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星期二, 8月 25, 2015

MAYOR WALSH LAUNCHES SENIORS SAVE PROGRAM

MAYOR WALSH LAUNCHES 
SENIORS SAVE PROGRAM
New Program Will Help Seniors Replace Outdated Heating Systems
BOSTON - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today launched Seniors Save, a new, proactive program that will help eligible seniors replace failing or inefficient heating systems before winter begins.

"With a very difficult winter last year and fall fast approaching, we want to make sure our seniors are warm and safe this winter," said Mayor Walsh. "Seniors living on fixed incomes may not always be able to afford important improvements to their heating systems. I'm proud that the City of Boston will be able to provide this additional resource for our residents."
Seniors who replace their aging heating systems with new, energy efficient systems significantly lower their risks of heating emergencies during the winter, and will also see reductions in their energy bills, enabling them to expand their budgets for other necessities.  

"This is an exciting new program from Mayor Walsh for Boston seniors," saidCommissioner of Affairs of the Elderly Emily Shea. "Every winter we hear from many people struggling to afford their rising heat bills and this program will help seniors save money and be warmer this winter."

Applications for the Seniors Save program are currently available by contacting the Boston Home Center (BHC), by visiting the Department of Neighborhood Development's website or by contacting one of the BHC's partner senior agencies. To qualify, income-eligible seniors must be 60 years of age or older and must be the occupants of a residential one-to-four family property or condominium in the City of Boston. The program is open to seniors whose income does not exceed 80 percent of median family income, as determined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

Eligible homeowners will receive a $3,500 grant towards upgrades to their heating systems. Additional funding is available up to $10,000 in the form of a zero percent interest, deferred loan, which will only be payable on the sale of the property, a refinance or transfer of the title. Once a senior citizen submits an application, BHC Construction Specialists will work with the homeowner on the scope of the project, and will help select a contractor from the BHC's pre-approved, licensed and insured contractor list. A BHC Construction Specialist will then oversee the work from start to finish.

To learn more about Seniors Save, residents are invited to contact (617) 635-HOME, or click here

華人開餐館興趣仍濃 前麻州餐館協會會長親自教路

(本報記者菊子波士頓報導)華人經營餐館業,早年是為了在美國立足,如今則為迎合華裔人口漸多,市場潛力看好,入行門檻相對低。上週六(823日),退休高管服務團(SCORE)在“武士(Samurai)”餐廳舉辦的“餐廳經營管理講座”,吸引了不下40人。
         “退休高管服務團(SCORE)“是聯邦政府美國小企業行政局(SBA)支持,由曾經擔任企業高管的已退休人士,為小企業及創業者免費提供諮詢顧問的非牟利機構,已成立了50年,共有不下13,000名退休高管義工,在全美有300多個辦公室,為民服務。波士頓地區有退休高管志工約50人。
            上週六的這場講座,由波士頓SCORE的唯一一名華裔志工郭慧明發起,邀來曾開過3家餐館,擔任麻州餐館協會會長達25年的Peter Christie,以及曾在大企業工作的Rob Ackman主講。提供場地的St. James街“武士(Samurai)“餐廳老闆鄺炎彬,也熱心的提供個人經驗。
            他們的講談內容,主要有3方面,包括如何開一家餐館,及時知道法規變化的重要性,以及如何做市場行銷。
            Peter Christie指出,開餐館失敗的最常見原因是管理不善,資金不足。他也解釋了如何做企業計劃,計算食物開銷費用,製作損益表等等要開餐廳所必須了解的基本步驟。
由於有不少餐館開張後沒多久,就資金週轉不靈,開不下去了。他特地指出,開餐館得有足夠的儲備或備用資金,在餐館打知名度期間,一路撐住。
            在經營餐館上,他強調了解法律及相關規定的重要性。他指出,薪資及工時法對有些人來說,可能讓人感到很困惑,即使不是故意違反那些法令,也可能導致重大懲罰。他舉了好幾個例子來說明,受保障員工和不受保障員工加班時,適用不同的規定。
            在市場行銷上,Peter Christie表示,每家餐館都會強調食物好吃,服務周到,地方寬敞,都希望超越顧客的期望。他指出,例如地方清潔,員工待人和藹,顧客感到受歡迎等,都是增加餐館經營成功率的細節。
            當天原本預定提供中文翻譯,結果大部份出席者表示不需要。郭慧明事後提供SCORE聯繫資料給幾名聽不太懂的出席者,告訴他們,SCORE可以提供一對一的免費諮詢。
            從餐車起家,如今兼營實體店的“無二烤肉”東主劉曉會後表示,當初他做餐車生意前,也找過SCORE,後來忙,沒再去,但這天聽講,尤其是法令問題方面,收穫仍然很大。
劉曉指出,勞工法規定每工作多久,得讓員工休息多少分鐘,在餐飲業來說,根本是不可能做到的規定。業者要避免違法,原來只需員工簽一紙放棄書(waiver)就行,這是他以前從來不知道的。
            劉曉透露,摩頓市去年以來已新開45家餐廳,現在聽說還要再開56家,競爭越來越烈,是有點讓人頭疼,餐飲業好人才難找的情況也更加嚴重。

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            退休高管服務團(SCORE)志工郭慧明(左起)邀曾任麻州餐館協會會長的Peter Christie到鄺炎彬開的“武士(Samurai)“餐廳,為有意開餐館者釋疑解惑。(菊子攝)

            退休高管服務團(SCORE)的Peter Christie(左)現場回答問題。“無二烤肉“老闆劉曉(前右五)也是出席者之一。(菊子攝)

黃立輝,黃有為當選第25屆全美黃氏總長

25屆全美黃氏懇親會在823日晚,推選出新一屆美東,美西正副總長。波士頓地區的黃立輝以79票,高票當選美東總長。
            其餘當選者分別為,美西總長,屋倫(Oakland)的黃有為,美西副總長為羅省的黃新周,美東副總長紐約的黃耀祥。
            23日的黃氏會議,雖無大爭議,但耗時冗長,美東、美西正副總長選舉,約各有兩名候選人,各自發表最長4分鐘的政見後,來自各埠代表列隊進入投票室,投出神聖一票,再回到會議廳,在嚴謹的監票,唱票,計票過程中開票。
            美西總長部分,競爭激烈,兩名候選人分別得票65,及62張。
            美東總長部分,出身中醫世家的芝加哥黃勁秀,來到波士頓,似乎也有了“強龍不壓地頭蛇“的障礙,以47票,遠落於得79票的波士頓黃立輝。
            全美黃氏宗親會這一選舉,為公平起見,儘管歷屆元老,包括波士頓本地的兩名元老黃君裕,黃官羨等,共12人,幾乎全員出席,但23日的選舉,請出了曾任全美退伍軍人會會長的黃宏達主持,報告當天共有128名代表出席投票,其中有一張廢票。
            由於選舉過程耗用時間頗長,儘管鑑於黃伍一家親的淵源,紐英崙伍胥山公所早已準備好慶祝全美黃氏懇親大會宴,黃氏代表們也不得不把伍氏宗親及一眾賓客,丟在帝苑大酒樓,等到至少選完總長,宣佈開票結果後,再赴晚宴,然後在飯後趕回凱悅酒店,繼續辦理副總長選舉。
            伍胥山公所的元老伍伯和,主席伍侃滋,伍樂仁,以及卸任的前主席伍煥華等人焦急等候,卻也能夠理解,只是黃氏宗親終於抵達時,人數超出伍氏預期,會場頗忙亂了一陣。
            在這第25屆全美黃氏懇親大會落幕後,波士頓黃氏的總長,元老人數再有更新。波士頓原本有四名元老,包括黃偉炎,黃煜棠,以及黃君裕,黃官羨等四人。在其中的前兩人數年前辭世,23日大會落幕後,卸任總長的黃國威依章升級,波士頓黃氏的全美元老人數,回升為3

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            伍氏宗親會恭喜黃氏宗親的黃有為(後左四),黃立輝(後左三)當選新屆黃氏總長。後右二起為黃海龍,紐英崙伍氏主席伍侃滋,元老伍伯和,伍育俊等人。(菊子攝)

            黃惠喜(右起),黃宏達,以及黃官羨(左一)等黃氏總長,元老團主持選舉。(菊子攝)

            正好到美國開會的華僑協會理事黃海龍(左),恭喜黃立輝(右)當選美東總長。(菊子攝)

            黃有為(中)當選美西總長,接受好友祝賀。(菊子攝)


            全美黃氏宗親會的選舉,選情激烈。(菊子攝)

廣教學校暑期班結業 學生手腦並用家長讚

(本報記者菊子波士頓綜合報導)中華廣教學校暑期班日前結業,以動態表演,靜態展覽,顯示學生的多元學習成果,還有教學上的重視培養學生思考能力。家長讚嘆,稱子女在七週內學到的東西比一年還多。
            中華廣教學校今年的暑期班採七加一制,前六週教核心項目,最後一週為特別興趣工作坊。
 中華廣教學校以校徽強調重視忠孝仁愛。(菊子攝)
            為促使學生培養思考能力,廣教學校校長曾秀芬今年在英,數,中文,自然及社會科學等核心課之外,還安排了舞蹈,音樂,體能鍛鍊等項目。
            上週五,821日,暑期班上最後一天課時,廣教學校還安排了一場小型奧林匹克賽,把學生依年級分三組,做學科比賽,安排他們設計會飛的火箭,能自動彈射乒乓球的機器,並以火箭能飛的高度,能在空中逗留的時間長度,乒乓球能彈的遠度來比賽。
            火箭組活動在戶外舉行,最佳紀錄是飛得高到68塊磚頭,大約一層樓那麼高,前後相加的在空中停留時間,不下16秒。只用紙杯,雪條棒,橡皮筋,膠水做成的乒乓球彈送器,可彈的遠到34呎。學生們都參與得興高采烈,非常投入。
廣教學校校長曾秀芬(右三)與老師一起,歡迎學生家長參加結業展。
(菊子攝)
            這部分的學習,還包括要求小朋友自己上台說明製作成品概況,既啟發學生做科學性思考,鼓勵他們動手做,還培養他們的演說膽識,技能。
            之前一週的結業展,表演部分,包括舞獅,示範功夫,打鼓,彈揚琴,奏古箏,拉小提琴,最小班演唱中文歌,五年班也唱了中文歌“無形的翅膀”。在表演環節中,視頻班還放映了一段他們自己製作的影片,音樂劇場部分演唱俄國老師教唱的兩首歌,“你養育我(you raised me up)”,以及“國王與我(king and I)”這部電影中的“開始認識你(getting to know you)”。
廣教學校暑期班結業展,以海報展示一部分的學生學習成果。
(菊子攝)
            曾秀芬校長指出,今年的特色之一是該校小朋友第一次組成十幾人的嬉合樂隊來演奏。學生們在暑期班上課期間對綜合性舞蹈所表演出的高昂熱情,也讓該校決定下學期起,加開嬉合舞,拉丁爵士舞。

            廣教學校暑期班結業後,新學期的課餘班將於九月八日開課,平日班將於九月十二日開課。各班別已開始接受報名。查詢可洽617-426-6716,或電郵kwongkow@gmail.com



            

華埠居民會將改選 有意取代社區議會

CHINATOWN RESIDENT ASSOCIATION SERVES AS NEIGHBORHOOD VOICE

The Chinatown Resident Association will elect eight members to its Steering Committee at its public meeting on September 2. Any Chinatown resident registered as a member by its August meeting is eligible to vote in the election. 
Nominees for at-large positions are Arturo Gossage of Hudson Street, Chu Huang of Castle Square, Run Mei Liang of Castle Square, Hua Quan Liu of Mass Pike Towers, Yoke Chew Mah of Quincy Towers, Xiu Xing Wu of South Cove Plaza East, Hin Sang Yu of Oak Terrace, and Pei Ying Yu of Hudson Street. Nominees Ruo Chong Mo of Quincy Towers and Qiu Qing Yu of Eva White Apartments have declined.
The roster includes four new representatives bringing a diversity of experiences and concerns.  Gossage is a young professional and renter who has lived in Chinatown for eight years and is concerned with a variety of quality of life issues. Huang is a bilingual youth worker at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center who was raised in the community. Wu is a retired resident who is a frequent participant in community meetings. Yu is a home health care worker who has resisted displacement from her apartment since January.
Need for a Resident-based Neighborhood Council
Chinatown is host to nearly a hundred different community organizations, from family and village associations to social service agencies, but, until 1999, none focused specifically on the interests of those who live in the neighborhood. Development pressures throughout the 1990s led to a growing awareness that Chinatown residents needed to amplify their own voice within the neighborhood.
A citywide system of neighborhood councils to advise city government was established and appointed by former Mayor Ray Flynn in the 1980s. Chinatown's first neighborhood council made important gains for Chinatown, such as launching the Chinatown Community Plan of 1990, which recognized Chinatown as a residential neighborhood for the first time.
However, as the Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council (CNC) went on to develop and administer its own elections, the resulting guidelines and implementation of election procedures tilted the group in favor of non-resident stakeholders. The 21-member CNC includes 5 resident seats along with 4 business representatives, 4 agency representatives, 4 organization representatives, and 4 other Asian American representatives. Those who can vote in CNC elections include not only Chinatown residents but also any Asian American residing in Massachusetts. This composition translated into CNC support for a number of unpopular development proposals.
The first major clash between community residents and traditional leaders was over the hospital parking garage proposed for the heart of the residential community on a piece of city-owned land called “Parcel C,” now the site of the Metropolitan. Some agency and business leaders supported the garage proposal as a way to secure community benefits, and the CNC voted overwhelmingly in support of the garage.  But when four agencies called for a community meeting to discuss the garage proposal, more than a hundred residents came out to voice their adamant opposition, leading to an 18-month struggle in which community members voted 1,692:42 against and eventually ended the garage proposal.

Similar differences between residents and traditional leaders played out around a series of luxury tower projects. In 1999, following a series of nine block meetings held throughout Chinatown, resident activists decided to launch an organization to specifically represent their interests.  In 2002, the City of Boston agreed to recognize the Chinatown Resident Association (CRA) as a neighborhood council to advise city government on neighborhood affairs.
Participation and Collaboration
The mission of CRA is to advance the quality of life of Chinatown residents and preserve Chinatown as a neighborhood for working families and the elderly.  Its goals include: 1) Promote resident decision-making over the future of Chinatown, 2) Preserve and expand affordable housing, 3) Work for a safe and healthy living environment, and 4) Cooperate with community organizations and businesses to strengthen Chinatown as a social, cultural, political and economic center.
Through bilingual public meetings held at the Quincy School cafeteria on the first Wednesday of each month, CRA encourages Chinatown residents to learn about neighborhood news and participate in making decisions about Chinatown's future. Recent topics have included proposals for marketing signage, new development proposals, discussions about the vision for a Chinatown library, and priorities for use of publicly owned parcels.

While emphasizing the importance of resident decision-making and a resident voice, CRA also collaborates with other Chinatown stakeholders and organizations to improve the community's future.  For more information, contact chinatownresidents@gmail.com.