Move Over Turkey, it’s Santa’s Time to Shine

first_imgBy LESLEY GRAHAMResidents and visitors alike, were treated to a visit from Santa Claus throughout Ocean City on Friday.Making his way around town on an Ocean City Fire Department truck, the jolly man in the red suit, brought joy and smiles to kids of all ages as the city prepares itself for the holiday season.Four-year-old Silas Deckard was thrilled to see Santa pass through his neighborhood.“I yelled, ‘Hi, Santa and I’m pretty sure he heard me. That made me so happy and it was really cool,’” Silas exclaimed.His mother, Lauren Deckard, was excited to be able to share in the excitement of Christmas with her son and create new traditions.“The city always does such a great job hosting events around the holidays, so even during a pandemic it was great to see those traditions continue,” Deckard said.Santa Claus, making the long trip from the North Pole, started his trip in town at the Fire Station Headquarters and weaved his way down streets and through neighborhoods from north to south before returning to downtown Asbury Avenue.Once Santa returned to Asbury from the south end, the city participated in the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at City hall, enjoyed by many who observed safely six feet apart and masked to ensure public safety.The ride throughout Ocean City capped off the Miracle on Asbury Avenue celebration in which stores offered holiday shopping specials and horse and carriage rides. The event culminated with the lighting of the tree at City Hall.Families enjoy a night with Santa and the city’s tree lighting ceremony. Back row: Nicole Piergross, Ron Schmid Sr., Denise Schmid, Joann Smith, Ron Schmid Jr. Front Row: Luci Schmid, Ashley Schmid, Rori Schmid.Ashley Schmid and her family enjoyed the tree lighting downtown as a part of their annual family tradition.“It’s been a tradition with my family for years to see Santa arrive at City Hall and even though this year was different, we still wanted to enjoy Santa and the lighting of the tree,” Schmid noted.Although the city has had to cancel the majority of its longstanding holiday activities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Santa was able to safely travel to town to kick off the holiday season and bring holiday joy and cheer.Santa was only here for a quick trip — as he has returned to the North Pole to keep his eye on the elves and check his list, twice.Lauren Deckard and her 4-year-old son, Silas, and Stephen Swerline with his 2-year-old son, Sutton, wave to Santa as he drives by.City Hall is illuminated and decorated for the holidays.Santa heads to the south end of the island with his firefighting motorcade. Santa makes his way through the Merion Park neighborhood.last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion of motorcycling legend Barry Sheene hits the market

first_img MORE NEWS: Coast’s best indoor pools The property is listed with a whopping $9.95 million price tag.A third-level bell tower that captures panoramic views of the skyline, a guesthouse, helipad with hanger, 18m pool overlooking main river and a boat shed are among its standout features.It has multiple living, dining and alfresco areas as well as a country-style kitchen and study beneath a soaring 18ft ceiling. MORE NEWS: Point position puts house in top sales The Riverbend Ave estate at Carrara is on a 1.21ha block.THE Gold Coast mansion that was home to motorcycle legend Barry Sheene has hit the market.Sheene, who won two world 500cc motorcycling championships, lived in the sprawling Carrara estate with his family for almost two decades before cancer took his life in 2003.His wife Stephanie, a former model, has listed the waterfront home on Riverbend Ave for the first time in more than 30 years with a whopping $9.95 million price tag. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 The main bedroom is flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows and has a marble ensuite with spa and bidet.Property records show Sheene and his wife bought the vacant land in 1986 for $599,900.Mr Kollosche said Mrs Sheene was selling the property to downsize.“She’s just at that stage now where all the kids have grown up and are leaving home. It’s time to downsize,” he said.“She’s going to build a smaller home.”center_img The property was built in the 1980s and has stood the test of time. It has a country-style kitchen.Kollosche director Michael Kollosche, who is marketing the property with Eddie Wardale, said it was a trophy home ideal for a large family because of its abundance of space.“It’s probably six times the size of a Monaco St double block,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We’re expecting a lot of interest because it’s such a unique home.”The Sheene’s built the traditional English-style house, enlisting former architect to the stars Roger Parkin to assist with the design.The nine-bedroom, seven-bathroom residence is on a 1.21ha parcel of land and has a long list of luxury inclusions. Barry Sheene with his then girlfriend Stephanie McLean at the International Motor Cycle Races, Oulton Park, Cheshire, August 1978. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)last_img read more

Klopp calls for Roma respect amid Anfield cauldron

first_img0Shares0000Klopp want to retain Anfield’s famous atmosphere without the scenes that mired a 3-0 quarter-final, first leg win over Manchester City. © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned the club’s fans not to repeat the scenes that saw windows of Manchester City’s team bus smashed by thrown cans and bottles ahead of their Champions League semi-final, first leg against Roma at Anfield on Tuesday.City became just the latest victims of a famous European night at Anfield on the pitch three weeks ago as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 first leg lead that laid the foundations for their 5-1 aggregate victory over the English champions in the quarter-finals. However, Klopp wants to retain the passion inside the stadium without the ugly scenes outside, which are the subject of a UEFA investigation.“In the stadium do it again and better. Outside the stadium, please show the respect we have to show,” said Klopp on Monday.“This is such an outstanding football club, an outstanding football family, known for fantastic atmospheres all over the world, so we don’t need to throw whatever at the bus of the opposing team.”The Italians will be greeted by at least one familiar face in Mohamed Salah, but it is the Egyptian who poses the biggest threat to their dream of returning to the final for the first time since they lost to Liverpool on home soil in 1984.Salah made the move from the Italian capital to Anfield just 10 months ago, and has surpassed all expectations since with an incredible 41 goals in 46 Liverpool appearances to already net more times than he did in two years for Roma.The 25-year-old was rewarded for his brilliant campaign by winning the Premier League’s Players’ Player of the Year award on Sunday evening, beating off stiff competition from Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne to the prize.“I’m really happy for him, really proud of that, it is a fantastic achievement. I think if all the other players vote for you it means most to all players,” added Klopp.“In a season like this, when Kevin De Bruyne played a season like he did, it made it even more special.”Henderson believes Liverpool’s run to the semi-finals is just the start of their success under Klopp. © AFP / Anthony Devlin– Start of something special-Despite their rich heritage in the competition as five-time winners, Liverpool haven’t been in the last four of the Champions League for a decade.And captain Jordan Henderson believes this season’s run to the semis can be the start of something special under Klopp.“Hopefully this is the start of something special with this squad,” said the England international.“The manager has been brilliant since he has come to the club. We’ve improved every season and done brilliant this season to get this stage.”However, even Klopp’s men’s 5-1 thrashing of Premier League champions City over two legs in the last eight was upstaged by Roma coming from 4-1 down in the first leg of their quarter-final with Barcelona to progress on away goals thanks to a famous 3-0 second-leg win.Klopp admitted he thought it was a joke when he was first informed of Roma’s result against Barca, but insists both sides should believe they can be European champions despite the presence of powerhouses Bayern Munich and 12-time winners Real Madrid in the other semi-final.“If anyone thinks we two are the underdogs, who cares? We are in the semi-final and can go to the final.”However, Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco warned that the pace of Liverpool’s prolific front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino — who have combined for 83 goals this season — offers a very different threat to Barca’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.“We are facing a different rival from Barcelona and we need to be ready for that different challenge,” said Di Francesco.“We have to play our football, impose our style and make the most of Liverpool’s weaknesses.“We showed in the last league game we have progressed in our mentality and we need to show that again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) read more