Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $11.3 Million to UMass Lowell For Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $11.3 Million to UMass Lowell For Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing
Awards support commercialization of technologies in flexible, hybrid electronics and advanced functional fabrics

LOWELL – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced awards totaling $11.3 million to UMass Lowell to fund the creation of future technologies that will revolutionize the way fabrics are made and reinvent the textile industry in Lowell.

A $10 million grant will allow UMass Lowell to create a new Fabric Discovery Center, a unique, testing and development facility that will usher in the nation’s first collaborative investment between two Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. The facility will serve Massachusetts and the region to rapidly transform textile product concepts into functional prototypes, serving as an end-to-end innovation ecosystem for researchers and private sector partners as they work towards commercialization of revolutionary technologies.

UMass Lowell will also receive a total of $1.3 million to support three projects with private industry partners, SI2 Technologies in Billerica and Raytheon in Waltham. Funding will allow UMass Lowell to acquire new equipment to develop new materials and polymers that can be used in flexible, hybrid electronics. Combined with over $2 million in federal and industry funds for these projects, these investments will create the foundation for future technological advancements, providing necessary resources to bring technology from research prototype to pilot scale for commercialization with industry partners.

“Massachusetts is a competitive player in the global innovation economy because of our leadership in technology, strong workforce and educational institutions,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This investment will ensure we continue to see that success and growth outside of Greater Boston, and that Lowell will have an opportunity to return to the center of the textile industry and its future. We look forward to bringing these manufacturing innovation institutes together for this first-of-its-kind collaboration that will deliver new advancements in textile manufacturing, economic investment and job growth.”

“This investment is an important statement about our efforts to support the future of manufacturing here in Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “There is no limit to the potential impact the technologies tested and delivered here will have on the advanced manufacturing sector in Lowell and the Commonwealth.”

These two grants will benefit two Manufacturing Innovation Institutes in Massachusetts: the Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute and the Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics. These institutes are both members of the Manufacturing USA network, previously known as the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a network of competitively awarded public-private innovation institutes focused on advanced manufacturing. Manufacturing USA funds private-public partnerships to increase American manufacturing competitiveness and catalyze new advanced manufacturing technologies.

In April 2016, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), in Massachusetts, was selected to serve as the national lead for the Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a $317 million public-private partnership. The institute also includes several other key public and private sector partners from across the nation, focused on a common goal of revolutionary fiber and textile manufacturing.

In August 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that UMass Amherst was selected to serve as the New England regional lead in the Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Elextronics, led by NextFlex. The Innovation Institute in Massachusetts was created in partnership with UMass Lowell, MIT, Harvard, Northeastern University and private industry. Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) focuses on using sensors printed into thin ribbons of plastic to replicate functions performed by semi-conductor chips found in computers and other electronic devices.

“We know that Massachusetts brings together the unique elements necessary for this type of collaboration: academic institutes, private industry and the commitment to innovation,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “This discovery center will allow for collaboration across initiatives, and this revolutionary research will further reinvigorate Lowell, the birthplace of the textile industry.”

"Massachusetts is already on the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing, and by bringing together two Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, the Fabric Discovery Center will put us on the cutting edge of the cutting edge," said Senator Eileen Donoghue. "The investments the state is making will bring tremendous economic benefits to Greater Lowell and to the entire commonwealth.

“Manufacturing and the textile industry have a long and proud history in Lowell, so I am very pleased that Governor Baker and his economic team are making this announcement here in the heart of our city,” said Representative David Nangle. “In collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Lowell, I am certain that these grants will provide the institutes with the funding and expertise they will need to expand this industry, create jobs, and further enhance the city’s reputation as an eager partner in moving our local and state economy forward.”

Governor Baker made the announcement at 110 Canal Street, the Innovation Hub (iHub) at UMass Lowell, which has received significant state funding from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The iHub is located in Lowell’s Hamilton Canal District, which received $4.7 million in funding from the Baker-Polito Administration under the MassWorks program for redevelopment efforts.

"The UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center is a first-of-its-kind in the Department of Defense (DoD) portfolio of manufacturing innovation institutes, providing a unique joint usage capability for collaborative work in flexible electronics and smart fibers and textiles,” said Tracy Frost, Director, DoD Manufacturing USA Institutes & Acting Director, DoD ManTech. “The commitment of funding by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and UMass Lowell are essential elements to realizing the DoD goals of creating a robust manufacturing ecosystem that leverages these regional strengths, but also acts as a critical node in a national network of DoD-led institutes."

“We thank the Baker-Polito Administration for recognizing and investing in UMass’s Lowell’s significant research, economic development and public-private partnership capabilities,” said UMass President Marty Meehan. “UMass Lowell’s historic expertise in fibers and textiles underpins its current innovation leadership in advanced fibers and flexible electronics. There is truly no better place to leverage these M2I2 matching funds for the benefit of the Commonwealth.”

“With our ongoing leadership in the development of advanced fibers and textiles, medical textiles and flexible electronics, today’s announcement continues UMass Lowell’s strong partnership with Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, NextFlex, the U.S. Army and the Commonwealth to build the future of high-tech manufacturing in Lowell and across the nation,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney.

“This grant positions UMass Lowell as a national leader in the development, prototyping and testing of advanced fibers and textiles, fabrication techniques and integrated technologies,” said Julie Chen, vice chancellor for research and innovation at UMass Lowell. “It demonstrates our support of startups and companies, large and small, in accelerating technology translation and workforce development in partnership with the public sector.”

“The Lowell Fabric Discovery Center represents a first step in implementing AFFOA’s nationwide strategy of centers designed to encourage entrepreneurship in advanced fabrics,” said Dr. Yoel Fink AFFOA CEO. “We are particularly excited to work hand-in-hand with UMass Lowell and local manufacturers, educational institutions and state governments to facilitate the creation of these centers which will serve to accelerate startups, provide workforce development and house advanced fabric prototyping facilities. We are particularly grateful to the Governor and State Legislators for delivering on this significant commitment to manufacturing and product innovation.”

“NextFlex congratulates UMass Lowell and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the launch of the Fabric Design Center. We enthusiastically support this innovation and look forward to partnering on development of manufacturing processes for integrating Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) into textiles,” said Malcolm J. Thompson, Executive Director of NextFlex. “The opportunity to work together marks an important milestone in the advancement of FHE and ‘smart fabrics,’ and we will all benefit greatly from our collaboration.  We are very enthusiastic of contributing to creating ROI to our members and achieving increased Economic Development in Massachusetts.”

“We are excited to have received this NextFlex award. The state’s support in helping the team to meet the cost share requirements made the proposed effort possible,” said Dr. Joseph Kunze, SI2 Technologies’ President and CEO. “I believe that the approach the state is taking in supporting the Manufacturing USA institutes is an excellent model for partnering between the state, small businesses, and academia.  It is positioning Massachusetts as the leader in the advanced manufacturing economy.  The NextFlex award to the SI2 team is an excellent example of that.”

Manufacturing USA seeks to spur research into cutting-edge technologies that can be applied to advanced manufacturing processes. Bidders frequently form teams of universities, companies and non-profits across different states, with regional nodes supporting the lead bidder. The federal awards are leveraged several times over through a series of state and industry matches.

The Baker-Polito Administration’s Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) provides a vehicle for matching federal Manufacturing USA awards, and help Massachusetts manufacturers adopt innovative new technologies. The Baker-Polito Administration has committed $100 million in funding over five years to initiatives in Massachusetts. Under M2I2, Massachusetts is convening a national effort to develop revolutionary fibers and textiles, and the state is a participant in regional manufacturing innovation institute nodes in roboticsphotonicsflexible hybrid electronicsbiopharma manufacturing, smart manufacturing, and rapid process intensification.

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is a non-profit; its mission is to enable a domestic manufacturing-based revolution by transforming traditional fibers, yarns, and fabrics into highly sophisticated, integrated and networked devices and systems. AFFOA leads the convergence of advanced technology into fiber and textile production to commercialize fabric products that deliver value-added services to the user. Through AFFOA’s activities fabrics that see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health and change color will soon be possible to benefit the consumer and warfighter. AFFOA, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a public/private partnership, the 6th DoD manufacturing innovation institute and a member of the Manufacturing USA network. For more information visit AFFOA.ORG.

About NextFlex
NextFlex is a leading force in the Manufacturing USA network of Institutes. Formed in 2015 through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of Defense (DoD) and FlexTech Alliance, NextFlex is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits and state, local and federal governments with a shared goal of advancing U.S. manufacturing of FHE. Since its formation, NextFlex's elite team of thought leaders, educators, problem solvers, and manufacturers have come together to collectively facilitate innovation, narrow the manufacturing workforce gap, and promote sustainable manufacturing ecosystems. For more information, visit and follow NextFlex on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter.

Governor Baker Nominates Judge Sabita Singh and Assistant Clerk-Magistrate Michelle Kelley to Courts

Governor Baker Nominates Judge Sabita Singh and Assistant Clerk-Magistrate Michelle Kelley to Courts

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated District Court Judge Sabita Singh to the Appeals Court and Attorney Michelle Kelley as Clerk Magistrate of the Wrentham District Court. Singh was appointed to the District Court in 2006 by Governor Mitt Romney and Kelley has served as an Assistant Clerk-Magistrate in various District Courts  for over twenty-years.

“Judge Singh and Attorney Kelley are well respected within the District Courts and come with decades of experience serving the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to nominate them for the Governor’s Council’s advice and consent. If confirmed both the Appeals and District Courts will benefit greatly from their knowledge, commitment and skill.” 

“These accomplished women have valuable experience and are bound to excel in these important leadership positions, if confirmed by the Governor’s Council,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Their broad experience and dedication make them great candidates to continue to serve the Commonwealth in their respective courts.”

Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February, 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.

The Appeals Court is the intermediate appellate court to which most appeals from the Massachusetts Trial Courts and a number of administrative bodies are made.  The Court has one Chief and 24 Associate Justices.

For more information about the Massachusetts Appeals Court, visit

The District Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases. District Court criminal jurisdiction extends to all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, and many other specific felonies with greater potential penalties; all misdemeanors; and all violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. In civil matters, District Court judges conduct both jury and jury-waived trials, and determine with finality any matter in which the likelihood of recovery does not exceed $25,000. The District Court also tries small claims involving up to $7,000 (initially tried to a magistrate, with a defense right of appeal either to a judge or to a jury). The District Court's civil jurisdiction also includes many specialized proceedings, including abuse prevention restraining orders and civil motor vehicle infractions (tried initially to a magistrate, with right of appeal to a judge).

For more information about the District Court, visit

About Sabita Singh
Sabita Singh is First Justice of Concord District Court. She is also a member of the District Court’s Appellate Division where she hears appeals from District Court civil matters. She began her career as a law clerk to the justices in the Superior Court Department of the Trial Court. She then went on to serve as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, writing appellate briefs and arguing before the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. Thereafter, Judge Singh spent seven years in the private sector with Bingham McCutchen LLP before returning to the public sector as Special Counsel for Criminal Civil Rights Enforcement at the United States Attorney Office in Boston. She received her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 1990 and her Bachelor of Arts in the Administration of Justice from Pennsylvania State University in 1987. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University School of Law and Instructor at Harvard University. She has also served as President of the South Asian Bar Association of North America and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston. Justice Singh was born in India and now resides with her family in Lincoln.

About Michelle L. Kelley 
Michelle L. Kelley currently serves as Clerk-Magistrate, Pro Tempore at Wrentham District Court where she is responsible for the management and administration of court business, hiring staff, establishing administrative procedures and delegating duties to employees of the court. She previously served as Assistant Clerk-Magistrate in Wrentham from 2006 – 2016, Pro-Tempore in the Uxbridge District Court from October 2013 – May 2014, Assistant Clerk Magistrate to the Taunton District Court from 2009 – 2012 and  Assistant Clerk-Magistrate in the Somerville District Court 1995 - 2006. She received her Juris Doctor from New England School of Law in 1997, her Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University in 1993 and her Bachelor of Science from Emerson College, Cum Laude in 1990. She resides with her husband and two children in Norfolk.


Short Waves: Stories Shaping Our Community
Wednesday, May 31st, 6:30PM

Tufts Medical Center Wolff Auditorium  800 Washington St. Boston, MA
(MBTA: Right off the Orange line - Tufts Medical Center)
Join us for a night of celebration. We will be screening short films made by locally inspired filmmakers, followed by Q&A. Be the first to find out who wins the competition!

We will be serving food generously provided by Chicken And Rice Guys.

We are also having a post-event social at Crave - Mad for Chicken with Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) for anyone who would like to continue the celebration and wrap-up APA Heritage Month 2017!


Boston youth invited to spend $1 million dollars of City's capital budget;
voting begins Friday on projects
BOSTON - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - For the fourth year in a row, youth ages 12-25 in Boston have a chance to vote how the City of Boston spends $1 million dollars of the Capital Budget through the "Youth Lead the Change" participatory budgeting process. From Friday, June 2 through Friday, June 16 voting stations will be set up at locations across the City so votes can be collected.

"By involving young people in this process we are cultivating a generation of Boston youth who are passionate about their City and have the opportunity to shape its future," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "Young people are working together, polling their peers, and addressing the issues that matter most to them."

Youth Lead the Change (YLC) is managed by Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) Division of Youth Engagement & Employment in close collaboration with a steering committee comprised of community and youth serving organizations. The Mayor's Youth Council partnered with youth organizations to write the rules and oversee the implementation of the process.  Voting polls will be located at local train stations, youth centers and school buildings for the city-wide vote.  See the list here. Last year nearly 5,000 eligible votes came in from Boston's youngest populations. A special emphasis is placed on engaging LGBTQ youth, homeless youth, undocumented residents and court or gang involved youth.

Current projects youth will vote on are:
  1. BPS Renovations: New lockers for Brighton High School.
  2. Cultural Street Art and Latin American Walk of Fame: This project would create cultural street art and a walk of fame.
  3. Homelessness Resources: A digital billboard displaying resources and job opportunities available to the homeless youth.
  4. Mobilizing Health Centers: A truck or car that provides medical materials and some outpatient services to youth.
  5. New Trash and Recycling Bins.
  6. Future Media Center: A space that would contain recent technology that would otherwise be unavailable to most students.
  7. Get Home Safely: Students returning home from school and work would be provided with safe travel provided by police call poles.
  8. Performing and Visual Arts Center: A space where people of all ages can come together and create all types of art.
  9. The "Get Hired" Truck: A resource truck devoted to provide youth with the ability to search for jobs, build/modify resumes, and give them access to search and apply for jobs.
  10. Mobile Youth Retail Space: A mobile retail space for youth entrepreneurs.

Past projects selected for funding have included expanding Wicked Free WiFi, installing water bottle refilling stations at parks and placing newer trash cans and recycling bins in select neighborhoods.

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, Mayor's Summer Jobs Program


AG HEALEY, GE FOUNDATION LAUNCH SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION INITIATIVE TO REACH ALL PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN MASSACHUSETTS $2 Million Initiative Will Expand Access to Youth Prevention Education; Includes First-of-its-Kind Mobile Education App

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey and the GE Foundation today announced a $2 million public-private initiative, along with Epicenter Experience and The Herren Project, that will bring new resources to students in every public middle school in Massachusetts to help address the opioid epidemic.

AG Healey announced the first-of-its-kind initiative, named Project Here, today at a launch event at the GE headquarters with Ann R. Klee, president of the GE Foundation and vice president of GE’s Boston Development & Operations.

They were joined by Chris Herren, Founder of The Herren Project, Paul Krasinski, CEO of Epicenter Experience, Michael Botticelli, Executive Director of theGrayken Center for Addiction Medicine and Andrew McCall, a recovery coach.

The new initiative will provide substance use prevention education to middle school students through an innovative combination of in-classroom programs, mobile content, and access to a support network of social workers. The GE Foundation has funded this initiative with a $1.5 million contribution, along with $500,000 in settlement funds from the AG’s Office.

Project Here will provide curriculum materials to every public middle school in Massachusetts, as well as support resources for students who are struggling with addiction, trainings for educators and parents on substance use prevention, and access to an innovative mobile platform with prevention content.

“Education and prevention are the keys to ending the opioid epidemic, and our partnership with the GE Foundation will help us tackle this public health crisis and protect our middle school students from addiction,” AG Healey said. “Through a multi-faceted approach – reaching students in the classroom and on their mobile devices – we will empower them to make the right decisions, promote health and wellness, and lead change in their schools and communities. I thank the GE Foundation, Epicenter Experience, and The Herren Project for stepping up to the plate and contributing their talent and time to this critical effort.”

“When GE announced its move to Boston, we also announced a $50 million philanthropic commitment to the city and surrounding area, with $15 million of that targeted to community health,” said Ann R. Klee. “From the moment we arrived in Boston, we heard from so many that substance use and the opioid crisis was a critical need for the community. We’re proud to work with AG Healey on Project Here to educate our youth today and prevent our kids from falling into the vicious cycle of the opioid epidemic.”

“We are thrilled to be able to participate and contribute to this important public-private partnership. It is a critical issue to address across our country,” said Paul Krasinski, Epicenter Experience CEO. “We realize that people are the epicenter for change and thus developed the core technology for Project Here, to connect people to truly solve people problems together. Whether these middle school students are here, there or anywhere, they will know that we are here to support them and they are empowered to be a hero for others through their knowledge and education.”
“The first step in addressing the substance use issues in our communities is to provide education and prevention strategies for children in the middle school years while they are developing a sense of self. All too often we focus on the last day of addiction and not the first. We praise our children for their academic and athletic accomplishments, but fall short on personal wellness,” said Chris Herren, Founder of The Herren Project. “I am proud to have The Herren Project be a part of this innovative partnership providing education, support and the opportunity to for students to be proud of who they are, to embrace life’s challenges without turning to substances knowing that they are good enough and perfect just the way they are.”

As a part of Project Here, Epicenter Experience will lead the design of a first-of-its-kind mobile application that will give students, educators, and parents easy access to prevention resources and information, and help young people who are struggling with addiction or the impact of substance use get the help they need and connect with The Herren Project

Through Project Here, all Massachusetts middle schools will have the opportunity to join the Project Purple Initiative, a program through The Herren Project that helps schools talk with students about the dangers of substance use. Students will also have access to The Herren Project’s support team, including social workers ready to respond to students in need of help.

This initiative is meant to complement other prevention efforts under way across the state and will include an Advisory Board comprised of key stakeholders and experts. 
Today’s announcement is the latest effort by AG Healey to address the unmet need for youth prevention and education services to combat the opioid epidemic, a key priority of her administration. In May, the AG’s Office distributed $700,000 in settlement funding directly to school districts, nonprofits and community organizations to fund prevention programming through its Youth Opioid Prevention Grant Program
Young people are particularly vulnerable to the risks of substance use. Ninety percent of all adults struggling with addiction started using when they were under the age of 18, and 50 percent were under the age of 15. Studies have shown that effective substance use education and prevention programming can significantly decrease the risk of addiction among young people.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


              (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)麻州亞美局(Asian American Commission)526日在波士頓大學喬治雪曼大樓舉辦第11屆團結晚宴(Unity Dinner),頒發社區英雄獎,領袖及多元獎,終身成就獎,依序表揚Boa Newgate,東方銀行,以及陳美霞。
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得社區英雄獎的Boa Newgate(中)和東南亞聯盟同仁。(周菊子攝)
               3年前,藉著舉辦團結晚宴等活動所籌款項,AAC聘請了一名全職行政主任Bora Chiemruom,再加上韓裔醫生主席Elisa Choi的非常積極,AAC開始活躍,今年不但21個席位全部填滿,根據Bora的報告,為亞裔社區舉辦的活動也越來越多,包括麻州財政廳支持的認識財務(financial literacy)講座,資源展,健康與人民服務會議及展覽,由安豐貴創辦,今年訂1027日在聯邦儲備廣場在次舉辦的青年領袖研討會等等。
               526日晚,麻州亞美局在波士頓大學舉辦的這場團結晚宴,由WGBH電視總經理程必璧擔任司儀,約有二百多人出席,麻州財政廳廳長高柏珂(Deb Goldberg),麻州稽核長蘇珊邦普(Suzanne Bump),麻州助理總檢察長April English,麻州企業發展署助理署長范文南(Nam Pham)等出席到賀。
               安赫斯特學院美國及國際外交學院訪問教授Franklin Odo,剛從麻州最高法院大法官職位退休,走馬上任哈佛大學監事的杜菲莉(Fernande (Nan) R. V. Duffly)應邀依序為晚宴做特別講話及主題演講。
               AAC在團結晚宴上還頒發了3個獎項。頒社區英雄獎給東南亞聯盟的精神健康文化個案管理項目主管經理Boa Newgate,表揚在麻州屋斯特(Worcester)區深受尊重的他,從2008年起致力幫助難民,移民,低收入居民,為青年成長提供安全地方。
WGBH電視總經理程必璧(Liz Cheng)擔任AAC團結晚宴司儀。
麻州亞美局的首位全職行政主任Bora Chiemruom。(周菊子攝)

麻州稽核長蘇姍邦普(Suzanne Bump)。(周菊子攝)

波士頓消防局副局長黃瑞瑜(左),麻州總檢察官辦公室醫療護理組主管Karen C. Tseng。(周菊子攝)
刻正競選牛頓市市長的馬惠美(Amy Mah Sangiolo)。(周菊子攝)
Peter Lin Macus已確定名列選票,將參選波士頓市第二區市議員。(周菊子攝)