Continued Efforts To Clean Up Chinatown

John Meaney, director of Boston's Environmental Services, talks about the importance of enforcement and education. (left to right: Meaney, Sgt. Steven Tankle of the Code Enforcement Police, Frank X O'Brien of the Public Works Department, and Courtney Ho-Ha, executive director of Chinatown Main Street) PHOTO BY ARICK WONG

By Arick Wong In a recent forum sponsored by the Clean Up Chinatown Committee, community members and government officials convened to discuss the looming issue of Chinatown’s streets. “Chinatown has the worst recycling rate in the entire city,” states Frank O’Brien, the public relations administrative assistant for the Public Works Department. Garbage continues to pile up on the sidewalks, and often heaps of trashes are carelessly deposited into gutters and public areas. The lack of educational resources for proper trash removal and recycling may be a primary contributor; however, the architecture, the language barriers, and the transient immigrant community only … Continue reading

Boston Chinatown Resident Association celebrates August Moon Festival

By Ellen Duong (楊美英報導)   The Boston Chinatown Resident Association held its annual August Moon celebration on August 29 at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School. Many people of all ages came out to enjoy an evening of cultural performances. The event kicked off with welcoming remarks by Henry Yee and Marie Moy, co-chairs of the CRA . They gave an overview of the performances and thanked the event sponsors SWH and Best Bar B Q Restaurant. The Boston Chinese Folk and Classical Dance Group took to the stage with three performances. Dressed festively in colorful traditional dresses, the young performers … Continue reading

Chinatown meeting roundup: Safety Committee, Resident Association

Political candidates attend the Chinatown Residential Association meeting. PHOTO BY VEKONDA LUANGAPHAY

  The Chinatown Safety Committee (CSC) and the Chinatown Resident Association (CRA) met Sept. 3. CSC The CSC meeting took place at the DoubleTree Hotel. It discussed crime updates from police department, community business proposals and concerns about discarded needles. “This is a public health issue,” Phil McGovern, Captain of Office and Safety and Security at Boston Emergency Medical Service, said. “If you pick the needle up off of private property and dump it on public property, it is against the law.” He suggested that the public health department and the Needles Exchange Program help place needle disposal boxes in … Continue reading

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

Quincy celebrates August Moon Festival

By Ellen Duong   The city of Quincy celebrated its 27th annual August Moon Festival on August 17. The festival, organized by Quincy Asian Resources, Inc (QARI亞協服務中心) and presenting sponsor South Cove Community Health Center (華人醫務中心), is the largest outdoor cultural event in the South Shore. Celebrations kicked off with a dazzling display of dragon and lion dances on the main stage. Festival co-chairs, elected officials, and festival sponsors then gathered on the stage and greeted the crowd with welcoming words. “Look around you,” said Quincy Mayor Tom Koch (昆士市長柯奇). “There is a sea of people of all ages, sizes, … 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