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Ocean City High School’s football team spent approximately two and a half hours on the bus -- traveling 60 miles each way for a conference game at Pemberton, Burlington County, on Saturday. In the end, it was the host team that wound up having the long day. The undefeated Red Raiders improved their record to 7-0 on the season by laying a 37-0 smack down on the Hornets.
The Endless Summer. Yes, it's the title of a classic surfer flick. But also an apt description of the recent weather pattern in Ocean City. The point wasn’t lost on the hundreds of folks taking advantage of the summer-like conditions on their bikes, lounge chairs, beach blankets or just strolls along the Boardwalk.
Ocean City’s sixth straight win, 24-7 on the road at Egg Harbor Township, had its high points. But the football contest was anything but easy. The Red Raiders came back from their first deficit of the season, and relied on the running and defensive prowess of Sean Mazzitelli, an historic kicking performance from Brandon McGonigle and a stingy defense to stay undefeated.
It will be a “very Brady” event Saturday at the Ocean City Music Pier when Barry Williams appears to interact with fans at a special meet-and-greet. Williams, who portrayed Greg Brady, the big brother in the iconic 1970s sitcom, “The Brady Bunch,” will be on hand in Ocean City to meet fans and to lead the 46th annual Classic Car and Street Rod parade of street rod and exotic cars down the Boardwalk.
The Best of the Press awards are important to Mike Monichetti because of what it takes to win them. They require loyalty and action by customers, qualities Mike and staff are proud to have attained. Monichetti is the third-generation owner of Mike’s Seafood and Dock Restaurant, at 4222 Park Road in the heart of Sea Isle City’s historic Fish Alley. His establishment is the two-time defending “Best Seafood Restaurant” champion – and gunning for its third title in a row.
Things are happening at a frenetic pace in the world of Aro Rose, the artist formerly known as Amanda O’Connor. If you haven’t yet heard of Aro Rose, it probably won’t be long before you do. The 22-year-old singer-actor, songwriter, public advocate and a 2017 graduate of Ocean City High School, will release her debut single, “Damaged,” on Sunday, Aug. 29. Her music is a tribute to her late mother, Diana J. Vega O'Connor, who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Does passion drive Michael Bray’s business, Passion Vines Wine and Spirit Company? “I think it does,” Bray said. “We have a passion for our products, a passion for our customers, and a passion for our community."
Positivity, perseverance and courage are elusive in today’s world. It’s hard enough for adults to face down their fears and be brave. Sometimes it’s more daunting for parents to teach their kids how to understand, learn and acquire these special qualities. A new book by Deirdre Palm Adams, “The Adventures of Rocky: Don’t Be Afraid Rocky” (Page Publishing), makes the topic easier to broach with young children, and does so in an endearing and relatable fashion. It tells the story of the author’s real-life dog, a poodle who doesn’t like being alone, and how Rocky dealt with the trauma of being lost on an Ocean City beach.
Like most young ballplayers, Chase Petty dreamed of making it to the big leagues. Unlike most, Petty, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from Somers Point and Mainland High School, came very close to achieving the dream last weekend. The Minnesota Twins took Petty with the 26th pick in the first round of the MLB draft on Sunday and hosted him and his family for a whirlwind weekend at the draft and All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver.