Giuseppe Ungaro and his Sixers; Everybody tried pot?; Dedication on Warren Robinson Park Tuesday; Down Warren’s memory lane; Bridgeton diamonds in 2012; Crime questions five years ago; ‘Badgammon’ nabbed; Family Strengthening Network; Joan McAllister on a cure for cancer before they rot in hell

 

The column that says it’s always fun to hang out with Giuseppe Ungaro when he comes up from Somers Point to fuel the county’s economy and wax optimistic about the Sixers, Ben Simmons, J.J. Reddick and Joel Embiid, and how they are one of the five greatest franchises in the history of the NBA, and we said they haven’t won a title since 1983 — 34 years ago — and he can’t wait until this season begins.

By Jack Hummel

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

Every time we meet a new waitress, we ask if she’s going to school, married, etc.

Tonight, the subject got around to drugs and we asked if she ever did any and she finally admitted to trying pot, and didn’t like it, and we asked her how that happened and she said friend of a friend had it.

Oh, well. Guess everybody has a friend of a friend.

Dedication of Warren Robinson Park is Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Pearl and E. Commerce streets, Bridgeton. …

“Jack Hummel, what a great way to keep Warren’s memory alive. He was a man who loved his country, but, more importantly, his city and the people who lived there.”

— Alex Dragotta

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A little history

Jan. 26, 2014

“Hi, Mr. Hummel,

“Thought you might like this photo.

“Mr. Robinson was given a surprise 90th birthday celebration by our students.

“He always makes them smile.’’

— Kristi Berry & Kourtney Kristovich,

Broad Street School in Bridgeton

June 1, 2010

“Hi, Jack,
“Memorial Day street flag count report:
Laurel Street — 4
Hampton Street — 9
Lincoln Street — 18
Broad Street — 38
Pearl Street — 65.’’
— Warren Robinson

March 14, 2011

Where was Warren Robinson on March 7 66 years ago?

As a platoon of Pershing tanks provided cover against German machine gun fire coming from towers on the east end of the Remagen bridge, the infantrymen rushed forward, zigzagging from girder to girder.

Upon reaching the far side, Timmerman had some of his men clear the towers, and another platoon climb up the Erpeler Ley, a large hill just beyond the east end of the bridge, through which ran a large tunnel.

Timmerman sent other troops into the tunnel.

They captured several Germans, including Captain Karl Friesenhahn, the engineer officer, who had tried but failed to destroy the bridge.

Feb.9, 2012

Bridgeton diamonds:
~ Coach Room.
~ Big John’s Pizza.
~ Carmelo’s Ristorante.
~ BridgeWater Pub.
~ Randy’s General Store.
~ Cohanzick Zoo.
~ Bridgeton Library.
~ TD Bank.
Bank of America.
~ Colonial Bank.
~ County courthouse.
~ Broad Street Church.
~ Franklin Drive.
~ Lake Street.
~ West Commerce Street.
~ Bridgeton Health Center.
~ Rite Aid.
~ Walgreens.
~ Dunkin’ Donuts.
~ Wendy’s.
~ C-town.
~ Papa John’s Pizza.
~ Veterans Park.
~ Alden Field.
~ Salvy Blandino Field.
~ Jim Hursey Stadium.
~ Alms Center.
~ Flavia Alaya.
~ Frank Harris Sr.
~ Sam Feinstein.
~ Albert Kelly.
~ Hankins Lumber.
~ Warren Robinson.
~ Smith & Richards.
~ Sally Garrison.
~ Stefanie Modri.
~ Sherman Denby.
~ Karen Barnett.
~ Jerry Young.
~ Gallery 50.
~ Terry Gould.
~ “Boom Boom’’ Baker.
~ Linda Solanik.
~ Al Solanik.
~ Doug Buirch.
~ Sam Miletta.
~ Sean Henigin.
~ Dave Hitchner.
~ Hannah Furtek.
~ Carl Hemple Sr.
~ Gladys Lugardo-Hemple.
~ Goldie Wulderk.
~ Jeff Bellam.
~ Hank Murad
~ Josh Wymbs.
~ Annie Wright.
~ Dorothy Abbott.
~ Lee Hepner.
~ Paul Ritter III.
~ Gloria T. Cortez.
~ Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce.
~ Quack’s Corner.
~ Cumberland County SPCA.
~ Linda Eisenberg.
~ Carol V. Moore.
~ Billy Sharp.
~ Bob Thompson.

Five years ago …

What makes a young man walk up to another young man, put a gun to his chest and pull the trigger, knowing the gun is illegal and there are witnesses around?
Who does that?
Who either doesn’t care what happens to himself or is totally out of it?
It’s the first question Rev. Dave Ennis asked.
“It just goes to show you how valueless life has become to these individuals. There’s really no value on life anymore. You wonder what’s going on inside of these guys,” he said.
No one has talked of anger.
No one has said an altercation broke out and the shooter went over the edge.
No one has mentioned rage.
No one has mentioned revenge.
How are you going to stop these senseless actions unless you want out exactly what went down?
“What is this?’’ he said to his killer.

Who is getting paid to find out and explain all this to the taxpayers?
It has to be somebody.

Why did the kid who quarterbacked a Midget Football team into the championship game two years earlier shoot another kid to death in Bridgeton Villas?
Has anybody explained that yet?

Where are the meetings on all this stuff?
Where is the conference calling and the brainstorming?

Who are the experts on all this?
Do we have to go on Dr. Phil?
Can Rev. Ennis find out?
Can Rev. Wilkins find out?

Call a town meeting and have investigators explain why it went down and or why they can’t find out what went down.
Because if we don’t know, how can we possibly prevent it the next time?

Five years later, we’re still asking the same questions.

People we couldn’t have done without in 2009:
~ Ed Guth Jr.
~ Dolores Sharkey
~ Linda Solanik
~ Sam Feinstein
~ Carl Johnson
~ Rajah Johnnie
~ Stefanie Modri
~ Colorado Connie
~ Barry Perlow
~ Jerry Young
~ Dr. Russell Howe-Smith
~ Bev Greco
~ Warren Robinson
~ Brenda Williams
~ Lou Magazzu
~ Mike Gaimari
~ Kenny Freitag
~ Donald McGowan
~ Millie McGowan
~ Ruth McGowan
~ Jonathan P. Casey
~ Tommy Seeley
~ Everett Newkirk
~ Paul Hunsberger
~ Kim Quinn
~ Kenny Williams
~ Bob Thompson
~ Joan McAllister
~ Cpl. Edward S. Sheppard
~ Linda Quay
~ Barry Morgan
~ Dave Hitchner
~ Matt Hitchner
~ Tony Surace
~ Ruth McConnell
~ Betty Higbee
~ Donna Lloyd
~ Marion Moore
~ Carol Musso
~ Steve Wymbs
~ John Sorantino
~ Nancy Marino
~ Everett Marino
~ Snooky Marino
~ Joe B.
~ Linda Forbes
~ Millville Mike
~ Margaret Lopez
~ Louise Marone
~ Diane Kolman
~ Kristi Berry
~ Frank Murphine
~ R. Winslow
~ Mark Krull
~ Dean Dellaquila
~ Dawn Magee
~ Nanalaws
~ Jean Nocon
~ Bethibabee
~ George Joyce III
~ Sitarbob
~ Walter Webster
~ Elizabeth Severino
~ Linda Randazzo
~ Sally Garrison
~ John Simons
~ Lisa Jester
~ Sumner Lippincott
~ Tony Rossello
~ Joe Young
~ Owen Garrison
~ Bob Westcott
~ Florence Evans
~ William Krupa
~ Bob Spence
~ Bill Spence
~ Jo Ann Street
~ Russsell Stormes
~ Nina Labrusciano Tomasello
~ Bernie Heller
~ Jean Gehring
~ Neil VanderVeer
~ Goldie Wulderk
~ Carl Hemple Sr.
~ Carl Hemple Jr.
~ Earl Sherrick
~ Flavia Ayala
~ Karen Hemple
~ Al Solanik
~ Erik Cagle
~ Karl Frank
~ Dottie Wilkerson
~ Judy Kessler
~ Bob Crowe
~ Celeste Riley
~ Bryan Toft
~ Donald Fauerbach
~ Barbara Cook
~ Stevie Lane
~ Ken Austin
~ Jason Galanes
~ Karole King
~ Billy King
~ Karl Kirstein
~ Jimmy McCormick
~ Cindy Hackett Anderson
~ Caroline Owens
~ Gary Simmerman
~ Stef Bacon
~ Frankie Bacon
~ BHS Band Booster Club
~ CRHS Band Boosters
~ Dave Rogers
~ Jim Willis
~ Pete Zalinski
~ Crafty
~ Concerned taxpayer
~ You.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

— Maya Angelou

Fake news …

D Bailey Miles aka: badgammon was arrested on assault charges after throwing an empty whiskey bottle through a plate glass window when mocked for being a loser at a backgammon tournament. She was examined medically and found to be sleep deprived and over-caffeinated. Bail was set at 20 lbs of bacon.

— someone who knows her well

Organization: United Advocacy Group — Family Strengthening Network

Nominating Funder: Pascale Sykes Foundation

Length of Funding Relationship: 2 to 5 years

Date of Last Review: December 2016

Location: 40 East Commerce St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Website: http://www.familystrengtheningnetwork.org.

Mailing Address
PO Box 9
Bridgeton, NJ 08302

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

The network identifies and develops supportive communities to embrace the well-being of families through informal supports.

Families are engaged in local churches, schools, businesses, and community organizations known as Family Strengthening Network sites. Through these interactions, families are referred to a Family Advocate to help the family assess their needs and determine a “Life Action Plan” to accomplish their goals.

Family Advocates then provide the accountability, necessary tools, and referrals to community resources that families need in order to accomplish these goals. The Family Strengthening Network additionally offers prevention-focused educational seminars and small groups based on specific family needs as assessed by the site.

On finding a cure for cancer …

“I don’t think there will ever be allowed a cure for cancer. The Pharmaceuticals are making too much money on it. It is a major industry for many medical facilities, etc.

“I believe there are things we can take charge of in our lives today to make ourselves healthier, but as an industry, cancer prevention and cure makes too much money to be erased.

“My chemo cost the insurance company $135,000. a month for eight months; that includes hospital, staff, and chemicals.”

— Joan McAllister

YOU CAN BOOK IT: May anyone stopping a cure for cancer for money rot in hell.

Giuseppe Ungaro and his Sixers; Everybody tried pot?; Dedication on Warren Robinson Park Tuesday; Down Warren’s memory lane; Bridgeton diamonds in 2012; Crime questions five years ago; ‘Badgammon’ nabbed; Family Strengthening Network; Joan McAllister on a cure for cancer before they rot in hell

Wawa coming to Bridgeton; You think you’ve got problems?; Watch in changing your health-care carrier; CASA advocate of the month; Cat adopters can’t keep up with supply; Where are the tapes?; Anyone willing to convert old sports films at hall of fame?; Elizabeth Severino talked to animals here; Let’s do something in memory of Steve Lane; Warren Robinson Park dedication Tuesday at 5 p.m.; Jane Uhland recalls when historic district rules kept homes painted in Bridgeton; It’s Coralie in Dr. Levitsky’s office

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The column that says we asked Dunkin’ if we could have a dozen free donuts and the girl said, “We don’t do free,” but she wound up giving the dog a plain donut, and what’s that all about, and notice we said only Dunkin’ because that’s going to be their new name — just Dunkin’ and did you know Wawa is coming to Bridgeton in the field across from the Bridgeton Fire Department, and Hopewell couldn’t pull that off?

By Jack Hummel

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

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Good evening!

What do you do when a girl in her 20s at the drive thru window says she, too, needs a new body when diets came up, and then she says she has lupus and her kidneys are failing and she was put on a list, but she has AB negative blood, so what are the chances of a transplant?

What do you do? You shut the hell up about your little problems.

Be careful if you’re switching health-care plans.

We figured we could save $68 a month by going with AARP. We called them on July 11 and canceled our other carrier as of July 31.

Bad move.

As of this week, we have received a paper to fill out that could have been faxed back and forth, and they say when they receive it back, it will take 14 days to process, and †he only question the paper asks is, are you stopping another plan to go with AARP, and we could have told them that on the phone, but they said no, and we figure it’s a stalling tactic, so, you know what, we’re going back to our old plan at $320 a month, since we’ve been without insurance since July 31.

We’re pushing the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program that is part of United Advocacy Group until they get 100 new members …

The CASA advocate of the month for July is Deena Osmer.

Deena has been an advocate since 2016 and has been on her case with two children since January.

Throughout her case she has been objective and thorough, combing through the history of the case, the current status, and ensuring that any negative impact of the case on the girls would be as minimal as possible.

Her reports to the court cover all areas of the children’s lives and assisted the judge in seeing multiple sides of the case, while keeping the best interest of the children in mind. Despite the circumstances surrounding the reason the children were placed into care, Deena never gave the impression that she judged anyone involved in the case and remained professional at all times.

Her peer coordinator, Dot says of working with Deena, “Deena is an exemplary CASA. She is very prompt with her reports and responds to any communication. But more importantly, she has been very dedicated to the children she works with. She visits regularly with the children and formed a good relationship with them, bringing to the court any relevant concerns/comments. Her commitment to representing the CASA organization is apparent.  Some of the court hearings went for hours and into the afternoon, and Deena made it a point to stay the entire time, even though she was missing time at work. It is a real pleasure to work with Deena.”
One of Deena’s fellow advocates, Tim, says, “Deena is always outgoing and has a love for children. In her spare time, she is still doing this for other children. She truly believes in speaking for children.”
Deena was also named as Bridgeton’s 2016-17 Governor’s Teacher of the Year for her role in the ExCEL program. In addition to be an outstanding volunteer, Deena is also a fantastic mom and a Science teacher for Bridgeton Public Schools.
We are so thankful to have Deena on our team and love witnessing the change she brings to the community and to the lives of the children we serve.
— CASA of Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester counties
From the CCSPCA …
“So many cats and kittens. 11 albums to add and 4 updated, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“All so urgently in need of rescue and all so super wonderful.”
— Maria Stoerrle
Where are the tapes?
Oct. 15, 2009
“I just spent a very interesting morning with the Bridgeton crew.
“Owen Garrison, Bob Westcott and Joe Young met with me over coffee and I ran out of tape recording the first of our sharing sessions.
“We are scheduled to meet again, so this might grow into a regular thing. I am looking forward to absorbing as much information as possible.’’
— Joan McAllister,
director
Cumberland County Historical Society
Is anybody willing to convert classic old film in a drawer at the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey to a modern, viewable set?
BHS football games back in the day.
And where are the tapes of the voices of old-timers in Bridgeton sports talking about their careers? They were taped a couple of decades ago.
When did we stop connecting the dots?
Why hasn’t she been asked back as a fundraiser …
“Maybe I already sent you and e-mail thanking you, but even if I did, here is another one.
“Thank you again for your support of me and my work.
“The readings and energy work I did at the Cumberland County SPCA event in Vineland were extremely well received. I know you are a part of helping to bring that forth, for animals and their people in the Cumberland County area.
“I was totally booked all day.
“They forgot to even give me a time slot for lunch. It’s OK; I got to eat a little bit every now and then.
“One woman who didn’t have an appointment, arrived at 10 a.m. and waited for the one cancellation that happened, at 2:15 p.m., meaning she waited over four hours to have me be with her dog.
“But, maybe I already told you all of this. And even if I did, thank you again.’’
— Elizabeth Severino,
animal communicator
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ELIZABETH SEVERINO
That was seven years ago. Who doesn’t love a person who is able to communicate with animals, both alive and dead, as long as she can hold something that belonged to the dog.
We’ve got to do something athletically in memory of Steve Lane!
The dedication of Warren Robinson Park takes place Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the corner of Pearl and Commerce streets, and, somewhere, he will cry … before ripping into city government again for not doing something.
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WARREN ROBINSON
 More on the deteriorating look in Bridgeton …
“When I had a half double house on Vine Street, the city required that I paint it and it was not nearly as bad as some of the houses I see in town.
“Can’t remember how long I had to comply, but was told I would be fined for every day that went passed the compliance date. I had it painted.
“It’s like anything else — only people who have respect for the laws will follow them.”
— Jane Uhland,
Code Blue baker
YOU CAN BOOK IT: All these years and we never knew the spelling of the sergeant’s name in Dr. Mark Levitsky’s office is spelled C-O-R-A-L-I-E.
Wawa coming to Bridgeton; You think you’ve got problems?; Watch in changing your health-care carrier; CASA advocate of the month; Cat adopters can’t keep up with supply; Where are the tapes?; Anyone willing to convert old sports films at hall of fame?; Elizabeth Severino talked to animals here; Let’s do something in memory of Steve Lane; Warren Robinson Park dedication Tuesday at 5 p.m.; Jane Uhland recalls when historic district rules kept homes painted in Bridgeton; It’s Coralie in Dr. Levitsky’s office

No croutons needed!; Blastoma death sentence; PAL Church League?; Waiting for Mike Abbott to address city council; Anthony Sanchez and open forum on 92.1 FM; Call Hutch for girls basketball; Stoerrle and Morrison — perfect CCSPCA team; Jenn Henderson waiting for your OK to speak for kids who have no voice in court; Drugs and education the keys to eradicating poverty; Michael DeLeon has lost 29 pounds, nails quest for legal pot

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The column that says Wendy’s got away from putting croutons in their apple pecan chicken salad and we didn’t care, then brought them back, then apologized for not having any today and we said we didn’t want them anyway, and the server said she liked them, but isn’t that needlessly adding carbs to an already delicious meal of only 560 calories?

By Jack Hummel

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 856-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

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Good evening!

If the dog doesn’t mind the rain while swimming in a pool, why should we when only our head is out of the water anyway, so the 100 walking laps continue intact as the weight loss is at 89 pounds without Wendy’s croutons.

If it’s “blastoma” in your brain cancer diagnosis, put your things in order. If it’s lung cancer, put your things in order.

Until this country decides to quit fiddling around with cancer fundraisers and goes full bore with all the ground troops, artillery and bombs we have medically — no matter what the cost of a cancer missile, a cancer bomber, a cancer jet fighter, families are going to continue to suffer heartbreak.

Who would challenge an all-out war on cancer and we spend millions a week on war?

Do we have to call it a Police Athletic Softball League to bring back the game that once drew hundreds to the recreation area?

Does a police officer have to umpire to keep peace in a church league?

Armed with one of the best recreation areas in South Jersey as it pertains to space, why is limited to Little League, the Spanish soccer league and outdoor basketball courts?

We have Anthony Sanchez on 92.1 FM Saturday at noon, but we’re also going to be in open forum and ask why the Press of Atlantic City could be against TNVR of feral cats in a casual editorial based on PETA seeing the inhumane attacks on feral cat colonies and that feral cats kill so much wildlife, but they never checked with the area the paper serves to see how they are working here, and never mentioned a solution to the problem of feral cats other than keep your pet cats indoors.

If you’re not willing to research what is going on in Cumberland County, to at least have the guts to print “trap and kill them all,” don’t mention the issue at all.

When is citizen Mike Abbott going to stand up at city council and ask if the RV park in the north section of the 1,100-acre city park idea has gone the way of the ethanol plant and mini-golf as a good idea?

When is he going to ask what code enforcement can do to erase, eradicate, eliminate, tear down, fix up, blow up some of the ghetto-looking buildings in the part of Bridgeton that visitors can’t help but see?

We realize Parker Street is in Milltown, a place you don’t want to go unless you have a reason or you’re a landlord, so the burned out half-double that has existed for at least this mayor’s term in a strong mayor government.

But why can’t we put a good face — a good front — on Pearl Street housing, not asking landlords to restore once-glorious mansions, but to make them look inviting on the outside — to include paint only applied after taking the peeling crap to the bare wood — and fixing up porches like new?

Why can’t we do that, even if the devil, himself, threaten to sue? Sue? SUE? Hell, we just paid off a $550,000 lawsuit for one man’s sexual harassment. You’re worried about landlords suing you?

Surely, the grizzled activist has an opinion after a day of driving truck. If you have an idea you want presented, call 609-774-6571 before 8 p.m. and maybe Mike Abbott can present it for you.

If you want to hook up with a girls basketball camp, call Bob Hutchings at 856-362-7390 or reach him at hutchouthoops@comcast.net.

Hutch has agreed to transport animals to other states the rest of this summer for the Cumberland County SPCA.

Speaking of the SPCA, Maria Stoerrle and Jessica Morrison are planning outings and sleepovers for their junior volunteers

You can reach them at rescuepartners@cumberlandcountyspca.org.

And if you have any doubts about how we feel about the Cumberland County SPCA, its leaders, its staff, its volunteers, write something stupid on Facebook.

You have attitude, you get attitude, because it has never been about you.

We should have at least 100 people sign up to listen to Jenn Henderson and Cindy Zirkle explain to you how rewarding it will be and how connected you can get with the judicial system by signing up to be a court appointed special advocate as a voice for children in family court — kids who have been neglected or abused and the judge may not know how to rule because he doesn’t have time to do the research, until he asks you, because you have studied the case and you are empowered.

But you have to undergo training, of course, and then it’s 10 hours a month, unless you get hooked, get reborn, get the fever, find out it’s doing more good for you than the kids.

Hold your fervor!

There are over 1,000 kids that need a voice despite the tremendous success of the program backed by the millions of dollars being put forth by the Pascale Sykes (that’s a man’s name) Foundation.

Call 856-265-6802, and you’ll get a call back.

That’s just one of the programs coming out of the Hope Loft on the third floor of the Ashley McCormick at this time.

Call it the 46 steps to success. Meet executive director Rich Nichols or CEO Melissa Helmbrecht, who can tick off 18 programs they’re involved in and at least 30 supporters nationwide.

The county has inherited poverty, with 1 in 5 living below the poverty level, but we know winning fixes everything, so we need to start winning on more grassroots levels.

Don’t blame the prisons. Don’t blame the immigrants. Yes, you can blame the dope trade big time for ruining lives, but if we can get more people like Michael DeLeon reaching and preaching to our kids, then lift up the education level — that’s the two keys, dope and education, so jobs will come.

You can’t have entire communities of poverty and attract high-paying jobs, unless it involves the justice system.

“About 120 people came out to enjoy the sounds of the Golden Memories Big Band at the riverfront tonight.”

— Sam Feinstein

Which proves that if it is what people like, they will come, and with no seats provided, no less.

And they will come to the Millville car show on Saturday, and not just because premier DJ Cbris Randazzo is playing oldies while looking at his favorite cars.

They flock to the Bridgeton Amish Market whenever Jonas King schedules a special occasion, so you know the foot traffic is available.

Speaking of Michael DeLeon …

“I was so disappointed this morning for weigh-in that I’d only dropped 2 more pounds in 6 days UNTIL I put dress pants on that I COULDN’T BUTTON 15 days ago!

“Not only am I losing the weight (29 pounds so far), but my body is changing. Fat is disappearing. Muscle is returning.”

— Down from 310

“P.S.: Bulafit. First lifestyle program I’ve ever been on that was all inclusive and met its hype. Not hungry, more energy, feel great.”

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MICHAEL DELEON

The real Michael DeLeon …

“This is an OPINION Piece, but in the 3 years documenting marijuana legalization all across Colorado, I can personally attest to the facts.. NOT the LIES being told by MY Senator, Corey Booker nor the LIES being told by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta nor the misinformation being spewed by Soros-funded Drug Policy Alliance or the Washingon Post or Huffington Post or Denver Post… or any of the other media outlets focused on MONEY rather than TRUTH….. We Didn’t legalize “Marijuana”! We opened the door on a FULL-BLOWN commercialization and industrialization on genetically-modified, chemical-infused THC poison. I care about addiction, but I MOSTLY Care About KIDS and this will devastate our Youth. This is NOT what you smoked in the 80’s.”

— Michael DeLeon

YOU CAN BOOK IT: First, it was the Lottery, then it was the casinos, and now it’s going to be this gig to solve all our money programs.

No croutons needed!; Blastoma death sentence; PAL Church League?; Waiting for Mike Abbott to address city council; Anthony Sanchez and open forum on 92.1 FM; Call Hutch for girls basketball; Stoerrle and Morrison — perfect CCSPCA team; Jenn Henderson waiting for your OK to speak for kids who have no voice in court; Drugs and education the keys to eradicating poverty; Michael DeLeon has lost 29 pounds, nails quest for legal pot

Bowa out of his coma; Beautiful day in city park; Ghetto gas station DEP held up?; Air Force Academy rapes deserve big-time jail time; Any chance for local labor in $18M Villas project?; More George Moore; LeBron’s Gorilla Grill; How many calories in a chicken bomb?; 89 pounds down and we may re-enlist

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The column that says Larry Bowa finally came out of his coma on the bench for the Phillies, and how much do you think he still cares about this team, but he did get thrown out of today’s game so maybe he’s still the can of gas he used to be, and why does it take so long for Bridgeton to post city council work session minutes on its Facebook page

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!

Beautiful day in Bridgeton City Park with seven people in three different groups walking on the Raceway in the late afternoon and the basketball courts being utilized.

The city is calling the Fourth of July fireworks the “best ever.”

Bridgeton Main Street Director Steven Paul says the undisputed king of ghetto-look gas station on Washington Street is a DEP matter, even though Paul says he would settle for a parking lot.

Don’t know what this has to do with tearing it down, because we know there is always environmental concern when a gas station vacates a property.

As you already know, there is a $750,000 clean-up cost associated with the Laurel Street property that was to be the site of a combined library.

Councilman Mike Zapolski objects to the county clerk’s new office going there because there are many empty buildings downtown that could be used, and that $10 million project will not be a ratable.

But it’s a new building producing foot traffic downtown.

Has anybody heard if the $18 million refurbishing of the Villas will be using local labor, county labor, South Jersey labor?

We know Winn is headquartered in Boston, and since they have done these projects all over the country, maybe they use the same construction crew. No mention of that was made in the original proposal in a council work session.

We still can’t get over rapes at the Air Force Academy not believed by school officials, and all of them should be in jail.

You don’t see that reported on the cable channels, do you? You don’t see marches for that, do you? It appears in a documentary, and, still, you don’t see people marched out of the administrative offices in handcuffs.

That is such a blatant black eye on the armed services, and every one of them should go on trial.

After spending 3 1/2 years in the military, we can tell you all brass doesn’t polish!

“You are correct. This is sick. And you know I am a strong advocate to help change the attitude about rape. Anyone who turns a blind eye is just as guilty. Bystanders are a part of the problem.

“Attitudes have to be changed before rape will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and victims must not be the ones on trial.”

— Peggy Gentile Van Meter

Let’s hear their excuses from on the stand!

The crime is, their actions were final, ruining lives as well as careers. Their lives should be ruined, as well. Maybe some of them could discover how broken the penal system is and suggest some changes.

When a player retires and becomes a manager, he knows what his team is going through because he experienced it himself.

What the hell does the Department of Justice know, other than what they have read in a book.

Generals were at least lieutenants at one time, and maybe they kissed ass on the way of the ladder, but at least they were in the field.

Where has the DOC been? Attica? Fire Island? Joliet?

More on the legendary George Moore …

“Hi, Jack!

“I’m so glad they resurrected George’s legendary jingles. It brings back fond memories of the many commercials we recorded together thru the years working together. I agree 100% — don’t let anything silence you from doing what you love.

“Hope things are going well with you. Congrats on the weight loss. I wish it was as easy and fun taking off the weight as it is putting it on. P.S.: Thanks for the nice words – you’re very kind!”

— Lynn Bold Timberman

George Moore has more friends in all walks of life than anybody we have ever met. They number in the thousands, whether it be from fishing or the deer woods or baseball tournaments or high school football and basketball, or the Salvation Army, all the service clubs and fundraisers.

And he’s still hanging on to his fishing show on 99.9 FM every Friday at 5 p.m., with all the dishes clinking in the background at what we assume is the Charlesworth Hotel in Fortescue.

Another one who refused to give up.

And kudos to Bob Busnardo for throwing back all the fish he has caught for the last five years. Reminds us of Ed Guth Jr., and we believe both are responsible for the Kids Fishing Derby every year.

Now this is an interesting Saturday post …

Good morning, people. I’m heading to the Millville airport to set up. Be ready by noon!

“Have the roasted beef sandwich, cheeseburger subs, wings and, of course, the regular menu items. Come out and take a look at the museum at the airport. Or the adults can go have a sip at Jersey Shine and a awesome tasting cold brew at Glasstown brewery!”

— LeBron’s Gorilla Grill, LLC

No doubt he will be all over the place eventually.

How many calories in a chicken bomb?

“Chicken Bombs are BACK. Come in early to make sure you get yours before they’re sold out again! Today is the LAST DAY to take advantage of our menu BETA TEST PRICING!

“Not to fear, we only need to make minor adjustments to a few prices next week. You’ll still be getting a SUPER value when you come and eat our food, as always!

“Come visit the Superhero Cafe, now under new management, noon ’til 5 p.m. today at 501 N. High St. in Millville at the Village on High.”

— Superhero Cafe

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Wendy’s wanted to know why a half-size apple pecan chicken salad and we shot back, 89 pounds down!

 

Bowa out of his coma; Beautiful day in city park; Ghetto gas station DEP held up?; Air Force Academy rapes deserve big-time jail time; Any chance for local labor in $18M Villas project?; More George Moore; LeBron’s Gorilla Grill; How many calories in a chicken bomb?; 89 pounds down and we may re-enlist

Hutch’s girls basketball camp goes begging, may start an AAU team; Maria Stoerrle, the CCSPCA adoptions’ best friend; CCSPCA investigative agents in 2012 as Diana Leuellen retires; Raped cadets at Air Force Academy deserve full measure of justice; Lyme’s disease dilemma; Take a chance as a CASA advocate and see who gets the most out of it; Newell Branin Jr. needs you; Broken pieces from substance abuse; Dennis Tawes’ painting of late wife stolen

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The column that says the show on 92.1 FM today was better than good because Bob Hutchings got to air his feelings about a girls basketball camp he set up for a week in August and the globetrotting coach found out that only two girls signed up, so he had to cancel it, and now he’s thinking about putting together an AAU girls team, which is a big step up from high school ball because there are no weak teams and the parents invest in the program hoping for a college scholarship, and what made the show even better was Maia Stoerrle, part-time employee of the CCSPCA, who readies animals for adoption and who told us the shelter is ready to really advance in the future.

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!

When the radio show was over today, Bob Hutchings headed to the CCSPCA on Delsea Drive to take part in the unveiling of the new Kitten Nursery. He either went for the finger food — cupcakes made by volunteers — or he wants to volunteer.

Hutchings casually told us and Maria that he has a garage full of cats who keep multiplying and he doesn’t even know he has a colony and really didn’t know about a program to Trap/Spay/Neuter/Release cats so they won’t multiply, despite Ric Kuhns crisscrossing the county selling the effort.

That’s what happens when you’re an international basketball coach.

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The table is set at new CCSPCA Kitten Nursery for Bob Hutchings.

Maria Stoerrle should be the person behind the counter at the CCSPCA, 1244 N. Delsea Drive, every day, if only for her bubbly personality.

But, we can tell you this: If you don’t pass the muster to be an adopter, no amount of bluster is going to change their minds because they put the animals first.

As Maria said to us about some people experiencing rude receptions at the shelter, angry coming in can produce an angry response. Translation: Don’t come in with an attitude.

Maria needs more foster homes for animals along with the obvious — more adoptions. The shelter receives tremendous support from animal lovers, but not from county government, unlike surrounding counties.

We learned something else. Investigative agent Diana Leuellen has retired, leaving only Charlene Rosenbaum to ride herd on cruelty cases in the county.

But that’s still better than Gloucester County having to rely on the state SPCA to come down and handle complaints because they’re far from prompt.

Charlene will get a new partner as soon as someone is qualified, which is extensive because they are an officer of the law.

A little history

Nov. 24, 2012

 It’s 9 a.m. Monday morning at the Cumberland County SPCA.
It’s another day for the shelter’s two cruelty agents.

 

Charlene Rosenbaum, 37, and Diane Leuellan-Lilla, 52, have looked over the paperwork for the day and are checking on their cruelty cases being housed at the shelter.

Including the fish.

“I think we lost a piranha overnight,” said Luellan-Lilla.

Rosenbaum hopes it won’t be like the previous Wednesday.

“I had a flat tire after doing an educational visit to Schalick High School,” she said. “It had better not happen. We just got four brand new tires.”

The tires were donated. The two don’t say it, but they could also use a new van.
They’ve been working together since June 2010. That is, most days. When one is off in the county of 156,000 people, the other has to ride solo.

“Compassion is not something you’re born with. It has to be nurtured. You’ll see that today. They (abusers) just don’t get it,” said Rosenbaum. She said a lot of animal abuse is gang-related.

“Oh my Lord yes,” said Rosenbaum. “They spray-painted our van right here in the parking lot.”

They joke that they are part of gang warfare.

“If so, I’m going to go on their turf and spray paint CCSPCA all over,” she laughed.

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Animal Cruelty Agent Charlene Rosenbaum.
Both say pit-bull fighting is no laughing matter and it is running rampant in Cumberland County. They’re asked if they can do something about it.

 

“Who? Her and I?” said Rosenbaum. “What can we do alone?”

They see themselves as alone in the animal protection effort.

“That’s all there is, her and I,” she said. “People say why don’t we do surveillance. How do we do that? We’re the only ones they see on the road. They know us.

“The culture (of abuse) is huge and it goes across the spectrum.”

You have to catch them in the act of dogfighting to get a conviction, they say.

“How do the two of us do that?” asked Rosenbaum.

Fighting leads to the stashing of dogs, according to the cruelty agents, who say the practice also leads to people dropping off dogs and leaving them to stray.

They talk about pit bulls being stolen in Millville by Bridgeton people. And vice versa.

“They wind up dropping them off in Fairfield,” said Rosenbaum. “Gouldtown, halfway between the two towns, becomes the dumping ground after they’re done with it.”

The pit bull found earlier this year in a Millville lake was one of them.

The agents say the state police are undermanned.

 

“And they get transferred out every two years,” said Rosenbaum. “Somebody from Hoboken doesn’t really understand what goes on here.”

Rosenbaum remembers Reece, the dog that was dragged behind a truck in Vineland.

“I know the whole story,” said Rosenbaum. “People told me exactly what happened, but they will never testify.”

And they can’t find the guy who did it anyway, she said.

The cruelty agents speak highly of their relationship with police.

Officer Christopher Reeves, killed earlier this year in Millville, was one of the best, they said.

“It was like he had a sense I needed him,” said Rosenbaum. “He’d show up when I was in a sticky situation and say, ‘SPCA, do you need my help? Do you need some of my people to come by?’

“Pretty soon, here would come two or three cop cars. I miss that.”

However, some dispatchers, when the animal control officer is not available, have told callers to put a stray dog back where they found it, Rosenbaum said.

“A lost dog is a safety issue,” grimaced Rosenbaum. “This is a county where a stray can have rabies. That’s why we’re here. To protect people from that.”

They see themselves as lacking resources. As they head out of the office on this day, they look back at a nonworking computer.

“Can you get somebody to donate a computer?” Luellan-Lilla asks.

Rosenbaum throws the van into gear and heads for Bridgeton to start rechecks, or follow-ups on previous abuse reports.

“First Bridgeton, then Seabrook and then the lake,” said Rosenbaum.

As in Laurel Lake. And any calls that come in between.

Believe it or not, Rosenbaum and Luellan-Lilla say education works.

“Even the simplest instructions can straighten out a situation,” Luellan-Lilla said. “Some people don’t know not to tie your dog with a shoestring.”

The day goes well.

They meet Billy Knipe, Bridgeton animal control officer, at their first stop, but no one is home, so they leave papers on the front door.

Knipe will check back later.

A stop at a Carll’s Corner store results in snacks “for the pit bulls that can never be adopted.”

“I want them to know what good care feels like,” says Rosenbaum.

Seabrook is another recheck and all goes well.

At an apartment complex in Millville, a woman has moved out without leaving a forwarding address.

A woman who has been cited for hoarding is not at home.

A Laurel Lake visit is both the saddest and most rewarding. A dog has not been fed because the owner has run out of money. The agents give her a half-bag of dry food and ask her to feed it a little bit at a time, but three times a day.

She cries.

They promise to run tests to see if the dog has worms and get back to her with more food.

“She’s my baby,” sobs the woman.

It is what they like to do.

Help people.

Response on raping of cadets at Air Force Academy because school officials didn’t believe the women …

“America is great Jack. Rapist are evil people (who disguise themselves often as true Americans) who need to be put away forever.

“They come from all walks of life, not just the military. But remember… for too long, women were shamed and put on trial because society said they must have done something to get raped.

“I think many still have that mentality. Sad… .”

— Peggy Gentile Van Meter

These women cadets and their families fought tooth and nail to get these cadets prosecuted, but the Academy turned a blind eye, which is worse than the rape itself to not be believed, and the women were heckled and forced to withdraw from school.

You can call America great, Peggy, when you should be using your voice to make sure these officials never see the light of day again.

This is sick!

 

Want to make a difference in a child’s life like Cindy Zirkle does?
CASA of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties trains volunteers called “CASA advocates,” who are appointed by judges to watch over child abuse victims.
Advocates make sure that these children do not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system and help victims find safe and permanent homes as quickly as possible.
CASA advocates stay with each child until their case is closed and the child is placed in a safe and permanent home. For many victims of child abuse, their CASA advocate is the only adult with a consistent and caring presence in their lives.
CASA Director Jennifer Henderson needs you to expand this program in order to take care of some 1,400+ children in the three-county area who have no voice.
Call her at 856-265-6802 and sign up for the training course. Once you’re an advocate, she’s asking for 10 hours of your time a month.
You don’t have to be a genius, just compassionate and caring. You’d be amazed at the connections you can make.
Family Court is not a situation where you stand up with 300 people looking on. It’s closed to the public.
Get a girlfriend to sign up with you.
If you’re already fulfilled, thanks for reading.
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— Newell Branin Jr.
“Why do we wait until people are broken before we address what’s breaking?”
— Michael DeLeon,
Steered Straight
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Michael DeLeon in New Hampshire.
“Broken pieces actin’ like we ain’t cracked
Man we all messed up and can’t no one escape that
We some broken people
Came from broken homes
Broken hearts inside of a broken soul
Alcoholics, the addicts
English, African, Arabs
Ain’t no riches to fix it
You still broke when you have it
If you ain’t breakin’ bad and you still chasin’ the habit
It ain’t no wonderland so we still chasing the rabbit
Ain’t a soul on the planet
That’s better than another
And we all need grace in the face of each other.”
— Nicole Walmsley
“STOLEN… ‘Cloud Walker.’
“I painted this for Linda during her illness and was part of my personal collection. I had it on display at the Amethyst Gallery in Millville where I had my collection of portraits that I had painted of Linda.
“I would like the person who stole it to know, I have had the worst year of my life with way too many challenges to overcome and I never complain, I just keep moving forward and doing my best and now, while I was down, you just had to kick me in the balls and steal a personal part of my life.
“That painting had much value to me and you do not deserve my work because you have no true value.”
— Dennis Tawes,
Millville Pioneer Artist
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CLOUD WALKER
YOU CAN BOOK IT: Things will get better, Dennis.

 

Hutch’s girls basketball camp goes begging, may start an AAU team; Maria Stoerrle, the CCSPCA adoptions’ best friend; CCSPCA investigative agents in 2012 as Diana Leuellen retires; Raped cadets at Air Force Academy deserve full measure of justice; Lyme’s disease dilemma; Take a chance as a CASA advocate and see who gets the most out of it; Newell Branin Jr. needs you; Broken pieces from substance abuse; Dennis Tawes’ painting of late wife stolen

Wendy’s drive-thru goes 10 cars deep; George Moore, good hearing you and don’t give up!; Winston Churchhill said so; Bells at Bridgeton Library 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday; What does VA supply? Prescriptions? Medigap?; Cadets raped and nobody believed them; TNVR vote in Maurice River Township; Bridgeton PAL getting it done!; Human Services survey on what Cumberland County needs;

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The column that says when the line at Wendy’s drive-thru gets so long at 5:15 p.m. that the last one in line is barely in the entrance from Route 49, somebody is doing something right, but when it also happens at 9:30 p.m., everybody inside is either doing something right or we’re in a food desert and Wendy’s is the oasis.

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!

Boy, it was great hearing George Moore’s voice on the radio today, even though he’s not as good looking as Lynn Timberman, and he still can’t sing, but they brought out his famous “Have a beautiful day on the Delaware Bay with Shirley and her crew” advertisement, and we cringed once again.

Keep at it, George! Don’t let that voice be stilled by anything until you draw your last breath. Bob Shryock is fighting the same battle in Gloucester County, and it’s amazing that he was the ultimate toastmaster for decades and you the consumate sports announcer over the same amount of time, and you’ve both been slowed by Parkinson’s.

But not stopped.

“Young men, never give up. Never give up! Never give up! Never, never, never-never-never-never!”

— Winston Churchhill

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George Moore being inducted into the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey by Dom Valella.

Sudden thought!

Are we spending money foolishly on drug prescriptions and even health insurance as a veteran?

Does Shep get all his prescriptions at the VA hospital free along with his treatment while we’re paying $143 for Medicare and $319 for medigap?

We know we could be getting a $250 property tax credit, but we never thought about the VA while Shep was doing all that complaining and fighting with them.

Twenty-five months overseas away from hoagies and pizza should have earned us something.

The Bells are appearing at the Bridgeton Library on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., NOT 7 to 9 p.m., so could you pass it along.

On 92.1 FM Saturday at noon, Bobby Hutch of international coaching fame and Maria Stoerrle, of CCSPCA adoption fame, both at the same time, while the Gloucester shelter is having an adoption day where all fees are waived.

And we’re thinking why can’t we ask for donations to help defray adoption expenses, where people want to help but don’t want to adopt, especially if they are smitten by a certain dog or cat they see on the website.

But, remember, taking good care of an animal costs money. The days of us growing up on the farm and the dog never saw a vet and the pups were thrown over a bridge in a burlap bag with a rock in it are gone forever.

The cows got the vet because they produced income. The dog, not so much.

Don’t sit there and tell us how great America is when female cadets after female cadets at the Air Force Academy were raped and officials refused to believe them. How does that happen in 2017 in America?

It went on for years before somebody in Washington investigated. The same cadet committed several rapes.

“I’m raising money for Carolscatz of Commercial Township. Every little bit helps. This cause means a lot to me, and I believe that we can make a difference together. Thanks! Check out info about this nonprofit:

To Protect, And Help Feral and free roaming Cats In Cumberland County, Thru The Use Of TNVR. We Work Within All Of Cumberland County, And Help The Residents , Help These Cats And Kittens. 1 Female And 1 Male And Their Off Springs Produce 420,000 Felines Over 7 Years Time. We Aim To Reduce The Population With The Use Of TNVR.”

— Carol Hickman,

carolscatz.com

“P.S.: Carolscatz and Animal Friends Foundation just attended a special meeting in Maurice River Township to promote TNVR and the possibility to apply for a grant for TNVR .

“We joined forces for the greater good in hopes that we will save many feline lives.

Please say a special prayer that on Aug. 14 the vote is yes. Please, if you are a Maurice River Twp, resident, contact the committee and voice you approval.”

 —

“Rosenhayn Fire Company Chicken BBQ Sunday.

“I have a couple of tickets left. $10.00 per meal.”

— Frank Harris Sr.,

once the cook with his son at Bridgeton Crabfest

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Not a government official in a suit among them! These are people making it happen for at-risk kids in the city, and they’re getting support from all over, including the Pascale Sykes Foundation that is providing $40 million to build up the economy in South Jersey.

Support these people and provide $30 for another at-risk child to join. Call 856-455-0033 and tell them you’re in. A membership is just $30 per year, and that’s all we’re asking you to do. PAL will take care of the rest, and $60,000 will not go to the directors. You see those two guys on the end? They have the clout to make sure everything will be for the kids.

The Cumberland County Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC) is conducting a community survey to get feedback from residents of Cumberland County on needs and services. Please complete the survey to share your opinion on what could help make Cumberland County a better place.

 

When is Bridgeton going to teach the poor how to fish or give them a fishing rod so they can get out of the projects and on their own, so we can stop blaming the well-paying prisons from causing all the poverty/

We’re talking projects where all the residents are living on Section 8. If they are not disabled — we don’t see an infirmary included — we need to provide steps, just like we do for substance abuse and get them on a program.

We can no longer afford to be the poorest city in the poorest county, and just ignore it, or run away from it.

United Advocacy Group is our best new bet.

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To empower individuals to achieve their self-determined goals and equip them to reach their full potential, through consistent, credible, and holistic one-on-one advocacy.

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To revitalize and develop healthy communities by reenergizing, equipping, and motivating a generation to accomplish their personal dreams through strengthening the resolve of families and children as the building blocks of this movement.

CORE THEMES

We view each individual as a whole person living within a whole family and whole community. We believe that whole people best thrive when the interconnected areas of their lives are engaged and improved. Because of this, the United Advocacy Group incorporates a holistic focus for whole people by utilizing the following key areas in coaching and education to enable individuals to achieve their dreams:Financial

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We’ll talk about them periodically on 92.1 FM Saturdays, from noon to 2 p.m.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Bobby Hutch meets Maria Stoerrle and open forum at high noon Saturday, and there will still be time to talk about you and United Advocacy Group.

Wendy’s drive-thru goes 10 cars deep; George Moore, good hearing you and don’t give up!; Winston Churchhill said so; Bells at Bridgeton Library 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday; What does VA supply? Prescriptions? Medigap?; Cadets raped and nobody believed them; TNVR vote in Maurice River Township; Bridgeton PAL getting it done!; Human Services survey on what Cumberland County needs;

IHOP Monday and Thursday, one entree is free; CBK sees lipstick on a pig; The mayor cares; So does council; City going Latino; Warren Robinson Park dedication Tuesday, 5p.m.; Melissa Helmbrecht & Co., CBK, is the immediate answer

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The column that says if you go to IHOP at the Ramada Inn in Vineland on Mondays and Thursdays and you’re a senior citizen living on a tight budget, whoever’s entree costs the least eats free. so, for example if your spouse gets the crepes at $8.99, and you get double turkey and triple broccoli, with no mashed potatoes and no stuffing, it’s $11.99 and the bill including coffee will come to $18 and change, so beat that other than Wendy’s apple pecan chicken salad for $6.49.

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!

Many people care about Bridgeton, but most of them are not in a position to do anything to get it uprighted on its wheels and driving toward prosperity.

The fact that it’s the largest historic district is the state is merely words with no meaning behind it. An example is the state turning a blind eye to the Bertini building after promising monetary help long before the 2008 depression.

We don’t know who CBK is, and if she is loaded, but we relish her comments because, actually, nobody else comments.

“It is really funny/strange how you keep repeating that so few care in Bridgeton when you have a sitting council member with their house on the market ready to leave town.

“Hmmm, I’d say start with them, asking why they no longer care. You rail against those who have left the city for the townships and Florida — why not this council member?

“Or maybe they know something that the very few of the middle class that remains in Bridgeton don’t, I can’t even. They have to be the most childish group ever. I can’t believe that you so blithey ignore that some of these council members/current mayor have been together since 2006/2009 and, at the very least, a majority of them since 2010!

“And now it has all gone sideways for what, the last 1 1/2? And NOW you’re upset? It has been in decline forever and continues to decline. Again, I will ask what happened to cause all this discord and disfunction? Anyone know?

“The last thing I actually saw published at council was on the ID program that I can’t even see around. A worthless feel good exercise that won’t achieve a thing. A City ID will not get you a bank account at this time. A passport and proper paperwork will. No need for a City ID. I Can’t imagine a foreign national attempting to open a bank account with a City ID.

“Ask yourself, if you were improperly emigrated to a country, would you show up to be ‘documented?’ I hope you’re smarter than that. This really won’t do anything except spend tax dollars in an already strapped city.

“This is for the all important appearance of accomplishment, lipstick on a pig, this Mayor and Council are expert at this (the ‘facade’ program, one example — don’t fix it right, just make it passable for a couple of months so we can get more funds — revolting, and falling apart — or fake like that coffee shop.

“Even the way the photo ID was presented by the mayor, ‘only $2,500’ to begin implementation shows that he either has no respect for your tax dollars or falls into the category of politicians who don’t think money is real unless it pertains to their personal money.

“Maybe they will make it a requirement to ride the local bus, make them feel like it really does mean something after all. lol. Oh, and by all means, free kayaks, because why not? Who cares? Most definitely not your Bridgeton City Council.”

— CBK

CBK, we promise you the mayor cares. We covered him all those years he was working on Code Blue, calling community meetings to talk about crime and the condition of the Villas and Burlington Manor.

His office made call after call to the owners of the Villas when the roofs leaked and mold formed. He went there to see for himself and he promised results. Now, there is an $18 million refurbishing project going on at no cost to the city. Had one of the many detractors on Facebook pulled this off, they would be renamed Houdini.

Nobody tried harder to stop the violence in the projects — even when Burlington Manor didn’t want to cooperate. He didn’t let that stop him.

He went to the sites of murders at all hours of the night and knocked on doors looking for anybody who saw anything.

He organized door-to-door walks distributing information of where to go if you needed help with anything. He has held senior proms. He brought a splash park to the city park that has been more popular than any other venue in the history of the city.

He has brought experts from colleges to come down here and conduct seminars on crime, poverty and drugs.

He wanted the city park turned into a destination site in three years.

This is us listening to him, no second hand.

What is ironic is the two council members who oppose him wanted all these same things — especially the city park upgrade. Councilman Bill Spence gave everything he had to that project, from getting planners Land Dimensions to come down from Glassboro and give a talk on what the park could be, and it at least drew a man sitting next to us wearing a Rolex and a photographer who might be the last professional living in the city.

One of the planners, who has developed 10,000-acre parks, said that the Sunset Lake Amphitheater could be better than Fairmount Park in Philly and that big park in NYC.

What the hell! Outside money rebuilt the Raceway to include a walking path that is second to none. The dam is fixed.

The Cohanzick Zoo was perfect until we learned today that the newest member of the staff who handled education has gone back to doing miracles with hair at Hair Barn.

Are you kidding us? From working with kids to cutting hair? Was it because the zoo  budget constraints forced her to accept more responsibilities not in her original hiring?

How long do things like this have to happen until the zoo starts charging $3 for adults going through the zoo? Maybe after they hire her back, they can fix the famous waterwheel so it turns again. We know there is a fundraiser for that.

Bill Spence put all his emotion into fixing the city park. He gave a speech before the Land Dimensions presentation that was worthy of Gettysburg back in the day. But his emotions spilled over in work sessions and he got personal with some other members, and those cuts can last a long time.

Councilman Mike Zapolski has been hot and cold working with the administration, with matters as simply as the city has no plan and as complicated as he stopped getting notified about what the mayor’s office was doing and was not included in things like hiring a new business administrator.

Don’t run it by him and get chastised at the next meeting.

Council President Gladys Lugardo-Hemple has always been in the middle on this council. There is nothing she won’t try to do to advance the city, and he has pleaded for cooperation as early as the day she was elected to as late as last week.

She has always been the deciding vote between the two sides — Spence and Zapolski vs. Jack Surrency and Curtis Edwards. Things were so contentious when Edwards replaced a departing councilman, they made him council president when he had not idea about city government, having been on the board of education.

A bond ordinance needs four votes to pass. Where are they going to get four votes without compromise? We’ll give the bond vote if you give us this. So far, “this” isn’t winning.

Mayor Aitken Drive needs to be paved in order to bring in the heavy equipment to cap the landfill. Once the landfill is capped, the park plan, which we hope Zapolski has read by now, can move forward — if we can agree on a plan.

Can we agree on Cindy Williams’ 401-page park plan that calls for her to get a percentage of the profits. At this point, we would give the devil a percentage of the profits.

Just produce profits! Those who don’t want this to happen, present an alternate plan to city council involving your plan — not Cindy’s. You don’t like it, you fix it your way with your plan.

The business administrator, Dr. Stephanie Bush-Baskette, works at the will of the mayor. He sets the programs and she carries them out, or Kevin Rabago, the mayor’s special assistant, introduces and carries them out.

The ethanol plant is dead. A new $10 million office for the county clerk will fill the empty space from Pearl to Laurel Street where the combined library was supposed to go.

The city is quickly going Latino. Most of the stores and all of the eateries are Latino, although Carmelo’s Ristorante has a dining room in the Hancock Shopping Center, as does McDonald’s and Wendy’s nearby.

The takeout across Laurel Street from Tracy’s Corner was once Greek, but is now Latino with an outdoor grill.

The empty Bridgetowne will no doubt reopen Latino. To say that so many Latino businesses are a reason the city is now distressed is ridiculous. Gringos turned their wheels away long before this.

“Warren Robinson Park, at Commerce and Pearl streets, will be dedicated by Mayor Kelly at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Please come.”

— Mike Abbott,

609-774-6571 if you have a problem you can’t solve, but Warren Robinson could, and Mike Abbott will try now.

United Advocacy Group, CBK.

Remember that name and what they will be doing for Bridgeton under the “thinker” title of Melissa Helmbrecht, who will speak to any group interested in the welfare of the city if she’s not at Rowan, in California, Princeton or Pittsburgh, and that’s just the first half of this month.

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RICH NICHOLS

United Advocacy Group executive director

driving out poverty in Bridgeton

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MELISSA HELMBRECHT

United Advocacy Group CEO

Back from four-week First Star experience at Rowan

YOU CAN BOOK IT: She’s connected to resources only dreamed about by you.

 

 

IHOP Monday and Thursday, one entree is free; CBK sees lipstick on a pig; The mayor cares; So does council; City going Latino; Warren Robinson Park dedication Tuesday, 5p.m.; Melissa Helmbrecht & Co., CBK, is the immediate answer