By Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinatown Coalition (TCC) met on Dec. 12 and the Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council (CNC) met on Dec. 17 for their monthly meetings.
Michelle Wu, city councilor at-large for 2014, stopped by the CNC to discuss her community vision. “I want to make sure everyone is lifted up,” she said.
Anne Clark, headmaster at Boston Arts Academy, gave a presentation on the proposed school collocated with Josiah Quincy Upper School at Parcel 25. The school is currently in the feasibility planning stage and seeking community input.
Both schools were founded by Bak Fun Wong, Clark’s mentor and the former headmaster of Quincy Upper. BAA programs cover dance, music, theater and visual arts, with insufficient space for performance and instruction at its Fenway location.
“Our current facility was originally built as a factory, which is now two high schools: BAA and Fenway High School,” Clark said. “Fenway High School is moving to another site. The building limits our mission.”
A community library was also suggested for the school, which Clark welcomed. However, new library branches must be cleared by the Boston Library Association. Chinatown’s own public library was torn down in the 1950s to make way for the highway.
The Philips Brook House Association gave a presentation on its adult English and citizenship classes. Run by Harvard University undergraduate students, the weekly classes in Cantonese and Mandarin serve about 300 learners on the Harvard campus. While the winter session is closed, interested individuals can sign up for spring 2014 ESL and citizenship courses at chinatownESL@pbha.org and chinatownCitizenship@pbha.org.
The CNC supported a motion by Fin’s Japanese Sushi & Grill to apply for a beer and wine license. Its business at 62 Boylston Street has operated for two years without one, which affected its business when patrons tried to order alcohol and then left.
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