The Sunday Edition: How Many Delivery People Will Be Attacked This Year?

From the South Jersey Times, dated March 13:

“Two gunmen held up a pizza delivery man Tuesday night and led police to search for them in Paulsboro.

The 21-year-old delivery man tried delivering the pizza to an address on Harding Street, but when he got out of his car, the two robbers —wearing ski masks that revealed only their eyes and brandishing pistols — held him up, police said.”

They’re an easy target: sent to an address they probably don’t know, many times in the dark, carrying cash on them. They are usually alone and younger in age.

We take delivery people for granted. Not feeling like cooking, or even going out, we call our favorite pizza shop or Chinese takeout place and have someone bring us our less-then-healthy fare. But every so often, one of these delivery folks has their own health challenged by people looking to rob them and do them harm in the process.

The story above is far from unique. In fact, I come across these incidents a number of times each month. I have posted them reguarly in our weekly news section.

It saddens me every time I read one of these events take place. And I wish I had an answer.

Restaurant News and Notes

Lots to catch up on, since we haven’t done a Sunday Edition in a few weeks…Recently went to Xina in Toms River for dinner. Very enjoyable evening, and the place was jumping. Good to see as the recovery from Sandy continues…We also sampled some yummt treats from A Sweet Memory right here in Forked River, which just opened. So far so good, and they will be having donuts and cinnamon buns on weekends soon. So much for the weight loss…recent openeings include The Amish Market of North Wildwood and a third Megu Sushi location in Ventnor…Formica Brothers has closed its cafe location in Northfield, keeping their focus in their AC location…Library III is moving from its Black Horse Pike location to McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links, and should be all settled in by April 1…Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar at Bally’s will not be coming back this summer…April is Grilled Cheese Month at The Pop Shop in Collingswood and National Empanada Day (April 8) and Month at Cuba Libre in AC

Here’s the Farmers’ Market Report

Want to help out? They need volunteers for the upcoming Collingswood Farmers’ Market, which opens May 4.

Blogging Out Hunger

Bethel United Methodist Church in Washington Twp recently opened a food bank.

Always good to read about kids helping out, as these fourth graders from Woodstown did for The Cathederal Kitchen recently.

Volunteers are needed at the Philadbundance food bank in Edgewater Park.

And in other food news this past week…

The big news this past week was the announcement that a ShopRite would be opening in Camden. Good for Camden.

Good article on the dying tradition of muskrat trapping.

Well done Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, which raised $145,000 for scholarships!

And Happy 60th Birthday to Peeps!

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