Ocean City Happenings: Unlock the Ocean Memorial Day Weekend, Take the Plunge

first_imgGet ready for summer as Ocean City “unlocks the ocean” Memorial Day weekend. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City) In a long-standing Ocean City tradition, city officials will turn a ceremonial wooden key to officially “unlock the ocean” for the season at noon Friday, May 24.The free public event provides an early start to Memorial Day Weekend and welcomes a long-awaited summer.The Ocean City Beach Patrol will begin providing guarded beaches on Saturday, and Boardwalk and downtown businesses will be open and ready for the holiday weekend. After a cool and wet spring, the forecast for the weekend looks sunny and warm.The “Unlocking of the Ocean” includes a newer tradition: The march of fully clothed business persons into the chilly Atlantic Ocean for the first swim of the summer (to the strains of the Ocean City High School marching band playing “Pomp and Circumstance.”Everybody is invited to participate in the “Business Persons Plunge.” It’s a chance to get some exposure for your business or organization or just to start Memorial Day Weekend with a splash.Groups and individuals can sign up in advance at www.ocnj.us/bizplunge.The Unlocking of the Ocean and the Business Persons Plunge take place on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier.Participants are encouraged to muster at 11:30 a.m.This year’s ceremony will include recognition of a donation from the local Coast Guard Auxiliary of a defibrillator to be housed outside of the Music Pier. Call 609-399-6111 for more information.Retired Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer officially unlocks the ocean in May 2018.Saturday morning (May 25) brings the Memorial Beach Challenge, a spectacle to behold as athletes complete a 2.5-mile obstacle course that covers much of the beach between Fifth Street and 14th Street.Proceeds from the event benefit The 31 Heroes Project, an organization that specializes in creating programs, financial support systems and future opportunities for service members, veterans and their families.The race begins at 8 a.m. near the Ocean City Music Pier and is followed by a kids fun run. Visit memorialbeachchallenge.com for more information on the races and for registration.Ocean City’s Memorial Day Service starts at 11 a.m. May 27 at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue). All are encouraged to attend. The keynote speaker will be Staff Sergeant Patrick Carney, a U.S. Army veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq. Carney sustained multiple injuries and now advocates for veterans as a Department of Veterans Affairs employee.The National Moment of Remembrance is also set for May 27. Established by Congress, the event asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for one minute. Greg Murphy of Buglers Across America will sound Taps from the Ocean City Music Pier to commemorate the moment. The performance will be broadcast on the boardwalk public address system.American Legion Post 524 Adjutant Jack Hagan explains the symbolism of the empty table during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Ocean City Tabernacle in 2018GUARDED BEACHES OPEN FOR THE SEASONThe Ocean City Beach Patrol will guard the following beaches starting Memorial Day Weekend (May 25): St. Charles Place, Brighton Place, 8th Street, 9th Street, 10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street, 26th Street, 34th Street and 58th Street. OCBP strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches.Beaches are guarded from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays. More beaches will be added throughout the following weeks.Also, a reminder: Seasonal beach tags will be on sale for a discounted $20 only through May 31 (the price goes up to $25 on June 1). Tags are available online at www.ocnj.us/beachtags and at eight locations in Ocean City. Follow the same link for details.COMING UP SOONGRACE KELLY TEA (May 29): The Ocean City Historical Museum will host an afternoon high tea at the Flanders Hotel with guest speaker Al Crescenzo making a presentation on Grace Kelly in the movies. Kelly’s family owned a home in Ocean City, and she was a regular visitor. Call 609-399-1801 for tickets and information.Grace Kelly photos fill a section of the Ocean City Historical Museum.OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW (May 31 to June 2): See beautiful commercial, amateur and kids displays at the Ocean City Music Pier. Show times are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 609-399-6111.O’NEILL EAST COAST GROM TOUR SURFING CONTEST (June 1): Youth 17-and-under, 7th Street Beach. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids will surf for a chance to win prizes from O’Neill, Dragon, Sun Bum and Heritage Surf Shop. www.eastcoastgromtour.comWONDER’S BIRTHDAY BASH AT WONDERLAND PIER (June 6): Free fireworks show following an evening of discounted rides at Wonderland Pier, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. The company is celebrating 90 years of rides on the Ocean City Boardwalk.ARTISANS FAMILY WEEKEND (June 7 to 9): The Artisans Order of Mutual Protection will hold their 74th annual Family Weekend in Ocean City. The highlight of the weekend will be the Miss Artisan Pageant and a show by the Original Hobo Band to be held at the Music Pier on June 8. The Hobo Band will perform at 7 p.m. followed by the Miss Artisan Pageant at 8 p.m. Admission is free.RESTAURANT WEEK (June 7 to 14): Fixed-price specials at participating Ocean City restaurants. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and special treats for the whole family. Visit www.eatinocnj.com for list of participating restaurants and specialty shops.The Ocean City Skate Park’s big bowl gives skaters plenty of room to show off their moves. (Photo courtesy Jaime Pustizzi)SKATO WITH KATO (June 7): OC Skate Park, 5th & Asbury Ave. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information call 609-398-9500 ext. 4 or visit www.hsocnj.org.COP CHASE (June 8): 5K Footrace, 2 Mile Fitness Walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Proceeds from the Ocean City Police Chase will benefit the Ocean City Police Benevolent Association who support scholarships for high school seniors, The Christmas toy drive, and distribution of free bike helmets with the funds they raise throughout the year.For more info, call 609-525-9108 or visit www.ocpba.com.last_img read more

BRO Athletes: Chris Hipgrave Sets A New Ocoee Race Record

first_imgA cold, wet morning in Ducktown couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 125 paddlers participating in the 7th annual Ocoee Race hosted by the Tennessee Valley Canoe Club. This incredible volunteer run event allows athletes to test themselves against one of the nations most iconic pieces of whitewater and raise money for a great cause, the Chattanooga chapter of Team River Runner.Racers start at 1 minute intervals, only delayed by the arrival of commercial raft traffic or groups of private boaters. Allowing paddlers to race in multiple classes meant there would be 168 scheduled starts that the TVCC volunteers would be releasing at 1 minute intervals over the next 3 hours. Speaking of volunteers, every major rapid had safety volunteers in place to pick up the pieces in the event of a spill and the finish line was well manned too. TVCC’s incredible volunteer activation for this event underlines the clubs strength and leadership.Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 3.52.43 PMI’ve had a frustrating history competing in this event. In 2013 I thought I knew the Ocoee River well enough but I didn’t and ended up 2nd. I managed to put the pieces together over the next year thanks to local legends, Terry Smith and Dave Levitt who graciously shared their extensive river knowledge with me, despite knowing I’d be competing against them. In 2014 it all came together with a narrow victory over Levitt, so it was with some pressure I came into this year in defense of my title.The wet weather had added a little additional flow which would help in the shallows but also change the configuration of many of the wave trains. Right from the start I found myself having to slightly modify my plan and slide out wider to the shoulders of the wave trains. Despite a little too much water breaking over the bow of my Dagger Greenboat, I made it the “Doldrums” in good time and hammered across the flats as hard as I could. At “Surprise” rapid I had some significant raft traffic that took me off line and later I was so thankful to get to Tablesaw where I would be able to take a break for a few seconds. I was pretty tanked and the push to the finish line hurt. But the result was good … a new course record time of 28’58” and the overall race win just ahead of Terry Smith.But now to do it all over again. I had signed up to race short boat too, so jumped in the new Pyranha 9RL and hammered again although it really didn’t feel particularly good, finishing in 31’ 25” and 2nd place in the class, behind my competitor, friend and mentor Dave Levitt.This race is incredibly well run and I’m deeply thankful to the TVCC and their team of volunteers that host this race and fund raiser. It takes a huge effort to put on an event of this scale, especially on the nations busiest commercial river. Congratulations TVCC and see you next year.last_img read more

Workplace Insight: Wellbeing deserves more attention

first_img continue reading » Before COVID-19 hit, workplace wellness was a growing priority among credit union leaders, and now it is even more important. It’s difficult to understand the impact that workplace wellbeing, whether it is in the office or a remote work setting, has on employees. Unwell employees are neither happy nor productive.Yet our recent workplace research, published in the whitepaper, “A Study of Credit Union Workplaces and the Future of Work,” consistently revealed gaps between the importance employees assigned to various aspects of workplace wellness and how their workplace supported them. We’re going to walk you through a few takeaways from our research and show you how to take the next step towards providing a healthy working environment both in your office and at home.The majority of wellness efforts don’t deliver impressive results, and this is often due to a disconnect between what employers’ think matters to employees and what actually matters to employees. A recent study published in the Harvard Business Review reveals that the wellness perks that matter most to employees are the basic comforts, including clean air and better lighting.Poor air quality, bad lighting, distracting noise levels, too hot or too cold temperatures, and uncomfortable workstations induce both physical and mental discomfort and stress. These comforts are important to employees, yet these are the areas that employees are most dissatisfied with. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NBA returns on StarTimes with ESPN

first_img Read Also: Super Eagles: Egbo advances support for local coaches “Active subscribers can watch on the go by downloading StarTimes ON mobile app and linking it to their decoders, at no extra cost, to access the same content they subscribe for on their decoders. “Also, non-subscribers can also watch live sports, sought-after TV channels and over 2000 video-on-demand content for as low as N400 weekly, with an option to subscribe with their MTN airtime, via the StarTimes ON mobile app.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… With the NBA 2019/20 season restarting today with the ESPN channel broadcasting the games in Africa, live basketball is set to return on StarTimes after a hiatus of nearly five months. After the coronavirus postponed the NBA season, these NBA games will be unlike any previous year. Social distancing requirements means that fans will not be in attendance and all the games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Only the best 22 of the league’s 30 teams will participate while each team will play eight games to finish the regular season. From these, the top seven teams in each conference will advance, with the final eighth seed in each conference being determined by a potential play-in tournament before the traditional 16-team playoffs. “We are excited to bring more sports offering to our subscribers and basketball lovers in Nigeria can now look forward to action coming back on their screens through the ESPN channel,” explained StarTimes PR Manager Lazarus Ibeabuchi.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Little-Known Facts About Ancient Egypt That Will Puzzle You7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globelast_img read more