Swedish Homestead gone, but not ghetto gas station; Former coffee shop reduced; HopeLoft sign bare; Don Reich calling 92.1 FM from Super Bowl; Bridgeton had an Eagles owner; ALL for the Nail House; Ferracute gone forever; Michael DeLeon stirring up substance abuse talk; Support Deerfield School

The column that says the Swedish Homestead in Bridgeton City Park is no more, except for the stone fireplaces that were in a couple of buildings, and it seems like ages ago that the king and queen of Sweden came here for a visit, but the fervor died out despite attempts to keep it going, and don’t you wish the abandoned gas station on Washington Street next to the shuttered forever Trolley Barn would suffer the same fate, and the coffee shop at the end of East Commerce Street is for sale at a reduced price, the circus poster-looking sign says, and the blank HopeLoft sign on the old Ashley-McCormick building still needs owner approval before it can direct you to the most important office in this town — bar none.

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!

Guess who’s is calling in to 92.1 FM Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. from the Super Bowl?

Former Bridgeton High football coach Don Reich. As you know, his nephew coaches with the Eagles.

Reich’s 1986 Bulldogs won a state title.

Everybody is convinced Eagles will win the Super Bowl, especially the people in Vegas plunking down $700,000 to multi-millions on Philly.

Do they have money to burn?

What would be sad is the Eagles beating the spread, but losing the game. If we don’t win, nobody wins!

Remember, we once had an Eagles owner in Bridgeton in Sid Dorr.

“We’re ALL bringing back the Nail House!”

— sign out front of the Nail House in Bridgeton City Park

It already went the way of the Swedish Homestead, but nobody knew it until a woman’s heel went through the termite-ravaged floor.

That place was ignored for years, making you wonder how much the old Cumberland Iron & Nail Works is on people’s minds today.

The new Cumberland Iron & Nail Works is Owens-Illinois, Hunt’s and Ritter’s.

Anything left to save there, other than John Donovan was the man who hired all the summer help, either before or while he coached soccer at Schalick High?

If you can’t afford to save today, you certainly aren’t going to be able to salvage yesteryear.

Ferracute is gone forever. You can dig it up every few years, but it gets farther away in the rear-view mirror every day.

We dug up the legendary Oberlin Smith for a decade, thanks to Art Cox, but he’s more famous in China than here.

On the substance abuse trail …

“8th Parent called me today.

“8th son and daughter died from an overdose in 8 days.

“Funeral tomorrow.

“Funeral Wednesday.

“When will people see this escalation is happening quicker. It’s getting MORE deadly and robbing MORE families of their loved ones, while people argue and fight over semantics. Sad.”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

A mother with a 24-year-old addicted …

“He has been to 9 rehabs. He is currently in jail. Jail just may be where he comes to his senses.

” I know one thing: The next place he goes will be my decision, not his. He is in NO state of mind to make that decision. He can either take my advice or not. It’s going to be straight forward, cut and dry and no grey area.”

Michael DeLeon’s Facebook page is lighting up with pros and cons to different treatments like “safe houses,” etc., with name calling and “you don’t know what you’re talking about,” and the blame game, but not so many people going through grief right now responding.

When it gets as big as all the political commentary on cable and on Facebook, then the response will be as big as the problem, but not before.

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Deerfield School can always use the help.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: If you don’t know anyone hooked on heroin, you need to make more friends.

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Swedish Homestead gone, but not ghetto gas station; Former coffee shop reduced; HopeLoft sign bare; Don Reich calling 92.1 FM from Super Bowl; Bridgeton had an Eagles owner; ALL for the Nail House; Ferracute gone forever; Michael DeLeon stirring up substance abuse talk; Support Deerfield School

Brawl at Denny’s?; Drops out as senior; Michael DeLeon still preaching; Stained glass windows no more; Pennsville in mourning, but ready to mobilize; 65-pound beavers?; Dr. Terrence Hardee can get your life going; Dr. Barb Fralinger explains muffintops; When Millville’s greatest football team was celebrated in 2010

The column that says a brawl between gangs at Denny’s on a Saturday night doesn’t bode well for the image of the area, not to mention anyone caught in the middle while woofing down a stack of pancakes, does it, and it begs for wooden chairs to be replaced with booths that can’t be thrown, and you know it wasn’t Eagles and Cowboy fans.

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!

Young man drops out of high school in his senior year because he’s making $14 an hour at his part-time job, and he keeps saying he’s going to get his GED, which is pretty easy to do these days at your own pace, and we understand how a student can feel like he’s going nowhere academically.

So he goes for his GED instead because, at his age, he’s not going to be able to take the normal track, and he can eventually own his own business because he’s learning on the job.

Still, somebody didn’t get to a good mind 15 years ago.

Until the whole nation is Steered Straight …

“Your family member comes home from the doctor.

“They tell you they were just diagnosed with Stage-3 emphysema, but they’re ‘NOT READY’ to quit smoking their 3 packs a day nor do they want treatment.

“So you want to ‘meet then where they are and ‘cuddle them into good health’ and give them a safe place to smoke, so you buy a smoking shack for the back yard and buy their smokes FOR them!

“What kind of a person are you?”

— Michael DeLeon

Enabler?

From Pennsville …

“Sadly, it appears that the stained glass windows are being removed from the former Queen of The Apostles.”

— Joni O’Brien

But the scourge lingers …

“So many of you have expressed an interest in helping! THANK YOU! A small group just had a ‘zoom’ call and we are in research mode for a week, til we ‘zoom’ again.

“We have info on established support groups that we are looking into first. WE WILL KEEP YOU ALL POSTED. My personal goal is to have a meeting set up for a larger group within the next 2 weeks.

“I can’t stand it anymore. I can’t. I just can’t. I’m going to find a place where we can meet … to talk … to offer comfort … to just sit and be with you. To pray.

“I’m so so sorry to everyone who is affected by addictions, especially heroin. This is our modern day plague. A pandemic. We can’t sit back and do nothing anymore. We just can’t. We need to do SOMETHING. Even those of us who by the grace of God are dodging the bullet. I hope you are with us…”

— Christine Scruggs Hooks

65-pound beavers in our area gnawing down trees a foot in diameter, especially in Bridgeton City Park?

Take them to the CCSPCA.

For the unemployed and underemployed, our workforce programs provide short-term training leading to higher pay and a career.

A high school diploma alone won’t get you there!

If you have questions, call 856-776-2372 or visithttp://www.cccnj.edu/continuing-educa…/workforce-development.

— Dr. Terrence Hardee

10 Buck St.

Millville, NJ

Dr. Terrence Hardee, at right.

“Muffintop be gone! That’s what’s been happening over the past 5 days since I tweaked my nutrition and incorporated something to slow cortisol production. When we are stressed or take certain medications, the body increases its production of cortisol. When this happens, we crave high sugar foods and can retain weight in the abdominal area. This can be dangerous over time and makes us more susceptible to heart disease. Do you know your levels? Are you on medication or suffer from anxiety/stress? If so, chances are you struggle with belly fat too. Let’s combat it together!”

— Dr. Barb Fralinger

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Like either picture is to die for!

Down memory lane

Nov. 30, 2010

“Hi, Jack,

“Hope you had great Thanksgiving holiday!

“Wondering if you can help me out?

“As you can see from the attachments we gathered, all available senior members of the 1975 Millville State Championship team together for Thanksgiving breakfast this year to celebrate our 35th anniversary.

“As a result, we would like your assistance to enter the following blurb in your column sometime next week:

“Family, friends & fans of Millville Football,

“On Dec. 6, 1975, the undefeated Thunderbolts beat the defending champion Brick Township Dragons, 22-12, on Wheaton Field.

“Thirty-five years later, we the players would like to thank all of you who supported us and allowed us to be the people and team we were!

“We are also proud to report that five members of our team went on to become college All-Americans, two played pro ball and another tried out for the big show.

“All of us are doing well and fully in support of Millville athletics.

“Happy holidays.’’

— legendary 1975 champs

YOU CAN BOOK IT: We’d like to be around for the 50th anniversary.
Brawl at Denny’s?; Drops out as senior; Michael DeLeon still preaching; Stained glass windows no more; Pennsville in mourning, but ready to mobilize; 65-pound beavers?; Dr. Terrence Hardee can get your life going; Dr. Barb Fralinger explains muffintops; When Millville’s greatest football team was celebrated in 2010

Waitresses going to school while working perfect role models; Naming the people with shoulder to the future wheel; Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition; JT Burks on fire in Millville, gaining disciples; ‘A Celebration of HOPE V’ Feb. 3; Michael DeLeon ramps up substance abuse fight; Pennsville ready to mobilize compassion; Jack gets adopted before Maria Stoerrle can bring him to 92.1 FM;

The column that says you can’t get any better hope for the future of Cumberland County than the people we have had on Saturdays on 92.1 FM WVLT in the past year, from Michael DeLeon fighting substance abuse with Steered Straight to The Prez of Cumberland County College coming into our lives and shooting for 50 percent graduation by 2020 to Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler, Rich Nichols, Amy Petrie and Jennifer Henderson of United Advocacy Group, John Fuqua, Josh Thompson, Rick Kott, JT Burks, D. Bailey Bailey, Shaun Connors, Verna Herman, Kuan Bowleg, Jerry Young and Terry Gould of Tri City HOPE, SSgt. George Linen and an array of others, and we know they want the best for our youth moving forward.

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: RA1315980

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Good evening!

DiLisi’s was so busy tonight the waitresses were scurrying to and fro, and almost all of the wait staff is going to school to add to the braintrust in Cumberland County.

And working to pay for it while thinking past Saturday night.

Exposure to everything that’s available and knowing that somebody cares are the two most important things for youth.

The Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition is something you should understand.

CCPYDC is a countywide juvenile delinquency effort funded by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and Cumberland County Freeholders.

Started in the city of Vineland in 2009, the Coalition expanded to include Bridgeton and Millville in 2013.

CCPYDC brings community stakeholders together in order to reduce juvenile delinquency and prevent those already involved in the juvenile justice system from becoming involved in the adult criminal justice system.

The Coalition consists of diverse participation from 85 agencies representing various municipal, county, and state agencies; social and youth serving organizations; faith – based institutions; and school districts.

Members utilize their knowledge and experience with juvenile delinquency prevention methods, as well as their connections to community resources, in order to collaborate on initiatives centered on policy and practice change, resource development, enhancement of the youth service delivery system, and community events to promote positive youth development.

A little history

May 20, 2016

The Walter Rand Institute staff provided an overview of the School-to-Prison Pipeline, which refers to the policies and practices that push students out of the classroom and into the juvenile and criminal justice system. Examples include zero-tolerance policies, the overuse of suspensions and expulsions, and disciplinary alternative schools and programs.

The presentation also included data centered on Cumberland County Stationhouse Adjustments (SHA), an alternative method to handle first-time juvenile offenders that have committed minor juvenile delinquency offenses, along with high school attendance and suspension information.

As a result of CCPYDC’s efforts to increase SHAs within Cumberland County, there was a 22% increase in the number of SHAs between 2013 and 2015. Less than 13% of the youth were arrestedagain after their SHA. WRI also provided the results of surveys conducted with SHA offenders and their parents/guardians, which showed that a majority of youth and their guardians agreed or strongly agreed that the SHA was fair, well-explained, and yielded a positive experience.

Additionally, 90% of guardians reported an overall improvement in their children’s behavior as a result of the SHA.

And here is where we believe the greatest help for getting the county out of poverty happens:

All attendance rates for public and alternative schools in each district increased, aside from Bridgeton’s alternative education program, which observed a 19% decrease.

The high school suspension rate increased in the Bridgeton School District, but fell in both the Vineland and Millville School Districts. Overall, the Districts’ suspensions would be considered high.

Today, JT Burks joined us on 92.1 FM and emphasized going into the Millville projects to sign up players for Millville Midget Football was just the start of good things to come.

And he got phone calls from people willing to help him bridge the gap between sports seasons while looking for a building to house indoor recreation.

On Saturday, Feb. 3, join Tri City H.O.P.E. at Wesley Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, located at 582 Morton Avenue in Rosenhayn, as we present ‘A Celebration of HOPE V,’ an evening of hope and inspiration brought through song, praise dance, spoken word and speakers.

Admission will be free, but a free will offering will be taken from those can and desire to make a donation towards future Tri City H.O.P.E. cultural, educational and charitable efforts.

The doors open at 5 p.m. and the program starts at 6 p.m. or shortly thereafter.

Scheduled to appear are the Tri City H.O.P.E. Dancers, Singers 4 the Savior, Tri City H.O.P.E.’s Wanda Young (soloist), Bryan Keith Spencer Sr. (spoken word artist), Marilyn Farrell (soloist), and Wesley Memorial’s own Voices of Wesley.

Opening words of hope will be brought by Apostle Edith Burgess.

Speakers for the evening will be will be Shari Hill, Ebony Martin-Griffin, Carole Seabrook Green and, representing Tri City H.O.P.E., 13-year-old Ashley Rodriguez, as well as nationally known juvenile justice advocate, Tracey Wells-Huggins, and candidate for New Jersey’s 2nd congressional district, Tanzie Youngblood.

Closing words of unity will be brought by Minister Preach (Bobby) Griffin. Long-time Tri City H.O.P.E. supporter, Regina Williams will be the hostess for the evening. Tri City H.O.P.E. — Helping Other People Everyday!

Don’t meet us there, beat us there!”

— Jerry Young

On the substance abuse front …

“If a person has just relapsed, shouldn’t that be a factor in their opinion about what works and what doesn’t?

“I mean, if the person was on MAT, and relapsed, but doesn’t admit to relapsing and hides that fact, how is their experience measured?

“If someone drinks alcohol, and relapses to their DOC heroin, do we consider their opinion about alcohol valid?

“If someone slams 12-step as a cult, and they relapse having no support network, is their opinion on AA valid?

“If someone is back 3 months from their 8th relapse in 5 years, and they slam you as a ‘Jesus Freak,’ saying God can’t get you clean, what should our response be?

“Relapse doesn’t erase success UNLESS honesty isn’t part of facing what caused it!

“I can’t look at this as something we can hug our way out of. Compassion does not have to include condoning relapse. This is a DEADLY issue. We’re not playing games anymore, so when we talk about the medical model and having compassion, I want to PUKE!

“This is a NEW PARADIGM, and if you stay stuck in that have compassion crap, and you keep embracing and enabling them until they ‘figure it out,’ with their addict, suicidal thought process, you’re going to go to a hell of a lot more funerals.”

— Michael DeLeon.

Steered Straight

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Michael DeLeon is scheduled to appear on 92.1 FM on Saturday, Feb. 10, from noon to 2 p.m. — a full two hours, not for your listening pleasure, but for educating you on a pandemic going on right under your nose.

 Guess who got adopted today?
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Jack, after four months at the shelter with 92.1 FM guest Maria Stoerrle today, so we didn’t get to meet our namesake.
 Pennsville leaders getting upset about drug pandemic, and want to provide comfort to affected families.
Stay tuned.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Listen to your conscience!

Waitresses going to school while working perfect role models; Naming the people with shoulder to the future wheel; Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition; JT Burks on fire in Millville, gaining disciples; ‘A Celebration of HOPE V’ Feb. 3; Michael DeLeon ramps up substance abuse fight; Pennsville ready to mobilize compassion; Jack gets adopted before Maria Stoerrle can bring him to 92.1 FM;

Calling Family Strengthening Network; Is Dr. Hardee in your future?; Thinking back to other loose lips; JT Burks, full of ideas for Millville youth, coming on 92.1 FM Saturday at noon; Commissioner Cooper welcome, too; CCSPCA’s Maria Stoerrle coming on at 1 p.m. for those who don’t know jack; For Michael DeLeon, assassins everywhere; Guess who’s anti-technical school?

The column that says we’re going to put Family Strengthening Network to the test after hearing the plight of a waitress at Texas Roadhouse even though it definitely has involved and will involve Family Court again, because Family Strengthening Network will walk with you every step of the way in finding the places you need to go to solve your problem.

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!

How many of you have taken advantage of Dr. Terrence Hardee, the Cumberland County College connection at 10 Buck St., in Millville.

His sole purpose of being there  is to help you further your education.

His official title is director of Workforce, Community and Technical Education.

His email is thardee@ccnj.edu.

His phone number is 856-378-7883.

Don’t let the titles fool you. He’s a really nice guy.

We had him on 92.1 FM and he’s coming back.

Education is the key to get this county out of poverty, out of crime, out of 1 in every 5 living below the poverty level, and if you disagree, tell us when that assembly line is coming here instead of going to Mexico or overseas.

Education, not low-income housing.

Knowledge is power!

D. Bailey Miles believes canning can be the future. We’ll get the founder of Taking Back Millville to explain that further.

More on what you tell the outside press when they stick a microphone in your face …

Those Millville citizens crying how unsafe Millville is after the police acted the way everybody has asked them to act recently brings to mind another situation.

The day the man came running down Broad Street across from KFC with an Uzi — an UZI — in his hands and he tried a hijack a car with a mother and baby inside, and police responded with gunfire and subdued him, and then his sister went off on police.

No, the Philly television stations didn’t go interview the mother in the car who jumped in the back seat and covered up her child. No, they captured the rants of the sister of the Uzi carrier and what a good person he was.

As it turned out, someone stole the man’s drugs from his house and he was out to get them back the best way he knew how. By the way, the one who stole his drugs later went to jail.

The Philly TV stations never went back and corrected the story. And they won’t go back to Millville and do a story on Millville PAL. Taking Back Millville, Millville Soccer Association or Millville Midget Football winning a Canton, Ohio, Bowl championship or Code Blue or SHINE.

Only the 3 percent makes the news.

So keep your mouth shut or wait and express your fears at city commission, or help out the above organizations.

We’ll be serious again Saturday at noon and again at 1 p.m. on 92.1 FM with Millville’s JT Burks on at noon talking about all the new ideas he has for the youth of his city and all the people willing to buy in.

“Would be cool if we could convert the old Dick’s location into an indoor rec center. Just a thought because it’s def needed.”

— JT Burks

I am already working on ideas in that area!”

— City commissioner Bruce L. Cooper

Then Maria Stoerrle, animal activist who saves both the young and old, comes on at 1 p.m. to talk about the elderly dog population up for adoption and what she is doing to further it.

She’s bringing Jack, but not for SPCA haters, because they don’t know jack.

The Cumberland County SPCA is still open after threatening to close in December because they now have to honor all Open Public Records Act requests, and that takes a lot of personnel.

Those who accuse the shelter of being a “killing pen” are welcome to start their own “no-kill” shelter, but, like the CCSPCA, they must be willing to take in ALL animals, regardless of breed and aggressiveness and also those involved in court cases that may not be judicated for months.

You will take in the old, the feeble, the ugly, the fat and the undernourished. You don’t get to decide. Then we’ll see how loud your mouth is braying at the moon.

We will get Maria to detail how hard she works at getting animals adopted, so tune in and learn something, then call in and rant all you want. We can all learn.

The Seabrook section of Upper Deerfield makes the news again.

Not good — again.

“I got messaged by a left-wing lunatic who was appalled by something I said.

“She said I was ‘controversial’ and unfriended me! How shocking!

“Why did it take so long for her to be appalled? I thought I crossed that line years ago!”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

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Michael DeLeon controversial?

The Cumberland County Board of Vocational Education, which oversees The John F. Scarpa Cumberland County Technical Education Center in Millville, on Tuesday filed a seven-count lawsuit in state court here against Cumberland Regional High School District Board of Education.

The 13-page complaint demands quick Superior Court intervention to stop an alleged campaign of “threat, intimidation and coercion” against families whose children normally would attend Cumberland Regional High School but who instead want to enroll at the Technical Education Center for the 2018-19 academic year.

— Daily Journal

If you have to do an interview with Philly TV when a shooting occurs, talk about the good things like Verna Herman of Verna’s Flight Line, Shaun Connors of SHINE, Rick Kott of Millville PAL, Rob Ennis of Millville Midget Football, D. Bailey Bailey of Taking Back Millville, Mike Trout, Tony Surace, Rob Shannon, etc.

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Verna’s Flight Line, now serving dinner.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Why do people on a way-too-short vacation waste time sending photos on their cellphones?

 

Calling Family Strengthening Network; Is Dr. Hardee in your future?; Thinking back to other loose lips; JT Burks, full of ideas for Millville youth, coming on 92.1 FM Saturday at noon; Commissioner Cooper welcome, too; CCSPCA’s Maria Stoerrle coming on at 1 p.m. for those who don’t know jack; For Michael DeLeon, assassins everywhere; Guess who’s anti-technical school?

Call ahead for food; CBK and the NYT; Peggy Gentile-Van Meter on her teaching career; Millville Soccer needs 6,000 kids; Want a pot-bellied pig?; When the city-trampling interviews?; Pennsville ready to mobilize against heroin; Lynwood Mosley disappointed

The column that says if you have children that act up waiting for food to be served to your table in a restaurant, and you know what you all want to order, call ahead at, say, DiLisi’s, and the pizza will be on the table by the time you walk in the door and get seated, because we saw it happen tonight as we wondered how they got served before us and the little 3-year-old was face deep in pizza sauce.

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 all agree the Eagles have the better football team, but are we prepared for what the mad scientist will decide to do in the second half, something even he won’t know until halftime.

Please don’t say woulda, coulda, shoulda ever about this football team because you NEVER saw them getting this far before the season started.

Look who came back because of the education rant …

“Hi, Jack!

“Hope you are well. All this college, college, college talk.

“Wondering what your thoughts are on a recent NYT article,1/25/18 that postulates that your genes and those of your parents may be responsible for how long you stay in school.

“Very interesting. Breeding might matter more than we think, not that it is all predetermined, but an interesting article nonetheless. Take care!”

— CBK,

known only by her initials

Wouldn’t wrap fish in the NYT. It would be cruelty to animals.

Another study shows that by the time you’re 4 years old, it has been predetermined if you’re going to be well-prepared for higher learning.

Does that have more to do with expectations and thus preparation than breeding?

If your name is Vanderbilt, isn’t there a certain level of success you must reach as you are exposed to the finer things in life?

Why can’t we all attain that, even if our father was removed from school in the 4th grade by his father to work on the farm, especially if he sends us to St. Augustine and we hang out at the racquet club rather than on the street corner, and work summers at the duPont Country Club?

That’s not breeding. That’s exposure.

We cannot get to children too early, especially if they are at-risk at birth! Never sell a child short because of his surroundings. Work on changing those surroundings.

More on education today from our winter haven …

“I do need to say that I was trusted by parents and a school administration and board of education that allowed me to teach the way I knew would reach my students.

“I cannot recall being told not to teach real history. Sure, I hated writing lesson plans, after all the years I taught. I knew what I was going to do. (Just a side note: I was still planning and prepping even in my last year of teaching).

“Changing techniques and presentation is always important. I was not a ‘teach out of a textbook teacher.’

“I didn’t require students to bring a textbook to class. The textbook was for homework. I did require students to have a history-related book to read. I have said this before — allow teachers to teach and wonderful results will happen.”

— Peggy Gentile Van Meter

What were your results, Peggy? Can you give us any statistics on how well your students connected with you and the subject?

Did you always feel you were lifting up the community while preparing kids for life, and how receptive were they?

And during all those years, you never once said to yourself, there is a better way to get this across, such as Washington crossing Silver Lake by boat in a skit put on by your classes for the whole school, with Jim Breech dressed as a Hessian?

Is there anybody out there that believes get rid of the desks and have students do hands-on projects all around the room, even if it’s building a Trojan Horse.

You only have less than 3 days left to register online for the Millville Soccer Association Spring 2018 Season!

Go to www.millvillesoccer.com to register now!

They can handle up to 6,000 kids, even if it means playing 24/7, and during free periods in school.

Really worried about Kristi Birtch, the Big Piece at Broad Street School in Millville and whose classes tend to the World War II monument out front.

Too sick for too long in this wonderful world of medicine.

Bruce ACO Barry needs somebody to take on two pot-bellied pigs, one big and one medium.

We’re trying to convince the better half, but, so far, no luck. We believe they would be a good playmate for a Chessie, and we already know they like custard stands.

Barry is one of the really level heads when it comes to animals.

Very, very upset with the neighborhood interviews the Press did when police shot and killed that man in Millville.

Derogatory remarks that were unfounded. People want police protection and then go off the deep end when it works.

You did your city a disservice, ladies!

Someone in Pennsville gets it …

“I can’t stand it anymore. I can’t. I just can’t. I’m going to find a place where we can meet … to talk … to offer comfort … to just sit and be with you. To pray.

“I’m so, so sorry to everyone who is affected by addictions, especially heroin. This is our modern-day plague. A pandemic.

“We can’t sit back and do nothing anymore. We just can’t. We need to do SOMETHING. Even those of us who by the grace of God are dodging the bullet. I hope you are with us. I’ll post when & where on Thursday.

“My efforts will be toward comforting parents and family members. Not trying to fix the addiction problem. I can’t do that. I CAN offers condolences and support. I’m good at that.”

— Chris Scruggs Hooks

Call Michael DeLeon, founder of Steered Straight, at 609-774-6501 if you’re really serious to listening one who has been there and understands, and will talk to any group.

“I read somewhere — about two years ago now — that if you put all of NJ’s heroin users in one place it would be the state’s largest city. That’s both sad and scary.”

— John Skilton

Anybody watch Reels last night to see how drug kingpin Frank Lucas turned on all of Harlem in the 1970-80s?

Started importing from Asia.

Made $50 million in a few years.

Splash of water in the face …

“Well, I guess the only way to get people to support positive motivational things in the community is to give away something free! This is ridiculous.

“People won’t even support a hometown Hero who made it! And still working to make it! Bet if he was giving away something, it would be crowded at the door!

“(Yet) everybody want something positive for the kids!”

— Lynwood Mosley,

Bridgeton Midget Football coach

It doesn’t mean you give up, Lynwood! The scourge you are fighting isn’t giving up, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be overcome.

Hook up with John Fuqua and Jerry Young in Bridgeton and JT Burks in Millville.

“Recovery is a drug and when you’re dependent on it, when you respect and embrace it, and when you give it away to others, life becomes what it was always meant to be … priceless!”

— Michael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

YOU CAN BOOK IT: It’s time to save the people before saving the buildings.

Call ahead for food; CBK and the NYT; Peggy Gentile-Van Meter on her teaching career; Millville Soccer needs 6,000 kids; Want a pot-bellied pig?; When the city-trampling interviews?; Pennsville ready to mobilize against heroin; Lynwood Mosley disappointed

How do you overcome a genius?; Are you playing a board?; Mike Bucci on Bridgeton; Peggy Gentile-Van Meter on her years as a teacher; JT Burks in Millville turning our head by going INTO projects

The column that says you can wear your lucky Eagles underwear or sit in the same seat as the last two weeks or whatever, but know that luck will have nothing to do with the results of the Super Bowl, because, as Howie Long says, the Patriots will know everything about the Eagles going back six years — everything — and by halftime, they will know the weaknesses they can exploit and their own strengths that will work, and it will take the Eagles knowing how to handle both situations that will determine the outcome, because the Eagles have the better football team most people will agree, but nobody out-prepares the Patriots.

By Jack Hummel

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

Email: jhummel9794@gmail.com

Phone: 8456-237-6645

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Waiter at our favorite eatery already has $200 in bets on the Eagles, and he’s not even talking points.

“We’ll talk,” he said

Have you bought your squares on the 100-square board where you don’t know what numbers you have for the final score until they’re pulled out of a hat?

You can play a $5 board or a $100 board, or anything in between, but it’s illegal to run the board for a profit, but they’re doing it anyway. The pressroom ran one at the News every year and we must say we were luckier than most.

For some reason, we kept winning the first quarter, which upset Matt Wheaton and Marcella Miller. But they were only $5 squares and we always bought four of them.

But you don’t need betting to stay interested this year, but it is what carries pro football.

More on Bridgeton …

” I think Ritter’s and Hunt’s closing also contributed.

“But I also feel the people in charge need to enforce the laws and codes for the city of Bridgeton and these rules must be followed by everyone. The city must lead by example.

“If someone’s property looks bad, you cannot tell them to clean up their property if the city has run down property and doesn’t care. One step at a time. Each official should be held accountable for their department.

“The denomination of residents has changed over the last 40 years, but that’s part of a changing society, and should not be an excuse for a rundown city or it’s lack of following building housing or law enforcement codes or ordinances.

“Just my opinion.”

— Mike Bucci

On educating today’s restless kids …

“I wouldn’t trade a day, Jack. I know there are many adults out there (former students) that do the right thing, and maybe I was hard on a few of them because I cared.

“Still do. Many make me happy when I see or hear what they have done with their lives and what they are doing to help others.”

— Peggy Gentile-Fan Meter,

on the frontlines at Cumberland Regional for over three decades

Admit it, Peggy, you were at the mercy of state people who had no clue what they were doing, and apparently never will.

Paperwork due this week, teachers. All that paperwork that is required, not that it will improve the 78 percent graduation rate. But that’s OK. Getting them all into college will be thanks enough.

ALL of them.

And when that happens, the good-paying jobs will open up here because knowledge is power, and the entire county will lift itself up by the bootstraps.

And we will have more than clean air and open space — and let us never forget “state’s largest historic district” — to attract, not industry, but high-tech jobs NOT involved with poverty.

Have you ever stopped to count the good-paying jobs in this county connected to the 1 in 5 living in poverty in the county, including crime?

Teach everybody how to fish through education, and buy the rest fishing rods!

But only the already professionals think that way — the doctors, the lawyers, the executives, the business owners. It is expected of their children. We need everyone to want the power.

Let’s all visit Peggy Gentile-Van Meter at her Florida estate and brush up on history as soon as Gov. Christie leaves.

We’re down for 8 weeks of physical training in her pool.

One man in Millville is turning our head …

“Who has one of those big grills? We should do a ‘Spread Love Tour,’ go to all the housing complexes in Millville in the summer and feed as many kids as possible and just interact with everybody.

“Hit each spot before the summer is out. Def will need donors and plenty of support.

“We could even pick names out of a hat. Which ever kid name get picked gets a free pass to the sport of their choice.

“Love is key.”

— JT Burks

JT is on our show Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. on 92.1 FM.

He is the one man who has made it a point to go into the projects in Millville to connect with kids.

And we will say this right now: If the new program being introduced by the county prosecutor’s office does not go into the dangerous sections — the bad streets and bad neighborhoods in Bridgeton — it will not get the results intended.

It must change young minds! And it must include continual reinforcement! It was be an “all-in” venture and include blood and sweat, and not just 9-to-5 input.

We’ll argue this with anyone.

But, in the meantime, Mike Abbott, who now occupies the 11 a.m. to noon Saturday spot on 92.1 FM on the first Saturday of every month, will have the prosecutor’s program on radio on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to noon, not to grade it or comment on it, but to explain how it is going to work.

It might behoove everyone who cares to listen in, if your head is not filled with sugar plums and Eagles. Everyone must understand what is being done by everyone not living in the affected areas.

And what JT Burks is thinking and planning in Millville without a grant.

For it is only the neighborhoods themselves that can fix their own shortcomings. If yu have found it any other way, school us.

If you have found force as the only way, school us. If you have found more cops the only way, show us.

And if you even dwell on a story about violent crime going down in New Jersey and somebody was shot on your street last year, you’re clueless. Statistics are for those who offer no solutions.

JT is your entryway, D. Bailey Bailey!

Cleaning up the park every week is not cleaning up a neighborhood.

If you’re going to do Peace In The City, hold it at Delsea Gardens. Hold it on the corner of 4th and Oak streets.

You know Shaun Connors, of SHINE, is in. She’s been in since her program started.

The fix is not going to happen at city commission or on Facebook, or by activists entering another activist’s yard and screaming and cursing at her.

You want to argue, argue where a youngster’s future is at stake — not yours.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Sorry to be so serious in an area with a drug pandemic, chronic poverty and lack of education going on.

 

How do you overcome a genius?; Are you playing a board?; Mike Bucci on Bridgeton; Peggy Gentile-Van Meter on her years as a teacher; JT Burks in Millville turning our head by going INTO projects

The column that says a mother should never have to sit in a parking lot to make sure her daughter’s car is not vandalized while the daughter is at work, but that can happen these days because of things that go on in school, and it’s nothing new because we know of teachers whom were trying to get education across to kids getting their cars “keyed” in the school parking lot, but, yet, 30 years later at a chance meeting in a Walmart, they thanked the teacher for being hard of them, and that’s why youth is wasted on the young, so why did you try so hard all those years Peggy Gentile-Van Meter, Jimmy Breech, David Price, Kay Ballinger, Ed Andrews and Tony Surace?

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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Too many cases of people returning to Bridgeton after moving away and being “shocked” at what they see now, and how it didn’t use to be that way, but they accept none of the blame, nor do the others who can’t believe the city has gone down that far, so that tells us right there whose fault it was, and it wasn’t the politicians some want to blame and it wasn’t the prison being built here, and it wasn’t all the illegals coming into town, but we’d like to blame all these things in order to exonerate ourselves.

There were two events out of our hands that contributed to a downfall:

~ Owens-Illinois closing.

~ Passing a law that said truck farms had to provide ample housing for migrant workers.

The closing of Owens ripped the heart out of the middle class in a one-horse town.

Farmers came into Bridgeton and rented apartments in blocks for their workers when it became too costly to upgrade housing on their farms. Have you seen some of the shells of the housing that was provided earlier? Horrible!

So we had Owens-Illinois workers leaving and migrant workers moving in, and the buying power was no longer there, so stores closed up in droves.

And, just as important, the working class was not prepared for the technological age sweeping the country.

And we still aren’t.

But we’re getting there one college graduate at a time.

“1st Presbyterian Sunday School kids had a bake sale after church Jan. 21 and sold out of their baked goods. They are donating the proceeds to Code Blue to help the hungry.

“Good Work!”

— Mary E. Bergmann

Traveling woes in Delaware …

“Many of you, like I, don’t rely on public transportation and may not be aware of the hardships DART and the state of Delaware are subjecting some of our most vulnerable residents to with its recent changes. I urge you to attend this meeting. Let’s not make this a ‘who can scream louder’ contest. Let’s ORGANIZE and prepare not only to show up peacefully in numbers, but to present an agenda with specific asks that make sense for our community.

“Our agenda could be presented in the form of a written petition signed by hundreds. Witnesses should be prepared with FOCUSED, written, approx. 1 minute remarks that specifically align with our agreed upon agenda items.

“How, specifically, do we want to see Dart better serve our community? We captured a lot of feedback at the We The People forum. But what are YOUR thoughts? Who is willing to create an online petition that we can all begin to circulate? Who can create the Facebook event that we can use to invite hundreds?

“Remember the Montgomery bus boycott? It took #thepeopleorganized together for specific change, even if it meant sacrifice and pooling personal resources. This won’t be easy, but TOGETHER and ORGANIZED, we can make a change.”

— Chandra Pitts,

One Village Alliance

Raising Kings

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Maybe someday we can do the same for NJ Transit changes.

Does John DeAngelis at Inspira read this stuff …?

“Victimstance isn’t unique to the addict and the addict’s enabler either. It’s the new M.O. for this new American generation of poor souls who blame the world around them for their circumstances.

“My Mom ridiculed me.

“My Dad beat me.

“The Priest molested me.

“I grew up poor.

“The Dr. Gave me oxys.

“My teachers didn’t like me.

“My coach never played me.

“That was my story, too! It’s everyone’s fault but mine. I’m a HUGE advocate for the understanding of childhood trauma, but I’ll be DAMNED if I tell a kid their past defines their future.

“Wake up, America! ONE MILLION will die from addiction this year. Nicotine, alcohol, prescription meds, illicit drugs … ONE MILLION!

“And you think we can afford to be victims? We can’t! Recovery takes Responsibility.

“Please stop telling addicts we can’t help it, relapse is part of recovery, you can’t do it without meds, keep trying, it’s because of stigma, it’s that nasty word ‘junkie’ or that mean word ‘addict.’

“It’s because we use the words ‘dirty’ or ‘clean’ that you relapsed. What? When will America wake the hell up?

“If you don’t like me, I have 1,567 more friend requests to replace YOU! You’re the problem!”

— MIchael DeLeon,

Steered Straight

in high dudgeon

“Choice is key in ones battles. Using excuses is the addicts way to keep on using. It’s the addiction inside that doesn’t want to let go. But when you take full control of you’re recovery and all choices revolve around your recovery, you cannot fail.

“We, as people, are so much more powerful than we give ourselves credit for. Believe in yourself. Know you are worth it. Leave the excuses with the politicians. Take action in your personal battle that you’re not fighting alone.

“It does get greater later, I promise.”

— Rebecca Thompson

 

Michael comes back  …,

“I’ve been getting ATTACKED for saying it, and I’ve tried to remain sensitive to other people’s twisted opinions. We tell kids NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE, but tell addicts they can’t be free from addiction because they suffer from an incurable brain disease. “NO MORE! Addiction is winning. Relapse is winning because they have an army of fake-ass Advocates screaming about more drugs and safe injection sites and clean needles and bleeping STIGMA! ENOUGH!

“Bleep ’em if they don’t like it. These kids refuse to get help, use their ‘disease’ as their excuse, use their meds without addressing ANY underlying issues and the dead continue to skyrocket. ENOUGH!

“It’s time we take 100% responsibility for our lives and show addicts that IMPOSSIBLE is really I’M P

Names upon request.OSSIBLE … and so is Full Life-changing Recovery!”

— Michael DeLeon

Sudden thought:

When did the it’s OK to use the word then when you really mean than craze sweep the country?

Just askin’.

Smartest waitresses in the world work in Cumberland County.

Just ahead of Salem County.

They’re all going on to college, something maybe a blue-collar community might not appreciate.

Names upon request.

“‘Gangsta rap’ thrived because the black community was angry and wanted to rebel. That era of rap said what everyone was feeling. It wasn’t some plot to pack prisons. Stop believing everything you read and giving credence to nonsense.

“Now we do need to fix the messages and images we put out there. But to take away what made it relevant, is simply overlook the issue.”

— JT Burks

JT is coming on 92.1 FM Saturday from noon to 1 p.m., followed by Maria Stoerrle, of Cumberland County SPCA fame.

It will be a relevent show. How relevent is up to you.

Michael DeLeon will scream for two hours on Feb. 10, from noon to 2 p.m. because he’s going to be in Vineland that  weekend.

Even if we have to pick him up.

YOU CAN BOOK IT: We want the results of programs introduced to make Cumberland County college-ready, then employment-ready as ballyhooed as their introduction so we know what has worked so far and what hasn’t, not that it would take that long to call the success list.