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Kevin Williams in the suit he would have worn to the Met Gala
Kevin Williams in the suit he would have worn to the Met Gala (Kevin Williams)
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Small Crowds, Rich Crowds

Sorry I could not make it to last night’s Met Gala, the charity ball held at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art each year. Tickets started at $30,000. I wonder if there was an open bar and all you can eat shrimp.

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NIcholas Paggi and his mother mother Helga
NIcholas Paggi and his mother mother Helga (GoFundMe)
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A Parent’s Worst Nightmare Comes True

In those few seconds it takes to answer the phone when it rings in the middle of the night your mind races with terrible thoughts and you take a deep breath before saying “hello.” For Helga Paggi it was not a phone call but rather the sight of two Toms River Police officers at her door last week that signaled something was wrong.

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Kevin Williams in his "happy place" at the beach in Seaside Park
Kevin Williams in his "happy place" at the beach in Seaside Park (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Have a Nice Working Weekend

"Have a nice weekend" is something that will be repeated time and time again today because on Friday our thoughts are often on the weekend with most people assuming that Saturday and Sunday are days off. However that is not the case for a large percentage of us as nearly one third of single-job workers are at work on a Saturday or Sunday and, in some cases, both days.

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Peter Schlendorf
Peter Schlendorf (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Good Sports, Bad Sports

The good: Donovan Catholic’s Peter Schlendorf had a banner day for Donovan Catholic's lacrosse team. The bad? The Mets are in trouble and it's not even May.

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Matt Davidson #24 of the Chicago White Sox (L) high fives Todd Frazier #21
Matt Davidson #24 of the Chicago White Sox (L) high fives Todd Frazier #21(Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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Todd Frazier Turns the Corner From a Slow Start

Toms River's Todd Frazier had his best game of the season on Tuesday night after a bout with the flu and doubled twice, drove in three runs and scored three as Chicago rolled to a 10-5 victory.

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Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
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Revisiting an Old Favorite Film

My favorite movie of all time is “The Graduate “which is celebrating its 50th anniversary and returning to the big screen via a digitally restored version Wednesday at the AMC Loews Seacourt 10 in Toms River as well as 700 other theaters around the country.

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Len Zdanowicz (left) and Steve Bush prepare to award plaques
Len Zdanowicz (left) and Steve Bush prepare to award plaques (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Honoring Gridiron and Classroom Success

85 high school seniors were honored for making the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Academic All Shore Team by combining their football achievements with those in the classroom.

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AHELP logo (AHEPA)
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A Night of Laughs in Support of Veterans

If laughter is indeed good medicine than you can get a dose of it Saturday night when comedian Jim Dailakis performs as part of a special benefit to support veterans with PTSD.

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Items up for bid to benefit the "Team Colette" You Caring page
Items up for bid to benefit the "Team Colette" You Caring page (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Generosity on the Shore

An example of Jersey Shore generosity on a day of tragedy and humiliation around the country.

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Colette Gruber and her children
Colette Gruber and her children (Kristie Marino)
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Beachwood’s ‘Team Colette’ Needs Your Help

There is rarely a week that goes by during which I don’t hear directly or indirectly a story about someone that just tugs at your heartstrings and unfortunately you can’t tell them all. Today I’m sharing one about Colette Gruber, a single mother of five children ages 2-21.

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Kevin at the Marine Corps Memorial in Washington DC
Kevin at the Marine Corps Memorial in Washington DC (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Easter Weekend in Washington

It was only the third time in the last 30 years or so I have visited our nation’s capital and I admit to forgetting about how amazing the city truly is.

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Mickey Moniak
Mickey Moniak (Brian Westerholt / Four Seam Images. Photo provided by Lakewood BlueClaws)
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A Step Closer to Summer: BlueClaws Open at Home

The BlueClaws begin their 16th season in Lakewood tonight and are as much a part of summer at the Jersey Shore as beaches, boardwalks, barbecues and bennies and part of a lifestyle that includes Six Flags, Monmouth Park, the Stone Pony, LBI and Jenkinson’s.

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