I chose sleep over watching the Academy Awards last night for a couple of reasons.  First I have only seen two of eight movies nominated for Best Picture and actually just watched “Nomadland” Sunday morning.  Let’s be honest it was not a good year for the movies because of the pandemic and I have to believe there was less interest in this year’s Oscars than ever before.  My other reason for apathy is I tired of movie people using forums like the Academy Awards to express their views on what is happening in the world today.  We really don’t care what you think.  By the way now 3-time Oscar winning actress Frances McDormand was brilliant in “Nomadland” which falls into the category for me of a very good movie that I have no interest in watching again.  The stunner of the evening was the late Chadwick Boseman not winning the Best Actor award losing out to 83-year old Anthony Hopkins who was not even in attendance to accept it.  Perfect ending!

Governor Murphy is expected to make a major announcement today (1pm) regarding reopening efforts in New Jersey and the easing up of restrictions connected to the pandemic.  One would have to assume it will be good news for those planning large indoor and outdoor events and hopefully the bar and restaurant industry.

Brick Memorial made Shore Conference wrestling history over the weekend as four Mustangs won state individual championships at Phillipsburg High School.  The capper came Sunday night when 285 pounder David Szuba avenged last week’s loss in the regions by pinning rival John O’Donnell of Toms River North in the first period.  You can see the replay and Szuba’s celebration at www.shoresportsnetwork.com.

Sunday was a big day for me.  Goodbye winter clothes, including shoes and socks.  Hello shorts, polo shirts and colorful footwear.  Such a good feeli

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