A little of this and a little of that as the countdown to Christmas continues:

I Was thrilled to hear that Richard’s Sub World & Deli has re-opened in Bayville six months after the building suffered major damage during a fire that broke out while repairs were being made to the roof and the business was closed.

Richard’s has been a staple on Route 9 since 1976 and has hundreds of devoted customers who could not wait to purchase a sub, salad or soup when they re-opened Sunday.

Richard and Robin DeCarlo have always been well liked and respected for the way they run their business and it’s obvious that Berkley Township is happy they are back open. A nice early Christmas present.

I don’t know what to make of the tax bill that has passed the Senate and will soon be signed into law by President Trump.  I’m probably like most Americans who in the end feel this will not do much except benefit the wealthy and big business, do little to spark the economy and be especially tough for those who live in New Jersey.

In other words we lose again.

It was only about ten years ago that Sean McAndrew was playing football and basketball for Lacey Township High School.  Today he’s the first-year head coach of the Lions basketball team and Tuesday night he collected his first coaching victory as Lacey rolled to an easy win over Manchester behind a 30-point effort from Carl Swenson.  Congrats Sean on win #1 and I hope many more will follow.

Every time I feel like I have seen all the Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channels I come across another that I have not.  I admit my fascination with these movies is confusing, weird and maybe even a bit disturbing but frankly I don’t care.

Is it me or does it just seem like traffic in areas like Toms River, Brick and Lakewood is at an all-time high?  Parts of Hooper Avenue in late afternoon are a real challenge to one’s patience and not the place to be if you’re in a hurry.