A little of this and a little of that on a Thursday.

An Indonesian Catholic man prays during the Ash Wednesday ceremony at Roh Kudus Church in Surabaya, Indonesia (Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday which begins a 40-day period of prayer and fasting leading up to Easter Sunday and observed by many Catholics and other Christians. It was also the first day of lent in which many pledge to give up a luxury item which often comes in the form of food or drink like candy, soda, ice cream, etc.

With the advent of things like Facebook and Twitter some like to share their so-called sacrifice and most I saw were fairly typical. However my favorite in terms of creativity comes from my friend Lucia, who owns Built Rite Windows in Toms River. For lent this year she has chosen to give up winter. Don’t know how the Pope will feel but I certainly like it.

Quite a night for the Central Regional Boys & Girls Basketball teams in the NJSIAA Tournament Wednesday. The boys edged Winslow Township 63-62 in overtime thanks to free throw by Evan Laing in the final seconds and advanced to the South Jersey Group 3 semifinals against top-seed Mainland Friday. Meanwhile in the girl’s tournament the 4th Golden Eagles outlasted Toms River South 41-39 in double overtime and will visit top-seed Timber Creek Friday.

Debbie Panecki (Love for Debbie Panecki)

Monmouth University makes its first-ever appearance in the MAAC Tournament tonight when the 9th seeded Hawks face #8 and New Jersey rival Rider in Springfield, Massachusetts. The 5pm game will be broadcast live on WOBM AM 1160 & 1310 and streamed live at ShoreSportsNetwork.com. Should the Hawks win tonight they would face top seed and defending champion Iona on Saturday.

Friends of Debbie Panecki will hold a fundraiser for her family on Saturday, March 29th at the Beachwood Community Center. The evening event will include a comedy show featuring Paul Venier and a gift auction. Panecki, an active member of the community in Beachwood passed away last month following a sudden illness. For tickets and information on the March 29th event you can call (732) 604-5738.