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

Quincy AAAC looks at Energy and Water Meter Replacement Programs

The Quincy Mayor’s Asian-American Advisory Committee convened on October 16 to discuss several upcoming events and initiatives. The Quincy Fire Department is participating in a fire safety contest through Liberty Mutual Insurance to win a $10,000 fire safety grant.  Residents can participate in a short online quiz by October 30. The committee also wants to inform the community that free energy audits are available by calling 617-750-4329.  Sponsored by the City of Quincy in cooperation with National Grid and the Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance, Energy Smart Quincy is a federally-funded program to help homeowners and businesses across the city achieve … Continue reading