Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday Aug 31

Its Friday. I have been chillin. We are planning to go to Wilmington NC and check out the town. We got the rental place to allow us to check out later Saturday. Hooray!! Here is a video of me driving down the ocean road in Oak Island

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cape Fear and Southport NC

Today Weds, we went to Southport NC. We had a very relaxing lunch at the Fishy Fishy Cafe. We had lunch by the docks and the sun was in its glory.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hello From Cape Fear:Wish you were Here!

Its Tuesday and we made it to Oak Island. It in the Cape Fear region. Located in Brunswick County, Oak Island is about 35 miles south of Wilmington NC. So far we have visited the local coffee shop called the Flying Pig, took a Ferry, visited Wilmington. Yesterday it rained in Wilmington hard! This was flash flooding I have never seen before. Here are some pictures of the beach and the intercoastal waterway. I did get this video of the wonderful ocean scene near our cottage.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bonfire of the Travesties Millville NJ

Saturday night August 11 an event so creative and warm was held, called the Bonfire of the Travesties. Artists from the area and beyond brought their art that was unfinished, undone or just a mistake in the studio. Michele Post and
Carl Johnson
took an idea hatched last year and made it a reality. Artists sacrificed bad art, aborted art and stuff that hung around. They were sacrificed to the Art Monkey

Some of it was actually auctioned off for up to $11! Special guests were the Lawrence TWP Fire Department!!! They were cool. One of the movies
has Carl talking about his "bad" art and featured the sounds of the Fire Department arriving. After the Fire Department left, the
continues with Liz describing one of Carl's less then fine pieces. Next Michele tells the story of Redman and he glides down..down till he burns up and Carl and Michelle thank all who came out and enjoyed the event.
There was a nice spread of food, beer and laughs all around. Here are some pictures and a movie of this event for the Post Modern age. Watch as the fire is lit. The1st movie below has Carl describing The Bonfire of the Travesties and the 2nd is him discussing the bonfire is a success . I hope you enjoy this part of my blog. It was fun to relive the fun. Now its time to go.

Madrigal in Millville New Jersey

During the Millville Car Show yesterday Aug 11, I got to visit this cool store on High Street. I saw this band play for a bit. It was quite an interesting sound. Listen to it now and enjoy.

Friday, August 10, 2007

County Taxes and You

There is plenty of debate about taxes The Cumberland County tax rate went down because of all the new construction in the County, so the County can say they reduced taxes. Millville’s rate skyrocketed because much of the new construction has abatements and does not pay its share. I have heard that County simply adjusted Millville’s rate so that the County taxes in Millville went way up County taxes on the new mall. I hope to find out the facts. I beleive that items that are paid with state grants like the proposed pedestrian bridge are being lumped together with items such as police and fire which ARE paid though the real estate tax.

Vacation :)

On August 25 we are going south to Oak Island NC for a week. Boy after this week, I am counting the days!

Thursday, August 09, 2007


Cities with UEZs are allowed to redraw boundaries about every five years. Millville last did it in September 2001.

Major changes this time could include adding several hundred acres at the municipal airport, where an industrial park is being built, and the elimination of a Nabb Avenue parcel once intended as the site for a regional hospital.

The local citizens group, Millville First, had been waiting for Tuesday night's hearing. The group is critical of the zone and the proposed changes, arguing the zone should be reduced in western Millville.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Enter to Learn..Go Forth to Serve

This picture is from Ardmore Jr. High and I used to stare at this when board at the Jr. High
Assembly. The Quote "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve" was engraved in my mind.
We must think in this way when facing obstacles to our goals. I think Tim Shannon
and the Shannone Family is proof that this credo is NOT DEAD!!
I found this on the internet and its worth sharing.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar........and the beer.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things -- your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite passions, God -- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked," he said. "It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."

Monday, August 06, 2007

Riverfront Development

On July 25 as I was walking my dog June I saw the city is working on the Riverfront.
I will take updated photos real soon.

Casa De Felice

Yesterday a fun relaxing time was had. Check out the pictures and MOVIE!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Flyer of Ignorence

This flyer was shown to me by a friend who lives on Columbia Ave. He said that his neighbor got a copy as well. It make ignorant remarks about "lower class people" and "starving artists" on High Street. This attempt to sow resentment about fellow citizens should be flatly rejected