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Foo Fighters to embark on huge tour with stop planned in Camden

The Foo Fighters are following up the release of the band's most ambitious album with its biggest ever North American tour to date. They will make a stop at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Monday, July 6.

This massive North American tour will see Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear headline multiple historic U.S. stadiums for the first time: New York's Citi Field on July 16, a debut double header at Boston's Fenway Park on July 18 and 19, as well as the previously announced Aug. 29 Chicago headline at Wrigley Field that sold out in one day, and the July 4 all-day 20th anniversary blowout at Washington DC's RFK Stadium.

Tickets for the Foo Fighters 2015 tour will first go on sale via the Beat The Bots: Box Office Only Pre-sale this Saturday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. at Susquehanna Bank Center Box Office. Visit http://foofighters.com  for a complete list of box office locations and details.

Online pre-sales for Foo Fighters 2015 tour begin Monday, Dec. 1 and tickets for the general public will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the public will be available at Ticketmsaster.com, SBC Box Office, Ticketmaster locations or at 800-745-3000.

 

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ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER FOR ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL AND HOMELESS VETERANS ABOARD THE BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY

CAMDEN WATERFRONT, NJ -- The Battleship New Jersey, in partnership with Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs and the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will offer homeless veterans and active military personnel from Joint Base – McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Dover Air Force Base a full-course  turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27. 

                                     

“It is an honor to host our military heroes on this holiday,” said Patricia Egan Jones, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Battleship and Camden County Surrogate.  “To see the community come together to help these men and women who are either away from home or do not have a home, is truly an inspiration as we begin the holiday season.”

 

The meal will be prepared by Andreotti’s Catering and served by volunteers from the Battleship on the historic fantail (tented rear deck) at approximately 11:30am.  The troops and veterans will arrive at approximately 10:30am. A brief welcoming ceremony will take place on the fantail before dinner is served.

 

Residents are invited to welcome and cheer on our heroes from the pier of the Battleship, which will be open for guests at 10am.  Free parking is available in lot #1, across from the Susquehanna Bank Center, courtesy of the Camden Parking Authority.  Entertainment from the Original Trilby String Band and refreshments of hot chocolate and coffee, supplied by the Canteen, will be available for guests on the pier.  

 

After their meals, the military guests will be treated to music from DJ Stewart Balsham, an appearance by Miss New Jersey and more!

 

“To provide the troops and veterans a fun Thanksgiving and the opportunity to show our thanks for what

they have done and what they will do is such a pleasure for all of us,” added Rev. Floyd White, Director, Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs.  “It’s a terrific chance to give back to them for the tremendous sacrifices they have made for our country.”

 

The Thanksgiving Dinner for active military personnel and homeless veterans would not be possible without the help of event partners – Philadelphia 76ers, U.S. Family Health Plan, the Spevak Family, Barb’s Harley Davidson, PJ Whelihan Restaurants, South Jersey Magazine, DJ Stewart Balsham, Bodek and Rhoades, and Balloon Celebrations.

                                                                

Berthed on the Camden Waterfront across the Delaware River from Center City Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey is a  non-profit historic ship museum and memorial that offers tours every day through October 31, and Saturdays and Sundays, as well as a few special weekdays, through December.  

Consult the Battleship’s website for a schedule.  The Battleship also offers overnight encampments for youth groups and families, special group and student tours and event rentals with a full catering menu.  

 

For more information on the  ship’s many programs, visit: www.battleshipnewjersey.org.

New Features Coming for Battleship New Jersey

The Battleship New Jersey is a work in progress.

But progress is definitely being made, officials said Monday, as they seek new funding and plan projects beyond the maintenance of the storied warship.

The painting of the hull - right down to the iconic "62" on the bow - was finished this month.

A new coat of gray paint also has been applied to the New Jersey side of the ship, above the hull, and will be added on the Pennsylvania side in the spring.

 

That work has taken place as new teak decks are installed, a job that will take up to five years.

Even more ambitious plans call for the development of an engineering tour of the ship, costing $500,000, and a ferry service between Penn's Landing and Camden during the fall and winter months when the RiverLink is not running, said Philip P. Rowan, executive director of the Home Port Alliance for the Battleship New Jersey, which owns and operates the ship.

"I'm committed to getting the ship restored," said Rowan, who took over as executive director in 2012. "As we polish the apple, tourism will go up.

"Attendance has increased - in 2012 over 2011, 2013 over 2012, and this year over last year," he said, adding that the numbers have been rising steadily, if not sharply.

To draw more visitors, the ship plans to offer new attractions and is looking for funding.

Last month, Rowan requested the donation of $250,000 from the Battleship New Jersey Historical Museum Society, a nonprofit that helped bring the historic vessel to the state and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Last spring, the society donated $300,000 to the battleship, he said. About $100,000 was used to replace teak decks, $100,000 went for painting, and $100,000 was spent on marketing.

The society's president, Vincent Falso, said his organization's five-member board would likely vote in favor of the request some time after the holidays.

"I can't write a check myself," said Falso, 84, who sailed on two cruises aboard "Big J" from 1951 to 1953, in the gunnery division and commissary section. "I have to go through a process."

"But I'm pretty sure we can do it," he said.

The $250,000 would be used as a part of an application for a matching amount from an area foundation, Rowan said.

The $500,000 would then pay for the cleanup of the engineering spaces of the ship, the installation of safety railings and platforms, and the addition of interpretive devices in the boiler and engine rooms.

Much of "Big J" - most decorated battleship in U.S. history - is already open for tours, including Turret 2 with its 16-inch guns, and "Broadway," the long main corridor linking Turrets 1 and 2.

"What we're trying to do is finish the tour of the ship," Rowan said. The engineering section "is the last piece everybody has been asking for.


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