The HERO Walk/Run is Sunday, Oct. 20. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City) The Ocean City Boardwalk will be host to two major events this weekend.The John R. Elliott HERO Walk and 5K Run on the Ocean City Boardwalk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 20.A professionally timed 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) run begins at 9:30 a.m. and the HERO Walk starts at 11 a.m.Ceremonies are at 10:30 a.m. The event raises awareness of the importance of sober designated drivers. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk.The course for both the run and walk is on the Ocean City Boardwalk. For more information, visit www.HeroCampaign.org or call 609-626-3880.All Porsche models built since 1948 be on display on the Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, as part of the Porsche Boardwalk Reunion.There will be a special display area for 914s – the 50th anniversary of that model. The Ocean City Music Pier will be host to various tech sessions starting at noon. For more information, call (703) 992-4519 or visit www.boardwalkreunion.org.An Open House at the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters Oct. 17 will feature family-friendly activities. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)Fire Department Open House The Ocean City Fire Department and IAFF Local 4032 will hold their rescheduled annual open house at the station at 550 Asbury Avenue from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.The event had originally been scheduled for Oct.10, but was postponed due to inclement weather.Everybody in the community is invited to this free event. It will feature a live burn demonstration, a “smoke house” where kids can safely learn to navigate a dark and smoky structure, tours of trucks, “stop-drop-and-roll,” hot dogs and pretzels.The annual event coincides with national Fire Prevention Month and gives the community a chance to learn more about how the department works. Off-duty firefighters from the local firefighters’ union volunteer their time to produce the event.For information, call (609) 525-9182.ALSO COMING UPBingeing on Bolling (Oct. 18): The Ocean City Free Public Library will host Pamela Whitman’s Playmates Quartet performing the music of Claude Bolling at 7 p.m. on October 18 in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. Admission is free to the public.The Thomas Heist Insurance Company with Tom Heist Sr. pictured during the 2018 “Chamber of Commerce Welcome Night.”Ocean City Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Welcome Night (Oct. 23): Meet Ocean City groups, businesses and organizations 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center. Free event. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.Halloween Parade (Oct. 24): The annual parade begins at 7:15 p.m. and travels along Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street. Sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club. For more information, call 800-813-5580 or visit ochp.blogspot.com.Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep (Oct. 26): All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and protect our coastal environment. Check in at the Ocean City Music Pier for cleanup supplies. The event is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Ocean City Fishing Club’s 51st Annual Surf Fishing Tournament (Oct. 26): For updated information, visit oceancityfishingclub.com.Traditional trick-or-treating (Oct. 31): Hours in Ocean City will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween – Thursday, Oct. 31.A Clean Ocean Action beach cleanup in Ocean City is Oct. 26.
By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia scientists have developed a form of omega-3 fish oil that’s easier for people to absorb and leaves no fishy aftertaste.Research has linked omega-3 consumption with a reduced risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and vision impairment. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week to prevent coronary heart disease.That’s fine for those who like fish. The rest can take omega-3 fish oil in bottles or capsules. One problem with this, as anyone who’s ever taken cod liver oil will attest, is the taste. Even after taking omega-3 fish oil in capsules, many complain of “fish burps.”UGA food scientist Casimir Akoh set out to make a form of omega-3 fish oil that’s easier for people to metabolize and doesn’t have the fishy smell and taste. These new oils, called structured lipids, are made with enzymes called lipases.Most people would probably appreciate the new form’s odorless qualities. But the fact that this form is more easily absorbed, Akoh said, is the most significant advantage.By rearranging the order of the three fatty acid molecules in omega-3 fish oil, he said, “we kept the Omega-3 molecule at the 2-position that allows it to go further along in the process of digestion, so it’s better incorporated into our membranes,” said Akoh.Taking fat on purpose? The message for years now has been “Stay away from fat to avoid getting fat.”Akoh points out that not all fats are the same. Saturated fats and trans-fatty acids contribute to the artery-clogging problems we should try to avoid.”When we eat saturated fat, it makes cell membranes less permeable,” Akoh said. “Trans-fatty acids are even worse. They don’t melt as easily as saturated fats. Higher temperatures are needed.”However, some fats are good. Unsaturated and monounsaturated fats are important for human health. And omega-3 fatty acids actually help make cell membranes more permeable.Two omega-3 fatty acids, commonly known as EPA and DHA, provide critical defenses against some of the most serious and widespread health problems facing the United States.A third kind of omega-3 fatty acid is found in soybeans, canola, walnuts and flax seeds, but it’s less potent. The highest concentrations of DHA and EPA are found in fish, especially mackerel, lake trout, sardines and salmon.(Cat Holmes is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)