Page 12 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2023 Patriots inch closer to playoff berth By Greg Phipps W ith its sights set on another postseason berth this spring, the Revere High School baseball team took two major steps toward accomplishing that objective with Greater Boston League wins over Malden last Wednesday and Everett on Monday. The victories lifted Revere to 8-7 overall on the season as of early this week, just two wins away from clinching a spot in the state tournament. The Patriots hosted league foe Somerville on Wednesday and have a home game against league rival Lynn English today (May 19). On Wednesday, Head Coach Mike Manning and his squad were looking to avenge a 5-1 loss to the Highlanders earlier this season. On Friday, the Patriots will be seeking some revenge on the Bulldogs as well. English edged Revere in a high-scoring 10-9 contest back in April. Last Wednesday, ace starter Kyle Cummings was at his best, as he held Malden to just one hit in fi ve innings of work. CumLOAN | SEE Page 12 can get. I’m hopeful this program will work to expand those opportunities for our most needy entrepreneurs and owners, especially those on Shirley Ave, Broadway and microenterprises who can take advantage of these no-interest loans.” In February, the City of Revere conducted a Business Survey to understand how businesses are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. From the survey fi ndings, DPCD learned that across all business types 77% of respondents reported increased costs as their largest challenge. This Small Business Loan Program will off set those higher costs by providing loans to support equipment, start-up costs or new hiring. “We have a vibrant small business community, and many are struggling with a mix of high costs rising interest rates,” said Chief of Planning and Community Development Tom Skwierawksi. “This loan program will help deal with these immediate needs, and will also create a revolving pool of funds to provide an additional fi nancing option for the business community in the long-term.” As part of the survey, DPCD also learned that over 80% of respondents who lease their facilRevere ace Kyle Cummings hurled a one-hit shutout in the Patriots’ win over Malden last week. mings aided his own cause with the bat by going 3-for-3 with a double and driving in two runs in a 10-0 mercy-rule victory. Sophomore Brendan Sack drove in three runs and smacked two hits. Giancarlo Miro drilled two hits, including a two-bagger, and had two RBIs, and freshman Dom Bellia doubled and fi nished with two RBIs. Seniors Dom Boudreau and Chris Cassidy contributed by scoring a combined three runs and reachity are likely or somewhat likely to increase their physical footprint. This means 80% of respondents who lease their facility are interested in expanding their location to utilize something such as a shared space or an adjacent storefront. However, those who own their facility are less likely to expand their footprint due to the associated cost burden, particularly given rising interest rates. The Small Business Loan program will help reduce borrowing costs for those looking to expand their small businesses in the city. All small businesses are eligible to apply, but only certain eligible businesses will have access to incentivized rates and terms. To better support our growing business districts, interest rates for businesses on Shirley Avenue and Broadway will be up to 0%, and the term of the loan will be fi ve years. Additionally, interest rates for income-eligible (80% or less of the Area Median Income) microenterprises (fi ve employees or less) will be up to 0%, and the term of the loan will be fi ve years. This program is funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. All loans will be required to meet job creation, job retention or other public benefi t standards established under ing base four times. Ollie Svendsen added a hit and a run batted in. Revere followed up last Wednesday’s offensive output with another high run total against Everett on Monday at home. This time the triumph didn’t come quite so easily, as the Patriots edged out a close 9-7 conquest. Revere defeated the neighboring rival Crimson Tide by an 8-2 count back in April. the CDBG program for the benefi t of low- and moderate-income persons. All loans are subject to a CDBG eligibility review by the DPCD and will need documented the proposed benefi t prior to the approval of any loans. For smaller business or service sector loans, which involve limited growth and job creation/retention potential, the loan limit shall be $35,000. For loan requests determined to have signifi cant job and business growth potential, the loan limit may be extended up to a maximum of $75,000 – max maturity 60-72 months with an established monthly payment of principal & interest payments. Interest rates will vary from 0% to 80% of the prime rate for a period of fi ve years. Those interested in applying for a small business loan can do so soon at www.revere.org/ smallbusiness. There is no deadline, but the application will close as soon as the funding is depleted. The DPCD will also conduct information sessions to guide owners through the application process. If business owners and entrepreneurs have any questions or would like to learn more, they are encouraged to contact the DPCD Small Business Team by calling 781-2868181 or emailing smallbusiness@ revere.org. Best Dating Apps for Retirees Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good online dating apps or sites for retirees? I’m a 66-year-old widow and would like to fi nd a new friend to spend time with, but don’t know where to turn. Cautious Carol Whether you’re interested in dating again or just looking for a friend to spend time with, online dating sites and apps have become an easy and convenient way for older adults to meet new single people without ever having to leave home. And to make things even easier, most sites today use matchmaking algorithms that factor in your interests and preferences so they can steer you to matches that are best suited for you. Here are some other tips to help you get started. Choose a site: There are dozens of diff erent matchmaking websites and apps available today, so choosing can be a bit confusing. While many sites offer free trials or watered-down free content, finding out the price can be diffi cult until you register and provide some information. In general, viewing complete profi les and messaging potential dates will require a monthly fee, which can range anywhere between $10 and $40 per month. Some top mainstream sites/ apps that are popular among older adults are eHarmony.com, Match.com and OKCupid.com. If, however, you’re interested in more age specifi c sites, some great options are OurTime.com or SilverSingles.com. Or if you have a specifi c kind of person you’d like to meet, there are dozens of niche sites like: EliteSingles.com for educated professionals; ChristianMingle.com for Christian singles; BLK-app.com for black singles; JSwipeApp.com for Jewish singles; and Facebook.com/dating for people who love Facebook. Create a profi le: When you join a matchmaking site, you’ll need to create a personality profi le that refl ects who you are, including recent photos, hobbies, interests, favorite activities and more. If you need some help, sites like Profi leHelper.com can write one for you for a fee. Practice caution: When you register with a site you remain anonymous. No one gets access to your personal contact information until you decide to give it out, so be prudent to whom you give it. Before meeting, you should chat on the phone or video chat a few times, and when you do meet in person for the fi rst time, meet in a public place or bring a friend along. And if someone asks for money or your fi nancial information, don’t give it out. Online dating/ sweetheart scams are rampant so be very cautious. Be skeptical: In an eff ort to get more responses, many people will exaggerate or fl at out lie in their profi les, or post pictures that are 10 years old or 20 pounds lighter. So, don’t believe everything you see or read. Make an eff ort: A lot of times, people – especially women – sit back and let others come to them. Don’t be afraid to make the fi rst move. When you fi nd someone you like, send a short note that says, “I really enjoyed your profile. I think we have some things in common.” Keep it simple. Don’t get discouraged: If you don’t get a response from someone, don’t let it bother you. Just move on. There are many others that will be interested in you and it only takes one person to make online dating worthwhile. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior. org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. Like us on Facebook advocate newspaper Facebook.com/Advocate.news.ma

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