Tuesday Tidbits Including Meat & More
We celebrated my wife’s birthday over the weekend with a truly spectacular dinner at The Butcher’s Block in Long Branch. I had not been there since last winter and as usual owner Tommy D’Ambrisi has made what seems like multiple changes since which gave us a different and very positive vibe. Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to restaurants and there are many very good ones at the Jersey Shore but it would be hard to top the meal we had. The steak, apps, sides, wine and service (Steph was our waitress) were all truly spectacular and it made for a great birthday celebration.
Speaking of celebrating. The Giants win over the Vikings was great but can you imagine the feeling if they beat the Eagles Saturday night? Yes I know there are a lot of Eagles fans out there but man would I like to see a win for Big Blue.
One-day basketball showcases have been more and more popular in recent years and some of them have a special fundraising component to them. Donovan Catholic girls coach Glenn Jansen hosted one this past Saturday featuring eight games with all proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society and the V Foundation. The event was inspired by the loss of Coach Jansen’s mother Cecilia to cancer four years ago.
Central Regional boys coach Mike Clemente had his own personal battle with cancer which led him to hosting an all-day showcase at the high school. The 7th Annual Jimmy V Showcase is set for this coming Saturday and will feature 7 games starting at 10am. Admission is just $10 and that gets you an all-day pass. The first six of these events led to over $85,000 being donated to support cancer patients and their families and the hope is to top the $100,000 mark this year.