Boston NAACP Holding Cash Mob Saturday at "A Nubian Notion"July 28, 2012 10 AM – 4 PM
Boston NAACP is promoting their economic development initiative by
holding their second “Cash Mob Saturday” (a variation on the Flash Mob
concept) focused on “A Nubian Notion” at 146 Dudley St in Dudley Square.
Shoppers can expect to find items such as: books, posters, novelty
gifts, sterling silver West Indian bangles, earrings, incense, oils,
CD's, publications, greeting cards, figurines, and Kwanzaa gifts. In
addition, A Nubian Notion carries convenience store groceries, and is
widely known as a popular ticket outlet for concerts and community
7th Annual Open House will feature information provided by community
agencies from around the City of Boston and live music by Jazz 208
featuring Gil White!
All Community Youth Welcome! Middle School Age! Come After School (charter)
Food and refreshments will be served
To RSVP or participate in this event
Thursday August 16th, 2012
Please call for further
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Gwen Jones @617-287-0786 Ext 20
543 Columbia Road
Lucine Jules@ 617-287-436-2943 Ext.
30 Strand Theatre
Charles "Poncho" Brown @ 617 287-0786 Ext
Community Connections / HIV Services provides medical and social case management and peer support
to individuals living with HIV and their families.
On site staff is able to communicate in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole.
Motivational Speaker Charles "Poncho Brown, MS, Presenting to Youth & Community Members
"The Substance Use & Abuse Connection to HIV/AIDS!"
Sponsored by: The Upham’s Corner Health Center & Upham’s Home Care & the Boston Public Health Commission
9AM on a Monday morning. Steve Rumpler, Sr. Project Manager for
DND, works in the Office of Business Development where Boston's Restore
program (to assist businesses with storefront presentation) is managed.
He is just crossing Columbia Rd and heading into the Wheelock Building,
one day after a demolition crew removed the signage backing that was
precariously on its way down already. Working from early on
Sunday morning until well in the afternoon, the demolition crew
carefully removed the signs and wood to reveal historic decorative
stone molding and a building exterior in dire need of repair.
The Wheelock Building is considered one of Uphams Corner's historic buildings and runs from 554 to 562 Columbia Road.
Constructed in 1890, this yellow brick building was named in honor of
A.P. Wheelock, who operated a large livery stable at 531 Columbia Road.
In earlier years, Wheelock Hall provided meeting spaces for local
groups, and a dance hall (named Fox Hall) on the fourth floor.
Today, the building includes residential units, retail space on the
ground level, and at 558 a bowling alley on the third floor and a
billiard hall on the second. The building’s fourth floor currently sits
Win-Win Situation for All
According to a spokesperson from Main Street, "No,
the demolition was not one of the Uphams Corner Main Street Design
Committee official projects."
"But," says Mr. Rumpler, "This looks like a wonderful potential façade
improvement project that could take advantage of the Office of Business
Development’s Restore Program." He smiled as he jauntily entered the building, ascending
the beautiful staircase that leads to the pool hall and further up the
stairs, to the dance hall.
Friday, July 13, 2012, an issue #449575 was submitted to the City of
Boston that 3 cars were parked in an MBTA bus stop on Hancock St (stop
closest to Whittemore outbound). At 11am, the two cars shown in
the photo were parked there. At 7pm another car was parked behind
these two, fully blocking the bus stop to the corner.
On Monday, the case was closed
for reason: "No cars parked there."
UC News spoke with Cathy Rogers, While the case was opened on a Friday, the first opportunity the
Transportation Dept had to send someone to investigate was Monday
morning and, by then, the cars were gone.
At a recent MBTA community meeting at the Kroc Center, MBTA
representatives stated that drivers in Cambridge are encouraged to
report cars parked in bus stops. But according to Ms. Rogers,
“The MBTA does NOT report to Boston authorities when there is a car
parked in the bus stop.”
How about the police officers who drive down Hancock St all day
long? “They can tag if they want.” Otherwise cars are aloud
to sit in the bus stop all day? “Police can tag cars any time
they want – 24 hours a day.”
But they didn’t. Dorchester, in particular Uphams Corner "feels"
neglected. If this were the Back Bay, who would put up with this
behavior? Not the police, not the bus drivers.
Call the Meter Maid Direct
"Ms. Rogers, how do we get the officials in the City of Boston to pay
attention to violations of the law in Dorchester?" She said her
department followed up on the case promptly as soon as they got
it. "When we got the complaint, we sent somebody by there
to check it out and there were no vehicles in the bus stop. That
is all we can do."
Not even mentioning that photos of the license plates were included
with the issue seemed to make a difference but she did have a
suggestion that, in her opinion, is our best bet. "If you ride by
and see them, you can call us, the Meter Maids,
617-635-2057. We can send someone as soon as possible to
try to take care of the situation."
Don't call 911 because parking violations are NOT a high priority for
the police. Parking violations are a higher priority for the
Meter Maids than for the Police. "Don’t hesitate to call because
we are here almost 24x7. We don’t work Saturday night and we
don’t work Sunday."
But Ms. Roger's best comment was this. "There’s only one girl in Dorchester but we can call and have her go by and check."
Thu - 3-7pm till end of October
Corner of Dudley Street and Blue Hill Ave
On Tuesdays: The Boston
Cyclists Union will be at the market offering free labor for simple
bicycle repairs. They have helmets for $5, affordable U-locks for
youth, and parts and accessories.
On Thursdays: Youth from The
Boston Children's Museum and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative will
be setting up a pop-up museum: a vibrant, temporary family space to
play at the market.
From July 12 through August 23,
teens from BCM and DSNI will facilitate free literacy, health and
nutrition-based activities from 3:30-6:30pm. Check it out and sign up
for Dudley's Thrive in 5, a program to provide support and
opportunities to parents and their young children, preparing them for
success in school and beyond.
The Food Project is offering workshops
as part of the Grow Well, Eat Well, Be Well Workshop Series. Workshops
about gardening, cooking, storing and preserving are happening July and
August on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Dudley Greenhouse. See
flyer, attached, for more info.
This week we'll have:
Zucchini and Cousa Summer Squash, Fresh Garlic - eat fresh or cure yourself by letting it dry
Sugar Snap Peas - very last week of these, Cabbage, Green Beans,
Raspberries, Cucumbers, Kale, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Mustard
Greens, Greenleaf Lettuce Heads, Lettuce Salad Mix, Spicy Salad Mix,
Hakurei Turnips, Basil, Cilantro, Boc Choi, Potatoes, Carrots, Green Tomatoes, Dudley Greenhouse Tomatoes
We'll also be selling raw local honey, fair trade and organic coffee, and (on Thursdays only) artisan breads.
New this year: We Accept WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks!
Also, SNAP/EBT/Food Stamp, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupons, Debit
and Cash Accepted! All season, any SNAP/EBT/Food Stamp purchase will be
matched up to $10 at more than twenty Farmers Markets in Boston,
including the Dudley Town Common Market.
The musical and choreographic challenges of Stephen Sondheim's
delightful comedy were well matched by the surprisingly professional
capabilities of the Fourth Presbyterian Church community.
Jonathan Pierce as Robert, the lone holdout in a community of coupled
(married) friends, was not only the aging child over which his friends
doted but the charming, wasted and rightfully hesitant male who could
see the failings and frailty in the relationships all around him, so
Every couple served as a looking glass into why relationships are so
"hopeless" yet so enduring. Sondheim's music was not the
that topped a hefty dry play. Quite the opposite.
was its substance and strength - 15 pieces, some rattling so quickly
you could barely understand a word, yet the artists delivered
Some of our favorite songs included: Another Hundred People,
Getting Married Today and Barcelona.
A Hidden Jewel
The Fourth Presbyterian Church is a hidden jewel, generating such high
quality work they deserve a much bigger audience, not so that the
clapping, hoots and hollers will be louder but so that the local
community can participate in quality local theater.
Why not have this group present their work at the Strand
There couldn't be a grander or more fitting location, especially for
Uphams Corner in its quest to become a destination for the arts.
So instead of Stop and Shop, we shop Farmers
Or maybe we even grow our own, learning how to stave off the
insects, rodents and squirrels who are just as hungry as we
How about a gardening course?
How about becoming a Master Gardener?
How about going to Farm School
for one year?
Well that might just be going a little bit too far, but not for Erik
Jacobs, accomplished professional photographer (works for the
Globe). In short order Erik is heading west to Athol MA to
one year learning the farming trade - living, working, studying - fully
immersed in a new way of life.
Erik is coupled with Dina Rudick, also an accomplished photographer and
journalist. The two of them have begun a journey
calling "Plough and Stars" - the real-time making of a modern
farm family in photos and in words. http://ploughandstarsproject.com
The Plough and Stars Project Blogsite
Filled with the highest quality photos, their website is imbued with a
deep spirituality and love of life and nature. Each photo waits, as if
with baited breath, to continue the conversation as we gaze into a
moment frozen in time.
The story of the cooked chicken, head and all - you will grin from ear
to ear and laugh aloud and enjoy the sense of real life in their daily
journeys striving to live connected to life.
We seek to live and nurture lives of meaningful connection: Connection
to the earth, connection to each other, connection to our work and
connection to our food. Through these connections we want to nourish
bodies, quiet minds, foster community and be good stewards of the
Like many people, we are frustrated with our politically challenged
society and consumer-driven lifestyles, and we find ourselves yearning
at the same time for more and for less. We believe that
closer to the earth brings us closer to the divine and that, at its
essence, is what we celebrate:
UC News will be following Erik and Dina's journey over the next year,
vicariously seeking a closer connection to the earth and wanting to
learn more about the Farm School http://www.farmschool.org
New congregation, The Intersection,
begins ministry in Dorchester, July 21, 2012
According to residents living close to "Restaurant at 33 Hancock
Street," the restaurant that was to be but which has never opened its
doors is still a problem. Stephen Bingham, owner, has
quietly using the premises to prepare food for his daycare facilities
but, now, with the Wampanoag negotiations for a casino licence, he is
nowhere to be found. Instead Chef Lee has come aboard and seems to be
trying to resurrect activity at the site.
Stephen Bingham, the residents say, has not lived up to the promises he
made to both the
Hancock St Civic Association and to the Jones Hill Civic Association,
namely to demonstration he could effectively run a restaurant for one
year without problems in a
predominantly residential neighborhood and without a liquor
Instead of opening the restaurant, Mr. Bingham has talked about and
seems to be
leaning towards private functions WITH alcohol. He applied
one-day license for super-bowl day stating that his restaurant would be
used for a christening. The license request was denied but
superbowl party took place anyway.
There is also talk about the restaurant trying to purchase vacant lots
nearby to serve as parking for the restaurant. Apparently
Lee showed up announced at a Hancock Civic Assn meeting to discuss
this. The presider tabled the conversation in the absence of
adequate notice to area residents.
On May 30 one of the front windows was damaged by a small shell gun-
probably a BB gun. Made up of two sheets of tempered glass, the window
survived in tact with only the
exterior pane shattered. Within a week, restaurant staff had
Several weeks later, the facility was the site of a private party as
confirmed by this writer, an event which
the residents state is happening a lot more frequently.
The residents of Holden
Street have formed their own Neighborhood Watch. With the
Assistance of Carolyn MacNeil, Director Neighborhood Crime Watch Unit ,
BPD, the residents held their first meeting, posed for a group photo
and formed a facebook page. Keep up-to-date with
Note that the effort to organize a neighborhood watch was precipitated
by a B&E/attempted assault w. a weapon against a neighborhood
resident. Some of us believe that the family/house was being ethnically
targeted because they were Asian American.
Thanks to Robin Chandler (a Holden St resident) for this news