Chinatown celebrates first Lantern Festival despite rain

Rain, lighting and thunder didn’t put a dent in Boston Chinatown’s first lantern festival on Sept. 6. “Lanterns are used for celebration a lot in Chinese culture,” said Gilbert Ho, a board member of organizer Chinatown Main Street. Visitors enjoyed food from venders, performances and the lighting of the lanterns. “In symbolizing the August Moon we thought it would be cool to have a lantern festival, have people come out and sell things and bring some traffic into Chinatown,” said Courtney Ho, executive director of Chinatown Main Street. About 2,000 people attended the festival. By nightfall, heavy rain hit, after … Continue reading

Tremont Village undergoes renovation

The Tremont Village apartment complex celebrated upcoming renovations on Monday, Sept. 15. PHOTO BY VEKONDA LUANGAPHAY

BY RICHARD LEVINE The sound of a man speaking through a microphone emanated from a parking lot at the corner of Tremont and Jefferson streets on Monday, Sept. 15, at the celebration party announcing the renovations at Tremont Village began. Behind the speaker sat state officials and private bankers from Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, and Boston Private Bank and Trust. They sat in front of Tremont Village Apartments, a squat red brick structure with beige balconies and old fashioned air conditioners. Garbage bags covered the inside of some of the apartment’s windows and a small … Continue reading

On August 28, the Asian American Action (AAA) Fund, announced their endorsement of Leland Cheung for Lt. Governor for the State of Massachusetts.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the Asian American Action (AAA) Fund, a progressive political organization that is dedicated to empowering members of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community across the United States, announced their endorsement of Leland Cheung for Lt. Governor for the State of Massachusetts. Cheung is the first AAPI candidate running for a state-wide office in Massachusetts. He currently serves as Councillor on the Cambridge City Council and as a member of Governor Deval Patrick’s Asian American Commission. He was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the board of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the state’s economic development agency. … Continue reading

Connie S. Wong Appointed Deputy Commissioner for Labor Relations, Human Resources & Legal Affairs

Commissioner Joseph E. Finn has appointed Connie S. Wong as the Deputy Commissioner for Labor Relations, Human Resources and Legal Affairs effective on September 15, 2014. In this capacity Deputy Commissioner Wong will serve as the Legal Advisor on all matters to the Fire Commissioner. In addition, Deputy Commissioner Wong will work with the Human Resources Department, both uniform and civilian, on contract and personnel issues with the three labor unions that represent the department’s employees. Deputy Commissioner Wong will also be advising the Fire Prevention Division and the Fire Marshal on code enforcement regulations and review proposed legislation governing … Continue reading

Cleanup Chinatown Community Education Forum

 The Cleanup Chinatown Committee, in collaboration with the City of Boston’s Department of Public Works, Department of Environmental Services, Department of Inspectional Service, and Boston Police invite all Chinatown residents, landlords, and business owners to a Community Education Forum to receive important information about: Recycling and Trash – City Ordinances and Enforcement. Littering – City Ordinances and Enforcement. Date (Attend One): Saturday, Sept 13, 2014 at 2 pm / Monday, Sept 15, 2014 at 7pm (Light Refreshments provided) Location:                    Asian American Civic Association (AACA) Address:                    87 Tyler St, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02111 Questions:               617-777-3952 Free … Continue reading