New Affordable Housing Opens in Quincy Center

In a ceremony that included speeches from recently re-elected Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch and Asian Community Development Corporation Board President Michael Tow, thirty-four new affordable housing units were opened in Quincy at 6 Fort Street.

The complex, which has been restored from a predominantly vacant and disinvested building, features some 42,000 square feet of residential space and roughly 1,000 square feet of community space. The building includes 63 parking spaces and incorporates around 8,000 square feet of outdoor recreational space. Continue reading

City of Quincy to begin printing Chinese-Language Ballots in 2012

Due to the city’s large Asian population, Quincy is now required to provide Chinese-language ballots. However, due to the proximity of the upcoming fall elections, the bilingual ballots will not be printed until next year, according to a Boston Globe report published last week. Census data from 2010 showed Quincy’s Asian population had reached 24 percent resulting in the federal government sending official notice that future ballots would have to be printed in both Chinese and English, City Clerk Joe Shea told the Globe. “[Providing bilingual services] has been something we have worked on for many years,” said Betty Yau, … Continue reading

Raising health awareness

Quincy Medical Center, QMC, held their annual Green Brush Art Reception on April 26, 2011.  Guests were fancied with food from many local restaurants, art work, fashion shows, calligraphy and brush painting demonstrations.   All proceeds will go towards the QMC Asian Services Fund.  QMC Asian Services Fund will use all the benefits towards resources for the Asian community at QMC, such as free health education, free health screenings, and publications. On a monthly basis, QMC offers free screenings for blood sugar and blood pressure levels at Wollaston Senior Center.  In addition, QMC offers free health screenings at local supermarkets. … Continue reading

Quincy Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee draws diverse group

People of all ages and backgrounds are taking the initiative to help Quincy’s growing Asian population by participating in the Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee monthly meetings. This month’s meeting was comprised a small group, including retired Braintree High School teacher George Knasas, volunteer Sarah Sun, Mass. Energy Program Coordinator Maura O’Gara, community advocate Betty Yau, Quincy Police officer Greg Mar, founder of the Quincy Chinese Church of the Nazarene Donald Reed, and Director of the North Quincy Community Center Stephen Buckley. The Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee convened on February 19 to discuss the progress of Quincy’s water meter … Continue reading