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News and Events in Brief for May 20, 2011

Posted: May 20, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

News Briefs
Neighborhood Meetings - View Upham's Corner Calendar

May 21, 2011 9am-4pm
Climate Change Summit
Student sponsored event
May 22, 2011 2pm
Boston Children's Chorus
Annual Concert at the Strand
May 23, 2011 4pm
Grove Hall Library Special Reception
Visiting Nurse Assoc 125th Anniversary

May 23, 2011 5pm
St. Patrick's Youth Soccer Program
Program starting up
May 24, 2011 1pm
Check casher bill hearing
Public hearing at the State House

May 24, 2011 4:30-7:30pm
Dress Addressed
Free prom gown and accessories
May 26, 2011
Turn the Corner
Upham's Corner Main Street
June 1, 2011 5:30pm
Aaron Larget-Caplan Concert at St. John's the Evangelist
June 5, 2011
Joseph Wheelwright
Tree sculpture exhibit
June 8, 2011
Arts Writers
Grants available
June 9, 2011 6:30-8pm
Boston Preservation Alliance Upham's Corner historic
June 10, 2011
Vince Droser Tribute
Call for sculpture qualification
June 18, 2011 7pm
BalletRox Springs out of the Box
Performance at the Strand
June 22, 2011 6-8pm
Urban Safari & BBQ Bash
UCMS Fundraiser

We're on Boston.com

As of April 2011 Upham's Corner News was listed on the Dorchester page of Boston.com, and we feel honored.  More residents of the Boston area will have the opportunity to learn about Upham's Corner and about our publication.  Thus far Boston.com has featured four of our articles:
Note: At the time of this publication, the articles have all expired but you can still find our listing in the Dorchester Directory at:

Boston.com Your Town - Dorchester

Press Release  May 12, 2011

In their May newsletter the Planning Office for Urban Affairs published an update on the St. Kevin's project which follows.  St. Kevin's Proposed


The Planning Office received its 121A approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority this spring and is now working to assemble financing for the redevelopment of the former St. Kevin's Parish property in Dorchester's Upham's Corner.   The Planning Office, St. Mary's Center for Women & Children, Holy Family Parish, a local design committee and dozens of stakeholders have worked together since April 2010 to study various aspects of site and building design. 

The design builds upon a plan undertaken by the St. Kevin's Area Planning Collaborative in 2009, which envisioned a vibrant campus that will help revitalize the commercial district.  St. Kevin's will include 80 affordable apartments, with 25% of the units set aside for homeless and vulnerable families.

Visit the POUA website.

Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ MIT 9:00- 4:00

5th Annual Climate Change Summit
Come learn how we can stop climate change together!
This Years Theme: Food & Sustainability

Students & Educators:
  • Join the more than 60 schools that attend the summit every year.
  • Hear a keynote from nationally recognized "No Impact Man" Colin Beavan.
  • Sign up for interactive workshops.
  • Visit exhibitor tables, sample local foods & learn about sustainable organizations and products.
  • Help plant a garden
  • Check out the Fantasy Lunch Food Fashion Show
Lots more . . . View Flyer

Register online at www.blsyouthcan.org
Hosted by Boston Latin School Youth CAN with the Technology Forum at MIT
Climate Summit

Click image for full details
on the  Summit
Sunday, May 22, 2011 2pm
The Strand Theatre

Concert is FREE!

The Boston Children's Chorus was founded in 2003 by Hubie Jones, a civic leader who for almost five decades had labored to address the social problems facing Boston's underserved children and communities.
Boston Children's

Based on a breathtaking performance by the renowned Chicago Children's Choir in 2001, he modelled the formation of a similar group in Boston.  He gathered the support of civic leaders and, after a year of planning and pilot projects, the Boston Children's Chorus was launched.

Twenty children were accepted into an initial pilot program, and in the current season, we have over 350 singers representing over 50 of Boston's urban and suburban neighborhoods participating in ten different choirs in four Boston locations: the South End, Allston-Brighton, downtown Boston and Dorchester.

(Click image to view their website.)

Monday, May 23 - Saturday, May 28, 2011Visiting Nurse Association of Boston

During the week of May 23 to May 23, 2011, the Grove Hall Branch Library will be hosting a traveling exhibit prepared by the Visting Nurse Association of Boston (VNAB) to commemorate their 125th anniversary.

The opening reception with speakers will be held at 4pm on Thursday May 26.  Everyone is invited to celebrate this great organization.

Since its foundation in 1886, the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston (VNAB) has been an integral part of our communitys rich history. To commemorate their 125th anniversary the VNAB is exhibiting a traveling display at a number of sites located in the heart of the communities they serve. They are excited to announce the exhibit will be on display in many high profile locations including the State House, universities and medical centers.

Grove Hall Branch Library
41 Geneva Ave
Dorchester, MA 02121

Visiting Nurse Association of Boston website:  http://www.bostonvna.org/

Monday, May 23, 2011 5:00pm
Flavio Daveiga of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services invites you and your child to attend the first clinic/practice on Monday, May 23, at 5:00 PM at the new soccer field of the Kroc Center, 600 Dudley Street in Dorchester. He will be serving as one of the soccer coaches.

You will get a chance to meet other coaches and parents, visit the field and tour the new community center if you are interested.  You will also learn about summer and fall programs and other opportunities for the children.

Your child will have his/her first clinic/practice.
  • They should be wearing at least a pair of shin guards.
  • Cleats are recommended because of the turf surface.
Please note:  If you, the parent, are unable to attend for any reason, please ask an adult relative/friend to accompany your child.
For more information:  
Flavio Daveiga
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services 

Fair Fees for FamiliesMay 24, 2011 1pm

Upham's Corner News featured the efforts of Alexandra Knowles in helping to write important legislation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The bill seeks to cap the fees that check cashing facilities can charge their customers and falls into financial services sector known as "fringe banking."

A public hearing date has been scheduled. Ms. Knowles is encouraging everyone to attend and show support for this important legislative effort.

Hearing date:  May 24th, 1 PM, MA State House, Room A-1.
View the flyer.

Fair Fees For Families Director
"Protecting Consumer Rights for Low-Income Families"

Dress Addressed
May 24, 2011
4:30pm - 7:30pm

Do you need a dress for prom or accessories? Come down to Grove Hall Community Center at 51 Geneva Ave. has organized these opportunities to "dress addressed."

Nicole Flynt-Thomas of Project Right spoke enthusiastically about this opportunity:  "We have many dresses and styles to choose from.  You can keep the dress you take home.  We want all women to be able to go to the prom and to look fabulous at the same time."

May 24, 2011 4:30-7:30
May 31, 2011 4:30-7:30

More info: Nicole N. Flynt-Thomas  617-541-5454 x105

May 26, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm

Turn the Corner returns!  We had such a great time at Dublin House in March, we are going back there again this month! 

Join us on Thursday, May 26th for a food and drinks as we continue this fun event. UCMS folks will be there from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  Stop by for 10 minutes or for 2 hours.  And feel free to bring anyone you want!
Turn the Corner is an informal gathering of friends connected to the Upham's Corner business district.  No agenda, no speeches, no obligations.  Just come and hang out and have a snack or a drink.  Turn the Corner occurs on the final Thursday of every month.

Dublin House
9 Stoughton Street

UCMS Website

June 1, 2011  5:30pm

Local artist Aaron Larget-Caplan is performing a classical guitar concert on Wednesay, 5:30pm June 1, 2011.  This is part of St. John  the Evangelist chuch's free Wednesday Concert Series.Aaron Caplan-Larget

St. John the Evangelist
Aaron Larget-Caplan

June 1 - Beacon Hill, Boston
Church of St. John's the Evangelist

Program:  Mertz: Elegy; Barrios & Pujol: Bees; Bach: Prelude & Fuge; Piazzolla & Dyens: Tangos & "Little Dancer" by Cambridge composer Michael Veloso (photo rt) & "Weigenlied" by Thomas Schuttenhelm (photo lt) of Connecticut.
Joseph Wheelwright Tree

June 5, 2011  thru May, 2012

Upham's Corner local artist Joseph Wheelwright is opening a brand new exhibit at the Katonah Museum in Katonah, NY. 

It will include his newest tree sculptures as well as some that were moved from the recently concluded showing at the Fruitlands Museum. 

For more information and directions to Katoneh, visit his website:

Application deadline: Wednesday, June 8, 2011


The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants ranging from 3,000 to 50,000 USD. Writers who meet the programs eligibility requirements are invited to apply in the following categories:
  • Articles
  • Blogs
  • Books
  • New and Alternative Media
  • Short-Form Writing

Art Writing Workshop

In partnership with the International Association of Art Critics/USA Section, the Arts Writers Grant Program offers applicants consultations with leading art critics. For more information, please visit http://www.aicausa.org.

Thursday,  June 9, 2011

Uphams Corner community members are invited to attend a FREE Workshop presented by the Boston Preservation Alliance.

When: June 9, 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm
65 Pleasant St

Historic Property - 65 Pleasant Street
Where: St. Marys Episcopal Church, 14 Cushing Avenue
Contribute to a Final Report that will inform education, advocacy and real estate development in your neighborhood.

Relax and enjoy light refreshments with your neighbors in a beautiful historic church!
Please RSVP to Erica Lindamood, Education Coordinator at the Boston Preservation Alliance:

 elindamood@bostonpreservation.org or 617-367-2458.

Visit their website: boston.preservation.org

Application Deadline:  June 10, 2011

Request for Qualifications
Deadline: Friday, June 10, 2011 (materials received)
Download the Call for Qualifications (PDF)
Eligibility:  This project is open to artists residing in New England.

Project Summary
Trinity Financial invites artists to forward qualifications for a sculptural tribute to Vince A. Droser to be permanently installed in Peabody Square, Dorchester. The work to be commissioned is envisioned to be an "art installation with a surprise". The committee would like to honor Vince's spirit by allowing the project to also function as a location for annual community/culinary celebrations.

Budget: $150,000-200,000

Ricardo Barreto, Director, UrbanArts
(617) 879-7970

Saturday June 18th,7pm
Strand Theater
Click here for Tickets $10/$20  (Brown Paper Tickets)

A unique one-night blend of dance and music designed to empower and entice the audience to explore their own identities featuring brilliant dance creations from the BalletRox faculty and guest choreographers. 

They include Tony Williams, Gianni Di Marco, Janelle Gilchrist, Rick Vigo, Lucy Warren-Whitman, Jane Allard, Lorraine Chapman. Featuring the BalletRox YouthRox Dance Company and live accompaniment and performance by indie baroque-pop octet The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library.

The mission of BalletRox is to use the power of dance to break down racial barriers and enrich the community's artistic experience through the creation of a diverse dance company and school.

Visit their website: http://www.balletrox.org/

June 22, 2011 6-8pm
Franklin Park Zoo

UCMS Urban Safari
Letter from Zachary Cohen
Executive Director
Upham's Corner Main Street

Urban Safari 2011 - BBQ Bash will be held on June 22nd at the Franklin Park Zoos Barnyard.  The event is a celebration of UCMS successes and a fundraiser to support the year ahead. 

With music, animals, great food, and more the Urban Safari is a great deal of fun.  The funds that are raised support UCMS newly articulated mission: to improve the quality of life of the Upham's Corner community by helping the neighborhood's businesses thrive.

This year Urban Safari is especially important with the exciting changes occurring within the organization - a new strategic plan, a new storefront office, and new leadership.  Tickets as well as sponsorship and event info are available at our website http://www.uphamscorner.org/safari11.html

You may also call or visit the UCMS office for more information.
Upham's Corner Main Street
545 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA  02125
Tel/Fax 617-265-0363

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