Chinatown meeting roundup: CCBA, CRA
By Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association met Sept. 24 at 90 Tyler Street, while the Chinatown Resident Association held its monthly meeting on Oct. 2 at the Josiah Quincy School.
The CRA invited the two remaining mayoral candidates to speak.
State Rep. Marty Walsh thanked residents for voting in the Sept. 24 primary. If elected, he promised to commit city resources toward cleaning up Chinatown, keeping bilingual ballots and strengthening education with a $1 billion plan.
Walsh also wanted to increase low-income affordable housing in the neighborhood and would seek community input on potential development. “I plan on working with developers in Boston on Chinatown. As they build luxury condos, we should look if we have enough affordable housing in Chinatown.”
City councilor at-large John Connolly discussed education and public safety. He planned to make the Boston Redevelopment Authority more transparent and responsive to the community. Connolly also supported the plan for the Josiah Quincy Upper School’s new location with Boston Arts Academy.
“What I am for are flexible and autonomous schools, built from the school up and not the district down,” Connolly said. “The needs of students in East Boston are different from the students in Chinatown. I want to see schools built by the community: by teachers, parents and community partners.”
Chinatown Main Streets presented a $5,000 check to the CCBA’s street-cleaning fund during the CCBA’s bimonthly meeting. Two street cleaners were hired to go through Chinatown four hours every day, starting Sept. 15.
South Cove Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center gave a presentation on its Quincy facility, which is expected to open in 2014. Its Shawmut Avenue location was sold to the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church, which will maintain South Cove Manor’s offices and weekly breakfast seminars to the public.
“We will show Boston seniors to our new home,” said Dick Wong, president and CEO of South Cove Manor. “We want to service Boston and we’re not that far away, just 7 miles.”
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