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In today’s COVID-19 world, people are coming up with creative ways to spend their extra time and to accomplish positive goals. Three sisters with ties to Ocean City, and their daughters, recently completed one such adventure, taking part in the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, logging most of their actual miles right here in Ocean City. The brainchild of Laz Lake, race director of the Barkley Marathons series of road races, the Virtual Run replaces actual races canceled this summer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tennessee was chosen because it is Lake’s home state. Participants signed up and paid a small entry fee, which was designated to several charities, and plotted their course on a map by electronically entering each day’s runs.
If you’re an Ocean City booster – and who isn’t? – you can add miniature golf to the resort’s long list of national bragging rights. Aaron Kaminski, 28, who has been playing mini-golf since he was 3, and who is the president of a local mini-golf “tour,” recently earned a spot on the hit ABC “extreme mini-golf” reality show “Holey Money.” With the appearance came a chance to putt for the $250,000 grand prize.
Tabernacle Baptist Church, one of the oldest congregations in Ocean City, will mark its “re-boot” Sunday with an old-fashioned outdoor tent service. All community members and visitors are invited to the event, a joint service with neighboring Shiloh Baptist Church, to take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Tabernacle Baptist, 760 West Ave. “We are calling this a service of encouragement, during these unusual times,” said Shari Thompson, one of the organizers.
It’s Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in Ocean City, but it could pretty much be any day. The sun is out, the birds are out and so are the pickleballers. The pickleball courts behind the Ocean City Intermediate School at 1901 Bay Avenue are abuzz with post-pandemic social distancing measures in place, with the emphasis on social. The pop-pop-pop staccato of wooden paddles smacking the yellow perforated pickleballs fills the air -- as does laughter, game-related chatter, and some occasional trash talk.
Every day we are bombarded with grim statistics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. How about a good statistic for a change? Ocean City’s VFW Ferguson-Foglio Post 6650 recently marked an impressive milestone – its 2,000th meal donated to Ocean City residents severely impacted by the crisis. The Post has also provided hundreds of meals for first responders and frontline medical personnel.
From biking to paddleboarding, people took advantage of Ocean City. The only problem was that bikers were sharing flooded streets with paddleboarders, as rains pelted the island and much of South Jersey when Tropical Storm Fay drew nearer to the coast. By 10 a.m. on Friday, three inches of rain had fallen, according to the National Weather Service. The rains continued into the afternoon. By mid-afternoon floodwaters had receded on most streets, although some of the harder-hit areas were still impassable.
The 2020 Tour de Donut is in the books, and the results are in: Brown’s Restaurant, 110 Boardwalk, has the best donuts in Ocean City. For the uninitiated, the Tour de Donut is Ocean City’s quirky new tradition. An informal bicycle trip round the island, which took place on July 4 for the fourth straight year, the Tour makes stops at every donut shop in town. Participants purchase a deep-friend treat at each stop, sample it and rate it. The event visited 12 Ocean City donut shops.
Running pass patterns at football practice has again given way to a holding pattern for New Jersey high school teams. Just when it looked like the first football that local fans could watch would be at the high school level, the COVID-19 crisis proved to be the ultimate arbiter on when the season would open up. “I know everyone is nervous and/or frustrated,” Ocean City Head Coach Kevin Smith related to parents and friends of the program in an email. “I am too.” Smith’s frustration and that of the other coaches, as well as players, parents and fans, is understandable.
Longtime Ocean City business partners Tyrone Rolls and Jill Adamson’s newest venture looks like a winner – on several different levels. The duo’s Key to the Community discount card is promising as a value for customers, as a supporter of other local businesses, as a booster of the community, and as a fundraiser for numerous charities. “Ocean City and the community have given us so much,” Adamson said. “We feel an obligation to give back.”
Manco & Manco Pizza and the Surf Mall, two landmarks on the Ocean City Boardwalk, have implemented comprehensive safety plans as part of their reopening strategy. Read how they are protecting their customers in OCNJ Daily's "Safely Open for Business" feature.