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Thursday, March 04, 2021

波士頓華埠居民希望林肯街125號保留酒樓、超市

 

波士頓華埠居民會共同主席黃楚瑜(右),黃國威(左)主持會議。
            (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)波士頓華埠居民會33日晚在網路上舉行月會,有4項議程,60多名出席者對林肯街125號發展計畫最多意見,希望發展商為華埠社區保留中國式的超市及酒樓,提供廉宜停車位,或者把安全級別第2的生物實驗室(BSL-2)的發展計畫改為建超市、購物商場。

這次的會議有60多人出席,中華公所主席鄭慧民也到會關心。
              4項議程分別是位於華盛頓街660號的野鴨(Wild Duck)酒鋪的酒牌許可轉讓,亞美社區發展協會(ACDC)報告故事項目的最新進展,華人經濟發展協會報告泰勒街(Tyler)78號發展項目進展,以及125號林肯街發展項目近況。

              野鴨酒鋪是業主換人了。新業主Smitesh Patel請了律師John Moordian向華埠居民報告這一變動。

              亞美社區發展協會正在辦理一項邀請居民與藝術家合作,探討華埠高速公路歷史,今日,以及對社區空氣品質有何影響,取名為洗滌(Washing)”的活動,37(週日)下午4點,在網上舉辦聆聽會,邀請居民報名參加。報名鏈接為tinyurl.com/listen2washing。首50位報名者,可得到香滿園餐廳10元餐券。

波士頓市議員Ed Flynn讚許會議有中文翻譯。
              華人經濟發展協會董事長蔣宗壬,副董事長陳亞倫,董事雷國輝,以及承辦泰勒街78號發展計畫的項目聯絡人羅燕玲,在會中以英文、廣東話做簡報,並應出席民眾要求,留下了聯絡電郵或電話。

              羅燕玲說明,華經會已於20208月買下泰勒街78號,將共斥資200餘萬元翻修成8戶可負擔住宅單位,預定今年6月開始施工,8月竣工。

                           與會居民中有人問這項目的AMI (地區中位收入)規定,但華經會並未直接回答。

              華經會董事長蔣宗壬強調,該會動用自有資金買樓翻修,主要目的是把華人社區的土地、房屋保留在華人手中。

              林肯街125號發展計畫由發展商牛津物業代表Mark McGowen回答提問。該公司為這場華埠居民會的陳情,特地把所有文件翻譯成中文,還請了一名陳姓女士用廣東話做解說。

牛津物業代表Mark McGowen的說明,由盧善柔翻譯。
            牛津物業指出,該公司從20194月向波士頓市府遞出發展意向書後,歷經公眾會議,影響諮詢小組會議,與社區團體,綠路保護會溝通等過程,已決定把這發展計畫從辦公大樓改為研究發展大樓,建築高度降低115英尺,商鋪面積增加4400平方英尺,停車位減少125個,增加10,300平方英尺的公共空間,也將支持原有商鋪在改建完工後,繼續留在原址營業。

              牛津物業說明,原本在林肯街125號營運的中國超市(C-Mart)已於20203月關門,確定不再經營。喜臨門大酒樓則在關門後,已於20207月重新開業迄今。牛津物業將在發展計畫竣工後,吸引小規模的地方商家到該地段經營。由於施工期間,喜臨門的營運一定會受影響,牛津物業正和酒樓業主商談,或協助另覓地點經營,或直接支付費用,補償該店須暫時歇業。

會議以zoom進行。
              在社區福利上,牛津物業將提供生命科學領域獎學金,設置可放19輛自行車的Bluebike停放點,資助市政府研究大樓附近人行道的改善辦法,撥款資助皮革區重新設計公園等。

              會中多名華埠居民表示,保留喜臨門大酒樓及中國超市很重要,對華人的生活品質,文化傳承都有影響。也有居民指出,早年在談論生物實驗室時,坊間意見是無論哪一級,都不安全,雖然現在這BSL-2是屬於比較安全的級別,可是如果能索性改成超市,酒樓,購物商場會更好。

牛津物業列出發展計畫的公眾利益。
             波士頓華埠居民會共同主席黃國威,黃楚瑜在會末表示,波士頓市府有2800萬元要用於住宅及社區發展上,預定310(週三),以及427(週二)的晚上6點到7點半,舉行公聽會,希望華埠民眾踴躍出席,表達意見。參加該會可上網https://www.boston.gov/departments/neighborhood-development/hearings-and-public-comment





牛津物業說明發展計畫的新用途是建成生物安全第二級的
實驗研究空間。

麻州再撥4千萬元補助1026家企業對抗新冠疫情

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Nearly $40 Million in Grants to 1,026 Additional Businesses for COVID Relief

Latest round increases total direct financial support to more than $602 million awarded to 13,346 businesses

BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced approximately $39.7 million in awards for 1,026 additional businesses in the ninth round of COVID relief grants administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC). As in prior rounds, each grant recipient meets sector and demographic priorities set for the two grant programs administered by MGCC. 

With the addition of this round of grants, the Administration has awarded over $602 million in direct financial support to 13,346 businesses across the Commonwealth. 

“Our administration is pleased to award this latest round of direct financial support to 1,026 additional businesses hardest hit by the pandemic,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “As the largest program of its kind in the nation, we are proud that Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation grants have now reached 13,346 businesses across the Commonwealth.”

“Recognizing the significant challenges the pandemic has created for businesses throughout Massachusetts, we are glad to provide this continued support as we work toward recovery,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Our administration is grateful to MGCC for their partnership and hard work administering this grant program, ensuring these critical resources go directly to the businesses that serve the communities and neighborhoods in greatest need.”

As announced last month, MGCC has also begun engaging directly with applicants that met sector and demographic priorities, but were missing documents necessary to be considered for an award.

“Understanding how important this grant program is to our strategy for economic recovery, it is critical to work closely with businesses to ensure anyone who applied and was eligible for an award can receive it,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy. “I want to express my deep gratitude to the team at MGCC for their diligence in working with program applicants seeking support. Thanks to their efforts, grant recipients for this round and the prior round are comprised entirely of eligible applicants who were able to provide all the necessary documentation to receive an award.”

Among the sectors that received the highest total number of grants this round are: restaurants, bars, caterers, or food trucks (280); personal services businesses (207); and independent retailers (153). 

Additionally, grants for this round were awarded to 295 minority-owned, and 406 women-owned, businesses; 295 recipients are located in Gateway Cities, and 329 businesses awarded grants have not received any prior aid. 

With public health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction, including a decline in average daily COVID cases and hospitalizations, and as vaccination rates continue to increase, the Administration is taking steps to gradually reopen the Commonwealth’s economy. On Monday, March 1, 2021, the Commonwealth advanced to Step 2 of Phase III of the Administration’s reopening plan. In addition, the Administration also recently announced its plan to transition to Step 1 of Phase IV on Monday, March 22, provided that public health metrics continue to improve.

波士頓首名公平長Karliyn Crockett辭職 波市府人事大變動在即

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             (Boston Orange 編譯)波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin Walsh)即將離任,遠赴華府當勞工部部長,波士頓市政府內的人事異動,今(4)日在波士頓市的首名平等長Karilyn Crockett的辭職聲中,更明顯的浮出水面。

             原本在麻省理工學院當城市歷史,公共政策及計畫講師的Karilyn Crockett,去年6月才接受馬丁華殊邀約,出任波士頓市新設公平內閣(Equity Cabinet)的波市有史以來首名平等長(Chief of Equity),要化解系統性的種族歧視,族裔不公正,並支持市內被邊緣化的社區,打造公平的政府架構。

             GBH率先公佈Karilyn Crockett在本週稍早前遞出辭呈,將於35日生效。

             最近這幾週,坊間謠傳Karilyn Crockett考慮參選市長,但她並未就此置評。

             波士頓市長發言人表示,波士頓市還未挑選該職位的繼承人選,該辦公室的一應事務,目前由Karilyn Crockett的幕僚長Natasha White,以及該辦公室副主任Domonique Williams負責。

             馬丁華殊預定下星期確認新職,波士頓市議會議長Kim Janey將出任代理市長。波士頓市長的幕僚長Kathryn Burton,政策長Joyce Linehan,企業法律顧問Eugene O’Flaherty,因為這即將發生的變化,都已經表示將會離職。華殊的經濟發展長John Barros則是已經辭職,並於今(4)日正式宣佈參選下屆波士頓市市長。

             在麻省理工學院的網站上,Karilyn Crockett的狀態為休假。她早前曾任波士頓市府的經濟政策及研究主任,以及小企業發展主任。

麻州長查理貝克嘆疫苗注射最大挑戰是和時間賽跑 AACA陳美霞:麻州第一批注射J&J疫苗者

麻州州長查理貝克表示,他也希望加快疫苗注射速度。
                    (Boston Orange)麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)(4)日下午在羅倫斯市舉行的疫情會報中表示,芬衛球場(Fenway Park)的疫苗,將轉送到海恩斯 (Hynes) 會議展覽中心。

              海恩斯會議展覽中心將從318日起接受注射疫苗預約,芬衛球場接受疫苗注射預約的最後一天日期為327日。原本已預約在芬衛球場接種第二劑疫苗的人,將會收到電子郵件,說明細節內容。

             查理貝克說,轉移疫苗注射地點主要是球季開始,紅襪隊將於41日在芬衛球場比賽,目前可以入場的人數暫時有限制。

羅倫斯市市長Kendrys Vasquez稱將加強宣傳疫苗的安全性。
             不過對許多人來說,他們更關心的是預約接種疫苗的網站。

             根據麻州政府今早7點在推特上發布的訊息,聲明因為聯邦政府運到的疫苗數量有限,之前已有很多人預約了注射第二劑疫苗,在芬衛球場(Fenway Park),吉列體育館(Gillette Stadium),以及瑞及路易斯中心(Reggie Lewis Center)的這幾個大型疫苗注射站,因而今天都沒有任何疫苗注射檔次可以預約。

             查理貝克指出,因為輝瑞(Pfizer)和莫當納(Moderna)疫苗都需要注射2劑,州政府必須確保有足夠劑量撥給那些在三、四星期前已注射了第一劑疫苗的人,有第二劑疫苗可以注射。

            查理貝克強調麻州有能力為更多人注射疫苗,問題是麻州沒有收到那麼多疫苗,所有的疫苗生產商的生產量,結果都沒有他們說的那麼多。所以州政府在分發疫苗上必須謹慎。

                下星期在芬衛球場和吉列體育館登記了要注射疫苗的人,大約70%是已經預約要注射第二劑疫苗的人。

             不過芬衛球場還是釋放出12000個注射第一劑疫苗的預約機會,一下子就被訂光了。其他幾個新開張的大型疫苗注射站,例如納提克購物廣場(Natick Mall),以及在Dartmouth的電路城(Circuit City),大部分預約都是注射第一劑疫苗。

             麻州本週收到15萬劑疫苗,但都分送到包括醫院,區域合作場所,社區醫療中心,地方醫療局及藥店等地方。

               羅倫斯市(Lawrence)市長Kendrys Vasquez以英文及西班牙文匯報該市疫情,表示該市還將積極推出廣告宣傳,說明疫苗的安全性,鼓勵市民注射疫苗。

              麻州大型疫苗注射站每週四公佈有多少新的注射空位可供預約。今日只有12000個空位,上星期則有5萬個。

               包括華美福利會執行長陳美霞在內,今日有些人在塔芙茨醫療中心(Tufts Medical Center)注射到了只需要注射一劑的強生及強生(J&J)疫苗。

                聯邦藥品管理局(FDA)上星期才批准強生及強生疫苗可做緊急用途。

                    由於麻州州長3日才宣佈,所有幼稚園到12年級老師,大約40萬人會和65歲以,以及身患2種以上疾病的居民一樣,都有資格注射疫苗了,爭取預約注射機會的人也將更多。


MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES BANK ON BOSTON PARTNERSHIP TO SUPPORT UNBANKED AND UNDERBANKED BOSTON RESIDENTS

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES BANK ON BOSTON PARTNERSHIP TO SUPPORT UNBANKED AND UNDERBANKED BOSTON RESIDENTS 

USALLIANCE Financial’s Dora Everyday Checking meets 15 top-tier national standards for safety and affordability

 

BOSTON – Thursday, March 4, 2021 - As part of the Walsh Administration’s work to reduce racial and economic disparities in banking access, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) today announced that its Bank On Boston initiative has partnered with USALLIANCE Financial to design a free, easy-to-use checking account that meets the needs of Boston’s unbanked and underbanked residents.

With the creation of Dora Everyday Checking, USALLIANCE Financial becomes the first regional financial institution to meet Bank On national account standards for safety and affordability. Among these standards is the elimination of overdraft fees, which disproportionately affect low-income households. A recent study found that more than 80% of the nearly $12 billion in overdraft fees charged by large banks in 2019 were shouldered by just 9% of account holders.

“One of the most basic requirements for financial security and building wealth is having a safe place to bank without the fear of unfair penalties and fees,” said Mayor Walsh. “We thank USALLIANCE Financial for its partnership in providing Boston residents with a banking product that is accessible, fair, and free.”

Mayor Walsh launched Bank On Boston in 2017 to connect Boston residents with reliable financial services that can help them save, grow, and access their money. Approximately 10% of Boston residents do not have a checking or savings account. Many of these residents may rely instead on costly check-cashing services, which proliferate in low-income communities and communities of color. Roxbury, Dorchester, and East Boston account for 57% of Boston’s check-cashing locations but only 12% of the city’s commercial bank branches. Bank On Boston focuses on alleviating these banking disparities to ensure equal access to financial stability. 

A full-service credit union based in New England and the Mid-Atlantic, USALLIANCE Financial participates in a network of more than 40 ATM locations throughout Boston, including at retail sites such as 7-Elevens. USALLIANCE Financial’s new app-based account, Dora Everyday Checking, comes with no hidden fees and features instant debit card freeze-ability, free ATM access, and early pay with direct deposit. The app is available in English and Spanish.  

"It's been a wonderful experience to partner with Bank On Boston as their commitment to providing inclusive financial products and services to underserved communities aligns so well with the product and mission of USALLIANCE Financial," said Kristi Kenworthy, Managing Director of Bank Dora, a division of USALLIANCE Financial. "Our Dora application is paving the way with a completely digital, bilingual, free checking account to help people begin asset building. I'm excited to see what the future holds as we work together with Bank On Boston in helping the underbanked."

Since its inception, Bank On Boston has collaborated with financial institutions to provide residents with account options that meet safety and affordability standards. Currently, nine bank and credit union partners offer products that meet Basic Banking for Massachusetts standards for low-cost checking and savings accounts. USALLIANCE Financial is one of three institutions that also meet Bank On national account standards, a set of 15 benchmarks for safety and affordability that include the elimination of overdraft fees.

In addition to connecting residents with non-predatory financial services, Bank On Boston also raises public awareness of mainstream banking, expands access to financial education, and connects residents to other OFE programs. The initiative is led by the Bank On Boston Coalition – a partnership of 34 financial institutions, regulators, and community-based organizations – which now includes USALLIANCE Financial.

The Bank On Boston Coalition is one of 80 state and local coalitions that make up the national Bank On movement, led by the nonprofit Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund. With the addition of Dora Everyday Checking, accounts meeting Bank On national account standards are now available at over 28,000 branches in all 50 states and Washington, DC; financial institutions with Bank On certified accounts make up over 45% of the national deposit market share. 

“Bank On Boston is doing critical work to help Bostonians enter the financial mainstream – this is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as consumers need to access and manage their money, including emergency payments like stimulus and unemployment, safely and affordably,” said David Rothstein, Senior Principal at the CFE Fund. “USALLIANCE Financial’s Dora account offers Boston residents who are looking to improve their finances a safe, affordable, and truly useful mainstream banking product; we thank USALLIANCE Financial for offering this terrific account and being at the forefront of national banking access efforts.

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百人會提7點行動計畫 籲執法人員加強制止仇視亞裔行為

             (Boston Orange)百人會鑑於在全美各地針對亞裔的仇恨,暴力事件持續發生,今(4)日從紐約發出新聞稿,提出7點行動計畫,呼籲執法人員努力加緊對抗仇恨,平息亞裔社區中的害怕氣氛。

                儘管美國總統拜登(Joe Biden)發出行政備忘錄,不贊成歧視亞裔社區,許多人卻仍然是毫不留情的恐嚇,歧視和暴力相向的對象。

                百人會為此感到非常難過,呼籲執法人員採行7項行動,制止針對華人及亞裔社區的仇恨,暴力及歧視。

                百人會稱華裔美人和亞裔社區幾世紀以來為美國做出許多貢獻。百人會在2月公佈的一份報告中指出,過去175年來,華人從基礎到邊疆,華裔美人對美國有無數貢獻,但迄今仍然因為他們的傳承,面對暴力攻擊或仇恨。就像許多美國人一樣,在新冠病毒大流行期間,亞裔社區也面對著失業率增加,飲食、居住不再安全,地方上的企業關門,在前線的醫護工作人員面對安全危險。這些由恐懼及錯誤資訊助長,完全沒有根據的攻擊,使得許多已經面對困難的人,生活更加艱難。單只去年,就發生了將近3000宗反亞裔社區事件。

                百人會呼籲立即採行下列行動:

1.      打電話給民選官員、議員,包括州長,市長,以及國會議員,強烈譴責所有這些反亞裔歧視,以及偏執行為。

2.      要求新任美國總檢察官,以及司法部部長成立工作小組,專職調查及對抗日益增加,針對亞裔社區的暴力事件。

3.      要求司法部修改涉及對華裔科學家,研究人員以種族特徵為根據的中國計畫。

4.      要求聯邦政府撥發經費給州及地方執法機構,辦理教育,培訓及社區外展工作。

5.      要求所有執法機構對施加於亞裔身上,無論是口頭,身體或心理上的偏執,種族歧視及仇恨行為,採零容忍立場。

6.      要求所有的民選官員及執法人員確保仇恨犯罪的倖存者,以他們自己社區所使用的語言,來獲得支援服務。

7.      要求開除任何被人發現引起針對亞裔的仇恨,歧視的公職人員,政府雇員或執法人員。

AG HEALEY JOINS FEDERAL AND STATE COALITION TO SHUT DOWN ILLEGAL ROBOCALL AND CHARITY FRAUD OPERATION

 AG HEALEY JOINS FEDERAL AND STATE COALITION TO SHUT DOWN ILLEGAL ROBOCALL AND CHARITY FRAUD OPERATION

Defendants Made more than 1.3 Billion Deceptive Fundraising Calls—Mostly Illegal Robocalls—Claiming to Support Various Groups including Veterans, Children, and Firefighters

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey, along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 38 states and the District of Columbia, has stopped a massive telefunding operation that bombarded 67 million consumers with 1.3 billion deceptive charitable fundraising calls—mostly illegal robocalls. Nearly 54 million calls were made to Massachusetts phone numbers in less than four years through this telefunding operation. Overall, the defendant companies collected more than $110 million using their deceptive solicitations.

 

Associated Community Services (ACS) and a number of related defendants have agreed to settle charges by the FTC and state agencies that they misled generous Americans into donating to charities that failed to provide the services they promised. The complaint names ACS and its sister companies Central Processing Services and Community Services Appeal; their owners, Dick Cole, Bill Burland, Barbara Cole, and Amy Burland; and ACS senior managers Nikole Gilstorf, Tony Lia, John Lucidi, and Scot Stepek. In addition, the complaint names two fundraising companies allegedly operated by Gilstorf and Lia as spin-offs of ACS—Directele, and The Dale Corporation.

 

“These companies inundated consumers with more than one billion deceptive and illegal robocalls in order to exploit their generosity and trick them into giving to sham charities,” said AG Healey. “We have worked with our federal and state partners to shut down this operation and protect our residents from being duped by scammers looking to profit.”

“Deceptive charitable fundraising can be big business for scammers, especially when they use illegal robocalls,” said Daniel Kaufman, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The FTC and our state partners are prepared to hold fraudsters accountable when they target generous consumers with lies.”

According to the complaint, the defendants knew that the organizations for which they were fundraising spent little or no money on the charitable causes they claimed to support—in some cases as little as one-tenth of a percent. The defendants kept as much 90 cents of every dollar they solicited from generous donors on behalf of the charities.

The defendants allegedly made their deceptive pitches since at least 2008 on behalf of numerous organizations that claimed to support homeless veterans, victims of house fires, breast cancer patients, children with autism, and other causes that well-meaning Americans were enticed to support through the defendants’ high-pressure tactics. ACS was also the major fundraiser for the sham Cancer Fund charities that were shut down by the FTC and states in 2015.

 

In many instances, the complaint alleges, ACS, and later Directele, knowingly violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) by using soundboard technology in telemarketing calls. With that technology, an operator plays pre-recorded messages to consumers instead of speaking with them naturally. Use of such pre-recorded messages in calls to first-time donors violates the TSR. Use of the technology in calls to prior donors also violates the TSR unless call recipients are affirmatively told about their ability to opt out of all future calls and provided a mechanism to do so. The defendants did not make that disclosure. Most of Directele’s soundboard calls originated from call centers in the Philippines and India.

 

The complaint also charges ACS with making harassing calls, noting that ACS called more than 1.3 million phone numbers more than ten times in a single week and 7.8 million numbers more than twice in an hour. More than 500 phone numbers were even called 5,000 times or more.

 

The ACS defendants were the subject of 20 prior law enforcement actions for their fundraising practices. The ACS defendants stopped operating in September 2019. Gilstorf purchased Directele and Dale Corp in October 2019 and, with Lia, the Directele defendants allegedly continued the deceptive fundraising and illegal telemarketing practices. The complaint alleges the defendants violated Massachusetts General Laws chapters 68 § 32 and 93A § 2, the FTC Act, the TSR, and numerous other state laws.

 

The terms of the settlements with the defendants are as follows:

 

Associated Community Services Defendants

 

Each of these defendants will be permanently prohibited from conducting or consulting on any fundraising activities and from conducting telemarketing of any kind to sell goods or services. In addition, they will be prohibited from using any existing donor lists and from further violations of state charitable giving laws, as well as from making any misrepresentation about a product or service. The defendants will also be subject to the following monetary judgments:

 

  • Associated Community Services, Inc.; Community Services, Inc.; Central Processing Services, Inc.; and Richard “Dick” Cole are subject to a monetary judgment of $110,063,843, which is suspended due to an inability to pay.
  • Community Services Appeal, Inc. and Barbara Cole are subject to a monetary judgment of $110,063,843, which is partially suspended due to an inability to pay. Barbara Cole also will be required to turn over the proceeds of the sale of a vacation home in Michigan.
  • Robert W. “Bill” Burland and Amy J. Burland are subject to a monetary judgment of $110,063,843, which is partially suspended due to an inability to pay. Amy Burland will be required to turn over $450,000.

 

Directele Defendants and ACS Senior Managers Scot Stepek and John Lucidi

Each of these defendants will be permanently prohibited from any fundraising work or consulting on behalf of any charitable organization or any nonprofit organization that claims to work on behalf of causes similar to those outlined in the complaint. They’ll also be prohibited from using robocalls for any form of telemarketing, using abusive calling practices, or making any misrepresentation about a product or service. In addition, the defendants will be required to clearly and conspicuously disclose when a donation they are requesting is not tax deductible and the two corporate defendants—Directele Inc. and The Dale Corporation—will be required to cease operations and dissolve. The defendants will also be subject to the following monetary judgments:

 

  • Scot Stepek will be subject to a monetary judgment of $110,063,843, which is partially suspended due to an inability to pay. Stepek will be required to sell a ski boat in his possession and turn over the net proceeds from the sale.
  • Directele Inc., The Dale Corporation, Nikole Gilstorf, and Antonio Lia will be subject to a monetary judgment of $1.6 million. Gilstorf and Lia also will be subject to a judgment of $110,063,843. The judgments are partially suspended due to an inability to pay. Gilstorf and Lia will each be required to turn over $10,000.
  • John Lucidi will be subject to a judgment of $110,063,843, which is partially suspended due to an inability to pay. He will be required to turn over $25,000.

Other state agencies joining the case with the Massachusetts AG’s Office and the FTC include the attorneys general of Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia,  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming; the secretaries of state of Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Tennessee; and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Utah Division of Consumer Protection.

The complaint and stipulations were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The funds being surrendered by the defendants will be paid to an escrow fund held by the State of Florida and, following a motion by the participating states and approval by the court, be contributed to one or more legitimate charities that support causes similar to those for which the defendants solicited.

Consumers with questions about this settlement can contact the FTC’s Consumer Response Center.

AG Healey’s Office encourages potential donors to consider the following points when they are contacted by a solicitor for charitable donations:

  • Is the solicitor calling your home a volunteer or a professional fundraiser?
  • How much of every dollar donated will go to the charity?
  • Confirm the charity’s name and the services it offers.

For additional tips on donating, consumers may also review our Giving Wisely Advisory and the Donating Dos and Don’ts: A Guide to Charitable Giving.

For Massachusetts, the case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Matthew Lyons of AG Healey’s Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division. 

波市經濟發展長John Barros今日正式宣佈加入波士頓市長選戰 參選人增至5名

John Barros 過去數個月來,在臉書上頻繁主持小企業會議。(檔案照片)
            (Boston Orange 綜合編譯)波士頓市長參選人又多一名了。在波士頓市經濟發展長職務上已任職7年的巴洛斯(John Barros),終於正式宣佈參選了。

            巴洛斯說他有幫助波士頓在病毒大流行之後,因應,恢復和重新開放所需要的經驗和技能。他一生致力於關鍵議題,有著其他候選人所沒有的經歷,參選是因為他相信自己才是幫助波士頓市因應此刻所面對挑戰的正確人選。

            巴洛斯在2013年時曾參選波士頓市長,如今再次跳入選戰,要和三名波士頓市議員,Andrea CampbellAnnissa Essaibi George,吳弭(Michelle Wu),還有麻州眾議員暨急救房醫生的Jon Santiago競爭。

            巴洛斯強調他的經營非牟利機構,草根階層組織,以及在波士頓市府擔任內閣首長經歷,讓他成為接替現任市長馬丁華殊(Martin Walsh),並帶領波士頓成為一個安全,正義,更公平城市的最佳人選。

            巴洛斯現年47歲,在洛士百利(Roxbury)的杜爹利街(Dudley)長大,是一名佛德角(Cape Verdean)移民之子,功課很好,上了長春藤大學,進了曼哈頓的大企業工作。2010年時,他成為波士頓學校委員會有史以來第一位有佛德角血統的委員。

            2013年波士頓市長初選,他的得票率排名第6,之後進華殊政府工作。

            巴洛斯表示,他也打算優先處理氣候變化,平等及包容等議題,尤其是可負擔住宅,以及支持市內學校及家庭。他說他將針對已陷入困境的麥迪遜公園技術職業高中,稱該校是波士頓市的寶石,需要支持和培育。

            巴洛斯為他曾經領導波士頓市的差距調查感到驕傲。該調查結果發現市府發交給黑人,拉丁裔及白種女性所經營企業的合約,金額極少。但他抗拒批評者指華殊政府在改善那些數據上做得不夠的說法。

            巴洛斯指出,那些數據雖然令人震驚,但並不是剛剛才發生,2003年就有一份同樣主題的差距調查,但沒有定論。他說市府以前沒有乾淨俐落的數據來處理這重要問題,或滿足實質性差距的法律定義。但有了這調查後,情況就改變了。

           他說,我們必須確保我們做的這工作,能把波士頓市帶上正軌。我為我們有正確工具感到驕傲,也為市長簽署了有高理想目標的行政命令,將使報告和問責有了清楚規定感到驕傲。

            巴洛斯在Nubian廣場的一家小企業Haley House推出了他的第一場競選活動。這名已婚,有四個小孩的父親,已從市府離職,回到小企業行列,重新成為他和一名兄弟,表兄弟共同擁有餐廳,Cesaria的共同業主。

           巴洛斯說,這家餐廳和許多其他小企業一樣,受到新冠病毒大流行的衝擊,有些幾名經理在無薪工作,以支撐餐廳經營下去。

            他說第一次參選市長時,他打的是一場上坡戰,因為他必須努力的向廣大波士頓市介紹自己,還要證明他能做城市領導,但是在華殊政府任職8年之後,他能夠很有效的證明,他的經驗是所有其他參選人比不上的。