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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

玉山科协讲座谈从量子科技医疗谈到身心灵文化整合

纽英仑玉山科协理事许翠玲(右)与奖者楼宇伟(左)。(周菊子摄)
? ? ?(Boston Orange 周菊子贝尔蒙镇报导)论语有云,子不语怪力乱神。纽英仑玉山科技协会1028日在勒星顿中文学校内的一场量子科技与身心灵文化整合的可能性讲座,却上下古今的举证,宇宙或许同时并存1218度空间,许多不可思议传闻,可能真有其事,中西文化整合已是趋势。
? ? ? ? ? ??这场讲座的主讲人是中华整合医学与健康促进协会(CIMPHA)生物()能信息医学专业分会召集人,台湾清华大学毕业,获有麻省理工学院博士学位的楼宇伟。
??????????? 他从谷歌(Google)旗下生命医学研究所Verily20168月宣布和GSK药厂合作,共投资7.1亿美元,创办葛凡尼生物电子公司(Galvani Bioelectronics),研发可穿戴医疗设备开始说起。
他指出,纽约Feinstein医学研究院院长Kevin J. Tracey2015年出版的电子医疗:用电流刺激取代药物治疗发炎与自体免疫的症状一书,促使许多医生思考生物电子医学,电子针灸,以及频率医学的关系。
??????????? 他把医学的演化,分成古老,近代,现代与未来四个阶段,指17世纪之前是传统医学,近300年是以物理,化学的科学论证为基础,二次世界大战以後,医疗治理由化学制剂主导。但迈向未来的医学,就探讨多维时空,量子论,潜意识,人体潜能,情绪能量中心,血液循环共振等。在讲究频率的能量医学上,走的是道家中医现代化与生命能量整合的路,在讲究意识的信息医学上,关注的是藏印释医学现代化与生命信息的整合。
??????????? 他以神,气,精,也就是信息,能量,物质来阐述人会生病的根源,说明人的价值观源於基因,家族,信仰,经历,潜意识,个性,文化等,而情绪低落会导致经络能量流动不畅,引发器官功能失调,各种疾病就开始冒出头了。
??????????? 他还例举量子物理学家包立(W. Pauli)关於人的内部心理与外部物质之间关联的看法,荣格(C. G. Jung)的认为人有集体潜意识,且其中充满神的形象,罗伯特兰莎(Robert Lanza)2016年出版的新书,超越生命中心论,认为人的意识和周遭环境可能是合一的,以及苏立(Surrey)大学物理学家Jim Al-Khalili和基因生物学家Johnjoe McFadden2015年出版的解开生命之谜(Life on the Edge)”,把量子物理带到了量子生物,指人的头脑透过神经微馆或电离子通导做量子计算,也开始把医疗带进量子世代。
??????????? 台湾就有甫於201710月辞世,在1988年就发明了脉诊仪,2002年出版气的乐章20072010依序出版水的漫舞气血的旋律等书的王唯工,从中医走生物能量医学这条路。
??????????? 曾经从事机器人研究的吴清忠,因为自己患病,钻研中医後,出版了促进人体自癒机制的三本人体使用手册,,最近还结合人气复制和实食经络,开发健康居家照护体系。
??????????? 曾是荣民总医院,蒋经国治疗医师团队成员的潘念宗,也在以特定方位面对太阳/导引电磁杂讯於地面,与饮食回归於五行生克需求,来藉讯息能量共振,让人体自癒。
??????????? 曾研究手指识字的前台大校长李嗣涔,也发表了顺势疗法论文。认为六识是由人的自我意识扫描量子神经网路或自旋所组成的时空结构而形成。台大医院在20169月核定成立南氏去敏(NAET)谘询中心。
??????????? 楼宇伟还例举许多宗教事迹与着作,指东西方修心传承共通有三重点,诸行无常,诸法无我,涅盘寂静,称轮回确有其事,由古人"隔空传递,他称之为下载的最新中文书籍为老子透过吕尚(吕应锺)写,20182月出版的老子不为,促使人们重新检视道德经。201712月出版的真相-耶稣:我的自传,也是一本下载来的书。
??????????? 楼宇伟最後以预言家凯西的中国将会是基督教的摇篮为引,指整合文化趋势已很清晰。

助台湾青年搭桥有功 侨委会表扬罗德岛华协、榄城安良

致送"台湾青年海外搭侨计画"感谢状。右起,倍投方案图片顿侨教中心
主任欧宏伟,黑石谷旅游协会负责人毕灵顿(Bob Billington),倍投方案图片顿
经文处处长徐佑典,罗德岛华人协会会长吴子平,主席叶超,
罗德岛州众议员。(侨教中心提供)
? ? ? ? ? ? (Boston Orange 周菊子整理报导)驻倍投方案图片顿台北经济文化办事处处长徐佑典和倍投方案图片顿侨教中心主任欧宏伟,1030日走访罗德岛州,送上表扬状,感谢当地侨团,个人支持侨委会主办的台湾青年海外搭侨计画

侨委会在2018年扩大办理台湾青年海外搭侨计画,在78月间,共送出将近200名大专院校学生,到美加英法德日菲泰等12个国家的25各城市见习。
倍投方案图片顿侨教中心主任欧宏伟(左起)和倍投方案图片顿经文处处长徐佑典,专程到
罗德岛州,送上表扬状给榄城安良工商会两名会长,陈任卓,黄超炎。
(周菊子摄)
??????????? 来到倍投方案图片顿参访的搭桥学生,经倍投方案图片顿侨教中心主任欧宏伟居间联系,曾赴罗德岛州参访,由罗德岛华人协会主席叶超,会长吴子平,黑石谷旅游协会负责人毕灵顿(Bob Billington),以及榄城安良工商会会长陈任卓,黄超炎盛情接待。
??????????? 1030日,徐佑典和欧宏伟特地前往罗德岛州,代表侨委会委员长吴新兴,送上表扬状,感谢前述侨领们对台湾青年的关爱。
倍投方案图片顿侨教中心主任欧宏伟(前左一)和倍投方案图片顿经文处处长徐佑典(前右二)
,专程到罗德岛州,送上表扬状给榄城安良工商会两名会长,陈任卓
(前左二),黄超炎(前右一),并和榄城安良会员合影。(周菊子摄)
??????????? 徐佑典等人还在行程中和毕灵顿,叶超,吴子平等人就罗德岛龙舟节台湾日活动明年庆祝20周年,已有台湾厂商捐助,预计购置六艘新龙舟事项,进一步洽谈细节。

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

CAPAC Members Condemn Trump Proposal to End Birthright Citizenship

CAPAC Members Condemn Trump Proposal to End Birthright Citizenship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Judy Chu (CA-27) and CAPAC Immigration Task Force Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statements in response to President Trump’s plan to use an Executive Order to end the 14th?Amendment’s promise of birthright citizenship:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“With one statement, Donald Trump displayed the bigotry and the ignorance that have made his presidency so dangerous.

“I implore the President to read the case?U.S. v. Wong Ark.?In this case, despite the Chinese Exclusion Act being in place, the Supreme Court upheld birthright citizenship for an individual who was born to immigrants. ‘All persons’ means ‘All persons’. The Constitution’s meaning could not be more clear. And the Supreme Court has agreed, ruling multiple times to uphold birthright citizenship. But Trump’s action isn’t about what’s good or moral or legal or even effective. It’s just President Trump’s latest attempt to fuel anger in order to win votes. I can imagine no lower aspiration in government. What he wants is a debate on who does and does not belong here, because he knows xenophobia helps him win elections. But xenophobia also creates tension and increases the risk of violence.

“Like all prejudice, this proposal is not rooted in logic or reality, but that does not make it any less dangerous.”

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), CAPAC Immigration Task Force Chair:

“President Trump should take a high school government class before so confidently claiming he can eliminate the 14th Amendment though executive action. Constitutional scholars and even members of his own party agree – this simply isn’t possible. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to fan the flames of anti-immigrant rhetoric, sow division and distract voters from this administration’s very real infringements against working families. To Senator Lindsey Graham and anyone looking to encroach on basic citizenship rights legislatively: we will fight tooth and nail against any kind of regressive action, in the streets, in Congress and beyond. Our country’s fabric is stronger because of the protections provided in the 14th Amendment. These efforts are nothing more than attempts to harm children who are just as American as any other child born in the United States of America.”?

Monday, October 29, 2018

Baker-Polito Administration Proposes Fentanyl Interdiction Program

Baker-Polito Administration Proposes Fentanyl Interdiction Program
$5 million pilot will support a regional approach to fentanyl interdiction



BOSTON –?Governor Charlie Baker today filed legislation seeking $5 million to support a regional, multi-agency approach to fentanyl interdiction and crime displacement by Massachusetts municipal police departments. The pilot program was developed in concert with many Massachusetts police departments interested in a regional approach to the epidemic.

“The presence of fentanyl and the drug dealers who sell it continue to be fueling factors in the deadly heroin and opioid epidemic,”?said Governor Baker. “We are confident that?the increased communication and coordinated police work this legislation supports will lead to safer communities and we urge the Legislature to enact this bill promptly.”

“This legislation will begin a regional approach to go after dealers who too often can evade authorities by moving to another nearby location in a different municipality,”?said Lt. Governor Polito.?“We are grateful to the brave first responders on the front lines of this epidemic every day and are eager to see the results that a regional approach can produce.”

Historically, when law enforcement conducts multiple coordinated drug arrests in a particular community, the drug dealers not caught up in the sweep move their operation to a neighboring community and continue to sell. Participating police departments will coordinate regionally to execute arrests that take dealers off the streets. The funding will help supplement surveillance work and overtime costs for units engaged and officers in the field will also work to get buyers into treatment.

“Communication and information sharing in a coordinated fashion among local police departments will multiply our ability to stop this deadly drug from reaching the streets,”?said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett.?“We are grateful for the strong interest shown by local law enforcement in this partnership and look forward to achieving positive results in these communities.”

“Communities and Police Departments across the Commonwealth deal with the impact of the heroin and fentanyl epidemic facing our country,”?said Dudley Police Chief Steven Wojnar, President or the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.?“Every city and town has illicit drug activity and often limited financial resources to address it adequately.?The constant movement of dealers from place to place adds to the challenge of apprehending those responsible for distributing these deadly substances on our streets.?Thanks to the efforts of the Baker-Polito Administration and the Legislature, we are pleased to have funding opportunities, such as this, to assist us in easing the financial burden associated with drug interdiction efforts.?Equally as important, this program encourages the sharing of data and resources amongst agencies to have law enforcement work together more effectively to combat this serious problem on a regional basis.”

“The Governor’s innovative regional approach will go a long way to promote enhanced cooperation among law enforcement agencies and departments which will benefit every community in the Commonwealth with their efforts to combat the scourge of fentanyl and addiction,”?said Donald Caisey, President of the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society.?“This is truly great news. Unfortunately fentanyl is one of many nightmares we all share.”

“The Massachusetts Coalition of Police appreciates the efforts of the Governor and the Lt. Governor in their attempts to assist law enforcement in stemming the flow of Fentanyl to our communities. This legislation will save lives and protect the people we serve,”?said Scott Hovsepian, President of MASSCOP.

Overall in 2017, there was a 4 percent decrease in opioid-related overdose deaths from 2016, according to the latest quarterly opioid-related deaths?report?released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). However, the presence of fentanyl in overdose deaths rose to nearly 90 percent in 2018, underscoring its impact as the driving force behind the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts.

In April, Governor Baker?signed legislation?that included a long overdue “fentanyl fix” to allow law enforcement to go after fentanyl traffickers.

In August, Governor Baker?signed?An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction. The law is the Baker-Polito Administration’s second major legislative action to address the opioid crisis since taking office in 2015, and expands the Commonwealth’s prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery strategies. Building on the STEP Act which instituted the nation’s first seven day limit on new opioid prescriptions resulting in a 30 percent decline in opioid prescriptions, the law creates a commission to establish credentialing standards for recovery coaches; expands the use of medication assisted treatment in emergency departments, five Houses of Correction, and four facilities at the Department of Correction; and requires all prescribers to convert to secure electronic prescriptions by 2020.

世界首富亚马逊Jeff Bezos现身倍投方案图片顿 在"素描湘"用餐

Jeff Bezos(右)和素描湘营运长莫晨辉(左)。
(素描湘提供)

??????????? (Boston Orange周菊子麻州整理报导)亚马逊(Amazon)到底会不会在倍投方案图片顿设立第二个总部,目前还没确定答案。已是世界首富的亚马逊创办人Jeff Bezos倒是先在倍投方案图片顿现身了,而且还到了剑桥市的高级中餐馆素描湘(Sumiao Hunan Kitchen)”,和家人一起享用中餐。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?Jeff Bezos和家人,小孩,1027日晚,在两名保镳保护下,来到素描湘用餐。当晚餐厅很忙,没人上前打扰Bezos一家人。直到他们准备离开时,餐厅股东兼营运长莫晨辉和餐厅经理Patrick Chhoy才上前要求合照,并获悉Jeff Bezos很赞赏湖南脆皮鸭,炸秋葵。
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?"素描湘"主要创办人陈素描,朱少纯夫妇,当天正好在医院,错失了和世界首富晤面机会。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?今年六月,Jeff Bezos和,JP摩根执行长Jamie Dimon,伯克希尔·哈撒韦(Berkshire Hathaway)的华伦巴菲特(Warren Buffett)等人才投资,在倍投方案图片顿成立了一家以员工医疗护理为重心,并找来Brigham & Women's医院医生Atul Gawande当执行长的医疗公司。这也可能是Jeff Bezos在倍投方案图片顿出现的原因。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?最近这一,两年,被福布斯和三名管理学教授选为全美最创新企业领袖的Jeff Bezos,一直是热门新闻人物。根据彭博新闻社,20173月,他才把华伦巴菲(Warren Buffet)挤下宝座,成为世界富豪排行榜上的第二名,并由於股价升至18.32,个人总资产跳升至756亿美元。然而才不过2018年,他的资产总值就超过1000亿美元,再跃升至1600亿元,把微软比尔盖兹远抛在後的成为世界首富,还承诺捐款20亿元来帮助无家可归的家庭,以及在美国建造受蒙特梭利启发的幼稚园。
"素描湘"是两名华裔医药领域专业人士,陈素描(右),朱少纯(左)
两夫妇和股东们合作创办的高档中餐馆,也是他们在各自本业之外的
餐饮集团事业之一。自创立以来,经常高朋满座。(周菊子摄,档案照片)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?今年(2018)Jeff Bezos还和妻子MacKenzie联名捐出3300万元给Dream.us,要发奖学金给1000名高中毕业,持有DACA身分的无证件移民,给他们上大学机会。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?5天前,又传出Jeff Bezos出资1000万元成立了一个支持退伍军人竞选公职,要求候选人宣誓诚信,文明,有勇气的超级政治行动委员会(super PAC)-“有荣誉(With Honor Fund)”,还发布广告攻击民主党国会议员候选人Lauren Baer是叛徒。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?20181026日时,亚马逊的股价波动,公司总值缩减8%,让Jeff Bezoa的个人资产也在一日之内减少110亿元,从1600亿元降至1358亿元,不过还是比微软比尔盖兹多。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?贝佐斯(Bezos)是一名酒鬼父亲,青少年母亲的小孩。他父母结婚一年後就离异。母亲在他四岁时改嫁给Mike Bezos,一名15岁才来到美国的古巴移民,也是一名有野心,工作勤奋的人。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?今年54岁的Bezos是在1994年时,看到网路科技潜能,辞去投资公司工作,在西雅图自家车库创办出亚马逊的,一路走来,他带着亚马逊不断转型,成为全世界最受瞩目的网购公司之一。

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Massachusetts Political Leaders to Delegate Marriott Management, Call for Meaningful Negotiations to End Strike

Massachusetts Political Leaders to Delegate Marriott Management, Call for Meaningful Negotiations to End Strike
Local politicians show strong support for striking Marriott hotel workers, out fighting for one job that’s enough to live on for almost a full month


What: Led by City Councilors Ed Flynn and Michelle Wu, local politicians plan to give Marriott management a letter urging meaningful movement at the negotiating table. Striking Marriott hotel workers have been out since October 3, sacrificing to win a new contract from the biggest and richest hotel company in the world.
When: Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:00 am
Where: Ritz-Carlton Boston, 10 Avery St, Boston, MA 02111
Who: Local elected leaders and UNITE HERE Local 26 striking hotel workers across Boston, including hotel housekeepers, front desk reception, bellmen, cooks, dishwashers, and more.
Note: Marriott workers impacted by the contract fight will be available for interview in person at the event as well as by phone.

Why: Massachusetts and Boston politicians see striking Marriott hotel workers as “ambassadors for the Greater Boston area.” Their letter to President and CEO of Marriott, Arne Sorenson, states “Like all workers, they deserve to be paid a living wage and enjoy basic protections from unfair scheduling practices, sexual harassment, and other workplace abuses.” The letter continues, “We urge you to negotiate in good faith with the representing union, UNITE HERE Local 26, to reach a fair compromise that will end the strike and allow both parties to move forward amicably as soon as possible.”

Marriott is the largest and most profitable hotel chain in the world, but Boston’s Local 26 workers have been in contract negotiations since March as they fight to win basic job security, safer working conditions, and jobs that are enough to support their families.

On October 3, workers walked out at seven Marriott-operated hotels, including the Aloft Boston Seaport District, the Element Boston Seaport District, the Ritz-Carlton Boston, the Sheraton Boston, the W Hotel Boston, the Westin Boston Waterfront, and the Westin Copley Place. This is the first hotel strike in Boston’s history. The last time Local 26 workers went on strike was at Harvard in October 2016, when dining hall workers struck for 22 days and successfully settled a contract with the world’s richest university.

Marriott workers are also on strike in San Francisco, Detroit, San Jose, San Diego, Oakland, and Hawaii, totaling nearly 8,000 workers demanding that One Job Should Be Enough.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

麻州亚美局民权论坛(图片)

驻倍投方案图片顿台北经济文化办事处处长徐佑典(左)和其他国家出席领事。(谢如键提供)





Thursday, October 25, 2018

纽英仑中华专协11/4年会谈音乐艺术与人生


Governor Baker and Merrimack Valley Local Officials Announce $2 Million Recapitalization of Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

Governor Baker and Merrimack Valley Local Officials Announce $2 Million Recapitalization of Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
Combined with SBA-issued disaster declaration, significant increase in funding and support available to impacted businesses

ANDOVER?– Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan, North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor and Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera to announce an additional $2 million for the Merrimack Valley Small Business Emergency Loan Fund. Governor Baker also announced the U.S. Small Business Administration issued a disaster declaration to make its Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to businesses and private nonprofits in the effected region.

The announcement took place at Yella Restaurant in Andover and was attended by community leaders, participating lenders, small business owners and local elected officials.

“As the recovery process continues for impacted homes and businesses, boosting this fund serves as a critical tool to help business owners keep their doors open and navigate through this difficult time,”?said Governor Charlie Baker. “We appreciate the support from regional leaders to provide resources and capital for this critical emergency fund and welcome news that the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved our request for economic injury disaster to significantly increase resources for the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.”

“I applaud the contributions and committments of the 22 lenders that have contributed to the emergency loan fund,”?said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “With increased access to capital, businesses can also expect more resources and technical support – not just for this immediate recovery period, but for years to come, as they work towards getting back on their feet.”

Last month,?the Baker-Polito Administration announced the creation of the Emergency Loan Fund.?Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) and ten lenders provided the initial $1 million in capital, partnering with the Lawrence Partnership and Mill Cities Community Investments (MCCI) to develop the fund. MCCI administers the fund and reports over 20 applications received from eligible businesses.

"We're working aggressively to support our business community through this incredibly difficult time, and the emergency loan fund provides an invaluable resource that can support their recovery effort,"?Town Manager Andrew Flanagan said.?"I hope businesses will take advantage of this resource to support their efforts to reopen and recovery from the disaster.? Our small businesses are a critical part of Andover's economy and essential to the lifeblood of our community.”

"A crucial part of this relief effort is to help businesses get back on their feet and open their doors,”?said Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera. “It is clear with the usage of the emergency loan fund to date, there is a real demand and need for access to capital for these businesses.? The expansion the loan fund will allow for more businesses to gain access to these funds as they wait for their claims to be processed."

"North Andover prides itself in being a close-knit community. It is the small businesses in our town that create the bonds that make this possible",?said North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor. "Having access to capital may be the most important resource that these businesses need to survive and prosper."

The $2 million recapitalization of this fund is supported by 15 lenders contributing a total of $1.55 million, combined with $450,000 from MGCC:

Lenders contributing $250,000:

?????? Berkshire Bank
?????? Eastern Bank
?????? Northern Trust
?????? People’s United Bank

Lenders contributing $50,000:

?????? Century Bank
?????? East Boston Savings Bank
?????? Enterprise Bank
?????? First Ipswich
?????? Leader Bank
?????? Lowell Five
?????? North Shore Bank
?????? Northmark Bank
?????? Reading Cooperative
?????? South Shore Bank
?????? Wakefield Co-operative Bank

MGCC and three lenders - Eastern Bank, Enterprise Bank and Reading Cooperative - participated in the initial capitalization, as well as the recapitalization announced today.

An additional $500,000 loan loss reserve for this fund has been contributed by Columbia Gas, totaling $750,000 since the fund formation.?

“We are so grateful for the collaborative partnerships of every involved organization, from banks and credit unions to local nonprofits to statewide agencies,”?said Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade Nam Pham. “We thank the Mayor of Lawrence and the town managers of Andover and North Andover, and most of all MGCC for their leadership to make this loan and recapitalization happen quickly.? They have set a perfect model for how communities should respond to a disaster.”

In response to Governor Baker’s formal request, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) made a disaster declaration, approving Massachusetts for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for impacted businesses in the region.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Massachusetts with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist small businesses with federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans,”?said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“SBA Economic Injury Disaster loans of up to $2,000,000 are now available and the SBA can help affected small businesses and nonprofit organizations overcome their economic losses by offering working capital loans,”?said SBA’s Massachusetts District Director, Bob Nelson.?“These loans offer fixed rates with a maximum of 3.675% for small businesses and 2.5% for nonprofits with maximum terms of up to 30 years.”

These SBA loans are available up to $2 million (per loan) based on the amount of economic injury, with a maximum term of 30 years, at low interest rates. The EIDL program will be administered by the SBA and will be available for uninsured or otherwise uncompensated losses. It provides relief from economic injury caused directly by the disaster and permits the business or private nonprofit to maintain a reasonable working capital position during the period affected by the disaster. These loans do not replace lost sales or revenue.

“This disaster assistance from the SBA is another resource to assist impacted businesses in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover as they move forward in the recovery process,”?said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz.

Today's announcement follows a recent meeting of impacted business owners, NiSource/Columbia Gas; the Municipalities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and local non-profit service providers convened by the Lawrence Partnership on Tuesday evening.

“Recognizing the urgent need to deploy a broad scope of services to effected businesses, a coalition of local stakeholders has come together to develop, implement, and coordinate customized business support services to not only help these businesses get their doors open again, but to ensure that they have access to the resources to get their customers back in the future and even further down the road,”?said Lawrence Partnership Executive Director Derek Mitchell.

“MCCI is pleased to provide ongoing support, including managing the emergency loan fund for the businesses that were affected by the gas disaster,”?said Mill Cities Community Investments Executive Director Frank Carvalho.?“MCCI is properly staffed culturally and linguistic to provide this most needed service and we thank our community lending partners and MGCC for making this resource available to help our business community.”

“The participation of 22 financial institutions responding to small businesses during this crisis is unprecedented,”?said Mass Growth Capital Corporation President Larry Andrews.?“It is a testament of their commitment to the communities that these banks and credit unions serve. More importantly, it shows their acknowledgement to the vital role of small businesses in the Commonwealth. And now with the SBA economic injury disaster loan, small businesses will benefit from more options, access to increased capital and support, both in the near- and long-term.”

“This incident has been catastrophic for our restaurant,”?said Danielle Berdahn, owner of Yella Restaurant in Andover. “The resources have been crucial in assisting us in the remediation and reconstruction of my business. It has given me hope that we can rebound from this incident.”

Merrimack Valley Small Business Emergency Loan Fund Details

Overview
Any business that has been impacted by the recent gas disaster will qualify for the funds, including businesses from Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

This fund is being offered with no payments and no interest for the first 6 months.? For businesses that extend beyond a 6 month period, market rates will apply and loans can be extended or restructured for multi-year term loans. Businesses can apply for up to $50,000. There is no minimum loan amount.

How to Apply
The fund is designed to create an expedited application and approval process, with the goal of getting all applications processed within 24 to 48 hours.?

Mill Cities Community Investments will receive all applications for this fund and will process internally.?
Contact MCCI by phone, email, or in-person at:
50 Island Street, Suite #103
Lawrence, MA 01840
978-258-2772

For a full listing of required documentation go to?www.wearelawrence.org/lawrencegasresponsebusiness.


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Details

Overview
Businesses and private nonprofits impacted by the September 13th gas line incident in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The loans will be available to businesses and private non profits of Essex County and all contiguous counties (Middlesex and Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts and Hillsborough and Rockingham County in New Hampshire).

EIDLs provide operating funds until a business or private, non profit organization returns to normal operations. To the extent a business could have made payments had the disaster not occurred, it may use the loan to make payments on short-term notes, accounts payable and installment payments on long-term notes. These loans are for economic losses?due to the declared disaster.

Loan maximum is $2 million (actual loan amounts are based on amount of economic injury): 30 year maximum term; interest rates TBD for new declarations, however, historically EIDLs have offered 4% fixed (small businesses) and 2.65% (non profits); no upfront fees; no prepayment penalties.

How to Apply
SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available at the SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Lawrence to answer questions about the loan program, explain the application process and help individuals complete their application. Applications will subsequently be reviewed by SBA to determine if the applicant is qualified for the loan.? No appointment is necessary.

Olde Station Square Building
65 Merrimack Street
Lawrence, MA 01843

Hours of Operation:
Thursday, October 25, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (opening day)
Friday, October 26, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 28 CLOSED
Monday – Wednesday, October 29 – 31, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closing day)

SBA Applicants may also apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at?https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email?disastercustomerservice@sba.gov?(link sends e-mail) for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX? 76155.

Resources for Impacted Businesses
Impacted businesses should also contact the Columbia Gas claims line or visit a Columbia Gas?“Back-to-Business” Center?to file claims and for other business recovery resources and information.


About Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation
MGCC is a quasi-public corporation of the Commonwealth that saves and creates jobs at small businesses, including women, immigrant, veteran and minority owned businesses, by providing financial services and managerial assistance.? MGCC also promotes economic development throughout the state, focusing on Gateway Cities and low to moderate income communities.? MGCC works with traditional financial institutions to make challenging loans bankable, working with community development corporations and other non-profits to provide financing for job-producing projects, and assisting a wide range of small businesses find the growth capital they require.? Since inception, we have served over 8,850 small businesses, positively impacted more than 21,200 jobs with customized working capital financing commitments totaling over $120,000,000. For more information, visit:?empoweringsmallbusiness.org.

About Lawrence Partnership
The Lawrence Partnership is a private/public sector collaboration for the economic development and general improvement of the City of Lawrence. Lawrence Partnership, is a 2016 winner of the Gateway Cities Innovation Award. For more information, visit?lawrencepartnership.org.

About Mill Cities Community Investments
Mill City Community Investments, a local Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) is the lender, underwriter and servicer of all loans under the newly created MCCI Merrimack Valley Emergency Loan Relief Loan Fund. The fund will service businesses in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence areas negatively impacted by the natural gas tragedy. MCCI is certified as a CDFI by the U.S Treasurer Department CDFI Fund, licensed as mortgage lender by the MA Division of Bans and as a Community Development Corporation by the Department of Housing and Community Development in Massachusetts. In addition to the loans, MCCI provides technical assistance to the businesses, an educational component that add value to the businesses helping them to stabilize or grow and prosper. For more information, visit?mccinvest.org.

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