Sunday, December 23, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
December 16 was the monthly "Poetry on High." Its held at Bogart's Books each month the Sunday after 3rd Friday's in Millville NJ. Rita Lyman was the host of this event and the featured artist was George Anderson who is pictured. Chris Ney read several poems. There were several people who read for the first time. Music by Dom, Bob White, and others was fine indeed. Of course my dog June was there enjoying all her friends.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Please read below:
The New York Times Reports that the telecom companies are aiding the govt in domestic eavesdropping
"The N.S.A.’s reliance on telecommunications companies is broader and deeper than ever before, according to government and industry officials, yet that alliance is strained by legal worries and the fear of public exposure.
To detect narcotics trafficking, for example, the government has been collecting the phone records of thousands of Americans and others inside the United States who call people in Latin America, according to several government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the program remains classified. But in 2004, one major phone carrier balked at turning over its customers’ records. Worried about possible privacy violations or public relations problems, company executives declined to help the operation, which has not been previously disclosed.
In a separate N.S.A. project, executives at a Denver phone carrier, Qwest, refused in early 2001 to give the agency access to their most localized communications switches, which primarily carry domestic calls, according to people aware of the request, which has not been previously reported. They say the arrangement could have permitted neighborhood-by-neighborhood surveillance of phone traffic without a court order, which alarmed them." (Emphasis added)
Menendez, Robert (D-NJ) Call (202) 224-4744 You can go here instead
It is unclear whether or not this Senator opposes Dodd's Filibuster
Encourage them to declare their support by using the following example text when you call:
"I'm calling to find out if the Senator will be joining Chris Dodd in opposition to legislation that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies. Please pass my request to the Senator that he/she reconsider this position and instead stand up for the Constitution and the rule of law alongside Chris Dodd."
Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D-PA) Call (202) 224-6324 or go here
Specter, Arlen (R-PA) Call (202) 224-4254 or go hereYou also can Email the Senate and ask that they vote against any legislation that includes retroactive immunity for telecoms. You can go to the Chris Dodd website nowVICTORY!
Friday, December 14, 2007
This is our "Holiday Message" from Denise Chambers the Excutive Director of the Philadelphia County Assistance office. Paragraph #4 is is quite NICE. Please note where she UNDERLINED!
This is very unprofessional to say the least. You can write to Ms Chambers at the address below.
Philadelphia State Office Building
1400 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130-4088
End of the Year Message from the Executive Director
First I want to wish you Season Greetings. I hope all of you enjoy the time off that we’ll have near the end of the month and that you spend some time enjoying friends, and family. Second I want to thank you. Thank you for accomplishing two out of our three main goals. We reached and maintained for many months 50% TANF participation and we maintained our high standard of accuracy.
This year we saw many of our friends and coworkers retire, nearly 200 from Philadelphia County Assistance Offices. This brought about significant change. The ripple effect was felt in many ways. This provided opportunities for promotion, however, many promotional opportunities were delayed until we were able to have more caseworkers trained and in the offices. Logic dictates that one newly trained worker can not carry a full caseload and is not immediately as proficient as experienced workers could be, therefore even though we have filled most of our positions; you will see higher caseloads for more months to come.
Other changes we saw included non-alpha caseload assignment and greeter implementation. Non-alpha caseload assignment should be implemented in all districts this month. This was created and approved by a joint workgroup of management and labor in response to your justified complaints about the constantly changing caseloads. If implemented correctly, this will resolve some of those issues. The Greeter functions, as well as the CSR and self-serve phones, was implemented this fall as part of the State’s Modern Office concept. The Greeter’s main function is to ensure that the lobby is running smoothly by directing clients to various options and thereby eliminating long lines. Though there are some who don’t like the function, there are more who do both internally and externally.
Where we have failed as a county this year is in our customer service. We are still viewed as nasty (that word is actually used continuously) and uncaring. We present that image by the way we handle our work. There are staff who view clients as people not our equals and therefore not worthy of our respect and courteousy. What I don’t understand is - one out of every four of our employees were clients at some point in our life. Do you hate yourself that much? Have you forgotten the struggles that you had/have? How would you make it if your next check was delayed two weeks? Because if the truth were told, many are just one paycheck away from disaster.
During this holiday season, one of giving, can you open your hearts, search your behavior, and start treating our clients, the reason why we have a job, with dignity and respect. Feeling overworked and/or stressed is no excuse for rude behavior. When you call any place of business you expect to speak with someone who will resolve your issue. So do our clients. When we refuse them, that small dignity of answering or returning their calls, they become frustrated and we have put a confrontational situation into play.
We have to change our perceptions, and the public’s perception of us. Our very survival depends on it. No one will buy a car that runs sometime, they’ll buy a car that they can depend on; no one wants a doctor who may be right sometimes, you’ll go to a doctor you can depend on; and no one wants a worker who will respond to their needs sometimes. Though we may think no one else provides the services we do, the answer is not today but maybe tomorrow. If you believe in government workers, if you believe that we have a valuable expertise which is needed by society, than show it by your actions. Live our mission, Philadelphia CAO – Serving the Community Because WE CARE.
I challenge those who already provide caring service, to continue your excellent work. I challenge those who could improve to take a critical look at yourself and change your approach. The end of a year is always time for reflection. I wish you peace and excellence in this and every year to come
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
The Vineland Regional Dance Company performed parts of the Nutcracker Suite on Friday Dec 7th at the Glasstown Plaza. The threatened sleet did not materialize but the threat canceled the horse driven carriage rides. The RRCA had a nice turnout. Today its nice and all should go without a hitch. I am volunteering at the horse station tonite. Here are some pictures and video from last night. Hope you will enjoy them and come out.
The potential traffic problem will begin at Route 55. About 50,000 visitors coming from the north and the south are likely to use the same Millville exits to get to their respective events - and from that point, the roads are only one lane.
Local police departments would have to deal with any increase in traffic on smaller local highways.
Friday, December 07, 2007
The Pioneers are: Dennis Tawes - here Kevin Yarborough - gone Pam Uddin - gone (husband died) Beverly Hughes - here Beverly Tipton - gallery gone, she's still here Mary Rowson - gallery closed, she's retired Brett Fauver - theatre producer, he is ill Maryann Cannon - here Katherine Pokorny - sold her gallery bldg, she is still here Rita Lyman - gone Mike Importico - gone Ellen Gavin - here Donald Cossaboon-DeGregorio - here Lyle Galloway - gone Joan Galloway - gone New Artists Jim Penland -- Casa do Felize and J.B. & M.E. galleries Isabelle Samul -- Isabell Studio 135 Artist Galleries operating now that were never pioneers: Clay College Fath Gallery Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts The Refrigerator Door Gallery Brush in Hand Full Spectrum Marsh Hen Studio
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Viewing is Weds night and Funeral is Thursday at Christy Funeral Home.
I thought the best way to honor Carmen is to let the people who knew him best.
This is from the Daily Journal. May he rest in peace.
Friends pay tribute to Carmen DeGregorio
He was a great man. We just want to keep their family in our prayers.
They are the best family and they were always happy and cheerful. We just want everyone to remember him as a hero that saved a girl's life and a guy who is looking down at us and seeing everything we do and how much everyone misses him and cares about him so much.
When Carmen came to the Millville Police Department I had already been an officer for 13 years. You could tell that he wanted to be the best police officer that ever served the city of Millville, as did the rest of the officers.
It takes a great person to do what Carmen did. I don't think the people in the city of Millville will ever forget that he put his life on the line to help someone he didn't even know, but you had to know him to understand the reasons why he did it.
Rest in peace friend, we will all miss you.
-- Herbert Williams, retired Millville Police officer
I was one of the original nine Millville police walking patrolmen, beginning my career with the Millville Police Department in 1973, and staying until I left to join the FBI in 1984.
I first met Carmen while walking my post on North High Street, just before Christmas 1973. As I recall, Carmen's dad operated a gas station near the old Wheaton Plaza, and Carmen worked for him there. Carmen and I would talk about police work (even though I had less than two weeks "experience" at the time) and talk about how much he wanted to be a cop. As I continued my career with Millville police, I saw Carmen become a member of the Millville Police Reserve, and become employed as a dispatcher with Millville police where we worked together for a number of years.
Just before I left Millville for the FBI, Carmen realized his dream of becoming a full-time Millville police officer. I lost touch with Carmen after I left Millville, but on reading the news of the vicious attack on him as he tried to save another person's life, I realized that his actions did not surprise me in the least. Carmen was a "sheepdog" -- one of those individuals who were born to protect others from the wolves, and he did so with pride and honor.
One of the funny anecdotes I remember about Carmen was during his service as a police dispatcher. He bought a big, old car that looked very much like a much-used old police car, and he took a lot of kidding about that car. Looking back, I see that that car was just one more way he was showing that he was always a good cop, and always will be.
Rest in Peace, Brother! You did your duty, and you did it well.
-- Walt Clemens, former Millville Police Sergeant and former FBI Special Agent
MILLVILLE -- Black bunting draped the outside of the Millville Police Department entrance Friday while officers inside dealt with the loss of one of their own. Carmen DeGregorio, a retired city police officer, died Thursday afternoon, a little more than 36 hours after he was run down in a gas station parking lot after intervening in a domestic dispute.
Carmen DeGregorio, a retired city police officer, died Thursday afternoon, a little more than 36 hours after he was run down in a gas station parking lot after intervening in a domestic dispute.
The Police Department is setting up a memorial fund, but the details weren't complete Friday afternoon, Grennon said.
Christy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for DeGregorio, 51. The arrangements are expected to be set today.
Elsewhere in Millville, there were other signs of the lasting mark DeGregorio made on the city in his 25 years on the force.
At 2nd and High streets, a city message board proclaimed: "Carmen we know you will be spending Christmas in heaven this year."
Flags outside City Hall and around the city flew at half-staff Friday.
Mayor James Quinn said DeGregorio's family, friends and co-workers were still struggling Friday to come to grips with his death.
"It's very somber, to say the least," Quinn said. "There's just been a lot of reminiscing about what a great guy Carmen was and how he really and truly cared about people.
"It's mind-boggling," Quinn said. "There's no rhyme or reason for something like this to have happened."
Anthony Wieners, president of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association said Friday in a written statement: "Carmen was a cop's cop, laying his life on the line to save a woman. Although retired from active duty, Carmen never retired from the instinct to help others."
DeGregorio intervened when he saw Robinson trying to shove the woman into the trunk of his car, authorities said. After freeing the victim, DeGregorio pushed her toward a nearby Wawa convenience store and then ran toward the store's gasoline pumps.
DeGregorio retired in 2004 and was married with school-age children. He had survived a heart attack while still a police officer.
"The entire police department is extremely proud of Officer DeGregorio and we consider him to be a hero in every sense of the word," Grennon said.
Originally published December 1, 2007