星期五, 1月 19, 2018

Department of Public Utilities Opens Investigation into National Grid’s Preparation and Response to October Storm

Department of Public Utilities Opens Investigation into National Grid’s Preparation and Response to October Storm

BOSTON – January 19, 2018 – The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) today opened a formal investigation into National Grid’s storm preparation and power restoration efforts following the October 29, 2017 windstorm. As part of the investigation, the DPU will examine how National Grid responded to the October 29, 2017 storm, focusing on their preparations before the storm, restoration efforts after the storm, and communications with affected communities. The DPU will also review whether National Grid complied with DPU guidelines and regulations and the company’s own Emergency Response Plan. Based on its findings, the DPU could levy financial penalties and order changes to National Grid’s restoration procedures going forward.  

“Electric ratepayers across the Commonwealth should expect the timely restoration of service following extreme weather events,” said DPU Chairwoman Angela M. O’Connor. “The Department of Public Utilities’ investigation will be fair and thorough, focused on assessing whether the storm response was consistent with existing protocols and determining whether there can be improvements to increase reliability for ratepayers.

Following the October 29, 2017 storm, the DPU directed Eversource Energy and National Grid to file Final Event Reports detailing their preparation and restoration efforts. Following the review of those reports, the DPU believes further investigation into the restoration performance of National Grid is warranted.    

As part of this investigation, the DPU will conduct two public hearings to hear from residents, businesses, and local officials in the hardest-hit areas affected by the October storm. The hearings will be held at North Andover Middle School in North Andover on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00pm, and at McCarthy Middle School in Chelmsford on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00pm.

星期四, 1月 18, 2018


Discounted Hubway bike share now available for SNAP participants
BOSTON - Thursday, January 18, 2018 -  The Metro-Boston public bike share system, Hubway, is now available at a significant discount to low-income families and individuals. "SNAP Card to Ride" was launched by the Cities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, the Town of Brookline, the Department of Transitional Assistance, and bikeshare operator Motivate.

"SNAP Card to Ride" provides $5 monthly memberships and $50 annual memberships to individuals over the age of 16 with their household EBT card. The membership includes unlimited 60-minute trips, rather than the current 30-minute trips, without additional usage fees.

The program is part of an ongoing commitment to improve bike share access among traditionally underserved populations. Residents who do not receive SNAP benefits, but participate in other public assistance programs, will be able to access the discounted membership program in the near future.

Convenient, easy online registration is available for EBT card holders at thehubway.com/SNAP/. After completing registration, members will have access to more than 1,800 bikes at 194 stations across the four municipalities. Members with smartphone access can use the Hubway mobile app to locate and unlock bikes. 

"During the Go Boston 2030 planning process, Boston residents shared their desire for a more reliable, equitable and accessible transportation system, which includes our increasingly popular bike share system," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "The City of Boston is pleased to be part of the SNAP Card to Ride partnership, and we look forward increasing the number of stations and bikes in Boston over the next 18 months." 

"Hubway has evolved to become an invaluable tool for facilitating active transportation for people that live and work in the greater Boston region," said Chair of the Brookline Select Board, Neil Wishinsky. "We are excited that the SNAP Card to Ride program will make bike share more accessible so everyone has the opportunity to utilize this great resource."

"Cambridge residents, commuters, and visitors benefit from the Hubway system, and this program is an essential way to ensure that every member of our community has access to this great transportation resource," said Louis A. DePasquale, Cambridge City Manager. "We look forward to continuing to work with our municipal partners in promoting cost-effective, sustainable transportation throughout the Metro Boston region."

"Hubway's new low-income membership is a key element of Somerville's affordability strategy," said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. "Riding a bicycle can be one of the most cost effective ways to get around an urban environment like Somerville, and I'm proud that in 2018 we will see nine new Hubway stations and two miles of protected, low-stress bike lanes to give more residents a better opportunity to travel throughout Somerville - and beyond - by bike."

"Hubway shows that bike share is fulfilling its promise as a vital part of the Boston area's transportation network -- increasing access to the region's existing transit network as well as communities underserved by public transit," said Jay H. Walder, CEO & President of Motivate, operators of Hubway. "We are eager to continue to help grow a system that has truly served as an inspiration for a whole generation of bike share programs across the nation."

The four municipalities that own Hubway aim to provide further access to the discounted membership program. Building on the long-running reduced-cost membership provided by the City of Boston to its low-income residents, the expanded program will be open to residents of any municipality. In addition, the City of Boston will provide a subsidized program to guests and clients of shelters and transitional homes within the city. Further details about eligibility and income requirements will be announced in spring 2018. 

Winter riding is available in all four municipalities for the first time this year, following several years of winter operations in the City of Cambridge. Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville announced major expansion of the publicly-owned system. Collectively, they will add over 100 new stations in 2018 and 2019, providing over 300 stations and approximately 3000 bicycles for public use.


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Save Janet---一位孩童健康成長的守護者


如果您為人父母,一定體會過醫院休診時,孩子突然出狀況那種惶惶無助的焦慮?或者經歷懷抱幼兒,在急診室裡漫長無邊的等待吧?有一位醫師,甜美的笑容,貼心的關懷,加上豐富的專業技能,常在這樣的時刻,撫慰著病家的煎熬。她就是Dr. Janet Hsu-Lin,相信有不少小寶貝是她的病人,她也是個臺灣媳婦!

來自天津,畢業於Tufts醫學院,懷抱著對孩子的愛心,林醫師選擇站在救治兒童的第一線。 二十多年來,從Boston兒童醫院到Newton-Wellesley,她在急診室伴隨小病患們度過了數不清的黑夜黎明。有感於急診室制度的不便,一年半前她在Newton一手打造了專門診治兒童的緊急照護醫院KidsWell,期望更進一步發展社區醫療,造福鄉親。可是,當她正一步一步實踐理想時,她病了。


令人扼腕的是, 或許文化因素導致了東方人的骨髓資料庫不夠完備,亞裔病人能從其中完成配型的比率是所有族裔中最低的。這是一場生命與時間的賽跑,站在關鍵時刻點,您可以伸出援手,成為其中之一嗎?

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Boston students are encouraged to submit ideas to improve their neighborhoods  
BOSTON - Thursday, January 18, 2018 - For the fifth year in a row, youth ages 12-25 in Boston have the opportunity to submit ideas for how the City of Boston spends $1 million dollars of its Capital Budget through the "Youth Lead the Change" participatory budgeting process. Youth Lead the Change, the first participatory budgeting process in North America by and for young people, is currently collecting ideas from young Bostonians until Wednesday, February 14th.

"Thanks to the hard work and innovative ideas of Boston's young people, we have been able to complete unique, community-enhancing projects across the city," said Mayor Walsh. "By involving young people in the budget process, we are empowering our future leaders and supporting what really matters to them."  

Over the past four years, thousands of young people have nominated projects for funding. Past projects selected for funding have included expanding Wicked Free WiFi, installing water bottle refilling stations at parks, placing newer trash cans and recycling bins in select neighborhoods, Boston Public Schools renovation projects, new security cameras in Dorchester's Dr. Loesch Family Park, and many more city-wide capital projects.

"Youth Lead the Change gives Boston youth the opportunity to play a role in their government," said Vikiana Petit-Homme, age 16, Youth Director for Youth Lead the Change. "We are given the unique opportunity to change our surroundings and improve the quality of life of young people across Boston. Every year amazing capital projects are made possible in Boston thanks to YLC."

Youth Lead the Change is managed by Boston Centers for Youth & Families' Division of Youth Engagement & Employment, and the Mayor's Youth Council oversees the process in partnership with youth organizations across Boston. The Mayor's Youth Council is a group of 85 high school-aged youth committed to improving their communities and empowering other young people in Boston.

Young Bostonians between the ages of 12-25 who would like to participate in the idea collection phase can submit their ideas at boston.gov/youth-lead-change. Ideas should be simple, bold, innovative, realistic and sustainable ways to improve access and opportunity for young people. Following the voting phase, volunteers will turn the ideas into projects in early spring, and then will set up voting locations for young people to select the final projects.

About Boston Centers for Youth and Families
Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) is the City of Boston's largest youth and human service agency. BCYF operates 36 community centers in Boston that offer a variety of engaging and enriching programs for people of all ages created through community input and need. BCYF also oversees many citywide programs including the nationally-recognized violence intervention and prevention Streetworker Program and SuccessLink, the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program.

U.S. Department of Education Awards $3.9M to Expand BoSTEM, a Citywide Initiative to Increase STEM Programming

U.S. Department of Education Awards $3.9M to Expand BoSTEM, a Citywide Initiative to Increase STEM Programming
Aims to Close Opportunity Gaps and Prepare Students for Science, Technology Workforce
BOSTON — Thursday, January 18, 2018 — Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang today joined leaders of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Boston After School & Beyond and community-based organizations to announce a significant expansion of BoSTEM, a city-wide initiative aimed at increasing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) after-school programming for up to 10,000 students in grades 6-8 who are typically underrepresented in STEM learning and careers.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley was awarded a five-year, $3.9 million grant from the U. S. Department of Education’s Education, Innovation and Research program to fuel the expansion of BoSTEM in the Boston Public Schools. Launched in 2015, BoSTEM is a proven collaboration between schools and community partners dedicated to engaging all grade 6-8 BPS students in STEM learning opportunities to help ensure they succeed in 21st century careers.

"In Boston Public Schools, we're preparing our students for the careers of the future. Some of the jobs our young people will have in five or 10 years haven't even been invented yet, but we can make sure students have the tools and resources they need to succeed," said Mayor Walsh. "Programs like these are so important to ensuring BPS provides a 21st century education for all, and I thank our partners for making this possible."
The five-year, $3.9 million grant aims to increase student interest in STEM and STEM-related careers, as well as refine, scale and evaluate BoSTEM as a best practice for quality STEM education and college/career readiness. The goals of BoSTEM include reaching 10,000 grade 6-8 students over the next five years; increasing STEM interest and achievement; improving social and emotional competency and well-being; aligning curriculum and instruction across school and out-of-school time; and providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities with STEM industry professionals.

“BoSTEM’s hands-on approach keeps students engaged in the skills that will build relevance to today’s innovation economy and the increasingly technological world around them,” Superintendent Chang said. “As the Boston Public Schools works to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps, BoSTEM ensures that students from all backgrounds are getting important hands-on learning in STEM.”

BPS will track student performance and work closely with BoSTEM partners to align in-school and after-school programming.

Students in BoSTEM will learn from a curriculum that is aligned with lessons both during and after school. This includes an online STEM curriculum, titled “Defined STEM,” which all schools serving grades 6-8 and BoSTEM programs will have access to over the next five years.

Research shows when students view math or science favorably, their academic achievement in those subjects is higher, which further encourages them to pursue potential STEM careers. Yet the number of Boston eighth graders who report their favorite subject is math or science is one-half the rate reported by fourth graders. For many students, eighth grade is also the year when they begin to make course selections for high school that will chart their future career path.
“This significant investment from the U.S. Department of Education will help advance our goal of ensuring all students graduate high school ready for college and career,” said Michael K. Durkin, President and Chief Executive Officer at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. “Not all students have equal access to the hands-on learning that gives students the chance to apply math and science skills in exciting, real world contexts. BoSTEM brings together educators, industry and corporate partners, volunteers, government, and community-based organizations to prepare all of today’s middle school students in Boston for the workforce opportunities of tomorrow.”

United Way will contribute $1 million over five years and has raised additional funds in partnership with IBM, Linde Family Foundation, JetBlue, and the Mass Biotech Council.

“BoSTEM is a wonderful example of how collaboration with the many businesses and community organizations in Boston can benefit our students,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael Loconto. “It’s important now more than ever that students are learning real-world skills in order to build successful careers in today’s ever-changing world.”
Students currently participating in BoSTEM are overwhelmingly qualified as high-need students or economically disadvantaged. In addition, 92% of the participating students are African American or Latino, who are under-represented in STEM education and careers.

According to Change the Equation, a national organization dedicated to strengthening STEM education, the percentage of minorities in STEM careers remains virtually unchanged since 2001. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, African Americans and Latinos make up 48% of the overall U.S. workforce, yet they fill only 24% of STEM jobs. The Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress predicts that within the next decade, our nation will need one million more STEM professionals than it can produce.
"Young people spend 80 percent of their waking hours outside of school, and this grant recognizes the importance of after-school programs in preparing students for future success," said Chris Smith, Executive Director of Boston After School & Beyond. "By connecting the classroom to the community, BoSTEM will expose thousands of Boston middle schoolers to new experiences, relationships, and future career paths."

Boston After School & Beyond will receive $1 million over five years to manage the program sites and coordinate professional learning for teachers and program staff.
BoSTEM program sites will receive $1.4 million over five years for grade 6-8 STEM programming, and the number of sites will expand from eight to 12 over the course of this grant. Current BoSTEM program providers include: Breakthrough Greater Boston, Citizen Schools, CitySprouts, Community Boat Building, Latino STEM Alliance, Massachusetts General Hospital, Sociedad Latina, and Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center.

"These additional funds will allow community-based organizations like Sociedad Latina to better prepare students who remain underrepresented in the STEM field,” said Alexandra Oliver-Davila, Boston School Committee member and Executive Director of Sociedad Latina. “Through this partnership we will be able to provide these hands-on learning experiences that not only pique the interests of English Language Learners and Latino students, but also provide them with STEM opportunities that make them feel empowered and see themselves as agents of change in their communities.”

As part of the national grant, BoSTEM will undergo an independent evaluation over the next five years to ensure the effectiveness of a research-based model that can be scaled beyond Boston. The evaluation will measure interest and aspiration in STEM and STEM careers, growth and improvement in social and emotional learning (SEL), and academic proficiency and achievement in STEM.

1,710 students participated in BoSTEM across 27 program sites during the 2016-2017 school year and summer 2017. Program evaluations show 77% of all students reported positive gains in “STEM Interest overall” and 80% of students reported positive growth across the social and emotional skills of critical thinking, perseverance, and relationships with peers and adults. 

Boston Mayor issues Statement to wave at Amazon


BOSTON - Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today released the following statement:
"I am proud that Boston is on Amazon's shortlist for its second North American headquarters. As a thriving city with a talented and diverse workforce, culture of innovation and opportunity for all, I see no better city than Boston for Amazon to call their second home."

Statement from Robert A. DeLeo

“I’m proud and excited that Boston has made Amazon’s short list for its HQ2. With a highly educated, technology-friendly workforce, Boston is the perfect place for Amazon to put down roots. The Legislature has focused on providing a stable and predictable environment for business, and we have backed programs like the Intern Partnership, MassCAN and STEM Starter Academy to prepare the innovators of tomorrow. I was honored to collaborate with the Mayor on our bid and look forward to working with Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh and my colleagues in the Legislature as we strive towards bringing the company here.”
Amazon Announces Candidates for HQ2

Amazon expects to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and invest over $5 billion in the city where it opens HQ2, a full equal to its Seattle HQ
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 18, 2018-- (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexicoto host HQ2, the company’s second headquarters in North America. Today, Amazon announced it has chosen the following 20 metropolitan areas to move to the next phase of the process (in alphabetical order):
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Indianapolis, IN
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
Montgomery County, MD
Nashville, TN
Newark, NJ
New York City, NY
Northern Virginia, VA
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Raleigh, NC
Toronto, ON
Washington D.C.
“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”
Amazon evaluated each of the proposals based on the criteria outlined in the RFP to create the list of 20 HQ2 candidates that will continue in the selection process. In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community. Amazon expects to make a decision in 2018.
Amazon HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office. The company plans to invest over $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.
With more than 540,000 employees worldwide, Amazon ranks #1 on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, #2 in Fortune’s World Most Admired Companies, #1 on The Harris Poll’s Corporate Reputation survey, and #2 on LinkedIn’s U.S. most desirable companies list. Amazonwas also recently included in the Military Times’ Best for Vets list of companies committed to providing opportunities for military veterans. Over the past five years, Amazon has invested more than $100 billion in the U.S., including corporate offices, development and research centers, fulfillment infrastructure, and compensation to its teams.
To learn more about Amazon’s current Seattle headquarters and the latest about HQ2 visit www.amazon.com/amazonHQ2.



BOSTON – Today, Treasurer Goldberg issued a progress report on the first two years of her Office of Economic Empowerment's financial education initiatives.  

These initiatives resulted from the Treasurer's 2015 Financial Literacy Task Force, whose report issued an action plan to enable all Massachusetts residents to gain access to the financial skills they need at each stage of life.

“Building robust financial literacy programs is a critical step toward strengthening economic security for everyone in Massachusetts,” said Treasurer Goldberg. “We will continue to innovate and expand our outreach through digital delivery and partnerships throughout the state. When we invest in people, we empower people to invest in themselves.”

“Initiatives and programs generated by the Treasurer’s Financial Literacy Task Force target students of all ages, veterans, women, and seniors. A broad array of the Commonwealth’s citizens have benefitted from the Treasurer’s inclusive and innovative approach to economic security,” said Barbara Anthony, Former Chair of Financial Literacy Task Force. 

In just two years, Treasurer Goldberg’s Office of Economic Empowerment has initiated 19 of the 22 policy recommendations provided by the Task Force, including:

  • Reaching more than 1,000 Worcester kindergarten students and families through the SeedMA college savings pilot program;
  • Establishing SoarMA, a two-year children’s savings account pilot designed to help low-income 7th graders and their families save for higher education and develop college-bound identities;
  • Providing salary negotiation and money management training to five communities and 184 women through the Women’s Economic Empowerment Series;
  • Serving 900 members of the Military, Veteran, Family and Survivor Community through Operation Money Wise financial education grants;
  • Awarding more than $140,000 through the Financial Education Innovation Fund to establish or expand financial education fairs at 52 high schools, serving over 10,000 students; and
  • Creating EqualPayMA.com and MyFinancialLifeMA.org, robust digital platforms with tools to close the wage gap and provide resources for the financial challenges of every resident.

You can find a more detailed review of the Progress Report and recommendations HERE.

On day one, Treasurer Goldberg created the Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE), led by a deputy treasurer, with the deliberate goal of implementing a range of economic empowerment initiatives that include closing the gender wage gap, increasing access to financial education, improving college affordability, and investing in STEM careers and education.

For more information about OEE, visit http://www.mass.gov/treasury/empowerment or follow @EmpowermentMA on Twitter.

Cranston City Directors Participate in Ethics Training

Cranston City Directors Participate in Ethics Training

CRANSTON, RI—The leaders of every city department attended a training session with a Rhode Island Ethics Commission official on Tuesday as part of the city’s ongoing professional development efforts for employees, Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung announced today.

The session, led by Education Coordinator Jason Gramitt of the Ethics Commission, was a refresher course on state ethics laws that apply to municipal employees as well as an overview of what constitutes a conflict of interest and the factors that can create the appearance of a conflict.

Gramitt provided a detailed overview of the key ethics rules city employees need to know, such as the limit on receiving gifts, restrictions on using city jobs to enrich business associates or family members and when to recuse from decision making because of personal conflicts.

Additionally, Gramitt outlined the Ethics Commission’s role in providing helpful advice and the means for an employee to seek an advisory opinion when the question of whether a conflict exists cannot be immediately determined.

The training session, which was held during the city’s weekly administration staff meeting at City Hall, was organized by the city’s Personnel Director, Daniel O. Parrillo, who has been modernizing and enhancing the city’s human resources functions since he was hired last year. This is one of several ethics training sessions to be held under a Fung administration and Cranston is one of only a small handful of Rhode Island communities to request training from the Ethics Commission.

“The best lesson learned is knowing there is an agency within the state that anyone can utilize when they have a question of a potential conflict or the appearance of a conflict. It is a resource that is underutilized in municipal government,” Director Parrillo said.

“Cranston residents expect and deserve ethical government and this training session is an important exercise in ensuring every city worker is on the same page,” commented Mayor Fung. “I’m proud that Cranston is already an ethically-run city but it’s always helpful to review the rules and have a frank discussion about what’s right and what’s wrong, no matter how severe or trivial. I thank Education Coordinator Grammit for taking the time to share his expertise as well as our city employees who attended this session and take the issue of ethics seriously.”