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A follow-up on the segment I did earlier this week about my 10 commandments or rules of the beach. Among the suggestions to add to the list were, don’t feed the birds and make sure your umbrella is anchored into the sand, especially on windy days. I could actually do an entire segment on that because it’s pretty comical to watch people try and figure out how to put up an umbrella on a windy day.

Steve Zengel (C) of Beach House Cigars
Steve Zengel (C) of Beach House Cigars (Facebook)

First you need to face the umbrella on an angle into the wind, second the base has to be buried as deep as possible and finally if it’s too windy you don’t open the umbrella. As funny as the entire process can be to watch what happens when one takes off down the beach is not funny and people have been seriously injured and even killed by a flying beach umbrella.

Former Point Pleasant Beach and Red Bank Regional basketball coach Steve Zengel is back in the shore area after a few years coaching at Hampton University in Virginia and he’s turned a hobby into a new business venture. Zengel is co-owner of Beach House Cigars on the boulevard in Seaside Heights next to Hemmingway’s. He first became interested in cigars after meeting well-known stogie chomper Pete Carrill while working a Princeton basketball camp.

Keith Elias along with Ron Greschner & Nick Fotiu
Keith Elias along with Ron Greschner & Nick Fotiu (James Volpe Foundation)

Former heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney, ex-Jet Joe Klecko, former Rangers Ron Greschner and Nick Fotiu and ex-Giant Keith Elias were among those who golfed and/or enjoyed dinner Monday at the 1st annual golf outing to benefit the James Volpe Foundation at Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson. 132 golfers and more than 200 dinner guests helped support the foundation which was formed by family and friends to honor the memory of former Jackson Memorial High School baseball player James Volpe, who died in a car crash last May.

The newly-created foundation has already donated a pair of baseball scoreboards and over $10,000 to local causes, including a $1000 to the family of Middletown North basketball standout Jason Huelbig who will undergo eye surgery in California next month. For more information you can visit


The C.A.R.E.S. Foundation still has openings for players in their golf scramble fundraiser this Monday at Toms River Country Club. The event features golf, dinner and a gift auction with all proceeds to help the organization raise scholarship money so students from Seaside Park can attend the Toms River Regional School District and save taxpayers money. For more information on C.A.R.E.S. call Dave Meyer at (732) 793-0022.



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