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星期二, 3月 31, 2015

Governor Baker Signs Executive Order Initiating Regulatory Reform Review

Governor Baker Signs Executive Order Initiating Regulatory Reform Review
Year-long Review to Reduce Burdensome Regulations to Increase Efficiency and Competitiveness

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order immediately initiating a comprehensive review process for all regulations enforced by the Executive Department and leaving in place the regulatory pause announced by the administration earlier this year.

“State government must speak with one voice in its commitment to providing exceptional customer service for citizens, municipalities, businesses, non-profit groups, healthcare providers and educational institutions,” said Governor Baker. “This will be an intensive process that ultimately makes Massachusetts a more efficient and competitive place to live and work, while driving economic growth. I encourage all other areas of state government to put in place a similar process.”

Executive Branch agencies will be charged with ensuring each regulation is clear and concise and that any newly proposed regulations are measured for their potential impact on businesses of all sizes or other entities, including municipalities and non-profits. Agencies will submit regulatory proposals and impact statements to their secretariat before review by the Secretary of Administration and Finance who will establish a process for encouraging public input, standards and schedules. The business and competitiveness impact statements will also be made available on the Commonwealth’s websiteThe Secretary of Administration and Finance may also provide for waivers or exceptions to regulations essential to public health, safety, environment or welfare.

“Making Massachusetts a better place for job creation and business development will require conducting a thorough review of our onerous regulatory environment,” said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of Administration and Finance. “I look forward to working with my fellow secretariats and all stakeholders to establish a careful and complete regulatory review process. We will ensure that all regulations administered by the Executive Department benefit the Commonwealth without undue burdens or costs and serve a legitimate purpose in making Massachusetts a safe, healthy, and effective place to do business.”

Only those regulations which are mandated by law or essential to the health, safety, environment, or welfare of the Commonwealth’s residents shall be retained or modified. In order to find that a regulation meets this standard, the government agency conducting the review must demonstrate that: there is a clearly identified need for governmental intervention that is best addressed by the agency and not another agency or governmental body; the costs of the regulation do not exceed the benefits; the regulation does not exceed federal requirements or duplicate local requirements; there are not any less intrusive or restrictive alternatives; the regulation does not unduly and adversely affect Massachusetts citizens and customers of the Commonwealth, or the competitive environment in Massachusetts; there is a formal process in place for measuring the effectiveness of the regulation; and, the regulation is time-limited or provides for regular review.

紐英崙至德三德公所慶羊年新春 五名主席有二新人

紐英崙至德三德公所三月廿八日晚在華埠帝苑大酒樓慶祝乙未羊年新春,不但安排精彩表演,送上紅包敬老,勵學,還準備了極之豐富的抽獎品,讓五百宗親,僑團朋友,人人歡天喜地。
至德三德公所是個包括吳、翁、蔡、周、曹等五個姓氏的宗親會,美國地區早於一百三十多年前就已成立,紐英崙地區一度沉寂,約十年前,才在翁宇才發起,吳振華,曹品慈,周麗桃,蔡良昌等人匡助下復會。
去年十月十四日,紐英崙至德三德還喬遷新址,在紐英崙中華公所大樓內租下了一個地方做會址。
三月廿八日晚是紐英崙至德三德跨入新年頭的開始,五名主席中,有二名新人,已是元老的黃周麗桃今年卸任主席,改由近年在大波士頓慈善活動中頻繁出現的大同房地產董事長周樹昂上任,蔡姓新主席是蔡羨相。其餘續任者包括已是元老的翁宇才,盛雄莊老闆曹品慈,以及獲有院士頭銜的內科醫師吳皓。
當晚的慶祝會由曹品慈,波士頓市消防局副局長黃瑞瑜分任中英文司儀,在黃氏青年醒獅團採青獻桔後,扯出“恭喜發財”,“會務興隆”的祝賀旗幟,再由五名主席,元老,幹部等人一同頒發獎學金,送上紅包給當晚在場的最年長者,九十五歲的黃蓮娣,八十五歲的黃國瀚,以示敬老,封利是給廣教學校,僑立學校,以示勵學。
到會嘉賓包括經文處處長賴銘琪,副處長陳銘俊,波士頓華僑文教中心主任郭大文,來自紐約的美國生活在線孫連生,來自加州的威達企業劉玲麗。
波士頓市議會議長林乃肯(Bill Linehan)當晚是以代市長的身份出席。他的幕僚長陳偉民,波士頓市長的幕僚長高丹尼也應邀出席。
波士頓市議員吳弭當晚既是嘉賓,也是宗親,還為表示與至德三德公所的親近,買了一整桌,把家人,議員辦公室員工全都邀來,在大宗親會中來場自己的小型新年聚會。
文娛節目部分,有吳皓高歌“兒行千里”,華客符音文化教育集團的朱佩珊,劉楊演奏揚琴,琵琶,秦梓覃表演南拳南刀,由伯克利音樂學院畢業生田貞等人組成的Sun Beatzz樂隊,演唱他們自己作詞,作曲的“信仰”,“慢慢變老”。吳皓的體操冠軍女兒吳雅琪表演韻律操,兩名專業舞者表演拉丁舞蹈,“星樂隊”主唱之一的趙寶玲獻唱“龍船調”,“明日活今天”,周儉唱“貴妃醉酒”,“咏梅”,胡凡唱“聽海”,“趁早”,蔡倩婷唱“田納西華爾茲”,曾是廣西桂林電視台歌手的曾艷琴和曾是北京郵政歌舞團女中音歌手的吳影,打入深圳全國歌唱大賽十強的廉艷等三人合唱“西班牙女郎”,“天竺少女”,“為我們的今天喝采”等歌。
紐英崙至德三德公所今年春宴的抽獎環節,因為宗親及贊助商的大方捐贈,琳琅滿目的讓出席者十分期待,計有盛雄莊蔘行捐的花旗蔘,高麗蔘,燕窩,威達企業捐的靈芝皇十盒,吳皓捐的血壓儀,Nu Skin SPA機,紫菱髮廊捐的美容用品,以及吳振華,翁宇才,周樹昂,周麗桃各捐三百元,周林海倫捐二百元,曹品慈夫人捐二百元等湊成的一千六百元現金獎等等。

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            紐英崙至德三德主席蔡羨相(後左二起),翁宇才,吳好,曹品慈,周樹昂,曹品慈夫人,以及公所幹部翁英宏,吳子瑞等人頒發獎學金後合影。(菊子攝)

            紐英崙至德三德主席蔡羨相(左起),周樹昂,吳皓,翁宇才,曹品慈,元老周麗桃等人接受祥獅獻瑞。(菊子攝)

            紐英崙中華公所主席阮鴻燦(右)和至德三德公所主席翁宇才(左)當年是東北大學同學,如今還是中華公所同仁。(菊子攝)

            右起,僑教中心主任郭大文,經文處副處長陳銘俊,中華公所主席阮鴻燦,波士頓市議會議長兼代市長林乃肯,市議長幕僚長陳偉民,至孝篤親公所主席陳文珊等人當晚坐在嘉賓席。(菊子攝)

            紐英崙至德三德公所元老周麗桃(右二)歡迎僑教中心主任郭大文(右起),波士頓市長幕僚長高丹尼及其女友,波市議員吳弭。(菊子攝)

            田貞當主唱,和她的柏克萊音樂學院同學組成Sun Beatzz樂隊表演。(菊子攝)


Charter to buy Bright House for $10.4B

Charter Communications announced it plans to purchase Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. The deal, which had been rumored in reports earlier this month, would combine the nation's sixth and fourth largest cable operators into a company that Charter said would be the second-largest cable operator in the United States.
Importantly, the agreement also signals a belief among Charter and Bright House executives that Comcast's $45 billion proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable will be approved by U.S. regulators. The merger between Comcast and TWC would create the nation's largest cable operator.
A combined Charter and Bright House would serve 26.4 million passings and 10.1 million owned and serviced video customers. In announcing the transaction, Charter said Bright House serves around 2 million video customers in central Florida including Orlando and the Tampa Bay area, as well as Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, and California. The addition of those customers would improve Charter's scale.

Pope Francis shceduls to visit White House on Sept. 23

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis

The President and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, September 23.  During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues, including caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity for all; serving as good stewards of the environment; protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom around the world; and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities.  The President  looks forward to continuing this conversation with the Holy Father during his first visit to the United States as Pope. 

星期一, 3月 30, 2015

摩頓市住宅局董事席位出缺

Malden Housing Authority Board Vacancy

Monday, March 30, 2015
Mayor Gary Christenson is reaching out to Malden residents in an effort to fill a vacancy on the Malden Housing Authority (MHA) Board of Commissioners due to a retirement. The Malden Housing Authority administers a variety of federal and state public and assisted housing programs designed to assist local low income residents, as well as the community's senior and disabled populations. The Board owns, operates and manages 1,400 units of public housing and provides additional housing assistance through 1,000 rental subsidies in privately-owned housing.
The Malden Housing Authority Board is a five (5) member Board with four Mayoral appointments subject to confirmation by the City Council and one appointment by the Governor. Members are appointed to five year terms and the Board typically meets twice a month (on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday) at 5:00 PM at 630 Salem Street.
Commissioners have the public duty to review, monitor and approve budgets and other financial documents to ensure expenditures are in compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, and to establish and update policies providing for the transparent governance of the MHA. Commissioners are required to attend workshops, training and seminars to keep up to date on current issues concerning public housing.
Please complete the online Boards and Commissions Application in full by clicking on the link below and attach your resume to assist Mayor Christenson and/or the City Council in making their selection. For a paper copy of the Boards and Commissions Application please contact Kathleen Manning Hall, Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 200 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148 by email at kmanninghall@cityofmalden.org or call 781-397-7000 Ext. 2004.
To access the online application, please log onto: www.cityofmalden.org/BCApplication.
The deadline for accepting Applications is Monday, April 13th at 4:00 PM.

Houghs Neck Community Council Awarded Second Grant from Mass Service Alliance Quincy to celebrate National Volunteer Week

Houghs Neck Community Council Awarded Second Grant from Mass Service Alliance
Quincy to celebrate National Volunteer Week

QUINCY – The Houghs Neck Community Council has been awarded their second grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance for 2015 to assist in collaborations to bring more volunteerism to the City of Quincy! To celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 13 - April 18, Houghs Neck Community Council and the City of Quincy Department of Planning and Community Development will host five volunteer recruitment events. Pizza party open houses will be held at Houghs Neck Community Center, Ward 4 Neighborhood Center, and North Quincy Community Center from 5:30 – 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 14, Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16 respectively. Additionally the Quincy Public Schools has partnered as well to offer Community Service Fairs at Quincy High School and North Quincy High School for the students during their lunch period on Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16, respectively.

These events will give individuals in the community the chance to meet their community leaders, find out what service opportunities are being offered in their area, and a sign up for a “Cleaner Greener Quincy” neighborhood project. Norfolk County RSVP Volunteer Program will be at the open houses to talk about volunteer opportunities for those who are 55+. Opportunities include rides for veterans, a veterans’ book club and many more.

For more information about the neighborhood recruitment nights, and to register, go to:  http://volunteerhoughsneck.eventbrite.com ; http://volunteerward4.eventbrite.com; and http://volunteernorthquincy.eventbrite.com.


Nonprofits wishing to join the service fairs may contact Melissa H. Pond at 617-376-1053 or mhorr@quincyma.gov.

星期日, 3月 29, 2015

APIAVote Summer Internships

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March 26, 2015
 

APIAVote Summer Internships

The APIAVote Internship Program strives to encourage and cultivate young AAPI student leaders to explore a career in the public sector or the political arena. This internship program will also provide hands on experience and training on how to organize and implement voter activities to increase the participation of AAPIs in the electoral process. For the Summer of 2015, we are offering paid and unpaid internships.

The internship program is tailored per organizational needs and intern skills. Interns may work on any of the following areas: Communications/Technology (new media and traditional), Graphic Design, Field (working with APIAVote partners to mobilize for elections), Research and Policy (research and advocate for policy recommendations), Training (Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Training Institute), or Youth (engaging and organizing our youth coalitions).

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2015
CLICK HERE to read more about the requirements, qualifications and application process
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APIAVote 2015 Retreat

APIAVote Retreat Group Photo

Early March, local partner organizations from over 20 states joined us in convening in San Francisco to prepare for the 2015 local elections and onto 2016. It was a great success, and after a weekend of strategizing, we and our local partners are ready to mobilize the Asian American and Pacific Islander voters for the upcoming local elections!

Special thanks to Crowell and Moring LLP for hosting the first day of our retreat and to Google for providing training onGoogle Nonprofit Applications.

View more photos from our retreat on by clicking HERE.

星期六, 3月 28, 2015

波士頓僑教中心籌辦系列活動慶祝抗日勝利七十週年

波士頓華僑文教服務中心舉辦「美國波士頓地區全僑紀念中華民國抗戰勝利七十週年活動籌備委員會」新聞稿
波士頓華僑文教中心發佈時間:
2015/03/28
2015 年為中華民國對日抗戰勝利70 週年,為宣揚抗戰歷史與精神,喚醒及重現歷史真相,同時掌握中華民國領導對日抗戰的歷史詮釋權知正當性,此間僑學各界成立「美國波士頓地區全僑紀念中華民國抗戰勝利七十週年活動籌備委員會」策辦紀念中華民國抗戰勝利七十週年系列活動328日在波士頓華僑文教服務中心舉辦成立大會,對外說明系列活動籌備成立大會。當天活動籌備委員會主席波士頓華僑文教中心主任郭大文、召集人波士頓榮光聯誼會石理事長家孝、主任委員紐英崙中華公所阮主席鴻燦、紐英崙中華總會陳毓禮、陳僑務諮詢委員家驊、楊僑務諮詢委員克敬、梅僑務委員錫銳、馬僑務委員滌凡、僑務諮詢委員蔣宗壬、中國國民黨波士頓分部張韻蘭、波士頓榮光聯誼會石家孝、紐英崙中華專業人員協會周萬欽、及各僑務榮譽職人員與波士頓地區傳統僑社、潮州同鄉會團體及新僑社團僑領近30人參加。
籌備會召集人石家孝僑務促進委員表示,紀念系列活動主要讓歷史真相得到瞭解彰顯,並緬懷過去全體軍民爭取自由民主的貢獻、歷史傳承給下一代及感謝所有僑胞踴躍參與活動。
2015年活動計畫:65日紀念七七抗戰紀念大會抗戰電影欣賞96日至13日紀念抗戰勝利70週年圖片展討論會1111日波士頓退伍軍人節紀念抗戰大遊行

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR WALSH ON OFFICER MOYNIHAN

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR WALSH ON OFFICER MOYNIHAN

BOSTON - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today released the following statement:

"My thoughts and prayers continue to be with Officer John Moynihan, his family, friends, the innocent person caught in the crossfire, and the entire community impacted by Friday night's violence. I have spoken with Officer Moynihan's family and Commissioner Evans and I am hopeful that under the experienced and talented team at Boston Medical Center the Officer will continue on a strong path to recovery. It is clear that Officer Moynihan is a hero for our city, and the entire nation, and today we are thankful for all of those who put their lives on the line every day to protect us."

紐英崙客家鄉親大規模慶祝天穿日 支持僑教中心留在牛頓市

紐英崙客家鄉親會日前舉辦第四屆“天穿日”,首度把活動場地搬到僑教中心旁的海德社區中心體育館,破例吸引了不下一百五十名鄉親,朋友出席,大陣仗慶祝客家新年。
            紐約客家鄉親會當天派出十二人代表團到賀。會長黃開榮不但親自擊鼓,為兒子黃文杰與好友演出的瑞獅獻桔助陣,還和紐英崙客家鄉親會會長陳裕逢,波士頓台灣同鄉聯誼會會長林展輝,經文處副處長陳銘俊,以及曾正泉等人大合唱“客家本色”,再個別獻唱“細妹按靚”,彰顯客家人的大方,好客,互助精神。
            黃開榮還在致詞時表示,客家鄉親百分之百支持民國政府,今年八月七日至九日,全球客家鄉親懇親會將在紐約舉行,他帶了報名簡章來,希望紐英崙客家鄉親踴躍出席支持。
            紐英崙客家鄉親會會長陳裕逢則在會中笑說,秉持客家人的傳統,該會成立以來,一直是“人人有事做,事事有人做”,鄉親們全都熱心非常,讓人感恩。在笑言台灣俗諺的“有錢沒錢,討個老婆好過年”時,他也特地感謝妻子余媚鳳操持奔波,全力協助。
            駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長賴銘琪,波士頓華僑文教中心主任郭大文應邀致詞時,也紛紛稱讚客家人的勤奮,樂於助人。
            賴銘琪更在感謝客家鄉親支持經文處的各項活動之餘,透露他母親也是客家人。客家人的勤儉持家,愛護親人美德,他早有親身體會。
            紐英崙客家鄉親會當天不但有曾政明,曾建斗,曾泰明等人和姊姊,姐夫,曾秀梅,許炳煌親手配製客家擂茶,麻糬奉客,擺出擂茶工具與材料,展示客家文化,還安排了余鳳子,曾秀梅,黃淑英,劉秀春,劉悅慧,鄭玉春,鄭雪卿等人換了三套衣服,表演余嘯渝教的客家舞蹈,“茶山情歌”,“十七十八田莊女”,“水汪汪”等。
            紐英崙客家鄉親會副會長周一男拿出教授本色,闡釋了“天穿日”由來,指出客家人敬畏天地水,感恩女媧補天,在天穿日這天放下工作,祭拜感恩,並沿為傳統。行政院也在2011年時,正式頒佈客家委員會組織法,訂定正月廿日為客家日。今年的客家日,原本落在三月十日,但大波士頓風雪太多,才改期舉行。
            當天,波士頓華僑文教中心主任郭大文利用機會做現場調查。他說明僑教中心在牛頓市的辦公室租約即將到期,正討論續約,若僑胞希望僑教中心另遷他地,可匯報回僑委會研議。即場調查結果,大多數人支持留在原地。

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            紐英崙客家鄉親會會長陳裕逢,余媚鳳夫婦(後右三,二),以及波士頓台灣同鄉聯誼會會長林展輝(後右一)和經文處處長賴銘琪,雲雯蓁夫婦(後左六,七),以及紐約客家鄉親會會長黃開榮,羅玉昇夫婦(後左二,一)等人在散會前互道珍重。(菊子攝)
            紐英崙客家鄉親會會長陳裕逢(左起),以及曾正泉,陳銘俊,紐約客家鄉親會會長黃開榮(右一起),林展輝等人合唱客家本色。(菊子攝)
            曾政明(右)奉上客家擂茶給經文處處長賴銘琪(左)。(菊子攝)

            紐約客家相親會表演的舞獅。(菊子攝)

            謝如鍵(左起)幫忙黃開榮,黃文杰等人安排道具。(菊子攝)

            紐英崙客家鄉親會的美女們表演客家舞蹈。

            紐英崙客家鄉親會的美女們一身紅衣裳,喜氣洋洋。

獎時,紐英崙客家親會副會長夫人,今年接掌大波士頓中華文化協會
會長的周映秋(右)也抽中大獎,高興地從陳裕逢(中),鄭玉春(左)
手中領獎品。(菊子攝
            余媚鳳(左)等人在會場負責登記。

            陳奕銘(右起),陳玫菁等人當義工,分菜。

            客家擂茶材料。