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Monday, November 19, 2018

波士頓市12月14日起零售店禁用塑膠袋


(Boston Orange 周菊子整理報導) 波士頓市即將從1214日起,實施購物用塑膠袋禁令,意味著商家將不再能夠為客戶提供一次性使用的塑膠袋。
波士頓市議會去年通過這一規定,由波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin J. Walsh)簽署成法,以減少環境汙染,溫室瓦斯的排放,保護海洋生物。波士頓市府現正提醒商家及民眾,這新法即將正式生效,民眾到商店購物,宜自行攜帶可重複使用的購物袋,若需使用塑膠袋,得繳付每個五分錢的費用。
根據檢查服務部(ISD)資料,塑膠袋禁令一開始實施時,只有面積超過2萬平方呎的大型店家才會受影響。
20194月時,店鋪面積在1萬平方呎以上的,也將受這新規定影響。然後消費者及波士頓市的所有店鋪都須遵守此一規定。
非牟利組織氣候行動(Climate Action)”指出,波士頓市是麻州第60個實施塑膠袋禁令的市鎮。以前波士頓市每年使用大約35700萬個一次性使用塑膠袋,禁令實施後,估計可大幅度減少塑膠袋的使用量。
倡議此法案的波士頓市議員Matt O’Malley指出,塑膠袋的平均使用時間是12分鐘,但對市府街道及下水道的影響卻是永久性的。塑膠袋業者一年約可從零售商那兒得到40億元,在波士頓市,地方上的零售商一年大約要花1430萬元在塑膠袋上,這些費用也都轉嫁到消費者頭上了。
美國的各大城市,包括西雅圖,夏威夷,洛杉磯,舊金山,紐約,華府等,都已實施塑膠袋禁令。加州在20148月成為在全州實施零售店禁用一次性塑膠袋的全美第一州。
波士頓市實施塑膠袋禁令後,民眾購物後必須使用可重複使用的的購物袋,可回收的紙袋,購買堆肥製裝物袋,或者自己帶個袋子去購物。
根據法令,有幾種袋子是可豁免於新規定的,包括包裝牲果蔬菜的袋子,乾洗用的袋子,報紙袋,以及包冷凍食品的袋子。
覺得遵循新規定會讓生意更難做,在塑膠袋之外沒有其他合理替代用品的商戶,可以申請暫時豁免。

Sunday, November 18, 2018

華埠退伍軍人會與波士頓榮光會再攜手 參加退伍軍人節遊行

華埠退伍軍人會和波士頓榮光會參加2018波士頓市退伍軍人節遊行。波士頓經文處處長徐佑典(前左三),波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉(前左一)也參加遊行。(華埠退伍軍人會提供)
                  (Boston Orange 周菊子整理綜合報導) 華埠退伍軍人會在20181111日,第73年度參加波士頓市的退伍軍人節(Veterans Day)遊行,又一年的彰顯保衛美國,華裔也有功。
波士頓華埠退伍軍人會會長余國華(前右一)等人參加遊行。
(華埠退伍軍人會提供)

             波士頓榮光會由理事長石家孝率隊,今年不但有駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長徐佑典、杜麗雲夫婦,波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉,教育組長陳幗珍,新聞組組長施維鈞等出席支持,多名會員家屬、親友也加入遊行行列,陣容比往年更龐大。
(華埠退伍軍人會提供)
             退伍軍人節辦遊行在美國已是傳統,各州各市鎮都有自己的遊行。今年還有一名第二次世界大戰老兵,如今已102歲的Anthony ZukasHaverhill的退伍軍人節遊行中接受表揚。
             Northampton舉辦已14年的退伍軍人節遊行,則因為越來越多參加過第二次世界大戰,韓戰的老兵,已經年紀太大,無法參加遊行,以致參加遊行和圍觀的人數都大減,甚至減少了將近一半,今年更索性取消了遊行。
列隊遊行。(華埠退伍軍人會提供)
            不過,波士頓市今年卻有兩場退伍軍人遊行,一個是1111日早上11點起,從波約斯頓街(Boylston)到天滿街(Tremont)的退伍軍人遊行,由波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin Walsh)領隊出發,有樂隊,儀仗隊,禮賓車助陣,另一個是接著的爭取和平退伍軍人(Veterans for Peace Parade)”在同樣路線上的遊行。
             退伍軍人第328分會,也就是華埠分會,明顯的出現傳承痕跡。由會長余國華率隊的遊行隊伍,有黃國麟,李錦棠,司徒卓榮,陳文浩,陳志航,以及年輕一輩,參加過伊拉克戰爭的司徒文信,區靖儀,黃文輝,陳斌等人穿著銀藍色夾克,向美國大眾宣揚,保衛美國的退伍老兵也有華人。
遊行後聚餐。(華埠退伍軍人會提供)
年紀已逾九十的黃廷琛,余錦芳,陳啟邦,黃錦源,黃君裕,已逾八十的黃沛儒,周暢等人,或因年齡,身體狀況等因素,今年未能參加遊行。

Saturday, November 17, 2018

ILF 2019 「暑期公共事務實習計劃」接受報名

國際領袖基金會被美國聯邦政府選入最佳慈善專業組織名錄
2019 年度「暑期公共事務實習計劃」接受報名
國際領袖基金會(International Leadership Foundation)2019 年度「暑期公共事務實習計劃」現在開始接受報名,報名截止日期為2018年12 月31 日。國際領袖基金會每年選拔約30 位傑出的亞太裔大學生,前往華盛頓首都的聯邦政府機構及國會山莊。參加為期八到十週的公共事務實習。被選入此計劃的學生們,除了在聯邦機構的實習工作之外,並將在週末期間,參加在國會山莊舉辦的領袖才能研討會,學習發展人際關係的技巧,掌握美國政府系統最有價值和第一手的知識。
參加ILF 暑期公共事務實習計劃的學生們,每位學生將獲得基金會補助的$2000 元奬學金。申請者必須是美國亞太裔本科大學生,具有美國公民身份,擁有3.0 及以上的GPA 成績。每位學生需要自付食宿和旅行的費用,欲了解更多信息或提交申請,請查詢www.ILFnational.org。
國際領袖基金會在提升亞太裔社區參與公共服務方面有傑出的記錄,亞太裔需要在政府中有更大的代表性,因此,基金會致力於訓練年輕的一代,希望他們在各自領域中成為成功的領袖,從而提升亞太裔社區的聲音和能見度。爲達成此一目標,國際領袖基金會將安置錄取的
學生們,進入各聯邦政府機構參與暑期實習,為希望體驗及了解政府內部運作的年輕亞太裔學生提供強化的訓練,有效提升他們的領袖才能。
2018 年的暑期公共事務實習生進入了10 個美國聯邦政府部門以及16 個辦公室(其中包括國務院、國防部和商務部等)進行了8 週的實習,特別是白宮已連續從國際領袖基金會中挑選實習生。至今為止,本會曾為過千名的美國亞太裔,特別是華裔大學生提供獎學金和領袖訓練。2018 年有超過300 名傑出的美國亞太裔學生參加由國際領袖基金會和15 個分會及委員會合辦的培訓項目,分別参加不同性質及內容的「領袖人才培訓及講習」活動。
國際領袖基金會理事會董事長徐紹欽博士表示“國際領袖基金會以教導亞裔未來的領袖如何進入美國主流社會,促進美國亞裔參與公共服務為宗旨,瞭解如何為我們社區爭取最大權益”。學生們在實習中,對美國國會、白宮的運作及政策發展將有更深入的瞭解,組團拜訪國會及政府各部會。
本會創會會長董繼玲說“美國亞裔族群在美國社會中,是十數年間最新、最迅速崛起的新移民族裔,是目前美國少數族裔中,經濟實力最優越的族群。各方面皆飛快發展,成就卓越,這些傑出的表現,都可以作為美國少數族裔的典範。但在參政及從政的比例,與其經濟實力
的對比,卻非常的低;能為亞裔代言,爭取權益的領袖人才也太少。正因為如此,亞裔的力量並未受到主流社會足夠重視,屬於最沉默的族群。故而需要培訓更多優秀的青年,日後能為亞裔族群在社會上隨時爭取自身的權益,並適時加入美國政經界,學習美國聯邦政府在國
際暨國內事務實際運作的程序與方式,充分瞭解政府公共政策對亞裔社區發展的重要,積極結合與善用各級政府的各項資源,來擴大對國際社會的影響力”。
另外,國際領袖基金會在每年舉辦的年度年會中所頒發的「全球傑出人士楷模獎」,主要是表彰在政治、經濟、科學、文化、藝術方面做出傑出貢獻的亞裔人士,以作為所有美國青年領袖的學習楷模,其中包括美國聯邦交通運輸部暨前勞工部部長趙小蘭部長,美國聯邦商務
部暨交通運輸部前部長峰田部長,參議院多數黨領袖麥康諾,國會參議員廣野慶子,國會外交委員會主席羅斯,國會少數黨領袖波洛西以及華裔國會議員趙美心,孟昭文,劉雲平以及國際名探李昌鈺博士等。國際領袖基金會理監事包括徐紹欽(理事長)陳燦安(總會長)陳銘達及李學海等。在全美共有15 個分會和5 個委員會。各分會會長和共同主席,包括林美蓮(舊金山)、孫陳小鳴、洪逸青、蔡慶雲(洛杉磯)、吳小燕(西雅圖)、黄亞村、馬勇(紐約)、黃國清、何西典(華盛頓DC)、葉超、吳子平(新英格蘭)、孔慶超、姚學智(底特律)、吳來蘇、傅惠芬(芝加哥)、嚴培達(奧蘭多)、鄭漢城(邁阿密)、簡衛(亞特蘭大)、James Birney、李蔚華(休士頓)、黄金森、谷祖光、陳文珊(達拉斯)、羅麗芬、賀士郡(全球)等,以及委員會主委董殿會,陳鈞亞,白越珠,俞乃奮,汪清,張恩, 沈郭逸媛,黃凱文。基金會由朱小棣担任代理行政主任。
由於透明度和卓越的管理,國際領袖基金會自2012 年連續被美國聯邦政府慈善活動(CFC),選入最佳慈善專業組織名錄。CFC 是由雷根總統1982 年頒布的“慈善籌款”第12353 號行政命令,由美國聯邦政府人事管理辦公室設立的,目的是鼓勵聯邦工作人員、退休人員和政
府承包商在慈善捐贈方面更加積極主動。有意捐贈者可以從CFC 出版的“最佳慈善專業組織關愛目錄”中找到基金會,也可以在http:/www.cfcnca.org/sitative-Search 上搜索到ILF 的CFC 號碼:#24372,并给予支持。基金會也被全美知名的慈善機構透明度審查委員會
Guidestar 頒發金質獎章,是全美頭等慈善專業組織之一。

麻州年薪百萬戶人口 Hopkinton和Natic增幅最大


(Boston Orange) 麻州的年薪百萬人士,人數總量可能上下差不多,但居住市鎮卻變化頗大。增減幅度可達兩位數,其中HopkintonNatic增幅最大,Sudbury跌幅最多。
劍橋市,布魯克蘭鎮(Brookline)原本是麻州最富裕的兩個社區之一,在2016年內,百萬年薪人士也都減少了至少5%
由於聯邦政府的居民收入資料公佈速度較慢,目前可查到的資料僅為20152016年的變化。
導致地方居民收入變化的原因有很多,HopkintonNatic百萬年薪人士增幅高達11%,很可能是因為戴爾(Dell)公司在九月時,以600億美元收購了位於HopkintonEMC。那是科技界當年最大的企業合併案。住在HopkintonNaticEMC高管,很多人可能因為手中所持股票,頓時成了年薪百萬戶。
賽百瑞(Sudbury)則是跌幅最大城市,跌了11%
毫不令人意外的,波士頓仍然是麻州年薪百萬戶人口最多的25個城市之一,不過和之前一年相比,增長幅度只有1.3%。以絕對值來說,2016年內,牛頓市,尼罕市(Needham)申報年收入百萬的人比波士頓更多。

After Historic 45 Day Strike, Boston Marriott Strikers Vote on New Union Contract

After Historic 45 Day Strike, Boston Marriott Strikers Vote on New Union Contract
Workers will vote on the richest contract negotiated in UNITE HERE Local 26’s history


What: Press conference on historic contract victory with results of union ratification vote
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Where: Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115, conference room next to Ballroom B
Who: UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang and victorious striking hotel workers across Boston, including hotel housekeepers, front desk reception, bellmen, cooks, dishwashers, and more.
Note: Marriott workers impacted by the contract fight will be available for interview in person at the event as well as by phone.

WhyBoston Marriott workers battled the elements for over six weeks, taking on Boston’s first hotel strike in modern history. Boston’s Local 26 workers have been in contract negotiations since March for job security, safer working conditions, and jobs that are enough to support their families. The standard-setting settlement will ultimately impact 5,000 hotel workers across Boston. 

On October 3, workers walked out at seven Marriott-operated hotels, including the Aloft Boston Seaport District, the Element Boston Seaport District, the Ritz-Carlton Boston, the Sheraton Boston, the W Hotel Boston, the Westin Boston Waterfront, and the Westin Copley Place. This is the first hotel strike in Boston’s history. The last time Local 26 workers went on strike was at Harvard in October 2016, when dining hall workers struck for 22 days and successfully settled a contract with the world’s richest university.

Marriott workers are still on strike in San Francisco, and Hawaii, demanding that One Job Should Be Enough. Strikes at Marriott hotels ended with ratifications previously in San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, and Detroit.

Friday, November 16, 2018

AG HEALEY DEMANDS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION END POLICY THAT DELAYS AND PREVENTS REUNIFICATION OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES

AG HEALEY DEMANDS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION END POLICY THAT DELAYS AND PREVENTS REUNIFICATION OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
Leads Multistate Coalition Opposing Policy that has Kept Thousands of Migrant Children in Prolonged Federal Detention at Unsuitable Shelters

            BOSTON – A multistate coalition of 12 attorneys general, led by Attorney General Maura Healey, today sent a letter demanding the Trump Administration immediately reverse a policy that has delayed and prevented the placement of unaccompanied migrant children with their family members or other appropriate sponsors living in the United States, keeping such children in prolonged federal detention.

            According to the letter, sent to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, the policy requires prospective sponsors of unaccompanied migrant children and their entire households to submit to fingerprinting and background checks, which are automatically shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The letter alleges that the policy imposes unjustified burdens in the sponsorship process and leaves many prospective sponsors with an “untenable choice” of either leaving children in federal custody or coming forward and possibly exposing themselves or loved ones to immigration enforcement.

“Our government should be finding homes for unaccompanied migrant children, not using them as leverage for more deportations,” said AG Healey. “The Trump Administration should immediately reverse this cruel policy and start focusing its attention on lawful, humane, and effective solutions to immigration reform.” 

            The Office of Refugee Resettlement entered an agreement earlier this year with ICE and Customs and Border Protection to impose these requirements on prospective sponsors despite a lack of evidence that they would make children safer, according to the letter. The attorneys general contend that the requirements have resulted in immigration-related arrests of prospective sponsors and allege the true motive for collecting and sharing their information has been to detain and deport them.   
           
            The policy has kept migrant children in unnecessarily prolonged federal custody and contributed to the number of children in detention ballooning fivefold since last year to more than 13,000. These children have been left to languish in overburdened shelters, according to the letter, and the federal government is now dealing with capacity issues at these shelters by moving children to a makeshift tent city in Tornillo, Texas. The letter says the unlicensed tent city has been described as a prison-camp, with 20-person tents and military-style bunk beds and argues the policies that unnecessarily burden sponsorship will increase the number of children in detention and the reliance on these unsuitable detention facilities.

            AG Healey has fought for months against the Trump Administration’s illegal and unconstitutional policies that seek to bar migrants from crossing into the United States. In April, the Trump Administration announced a “zero tolerance” policy requiring the immediate separation of children from their parents and the criminal prosecution of adults who entered the U.S. without permission, including those seeking asylum. In June, AG Healey joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, DHS and Trump Administration officials over their illegal and immoral policy of forcibly separating children from their families at the southern border. The attorneys general claim that the policy violates due process, equal protection and federal law, and has torn apart countless families.

            This week, AG Healey joined with the attorneys general from Washington, California, and New York in filing an amicus brief in a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s attempt to bar asylum claims for children and adults who cross the country’s southern border. The lawsuit, which is pending in the Northern District of California, alleges that this sweeping policy change plainly violates domestic and international law. The amicus brief supports the plaintiffs’ request for a temporary restraining order to prevent the new rule from going into effect before states and members of the public have a chance to submit comments on the matter, per the procedural requirements for this type of rule change.  

            Last week, AG Healey joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general insubmitting comments to DHS and HHS in opposition to proposed regulations that would roll back protections for children held in immigrant detention facilities. The protections are the result of a settlement in prior litigation that afforded all immigrant children a right to be released from detention, set standards for their conditions of confinement, and provided meaningful oversight and monitoring of their care while in federal custody. The Administration is seeking to replace the protections in the settlement agreement with new, less protective regulations.


            Joining AG Healey in signing today’s letter are state attorneys general fromCalifornia, Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. This matter was handled for Massachusetts by Abby Taylor and Angela Brooks of AG Healey’s Child and Youth Protection Unit.

Geohome創辦人楊曉雯闡釋房市流行趨勢 (圖片)

波士頓亞裔房東會創辦人潘樹仁邀Geohome創辦人楊曉雯談
房屋市場。(周菊子攝)





海外華人企業家聯合會年會(圖片)







波士頓台大校友會慶建校90週年 吳杏玫、莊保羅交接會長

台大校友會會長交接。卸任會長吳杏玫(左起)在波士頓經文處處長
徐佑典,僑教中心主任歐宏偉見證中,把會長棒子交給莊保羅。
(周菊子攝)

            (Boston Orange 周菊子麻州勒星頓鎮報導) 大波士頓台灣大學校友會1112日晚,豪氣包下勒星頓鎮的台北久久餐廳,慶祝建校90週年,辦理會長交接。吳杏玫卸任,莊保羅接棒。
                 駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長徐佑典,波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉當晚特地出席,和滿座近70名台大校友同歡。
波士頓台大校友會會長吳杏玫(中)自掏腰包,買禮物感謝幹部及
義工。右起,袁尚賢,謝立言,李苡惠,賴政宏,莊保羅,以及
韓萬涵,邱羿儂,翁嘉遜。(周菊子攝)
                  本身政大畢業的徐佑典笑說,台大校友都是傑出人才,出席台大校友活動,讓人備感壓力。不過,來波士頓就任七個月,校友會活動的敘舊憶往氛圍,也總是讓人覺得溫馨十分。他提醒台大校友們經文處永遠是海外僑胞後盾,預祝眾人感恩節快樂,期許台大校友能各自發揮所長,協助提高台灣在海外的能見度。
                  歐宏偉接著致詞,介紹自己時笑說自己的名字是王力宏的宏,梁朝偉的偉,惹來台下一片笑聲,幫他加註他的姓是歐巴馬的歐。
            第二度擔任波士頓僑教中心主任的歐宏偉表示,這是他回波士頓後第三次參加台大校友年終聚會。他觀察到的台大校友會特色,一是老朋友多,一眼望去,許多人他廿年前就認識,二是新朋友也特別多,將近一半校友是年輕人,即將接棒的會長、副會長也都是年輕人。他希望台大校友需要僑教中心服務時不要客氣,辦活動需要地方,一定打折。
吳杏玫(左)送出禮物謝謝邱羿儂(右)。(周菊子攝)
             歐宏偉還介紹僑胞卡,說明僑委會從九月份起推廣僑胞卡,全台灣現在已有2500家以上特約商店,讓持卡人購物打折。海外僑民,凡是年滿20歲,持護照或中華民國護照加綠卡,都可到僑教中心申領。大波士頓地區現在有五家特約商店,波士頓的龍鳳大酒樓,牛頓市的珠媽廚房,摩頓市的一品香,春田市的Ginger Blossom,佛蒙特州的御園餐廳(Zen Garden)。另外有9家連鎖店的功夫茶,也即將加入特約商陣容。
每次都幫忙拍照的謝立言(右)也領得感謝禮品。(周菊子攝)
            吳杏玫在會上詳細報告了過去一年台大校友會舉辦或參與協辦的活動,包括二月份赴新罕布夏州滑雪,五月份牛頓台灣日,八月份和台商會合辦趣味學台語,有逾百人參加的夏季郊遊,九月迎新,十月份和五個組織合辦職涯講座,並籌備建立往上平台,幫助校友和僑胞聯誼,十一月年終聚餐,慶祝建校九十週年。
            為了感謝校友會幹部過去一年的協助,吳杏玫會長還自掏腰包買禮物,送給莊保羅,邱羿儂,賴政宏,李以蕙,翁嘉遜,郭瑋庭等。
哈佛大學台灣同學會會長藍凡耘(左二)講述他們自製的"密室脫逃"
遊戲,身旁的台大校友聽得好入神。(周菊子攝)
             台大校友會年終聚餐的壓軸活動是袁尚賢主持的猜謎。他強調要懂得斷章取義,歪打正著,牽強附會,切忌犯面,力求典雅。僑教中心主任歐宏偉,顯然也是猜謎能手,和邱羿儂各猜中至少兩題。
                 新任會長莊保羅透露,如無意外,小他兩屆的林奕如將出任副會長。經校友推薦,來年考慮增辦紅娘類型活動,以及哈佛大學台灣同學會自行設計,製作佈景道具的密室脫逃遊戲。
袁尚賢主持猜謎節目。(周菊子攝)
謝欣康一家三口或猜謎得獎,或中了抽獎,成為當晚最幸運一家。(周菊子攝)
            

查理貝克2019年薪總值將漲至25萬美元


(Boston Orange)查理貝克(Charlie Baker)即將展開第二任期,他的年薪也將上漲10萬元,加上福利,總酬勞將達25萬元。
根據州長辦公室的資料,副州長白莉朵(Karyn Polito)的薪資也將接受法定的額外薪給,讓她的年薪上漲至165000元。
波士頓環球報指出,去年麻州議會決定給自己加薪時,查理貝克明確表態不贊成,指加幅過巨,是財政上不負責任的表現,他還誓言不接受該提案帶來的額外報酬。
不過,那是2017年二月,議會推翻了他的否決這1800萬元加薪案的時候。
那時他說,在有關責任的辯論不多之下批准這大幅加薪,是把過多的財務責任放到了麻州人民身上。
查理貝克現在的年薪是$151,800元。他的薪資將漲至$185,000
議會領袖根據他們所設立委員會在2014年提出的新薪資建議,新訂的加薪法案包括給州長$65,000住宅津貼。委員會稱麻州是全美僅有的六州之一,既不提供州長官邸,也沒住宅津貼。
           查理貝克和他太太在Swampscott海岸邊,擁有一棟價值110萬元的住宅。今年他在競選連任的候選人辯論中曾經表示,因為法案已通過,他會接受加薪。
           查理貝克態度改變的原因,可能是州政府的財務狀況比他在第一任期的上半段時好多了,他在競選途中,也不斷宣揚麻州有10億元預算盈餘。

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

CONSTRUCTION STARTS FOR PHASE TWO OF ORIENT HEIGHTS REDEVELOPMENT IN EAST BOSTON

CONSTRUCTION STARTS FOR PHASE TWO OF ORIENT HEIGHTS REDEVELOPMENT IN EAST BOSTON


Phase Two includes the renovation of 88 new public housing units, as well as improvements to the existing infrastructure and open spaces
BOSTON - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 ­- Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that Phase Two of the Orient Heights redevelopment in East Boston has officially begun, a $51.6 million investment that is part of a larger effort to transform the 331-unit public housing development, originally built in 1951. The Boston Housing Authority (BHA), the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and the developers of Trinity Financial and East Boston Community Development Corp., last week began rebuilding 88 units at the site.

Following the successful completion of Phase One, a $51.2 million investment which created 120 units of new affordable rental housing, Phase Two will leverage $10 million in proceeds from the sale of the Winthrop Square Garage, as well as $1.83 million in Inclusionary Development Policy Funds, secured from the Davis Companies' 99 Sumner Street development in East Boston.

"Today we celebrate another significant milestone in the revitalization of Orient Heights," said Mayor Walsh. "This effort will continue to improve the lives of our residents, while creating a community that more appropriately fits in with the surrounding neighborhood."

Phase One of the project, which was completed in the spring of 2018, consisted of the demolition of 90 existing public housing units and the construction of 120 units in a combination of townhouse and mid rise buildings. The units are spread across four town homes containing 32 units and one mid-rise building containing 88 units and on-site property management offices. All 120 units will receive an operating subsidy - 75 percent of the units will receive state public housing operating subsidy and 25 percent of the units will receive project-based subsidy through the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program. The Phase One project achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

Phase Two will include the demolition of 87 existing units in four buildings and the construction of 88 replacement state-funded public housing units in two townhouse buildings and one mid rise building. The redevelopment will also include improvements to the existing infrastructure and open spaces, and is anticipated to be completed in 2020.

"It is amazing to see the changes in our community since the completion of Phase One," said resident Carol Johnson. "The residents of Orient Heights are pleased and enthusiastic about what is to follow with Phase Two."

The Orient Heights public housing development is owned and managed by the BHA, which undertook a planning process in 2008, funded by DHCD, to consider redevelopment options for the site. The BHA commissioned a master plan with an overall design concept and established the goals for the site's redevelopment-to transform the site into an attractive, energy-efficient and healthy housing community modeled on the successful transformations of previous public housing redevelopment efforts at sites such as West Broadway, Maverick, and Old Colony.

In January 2015, the BHA selected the development team of Trinity Financial and East Boston Community Development Corp. to work with BHA and DHCD and finalize a redevelopment strategy for the site. This development team will secure financing to implement the redevelopment, and will own and manage the buildings post-redevelopment. The BHA will continue to own the land and will lease it to Trinity.

"We look forward to continuing our work with Trinity Financial, our development partners, to revitalize the Orient Heights public housing community," said BHA Administrator Bill McGonagle.

The total development cost for Orient Heights Phase Two will be approximately $51.6 million. The financing plan includes $19.4 million in private equity raised through an allocation of federal 4 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits; tax-exempt bonds for construction financing; $16.75 million in state public housing capital funds from BHA and DHCD; and $11.8M affordable housing resources from the City of Boston. DHCD also provided $32.7 million in state public housing capital funds for Orient Heights Phase One.

"We are proud to support this transformational project that will benefit the residents of Orient Heights and the larger East Boston neighborhood, with our largest capital commitment ever of nearly $50 million for a state-aided public housing development," said Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan. "I want to recognize Boston Housing Authority's creative leadership, Trinity's partnership, and the City of Boston's unprecedented commitment of funds to make this project work."

BHA and the development team continue to hold meetings with residents and the neighborhood, meetings with the Resident Task Force and various meetings with City and State officials. BHA, Trinity, and the East Boston Community Development Corp. will continue to meet with the residents and the broader neighborhood on an on-going basis throughout the project's stages.

Current Phase Two residents of the site worked with a relocation team regarding which relocation options best meet their needs. Relocation options included moving to another BHA public housing development of their choice or moving to privately-owned housing with a state-subsidized Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP). Residents may choose to return to the redeveloped site when construction is complete or remain in place after initial relocation.  

About the Boston Housing Authority
The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) is a public agency that provides subsidized housing to low and moderate income individuals and families. In addition to conventional public housing communities throughout Boston, BHA offers rental assistance programs. BHA receives federal and state funding in order to provide housing programs to individuals and families. BHA's mission is to provide stable, quality affordable housing for low and moderate income persons; to deliver these services with integrity and mutual accountability; and to create living environments which serve as catalysts for the transformation from dependency to economic self-sufficiency.

MAYOR WALSH AND 100 RESILIENT CITIES LAUNCH NETWORK EXCHANGE ON EQUITABLE AND RESILIENT CITIES

MAYOR WALSH AND 100 RESILIENT CITIES LAUNCH NETWORK EXCHANGE ON EQUITABLE AND RESILIENT CITIES
Exchange will galvanize leading organizations, cities, and experts to innovate ideas and solutions on equity issues, building on "Resilient Boston" strategy
BOSTON - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 ­- Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor's Office of Resilience & Racial Equity, and 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) announced a three-day Network Exchange on Equitable and Resilient Cities will take place in Boston beginning today. Chief Resilience Officers and high-level officials from eight cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, will convene to build on the City's groundbreaking work in addressing deep-rooted issues of racial disparity and systemic inequity by creating a global conversation and developing and sharing further municipal-level solutions to promote equity, inclusivity, and social cohesion.

Participating cities include Atlanta, Los Angeles, Louisville, New York, Seattle, and Tulsa in the United States, along with Greater Manchester, United Kingdom and Toronto, Canada. Cities will be represented by Chief Resilience Officers (CRO) - a position in city government created and funded by 100RC - who act as their city's point person for resilience-building efforts, leading the development of a citywide Resilience Strategy, along with high-level city delegates with expertise in race and equity. The convening will also include 45 subject matter experts both from the 100RC Network and beyond, including partner organizations Social Finance, Anti-Defamation League, Initiative for Competitive Inner Cities, Neighborly, Ioby, Fourth Economy, HR&A Advisors, and beyond, along with 20-plus Boston city government representatives.
 
"With Resilient Boston, our city put forth a comprehensive roadmap for a resilient future which is firmly centered on racial equity," said Mayor Walsh. "This convening is an exciting opportunity to share Boston's progress and, even more, to share best practices with our peers across the 100RC network of cities."

"Under Mayor Walsh's leadership, the City of Boston has made its mark as a champion of racial equity," said Otis Rolley, Managing Director for North America at 100 Resilient Cities. "Resilient Boston is already an inspiration to cities across 100RC's global network, making Boston a fitting host for this important conversation. The cities participating are truly courageous - taking the hard and necessary steps to address such a pernicious challenge - and we greatly look forward to the event's outcomes."
 
The Boston Network Exchange will focus on practices and tactical interventions that local leaders can use toward promoting more equitable outcomes across city systems and in the delivery of core services, such as public transportation, affordable housing, and economic opportunity.

The Network Exchange will also result in a guiding document for cities around the world that are addressing the stresses associated with racial and other systemic inequities - recognizing this as a core element in strengthening their resilience to future disasters and other shock events.
 
"Cities can build resilience for all residents by confronting racial divisions and bias - which is known to lead to significant disparities in economic, social, and environmental outcomes, and disproportionate impacts after disasters," said Lori Nelson, Boston's Chief Resilience Officer. "To successfully address this complex issue, we need the support and insights of fellow cities that have gone through similar experiences, as well as private, non-governmental, and academic actors who are key partners in implementing multi-benefit solutions."

Resilient Boston, released in 2017 by Mayor Walsh, laid the groundwork for important, community-driven work to begin addressing the systemic challenges to achieve a more resilient Boston. City of Boston staff worked for nearly two years with more than 11,000 Bostonians and the team from 100RC to develop this comprehensive strategy.

A key component of 100RC - a global effort dedicated to helping cities better prepare for 21st Century economic, social, and physical challenges - is gathering member cities to share best practices, solve problems collectively, and access expertise from peers and partners.

台商會首屆 APitch Day創業賽 科技部贊助

波士頓經文處處長徐佑典(後左三)和A Pitch Day籌委會成員及
評審合影。(主辦單位提供)
            (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導) 新英格蘭台灣商會(TCCNE)和新英格蘭台灣青年商會(TYCCNE)策畫、舉辦的首屆投案日(A Pitch Day)”創業比賽,入圍9隊分AB兩組,依序由HaystackVistaScan獲得冠軍,各得獎金3000元。
            AdaViv這隊贏得最受觀眾歡迎獎,獎品為新罕布夏州River Walk Resort三日夜遊。
新英格蘭台灣商會會長歐陽露(右)頒發獎金給A組優勝隊Haystack。
(主辦單位提供)
            ”投案日(A Pitch Day)”創業比賽是台商會和台青商會放眼國際,鼓勵青年創業的一項活動,首次推出就聲勢不凡,有中華民國科技部,國家發展委員會,財團法人生物技術開發中心,波士頓經文處,亞洲矽谷,EGI資本等重量級機構贊助。
             經由兩名會長歐陽露,歐怡君和籌辦委員們的努力,以及紐英崙中華專業人員協會理事康麗雪所介紹,來自華府的華人企業家投資者聯網(Chinese Entrepreneur & Investor Network)共同創辦人方志峰(Mike Fang)大力舉薦,投案日的參賽隊伍在很短時間內由9隊增至26隊,最後並礙於活動時間有限,當天的陳案評審程序改為依各隊企業發展程度和資金狀態,分成AB兩組。
新英格蘭台灣青年商會會長歐怡君(左)頒發獎金給B組優勝隊VistaScan。
(主辦單位提供)
             A組隊伍包括共同創辦人為常壯壯的人工智能管理資金公司A.I. Capital Management,共同創辦人張宣業既是物理博士,又開業做專利律師的雙向顯示(Bidirectional Display)”公司,做以軟體輔助數學,程式設計教學的BlocksCAD,綜合應用電腦視覺感應及機器人自動化來改善務農效益的Haystack,以及藉智能穿戴設備來防止工作人員因不斷重複相同動作而受到身體傷害的Iterate Labs
AdaViv獲得最受歡迎獎。(主辦單位提供)
             B組隊伍包括以硬體人工智能解決方案來為生產高價值溫室農產品的農夫們增加產品產量及品質的AdaViv,提供新平台來運送RNA或小分子藥物進血管的 Angiex, 以人工智能解決方案來使醫療服務更可負擔的Visionairy Health,以及研發手持式設備,讓人可從一滴血就可測試自己身體內維他命或微營養成分狀況,創辦人是Li Jiang,但當天由其他人個案陳述的VistaScan
             列在B組中,為資源缺乏國家研發低價低耗電多用途醫療設備的Breegi Scientic公司,當天並未出席陳案。
Origin Wireless主席兼執行長李政峰和Proteostasis執行副總裁李伯勳(Po-Shun Lee)這兩位博士,當天在會上分享了他們的科研,創業經歷。
六名評審,右起方志峰,Michael Bergman,Mark Watson,李政欣,
許恒源,Trish Fontanilla。(主辦單位提供)
獲有麻省理工學院博士學位的李政峰直指年輕人會走上創業這條路,多半因為有熱情,有改變世界的理想,但一路走來難免會遭遇理想與現實的衝突,得瞭解社會中現在有哪些需求,目前有什麼解決方案,可以有哪些創新更好做法等等。
他還指出,創業要有承擔。在構思,科技及模型上要創新,在企業經營上要有遠見,能分階段,做到數量,要有能夠傳承的價值觀,更在金錢,法律及人事上負起責任。
他認為創業還能助人瞭解人性,在創業過程中,創業者會體會到最重要的其實是人,是合夥人,團隊成員,經濟生態中的合作者,還有客戶。
台商會會長歐陽露和台青商會長歐怡君。(主辦單位提供)
他甚至以耶穌基督從一名木匠之子到被視為背叛者,死後卻獲萬人景仰的生命歷程為例,指創業的成功,失敗過程,有時和那也很像。創業者必須相信,熱愛自己所關心的事。
A Pitch Day 籌委會,評審和參賽隊伍代表合影。(主辦單位提供)
曾任哈佛大學Brigham and Women醫學醫師兼科學家,其後歷任Vertex副醫學主任,諾華(Novartis)製藥的轉化醫藥專家,Proteostasis執行副總裁兼首席醫學長的李柏勳在會上笑言,李政峰的描述深獲其心。高中就來美留學的他說,就像他當年在台灣看到的綠野仙蹤(The Wizard of Oz)”這本書一樣,越想越覺得那和生命科學界的創業故事尤其相似,就是一個從如何解決問題,鋪陳計畫,和人們談說符合他們需要的科技,到如何貫徹實施計畫的過程。
他在現實社會中看到過的創業路途錯誤包括,構想和現實差距太大。創業故事必須有凝聚力,說服力,因此需要做許多的研究,不但要有科技專業能力,更得和實際使用的人接觸,瞭解他們的需要。
A Pitch Day籌委會,右起,屠澤寬,黃千姬,歐怡君,歐陽露,
賴怡音,林才民。(主辦單位提供)
投案日”由Audrey Heyun Paek擔任司儀,評審包括社區及顧客經驗顧問Trish FontanillaEGI資本創始合夥人許恒源,AB 生物科學公司首席科學家李政欣,波士頓Impact Initiative基金執行經理Mark WatsonBergman & Song LLP創始合夥人Michael BergmanICMA-RC方志峰。
                       駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長徐佑典當天特地出席鼓勵,並透露科技部派駐波士頓的組長預定12月中到任,將為波士頓與台灣之間的科技交流牽線。

主講人之一,Proteostasis執行副總裁兼首席醫學長的李柏勳。
(周菊子攝)


Origin Wireless主席兼執行長李政峰。(周菊子攝)

六名評審。(周菊子攝)
同樣來自台灣,都做創投基金,分別在波士頓和華府運作的許恆源(左)
和方志峰(右)談起兩人的專業可以互補,應該合作。(周菊子攝)