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Jason Collins Sports Illustrated
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Not Suprised By Jason Collins

I would like to tell you I had little reaction to the news that Jason Collins is gay because we are at a point where someone’s sexual orientation does not and should not matter.  That’s true but I would be a liar if I said that’s why Collins’ disclosure Monday was not all that stunning. 

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Sandy’s Six Month Anniversary

It is a six month anniversary that will likely not feature any champagne toasts and certainly no gifts. 

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CBA honored Marty Kenney for his rare milestone, and Kenney credited the many coaches and players he has worked with over the years for his success.
CBA honored Marty Kenney for his rare milestone, and Kenney credited the many coaches and players he has worked with over the years for his success.(Matt Manley)
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Thoughts For The Weekend

Random notes and thoughts heading into the final weekend of April.

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(L-R) Brandon Williams, Kevin Williams (Townsquare Media)
(L-R) Brandon Williams, Kevin Williams (Townsquare Media)
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The Pride Of New Jersey

I have read with the interest the results of a recent Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll which clearly shows the Yankees are the favorite baseball team of New Jersey residents and also one of the most despised. 

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2012 POAC Walk For A Difference
2012 POAC Walk For A Difference (POAC)
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Weekend Events Around The Shore

There are a host of charitable events and fundraisers coming up in the next few days and because people have reached out to me asking for support I am reaching out to you. 

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Ortley Beach after Sandy
Ortley Beach after Sandy (Toms River Township)
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Help From The Toms River Regional Schools Hurricane Relief Fund

We have learned that despite all the sources of help there are so many individuals and families still with great needs as a result of Sandy. 

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Beach Patrol captains (back left to right) Bob Tormollan (Lavallette), Rob Connor (Seaside Heights), Joe Gomulka (Seaside Park) and Pete Busch (Ortley Beach). Front is Seaside Heights Beach Supervisor Jay Boyd.
Beach Patrol captains (back left to right) Bob Tormollan (Lavallette), Rob Connor (Seaside Heights), Joe Gomulka (Seaside Park) and Pete Busch (Ortley Beach). Front is Seaside Heights Beach Supervisor Jay Boyd. (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Saving Our Lifeguards

Memorial Day is five weeks from today and if it’s sunny and warm many will head to the beach. That is if the beach they usually go to is open. 

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Former Brick Memorial wrestling coach Dan O'Done
Former Brick Memorial wrestling coach Dan O'Done (Twitter)
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Dan O’Cone Goes Out On Top

Dan O’Cone has certainly gone out on top.  After 7 years as wrestling coach at Brick Memorial O’Cone made official Thursday what many had known for weeks: he is stepping down as coach of the perennial state power.

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Mark Barden, the father of a victim at Sandy Hook Elementary School, joins U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in making a statement on gun violence in the Rose Garden of the White House
Mark Barden, the father of a victim at Sandy Hook Elementary School, joins President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in making a statement on gun violence in the Rose Garden of the White House (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Random Notes & Thoughts For Thursday

Just some random notes and thoughts.

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The New York Yankees observe a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing
The New York Yankees observe a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing (Elsa/Getty Images)
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We Are Boston [VIDEO]

In 2001 it was New York and now 12 years later it’s Boston. 

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Lakewood Hall Of Fame induction class of 2012
Lakewood Hall Of Fame induction class of 2012. L to R: John Brown, Mads Madsen, Dan Kozelnik, Jack Boylan, Keith Lee, Daniel Burnick, Ken Hicks, Sr., Major Finklin, Brent Braisted. Missing was Nanc Arven. (Patricia Halpin)
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Helping The Lifeguards

It is nearly six months since Superstorm Sandy landed a haymaker to much of the Jersey Shore and we are less than six weeks from Memorial Day weekend which is the unofficial start of the summer tourism season. 

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Tim Osborn
Tim Osborn (Ocean County Signal)
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Time Is Up

Last July I was at Toms River High School East for a 7-on-7 tournament that was part of the U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic which would be played later that week. 

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