Chinatown meeting roundup: Chinatown Coalition, Public Works
By Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinatown Coalition met on Oct. 10 to discuss community updates. The city of Boston’s Public Works Department gave a presentation on Oct. 16 on drafting a new contract for trash collection.
TCC welcomed Giles Li as the new executive director for the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. He will take over for Elaine Ng in November, who stepped down to spend more time with her child. Ng’s son was diagnosed with a neurological disorder last year.
“I know I leave BCNC in good hands,” Ng said in a prepared statement.
The Boston Chinese Evangelical Church gave an update on its expansion to 120 Shawmut Avenue, where South Cove Manor Nursing Home will move out of in 2014. Its present Chinatown campus at 249 Harrison Avenue may be torn down for a larger building or swapped with Parcel A, said Steve Chin, senior pastor.
More than 1,000 people attend church services at the Chinatown campus, with seven services every Sunday in Chinatown and Newton. “South Cove Manor will continue to have an office and presence in Chinatown, as it hopes to have elderly seminars and services,” Chin said.
The Chinatown Community Educational Partnership is now part of TCC, allowing organizations to meet at one meeting, said Richard Goldberg, adult education director at the Asian American Civic Association.
Lew Finfer of the Mass Communities Action Network presented two petitions to collect signatures. The first petition is to raise minimum wage and the second is for earned sick leave.
AACA board president Mary Chin introduced the Mulan Society that partners professional female mentors with AACA female students.
The Department of Public Works presented on trash pickup at the Josiah Quincy School. It is drawing up a new contract for trash collection in 2014 and sought community input on trash collection times, frequency and recycling efforts.
The department is interested in community feedback on additional yard trash collection and introducing food waste collection services, said Matthew Mayrl, chief of staff for the Department of Public Works. Boston does not have the facilities to deal with food waste, but state requirements for 2014 could change that.
Another Public Works community meeting will take place 6 p.m. on Oct. 22 at City Hall.
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