The Chinatown Safety Committee met July 5 for its monthly meeting at the Doubletree Hotel.
Empire Garden underwent a change of ownership, with David Wong turning over operations to Qian Wang, proprietor of Joy Luck Hot Pot and Seafood. Wang plans to reopen Empire Garden in four to five weeks, once the business permits and licenses are transferred.
Boston Police Department Area A-1 Capt. Ken Fong reported 43 arrests were made in the past 30 days, including 23 warrant arrests, and one drug arrest for heroin and cocaine. Part 1 crimes are down 3 percent for the year for District A-1, which includes Chinatown, Downtown Crossing and Government Center.
Three aggravated assaults took place, Fong said. One incident involved a combative patient at Tufts Medical Center. The second was a stabbing at Essex and Oxford streets on July 1. The third incident occurred on Beach Street, after officers were called for an individual with knife. It turned out the suspect had a syringe in his pocket and was arrested for assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
A break-in occurred at 10 Oxford Street’s rooftop. Another break-in at Harrison Avenue resulted in the theft of $600 from a cash register.
Royaltea will open at 23 Tyler Street, the former location of a travel agency, said owner Yukit Wu. The franchise currently has locations in California, specializing in cheese mousse tea.
Mike Kelley, City Council candidate for District 2, introduced himself.
The Safety Committee will not meet in August, with its next meeting taking place Sept. 6.
The Chinatown Resident Association held its monthly meeting July 5 at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School.
The association held an election for its at-large steering committee of Chinatown residents for 2017 to 2019, with all eight candidates voted in. They are Katrina Conrad-Gwyn, Arturo Gossage, Chu Huang, Hua Quan Liu, Yoke Chew Mah, Xinxing Wu, Feng Yao and Hin Sang Yu.
The CRA mission is to advance the quality of life of Chinatown residents and preserve Chinatown as a neighborhood for working families and the elderly. Its goals include:
1) Promote resident decision-making over the future of Chinatown;
2) Protect and expand affordable housing and preserve Chinatown as a neighborhood for working families and the elderly;
3) Work for a safe and healthy living environment;
4) Cooperate with community organizations and businesses to strengthen Chinatown as a social, cultural, political and economic community center.
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