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James with the Jackson Jaguars baseball team
James with the Jackson Jaguars baseball team (James Volpe Foundation)
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The James Volpe Foundation

Sometimes good does come out of bad and in the case of the James Volpe Foundation, the tragic death of a teen-age student-athlete has been turned into a positive that has helped many individuals and organizations. 

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Brick Memorial pitcher Brian Cottrell
Brick Memorial pitcher Brian Cottrell (Scott Stump, All Shore Media)
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Brick Memorial’s Chance At A Championship

Considering the powerhouse high school baseball programs that Ocean County produces annually it’s certainly no surprise that we have a team playing for a state sectional title. 

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Governor Christie in-studio for Ask The Governor
Governor Christie in-studio for Ask The Governor (Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ)
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No Help From The Governor

If you were expecting a firestorm from Governor Christie on his Ask The Governor radio show here last night when the latest fiasco at Rutgers University was brought up you were certainly disappointed. 

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Toms River fire department displays the flag
Toms River fire department displays the flag (Facebook via Ocean County Sheriff's Department)
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Thoughts Returning From The Long Weekend

Random notes and thoughts following what was for many a long holiday weekend.

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Mike Gesicki
Mike Gesicki (Townsquane Media NJ)
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Ocean County Duo In High Demand

A subject of considerable discussion among my group of old-timers is the demise of the three-sport athlete who is being killed by over-bearing and selfish coaches and parents whose vision is being clouded by dreams of scholarships and dollars.

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Jersey Shore Sports Hall Of Fame
Jersey Shore Sports Hall Of Fame
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Return Of The Jersey Shore Sports Hall Of Fame

The Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame is made up of over 250 athletes, coaches and others who have contributed to sports landscape in Monmouth and Ocean County.

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Kevin and his niece Fallon
Kevin and his niece Fallon (Towsquare Media NJ)
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Greetings From Absarorkee, Montana

So you might have noticed I was away for a few days.  I wouldn’t call it a vacation but rather a long weekend which was spent in Absarorkee, Montana. 

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Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds throws out a runner at first base against the St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds throws out a runner at first base against the St. Louis Cardinals (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Cleaning Up The Rutgers Mess

I would imagine more than a few people had similar reactions to Rutgers naming of Julie Hermann as the school’s new athletic director Wednesday by saying or thinking “men have screwed things up enough there…its time for a woman to clean up the mess.”

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Ocean County Tournament champion Toms River North
Ocean County Tournament champion Toms River North (Paul Barno)
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Ocean County Tournament Champions

Let’s bounce around a bit this morning but let me first say I was invited by Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers to meet Prince Harry yesterday but gave my spot to someone else.  I’m in the company of royalty on a regular basis anyway.

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Kevin Williams' retirement "announcement"
Kevin Williams' retirement "announcement" (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Reports Of My Retirement Are Greatly Exaggerated

Sometimes all it takes is the action of another to motivate you to make a decision you’ve been pondering for some time. 

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Tiger Woods of the USA and Sergio Garcia of Spain stand on the 11th tee
Tiger Woods of the USA and Sergio Garcia of Spain stand on the 11th tee (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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A Win For Tiger, A Loss At The Movies

I went to see “The Great Gatsby” on Saturday and my review is incomplete. 

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(L-R) Kevin's son Brandon, wife Jane and daughter Alex
(L-R) Kevin's son Brandon, wife Jane and daughter Alex (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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No Day As Special As Mother’s Day

We have created special days for just about everyone as it always seems like there is a reason to buy someone a card and flowers. 

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