By Ling-Mei Wong
The Clean Up Chinatown Committee met on June 9 at the Asian American Civic Association (AACA).
Chinatown will have two new Big Belly trash barrels, said Sgt. Emanuel Dorosario of the Inspectional Services Department. The locations have yet to be decided. Illegal dumping is the concern, as household trash dumped around the barrel may result in littering fines for nearby businesses. Commercial businesses are fined $50, while residential tickets are $25.
The committee is looking into cigarette butt recycling services and plans to meet with Boston city councilors and departments.
The Chinatown Coalition
The Chinatown Coalition had its monthly meeting on June 11 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) gave a presentation on Chinatown health data compared to Boston as a whole from its “Health of Boston” 2014-2015 report. Data collection is flawed, as the neighborhood boundaries differ from census tracts and ZIP codes, so the information may not reflect the Asian American community accurately, said Vivien Morris, BPHC director of the Office of Racial Equity and Health Improvement. The report can be found at www.bphc.org/healthdata/health-of-boston-report/Pages/Health-of-Boston-Report.aspx.
Richard Goldberg, AACA adult basic education director, gave an update on the agency’s 10 levels of English instruction and workforce programs in banking and building maintenance. The Next Steps Transitional English Program (Next STEP), which is levels six to 10, is ranked No. 1 by the Mass. Department of Education and Secondary Education among 82 community-based organizations for sending adult learners to college, with 39 of its students going to college between Sept. 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014.
Mike Nichols, chief of staff for the Greenway Conservancy, gave an update on Chinatown Park, the northern side of the Chinatown Gate maintained by the Greenway. It does not manage Mary Soo Hoo Park on the other side of the gate, which is maintained by the City of Boston. Boston plans to turn over park management to state authorities, which will transfer it to Greenway management. This is still in process.
The Chinatown Coalition
The Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Committee met on June 15 at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.
Nichols also reported on the Greenway to the committee. A dedication ceremony for a flock of 10 paper sheep in the Chinatown Park took place June 16 to celebrate the Chinese zodiac animal.
The Greenway had planned to beautify the Dynasty restaurant owned by Wilson Lee with a mural or wall wrap. Since then, Lee decided to explore commercial advertising instead, Nichols said.
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