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Monday, August 02, 2021

翁來『向貝多芬致敬』音樂會 把觀眾帶進另一個世界

翁來謝幕。(中華表演藝術基金會提供)
             (Boston Orange) 中華表演藝術基金會的翁來『向貝多芬致敬』音樂會,724日晚在波士頓伊莎貝拉美術館(Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) Calderwood大廳,「把觀眾帶進另一個音樂世界,和他一同歌唱」。

             翁來是2016年伊麗莎白國際鋼琴大賽的決賽入圍者,2019年紐約音樂家協會全球音樂甄試冠軍。他應中華表演藝術基金會之邀,舉辦音樂會,選定『向貝多芬致敬』這主題,但卻演奏深受貝多芬影響作曲家們的經典作品,顯示貝多芬的影響力有多深遠。

             這晚的曲目有舒曼,舒伯特,克里亞諾(Corigliano),及布拉姆斯等人的經典作品,包括多位音樂界名師,名指揮家,共約150人到現場欣賞。

             其中一名觀眾Eldridge,會後有感,做了一首詩,大意為『不論白天我們是如何過的,今晚我們都被他的手指,笑容,動作...帶領進入他的音樂世界,和他一同歌唱』。

              中華表演藝術基金會徵得作者同意,已經該文上載該會官網:http://www.chineseperformingarts.net/contents/season/20210724/index.html

               波士頓音樂雜誌(The Boston Musical Intelligencer) 資深樂評,專門評寫鍵盤音樂已50多年的David Moran,以『和藹可親的翁來描述片段的歷史』為題,稱讚翁來『琴藝高超,有強力,有低沈,有多彩的音色。關注到結構的細緻及和諧。如一串閃閃發光的珍珠,激動卻連接無縫無痕,是少見的青年藝術家』。不過他對翁來曲目的選擇及詮釋,甚至連安可曲的安排都有不同的意見和看法。不過他也指出,以貝多芬對他那年代及後世的影響之深遠而言,想要在一場短短的音樂會中,包羅最具代表性的所有作曲家及作品是有相當難度的。每個人都可能有不同看法也可理解。

中華表演基金會會長譚嘉陵表示,這場演出的全場錄影,將放在該會的YouTube頻道上 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDuiQiOzZI_M7iDNXWXEDA/videos,供愛樂者欣賞。

                     828(週六)8點,中華表演基金會將在同一場地,邀請2017年范克萊本 (Van Cliburn) 國際鋼琴大賽銅牌獎主徐翔(Daniel Hsu)演奏舒曼的童年回憶組曲,貝多芬第31 Op.110 奏鳴曲,及李斯特的B小調奏鳴曲。 音樂會免費公開,但須預約,六歲以下不可進場,門票可在http://www.chineseperformingarts.net/offers/20210828/index.html 登記,歡迎樂捐贊助!

台灣網球名將謝淑瑋 8/2 麻州康可鎮出賽

謝淑薇。(吳杏玫提供)

            (Boston Orange) 臺灣職業網球選手,四座大滿貫女子雙打冠軍得主謝淑薇,將於82日至8日,到麻州康可鎮( Concord)參加第125 Thoreau 網球公開賽。首場賽事82日舉行。

             這場公開賽是女子網球協會(WTA)的巡迴賽之一,在星期一至五之間,球迷可免費進場,觀賞。星期六的準決賽及星期天的決賽則需購買門票進場,成人票及兒童票依序為美金$40$10

                  謝淑薇今年才剛獲得溫布敦女子雙打冠軍,在Thoreau 網球公開賽中是第2種子。她的首場賽事預定於82(星期一)下午一點以後在中央球場舉行,她將和妹妹謝語倢搭檔,迎戰美國的DavisMcHale

                  台灣同鄉吳杏玫表示,對愛好網球的波士頓台灣同鄉們來說,這將是近距離看謝淑薇打球,並為她加油的絕佳機會。

                  在82日排定的賽程上,12場比賽中至少8人有華裔或亞裔姓氏,包括美國隊的Victoria HuSophia ChangGrace Min,瑞士隊的Lulu SunLeonie Kung,中華台北隊的梁恩碩(En-Shuo Liang),謝淑瑋,謝語倢。

                          購票詳情:https://thoreautennisopen.com/tickets/

球賽日程:https://www.wtatennis.com/tournament/2045/concord-125/2021/order-of-play

                         球賽地點:Thoreau Club, 275 Forest Ridge Rd, Concord, MA 01742

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Sunday, August 01, 2021

亞美會慶11週年 推出「生活沙龍」

亞美聯誼會創辦人甄雲龍(中)和現任共同會長曹品慈(右二),潘飛
(左一),以及董事吳皓(右起),陳建立,谷繼成。
       (Boston Orange) 亞美聯誼會今 (1) 日中午在波士頓華埠尼倫街的盛雄莊,慶祝星島日報41週年,亞美聯誼會11週年,以及「生活沙龍」開張。
       亞美聯誼會共同會長曹品慈表示,該會成立10年以來,每年9月第二個星期都舉辦亞美節,近幾年在波士頓廣場舉辦的節慶活動,在各方共襄盛舉中,規模十分龐大,提升了亞裔社區的能見度,只是活動經費都由該會董事及參與活動團體自行籌措,辦理頗為不易,今年決定推出「生活沙龍」,以更為長期的達到在社區推廣文化這宗旨。
右起,甄雲龍,潘飛,曹品慈介紹,「生活沙龍」。
                亞美聯誼會創辦人甄雲龍笑言星島日報今年慶41週年,當年是他把星島日報帶到波士頓的,大家可以把他當作星島日報,所以他今年也41歲。他還記得自己當年來到波士頓,陳建立夫婦是第一個協助他的人,後來華美福利會的舢舨,也是陳建立創辦後,交由他接手當第二任編輯。如今他和社區內熱心人士創辦亞美會,希望能加強推廣亞裔和主流社區之間的文化交流。
左,周文熙應邀出席。
               亞美會的「生活沙龍」將從食衣住行四大方面著手,以設在盛雄莊內新闢出的一個房間,陸續策畫、舉辦許多服務社區活動,包括安排麻州大學資訊科技系畢業的甘渴為開班教耆英善用手機各項功能;伍氏公所主席伍樹俊教易經風水;盛雄莊和原蔘泰這兩家公司提供與吃有關的最佳食材與烹飪作法;世界旗袍會的馮愛卿主持為社區耆英義務表演舞蹈,教跳舞,出售旗袍等活動。該會會員中包括潘飛、王天齊等有多名資深地產業人士,將可為社區內有需要者提供租屋買房方面的相關問題,孜嘎蒼珍( Tammy Tsikar)
孜嘎蒼珍( Tammy Tsikar)(左)介紹世界旗袍會及地產、貸款服務。
還可提供貸款方面的諮詢服務。至於行的方面,將在旅遊,飛機票方面尋覓適當專家及企業來為社區服務。
谷繼成(左)介紹他所發明的納米潤滑油。
           在「生活沙龍」開張儀式中,甘渴為,伍樹俊,孜嘎蒼珍分別簡述了他們提供的服務,亞美會董事谷繼成也示範,介紹了他所發明的納米超級潤滑油。
           曹品慈強調,該會設在盛雄莊內的「生活沙龍」,在早上9點半至下午6點半之間,歡迎所有會員到場品茶,聊天,聽講座,玩音樂,學書法,賞古董。他和亞美會創辦人甄雲龍將長期駐守,與會員交流。該會也將和包括至德三德公所、世界旗袍會、美國威達企業、中華書法會、阿波羅納米超級潤滑油等組織及企業,還有波士頓亞裔社區內的幾十個社團攜手合作,服務社區。
    亞美會成立後,頭三個月就有300多人登記冊為會員,後因管理困難,停止接納登記,改為發展合作夥伴,迄今已有100多個合作夥伴,這些會員及夥伴將自動成為「生活沙龍」的會員,新加入的會員,需繳會費15元,就可享有該會的食衣住行會員優惠。 

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「城市投票權」背書支持Kim Janey競選波士頓市長

華人前進會員工及華埠居民以個人名義支持Kim Janey。前左起,余翠
鳳,李素影,Kim Janey,湯建華,以及右三李嘉接。(周菊子攝)
            (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓綜合報導) 今年的波士頓市長選戰,超多支持者在初選前就選邊站。 由有色社區工薪階層組成的,「城市投票權 (Right to the City Vote,簡稱RTCV) 731日早上在洛士百利的杜爹利餐廳 (Dudley Café) 門外,宣佈支持波士頓代市長Kim Janey

              RCTV在發出的新聞稿中強調,「當Kim Janey贏了,有色社區就贏了」。

Kim Janey致詞。(周菊子攝)
          2021年的這場波士頓市長選戰,在今年二到四月,6名主要候選人逐一出爐後,人們就已知道,波士頓市勢必變天,因為6名候選人全是有色人種,其中包括膚色外貌看來是白人的一名候選人,也聲稱自己是有色人種。

                   根據維基百科,有色人種(People of color)主要用於形容不被認為是白人的人,在美國,這個詞的適用對象包括非洲裔美人,亞裔美人,美國土著,太平洋島民每人,多族裔美人,以及某些拉丁裔美人。所以前述那位候選人給自己劃分的歸類,其實也沒錯。
李素影(右)支持Kim Janey。(周菊子攝)
本地工會26和Kim Janey合影。(周菊子攝)

不過RTCV稱,Kim Janey上任波士頓代市長後,在對抗流離失所,增加取得教育途徑,促進教育上的公平,致力讓警察負起責任等事務上,已有許多改善。該組織經過內部討論後,達成支持Kim Janey的共識。

              RTCV是在20208月成立的全市性政治組織,成員包括全波士頓市各地的工薪階層,移民,以及有色居民。歷經長達4個月的內部流程,成為一個訂有以最公平方式未受影響社區改善生活品質政策為優先的平台。

新聞稿上引述了數名該組織重要成員的支持發言。

前任昆士小學校長李素影表示,,「我和Janey市長共事多年,親眼見到她的熱情,以及她的致力為低收入學生、移民家庭,有特殊需要學生彌平機會差距。她證明了她是如何憑藉自己的生活經驗來做治理決定,她是我們在這個團結城市,以期波士頓市對所有人都更公平的歷史性時刻所需要的人」。

                      華人協選會(CPPA)成員駱理德表示,「Janey市長致力打擊流離失所,而且說到做到的撥出經費。她增撥了比以往多三倍的預算來留住居民,保持樓宇的可負擔。她也把給首次購屋者的援助提高了三倍,推出了社區土地信託基金,誓言在包容性房屋程式中做必要的改變」。

RTCV主席Armani White表示,「當我們談到復甦時,把重心放在族裔評等上很關鍵。Kim Janey在成為波士頓市長候選人之前,就已經在爭取教育平等及族裔正義上行動多年了,而她是能夠統一這個城市的人。她的改革考試學校錄取方式,推動警察問責制,開放經濟機會,都源自她自己的生活經驗,有著很深的社區根源。

731日這天,有三、四十人出席RTCV支持Kim Janey當波士頓市長的宣佈儀式,其中包括以個人身分出席的華人前進會共同主席湯建華,特地自製支持Kim Janey掛牌的華埠居民李家接,以及本地26工會的多名亞裔會員。(更正版)

Friday, July 30, 2021

八月份三個週日Newbury街變身行人徒步區

 

 

BOSTON TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES 2021 OPEN NEWBURY STREET DATES

 


 

BOSTON - Friday, July 30, 2021 - Today Mayor Kim Janey announced Open Newbury Street will turn Newbury Street into a pedestrian-only walkway for three Sundays in August: August 15, 22 and 29 from 10am to 8pm. As Boston emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, Open Newbury Street provides exciting new opportunities for businesses to engage their customers on repurposed street space, and allow pedestrians to enjoy the full width of this famous Boston street.

“I’m especially excited to kick-off Open Newbury Street as we look for ways to hold space for collective joy and imagination,” said Mayor Janey. “We look forward to supporting businesses by providing space for them to engage customers in creative ways. I hope residents and visitors will be able to experience all that Open Newbury Street has to offer.”

“It lends a really fun atmosphere for the whole street — everybody is in a good mood, everyone is smiling, everyone is excited to see what merchants are doing.” says Kathy Palmer, President of The Fish & Bone pet supply shop. “[Merchants] are excited to open up again: our stores are very small so it was hard to have capacity limits in the last year. Having the ability to bring your brand out onto the street in open air where everyone is safe and there’s no fear of being too close, that really helps!” 

Newbury Street will be open to pedestrians and closed to motor vehicles from 10am to 8pm from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue. Parking will be restricted on Newbury Street and adjacent streets with enforcement beginning at 5:00 a.m.; signs will be posted informing drivers of the change. 

Businesses and attendees are encouraged to promote the event on social media using #OpenNewbury. The public is encouraged to utilize the several different MBTA routes that service the area in addition to bicycling and walking. For more information, visit the event’s website at boston.gov/open-newbury. Businesses are asked to submit their plans for any of the Open Newbury days using this form.

 

Next month, the City of Boston will announce additional open streets events to take place in multiple Boston neighborhoods in the early fall. Pending analysis and feedback, the City will also consider additional Open Newbury Street dates in September 2021.

 

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition at Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

 Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition at Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

 

BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced the departure of Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Secretary Thomas Turco, III. Secretary Turco is retiring after more than 30 years of public service. The Administration also announced the appointment of current Undersecretary for Law Enforcement Terrence Reidy as Acting Secretary of Public Safety and Security.

 

“Since taking office, our Administration has been deeply committed to ensuring the safety and security of the residents, families and communities of the Commonwealth, and we are grateful for the leadership of Secretary Turco in pursuing that goal,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Tom has played an invaluable role in many major efforts to deliver a safer Commonwealth for all, including working with law enforcement, legislators and community justice leaders to deliver landmark police reform legislation. We appreciate his expertise and commitment to public service, and look forward to continuing to work with Acting Secretary Reidy.”

 

“Over the past three years Secretary Turco led the team at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and its agencies with purpose and dedication, and we wish him well in his retirement,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “His commitment to supporting the public safety of our local communities was unsurpassed and his thoughtful leadership was invaluable to our Administration. I want to thank Secretary Turco for his years of service and welcome Acting Secretary Reidy to this new role.”

 

“Public safety depends on all of us working together to build a culture of preparedness, responsiveness, and care for those in our communities,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Thomas Turco. “I would like to thank the residents of the Commonwealth for their support of our work, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor for their confidence in me and my colleagues across our agencies whose collective partnership has advanced our vision of excellence. Knowing how our team will rise to this occasion empowers me to make this decision to spend time with my family who have been a source of unwavering support to me in my life of public service.”

 

“Serving on Secretary Turco’s leadership team at EOPSS has prepared me for the task of succeeding such an effective leader,” said Undersecretary for Law Enforcement Terrence Reidy. “I am honored to be appointed Acting Secretary of Public Safety and Security and lead a talented group of world-class professionals. Together with our partners in the Administration, Legislature, and local communities, we will fulfill our mission to sustain and increase public safety.”

 

“On behalf of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs, I would like to extend our collective congratulations to Secretary Turco on his retirement,” said President of the Major City Chiefs, Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes. “Tom has been a phenomenal leader who we have benefited from.  His wisdom, guidance, and ability to make the most difficult decisions has made the Commonwealth a safer place. His legacy will continue in our law enforcement community for years to come.”

 

“As Boston Police Commissioner, I experienced an extraordinary collaborative fusion under Tom Turco’s leadership,” said Retired Boston Police Commissioner Willie Gross. “Like Coach Belichick, he leveraged the strength of each local, state, and federal partner - challenging each to do their job and contribute to a shared mission. I thank his family for supporting Tom in his work to make the Commonwealth a safer place for all.”

 

Under Secretary Turco’s leadership, the Baker-Polito Administration has made several advancements on key public safety and security issues for people and communities across Massachusetts. Key accomplishments include:

 

  • Collaborated with the Legislature and key stakeholders to develop, codify into law, and implement the foundation of the comprehensive 2020 police reform bill.
  • Increased opportunities for implementing body cameras, including creating grant opportunities for municipalities and a dedicated program for more than 1,500 troopers within the State Police.
  • Supported the Commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by helping to coordinate a statewide effort to distribute personal protective equipment and other critical supplies to first responders and other frontline workers.
  • Led state-wide election security planning to ensure that residents could safely exercise their right to vote in the election as well as free speech.
  • Developed the first-of-its-kind “Faith-Based Organization Safety and Security Toolkit,” an e-learning course for all houses of worship, faith organizations, law enforcement organizations, and first responders in the Commonwealth, and a similar workbook for large public venues.
  • Supported funding for the Department of Fire Services to redevelop a former Department of Corrections site and create an academy in Bridgewater.
  • Recruited and swore in 450 new State Troopers and oversaw the recruitment of the most diverse State Police class in history.   

 

About Terrence Reidy:

Terrence Reidy has served as Undersecretary for Law Enforcement within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security since 2019, where he has provided strategic leadership to the Massachusetts State Police, the Municipal Police Training Committee, and the Office of Grants and Research. In addition, Reidy served as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes. Drawing on his prosecutorial experience collaborating with community leaders, he oversaw the creation of a hate crime resource guide for Massachusetts schools and partnered with police to ensure that every department in the Commonwealth has a trained, dedicated civil rights officer.

 

Prior to his work at EOPSS, Reidy was an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and Assistant District Attorney in Worcester and Suffolk Counties. His experience included supervising the Attorney General’s Enterprise, Major Crimes, and Cyber Crime Unit and the Worcester District Attorney’s Gang Unit. In Suffolk County, Reidy was promoted from District Court Prosecutor to Superior Court where he served in the Gang and Safe Neighborhood Initiative Units.  In these roles, he developed collaborative relationships with federal, state, and local law enforcement as well as residents and community groups.

 

Beyond his work in government, Reidy dedicates time to volunteering as a coach for several youth sports organizations. He completed his undergraduate studies at Colby College and earned his juris doctor from New England School of Law.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OFFICE OF POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

 

BOSTON - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - Mayor Kim Janey today released findings and recommendations following her charge to Attorney Stephanie Everett and the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency to deliver a plan for review and reform of the police department internal affairs procedures, based on Director Everett’s investigation into the Patrick Rose case. The report reviews what internal affairs policies and procedures were in place during the time of the Rose case. The report further identifies which of those policies and procedures have appropriately been changed since 1995 and recommends additional reforms where needed.

“In 2021, there is a new opportunity to ensure this never happens again. We must implement the 2020 Task Force recommendations and establish OPAT and its public boards with urgency, said Mayor Janey. “I am grateful to Stephanie Everett for her work leading and building OPAT. I thank the Boston Police Department for its cooperation and efforts to advance its policies to meet the demands for equity and justice in our city.”

The following are Director Everett’s findings and recommendations from her review of the Rose case:

Finding #1: Ensuring Thorough, Independent Internal Investigations

In 1995, there did not appear to be clear policies and procedures in place to ensure a thorough and independent response by the Boston Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division upon notice of a complaint.

Recommendation #1: Start Investigations Within 48 Hours of Notification

It is recommended that the Boston Police Department’s Bureau of Professional Standards shall, upon receiving information from the Court, an officer’s supervising officer, or other credible source, that an officer has been charged with violating Massachusetts General Law c. 265, Section 13a-29, as may be amended, prioritize this matter and seek to interview witnesses within 48 hours, where appropriate for the witnesses.

Finding #2: Ensuring Appropriate Action from a Sustained Finding

The Boston Police Department did not take sufficient steps to discipline or terminate based on the Internal Affairs Division’s sustained finding of misconduct.

Recommendation #2: Make Discipline from Internal Affairs Investigations Visible, Predictable and Just

It is recommended that this same discipline matrix should also be used for recommendations resulting from IAD investigation. In addition to guidance that will be provided by that matrix, the Boston Police Department is also developing and will promulgate this year new policies involving members of the force accused of sexual assault and domestic violence.  

Finding #3: Ensuring Oversight of the Internal Affairs Investigations

The third finding is that there was no independent oversight of the Internal Affairs Division’s investigations.

Recommendation #3Mayor to File Amendment to OPAT Ordinance to Alert OPAT of Criminal Charges Brought Against Officers

When the IAD receives information from the Court, an officer’s supervising officer, or other credible source, that an officer has been charged with violating Massachusetts General Law c. 265, Section 13a-29, as may be amended, notification will be sent to the POST Commission and to the Office of Police Accountability & Transparency for the offense and the initiation of an investigation.

The full Rose Case Policy & Procedure Review can be accessed here.

This builds on the work of the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency. 

Since her appointment in early May, Director Everett has been steadfast in advancing several key police reforms, even as she works to staff the new OPAT organization. Already, OPAT has solicited nominees to the new Civilian Review Board. On May 21, Mayor Janey submitted a letter to the City Council requesting nominations for the Civilian Review Board by June 7. The City Council finally began its process to nominate Civilian Review Board members last week and set an extended deadline of August 30. Nominations from several community-based organizations are expected by July 31. Second, the new Internal Affairs Oversight Panel had its first public hearing in June. Third, OPAT has been working to coordinate compliance with new state police reforms. 

In addition, the City of Boston and Boston Police Department have begun for police reform measures, including the creation of a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion policy and launch of a DEI Committee within the BPD in April; a revision of the use of force and bias-free policing policies in May; launch of a public dashboard that covers police conduct in June; de-escalation work for BPD officers; and an increase from two to eight hours of the Fair and Impartial Policing Curriculum for new recruits.