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Peter Grandich
Peter Grandich (Common Ground Grief Center)
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Honoring Generosity in a Delicious, Extraordinary Way

Asbury Park has certainly established itself as a place to go when it comes to restaurants and nightlife so it seems an appropriate location to get some of the area’s top chefs together for the Chef’s Extraordinaire to benefit the Common Ground Grief Center.

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Obituary page
Obituary page (Brad Burascano, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Why I Scan the Obituary Page

I’ve mentioned before that one of my morning rituals is to peruse through the daily obituaries in the Asbury Park Press. I often read them in their entirety, especially those who leave seemingly way too young. I find it fascinating that some read like a novel while others are just a brief chapter into the life they led.

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Johnathan Motley of the Baylor Bears
Johnathan Motley of the Baylor Bears (Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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Spring Is Here as Brackets Bust

You probably didn’t notice it but spring has sprung amidst the sound of March Madness brackets busting all over the Shore.

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Two Irish guys not with us any longer…Jim Brady (left) and Jimmy Williams (right)
Two Irish guys not with us any longer…Jim Brady (left) and Jimmy Williams (right) (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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What It Means To Be Irish

St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland while here it’s more likely associated with celebrations and they will be toasting the patron saint himself all around Ocean County

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Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia
Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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March ‘Madness’ On Your TV and On the Court

The final episode of season one of “This is Us” was just as maddening as what will take place on basketball courts around the country today.

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A short stack of pancakes
A short stack of pancakes (Applebee's)
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Short Stacks to Feed the Need

A fundraiser that involves food and eating is certainly nothing new. they are held each week somewhere in the area. Like anything else there are ones that do hold special meaning and one of them is coming up on Saturday, March 25

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The beach in Belmar during Tuesday morning's high tide
The beach in Belmar during Tuesday morning's high tide (Matt Doherty)
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Stormwatch and Charlie from 7-Eleven

It was not long ago that the only way you found out if you had school on inclement weather days was by listening to the radio and in Ocean County that meant WOBM. As the former morning show co-host I can tell you major snow days to us was like Super Bowl Sunday.

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Kevin at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Seaside Heights "many, many years ago"
Kevin at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Seaside Heights "many, many years ago" (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Celebrating St. Pat’s Day on the Court

Tomorrow is of course the annual Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Seaside Heights which a lifetime ago was one of my favorite days of the year. However, I’ll be spending the day at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River for the Non-Public State Championship basketball games.

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Protesters hold up a placard during a rally in London's Parliament Square
Protesters hold up a placard during a rally in London's Parliament Square (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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Opening Closed Minds with Healthy Debate

I don’t know when it started or who is to blame but one of the things lost or at least forgotten in this country lately is open-minded dialogue...

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San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns
San Antonio Spurs Assistant coach Becky Hammon (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Women on the Sidelines

In most cases coaches rise through the ranks, starting on the high school or college level and work their way up as an assistant before becoming a head coach. The only two women I can think of right now that meet the criteria are assistants in the NBA: Becky Hammon with San Antonio and Nancy Lieberman with Sacramento. Would it be sexist of me to say I don’t see either of them becoming a head coach in the league?

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