Free Beach House Contest Winners Settle Into Luxury Ocean City Digs

first_imgTeresa Maute Carr was already a major fan of OCNJDaily before she entered our Win A Free Beach House contest.Then came the drawing, the win, and at first…the denial.“It didn’t seem real,” the Quakertown, PA resident said. “I’m a natural skeptic and I thought I was going to be put on some list.  I never thought I’d win, but knew I would be getting some great email and Facebook updates to keep me informed about Ocean City.  And that’s what happened. And then we got the call and the email with a picture of the house.”Reality finally set in.“Thank you. It’s crazy. I’m crying,” she posted on our Facebook page.Teresa bested more than 30,000 entrants to win use of a beautifully-furnished and fully-loaded five bedroom home. Located on the 1000 block of Wesley Avenue, the house is a short walk to the beach, boardwalk and the Asbury Ave. shopping and eateries.Teresa, a hospital billing department specialist; her husband Zac, who works in the parts department of an automobile dealership; and their 13-year-old son Dave moved into the house Saturday and have full use of all the facilities until July 2.The disbelief of their good fortune set in briefly once more after they received their keys from OCNJDaily’s Steve Dyjak, a hearty handshake from Ocean City Councilman Mike DeVlieger,and a welcome bag from the contest sponsors.The family posed for some pictures and finally was left alone in their spectacular seaside getaway.“I just sat there, looked around and could not believe that all of this was for us!” Teresa exclaimed. They relaxed for a while and spent their first night exploring the neighborhood and walking to the boardwalk.Liz McNeal of JASM Consulting, representing the sponsors of the OCNJDaily Free Beach House contest, shows off the gift bags presented to our winners, the Carr family of Quakertown, PA.“We were out on the porch and noticed a family in a house across the street enjoying some family fun. And all of the lawns and gardens are kept so nice. It just feels like, and I mean this in a nice way, like small town America.”The Carrs, who had not been in Ocean City for about 10 years, set out to re-acquaint themselves with America’s Greatest Family Resort.“(Zac) was interested in the antique car show, we watched the kids on the rides, got some pizza at Tony P’s and some ice cream at Preps.”They also drove around the island a bit to get acclimated.Dave, who was not initially so keen on the vacation plans announced to his parents, “We are coming back here next year.” Dave also plans on taking advantage of one of the perks of the welcome bag, free surfing lessons.On Sunday morning, they relaxed on the porch for a bit and then took a leisurely stroll to Starbucks for some coffee. “There are some really great coffee places around town,” she noted.Teresa said the family will share in their good fortune when Zac’s mother and a friend will come visit on Wednesday.A big social media fan, Teresa has made numerous posts and shares about the contest, “All with a hashtag for OCNJDaily,” she said.“We are so lucky, grateful and excited,” she said, summing up the family’s feelings. “Ocean City is such a great town.”A special “Thank You”  to all of the contest sponsors: Passion Vines;  JASM Consulting; 7th Street Surf Shop; Tony P’s House of Pies;  Preps Pizza & Dairy Bar; Gillian’s Wonderland Pier;  OC WaterPark;  Playland’s Castaway Cove; and Berkshire Hathaway / Fox & Roach Realtors. Ocean City Councilman Mike DeVlieger, Teresa, Zac and Dave Carr and Steve Dyjak celebrate Teresa’s win in our Free Beach House contestlast_img read more

EU marks 25th anniversary of open-border Schengen pact with closed frontiers

first_imgAirports in all but five EU states are subject to restrictions on arrivals and flights, the Commission document said, warning about the disruption caused by such measures on the supply of goods, including essential ones such as drugs.”The very life of many of our citizens relies on unhindered movement across borders of workers, essential medical supplies and goods of first necessity,” Jean Asselborn, foreign minister of Luxembourg, where the town of Schengen is located, said on Thursday.He called for the lifting of checks and the reopening of borders as soon as possible.But even the founding members of the Schengen accord have shut their borders, despite experts’ advice that the measure is not effective against the virus.”I had heard in the news that the borders were closed, but I did not expect that there would be such strict controls. There’s nothing we can do about it,” said Dutch commuter Bart Jansen.He was trying to go to work from his home town of Breda in the Netherlands via a shortcut on Belgian territory, but was not allowed to enter Belgium.The two countries were, along with Luxembourg, France and West Germany, the signatories of the original Schengen agreement in 1985, 10 years before its application.  The European Union marked the 25th anniversary of its open-border Schengen agreement on Thursday with all its land borders shut or subject to heavy checks imposed in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.The Schengen agreement, underpinning an increasingly integrated and united Europe, came into force on March 26, 1995.It initially abolished checks at frontiers between France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain and Portugal. In the following months and years others joined, and today the Schengen zone has 26 members, including non-EU nations Switzerland and Norway. But on its 25th anniversary, the agreement is virtually suspended because of the coronavirus, which has frozen most economic and social activity, disrupted supply chains and turned most Europeans into prisoners in their own homes.”The COVID-19 outbreak is having a major disruptive impact on European cross-border mobility and transport,” an internal document of the European Commission said, referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus.The document, dated March 25, said all EU member states had introduced border restrictions or closures, with the exception of Ireland, which is not a member of the Schengen area and does not share any land border with EU states following Britain’s exit from the bloc.”There’s nothing we can do “center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hu’s offense showing signs of life

first_img“He has probably picked up 10 pounds this winter,” said Mike Easler, who was Hu’s hitting coach at Double-A Jacksonville last season and will be again if Hu moves to Triple-A Las Vegas. “He was a little small last year and lacked strength. I can tell he just has more confidence in himself. He looks so much better offensively.” Hu also showed some of his characteristic flash, going behind the bag to pick a grounder hit by Josh Rabe in the seventh and teaming with longtime double-play partner and fellow defensive wizard Tony Abreu to turn it into an inning-ending force at second. Hu also lunged far to his right and onto the grass to stop a smash by Chris Heintz in the eighth that Heintz nevertheless beat out. Although Hu isn’t a burner in the classic tradition of slightly built middle infielders, he does have enough speed to steal the occasional base if he picks his spots well, and he is a smart runner. Injury updates Left-hander Joe Beimel, who felt discomfort in his elbow after pitching a shaky eighth inning in Monday’s win over Boston, played catch back in Vero Beach on Tuesday morning and felt fine. Little said Beimel will stay on his regular program unless the problem recurs. In other injury news, shortstop Rafael Furcal (right shoulder) is almost ready to return, although Little said it won’t happen in either of today’s split-squad games. Meanwhile, utility man Marlon Anderson (right elbow) remains sidelined indefinitely. Little said he is confident both players still will get enough at-bats in these final 3 1/2 weeks before opening day to be ready for the season. FORT MYERS, Fla. – The knock against Chin-lung Hu has always been, well, that there is no knock. There are some observers, in fact, who wonder whether the skinny kid with the electrifying glove will ever hit enough to play in the majors. But the skinny kid isn’t so skinny anymore. The suddenly offensive Hu beat out two infield singles during the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League game on Tuesday – a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins before 7,015 at Hammond Stadium – and finished 3 for 4, raising his spring average to .444 (4 for 9). center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more