Renewing Joann Street’s quest and hearing the WHOLE story; How we got from there to unchained — Jack Hummel’s 47 years, 10 months; Where Gary Simmerman eats; State SPCA is spayed/neutered; Michael DeLeon unchained; Millville Midget Football goes on a sign for all to see

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

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 846-237-6645

U.S. Army: RA13815980

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Good evening!

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.

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“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,

Steered Straight

Saving kids, one hike at a time …

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“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.

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Renewing Joann Street’s quest and hearing the WHOLE story; How we got from there to unchained — Jack Hummel’s 47 years, 10 months; Where Gary Simmerman eats; State SPCA is spayed/neutered; Michael DeLeon unchained; Millville Midget Football goes on a sign for all to see

The column that says, “He doesn’t know when to button his lip,” is not necessarily a bad thing if you pick and choose your battles according to what is important to you in your community, your city, your county when you’ve learned how the system operates even if most other people don’t and the rest don’t care, but know this, we’re not going to change any time soon in case you were wondering.

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!

Code Blue needs your presence one of these nights because the cold streak has taken its toll in volunteers, and that should never happen because there should be enough volunteers to handle such situations without the stalwarts burning out.

All is well again at Carll’s Corner Dunkin’ Donuts.

From the archives …

“Jack,

“From my BHS basketball days ‘66-‘69, I have a scrap book with the Bridgeton Evening News Sports section of almost all box scores and related articles.

“Are you interested in revisiting any.”

— Rich Ehala,

the 6’5″ BHS center for BHS. Class of ’69. Retired sciences teacher. Taught for 40 years, 3 at BHS.

Our only season with you was 1968-69. Bill Higdon was the sports editor in earlier years before moving to Utica. N.Y.

We remember your coach for two things:

*) Saying Bridgeton High School will never have a winning basketball program before Coach Felton Lingo took them to a South Jersey title.

*) Telling one of the smartest men we’ve ever met in Bridgeton that he would never be accepted at U.of Penn, just before he was accepted at U. of Penn.

Rich, share with us YOUR highlights among the trees, and did you get a chance to play at Camden High?

Testimony from the other side …

“29 years ago, I walked into my first 12-step meeting.I walked into my first 12-step program.

“With the help of that program and many people, I have not had to use drugs or alcohol since then. I think I have become a much better person because of their help and my 12-step program.

So I want to thank all of them and especially Betty and my children. They had to put up with a lot.

“So if you or a family member or a friend have a problem with drugs and alcohol, there is hope.

“All it takes is a desire to stop using and a willingness to try a new way of life.

“I have been told an addict — any addict — can stop using, lose the desire to use and find a new way of life. I think I am an example of that.

“And for those who think I am an asshole, you should have known me 30 years ago. Love all of you.”

— witness for change

And we want him on 92.1 FM as soon as possible.

“The timing on this couldn’t have been much better.”

— D. Bailey Bailey,

Taking Back Millville

“When people say ‘Never Give Up’ on an addict, it doesn’t mean to continue enabling their use, supporting them in their use or refusing to implement consequences.

“Sometimes, it’s the ONLY thing that will make them look at their life. If nothing changes, nothing will change! That might mean kicking them out if their house. Might mean taking away their car, their phone, their money.

“That’s not giving up on them, that’s doing for them what they refuse to do for themselves. It often outs them in a place where they can see things more clearly, and they’ll accept and embrace treatment!”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

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The breakfast includes all you can eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, OJ, and coffee, all for $12, but the ad says “one serving,” so call the number in the ad to find out for sure.

From a game changer …

“Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Cumberland County College Professor John M. Adair. His commitment to high standards for our students propelled them to unimaginable heights.

“Cumberland County lost an irreplaceable giant who will forever live in our hearts. Bon courage, Marie Adair. We are here for you!”

— The Prez

Throwaway daddies ...

“It’s some great kids out here and their dads will never know, simply because they choose not to. Shame.

“Example: How you help make a LeBron and never know him? Now woman aren’t off the hook, either, because some do their time dirty. They simply don’t know who the father is. Shame.

“Please do better and teach our kids better.”

— JT Burks

“P.S.: Our youth can do amazing things. We held basketball practice outside in January 35 degree Not one of them complained. I say it all the time: It’s us adults who mess them up. If we nurture and culture right, most times, they’ll do great things.”

Amen.

“There were a lot of hard working folks at one of Bridgeton’s Code Blue centers today for a day of service to Honor MLK.”

— Mary E. Bergmann

Eagles killed Texas Roadhouse so badly last Saturday that they opened for lunch today, and made up all they lost on Saturday.

Don’t you love big business?

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Corporate declined Roadhouse’s attempt to get award-winning meat cutter’s name on the outside billboard by the front door, and that makes us want to rent a real billboard of Delsea Drive.

 

 

 

Apple pecan chicken salad still the bomb; Gas the rabbits; Legalizing marijuana debate; Change the ASPCA commercials!; Looking for one-bedroom apartments for homeless; Pink elephant at Laurel & Washington would do; Sam Pipitone, the successful businessman

The column that says the apple pecan chicken salad at Wendy’s is the way to go if you’re looking for a partner with your New Year’s workout vow to lose weight because once you go through the drive-thru, you can’t simply hail a waitress to bring you more food, and don’t forget to order double chicken ($2.79) if you have the dog along, and the girl taking your money is back after a two-month absence from totaling her car while trying to avoid a deer, but beautiful teeth are intact, and shouldn’t Wendy’s be sponsoring something here?

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!

We were talking to a waitress who is going to school to be an operating room assistant and she’ll be stitching up patients, but, so far, the only thing she has cut up is a rabbit, so we asked her where they get the rabbits and she said they put them together in a room and gas them.

Why don’t they just use rubber chickens?

As for substance abuse …

“SO MANY people screaming and fighting over marijuana legalization and legalizing illicit drugs, whether addiction is a disease or a choice, what’s the best way to recover or what recovery actually is and they argue and curse and unfriend and block, and they consider ‘this’ and ‘that’ and ‘This’ and ‘That’… when the ONLY thing we should really be considering in this entire issue are CHILDREN!

“And they’re the innocent population we consider the least.”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

The kids we talk to say they’re already smoking weed — all of them. And half of them are drug dealers IN school, going on to bigger things once they graduate.

But we never see any 25-year-old millionaire drug dealers. Do you?

Apparently, with school children, it’s OK with their parents because SOME parents must be smart enough and interested enough to know what they’re doing.

If they legalize it, maybe they’ll stop using it because it won’t be so cool and illegal to do, like drinking alcohol. It is SO COOL to be underage and getting drunk, and explaining for days to their friends how bombed they really were.

It’s SO COOL to party.

“Stupid arguments missing the most important piece, human lives.

“I don’t stand for legalization, but I do stand for decriminalization with civil penalties on certain drugs. Civil not in money; civil as in, harm to yourself, you are assessed and detained for your health and security in hopes that buying to in time, saves your life.

“As for marijuana, like alcohol, consenting adults.

“Teens, wow, do you want a lifetime of servitude and imprisonment? If not, don’t touch it.

“My brain will NEVER be the same, but I wasn’t a weed smoker. It was all the other stuff.

“It’s a complex issue and if you control some things, why not others? I think that things have shown us that making things illegal is not a deterrent and, yet, we can’t make them legal either. If we do, we may as well do away with FDA altogether, from our food to medicine. No difference.

“Let us all self-regulate? Pipe dream. Population would be cut in half in no time. Humans are just not capable.”

— Katrina King

“P.S.: The marketing is so evil. It is the American way from cigarettes to big Pharma to alcohol. They always target the most vulnerable. The definition of a bully and predator.”

All you have to say is it’s illegal, and kids go for it as excitement.

On another front, if the ASPCA ran TV ads with photos of success stories instead of starving animals shivering, they might get a lot more people donating to them. Most viewers change the channel until the ad is over, it’s so repulsive.

It’s like showing diarrhea in a Pepto Bismol ad.

Michael DeLeon on Washington state …

“Cartel money is monstrous in WA. Been there 20 times investigating. I see behind the scenes. Tax is way too high. No regulation of products. Black market is out of control.

“Legalizing a drug doesn’t solve the problem. Addiction is the problem. Connection is the answer. Underlying issues unaddressed will continue the madness.”

The Housing First Collaborative is seeking landlords of one bedroom apartments. Please contact Prac Newjersey if you can help! Spread the word. www.endhomelessness2020.com.

— M25 Initiative

The pink elephant at Laurel and Washington streets in Bridgeton is more than one bedroom, but would be big enough for an around-the-clock homeless shelter.

Oh, no, NIMBY! Do you know what that does to the neighborhood?

No, but we see what the pinko elephant does to a neighborhood.

The small building behind the pink elephant on Washington Street will fall down soon.

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Eagles game with my boys! Had a great time and watched a great game! The stadium was rocking, but it was cold!”

— Sam Pipitone.

F&S Produce

Sam Pipitone is the man who is saving the Progresso workforce after they left town.

He is also the man who proved you don’t need to be located right next to Route 55 to send out dozens of tractor trailers every day.

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“Today’s meal at Bethany Sunday Soup Kitchen, baked ziti, pizza, salad, garlic bread, pie and ice cream.

“Most of our clients walk to our site and they deserve a good meal. Thank you for the staff who has been providing meals for the least 10 years. To God Be the Glory!”

— Albert Kelly

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Nobody has stopped watching pro football.

 
Apple pecan chicken salad still the bomb; Gas the rabbits; Legalizing marijuana debate; Change the ASPCA commercials!; Looking for one-bedroom apartments for homeless; Pink elephant at Laurel & Washington would do; Sam Pipitone, the successful businessman

Jennifer Henderson, D. Bailey Bailey, Steven Paul; Laurel Street housing?; Hawking Bridgeton; Three storefronts being refurbished; CHABA update; CASA training Jan. 30; 20 detox beds coming; Spay/neuter clinic; ‘Better’ Dutch Neck Village coming?; Carson, McMahon at Rocking Chair at 2 a.m. in Avalon

The column that says today was spectacular, not only because Jennifer Henderson, of Court Appointed Special Advocates, and D. Bailey Bailey, of Taking Back Millville, were on 92.1 FM with us offering tremendous insight, but also because Steven Paul, of Bridgeton Main Street, tumbled into DiLisi’s in the afternoon to tell us he’s big on developing Laurel Street from Commerce to Washington streets into housing in those monstrosities of building by dividing them in half, thus preserving the great architecture on the second and third floors, so who owns them and how can we pry them away from out-of-town ownership?

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!

If the Woolworth’s building is for sale for $80,000 and the others along Laurel Street are an average of $125,000 — except the bank on the corner that Bank of America wants a cool $1 million — if a developer comes in and divides and rehabs them, can he double his money with upstairs downtown living over first-floor businesses as ratables?

If nothing else, have a developer say why it can’t be done at a profit, and, if so, go in a different direction. But the second- and third-floor architecture can still be preserved as putting Victorian’s best foot forward.

Good idea, Steven Paul!

Paul has been going to trade shows hawking the film produced by Keith Wasserman that highlights all the positives of Cumberland County.

We had suggested “cold calls” to the city’s Kevin Rabago years ago in trying to lure businesses here. This is the closest thing to that, rather than waiting for corporations to contact Bridgeton.

On another positive note, three storefronts next to Randy’s Bicycles Plus have been purchased for redevelopment, and the developer has three tenants in tow, according to Paul, who has three part-time positions with Main Street, Cumberland Development Corporation and Greater Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce.

And coaches Cumberland Regional wrestling. He crochets in his spare time.

Michael DeLeon, of Steered Straight, tried to find time to call 92.1 FM at noon today, or so he said in a text at 10:36.

“Thank you, Matt Riccardi, for inviting me to speak at the Life and Liberty Conference today (in Freehold). Thank you to all who came out! #SteeredStraight#RecoveryArmy #WeedBetweentheLines.”

— Michael DeLeon

It was OK because Jennifer Henderson was able to hawk her CASA program for abused and abandoned children that need a voice in Family Court.

Five straight Tuesday nights of training starting Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., are required — and they feed you at Kountry Kitchen in Elmer.

Some 1,491 cases have been referred to 108 CASA advocates, so you can see many more advocates are needed.

If you want to sit in at the first training session to see if it fits willingness to do good, call 856-265-6802.

Henderson stressed the family atmosphere that exists among the CASA advocates.

She will check in every other Saturday with updates on the most powerful organization in the city — United Advocacy Group.

D. Bailey Bailey is all excited about Inspira providing 20 detox beds by the end of the month, and we wondered out loud if a treatment center can be in Cumberland County’s future.

And how many good-paying, professional jobs that might produce, and would naysayers protest not in my backyard? If education is to move forward, the opiod pandemic might be addressed with every asset available.

The most important thing Bailey Bailey passed on was Inspira handling addicts in a different way, including social workers getting them on an insurance plan to help in their recovery.

She will be back either the 3rd or 4th Saturday in February, depending on her Inspira work schedule. We believe Inspira should switch her to a public relations position so the hospital can get the full benefit of its progress to the people.

More Bridgeton preservation …

“Catch it while you can!

“CHABA has finally posted a sign alerting the world that the Nail House repair moves forward! The print is a bit small … we had so many entities to thank! But you don’t really even need to read it to know that something good is going on.

“And public and heartfelt thanks to those NOT listed on the sign: Alan Maier (Peggy too) and JEM Print and all the folks who helped us measure and mount, pace off the distance from the road, and wrangle about the angle!

“We hope you have time to honk if you’re happy and kvell with us a little before the road closes for an upcoming raceway bridge repair, when traffic will have to detour around it!

“Happy MLK Jr. weekend to all!”

— Flavia Alaya

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NAIL HOUSE.

“Now booking for spay/neuter clinic for next Friday. Free range and ferals are $50, includes spay or neuter, rabies vaccination, distemper vaccination.

“Transportation to and pick-up from clinic. Have spots for 8.”

— Carol Hickman,

carolscatz.com

“Coming soon!

“A better version of Dutch Neck Village.

“My old man is redoin’ the place. Rental spots now available and it will be better than it ever was.

“Hook me up if you know anyone looking rent a space or hold a event there.”

— Nick Pessolano

Restaurant?

Ever hear of the Rocking Chair in Avalon?

Guess who used to show up at 2 a.m. and drink the night away?

Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon.

The Rocking Chair is still there.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Derogatory Eagles remarks not worth reaching playoffs!

Jennifer Henderson, D. Bailey Bailey, Steven Paul; Laurel Street housing?; Hawking Bridgeton; Three storefronts being refurbished; CHABA update; CASA training Jan. 30; 20 detox beds coming; Spay/neuter clinic; ‘Better’ Dutch Neck Village coming?; Carson, McMahon at Rocking Chair at 2 a.m. in Avalon

Atlanta always wins when scoring 20 or more points; The lowdown on a portable generator; Egg roll steak sandwich at DiLisi’s?; Predicting Sam Feinstein’s future; Roadhouse meat cutting regionals Feb 7-9, with Jose in; Jennifer Henderson wants to talk to you on 92.1 FM right after Michael DeLeon hangs up Saturday at noon; Debbie Savigliano, John Fuqua, ACO Bruce Barry next week, JT Burks the following week; Tell Christie to sign animal law!; We throw away 40 percent of our food in America

The column that says in the games the Atlanta Falcons have scored more than 20 points, they are 11-0, but in the games they have scored less than 20 points, they are 0-6, so what do you think the Eagles have to do on Saturday to win the game?

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 jackhummelbog

Good evening!

If you want to buy a portable generator to cover your whole home in case of a power outage, plus tax, it will cost you $8,900 from the concrete pad to the permits to the hook-ups to the sign out front that says you are covered no matter what the weather, but not including Woodruff’s cost for supplying the propane, and maintenance will be $400 a year so now you know.

Generec.

Everything looking more professional at DiLisi’s today, including the spiffy new uniforms for the wait staff and the new menus, but what is an egg roll steak sandwich, and why did Sabrina change the color of her hair just to decide who works when?

And we actually saw Tony Passarella not on his cellphone.

And who remembers when it was Pizza Plaza and a certain Shiloh blonde worked there?

Ollie’s is a bargain store, in case you wondered about the newest addition to the Upper Deerfield Shopping Center.

How long will it take Sam Feinstein to be president of Bridgeton City Council and establish the agenda?

The change only happens once a year.

And if he really enjoys running the city, will he put together a complete slate in November that might include sand magnate Wade Sjogren, who once ran unsuccessfully for office?

Or will he be happy designated as the city’s dentist laureate?

What we really want him to become is the new Father of Bridgeton City Park, now that Bill Spence has moved on, and champion Friends of the Park complete with the teeth of a tiger to get things moving.

Go, Sam, go!

We have championed Sam Feinstein for the last 25 years without getting a single penny for, and we even told him how much it cost to get our dog’s teeth cleaned, and he remarked, “I should raise my prices.”

And he did.

His ad that you hear on our Saturday radio show is payback for all the photos he took for the newspaper gratis over the years, like suddenly leaving his office and running down to the sports hall of fame to take Charlie Manuel’s photo.

But not Tommy Hayes slipping West Virginia Charlie a pint of moonshine.

At the LongHorn, the most ordered steak is the Outlaw Ribeye.

At Texas Roadhouse, the meat cutting regionals are Feb. 7-9 in Florida

A little history

March 13, 2017

The column that says when they’re done working at DiLisi’s on a Saturday night, Byron and Katie Doodle get call-ahead seating at Texas Roadhouse where one orders a 16-ounce steak and the other a 10-ounce, and did we tell you that Jose Rivera, the meat cutter at the Roadhouse, is in the final top 12 in the competition in Orlando and will go back next month to find out if he beat out ALL the other 500 in the chain, because they keep the results secret.

Jose will win this year.

Something tells us Jennifer Henderson is going to talk about Stronger Families Saturday soon after noon as the director of Court Appointed Special Advocates, where you provide the voice in Family Court for kids who have been abandoned or abused after studying their cases.

And she’ll explain how you can become a member of such an important organization by spending just 10 hours a month. And who knows how many doors that will open for you.

Counting on Michael DeLeon, of Steered Straight, to call in at 12:05 p.m. to tell us what more he has learned on the substance circuit he’s been traveling.

Saturday could be a keeper, now that D. Bailey Bailey, founder of Taking Back Millville, is coming on from 1 to 2 p.m. to tell us what she has learned about championing a group that looks like all you have to do is hold gatherings to do good things, steer the website and then let people ride you through town on rose petals.

NOT!

She has learned so much in the last two or three years that made the registered nurse’s appearance at the Baileytown lecture in Dividing Creek the appearance of a babe in arms.

The two hours could be a keeper.

Especially if Richard Hoch revs up the airwaves from 6 to 8 a.m. We need that kind of frontman.

We’re sorry that some of our original radio fans have dropped off because we don’t waste two hours talking national politics. In fact, we have so many issues locally that we don’t have time going national.

If you’ll sponsor the show, we’ll go your way.

Serious animal memo …

“Everyone PLEASE call the Governor’s office today and ask him to sign this bill to revise the animal cruelty law enforcement in N.J.! Govenor Christie has not made up his mind yet and will be making a decision on Tuesday. Monday the office may be closed! And Tuesday is the Gov’s last day in office and his final day to sign the bill!

“This does not effect the County SPCA’s, which are active and have been given a charter except they will no longer be under the control of the State SPCA (essentially dissolving the state SPCA).

“Counties like Salem will benefit greatly where there is no County SPCA to do cruelty investigations and prosecutions relying on the State SPCA to respond.

“This bill has been passed by both houses and is awaiting Governor Christie to sign.

“Call 609-292-6000. They will answer or leave a message (only open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days the office is open). Ask him to sign Bill Senate # 3558

“Essentially, this bill moves the accountability for animal cruelty investigations and prosecution under the county prosecutor’s office. Each county will assign a prosecutor to handle cruelty prosecution. If there is not a county SPCA, it requires the county to assign a human law enforcement agent to handle cruelty investigations.

“Please go to NJ legislative page and read the bill. Then call and show your support!”

— Animal Control Officer Bruce Barry

ACO Barry coming on 92.1 FM next Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m.

And tell Christie to give the Cumberland County SPCA a portable generator in case we have a natural disaster, and they have to take care of displaced pets.

Debbie Savigliano and John Fuqua coming on 92.1 FM next Saturday and all-around Millville youth sports promoter JT Burks set for Jan. 27.

Weather stretching Code Blue to the limit, and another round coming.

If an animal is not allowed to be outside in freezing weather — by law — why human beings?

YOU CAN BOOK IT: A high school class in not wasting food is in the mix, because we throw away in this country 40 percent of everything we prepare to eat.

 

Atlanta always wins when scoring 20 or more points; The lowdown on a portable generator; Egg roll steak sandwich at DiLisi’s?; Predicting Sam Feinstein’s future; Roadhouse meat cutting regionals Feb 7-9, with Jose in; Jennifer Henderson wants to talk to you on 92.1 FM right after Michael DeLeon hangs up Saturday at noon; Debbie Savigliano, John Fuqua, ACO Bruce Barry next week, JT Burks the following week; Tell Christie to sign animal law!; We throw away 40 percent of our food in America

Cumberland County College help on the way; Happy birthday, Janise Kohnke; Why no businesses on south side?; Why steel bars in UD Shopping Center?; What’s causing the neighborhood fear?; Joe Kadlec being inducted; Vinny Curry & Debbie Savigliano; VA questioned; Michael DeLeon has your number

The column that says we’re going to have a steady stream of people from Cumberland County College that want to get you and yours in to college, get an associate degree and go on for your four-year degree without leaving the campus while getting the graduation rate up to at least 50 percent for those getting the associate in just two years, and it’s all being brought to you by The Prez, and we want her to know we’re sending another prospective student to Dr. Hardee on Friday, and if Dimples the Waitress doesn’t show up, she’s in big trouble.

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!

Happy birthday on Friday, Janise Kohnke, and we’re sorry we’ve skipped a few years, but we haven’t forgotten you and everything you did for everybody at the News during the heyday year.

You were the one who made sure we gave blood every time we were eligible. It’s been 2006, but we’ll see you again just beyond the clouds, so stop and wait for us.

We’ll ask for the third time, why no businesses on the south side of Bridgeton?

It certainly can’t be because there’s no money to support them. The Latino population is the poorest in the city, but they have mom and pop stores all over the city, not to mention supermarkets.

So why not in the Second Ward?

Is it not safe?

If so, why is it not safe?

And, by the way, why does Hibbert’s Sporting Goods in the Upper Deerfield Shopping Center have an iron gate over the front window when the store is closed?

Two turnoffs for prospective shoppers are iron gates and plywood. It means the city does not have control over the crime.

Why don’t we have control over the crime? You tell us. Is it because we have too many desperate residents? We had the same problem before the prison was built, so we can’t blame it entirely on families moving closer to inmates.

And why would families of inmates choose to be more dangerous than the average citizen? So the whole family can be in prison? Ridiculous.

What makes, say, Church Street dangerous? Walnut Street? Bank Street?

Are these neighborhoods being controlled by internal forces too strong and too dangerous for the average poor citizen to push back against? Does the peer pressure force young kids to go with the gangs instead of, say, Bridgeton PAL?

If so, what do we do with these gangs? What can the police do? What can a neighborhood committee do? When can people be designated as unwelcome in a neighborhood?

What if the image they’re forcing on us is hurting everybody, from the economy on down to quality of life?

On the Hall of Fame circuit in Bridgeton …

Please RSVP your attendance for the induction of former Flyers’ PR Director Joe Kadlec. Hope to see many there on Saturday, Feb. 24.”

— Dave Hitchner,

All sports Museum of Southern New Jersey

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Debbie Savigliano, of Bianca’s Kids, with the Eagles’ Vinny Curry. Did she ask him if the Eagles need a backup punter now in college named Savigliano?

“I had the honor and pleasure of sharing my table at the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles Community Quarterback awards dinner with a fellow nominee — Kathy Robertson Cunningham.

“Kathy turned her tragedy into triumph for so many when she established Team Shamrock in memory of her brother Donny Robertson who was lost on 9/11.

“This tiny in stature but huge in heart woman raised $180,000 last year to build smart homes for wounded first responders. With every dollar she raises, every house she helps build, every fundraiser she hosts, this sister honors the memory of her beloved brother. One conversation with this woman and your faith in humanity is restored.

“Please support Kathy’s incredible cause by following her page:

https://www.facebook.com/NeverForgetDWR/

#neverforget.”

— Debbie Savigliano

Ah, yes, the VA and all their shortcomings …

“Going to change the topic for a moment…

“Ummmm …

“Just an observation. Not sure of the answer. Why wasn’t the VA hospital care used by John McCain nor Jimmy Carter? (chose both parties)

“Must there be a connection to their service for our country before the VA is utilized?

“Would any veteran receive the same high quality medical care that these two distinguished men received/receiving? Just saw a news report that the VA is once again back-logged. Shameful.

“Not looking for arguments … just educated responses.”

— Peggy Gentile-Van Meter

If ever there was a reason to put people in prison, what the Veterans Administration did to our veterans is near the top of the list, right with the murderers.

This is why we will never, ever trust government again, no matter how many millionaires are involved.

Michael DeLeon, Steered Straight, says …

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YOU CAN BOOK IT: We’re too old for jury duty, court system.

 

 

Cumberland County College help on the way; Happy birthday, Janise Kohnke; Why no businesses on south side?; Why steel bars in UD Shopping Center?; What’s causing the neighborhood fear?; Joe Kadlec being inducted; Vinny Curry & Debbie Savigliano; VA questioned; Michael DeLeon has your number

Alabama 2014 national champs recruiter at Roadhouse, spotted by Giuseppe Ungaro; Car fires above and below Route 55; Keep our kids busy, no matter what it takes, it will be cheaper than correction; JT Burks has the right message; Make sure your daughters can be independent; It gets better for Michael DeLeon; 776-2370, 10 Buck St., Millville, your Cumberland County College connection and your future; Tear down the projects!; Campani’s Legacy Lanes; Make bowling as cheap as roller skating for at-risk kids

The column that says Alabama was in the house tonight at Texas Roadhouse, no doubt recruiting, and one of them was wearing a championship ring the size of a Liz Taylor rock as a defensive back on the 2014 team, and Roadhouse owner Andy came over to see a photo of him wearing No. 27 with Coach Nick Saban, so wonder who they were recruiting in the area?

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!

We told the Roll Tide foursome that if Andy were not such a Georgia fan, he would comp their meals.

It wasn’t true of course, but it was good for a yuck.

Glory Days magazine editor Giuseppe Ungaro picked up on them sitting adjacent to us in the Willie Nelson corner, as we talked of our years together at the Bridgeton News, and how Ungaro was interviewed and hired by one editor, and when he didn’t hear anything for a few days, he called back and found out that editor was gone, so he finally asked, “What do I do?”

Ah, the good ol’ days.

Heading off Exit 27 of Route 55, a car was on fire and that caused havoc with traffic.

Ungaro was 45 minutes late for dinner because another car on fire above Exit 27 on Route 55 caused traffic to be rerouted at the Inspira exit.

Let’s keep our kids busy …

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Why do so many pets run away from their owners?

Is it because they don’t get exercised enough?

Just asking.

From JT Burks …

“”You spend a lot of money, but how much time do you spend with your kids?

“You’re picky about the shoes on your feet, but not who you choose as friends and what you eat.

“Remember, the simple things are your blessing.”

— Tarrus Riley

Make sure your daughter gets a college education so she can always stand on her own with her children, no matter how many mistakes she makes.

Women dependent on the men they marry and, later, the child support payments that have no guarantee of coming, are like dogs chained to a tree.

Don’t let it happen to your daughter.

We have had throwaway daddies for too long, and until we find a solution — a penalty — for them running away, we will never erase the poverty in Cumberland County. Kids are growing up and making bad decisions — decisions that affect all of us and bring down our neighborhoods and instill fear where it doesn’t have to be.

And it’s going to take working smarter and not harder by everyone to change it, and the worst of it is how hard it hits us in the counter-force pocketbook, not to mention not providing a suitable workforce for drawing high-tech companies here.

It’s affecting us in ALL ways.

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Best Day Ever! Pine Hill, New Jersey.

“Great commitment from Law Enforcement, City and School District implementing our Year-Long Steered Straight program with Edventi Classroom curriculum and Drug Free World resources.

“When a Community comes together, Students and Families benefit! #SteeredStraight#DrugFreeWorld #RecoveryArmy — at Overbrook High School (New Jersey).”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

92.1 FM contributor

We’ll tell you again that 10 Buck St., in Millville, is the place to go to further your education at Cumberland County College regardless of your age and make connections for employment opportunities because that’s where Dr. Terrence Hardee has his office (856-776-2370) and his only job is to fill your needs, so take advantage of it instead of complaining that you can’t afford college or can’t find a job.

Drag your teenage kid there.

The goal is a 50 percent graduation by 2021. We lead the state now, but that’s not good enough, not in this county. If you need help on learning how to study, Dr. Hardee will find it for you. If you couldn’t cut it in high school, come to him and first get your GED, then on to college for an associate degree and then a four-year degree, so you can tell people what to do on your next job.

Understand that the graduation rate is based solely on attending for two years, not part time three or four years, even though you may still graduate. Dumb statistics for people having to work their way through.

Let’s have an education revolution where kids WANT to go to school to learn, and WANT to graduate to make their family proud, and WANT to  make a better life.

And can be shown how to do it, to fight through it while being mentored every step of the way, and maybe graduating high school without learning how to read or write — or both — may be possible today, but it doesn’t mean you can’t catch up and soar.

Do we have to put it in cartoon form to get kids to not try addictive drugs? Is that the best way? Are assembly speeches working, or do we have pull them out of their environment to even have a chance.

If it’s the environment and the peer pressure that goes with it, then TEAR DOWN the projects!

If you have a better idea, let’s hear it, but not from the well to do. Let’s hear it from the ones in the trenches of hell.

What’s happening at Campani’s Legacy Lanes …

WEEKLY RESULTS OF 12-31-2017
TUESDAY MIXED SOCIAL
FRED KENDALL 236-267-224 727
TYLER SHUMATE 277-248-154 679
ALFRED PIERCE 213-205-225 643
DAVE ZIEGER 181-248-173 602
BRIAN SHIFLET 182-201-219 602
BRIDGETON CHURCH LEAGUE
ERIC JOHNSON 214-267-204 685
SUGIE HENRY SR 257-216-202 675
LEON 196-266-174 636
SUGIE HENRY JR 212-236-187 635
ROBBIE FORNICIAN 152-235-213 600
COFFEE AND DONUT
BECKY MILLER 151-189-162 502
GOLDEN AGE
ALFRED PIERCE 214-208-258 680
DAVE HITCHNER 201-206-215 622
SUGIE HENRY SR 189-167-201 557
MIKE DUFFY 192-174-139 505
JOANNE DUFFY 185-175-145 505
SUSAN ALLEN 175-181-131 487
JUNIOR LEAGUE
ERIC JOHNSON 226-257-261 744
WYNN MURRAY 222-245-177 644
JIMMY RUNNELS 209-188-198 595
TOTIANA MIRANDA ` 186-165-165 568
TANNER STRING 204-184-133 521
FRIDAY MIXED SOCIAL
TINY LITTLE 217-277-267 761
HEATHER RIPA 224–227-278 729
BRIAN SHIFLET 235-235-243 713
CORRINE ERRICKSON 222-265-223 710
PETE EVANS 216-232-253 701
BILLY ROBB 247-186-245 678
TYLER SHUMATE 237-181-251 669
MIKE PIERCE 211-190-267 668
FRED KENDALL 244-225-198 667
TRAVIS CLARKE 200-213-239 652
GLENN CORBETT SR 210-213-223 646
SHANE HARRIS 224-215-190 629
DANA WOLBERT 175-213-227 615
JEREMY 215-232-167 614
STEVE BUCK 206-181-216 603
ABE JONES 207-201-194 602
MIKE DEFALCO 199-181-220 600
KARL MUNSON 148-234-218 600
FRIDAY NIGHT CHURCH LEAGUE
ERIC JOHNSON 269-204-207 680
ZACH SLOBODA 214-253-167 634
DAN MILLER 181-227-224 632

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Let’s make bowling as cheap as roller skating for at-risk kids.

Alabama 2014 national champs recruiter at Roadhouse, spotted by Giuseppe Ungaro; Car fires above and below Route 55; Keep our kids busy, no matter what it takes, it will be cheaper than correction; JT Burks has the right message; Make sure your daughters can be independent; It gets better for Michael DeLeon; 776-2370, 10 Buck St., Millville, your Cumberland County College connection and your future; Tear down the projects!; Campani’s Legacy Lanes; Make bowling as cheap as roller skating for at-risk kids