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Latest News and Events - Greater Uphams Corner Area - Issue 61

Latest News

Food Ministry - Anchor to the Community
Flu Clinics at UCHC !!
UCHC Lauds Employee



From the Past

Best Asian Garden in UC 2012
My mother, they call her "Rose"
Pilgrim Church - Final Call for Banquet
Dudley Greenhouse Fall Festival
Awards Presented at Groom Humphreys

Final Beautification Awards Issued
  • 713 Dudley St
  • 37 Humphreys
  • 21 Annabel St
  • 15 Annapolis
  • 39 Pleasant St
  • 52 Sumner St

From the Past

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 10/26/12
Sellout Crowd for "Ask Me"
Capuano visits in Uphams Corner
Assistance after Sandy
Library - Overdue Book Drive

Events Coming up

Nov 1-29: GH Lib  -Scholarship Series
Nov 15:  UC Lib - African Doll-Making
Nov 17: Fairmount Initiative Community Forum
Boston City Singers Concerts


UC News CALENDAR - All Events


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From Issue #61


Healthcare
Worldmap shows which provide Universal Healthcare (not US)
6/28/12


From Issue #59 & #60


Free Livestream
Dec 5: How to Create a Better Form of Capitalism: Capitalism 2.0
Current
Degrowth .
Planned Economic Degrowth -Tool for Sustainable Development
11/7/12
Ocean Plastic .
One Plastic Beach - 46,000 # Plastic
Nov 2011
Agribusiness .
Agroecology as a Climate Change Mitigation Tactic
10/23/12
Recycling .
Houston - Top 20 Finalist - Recycling diverting 75% of all waste
11/5/12
Food Movement .
Kindling a Food Revolution
11/1/12
Fossil Fuels .
300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds
11/8/10
Green Banking
Triodos Bank: More Green, Less Greed.
9/25/12
Sustainability
The Road that Must be Travelled: The Regeneration Roadmap
10/22/12
Composting
NRA & U.S. Composting Council announce partnership. 10/21/12
Sustainability
Global Footprint Network - Advancing Sustainability
(website)
Global Warming
It's Global Warming, STUPID!
10/26/12
Motivation
Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
4/1/10
Green Energy
Sen Bernie Sanders on Energy Transformation Progress
10/25/12
Solar Energy
Capturing Solar Thermal heat - Walls are Giant Petri Dishes
10/24/12






Highlights on Events in Greater Uphams Corner




Unnatural Causes - Is Inequality Making us Sick?

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

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

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



November 1: "In Sickness and In Wealth"
November 8: "When the Bough Breaks" and "Becoming American"

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News from the Boston Public Library
Overdue Thanks: A 3-Week Overdue Book Drive in November 2012

The Boston Public Library is running a three-week drive to encourage the return of overdue materials to our shelves. Any overdue book, CD, or DVD returned to a Boston Public Library location from November 1 through Thanksgiving will have the associated fine cleared. This is in effect for library users of all ages whether a book is one day late, one year late, or more. If an item is permanently lost, users will be responsible for paying only the replacement fee.

This overdue book drive applies only to the actual return of physical materials from November 1 through Thanksgiving. Library users with outstanding fines on already-returned books will be asked to clear their record the usual way: by paying their fines.

We hope you’ll participate in this very special book drive and accept our overdue thanks for using the Boston Public Library.



Fairmount / Indigo Planning Initiative:  Corridor-wide Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting
Tue, Nov 13, 2012
 
The next Corridor-wide Advisory Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov 13 from 6;30 to 8:00pm at the Mattapan Family Service Center ABCD.

ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Fairmount CAG Meeting
 Tue, Nov 13, 2012
6:30 - 8:00pm
Mattapan Family Service Center ABCD
535 River Street
Mattapan Sq
For more information, please visit our website www.fairmountindigoplanning.org or contact:

Inés Palmarin
Co-Director
617.918.4434
Ines.Palmarin.BRA@cityofboston.gov;
Jeremy Rosenberger
Co-Director
617.918.4431
Jeremy.Rosenberger.BRA@cityofboston.gov



Uphams Corner Library Presents:  Doll-E-Daze:  African DollMaking
Thu, Nov 15 5-7PM

We need You to come to Uphams Corner and Make....African dolls.
 
Doll-E-DazeAFRICAN DOLL-MAKING FOR ALL AGES
Thursday,November 15, 2012, 5:00pm
Uphams Corner Library
500 Columbia Rd.
Dorchester

Come learn how to make Africn wrap doll.s
Help preserve the history of black dolls throught collecting and education.

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/



HANCOCK STREET CIVIC ASSOCIATION
Thu, Nov 15 2012
c/o: Robert Mickiewicz, President
7 Whittemore Terrace
Dorchester, Ma. 02125
Fax:(617) 436-6438
 
This Month's Invited Speakers
  • Matthew Feeney Upham's Corner Safe Neighborhood Initiative
  • Kimberly Parker, Abrams Management. Co. & Eric James, Body Art   Re: new business at 427 Bowdoin Street



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



Dorchester Community Food CoopDorchester Community Food Co-op Potluck Dinner & General Meeting
Sunday, November 18, 2012
5:30pm until 7:30pm

   
You are invited to attend
DATE: Sunday, November 18th 5:30-7:30 pm
LOCATION: First Parish Church in Dorchester 10 Parish St., Meeting House Hill
Bring a healthy dish to share
Bring a friend to learn about the co-op

WE'LL COVER THESE AGENDA ITEMS & more:
Membership Drive:
We are on track to have 200 household members-owners by the end of the year.
Come learn how you can help with the drive, and join the co-op if you aren’t yet a member
Meet your neighbors: gather in small groups to create neighborhood organizing teams!

Update on our accomplishments so far:
We have raised the funds for our feasibility and market studies and are choosing our consultants
Learn about our fundraising accomplishments, partnerships, and site possibilities

Next Steps & Projects
Year two of Dorchester Winter Farmers' Market
Grand Opening: Sunday Jan 6!
Codman Square Great Hall. Sundays Jan-March 12-4pm

We will talk about ideas for other innovative projects as we plan for the retail store.

Save the date!
Our first Annual Meeting and HOLIDAY PARTY will be on Sunday Evening Dec 16
Board Elections will take place at the Annual Meeting




Boston City Singers Jamaica Plain Winter Stars Concert
Sat, Dec 8, 2012

Boston City Singers Jamaica Plain Winter Stars Concert featuring Jamaica Plain Training Chorus and Dorchester & Jamaica Plain Kodaly Classes – 11:00 am – Hope Central Church, 85 Severans Street, Jamaica Plain

Also in Uphams Corner Calendar



Boston City Singers Winter Stars Concert
Sun, Dec 16, 2012

Winter Stars Concert featuring Boston City Singers Concert Chorus (3 divisions and Dorchester Training Chorus at Holy Family Church, 24 Hartford St., Upham’s Corner, Dorchester. Doors open at 2:30; Concert at 3:00

Also in Uphams Corner Calendar



Boston City Singers - Dorchester Community Concert
Tue, Dec 18, 2012

Dorchester Community Concert featuring Boston City Singers Concert Chorus and All Saints Choirs to benefit All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester, 7:00 pm

Also in Uphams Corner Calendar




Featured from Prior Issues





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.
Read More




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

 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.

Read More



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

Upham's Corner InSight into the News



Annapolis Neighborhood Meeting Breaks Down in Shouting and Anger
Nov 25, 2012

Annapolis Nbhd MtgThe newly restarted Annapolis Neighborhood Meeting (after a one-year hiatus) focused on the City of Boston designated "Problem Property", 27-37 Bakersfield Arms, that has negatively impacted the entire neighborhood.  

Multiple times, the meeting broke down in shouting and anger. Wendy Risty, property owner, and Peter MacCarthy owner of Steps to Solutions, a sober house operating out of that property answered residents questions.

Read More - Complete meeting report and Photos



Community Voices Initiative

Roberto BeltranUphams Corner Health Center Lauds Roberto Beltran
Nov 14, 2012

 Roksana Pirog, Marketing and Promotions Manager for the Uphams Corner Health Center, represents the health center and the community in lauding the work of one of their employees, Roberto Beltran.

"The Health Center was pleased that one of their model, hardworking employees, Roberto Beltran, was interviewed, especially about his work with the geriatric populations of Dorchester and profiled by the Federal Government’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS)."

Roksana asked that Uphams Corner News let everyone know about Mr. Beltran’s work as part of the Community Voices Initiative. 

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About Town

Latest happenings




Flu Clinics at the Uphams Corner Health Center

Roksana Pirog from the Uphams Corner Health Center says:

Go ... Get ... Your ... Flushot.  Boston Medical Center is already reporting flu hospitalizations, and in the elderly population.  The health center has a few more flu clinics going on.  Get your flushot now before you get the flu since they don't help people once they’re been infected.
Get your Flushot


Pilgrim Church's "Food Ministry" - An Anchor to the Community
Food Ministry at Pilgrim Church
One of its most important of Pilgrim Church's urban ministries focuses on ministering to the hungry - be it physically or spiritually hungry. 

Feeding people promotes the growth of community, sharing and caring for one another. 

Whether distributing food on the Boston Common, serving free Saturday lunch, operating the church’s Emergency Food Pantry or giving out free bread, the church is seen as a source of help and a place to go to just "be."

Read More





Pilgrim Church 150th Anniversary Banquet
Nov 24, 2012

From Rev. John Odams:  "There's still time to order your tickets for the banquet.  Deadline is 12 NOON - Monday November 19, 2012."

After that please call the church to get "special seating" set aside for those who always ... make ... decisions ... at the last minute.

Details at www.pilgrimchurch1862.org/150thanniversary.html

Call:  617-282-0456








Featured from Prior Issues



Best Asian Garden 2012Best Asian Garden 2012 - Kim Song
Nov 12, 2012

Kim Song is devoted to her gardening. Every morning throughout the growing season, you can find her tending her plants, flowers, bushes and arrangements. 

What makes her gardening stand out is the replication. 

Think of a miniature garden created in a small pot, then multiply that a thousand fold and there you have her creation and her love.

Read More



Our Community Voices


My Mother, They Call her Rose
Nov 5, 2012

Bakersfield Corner LaundromatBarbara Duggan shares the love she has for her mother, knowing her time is near.

"My mother - they call her Rose - is the reason that people (multiple generations now) choose to come to our laundromat.

She is the person whose presence impacts them.  Her simplicity, her spirituality, her thoughtfulness, her selflessness, her angelic ways are authentic and unique. She has touched countless lives in countless ways."

Read More




Pilgrim Church 150th Anniversary Banquet
Nov 24, 2012

From Rev. John Odams:  "There's still time to order your tickets for the banquet.  Deadline Sunday November 18, 2012."

Details at www.pilgrimchurch1862.org/150thanniversary.html

Call:  617-282-0456




Dudley Greenhouse Fall Festival & Market
Nov 20, 2012  4 - 7 PM
Dudley Greenhouse Fall Festival
The Dudley Green Greenhouse invites you to a family fun event on November 20, 2012 from 4 to 7pm with a chance to buy fresh and healthy food at a family friendly fall harvest.

Supporting local food production to grow the community, the Dudley Greenhouse will be celebrating:
  • The Fall
  • Thanksgiving
  • The end of the harvest season
There will be vegetables to purchase, activities for children and the Mei Mei Street Kitchen Food Truck.

Read More



Beautification Awards Presented at Groom Humphreys
September 19, 2012

Beautification AwardsThe September meeting of the Groom Humphreys Neighborhood Association included the presentation of beautification awards to area residents by members of the Uphams Corner Improvement Association (UCIA). 

Mr. Hal Cohen who officiates these meetings made a special effort to contact the award recipients encouraging them to attend the meeting to personally receive their awards.

The Improvement Association congratulated everyone for how much they care about their section of Dorchester.  "The four awards issued is proof that residents care.  All you have to do is take the time to look and you will see the hidden beauty."

Mr. Octavio Miranda and family received the award for 56 Belden Street.
Mr. Eugene Hendrix and Mrs. Almarita Hendrix received the award for 20 Humphreys Street.

Congratulations to all.  Read More



Congratulations - Final Homes & Gardens Awards for 2012
Nov 12, 2012

The Uphams Corner Improvement Association (UCIA) has issued the final six Beautification Awards to area homes for a total of 22 properties in 2012.  This includes the Best Asian Garden award at 39 Pleasant Street. 

View Beautification Awards Index to see all awards issued in 2012.

The Homes & Gardens Beautification Award is given to Uphams Corner area residents and businesses who maintain their property with pride, enhancing its "curb appeal" and contributing to the overall beauty of Uphams Corner.  We consider condition and attractiveness of the property and grounds, and how well the property fosters a spirit of beauty and sustainability in the community. 

For more information, contact the Uphams Corner Improvement Association at   UCImprove@gmail.com




713 Dudley Street

#17


Abrams Management is to be commended for their quality landscaping at 713 Dudley Street.

Wrought iron fencing secures the garden plots which are covered in attractive red mulch.

Planters brimming with colorful flowers transform the front of the building to an idyllic setting. Flowers include petunias, argeratum, marigolds, ivy geranium and bacopa, all from Exotic Flowers in Roslindale.
713 Dudley St




37 Humphreys Street

#18



A neat and well cared for home on a narrow lot with a small raised bed plot that the owner has planted with vegetables (beans) and ornamentals. 

Showcasing the garden is a statue of the Virgin Mary surrounded by Silver Cinneraria.
37 Humphreys Street



21 Annabel Street

#19




Perched atop a hill, the ground is reached by climbing a set of stairs making the visual landscaping easy to miss unless it is created to attract the eye colorfully. 

The gardener has selected a dense set of plantings whose colors complement the blue and rust color tones of the house.


21 Annabel Street



15 Annapolis Street

#20



This home is neat and trim and well kept because the garden is behind a chain-link fence.

However, the true beauty of the gardening is showcased only if you climb the stairs and look down from the front porch. 

From the distance, the red mulch is particularly effective at making the flowers stand out.

15 Annapolis Street




39 Pleasant Street

#21

Kim Song is devoted to her gardening.  Every morning throughout the growing season, you will find her tending her plants, flowers, bushes and arrangements. 

What makes her gardening stand out is the replication.

Think of a miniature garden created in a small pot, then multiply that a thousand fold and there you have her creation and her love.
39 Pleasant Street




52 Sumner Street

22
Annapolis Housing, maintained by the Boston Housing Authority, is a blocksized set of apartment buildings, set close to the sidewalks. 

Yet interior to the complex is a remarkable courtyard with plants and flowers that hug the foundations. 

Substantial gardens create an artist’s brushstroke to the rectilinear lines of the buildings.  Color, texture and surely the buzzinig bees add to the beauty.
52 Sumner Street


Pilgrim Church 150th Anniversary Banquet
Nov 24, 2012

From Rev. John Odams:  "There's still time to order your tickets for the banquet.  Deadline Sunday November 18, 2012."

Details at www.pilgrimchurch1862.org/150thanniversary.html


Call:  617-282-0456





Featured from Prior Issues




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.

Read More



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

To 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



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
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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