- 波士頓市首名華裔市議員吳弭 (Michelle Wu ) 就任百日報告
- 蘭亭雅聚5/3 劍橋合唱團音樂會 5/10
- 新波士頓人通訊/ 波士頓華埠社區中心/華美福利會社區論壇/華埠社區聯盟
- Harvard Chinese Life Science Symposium 5/3-4
- ILF 國際領袖基金會
- ILF 主席徐紹欽出書“夢的守護者”
- BTBA 第二屆波士頓台灣生物科技研討會 6/14, 15
- Guggenheim / Smithsonian 展覽
- MIPIM 2014
- SAPANE 獎學金 CABA 年會5/3 美中醫學交流會 5/25
- Wearable Technology: The $70 Billion Picture
- 中國教育論壇 5/2-3
- 華人歷史協會活動預報 台青商5/3捐血 亞協服務中心第七屆社區宴 5/30
- 亞東劇團 5/17 抵波士頓演出“牽”
星期四, 4月 24, 2014
中華表演藝術基金會會長譚嘉陵表示，今年共有來自11 州，37 所中文學校、書畫學苑及個人的429件作品。其中國畫 287 件，書法 142 件，目前全部張貼在牛頓市僑教中心 (90 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands, MA)大廳四週牆壁上，供到訪民眾參觀，預定展至四月廿九日止。
今年的參賽作品來自馬里蘭州、紐澤西州、加州、纽约州、明尼蘇達州、 德州、康州、佛羅里達州、佐治亚州、新墨西哥州、及麻州等 11 州的37 所中文學校、書畫學苑，以及個人參展者。
譚嘉陵指出，由於今年的參賽作品素質又明顯提昇，尤其是書法 組，件件精彩，讓人有美不勝收之感。藝評家暨專業藝術比賽評審朱蓉、曾任哈佛大學中國歷史教授，現為詩人，作者，藝術品收藏家的陸惠風、波士頓大學中國藝術史教授白謙慎、布蘭岱斯（Brandies）大學亞洲藝術教授阮圓、國畫書法家馬清雄、高靜華、石雕家暨麻州藝術學院亞洲藝術教授謝茵等七名評委，雖然個個都是專家,， 評選打分時也有難以取捨之嘆。
這項比賽有 「譚嶽泉蕭運貞文教紀念基金」及社區大眾捐款贊助。查詢可冾譚嘉陵，電話 781-259- 8195，電郵 Foundation@ChinesePerformingArts.net。
國畫A組（九歲以下）， 金獎一人，加州長寧工作室的八歲江夢蘭。國畫B組（十至十三歲），金獎兩人，都來自新澤西州朋朋畫室的十三歲梁知恆，十一歲梁知進。國畫C組(十四歲至十七歲)，金獎兩人，加州宜真美術學院十五歲的譚凱慈，加州長寧工作室十五歲的朱漢瑞。國畫D組（十八到廿一歲），金獎一人，加州大學聖塔芭芭拉分校（UC Santa Barbara）十九歲的吳偉琪。
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麻州州長候選人查理貝克（Charlie Baker）日前在”州長候選人論壇“中指教育是未來所繫；聯邦政府應該把規範，管理醫療保險的權利，交回給地方；州政府應訂定小企業抵稅優惠（small business tax credit），以創造就業機會，改善經濟。
查理貝克是麻州州長候選人中，唯一的共和黨籍候選人。麻州州長亞美顧問委員會（Governor’s AAC）與25個支持機構合作舉辦的這“州長候選人論壇”，也特地為他，把論壇場地搬到了共和黨籍范文南(Nam Pham)擔任行政主任的越助中心（Viet -Aid）。
查理貝克認為，麻州內的企業，百分之八，九十都屬於中小企業，要改善麻州經濟，創造就業機會，就要幫助小企業經營，成長。最佳的方法之一是給中小企業抵稅優惠（tax credit），而不是把納稅人的錢用來支撐那些“大到不能讓他們倒下來（too big to fall）的公司”。
總催化夥伴（General Catalyst Partners）的駐公司企業家。
過去這些年間，他曾在威廉威爾德（William Weld），保羅瑟祿奇(Paul Cellucci)兩位州長任內，擔任行政及財務卿（Secretary of Administration and Finance），推動過許多節省開支，增加效率的改革，1998年還曾獲得全國州長協會的傑出服務獎。在2010年他第一次參選麻州州長之前，他當過哈佛朝聖者醫療保險公司（Harvard Pilgrim Health Care）執行長十年。
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駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處、波士頓華僑文教服務中心和牛頓市海德社區中心合作，將於5月3日（週六）在位於牛頓市的波士頓僑教中心（90 Lincoln street, Newton Highlands, MA 02461）舉辦「牛頓台灣日」。
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星期三, 4月 23, 2014
GROSSMAN ANNOUNCES LATEST UNCLAIMED PROPERTY EBAY AUCTION
Properties to be Showcased Across the State Starting Monday, April 28 in Boston
Treasurer Steven Grossman today announced that his office will be displaying select items from its Unclaimed Property Division that will soon go up for bid on eBay.com. The items will first be displayed at the State House in Boston on Monday, April 28, and will subsequently be shown in Yarmouth, New Bedford, Springfield, and Worcester, all leading up to the online auction going live on Saturday, May 3.
“Reuniting people with their rightfully-owned property is our first priority, but in cases where these individuals cannot be located, we want to ensure that we maximize the revenue that is generated from this auction,” said Grossman. “Selling these items through eBay offers a competitive bidding environment, reaches a high number of potential buyers, and maximizes revenue for taxpayers.”
The traveling showcase, which represents only a portion of the lots up for bid, will include items such as gold, silver, jewelry, collectible currency, and high-end watches. The vast majority of items come from safe deposit boxes with contents that have gone unclaimed for a period of at least nine years. After a lengthy period of going unclaimed, the state is legally permitted to liquidate these items at auction.
The times and locations for the display of these select items are as follows:
· Monday, April 28 from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Nurse’s Hall, Second Floor, Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA.
· Tuesday, April 29 from noon to 6:00 p.m. – Cape Cod Room, Cape Cod Irish Village, 822 Route 28,Yarmouth, MA.
· Wednesday, April 30 from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Massachusetts State Lottery offices, 200 Theodore H. Rice Road, New Bedford, MA.
· Thursday, May 1 from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Springfield State Office Building, 436 Dwight Street, Springfield, MA.
· Friday, May2 from noon to 5:00 p.m. – Massachusetts State Lottery offices, 151 West Boylston Drive,Worcester, MA.
This is the ninth time that the Commonwealth has used EBay to liquidate its unclaimed tangible property holdings. Prior to that, the Treasury held a live auction for such items, a process that was far less profitable because of its limited reach to potential bidders. Last year’s eBay auction raised over $544,000 for the state’s General Fund through the sale of 1,830 separate bid lots, more than three times the amount of money generated from comparable live auctions of the past.
On May 3, 100 lots will be posted on eBay for bid, followed by a gradual release of additional items over the following eight weeks. In all, the Treasury expects to put approximately 1200 lots out to bid. The items will be able to be viewed by using the eBay seller ID “mass.state.treasury.”
Grossman said that the Treasury needs to regularly liquidate older portions of its tangible property holdings due to storage constraints and logistical needs. He noted that if individuals or their heirs later prove that a piece of sold property belonged to them, they will be fully compensated the sale price of the item.
The Treasury also maintains a comprehensive list of approximately $2.4 billion in unclaimed monetary property, such as stock, insurance payments, and bank accounts. Individuals can search to see if they own such property by visiting www.findmassmoney.com or by calling (888)344-MASS (6277).
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Boston Receives $140,000 for Food System Resiliency Study
To Understand Food Sustainability in the Event of a Natural Disturbance
BOSTON—Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston’s Office of Food Initiatives joined community partners Next Street and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to announce the receipt of $140,000 in support of a food system resilience study. The study will focus on the resilience and preparedness of Greater Boston’s food system, continuing work completed by NextStreet and ICIC over the last six years, and aimed at understanding the points of production, processing, and distribution in Greater Boston. The funding is provided by the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and the Local Sustainability Matching Fund, a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
“Ensuring food access for all Bostonians is a critical component of the work this administration is doing,” said Mayor Walsh. “Confidence in our food system is important in sustaining a healthy and vibrant city. This study will inform the Office of Food Initiatives, the Office of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, and the Office of Emergency Management as we consider Greater Boston’s food system holistically, and identify existing and potential gaps in access within the City.”
The study seeks to understand the many ways food reaches the plates of Bostonians. The study will also compare similar cities that have experienced natural disturbances, and suggest policy changes that will help prepare the City of Boston should similar situations occur.
“This project is about better understanding Boston’s local and regional food system. Where do Bostonians grow, manufacture, and access food? How might those access points be impacted by a natural disturbance and how do we make sure that the food system we’re developing is robust enough that it is able to withstand such disturbances?” said Director of Food Initiatives, Edith Murnane. “This work is going to enable us to think about the policy and programming that we need to put in place to create a more robust and resilient food system – one that will not only better ensure that Bostonians are able to put food on their table, but will help us to do so despite expected natural disruptions.”
The project is slated to begin by the middle of May. Over the course of a year, NextStreet and the ICIC will visit cities of similar size with analogous food distribution planning, and interview food system stakeholders to gain a better understanding of how natural disturbances have impacted their food production, processing, and distribution.
“I am thrilled that the City of Boston is investigating this important issue. As New England’s largest city, the food system developing in and around the city has rippling implications, region-wide, on food and farm production,” said Andrew Kendall, Executive Director of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation.
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GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES NEW SUPPORT FOR JOB TRAINING, EMPLOYMENT READINESS SKILLS FOR HOMELESS AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES
BOSTON – Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced $1 million in funding to connect homeless and low-income families with services to help some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens overcome barriers to work and succeed in life. These Secure Jobs Initiative grants will help connect them with suitable employers in jobs with long-term career pathways. The Governor made the announcement at the Jewish Vocational Services organization in Boston, which assists individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers.
“We must continually invest in our workforce to provide our workers with the skills and resources they need to become great job candidates,” said Governor Patrick. “Helping our most vulnerable citizens transition into stable jobs is vital to supporting our economy and creating a stronger Commonwealth for the next generation.”
Through five regional partnerships, these grants will help homeless and low-income families receive job training and placement skills, as well as access to child care services so that they can successfully attain and thrive in their careers. These partnerships will increase coordination and local innovation to improve the Commonwealth’s ability to serve the needs of low-income and homeless families.
“Often times all it takes is a good paying job to lift struggling families out of homelessness,” said Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). “The grants funded today are one part of the Administration’s comprehensive strategy to prevent homelessness and reduce our reliance on the state’s emergency shelter system.”
The Secure Jobs Initiative represents a strong collaboration between DHCD, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), regional housing networks, nonprofit organizations and philanthropic organizations, many of whom participate on the Secure Jobs Advisory Board.
“Helping to provide clients with the skills and training necessary to get a good paying job has been a priority for Governor Patrick and is an important part of the Department’s mission to help clients transition toward economic stability and improve them and their families lives,” said DTA Commissioner Stacey Monahan. “These grants will go a long way toward reaching that goal and DTA looks forward to continuing to work with its sister agencies to help our state’s most vulnerable residents.”
"Access to high-quality early education and care is a critical resource for many families who are working hard to achieve self-sufficiency," said EEC Commissioner Tom Weber. "High-quality early education programs meet the important developmental needs of children while allowing adults to obtain and maintain family-sustaining employment. Working in partnership to provide comprehensive services to these families will help deliver positive outcomes for them and the Commonwealth."
The Secure Jobs Initiative grants are funded through the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund established by Governor Patrick in 2013. Today’s announcement builds upon a 2013 pilot program funded by the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, during which 348 individuals were placed in jobs. Two additional agencies that were not part of the pilot program but used the program model in their organization were also able to secure an additional 156 jobs for individuals.
Following the success of the pilot program, the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation announced that it is matching the Commonwealth’s investment this year by contributing an additional $1 million.
“The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation is excited to see Secure Jobs continue,” said Sue Beaton, Interim Director of the Fireman Foundation. “In the first year our state partners working alongside the foundation and our regional partnerships have together provided job opportunities for upwards of 600 individuals. As we seek to stabilize families in housing, it is key to launch them to income generating opportunities. Securing a job is often times the best life line possible.”
“I applaud the Patrick Administration for committing $1 million in funding towards the Secure Jobs Initiative, providing critical job training and readiness assistance to help homeless and low-income families find a path to escape poverty," said Senator Jamie Eldridge. "If we're serious about reducing the homeless population in Massachusetts, we need to recognize that support services are critical, and I'm grateful to Governor Patrick for his leadership on this investment."
Today’s awards follow Governor Patrick’s recent announcement of more than $25 million in funding to create over 335 new units of supportive housing for veterans, homeless and very low-income households across the Commonwealth. With these new units, the Patrick Administration has reached its goal of creating 1,000 units of permanent, supportive housing in the Commonwealth over a year early.
Earlier this month, Governor Patrick filed a An Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity, a comprehensive economic development package that will increase opportunity across the Commonwealth by providing new tools and training so our workforce is prepared to meet the needs of employers, invests in our Gateway Cities to promote development across the entire state and provides incentives to create jobs and stimulate the economy.
Today’s award recipients are:
· Community Teamwork, Inc., Merrimack Valley, $250,000
· Father Bills & MainSpring, South Shore, $115,649
· HAP Housing, Western Massachusetts, $250,000
· Jewish Vocational Services, Metro Boston, $250,000
· SER-Jobs for Progress, South Coast & Islands, $134,351
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