Student loan forgiveness program cancels tuition debt after 20 years

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  College is a stepping stone in life, one that ensures higher-paying jobs and greater financial independence. However, the high cost of tuition results in two-thirds of graduates taking out loans, with an average student debt of more than $23,000, according to White House data. President Barack Obama expanded his Pay as You Earn program on June 9 to include more students. Launched in 2012, students who borrowed federal direct loans may cap their loans at 10 percent of their monthly incomes. The June executive order extends to students who borrowed before October 2007 or those who have not borrowed … Continue reading

Chinatown meeting roundup: Safety Committee, Resident Association

Political candidates attend the Chinatown Residential Association meeting. PHOTO BY VEKONDA LUANGAPHAY

  The Chinatown Safety Committee (CSC) and the Chinatown Resident Association (CRA) met Sept. 3. CSC The CSC meeting took place at the DoubleTree Hotel. It discussed crime updates from police department, community business proposals and concerns about discarded needles. “This is a public health issue,” Phil McGovern, Captain of Office and Safety and Security at Boston Emergency Medical Service, said. “If you pick the needle up off of private property and dump it on public property, it is against the law.” He suggested that the public health department and the Needles Exchange Program help place needle disposal boxes in … Continue reading

Kwong Kow Chinese School ends a summer on a happy note

Kwong Kow Chinese School students showcase their talent to their family, friends, and teachers on August 22. PHOTO BY VEKONDA LUANGPHAY

  Their summer ended with much applause. The Kwong Kow School had their Annual Dim Sim Party, a celebration for finishing the 2014 summer program, on Friday, Aug. 22. It was the last day of the summer program when the Kwong Kow staff and volunteers gather with students and families to eat Dim Sim celebrating the young students’ summer program completion. Students showcase the work that they’ve worked on all summer, which included performances that had the audience clapping and cheering, creating moments of thank you’s and goodbye’s a memorable one. The Kwong Kow staff and volunteers served Arizona green … Continue reading

A food aficionado: Lady M

Framboise a la creme from Lady M. (Image courtesy of Anna Ing.)

By Anna Ing (吳家儀撰寫) Based in New York, Lady M is famous for its signature mille crêpe cakes, making it a must-go destination for dessert lovers. Lady M started out catering its beautiful cakes in 2002 to top restaurants before opening its first location on the Upper East Side on 78th Street and Madison Avenue. It expanded to a second New York City location in 2012, with another New York location opening in 2013, a boutique in Los Angeles and two locations in Singapore. This year hailed the opening of five locations in South Korea. Mille (thousand in French) crêpe … Continue reading

Why am I not allowed to eat and drink before surgery?

A medical team performs three-dimensional minimally invasive surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. on June 24, 2011. (Photo by John Chew)

By Pei-shan Zhao, MD To answer this question, let’s start with some basic knowledge. Fifty percent of the water we drink passes through the stomach in 10 minutes and the stomach is almost empty in one hour. Even caloric fluids like sugar water will all be passed through the stomach after 90 minutes. In contrast, approximately 50 percent of solid food is passed through the duodenum (the intestine immediately connected to the stomach) roughly two hours after a meal. It takes much longer for the stomach to empty solid food. A lot of things affect gastric emptying. It takes longer … Continue reading

State health secretary visits South Cove Community Health Center

Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz presented a Community Health Center Week Proclamation to South Cove Community Health Center’s Board President April Tang and Executive Director Eugene Welch on Aug.13. (Image courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay.)

South Cove Community Health Center (華人醫務中心) welcomed Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz during his visit to Boston on August 13, as part of the Community Health Center Week tour. “It is really to raise awareness about the great work that the 49 community health centers do across the commonwealth,” Polanowicz said. “South Cove does such a great job with this population.” The health center was one of seven centers the Patrick Administration toured in Massachusetts during August 10 to 16, a week Gov. Deval Patrick proclaimed as Community Health Center Week in the state. It is a … Continue reading