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Alex in her new Hoboken apartment's kitchen
Alex in her new Hoboken apartment's kitchen (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Emptying the Nest

I am both happy and sad that my 22-year-old daughter Alex has officially made my wife and me “empty nesters.”

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Pete "Randy Macho Man Savage" Lepore
Pete "Randy Macho Man Savage" Lepore (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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The Hijacking of Halloween

Today of course is Halloween which I have always thought of as a kid’s celebration that adults have somehow hijacked. 

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basketball backboard
(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Taking the joy out of youth sports

At what age and at what level should winning be the priority when it comes to sports? 

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Damage in Lavallette after Superstorm Sandy
Damage in Lavallette after Superstorm Sandy (Borough of Lavallette)
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Sandy’s One Night Stand

It was two years ago today that the Jersey Shore was introduced to Sandy and while she was only a one-night stand the Superstorm/Hurricane has sure left a lasting impression. 

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Lacey head coach Lou Vircillo moved to second place all time in career wins in Shore Conference history with win No. 264 after a victory over Jackson Liberty.
Lacey head coach Lou Vircillo moved to second place all time in career wins in Shore Conference history with win No. 264 after a victory over Jackson Liberty. (Photo by Scott Stump)
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A Monumental Win

Belated congratulations to Lacey High School football coach Lou Vircillo, who finally collected his 264th career victory over the weekend when his Lions shutout Jackson Liberty. 

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Representatives from Manchester Middle School accept their $10,000 grant from the OceanFirst Foundation
Representatives from Manchester Middle School accept their $10,000 grant from the OceanFirst Foundation (OceanFirst Foundation)
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The OceanFirst Foundation Pays Off

More and more school districts are seeking grants and outside funding to support programs no longer covered by budgets while allowing for the establishment of new and innovative ones. 

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Andy Chase inside his tent on the Ocean of Love billboard in Toms River
Andy Chase inside his tent on the Ocean of Love billboard in Toms River (Townsquare Meida NJ)
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Neither rain nor wind can stop the Ocean of Love Billboard

It’s a tradition unlike any other when it comes to billboard radiothons. 

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Route 9 in Old Bridge
Route 9 in Old Bridge (NJ DOT)
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The Difference 4 Hours Makes

Bouncing around a bit on a Thursday morning:

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Kevin Williams' father whose nickname is "Bear"
Kevin Williams' father whose nickname is "Bear" (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Virtual Prayers For “The Bear”

Facebook certainly has its faults and it’s easy to make fun of those who are seemingly addicted to the online social networking source and share just about everything with their so-called “friends.” 

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(L-R) Brandon, Alex, Jane and Kevin Williams get ready for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Point Pleasant
(L-R) Brandon, Alex, Jane and Kevin Williams get ready for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Point Pleasant (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Making Strides Together

One thing you can count on at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Point Pleasant Beach is that my wife’s car will be the first in the parking lot right next to the starting point.

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Toms River Student Loan Fund recognition dinner honorees
Toms River Student Loan Fund recognition dinner honorees (Susan Guida)
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Honoring Toms River’s Best

The focus was on teachers last night during the Toms River Student Loan Fund’s annual recognition dinner at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center. 

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Beachwood Mayor Ron Roma (back center) and Council President Steve Komsa with the Geiger Family.
Beachwood Mayor Ron Roma (back center) and Council President Steve Komsa with the Geiger Family. (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Honoring ‘First Family of Soccer’

 

Thousands of driver’s everyday along Route 166 in Beachwood pass a sign at the intersection of Beachwood Boulevard which draws attention to the borough’s Citizen of the Year. 

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