The US Small Business Administration’s Regional Administrator for New England, Jeanne Hulit is encouraging survivors affected by Tropical Storm Irene in the State of Vermont to register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and return completed SBA disaster loan applications to get the help they need. The SBA’s low-interest disaster loan program is the primary source of federal funds for long-term recovery for uninsured damages caused by a declared disaster. ‘We are coordinating recovery efforts with our SBA Resource Partners along with federal, state and local stakeholders in the declared disaster area to ensure affected survivors receive proper assistance from the SBA. Taking time to complete and return the loan application package to the SBA is an important part of the recovery process,’ Hulit said.Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million for physical losses and working capital needs. Interest rates are as low as 2.5 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. ‘The SBA District Office and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network in Vermont are reaching out to local businesses to make sure they have access to federal resources to help them recover from the disaster,’ said SBA Vermont District Director, Darcy Carter. ‘We encourage all small businesses affected by the disaster to stop by the Disaster Recovery Centers where they can ask questions specific to their situation and get answers right on the spot from the disaster center staff.’ Area advisors from the VtSBDC network are available to assist business owners evaluate their situation and prepare documents needed for disaster loan applications. In Vermont, call 1-800-464-7232 or visit www.vtsbdc.org(link is external) and click on ‘location’ to find the advisor in your area. ‘Our team of experienced business professionals can help devastated individuals examine the overall condition and health of their business, and review options for the future,’ said VtSBDC State Director, Lenae Quillen-Blume. ‘The local advisor is in contact with Disaster Recovery Center staff and has an understanding of programs available and requirements of them.’ The disaster declaration covers the counties of Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington Windham and Windsor in Vermont, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following neighboring counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans in Vermont; Berkshire and Franklin in Massachusetts; Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan in New Hampshire; and Clinton, Essex, Rensselaer and Washington in New York. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Additional information on the loan application process and the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer ServiceCenter at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to email@example.com(link sends e-mail). Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external). The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011.The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 1, 2012.
SAN FRANCISCO – The atmospheric river that drenched the Bay Area on Friday washed Kenta Maeda all the way out of the Dodgers’ starting rotation.Maeda was scheduled to start Friday’s postponed game. It would have been his second start of the season. Maeda struck out 10 Giants in five scoreless innings a week ago.He will move to the bullpen now and won’t get another start until next weekend at the earliest. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said left-handers Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the two-game series against the Oakland A’s at home Tuesday and Wednesday. That series is bracketed by off days Monday and Thursday.“With the weather there had to be some changes obviously,” Roberts said. “It takes some give from each one of these guys. For us to have seen Kenta out of the ‘pen helps. “It’s one of those things – with the off days, with the rain, we kind of have to make some adjustments.”Between the rainout and a pocket of off days on the schedule, the Dodgers will play just four games in an eight-day span. Wood will have five days’ rest before his start Tuesday. Ryu will have eight days off before his second start of the season on Wednesday.Roberts said Maeda will be folded back into the rotation at some point during the Dodgers’ series against the Arizona Diamondbacks next weekend.If anyone from the rotation needs to move to the bullpen, the right-hander is an obvious choice. Maeda was dominant in a bullpen role during the Dodgers’ postseason run last fall. Deployed almost exclusively against right-handed hitters, he allowed only one run on five hits while striking out 10 in 10-2/3 innings.He made his first relief appearance of this season in the seventh inning Saturday, preserving a tie with one scoreless inning. Maeda gave up a leadoff double and an infield single but struck out Buster Posey and Evan Longoria to escape without damage. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But any move to the bullpen is a costly one for Maeda. His contract with the Dodgers includes a low base salary ($3 million plus a $150,000 roster bonus) and relies on a series of bonuses for games started and innings pitched to boost his take-home pay. Those bonuses will be more difficult for him to reach if he spends time pitching out of the bullpen.“I know we value his starts as does he,” Roberts said. “But for this short period of time, to have him be out of the ‘pen, I think it makes the most sense for everyone.”JANSEN STILL SEARCHINGDespite the rainout Friday, Roberts said most of the Dodgers made their way to AT&T Park for workouts or treatment.Kenley Jansen was one of them. The struggling closer said he was at the park most of the afternoon Friday, playing catch, throwing briefly off the mound in the batting cage and watching video.Jansen acknowledges now that a minor hamstring injury in early March combined with a light workload this spring combined to throw off his mechanics and led to his poor start, characterized by diminished velocity. Jansen said his video work Friday was focused on watching his outings from May and June of last season – “that’s when I was really dealing,” he said.Jansen said he could see that he had gotten “lazy” with his front leg – the one with the injured hamstring – and was over-rotating to try to generate power. His stride, usually one of the longest in baseball at 7 feet, has also been compromised and shortened significantly.Jansen said he took this knowledge into his throwing sessions and tried to recapture the muscle memory from last season.“For now, I’m just going to focus on hitting my spots,” he said. “The velocity will come. It might not come tonight or tomorrow. But in the next two weeks, it will come.”Jansen showed only slight improvement Saturday. He escaped the 12th inning without giving up a run despite allowing back-to-back singles to start the inning. His cutter was mostly 90-91 mph but did touch 92 mph. It had been 88-89 mph in his first two appearances this season.PROUD PAPAReliever Josh Fields returned from paternity leave and was reinstated to the Dodgers’ roster Saturday.Fields left the team in order to be with his wife for the birth of their first child, a son named Harrison Kane Fields. Harrison checked in at 8 pounds and 1 ounce. The birth went off without any complications, said Josh Fields who made it home in time for Harrison’s arrival on Wednesday.UP NEXT: Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-2, 2.25 ERA) at Giants LHP Ty Blach (1-1, 5.79 ERA), Sunday 1 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)