Community activist, Sherry Dong, honored with ABCD Community Award

Each year, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) hosts a dinner to honor community volunteers for their contributions to Boston’s neighborhoods.  Ranging from working with elder services to child and health care, and anywhere between Dorchester and East Boston, and Brighton and Chinatown, the awardees have devoted their time, energy, and efforts to various engagements that impact and improve the livelihoods of thousands of unserved and underserved Bostonians.  This year, the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) nominated Sherry Dong as one of 19 exceptional volunteers to receive this award. At the ABCD Community Awards Dinner hosted on October 29th, keynote … Continue reading

October Chinatown Neighborhood Council meeting: Kensington Place and Chinatown Park

The Chinatown Neighborhood Council met on October 18, 2010 for their monthly meeting.  The core of the meeting was on the Kensington Place and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Mark Rosenshein, Senior Project Manager, represented the Kensington Place project.  Although the construction of Kensington Place started in 2003, the project was placed on hold due to drastic increases in construction and construction prices. Subsequently, construction prices have become more feasible.  Since the 2003 NPC approval, physical changes were made to the original plan. According to Rosenshein, “economic decisions” were made.  The building is going to be reduced from 30 stories … Continue reading

Elections: Voices from the streets

On November 2nd, the 2010 Boston ballots will include the following candidates for governor: Charles Baker (Republican), Timothy Cahill (Independent), Deval Patrick (Democratic), and Jill Stein (Green-Rainbow).  In addition, it will include the following three questions: 1) Should the alcohol tax be repealed? 2) Should the state law allow the issuance of a single comprehensive permit to build units that includes low- or moderate-income housing be repealed? 3) Should state sales tax be reduced to 3%? After conducting a random survey, focusing on Asian Americans, 78% of the people were aware that there will be an election in November. Only … Continue reading

Continuing developments, buildings and greenery in Chinatown

Updates on three areas in Chinatown: the Chinatown Park, Parcel 24, and Kensington Place were the main topics at the recent Chinatown Safety Committee Meeting on October 6. Representatives from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the organization responsible for the stretch of greenway along Surface Road including the Chinatown Park, came to the meeting in hopes of starting a dialogue about the look and feel of the park with community members.  Having planted 1200 plants already, the Conservancy has ordered more plants to complement the park later this Fall.  The Conservancy recently received a $10,000 donation from the Brown … Continue reading

The Chinatown Coalition October meeting highlights

The Chinatown Coalition met at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood center on the 14th for its October monthly meeting, speaking with Massachusetts Representative Michael Capuano on the upcoming State Election, discussing the Immigration Policy associated with the Asian American Community, and touching base on the Institute of Contemporary Art’s new programs. Americans will vote on Nov. 2 in the congressional midterm elections. As a result of President Obama’s falling approval ratings and the stumbling economy, Democratic control of Congress is at stake. Michael Capuano, Representative in Congress for Massachusetts’ Eighth District (including Cambridge, Chelsea, Somerville and approximately 70% of Boston), emphasized … Continue reading

Cathay Bank, Economic Justice Project, Ropes & Gray offer free business workshop to Chinatown Community

Bankers and lawyers have two of the poorest reputations of any professional groups, but on September 23 representatives of these occupations showed their potential for doing good: they teamed up to present the first in a series of free seminars for small-business owners in Chinatown. The event was the combined brainchild of the Economic Justice Project (part of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights), Cathay Bank, and Boston-based firm Ropes & Gray. The EJP has worked in low-income areas like Brockton and Mattapan and had long been hoping to expand into Chinatown when Cathay Regional Senior Vice President Johnny Ip … Continue reading