Sky Brown to Lead Ocean City Baby Parade

first_imgThe cute factor runs high at the Baby Parade this Thursday. The Ocean City Baby Parade returns to the Boardwalk for the 110th time at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.The annual tradition offers a chance for parents to show off Ocean City’s newest generation.The parade features children (ages 10 and under) cruising the Ocean City Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons and floats.It starts at Sixth Street with children finishing at the Music Pier (at Moorlyn Terrace) and all other entries continuing to 14th Street.Participants can sign up at the Welcome Center on the ground floor of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Entry fee is $5 per child.The parade is free to watch from either side of the Boardwalk. Spectators are welcome to bring beach chairs to watch from the railing along the ocean side of the Boardwalk. On the parade morning, the Boardwalk will close to bicycle traffic at 10 a.m.Marching bands from Pitman High School and Wildwood High School will participate, along with the Ed Coles Band and Fred Hall.The Give and Take Jugglers will perform inside the Ocean City Music Pier after the parade as participants wait for awards. Other highlights of the parade include the OCTC Spotlight Performers Show Choir, the cast of “Newsies,” Martin Z. and Mollie Mollusk, Queen Infanta 2019 Emma Rodriguez, the Ocean City Yacht Club, and more.Sky Brown, an 11-year-old skating, surfing and dancing star, will be the baby parade’s grand marshal.Sky Brown, an 11-year-old skateboarding sensation with an international following, will be grand marshal of the parade. She will meet with fans and give skateboard and surfing demonstrations in addition to participating in the parade.Brown is a professional skateboarder and surfer from Miyazaki, Japan. With a Japanese mother and a British father, she chose to compete for Team Great Britain in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making her the youngest athlete to compete there. She also will be Great Britain’s youngest Summer Olympian ever, and the youngest Olympic athlete since 1936.Brown began skating and surfing at age two and quickly became a phenomenon when short videos of her gained millions of views on YouTube.  In the fall of 2018, she became the first-ever winner of ABC’s hit competition show, “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.”Her schedule on parade day will include:Thursday, Aug. 8:10:30 a.m.:  Grand marshal of the 110th annual Baby ParadeNoon to 1 p.m.: Meet-and-greet at the Music Pier (tickets are $15 each)5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Meet-and-greet at the Ocean City Skate Park (tickets are $30 each)5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Skate Demonstration and open skating at the Skate Park with ticketholdersTickets for these opportunities to meet, skate and surf with Sky are on sale now. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace), the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (on the Route 52 causeway).Tickets also will be available at the gate (for cash or check only).“Newsies” will be staged Aug. 6-9 at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center.DISNEY’S ‘NEWSIES’ RUNS AUG. 6 TO 9The Ocean City Pops and the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) will present four performances of “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical”s as part of OCTC’s 12th​ season. The shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (Aug. 6, 7 and 9) and at 2 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 8) at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center (beach block of Sixth Street).Set in turn-of-the century New York City, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions.Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, “Newsies” features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (“Little Shop of Horrors,” “Sister Act”) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (“Kinky Boots”). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day” and “Santa Fe,” “Newsies” is packed with thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.Tickets range from $25 to $30. Visit ​oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111​.Ocean City Fishing Club will host a kids fishing tournament. (Photo courtesy Ocean City Fishing Club)ALSO THIS WEEKAUGUST 7 – Wacky Wednesday –That’s How The Cookie Crumbles: Use your creativity to shape and sculpt a cookie into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free. Limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages. Start time: 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. For more information call 609-399-6111.AUGUST 10 – Ocean City Fishing Club’s 44th annual Boys’ and Girls’ Surf Fishing Tournament: Registration for the free event will begin at 9 a.m. at the north end beach near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.  Parents or guardians will be asked to sign a waiver for insurance purposes before their children can participate.Each child must bring his or her own fishing gear and bait.Fishing starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon followed by an awards presentation.The tournament has three age categories: 8-10, 11-12, and 13-16 years old, with a boys’ and girls’ division in each grouping. Parents can help those 8-10 years old cast, but those youngsters have to do their own fishing after that.Three anglers who catch the most fish in each age category will win a rod and reel. The boy and girl who land the biggest fish overall will receive bicycles and trophies. OCFC members will be on hand to measure fish caught to determine winners, as well as give expert advice. The event will be held rain or shine.  AUGUST 10 – Miss Ocean City Pageant: 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.Miss Ocean City 2019 Megan Keenan will be on hand as contestants compete in interview, talent, swimsuit, evening gown and onstage question. Contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 22. For more information, call 609-399-6111. Tickets will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.Miss Ocean City 2019 Megan Keenan will turn the crown over to the new title holder Saturday night.AUGUST 11 — Katherine Jenkins, one of Great Britain’s all-time favorite singers, will join the Ocean City Pops Orchestra for a special concert on August 11. Jenkins was officially crowned the No.1 selling “Classical Music Artist of the Last 25 Years” by Classic FM.She made chart history when her last album, “Celebration,” became her 12th UK Classical No.1 album in 12 years.The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace). Tickets are $40 to $75 at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111 or at any welcome center in town.AUGUST 12 and 13 — Get the Led Out: A summer tradition continues as Philadelphia-based tribute band Get the Led Out returns to the Music Pier for two nights of Zeppelin music.The concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets start at $39.50. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.last_img read more

Canoe Trail receives gets $300,000 for recreation and tourism promotion

first_imgNative Americans and European settlers used the ancient waterways of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) for commerce and trade. Today this 740-mile recreation trail echoes the past by providing both an economic stimulus for businesses and outdoor adventure along its path.USDA Rural Development has supported the trail’s recreation and development efforts through three states since 2008 ‘ with Rural Business Enterprise Grants of $290,000 in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. These funds have been used to assist small businesses, create regional linkages, work on product development, promote tourism near the trail route and ensure sustainability for the future.‘We are committed to helping generate economic opportunities in rural communities and recreation will play a critical role in this effort,’ said Molly Lambert, State Director for USDA Rural Development in NH/VT. ‘Outdoor recreational activities, like paddling The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, represent real opportunity to stimulate rural economies.’Cutting a route from New York to Maine, the trail is made up of 22 rivers and streams and 56 lakes and ponds. Forty-five communities benefit from its passage, which was officially completed in the spring of 2006.A key part of the tourism promotion along or near the route will be the development of itineraries and packages, which link local businesses and paddlers. While a through-trip of the trail is possible, the real audience for the packages are recreational users, who might dip into the trail on a smaller scale.Itineraries such as the two-day ‘Northeast Kingdom Peddle and Paddle’ in Vermont feature paddling on the scenic Clyde River and off-road cycling at the world-famous Kingdom Trails network in East Burke. At the same time they link the businesses, hotels, restaurants and outfitters in the region.‘There is great potential for recreational tourism to play a valuable role in the more diverse economy that is emerging in the Northern Forest Region,’ said Kate Williams, Executive Director of the NFCT. ‘It is a win win when paddler services along our route are highlighted and enhanced ‘ paddlers benefit, as do the communities.’USDA Rural Development administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure, and facilities programs. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. To learn more about USDA Rural Development programs visit the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external).Source: USDA. Montpelier, VT, July 9, 2010 ‘#last_img read more

Unai Emery aims dig at Mesut Ozil and explains why he did not play him

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jan 2020 11:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link427Shares The German playmaker has come back into the Gunners’ side under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Axed Arsenal boss Unai Emery has taken a little swipe at former charge Mesut Ozil and warned Mikel Arteta that the playmaker is too ‘unpredictable’ to be a cornerstone of the team.The German made just one Premier League appearance in the first 10 games of the season, having been frozen out by Emery, though poor results forced him to bring Ozil back into the side.However, performances did not improve and Emery was sacked soon after, with Freddie Ljungberg taking over on an interim basis before Arteta was handed the job full-time. Commentcenter_img Ozil has found a more appreciative manager in Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘He is playing a 4-2-3-1 like ours. Ozil is No 10, and is slowly looking for his identity.‘But with my departure, the hostile atmosphere was relaxed. The results are not being the best but you have to give it time to do so.’MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta delivers transfer update on deadline dayMORE: Unai Emery slams Arsenal fans and rates Mikel Arteta’s start as managerMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Emery dropped Ozil from Arsenal’s side for much of the season (Picture: Getty)Ozil has since become a key part of Arteta’s plans, starting their last six Premier League matches, though Emery has defended freezing out the 31-year-old and insists he is not consistent enough to rely upon.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked for his thoughts on Ozil, Emery told Spanish newspaper Marca: ‘He’s a very good player, that’s clear. But the physical demands in the Premier League are high.‘His performances are unpredictable. He’s a bit below the top players at the moment.‘Sometimes Arsenal play better with him but other times he doesn’t make such a difference.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal have recovered after their poor start to the season under Emery and are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions, with the former Sevilla boss feeling there is more to come from Arteta and his side.Speaking about his successor, Emery added: ‘Mikel has a lot of experience as a footballer and has worked alongside Pep [Guardiola], who is a top coach. Unai Emery sounds warning over ‘unpredictable’ Mesut Ozil and explains why he did not play himlast_img read more

Aussies added $10 billion in housing loans in a month, to now owe $1.561 trillion on homes

first_imgQueensland saw owner occupied housing lending drop in December, seasonally adjustedMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoAUSSIES added $10 billion in home loans in one month, bringing total outstanding housing loans to a whopping $1.561 trillion, latest official data shows.Australian Bureau of Statistics housing finance data for December showed housing loan outstandings jumped 0.7 per cent between November and December last year, with owner occupied loans hitting $1.016 trillion and investment housing loans at $545 billion.“The total value of dwelling commitments excluding alterations and additions (trend) rose 0.8 per cent in December 2016 compared with November 2016, and the seasonally adjusted series rose 0.4 per cent in December 2016.”Seasonally adjusted, owner occupied lending was up 1.3 per cent, led by strong growth out of ACT up 6.3 per cent, followed by New South Wales 1.5 per cent, Victoria 0.8 per cent and Northern Territory 0.5 per cent. But elsewhere saw falls including Queensland (down 1.3 per cent), Tasmania (2.7 per cent), South Australia (1.9 per cent) and Western Australia (2.7 per cent).First home buyers remained at 13.8 per cent of total owner occupied commitments for the month, but their numbers were down to 7,690.last_img read more

Radio star Luke Bradnam is now selling both his houses

first_imgLuke Bradnam testing out the Gold Coast Bulletin Prize Tinny on the Broadwater Main Beach last year. Picture: Mike BatterhamRADIO star Luke Bradnam of Triple M and Gold FM seems to have some big plans underfoot, with both of his properties currently on the market – and they’re like chalk and cheese.The Channel 9 weatherman has a three bedder in North Ipswich and a waterfront five bedder in Broadbeach Waters on the Gold Coast, according to CoreLogic records. CoreLogic shot of Bradnam’s North Ipswich property.Records show Bradnam put the Ipswich property on the market for $260,000 – a tidy $200,000 more than he paid in 2002.The house is on a 448sq m block in a suburb where the median price had grown 10.4 per cent in five years. Bradnam’s Broadbeach Waters home has its own tennis court. There’s also a waterfront pool.Bradnam’s home on the Gold Coast was bought for $1.85m 12 years ago, according to CoreLogic data and has so much room it has its own tennis court and pool, plus access to the broadwater. The median price in the area has grown 60.3 per cent in the area in the last five years. No price has been set on the property publicly, with it to come “by negotiation”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoTriple M Brisbane Drive Show’s Luke Bradnam and Ben Dobbins with Agro. Picture: AAP Image/Mark Calleja.last_img read more