Boston A-1 police celebrate Lunar New Year with local youth

By Ling-Mei Wong

 

Boston Police Department officers and staff celebrated Lunar New Year with teenagers from Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service on Jan. 28.

Boston Police Department officers from District A-1 celebrated Lunar New Year with youth at Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service on Jan. 28. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Boston Police Department officers from District A-1 celebrated Lunar New Year with youth at Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service on Jan. 28. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Officer Ted Boyle served hot dogs, while Sgt. Tom Lema challenged all comers to beat him at chess.

“We were youth at YES, when this used to be a parking lot,” said Detective Cary Chin, a Cantonese-speaking policeman who grew up in Chinatown. “Coming here after school with friends helps kids stay on the right track.”

Josiah Quincy Upper School freshman Kenny Mei wins a red envelope from Boston Police Department A-1 Capt. Jim Hasson. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Josiah Quincy Upper School freshman Kenny Mei wins a red envelope from Boston Police Department A-1 Capt. Jim Hasson. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

About 60 youth participated in a Lunar New Year trivia quiz, with randomly selected teenagers receiving red envelopes with gift cards inside.

The mission of Boston Asian YES is to inspire Asian youth to discover their potential. To this end, it has developed a community youth center for the 21st century at 199 Harrison Avenue.

About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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