The second annual “Ocean City Downtown Holiday Dash” will take place on Dec. 4, 2015 with the first race starting at 5:15 p.m. down Asbury Avenue.This year, the one-mile run will take place before the Christmas Parade under the holiday decorations of the downtown.The course starts and finishes at 12th Street and Asbury Avenue and is open to all abilities (with a category even including holiday costumes). The “Santa Scamper” is open to anyone festive enough to run/finish the race dressed in Christmas attire (i.e. as Santa, Mrs. Santa, an elf or a reindeer or a reasonable/acceptable facsimile thereof.) Prizes will be given to the best three costumes.Pre-registration is $20 for applications received by Dec. 2. Race-day registration is $25. Registration and packet pickup occur in the parking lot on the corner of 12th Street and Asbury Avenue starting at 4 p.m. An application is available in the PDF below. They also can be picked up at the Ocean City Sneaker Shop, Ocean City Community Center, Ocean City Welcome Center and the Local Fitness gym at 9th Street and Asbury Avenue.The Ocean City High School Track and Field Boosters Club has partnered with the City of Ocean City, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Merchants Association to sponsor the run.Downtown shops and restaurants will be open on the evening of the race for the enjoyment of runners and spectators who might have some last-minute holiday shopping to do. The Christmas Parade starts at 6:30 p.m.Proceeds from the race benefit the Christian Community Circle and the Ocean City Track and Field Boosters.Staggered start times include races for:5:15 p.m.: Elite Men and Women (5:59 mile pace or faster for men and 6:30 mile pace or faster for women)5:20 p.m.: Open Race for Men and Women and Santa Scamper (6:00 mile pace and slower for men; 6:31 and slower for women)5:25 p.m.: Kids Race (12 years and under, 12th Street to 9th Street and back … No fee, no times….just for fun!) Costumed runners pose before the awards ceremony after the inaugural Downtown Holiday Dash in Ocean City in 2014. Download (PDF, 137KB)
Melvin Lee Ritchie Sr. 80 of Moores Hill passed away Wednesday March 21, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. Melvin was born Wednesday April 21, 1937 in Lathem, Ohio the son of Chalis and Jesse (Green) Ritchie. Melvin was a member of Moores Hill Church of Christ. He enjoyed Street Roding, old cars, bowling, building and playing cards. He was a machinist for Cincinnati Incorporate.Melvin is survived by his wife: Virgie Ritchie of Moores Hill; son: Melvin (WeiWei) Ritchie Jr. of Delhi, Ohio; step-sons: James (Beth) Peace of North Vernon; William (Stephanie) Peace of TN; daughters: Rhonda Clark of Aurora; Teresa Mueller of Aurora; Jennifer (Paul) Markland of Moores Hill; step-daughter: Lindsey Eads of Bloomington, IN; sister: Linda Allen of Greendale; Many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 grandsons: Jason Clark, Brandon Barker, step-son: Terry Peace; sister: Dean Jordan.Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday March 23, 2018 at Moores Hill Church of Christ 13567 State Road 350 Moores Hill, In 47032 with Tito Pel officiating. Visitation will also be Friday 11 a.m – 1 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be given to Moores Hill Church of Christ. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home Moores Hill entrusted with arrangements. Go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
Press Association Supporters have long been calling for his return, particularly this season while the team has been under the interim control of Rafael Benitez, Mourinho’s former adversary while the Spaniard was at Liverpool. Chelsea Supporters’ Group chair Trizia Fiorellino said: “It will certainly end in tears, because these things so often do, even at clubs that aren’t as tumultuous as ours. But I think what he will provide in that period in between is closure, one way or the other.” She added: “I think he will bring success, he will manage the team through its transition and then he will end the chapter then. The way it finished, that’s why fans call for him all the time. They feel it didn’t come to a natural conclusion. “The way he left was such a shock it almost felt like a bereavement. Both supporters and Jose himself think that there is unfinished business, which is why, I think, he is so keen to return. I think he wants to win the Champions League with us and then he can do more or less whatever he wants. He’d have done everything.” Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is seeking a 10th permanent manager in 10 years at Stamford Bridge, but none of the previous bosses have come close to achieving the same level of affection among supporters as Mourinho, who joined in June 2004. “He brought success to our club which we never dreamed we’d ever witness,” Fiorellino added. “He was always going to be revered for that, but also the charisma of the man and the way he fought for us as a club. He became the hero of the fans. No-one has replaced him in terms of character.” There remain hurdles before Mourinho is appointed. One is in the structure of the club, with technical director Michael Emenalo close to Abramovich, and Mourinho likely to be forced into a compromise over the handling of team affairs. Another potential stumbling block is the squad. Mourinho favours powerful players, whereas Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar are playmakers the fans have come to adore. “It will be interesting to see how he sets up the team,” Fiorellino said. “He’s often gone for a spine of power. [Romelu] Lukaku, to me, seems exactly the kind of player that he would try to mould into a new [Didier] Drogba.” Chelsea fans want “closure” with the return of Jose Mourinho even if his anticipated second coming ends in turmoil.