Former coaches and football alumni enjoy a past Red & White Weekend celebration. (Courtesy Marcia Shallcross McCulley) The Ocean City Alumni Association will celebrate its 11th annual Red & White Weekend on the weekend of Oct. 18-20.The weekend festivities will begin Friday, Oct. 18 with a pre-game football rally from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the practice football field.The rally will include food, free face painting, free giveaways to show school spirit and Johnson’s Popcorn. Veterans will be recognized on the field prior to kickoff of the 6 p.m. football game vs. Triton. Veterans should check in upon arrival.The Alumni Association will honor Susan Rumer Peifer, OCHS Class of 1964, for her dedication to her hometown and alma mater.The rally is sponsored by AtlantiCare and open to all fans, alumni and the community. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center.For more information call Marcia Shallcross McCulley at 609-425-2911. Additional weekend activities include a Red and White Social hosted by the Ocean City Education Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7-10 p.m. at Josie Kelly’s in Somers Point.Visit www.OCNJEF.com for tickets or more information.The weekend is topped off with a luncheon honoring the new inductees in the OCHS Sports Hall of Fame. The event will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 in the OCHS Auditorium, with the awards ceremony at noon followed by a luncheon.Inductees include 10 OCHS athletes, one coach and one OCHS team, including: Coach Gary Degenhardt, 2010 Baseball Team, Don Tarves, Scott Lipford, Lauren McHale, Melody Sye, Casey Beyel, Joi Johnson, Joe Myers, Miles Schoedler, Jill Kozakowski and Robyn Fortsch.Contact Geoff Haines, OCHS athletic director, to purchase luncheon tickets at 609-399-1290.
Tim Lawless said solid price growth in some capital cities meant many properties were now worth twice what owners paid for them.ALMOST 40 per cent of homes are now worth more than double what their owners paid for them.According to new figures from CoreLogic the growth in house prices throughout Australia in recent years means values have doubled in many capital cities.As is to be expected Sydney had the largest proportion, 48.1 per cent, of houses which were worth at least twice as much as the owners paid, while Melbourne was close behind with 47.3 per cent of properties.About 33 per cent of Brisbane homeowners had doubled their money, 37.4 per cent of Hobart owners and 34.3 per cent of Perth owners.In Adelaide 29.1 per cent of property owners were now sitting on assets worth twice what they paid and in Darwin 25.9 per cent of owners were feeling richer.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said strong capital gains had created a significant boost in wealth for some owners.Has your home doubled in value while you’ve been living in it?More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoWhile the national result was quite strong, Mr Lawless said it was below the previous highs of 45.4 per cent achieved in 2007.Some regional markets also fared well with regional Victoria leading the charge with 40.8 per cent of properties now worth at least twice what owners originally paid.On the flip side, those areas which had the highest proportion of properties which were worth less than what owners originally paid were those hit hard by the resources downturn.The worst was regional Western Australia, at 17.8 per cent, Darwin 15.1 per cent, Perth 11.1 per cent and regional Queensland 11 per cent.Mr Lawless said ten years ago at the height of the mining boom, many of these areas had few properties worth less than what owners paid.“The good news for many mining regions is that housing market conditions seem to be moving through the bottom of their cycle,’’ he said.“Transaction numbers are generally rising and advertised stock levels are reducing which should help to promote some value recovery in these regions.”
JOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, LA FORCE, WINNER: “Mike and Paradise Woods stumbling at the start really didn’t change anything for me. I had a great outside post and she tends to like being in the clear, my horse. It did help a little, her stumbling, obviously because it made the trip more difficult for him and only helped us.“She’s just an honest trying filly, she’s very, very classy.“Paddy put the cheaters on her today, not blinkers but the firs, just a little on the side to change a little something, change it up and I think it helped. Like I said, she really brings it every time.“It’s very rewarding getting this win with her. She ran second to Unique Bella so many times so I really believe she deserves this.”MIKE SMITH, PARADISE WOODS, SECOND: “She stumbled really bad, which she’s done in the past. I still thought I could win it at the quarter pole, but by the time I got out, the winner kicked away from us and we couldn’t get ’em.”TRAINER QUOTESPATRICK GALLAGHER, LA FORCE, WINNER: “The filly was in a good spot. The favorite stumbled at the start. I have to watch the replay, but we thought she (Paradise Woods) would be on the lead but it didn’t turn out that way, La Force put it together and we were very happy. Chuck gave instructions to the jockey when we were in the Paddock and that was it. “We finally got the win today after knocking on the door so many times. We’re just glad to get there and win. Winning a graded race is a big help for a broodmare prospect so now, she’s done that. We’re really, really happy with her performance.“Yes, anything can happen in racing and something just happened. The favorite (Paradise Woods) was one-to-five and she didn’t probably have her best shot today. La Force has been running in these spots for quite a while now and she’s been close and then…sometimes you get disappointed and you really shouldn’t. If you’re running second or third in a graded stakes with a filly, you should always be very happy.”OWNER QUOTESCHARLES WINNER, LA FORCE, WINNER: “It is very rewarding, thank you to Paddy who did a great job, thank you to Drayden who always rides her beautifully. She tries hard every single time. Paddy’s done a great job with her and it all worked out today. Drayden told me she’d win!“I’m so happy for my partners Ro and Ward. It was a terrific race, and to beat Paradise Woods was really special because she is a special horse. We’re dreaming!”ROBERTA WILLIFORD, LA FORCE, WINNER: “We’re happy, anytime you win your happy. I’m proud of the filly, I’m proud of Paddy, I love my co-owner and my husband.“WARD WILLIFORD, LA FORCE, WINNER: I’m smiling this is a thrill, winning a graded stakes at Santa Anita is as good as it gets. I’m sure there’s a few things we can maybe do more of, but this was absolutely fabulous”NOTES: The winning owners are Roberta Williford, Ward Williford, and Charles Winner.German-bred La Force’s proud owners, from left, Charles Winner, Roberta and Ward Williford, savor victory after the Grade II $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO