Page 10 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, July 29, 2022 Chinese Culture Connection receives $35K grant from Mass Cultural Council T he Chinese Culture Connection (CCC) announced it has received a $35,000 grant from the Mass Cultural Council through its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Arts & Culture COVID-19 Recovery Program. This special one-year grant program was established and funded through a legislative earmark in the Fiscal Year 2022 state budget. Its goal is to uplift and provide financial assistance to AAPI arts and culture organizations that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are very grateful to the Massachusetts Cultural Council and to the state legislature for funding this program,” said CCC Executive Director Mei Hung. “We are especially honored that the MCC has selected the Chinese Culture Connection to receive funds under this program. This grant recognizes the We Sell Cigars & Accessories R.Y.O. 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With the help of these funds, CCC is able to restart many of its in-person programs after a two-year hiatus. “The Chinese Culture Connection has been providing cultural and educational programs and services to support the Asian and non-Asian communities in the greater Malden area for more than 20 years,” said State Representative Steve Ultrino, a Democrat representing the 33rd Middlesex District. “I am very proud of the Chinese Culture Connection, and I fully support its efforts to promote cross-cultural understanding.” With this grant, CCC will continue to provide a wide range of educational programs in the areas of language, arts, humanities and civic engagement. These programs are designed for both children and adults, and they will serve Chinese immigrants, Chinese descendants and those who are interested in learning about Chinese culture. CCC’s mission is to bring different types of learning and exchange to promote intercultural understanding and harmony, with the goals of helping immigrants thrive in their new home and Chinese descendants learn more about their cultural heritage. By doing so, our community develops positive multicultural identities. For more information about the Chinese Culture Connection’s programs and services, please visit www.ChineseCultureConnection.org or call 781321-6316. How to Stay Cool in the Heat Tips from Cambridge Health Alliance emergency physician on how to stay safe in the summer sun W ith the summer temperatures climbing, heat can become dangerous. Here are some tips from Dr. Melisa Lai-Becker, chief of the CHA Everett Hospital Emergency Department, about how to stay cool when everything is hot. • If you don’t have to go outside, don’t. If you must go outside, limit your time outdoors and try to stay out of the sun. • If you go outside, use sun protection. Sunscreen and a hat will help protect you from the sun. • Make sure to stay hydrated. Take Advantage of all our HOLIDAY SPECIALS! Buy Cigars by the Box & SAVE! Competitive prices on all Brands, Great Selection While water is the best option, Dr. Lai-Becker says that drinking anything is better than nothing. Try to avoid caffeine, sugary drinks and alcohol, but if you want a soft drink or an alcoholic beverage, she suggests drinking water with it in a 1:1 ratio. • Drink sports drinks or eat something with salt if you are worried about overhydrating in the heat. Crackers like saltines or tortilla chips will replenish salt reserves if you have had a lot of water. • Eat a light meal if you’re feeling faint or if you haven’t eaten very much because of the heat. Fruits like berries or watermelon will help you hydrate and fill your stomach. • Pay attention to the most vulnerable. Babies, children, pets and older people are far more sensitive to these conditions. • If you don’t have air-conditioning, make sure air is circulating. Open your windows and make sure air is coming in. Dr. Lai-Becker says, “Use a cool face cloth, take a shower, or use a fan – whether electric or handheld. These will help tremendously. Fans are good with a little spray mist.” • Take advantage of cool environments. If you have a paddling pool, you can use that for a short amount of time, or take kids to a spray park or the beach. Consider going to a library or a movie theater, either of which will be air-conditioned. • If you start to feel ill, go inside and try to cool off. If after trying any of these activities for approximately 30 minutes you are feeling nauseated, dizzy or exhausted, seek medical attention. Cambridge Health Alliance's Emergency Departments in Cambridge and Everett are available 24/7 if you have medical issues. Orange Line Work, Planned for Next Month, To Be Rescheduled B OSTON – The MBTA announced this week that a previously scheduled diversion on the Orange Line, which was set to begin this weekend, will be rescheduled. Originally, Orange Line service was set to be diverted between Oak Grove and Wellington stations between July 29 and August 28 to complete track and signal work. While the MBTA is pausing this work for now, the MBTA is exploring additional opportunities to accelerate work on the Orange Line, and will keep riders updated. The MBTA continues to prioritize safety enhancements and address additional track work and maintenance associated with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) directives. This includes projects that address track conditions in need of most repair and those that currently have substantial speed restrictions. For example, earlier this month, the MBTA’s Track Department installed approximately 500’ of rail on the southbound Orange Line tracks between Back Bay and Massachusetts Avenue stations that allowed the T to lift a speed restriction that was approximately 1500’ long from 10 mph to 25 mph, speeding up trips by about one minute. When all track work is completed in this area, the speed will be able to be increased to 40 mph. For more information, please visit mbta.com/OLT or connect with the T on Twitter @MBTA, Facebook /TheMBTA, or Instagram @theMBTA.

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