It is nearly six months since Superstorm Sandy landed a haymaker to much of the Jersey Shore and we are less than six weeks from Memorial Day weekend which is the unofficial start of the summer tourism season. 

One Night Stand (One Night Stand)

Weather permitting that is also the weekend when most area beaches open with lifeguards and beach attendants on duty although for some the start of the season will likely be delayed.  Sandy certainly left her mark and not just on the beaches and surrounding boardwalks.  Several area Beach Patrols suffered major losses from damage or destruction of their headquarters to loss of equipment.

To aid the recovery effort the Tuscan Bistro & Bar of Toms River will partner with Hometown Heroes this Sunday and host a benefit for the Beach Patrols of Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, Lavallette and Ortley Beach.  Dubbed One Night Stand the Saving Our Lifeguards fundraiser will assist the four area beach patrols who all suffered significant losses during the storm.

Sunday’s event begins at 6pm and tickets are $25 which includes appetizers, hot and cold food stations, entertainment and much more.  Tickets can be purchased at Tuscan Bistro & Bar on Hooper Avenue in Toms River.  You’ll see rowboats from the four area beach patrols in front of the restaurant.

1986 Lakewood state champions. George Watson, Sr., who filmed the team's games was honored during their induction. He was also a Tuskegee Airman. (Patricia Halpin)

The Lakewood High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its 7th annual induction dinner on Sunday, April 28th at Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood.

The newest class of Hall of Famers includes basketball greats Kelvin Troy and Loren Jackson along with two-sport standouts Dr. Dick Gaines, Donald Mumford, San Chiaravalloti, Gregg Sonnenfeld, Larry Valentine and Len Tutora.  Also being inducted are former Piner wresters Ben Bivens Sr. and Oscar Orellano and posthumous honors will go to Bobby Overton Sr. and Michael Moses.

Lakewood Hall Of Fame induction class of 2012. L to R: John Brown, Mads Madsen, Dan Kozelnik, Jack Boylan, Keith Lee, Daniel Burnick, Ken Hicks, Sr., Major Finklin, Brent Braisted. Missing was Nanc Arven. (Patricia Halpin)

Lakewood grad and Hall of Famer Jan Kristbergs will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies for what should be a stroll down memory lane.  For ticket information and more you can contact Lakewood High School Athletic Trainer Pat Halpin at (732) 905-3500, extension 7419.  You can also email her at


Lakewood track coach Al Ridley (Hall of Fame class of 2009) with
2012 Inductee Keith Lee (Patricia Halpin)