Branding for The New York Daily News is displayed on the facade of The Daily News Building in Midtown Manhattan (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A little of this and a little of that after a three-day weekend which unfortunately did not include any time on the beach:

Most people will likely call what happened yesterday at the New York Daily News simply a sign of the times but it’s still sad news and a loss for those who believe a free press is vital in our society.

The nation’s first tabloid newspaper fired about half of the 85 people who worked in the newsroom with their parent company Tronc announcing they are refocusing their efforts on breaking news, especially in the areas of crime, civil justice and public responsibility.

Reportedly 25 of the 34 journalists who worked in the sports department were laid off as the paper plans on using wire service reports to fill space while putting more resources into their digital efforts.

I spend about 75% of my time on the beach reading. It’s the one place and time I can work my way through a few novels.  I just finished “Gods of Wood and Stone” by Mark Di Ionno, who is a columnist for The Star-Ledger and a lifelong journalist.

I don’t really know how to describe it. while it has a baseball backdrop it is not a sports book and more about how two very different men on a collision course are handling what is a true mid-life crisis.  It’s an easy read and a book that has you at times loving and hating both the main characters.  I knew what was coming at the end but could not wait to get there and Di Ionno did not disappoint.

“Gods of Wood and Stone” is simply a home run.

Weichert Realtors is sponsoring a Poker Run for Operation Restored Warrior on Saturday, August 18th.  Registration is from 9-11am at their office on Hooper Avenue in Toms River and it will finish at RiverRock Restaurant and Marina Grill in Brick where Boothill Express will provide great music and they’ll be food, prizes and more.

All proceeds will help Veterans dealing with PTSD.  Tickets and more information are available at the Weichert office at 1322 Hooper Avenue in Toms River.