State health secretary visits South Cove Community Health Center

Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz presented a Community Health Center Week Proclamation to South Cove Community Health Center’s Board President April Tang and Executive Director Eugene Welch on Aug.13. (Image courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay.)

South Cove Community Health Center (華人醫務中心) welcomed Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz during his visit to Boston on August 13, as part of the Community Health Center Week tour. “It is really to raise awareness about the great work that the 49 community health centers do across the commonwealth,” Polanowicz said. “South Cove does such a great job with this population.” The health center was one of seven centers the Patrick Administration toured in Massachusetts during August 10 to 16, a week Gov. Deval Patrick proclaimed as Community Health Center Week in the state. It is a … Continue reading

Chinatown celebrates August Moon Festival

The Wong Keung Lion Dance Troupe performed a dragon dance at the Chinatown August Moon Festival on Aug. 10. (Photo courtesy of Leonardo March)

The Chinatown August Moon Festival took place August 10 , hosted by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. The day was sunny as attendees grabbed the plentiful freebies, explored vendors, ate delicious food and watched Chinese folk performances. The moon festival is a Chinese celebration where family and friends break away from their busy lives to come together and feast, while enjoying fun from arts and crafts to sports. The festival started off with speeches from local politicians such as Boston  City Councilor Michelle Wu Political candidates running in the Sept. 9 primary electionalso campaigned, such as Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins. … Continue reading

Crime Blotter

BY THE BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT All reports are submitted by the Boston Police Department. The time period is from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21, for District A-1, which includes Chinatown. To report a crime or suspicious activity, call 911. Interpreters are available for Chinese speakers.   Trespassing Aug. 15, 12:50 p.m. The suspect was arrested on ping on alley on a trespassing offense. He was in an area where a no trespassing sign was clearly posted.  Trespassing Aug. 15, 5:31 p.m. The 3 suspects were arrested on Pine Street for trespassing.  They were in an area where a no trespassing … Continue reading

Chinatown celebrates victory in Asian American voting rights

Chinatown community groups celebrated the passing of bilingual ballots in Boston on Aug. 13 at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School. (Image courtesy of Ellen Duong)

BY ELLEN DUONG On July 15, Gov. Deval Patrick  signed a bill requiring Chinese and Vietnamese bilingual ballots to be made available at polling stations in Boston, thus marking a monumental event in the fight for equality in Asian American voting rights.  A celebration sponsored by the Chinese Progressive Association, the Boston Chinatown Resident Association and the Coalition for Asian American Voting Rights (CAAVR) was held August 13 at the Josiah Quincy School cafeteria to recognize the hard work and efforts of those involved in the push for bilingual ballots in Boston. Many people braved the rain to celebrate the … Continue reading

Federal grants allow Chinatown organizations to help close opportunity gap for Boston residents

Community organizations in Chinatown received funding to to support workforce training, education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, adult literacy and social services. In July 2014, Boston Mayor Marty. Walsh announced that the City of Boston’s Office of Jobs and Community Services will provide  more than $7 million a variety of sources federal community development block grants (CDBG) to close the opportunity gap for adults and youth across Boston. “We’re a city that consistently achieves at the highest of levels, but we cannot afford to be satisfied until all of our residents have a chance to create a … Continue reading

Chinatown Neighborhood Council looks at local safety

The Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council met on August 18 for its monthly meeting to discuss new business approvals and keeping Chinatown clean, particularly alleys. The meeting was held at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. The council suggested working with Boston’s licensing board so businesses must approval from the CNC on new proposals, so businesses maintain a healthy relationship with the community. The council proposed talking with the Boston city government and the Chinatown Safety Committee about involving the neighborhood council. The council discussed a Chinatown shooting that occurred August 17 on Edinboro Street, after four men were hospitalized. Boston police … Continue reading