Some random notes and thoughts to share today:

Despite the three-day closure of Island Beach State Park I am hearing mostly good news from beach-area businesses in terms of the extended 4th of July weekend. 

The holiday itself was especially busy in Seaside Heights and Point Pleasant Beach as parking spots were hard to find on Tuesday and with the forecast calling for a nice upcoming weekend it could help merchants recover from a slow start to the summer season. 

Speaking of recovering from slow starts White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier will head into the All-Star break with some pretty decent numbers. Toms River’s favorite baseball son clubbed a two-run homer last night in a loss at Oakland and now has 16 homers and 44 RBI’s…9 of those home runs have come in the last month.  

Frazier’s 9th inning blast last night came off A’s reliever Sean Doolittle and I’m pretty sure the two faced one another when Todd was a Toms River South and Doolittle was staring at Shawnee High School. Frazier will spend next week’s break at home with his family resting up for the second half of the season.

Toms River High School is holding their annual reunion luncheon on Saturday, August 12th at the Toms River Elks Club. Notice I said Toms River High School as this aimed at those who attended what is now referred to as Toms River South and for many years was the only high school in the district.  Those interested in attending the reunion next month can contact Chuck Laing at (732) 306-1845.

Speaking of reunions, the Seaside Park Softball League will hold their first-ever Old Timer’s Game this Saturday at Uncle Moe Levine Field on 13th Avenue.  The league is still seeking players from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s for Saturday’s get together with arrival time at 4pm. 

More information is available on their Facebook page under Seaside Park Softball League Old Timer’s Game.