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Five Things To Know Today, May 16

Coastal Flood Warning, Little Silver Restaurant Day (meet me at Turning Point!), Monmouth Park Opens, Bark at the Park, Maple Place Maestros

Coastal Flood Advisory

Welcome to the work week of May 16-20, Little Silver and Oceanport. We start the week with a coastal flood advisory from the National Weather Service. It's going to be a rainy one, with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the day, which bumps up to 70 percent at night. The good news is it will stay warm as we move into the summer, with a high of 70 and a low of 60.

It's Little Silver Restaurant Day!

Thanks to Amy Walsack, who tipped me off to this. If you know of something going on in town and want to let me know, send me an email here and I will give you a shoutout as well.

If your lunch plans are up in the air, might I suggest: Abramo's, , , , , or ? Besides providing superior food, all of these local restaurants will be donating a portion of their sales today to Lunch Break, an organization which helps feed the needy. I know (whose terrific leads the site today) and I will be at Turning Point at noon, so stop on by and say hello! I'll have Patch magnets and pens to give away to anyone who chats us up.

Grand Opening

Oceanport resident, surfer, and incredibly talented photographer and I went out to Saturday and got some awesome shots from opening weekend. Russ has posted and I am editing a video which I'll be posting later today.

If only I had known beforehand (and I wasn't working) that Sonic Bullet was going to win the second race at 29-1 odds, I might have put a sizable bet on the colt... more on that later as well.

Bark the Herald Doggies Sing

A funny moment occured down in Lakewood late into the game at "Bark in the Park Day" when the BlueClaws (who wore jerseys that read "Blue PAWS" Saturday only) played a rendition of "Jingle Bells" as barked by dogs over their loudspeaker and many of the dogs in attendance responded by barking right back.

's Dr. Yakovic threw out the first pitch of the game and more than a few canine companions from Little Silver and Oceanport got out to enjoy the game, though the BluePaws ended up losing 1-0 as a result of baseball's no. 1 prospect Bryce Harper bashing a homer to left field.

Maple Place Rules!

We've only scratched the surface in talking about how talented the children of Oceanport are. Sure, you might have enjoyed Ms. Siegel's chorus singing "" and "," but have you seen at Music Showcase Festival?

Well, even if you've taken in all our site has to offer, there's more to come. Mrs. Ruggeri's band welcomed a special guest last week when composer Patrick Burns came to lead them through three pieces he wrote specially for the group, and I shot footage of the entire session. I've been editing it together, and it should be on the site shortly.

As always, if you've got a news tip, want to get involved, or just want to say hello, I'm easily e-mailable at Greg.Kulaga@patch.com. Have a great start to your week!

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