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Latest News and Events - Greater Uphams Corner Area - Issue 59

The News

Pilgrim Church - 150 Years Service
Pilgrim Church - Letter from Rev. Odams
Halloween in UC - Kids "Rock"
Halloween in UC - Adults do Too!
Kroc-o-Treat at Kroc Center

News Capsules in Uphams Corner
NAACP Initiative - This is My Vote!!'
Sellout Crowd for Howard Project's "Ask Me"
Capuano visits in Uphams Corner
Assistance after Sandy

Events Coming up

Nov 1-29: GH Lib  -Scholarship Series
Nov 10: Friends of UC Lib Meeting
Nov 10: GH Lib - Wikipedia Loves Libraries
Nov 15:  UC Lib - African Doll-Making

UC News CALENDAR - All Events

From Past Issues

Community Voices Initiative
Creativity abounds at Dot Open Studios
Fort Point - Discover the Artists and their Art
Bird St Youth Writes about the Youth Councils
Save the Date:  Community Forum

Prior Issues

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Uphams Corner, News Capsules
October 26, 2012

UCIA Brought to you by the Improvement Association - What's happening in Uphams Corner today.
  • St. Kevin’s – Engaging the residents
  • Dorchester North burying ground / comfort station
  • Black baseball mural
  • Pilgrim Church 150th Celebration
  • Fairmount BRA website needs improvement
  • Youth Representation in the Fairmount Initiative lacking
  • Fairmount advisory board no-shows
  • Holiday planning
  • Salsa dancing at the UC Library
  • Annapolis Neighborhood Meeting and problem properties.
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Uphams Corner News Calendar of Events - More Events

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From Issue #59

Green Energy
Sen Bernie Sanders on Energy Transformation Progress
Solar Energy
Capturing Solar Thermal heat - Walls are Giant Petri Dishes

From Issue #58 10/26/12

Google's Cultural Institute - a History Brought Back to Life
Music / Humor
Dads sing from Little Mermaid while Working - Excellent!
US Penal System
The Cost of "Three Strikes" Law in CA - $ and Lives
Aug 2012
Marlo Thomas:  Shelter Dogs & Saving your Life - The BEST!!
Career Planning in the Digital Age
Students - a Chance to Learn: How, Where, When they Want
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lies - Where do you Find the Truth?
Recycling Lets you "Think" you are Doing Good
Water Mgmt
Taking Action on the Affairs of Water - More than a Drop
London's Crystal - Improving Urban Sustainability.
Your Life
Matt Cutts on TED:  Try something new for 30 Days
Mar 2011
Conserving Water
The Business of Sustainable Water Management
A Real Bicycle made of Cardboard and it Works!
Clean Energy
How to Unleash an Energy Efficiency Boom

Unnatural Causes - Is Inequality Making us Sick?

Unnatural Causes Grove Hall Library
Harvard Scholarship in the Community Series
Thursdays at 6pm

November 1: "In Sickness and In Wealth"

November 8: "When the Bough Breaks" and "Becoming American"

November 15: "Bad Sugar" and "Place Matters"

November 29: "Collateral Damage" and "Not Just a Paycheck"

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Friends of the Uphams Corner Library Meeting
Nov 10, 2012


I hope everyone is doing well. This is a reminder that our next Friends of the Uphams Corner Branch Library meeting will be Saturday, November 10th, at 9:30am in the "round room" off of the children's section.

We look forward to seeing all of you there! Thank you.

Josette Teneus

Grove Hall LIbrary - Wikipedia Loves Libraries Edit-a-thon
WikipediaSat, Nov 10, 2012 1PM

Wikipedia Loves Libraries is a series of outreach events between the Wikipedia community and libraries.

The event will begin with a tutorial on how to edit Wikipedia and the rest of the afternoon will be spent on the edit-a-thon.

We will be focusing on articles related to local history, specifically Grove Hall, Roxbury, and Dorchester, as well as African American history and persons.

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Ask Me - Works by ICA Visitor Assitants
Oct 27 - Nov 11, 2012

Ask - Works of Art by ICA Visitor AssistantsThe Institute of Contemporary Art visitor assistants (also known as gallery guards) have long (for years) talked about curating an exhibition of their own work. 

After all, the work of "guarding" ICA artwork is the work of artists who can also hold intelligent conversations about the ICA exhibits with gallery visitors.

Now fully defined and organized, the "Visitor Assistant" show will feature creative works by approximately 30 ICA VA's at The Howard Art Project,  1486 Dot Ave beginning Oct 27 and running through Nov 11, 2012. 

The opening reception on Oct 27, 6-9 PM is an especially good time to plan to support these budding and dedicated artists. 

October 27th through November 11th
Opening Reception Saturday, October 27th 6-9pm
Open Sat & Sun 12-4pm or by appointment

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Uphams Corner Library Presents:  African Dollmaking
Thu, Nov 15 5-7PM

Back by popular demand! Please join the Uphams Corner Library for the free event,
Doll-E-Daze: African dollmaking on November 15th.

Debra Britt will instruct and help us make African wrap dolls for the holidays. Doll-making will run from 5PM-7PM. The event is open to all ages.

For more information about Doll-E-Daze, please see: http://www.dolledaze.com/

SAVE THE DATE:  Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative Community Forum
Nov 17, 2012

Fairmount Indigo Community ForumMayor Thomas M. Menino invites you to the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative Community Forum -
"Building new connections to your neighborhood."

Please join us in the conversation about connecting the communities along the Fairmount Corridor to economic opportunities, jobs, transit, and housing.

We need your voice to help develop a vision for the future.

Childcare will be provided and there will be plenty of food to tide you over for the four hours of planning time.  Also prizes will be awarded.

**Translation services available upon request

For more information, call the BRA at 617.918.4434 or visit the Fairmount Indigo website:  http://fairmountindigoplanning.org

Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Pilgrim Church - Celebrating 150 Years Unbroken Service to the Community
Nov 2, 2012

Pilgrim ChurchPilgrim Church formally begins their year-long 150th anniversary celebration on Nov 24, 2012 with a banquet at Florian Hall in Dorchester.  A time to honor the past, it is also a chance to look forward to another 150 years of service. 

The banquet marks the start of a building repair fund raising campaign.  Pilgrim Church is a proud member of the Uphams Corner community and seeks to wear its heritage well.

This year’s important anniversary is much more than the celebration of a church and its spiritual message. As a strong community entity, the church has established a track record of 150 years continuous service.  Their history represents the heritage and longevity of the Uphams Corner community itself.

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Chip in!!  Support the Pilgrim Church.  How You Can Help.
Letter from Rev. John Odams

UCC Emblem For one-hundred and fifty years, Pilgrim Church has been a source of help, hope, and home to not just the Uphams Corner neighborhood but to the world around.

Our Urban Ministry consists of: providing emergency shelter for homeless men, distributing food on the Boston Common, serving a free Saturday community lunch, flea market, food pantry, sponsoring the Dorchester Deaf Club, free bread, Browse Thrift Shop, service every Sunday morning 11am.

150th Celebration Banquet and Building Repair Campaign

o continue our urban ministry and to maintain our position as a unique historical landmark to Uphams Corner, we must address the most urgently needed repairs to our building.  Please consider attending the banquet, purchasing angel tickets, advertising in our program, contributing to our building campaign.

Thank you in advance for your much needed assistance!

Rev. John Odams

Read more - Invitation & Application to Support Pilgrim Church

NAACP Initiative - This is my Vote!!

Campaign Aimed at Increasing Voter Turnout in Communities of ColorNAACP

The Boston NAACP has joined NAACP branches throughout the country in launching the next phase of a nation-wide initiative to register, educate and turn out African-American, Hispanic and minority voters for the Tuesday, November 6, 2012 election.

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Halloween Brings out the Best in Uphams Corner - Young Kids "Rock"
Oct 31, 3012

Halloween in Uphams Corner 2012 With permission for participants to dress in unique and eye-catching form, Halloween brings out the best in everyone, especially in Uphams Corner.

Halloween is a time devoted to the youth, a time for kids and their families to encourage experimenting with new looks, new behavior - acting a new role. 

The year 2012 brought out creative beauty and enthusiasm:
  • Young princesses in waiting
  • Ballerinas
  • Carriages pushed by moms and who was having more fun?
  • Youth proud of the younger siblings
  • Shy youth - demure and graceful
  • Families excited to pose for the camera
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Halloween Brings out the Best - Witches, Goblins & Ghouls
Halloween in Uphams Corner 2012Oct 31, 3012

Halloween brings out the best in everyone.  So  WHY would anyone past the age of 15 costume up? 

Just ask the older youth and adults about their costumes or if they want to pose for a photo.  You get your answer.  YES! - a resounding vote of enthusiasm for Halloween.

Show them the results - all smiles, cheers and laughter - validation that their costumers were worth the effort.  They are having so much fun!

A day of festivities for everyone, even if you are an adult just coming back from shopping or students waiting for the bus. 

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Kroc-o-Treat - Fun at the Kroc Center
Oct 31, 2012

2012 was the 2nd annual Kroc-o-Treat at Dorchester's Kroc Center.  Intended to create a safe place for families and children to gather for Halloween, it attracted a whirlwind of urchins dressed from the beautiful to the beastly. 

Word of the Halloween event must have spread quickly through the neighborhood because  families began arriving as soon as the doors opened at 6pm. 

A birds eye view on Dudley Street stretching from East Cottage down to Columbia Road showed a progression of travelers, both in car and on foot, heading to the center point of attraction. 

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City of BostonAssistance to Home and Business Owners Affected by Hurricane Sandy
October 30, 2012

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced City officials will work closely with home and business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy in an effort to reopen local businesses and get people back to work.

In addition to providing resources to affected businesses, Boston Home Center staff will be working with homeowners and senior homeowners to help facilitate any necessary renovations due to the storm.

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Sellout Crowd for "Ask Me" at The Howard Art Project
Oct 27, 2012

ICA Visitor Assistant Art ExhibitThe Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) visitor assistants (VA's) have their own works on exhibit at the Howard Art Project on Dot Ave.  Most of the VA's are recent arts program graduates.  In their work at the ICA, they are forever pitching the work of others while neglecting their own (or so it feels). 

Now that has changed. An impressive 29 past and current ICA VA's are participating in "Ask Me," their work demonstrating a continuing journey into new ways of exploring art - medium, process and message.

Opening night drew a sellout crowd coming to support their friends, enjoying the work and spreading some good cheer.

Read more - Photos of opening night, the art and interviews with artists.

Congressman Capuano Visits Project Hope and Project Right
Michael CapuanoOct 26, 2012

 Recently, Congressman Capuano had a chance to visit two organizations in the Uphams Corner area.
  1. He attended an open house at Project Hope, an organization that helps families that are struggling financially.

  2. He also attended the annual awards celebration and board meeting for Project RIGHT.
Read his full comments

Featured from Prior Issues

The "Community Voices Initiative" at Uphams Corner News
Oct 24 2012

As a vehicle for the presentation of Community Voices and Community Conversation, Uphams Corner News was founded in 2010.  It is the people, each person, expressing their fundamental humanity and purpose that defines the real power of this country.

Uphams Corner, like all neighborhoods in Boston, has unique demographics and needs.  The individuality does not separate us because we are united within our stories.  Uphams Corner is a neighborhood of people whose stories lay the foundations for true humanity.  We want those stories told.  We want those voices heard.  

I Love Uphams Corner

The Community Voices Initiative is simple.  Just tell us your story (in person, over the phone, in writing) in your own special words and we'll help you do the rest.  Add a photo or graphic image (or lots) and you're done.

Like a grass roots megaphone, the community is welcome to use Uphams Corner News to share news, ideas, visions, dreams, concerns and a sense of purpose, all of which will help take use closer to a better tomorrow.

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Creativity Abounds at Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios 2012
Dorchester Open StudiosOct 21, 2012

Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios, was held at many public and private venues through out Dorchester on the weekend of Oct 19-21.

At First Parish Church, the busy, colorful and artistically eclectic 'arts community on display' felt welcoming. Smiling faces, beautiful displays of unique and original arts and crafts, friendly artists and stories that you could never know if you look only at the art.

Open Studios demonstrates the excitement of the arts community - those who make the art and those who appreciate the art.

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Fort Point Open Studios - Discovering the Artists and their Art
Oct 20, 2012

Fort Point Open Studios More than 150 artists, crafts people, and designers living and working in Fort Point participated in the Open Studios 2012. The combined participation of galleries, performances and participatory art projects and the open studios/residences and businesses provided visitors an opportunity for several days of in-depth art immersion.

Because Fort Point artists have their living and studio space under one roof, Open Studios can be considered 'risky.' Yet the artists' open doors were an invitation to feel comfortable asking questions.
  • What does your art mean to you?
  • How do you approach a new piece?
  • What techniques do you use?
  • And many questions about how specific pieces were created
The photos demonstrate clearly the quality of the Fort Point Arts Community.

Read More - Many Photos

Series:  Community Voices Initiative
Bird St Youth Center
Bird Street Youth Councils - Growing Community Leaders

Authored by 13-year-young Jada Cassamajor, this article on the Bird Street Youth Councils reflects the quality care provided by the Bird St Youth Center for its youth and, reciprocally, the enthusiasm the youth  exhibit in wanting to grow into the future leaders of the community. 

The Bird St Youth Council is designed to connect youth to residents, help them learn how to speak out on issues that they care about, and it offer opportunities for youth to give back.

Learn more about Jada, the Youth Councils and a great photo as well.