Building Bridges to College

A student introduces himself to his new classmates at the Bridges to College orientation. (Image courtesy of Janet Van.) BY PAIGE KELLOWAY, JOYCE LIN, and MEGHAN B. JOHNSON On July 22, over 40 individuals from all over the world met at Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) in Boston to begin their higher education journey through the Bridges to College Program, a free, 23-week program that prepares foreign students for college in the United States. Students participating in the program hail from countries such as China, Thailand, Macedonia, India and Brazil, and fall between 18 and 65 years old. Their career paths … Continue reading

New Boston Asian Youth Essential Service program focuses on youth health and fitness


Armanda Trinh Britton, a youth worker of the Boston Asian Youth Essential Service, knows preventing obesity in children is more than just emphasizing pumping iron and sweating bullets. Britton runs the Obesity Prevention Program at the youth service, one of seven programs committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle in the residents of the greater Boston area. The program is funded by the Asian Health Initiative at Tufts Medical Center, which awarded organizations with funds for three years in order to propose and implement health programs that not only encourage a healthy lifestyle, but can also measure the progress of its … Continue reading

Chinatown Resident Association welcomes political hopefuls

The Chinatown Resident Association held its monthly meeting on August 6 at the Josiah Quincy School. Residents discussed concerns about a proposed building renovation, and also met several candidates running in the Sept. 9 primary. Winners of the primary will be on the November ballot for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. The owner of the vacant building located on 213 Harrison Avenue, Bob Chen, presented a proposed renovation of the building with his son, Jim Chen. Currently, the building is three and a half stories high, and they proposed renovating the building to be four stories high, leveling the … Continue reading