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The northbound Garden State Parkway at the Driscoll Bridge
The northbound Garden State Parkway at the Driscoll Bridge (Lakewood Scoop)
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The Frustration of Keeping Right to Except to Pass

I could talk about driving pet peeves for days but one that frustrates more drivers than any other has to be those that ignore the age-old rule, “keep right except to pass.” Another simple way to describe this as those SOB’s who refuse to vacate the left lane and frustrate the heck out of the rest of us.

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Kevin on the Seaside Park boardwalk during his walk
Kevin on the Seaside Park boardwalk during his walk (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Spring Weather Finally Comes to the Weekend

Granted we had a very mild winter but the first four weeks of spring have for the most part felt winter-like. That is clearly ending as the long-awaited warm up has arrived and that was obvious this weekend.

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Dayton Frulio, 7, threw out the first pitch at the Strike Out Autism Challenge game at Central. Dayton is the son of Challenge director Jerry Frulio.
Dayton Frulio, 7, threw out the first pitch at the Strike Out Autism Challenge game at Central. Dayton is the son of Challenge director Jerry Frulio. (Ray Richardson)
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Support the Strike Out Autism Challenge

It started in 2013 with four teams playing a pair of games for a noble cause and it has grown into one of the highlights of the high school baseball season. The Baseball Gods will shine brightly tomorrow on ten locations in Ocean and Monmouth County as they are hosting games as part of this year’s Strike Out Autism Challenge.

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Phillies manager Pete Mackanin (in blue managing Hickory) and Greg Legg during the BlueClaws first home game in 2001
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin (in blue managing Hickory) and Greg Legg during the BlueClaws first home game in 2001 (Lakewood BlueClaws)
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Happy Birthday BlueClaws!

They have become a summertime staple at the Jersey Shore just like boardwalks, Barnegat Lighthouse, Salt Water Taffy and the Stone Pony. It’s hard to believe it was 15 years ago this week that the BlueClaws took the field in Lakewood for their inaugural home opener.

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Todd Durkin
Todd Durkin (Todd Durkin)
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Brick’s Todd Durkin Gets STRONG

For many high school and college athletes the success they had on the field and court is really the highlight of their lives. Far too many put all their time and effort into throwing a football or shooting a basketball and never took the academic part of school very seriously. I knew long ago that would not be the case with Todd Durkin, a gifted student-athlete at Brick Township High School who I took a special interest in while covering as a sportscaster in the late 1980s.

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Barnegat's Jason Groome throws a no-hitter against Central Regional
Barnegat's Jason Groome throws a no-hitter against Central Regional (Mark Brown, B51 Photography)
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A Baseball Star Is Born in Barnegat

I saw it with Al Leiter at Central Regional High School in 1984 and J.M. Gold fourteen years later at Toms River North. Now in 2016 the throng of major league scouts and other officials are focused on another Ocean County hurler whose pitching appearances are taking on a life of their own.

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Jordan Spieth of the United States and caddie Michael Greller react after finishing on the 18th green during the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament
Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller react after finishing on the 18th green during the final round of the 2016 Masters Tournament (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Watching the Wheels Come Off at the Masters

I was locked into the final round of the Master’s yesterday like many others and when Jordan Spieth opened up a 5-shot lead after the front nine I figured it was over. Then in front of millions of eyes the wheels started coming off

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Toms River South senior Trevor Wagner pitched a no-hitter Thursday night against Toms River North.
Toms River South senior Trevor Wagner pitched a no-hitter Thursday night against Toms River North. (Photo by Matt Manley)
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Gloves Off For Democrats, On For Weekend Snow

You might be depressed about another weekend that will feel more like winter than spring but be assured this should be the last stretch of winter-like weather as spring is about to arrive and stay. I have no idea why I led with this but it seemed like a good idea.

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A flag flaps in the wind on Route 37
A flag flaps in the wind on Route 37 in Toms River (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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We’re the United States of America

The simple definition of "united" is “involving people or groups working together to achieve something” or “made up of members who share the same purpose, interest, etc.” I say this because the United States of America seem less united than at any point in recent memory and it’s something we should be concerned about.

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Charlie Wicka (C) listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during a campaign stop at the La Crosse Center in Wisconsin
Charlie Wicka (C) listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during a campaign stop at the La Crosse Center in Wisconsin (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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If Donald Trump (or I) were President

For all the criticism heaped upon Donald Trump (and much of it deserved) what some career politicians fail to realize is many Americans endorse him because he has brought up issues they care about. And of course he’s not a career politician.

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Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats (C) hoists the trophy after the Villanova Wildcats defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship
Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats (C) hoists the trophy after the Villanova Wildcats defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship ( Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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A Game Worth The Sleep Deprivation

As much as I treasure sleep it was worth staying up for Monday night’s NCAA Championship game which saw Villanova stun North Carolina 77-74.

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Catching up with two of my favorite classmates: Liz Lorton Hutler (left) and Kathy Mihalkovitz Manuwald
Catching up with two of my favorite classmates: Liz Lorton Hutler (left) and Kathy Mihalkovitz Manuwald (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Catching Up and Failing to Catch

A little of this and a little of that as schools open today after what was a nice spring recess for most.

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