A little of this and a little of that heading into what looks like a hot and humid summer weekend.

Best wishes on a happy retirement to Barbara Steele, whose last official day as Ocean County Public Affairs & Tourism Director was last Friday. Steele spent 38 years working for the county and was a tireless advocate for tourism and what Ocean County has to offer. She told me that she’ll do some traveling and then spent time fixing up her house. “Bobbi” will certainly be missed by the Ocean County Freeholders and others in county government.

It’s a little long and the plot is somewhat similar to the earlier version but I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man which is just out in theatres this week. Andrew Garfield, who many will remember from The Social Network, plays Peter Parker and I liked him better than Toby Maguire ten years ago. Well worth the price of admission if you like superhero stories and at least you’ll stay cool for over two hours.

You know summer is well underway when it’s time to mention the U.S. Army All Shore Gridiron Classic. The game features many of the shore’s top recently-graduated football players and the 35th edition of the Ocean-Monmouth game will be played next Thursday (July 12) at Holmdel High School. Barnegat’s Rob Davis is the head coach of the Ocean County team while Manalapan’s Ed Gurreri leads the Monmouth County All-Stars. Both teams begin practice this weekend.

The 21 Plus Foundation will hold their 6th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, July 23rd at Oceanaire Golf and Country Club in Waretown. Sponsored by Shore Community Bank, the day begins with lunch followed by a 1pm shotgun start and I will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the awards dinner afterwards. For information on playing or sponsoring the outing you can call (732) 240-3118 or visit www.21plus.org.



Who could have imagined the Mets would be 7 games over .500 and the Phillies 10 games below .500 just past the midway point of the season? I could not…but it’s pretty enjoyable.