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Shea Stadium on Opening Day in 1998
Shea Stadium on Opening Day in 1998 (Ezra O. Shaw /Allsport via Getty Images)
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Play Ball! Baseball Season Begins

The season starts out feeling more like football season but before long we’ll be watching games in shorts and flip-flops and a cold beer will replace a cup of hot coffee.

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Rain
(Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Rainy Days and Fridays

Today’s horrible weather is an appropriate way for a month that felt more like January and February to end

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The South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with the their trophy after defeating the Florida Gators to win the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden
The South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with the their trophy after defeating the Florida Gators to win the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden (Elsa/Getty Images)
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Much Ado About Basketball and Spring Sports

Remember when I used to humbly call the Hometown View “the best two minutes in radio?” That’s a stretch today.

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Sam Stellatella
Sam Stellatella (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Sam Stellatella: A Real Character wth Cold-Eeze

Late Tuesday afternoon I was notified that Sam Stellatella died over the weekend at his home in Toms River at the age of 78. I’m not really sure how to describe him except to say he was the true definition of a “character.”

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(Townsquare Media )
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Learning The Lesson of Being an Overbearing Parent

If you’ve followed me for any length of time you likely know that one of my favorite (or least favorite) subject deals with overbearing parents and youth and high school sports. It’s not quite an epidemic but a problem that shows no signs of letting up.

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James Lester (right) receives the Joe Callano Award from Shore District Board #194 President Mike Fogarty. The award is the highest honor presented to an active official
James Lester (right) receives the Joe Callano Award from Shore District Board #194 President Mike Fogarty. The award is the highest honor presented to an active official (John Amoscato)
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Honoring Those Who Wear the Whistle

The least popular people at just about any basketball game on any level are the men and women in striped shirts. Referees a/k/a/ officials are a big part of the game although most view them as a necessary evil. They are okay when they make a call in your favor but just a moment later you’re likely to spew nasty things at them when the call goes against your team.

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Brick Green Dragons football team captains present Maria Ruggiero Costanza with $2,870 raised from their Spring Clean-Up
Brick Green Dragons football team captains present Maria Ruggiero Costanza with $2,870 raised from their Spring Clean-Up (Len Zdanowicz Jr.)
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Brick’s finest on the field, on the streets and in the community

The Brick Township High School football program clearly understands that a team is defined by more than just wins and losses and while the season has been over for months they have performed like champions off the field.

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Logo for the Shore Basketball Coaches All Star Game
Logo for the Shore Basketball Coaches All Star Game (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Shore Senior All-Stars Play Their Final Game

Sixty of the best basketball players in Monmouth and Ocean County will gather tonight at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River for not only the final game of their season but their high school careers.

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Obituary page
Obituary page (Brad Burascano, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Why I Scan the Obituary Page

I’ve mentioned before that one of my morning rituals is to peruse through the daily obituaries in the Asbury Park Press. I often read them in their entirety, especially those who leave seemingly way too young. I find it fascinating that some read like a novel while others are just a brief chapter into the life they led.

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Johnathan Motley of the Baylor Bears
Johnathan Motley of the Baylor Bears (Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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Spring Is Here as Brackets Bust

You probably didn’t notice it but spring has sprung amidst the sound of March Madness brackets busting all over the Shore.

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Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia
Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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March ‘Madness’ On Your TV and On the Court

The final episode of season one of “This is Us” was just as maddening as what will take place on basketball courts around the country today.

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The beach in Belmar during Tuesday morning's high tide
The beach in Belmar during Tuesday morning's high tide (Matt Doherty)
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Stormwatch and Charlie from 7-Eleven

It was not long ago that the only way you found out if you had school on inclement weather days was by listening to the radio and in Ocean County that meant WOBM. As the former morning show co-host I can tell you major snow days to us was like Super Bowl Sunday.

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