Monthly Archive for March, 2011

Meeting Notes: March 10, 2011

TCC Minutes
Thursday, March 11th, 2011
9:30 AM, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 4th Floor

I. Refreshments, Welcome, and Introductions

II. Josiah Quincy Upper School, Peter B.F. Wong
• Quincy School is a K-12 school concept; 6th grade typically has 150 students, where ~80-90 students go to exam schools and the remaining ~60 stay.
• Instituted International Baccalaureate school at Josiah Quincy Upper School.
• Students earn equivalent of 32 college credits by 12th grade.
• Offering diploma program (11th/12th grade) for IB and presently a candidate for the middle years program
• IB program a key for federal grants for development of school on Church Street side

III. South Cove Manor, Richard Lui and Dick Wong
• Founded in 1985, 100 bed, 140 staff nursing facility that provides “culturally competent care” including observation of Chinese holidays, language competency
• Has had a very high rate of DPH Deficiency Free surveys for 15/16 years and five-star rated by US N&WR
• Seeking to expand to a 140 bed facility and looking at possible options. Site not identified, but expansion plans are constantly examined; unable to do remodel, as it would require a 1-year relocation. Expansion of current site unfeasible due to limitations of foundation pilings.
• Hosts monthly breakfast seminars for its residents, 70-85 in attendance each time
• Co-operated Mei Wah Village, a 40 unit elderly housing development, with Chinese Economic Development Council for 12 years

IV. Sharewood Clinics
• Provides free medical care, run by Tufts Medical School and the undergraduate school
• On Tuesday nights from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the First Church of Malden, 184 Pleasant Street, near Malden Center T-Stop
• Approximately 20 medical students, 10 undergraduate students, and a supervising doctor attend each session, servicing ~60 people per night with a high multilingual capacity
• Immersive experience for undergraduate students seeking a potential medical degree in the future

V. Asian American Civic Association: Adult Education
• Offering a free 15-week ESL course for intermediate level English ( SPL 4 for training to SPL 6) for those with a permanent resident card, work authorization, or U.S. citizenship.
• Contact Victoria Wong at (617) 426-9492 x251 or x318 or intake@aaca-boston.org for more information

VI. Announcements, Updates, and Kaffeeklatsch

• March 19th, Chinese Folk Art Workshop is hosting a performance fundraiser for the Chinese Golden Age Center at 2:00 PM at the Virginia Wimberly Theater at 527 Tremont Street. For more information, visit http://folkartboston.org
• Hong Lok House recently received linkage from Kensington Place. Will be proceeding on its development project soon
• The Chinese Historical Society of New England and the Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman and Sons –Waring-Langone Funeral Home is offering two scholarships to high school seniors of Chinese ancestry entering a New England college in the fall of 2011 in the amount of $500 per year. For more information, contact info@chsne.org or leave a message at (617) 338-4339.
• Veolia Energy (purchased Trigen) will be working on Tyler Street between Tuesday, April 19th to July 5th, 2011 on weekdays from 7 AM to 5 PM. For questions, please contact Veolia Energy’s Project Director, Tom Herlihy at (617) 482-8232.

Next Meeting: Thursday, April 14th, 9:30 AM @ BCNC 4th floor Conference Room

Meeting Notes: February 11, 2011

TCC Minutes
Thursday, February 11th, 2011
9:30 AM, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 4th Floor

I. Refreshments, Welcome, and Introductions

II. Massachusetts Health Council, Susan Servais
• A private organization that aids in helping communities with prevention education for illness and improving general health literacy. It studied childhood obesity in the state, the studies contributing to the creation of a bill to ban junk food sales in schools in Massachusetts.
• Distributed a guide on the trends in the preventable determinants of health, of which there is a two page executive summary of social, economic, environmental, and health risk behavior indicators in the state. Current issues include: access to care, alcohol, asthma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitus C, education, obesity/overweightness, oral health, poverty, tobacco, and violence.
• Website is www.mahealthcouncil.org

III. Tufts/ACDC Asthma Project Report, Alex Zhang and May Chin
• Reported that 25% of the Quincy School has been reported to have asthma, either by the school nurse or parents, in comparison to rates of 12-34% in other Boston schools and 11% statewide.
• Issues include older housing stock, air pollution, and smoking/second hand smoke.
• Established an asthma prevention and management initative by being a resource to clinicians, performing direct community outreach, health fairs, and staff development workshops.
• A home visit program was initiated for qualifying participants.
• Future improvement could be in community engagement and establishing requirements of affordable housing.

IV. Asian YES Smoking Cessation Project
• A program of providing free nicotine patches by distributing ‘buckslips’ that have information, bilingually in Chinese/English to those who want to quit smoking and qualify for the program.
• A number of ‘buckslips’ were distributed at the meeting to attendees for distribution in the community.

V. Asian Health Initiative, Sherry Dong
• Distributed form detailing grantees for 2011 for Tufts Medical Center’s Asian Health Initiative.

VI. Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health, Doug Brugge
• An organization that assesses the particulate count in the air of areas near highways.
• Completed a study of Somerville, presently studying in Dorchester/South Boston, and will be starting in Chinatown in June.
• Surveys will be performed and there will be clinics for collecting biodata. There will also be a van for collecting particulate count.

VII. Boston Tree Party, Lisa Gross
• Barbara Rubel presented in lieu of Lisa Gross. Boston Tree Party is a non-profit program that involves planting pairs of apple trees to create stronger future generations of trees as a form of education and greening communities. For more information, visit: http://www.bostontreeparty.org/

VIII. Announcements, Updates, and Kaffeeklatsch

Preview of next meeting’s topics

CNC Safety Committee Report, Barbara Rubel

Next Meeting: Thursday, March 10th, 9:30 AM @ BCNC 4th floor Conference Room

Meeting Notes: January 13, 2011

TCC Meeting Notes
Thursday, January 13th, 2011
9:30 AM, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 4th Floor

I. Refreshments, Welcome, and Introductions

II. Sharewood Clinics, Elena Hill
-To be delayed to future meeting

III. Josiah Quincy Upper School, Peter B. F. Wong
-To be delayed to future meeting

IV. Asian American Commission, Jason Chou
-There are 21 Commissioners on the Commission, 3 appointed by each of 7 Constitutional officers. It was created in 2006 and was previously run by Leverett Wing and Tackey Chan. It connects communities with state resources. The Commission meets at the State House and is open to the public. Malissa Schuyler of Tufts Medical Center is the present chair. Jason Chou is presently visiting communities to assess the current situation, as it is undergoing changes in membership. The Commission has started a health needs assessment for the Asian community; it has yet to be completed, but may potentially be completed as part of the agenda. The Commission is physically based in the Treasurer’s office, but is a state agency independent of the Treasurer. The Commission presently runs without state financial resources.
-On Monday, February 7th, 1-3 PM, there is a reception for Tackey Chan of Quincy and Donald Wong of Saugus at the State House.
-In May, there is the annual Unity Dinner that is the Commission’s fundraiser. In addition, the Commission may be hosting API Heritage Month events.

V. Announcements, Updates, and Kaffeeklatsch

• Tisch College of Tufts University is seeking Chinatown organizations as sites for students to perform their 50 hours of required community service in health.

• On January 19th, the BRA is hosting a meeting on Parcel 24 on proposed changes from 6:00-7:30 PM at 90 Tyler Street.

• Chinese Historical Society of New England is hosting a book event for Maxine Hong Kingston at the Modern Theater on February 10th at 7 PM.

Preview of next meeting’s topics

CNC Safety Committee Report, Barbara Rubel

Next Meeting: Thursday, Feburary 10th, 9:30 AM @ BCNC 4th floor Conference Room

Meeting Notes: December 9, 2010

TCC Meeting Notes
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
9:30 AM, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 4th Floor

I. Refreshments, Welcome, and Introductions

II. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Linda Jonash
• Noted construction of Mary Soohoo Park and 120 Kingston Street adjacent to Chinatown Park starting proj. in the spring; conservancy to maintain activity during construction period
• Chrysanthimum plantings, large external planters
• Looking to install park furniture and more palntings in the spring
• Proposing installation of 10 large planters and a number of 6-seat metal tables and umbrellas in spring
• Possible future pavilion, max 20’x20’ to be installed in front of the former Dynasty

III. Josiah Quincy Elementary School, Simon Ho
• Presently 820 students at Josiah Quincy School, approx. 60% Chinese, 18% Hispanic, 7% Caucasian, 5% African American/Haitian
• Seeks constant diverse parental input in decisions by hosting secondary parent meetings in other languages
• Enhanced art/music instruction, in programming and partnerships such as Conservatory students playing at lunch at the cafeteria
• Present partnerships with YMCA and Tufts for facilities

IV. Parcel 24 Update, Asian Community Development Corporation and New Boston Development Partners
• Design changed, all for-profit units to be rental
• Estimated new allocation of units to be 31% 1BR, 54% 2BR, and 16% 3BR
• NPC to be filled soon with BRA for project
• Consolidated all parking to 4 levels underneath main structure instead 2 levels of running through whole development
o This results in a larger space available for open space
o Reduces traffic activity at residential section of Hudson Street

V. Announcements, Updates, and Kaffeeklatsch

Preview of next meeting’s topics

CNC Safety Committee Report, Barbara Rubel

Next Meeting: Thursday, January 13th, 9:30 AM @ BCNC 4th floor Conference Room