. But not anymore. And we’ve never felt more empowered, and it has never been clearer what changes need to be made to get Cumberland County out of poverty.
And that’s the name of that tune in this age of news being merely commentary “representing the corporation” all across the board.
Too bad we can’t go back to all the Little League boxscores and Midget Football scores in a local newspaper buoyed by ads from Rovner’s, Bacon’s, Bruskin’s and Frank’s Men & Boys Store.
We so much need that right now.
Somebody go to former Cumberland County Executive Director Linda Catalano’s grave and tell her the good news because she hated the son of a bitch who ran it back in her day …
Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law Monday removing power from the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and giving responsibility for animal cruelty investigations to county prosecutors.
The NJSPCA will be phased out over the next six months. County SPCAs will remain in existence, meaning that county animal shelters will be unaffected. The legislation was authored by now-retired Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) and passed the state Legislature on the last day of his 40-year legislative career.
“A new day arrives for abused and abandoned animals in New Jersey, as law enforcement will do what law enforcement knows best: enforce the laws. And county SPCAs will be free to do what they do best: provide for and care for abused and abandoned animals,” Lesniak said.
Lesniak credited the law to a Kane In Your Corner investigation, which began in the fall of 2016 and exposed numerous issues, including animal cruelty cases apparently sitting uninvestigated, no-bid contracts between the NJSPCA and companies owned by its board of trustees, and various other financial irregularities.
The push to remove the NJSPCA as the state’s “animal police” gathered additional steam in October, when the SCI issued a scathing report recommending it be dissolved.
The NJSPCA and its well-connected Trenton lobbying firm, MBI-Gluckshaw, had been aggressively opposing the legislation, but the NJSPCA may have dealt itself a fatal blow with a plan to use assumed names and anonymous emails to lobby lawmakers. The plan was outlined in an email from an NJSPCA trustee to more than 50 of the group’s law enforcement officers.
Animal Control Officer Bruce Barry applauded the change.
“THINK ABOUT IT. And all you pro-marijuana zealots, wait until you find out how Monsanto is controlling that plant you believe is all Natural!
“If we don’t wake up to the invention of diseases, if we keep allowing ourselves to be duped into believing that absurdity of the billing manual, the DSM-V, we’ll lose even more of our loved ones!”
— Michael DeLeon,
Saving kids, one hike at a time …
“Congratulations to our Millville Midget Football team! This sign will be displayed in several parts of the city. These kids are so cool.”
— Steven Harris
YOU CAN BOOK IT: Midget Football trumps all the Neighborhood Meetings you can ever hold.