Random thoughts and notes following a glorious weekend at the shore as I made my way to the beach for the first time in three weeks.

Feet in the sand at Seaside Park (Kevin Williams, Townsqaure Media NJ)

If ever there was a perfect “10” weekend then this was it and it was clearly the most crowded I have seen the beaches in Seaside this summer. It was a perfect combination with air temperature around 80, water temperature in the mid 70’s and the tide going out

during most of the morning and early afternoon leaving long sand bars. It just does not get better than this weekend.Hopefully this summer has a couple of more like that left.

“Shark Week” is back on the Discovery channel and I got caught up last night in a show about a legendary 30 foot great white named “Submarine” that has reportedly terrorized South Africa for decades. If you are into “Shark Week” then make sure you catch the two hour show titled “Shark of Darkness.” Because I watched that last night I will have to wait until tonight to watch “Ray Donovan” which in its second summer on Showtime is every bit as good as the first season…and that’s saying a lot.

So the run is over for the Toms River Little League All-Stars who I first started following in early July during their epic two games against Holbrook which gave them the District 18 championship. The team then went on to capture the Sectional and State Tournaments before falling Friday in the semifinals of the Mid-Atlantic Region in Bristol.

What they proved once again though is no matter how old you are you can get captivated by a bunch of 12 and 13 year old kids, even if you don’t know any of them. For the 13 players it’s back to a normal summer vacation from school, at least for a few weeks while coaches Pete Avallone, Jim DeRose and Ray Roncin can get back to work.

By the way I was reading a story in the New York Post Sunday on the only team from New York City to win the Little League World Series, the 1964 Mid-Island Little League from Staten Island. Ironically the manager of that team was Bill Rogers, who now lives in Lakewood.

Rogers was a 29-year old former minor leaguer at the time and the team beat Mexico to win the LLWS and upon their return to New York the team got to ride up the Canyon of Heroes just like other Big Apple champions. The team and Rogers are planning a 50th anniversary reunion in Williamsport later this month.