Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Director to be named

Yes, the moment we have waited for 3 months...This blogger will be there with camera in hand to report LIVE on the celebraton. All the meeting and greeting will be shown, or at least the highlights.

"On behalf of the entire board of the RRCA Board, I am pleased to invite you to a Press Conference on Thursday, October 2, at 6:00 p.m. at the RRCA, 22 N. High Street. The newly hired executive director will be introduced to you, the community and the media at that time.

There will be light refreshments and plenty of time to meet and greet the new excutive.

You do not need to RSVP. We look forward to see you there!

Marianne Lods"

Wall Street FART!!

Today we saw the House voted down the Wall Street bailout and the Dow went down 777 points and "cratored".
I am now watching Charle Rose interview 2 journals. One from Barrons and the other from the NY Times. Charlie keeps saying CRATER...CRATER..
They are saying this is as bad as the 30's. What questions do we have?
Even as policy makers worked on details of a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry, Wall Street began looking for ways to profit from it.

"Financial firms were lobbying to have all manner of troubled investments covered, not just those related to mortgages.

"At the same time, investment firms were jockeying to oversee all the assets that Treasury plans to take off the books of financial institutions, a role that could earn them hundreds of millions of dollars a year in fees.

"Nobody wants to be left out of Treasury's proposal to buy up bad assets of financial institutions."
Even as policy makers worked on details of a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry, Wall Street began looking for ways to profit from it.
Here are some quotes from the NYT that I got from Michael More.

"Financial firms were lobbying to have all manner of troubled investments covered, not just those related to mortgages.

"At the same time, investment firms were jockeying to oversee all the assets that Treasury plans to take off the books of financial institutions, a role that could earn them hundreds of millions of dollars a year in fees.

"Nobody wants to be left out of Treasury's proposal to buy up bad assets of financial institutions."
While you may not agree with Mr. Moore, these statements and the main cause why Congress rejected this bailout.
I am pretty sure it will pass in some form.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Greenwich Annual Artisans and Craft Fair,

We were one of the thousands of people attended the annual artisans and craft fair. The weather was iffy but it did not rain too much. We got some nice gifts and saw some friends. We did some English line dancing and saw a lecture by John Fea. He wrote a book about Philip vickers Fithian. called The Way to Improvement Leads Home.The Dec. 23, 1774, journal entry of Philip Vickers Fithian marked the event that took place the night before, according to McAllister. Fithian, a chaplain who died in 1776 in New York, is viewed by many as one of the rebellion's leaders. Local historian Bob Francois said Fithian was inspired to burn the tea after traveling through Annapolis, Md., two months earlier, shortly after a similar episode there.
I have videos on YouTube that show this interesting lecture.

"There were about half a dozen of these tea parties," Francois said, also noting the most famous incident, the Boston Tea Party.

The Tea Burners' Monument marks 22 names of the rebels, though historians believe as many as 40 could have taken part.

Five men - Josiah Seeley, Joel Miller, Abraham Sheppard, and Ephraim and Silas Newcomb - faced trial in 1775 for their role in the event. According to McAllister, the brother of one of them was the county sheriff and he stacked the jury with revolutionaries. None were convicted. Several of the names - Sheppard, Seeley, Newcomb - are still carried by local residents descended from the revolutionaries.

For more information, call the Cumberland County Historical Society at 856-455-4055.


Monday, September 22, 2008

Outdoor Concert at New Revelation Records

Hello after I was drillin at home, I walked outside my door and listen to music outside of New Revelations Records
Sunday Sept 21st it was 4Peace Jazz at the corner of High and Pine Streets groovin with spoken-word and funky jazz. Below is a video that I think came out very nice. I went to Google Video and you can compare with this video from YouTube Both tunes are fare I hope that this store does not have to close. Bryan does a nice job bringing in musicians and I can check them out from the comfort of my own home. Its nice to take time to take my mind off other things!

Here is more info on this group and the members of the band
Sunday, September 21, 2008 "4 Peace, jazz" Plays High and Pine, Millville, NJ Members of 4 Peace, jazz are:Rita Lynn Lyman....poetry, words, vocalsLori Benton Janetta....Vocals, wordsJody Janetta....bass, upright or electric, sometimes piano, sometimes percussionAnthony Vega....drums, percussion Special guests:Paul "Woz" Woznicki....keyboards, etc. Bill Monson....drums, percussion We are a group of friends, poets, musicians who like to experiment. Our project is completely improvised "free-style" at every gig including all the music, words and vocals. We do not rehearse or preplan our sets, we get together and create a tapestry of listening and playing. If we repeat words or music we have expressed before it is in the conceptual realm and not as a written "tune". The musical members of the group know the "rules" of their instruments and are experienced improvisers from the jazz school of thought. Each are multi-tasking with several creative musical projects such as Adelante, Juniper Trio, Dark Hollow and others.Rita's poetry mind also comes from the rock and jazz sides of music and listening and is given in the spirit of "each person has an important voice and everyone of us can add to the betterment of the world and people around us." We hope to add to your entertainment!We try to build an energy of community and "peace" with each other and our audience. The energy of those who listen to us is as important as the energy of our playing. Thanks for enjoying "the now" with us!This gig was absent or our regular drummer so we invited guest musicians:Paul "Woz" Woznicki from Wilmington, DE on Keyboards, synth sounds and other toys; and Bill Monson from the outskirts of Philly on drums

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Started the morning at Carolyne's yoga class called Ostera Yoga in Bridgeton. She has a good class and the folks are nice. Nest we dropped by to Bogarts for a chair message with Rita and our pup Jesus wanted some attention from one and all. We then did some stuff to the house and June our other pup seem to approve of the new set up and she is looking like the queen of Sheeba. It was a nice sunny day.

3rd Friday Sept 19 2008

Third Friday we spent most of the evening sitting on our porch chillin and listening to a group called Bread & Butta They were playing outside of New Revelation Records which is right near our house. on the way to getting some food at NY Style pizza I ran in to some people.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Freedom of Speech!! We Must Protect it!!

The man in the white shirt seems bent on political intimidation. Read this letter and the comments printed in the Daily Journal. We must not allow politics of personal destruction to have a foothold in Cumberland County!!

Letter to the Editor
September 19, 2008:
"One wonders how a nation, a county, a community survive political processes driven not by a debate of issues, but rather by lies and innuendo. I am inclined to be generous in my assessment of others, but I am despairing that too many people find it easier to believe misinformation rather than work at understanding the truth.

I think this is the case with our national election, where Republican strategists are working hard to distance McCain from Bush and to present Sarah Palin as someone with character rather than someone who, "Throughout her political career ... has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance," according to Sunday's New York Times.

We in Cumberland County are even closer to distortion of the truth in an attempt to attain political office. Monday's Democratic attack on Sheriff Michael Barruzza could have been designed by Bush-McCain strategists. Unwilling or unable to talk about issues, the Democrats, led by Cumberland County Freeholder Director Lou Magazzu, and in the person of sheriff candidate Bob Austino, drag up the personal business of a Republican leader who is not even running for office. Surely the Democrats were aware that Sheriff Barruzza is not close to Carl Johnson and that his office will handle any court order relative to Johnson as it would any similar order. Yet they accuse Barruzza of foot-dragging because of "favoritism" and even call a press conference to spread this falsehood!

Looking at this more closely, it is clear that the attack is on Johnson as much as Barruzza. Johnson has had the courage to publicly challenge not only county Democrats, but also Millville First Republicans. While Johnson raises legitimate issues, those he targets stoop to character assassination. Johnson's contentious divorce travails are a private matter and have nothing to do with the issues he has raised in the political forum.

How do we get back to issues?

Somehow, we need to shovel through all of the dirt and decide for ourselves where we would like to see our city and our nation head. I, for one, will be a ticket-splitter. I have always been a Democrat, and will support the national ticket, but the county Democrats and their underhanded tactics have cemented my votes for the county Republican candidates.

Linda Forbes


In your voice

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wakkaman wrote:

Replying to ABKL1329:

Kudos to the writer on the local election. The democrats have no real issues against the republicans in office except they're republicans so they resort to low ball tactics. Mr. Johnson's private business is just that private. I don't think, if it were them, the democrats would want their dirty laundry aired. Come on folks...let's get to the real issues. I want to know what the candidates are going to to do to make Cumberland County a better place.

I heard that on the same day this letter was published that a TAX ASSESSOR paid a surprise visit to her house and took pictures. This is OUTREAGIOUS!! This is AMERICA and we have freedom of speach!!
9/20/2008 7:46:40 AM

Friday, September 19, 2008

They Just don't Get It!

Freeholder Candidates say Tax Relief will come from more Development
I read this headline in today’s Atlantic City Press and just was stunned. Have they not learned ANYTHING from what has happened to the rest of the state?????
This part of the article says it very well!!

"The county budget has nearly doubled in the past four years, rising to more than $80 million after bipartisan budget votes by freeholders. During that time, county coffers ran flush as increased commercial development brought in new tax dollars. However, most municipalities didn't necessarily see financial relief in actual tax dollars during that time. With property values rising, equalization ratios used to determine towns' county tax rates dropped. The result has been that, despite the slow drop of the county apportionment rate, county taxes have risen nearly every year".

Have these folks ever hear of the "ratables chase"
If not here is former Governer Christie Todd Whitman to tell you.

"The ratables chase is the propensity of some local governments to pursue additional property tax revenue through land development, or the addition of tax ratables. Unfortunately, without proper planning these actions frequently result in the addition of services required to support this development which cost more than the revenue generated. The end result is less open space and higher property taxes for the entire community."

I hope the candidates can come up with more holistic and comprehensive solution or our children will have to live in sprawl and higher taxes

Thinking 2:08 AM Sept 19th

Up..Up and away goes me $$$. Its been a topsy-tervey time in this Summer 2008. Tonite after 4 attempts Liberty Village is going to build on empty land next to the Custard Corral. I was undecided but others on the zoning board were ready to grant Mr Frank Carpino his verience to build 57 homes. The folks representing the city had concerns but did not oppose this varience like in Jan 08. In the end I voted with the 7-0 majority but listed my concerns about sprawl and the Master Plan.
The Inferno lost a well-known advertiser. Gee I wonder why?? My friend was paid a visit by the tax assessor the day after writing a letter to the newspaper. I think there is some attempted intimidation from a heavyweight politician is in an unholy allience with a grumpy old man to rid this city of a friend of mine. All I can ask now is...WHAT WOULD DON DO??

Sitar Bob Writes of the Noise of the Racetrack

Hey All,
I concur... the Grand Am event was the loudest one yet. None of it has really bothered me all that much but that was loud!!! I am, at times, (eh...hem) a late sleeper but it has not really interfered with my beauty rest so far. Lord knows I need it!!!
Cedar St. traffic is much closer to my house and louder. The racetrack noise is more constant but usually like hearing alot of traffic out on Buckshutem Road to me. I think I have more woods between me and the track than some folks even west of Buckshutem. It seems louder at my friend's house on Porreca Drive to me than at my house near the intersection. If I had a smelly horse farm there, I might have to sell it cheap and move to another town far, FAR away!!! (Hint, hint.)
I try to think of it as the sound of people having fun!!! Like music, if it is a sound you enjoy, you can tolerate it much louder. (Remember all of those Iron Butterfly concerts??? Me neither!!!) If it is sound you don't enjoy, it is extremely annoying. (Wives and preachers take note!!!)
I was against the racetrack initially because of enviromental, noise and dust pollution reasons. I have come to embrace the racetrack as it is now a reality. I usually hate to hear car races on TV but I watched the race they broadcast from the park and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I do feel for the people who are getting more noise than I am. It is
probably JUST tolerable for me. However, the airshow is much worse... like living in a war zone from the time they start flying in and practicing on Wed. to the Monday after when they start flying home. I have had my home strafed by warplanes directly overhead for hours on end and for days at a time. Now THAT'S stressful!!! Read my INFERNO story about it. Made me most unpopular with those who didn't get the humor!!! Carl... cc: that to everyone stat!!!)
Hopefully more buffers will be implemented and perhaps officials can take a second look at whether we should have open wheeled racing. Other than that, hope that racetrack folks will want to buy homes in the area near the track!!! Perhaps there is a way to market the homes of those who want to sell to those racing enthusiasts who would like a home near the track. (Realtors.... are you listening to the genius dribbling out of me like tapioca from Grandpa's mouth???)
It could be worse. It could be an open air Hip-hop concert venue! Or worse yet, country and western!!! Yee-Hah!!!
Think of the sound of the racetrack like prison sex - Once you except it's inevitability, you might just as well loosen up and try to enjoy it!!!


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

William Sellers Inventor of the Standardized Screw!

William Sellers was a mechanical engineer, manufacturer, and inventor who filed more than 90 patents. Here is an article about him in WIRED magazine from Janurary 2002. You can scroll down this page and click on page 2,3 etc. I am related to this man and that is amazing to me.

We live in a standardized world. Whether made by the Gap or American Eagle, a pair of khakis with a 32-inch inseam and a 34-inch waist will fit you just about the same. A Panasonic phone will plug into the jacks in your home as easily as a phone from AT&T. A new CD from the smallest record label in Holland will sound as good in your car stereo as the latest release from BMG. And Diablo II will run just as well on a Dell as on a PC from IBM. We take this kind of standardization for granted, but without standardization, there would be no mass production or mass communication. Which is to say, without standardization there wouldn't be a modern economy.

Today, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, there are close to 800,000 global standards. But go back a century and a half and you find an American economy in which there were literally none. On April 21, 1864, a man named William Sellers began to change that. Sellers initiated the first successful standardization fight in history, over the humble screw. That struggle was not just about a particular standard. It was about the importance of standardization itself. To win, Sellers relied on technical savvy - as well as political connections, clever strategy, and a willingness to put progress ahead of the self-interest of his own friends and colleagues.

On that April evening, a crowd of Philadelphia engineers and machinists gathered in the lecture hall of the Franklin Institute, the professional society to which they belonged. Sellers was the institute's new president, and they were there to hear him speak publicly for the first time. In the world of these men, Sellers was a legend, the finest tool builder of his time. After starting as an apprentice machinist at 14, Sellers had his own shop by the age of 21, and a decade later he was the head of the most important machine-tool shop in Philadelphia, the city at the center of America's machine-tool industry. If Sellers was going to insist that national standards were necessary, then it was definitely an idea worth taking seriously.

The speech, "On a Uniform System of Screw Threads," played against the backdrop of war between North and South, which added resonance to Sellers' call for a national standard. "In this country," Sellers noted, "no organized attempt has as yet been made to establish any system, each manufacturer having adopted whatever his judgment may have dictated as the best, or as most convenient for himself." At the time, American screws, nuts, and bolts were custom-made by machinists, and there was no guarantee that bolts made by shops on different streets, let alone in different cities, would be the same. "So radical a defect should exist no longer," Sellers proclaimed.

But even if Sellers was right and the nation needed to adopt a standard, what should it be? Sellers acknowledged that something called the Whitworth screw standard was rapidly gaining ground in England, and that some American machinists were using it as well. But Sellers believed America needed a benchmark of its own, one that met the needs of a fast-growing, rapidly industrializing economy. So he spent the bulk of his speech unveiling a new, and all-American, screw of his own design.

The key to that design - which applied to nuts and bolts as well as to screws - was the shape of the threads, the raised metal ridges that run around the body of a screw. The threads determine the strength and durability of the screw, as well as ease of production. In cross section, virtually all screw threads were triangular, but the particulars of that triangle were matters of intense debate. The two sides of a Whitworth thread formed an angle of 55 degrees, and its tip was rounded off at the top. The Sellers thread, by contrast, had a 60-degree angle, but its apex was flattened.

These differences may sound minor, but in practical terms they were revolutionary. The 55-degree angle of Whitworth's screw was difficult to measure accurately without specially designed gauges. By contrast, Sellers' 60-degree thread - one angle of an equilateral triangle - could be measured with ease. Similarly, the rounded top of Whitworth threads made it more difficult to fit nuts and bolts together, since the threads often did not match perfectly. Flattening the threads made it easier to ensure that they locked into place with one another. Finally, producing a flat thread was something any machinist could do quickly and efficiently by himself. Building a Whitworth screw required "three kinds of cutters and two kinds of lathe," Sellers noted that night. His screw required just one cutter and one lathe.

Sellers won over the crowd. After the speech, C.T. Parry of the Baldwin Locomotive Works announced that he hoped Sellers "planned to do more than just talk." Then a machinist named Algernon Roberts proposed that a committee be formed to weigh the Sellers standard against the Whitworth. A month later, Roberts' committee voted unanimously in favor of the Sellers standard. Machine-tool shops and government agencies across the country soon received word urging them to adopt it.

The American machine-tool industry was to the second half of the 19th century what the computer and networking industry was to the second half of the 20th: the country's most important driver of technological innovation. The machinists of the Franklin Institute, and their colleagues in cities like Cincinnati and Providence, Rhode Island, built lathes and planers and drills and screw cutters so that other companies could build rifles and clocks and sewing machines. They provided the infrastructure that allowed the Industrial Revolution to take off.

James Surowiecki (jamesuro@aol.com) writes a financial column for The New Yorker.

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Motersports Park and Noise

This past weekend we in Millville saw....no..heard the other side of the
Motorsports Park. Its ironic that this complaint comes out one year after
the groundbreaking last September 19th. Here is a quote from the Sept 17 AC Press:

"At Tuesday's commission meeting, just two residents, a husband and wife, spoke about the noise, but the commissioners said they've received numerous complaints, including one coming from Port Norris.

The couple lives on Val Lane, a road near the park, and they said the noise has reached a point where they think it mig

and the park is getting good press . This is not a bad thing at all but there is room for improvement.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Political Parody 2008

I got This and it is funny
Its called
Hot Child head of state

Also try the The Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator Here is the
result for my name Mark Krull, if you were born to Sarah Palin, your name would be:

Tape Boise Palin

The two pieces of legislation authored by Gramm, which essentially gutted regulation of the financial markets, and lead to the sub-prime mortgage crisis, and today’s market failures. Time for them to OWN it!

the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999
the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.

Danger in the shape of somethin' wild
She is no Stranger dressed in black, she just acts like a child
Everyone knows who she is and what her name is
We all know where she came from but not what her game is

(Hot Child head of state )
(Hot Child head of state )
(Runnin' wild and spreading hate)
(Hot Child head of state)

So wrong to be loose and have her way

Young kids, they just want their Mommy home
She goes to
Juneau, what is she doing there?

When she goes to Juneau, she acts like she just don't care, care

(Hot Child head of state)
(Hot Child head of state)
(Runnin' wild and speading hate)

(Hot Child head of state)

Come on down to my place, legisLAtors

We'll talk about tax and spend
Come on down to my place, Alaskan
I'll make you depend!

Hot Child head of state
(Hot child in the city)
She's kinda dangerous
(Hot Child head of state)


We drove to Reading with Linda and Dennis to an old glasses factory called Goggleworks. It was cool scene and the art was very interesting. I grooved to a band from Philly called The Sweatheart Parade. We intend to make visits like this more often.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

From the AC Press: Vote on housing project delayed

While I was blogging about the Merchants Assn. event on Sunday, I saw this article written by EdVan Embden
Its well-written. Wish I could have been able to show like I did in February. Here is the article........................

11:45 p.m. update
Major revisions cause Millville Planning Board to delay vote on housing project again
MILLVILLE — Another Planning Board meeting, another delayed decision for a housing development proposed for the city’s north side. Armed with a revised proposal and plenty of professionals, Matzel and Mumford presented the plan for its 532-unit housing development to the board Monday evening and addressed the numerous city-raised issues that previously threatened to sidetrack the plan. However, the proposal included so many changes, Board Solicitor Rich Daniels said, that a second public hearing is required. With a commission chamber full of residents waiting patiently to speak, the developers and their team answered questions late into the night. After the residents spoke, the meeting concluded with board members giving their opinions and deciding to take a deeper look at the information. David Fisher, vice president of Matzel and Mumford, presented a number of changes that have been considered since the proposal for 532 units was first delayed in February, and then delayed several times after that. A primary concern of the city’s has been the potential for increased traffic on already burdened roadways and intersections near the development. The development, tentatively called Avondale at Union Lake, is bordered by Union Lake and Delsea Drive, specifically Union Lake Shopping Center. To address this problem, Fisher said, the proposal now includes a straight access road that travels the length of the development and could, potentially, be linked to a Route 55 off-ramp. It is estimated that the development would put 2,000 more cars on Millville’s roads. A point of consternation for the board is a slice of land and the inevitable delay of any plans concerning the Department of Transportation. The land between Route 55 and the proposed development is owned by a total of three entities, including the state. And while representatives with Matzel and Mumford talked about positive meetings with the state and with other developers, they could not include the off-ramp in their plan. Board member George Mitchell brought up the issue early in the meeting as an attorney for Matzel and Mumford repeatedly referred to the off-ramp and the land between the highway and the development. “We don’t know if we’re going to get it,” Mitchell said of the land. “We don’t know if the state is going to approve it. We don’t know who’s going to pay for it, and it shouldn’t be part of the discussion. You have no control over whether it gets built, so you shouldn’t tout it.” More issues from the board came in the way of concerns over traffic studies done on roads and intersections slated for upgrades, but those upgrades have not been made, yet, and there is no timetable for their completion. Traffic engineer David Shropshire reported that there would be no change in the levels of service for nearby intersections, but admitted that if the intersection was already failing — intersections are graded on a lettered scale and end at F — that it could, presumably, be worse off. The board also wondered why the traffic study was done while considering not-yet-done improvements. Attorney Frank Wisniewski, however, said to do so was an acceptable and correct solution. “We’re basing this on existing approvals and guarantees,” Wisniewski said. “We have every right to base our report on that.” Matzel and Mumford’s history with the city includes a board-denied proposal for 700 single-family homes on the same site in 2006. It also includes a lawsuit by the developer against the city for what it called unlawful practices. That was later resolved. A majority of residents’ complaints centered on the increased traffic problems, as well as the possibility of a school being built near the site and the environmental concerns and impact on nearby Union lake. It is possible that a final decision will be made at the next Planning Board meeting 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14.