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Kevin Williams with Toms River North Sportsmanship Award recipient Chris Gulla in 2013.
Kevin Williams with Toms River North Sportsmanship Award recipient Chris Gulla in 2013. (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Enjoying the Last Weekend of Summer

The final summer weekend was another good one and I even got to spend a few hours on the beach Saturday which was an unexpected bonus.

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Kevin tailgates with his wife Jane and daughter Alex
Kevin tailgates with his wife Jane and daughter Alex (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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A Test of Good Sportsmanship for Penn State

Clearly it’s been a tough week for not only the Rutgers football program but everyone associated with the school. Saturday night the Scarlet Knights take the field against another school that knows what it’s like to deal with off the field distractions which can at times get ugly and my guess is Penn State fans will not have a lot of sympathy for the 4,000 or so Rutgers fans who make the trip to Happy Valley.

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Trick-or-treating
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The Great Ocean County Trick or Treat Controversy

And so the great experiment has apparently failed and as a result Halloween in Toms River and some of the surrounding towns will return to normalcy, if that’s what you want to call it.

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Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The ice cracks some more at Rutgers

A little of this and a little of that today about the continuing drama at Rutgers, the most valuable sports teams and the "sort of" retirement party for Brick Memorial High School Athletic Director Bill Bruno.

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Leonte Carroo #4 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrates with head coach Kyle Flood after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 40-21 in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field
Leonte Carroo #4 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrates with head coach Kyle Flood after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 40-21 in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit in December. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Skating on Thin Ice in Piscataway

I have never met Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood but everything I’ve heard about him from those that know him has been very positive. Stand-up guy, basically good-natured, hard-working. Just some of the ways the 44-year old Queens, New York native has been described to me.

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Donovan Catholic head football coach Dan Duddy on the Thursday Night High School Football Show
Donovan Catholic head football coach Dan Duddy on the Thursday Night High School Football Show (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Let The Football Games Begin

On what is a solemn day to remember throughout America we also celebrate the first full weekend of high school football in New Jersey, a game that in the best of times can bring schools and even communities together.  Of course as evidenced by what happened last year in Sayreville it can also tear them apart.

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Rowan County Clerk of Courts Kim Davis (R) stands with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (L) in front of the Carter County Detention Center
Rowan County Clerk of Courts Kim Davis (R) stands with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (L) in front of the Carter County Detention Center (Ty Wright/Getty Images)
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The Responsibility To Do Your Job

Let me tell how much I deplore the fact that religion seems to becoming more and more of a political issue when it should be less and less.

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis #9 of the New York Mets celebrates with Yoenis Cespedes #52 and Curtis Granderson #3 after an 8-7 victory against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park
Kirk Nieuwenhuis #9 of the New York Mets celebrates with Yoenis Cespedes #52 and Curtis Granderson #3 after an 8-7 victory against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Welcome Back to the Fall Routine

A belated welcome back to those who may not be with me during the summer because their schedule changes with schools closed. Teachers, bus drivers, school support staff and of course parents, it’s good to have you back and I hope you had a good recess (do they still call it that?).

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Kevin relaxes on the beach in Seaside Park
Kevin relaxes on the beach in Seaside Park (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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266 Days until Memorial Day

Memorial Day signaled a beginning and 105 days later Labor Day closed the books on what was truly a spectacular summer at the shore,and yes I know how great the month of September can be.

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North Avenue beach in Seaside Park on Tuesday morning
North Avenue beach in Seaside Park on Tuesday morning (Jane Williams)
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The End of Summer Means the Start of Football Season

We all know that Labor Day marks both an end and a beginning and that is certainly the case when it comes to sports right here in the shore area.

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Community Medical Center in Toms River
Community Medical Center in Toms River (barnabashealth.org)
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A Good For You Guys’ Night Out

In general terms men seem to pay less attention to their health then women. Maybe it’s some kind of macho thing but a lot of men do whatever they can to avoid visits to the doctor, especially when they are feeling okay.

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Lucky Strike Bowling Alley in Hollywood
Lucky Strike Bowling Alley in Hollywood (Mike Windle/Getty Images for Interscope Records)
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Inventions men need to be created now

Every couple of months I like to “borrow” something from Men’s Health, a magazine I subscribe to but often have trouble relating to. This month’s
“Guy List” was a feature on inventions we need NOW. I’ve selected my ten favorites:

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