By Sara Brown and Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association board of directors held a special meeting May 9 at its headquarters. They voted to remove Rick Wong’s title of “advisor” as a former president and suspended him from serving on CCBA for three years, for signing a below-market lease to C-Mart in June 2012 without board authorization.
CCBA president Paul Chan said in a prepared statement, “[The] motions were approved by CCBA board members last night by more than half of the total board members, well in compliance with the CCBA bylaws.”
Chinatown Park might get a public toilet.
The community wants a public bathroom to deal with the public urination problem the area faces. Chess players in the park have few public options, with the closest bathroom at South Station.
There are three options on the bathroom’s location. The first two locations are located next to the Chinatown Gate. The first location is about 15 to 20 feet from the Gate, abutting the Wong Family Association building housing the Hot Pot Buffet restaurant. Location two is about 40 feet from the gate, and the third location is by Surface Artery, next to the Hubway bicycle rack.
The Greenway Conservancy held the meeting on May 10, with most attendees favoring the third location.
The toilet would be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and would cost 25 cents to use for 15 minutes, after which it will lock. During the off hours, the toilet would be locked down. Maintenance will clean it twice a day.
The Chinatown Coalition met May 11 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
A mural will go up in Phillips Square, created by artist Shaina Lu based on Chinatown resident Yvonne Ng’s memories. Youth from the Asian Community Development Corporation youth program suggested the Think Chinatown program to gather community ideas and received Ng’s proposal, said Jeena Hah, ACDC youth coordinator. Painting sessions for the “Then & Now” mural are underway at the Metropolitan community room Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. A short film will feature residents, who can stop the painting sessions to be interviewed, and will be online with a QR code on the mural. The mural will be installed June at 15 Harrison Avenue. The building is slated for demolition at the end of the year, for construction of a hotel. The mural will come down and be stored as panels.
A study on highway pollution effects on Reggie Wong Memorial Park was presented by Lydia Lowe. Tufts researchers measured ultra fine particle counts in the park, which affect cardiovascular health. The study is online at https://sites.tufts.edu/cafeh/.
Problem gambling in Chinatown will be studied by Tufts researchers, said Carolyn Rubin, assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.
The Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council met May 15 at the CCBA.
Massachusetts Historical Society Betsy Friedberg gave a presentation on adding the old Quincy School to the National Historic Register.
“A total of 67 out of 9,000 properties on the National Register are related to Asian American history,” said Friedberg, which are largely in California and New York. There are no other sites in Massachusetts and New England.
“CCBA has been the current owner since 1983,” Friedberg said. “The care of the building, used as a cultural center for groups to work, play and study, is part of why it still stands today.”
The council voted to support the installation of a public toilet in Chinatown Park, favoring the third location furthest from the Gate.
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