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Todd Frazier
Todd Frazier (Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
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Todd Frazier’s Busy Off Season

A busy off-season is about to become even busier for Toms River’s Todd Frazier, who had a banner rookie season for the Cincinnati Reds. 

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Kevin Williams with daughter Alex (Facebook)
Kevin Williams with daughter Alex (Facebook)
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Happy Birthday Alex!

Random notes on my daughter Alexandra’s 21st birthday and the first she was not home to share with us. 

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Downtown Toms River
Downtown Toms River (YouTube)
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Shop The Shore

We’ve had Back Friday and Small Business Saturday and today is Cyber Monday.   I’m sure many of you have participated in some form to one of these as the holiday shopping season is here but may I suggest more than ever you “Shop the Shore.” 

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Thanksgiving turkey
Thanksgiving turkey (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The 4 F’s Of Thanksgiving

For me Thanksgiving is without question the best holiday of the year because it’s pure. 

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High Point Solutions Stadium, home of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights
High Point Solutions Stadium, home of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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A Big Day For The Rutgers Scarlet Knights [VIDEO]

If you are not a college sports fan it’s likely you’ll have little or no reaction to the news that Rutgers University is about to depart the Big East Conference and become the newest member of the Big Ten Conference which will actually have 14 schools but will still be called the Big Ten because Big Fourteen doesn’t sound right.

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Kevin Williams (C) with son Brandon (L) and his brother Brian (holding Trevor) at Penn State
Kevin Williams (C) with son Brandon (L) and his brother Brian (holding Trevor) at Penn State (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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A Saturday In Happy Valley

Nice weather, a win by the home team and bringing my daughter home for Thanksgiving.  That pretty much sums up my annual football weekend at Penn State where the Nittany Lions routed Indiana to clinch a winning season, something few experts predicted back in September. 

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Point Pleasant Beach High School
Point Pleasant Beach High School
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The Few, The Proud, The Beach

Like just about everything else the high school football season was interrupted by Hurricane Sandy and is trying to get back to normal, whatever that means. 

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Cliff Baker
Cliff Baker (Facebook)
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The Meaning Of Thanksgiving In A Post-Sandy World

Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow and it will probably take on a new meaning in the wake of recent developments. 

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Ruth Hawfield sits next to her cot in a Red Cross evacuation shelter set up in the gymnRuth Hawfield sits next to her cot in a Red Cross evacuation shelter set up in the gymnasium of Toms River High School North asium of Toms River High School
Ruth Hawfield sits next to her cot in a Red Cross evacuation shelter set up in the gymnasium of Toms River High School North. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Moving Past Sandy

It was two weeks today that Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore as part of her destructive path which has directly impacted the lives of so many while indirectly effecting just about everyone who calls Ocean and Monmouth County home.

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Accident on I-195 during the Nor'easter
Accident on I-195 during the Nor'easter (Chris Swendeman, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Dear Mother Nature…

I have always had great respect for you.  As a matter of fact I rank you among the great “mothers” of all-time. 

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President Barack Obama waves to supporters after his victory speech at McCormick Place in Chicago
President Barack Obama waves to supporters after his victory speech at McCormick Place in Chicago (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Random Thoughts About Election Day

Election Day has come and gone and here are some random thoughts.

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Two generators power the polls at Silver Bay Elementary School in Toms River
Two generators power the polls at Silver Bay Elementary School in Toms River (Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Election Day Is Here

We talk often about how most people are apathetic when it comes to politics and voting although in years when there is a Presidential election clearly there is much greater interest. 

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