星期三, 1月 28, 2015

波士頓停車禁令今晚五點取消 市長籲民眾協助清掃人行道


BOSTON - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today that the City of Boston's parking ban will end today, Wednesday, January 28, at 5 p.m. All resident cars must be moved out of private lots and garages by 7 p.m. 

The Winter Storm that impacted Boston from Monday through Wednesday was historic. The National Weather Service has reported 24.6 inches of total snowfall, with measurements in some parts of the City as high as 31 inches. It was the sixth biggest snow storm in Boston’s history, and it’s the biggest storm on record in the month of January. 

“I thank our residents for their patience, support and cooperation as we dig out from this storm,” said Mayor Walsh. “We are still in the snow removal and operational recovery phase of this event. There’s a lot of work left to do, and right now removing snow is an all hands on deck effort from the City. We continue to need everyone’s caution and cooperation as we clear our sidewalks and roads to get Boston up and running again.”

The Mayor urged residents to clear sidewalks, fire hydrants and catch basins, and help elderly and housebound neighbors. 

An announcement on if Boston Public Schools will be open on Thursday will be made Wednesday evening after assessing the Public Works Department's (PWD) progress in clearing roads and removing large piles of snow, and how clear sidewalks are. 

Information on the storm and clean-up will continued to be updated on boston.gov/snow

Safety Reminders and Tips
   Do not walk in the street unless for emergency reasons. Plow drivers have reported close calls with people wearing hats and headphones.
   Do not shovel snow into the street. Shoveling snow in the street creates a safety hazard for emergency vehicles and requires streets to be 
   Carbon Monoxide poisoning remains a top concern. Remember to keep exhaust pipes and vents clear of snow. Sitting in a car while idling can be deadly if the tailpipe is blocked. Do not let children sit in an idling car while shoveling.  Clear any household exhaust pipes of snow. For example, gas exhaust from heating system or dryer. Call 911 immediately if you suspect Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
   Remember to keep catch basins and fire hydrants clear.  A list of the City's fire hydrants  and catch basins can be found here. 
   If you see a person in need of shelter, of it there is an emergency, please call 911. 
   Please check on neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled.
For those with questions or concerns, help is available through several channels. The Mayor’s Hotline (617-635-4500) is running around the clock and the City’s social media and mobile technology strategy will be in full effect throughout the storm, including the Citizens Connect app.


 Deadline for first registration period for fall BPS enrollment extended through February 3

Parents of children who will begin Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, grades 6 or 9 in the fall of 2015 are encouraged to register for Boston Public Schools (BPS) during the first registration period, which runs now through the extended deadline of Tuesday, February 3. Families may visit any BPS Welcome Center to register for schools.

Parents of students seeking to enroll in all other grades may register between February 4 and March 20. Registering during the first available period for a grade level increases a family's chances of receiving an assignment to one of their top-choice schools.  

Families can view which schools will be on their options list by visiting the DiscoverBPS website, www.discoverbps.org. Operators are also available during business hours to help answer questions at the BPS Registration Hotline: (617) 635-9046.  

Families can also pre-register online at www.bostonpublicschools.org/register. By filling out information in advance using the online form, parents can take advantage of a separate line when they arrive at a BPS Center to complete the school registration process.

Registration is not first-come first-served, so it does not matter when in the month families visit a BPS Welcome Center, and everyone has the same opportunities as long as they register within the correct period. BPS will run the school choice lottery after the completion of each registration period and will send school assignments by mail. 


Boston Leads Nation in Youth Democratic Engagement

BOSTON — Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the continuation of the Youth Participatory Budgeting Process and the allocation of $1 million to Youth Lead the Change, a youth-led participatory, budgeting vote.

"By engaging our young people in city government, we are training the next generation of leaders to think critically about how government can better serve our residents,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am proud that we will be able to build on last year’s success and continue to give Boston’s youth a voice in their future.”

Last year, young people voted to fund seven winning projects that enhanced community parks, installed security cameras, granted Boston Public Schools Chromebooks, and funded a skateboard feasibility study.

Youth Lead the Change (YLC) is carried out by the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, in close collaboration with a steering committee comprised of twenty six community and youth serving organizations. The Participatory Budgeting Project facilitates the implementation of participatory budgeting nationwide, and works closely with Youth Lead the Change.

Youth Lead the Change will has hosted several brainstorming sessions for this year’s projects. The following sessions are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 29, 4:30 p.m. - Hyde Square Task Force, Jamaica Plain
  • Thursday, January 29, 3:30 p.m. - Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Chinatown

“Many people were surprised by how insightful and responsible our young people are when invited to engage in democracy,” said Shari Davis, Executive Director of the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment. “This process proves that young people are capable and essential in building infrastructure and developing healthy communities.”

Stephen Lafume, a high school student in Boston, participated in YLC and is now engaged in a number of City youth initiatives.

“Last year, I went to an assembly in South Boston at the Condon Community Center to brainstorm ideas,” said Lafume. “I really liked the idea that the Mayor trusted the youth with how to spend a million dollars. Later, I applied to join the Mayor’s Youth Council. I was skeptical at first, but it turned out to be really fun.

“MassCOSH has had a long and positive relationship with the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment over many years,” said Colleen Armstrong, MassCOSH Steering Committee Member. “Youth Lead the Change was an opportunity for us to deepen that relationship in a new and exciting way.  As an organization, MassCOSH is invested in youth-led programming and hearing youth voices as leaders. YLC is a new, innovative way for our peer leaders and other youth across Boston to have their voices heard and show that they are adept and recognizing and responding to the issues in their communities.”

Ideas can also be submitted through youthleadboston.org or by texting 844-YLC-LEAD. 

Juno過後 麻州處處雪堆如山

或許由於各地市鎮早均提前做準備,麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)又在廿六日晚下令,午夜起路上禁止行車,昨日麻州雖然風大,雪大,不少地方能見度不到一哩,但幾無傷亡報告,倒是有不少人對這場大雪把整個麻州變得一片雪白,感到十分興奮,還出動了雪撬,滑板,在斜坡,馬路上玩了起來。
上任還不到一個月的麻州州長查理貝克,召集了五百名國家衛隊(Massachusetts National Guard)人員協助處理風雪情況,昨日和副州長在傅萊明罕鎮地麻州緊急管理局(FEMA)坐鎮,隔一段時間就向公眾報告最新風雪狀況。昨日中午先宣布取消麻州西部的不准車輛上路禁令,說明慶幸的只有約二百人尋求庇護所,傍晚時又再宣佈路上禁止行車命令將於廿八日凌晨取消,但希望民眾若無必要,這天還是不要出門。州政府員工也將只有約二萬二千名必要工作人員得上班。
查理貝克表示,就如波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin Walsh)昨日下午三點多多的,大雪還在不斷飄,鏟雪車連一部分的交通要道都無法把雪鏟清,政府相關部門還有很多工作,人們出門須格外小心。
麻州環境長(environmental secretary)畢頓(Matthew Beaton)表示,位於普利茅斯(Plymouth)的Pilgrim核電廠, 有兩條電力傳輸線壞了,無法把發出來的店傳送出去,但並無公共安全問題。
            昆士市早在廿六日中午就宣佈實施風雪停車禁令。昆士市長柯奇(Tom Koch)也在臉書上不斷報告最新情況,包括說明約有五十輛車被拖吊了。昨日下午四點左右他再宣佈,昆市公校廿八日停課,路邊收垃圾也暫停,由於潮水高漲,沿海地區的海街(Sea Street),昆士岸道(Quincy Shore Drive),南幹道(Soutern Artery)等這幾條街,暫時封閉。昆市消防局和警察局都為因應洪水待命。居民們如果沒事,儘量不要出門。如果有大量地區停電,市府將開放北昆士高中做緊急庇護所。民眾若需要與風雪有關的救援,可打電話617-376-1927,如果需要與水災有關的救援,可打電話617-376-1910







松柏梅竹攜手 四校友會拉隊滑雪

依序以松柏梅竹為代表的北京大學新英格蘭校友會,波士頓南開校友會, 波士頓清華校友會及交通大學新英格蘭地區校友會,日前第三度攜手舉辦滑雪會,一百多人買得團體優惠票,遠征新罕布夏州柏子坡(Pats Peak)滑雪場,玩了個不亦樂乎。




乞臣街居民遭逼遷 華人前進會聲援

住在乞臣街103好的余艷蓉(譯音,Yannong Yu)表示,她在華埠工作,在華埠買雜貨,以華埠為家。一旦搬離,會不知道該怎麼辦才好,她很害怕。
            華人前進會表示,一月十六日時,新房東以現金四十八萬元買了這棟樓,但躲在地產公司,以及第一薩福克律師樓背後,沒做必要的修理,顯然有意採取波士頓許多物業的處理方式,新業主要求房客遷出,以便維修,然後就拒絕讓原有承租房客回去住。第一薩福克律師樓的代表卡拉漢(Timothy P. O' Callaghan)在該物業被買下來以後,就不斷恐嚇承租戶。上週四,卡拉漢拿了一把大錘,把其中一名不讓他進房屋的租戶家的睡房房門敲穿了。上週他還告訴租戶的律師,那些租戶沒有權利一定要住在華埠。



We continue to support the tenants of 101 and 103 Hudson Street for the RIGHT TO REMAIN and RETURN to their homes! Tenants are told to relocate on Wednesday. The landlord only offered to place tenants in a place and location that they are unfamiliar with. With language and cultural barriers, in an unfamiliar location, tenants will face difficulties in buying food and getting to work.
The governor and mayor declared a state of emergency. For the sake of safety, we are asking First Suffolk LLC to allow the tenants to stay in their homes until after the blizzard and to temporarily relocate tenants to a place in Chinatown! We found vacancies in the Milner Hotel in Chinatown at a comparable rate as the unfamiliar place, but the landlord refused to accept it as an option for this temporary relocation.
‪#‎WeShallNotBeMoved‬ ‪#‎RChinatown‬ ‪#‎RBoston‬ ‪#‎ChinatownGentrification‬

Emergency Relocation Protest: In face of epic blizzard, Chinatown tenants decry order to relocate by Wednesday

BOSTON, MA – Tenants at 103 Hudson Street, a brick rowhouse located in Chinatown were ordered to move out by Wednesday, are saying the order by their landlord and Boston Housing Court to move out by Wednesday to make structural repairs to the building is impossible with the impending historic snowstorm.  Tenants say they need more time, and if they are temporarily relocated, it needs to be in or near Chinatown.  Tenants also say they will fight to be able return to their homes once the repairs are made.

Because of their work schedules, they would lose their jobs and source of income if they had to move from Chinatown.  Today, tenants with more than 30 supporters held a speak-out in front of their home and held a banner that read, “We shall not be moved from Chinatown.”  Yannong Yu, tenant at 103 Hudson Street, said, “I work in Chinatown.  I buy my groceries in Chinatown.  Chinatown is my home.  Chinatown is my family.  If I have to move, I don’t know what I will do.  I am scared.”

Tenants at 103 Hudson Street have been organizing to stay in their homes for more than a year, when the longtime owners first told them to move. Conditions are bad--only one apartment had heat, and the water pipes freeze every winter, but the rent is what they could afford, at $700 to $900 a month.
On January 16, with the current landlords unable to make the necessary repairs, developers hiding behind real estate company First Suffolk LLC swooped in to buy the distressed property in a $480,000 cash sale.  As they have done with other properties across the city, the new owners said they would relocate tenants and refuse to allow their return after repairs.  Since acquiring the property, First Suffolk LLC representative Timothy P. O' Callaghan has continually intimidated the tenants and violated their rights.  This past Thursday, O’Callaghan took a sledgehammer to break open the bedroom door of a tenant who did not give him permission to enter.  He also told the tenants' attorney early last week, "They don't have a right to Chinatown!" referring to the tenants of the building. 

This past Friday, First Suffolk LLC also signed a purchase and sale to acquire the adjoining property at 101 Hudson Street.  Tenants their also fear that they will experience the same harassment and intimidation that their neighbors faced.  They have vowed to fight for the right to remain in their homes and in their neighborhood.  Community residents and supporters from the Chinese Progressive Association said they will stand with the tenants to help them remain in their homes.

“Chinese Americans over the past 150 years have worked hard to build Chinatown into a thriving community they can be proud of,” says Karen Chen, Organizing Director of the Chinese Progressive Association.  “Now that the community is a desirable place to live, developers like First Suffolk LLC are coming into the neighborhood looking to make a quick profit and pushing out working class families out of Chinatown.”

The issues at 101 and 103 Hudson Street point to larger issues at hand in Chinatown.  With the gentrification of the neighborhood and the influx of thousands of luxury housing units, the historic brick row houses that have been the homes for immigrant families for generations are being threatened by speculative developers and rising rents.  Once providing stable and inexpensive homes for immigrant working class families, these three and four-story row houses today are more likely crammed with two or three families sharing space to afford the rising rents.

Longtime Chinatown owners often cannot afford to maintain the properties and make the expensive repairs for these aging buildings.  Predatory developers are ready to scoop up distressed properties for cash, leading to displacement of Chinatown's most vulnerable families.  Meanwhile, community members have formed a Chinatown Community Land Trust that is trying to purchase and preserve row houses like these for affordable housing.