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Disaster Loan Outreach Center Extends Operation through October 10

Lou Perri

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 • 12:14pm

Due to a steady stream of individuals and businesses seeking low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for storm damages incurred as a result of the June 30 derecho, the Disaster Loan Outreach Center located in the Hamilton Township municipal building, 6101 Thirteenth Street, Mays Landing will remain in operation through Wednesday, October 10.

SBA representatives will be on site to provide information and assistance regarding loans that include up to $200,000 in home loans for the repair or replacement of real estate and as much as $40,000 for personal property damages. Business owners can seek loans up to $2 million.

The extended schedule is as follows Tuesday, October 2 through Friday, October 5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM ; Saturday, October 6;  10 AM - 2 PM Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8 CLOSED; Tuesday, October 9 & Wednesday, October 10 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The center opened on September 25 and received more than 60 visitors through October 1 in addition to numerous phone inquiries The public may also apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or call SBA customer service at 1-800-659-2955.

 

 As host of four AHL Albany Devils games and the 2013 ECAC Hockey Men’s Championship, Boardwalk Hall will be charging away with exciting games of ice hockey this winter. To celebrate hockey fever in Atlantic City, hockey fans, clubs, and youth organizations will have the opportunity to purchase exclusive fan experience packages which will allow them to become part of the action on game day.

 

The fan experience packages consist of the following options:

 

·         Rink of Dreams: Skate on the same ice as the pros! Play a hockey game or enjoy skating with friends, family and co-workers during your own private ice time. Call for availability. (Minimum of 100 tickets purchased)

·         National Anthem: Participate in an essential part of any live hockey game! All eyes will be on you as you perform the National Anthem in front of our audience. (Minimum of 50 tickets purchased)

·         Future Stars: An up-close and exciting fan experience that allows your youth hockey team to stand with the players as the National Anthem is performed. Only available for the 2013 ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship. (Minimum of 50 tickets purchased)

·         Benchwarmers: Best seats in the house! Sit on the team benches during pre-game player warm-ups. Only available for the 2013 ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship. (Minimum of 50 tickets purchased):  

·         Pre-Game or Intermission Performance: Maybe you’re the next American Idol but don’t want to sing the anthems. We’ve got just the thing for you! You or your group can perform pre-game, or during one of the two intermissions at any of our winter hockey games. (Minimum of 50 tickets purchased)

·         Box It Up: Ever want to see what it is like to get sent to the penalty box? Now you and three of your friends can when you watch the warm-ups from the penalty box. (Minimum of 25 tickets purchased) 

·         Fan Tunnel: Imagine giving professional and college hockey players high fives as they are announced during the pre-game ceremonies. The fan tunnel makes this possible for your group to get up close and personal with the players as they enter the ice. (Minimum of 25 tickets purchased)

·         Color Guard: An outstanding opportunity for boys/girl scouts, military, or other civic organizations to present the colors during the National Anthem. (Minimum of 25 tickets purchased)

·         Table on Concourse: Set up a table for your organization right on our concourse. (hand out material, get your name out there, sell things through order forms) (Minimum of 25 tickets purchased)

 

Fan experience packages will be sold on a first come, first served basis and are available for any of the four AHL Albany Devils games Sunday, November 25, Sunday, January 13, Sunday, January 20, and Sunday, February 24 or during the 2013 ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, unless specifically noted.

A special fundraising option will also be available to nonprofit or scout groups who are raising money for their particular causes. They will be able to purchase a block of tickets at the group rate, resell them at face value, and keep the difference for their organization.

Smaller groups of ten or more people will also be able to take advantage of specialized rates for any winter hockey game at Boardwalk Hall. For the AHL games, groups can purchase tickets for $16 per person for the lower bowl and $11 per person for the upper bowl. For the 2013 ECAC Hockey Men’s Championship, group tickets are priced at $21 per person for the lower bowl and $16 per person for the upper bowl. Another unique deal available to any hockey fan is our Top Shelf Package which includes tickets to all four AHL Albany Devils games and the 2013 ECAC Hockey Men’s Championship games at Boardwalk Hall. This package can be purchased for $172 for the first two rows on the ice, $120 for a lower bowl seat, or $93 for an upper bowl seat.

You don’t have to have a large group to take advantage of fun fan opportunities during the winter hockey games at Boardwalk Hall! All games will be full of special deals, fun games, intermission contests, and more!

The hockey season will kick off at Boardwalk Hall Sunday, November 25 at 4 p.m when the AHL Albany Devils will face off against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. Ticket holders to this game will have the opportunity to purchase one dollar hot dogs, participate in crowd activities such as t-shirt tosses, take part in a Chuck-a-Puck game between periods and much more! NHL New Jersey Devils Alumnus, Grant Marshall, will also be on site to sign autographs before the start of the game and during the first intermission. Marshall spent five seasons (2003-2008) in the Devils organization before retiring in the 2007-2008 season and was a member of the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship Team. This ticket also offers fans a double header game as  college hockey will commence immediately after the Devils game with the Stockton Ospreys.

To reserve a fan experience package listed above, the top shelf package, or a group ticket block, please call (609) 348-7023. Tickets for the AHL Albany Devils games as well as the 2013 ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship can be purchased at theBoardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations by calling 800-736-1420 or at ticketmaster.com. For more information, visitwww.boardwalkhall.com.

The AHL Albany Devils series will be presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority along with Caesars Atlantic City, and the 2013 ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship will be presented once again by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.

 

The Philadelphia Marathon today announced that the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon have officially sold out. On Sunday, November 18, 27,000 runners will participate in the half and full marathon. The 2012 race, featuring the largest field of competitors in its 19-year history, reached its capacity nearly two months before the event -- also a new record. 


Registration began in April for the Philadelphia Marathon and exceeded expectations, organizers said. The Marathon (more than 14,000 participants), half marathon (more than 12,000) reached capacity three weeks faster than last year.

“The event has surpassed the largest registration total in event history, and remarkably, we did it quicker than last year, while adding 2,000 more runners to the competitive field,” said Melanie Johnson, Philadelphia Marathon Executive Director. “So, reaching our capacity this early truly marks a milestone and puts us on pace for another strong year.” 

While the Marathon and Half Marathon are sold out, there are still plenty of ways to get involved in Race Weekend, and register for a race:

Run the Rothman Institute 8K on Saturday, November 17
The Rothman Institute 8K (4.97 miles) is another great way to take part in Race Weekend. Runners will start on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just below the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art -- looking out upon City Hall -- before taking a turn on the scenic banks of the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive. 

New is the Rothman Institute 8K Group Challenge -- a competition among hotels, gyms, running clubs, businesses, nonprofit organizations, universities and colleges to decide which group (five or more race participants) can claim bragging rights as the best running team. Groups can win awards and prizes in both competitive and creative categories such as the fastest group, best group spirit, best dressed group, and more. Group race participants will receive a runner’s bib, tee-shirt, post-race food and photo opportunity.                                     
                                                                   

Registration for the Rothman Institute 8K costs $45 for individuals and $35 for the 8K Group Challenge members. Take the first step towards experiencing the fun, excitement, and tradition of Philadelphia Marathon Weekend at: www.philadelphiamarathon.com

Charity Partners Offer Slots for the Marathon and Half Marathon 
Limited slots for the Full and Half Marathon are still available through one of the Philadelphia Marathon’s Official Charity Partners. To find a charity spot, runners should visit the Charity Partners page at PhiladelphiaMarathon.com; each charity has different fundraising commitments and requirements. The deadline is Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

"The charity spots offer runners a great way to still get in the race while at the same time doing something that gives back to the community," said Johnson. “It has been a very valuable program that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for regional charitable organizations over the last several years and gives everyone a chance to ‘Redefine Possible,’ which is our race’s inspirational tagline.”


Volunteer
Philadelphia Marathon Race Organizers are seeking 3,000 volunteers to support the 19thannual Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend. Volunteer opportunities include course marshals, hydration station workers, post-race material distribution, and more! In the days prior to the races, volunteers are also needed to assist with pre-race activities.

This year, there is an opportunity to join the Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability and the Mayor's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service's Waste Watchers team, which is partnering with the Philadelphia Marathon to send less waste to landfills.

Those interested in volunteering can register online at www.philadelphiamarathon.com/for-volunteers/register-to-volunteerAll volunteers will receive an official 2012 Philadelphia Marathon volunteer sweatshirt.

Register the Young Runners for the Kids Run
The Kids Fun Run offers a non-competitive event that focuses on the fun of running and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The race reflects Mayor Michael A. Nutter's goal of promoting a healthy, active lifestyle in young people. Before or after the Kids Fun Run, children and their families can bond and have fun by engaging in face painting, stretching and warm-ups, and even an obstacle course. Registration for the Kids Fun Run is $15, and is easy to do online at www.philadelphiamarathon.com

 

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