Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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Over 20 percent of Boston's total IDP inventory completed in 2018 
BOSTON - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) today released the 2018 Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) Annual Report, detailing how Boston is leveraging the strong development market to create and preserve affordable housing opportunities in every neighborhood.  In 2018, 546 new IDP units were completed, representing 21 percent of all IDP units in Boston.

"In order to maintain a strong middle class and be a thriving, diverse city, we must continue to create and preserve housing for individuals and families at a range of income-levels," said Mayor Walsh. "The Inclusionary Development Policy is one of our many tools for creating moderate and middle-income housing, and our latest report is a testament to its impact across Boston's neighborhoods."

IDP requires that developers of buildings with 10 or more units seeking zoning relief or building on City of Boston owned land set aside a percentage of their units as income-restricted to moderate- to middle-income households.

Since the inception of IDP in 2000, the policy has resulted in 2,599 units of stable, income-restricted housing for moderate- and middle-income families, and $137.1 million in funding. When combined with other affordable housing resources, this funding has supported the completion or preservation of 1,414 additional units of housing, affordable to very low-, low-, and moderate-income households.

In his 2019 legislative package, Mayor Walsh is proposing strengthening the Inclusionary Development Policy as a strategy to capture affordable housing units and funding from projects which are zoning compliant, expanding the work that Boston has done to address the region's affordable housing crisis. The other housing bills proposed seek to help existing tenants, particularly older adults, remain in their homes.

Notably, 2018 saw the completion of the 239-unit Beverly, the first fully affordable and workforce housing development in 25 years, located near North Station. All of the units in the Beverly are income-restricted, ranging from 30 percent of Area Median Income (AMI), up to 165 percent of AMI. The project was funded in part with off-site contributions Related Beal was able to secure from the Hub on Causeway project and by a voluntary contribution from its own Lovejoy Wharf project.

"Boston benefits from diversity in housing that provides options to the families, talent and companies that make our city great," said Kimberly Sherman Stamler, President of Related Beal. "We are proud of our partnership with the City and government partners on The Beverly in a shared effort to achieve the Mayor's workforce and affordable housing goals. The thousands of housing units created under the IDP are a testament to the vision and leadership of the Mayor and the many city agencies that work to achieve these shared goals."

Of the total IDP housing stock, 16 percent of units are located in Downtown, 13 percent are located on the South Boston Waterfront, 11 percent are located in the South End, and nine percent are located in South Boston.  

"Inclusionary Development Policy funds from projects on the South Boston Waterfront have been instrumental in leveraging both public and private resources to develop and preserve affordable housing in the South Boston neighborhood," said Donna Brown, Executive Director of the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation (NDC). "South Boston NDC has been able to utilize IDP funds to build new affordable housing for Veterans, the workforce and for the elderly.  We recently used IDP to purchase private, occupied rental housing and preserve it for low and moderate income residents. IDP is critically important to ensuring that Boston remains an economically diverse city."

According to data compiled for the 2018 report, of all on-site and off-site IDP Units created by private developers, 25 percent are homeownership units, and 75 percent are rental units. In addition, a substantial number of new IDP units are anticipated to be completed over the next few years: 834 units are under construction or have been permitted, and there are 1,285 units in projects that have been approved by the BPDA, but have not yet pulled a building permit.

When the policy was introduced in 2000, few cities had a similar policy. Today, Boston is often highlighted for the success of its program, and towns and cities across the country are using inclusionary development programs to meet affordable housing needs. 2018 marks the third year the BPDA has released the annual IDP report, as one of several new steps the agency is taking to track progress to guide inclusive growth in Boston.

The report builds on Mayor Walsh's commitment to preserving and expanding Boston's affordable housing, ensuring all families who wish to live in Boston can. Currently, one in five housing units in Boston is income restricted to people with none to moderate incomes. Boston has secured funding to build affordable housing by utilizing a range of tools, including leveraging market-rate development, collecting linkage and Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) payments from real estate developers, and by supporting passage of the Community Preservation Act (CPA).

Last month, Mayor Walsh and the City's Community Preservation Committee (CPC) this week recommended 56 projects, totaling more than $34 million, for inclusion in the fall funding round for the Community Preservation Act (CPA). In 2018, Mayor Walsh increased the City's overall housing targets from 53,000 to 69,000 new units by 2030, including 15,820 income-restricted units, to meet Boston's population growth. These income-restricted units will include purchasing 1,000 rental housing units from the speculative market and income-restricting them through an expanded Acquisition Opportunity Program.


麻州巡警濫報加班費醜聞 Eric Chin第一個被判刑

              (Boston Orange 周菊子整理報導)麻州美國檢察官辦公室325日宣佈,麻州巡警(state trooper)謊報超時工作訟案,第一個被判刑的是前警官陳艾瑞(譯音,Eric Chin)
            麻州巡警濫報超時工作,增肥個人收入的醜聞,涉案警員多半屬於現已停止運作的E巡警部門(Trooper E)。目前共有8名警員被控,有關單位仍在持續調查中。


BOSTON – A suspended Massachusetts State Police Trooper was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with the ongoing investigation of overtime abuse at the Massachusetts State Police (MSP).

Eric Chin, 46, of Hanover, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to one day in prison, deemed served, and one year of supervised release with three months to be served in home detention. Chin was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,125.  In December 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds.

            Chin was an MSP Trooper assigned to Troop E, which was responsible for enforcing criminal and traffic regulations along the Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate I-90. In 2016, Chin earned $302,400, which included approximately $131,653 in overtime pay. 

            Chin was paid for overtime hours that he did not work and for at least one four-hour shift that he did not work at all. Chin concealed his fraud by submitting fraudulent citations designed to create the appearance that he had worked overtime hours that he had not, and, falsely claimed in MSP paperwork and payroll entries that he had worked the entirety of his overtime shifts.

            Chin admitted collecting $7,125 for overtime hours that he did not work. 

            The overtime in question involved the Accident and Injury Reduction Effort program (AIRE), which was intended to reduce accidents, crashes, and injuries on I-90 through an enhanced presence of MSP Troopers who were to target vehicles traveling at excessive speeds. 

            Chin is the first Trooper to be sentenced as a result of the ongoing investigation. Thus far, eight MSP troopers have been charged and have pleaded guilty. Seven are awaiting sentencing.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Douglas Shoemaker, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dustin Chao and Mark Grady of Lelling’s Public Corruption Unit are prosecuting the cases.

Monday, March 25, 2019


BOSTON - Monday, March 25, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced mini-grant applications are now available for community partners interested in creating summer meal sites through the Boston Eats program, which provides free meals to youth age 18 and under across the City of Boston. Organizations are encouraged to apply here by the April 5, 2019 deadline.

"The ability to access healthy meal options is directly linked to a young person's health and success," said Mayor Walsh. "I am encouraged by the strong partnerships we have made to address the summer meal gap, and connect our youth to easily accessible and healthy meal options as they transition into a new school year."

Led by the Mayor's Office of Food Access (OFA), the Boston Eats program aims to increase community participation through a series of mini-grants to be distributed to partners who will create nontraditional summer meals sites in 30 locations across the City of Boston. These mini-grants are made possible through a partnership between OFA, Project Bread's Child Nutrition Outreach Program, and the YMCA of Greater Boston, and by funding provided through the Boston Children's Hospital's Collaboration for Community Health.

"Our partnership with Children's Hospital will enhance our Boston Eats program and feed more youth when meal options may be limited," said Chief of Health and Human Services Marty Martinez. "I'm proud of the work carried out by the Mayor's Office of Food Access to further reduce barriers in accessing healthy meal opportunities so Boston youth have access to reliable and healthy food options year-round."

In 2017, OFA and its partners piloted an open meal site initiative at Boston City Hall and Mattapan Public Library, through which nearly 3,000 meals were served. The following year, the program expanded to more Boston Public Library branches, municipal buildings, farmers markets, and Boston Housing Authority locations. These sites served a combined total of nearly 19,000 meals to youth in the City of Boston. The success of the program displayed a significant need for the Boston Eats program.

Meals are available on a first-come-first-serve basis with no identification or registration required for youth. In addition to providing meals, these sites provide a safe space for youth to engage with their peers when school is not in session and connect families with other resources in their neighborhoods.

"For more than 25 years, Boston Children's has dedicated resources and used its expertise to improve child health outcomes beyond the walls of our hospital," said Sandra L. Fenwick, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Children's Hospital. "Through the Collaboration for Community Health, we're able to further extend by helping more community partners to implement programs and strategies that are vital to a child's overall health."

In Greater Boston, one in nine children struggles with hunger. When school is out for the summer, food at home is not always available and hunger over the summer can result in overall learning loss and decreased physical and mental health by the time the fall comes around again. The aim of this program is to encourage community partners to provide food for youth to help strengthen communities from the ground up, starting with their children.

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團體組Old Timer隊奪冠軍,僑教中心主任歐宏偉(左二)
(Boston Orange 周菊子摩頓市報導)新英格蘭台灣商會(TCCNE)324日早上,在摩頓市Town Line Luxury Lanes舉辦第13屆新英格蘭盃保齡球賽,約40多人出席。個人組男女冠軍,依序為顏振中,許漱馨。團體組共10隊參賽,第一名為顏振中,王安宇,蔡高進等三人組成的Old Timer隊,積分1268
            今年共有10 組參賽隊伍,客家鄉親勢力龐大,包括客家會長宋玉琴,共組了三隊快樂長青隊參加。另外蔡坤喜組了自由隊,許漱馨和現任會長李以蕙組成一隊,並以她的公司MovetoBoston做隊名,藉機打打廣告。

Sunday, March 24, 2019


(Boston Orange 周菊子整理報導)波士頓僑教中心323日下午舉辦僑務工作座談會,討論「僑團、僑教/僑生、僑商」等三大類別的16項議題,期許波士頓本地僑胞代表在51417日返台參加僑委會所辦「108年僑務委員會議」時,能代轉達意見。
會上,歐宏偉說明,今年的僑務委員會議主題是「匯聚僑力 共創國家繁榮」,僑委會希望凝聚僑界共識,推動僑務工作的創新與變革,爭取更多僑胞認同,並鏈結全球資源,促進臺灣的進步與發展。
僑務促進委員中的波士頓急難救助協會會長王志維,建請僑委會統一設計全球僑界急難救助協會識別標誌 。新英格蘭大波士頓臺灣商會前會長歐陽露希望僑委會把僑胞卡申辦年齡放寬到16歲以上,另參考僑胞卡做法,在海外發行「中華民國留學生卡」。波士頓元極舞協會會長薛劍童提議討論如何擴大青年參與,培養僑社繼起人才,藉人脈關係、僑民網絡來發揮國民外交精神等。