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2014 Toms River Student Loan Fund honorees with Fund president Peter Van Dyke
2014 Toms River Student Loan Fund honorees with Fund president Peter Van Dyke ( Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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The Best Kept Secret in Toms River

It’s been around since 1937 and is often called the best-kept secret in Toms River, even though it’s not meant to be.

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Evan Murray
Evan Murray (Sevian Frangipane)
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Resisting The Rush to Judgement

Clearly we live in a time when often there is a rush to judgement following a tragedy because someone or some group needs to be blamed.

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Kevin Williams with the Rita's mascot at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival
Kevin Williams with the Rita's mascot at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival (Townsquare Media NJ)
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What Happened to September?

It seems like yesterday I was lamenting how quickly the summer came and went and now we are in the final days of September and I’m wondering what happened to this month. I know Labor Day was late but it seems like the month flew by and here were are with October right around the corner.

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(L-R) Kevin Williams, St John Vianney coach Derek Sininsky, junior linebacker Tyler Tedeschi and Ed Sarluca (Townsquare Media NJ)
(L-R) Kevin Williams, St John Vianney coach Derek Sininsky, junior linebacker Tyler Tedeschi and Ed Sarluca (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Toms River’s Gridiron Civil War

The third full week of the high school football season features the annual matchup of Toms River South and Toms River North which has been billed as the area’s version of the “Civil War.” It’s the 44th meeting between the two rivals going back to 1972 and it’s produced some memorable moments and great upsets.

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: A moment of silence is held in honor of the late Yogi Berra before the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves
A moment of silence is held in honor of the late Yogi Berra before the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves (Elsa/Getty Images)
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Yogi Berra: Loved by 100% of most baseball fans

With the recent passing of baseball legend Yogi Berra there has been a lot said and written about concerning his famous quotes or as they are often referred to, “Yogi-isms.” Seems about half of what he is credited with saying are true although even those might have been embellished over the years.

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Bill Bruno (R) and his wife Jeanette
Bill Bruno (R) and his wife Jeanette (Ed Sarluca, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Heaping Praise On Bill Bruno

Administrators, teachers, secretaries, coaches, fellow athletic directors and others paid tribute to retiring Brick Memorial Athletic Director and Social Studies Supervisor Bill Bruno at Woodlake County Club Tuesday.

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Shawn Michaels, Townsquare Media
Shawn Michaels, Townsquare Media
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Old School and Proud Of It

When someone says you are “old school” it’s there way of telling you that you are old fashioned and maybe disconnected from the way things are today. However the accepted definition of “old school” is anything that is from an earlier era and looked upon with high regard or respect. In that case I am “old school” and proud of it.

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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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