SIS targets easier betting access with new content service

first_img Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Sports Information Services (SIS) has rolled out a new content service designed to make it easier for people around the world to bet on racing events at any time of the day. 24/7 Live Betting Channels will be available online and in retail environments, with clients able to tailor content specifically for their customer base. Content on offer through the service will include premium horse racing events from the UK and Ireland, as well as key meetings in Latin America and Asia. Operators can also choose to feature UK and Irish greyhound racing as part of their offering. In addition, SIS will make various numbers games available via the new service. The channels will be delivered in a ‘Watch & Bet’ format, with punters able to watch any event without having to place a bet beforehand. Live coverage will be complemented by data, on-screen graphics with betting triggers, markets and pricing. Paul Witten, product director at SIS, said: “SIS is the only supplier offering a 24-hour betting channels service, our 24/7 Live Betting Channels provide desirable and profitable content for bookmakers, with a betting event every three minutes, including pictures, data and prices. “The channels are ideal for bettors across the globe looking for quick and easy betting opportunities at times which suit them.” SIS currently works with a number of major brands across various markets, such as Bet365, William Hill and Ladbrokes.In addition, the company has content partnerships in place with racing-related organisations such as the Racing Post, Greyhound Board of Great Britain, Irish Greyhound Board, Singapore Turf Club and PMU. Earlier this year, SIS also extended a partnership with Racecourse Media Club to encompass international pool betting and fixed odds rights. SIS swiftly followed up on this by expanding its greyhound service with Dankse Spil in Denmark.Image: Paul (Flickr) SIS targets easier betting access with new content service 24/7 Live Betting Channels will operate in online and retail environments Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops 17th September 2018 | By contenteditorcenter_img Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

I think this 8%+ dividend yield from the FTSE 100 is far too cheap. I might buy more!

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. I think this 8%+ dividend yield from the FTSE 100 is far too cheap. I might buy more! Royston Wild | Thursday, 16th January, 2020 | More on: TW “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address As an enthusiastic owner of shares in Britain’s housebuilders, I spend a lot of my time talking about these firms’ exceptional long-term investment appeal. Fortunately though, the London Stock Exchange’s listed homebuilders continue to make my life pretty easy!Fresh trading results from Persimmon today, for instance, revealed just how resilient demand for new-build property has been in the UK. Despite ongoing uncertainty concerning Brexit, allied with the builder’s decision to scale back production rates amid quality issues, total forward sales were broadly robust at £1.36bn as of the end of December.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The FTSE 100 firm commented that “resilient consumer confidence… supported by low interest rates, a competitive mortgage market, and robust employment levels” helped to drive business across its regional businesses in 2019. And with the same factors still very much in place (hopes of an interest rate cut have even picked up in recent days), it looks as if 2020 could prove another solid year for Persimmon and its peers.Sales surgeThis brings me neatly to a share that I myself own: Taylor Wimpey (LSE: TW). This is a business that has also furnished the market with impressive trading details of late, the blue-chip saying on Tuesday that, “despite an uncertain political and economic backdrop in 2019, we have continued to experience a good level of demand for our homes and trading in the second half of the year was as anticipated.”The Footsie firm said that it expected completions to have risen 5% last year to 15,719 units, with the average selling prices on private homes increasing 1% to £305,000 and the overall average selling price rising 2% to £269,000.In a positive omen for 2020, the construction play added that its total order book stood at record levels at the close of December. At a value of £2.18bn, consolidated forward sales comprised a whopping 9,725 homes, rising from readings of £1.78bn and 8,304 homes at the end of 2019.And to put the cherry on top of the cake, Taylor Wimpey said that while cost inflation rose around 4.5% last year, it noted that cost pressures have eased  in recent months, giving further reason for investors to be optimistic for this year.Cheap as chipsI was expecting an encouraging trading release and I wasn’t disappointed. Taylor Wimpey has been one of the FTSE 100’s better performers since the beginning of December, up 21% versus the 4% gain enjoyed by the broader index. And it has continued to climb following that bubbly update, hitting fresh record peaks above 210p per share in mid-week trading.A quick look at broker forecasts for the company would suggest that it has much further to rise too. Predictions of a 1% earnings rise in 2020 (a figure I reckon could be significantly upgraded as the months roll on) leaves Taylor Wimpey trading on a forward P/E ratio of 10.3 times, some way below the broader Footsie average of 14.5 times.Moreover, Taylor Wimpey’s 8.7% dividend yield for 2020 slices the corresponding FTSE 100 average of 4.8% to ribbons. There’s no shortage of great-value dividend shares to buy today, though on the basis of these numbers, I reckon Taylor Wimpey is one of the best. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Royston Wild owns shares of Taylor Wimpey. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

Is being a passive income investor becoming more difficult?

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares With interest rates at low levels, the stock market having experienced a rally in recent months, and the economic outlook being uncertain, making a passive income may seem to be an uphill struggle.However, a number of income shares continue to offer attractive yields. They may also deliver rising dividend payouts over the coming years.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As such, now could be the right time to buy a diverse range of dividend stocks. Over the long run, they could produce a generous income return on a relative basis.Challenges when obtaining a passive incomeMany investors may be tempted to turn to dividend shares at the present time to make a passive income. After all, low interest rates available on other assets may push them towards equity markets.However, the problem is that the recent stock market rally has caused many shares to have lower yields than just a handful of months ago. When coupled with an uncertain economic outlook that could have a negative impact on shareholder payout growth rates, the outlook for dividend investors may seem to be somewhat downbeat.Focusing on overlooked dividend sharesDespite these factors, a number of companies currently continue to offer relatively high yields. Certainly, there has been a stock market rally. But not all sectors or companies have risen in line with the wider market. Some industries and businesses continue to be overlooked by investors, perhaps due to more modest earnings growth rates in a bull market.  And this could mean they offer good value for money.Buying such businesses may be a sound move for passive income investors. They may be able to buy solid dividend-paying stocks able to grow their shareholder payouts in the coming years. Such companies may be unpopular because they have a less exciting business model than other shares. These may have failed to engage investors to the same extent.Diversifying to build an income portfolioAs mentioned, an uncertain economic outlook is likely to remain a risk facing passive income investors in the coming months and years. Even the most appealing dividend shares could experience financial difficulties.Therefore, it’s important to build a diverse portfolio that can offer a higher degree of resilience and a more robust income stream than a concentrated group of stocks. Doing so is a cheaper and simpler process than it has been in the past. For example, regular investing services can reduce the cost of single share purchases. That means commissions represent a smaller proportion of a portfolio’s size. This may make diversifying even easier for smaller investors.Moreover, many companies have become increasingly diversified in terms of their geographical exposure. This may allow investors to buy domestically-listed businesses to generate a passive income that’s dependent on the performance on the world economy. This may result in a more robust income return that can benefit from strong growth rates in some regions over the coming years. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Enter Your Email Address Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Peter Stephens | Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 Image source: Getty Images. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Is being a passive income investor becoming more difficult? See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Hesse, Humphreys deliver in 18-2 thumping of UT Rio Grande Valley

first_imgFacebook Twitter ReddIt Women’s golf heads to Oklahoma for chance at first Big 12 title Linkedin printThe No. 3 ranked Horned Frogs (19-5) used an 18 run offensive outburst to blowout UT Rio Grande Valley (16-13) in a run-rule shortened seven-inning contest on Wednesday, closing out a 5-0 home stand at Lupton Stadium.Two of the more unlikely sources of offensive production stepped up for the Frogs on Wednesday. Mason Hesse, a versatile backup infielder, and Zach Humphreys, the backup catcher, each came through in a big way at the plate.The story of the night was an 11 run second inning that saw 15 Horned Frogs go to the plate. The huge inning was sparked by seven hits and four walks. Hesse drove in five runs in the inning, hitting both fourth and 13th in the frame. In his first trip to the plate, Hesse worked a six-pitch walk with the bases loaded that scored the first run of the game for TCU.“[Hesse] has been that fourth infielder, a guy that can play all four spots. He’s a really good defender,” said TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle. “He’s just been nothing but a great teammate, supportive of everybody else, and appreciative of the times he gets to play. Tonight he got rewarded for it.”Hesse’s second plate appearance of the inning came again with the bases loaded, this time with the Frogs leading 7-2. After a first pitch strike, Hesse hit a fly ball with the wind at its back over the fence in left field for a grand slam. The homer made the score 11-2 and was Hesse’s first career home run.“That is the first grand slam I have ever hit. I don’t get to hit a lot of home runs, so it is nice to savor it,” Hesse said. “It was a good day to hit, the wind was blowing out so it was nice. We don’t usually get good hitting days at Lupton.”Hesse’s five RBI game came in only his fourth start this season, a night after the regular starting shortstop, Ryan Merrill, homered and drove in four in a 10-2 win over UTRGV. The shortstop position, primarily hitting eighth in the Frog lineup, has not been especially productive thus far in 2017. The two homer and nine RBI mid-week series will prove to be an important stepping stone for the two senior shortstops, who are were hitting a combined .237 before Tuesday’s game.“It is tough to sit and watch, but I knew that I would get my chance, get my opportunity. I just wanted to make the most of it and help the team win,” Hesse said. “I know what my role is, so I’ve really bought into it. Ryan Merrill is one of my best friends, so it’s awesome to see him play well.”In between the Hesse at-bats, Humphreys had an RBI walk, Austen Wade grounded out for a run, Cam Warner’s team lead in RBIs (23) grew with a two-run double, Evan Skoug singled in a run and Nolan Brown hit a sacrifice fly.TCU tacked on an extra run in the bottom of the third on a Josh Watson double to left center that scored Luken Baker who had walked the previous at bat.The Frogs extended their 10 run advantage in the bottom of the fourth as Humphreys launched a two-run homer off the scoreboard in left field for his first home run of his career.“Humphreys is a guy that is really important to our team, and he’s really important to the future of this program for sure,” Schlossnagle said. “He handles playing time, or lack thereof, just like he is supposed to. That’s why he gets rewarded.”Freshman Zach Humphreys rounds the bases after his first career home run (Photo by Michael Clements)The three RBI night for Humphreys gave the eight and nine-hole hitters eight total on the night. Schlossnagle was happy to see some of the depth from his lineup that he expected at the start of the season“We felt good about the depth of our offense going into the season,” Schlossnagle said. “It hasn’t really shown its face as much as we would like, but I feel like it is getting better.”Skoug came to the plate three batters after Humphreys and hit a ball that sailed over the right field fence in a hurry for another two-run home run, pushing the advantage to 16-2.In what ended up being their last turn at the plate in the bottom of the sixth, the Frogs added a couple more runs as Watson hit his second double of the day, scoring two runs, resulting in the game’s final score of 18-2.The Horned Frogs fell behind early when starting pitcher Dalton Horton gave up four straight two-out baserunners in the top of the first, leading to two runs for the Vaqueros. Horton came back out for a second inning, but only recorded one out before giving way to Austin Boyles.The Frogs used several arms out of the bullpen en route to the win, as Boyles pitched 3.2 innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out a career-best six hitters. Boyles was the pitcher of record, earning his first collegiate win.Dalton Brown made his season debut in the sixth, recording two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning. Brown made 10 appearances as a freshman in 2016, throwing nine innings and giving up five runs.Ryan Burnett finished the night off with a clean seventh inning, setting down all three batters he faced and striking out one.The victory completed a two-game sweep of UTRGV, outscoring the Vaqueros 28-4. The sweep came after the Horned Frogs opened their five-game homestand with a three-game sweep of Oklahoma State.TCU will head to Manhattan, Kansas to begin a three-game Big 12 Conference series with Kansas State (15-10, 0-3) on Friday. First pitch for game one is set for 6:35 p.m. Facebook Branson Nelson Branson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Linkedin Previous articleTCU Office of Admission to add new programs to attract and keep diversityNext articleA TCU Global Innovator brings awareness to sex trafficking Branson Nelson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts A COVID-19 Charles Schwab Challenge Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Photo by Michael Clement Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Equestrian earns last seed in NCEA team bracket Iqbal leads women’s golf to fourth-place finish at Big 12 Tournament Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

SF will only go into government with “progressive partners”

first_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By News Highland – February 4, 2015 Google+ GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+center_img Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Previous articleRandox now recruiting people every monthNext articleRegional roads allocation nowhere near enough to meet needs – Mc Gowan News Highland Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson MEP Martina Anderson says Sinn Fein looks forward to going into government in the Republic after the next General Election but only with progressive partners.The Northern Ireland MEP says that her party has proven that they do not say one thing in opposition and then do another thing in power.However Ms Anderson says they are not interested in entering government to maintain the status quo:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/manderson.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. SF will only go into government with “progressive partners”last_img read more

Meetings to update people on progress of Northwest Radiotherapy Unit

first_img Facebook With hopes rising that a North West Radiotherapy Unit will be up and running within four years, public meetings are taking place over the next two days in Derry and Letterkenny to update people on what progress is being made.The Western Trust and the HSE will brief medical professionals, campaign groups and members of the public.The joint letter is signed by Western Health and Social Care Trust Chief Executive Elaine Way and Letterkenny General Hospital manager Sean Murphy, inviting stakeholder groups and members of the public to the meetings.Tonight’s meeting takes place in the MDEC Building at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, while tomorrow’s meeting will be in the conference room of Letterkenny General Hospital.The invitation letter says the meeting will provide an update on progress with the proposed unit at Altnegelvin.Last month, Health Minister Edwin Poots told the assembly that construction of the unit at Altnagelvin should commence next year, with a view to the unit being fully operational by 2016. Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Previous articleCross border dimension of Malin Head Coastguard Station emphasisedNext articleJury hears William McKeeneys last words on mobile phone News Highland By News Highland – October 8, 2012 Google+ Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebookcenter_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Pinterest WhatsApp Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Twitter 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released News Meetings to update people on progress of Northwest Radiotherapy Unitlast_img read more

Nonprofit founder charged with murder after hit-and-run that killed two boys: DA

first_imgaijohn784/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A co-founder of a nonprofit is facing murder charges after she allegedly drove into two young brothers, killing them, in suburban Los Angeles County, prosecutors said.Eleven-year-old Mark Iskander and his 8-year-old brother Jacob Iskander were with their parents, crossing a Westlake Village street in a marked crosswalk, when they were struck by a car on Sept. 29, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.The suspected driver, Rebecca Grossman, was allegedly speeding at the time, prosecutors said. She’s also accused of fleeing the scene, “eventually stopping about one-quarter mile away from the scene when her car engine cutoff,” prosecutors said.Grossman, 57, is facing two felony counts each of murder and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, prosecutors announced Wednesday. She’s also facing one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death, prosecutors said.Grossman and her husband founded the Grossman Burn Foundation, a Los Angeles County-based nonprofit that provides burn prevention education and burn treatment, according to its website. The Grossman Burn Foundation is the “philanthropic arm” of the Grossman Burn Centers, which were founded by Rebecca Grossman’s father-in-law, according to the website.Grossman, of Hidden Hills, California, is expected to be arraigned Wednesday. If convicted, she could face a maximum of 34 years to life in prison. It’s unclear at this time if Grossman has an attorney.The Grossman Burn Foundation declined to comment to ABC News Wednesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

AARP commends Governor Christie on advancing telemedicine

first_imgJeff AbramoDirector of Communications and Engagement Dear Editor: AARP applauds Governor Chris Christie for enacting into law S291/A1464, bi-partisan legislation authorizing health care providers in New Jersey to deliver health care services through the use of telehealth and telemedicine. The new law will go a long way towards ensuring that the practice of telemedicine, which is transforming healthcare across the nation, will be implemented in New Jersey in ways that help to improve the health care experiences of patients, and their family caregivers. As we have seen in other states, telehealth technologies are important tools in supporting people’s desire to live independently in their homes and communities as they age.This new law moves the state in the right direction and allows telehealth and telemedicine to become an accessible, affordable option for millions of New jersey residents. AARP also commends the hard work of bill sponsors Senators Joseph Vitale, Jim Whelan, Diane Allen, and Shirley K. Turner and Assembly Members Pamela Lampitt, Craig Coughlin, Herb Conaway, Jr., Valerie Huttle, Joseph Lagana, Paul Moriarty, and Raj Mukherji for their championship of the legislation.last_img read more

Business Leaders Report on a Solid Summer for Ocean City, NJ

first_img‘We could use a lot of summers like the one we just had,’ said Boardwalk Merchants Association President Wes Kazmarck at a Tuesday Business Summit sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.Leaders from Ocean City’s different business segments offered updates Tuesday at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Summit and confirmed what many had already reported: the summer of 2014 was a pretty good one.The event took place at the renovated Adelene restaurant overlooking the beach and boardwalk on the first floor of the Port-O-Call Hotel.Some of the reports included:Tourism Commission: Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian said advertising investments in the outer markets paid off big with double-digit gains in visitors from most East Coast states outside Pennsylvania (which also was up 4.46 percent). She said the marketing theme — “It’s not just a vacation … It’s a tradition” — proved effective.City of Ocean City: Jim Mallon, assistant to Mayor Jay Gillian, said beach tag and parking fee revenues were both up by 4 percent. Airport fees were up 10 percent and boat ramp fees up 9 percent. He said six of seven concerts in the Monday night rock series on the Music Pier were sold out.Board of Realtors: Board President Ken Sedberry called it an “exceptional” season for vacation rentals, and he said visitors already are booking for the summer 2015 season. He said 638 homes have sold year-to-date, while just 576 sold in the same period last year. Sedberry also reported that a board golf outing raised $25,000 for the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Ocean City.Downtown: Downtown Merchants Association Co-Chairman Skip Tolomeo reported a “reasonably good summer” with days that should have been busy turning out slow and vice versa. He said Tuesday and Thursday downtown promotions were successful. Tables at this Saturday’s Fall Block Party are sold out. And the downtown has a busy schedule of fall promotions that continue with trick-or-treating, the Halloween Parade, the Earlier Than the Bird shopping weekend and a full schedule of holiday events.Hotels and Motels: Jennifer Torres of the Ocean City Hospitality Association said the city saw a “light” July and a “solid” August. Gillian said hotel accommodations were sold out for 10 weekends this summer with Tuesdays and Wednesdays the only weak spots.Boardwalk: Boardwalk Merchants Association President Wes Kazmarck said “perfect weather” helped keep just about every boardwalk owner happy. “We could use a lot of summers like the one we just had,” he said.last_img read more

Community Spirit Results in Kids Fall Camps, Programs

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEThe Ocean City community is joining together to offer youth camps and programs this fall to schoolchildren and their families during the coronavirus pandemic.Camps will run Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per week. All programs will begin on Sept. 14 and end Oct. 30.The camps are a result of the city’s Community Services Department, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean City school district and OCNJ CARES, a nonprofit organization assisting families during the pandemic.“Families are so important right now, and this is an opportunity for us to help them out,” Mayor Jay Gillian said Wednesday. “We’re all worried about getting sick, but mental health is just as important. Our Community Services Department has always been about community.”Programs include the following:Performing Arts Camps (at Ocean City Music Pier, for students in grades 2 to 8): Participants will enjoy a fun-filled experience with a focus on theater arts, dance, and music. Each week will consist of activities including acting games, Broadway choreography, music appreciation and even some educational time for kids to work on schoolwork or read on their own. Participants will gain an appreciation for the performing arts while having fun and making new friends.Sports and Fitness Camps (at various locations, for students in grades 2 to 8): An after-school program in which your child will participate in a variety of games, projects, and weekly specials, as well as study/reading time.Director of Community Services Daniel Kelchner said the camps to be offered and programs showcase the power of collaboration in the close-knit community.“All of these entities are coming together to help these kids and families during this challenging time,” Kelchner explained. “We saw a need in the community, and we are fortunate that we can offer these programs to families.”The Recreation Department programs will be available to Ocean City Primary School and Ocean City Intermediate School students at locations throughout the city.Drew Fasy, chairman of OCNJ CARES, said that the shift in focus for the organization changed due to the coronavirus.Ocean City schools reopen for students Sept. 8 with a hybrid learning model, which means there will be in-person instruction for students twice a week and virtual learning three days per week.There is also a Virtual Academy for those children who will not be attending in the fall. The result is more time away from the traditional classroom setting.The summer camps prior to COVID-19, like the one shown here, allowed kids to interact with their peers and exercise.“Our goal is to support the school district. Everyone is involved with this – the parents, the students, the support staff, the teachers. We want to help keep the kids engaged so that we don’t run into the spiraling mental health quagmire that we did in the spring,” Fasy pointed out. “The school is really the heartbeat of the community. We want to support the kids and the families.”Chamber of Commerce President David Allegretto echoed Fasy’s sentiments.“This program brings a little bit of normalcy to the kids’ lives, which is so important and it is a great example of what the school, city and business community working together for the benefit of not only the kids but the community can do,” he said.City officials held a meeting Aug. 24 to go over the details. Allegretto said that the city’s summer camps were so successful that they were able to use them as a model for the fall program.And it also helps the business owners who have suffered financial losses through COVID-19 and the shutdown, he said.“The business community can offer some space. It is a win-win for all. They can make up lost revenue due to COVID and also be a help to the kids and the schools because the kids will have more interaction with their peers.”In addition to the fall programs, Ocean City’s regular schedule of recreation activities provides further opportunities for local families:Cross Country:Grades: 4 to 8Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Days: Tuesday and ThursdayDate: September 15 to October 29Location: Richard S. Grimes Field (behind the Primary School)Cost: $30Basketball:Grades: 3 to 8Time: 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.Days: Girls – Mon./Wed.; Boys – Tues./Thurs.Date: September 21 to October 29Location: 18th Street and Haven AvenueCost: $40Field Hockey Games:Grades: 6 to 8Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Grades: 3 to 5Time: 11 a.m. to noonDays: SundayDate: September 13 to November 1Location: Carey StadiumCost: $40Soccer:Grades: K to 8Time: 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.Days: SaturdayDate: September 12th to October 31Location: Richard S. Grimes Field (behind the Primary School)Cost: $30Registration is available online. Visit www.ocnj.us/recreation and click on “Register Now! Community Pass Registration.” For additional information, call the Recreation Department at 609-525-9304. Ocean City’s summer camp in 2019, prior to COVID-19, was so successful that a fall camp is planned. (Photos courtesy Ocean City)last_img read more