By Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) met May 27, while the Chinatown Safety Committee (CSC) and the Chinatown Resident Association (CRA) met June 4. The Chinatown Coalition (TCC) met June 12, while the Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council (CNC) held its meeting on June 16.
The CCBA held its bimonthly meeting at its 90 Tyler Street headquarters. The directors heard presentations on renovating Tai Tung Village’s courtyard and cleaning up Chinatown.
At the Doubletree Hotel, the CSC heard a presentation from Jim and Bob Chen on renovating 213 Harrison Avenue, which would add a fifth floor to the existing basement and three floors. Boston Police Department Captain Kenneth Fong for District A-1 gave an update on local crime in the A-1 area, which covers Chinatown, the Theater District and the Boston Common.
The CRA heard a presentation on progress for a library in Chinatown from the Chinatown Cultural Center Committee at the Josiah Quincy School. Members met with former city councilor at-large Felix D. Arroyo, senior, who is running for Suffolk County Register of Probate and Family Court.
TCC members met at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC).
Tufts University graduate student Cynthia Hau spoke about her research on the Wang YMCA’s Healthy Habits program for seniors over 60 in 2013. Of the 46 Chinese seniors surveyed, all showed improved physical function and significantly depression for an overall positive effect. The average age of the participants was 68 and 34 of them were women.
Elaine Ng, Boston Public Schools (BPS) employee and former BCNC executive director, discussed the BPS budget for the 2014 to 2015 school year. The school district faced a $90 million budget shortfall due to state and federal cuts, and salary increases negotiated by the Boston Teachers Union. The $975 million budget was balanced by reducing district staff but no faculty, along with transportation savings by having seventh graders take the T instead of school buses.
Jesse Brackenbury, executive director of the Greenway Conservancy, discussed maintenance of Chinatown Park. Judy Park and Jeenal Sawla, urban planning students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, presented an affordable housing proposal for the 50 Herald Street site, part of the Greater Boston Affordable Housing Development Competition. Joan Abbot of BEST Corp. talked about the agency’s hospitality training for hotel housekeepers.
The CNC gathered at the CCBA. Noam Ron, owner of Radian at 120 Kingston Street, asked the council to support the Radian’s first floor restaurant tenant, Townsman, for a beer, wine and cordial license, which was passed unanimously. Townsman will be operated by Boston natives Matt and Kate Jennings, who closed their Farmstead restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 1. The Boston restaurant will specialize in farm-to-table cuisine.
The council will support the renovation of 213 Harrison Avenue, after it has received written approval from the owners and residents next to the property. It will send a support letter to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which rejected the project.
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