Used needles on streets pose threat to safety and health

Used needles and syringes in Chinatown’s public spaces are far too common with residents and local organizations raising awareness about safety and potential disease. “I’m concerned for the safety of my child and all the other children. They shouldn’t be exposed to the possibility of picking up contaminated needles or other dangerous objects,” said Cheng Imm Tan, Chinatown resident and parent of an 8-year-old attending the Josiah Quincy Elementary School. Tan has expressed concerns about used needles found at the elementary school. It is one of many places where needles have been found, such as alleyways and public parks. At … Continue reading

Clean Up Chinatown Committee see less street litter after community workshops

Clean Up Chinatown committee members Jeff Hovis (resident), Hung Goon (president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association) and Leo Boucher (assistant commissioner of Inspectional Services) discuss progress at the October meeting. 
(Photo courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay)

Identifying the people who illegally dump trash in Chinatown continues to be a major concern for the Clean Up Chinatown Committee. Depending on the location, size and type of waste, the fines range from $100 to $5,000. At its monthly meeting on Oct. 7, as the city continues to address this problem, landlords and business owners complained they receive tickets for trash illegally dumped on their properties. The city stated that it responds to all appeals and tries to find the culprits by looking through the trash for identifying evidence. “But catching every single person who places trash on others’ … Continue reading

Next STEP English program recognized by state for most students sent to college

This year's winners of $1,000 college scholarships from First Literacy at the awards ceremony at Boston City Hall in July. Peggie Kuang (red shirt in far right), AACA Next STEP student, was among the scholarship winners. (Photo courtesy of First Literacy)

For the second year in a row, the Next Steps Transitional English Program (Next STEP) of the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) has sent more adults to college than any other community-based adult basic education program funded by the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). DESE released fiscal year 2014 statistics on adults who enrolled in college after studying in adult English language learning programs. AACA had the highest number of students entering secondary education among community-based organizations in Massachusetts. Next STEP was created in January 1993 to bridge the gap between basic English classes in greater Boston’s … Continue reading

NAAAP leadership forum showcases Asian faces

NAAAP Boston leaders and board members with the keynote speaker Sheila Lirio Marcelo, CEO of (Photo courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay)

Young Asian Americans learned about what it meant to be a leader at the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Third Annual Leadership Forum on Oct. 4 at the Boston Marriot Cambridge. “Raise your hand up high and say I am a leader to whichever group you feel like leading because we need more of those roles,” said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, CEO and founder of, in her keynote speech. The event meant to inspire junior professionals, with about 250 professionals and students at the forum. Beginning with a career fair of 18 organizations, the 2014 theme was “Leading … Continue reading