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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

华人前进会吁波市府用IPOD、容积率保护华埠排屋

华人前进会主任陈秀珍说明该会呼吁保留华埠排屋缘由。
(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ??(Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导)华人前进会和数十名华裔居民430日在尊尼阁(Johnny Court)9号旁举牌,吁请倍投方案图片顿市政府把华埠列入IPOD区,降低容积率(FAR)规定,以期华埠排屋(row house)及相关历史得以保留,工薪移民可以继续以华埠为家。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?倍投方案图片顿市议员爱德华费林(Ed Flynn),米高法拉提(Michael Flaherty),倍投方案图片顿市邻里发展主任席拉狄伦(Sheila Dillon)都出席发言,支持华埠居民的呼吁。席拉狄伦表示,华埠一直都在倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊的心上,市府绝对会和华埠合作,一起找出解决问题办法。她说,华埠是倍投方案图片顿最重要的社区之一,我们必须保存它
??倍投方案图片顿市议员爱德华费林(Ed Flynn,後左起),米高法拉提
(Michael Flaherty),倍投方案图片顿市邻里发展主任席拉狄伦
(Sheila Dillon)都出席发言,支持华埠居民的呼吁。
(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?华人前进会行政主任陈秀珍指出,倍投方案图片顿华埠是个已有150多年历史的社区,最早称为南湾区(South Cove Neighborhood),曾经是爱尔兰人,德国人,犹太人,叙利亚人,黎巴嫩人,然後是华人的聚居地。在19501960年代,倍投方案图片顿市实施都市更新计画,拆了数以百计的低收入家庭房屋,後来为了建中央干道,拓展麻州收费公路,又把尼伦街(Kneeland),乞臣街(Hudson),阿尔巴尼街(Albany)上的许多排屋拆了,然後塔芙茨大学和纽英仑医疗中心扩建,把几乎占华埠一半的住宅及商业用地,全拿走了,剩下来刘在华埠内的排屋,散落在屋街,尊尼阁,松街,乞臣街及泰勒街,总数不到一百。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?这些排屋的许多租客,近年来因业主出售、加租等不同理由,被迫搬迁,威胁了华埠设区的稳定性。
余丽馨表示,她12岁以前都住在倍投方案图片顿华埠。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?2000年以来,倍投方案图片顿华埠遭遇住宅大楼豪华化(gentrification)冲击,不少业主把房屋高价卖给发展商,华埠之内的可负担住宅越来越少,最近这两年,Airb&b等短期出租开始流行,掀起了又一波的高价收购华埠房屋风潮。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?根据华人前进会资料,在泰勒街上就有一栋四层高排屋,2000年时售价375000元,2005年就涨到90万元,2017年更以301万的高价出售。
华埠稳定委员会高嘉亮发言。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?华人前进会的华埠稳定委员会(Chinatown Stabilization Committee)成员,还在大学念三年级的高嘉亮表示,尊尼阁9号,是另一个例子。黄姓夫妇在1980年代买下的这房子,2016年出售时,市场估价约48万元,但一位名叫Cai Tao的来自中国投资者,竟以约2倍价格的80万元买下来,然後丢空两年,再於今年三月获得政府批准,可把两单位的住宅楼改建成五个单位的共管公寓。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?高嘉亮指出,根据该委员会的调查,Cai Tao在麻州各地拥有许多物业,总值不下1800万元。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?住在尊尼阁7号的伍惠匀,李超业夫妇则表示,从1968年起,他们夫妇俩就住在那儿,还和9号的邻居共享一个後花园。Cai Tao的改建,显然会影响到整条街的供水/下水道疏通,消防,加高的楼宇,也会遮住阳光,有碍通风。他们曾经试图和新业主联络,却一直得不到回应。
刘仲岳(左)也拿出全家福照片,说明他小时候住过华埠
排屋。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?黄美群以前也住在尊尼阁。她感叹表示,早年租住时,房租900元,原屋主卖给新屋主後,房租渐次涨到1900元,她透过各种途径争取,都没有结果,她实在负担不起,最後只好搬迁。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?早年住在华埠的余丽馨,刘仲岳也分别拿着巨幅照片在现场述说,他们小时候住在华埠,亲眼看到排屋逐渐消失,邻居一一迁居的景象,没想到多年以後,华埠又再面对类似威胁,如果让这种情形持续下去,华埠将消弭於无形,大家必须携手团结,保护华埠的存在。




右後方的楼宇就是尊尼阁9号。(周菊子摄)
尊尼阁7号的伍惠匀,李超业夫妇为新邻居的改建计画,
烦恼不已。(周菊子摄)
倍投方案图片顿邻里发展局主任席拉狄伦称,市长心中有华埠。
(周菊子摄)

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $40 Million Energy Efficiency Partnership with MBTA, Eversource and National Grid

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $40 Million Energy Efficiency Partnership with MBTA, Eversource and National Grid
Energy Efficiency Upgrades at MBTA Facilities Will Reduce Energy Costs, Improve Rider Experience



BOSTON?– The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a three-year, $40 million energy efficiency partnership with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Eversource and National Grid. This partnership will reduce energy consumption across dozens of MBTA stations and facilities, reduce MBTA operating costs, enhance rider experience through improved lighting and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The announcement was made by Governor Charlie Baker during a ceremony at the Charles-MGH station in Boston.
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“Energy efficiency is the most effective way to save money on energy bills and we are proud it is a top priority for state government and the utility industry,”?said Governor Charlie Baker. “Through this partnership, the MBTA will implement energy efficiency measures across the transit system that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs while improving the quality of facilities for riders.”

“Our focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and costs has helped make Massachusetts a national leader in energy efficiency,”?said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This public-private partnership will strengthen that leadership while also enhancing customer experience and safety with improved and increased lighting across dozens of MBTA stations.”

This initiative will reduce MBTA electricity use by seven percent or an estimated 30 million kWh annually, an amount equivalent to the electricity use of 3,947 Massachusetts homes. These projects are also estimated to annually reduce MBTA energy costs by $2.7 million and greenhouse gas emissions by 10,000 metric tons.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to partner with Eversource and National Grid to reduce energy consumption and operating costs for the MBTA,”?said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.? “Massachusetts continues to be a national leader in energy efficiency as we collaborate with public and private stakeholders in transportation, technology, and building sectors as well as energy providers to support our collective energy reduction goals.”

The MBTA will invest approximately $30 million in projects at dozens of MBTA properties including parking lots and garages, maintenance facilitates, bus yards and train stations. The energy efficiency projects will include LED lighting and lighting controls, upgrading HVAC equipment and building automation controls.

The Department Energy Resources’ (DOER) Leading by Example program will provide $3.5 million in funding to improve the cost-effectiveness of the MBTA’s energy efficiency projects. Eversource and National Grid? will provide additional incentives to the MBTA in the amount of $0.30 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) saved from the energy efficiency projects. Based on the targeted energy reductions, the utility incentives are estimated to total approximately $9 million.

“The Commonwealth is striving with a number of initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases and conserve electricity and we are pleased that the MBTA is taking steps in that direction,”?said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “These energy efficiency improvements are a prime example of how public agencies and utility companies can come together to collaborate and make infrastructure improvements which will lead to a sustainable future.”

“This partnership involving the MBTA, Department of Energy Resources, and our utilities partners, National Grid and Eversource, will result in a cleaner, more energy efficient T, and a more accessible experience for our customers,”?said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak.“Thank you to DOER, National Grid, and Eversource for your substantial investments and incentives to upgrade and expand energy efficiency at more than 50 locations across the MBTA system.”

High-efficiency LED lighting has a much longer lifetime than bulbs currently in use by the MBTA, resulting in substantially reduced replacement costs and enabling the MBTA to use maintenance staff more efficiently. A more streamlined operation will result with the storage and management of fewer types of bulbs, also freeing up more space in MBTA storage locations. MBTA customers will also benefit from this initiative through better and increased lighting, enhancing the customer experience.

“DOER is proud to collaborate with state and utility partners through our Leading by Example Program to provide the funding and technical assistance to support these investments in energy efficiency and advanced technologies,”?said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “These investments mean real savings – not only in emissions and energy use, but also in operational costs for years to come.”

“The partnership with DOER and MBTA takes a holistic, strategic approach to deliver year-after-year energy and cost savings to the MBTA,”?said Eversource Vice President of Energy Efficiency Tilak Subrahmanian.?“It also ensures that the MBTA has the necessary resources and support – both technical and financial – to create a more sustainable transportation system, which will benefit the Commonwealth and beyond.”

“Today’s announcement is one example of how National Grid is expanding its focus to develop more strategic partnerships with our customers – in this case customers with a portfolio of buildings – to help them meet their broader energy and environmental goals,”?said National Grid Vice President of Customer Solutions, John Isberg. “It’s exciting to think of the impact this partnership will have in reducing energy, which will result in lasting benefits for our community and environment.”

The Leading by Example (LBE) program is administered by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and works collaboratively with state agencies and public colleges and universities to advance clean energy and sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impacts of state government operations.

DOER’s funding for this initiative is available through proceeds from the Renewable Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) as well as Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP) paid by retail electric suppliers that do not meet their Renewable Portfolio Standard compliance obligations through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates.?

台湾美食巡回讲座 6月1、2两日在倍投方案图片顿

侨教中心主任欧宏伟(左五)和新英格兰台湾商会会长
李以蕙(右二)拜访佛光山倍投方案图片顿三佛中心,商议合作。

(Boston Orange)?2019年侨务委员会「台湾美食国际巡回讲座:台湾美食 飘香寰宇」,将於61日及2 日在倍投方案图片顿举行,台湾「度小月餐厅」行政总主厨潘盟仁及该餐厅店长主厨吴政璋两位老师将前来为大家做示范教学。本地区今年主办讲座的侨团为新英格兰大倍投方案图片顿台湾商会。

有监於讲究「健康」、「环保」的素食人口愈来愈多,倍投方案图片顿侨教中心主任欧宏伟提议若能趁此活动推广「台湾精致素食」,不仅能迎合潮流,满足侨界人士的需求,也可让主流社会进一步了解台湾美食的软实力,因此特别商请「佛光山倍投方案图片顿三佛中心」和「佛教慈济基金会倍投方案图片顿联络处」两个团体共襄盛举,一起来办理今年的讲座。

佛光山倍投方案图片顿三佛中心附设餐厅「滴水坊」,场地宽敞,布置清雅,平日提供养生花茶及素点等,深受附近上班人士及哈佛等校师生的欢迎;慈济倍投方案图片顿联络处会所大厅常举办祈福会、音乐会等大型活动,地下室餐厅也有善於烹调的「香积组」师兄姐,常为参加活动者准备美味素食。

两场示范教学讲座的内容如下:

▉第一场,61日(周六)下午2:00-5:00在佛光山倍投方案图片顿三佛中心举行(地址:711 Concord Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 电话: 617-547-6670),主打「台湾味素食小吃」,教学品项包括:碗糕、卤味、素肉燥饭、素面线糊、素蚵仔煎。
▉第二场,62日(周日)下午2:00-5:00在慈济基金会倍投方案图片顿联络处举行(地址:15 Summer St., Newton, MA? 02464 电话: 617- 762-0569),主打「宴客素食」,教学品项包括: 素烧狮子头、佛欢喜(素食佛跳墙)、糖醋余、芋烧子排、古早味菜炸。

即日起接受报名。报名费:单场$25,两场都报名者优待价$40(支票抬头请写:TCCNE。报名请洽李以蕙,电邮tccne2019@gmail.com;或亲至佛光山倍投方案图片顿三佛中心(地址:711 Concord Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 电话: 617-547-6670, Email: boston@ibps.org)及倍投方案图片顿侨教中心报名(地址:90 Licoln St., Newton Highlands, MA 02461,电话:617-9658801
(图与文:倍投方案图片顿侨教中心提供)


Monday, April 29, 2019

中华颐养院邀昆市长与亚裔社区餐叙 交流意见

昆士市长柯奇(Tom Koch,前中)与亚裔晤谈。(周菊子摄)
中华颐养院荣誉主席陈秀英主持晤谈会。
(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ? (Boston Orange 周菊子昆士市报导) 中华颐养院和华人医务中心携手,426日办午餐会,邀昆士市长柯奇(Tom Koch)20名亚裔社区服务机构首长,志工座谈,促请柯奇关注照顾老人机构面对经费挑战等议题,并了解亚裔服务机构现况。
????????????? 昆士市长柯奇向座中亚裔社区代表简报了昆市近来的建设概况,直言2020年的人口统计很重要,在地居住的人都算进统计数据了,地方政府才能争取到相应的经费来为民众服务。此外鼓励居民登记成为选民也很重要,因为有选票才有声音,当地方政府和联邦政府协商时,也一样是选票多,声音才大。他同意将来不定期和亚裔社区座谈。
昆士市长柯奇(Tom Koch,中)和活动主办人合影。右起,
华人医务中心行政主任卫优俊(Eugene Welch),中华颐养
院创办人陈秀英,执行长Bill Graves,董事长雷伟志。
(周菊子摄)
????????????? 在汇报昆市近年建设概况时,柯奇指出,今年九月,昆士中心那儿就会新添712个停车位,市府与土地发展商合作的许多项目也仍在进行,将陆续会完成占地约20万平方英尺的医疗门诊中心,约有140个单位的旅馆酒店,以及大约110个工薪阶级的住宅单位等。不过地铁周边的发展,可能要先等MBTA先完成了更新地铁相关设施再说。这也是为什麽他支持增加昆市和倍投方案图片顿市之间的渡轮服务,希望这一系列的城市改善有助於让昆士市有更壮大的中产阶层居民。
中华颐养院。(周菊子摄)
????????????? 柯奇还说,为增加市府建造可负担住宅的能力,市府也正积极充实可负担住宅信托基金。
????????????? 这场座谈会由中华颐养院执行长Bill Graves,华人医务中心行政主任卫优俊(Eugene Welch)做主要发言人,中华颐养院董事长雷伟志担任主持,对话内容着重於昆士市的发展,以及如何照顾昆士市多元化市民的需求。
????????????? Bill Graves指出,根据麻州耆英照顾协会(Massachusetts Senior Care Association)资料,麻州去年有20家耆英照顾机构关上大门,共失去大约1900张病床。今年估计还会有35家左右关门,都是因为在目前的政府补偿机制下,这些耆英照顾机构每营运一天,就会为每一名所照顾者损失38元,平均一年要亏损90万元。目前约有一半以上的耆英照顾机构都是在亏损状况下经营。
????????????? 不过Bill Graves强调,中华颐养院的营运没有问题。中华颐养院创办人之一的陈秀英也透露,当初该院要从倍投方案图片顿搬到昆士市时,许多人都表示不愿意长途跋涉,现在大家看到了中华颐养院的设施有如五星级饭店,不但等候名单长到350人,还有人问,一楼大堂有那麽大的空间,怎麽不多加几张病床。

????????????? 当天出席的昆士亚裔社区服务机构代表,除前述各人外,还包括昆士市长助理丘洁芳,亚美社会服务协会的罗天纬牧师,关静仪主任;亚美社区发展协会董事长李保华;行政主任刘安琪,倍投方案图片顿华埠社区中心行政主任李隆华,项目主任丘文蓉,华人医务中心营运长Eric Tiberi,董事长廖国鹏,董事翁素梅,陈炯文,亚协服务中心(QARI)行政总裁庄建豪,彩虹成人护理中心主任和陈素贞,南岸老人服务处亚裔外展协调员潘监成等。(图片已於4月26日发表)

亚美社区发展协会社区之心早餐会表扬余慕洁

亚美社区发展协会社区之心早餐会,主席李保华(左一),
行政主任刘安琪(右二)邀李威仪(左二)主讲,颁陈耀庭奖
表扬邦克丘社区学院院长余慕洁(右一)。(周菊子摄)

? ? ? ? ? ??(Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导)亚美社区发展协会(ACDC) 426在倍投方案图片顿龙凤酒楼举办社区之心点心早餐会,颁陈耀庭社区服务奖表扬邦克丘社区学院校长余慕洁,并邀李威仪分享环保服务心得,请倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊,联邦众议员凯萨琳克拉克致词。
??????????? 亚美社区发展协会成立於1987年,迄今共建造了价值逾亿,崭新,供多种不同收入阶层购置或租住的公寓单位,在昆士市的Martensen村,堡街(Port)6号,倍投方案图片顿市华埠的绿茵苑(乞臣街66),天满村,信义大厦(The Metroplitan),华信屋(Oak Terrace)等地,给了1000多人一个新家。绿茵苑第二期的乞臣街88号,也在最近陆续有51户人家入住。
倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(Marty Walsh,右)应邀出席致词,
和中华仪养院荣誉主席陈秀英合影。(周菊子摄)
??????????? 亚美社区发展协会行政主任刘安琪指出,该会致力协助新移民安家落户,迄今应仍是麻州唯一提供双语首次购屋辅导班,认识财务课程的机构。该会还安排有青少年领袖培训(A-VOYCE),华埠徒步游,社区计画及组织,公民参语等服务项目。
??????????? 倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(Marty Walsh)当天应邀致词,先称许当天的司仪伍沅媚(Janet Wu),在座的倍投方案图片顿环球报专栏作者梁诗莉(Shirley Leung),再赞扬当天获奖的余慕洁从他当选倍投方案图片顿市长起就合作无间。李威仪更曾担任他接任市长时的过渡小组委员会主席。他指出,倍投方案图片顿市人口有28%在外国出生,有48%和他一样是第一代移民的後代。不必管来自白宫的噪音,倍投方案图片顿市就是个移民城市,因为移民而繁荣。
左起,李保华,李威仪,刘安琪,余慕洁,司仪伍沅媚,
联邦众议员凯萨琳克拉克(Katherine Marlea Clark)。
(周菊子摄)
他要感谢亚美社区发展协会的致力建造,保留可负担住宅。最近的171户可负担住宅,以及将来的发展12号地段,要包括倍投方案图片顿华埠永久图书馆,都是和倍投方案图片顿市府合作,计画,多方参与的结果。这也源於计画的重要性。波市府的计划发展局(BPDA)现在就有16项研究计画正在进行中,他们透过和亚美社区发展协会等社区组织的沟通,确保市府的未来发展方向正确。他鼓励民众周二晚到昆士小学参加一个讨论会。
??????????? 辖区包括摩顿市的联邦众议员Katherine Clark也赞扬亚美社区发展协会,称其致力帮助移民拥有自己的家,稳定工作与生活,对整体社会有很大贡献。
??????????? 曾任匹兹堡河生(RiverLife)环保组织及倍投方案图片顿海港协会执行长的李威仪,当天是早餐会主讲人。亚美社区发展协会主席李保华称许李威仪有热情,策略,还坚持不懈,在土地发展利益上,可以指导社区如何在企业与居民之间取得平衡。他说,辅助民众居者有其屋,繁荣社区也是ACDC的使命。
李保华(左)颁陈耀庭奖表扬邦克丘社区学院院长余慕洁
(右一)。(周菊子摄)
??????????? 李威仪坦言,自己投身环保工作,缘起於许多年前的一个地球日,她和高中同学忧虑若环境持续污染,全世界的人可能都无法活过60岁,於是创办了学生环保组织。她那来自香港及广东的父母,为他们这些学生的环保行动对抗大机构,一度感到十分担心。但她在这方面的专心致志,还让她後来出任倍投方案图片顿2014年的气候行动计划执行委员会主席,倍投方案图片顿保护委员会主席。她参与的社会公益活动,在环保之外,还包括曾和当年的州长夫人苏珊威尔德携手担任亚裔反家庭暴力小组主席。
李威仪在致词中也点名指李保华,Rebecca Lee,范王柳娥,陈秀英,包传芳,包姚光芝,蔡明昊,骆理德等等许多人在扶持社区上的贡献。她强调,每一个人都参与,社区才会更美好。
亚美社区发展协会行政主任刘安琪。(周菊子摄)
邦克丘社区学院校长余慕洁的致词,以饮水思源为重心。她透露,自己的祖辈来自广东,但碍於排华法案,没人来到美国。她的高祖父到了维多利亚岛务农,曾祖父到了古巴,所以她有叔父分别在温哥华,在迈阿密,她自己高中时一直都在打工,能用西班牙文把整份菜单念给同学或邻居听。那也是她了解移民什麽是意思,移民的追求有个家,有个身分,人身与财务都安全的开始。她相信,人性才是美国梦的本质,亚美社区发展协会等机构从事的工作,就是这基础架构的核心,没有亚美社区发展协会就不会有包氏文艺中心,没有那麽多的可负担住宅,也可能没有永久的华埠图书馆。她希望邦克丘社区学院会永远是这社区的一部分,倍投方案图片顿华埠也有如她的第二个家。(图片已於4月26日发表)


亚美社区发展协会今年的"社区之心"早餐会,出席
更踊跃。(周菊子摄)
昆士市议员梁秀婷(右)应邀出席。
左起,伍沅媚,陈秀英,李威仪,余慕洁。(奚珍提供)
陈绰敏(左),陈颖玉两兄妹也支持ACDC"社区之心"
早餐会。(周菊子摄)
伍沅媚和陈贻美。(周菊子摄)
曾任昆士小学校长的李素影(左)和倍投方案图片顿邻里发展局
局长Sheila A. Dillon。(周菊子摄)
纽英仑中华公所主席陈家骅也是ACDC"社区之心"
早餐会支持者之一。(周菊子摄)

Baker-Polito Administration announces $30 million in capital grant funding to support life sciences sector

Baker-Polito Administration announces $30 million in capital grant funding to support life sciences sector

11 projects to receive funding to sustain the Commonwealth’s competitive edge in advancing human health and connecting communities across Massachusetts to the innovation economy
Waltham – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced $30.95 million in capital grant funding to support the state’s global leadership in the life sciences sector. In total, 11 projects across Massachusetts will receive funding through the MLSC’s Competitive Capital Program to support advances in human health, accelerate innovation in the areas of clinical and translational research, and expand the capacity of life sciences development and job growth across the Commonwealth.
“Our administration is dedicated to generating economic growth and supplying researchers with the tools they need to create new advancements in improving patient outcomes,”?said Governor Charlie Baker. “By investing in the Massachusetts innovation economy, we can work together with academic and industry partners to support game-changing technological research and create jobs across the state.”
“This capital funding further enhances our world-class talent pipeline, spurring additional educational and career opportunities throughout every region of the Commonwealth,”?said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our administration is pleased to make investments in educational and training programming to ensure that any resident pursuing a career in the life sciences can thrive, positioning Massachusetts to continue to lead the way in this field.”
The MLSC’s Competitive Capital Program invests capital dollars through a competitive process in high potential economic development projects that promise to make a significant contribution to the state’s life sciences ecosystem. Moreover, the competitive program aims to address funding gaps in capital dollars, industry support, and federal funding for educational institutions, incubators, research institutions, and workforce training programs, while also catalyzing private and philanthropic investment to match state investment and preparing the life sciences workforce of the future.
“These investments represent new opportunities for our life sciences ecosystem to support job growth, talent development, and entrepreneurial growth across the Commonwealth,”?said MLSC President and CEO Travis McCready. “By continuing to expand regional access in education and hands-on training and supporting innovative, novel technologies, we are unlocking new potential in our understanding of human physiology to push toward medical advances for patients around the world.”
Leaders representing the awardee institutions shared how this investment will positively impact their work:
“We are grateful to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for their generous support.? The Center for Translation Neurotrauma Imaging (CTNI) will spur high-tech job and industry growth, train the next generation research leaders and further consolidate the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a global leader in life science innovation,”?said Karen Antman, MD, provost, Boston University Medical Campus and dean, School of Medicine.
“Mass Life Sciences Center’s support is helping the Massachusetts General Hospital explore new ways to transform clinical research in the neurosciences by providing the infrastructure to construct a new unit that will allow us to learn more from clinical research in neurological and psychiatric diseases? including Alzheimer’s disease,”?says Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD, director of the Mass. Alzheimer Disease Research Center at MGH. “We plan a state of the art unit that combines recent advances in clinical trial technologies, advances in neuroimaging with MGH’s Martinos Center, and biomarker discovery all in a facility that will allow early phase clinical trials to proceed efficiently, gathering all the data together to facilitate learnings.? We are really grateful for the opportunity to grow this program, with the hope that we will translate these opportunities into future therapies for dementia and other diseases.”
“We are honored to receive this award, which will allow BATL to expand into training on biomanufacturing”?said Dr. Jared Auclair, the director of Northeastern’s BATL?and principle investigator and the lead researcher for the grant proposal. “This will allow BATL to provide end-to-end training on biologics and grow the field in Massachusetts.”
“GMGI/GBA is thrilled to be able to add a state-of-the-art cell culture room to our facility,”?said GMGI Board Chair Michele May. “It will enable us to expand our program offerings and comprehensively train our students to meet the needs of the area’s life sciences companies.”
“This support will expand Baystate Health’s capacity to perform efficient and compliant clinical trials, speed medical advances, and make novel treatments available to our diverse patient populations,”?said Dr. Peter Friedmann, Chief Research Officer for Baystate Health and Associate Dean for Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. “We are grateful to MLSC, our legislators, the Governor and the citizens of the Commonwealth for this investment in the future of biomedical research in Western Massachusetts.”
“There is a real need in the industry for both qualified professionals graduating from programs like Quincy College’s Biotechnology and GMP program, and for customized incumbent worker training that we offer in our state-of-the-art biotechnology labs at Quincy College. This specialized and customized training pipeline supports the Commonwealth’s biopharma industry form the ground up. Quincy College is uniquely positioned to support skill development for all levels of professionals working in the Biotech industry.? Quincy College excels at addressing this real-world need head-on, providing a resource for continuing education as incumbent worker training and critical skill development for those just entering the biotechnology industry. With the generous Massachusetts Life Science Consortium Grant,? the Quincy College Biotechnology and Compliance program will be able to further the study of biotechnology and good manufacturing practice and implement ongoing positives changes initiated by the Quincy College leadership to make the College not only a wonderful work place but also a modern institution that provides the best possible education for students and workforce training for workers throughout the Commonwealth,”?said Quincy College President Michael G. Bellotti.
“The research planned going forward with the establishment of this new resource at Brigham and Women’s Hospital will further expand the potential for benefiting our patients with precision therapy. The siting of the new resource, between the Harvard Medical School quadrangle and the Brigham, at the heart of the Longwood Medical Area, will surely inspire new programs to leverage unique intellectual and physical resources from different institutions to bring together programs that promise to become much more than the sum of each of their investments and contributions.”?Paul J. Anderson, MD, PhD, Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice-President of Research at the Brigham.
“We are so proud of the success of our MBI companies,”?said Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) President & CEO Jon Weaver. “It’s truly amazing to witness the caliber of life and health science companies that are choosing to make their start in Central Massachusetts.? Our partnership with the Massachusetts Life Science Center will provide additional opportunities for these startups to seed, scale, and succeed in Central Massachusetts, and accommodate the high demand for laboratory space.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to create a Center for Therapeutics and Genomics Training at MassBay,”?said MassBay President Dr. David Podell. “And we are extremely grateful to Mass Life Sciences for their support for this important initiative which will allow us to better prepare underrepresented students for careers in the life sciences.”
“We appreciate MLSC’s continued support and commitment in supporting NSIV to deliver on its mission to support and nurture early-stage life science companies in Boston North,”?said North Shore InnoVentures CEO Chris Ilsley. “The commitment will allow us to not only support more companies currently here in Massachusetts, and continue to make us relevant in Boston North’s Life Science community; and will also attract and support international life science companies looking to make Massachusetts their home for the North American market.”
This is the sixth round of the competitive capital program administered by the MLSC. Applicants are academic organizations, research institutions, research hospitals, business incubators and other non-profit organizations. The MLSC recognizes that investment in capital projects and infrastructure is necessary to create and sustain the attributes that make Massachusetts attractive to innovation sectors such as life sciences. To date, the MLSC has awarded or committed more than $455 million to support capital projects across the state.
The MLSC’s infrastructure investments have contributed to the creation of more than 1.9 million square feet of new life sciences research and manufacturing space across the Commonwealth, while creating more than 5,800 jobs in the building trades and in the life sciences sector. The more than $30 million in capital funds in this most recent round of the competitive program will be distributed across 11 different projects, including six research institutions, three projects centered on workforce development efforts, and two incubators in Worcester and Beverly. Many of the projects are multi-partnered and leverage an additional $29.85 million in investments by partner institutions or the awardees themselves.
This past June, Governor Baker signed?An Act providing continued investment in the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth?to invest up to $623 million in bond authorization and tax credits over five years in education, research and development and workforce training. This legislation will serve to reinforce the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to ensuring Massachusetts’ leadership in the life sciences sector.

MLSC Competitive Capital Program award descriptions:

Baystate Medical Center – $3,949,912
The capital project will expand capacity to perform clinical trials in Western Massachusetts by building a clinical trials unit at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and a satellite unit at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, and enhancing training in clinical research in collaboration with local community colleges. This project will accelerate human testing of innovative digital health, biopharma, and medical devices developed in the Commonwealth. Moreover, for Baystate and its partners in Western Massachusetts, the project will increase access to innovative treatments for the patients and communities within the region, expand collaborations with academic and industry partners, and develop a workforce skilled in clinical research.
Boston Children’s Hospital – $1,545,050
The MLSC’s funding will support the launch of a multi-disciplinary initiative at Boston Children’s Hospital focused on advances in precision medicine in the treatment of cardiac disease. The Center for Accelerated Therapeutic Development (CAT-D) will bring an interdisciplinary team of cardiac biologists, bioengineers, and clinicians together under one roof to develop innovative human cell and tissue models of human disease. CAT-D will accelerate therapeutic development through the use of disease-relevant, human in vitro models, enabling “clinical trials in a dish” to identify patient groups most likely to respond to specific therapies or most at risk for adverse responses. The initiative will also serve as a collaborative hub for scientists in academia and biotechnology, seeding academic-industry partnerships and accelerating translation of basic discoveries. An initial focus of CAT-D will be inherited heart disease, but the same infrastructure and principles are equally applicable to other rare and inherited diseases.
Boston University Medical School – $4,991,000
The Center for Translation Neurotrauma Imaging at Boston University Medical School will establish a start‐of‐the‐art research facility to accelerate development of transformative brain imaging techniques, applications, protocols, and markers to detect and track subtle changes in the brain that result from neurotrauma and increase risk for neurodegenerative diseases such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and Alzheimer’s disease. This type of imaging technology will fill an existing gap in detecting and tracking before emerging treatments can be successfully tested and deployed in humans.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital – $5,000,000
Brigham and Women’s Hospital will use MSLC funding to advance the rigor and efficiency of clinical trials and biomedical research with targeted therapeutics by providing information otherwise not available to drug companies, as well as enhancing basic research at Massachusetts academic institutions. The MLSC-funded instrument package will provide a unique resource in the United States by combining quantitative metabolomics and high-resolution spatial mass spectrometry imaging, including a high-resolution 15 Tesla mass spectrometer. This novel, state-of- the-art facility, which will be made available to the scientific community and biotechnology companies, will aim to transcend cancer research and accelerate the development of new medicines for infectious disease, cardiac medicine, and neurological disease states, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute – $174,383
The Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) will receive $174,383 to build out and equip a new, state-of-the-art cell culture laboratory. The lab will enhance student experience and training at GMGI’s Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, while also addressing an industry need for entry-level technicians with cell culturing experience and advance its genomics research goals. This funding builds upon previous MLSC support for the construction of the world-class genomics research institute on Cape Ann, made possible by a previous $2.7 million MLSC capital grant.
Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives – $3,494,256
Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI), one of the first life sciences incubators in the Commonwealth, is currently home to more than 30 life sciences companies, having “graduated” another 95 companies, which employ approximately 825 people in the local life sciences cluster in central Massachusetts. With the support of the MLSC, MBI will redevelop 17 Briden Street within Worcester’s Gateway Park by establishing additional incubator space, which will include a “Stage II” incubator.? MBI will operate more than 20,000 square feet of a renovated facility to expand its business incubation operations, including 19 additional suites and supporting office space. Additionally, the inclusion of a “Stage II” incubator will provide MBI the ability to create 5-7 suites of around 1,000- 3,000 square feet for growing companies. This space will serve as a bridge for those companies to grow and sustain their business models and prevent the financial and logistical stress that can cause companies to struggle and fail, by leaving the incubator environment before they are ready.
Massachusetts General Hospital – $4,805,000
MLSC investment will support the launch of a “Big Data & Digital Health Hub”, administered by the Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU) at Massachusetts General Hospital. The CTRU is focused on dramatically transforming clinical research to accelerate progress in the prevention, management and cure of complex brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, mood and anxiety disorders. The MLSC’s funding will support the purchase of a high-end computing system for analysis of diverse datasets and a data visualization room with a hyperwall (video wall that uses coordinated visualizations for interactive exploration of multidimensional data and data simulation) and virtual reality capability. Additionally, funding will support advanced multi-sensor clinical exam rooms, wearable and remote digital devices for patient monitoring, and dedicated mass spectrometry for large-scale measurements. This initiative will enable unprecedented analysis of individualized precision medicine data on brain health with an ultimate goal of developing new therapies.
MassBay Community College – $500,000
MLSC funding will be used to create a Center for Therapeutics and Genomics Training at MassBay Community College that aims to transform community college technical education by preparing underrepresented students for employment and research positions in the Massachusetts life sciences ecosystem. The college will upgrade its biotechnology facilities, allowing for the development of an array of new, credit and non‐credit, courses in areas such as genomics, developmental biology, and biomanufacturing. In addition, MassBay Community College will provide laboratory space through summer programming for high school students, as well as, to small businesses for employee training.
North Shore InnoVentures – $1,650,000
Since 2012, North Shore InnoVentures (NSIV) and Endicott College have forged a successful partnership to deliver on the mission to foster and support regional life science startups. Today this collaboration continues as NSIV will now manage the expanding Endicott College incubator space to better support the increasing number and range of life sciences startups active in the North Shore region of the state. MLSC funding will expand infrastructure capacity at NSIV and obtain key instrumentation for both the NSIV and Endicott facilities that will serve as a catalyst for startups’ product development and facilitate training of a highly skilled workforce for the life sciences industry. The advanced instrumentation at NSIV and Endicott College will be used by startups, student interns from the region’s high schools, community college, and four-year colleges, in addition to, companies across Massachusetts more broadly. The economic impact of this project will include: helping to create and fill high-quality life-sciences jobs in Massachusetts; better preparing the workforce for those jobs; and affording early-stage life sciences companies in the region access to tools and services to enhance their potential for growth and success.
Northeastern University – $4,271,867
Northeastern University will utilize MLSC funding to establish a training program in biomanufacturing analysis and quality control, by providing hands-on training in state-of-the-art facilities at its Burlington campus. The university plans to build out two additional laboratories: a mock GMP suite and a biomanufacturing suite, in addition to, purchasing training equipment, including a manufacturing scale bioreactor and purification system for the biomanufacturing suite, and instrumentation upgrades to the campus’ mass spectrometry laboratory.
Quincy College – $725,000
MLSC funding will enable Quincy College to continue its leadership in providing comprehensive workforce training and education in manufacturing. The college’s bio manufacturing certificate and associate degree programs have been at capacity enrollment consistently for the past seven years. Quincy College will utilize funding to upgrade existing equipment and enhance the student experience. This new funding will build upon $645,000 in previous MLSC funding to support Quincy College’s?biotechnology and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) programming.
About the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
The?Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)?is an economic development investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in Massachusetts, home to the most verdant and productive life sciences ecosystem in the world.? Through public-private funding initiatives, the MLSC supports innovation, research and development, commercialization, and manufacturing activities in the fields of biopharma, medical device, diagnostics and digital health.? Since its creation in 2007, the MLSC has strategically deployed over $700 million in Massachusetts, through a combination of grants, loans, capital infrastructure investments, tax incentives and workforce programs.? These investments have created thousands of jobs and propelled the development of new therapies, devices and scientific advancements that are improving patient health and well-being in Massachusetts and beyond.

Governor Baker Announces New Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Governor Baker Announces New Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

BOSTON?– Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito today announced the departure of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, and introduced current EEA Undersecretary of Climate Change, Kathleen Theoharides, as incoming Secretary. Secretary Beaton will be the Senior Vice President of Renewable Energy and Emerging Technology at TRC Companies, Inc. Secretary Theoharides will officially be sworn in May 3, 2019.

“Matt hit the ground running on day one, and his tenacious approach to solving difficult problems helped our administration usher in major energy and environmental milestones that will benefit the Commonwealth's residents, businesses and communities for years to come,”?said Governor Baker. “His leadership on the record-setting procurement of offshore wind and hydropower will allow Massachusetts to achieve carbon reduction goals and is making Massachusetts a hub for the wind industry. Matt’s dedication to conserving and protecting of our environmental resources will go a long way to ensuring future generations have access to pristine open spaces to hunt, fish and enjoy for years to come. We are incredibly grateful to Matt for his hands-on approach to public service, and we look forward to welcoming an experienced and thoughtful leader in Katie Theoharides to the cabinet.”

“Leading by example has been a hallmark of Matt’s career, and we feel fortunate to have had him at the helm of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs since the beginning of our administration,”?said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “His passion for the outdoors and commitment to future generations guided Matt’s tireless work to prepare Massachusetts for the impact of climate change, promote the Commonwealth’s invaluable natural resources and ensure all residents had access to renewable energy and open spaces. Governor Baker and I wish Matt well in his future endeavors and are excited about working with Katie going forward.”

“Words cannot express my gratitude to Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito for entrusting me with the tremendous opportunity to serve as Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs,”?said Secretary Beaton. “Working closely with the team at EEA, members of the Legislature, community leaders, and passionate residents around the Commonwealth, I am proud of our collaborative approach that led to historic selections of projects to bring clean and renewable energy to the Commonwealth, nation-leading work on climate change, and providing wonderful opportunities for all residents to enjoy the outdoors. Katie is an experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate leader, and I am eager to watch her continue the Baker-Polio Administration’s commitment to developing new ideas and solutions to make the Commonwealth an even better place to live, raise a family, grow a business, and enjoy the great outdoors.”

“It has been a privilege to serve the Baker-Polito Administration and the Commonwealth as the Undersecretary of Climate Change under Secretary Beaton's leadership, and I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as Secretary,”?said incoming Secretary Theoharides. “Secretary Beaton leaves a strong legacy, and I look forward to working with residents, stakeholders, and communities to continue the Commonwealth’s national leadership on climate change and clean energy, building upon efforts to protect our most valuable environmental resources and expand access to open space, and sharing my lifelong passion for nature and the great outdoors.”

Under Secretary Beaton’s leadership, the Commonwealth achieved major milestones in the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies, and upheld a strong commitment to environmental protection and preservation. Key accomplishments include:

??????????????????Diversified the Commonwealth’s energy portfolio and stabilized electric rates through comprehensive energy diversification legislation, leading to the largest renewable energy procurements of hydropower and offshore wind in state history.

??????????????????Led the country as the most energy efficient state, including nation-leading goals for energy savings, investing over $220 million in grid modernization technologies, and over $60 million in funding through the Green Communities program.

??????????????????Crafted Executive Order 569 which lays out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient Commonwealth.?

??????????????????Launched the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program to provide funding to cities and towns to complete a community-driven process to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience, and enrolled over half of Massachusetts’ communities in the initiative.

??????????????????Created the first ever State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan, a blueprint for Massachusetts’ efforts to prepare for natural hazards and adapt to the impacts of climate change over the next five years.

??????????????????Invested over $609 million across Massachusetts to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.

??????????????????Authored a $2.4 billion Environmental Bond Bill which authorized capital investments to safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, protect environmental resources, and improve recreational opportunities.

??????????????????Ensured continued access to outdoor recreational opportunities through new programs like Summer Nights Initiative, allotting $488 million in funding for capital projects in state parks, and renovating numerous playgrounds, spray decks, and campgrounds.

??????????????????Protected and restored nearly 17,000 acres of critical wildlife habitat and conservation land across the Commonwealth.

??????????????????Coordinated the Commonwealth’s response to the natural gas explosions in Merrimack Valley, and ensured the timely and safe restoration of utility services to residents and businesses.

About Kathleen Theoharides:

In 2016, Katie Theoharides joined the Baker-Polito Administration as Director of Climate and Global Warming Solutions in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. As Director and later Assistant Secretary, Theoharides guided the development and implementation of the Administration’s efforts to safeguard Massachusetts from the impacts of climate change, support cities and towns, and coordinate efforts across state government to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.? She worked to implement Executive Order 569, led the development of the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan and created the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, working to grow the program to reach 50 percent of cities and towns in the Commonwealth in less than 3 years. Theoharides was promoted to Undersecretary in 2019, and continued to lead the Commonwealth’s efforts on climate change, including working to strengthen regional and national coalitions focused on bipartisan state climate leadership including the United States Climate Alliance and the Transportation Climate Initiative.

Trained as a field biologist, Theoharides began her policy career working in Washington, D.C. at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Defenders of Wildlife. During her time in DC, Theoharides worked on the federal farm bill and conservation policy, and helped establish a national program that partnered with federal and state agencies to incorporate climate change adaptation into policy, budgets, and planning. After returning to Massachusetts, Theoharides served as the Executive Director of the Hilltown Land Trust, and founded Theoharides Consulting which provided climate and environmental policy analysis, strategic planning, and facilitation to universities, government agencies and non-profits.

Theoharides received a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College and Masters of Science in Ecology and Environmental Biology from University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Originally from western Massachusetts, Theoharides lives with her husband, three young children, and dog in Arlington, Massachusetts.