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Manasquan head coaches Andrew Bilodeau and Lisa Kukoda at the WOBM Christmas Classic Kickoff Breakfast
Manasquan head coaches Andrew Bilodeau and Lisa Kukoda at the WOBM Christmas Classic Kickoff Breakfast (Townsquare Media NJ)
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7 Days of Basketball

Somebody told me not too long ago that my headstone should read “Beloved Father, Husband and founder of the WOBM Christmas Classic.” 

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Lavallette's new borough hall during construction
Lavallette's new borough hall during construction (Borough of Lavallette)
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Enjoy Lavallette and New Coaches

A week before Christmas and I’m bouncing around this morning looking forward to purchasing my first legal Cuban cigar.

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John Garbarino
John Garbarino (Townsquare Media NJ)
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End of an era at OceanFirst Bank

There are probably some employees of OceanFirst Bank who think John Garbarino has been with the bank since it opened its doors. 

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(L-R) Toms River Schools Superintendent David Healey, guest speaker Lee Rubin and Kevin Williams at the WOBM Christmas Classic Kickoff Breakfast
(L-R) Toms River Schools Superintendent David Healey, guest speaker Lee Rubin and Kevin Williams at the WOBM Christmas Classic Kickoff Breakfast (Townsquare Media NJ)
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A Tasty Start to the WOBM Christmas Classic

Ask those that have played in the WOBM Christmas Classic about what they like most about the tournament and you’ll likely get an answer that has nothing to do with basketball.

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Christmas Classic kickoff breakfast at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River
Christmas Classic kickoff breakfast at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River (Ted Maturo, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Here Comes the 2014 WOBM Christmas Classic

The 31st annual WOBM Christmas Classic officially got underway last night with the coaches’ dinner held at The Villa, a private party facility adjacent to the Office Restaurant and Lounge in Toms River. 

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Christimas display in downtown Toms River
Christimas display in downtown Toms River (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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We Need a Little Christmas

Religion is one subject I’ve learned to stay away from for two reasons. 

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(L-R) Bob Badders, Scott Strump, Kevin Williams and Ed Sarluca recap the football season
(L-R) Bob Badders, Scott Strump, Kevin Williams and Ed Sarluca recap the football season (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Making an End of Year List and Checking It Twice

As you may or may not know a significant part of my job here is to head up our Shore Sports Network which includes game and show broadcasts, the ShoreSportsNetwork.com website and our biweekly publication, Shore Sports Network Journal.

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The University of California Santa Cruz's mascot, the Banana Slug
The University of California Santa Cruz's mascot, the Banana Slug (UCSC)
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The Oddest Team Names in Sports

For some reason yesterday I got into a discussion with a couple of co-workers about how many nicknames of pro sports teams just don’t fit and really should be changed. 

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The Williams Family Christmas tree
The Williams Family Christmas tree (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)
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The tree is real and it’s spectacular

Nothing against artificial Christmas trees but in our house it’s real or it’s not a tree. 

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Jackson Memorial students, staff and Jaguar players touch the game ball from the Jaguars last championship won in 2005. (L-R) Mrs. McCann, Kyle Boyce, Prinicpal Kevin DiEugenio, Jeff Meyer, football players Brad Greenway, Joe DeMaio, Brody Graham, student Angie Cornelius, Band Director Bud McCormick, Brodie Keeney, and Rich Demczyszyn
Jackson Memorial students, staff and Jaguar players touch the game ball from the Jaguars last championship won in 2005. (L-R) Mrs. McCann, Kyle Boyce, Prinicpal Kevin DiEugenio, Jeff Meyer, football players Brad Greenway, Joe DeMaio, Brody Graham, student Angie Cornelius, Band Director Bud McCormick, Brodie Keeney, and Rich Demczyszyn
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High School Football Championship Weekend

The long high school football season which began in the heat of summer will end this weekend when 24 state sectional champions are crowned during the NJSIAA/SportsCare Institute Football Finals at MetLife Stadium, High Point Solutions Stadium, Kean University and Rowan University.

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