Saturday, November 29, 2008

Millville Thanksgiving Parade

Yesterday(Friday November 28th), was a good nite for a parade. The weather was decent, there was a nice big crowd and I got to chill at Sitar Bob's place where we had food and fixings plus groovy tunes to relax. I even heard about this horror movie called Yeti: a Love Story. This movie has a very twisted plot. I want to thank Bob for his hospitality. Now on towards the Christmas holiday.

Friday, November 28, 2008


We got a Harmonium and just opened it today. It was wrapped in cool purple. Someday she will play with Sitar Bob..d We plan to go to the Oar House later today. Here some photos I just took today at noon.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

We had a quiet thanksgiving this year. My mother is staying over till Saturday. Last night we went to the Oar House for dinner. Today we just chilled out. We watched a dog show and then watch 2 football games and going outside. We lit some fires in the backyard since it was such a nice day outside. We postponed the big dinner till tomorrow since we were all pretty tired due to the fact that our newest dog Woofie somehow escaped from the yard. He is back thankfully. The Eagles played their BEST 1st half in a very long time and Its now 41-13.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Flyers Game

Last night, I was invited out to see the Flyers play at the new Wacovia Center. Its a nice big place and our seats were real nice. I could see all the action. Here are some photos of the Flyers win against Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, last night.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

3rd Friday Nov 21st

On a COLD 3rd Friday in Millville, I ventured outside to partake a 3rd Friday. I went to Brainchurch, Oar House, Rusty Heart and Isabelle's Studio. Dennis Taws has his work at the Rusty Heart. I suggust you check it out.
Here a a few photos and a video of Sitar Bob at Brainchurch

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Friend's Hobby

This is my friend Pat's plane's. He is way into this



Arts District at the Crossroads??

Got up early this morning to do my daily browsing of the news of the day. This article in today's AC Press is titled "Millville merchants say arts district isn't bringing shoppers downtown" I believe that we are at a crossroads in downtown Millville. All voices need to be heard andsome changes that may have been dismissed need to be considered. Since I am not a merchanton High Street I can't tell you all but I think the merchants have some ideas..

one more thought...
I think that more of the merchants ought to make it a point to attend the City Commission meetings on a regular basis EVEN if
there is NO issues pertaining to your issues. Just having a presence there at City Hall every 2 weeks on Tuesdays
a 6:30 will help!! Maybe the Merchants Association can send folks down... Heck, you just have to take a look at the Millville First.
I do not agree with they stand for , BUT they show up to meetings
and do affect decisions at times or at least put the pressure on by showing up and speaking out over and over again.
We can do it if we work together and listen to each other cause we all want the same thing, a successful downtown Millville!!

Third Sunday Music Should be Supported

I wanted to show my support to Bryan and New Revelation Records by publishing my neighbor's letter. It was published in the November 19th 2008 Daily Journal in the editoral section. Please also read the comments as well. We need to support each other in these hard economic times.

"Each month I've held my tongue in check and kept my pen in the holder on my desk. But no more. Enough is enough. Why put pen to paper now, you might ask, with our economy in such a mess, food and gas prices depleting our pocketbooks, and the general cost of living and dying impacting our lives? Why speak out on this issue?I can't do very much about those things except to economize, live and vote responsibly, and pray. However, this is something I can do something about immediately: I can make my voice heard.

I can support and defend this cause face to face, because I am in the middle of it every third Sunday. This is an hour of fun and pleasure that is being given to me and everyone else who has the good sense to "stop and smell the roses." And it's free, courtesy of the foresight, ingenuity and generosity of the owner of New Revelations Music and Novelty Shop, at the corner of High and Pine streets in Millville.

Brian Montemuro has provided the opportunity for many artists to be seen and heard for at least one hour on the third Sunday of each month in an open-air venue. The music has been eclectic, with varieties from rock to gospel. And no matter the style, it has produced a cohesive bond for everyone there who has enjoyed the camaraderie.

However, without fail, the party pooper(s), whomever that person(s) may be, either calls the store to complain about the music or sends the police. My God, people, this is an arts district. That is what artists and art lovers do in an arts district. They perform and enjoy.

Instead of complaining, put on your joyful heart, a "hi, neighbor" smile on your face, change into your cultural persona, don a pair of dancing shoes and come out and join us. You just might like us.

Say "hi" and "thank you" to Brian, and just plain "hi" to the rest of us. Or, grab a bottle of wine and just chill. Perhaps this is a good time to go out and visit friends or family for an hour. Go to a movie. Go shopping. Go to church and pray for the souls who are "living their lives out loud."

It's one hour a month. It's the Arts District. Brian and New Revelations should be supported and applauded for his support of talent and generosity to the public."

Donna M. Ritchie


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CarriePip wrote:
Bryan is inventive and hardworking, doing everythign he can to make his business work in tough times. I've seen him modify his hours, expand his inventory and now provide live entertainment -AT NO COST- to attract customers as well as give high street a setting for community/gathering. He even invites and allows kids to come play games on his turf when they don't have any other options....that's way cool.
11/19/2008 10:20:10 AM
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hidesight wrote:
Hallelujah, praying, listening to music, dancing, passing the " bottle " and just plain chillin ?
Maybe your neighbors believe in the OLD TIME RELIGION.

11/19/2008 9:55:16 AM
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wakkaman wrote:
AMEN. I live nearby and I think its way cool. Go to my blog and see a sample

11/19/2008 8:05:16 AM
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causeicare wrote:
I had no idea they did this every month! I'll have to go check it out. Gospel, rock, country..I love it all! Thanks for letting me know about it.
11/19/2008 7:21:21 AM

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Perils of Driving so MUCH

Yesterday the 18th, I came close to getting into two accidents. Here
is one. Man that was scary!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New High School

I wanted to share this with you.
This is from the News of Cumberland County in the BEN

" It appears that some influential Millville citizens may be advocating for building the new high school on the Union Lake tract next to Woodland Shores and Oakland Estates.

"Now that the housing developers, Matzel & Mumford, have backed out, the tract is up for grabs.

"Wawa, owner of the land, will present its own proposal for building housing at the next planning board meeting.

"But, if that doesn't fly, the city may be eyeing the land for the new high school, which requires 100+ acres for ballfields, etc.

"Should a high school be built on this land, the likelihood of a peaceful, conserved environment on the lakeshore is pretty dismal."

A Millville Observer

Monday, November 17, 2008

A week of RAIN..and now a week of WINTER

Yup that's the story and I am sticking to it! Below is the drenching rain that fell in Millville Saturday night Nov 15th

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Edge of Bridgeton NJ

While in Bridgeton after yoga class we went past the intersection of Water Street and University Ave to find this abandoned factory. It was right on the Cohansey River. It was a nice mild Saturday Nov 15. Check these photos out. The Video is at the bottom.

Home Fixin

Took care of some business at home today getting ready for some cold weather. After the nice breakfast at the Legion for the benefit of the Levoy Theatre, I was fixing a nice BIG hole in our shed roof. Its not pretty but the hole is gone. Put up plastic around the back porch for our outdoor pub Woofie

Levoy Fundraiser

Today we went to the American Legon for the Levoy breakfast fundraiser. We got there at 8am this morning. The food was good and the conversation was better. I hope they did well.

Did you know..part II

I went on the web and after going from link to link found this Site

"The FDA has been looking for a generic name for Viagra. After careful consideration by a team of government experts, it recently announced that it has settled on the generic name of Mycoxafloppin. "

Its a joke but this is not

Right now, more money is being spent on developing and marketing erectile dysfunction drugs ($2 billion in 2006) than the federal government is committing to Alzheimer's research—around $1 billion.

Did you know?

I saw this and found it pretty cool

Friday, November 14, 2008

Center City Meeting Nov 13th

Last nite at Bethel AME Church, the Center City Neighborhood group held a meeting. Stephen Kehs, vice president of Vineland-based Triad Associates, moderated the meeting The study was the product of a $90,000 grant from the Wachovia Foundation. which has partnered with AHOME to conduct a study to improve center city. The $90,000 grant is paying Triad to publish the results of their study, which solicited the views, gripes, hopes and wishes of center city residents with the aim of developing a "plan of action," in February - complete with a grant application for $750,000 from the former bank.
Currently Bridgeton did receive the $750,000 which is being run by Tri-County. If anyone has info on how that is being run and what the $750,000 is paying for, please inform me on the comments section of this blog post.
There were ideas to improve the Center City neighborhood, I like the idea of having a community service requirement in the Millville Schools.
This is a great opporturnity for Center City Millville and we need to work together on this and do it smart

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Arts District Survey

I was in attendance in a packed City Commission chambers as JGSC Group, of Merchantville, Camden County, presented the results of a survey conducted earlier this year to hear what visitors think of Millville’s downtown.

What the people want, what they asked for by completing in-depth surveys over the summer, is

More retail, restaurants, events and activities.

I don't think that the consultants considered that there are limited liquor licenses. If what I read is true, the money for the consultants could have been used to start the process of marketing the district and plan initatitives. Apparently, other ideas were dismissed out of hand by the MDC. The problem seems to be that some of the landlords downtown charge excessive rents that small boutique shops can not pay and stay in business. What about giving artists incentives to work and live downtown? The MDC and the merchants need to hear each other out. It was good to see merchants come out to this meeting. A key to moving High Street to the "next level" is to get the Levoy Theater restored and open.