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Kinderhook today (L to R)- John Korba, Jerry Kopychuck, Jim Ryan, Craig Barry and Andy Fediw. Missing from photo is Gary Oleyar.
Kinderhook today (L to R)- John Korba, Jerry Kopychuck, Jim Ryan, Craig Barry and Andy Fediw. Missing from photo is Gary Oleyar. (Kinderhook Music)
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Going Back In Time To Help Others Move Forward

The band "Kinderhook Creek," now known simply as “Kinderhook," will be making their first appearance in the shore area in over three decades on Saturday as part of the fifth annual “Rock for the Nurses” fundraiser at the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar in Point Pleasant.

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J.T. Miller #10 of the New York Rangers celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period
J.T. Miller #10 of the New York Rangers celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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Thoughts for an early summer day

Notes, thoughts, feelings on a Wednesday morning.

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(Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media
A wreath in Seaside Park honoring veterans (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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A Pitch Perfect Holiday Weekend

A little of this and a little of that following what was for me a 4-day weekend which is more like a mini-vacation. You start to get into that lifestyle where you can stay up late because the alarm clock doesn’t go off at 2:45 the following morning.

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Crabs Claw waitresses (L-R) Sarah, Kristen, Rachel & Cindy
Crabs Claw waitresses (L-R) Sarah, Kristen, Rachel & Cindy (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Tips on celebrating National Waitstaff Day

It’s likely not on your calendar and I don’t know if Hallmark makes a card for the occasion but today is National Waitstaff Day which is promoted as our chance to say thanks to the many great servers who do their jobs with genuine pleasure and professionalism.

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Tom Yanisko
Tom Yanisko (Tom Yanisko )
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Still a King of Chili

I don’t remember the year but it was in the early days of Toms River hosting a Chili Cook-off which used to take place at Huddy Park.  At the time I was co-hosting the morning show on WOBM-FM and our studios were in Bayville.

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Alana (far left) of Pine Belt Auto with scholarship recipients Colton LaLima (Colts Neck/James Madison), Taylor Devlin (Freehold Twp/Monmouth University) and Amanda Kennedy (TR East/Penn State). Not pictured is Robert Planter Jr. (Manchester/Pace University) who was playing in the Ocean County Tennis Tournament.
Alana (far left) of Pine Belt Auto with scholarship recipients Colton LaLima (Colts Neck/James Madison), Taylor Devlin (Freehold Twp/Monmouth University) and Amanda Kennedy (TR East/Penn State). Not pictured is Robert Planter Jr. (Manchester/Pace University) who was playing in the Ocean County Tennis Tournament. (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Honoring Sporstmanship on the Shore

More than 350 student-athletes, parents, athletic directors and coaches gathered inside the Pine Belt Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North for what was a first.

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The championship Jackson Memorial baseball team
The championship Jackson Memorial baseball team (Matt Manley)
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The Comeback Jaguars from Jackson Memorial

Random thoughts on this Friday morning which is 5/15/15 for what it’s worth.

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Pros vs. Heroes logo
Pros vs. Heroes logo (Pros vs. Heroes)
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Pros Meet Heroes On the Beach for Charity

 Clearly these are tough times for those working in law enforcement as national headlines have not exactly been kind to the men and women we count on to protect and serve. 

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James Volpe Foundation
James Volpe Foundation (inset: James Volve) (James Volpe Foundation)
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Remembering a Baseball Player on the Links

It was four years ago today that James Volpe died as a result of injuries he suffered while a passenger in a car driven by one of his Jackson Memorial High School baseball teammates as they returned from a game. He was 17 years old.

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Brick Memorial's Alec Donovan defeated Bound Brook's Stephan Glasgow 1-0 to win the NJSIAA 145-pound state title. (
Brick Memorial's Alec Donovan defeated Bound Brook's Stephan Glasgow 1-0 to win the NJSIAA 145-pound state title. (Photo by Sports Pix NJ)
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A Champion Makes a Gutsy Decision

In March Alec Donovan of Brick Memorial capped his high school wrestling career by winning the 145-pound state championship and two months later he’s in the headlines for doing something that takes more guts and determination than what he did on the wrestling mat in Atlantic City.

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(L-R) Kevin Williams, Kevin's sister Pam, his mother Felice and brother Brian
(L-R) Kevin Williams, Kevin's sister Pam, his mother Felice and brother Brian (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Mother’s Day and Ranger Blue

It was a perfect ending to Mother’s Day for me and the mother of my two children. Jane was on the couch and I was in the leather chair and we were screaming at the TV watching the Rangers desperately hang on to beat the Capitals and force a 7th and deciding game in their Stanley Cup Playoff series.

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Toms River STARZ 8th grade girls’ basketball team
Toms River STARZ 8th grade girls’ basketball team (Toms River STARZ)
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A GreenJacket stops at home

The Augusta GreenJackets make the trip from Georgia to Lakewood to play the BlueClaws only one time each season and that series ends tonight which means the family of Connor Kaden will have to say goodbye to the 22-year old pitcher.

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