By Sara Brown and Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) officer election took place Dec. 5.
Paul Chan was reelected as president, along with Susan Chu for English secretary, beating Philip Huang and Simon Chan respectively. Felix Lui was elected as Chinese secretary over Henry Leung, while Nick Chau defeated Stephen Yung for auditor. Man Ho Chan was elected as treasurer over Paul Yip; Man Ho Chan was voted in as treasurer in August 2016 after Huang stepped down. The officers, elected by the 44 CCBA directors, will begin their two-year terms in 2018. CCBA directors represent family associations, business groups and community organizations.
The Chinatown Safety Committee held its monthly meeting Dec. 6 at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Boston Police Department District A-1 Capt. Ken Fong reported on crime in the area in the past 30 days. According to Fong, there were 42 arrests, two robberies, three assaults and four car break ins. Crime in Chinatown is down 1 percent this year as opposed to last year.
Fong also encouraged residents to be safe with holiday shopping.
“A lot of people get packages sent to them this time of year,” Fong said. “If you could get them mailed to your office or a friend’s house so it doesn’t sit on a porch outside all day, that would be good. It will help ensure these items are hopefully where they should be.”
Barbara Rubel of Tufts University presented on plans to update the lobby of Tufts Dental School. The lobby is at Kneeland and Washington streets; it will expand into the former Bank of America branch and add a fifth elevator.
“If you have ever been there, you will know the lobby is too small,” Rubel said.
The Tufts Dental School construction will take two phases over about three years. There will be minimal pedestrian impact.
The Chinatown Resident Association met Dec. 6 at the Josiah Quincy School.
A presentation on the Tufts Dental School lobby took place, which would start around January 2018.
An urban plaza at Phillips Square will be planned this winter, utilizing input from six months of public engagement meetings, said Josh Weiland, transportation planner for the Boston Transportation Department. Changes for a three-year plaza will be implemented in spring, with the presentation online.
District 2 Councilor elect Ed Flynn thanked attendees for supporting his campaign. “I will treat everyone fairly and listen to your concerns,” he said. “I consider you family and I want you to consider me family as well.”
The Chinatown Coalition met Dec. 14 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
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