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Monday, June 30, 2014

倍投方案图片顿市长七月一日在市府广场办第二次世界杯看球派对

3:30PM
Mayor Walsh will host his second World Cup Viewing Party, featuring USA against Belgium.?
City Hall Plaza, Boston

COAKLEY WILL WORK TO REQUIRE COMPANIES THAT CONTRACT WITH THE STATE TO OFFER EMPLOYEES INSURANCE THAT COVERS CONTRACEPTIVE SERVICES

COAKLEY WILL WORK TO REQUIRE COMPANIES THAT CONTRACT WITH THE STATE TO OFFER EMPLOYEES INSURANCE THAT COVERS CONTRACEPTIVE SERVICES

BOSTON - Monday, June 30, 2014 - In light of today's Supreme Court decision in?Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.?and?Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius?that ruled that for-profit corporations are not required to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees, Attorney General Martha Coakley, candidate for governor, today issued the following statement:

"I am deeply disappointed by Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that puts at risk the right of women to access affordable contraceptive services.? Healthcare decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor, not based on the views of a corporation or employer. As Governor, I will do everything in my power to ensure that women in Massachusetts have access to affordable contraceptive services, no matter where they work. ?As a first step, I will work to require any company that contracts with the Commonwealth to offer employees insurance that covers contraceptive services. ?I will also look at ways for the state to make these services available for women no matter the views of their employer."

MA Legislature Passes Balanced FY15 Budget

Legislature Passes Balanced FY15 Budget
Focuses on Reforms and Enhancing Support for Commonwealth’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Legislature today enacted a $36.5 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) focused on economic growth and increased government accountability and oversight.

The spending plan makes important investments in local aid, education, and human services including substance abuse treatment and prevention and mental health care. Building on a responsible yet proactive approach to combatting the recession, the Legislature’s budget contains multiple measures to achieve sustainable economic growth and provide essential services that support the Commonwealth’s citizens.

“This budget reflects and extends the fiscally-prudent, targeted and inventive initiatives that have led to Massachusetts’ recent economic growth,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D – Winthrop). “The Legislature continues to invest in key areas like education and local aid that strengthen towns and businesses and benefit residents. We propose strong measures to care for the state’s most vulnerable residents, including increased resources for DCF and funding to improve mental health and substance abuse programs. I thank Senate President Murray, the conferees and my colleagues in the Legislature for their thoughtful work.”

“I am proud of Chairman Brewer and the entire Legislature for all the hard work and collaboration that went into this budget process,” Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) said. “While we took care to remain cautious in our spending, we were still able to significantly increase support for some of our most critical services and programs – both on the state and local levels. The result is a comprehensive and fiscally-responsible final budget for the 2015 fiscal year that reflects the many and varied priorities of the Commonwealth.”
“Our FY15 budget agreement strikes a careful balance between making vital investments in our Commonwealth and continuing our practice of fiscal responsibility, which has served us well through challenging financial times,” said Representative Brian S. Dempsey (D-Haverhill), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means. “This year, we support and strengthen the services that are most vital to our fellow residents – services like child welfare, higher education, and substance abuse treatment – while ensuring that the implementation of those services is efficient and comprehensive. Accomplishing this task required judicious spending based on sustained principles as we continue to prioritize the well-being of citizens across the Commonwealth.”

“This is a conscientious budget that promotes long-term investments and provides critical services throughout the Commonwealth,” said Senator Brewer (D-Barre), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “As Massachusetts continues to improve from the Great Recession, we continue to invest in needed services, such as local aid, substance abuse relief programs, and mental health funding, all while maintaining the highest bond rating in state history.”

“This budget’s strong focus on local aid, particularly the significant investment in Chapter 70 school funding, positions the Commonwealth for sustainable growth,” said Representative Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington), House Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means. “Additionally, the full funding of the Special Education Circuit Breaker, and the major increase in funding for Regional School Transportation to a 90 percent reimbursement rate, will allow our schools to continue to improve as Massachusetts distinguishes itself as a national educational and economic leader.”

“I applaud Chairman Brewer on a fiscally responsible and sustainable budget which invests in every corner of the Commonwealth,” said Senator Jennifer L. Flanagan (D-Leominster), Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “This budget is a commitment to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse addictions, to the safety of children throughout the commonwealth, and to the protection of the state’s most vulnerable populations. Strong investments in our communities, education of our children, and the health of our economy will assist and support residents throughout Massachusetts.”

This budget enhances the Commonwealth’s partnerships with cities and towns through numerous funding streams including $945.8 million to Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA), a $25.5 million increase from FY14 and $4.4 billion for Chapter 70, a record funding level. The spending plan provides $257.5 million for the Special Education Circuit Break, ensuring full funding for the third consecutive year and $70.3 million for Regional School Transportation to reimburse municipalities at 90 percent, marking the highest rate in the program’s history.

In addition to educational investments through local aid, this year’s budget extends Massachusetts ongoing commitment to strengthening its educational systems to foster equality and provide residents with a competitive edge. The budget allocates $15 million to expand access to early education and funds a grant program at $9.1 million to support Early Head Start and Head Start programs. The budget also prioritizes higher education through investments in state universities, community colleges and the University of Massachusetts and includes $519 million for UMass which will enable a freeze in tuition and fees for the second year. In addition, the budget dedicates money to implement the STEM Starter Academy, an initiative created in the FY14 budget aimed at strengthening and expanding STEM programming in community colleges.

This year’s budget emphasizes the importance of enhanced fiscal predictability and sustainable investments, a practice that has raised Massachusetts bond rating to AA+, the highest in the state’s history. In an extension of this fiscal prudence, the spending plan makes the lowest draw from the Stabilization Fund in four years and contributes about $1.79 billion to Massachusetts’ unfunded pension liability to accelerate the timetable for full funding. Additional economic development measures include:

·????? Codifies the Massachusetts Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council;
·????? Travel and tourism is one of the state’s largest industries, generating almost $17?billion in?travel related expenditures and supporting 124,700 in-state jobs. The budget allocates $18 million for the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism and$7.5 million in regional tourism funding to promote statewide initiatives and increased international travel;
·????? Supports the Massachusetts Cultural Council with $12 million in funding;
·????? Provides $18.8 million for local libraries, representing an increase of $2.4 million from the previous fiscal year;
·????? Establishes a process for all in-state and out-of-state direct shippers to receive a direct wine shipper’s license from the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) and allows for the collection of state taxes; and,
·????? Provides $2 million for the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership that will benefit programs designed to assist small and mid-sized manufacturers.

To heighten accountability and streamline operations, the budget establishes the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology (MOIT) to be administered by a Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth. The CIO will be responsible for supervising all IT services of state agencies and will review any proposed IT expenditure costing more than $200,000. The Massachusetts Health Connector Authority will be considered a state agency for the purposes of MOIT oversight.

This budget reflects the Legislature’s pledge to combat the alarming rise in mental health problems and substance addiction. It allocates almost $18 million in new spending to help combat substance addiction including $10 million for the Substance Abuse Services Trust Fund to provide substance abuse services to an additional 10,000 individuals in need of treatment. The spending plan also includes the following investments in substance abuse services and treatment:

·????? Creates a multi-year grant program at $5 million to fund mental health and substance abuse counselors within schools;
·????? Increases funding for specialty courts, including drug courts, to $3 million;
·????? Places addiction specialists in the Brockton, Plymouth and Quincy courts;
·????? Funds training and purchase of Nasal Narcan?;
·????? Creates a voluntary accreditation program for sober homes; and,
·????? Provides additional funding for the Prescription Monitoring Program to prevent the over-prescription of medications.

To improve quality of care for people suffering from mental illness, the budget provides $10 million for the expansion of community-based placements for at least 100 discharge-ready patients in the Department of Mental Health system, while maintaining sheltered workshops for those individuals who wish to remain in a residential setting. It also creates a Behavioral and Mental Health Special task Force to identify impediments to the delivery of comprehensive treatment.

The budget includes numerous additional health and human services provisions including $60 million in MassHealth investments and:

·????? $47.5 million for nursing homes to reduce the gap between Medicaid payments and uncompensated care;
·????? $35 million for Disproportionate Share Hospitals;
·????? $3 million in funds for employments programs for clients of the Department of Developmental Services;
·????? Requires the implementation of a hearing process for long-term facilities before there is any intent to close;
·????? Creates a legislative and executive working group to examine and make recommendations concerning Bridgewater State Hospital; and,
·????? Maintains 45 beds at Taunton State Hospital and funds the opening of two additional wings at Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital.

Building on the continued leadership in reforming and strengthening the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the budget provides $185.6 million to reduce social worker caseloads. It also includes initiatives to improve communications, IT and record keeping practices, and ensure initial medical screenings of all children entering DCF care within 72 hours. Background checks will now be required for all current and future foster parents. Individuals will be precluded from becoming foster parents if convicted of serious crimes, including those involving violence or sexual in nature.


The budget also:

·????? Provides $65 million for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program and permits for unexpended FY14 funds to carry forward, allowing hundreds of new families to access safe and permanent housing;
·????? Expands the Veterans Motor Vehicle Excise Exemption to include leased cars;
·????? Places a moratorium on the issuance of a Chapter 91 tidelands license permitting the development of rail lines or rail facilities for the transportation of ethanol to storage or blending facilities in the cities of Cambridge, Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Somerville and East Boston until January 1, 2017;?
·????? Establishes a permanent commission on the future of metropolitan area beaches;
·????? Establishes a memorial to honor Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes; and,

·????? Reestablishes the Water Supply Protection Program to promote the safety and purity of the Commonwealth’s water supplies and the protection of watershed lands.

中华艺术协会办舞展庆三十周年

艺协第廿八届舞展舞蹈谢幕。(张筱义摄)
中华艺术协会(ACAS)六月廿八日在倍投方案图片顿大学蔡氏表演中心举行第廿八届中国舞蹈节,昨(廿九)晚在傅莱明罕喜来登酒店庆祝成立三十周年,让数百人欣赏到多彩多姿的舞蹈表演,见证了陈玉律,林艾迪对舞蹈,对彼此的“爱情故事”。
??????????? 中华艺术协会是陈玉律,林爱迪两夫妇1984年时创办的非牟利组织,最初着眼於在海外发扬中华文化,独唱,合唱中文歌,演歌剧,奏乐器,跳中国传统舞蹈,样样都来。
1996年他们在麻州屋本市(Woburn)买下一栋陆军大楼(army building),并由热心家长们协助翻修得焕然一新後,中华艺术协会才从此有了个永久的家。
这些年间,顺应着整体社会的经济发展,世界局势的中华崛起,中华艺术协会顺应着陈玉律对舞蹈的热爱,奉献,从兼顾各项文化活动转型成以舞蹈为专一项目的机。陈玉律本人
也因她对舞蹈的热爱,奉献,在2009年成为大倍投方案图片顿地区获得侨委会最高荣誉“海华奖章”的第一人。
廿八日晚,中华艺术协会以陈嘉琪、马嘉、杨梦希等三名老师编排的十三支舞蹈,以及陈玉律编排,敍说山地酋长与公主恋爱故事,全长二十六分钟的“台湾山地组曲”,展现该会的舞蹈传授成绩。
小品方面有陈嘉琪编导的汉族舞蹈「小丫头」,排练的「土家女」、藏族舞蹈「万物生」,以及「猫鼠之夜」; 马嘉老编导的「花与蜜蜂」、排练的「春江花月夜」、「鱼儿」、 「阿咪子」与「船歌」; 杨梦希老师编导的「坚韧旳花朵」与排练的「茉莉花」等。
由於今年是中华艺术协会的三十周年庆祝会,五名舞团毕业生及十八名舞团家长特地依序排练了「楚腰」,「梦里想她千百度」,聊表他们的祝贺心意。
当晚担任司仪的普林斯顿大学毕业艺协舞团团员陈凤乔指出,其中的舞团家长,有许多人还是第一次上台,心意可圈可点。
今年跨入八十大寿的林爱迪,廿八日晚坐在表演厅前段最後一排,头载耳机,手抚录影机,眼望萤幕,专心的做现场录影。中场时间,远从洛杉矶赶来的蔡瑞月二嫂,蔡卢锡金来打招呼,祝贺,掀开了当年陈玉律为舞追梦,林爱迪“情意相挺”的故事。
林爱迪透露,当年陈玉律家兄弟姐妹多,她父亲无力照顾子女们的所有期望,要求陈玉律在音乐与舞蹈之间选一样,陈玉律才先进师范大学音乐系主修钢琴。毕业,结婚後,在林爱迪的支持,接送下,追随蔡瑞月,在中华舞蹈社进修十七年,直到1990年来美国纽英仑音乐学院进修为止。
蔡卢锡金指出,蔡瑞月当年是台湾唯一的从日本留学回台舞蹈老师。蔡瑞月的教舞场地,有木地板的“玫瑰古蹟”已成为台湾第一个因艺术家成就所指定的古蹟。当年她在舞社做会计,那时就已经看到陈玉律是其中最好的学生之一。
??????????? 中华艺术协会这一路走来,该会许多家长的热心支持,也功不可没。包括现任董事会秘书周一男,董事陈翠玲,尽管子女早已从艺协毕业了,仍然匡助不遗余力。
??????????? 子女还在舞团中学舞的东海集团董事长梁国忠,黄绮夫妇,前任新英格兰中文学校协会会长王月娥,李文成夫妇等许多人,也是艺协的当然义工,在表演活动中当带位,招呼一应事物。
??????????? 中华艺术协会舞团今年的新团员招收截止日期为七月廿日,第十六届夏令营订八月十日至十六日举行,查询可洽617-332-5376。?

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??????????? 中华艺术协会创办人林爱迪(右一),陈玉律(左二)夫妇,迎接驻倍投方案图片顿台北经济文化办事处处长洪慧珠(右二),倍投方案图片顿侨教中心主任郭大文(左一)到会,介绍挂在墙上的艺协三十年舞展照片,一张五十元。(菊子摄)

??????????? 蔡卢锡金(右起)远从洛杉矶来恭贺陈玉律,林爱迪夫妇在舞蹈借的三十年持续不懈努力。(菊子摄)

??????????? 陈翠玲(左起),李台牙医师夫妇,都是艺协舞团当年,现在的家长。(菊子摄)

??????????? 山地组曲舞之一。(菊子摄)

??????????? “猫鼠之夜“这舞蹈还加了点剧情,数度惹得观众爆笑。(菊子摄)

??????????? 艺协的舞蹈服装,也有很多变化。(菊子摄)

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

MIT-CHIEF 展示项目太阳能板凳将登陆波市公园

倍投方案图片顿新市长马丁华殊(Martin Walsh)拥抱科技,廿六日才宣布新聘Jascha Franklin-Hodge资讯长,昨(廿七)日就传出,波市将推出“聪明沙发”,利用太阳能,改善人民的生活环境。
??????????? 这计划是要采用“改变环境”公司的太阳能板凳“Soofas“,让市民们在公园,街头游逛得累了,坐在路边,公园中的板凳上休息时,还能顺便利用板凳吸取的太阳能,免费给手机,电脑充电。
??????????? 马丁华殊说,人们不只用手机来打电话,为什麽板凳就只能当座椅?
? ? ? ? ? ????“改变环境”是麻省理工学院媒体实验室委瑞森(Verizon)创新项目孵化成立的公司,研发出这高科技板凳,并制成产品,今年四月拿到麻省理工学院中国创新创业论坛(MIT-CHIEF)展示日中参展。
? ? ? ? ? “改变环境(Changing Environments)”的共同创办人,Sandra Richter和赵楠,在麻省理工学院中国创新创业论坛(MIT-CHIEF)展示日中,介绍这太阳能板凳项目时,指出他们和倍投方案图片顿市长办公室的新城市机械(New Urban Mechanics),MIT媒体实验室,以及萝斯甘乃迪绿路合作,从2013年起进行研发
? ? ? ? ? ? 上周,这些太阳能板凳在白宫举行的创新创业者会议中,处女亮相。
??????????? 这些板凳可以利用委瑞森网路无线上网,上传与所在地点有关的环境资讯,诸如空气品质,噪音程度等数据。倍投方案图片顿市府官员表示,设置在倍投方案图片顿市的第一批太阳能板凳,将由发展智慧城市解决方案的领导者之一的思科系统(Cisco System)资助,不花倍投方案图片顿市府的钱。
??????????? 下星期,倍投方案图片顿市的数个公园,将安装这些板凳,试试这新做法。安装板凳的地点将包括南端(South End)的泰特斯麻雀公园(Titus Sparrow Park),倍投方案图片顿广场(Boston Common),以及萝斯甘乃迪绿路(Rose Kennedy Greenway)。
倍投方案图片顿市府官员吁请市民在七月十一日前建议,还有哪些公园应该安装这些太阳能板凳“Soofas“。民众可上网bit.ly/bosbench,上推特 @newurbanmechs提意见,也可以透过推特@mysoofa,或网站soofa.co,提供各个公园内的这些Soofas该叫什麽名字的意见。

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??????????? Sandra Richter()和倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(右)讨论太阳能板凳计划。(图由倍投方案图片顿市府提供)

? ? ? ? ? ??Sandra Richter(右)和赵楠(左)今年四月在麻省理工学院中国创新创业论坛(MIT-CHIEF)展示日中介绍太阳能板凳项目。(菊子摄,档案照片)