The Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce will honor New Jersey Natural Gas Chief of Staff Linda Kellner and United Water Toms River at its annual Awards Cocktail Reception on Thursday, May 31st at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood.

Kellner, who will receive the Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, is currently serving as Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey Business Action Center which falls under the New Jersey Department of State.

She is taking a leave of absence from New Jersey Natural Gas where she has worked since 1995. United Water Toms River will be saluted as the Chamber’s Organization of the Year. Next Thursday’s Awards Reception will also find Rich Krug passing the gavel as Chairman to Frank Gelormini of Community Medical Center.



I will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the gala which is being co-chaired by Jill Hitchings of Investors Bank and Dina Vicari of R. C. Shea & Associates. For reservations and ticket information you can call the chamber office at (732) 349-0220.

I don’t know enough about the case involving Dharun Ravi to say emphatically he got off easy with 30 days in jail and three years’ probation but I did watch the entire sentencing hearing Monday and I didn’t see someone who showed great remorse, sadness or regret.

Ravi was tried and convicted on 15 charges, including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and tampering with evidence. At times I got the feeling the judge detested the former Rutgers student and wanted to hand down a stricter sentence but simply did not feel it was justified. It certainly does not seem the punishment fit the crime.

Sooner or later you had to expect there would be some chipiness in the hotly-contested hockey playoff series between the Devils and Rangers and it took place in last night’s game four at the Prudential Center.

The Devils dominated from the start and their 4-1 victory evened up the series at two games apiece. The Rangers showed their frustration by taking several penalties and there were a couple of skirmishes and tussles, one which started when ex-Devil Mike Rupp threw a jab into the face of goalie Martin Brodeur, who acted like he was belted by a Joe Frazier left hook.

More importantly though is the fact the Devils have been the better team in the series and are faster with an extra bounce in their step. Of course that’s when the Rangers usually play their best and going home to Madison Square Garden Wednesday night should give them a spark.