Monday, August 30, 2010

If Hong Kong Can Do It, Why Can’t Boston?


If Hong Kong Can Do It, Why Can’t Boston?

re: The Green Patrol

Dear City of Boston,

Boston is always referenced as a world class city, and I am proud of that label and of Boston and New England. What I'm not proud of, however, is the litter - and the people and businesses that perpetrate this act of defiance against the rest of society. What hurts the most is the thought of our tourist industry potentially suffering, and seeing tourists walking through trash on the streets, wondering why they came to this so-called world class place.

I realize this lowly act of littering our own streets and neighborhoods starts in the home with the lack of teaching respect and discipline, but that’s another story. I see kids and adults alike either not caring or noticing (which is even more disturbing) when they just drop something on the street or out of a car. It always amazes me that a person just cannot wait until they reach a trash receptacle. It’s as if throwing litter on the ground is second nature to them. I see certain businesses not caring about the sidewalk in front of their establishments and their constant weekly trash violations.

This has to stop and it may be easier than one may think.

I propose The Green Patrol, an arm of the City of Boston’s DPW, which patrols the streets (by foot, bicycles, Segway, etc) and fines people for blatant littering and violations. They can be equipped with digital cameras for documentation of evidence, and also walkie-talkies linked directly to the police department in times of trouble. There can be warnings signs placed in strategic locations on the outskirts of the city, and within city limits warning people of the consequences with regard to littering. This can also be done with a mass internet posting and media avenues.

The Green Patrol can either issue a notice to appear in court, or hand out tickets immediately. If The Green Patrol enforces the law and hands out tickets continually to guilty businesses and individuals--in other words, if one is hit in the pocketbook--then the negative process can be reversed and positive actions may occur. If underage children or teens litter, parents can be fined for their kid’s actions, and, if a parent is getting fined, then this may incur a call for disciplinary lessons at home.

The Green Patrol can put hundreds of people to work, and also create a court specifically for this new ordinance, so as to not overload the current court system. The fines can bring more revenue to the city for programs, new trash facilities, and to implement new receptacle* concepts. The city still uses regular trash cans/baskets with trash bags in some places which overload, and when the wind blows, the trash is whirled right out of the basket like a tornado all over the street. This plan should be replaced immediately.

There is no question that we will all benefit from this as a city, and as Bostonians. It only makes sense that a cleaner city is a healthier place, and this in turn will bring more business and tourists. Prime examples we should all take lessons from (only a couple of examples) are the North End and parts of the South End and certain areas of South Boston…residents take responsibility and maintain care of their own street fronts, gardens, walkways, and store fronts.

It doesn’t take much effort to be courteous and grab a broom and keep your area clean, respectable and presentable. It takes little effort to wait until you reach a trash can or keep garbage in your car until you can get rid of it in a proper place. Let’s all do the right thing, and start proving to ourselves and the world that Boston is truly a World Class City.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Leo Anthony

* An idea: Street-side mini compactors or a less expensive idea: create a three to four foot cemented hole, and cover it with a standard height no-touch receptacle with hinges on the bottom of one side and a lock on the opposite side. When unlocked by the DPW, it folds down to the side and exposes the plastic container liner for an easy emptying process. The plastic liner’s contents can be easily emptied into a truck, or the container replaced with an empty one.

Friday, August 13, 2010

AsianBoston Radio Show: Lola Tom, Quincy Medical Center

Hi Everyone!

We have Lola Tom of Quincy Medical Center on AsianBoston Radio this Saturday, 3pm.

Date / Time: 8/14/2010 3:00 PM

Category: Health

Call-in Number: (347) 637-1876

Please join our host Matt Casey for this discussion.

www.blogtalkradio.com/asianboston

Quincy Medical Center is a community hospital, providing more than a century of public service to the City of Quincy, Ma and communities of the South Shore, Ma.

Thank you!

AsianBoston Model Competition Promo

Hi Everyone! I hope you enjoy our AsianBoston Video to promote the upcoming AsianBoston Model Competition at Mantra in Boston on October 17th. These participants are the first 14 to be in the competition. There will be more participating models to be added as we go along. Please Enjoy, and it is my hope that you come to the event. Details are at www.asianboston.com or e-mailing me at asianbostonmagazine@gmail.com or 617.275.4249. Please Pass This Along! Thank you. Best regards, Leo Anthony AsianBoston Media Group 617.275.4249 asianbostonmagazine@gmail.com Please visit www.asianboston.com

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chinatown August Moon Festival and AsianBoston Fashion Show!


Hi Everyone!

The August Moon Festival in Boston's Chinatown is this Sunday, August 15th, from 10am to 5pm! It will feature Lion Dance, Martial Arts, Chinese Calligraphy, Asian Arts & Crafts Vendors, Live Band, Chinese Opera, Volleyball Tournament, Asian Folk Dance, and our...

AsianBoston Fashion Show featuring designs from Drea Designs, Dawnamatrix Designs, Nomin G Designs, Kim's Fashion, and Anh Nguyen.

This is all Free!

Please Note: There will be two stages...The Main Stage will be at Harrison Ave and Beach St, and the 2nd Stage will be at the Chinatown Gate with the Chinese Opera, etc.

Our part of the festival, The AsianBoston Fashion Show, will be held on the main stage somewhere between 2pm and 3pm. Please stop by our booth as well at the corner of Harrison and Beach.

This Festival is brought to you by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association & Chinatown Main St.

Supported By: Mayor Menino, Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston Police Dept, and Boston Public Works Department.

Sponsors: State Street, Tufts Medical Center, South Cove Community Health Center, EastWestBank, Taipei Economic Cultural Office, Mohegan Sun, and AsianBoston Media Group.

We hope to see you there!

Thank you!

Best regards,

Leo Anthony
617.275.4249
Please visit www.asianboston.com

Sunday, August 8, 2010

AsianBoston Radio Show: Live at NAPOA 's 23rd Annual Tranining Conference!

Hi Everyone!

We will have an AsianBoston Radio Show booth and broadcasting live from the NAPOA conference at the Hyatt Regency, Boston, on Monday 11-12pm and 1pm-3pm!

www.blogtalkradio.com/asianboston

The National Asian Peace Officers Association (NAPOA) is proud to partner with the Benevolent Asian Jade Society of New England (BAJSNE) and the National Assocation of Asian American Law Enforcement Commanders (NAAALEC) in hosting the 23rd Annual Tranining Conference. NAPOA has a long reputation of providing its attendees with top notch training and the tools to take on leadership positions. This leadership conference is designed to help attendees acquire and develop the knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership in diverse organizations.

Thank you!

Best regards,

Leo Anthony
617.275.4249
Please visit www.asianboston.com