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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

紐英崙中華專業人員協會10/26年會談創新與創意

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MIT Lemelson 50萬元獎金頒給Cody Friesen 兩項水電發明

Cody Friesen和他發明的水電板。(Eurek, Zero Mass Water)
(Boston Orange編譯) 麻省理工學院勒姆森項目(Lemelson-MIT Program)週三宣佈,本年度的50萬元獎金,將頒給亞利桑那州立大學副教授Cody Friesen,獎勵他研發出可重新充電,持續性長的電池,以及可從空氣中抽取飲用水的太陽能板。
Cody Friesen的兩項發明,一項是可重新充電電池,可以在緊急時為電網提供電力,而且曾經在大約一百萬次的長時間停電中使用,同時抵銷了數以千噸計的二氧化碳排放。
第二項發明,名叫來源(SOURCE)”能夠從空氣中吸收水分子來產生飲用水的水電板(Hydropanels),也獲得表揚。這一設備能夠在溼度只有5%的乾燥情況下收集水份。
           勒姆森基金行政主任Carol Dahl在一份聲明中表示,Cody Friesen的發明,真正的改善了生活,把環境因素都考慮進去了,而且成了每年在世界各地影響數以百萬計人們的公司的基礎。
                  目前是亞利桑那州立大學的材料科學副教授的 Cody Friesen,2004年從MIT取得材料工程科學博士學位。他用自己的發明,開了兩間公司,射流能源(Fluidic Energy)零眾水(Zero Mass Water)”
Cody Friesen在一份聲明中表示,作為發明家,我們有責任確保我們的科技為所有人類服務,不僅僅是菁英而已。他說,在一天結束時,我們的工作是關於影響,這一認可將在我們佈署來源水電板,以改變全球人類與水的關係時,推動我們向前進"

他還表示,將把獎金捐給"保護國際(Conservation International)"的一項計畫,以透過"來源水電板",為哥倫比亞的Bahia Hondita社區提供乾淨的飲用水。

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $14.9 Million in Green Communities Grants

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $14.9 Million in Green Communities Grants
91 Communities Receive Funding for Clean Energy Projects

SOUTHBOROUGH – The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded Green Communities competitive grants totaling $14,948,478 to 91 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. The grants are funded through proceeds from Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard. With today’s announcement, DOER has awarded over $118 million to 240 Green Communities in Designation Grants and Competitive Grants since 2010.

“Today’s grant announcement is the largest award in the Green Communities program history and represents our Administration’s commitment to supporting clean energy efforts for cities and towns across Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The projects funded by these grants will allow cities and towns across the Commonwealth to reinvest their energy savings in vital public services like schools, public safety, and local infrastructure.”

“As Massachusetts works to meet ambitious energy and emission reduction goals, the Green Communities program gives municipal partners the resources they need to continue building upon the substantial energy progress each city and town has already made,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to the continued success in energy innovation these grants will ensure across the Commonwealth.”

Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding. The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities’ clean energy goals.  Two-hundred forty Massachusetts cities and towns have currently earned the Green Communities designation. This eighth annual round of DOER Green Communities competitive grants is awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality.

“The Green Communities program works with cities and towns from the Berkshires to Cape to fund projects that put Massachusetts on the forefront of clean energy innovation,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to providing municipalities with the tools needed to find clean energy solutions that reduce long-term energy costs and strengthen local economies.”

“The efforts of the 90 communities receiving nearly $15 million today are important as we work to meet the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals set forth under the Global Warming Solutions Act,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “These grants represent another milestone for both the communities and the Commonwealth as we continue to work collaboratively to build a clean, resilient, and affordable energy future.”

The grants fund a range projects from ventilation system upgrades and high efficiency lighting to installation of insulation and energy management systems at municipal buildings and facilities. Also included are projects to install LED streetlights, oil-to-heat pump heating system conversions, electric vehicles, and electric vehicles charging stations.

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $24 Million in Funding to Dredge New Bedford Inner Harbor

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $24 Million in Funding to Dredge New Bedford Inner Harbor
Removal of contaminated sediment will unlock new growth and investment opportunities, improve sustainability

NEW BEDFORD – Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy and Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael Heffernan joined Mayor Jon Mitchell and other state and local officials at the New Bedford Whaling Museum to announce the administration’s commitment of $24 million in funding to dredge New Bedford-Fairhaven Harbor. 

This funding commitment will enable the dredging of approximately 430,000 cubic yards of sediment from the harbor, deepening berths and access channels at more than 40 commercial marinas and waterfront properties. The grant also funds the fifth and final phase of the Commonwealth’s efforts to enhance cleanup of the harbor, one of the EPA’s largest Superfund sites. The City of New Bedford will construct a confined aquatic disposal cell to sequester any dredged contaminated sediment, resulting in more than one million cubic yards of contamination removed by the Commonwealth over the last 18 years. 

“Supporting the vitality of maritime industry is critical to the strength of both coastal communities and the entire Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We will continue to fund initiatives such as the Massachusetts Dredging Program that help communities maximize their coastal resources, and look forward to the positive impact this funding will have on New Bedford and the region.”
    
“As Chair of the Seaport Economic Council, I have seen firsthand the transformative impact that dredging can have on maritime industry and the coastal communities that depend on it,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are pleased that successful collaboration between the municipality, our Administration, and the federal government yielded this $24 million commitment that will unlock thousands of jobs and spur millions of dollars in economic activity.”
    
Home to the most valuable fishing port in the United States, New Bedford-Fairhaven Harbor processes more than 1 million pounds of seafood each day and is a major engine for economic activity in Massachusetts. Last year, the port generated more than $11 billion in economic value while providing more than 14,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs.

The additional dredging made possible by today’s funding announcement will increase capacity and remove contaminated sediment, clearing the way for investments in the expansion and upgrading of critical port infrastructure. The funding is expected to lead to the creation of approximately 700 new jobs in and around New Bedford, while generating $232 million more in business revenue.
   
The $24 million in funds leverages more than $4 million in private monies from commercial property owners, along with a $15 million Federal BUILD Grant to construct 800 feet of additional bulkhead at New Bedford’s North Terminal. Reusing about 100,000 cubic yards of the dredged sediment as clean fill for construction, the new bulkhead will increase dockage capacity, expand direct access to the port’s offloading and seafood processing facilities, and provide additional capacity for offshore wind opportunities.
    
In March, the Baker-Polito Administration announced its first standalone grant program offering up to $4 million in focused funding for saltwater dredging on a competitive, annual basis. Dredging assistance is essential to assist coastal communities in the maintenance and improvement of their navigational waterways and support the long-term growth and sustainability of the state’s maritime economy.

“Our administration recognizes both the importance and expense of large-scale infrastructure projects like dredging to communities across the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy. “We will continue to leverage tools like the MassWorks and Massachusetts Dredging Programs to address local priorities and catalyze growth.”
    
“With this commitment of capital funds we are proud to continue partnering with New Bedford, an important and historic port city and a strong economic engine for the South Coast region,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan. “When our administration invests capital dollars in major infrastructure projects, we prioritize those that leverage support from other public and private sources and promise to strengthen the economy and create jobs. This dredging project is a terrific example of that approach.”
    
“For three centuries, the Port of New Bedford has been the foundation of Greater New Bedford’s economy, so harbor dredging is a strategic investment that bolsters the competitive advantages of our maritime industries, especially commercial fishing and offshore wind energy,” said New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. “Increasing the industrial capacity of the Port through key investments like berth dredging has long been my priority and I know that Governor Baker and his administration see it the same way. Today is a day to celebrate the fruits of sustained collaboration among the Baker-Polito Administration, the City, the Port, and local commercial interests who have committed their own funding to make the dredging project possible.”

“This project will provide Fairhaven and New Bedford with significant economic benefits for years to come, while cleaning up the remaining levels of contamination that the EPA isn’t able to clean up,” said Fairhaven Town Administrator Mark Rees.
    
“We are grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration and to our delegation for recognizing the importance of this project and investing in the future of the Port of New Bedford,” said Executive Director of the Port of New Bedford Edward Anthes-Washburn. “This project will ensure our marine economy, as well as the Commonwealth, will continue to benefit from this great natural resource for decades to come.”
    
“Not only is this dredging critical for the harbor to continue to thrive and support the activities that are currently taking place, but I’m excited to see the economic development that this project is going to enable. The fishing, commercial, tourism, and recreational potential of New Bedford cannot be realized without a fully-functioning harbor,” said Senator Mark Montigny. “Other investments that I’ve championed around the harbor, such as my legislation and capital funding to transform the state pier, would be squandered if we fail to make basic maintenance such as dredging a priority.”

“We’ve long touted the prospective economic benefits of dredging the New Bedford Harbor and I am thrilled to see this critical project officially underway. These additional economic opportunities need to be capitalized on sooner rather than later,” said Representative Antonio F. D. Cabral. “It’s taken a great deal of collective effort to get this project prioritized and I am confident that this $24 million investment will pay off for New Bedford, the South Coast region and the entire Commonwealth.”
     
“This investment reflects our port’s role as one of the primary economic drivers along the South Coast and the state,” said Representative Bill Straus. “I have been a determined advocate for this targeted dredging within the harbor to enhance its use. I thank the Governor for his timely help on this project.”
    
“The Baker Polito Administration has been a remarkable partner with the City of New Bedford in improving our most important asset, the state's second busiest seaport,” said Representative Paul Schmid.
    
“New Bedford, as one of the most active ports in the country, is critical to sustaining and expanding employment opportunities both in the region and throughout the Commonwealth. The completion of the dredging project was essential to the health of our port economy and to our waterways,” said Representative Christopher Hendricks. “Thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration for their partnership with New Bedford to strengthen the South Coast region and local maritime economy.”
    
“Once again the Baker-Polito Administration has come through for the South Coast,” said Representative Christopher Markey. “This money is essential to provide further economic growth for our incredible waterfront. This investment acknowledges that even when you are the best there is always room for improvement.”
    
The Massachusetts Dredging Program was authorized in the 2018 Economic Development Bill, which was signed by Governor Baker on August 9, 2018. The program builds on the success of the 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program, which awarded $3.6 million to 10 projects, tapping into $3.9 million in local funding.
    
Applications are evaluated by the program administrator, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), in consultation with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Office of Coastal Zone Management.

Baker-Polito Administration to Pursue Expansion of Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Baker-Polito Administration to Pursue Expansion of Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Consolidation of Boston venues will enhance economic activity in both the Seaport and Back Bay; Hynes sale will ensure cost-effective financing of BCEC expansion

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced plans to pursue an expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) in South Boston, with the goal of consolidating the city’s major convention business in one dynamic location to ensure that Boston continues to be a major global event destination. The plan calls for the sale of the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, which will open up a valuable parcel for redevelopment in the heart of the city and is part of a responsible financing plan for the BCEC expansion. 

The Administration plans to file legislation authorizing the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) to sell the Hynes property, with the proceeds of the sale set aside for the BCEC expansion project. The legislation will further authorize the MCCA to undertake the BCEC expansion, which is consistent with its master plan.

“Boston is a popular convention destination, and there has been market demand for larger, more flexible event space in recent years. This expansion will meet demand, unlock greater economic potential, and support the creation of new jobs,” said Governor Charlie Baker.  “Our plan will make Boston’s convention space more efficient and maximize new economic opportunities in both the Seaport and the Back Bay, benefiting the City of Boston and the Commonwealth.”

“This proposal will enable the BCEC to meet the changing demand for meeting and convention space in Boston without imposing an excessive burden on taxpayers, while at the same time making room for the creative transformation of a large and important section of the Back Bay neighborhood,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

“As Boston continues to serve as a regional hub for economic activity and growth, the state’s proposal presents a new opportunity to expand the Convention Center and bring a significant piece of land back to Boston, benefiting the South Boston Waterfront and city overall,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I look forward to discussing this proposal with the Legislature and staying engaged through this process as it moves forward.” 

The BCEC opened in 2004 and outperforms national occupancy figures for major market facilities. The plan for BCEC expansion has been optimized to serve the needs of the convention and tourism markets as they have evolved since the completion of the BCEC in 2004. The expanded BCEC, with greater variety of available spaces, will be positioned to capture greater market share for large multi-day conventions and shows and accommodate bookings that might otherwise have gone to the Hynes.

The Hynes opened in 1963, and was rebuilt in 1988. The facility is in need of major capital investments — estimated at nearly $200 million over the next 10 years just to maintain its current state. These construction projects, and numerous major construction projects on surrounding structures in the Back Bay, could be disruptive to ongoing use of the facility and prevent attracting future business. The Hynes is also limited in its ability to expand its market share, given competition for nearby hotel rooms.  At the same time, changes in neighborhood property uses and current market conditions have created value for the Boylston Street property, which could be put to more productive use through creative redevelopment. The proceeds of the sale will fund modernized, expanded, and enhanced facilities in the Seaport, serving convention business better and allowing Boston to continue to grow and evolve.

The plan will consolidate Boston’s large and small event business in a single, larger, more flexible space with an efficient and fiscally responsible approach. The legislation authorizes 200,000 square feet of additional space, which is expected to include a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall; a 60,500-square-foot ballroom; and 44,000 square feet in additional meeting rooms.

The legislation includes a provision that would transfer an approximately 12-acre parcel of land located behind the current BCEC facility, not necessary for the expansion project, to the City of Boston.

MCCA employees who currently work at the Hynes would have the option of transitioning to the expanded BCEC.

“The Authority’s mission is to facilitate regional economic activity and we are excited at the opportunity to further strengthen the BCEC’s competitive position in the global meetings and events industry,” said John McDonnell, chairman of the board of the MCCA. “The proposed expansion will ensure that the MCCA is meeting the needs of our customers and continuing to attract high quality convention business to the BCEC, and Boston, for years to come.”

“When we contemplate major capital investments, our Administration’s priority is to pursue those projects in a fiscally responsible way that is a win-win for everyone,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan, a member of the MCCA board. “Financing a BCEC expansion with proceeds from the Hynes sale will ensure that the Commonwealth enjoys the benefit of modern convention facilities without imposing more debt on taxpayers over the long term, while acting as a catalyst for private investment.”

After a meeting of the Executive Committee of the MCCA Board today, the proposal will be presented for consideration by the full MCCA Board of Directors at its meeting scheduled for Sept. 19. The process began in August 2017, when the MCCA released a Master Planning and Feasibility Study RFP to determine future needs at the BCEC. The MCCA selected Populous Architects to lead the process, working in partnership with the MCCA’s Board of Directors and stakeholders.

The study included a detailed marketplace analysis of the MCCA’s competitive set, local hotel inventory, BCEC historical performance and future booking commitments, and a comprehensive evaluation of existing MCCA facilities and land use. This was followed by an assessment of the BCEC’s current and prospective financial and operating conditions, anticipated future hotel demand, and potential funding sources to deliver a recommendation for a BCEC expansion program.

Once the legislation is enacted, the MCCA is expected to issue a Request for Proposals for the BCEC expansion project that would begin design of the expanded facility.

“Boston is a premier global destination in the convention industry and an optimized BCEC will ensure that we can deliver an outstanding experience for every customer,” said David Gibbons, Executive Director of the MCCA. “Boston attracts the industry’s best events not because we are the biggest, but because we are the smartest. This proposed expansion is just the latest example of a creative solution that meets our needs and sets the BCEC apart from our competitors.”

In 2015 the Baker-Polito Administration postponed the MCCA’s plans for a larger expansion of the BCEC which called for the state to borrow $1 billion to finance the project, without addressing the capital needs of the Hynes facility. The new proposal for an expansion is consistent with the MCCA’s current master plan, including the expansion components described above and opportunities to induce private hotel development proximate to the venue, and will require no new state borrowing.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

波士頓僑胞卡特約商又添兩家康可鎮餐廳

故鄉食府及壽司屋業主秦敖倫 ()駐波士頓辦事處處長徐佑典
()及僑教中心主任歐宏偉 ()在二餐廳門口合影。
(Boston Orange)波士頓僑胞卡特約商店又多兩家餐廳了,麻州康可鎮的「故鄉食府Asian Gourmet」與「壽司屋Sushi House」甫簽約加入提供優惠行列。
波士頓僑教中心傳報喜訊,在波士頓經文處處長徐佑典,波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉的努力下,波士頓僑胞卡的持卡人,現在又多兩家僑營餐廳可享用折扣了!
位於麻州歷史古城康可鎮的「故鄉食府Asian Gourmet」,以及「壽司屋Sushi House」,日前加入僑胞卡特約商店,為持卡人提供現金付款九折(10 off),或信用卡消費九五折(5 off)的消費優惠。
「故鄉食府」和「壽司屋」在同一建築物內。「故鄉食府」位於一樓,是一家中餐館,有道地中菜及台式小吃,店內也有鐵板燒;「壽司屋」位於二樓,是日本料理,以木竹材質為主的家具擺設,別緻清雅,店內另設有12人座日本和式茶屋包廂,給小型聚會提供個別空間。
兩家餐廳的業主秦敖倫先生表示,他們家族在該地點開餐廳已30幾年,他接手後拓展菜餚食譜,開創新局面,推出臺式小食,包括客家小炒、淡水排骨飯、筒仔米糕、小籠包、五更腸旺、台式東坡肉等,都是該餐廳拿手菜,週末還提供燒餅、油條、豆漿、豆花等,讓人在波士頓也可享用台灣的早點。
駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長徐佑典與僑教中心主任歐宏偉,日前特別代表僑委會前往康可鎮拜訪這兩家特約商店,並頒發有七彩蝴蝶標誌的僑胞卡特約商店徽章供餐廳張貼。歐宏偉表示,加入僑胞卡特約商行列,可藉由為海外僑胞提供優惠,開拓客源,也給海外僑胞支持僑臺商企業機會,一舉數得。他歡迎有意加入僑胞卡特約商店行列的僑臺商,和僑教中心接洽,電話617-965-8801
兩家餐廳的地址和電話為794, Elm St., Concord, MA 01742 (978)369-8814 (故鄉食府)/978)369-8856(壽司屋)。(文稿資料及圖片由波士頓僑教中心提供)

紐英崙昭崙公所喬遷新址 (圖片)

所有圖片均為謝開明攝,昭崙公所提供
前排左起,譚柏林,許揚威,昭崙公所共同主席譚達兒,波士頓經文處處長徐佑典,紐英崙中華公所主席陳家驊,昭崙公所共同主席謝如鍵,波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉,紐英崙客家鄉親會顧問許炳煌,譚榮熾。


昭崙公所兩名主席,右起謝如鍵,譚達兒,以及譚柏林是昭倫公所得以
順利遷居新址的大功臣。











Saturday, September 14, 2019

麻省理工學院持有捐贈基金174億元


                       (Boston Orange編譯)麻省理工學院投資管理公司(MITIMCo)913日公佈,該校用捐贈所得及其他來源資金,在截至2019630日的會計年度中,獲得8%的投資回報。
            到這會計年度結束時,不包括已承諾,但還未到帳金額的MIT捐贈基金,總額為174億元。
           MIT的捐贈基金意在支持MIT目前及下一代學者,為他們提供發展知識,進行研究及創新所需的資源。因此,捐贈基金是用在機構的活動上,包括教育,研究,更新校園,教職員工作,以及學生財務援助等。
                     該校的不問是否需要的本科生入學政策,確保MIT教育可讓所有符合要求學生,不論其財務資源狀況如何,都有機會入學。
                 MIT和所有合資格申請財務援助的家庭密切合作,針對他們的財務狀況,研究出個別的可負擔計畫。在2018-2019年度,MIT的獎學金金額平均為47,593元。59%的麻省理工學院本科生得到以需要為基礎的財務援助,36%獲有MIT或其他來源的獎學金,足以因應所有的學費開銷。
              MITIMCo 是麻省理工學院的一個單位,設立來管理及監管學校的捐贈基金,退休金及營運資金的投資。截至2019630日, MITIMCo管理的資產大約為259億元。
             麻省理工學院的2019會計年度財務報告,913日起公開。

新英格蘭台灣學聯迎新烤肉(圖片)

新英格蘭台灣學聯幹部與波士頓經文處處長徐佑典,教育組長陳幗珍,經文處王麗芬等人合影。(僑教中心提供)

波士頓經文處處長徐佑典致詞。(僑教中心提供)

(僑教中心提供)

文協青少年國樂團錄取5名新團員 種子培訓10月啟動

(Boston Orange)大波士頓中華文化協會青少年國樂團今年錄取五名新團員,預定十月份開始培訓種子團員,歡迎愛好中國樂器者申請加入。
文協青少年國樂團每年甄試新團員。Jason Katz(大提琴), 梅子康 (笛子), 宣卉(琵琶), 李梓茗(琵琶),以及林詠绮(二胡)等五人,日前通過甄試,獲選成為新團員。
該團今年的種子團員培訓,預定10月份啟動,刻正招募熱愛樂團演出形式,喜歡彈奏中國樂器者加入種子團員行列,接受系統化訓練,循序漸進地成為一個優秀合奏團員。
種子團的指導者將針對樂團團員各自的特色,加強訓練合奏技巧,凡是彈奏笛子、二胡、揚琴、琵琶、古箏、打擊樂器等各種樂器,有意接受種子團員培訓者,程度年齡不拘,請洽歐陽東美,(978369-6656,或電郵tungmeipan@hotmail.com。

Friday, September 13, 2019

羅德島州龍舟賽暨台灣日慶20週年 波士頓台灣龍舟隊首次參賽奪亞軍

嘉賓與中華民俗藝術工作坊團員合影。(波士頓經文處提供)

(Boston Orange)羅德島州龍舟賽暨台灣日97日慶祝20週年,盛況空前,不僅新添 6艘新龍舟,共31隊參賽,照例有中華民俗藝術工作坊表演,還有調升至5000元的冠軍獎,華航、長榮加碼贊助,各提供兩張的美國、台北來回機票等令人興奮期待的獎勵。
首次參賽的波士頓台灣龍舟隊贏得亞軍。(波士頓經文處提供)
比賽結果,CYPE隊贏得冠軍及獎金5000元,由旅居新英格蘭地區台灣僑胞及留學生組成的第一支波士頓台灣龍舟隊(BTBC)”也出師告捷,贏得亞軍及獎金2000元。
波士頓經文處處長徐佑典,僑教中心主任歐宏偉和嘉賓為新龍舟點睛。
(波士頓經文處提供)
這由駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處與羅德島州黑石谷旅遊局,羅德島華人協會合作,在羅德島州普塔吉市(Pawtucket)普塔吉河畔(Pawtucket River)舉辦的羅德島州龍舟賽,今年除了波士頓台灣龍舟隊(BTBC)是首度組隊參加之外,還再次出現羅州政府隊,由羅德島州副州長麥基親自率領,隊員包括州務卿、參議員、市長等人,為比賽增加不少名人效應,許多看點,笑點。
當天一早,羅德島州政要包括副州長麥基 (Daniel Mckee)、州務卿郭比亞(Nellie Gorbea)、羅州州參議員穆蕾 (Melissa Murray)、普塔吉市長蓋比思(Donald Grebien)、克蘭斯敦市長馮偉傑(Allan Fung)、中央瀑布市市長狄歐沙(James Diossa)、前任羅州檢察長柯馬丁(Peter Kilmartin),以及羅州藝術節主席Anthony Ambrosino,紐約台灣商會江明信會長等贊助單位及廠商都趕到會場,出席新龍舟點睛儀式,以及龍舟賽開幕式。
會場安排有文化體驗活動。(波士頓經文處提供)
駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長徐佑典在致詞時感謝中華民國外交部、僑務委員會、喬山健康科技、協和門窗公司、世台聯合基金會、北美、紐約、波克萊及大波士頓等旅美台灣商會贊助6艘新龍舟,長榮、中華兩家航空公司和Eink持續多年的熱情支持,提供獎贈品,協助中華民國台灣與羅德島州維持長久友誼。羅德島州政要們共襄盛舉的出席活動,更是台灣日活動規模得以逐年擴大,節目更加充實的一大要素。
徐佑典指出,和原有的舊款龍舟相比,新龍舟有短、小、輕、快的特色,就和台灣與羅德島州一樣,面積雖小,卻活力無限。
在龍舟賽之外,當天的會場還有吃餃子比賽、台灣童玩、手工藝創作等地展示,體驗活動,包括中華民俗藝術工作坊的敲鑼打鼓,舞獅,功夫示範,原住民舞蹈,扯鈴等表演,以及捏麵人、做燈籠、面具,布袋戲偶與原住民頭飾,創意剪紙、即席揮毫的書法,書籤等,讓許多出席民眾在示範攤位前流連忘返。
                       羅德島龍舟賽暨台灣日活動,從無到有的走過20年後,不但場地整修得更為乾淨、美麗,每年吸引上萬民眾圍觀,也已經成為羅德島州的年度文化盛事,更是北美地區少數以台灣日為名,與美國主流社會充分結合的大型活動之一,長期促進著台美雙方交流。
                    羅德島華人協會主席葉超,會長吳子平和羅德島州黑石谷旅遊局主任畢靈頓(Bob Billington)這三位"羅德島龍舟賽暨台灣日"的創始人眼見這活動跨過20週年的門檻,十分欣慰的表示,這是"眾志成城"的結果,既宣揚多元文化,促進地方繁榮,也推廣了國際交流,意義深遠。

武漢音樂學院鋼琴系主任徐洪9/28波士頓獨奏會

徐洪。(中華表演藝術基金會提供)

(Boston Orange)中華表演藝術基金會將於928(週六)8點,假紐英崙音樂學院喬登廳 (Jordan Hall),為紐約時報譽為技巧輝煌洞察敏銳潛力無限的鋼琴家徐洪舉辦鋼琴獨奏會
目前武漢音樂學院擔任鋼琴系主任,同時也是武漢 BIG HOUSE當代藝術館音樂總監徐洪自幼酷愛音樂12以專業總分第一名考入武漢音樂學院附中,接著進美國伊斯曼音樂學院,茱莉亞音樂學院就讀,師從著名鋼琴大師羅文泰爾攻讀鋼琴碩士2008年榮獲朱麗亞音樂學院鋼琴最高獎亞瑟魯賓斯坦大獎,並考取難度極高的朱麗亞音樂學院藝術家文憑。
徐洪曾在多項重大國際鋼琴比賽中獲得大獎,包括2006加拿大赫尼茲(Honens)2001年美國吉娜巴考兒(Gina Bachauer)2004年希爾頓海德(Hilton Head)等。英國泰晤士報稱他為值得強烈推薦的鋼琴家BBC音樂雜誌和國際鋼琴雜誌(IPQ)等媒體稱他是一顆正在冉冉升起的明日之星
徐洪曾與多世界一流指揮大師合作演出如阿什肯那齊Vladimir Ashkenazy),普列特涅夫(Mikhail Pletnev),塞金(Yannick Nezet-Seguin),馬克艾爾德爵士Sir Mark Elder等。最近幾年還有倫敦愛樂,曼切斯特哈雷交響樂團,中國國家大劇院管弦樂團邀請他到多個亞洲國家,以及英國巡迴演出。
徐洪還和世界上的許多著名音樂團體,包括英國 BBC管弦樂團,俄羅斯國響樂團,葡萄牙國響樂團,猶他交響樂團,美國羅切斯特愛樂樂團,加拿大卡爾加里愛樂樂團,馬其頓國家愛樂樂團,香港管弦樂團合作過,演奏足跡遍及世界各大音樂廳,包括如倫敦皇家節日大廳,巴比肯中心,威格摩廳,葡萄牙聖卡洛國家大劇院,馬德里卡那爾大劇院,美國肯尼迪中心,卡內基音樂廳,蒙特利爾藝術中心,首爾國家藝術中心,中國國家大劇院,人民大會堂,香港文化中心,台北兩廳院等等。
2010,徐洪回到母校武漢音樂學院工作,迄今的教學成績備受肯定,已有學生在連續兩屆的 CCTV 鋼琴大賽、以及美國伊斯曼國際鋼琴比賽、美國希爾頓海德國際鋼琴比賽等重大比賽中獲獎。
徐洪不但曾在美國奧柏林音樂學院,舊金山音樂學院,紐約大學,波士頓大學,休斯敦大學,倫敦聖三一音樂學院等舉辦鋼琴大師班天時,也應意大利阿爾瑪菲(Amalfi Coast)國際鋼琴音樂節,佩魯賈音樂節,北京國際音樂節(BIMFA)和美國加州北岸國際音樂節等地邀請,前往執教
在中國國內,他除了在西安,星海,深圳藝校,台南藝大等高校舉辦大師班,到各地舉辦講座,闡述古典主義風格奏鳴曲式研究舒伯特流浪者幻想曲莫扎特系列講座肖邦全套敘事曲等各類題目,努力普及鋼琴類音樂知識,提高人們對古典音樂歷史的了解之外,主持廣受歡迎的徐洪武漢音樂學院網絡直播課,把鋼琴,音樂課程放到互聯網平台上,免費傳播,讓更多音樂學院之外的音樂愛好者有機會深入學習,造福廣大愛樂人。
928徐洪奏的莫扎特李斯特及斯克里亞賓曲目如下:
MOZART: Sonata No. 7 in C Major, K. 309                       
MOZART: Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332         
LISZT: from Années de Pélerinage I: Suisse                                
    Les Cloches de Genève: Nocturne                      
LISZT: from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses                                   
            Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude S173.3   
SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp minor, Op. 23