I have to admit I’m looking forward to tonight’s televised Presidential debate which will run from 9-10:30 and focus on the economy. 

Workers make adjustments to the stage ahead of the first presidential debate at the University of Denver (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

It may be the most watched of the three debates and it might be the best chance for Republican Mitt Romney to make a case for why he’s the best choice to turn things around.  It could also be the night that President Obama all but wraps up his re-election bid.

The debate will be held at the University of Denver where by the way the head basketball coach is Joe Scott, a three-sport standout at Toms River East who grew up on Pelican Island.

The Ocean County YMCA is honoring one of the real “good guys” during their annual Red Triangle Reception next Thursday (October 11) at Hemmingway’s Café in Seaside Heights.  Tom Hourigan is a life-long resident of Toms River and a partner at BHB Insurance Services.

Tom Hourigan (Ocean County Y)

During his entire 25-year career in the insurance field Tom has always found time to give back to the community, tirelessly volunteering with the YMCA as well as the United Way of Ocean County, Central Ocean Rotary Club, Ocean County College Foundation, St. Joseph’s Church and Community Medical Center.  Hourigan’s selection to receive the YMCA’s highest honor…the Red Triangle Award is an appropriate one, especially when you factor in that he’s a Giants and Mets fan. Next Thursday’s reception will benefit the Ocean County YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and you can still purchase tickets for what certainly will be a nice evening and event.  For information call the Y at (732) 341-9622.



Meanwhile we lost one of the “good guys” this week with the passing of Byron Kotzas, founder and owner of Crossroads Realty.  The 87-year old was a passionate supporter of Community Medical Center, Ocean County College the Boy Scouts and other organizations.  Services will be today from 1-4pm and 6-8pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals on St. Catherine Boulevard in Toms River.