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Friday, October 31, 2014

Treats for Chinatown Chinese Youth Initiative brings library resources to the community on Halloween

Treats for Chinatown
Chinese Youth Initiative brings library resources to the community on Halloween

?BOSTON, MA - On Friday, October 31, 2014, the Chinese Progressive Association’s Chinese Youth Initiative Program held a “Trick or Treat for the Chinatown Library” event outside of the Josiah Quincy School at the corner of Washington and Oak Streets in Boston’s Chinatown.?

Eight youth spoke to about 100 community members and passersby about the need for permanent library services to be brought back to Chinatown and the current efforts they are engaged in to bring these services back. Almost half of the people that the youth spoke with signed the youth program’s Chinatown Library/Cultural Center Petition that calls for the allocation of community benefits from the development of 345 Harrison Avenue to go towards the build out of a library/cultural center in Chinatown.?

In the spirit of Halloween, the youth passed out candy and books to dozens of children who stopped by. In addition to books, coloring and drawing activities were available to show some of the resources a permanent library/cultural center would provide for the community.?

Lincy Shen, a youth involved with the Chinese Youth Initiative, spoke about the importance of a library in Chinatown. “Every community should have a library. Why Chinatown, a community in the middle of Boston, a city full of libraries, does not have a library puzzles me. Chinatown needs a library; if there is no library now, how much longer will Chinatown have to wait – another 50 years?” said Lincy Shen.

Chinatown’s public library branch was razed in 1956 during urban renewal and the community has campaigned for library services to return since then. Chinese Youth Initiative has been engaged in efforts to bring library services back to the community since 2001. A library would be a critical resource for stabilizing the Chinatown community especially now as the community faces displacement and the pressure of luxury development. Temporary library spaces were seen with the Storefront Library for three months in 2009 and the Oak Terrace Reading Room for about one year in 2012, both of which were frequented often by residents and visitors.?

Last week, an art installation by Andrea Zampitella and Monica Mitchell, “Open Libraries – Open Minds,” provided the community with free library services, specifically books. Chinese Youth Initiative worked with the artists to staff this installation when it was available at the Chinatown Gate. The name of the exhibit was inspired by the chant, “Closed Libraries – Closed Minds,” from when community members protested the closing of the original Chinatown library branch. “Open Libraries – Open Minds” was part of RVisions for Chinatown, a one week series of temporary art interventions in Boston’s Chinatown from October 19th-25th, organized by the Wong/Yee Gallery, Chinese Progressive Association, and Asian American Resource Workshop, that highlighted how public parcels or vacant properties can be used for community use and raised awareness about issues such as the need for more affordable housing and library services in Chinatown.?

In the summer of 2013, the Chinese Youth Initiative secured a signed pledge from current Mayor Martin Walsh that he would work with the community to establish permanent library services in Chinatown. The Chinese Youth Initiative looks forward to continuing to work with the city government and city officials on establishing these services.?

前倍投方案图片顿市长万宁路辞世 美国总统都致意

倍投方案图片顿市在位廿年,缔造在位时间最长历史记录的市长万宁路(Tom Menino),昨早(十月三十日)辞世,享年七十一岁。
??????????? 万宁路上星期才宣布放弃治疗癌症,取消打书宣传计划,昨日骤然辞世,震动了倍投方案图片顿,麻州,甚至白宫。
??????? 美国总统奥巴马,麻州州长派区克,倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(Martin Walsh)等许多人昨日纷纷发言悼念,称万宁路使倍投方案图片顿成为一个更好,更宜人居的城市,思虑周到的政治家,啓发年轻人自我改善,追求进步。倍投方案图片顿市几大电视台更是铺天盖地的大篇幅报导人们记忆中的万宁路。
??????????? 马丁华殊指出,没人比万宁路更爱倍投方案图片顿市。万宁路以无人能比的决心和工作道德,积极的推动创新,让倍投方案图片顿成为全美模范,把倍投方案图片顿市带上了世界舞台。
??????????? 由於万宁路是都会市长联盟(Metro Mayors Coalition)的创始人,昨日该联盟的市长们也联名发表悼文。
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿商业杂志在相关报导中指出,万宁路在他的新书中表示,“恐惧就是力量(Fear is power)”,从来就不怕以他自己的方式经营倍投方案图片顿市。
??????????? 万宁路在他卸任前的最後一次发表市情咨文时也曾形容自己的经营倍投方案图片顿是“我照我的方式做了(I did it my way)。
??????????? 两名麻州州长候选人,柯克莉(Martha Coakley),查理贝克(Charlie Baker)都暂停竞选活动,以示对万宁路的尊敬。他们俩人都说万宁路曾经忠告他们,要从政,就要走入人群,接近真正的人们。
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿一电视台昨日表示,该台做了个简短调查,发现 大概至少有一半以上的倍投方案图片顿市民,曾见过万宁路本人。绝大部分的人也都对他印象很好,认为他很亲民。
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿环球报表示,万宁路曾说市长不需要有远见,但要能够把事情做出来,藉以把自己和政客区分开来。他在任内的成就,让人们把倍投方案图片顿称为美国的雅典。
??????????? 在倍投方案图片顿第五号电视台跑政治新闻逾廿年的伍沅媚(Janet Wu)昨日也在接受该台新闻主播的访问时表示,万宁路最特别的地方是他待人一视同仁,有幽默感,还很快就能就一个人做出判断。
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿华埠之内,陈毓礼和万宁路关系最深,结缘超过廿年,早在万宁路还是市议员时,两人就已常相往来。万宁路竞选市长时,陈毓礼不但亲自陪着万宁路四处拜票,还为他举办筹款会,筹到当年也算巨款的不下一万多元。
??????????? 陈毓礼昨早接到电话通知,感触落泪。他感慨表示,万宁路在位时,每年的七月十二日都会在家门前举行烧烤会,和邻居,好友欢聚。今年他卸任,没办烧烤会,但九月时邀了廿多名好友聚餐,他也忝列其一。虽然一周前就已知道万宁路身体状况越来越差,如今竟真的天人两隔,怎能不难过,伤心。
??????????? 陈毓礼认为万宁路是华埠的真朋友,在华埠有需要时,总是伸手相助。当非典(SARS)流行,华埠商家生意受影响时,他亲自进华埠用餐,还邀请媒体来报导,藉以让人们安心进华埠。千禧年大楼建造时交给倍投方案图片顿市府的连锁金,因为万宁路的指示,有二百多万元拨给了亚美社区发展协会的信义大厦建造计划。华人经济发展协会为推动好事福街平安巷可负担住宅大楼建造计划,钱不够时,也是万宁路出手帮忙,史都华街45号土地发展计划的百余万元连锁金,才拨给了华经会。广教学校和华美福利会共有的泰勒街87号大楼,也是因为万宁路帮忙,才建成。
??????????? 费奇堡市(Fitchburg)市长黄素芬(Lisa Wong)说,当年她还是倍投方案图片顿大学学生时,认识了万宁路。也是因为万宁路,她才想到要竞选市长。
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿市议员吴弭(Michelle Wu)和黄素芬,陈伟民等许多人一样,都把脸书上的头像,换成了他们和万宁路的合照,藉以表达追悼之意。
??????????? 吴弭还留言感谢万宁路启发了她和许多年轻人,以身作则的教会了她,政府就是要为人民服务,没有什麽事是微不足道,也没有什麽事会大到不能解决,勤劳就会有收获。
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿市议会议长林乃肯的华裔助理陈伟民表示,他认为万宁路倍投方案图片顿市有史以来最棒的政治人物。
??????? 倍投方案图片顿市府昨日开放到晚上十一点,容许市民前往表达悼念。今日(十月三十一日)倍投方案图片顿市的各社区公共图书馆(www.bpl.org/branches)及社区中心将放有吊唁簿,供人们留言。
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??????????? 万宁路(Tom Menino)(中)和妻子安琪拉在倍投方案图片顿第一夜活动中,与民众同迎新的一年。(菊子摄,档案照片)

??????????? 麻州众议员麦家威(Aaron Michlewitz)(左起),陈毓礼,陈毓璇,林乃肯(Bill Linehan)去年圣诞节前,迎接万宁路(中)的圣诞列车进华埠。(菊子摄,档案照片)

??????????? 倍投方案图片顿现任市长马丁华殊(Martin Walsh,右一)在当选市长,还未接任时,和当时的倍投方案图片顿市长万宁路同台与民同庆。(菊子摄,档案照片)

??????????? 万宁路身後,包括有他一家人图样的壁画瓷砖,是他卸任前留给倍投方案图片顿市府的永久性纪念。(菊子摄,档案照片)

??????????? 万宁路进华埠时,和曾经为他工作的年轻人合影。左一为市长华埠联络员翁耀汉,左五为曾任市长华埠联络员的锺志生,左六为现任波市议长助理陈伟民。(图由陈伟民提供)

??????????? 倍投方案图片顿市议员吴弭(左)在哈佛大学念书时,曾在万宁路办公室工作。(图由吴弭提供)

??????????? 费奇堡市长黄素芬(左)在黄氏宗亲会农历新年庆祝会上和万宁路合影。昨日她把脸书上的头像,换成了这一张。(图由黄素芬提供)

??????????? 万宁路(左二)最後一次竞选连任市长时,和竞争对手尹常贤(左起),米高法拉提(Mike Flaherty),麦奎亚(Kevin McCrea)握手。米高和麦奎亚昨日都在脸书上留言,向万宁路致敬。麦奎亚表示,万宁路从来都不怕以他自己的方式来经营倍投方案图片顿,很多议题都走在前面,包括支持同性恋权益。(菊子摄,档案照片)


? ? ? ? ? ??杨信宜(左),陈志新(右)这两名多半在牛顿市活动的音乐家,也在脸书上贴出了他们和万宁路(中)合影的照片,藉以悼念万宁路的辞世。


Sunday
10 a.m.: Lying in state at Faneuil Hall
Monday
12 p.m.: Private Mass at Most Precious Blood Church, 25 Maple St. in Hyde Park
Ongoing
Flowers and mementos may be left in City Hall, inside the main entrance, on the City Hall Plaza side.
Condolence books will be located in all of the city’s neighborhood libraries and community centers.
Letters and cards may be sent to Menino’s office at Boston University, 75 Bay State Road, Boston MA 02215.

高柏珂竞选麻州财政厅长 华裔选民聚众助阵

今年的麻州大选,亚裔助选热度比往年高很多。刻正竞选麻州财政厅厅长的高伯珂(Deb Goldberg)昨(廿九)日应邀,出席在华埠龙凤酒楼举行的餐会,与亚裔支持者欢聚。
今年五月十一日庆祝了六十岁生日的高伯珂,在19842004年间曾经担任布鲁克兰镇镇议员,其中的最後两任,当上镇议会议长。2006年,她曾参选麻州副州长,去年宣布参选麻州财政厅厅长,并於九月九日的初选,打败了角逐同一职位的麻州参议员范高德(Barry Finegold),以及麻州众议员康洛伊(Tom Conroy ),成为民主党提名的候选人。
高伯珂家族在1892年移民来美,落脚倍投方案图片顿北端(North End),开了家杂货店,後来扩张成新英格兰最大的连锁超市“停下来买(Stop & Shop)“。
在发表竞选政纲时,高伯珂经常强调,她要让麻州家庭更懂得理财,找出办法让高等教育更可负担,还会藉由学徒式的项目,鼓励活络投资,以弥平人们的经济才能差距。
她也支持联邦参议员伊丽莎白沃伦(Elizabeth Warren)的允许学生以更低利率重新贷款等提案。
最近麻州财政厅厅长一职的在为者,必须能够解决麻州州政府面对的290亿元退休金危机的议论层出不穷。
倍投方案图片顿商业杂志(Boston Business Journal),倍投方案图片顿环球报都撰文讨论,但这两个刊物对高伯珂有不同评价。
倍投方案图片顿商业杂志认为高伯珂在竞选时,未提出过让人觉得她足以胜任财政厅厅长职务的政纲,倍投方案图片顿环球报的一篇评论却说,高伯珂不但有家族经营连锁超市的经验,她本人也当过地方上的民选代表,有处理政治及财务经验。
??????????? 支持高伯珂的亚裔群众表示,高伯珂的竞争对手,共和党籍的麻州财政厅厅长候选人贺福南(Mike Heffernan),迄今仍没多人知道他是谁,麻州财政厅长一职的选举,应该是未选,已有结果。
??????????? 昨(廿九日)晚,大倍投方案图片顿华埠的亚裔在倍投方案图片顿龙凤酒楼聚餐,为高伯珂造势。倍投方案图片顿市议员吴弭,麻州州长亚美顾问会主席陈颖玉,副主席李超荣,以个人身份到会的纽英仑中华公所主席阮鸿灿等,有许多人出席。包括谢婉珍,陈宝萍,谢如键,叶福林,曾兆汉等人,还到路边举牌,增加气势。

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??????? 竞选麻州财政厅厅长的高伯珂(前左五)和谢婉珍(前左二起),谢如键,吴弭,阮鸿灿,陈宝萍(右一)等支持者,在华埠街头合影。(图由阮鸿灿提供)

??????????? 在龙凤酒楼内,吴弭(左)介绍高伯珂(右)。(图由阮鸿灿提供)


政要悼念万宁路(Tom Menino)

STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK ON MAYOR THOMAS M. MENINO
BOSTON – Thursday, October 30, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today released the following statement on the passing of Mayor Thomas M. Menino:?

"Boston has lost a political giant, and Diane and I have lost a friend.?Our hearts and prayers go out to Angela and the whole Menino family.?And we thank God for the service and the life of Tom Menino."

Statement from Mayor Martin J. Walsh on the Loss of Former Mayor Thomas Menino

"Today the City of Boston mourns together.
"To any who had come to know him, it is no surprise that more than half of Boston had a direct interaction with Tom Menino. No man possessed a greater love for our City, and his dedicated life in service to Boston and her people and changed the face of the City.
"With sheer determination and unmatched work ethic, he took a city that is not as big in size as we are in stature and put us on the world stage as a national leader in health care, education, innovation and the nitty gritty of executing basic city services.
"He was a leader on policy issues that shaped the Boston we know today: from the environment, to youth engagement, to innovation, to crime prevention. But more than anything, he was a man of the neighborhoods. He held a profound understanding of the direct and immediate impact that municipal government can have on people, and made it a great priority to ensure that government served people, and not the other way around.
"Even in the latest stages of his illness, his concern – first and foremost – was always for Boston. We are forever grateful for Mayor Menino’s guidance, advice, and continued dedication to Boston. And though he has passed, his legacy and spirit will be felt across the City for generations to come.
"Because of his leadership, Boston is a better place today.
"From a grateful City: Our prayers are with Angela, Susan and Tommy, their families and friends, and all who loved Tom Menino.

Statement from House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo

“Mayor Menino had the courage to do whatever it took to fight for the people of Boston. We are all beneficiaries of his generous spirit, particularly the children of Boston, for whom he advocated tirelessly so they would have bright futures. My deepest prayers are with Angela and the Menino family. We are grateful for the decades that you and Mayor Menino shared with the citizens of Massachusetts.”

TREASURER STEVE GROSSMAN RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT?
TODAY ON MAYOR THOMAS M. MENINO’S PASSING

"Tom Menino's passing leaves a gigantic hole in the heart of the city he loved. His life and courage?

epitomized "Boston Strong" and will inspire our community for generations to come. Barbara and I extend?

our condolences to Angela, the entire Menino family, and the people of Boston."

Statement From Michelle Wu

Thank you, Mayor Menino, for your fierce joy and love in serving our city.

I am grateful to be among the many, many people whose lives have been shaped and inspired by Mayor Tom Menino. He gave me my start in city government and set the most powerful example of dedication to residents in every corner of Boston. He taught me that government is about helping people, especially those without a voice. He showed me that hard work gets results, that no issue is too small to matter and none too big to tackle. He inspired us all with his enormous love for Boston, the joy lighting up his face each time he spoke with young people, who represent the next generation of this great city.

Sending thoughts and prayers to Mayor Menino’s family, friends and all those who loved him.
--
Michelle Wu
Boston City Councilor At-Large

METRO MAYORS MOURN PASSING OF LONGEST-SERVING BOSTON MAYOR, THOMAS MENINO

For Immediate Release: October 30, 2014


Boston — The thirteen mayors and managers of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition were incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Boston’s longest serving Mayor, Thomas Menino, earlier today.

Mayor Menino was a founding member of the Metro Mayors Coalition and an active participant in all of the Coalition’s events and activities. His regional leadership and enthusiasm were key to making the Coalition an effective voice.

“Mayor Menino deserved more time to enjoy the fruits of his relentless, hard work over 20 years making Boston a safe, vibrant and livable city,” said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Chairman of the Metro Mayors Coalition. “I am heartbroken to hear of his too-soon death, which he faced with the same grace and resolve that was a trademark of his leadership, and that his close friends and family have lost him after sharing him with all of us for so long. He was more than the Mayor of Boston—he was our mayor, for many beyond the city limits. His legacy is a city, a region, and a Commonwealth irrevocably better because of his public service.”

“Mayor Menino was the driving force that helped establish the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition and then the glue that held it together,” said Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash, Vice-Chair of the Metro Mayors Coalition.?“He was personally involved in ensuring that a regional tone in his strong Boston voice was heard, and his work resulted in a better Boston and a better Greater Boston.? I’m saddened to lose a good friend and champion, and will forever be appreciative for all he did to advance the cause of all communities here in the commonwealth.”

On issues ranging from youth violence prevention to municipal employee health insurance, Mayor Menino lent his voice to the Coalition and ensured that Boston’s neighbors continued to move forward with our capital city.

The Metro Mayors Coalition’s thoughts are with Angela and the entire extended Menino family during this difficult time. Mayor Menino was a truly larger-than-life figure in Boston and across our region. We will all miss him dearly, and we will work to keep his memory alive by living up to the example he provided for all of us.

MARTIN J. WALSH
Mayor of Boston

JOSEPH C. SULLIVAN
Mayor of Braintree

MEL KLECKNER?Town Administrator of Brookline

RICHARD C. ROSSI
City Manager of Cambridge

JAY ASH
City Manager of Chelsea

CARLO DeMARIA, JR.
Mayor of Everett

GARY CHRISTENSON
Mayor of Malden

MICHAEL McGLYNN
Mayor of Medford

ROBERT J. DOLAN
Mayor of Melrose

THOMAS P. KOCH
Mayor of Quincy

DAN RIZZO
Mayor of Revere

JOSEPH A. CURTATONE
Mayor of Somerville

JAMES M. McKENNA
Town Manager of Winthrop


B.A.A. StatementThomas M. Menino, Mayor of the City of Boston (1993-2014)

The B.A.A. expresses our profound sadness at Mayor Menino's passing, together with our deep gratitude for the magnificent support to the Marathon, the B.A.A. and the hundreds of thousands of athletes who have run in Boston under his watchful eye. ?He was always one of the first spectators to arrive at the Marathon and the last to leave, including in 2014. He touched the event and the athletes in every way, every year. The race is diminished without him.??

Mayor Menino’s support for the Boston Marathon and the B.A.A. never wavered.? His leadership after the bombings which occurred on Marathon Day in 2013 resulted in the City becoming synonymous with resiliency and strength. “Boston Strong” was his hallmark, and his compassion for the family of the victims and the survivors directly led to the quick formation of The One Fund Boston. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

- B.A.A. President Joann E. Flaminio and B.A.A. Executive Director Thomas S. Grilk

    Remembering Mayor Menino

    To the BPS community,
    Today our city is saying goodbye to one of our very best friends.?
    Mayor Thomas M. Menino transformed the Boston Public Schools. To a person, every one of us who serves our city's children and families shares the same mission. Our goal each day is to offer a great education to every child, regardless of race or ethnicity, ability or disability, income, or whether their family has been in Boston for generations or recently arrived here from across the world.
    Mayor Menino was the person who, more than twenty years ago, asked us to take this mission on. The employees of the Boston Public Schools have done so with passion and a seemingly endless capacity for innovation, excellence and always with the very highest of standards. Our city has benefited greatly from his vision and from your talent. Working daily with parents, students and partners, we are united in this ongoing and urgent work.
    We will share more information in the days to come about opportunities to support the Menino family and honor his memory. In the meantime, I hope you will take a moment to visit our?Remembering Mayor Menino?page on the BPS website. We have gathered a few thoughts from some of the men and women who served alongside him leading our schools and we have taken special note of many of the accomplishments he was most proud of.
    I wish we did not have to share this news with you today. All of us, including nearly every one of of our students, knew Mayor Menino personally. This is a tribute to his character and to his highly personal touch. Our thoughts and prayers are with Angela, his children and grandchildren, and his entire family.
    John McDonough
    Interim Superintendent

    BOSTON -- The Boston Public Schools has launched a web page about Mayor Thomas M. Menino that contains reflections from key leaders, including past and current School Committee chairpersons and past and present Superintendents.?

    The "Remembering Mayor Menino" page also features a list of major reforms accomplished in the Boston Public Schools thanks to Mayor Menino's leadership.

    The page is linked from the home page of?bostonpublicschools.org?and can be reached directly at?http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/4137.

    Statement from Michael D. O'Neill, Chairperson of the Boston School Committee:
    "Mayor Menino, as much as he loved Boston overall, was all about the children of Boston and most especially those in the Boston Public Schools. He was fond of saying 'we take all students and teach all students' and, as usual with his fighting spirit, he considered that both an honor and an obligation. He consistently reminded those of us charged directly with improving public education in Boston of the need to be focused squarely on the youth and to do what was right at all times. He was a leader nationally among major city mayors in assuming full responsibility for improvement in his city's schools and from his strong, focused, personalized approach, often from individual day-to-day observations in our schools and his numerous daily interactions with school leaders, teachers, staff, parents and students, he led the effort for Boston to now be considered a national leader in urban education. But, for Mayor Menino, it was all about the students, for as he often said 'I'm happiest when I'm in one of our schools.' His positive impact will be felt for generations to come in our city."

    Statement from John P. McDonough, Interim Superintendent:
    "Mayor Menino saw promise and potential in every child. He turned our city’s school system into a model that other big cities have tried to recreate. Over 20 years of school visits he came to know our teachers, students, school leaders, parents, custodians and coaches by name -- and they certainly knew him. He pushed for equity and quality in every school, for every student, across entire generations of Boston families. He never stopped fighting for excellence and he never gave up. Our hearts go out to his family. Mayor Menino will be in our hearts forever."
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  • City Hall will be open until 11:00 p.m. tonight.
  • Flowers and mementos may be left in City Hall, inside the main City Hall entrance (City Hall Plaza side).?
  • By tomorrow,?condolence?books will be located in all neighborhood libraries (www.bpl.org/branches) and community centers (www.cityofboston.gov/BCYF/centers/).?
  • Letters and cards may be sent to: Mayor Menino’s Office, Boston University, 75 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215.?
  • Visit?tommenino.org?for complete information.