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Friday, February 22, 2019

新英格蘭台灣商會請魏則楷談2019報稅注意事項

右起,張耀熙, 林才民(後),張秀梅,宋玉珍,會計師魏則楷,賴怡音,李苡惠,胡美惠,許炳煌(左一)等人會後合影。(周菊子攝)
                        


(Boston Orange 周菊子牛頓市報導)2019年報稅,得注意稅法變動。會計師魏楷則應新英格蘭台灣商會和青商會之邀, 216日在僑教中心說明,普遍來說稅率降低了,標準扣減額加倍,但不是每個人的繳稅額都會減少。
會計師魏則楷。(周菊子攝)
          魏則楷也強調,麻州稅法和聯邦稅法雖然相似,並不一樣,申報時需留心。
           在大波士頓已執業廿多年的魏楷則,這天在台商會會長李苡惠安排的講座中,發給出席者多達14頁的減稅及就業法簡報,一一解說,並回答問題。來自新英格蘭台灣商會、青商會,紐英崙客家鄉親會,以及社區各界的聽眾,不下五,六十人。
             魏則楷指出,這次的稅改是1986年以來,變動最大的稅法改革,絕大部分納稅人都會受影響,不過大部分改變都是臨時性的,到2025年就失效,此外政府還在不斷做技術性修正。
年輕的出席者提問。(周菊子攝)
             對個別報稅人來說,這次稅改的主要內容有稅率變動,兒童稅修訂,廢除奧巴馬醫保個別規定(Individual mandate),最低替代稅(AMT)的改變,各項扣減額改變,房地產及禮物稅,擴大應用529帳戶,災難性損失等。
           以個人所得稅率的改變來說,2018年收入在9,525元以下者,稅率仍為10%,年收入在38,700元以下者,其收入總額中的9,525元,只需繳稅10%38,700元減9,525元部分,則需繳稅12%。和2017年度稅率相比,減少了3%
            各收入段的減稅幅度在0%4%之間,年收入在82,500157,500元之間的單身或已婚人士,減幅最高,4%
報稅講座出席踴躍。(周菊子攝)
            但年收入在400,000元到417,000元之間,聯合報稅的已婚夫婦,以及年收入在200,000元到417,000元之間的單身人士,反而要多繳稅,多繳額可高至2%
            繳稅時的標準扣減額提高了。  單身人士從6,350元提高到12,000元,已婚聯合報稅人士從12,700元提高到24,000元。魏楷則指出,在這情況下,絕大部分人士將寧可採用標準扣減額,不會再選擇在新稅法中限制最高申報10,000元的分項扣減(Itemized deduction)
             來自逝者的房地產及禮物,可豁免繳稅額度也提高一倍,單身達1120萬元,已婚夫婦2240萬元。年度禮物免稅額也提高到15,000元。
             符合資格的災民,可以從退休計畫中提領最高10萬元,豁免10%的提早領取稅。
             在問答環節中,不少人問到在外國有存款,房產,該怎麼辦的問題,狀況包括父母或祖父母為子女,孫子女在外國開立了帳戶,沒告訴子女,他們不知道,當然沒申報,該怎麼辦等。魏楷則指出,有些狀況最好諮詢律師,例如在場的胡美惠,會能更妥善回答。(圖片已於19日發表)
胡美惠律師回答問題。(周菊子攝)

Statement of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins On the Feb. 22, 2019, Fatal Police-Involved Shooting on Gerard Street in Roxbury

Statement of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins
On the Feb. 22, 2019, Fatal Police-Involved Shooting on Gerard Street in Roxbury

BOSTON, Feb. 22, 2019—Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins today made the following statement to the community on this morning’s fatal shooting involving a Boston Police officer:

“Any loss of life is tragic and this morning’s events on Gerard Street are no exception.  I want to express my relief that the injured officer is expected to survive.  I hope for his full recovery, and my thoughts are with his family at home and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement.  I also want to express my deep sadness and sympathies for the family and loved ones of the man whose life was lost.  They, too, are undoubtedly in shock at circumstances beyond their control.
“I want to assure the people of Boston and Suffolk County that I will be conducting an independent investigation into this incident and it will be full, fair, thorough, and impartial.  If anyone in the community has information on this incident they haven’t yet disclosed, they can feel safe bringing it to my attention.
“In these early stages, I have assigned First Assistant District Attorney Daniel Mulhern to handle this investigation and report directly to me.  As my direct representative, ADA Mulhern responded to the scene last night and has updated me regularly throughout the early morning hours, as has Commissioner Gross.  I spoke with the Commissioner immediately after the shooting and we have communicated several times since then.
“By statute, this investigation and all decisions stemming from it rest exclusively with me, the District Attorney, independent of any other agency or individual.  I pledge to base any decision I make exclusively on the facts, the evidence, and the law, and again I offer my prayers and condolences to both families impacted by this shooting.” 

U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE COLLECTS MORE THAN $5 BILLION IN FISCAL YEAR 2018

U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE COLLECTS
MORE THAN $5 BILLION IN FISCAL YEAR 2018
Massachusetts collections account for more than one third of the nation’s total recoveries

BOSTON - U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announced today that the District of Massachusetts collected more than $5.213 billion in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2018. Of this amount, more than $4.9 billion was collected by the District alone - $25,028,095 in criminal actions, and $4,906,284,211 in civil actions

The District of Massachusetts also worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $282,208,233 in cases pursued jointly. As a whole, the Justice Department collected nearly $15 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2018. The $14,839,821,650 in collections in FY 2018 represents nearly seven times the appropriated $2.13 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices.

In addition to these civil and criminal collections, the District of Massachusetts was also responsible for the forfeiture of $20,788,659 in criminal proceeds, or other property involved in crimes, in Fiscal Year 2018.

“I’m proud of the work the prosecutors in my office have done to secure more than $5 billion in civil and criminal collections, and asset forfeitures, in 2018 alone,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “The District of Massachusetts has long been a leader in financial recoveries in the areas of health care fraud, securities fraud and civil settlements, and we will continue to aggressively pursue collections that return money to victims of crime and U.S. taxpayers, and that deprive criminals of their ill-gotten gains.”

“The men and women of the U.S. Attorneys’ offices across the country work diligently, day in and day out, to see that the citizens of our nation receive justice. The money that we are able to recover for victims and this country as a whole is a direct result of their hard work,” Director James A. Crowell, IV, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.

In August 2018, the District of Massachusetts announced a $4.9 billion settlement with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, which was the largest penalty ever imposed on a single entity by the Justice Department for financial crisis-era misconduct.

               U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, along with the Department’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims. The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered a physical injury or financial loss. While restitution is paid to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the Department’s Crime Victims Fund, which distributes the funds collected to federal and state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

                The largest civil collections were from affirmative civil enforcement cases, in which the United States recovered government money lost to fraud or other misconduct or collected fines imposed on individuals and/or corporations for violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws, or fines for other fraudulent conduct.  In addition, civil debts were collected on behalf of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service, the Small Business Administration and the Department of Education.

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES TRADE MISSION TO BOSTON'S SISTER CITY PRAIA, CABO VERDE

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES TRADE MISSION TO BOSTON'S SISTER CITY PRAIA, CABO VERDE
BOSTON - Friday, February 22, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced he will lead a coalition comprised of City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts officials, and business and nonprofit leaders, and community stakeholders on a Boston-Cabo Verde Trade Mission to strengthen the City's partnership and sister-city agreement with Cabo Verde. The delegation will focus on ways to expand economic opportunities between Boston and Cabo Verde, while reinforcing the fundamental goals set in the sister-city agreement signed in 2015 between the City of Boston and City of Praia, the capital city of Cabo Verde, that calls for collaboration on education, health, arts and culture, business and trade, and public safety.

"This mission to Cabo Verde offers us an incredible opportunity to strengthen ties with the country where many Bostonians have their family roots, while showcasing the best of all Boston has to offer and unlocking new doors of opportunity," said Mayor Walsh. "It's important that as we continue to grow as a city, we look beyond our borders as part of our strategy for creating and sustaining equitable economic growth in the City of Boston."

From February 22 to February 28, 2019, the trade mission delegation will make stops on the islands of Fogo, Brava and Santiago, where Mayor Walsh and delegation participants will visit local schools, the main hospital, speak with various business organizations, and meet with top business and government leaders. These visits and meetings will focus on fostering economic and cultural development, expanding commercial and business activities, boosting the number of small and mid-sized enterprises, growing trade and jobs, improving health outcomes, and increasing educational opportunities.

"As the proud son of Cape Verdean immigrants and Boston's Cape Verdean community, I know first hand that having a strong working partnership with the City of Praia and Cabo Verde is beneficial to both of our Cities' residents, culture, economy, and quality of life," said John F. Barros, Chief of Economic Development. "Through our Sister City program we have exchanged best practices, fostered business relationships, and shared cultural experiences with cities around the world that help to strengthen Boston's diversity and economy."  

A portion of the trip will also include a learning journey organized by the Hyams Foundation and in consultation with Aminah Pilgrim, Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. On Monday, February 25, delegation members will travel to Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was the first European colonial town to be built in the tropics, a center in the routes for international maritime trade, included in the routes between Africa and the Cape, Brazil and the Caribbean, and a strategic location for the Atlantic trade of enslaved persons of modern times.

"I am grateful to Mayor Walsh for this collaboration and learning opportunity. Boston has a rich and diverse community, and exploring our cultural ties in Africa and Cabo Verde will help us inform and continue the progress made through our race dialogues in order to ensure a more inclusive City," said Hyams Foundation Executive Director Dr. Jocelyn V. Sargent.

Greater Boston is proud to be the home of over 40,000 Cape Verdean residents. According to the American Community Survey from 2014, one of every five Cape Verdeans in the United States lives in Boston. Overall, Cape Verdeans in Boston constitute 4.4 percent of the city's total foreign-born residents, and Cape Verdean Creole is in the top five languages other than English spoken in Boston.

Recognizing the significance of this population in Boston, the City of Boston signed a Sister City Agreement with Praia, Cabo Verde in 2015 to foster economic, social and cultural exchange between these two cities. One of the goals of the Sister City Agreement is to develop strategies to expand commercial activities between Praia, Cabo Verde and Boston with an aim to increase the number of small and mid-sized enterprises, grow the volume of imports and exports, and create jobs to boost the economies in the City of Praia and the City of Boston.

Key delegation participants include:
  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh
  • John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston
  • Danielson Tavares, Chief of Diversity, City of Boston
  • Joe Finn, Commissioner, Boston Fire Department
  • Alvaro Lima, Director of Research, Boston Planning & Development Agency
  • State Senator Vinny DeMacedo, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • State Representative Liz Miranda, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Representatives from Berklee College of Music
  • Jocelyn Sargent, Hyams Foundation
  • John Cruz, Cruz Construction
  • Dr. Jean-Jacques Alves, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Thursday, February 21, 2019

胡桃山音樂營嘎然而止 將變身夏日系列音樂會

(Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)中華表演藝術基金會220日正式宣佈,已有近30年歷史的胡桃山音樂營,今年畫句點。每年都在營期間舉辦的系列音樂會及協奏曲比賽,將以夏日系列音樂會之名,轉往新英格蘭音樂學院音樂廳,照常舉行。
中華表演藝術基金會會長譚嘉陵在一份聲明中表示,胡桃山音樂營自1990年舉辦以來,成就非凡,每年都有大約50名以上來自台灣,香港,中國及美國等各地音樂學生及世界級大師參加,讓數難以計的學子受惠匪淺。校友中如朗朗,Eric LuYeol Eum Son, Kate Liu等,有許多人已蜚聲國際,成為廣受歡迎的專業演奏家。
胡桃山音樂營的音樂會演出,更是每年都得到波士頓最大古典音樂雜誌(Boston Music Intellengencer)的全面報導與好評。他們甚至以南邊的岩港音樂節(Rockport  Music festival South) “的比喻,來高度讚譽和肯定這音樂節。
譚嘉陵說,結束胡桃山音樂營,實在是逼不得已。胡桃山音樂營是一個中華表演藝術基金會向胡桃山音樂學校租借場地,為音樂界學子提供進修平台,親炙大師機會的暑期活動。雙方一直合作愉快。沒想到胡桃山音樂學校今年突然通知場地漲租,漲幅還一跳三倍,經努力協商仍無效,她只能很遺憾的結束胡桃山音樂營,不再續辦。
但為照顧音樂學子,造福社區,譚嘉陵幾經思考後,決定繼續舉辦音樂營時期的音樂會表演系列,以及協奏曲比賽,不過地點就改到交通更方便些的波士頓新英格蘭音樂學校音樂廳。
今年的協奏曲比賽部分,參賽者不限地域、國籍,凡年紀在25歲以下,均可參加,報名截止日期為2019531日。比賽曲目為勃拉姆斯鋼琴協奏曲D小調地1號。未來幾年,可能選用其他樂器曲目做比賽。
協奏曲比賽得獎者將獲得和水銀(Mercury)交響樂團在新英格蘭音樂學校喬丹廳(Jordan Hall)同台演出的機會,以及獎金3000美元。水銀交響樂團是2010年的美國管弦樂演奏獎全國冠軍,指揮是Channing Yu
有意者需送交影音素材(YouTubeYouku)參加徵選,通過後到波士頓參加初賽與決賽。徵選評委包括新英格蘭音樂學院的Bruce Brubaker,台灣國立台南藝術大學鍾曉青,美國曼哈頓音樂學院Philip Kawin,王寅飛,中國武漢音樂學院徐洪等五人。
初賽和決賽的評委包括美國波士頓音樂學院Jonathan Bass,美國新英格蘭音樂學院
 Wha-Kyung Byun,美國麻省理工學院音樂系David Deveau,美國新英格蘭音樂學院和克利夫蘭音樂學院Haesun Paik,美國水銀交響樂團指揮Channing Yu
            87日至824日,中華表演藝術基金會將在新英格蘭音樂學院舉辦系列音樂會,全部免費,但建議捐款10美元。6歲以下兒童不准入場。
系列音樂會的日期及時間如下:
87日星期三,涂翔 (Hsiang John Tu),鋼琴
88日星期四,Sam Ou,大提琴和 Chi-Chen Wu,鋼琴
89日星期五,駱奇偉Chi Wei Lo),鋼琴
88日星期六,Jiyoung Lee,大提琴
811日星期日,陳宏寬 (Hung-Kuan Chen),鋼琴
814日星期三,陳涵 (Han Chen),鋼琴
815日星期四,X + YZ樂團: 袁泉
(Quan Yuan),小提琴,張婉哲,女高音,施珈 (Jia
Shi),鋼琴,Sue-Ellen Tcherepnin,長笛,Vladimir Andric 男中音和 Jasmina
Trumbetas,女高音
816日星期五,Larry Weng,鋼琴
817日星期六,協奏曲比賽第一輪獨奏曲目
818日星期日,協奏曲比賽決賽
819日星期一,于翔 (Angelo Xiang Yu),小提琴
820日星期二,Andrew Li,鋼琴
822日星期四,Tony Yike Yang,鋼琴
824日星期六,協奏曲比賽得獎者與水銀交響樂團合作演出
查詢8月在新英格蘭音樂學院夏季音樂會系列的時間表以及協奏曲比賽的相關詳情,可上網:http//www.chineseperformingarts.net/contents/summer/index.html

紐英崙龍岡親義公所慶新春 人人有獎

紐英倫龍岡親義公所主席關麗莎(右一),劉承德(左二)和元老
趙羨藻(中)歡迎紐約龍岡親義公所主席張德江(左三),關振良
夫婦(右二,三)。(周菊子攝)
(Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導) 紐英倫龍岡親義公所,217日晚在帝苑大酒樓掛出桃園結義古城會,忠義仁勇萬代傳的布幅,上繫劉關張趙四姓宗親藩旗,和將近300名宗親,嘉賓,同慶已亥豬年新春。
駐波士頓台北經文處處長徐佑典、僑教中心主任歐宏偉,波士頓市不分區市議員吳弭(Michelle Wu)、第二區市議員愛德華費林(Ed Flynn)等嘉賓,和遠道來賀的紐約龍岡親義公所主席張德江,關振良夫婦應邀到賀。
這場新春晚宴由劉秀華,趙寶玲擔任司儀,洪青體育會的祥獅獻瑞揭開序幕後,顧問張錦龍宣讀「勉之,勉之,勿以惡小而為之,勿以善小而不為。惟賢,惟德,可以服人」的先祖遺訓。主席關麗莎,副主席劉承德先後致歡迎,感謝詞。
紐英倫龍岡親義公所主席關麗莎(右起)與駐波士頓台北
經濟文化辦事處處長徐佑典,杜麗雲夫婦。(周菊子攝)
主席關麗莎的另一半,鳳倫公所主席司徒宗達這晚扮財神,在趙春雲,劉素嬋提著裝有金巧克力的送財籃,陳國航高唱財神到的襯托中,逐桌祝福到會的宗親及嘉賓,今年財運亨通。
出席嘉賓的洪門謝仲安,梅少華,僑聲音樂社的老搭檔黃國威,雷玉霞等人在餘興節目環節中一一獻唱。波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉也湊興高歌一曲上海灘
紐英倫龍岡親義公所在過去這20年間,歷經起伏、波折、動盪。2012年,龍岡親義公所因主席改選,再度爆發爭議。公所宗親分成兩派,各有社區奧援,互不讓步,僵持數年,還打起官司,直到2018年才在法官要求,律師現場監督,重辦選舉,才終結爭議 。
龍岡主席、嘉賓在祥獅獻瑞後合影。(周菊子攝)
跨入整頓第2年,主席關麗莎當晚在匯報去年紐約龍岡主辦懇親大會,世界龍岡宗親,具拿督身分,新當選的馬來西亞龍岡主席都出席到賀,十分隆重。紐英崙龍岡忝為一員,與有榮焉。今年的新春慶祝會,欣得各僑團,企業支持,禮品豐富到人人有獎,聊以開啟新年好兆頭。
新年度的紐英倫龍岡親義公所職員,依序為主席關麗莎、副主席劉承德,中文書記張碧華,英文書記關醒棠,財政劉素嬋,公關關榮康,康樂趙春雲,核數趙暢棠,總務趙惠玲,監察長張錦龍,監察委員張國深、劉秀華、趙靜霞、趙能。

波士頓華僑文教中心主任歐宏偉(右)向紐英倫龍岡元老
趙羨藻敬酒。(周菊子攝)
波士頓市議員吳弭(Michelle Wu,右)和愛德華費林(Ed
 Flynn)聯袂來賀。(周菊子攝)
龍岡親義公所顧問張錦龍(後中)和宗親、朋友等紛紛
來向元老趙羨藻(左三)問好。(周菊子攝)
趙寶玲(左),劉秀華(右)擔任大會司儀。(周菊子攝)
趙寶玲(左起),劉秀華和陳國航合唱娛賓。(周菊子攝)
僑教中心主任歐宏偉獻唱他的首本名曲"上海灘"。
(周菊子攝)
洪門大哥謝仲安(左)和洪門主席梅少華(右)合唱。
(周菊子攝)
黃國威(右)和雷玉霞(左)在春宴中再度搭檔獻唱。
(周菊子攝)
劉景燁當晚入會,成為紐英倫龍岡最新會員。(周菊子攝)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

紐英崙梅氏慶新春 警長父子獲表揚

紐英崙梅氏宗親與到賀的外地宗親合影。(梅氏公所提供)
梅氏公所宗親歡迎駐波士頓經文處處長徐佑典,杜麗雲夫婦
(前中)和波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉(後右一)。(周菊子攝)
                     (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)紐英崙梅氏公所27日在龍鳳酒樓以炮竹辭靈犬,鑼鼓迎金豬,和紐約,芝加哥遠道而來的宗親,波士頓本地的到賀政要,以及數百宗親和賓客,在馬仕威樂隊現場唱奏的熱鬧中,同享美食,合唱梅花,喜迎新春。
             紐英崙梅氏公所主席梅麗梨,梅少彬和元老梅伍銀寬,梅炳鈿等人還特地在這一年一度的盛會上,頒發傑出貢獻獎,表揚兩父子,梅永生的服務公所超過50年;波士頓市A-1區警長梅志強的支持公所會務,維持社會安定。另外還頒發了獎學金給4名分別就讀6年級,8年級的梅氏宗親子弟,鼓勵後輩向學。
外地梅氏到賀。後排左起,羅少華,紐約主席梅靄明,芝加哥
主席梅英挺,梅維政,梅國彬,以及全美理事長梅犖彬(前排
左起),世界梅氏理事長梅犖生,紐英崙梅惠聰。
(梅氏公所提供)
             梅氏每年的新春慶祝會,也是敬老扶幼大會。今年除照例送上新年利市給中華廣教學校,中華耆英會,中華頤養院,以示梅氏對社區服務機構的支持之外,還發紅包給80歲以上的梅氏宗親,讓老人家們拿在手上,暖在心裏。
             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,兩名波士頓僑務委員蔣宗壬,梅錫銳,波士頓市議員吳弭(Michelle Wu),愛德華費林(Ed Flynn),以及代表波士頓市長的市長亞裔聯絡員徐丹晨紛紛到會,頒發表揚狀,致詞。
梅氏宗親會婦女部。(周菊子攝)
             徐佑典笑說,他上任迄今約10個月,才開始陸續參加春宴,一切都還很新奇,感覺波士頓僑社過年的氣氛很濃,比台灣還要濃得多。尤其是不同的公所,僑團,都在春宴中和各公所宗親歡聚,交流,熱絡寒暄的就把年的氣氛帶出來了。
             他指出,對於梅氏,他更是特別感謝。剛到波士頓時,梅錫銳委員陪經文處同事帶他逐個僑團拜會的過程,他銘記心中,也因此對梅氏有了特別的多一分關心。
             當晚的餘興節目,由迄今已有30多年歷史,創辦成員包括3名梅氏宗親,梅錫銳,梅偉文,梅凱生的馬仕威樂隊做現場演奏,蔡倩婷和梅凱生演唱中英歌曲。梅凱生的兒子最近也加入該樂隊,使得馬仕威樂隊的唱奏,增添更多宗親秀才藝味道,遙相呼應往年梅國治,梅宇國等人往年在慶新春活動中的秀攝影,展書法。
紐英崙梅氏宗親會梅掌珠(右)與梅氏全美理事長梅犖彬(左)。
(周菊子攝)
             梅氏主席梅麗梨在會上也感謝了龍鳳酒樓,溫莎餅屋,鴻運酒樓,小南國,美東燒臘等店鋪的贊助抽獎品,介紹了世界梅氏理事長梅犖生,全美梅氏理事會理事長梅犖彬,梅偉文,全美梅氏理事會元老梅忠和,梅錫銳,梅炳鈿,以及芝加哥主席梅英挺,理事梅維政,理事顧問梅國彬;紐約主席梅靄明等各地梅氏理事會職員。
             波士頓梅氏公所今年的職員為,顧問銀寬,國治,宇國,主席麗梨,少彬,中文秘書翠怡,英文祕書子聰,財政銀寬。外交凱生,核數永生,康樂掌珠,婦女部主任艷玲。
梅氏婦女部與全美梅氏理事長梅偉文(前右三),芝加哥
代表團合影。(周菊子攝)
大媽姓梅的陳毓璇(後)和太太陳黃景佩(中)與梅伍銀寬交情
深厚。
(周菊子攝)
紐英崙梅氏公所幹部與嘉賓在梅炳鈿(左)指揮下
唱"梅花"。(周菊子攝)
波士頓經文處處長徐佑典(中)、度麗雲(左一)夫婦(和僑教中心
主任歐宏偉(右一)頒發表揚狀給紐英崙梅氏公所主席梅麗梨
(左二)、梅少彬(右二)。(周菊子攝)
馬仕威樂隊。(周菊子攝)
梅氏公所頒獎表揚梅永生(中)。左起,梅偉民,梅麗梨,
梅錫銳,梅犖生,梅炳鈿,梅犖彬,梅伍銀寬,梅少彬。
(周菊子攝)

梅永生(Lester Fong,左二)與波士頓警察局A-1區警長梅志強
(Kenneth Fong)這兩父子,2月17日晚獲表揚。旁為梅錫銳,
梅炳鈿,梅麗梨。(周菊子攝)
紐英崙梅氏主席梅麗梨(左一),梅少彬(右一),梅伍銀寬
(右二)頒發獎學金給Isaac Moy,Angelina Moy, Evan
Yee, Alex Moy等宗親子弟 。(梅氏公所提供)
梅國治和外孫Evan Yee合影。(梅氏公所提供)
波士頓市長亞裔聯絡員徐丹晨(中)代表市長頒發表揚狀
給紐英崙梅氏公所主席梅麗梨(左),梅少彬(右)。
(梅氏公所提供)
波士頓市議員吳弭(Michelle Wu,左二),愛德華費林
(Ed Flynn,右二)頒發表揚狀給紐英崙梅氏公所主席梅麗梨
(左一),梅少彬(右一)。(梅氏公所提供)

紐英崙梅氏公所主席梅麗梨(後右起),梅少彬和波士頓
國民黨前常委李伍綺蓮,以及前排左起的陳余寶愛,
陳黃景佩,陳毓璇,鄧北海,伍輝民等人在春宴中
合影。(梅氏公所提供)



徐翔鋼琴音樂會 3/30 NEC喬丹廳


中華表演藝術基金會將於三月三十日邀請2017年范克萊本(Van Cliburn)國際鋼琴大賽銅牌獲獎者,鋼琴家徐翔
 (Daniel Hsu) 在紐英倫音樂學院喬登廳 (Jordan Hall) 舉辦一場精彩鋼琴獨奏會。

徐翔出生在舊金山灣區,從6歲開始學琴,他8歲時與弗裡蒙特(Fremont)交響樂團合作首演協奏曲,在10歲時繼他的哥哥和姊姊之後,也被柯蒂斯 (Curtis) 音樂學院錄取。先後跟隨三位顯赫的名鋼琴家學習。

徐翔在2017年范克萊本國際鋼琴大賽除了拿到銅牌獎,同時獲得了大賽委約作品和室內樂的最佳表現獎。他也是2016年吉爾摩( Gilmore)青年藝術家,2015年CAG Victor 
Elmaleh比賽的一等獎,以及2015年濱松國際鋼琴比賽的銅牌得主。他的精湛琴藝和音樂才能受到音樂界的認可。費城 
Philadelphia Inquirer將徐翔演出描述為“ 如詩人般的演奏魅力,具有多方面表現力的優勢”。

徐翔在美國各地舉行獨奏和協奏曲表演。一起合作的管弦樂隊有:費城, 北卡,等等。指揮家有:Leonard Slatkin 等著名指揮家。他每年都會在中國, 日本和歐洲巡迴演出,與東京,多米尼加國家交響樂團合作。

徐翔與布倫塔諾弦樂四重奏(Brentano String Quarte)的室內樂表演贏得了史蒂文德格羅特(Steven de Groote) 室內樂最佳表演紀念獎。獲得達拉斯晨報 (The Dallas Morning News) 高度讚揚。他也經常和他的哥哥徐鴻 (Andrew Hsu) 作雙鋼琴演奏,出現在許多室內音樂節上。

徐翔的第一張專輯由Decca Gold推出,其中包括Mussorgsky's Pictures及范克萊本比賽的貝多芬鋼琴奏鳴曲的現場錄音,以及他獲獎的Marc-AndréHamelin的Toccata的表演。

現年21歲的徐翔,目前是柯蒂斯音樂學院的學員。他喜歡寫電腦程式。他的Workflow贏得了2015 
Apple設計獎,並於2017年3月被Apple收購。

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES 2019 CITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE TO BOSTON RESIDENTS

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES 2019 CITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE TO BOSTON RESIDENTS
BOSTON - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 -  Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced applications are now available for the 2019 City of Boston Scholarship Program. The City of Boston Scholarship Program is designed to support higher education, and is available to Boston residents interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree or continuing education in Massachusetts.

"The City of Boston Scholarship Fund helps students achieve their dream of attending college, and I'm proud that through this program, we're able to give our residents the support they need," said Mayor Walsh. "I encourage residents throughout our city's neighborhoods to apply to this program, and look forward to our city's leaders gaining the opportunities they deserve to succeed."

The City of Boston Scholarship fund is a need-based scholarship that provides up to $10,000 over four years towards tuition, and relies primarily on generous contributions from individuals, organizations and corporations to further the goal of having more Boston residents complete a post-secondary education. During the 2018-2019 academic year, the scholarship program awarded a total of $290,000 to over 115 students representing almost every neighborhood of Boston, who went on to attend 30 local colleges and universities. This year, the Fund will award 30 new recipients.

This year's scholarships were supported by generous donations from Arbella Insurance Foundation, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, Herb Chambers Foundation, Pinnacle Leadership Foundation, and Rapid7 as part of their commitment to students of Boston.

"Investing in the education of our young people is paramount to not only their own success, but to the future of our local communities and businesses," said Corey Thomas, President and CEO of Rapid7. "We are thrilled to continue our contribution to the scholarship fund and commend The City of Boston for its tireless dedication to providing students the support they need to reach their educational goals."

The Scholarship Committee has worked in recent years to simplify and strengthen the application process. Highlights include an updated recommendation form that assesses college and career readiness, three short-answer questions in place of a longer essay, an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculator for students not eligible for FAFSA, and a clear recognition of financial need among continuing education students.

"This scholarship makes accomplishing my dreams a little easier. A college education is very expensive," said Juliana Vazquez, a resident of East Boston and a 2018 City of Boston Scholarship Recipient, "The amount of debt that young college graduates accumulate over four years can be astronomical and I commend the City of Boston for recognizing this. Our great city is working tirelessly to find ways to financially support as many city kids as possible in receiving a college education and for this, I am extremely grateful."

The City of Boston Scholarship program is part of Mayor Walsh's commitment to ensuring that all Boston residents are able to access and complete their post-secondary education. In 2016, Mayor Walsh launched tuition-free community college for Boston Public Schools graduates, providing a cost-effective entry point into higher education for Boston's young people. Participating colleges include Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, and Roxbury Community College.

This year, as part of his legislative agenda, Mayor Walsh proposed replicating Boston's Tuition-Free Community College (TFCC) Initiative launched in June 2016, making it available statewide. TFCC was launched by Mayor Walsh and currently serves 295 students attending Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College and MassBay Community College. Students enrolled through the program have an average graduation rate of 70 percent over three years, significantly higher than national averages.  

In 2018, Mayor Walsh, in partnership with the Frieze Family Foundation, launched the GRAD Last Mile Fund, an innovative scholarship program designed to provide financial support to Boston students nearing college graduation. Additional resources for residents pursuing higher education can be found on Mayor Walsh's Education Cabinet's Higher Education Resource page.

Candidates for the City of Boston Scholarship Program must be Boston residents who have graduated from high school or have completed G.E.D. programming by the time the awards are made. Additionally, candidates must be planning to attend, or currently attending, a two- or four-year accredited post-secondary institution in Massachusetts.

Residents who meet these eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply here. The deadline to submit applications is April 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. For applicants who are renewing their scholarship from a previous year, please email COBscholarship@boston.gov.

For more information on the City of Boston Scholarship, or to apply, please visitBoston.gov/scholarship.