It figures that our first real wet weather in nearly four months could result in our area impacted by a hurricane.

Hurricane flags fly at a home in Bradley Beach (Bud McCormick)

Joaquin is still days away and there are indications that the worst weather we face is not from that storm but a system that will likely hit us on Friday.  As a result several high school football games have already been moved and more could follow.

Barnegat and Donovan Catholic will try and beat the heavy rains when they play this afternoon in Barnegat at 4pm.  Also on tap for today is Manchester at Point Boro and Neptune at Red Bank with both those games at 5pm.  The Toms River Regional School District has moved all three of their home football games to Saturday afternoon with South hosting Lacey at 3:30 while East meets Brick Memorial and North takes on Marlboro at 4pm.   I expect there may be additions to that list and if so we’ll have them at

Also cancelled for the weekend is the St. Joseph Parish Family Picnic which was to be held on Saturday with no rain date scheduled. 

The Ocean County Personnel and Guidance Association will hold their annual fall College Night at the Jersey Shore tonight at the Pine Belt Arena from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Over 125 colleges, universities, technical schools and the Armed Forces will be represented and a Financial Aid Seminar will be held in the Toms River North Auditorium at 5:30 with parents strongly urged to attend.   Colleges from some 18 states will be represented at this free event which is open to high school students and their parents.

Home Runs for Heroes concluded its 7th year of support for military-based charities this week when the OceanFirst Foundation awarded $23,000 in grants to ten local charities at FirstEnergy Park.  The program is a partnership between the OceanFirst Foundation, Lakewood BlueClaws and WOBM FM/AM in which money is awarded to charities that support members of the military and their families each time a BlueClaws player hits a home run during a home game. 

The New Jersey National Guard State Family Readiness Council was the big winner this season as they received a $9000 grant but each of the other nine charities were awarded a minimum of $1000.  The OceanFirst Foundation has given out $187,000 since the program started and we’re delighted to work with them and the BlueClaws to support our local heroes.