Donation for The Richard Family Fund

Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the explosion, while his sister Jane, 7, suffered a grievous injury to her leg. Their mom, Denise, was also badly hurt in the blast and underwent emergency surgery yesterday to save her life.
Word of the injuries spread quickly through the Richard family’s tight-knit Ashmont-Adams neighborhood, where both parents are known and respected as civic leaders. Bill Richard served as board chairman of the St. Mark’s Area Main Street group and has played a key role in the transformation of Peabody Square over the last decade. The family is deeply involved in all facets of life in Dorchester, from little league baseball and soccer to their church, St. Ann’s parish in Neponset.
Donation for the Richard Family can be dropped off at Viet-AID
Please make check payable to: The Richard Family Fund

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Death of terror’s tiniest victim called ‘surreal,’ ‘tragic’
By Ashley Fantz, CNN
Read more: …Martin Richard, a 8-year-old boy from Dorchester

Boston Marathon 2013: Community Service of Reflection This Evening (Tuesday 04/16/2013) at First Parish in Dorchester

In response to the bombings at yesterday’s Boston Marathon, a service of reflection and prayer is being held tonight (Tuesday) for the Dorchester community at First Parish in Dorchester, 10 Parish St., Meetinghouse Hill at 6:00 PM.

All are invited (regardless of faith, race, class, sex, or sexual orientation) to meet with their friends, relatives, and neighbors to support each other during this difficult time.

BRIDGES meeting invitation

April 3, 2013
Dear Community Leaders:
VietAID will host a meeting with BRIDGES, an acronym which stands for Building Respect In Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity. BRIDGES is a partnership between federal law enforcement agencies and community leaders in various communities. BRIDGES provides a forum to address issues of mutual concern and to foster better understanding between diverse communities and the US government law enforcement agencies. BRIDGES addresses issues such as border crossings, no-fly lists, charitable giving, cultural sensitivity, hate crimes, law enforcement policies and procedures, and immigration.
We would like to invite you to meet with the US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, the Director of FBI New England Region, Richard DesLauriers, and MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at our center on 42 Charles St, Dorchester. This BRIDGES meeting at VietAID will be about civil rights issues involving new immigrants, such as those of Vietnamese, Cape Verdeans, and Bangladesh in the Dorchester area.
Please let us know if you can join us by contacting Kate Nguyen, our Community Organizer, at
We look forward to welcoming you to our center.

Nam Pham
Executive Director

Boston Election Department Recruiting Poll Workers For Upcoming Elections

The Boston Election Department is recruiting Poll Workers for the important work of staffing the City’s 254 precincts for all upcoming Elections in 2013. Special Elections for the US Senate, the First Suffolk Senatorial District, and the Eighth Suffolk Representative District will all take place this spring, and have placed a burden on the existing pool of Poll Workers, many of whom take days off from their regular jobs to serve.
The dates for the Special Elections are April 30, May 28, and June 25.
In order to guide voters through the electoral process smoothly and speedily and to ensure that all the polling locations are adequately staffed, the Election Department requires a full complement of Poll Workers. There is also a critical need for bilingual individuals to serve in all the Poll Worker roles: Wardens, Clerks, and Inspectors. Bilingual speakers of Spanish, Cape Verdean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian, Portuguese, and Somali are strongly encouraged to apply.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited, to the following: assist with preparing the voting location for opening; hang signs in accordance with legal requirements; count ballots; check in voters; maintain a record of the Election Day’s activities; provide assistance to voters with disabilities, assist in removing signage; pack up election materials; and help check counts at the end of the day.
There are stipends ranging from $135-$175 for Poll Workers. While it is encouraged that all Poll Workers be available from 6AM to the closing of the polls (9PM), those workers serving as Inspectors or Interpreters may opt for a half-day shift: 6AM to 2PM or 1PM to 9PM (prorated pay rate of $9/hour). All first – time Poll Workers must attend a mandatory 2-hour training session prior to the Elections.
Poll Workers must be registered voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Preference will be given to those applicants who have a strong voter history. All Poll Workers must exhibit a professional and helpful demeanor, and must be respectful and mindful of the ethnic and cultural diversity of Boston’s voters.
For an application or more information, please contact 617-635-4491 or email:
Applications can also be printed out from our website:
Submitting an application does not guarantee an assignment.

City of Boston Election Department
1 City Hall Square – Room 241 Boston, MA 02201
Phone (617) 635-3767
Fax (617) 635-4483