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Toms River North girls basketball team
Toms River North girls basketball team (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Pine Belt Arena Gives Toms River North Boys & Girls Home Court Advantage

The Pine Belt Arena provides the home court for the Toms River North basketball teams and as the saying goes “there’s no place like home.”

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Phil Citta
Phil Citta (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Happy 73rd Birthday Phil Citta

Chances are many of you did something special for dinner last night since it was Valentine’s Day so you really had no plans to go out to a restaurant today. I would normally feel like you but tonight I’ll be enjoying dinner at The Office Restaurant and Lounge to celebrate Phil’s 73rd birthday.

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Meteorologist Dan Zarrow with a Valentine's Day box of Russell Stover chocolate
Meteorologist Dan Zarrow with a Valentine's Day box of Russell Stover chocolate (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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The History of Valentine’s Day

History may tell you about dark beginnings going back to the Roman Empire and romantic love enters the picture in the 14th and 18th centuries and there is also the religious aspect observed by some. Here the real story of how a breakfast in Kansas City led to modern day Valentine's Day.

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Magician Steve Cohn poses for a picture with the Rockettes
Magician Steve Cohn poses for a picture with the Rockettes (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Lotte New York Palace)
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Astounded and Amazed by Magician Steve Cohen

I can’t say I have been fascinated by magicians. Lke most of you I have been entertained by watching some of them and wondered how they did the various tricks. However on Saturday I came away totally and completely mesmerized by what I saw, or think I saw, during a 90-minute show titled Steve Cohen Chamber Magic.

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What a difference a day makes. The boardwalk in Seaside Heights on Thursday in the snow (L) and during Wednesday's springlike temperature
What a difference a day makes. The boardwalk in Seaside Heights on Thursday in the snow (L) and during Wednesday's springlike temperature (Bud McCormick)
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Snow Day Second Guessing

Most schools in our area were closed based on the fact the storm was expected to be at its worst just around the time the school day would be getting into full swing. As is usually the case I’m sure there was a lot of second-guessing from parents who have to make alternative arrangements during days when schools are closed.

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turn signal
(Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Turn Signals: Not An Option, It’s the Law

We all have driving pet peeves and most of us have several if not many of them.
So what is it that sets me off?

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Trash can in Seaside Park following an explosion
Trash can in Seaside Park following an explosion (Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
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Seaside Park Terrorism: You Bet It Was Covered

Anytime you talk about politics you are sure to make a certain percentage of the population unhappy. It’s the nature of the topic. However to some extent everyone has an opinion when it comes to President Donald Trump and even some of his ardent supporters are questioning his actions and words just three weeks into his term.

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Jaden Rhoden (left) and Mike Nyisztor scored their 1000th career points last night while Darrion Carrington (center) reached 500 career assists last week
Jaden Rhoden (left) and Mike Nyisztor scored their 1000th career points last night while Darrion Carrington (center) reached 500 career assists last week (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Mariners Hoops Having Banner Season

Toms River North is probably not known as a perennial basketball powerhouse but the Mariners have had their periods of success and one of them is right now.

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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime during Super Bowl 51
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime during Super Bowl 51(Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Super Bowl LI: From Dud to Super

Super Bowl LI (that’s 51) looked to be a dud until Tom Brady played like a stud and guided the greatest comeback in the history of the game as New England rallied from a 28-3 deficit late in the 3rd quarter to beat Atlanta 34-28 in overtime.

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Vince Lombardi Trophy with Patriots and Falcons helmets
Vince Lombardi Trophy with Patriots and Falcons helmets (Tim Bradbury, Getty Images)
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Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Truth be told the football season ended a couple of weeks ago because what is taking place Sunday in Houston is not really a football game. The Super Bowl has become for the most part a national holiday that does not come with a day off unless you are among the 16 million or so expected to call out sick next Monday.

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Dan Curcione led Wall to the 2016 NJSIAA South Jersey Group III championships.
Dan Curcione led Wall to the 2016 NJSIAA South Jersey Group III championships. (Photo by Mark Brown/B51 Photography)
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Shore Coaching ‘Dynamic Duo’ Changes Teams

Coaching changes in the NFL or major college football are ones that may generate speculation, debate, controversy, intrigue. You name it. When a successful head coach leaves one team or program for another it can have a direct impact on both although expectations are not always met. I have always felt that on the high school level coaching is just as important as talent which is why some programs continue to win even when they don’t have a collection of all stars.

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Rick Handchen
Rick Handchen (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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A Transition at Brick Township High School

The transition in athletic directors at Brick Township High School has been a bit smoother than the one taking place in Washington DC.

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