Road work along Route 166 and Route 37 in Toms River. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)

I saw that work will resume on the long and I mean long delayed Route 166 road project in Toms River beginning today.

Some lanes are expected to be closed from Route 37 north to Old Freehold Road from time to time.  If you want to believe the New Jersey Department of Transportation (and why would you) the road work will not restrict access to residential properties at any time and you will be able to get to commercial businesses in that area during normal business hours.

This project has been a disruption to drivers and has had a negative impact on businesses like Corinne Jewelers, Toms River Car Wash and others but is finally expected to be completed sometime this winter.  You have a better chance of winning the lottery then guessing when it will be finished.

Friday is the last day for you to drop off food at Carl’s Fencing, Decking and Home Improvements in Toms River as part of their month-long food drive.  They have been collecting food for several local charities including the Food Pantry at The House of Hope in Toms River.

You can drop off your non-perishable items today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  at Carl’s, 1579 Route 9 in Toms River.

Flyer for Carl's food drive (Carl's)

I have come to a conclusion that what I least like about winter is the clothes you need to wear and the time it takes to get dressed in the morning.  I’m up around 3:15 and operate on a very tight time frame and I seem to be walking out the door about 5-10 minutes later then in the summer.

The reason is clothes.

In the summer it’s shorts, a shirt, and topsiders and out the door.  Now it’s often a tee shirt, shirt (with buttons), pants, socks, sweater and a jacket.  It takes longer and I simply don’t like it.  I know it sounds trivial but it’s often the little things that throw you out of whack.

I’m sure the players on the Monmouth University basketball team will take home some fond memories of the Hawks first-ever trip to famed Rupp Arena.  However when you are searching for your first win of the season playing at Kentucky is a tough task.

The Hawks hung in for a while last night before the flood gates opened and the Wildcats cruised to a 56 point victory.  By the way even though it was not a marquee matchup 18,680 Kentucky fans filled the arena.