I don’t know for sure but it seems that the fast-moving storm that went through the area Saturday night caused as many problems for some as Hurricane Irene last August. I had a 50-foot tree completely uprooted in my backyard which crashed through my fence; fortunately it fell away from the house.
The deaths of most well-known people rarely make a direct impact on us because we don’t know them outside of their celebrity persona. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, especially if it’s someone you idolized and followed closely or if they died in a tragic fashion.
The Toms River Regional School District will hold its fifth Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony tomorrow in the Pine Belt Arena with 16 former athletes, four coaches and four outstanding teams saluted for their past achievements. The ceremony begins at 5pm, is free and open to the public and I will have the pleasure of serving as Master of Ceremonies.
Earlier in the week I talked about Chris Herren, the former pro basketball player who was to appear last night at the Pine Belt Arena and talk to parents and students about his battle with drugs. I was not planning on doing a follow up but after being among the nearly 1,000 people who turned out to hear his story I just felt like I had to talk about this.
The younger generation only knows Dick Clark as the guy who hosted New Year’s Rockin’ Eve which after he suffered a stroke several years ago was turned over to Ryan Seacrest with Clark appearing in a somewhat limited role. However I and I’m sure many of you will always associate him with American Bandstand, the music variety show that ran on ABC from 1957-87.
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