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Six Free Services for Sandy Victims

A fellow pagan working in the utility industry compiled this list, feel free to share.

Here are six things people in affected areas of Hurricane Sandy can get for free for a limited time:

1. Free wi-fi service

Comcast announced it will allow anyone to access Xfinity wi-fi hot spots in several states affected by Hurricane Sandy. The service, which is normally available to paid subscribers, is available in Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia and Massachusetts. Non-Xfinity customers should search for the "xfinitywifi" network name and click on the "Not a Comcast subscriber?" link at the bottom of the Sign In page. Then select the "Complimentary Trial Session" option from the drop down list. Comcast said users will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every two hours through Nov. 7. Hotspots are located indoors and outdoors in public places, such as shopping centers, parks and train platforms, according to the company. Comcast said complimentary wi-fi service may not be available in partner wi-fi hotspot locations. You can visit www.xfinity.com/wifi for locations.

2. Free showers, workouts

Beginning on Wednesday, Town Sports International network of gyms have opened its doors for full use of its facilities, "whether it's the need for a hot shower, to charge a cell phone battery, or simply to recharge their batteries with a stress-relieving workout" until Nov. 14. The Town Sports International network has 160 locations including New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Washington Sports Clubs and Philadelphia Sports Clubs. To find a club near you, residents 18 or older must show a photo ID. They can visit http://www.mysportsclubs.com/ to see if there is a nearby open facility. The company said guests are encouraged to bring their own towels due to restricted towel delivery.

3. 11-Year Old's Pop-up Internet Cafe

Lucy Walkowiak, 11, of Hoboken, N.J. opened up a pop-up internet cafe so people can charge their mobile devices and contact loved ones. While they are there, people can also give donations to the Red Cross. Walkowiak set up shop in front of her home in Hoboken, open from 7:30 A.M. until 10 P.M. on Wednesday and continuing Thursday. "I was just happy to help all the people without power in my community because so many people don't have power," she told ABC's Good Morning America. "And we were one of the lucky ones who had power all through the hurricane. So we just decided to donate some of our power to people who have not had power for days and need to charge up their phones and other electronics."

4. More places to charge your phone

AT&T and T-Mobile announced Thursday that they have enabled roaming on each other’s networks and that consumers can now place calls on either one. The two networks have similar cellular technology, making it easier to share their resources.

“This will be seamless for AT&T and T-Mobile customers with no change to their current rate plans or service agreements even if the phone indicates the device is attached to the other carrier’s network,” the companies said in a joint press release.

T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon are also telling consumers that they can bring their phones and power cords into stores to charge their phones.

New Jersey:

Comcast is offering the use of power strips at 15 of its New Jersey payment centers so that residents that are still without power can recharge their mobile devices. Anyone is welcome to make use of the following locations:

130 Black Horse Pike, Audubon
558 Lakehurst Rd, Browns Mills
1490 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd, Cherry Hill
90 Lake Drive, East Windsor
625 Tilton Rd, Northfield
901 Leeds Ave, Pleasantville
830 Route 37 West, Toms River
940 Prospect Street, Trenton
3501 Route 42, Turnersville
800 Rahway Blvd., Union
301 South Main Rd, Vineland
257 Prospect Ave, West Orange
4315 North Jersey Avenue Wildwood
21 Beverly-Rancocas Rd, Willingboro
304 South Broad St, Woodbury

New York:

Brightbox, Inc., a New York City startup that usually charges a flat fee to charge your mobile device in public places, has set up free charging stations in Manhattan. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that AT&T will also bring pods that provide cell coverage and charging stations near the city's food distribution centers.

Connecticut:

Still without power? Comcast invites customers to stop by Connecticut Xfinity Service Centers in Cromwell (4 Willowbrook Road) and Clinton (21 East Main Street) to use free WiFi, recharge wireless devices, check e-mail, pay bills online or make phone calls from one of the product kiosks. Both centers are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cox customers can visit Cox Solutions Stores in Enfield (54 Hazard Ave Suite 115), Manchester, (179 Deming St.), and Meriden (687 East Main Street) to use free wifi, charge wireless devices, check email and do online banking. The Enfield location is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.to 7 p.m. Manchester is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Meriden location’s hours are Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Delaware:
Comcast Service Center in New Castle

Pennsylvania
Comcast Service Centers in Bensalem, Sellersville, Willow Grove, Norristown, Philadelphia, and Langhorne

5. Free subway and bus rides

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced free subway, bus and commuter rail services on Thursday and Friday to encourage the use of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's mass transit. New York City is still reeling from limited subway service due to flooding.

6. Free car rides

Mayor Bloomberg has limited traffic into the city as non-operating traffic lights have led to major jams, allowing only cars with three passengers or more onto four East River bridges into Manhattan through Friday. There are reports of some desperate solo drivers who are driving into Manhattan offering free rides to pedestrians and even bicyclists.

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