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

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