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Slot machines  (Photo by Christopher Furlong /Getty Images)
Slot machines (Photo by Christopher Furlong /Getty Images)
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Unused Vacation Time and the Retirement Jackpot

Since I’ve given up on the Mets I need to talk about something else today so here goes.

An issue that seems to bother many people, and I think deservedly so,  deals with large payouts to those retiring from certain state and government jobs...

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Mets towel at Citi Field
Mets towel at Citi Field (Bob Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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10 Reasons Why The New York Mets Are In the Hometown View

Please be aware of the following. As long as the Mets are alive in the postseason then there is a good chance you will hear some mention of them in the Hometown View. You may view it as overkill and you may be correct but let me give you ten reasons why:

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Columbus Day parade in Seaside Heights
Columbus Day parade in Seaside Heights (Ocean County Sheriff's Dept)
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Columbus Day Writer’s Block

As I’ve said before there are mornings when I stare at the computer screen wondering what I want to address in this marvelous 2 ½ minute segment with no idea. Today is one of them.

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Brick's Carmen Sclafani (15) carrying the ball; brother Joe (36) is far left
Brick's Carmen Sclafani (15) carrying the ball; brother Joe (36) is far left (Bill Normile)
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Recognizing An Ocean County Breast Cancer Survivor

Often on a Friday during the football season I will talk about the games coming up over the weekend. Today we'll also put a spotlight on breast cancer awareness.

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Frank Sinatra, Taco, Barbra Streisand
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A Listen Down Memory Lane

The other day our promotions director Ted Maturo comes to me with a two-page list of Ocean County’s All-Time Most Requested Songs. I know it’s old from the WOBM letterhead and the 201 area code as our phone number and it turns out it’s from 1983.

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Luke Gregerson #44 of the Houston Astros celebrates with his teammates Jason Castro #15, Luis Valbuena #18 and Marwin Gonzalez #9 after defeating the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Luke Gregerson #44 of the Houston Astros celebrates with his teammates Jason Castro #15, Luis Valbuena #18 and Marwin Gonzalez #9 after defeating the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Notes and Rants for Tuesday

Some notes and rants with one having nothing to do with the other.

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A Life Ended Too Soon

As I’ve said before one of the first things I read when I open the Asbury Park Press are the obituaries. It’s something I’ve done for the better part of thirty years and not because I enjoy reading them but it’s simply a way to keep track of those who have been in and out of your life. A good day is one in which you don’t know anyone listed.

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Brick cheerleaders keep dry during Friday night's game with Jackson
Brick cheerleaders keep dry during Friday night's game with Jackson (Ray Richardson)
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Playin’ In The Rain

A little of this and a little of that following a weekend that produced plenty of rain and wind, some flooding and a lot of anxiety but thank goodness, no hurricane.

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, Dylan Rebeor with his teammates on the Columbia, Tennessee high school football team
Dylan Rebeor with his teammates on the Columbia, Tennessee high school football team (FightLikeDylan.org)
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Who Fights Like Dylan on the Jersey Shore?

It was somewhat ironic that at about the same time Warren Hills senior Evan Murray died tragically while playing football I received a press release announcing Russell Athletics’ fifth annual “Fight Like Dylan Award.” That’s because the award honors high school teams that have shown determination, inspiration and perseverance through sports and clearly Warren Hills will need a big dose of that to get through this season.

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Hurricane flags fly at a home in Bradley Beach
Hurricane flags fly at a home in Bradley Beach (Bud McCormick)
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Joaquin’s Effects Already Felt on the Football Field

Joaquin is still days away and there are indications that the worst weather we face is not from that storm but a system that will likely hit us on Friday. As a result several high school football games have already been moved and more could follow.

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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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