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,
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
Executive Director Patti Violette presents a special afternoon
lecture entitled, "Old Time Remedies in New England."
In prehistoric times, the Indians and, in Colonial times, the early
settlers had no choice but to depend on nature for their medicines. The
science of studying and testing the therapeutic properties of plants is
called Pharmacognosy. Little did the early settlers and Indians realize
that they were the Pharmacognosists of New England.
According to Ms. Palmarin, there is a
lot happening on the Fairmount project. The BRA got the
contract signed and they are
in the process of prepping staff and the CAG for the August 1st
meeting. The BRA is also confirming the Uphams Working Advisory
Group (WAG) appointments.
Mayor Menino selected the WAG members based on a BRA Request for
Nominations with a
deadline of May 2, 2012.
Authority One City Hall
Square | Boston, MA 02201-1007
Columbia Rd - The
- Is Uphams Corner the missing link in the Emerald Necklace?
Let's renew the green space from Franklin Park through Uphams
and on to Edward Everett Square. Bring your ideas.
Presented by Marti Glynn
- Time for the community to speak up for innovation in the
redevelopment of that site. Currently proposed as ALL (100%)
subsidized housing. Artists lofts? Civic meeting space? Small
theaters to develop the arts? A PARKING GARAGE? Bring
your ideas to create a continuing community dialog.
The Mayor's New
Initiative - Posted Street Cleaning - Just ask and it will be
given unto you!!
Another way to report problems to the City - easy to use
The Black Baseball
Mural - Let's petition to get it repaired.
Station - What shall it become?
Lots More -
Bring your ideas to the GRASS ROOTS organization.
artists!! If you paint, draw, or sculpt, if you sew or weave or
collage, if you
dance or sing, play in a band or solo, if you write or act or make
films, or if you do it all--let us provide you with an audience!
Register for Open Studios and join one of our group venues or open your
own studio on October 20th and 21st. We provide the maps, the ambiance,
the blow-out reception with live performances, and the buzz!
$10 for students/seniors/unwaged visual artists. If you are a
performer or film maker, please write to email@example.com directly
for more information.
Boston Parks and Recreation Department's ParkARTS is excited to host
the 3rd annual "Pics in the Parks" free photography workshops.
On July 30th, ParkARTS brings its free photography workshop to
Schoolmaster Hill, Franklin Park in Dorchester at 6pm. The workshops
are led by photography instructor Sarah Berry. Sarah is currently
pursuing a masters of Arts Administration at Boston University. She has
experience introducing photography to children, teens and adults.
Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School
270 Columbia Road
Night Out Boston 2012 is the 29th annual citywide celebration to unify
our communities throughout the City of Boston. This program cultivates
and strengthens partnerships between the community, youth, police, city
agencies and community-based organizations. National Night Out also
acknowledges the remarkable contributions of Neighborhood Crime Watch
groups, and seeks to increase participation in crime watch programs
among local residents.
Come have some fun &
play in the sun:
Face painting, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Basketball and Baseball games,
Volleyball, Flag Football, popcorn, ice cream, Karaoke, Informational
tables and lots, lots more
Upham's Corner Branch Library
500 Columbia Rd, Dorchester
Sultry chanteuse Brandi Maxam recalls the heydays of American
Jazz, reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. The vibrant
sound of her voice, accompanied by guitarist Logan Wright, echoes a
1930s speakeasy or a 1950s jazz club.
The Brandi Maxam and Logan Wright Jazz Duo plays standards, but also
throws in some contemporary pop, even jazzy variations of modern indie
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
Food and refreshments will
To RSVP or participate in
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,
and Haitian Creole.
Motivational Speaker Charles "Poncho Brown, MS, Presenting to Youth
& Community Members
"The Substance Use & Abuse Connection to HIV/AIDS!"
by: The Upham's Corner Health Center & Upham's Home Care & the
Boston Public Health Commission
Location: In and around the Upham's Corner business district. Uphams
Corner will be celebrating everything our great community has to
offer. You are invited to participate!
Have a craft you'd like to sell on the street?
Have some information about your organization you'd
like to share?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can participate!
For more information about the event, VIEW EVENT FLYER. Showtime For Health At The Strand Theatre
Boston Sat August 18, 2012
Showtime for Health is a community
fundraiser event to help
stop generational obesity and to nurture healthy families.
performances by Visa P, Crystal,JP
Lovesit, Antoine Live, Laquandra Seymore, Sukiyaki, Elektrik Kidd,
Smallie and Ben
Week at the Dudley Town Common Farmers
Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 5:37 PM
Thu - 3-7pm till end of October
Corner of Dudley Street and Blue Hill Ave
This week we'll have: Zucchini and Cousa Summer Squash Fresh Garlic -
eat fresh or cure yourself by letting it dry. Green String Beans- this
week we have both bush beans and pole beans (which are longer and, I
Cucumbers - both pickling and slicing varieties
Eggplant - Japanese and Italian varieties, Green Peppers, Kale - curly
leaf and lacinato, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard
Lots more . . .
July 6 DAC will have a tent at every farmers market for the duration of
the season, and welcomes all artists to join us with your work! The DAC
tent will be staffed. Just drop off your work for display and
sale, and pick up again at the end of the day. Small items like cards
and jewelry do not need to be picked up each week. Work will need to be
clearly priced and labeled, whether it is framed artwork, cards,
jewelry or clothing.
Finally, you would need to provide a detailed inventory. For more
information, or to schedule a Friday, write to us at
email@example.com or call Margery at 617 298-4949. Better
yet--stop by and see us!!
"Upham's Corner is Beautiful!"
- Five more Awards Issued
delight! Upham's Corner residents who are told they will be
receiving UCIA Homes & Gardens Awards express such joy and
excitement at hearing this. You can see the pride in their
faces. You can see the surprise - someone is actually paying
attention to their efforts and publicly lauding them and holding them
up as models to the community.
But it works both ways. The photographer, editor and presenters
from the Improvement Association are just as pleased to take part.
are in the works. UCIA encourages you to stop
by these addresses and take note of their beauty. Reach out and
congratulate the person who has put in all the hard work. You may
also contact UCIA directly to submit a nomination. UCImprove@gmail.com
Two years ago, when UC News interviewed Zach Cohen,
then Ex Dir of
Upham's Corner Mainstreet, he was ADAMANT about the correct spelling of
our fair city - "Upham's Corner" he said, not "Uphams Corner." UC
News followed suit.
But times have changed. Try searching the City of Boston
website. You will find both spellings and, sometimes, both
spellings in the same document. Apostrophes are difficult to include in
filenames so often a keyword of "upham's" contradicts a filename of
The Boston Public Library (we understand) has officially dropped the
apostrophe (check out the Uphams
Still, how would Mr. John Upham, who kept a dry food market in the
square for several years, feel if he thought we were changing his name
to Mr. John Uphams?
Maybe times haven't changed that much. Notice the enscription on
the postcard from 1910. Uphams Corner is missing its apostrophe,
a sign of things to come, albeit 100 years later.
The final blow was issued by one of our favorite websites -
Wikpedia. They refer to Uphams
Corner as a section of Dorchester - the apostrophe lost to the
ages or maybe fallen overboard.
Nonquit Street Neighborhood Association and Land Trust was established
in 1994 and the Nonquit Green opened on June 25, 2002, eight years
later. Ever since then, the "green" has served as a quiet and
safe space for local families to gather, relax and socialize.
June 24, almost exactly ten years after its opening, the Green was the
site of a birthday party for one of the community "regulars," Clarence
Brown. Family and friends gathered at the Nonquit Green.
Chef Gloria (Clarence's
wife) prepared the barbecue while Clarence and friends, including the
little ones, danced to the sounds of soul and hip-hop and rap.
The kids had so much fun they both fell down and scraped their
An Upham's Corner / Roxbury team volunteered their time at Carney
Hospital to entertain the seniors at their June quarterly Senior
Supper. What a delight! There is nothing like "preaching to
the choir" - in this case "singing" - to make you feel like you are on
top of the world.
The Carney cafeteria was filled with Seniors who said they are grateful
wake up every morning. After dinner, listening to their favorite
show tunes, sing-a-longs and inspirational melodies, they clapped with
resounding enthusiasm, especially to the new verse to "Climb Every
Mountain" that opens
with "May God be with you."
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Corner Mainstreets multi-year "Urban Safari" has been replaced by the
"Uphams Corner Adventure," - must closer to home (next door at the
Strand), more affordable ($30 instead of $50) and more welcoming.
You did not have to buy a ticket to get in and the best part of the
evening were performances by the Bird Street Youth Center dancers.
"We have worked hard to create a special event. As
you enjoy the Adventure, please take a moment to consider all of the
volunteer hours and donations it has taken to make this event possible.
We are grateful to have so many generous people committed to the
success of our neighborhood. Your support enables Upham's Corner Main
Street to succeed - thank you!"
The Upham's Corner Arts Collaborative is looking towards the future of
Upham's Corner. The goal? Make Upham's Corner into a
destination for the arts. Here's an idea ...
Idea #1 - Just imagine a Mob Scene on Columbia Rd
directly in front of the Strand Theatre with the whole community
engaged in dance. This YouTube video has so much energy, life and
vitality. Can you
imagine this taking place on Columbia Rd right in front of the Strand
Theatre. Let's find a way to show Boston that Upham's Corner is
where it's happening.
Mob Scene - From Moscow to
Upham's Corner with Love
Thursday night was the first performance of the rare four-night
presentation or "real" opera in Uphams Corner.
It's 10pm on Thursday
night. Columbia Rd, the Citizens Bank parking lot - and
everywhere else that cars can park - are filled with cars. Just
seeing this representation of visitors to Uphams Corner fills you (me)
with a sense of excitement.
The theater has dimmed
their entry lights to focus one light shining on the Orpheus
sign (identical to the one at right), beckoning the world to come in.
Soon the hot humid air
is quickly quelled by the refreshingly cool air of the Strand and from
inside the theater - dark, except for the stage - comes the crystal
clear sound of a soprano voice and the gentle laughter of a thorougly
I greeted the caretakers
of the art of opera standing at the top of the entry ramp.
"Good attendance?" I asked "Yes," they said, deferentially muting their
enthusiasm as to not disturb the performance.
"Just checking it out. I'll be back tomorrow." It was
great to see that both the front seating area and first balconies were
It's Not Too Late
ALL tickets are free! Reserve them online (see link
above) Friday night (until midnight) for the Saturday performance; same
procedure for Sunday. Missed the deadline? Tickets
available at the Strand before the performance.
Get Together with Friends
A Group of Uphams Corner friends will be meeting
around 6pm on Friday at the Pariso Restaurant just around the corner
from the Strand (excellent Dominican cuisine), 750 Dudley St.
Come on over and join us!
Boston Opera Collaborative
Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, July 26th-29th at the Strand
Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA. Thursday-Saturday
performances begin at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm. David Gram directs.
Maria Sensi Sellner conducts.
Free admission, thanks to
the generous support of The Free for All Concert Fund, Inc.
Come watch an operetta which is an irreverent parody and scathing
satire on music of the period and which culminates in the risque
gallop infernal which became known as the music for the "Can-can" and
which Saint-Saens borrowed, arranging it for the strings to represent
the tortoise in The Carnival of the Animals.
While the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice may be familiar to many of
you, Offenbach's operetta takes the tragic tale and spins it into an
uproarious farce. In his version, Orpheus and Eurydice grow tired of
marriage and Eurydice welcomes her visit to Hell. Even the gods on
Mount Olympus stage a revolt to join the party! Only Public Opinion can
convince Orpheus to step in and try to save his wife from the best
party in all three worlds.
9AM on a Monday morning. Steve Rumpler, Sr. Project Manager for
DND, who works in the Office of Business Development where Boston's
program is managed (assists businesses with storefront presentation),
is just crossing Columbia Rd and heading into the Wheelock Building,
one day after a demolition crew removed the building's signage backing
precariously on its way down already.
Restore Boston a citywide storefront improvement program offered
through the Office of Business Development, part of DND, the Department
of Neighborhood Development.
The Office of Business Development (OBD) is Boston's go-to resource for
small businesses. OBD provides businesses and neighborhood commercial
districts access to a range of financial and technical resources in
order to start or grow.
The program name, "ReStore Boston" is cleverly constructed, easy to
remember and pertinent to its task, doing exactly what it suggests
helping neighborhood business and property owners with storefront
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, the three cars fully blocking the bus stop to the corner.
On Monday, the City of Boston closed the case
for reason: "No cars parked there."
According to Kathleen Rogers, Parking Enforcement
Supervisor, while the case was opened on a Friday, the first
opportunity the Transportation Dept had to send someone
to investigate was Monday morning. No cars were found.
Joanne Tuller, Treasurer of the Westside Neighborhood Association
provided updates that, she says, more accurately reflect discussions
and agreements that took place at recent UCWNA meetings. These
have been incorporated into the original article.
The move towards local
growing, organic farming, being in touch with
nature and a "simpler" and more physical life is gaining
instead of Stop and Shop, we shop Farmers
Markets. Or maybe we even grow our own organic veggies. How
about a gardening course? How about becoming a Master Gardener? How about going to Farm
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.
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
The Intersection, a new congregation under development of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located at 500 Talbot
Avenue, Dorchester, MA, will have its first service of Community Prayer
on Saturday, July 21st at 9:30 a.m. and we invite the community to join
us. We will be praying for people, homes, and businesses in the
Boston was a proud participant in the Juneteenth Observance which
marks the true end to slavery in the United States. While the
effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation is January 1, 1863, the
date (in Texas) on which the final peoples held under slavery were
officially released was over two years later on June 19, 1865.
The Boston Juneteenth Committee began its planning for the 2012 event
early spring and held a fundraiser on March 24 at the National
Center of Afro-American Artists to coincide with Aretha Franklin's
With an excellent turn out of close to 100 people, this year's
Juneteenth Celebration focused on the continuing issues of black people
path from slavery towards equality.
The formal program was in the spirit of worship with prayer, song,
readings and a "sermon" delivered by Professor Margaret Burnham.
A memorable and moving event, let's hope the celebration is supported
in the years ahead by a greater representation of all Bostonians.
Connect is an award-winning system for
reporting issues to the City of Boston and for identifying and
participating in the activities and responsibilities of city
SeeClickFix (SCF) is an alternative online system for reporting
problems that is currently under use by many municipalities throughout
the US including Boston.
Some municipalities, such as Sacramento, CA, use it as their primary
problem reporting system while others accept it as an alternate source
data (Boston). SeeClickFix is easy to use, both for creating an issue
and for adding comments to
UC News had the opportunity to review the Interface between
SeeClickFix and the City's onlne reporting system and is working with
both groups to improve its functionality.
Thank You DPW
One issue submitted by the Improvement Association through SCF was a
request to have a trash barrel
installed in the 744-748 block of Dudley Street. The City
responded immediately. The ticket closed within hours. And
why? They had already completed the job. Residents began
using the barrel immediately.
Long stretch on Dudley with no
Residents began using the newly installed
trash barrel immediately
An "anonymous" reader of Uphams Corner News with fond memories of
Kevin's and the supreme contributions made by Fr. Kierce over his 50 +
years at the school read the UC
News article on the homeless at St.
Kevin's and was deeply offended.
Written with a bit of outrageous humor - presenting the makeshift
cardboard beds set up by the homeless, surrounded by trash and litter -
almost as if they were alternate "vacation" sites, the article's
intention was NOT to make fun of the homeless. Quite the
opposite. It was to call attention to the absurdities of a
religious organization treating the St. Kevin's site in such a callous
The resulting exchange between UC News and the Letter to the Editor
author led to a new path of understanding and insight. She had
to Fr. Ahern and asked if there was anything they could do to
help and was turned down. The Improvement Association had made a
similar suggestion to Fr. Ahern and was also turned down. [For
on her comments, see Letter to Editor.]
In June the Virginia Monadnock Garden was looking a
little rough around
the edges, especially along the sidewalk in front of the garden.
appeared that the gardeners (many of them not residents of Upham's
Corner, let alone the Virginia Monadnock area, were taking care of
their garden plots and blindly walking past the trash, weeds and litter
on the sidewalk.
Through the assistance of the Boston Natural Areas Network, who owns
the garden, things are looking a lot better. Commitments have
made regarding the upkeep and the Westside Neighborhood Association
will be working with the gardeners on how to get more of the "locals"
assigned a plot.
At the July Westside Neighborhood Association meeting, residents held a
lengthy discussion about loud music from the same two
locations (as always) and the week long fireworks explosions associated
Fourth of July.
While one resident was convinced that 911 was for
emergency calls only, the police officer attending insisted that 911 is
"quality of life" issues. If loud music, fire works, explosions, other
loud noises or anything else is disturbing your quality of life, do not
hesitate to call 911.
The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program is in great need
of volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from their
chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments, especially in need are local
patients receiving treatment at Boston area hospitals.
An integral part of treating cancer successfully is making sure cancer
patients receive their treatments, but many find making transportation
arrangements is a challenge. The American Cancer Society provided
more than 11,000 rides to cancer patients in Massachusetts last year,
but needs new volunteer drivers to keep up with the demand for
Artists from all around Dorchester exhibited their work as part of the
Dorchester Historical Society's Dorchester Descendants Weekend, June 30
& July 1.
Exhibiting artists include: Kyara Andrade, Vincent Crotty, Veda
Daly, Gary Gartley, Howie Green, Elaine Happnie, James Hobin, Jennifer
Johnson, Martha Kempe, Rob Littlefield, Ina Nenortas, David Stokle, Bob
Tobio and Barbara Ward.