Thursday, June 26, 2008

Viewing and Service for Big Don the Pirate

Here are some photos and a video of our celebration of Don's Life held at the American Legion to celebrate the man who put the “Arrrr” into the Arts District! Here is Sitar Bob.
Rita Lyman

Others spoke as well.

Dennis Tawes, Tim Shannon, and Carl Johnson shared good memories of our good friend Don.

Monday, June 16, 2008

NJ Motorsports in June 16th Phila Inquirer

City hoping to rev up economy

Finishing touches are being made to the first of two raceways to open in Millville, N.J.

MILLVILLE, N.J. - The acrid fumes from the roadway below, where workers are putting down a final layer of asphalt, don't seem to bother the two men on the bridge.

They are inhaling the sweet smell of success.

On July 5, one of two raceways will open at New Jersey Motorsports Park, about five years after Don Fauerbach, Millville Mayor James Quinn, and others first talked about using 700 city-owned acres for a resort to draw big-spending motor enthusiasts to one of the state's poorest regions.

When both tracks open, the $50 million facility will have races and offer car buffs the chance to pay a $10,000 start-up fee - and $2,400 annual dues - to rev their Corvettes, Ferraris and Porsches past the park's black-and-white checkered time towers.

Eventually, the project will include hotels, restaurants and a conference center, said Fauerbach, the park's general manager. Officials estimate the park will draw as many as 400,000 visitors annually to this town of 27,000 residents.

"This is the Disneyland of Millville," Quinn said.

A city hit hard by the loss of manufacturing jobs during the last decade, Millville sought ways to boost its economy, such as the developing its downtown as an arts district.

Still searching for new jobs and tax flow, the city government began courting investors in motor-sports parks.

Though the park's opening-day staff will include only 100 full-time employees, research by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rowan University projected the park would create 6,250 jobs in the region by 2010.

The city's economic development director, Don Ayres, said the arrival of so much taxable property was keenly awaited.

"I don't think we've ever had a project that created that much investment in Cumberland County," he said.

Motor-park investors were attracted to Millville by its access to major East Coast cities, a regional fervor for racing sports, and other open-air attractions nearby.

"We are nestled literally in the crotch of an outdoorsman's paradise," Fauerbach said, mentioning the close proximity of the Maurice River and the Delaware River.

That proximity is exactly what worries some environmentalists.

A lawsuit filed by three environmental groups was settled in 2005 when the city designated 100 acres by the park as grasslands habitat. But concerns didn't die with the lawsuit.

At the American Littoral Society, an environmental group concerned with coastal areas, Delaware Bay program manager Matt Blake said he did not oppose the development, but worried that it would bring sprawl and sudden population growth.

"The Cumberland Forest represents ground zero for much of New Jersey's threatened and endangered species," Blake said. "It's not just about the racetrack . . . What came with it was the decision to open up one of the county's most important rural and forested areas to commercial development."

Asked about environmentalists' worries, Fauerbach cited the deep local ties that motor park advocates like himself and Quinn bring to the project. As an eighth-generation - his granddaughter makes 10 - resident of the area, Fauerbach said, he has a vested interest in local preservation.

Quinn and Fauerbach insist the city and motor park have approached development in an environmentally responsible manner. One of the raceways is built on land where sludge waste was dumped, and the city has committed to preserving half its square mileage as open space, Quinn said.

The park's $10,000 membership fee - which rises to $15,000 on July 1 - entitles holders to drive on the 1.9-mile Lightning Raceway and 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway 30 days each year, with additional driving time at the Virginia International Raceway.

More than 100 members have joined from along the East Coast, but membership may be out of range for many local residents. The average Cumberland County household income was estimated at $44,398 by the Census Bureau in 2005.

Fauerbach insisted the course is not just for the ultra-rich.

"If you're a member of the Sports Car Club of America and have a $5,000 old MG sports car you've been fixing up in your garage," he said, "as an SCAA member you can come out and participate" for a small fee.

Quinn may be an outspoken proponent of the park, but he said he won't take out a membership - not even to race his new Jaguar convertible.

Racing enthusiasts can also take out a $200 annual spectator pass, Fauerbach said, allowing them to watch any of the races - such as Labor Day weekend's Grand-Am Rolex series.

Like the local Millville sports teams, Thunderbolt is named after the P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft used to train World War II pilots at Millville Airport, Fauerbach said. Other park features, like the trackside Villas at Breighton, evoke images of the airport's World War II ties.

"There's a tremendous amount of history here, and we're proud of that," Fauerbach said. "We're committed to not only preserving what's here but to tell that story."

In the downtown arts district of Millville, numerous business owners expressed faith in the park's promised economic jolt.

Clad in a paint-stained, pastel button-down shirt and an orange hat adorned with Chiquita banana stickers, artist and gallery owner James F. Penland put aside his brush to gush about the boost he said would surely accompany the park's opening.

"The motor-sports park is going to be a bonanza to this town," he said.

Asked whether motor-sports fans would patronize the arts, Penland said, "I know that to be a fact. You're talking about a class of people who can afford to travel, obviously. The women are always shoppers."

Penland's hopes about the spending potential of female visitors - called "racing widows" by one store owner - were echoed at other shops.

Not everyone in town is so sure. Aggie McVeigh, owner of the art gallery and flea market Refrigerator Door, waited outside her shop on a recent day for someone to buy $1 items such as a wooden washboard and a pair of white canvas roller skates.

McVeigh moved to Millville for the affordable taxes and living costs, but she said she was struggling to keep her business afloat in a town where "none of us can afford to buy anything."

Though the racetrack will draw crowds, McVeigh said she thought much of the traffic would bypass downtown Millville.

"I'm not holding my breath for a lot to happen," she said. "But I would be happy, of course, just like anyone else."

Contact staff writer Karen Langley at 856-779-3876 or

Friday, June 06, 2008

Center City Neighborhood Watch

Congratulations Carl.
This is very good

Millville cops recruit eyes in community: Neighborhood Watch kicks off

By JOEL LANDAU • Staff Writer • June 6, 2008

MILLVILLE -- The city will jumpstart its Neighborhood Watch program this summer, starting with placing 30 signs around the city to remind residents to be vigilant in preventing crime.

Lt. Ed Zadroga, the Police Department's liaison to the program, said the department has 30 signs and "plenty of stickers" for residents to place in their homes' windows. The items will list a number for people to alert police of any problems.

"We encourage all community residents not to be afraid to call the police," he said. "We encourage everyone to bother the police. That's what we're there for."

The police also will distribute booklets to people which offer advice on how to keep their homes and vehicles safe.

Zadroga said the signs and stickers will also discourage criminal activity.

"Criminals don't want to be uncomfortable," he said. "If you're making them uncomfortable, they will move on."

Police will work with the city's Streets and Roads Department on placement of the signs. The majority of the signs will be in the Center City and 3rd Ward areas, where crime is highest, but Zadroga said the program is available for the entire city.

The police will not hold meetings for the watch, but will attend neighborhood meetings to spread the word about the program, Zadroga said.

The department and Public Safety Director Dave Vanaman promoted the neighborhood watch program at community meetings following a series of gang- and gun-related incidents earlier this year.

The violence prompted the public watch group Guardian Angels to visit the city and start a chapter. Local Angels recently began patrolling the city.

Neighborhood Watch participants monitor the area from home.

Carl Johnson, a program coordinator and block captain, said the goal is to get someone who lives on every block in the city to keep logs detailing activity on their street and report to police any suspicious activity.

Johnson said the group would use the summer months to spread the word and build support for the watch.


Zoning Board

MILLVILLE -- The Millville Housing Authority must satisfy some engineering concerns before it can present to the city's Zoning Board its plan to raze Holly Berry Court.he board opted at Thursday's meeting to delay granting "completeness" to the authority's application to demolish the 49-unit complex and build 55 new units. The authority cannot submit its plans to the board until it addresses these concerns.

The MHA did not have a representative present at the meeting.

Senior Engineer Brian M. Prohowich said the city wanted a change in the complex's design.

The authority wants the units on the outside of the property on Holly Berry Lane and parking in the middle. The city wants a more residential design,

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

2nd Annual Student Technology Showcase

Today June 4 was the 2nd Annual Student Student Technology Showcase. It was held at Lakeside School in Millville and it was a full and varied program. One workshop that I saw was called "Multimedia Math Stories." Students presented solutions to stories they created that include the four steps of problem solving. Students presented Video tutorial the students created and used a Geosketchpad. It was good to see kids and teachers working together.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

NJ Primary II and Building for Sale.

It was NJ Primary Election Day Part 2.
The City Commission meeting was at 5pm and I had to miss it. There was news tonite.
Barak Obama has clinched the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States. Congratulations!! Now to soothe some wounded egos in the Hillary camp. Meanwhile I decided on Rob Andrews for the Democratic Nomination for US Senate but
he lost BADLY to Frank Lautenberg.
Meanwhile I visited some warehouse on Columbia Ave in Millville that is for sale for less then $200k. I know some friends who would like to buy the property for sculpture and or other art. Lets see in October. The movie is a walking tour of the building
The rain is falling and I need to say good night

Monday, June 02, 2008

In Memoriam Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley 1928 - 2008
Bo Diddley with his signature square guitar.
Not many musicians achieve what Bo Diddley did. He created a rhythm so distinct
it was known by his name:the Bo Diddley beat.
I wish I had more time today to expound upon this, but I also couldn’t let this go without at least putting something up.
He is a member of Rock’s early pantheon.

Birth name
Ellas Bates
Also known as
Ellas McDaniel
December 30, 1928(1928-12-30)
McComb, Mississippi, USA
June 2, 2008 (aged 79)
Rock and roll, blues, rhythm and blues
Singer-songwriter, musician
Vocals, guitar, synthesizer, synthitar, electric piano, piano, organ, percussion, drums
Years active
1951 - 2008
Checker Records, Chess Records, BoKay Productions, RCA Victor, MF Productions, Triple X Records, Atlantic Records/Code Blue

A New Ethiopian Restaurant

Speaking of Food. I just read on the Malcom X Park webstite about this new Ethiopian restaurant at 720 S. 52nd St. Read this!
Its called Blue Nile Falls. The restaurant occupies the 2nd floor of a building that houses a bar at street level right at the corner of 52nd and Webster. It has seen rave reviews. I just might go there after I get paid or when we go to Philly!!

Free Pizza!

DATE: May 21, 2008

SUBJECT: Staff Appreciation Day

TO: All Staff

FROM: Executive Director

I’d like to take this time to thank you for your commitment to the agency as well as our clients. Ours is not an easy job, but one that makes a difference in people’s lives. By changing their circumstances today, you change children’s lives tomorrow. That makes you all heroes.

In a show of my appreciation for all that you do, I am declaring June 4, 2008 PCAO Staff Appreciation Day. Last year each district office/department was allotted funds to organize and schedule the day themselves. This year we will celebrate simultaneously. Pizza and soda will be delivered to each office between 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm on that day. A small token of my appreciation will also be sent the day before, and will be distributed to each staff member on 06/04/08.

Again, thank you for your dedication to excellence in customer service.

Next Steps

1. District Administrators/Department Heads should ensure that offices are prepared for the 06/04/08 food deliveries.

2. District Administrators/Department Heads should ensure that the gifts being delivered 06/03/08 are received and secured until 06/04/08.

Thank you.

cc: Executive Staff

Millville Riverfront Development

Here are some photos and Video of the progress the City of Millville has made with its Riverfront Project. It was well-done with alot of care and citizens of Millville should be proud of the work that has been done thus far. This was paid for by GRANTS from the State of New Jersey NOT by real estate taxes. This project will bring value to Millville. The pictures seen here are taken on Sept 23rd 2007, Feb 2 2008 and May 31st 2008.