It is simply amazing how much we depend on our smart or cell phone so much so that when we don’t have them fully functional it can set off panic, at least for me.

I happened to be at an unnamed cell phone dealer store the other day and inquired about this update that I was supposed to download but could not. The salesman told me the same thing happened to him and all I had to do was plug my I Phone into the computer and it would update.

My daughter was with me and clearly heard the instructions and took care of this simple task for me. However there was one thing that the brainiac at the store did not tell us: we had to backup and save all our “stuff” before plugging into the computer.


The result was that everything I had added since I purchased the phone in November was lost. Contacts, messages, emails, etc...all gone.  Talk about frustrating.

It was quite a daily double for me last night as both the NHL’s Rangers and MLB’s Mets gave me thrilling dramatic victories in a matter of moments. The Rangers scored with six seconds left in regulation to tie their game with Washington and then won it early in overtime to move within a game of the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1997.

Meanwhile in Philadelphia Jordany Valdespin made his first major league hit a memorable one…a pinch-hit, 3-run homer in the 9th inning off Jonathan Papelbon to give the Mets a 5-2 victory of the Phillies. These nights don’t happen often for me.

Before I got home to watch those games I served as emcee for the Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey’s 12th Annual Golf Outing Awards Dinner at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood. This was their most successful outing as they raised more than $45,000 to support the work of the organization which serves the frail, elderly and homebound of Ocean County by allowing them to remain independent in their homes.

More than 1,000 volunteers perform tasks like providing transportation to and from doctor’s appointments and grocery shopping and it’s all free. Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork was the presenting sponsor of the golf outing which as always was supported by The Kokes Organization.

Kudos to Sarah Farley & Lynette Whiteman from Caregivers for their efforts with the outing and organization.

Congrats to the Manchester “Hawks” for clinching the Class B South baseball championship with a 5-3 win over Central last night in a game played under the lights at Leiter Field. Tim Rogers pitched a 4-hitter and singled in the game-winning run in the 8th inning for Coach John Musolf’s Hawks.