Upham's Corner News Online
Vol I No 17 - 03/23/2011
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Making Sure our Voices are Heard

News Index

Making Sure we are Heard
  District 7 Ideas & Suggestions
  Henriquez Schedules Meetings
  Jackson Swearing in & Celebration

Our Youth
  City School - Praised by Youth
  Gotcha Job Fair - Great Success
  Gotcha Youth Summit

Neighborhood News
  Liriano's Market Update
  Sgt Tommy Brooks Movin' on

Up Coming Events

Strand Theatre Events

3/24 - Meatloaf Dinner (DotDay)
3/26 - Tito Jackson - Swearing in
4/2-3 - Kroc Center Dedication
4/16 - Gotcha Youth Summit
4/30 - Boston Shines
5/08 - Mothers' Day Walk for Peace
6/05 - Dorchester Day Parade

From the Past

The Upham's Corner Library
Safe Street Team Garners Win
Photos of the Blue Hills

State Poem:  Blue Hills of MA
Boston Ballet at Strand - Vimeo
Photos from Upham's Corner's Past

Preparing for Dorchester Day
How the Boston Youth Fund Works
GOTCHA Youth Program

Tito Jackson to be Sworn In
Sat, March 26, 2011, 12-2pm

Our newest city councilor for District 7 will be sworn in at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St, Roxbury.  Doors open 12pm, ceremony at 1pm.  Refreshments will be served.

From Tito:  "You are cordially invited to my Swearing-In to be the next District 7 Boston City Councillor. Everyone is welcome, please bring your friends and family."

Community Voice - Your Voice
Community Meetings
Sponsored by Rep Henriquez

Rep Carlos Henriquez has scheduled a series of community meetings so that your voice can be heard.  There is no agenda except what you make it.

Come with your ideas, concerns, issues and willingness to help out.  Be ready to say what's on your mind.

Meeting @ Project Hope
March 29th, 6:30-8:30p.m.
550 Dudley St. Dor.

Meeting @ Thomas Atkins Building
April 5th, 6:30-8:00p.m.
233 Blue Hill Ave

Meeting @ Viet-Aid
April 12th, 6:30-8:00p.m.
42 Charles St. Dor.

Meeting @ Cape Verdean Adult Day Center
April 21st, 6:30-8:00p.m.
34 Hancock St. Dor.

Meeting @ St. Peter's
April 26th, 6:30-8:00p.m.
278 Bowdoin St.

Calendar -  Be sure to check out events on our UC Calendar

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News Index - Revised Format

The helpful "News Index" has not kept up with the volume of news and feature stories being reported, so we've changed the format.

NEWS INDEX now lists all issues published in chronological order with a sub-listing of all articles. 

Use CTRL F to search the page for the topic of interest.

Check it out . .

Photos of the Blue Hills

The Blue Hills of Massachusetts is the name of our state poem and the name of a state park of over 7000 acres set aside in Norfolk County, MA. (click to enlarge)
Blue Hills State Park
Here's an idea:

Let's take photos at the park and publish the poem.

Photos of the Blue Hills

In March - quiet, cold, patient, proud and beautiful. 

Commonwealth's State Poem

"Blue Hills of Massachusetts," the official state poem was adopted and recorded into the General Laws in 1981.

"Blue Hills of Massachusetts"
by Katherine E. Mullen of Barre, Official Poem of the Commonwealth

Massachusetts! Massachusetts!
Lovely Bay State by the sea,
Chosen by the Pilgrim Fathers
In their search for liberty.

More . . .

Elm Farm Supermarket
Upham's Corner History

Two great photos from "Dorchester, Volume 2" by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco. 

This book is a must read for anyone interested in the history of our local community.  Out of print, it is still available through used book dealers online.

View photos

Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Thought of the Day

We welcome you because we welcome everyone. 

Making Sure our Voices are Heard

We can't emphasize enough the importance of communicating with local representatives - both city and state.  If the elected officials and the city workers do not hear from you, their priorities won't be your priorities. 

During the primary election, the District 7 candidates offered many ideas and suggestions on how to improve our district in the areas of voter involvement, economic development, taking care of our natural resources, education and youth and much more. 

Upham's Corner News captured the candidate ideas from the Feb 8 Forum sponsored by MassVote and we're passing those along to our newest councilor, Tito Jackson.

State Rep Carlos Henriquez has scheduled five community meetings.  Their agenda is your agenda.  All you have to do is show up and speak your mind.

Tito Jackson is being sworn in on March 26, 2011 and you are invited to attend.

Bottom line?  Let's get involved.  Let's help our state and city reps with our voices, ideas, suggestions and our involvement - time and energy and anything else that will make difference. 

Let's make District 7 shine.

City School - Teens Give Testimonials to a Great program

City School is a youth leadership program that focuses on social justice issues.  First in a series on the City School, this article presents three teens who testify to the difference that this non-profit has made in their lives. 

Social skills, communicating, organizing, leadership, listening across difference and understanding your comfort zone - these are just some of the benefits of this program. 

Read More

Sgt. Brooks Leaving the Safe Street Team

Only a couple days ago, Sgt. Tommy Brooks learned of a new assignment.  He will be leaving the Safe Street Team and returning to the Gang Unit effective 3/19/11. 

What a shock!  He has done such a great job of establishing relationships with all the neighborhood organizations in Upham's Corner as well as the businesses.  He will be missed.  If you'ld like to wish him well,
617-593-5882 or email:  brookst.bpd@cityofboston.gov

GOTCHA Job Fair - Great Success

Gotcha sponsored a youth job fair on 3/17/11 at the Bird St Youth Center.  Both Gotcha members and other organizations such as the Private Industry Council (PIC) were present to interview youth. 

Job Fair Explained

UC News interviewed three youth about their hopes and experiences with the Hope Line and summer jobs.  

Youth talk about the Job Fair

 Youth Summit
GOTCHA Youth Summit

Sat April 16, 2011:  1-6pm Strand Theatre (free)

The GOTCHA youth summit is an an annual event that approaches past and present issues in our neighboring communities.

This year's theme is "Believe to Achieve: Self Empowerment" with youth speakers, entertainers, skits, and information tablets that highlight all of the youth activities in the city.  

Event Details

Strand Theatre Events


SweeneyTodd, Presented through spacial arrangements with Music Theatre International, Admission is Free to the Public, no ticket required.
4/7 - 8pm,  4/8 - 8pm, 4/9 - 2pm & 8pm

Bird Street Youth Summit, Free to the Public

New England Urban Music Awards


Boston Classical Orchestra Concert

Tech Goes Home Graduation

Chinese Cultural Dance Performance (day)

Boston City Singers

Boston Children's Chorus

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Cuban Ballet

Boston Youth Fund - How it Works

Of the Mayor's three youth summer jobs programs, the Boston Youth Fund is the largest.  This year through the Hope Line over 7000 teens entered the jobs pool and if funding remains at 2010 levels, 3300 youth will be employed.

Details on this program

A Closer Look at GOTCHA
Mar 7, 2011

"Get off the corner, hanging around." 

Gotcha - a really terrific youth leadership and development program and a collaborative of 20-25 non-profits.  It works closely with the Boston Youth Fund all year round for creating youth job opportunities.

Story & Photos

Dorchester Day - Getting the Parade Rolling

Dorchester Day is scheduled for June 5, 2011, a Sunday starting at 1pm in Lower Mills and arriving hours later at Columbia Rd. Dorchester Day Parade

But today is March, so why the rush?  Because the parade is EXPENSIVE and events are happening NOW to help raise funds and give DOT residents a chance to celebrate early.  UC News will be covering events and reporting back.

Background on the Dorchester Day Parade.

For a complete list of events, check their website DotDay website.

Coming Up:
  Meatloaf Dinner, March 24, 6:30 PM, First Parish Church

Upham's Corner Library -
A Cinderella whose Time has Come

Based on the BRA decision to approve the St. Kevin's project, there is hope that a proposed replacement for the existing Upham's Corner Library will be included in the first-floor design. 

The developers like this idea but its outcome depends on funding.

The Upham's Corner Library is like a Cinderella who has been waiting to go to the ball for a long, long time while her many sisters have celebrated.

Door to the Upham's Corner Library
Door leading into library

Upham's Corner Library Series

Boston Ballet at the Strand

Students attending ballet
Students enjoying the Boston Ballet. 
(Click to enlarge)

On Friday, March 11, 2011 the Boston Ballet staged an eclectic set of "dance tidbits," reflecting a wide range of dance styles.

 Boston school youth watched a traditional ballerina in pink, which is what they expected.

But, to their surprise, they also got to see spectacularly agile male dancers in the "modern dance" style. 
That helped dispel the notion that ballet is "for girls." 

Chris Harding's report (BNN) is delightful with comments by the ballet's artistic director, Mikko Nissinen, shots of the ballet performances, interviews with the youth and dance contributions by the youth in attendance.

The Strand Theatre shines in its ability to promote the arts to the residents of Boston.

Vimeo Report for BNN News by Chris Harding

Safe Street Team Garners Win for Upham's Corner

On Saturday, March 12, 2011, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) assigned to the Uphams Corner Safe Street Team successfully nabbed a man who stole items from a motor vehicle setup as part of a sting operation.

Great big thanks to the Safe Street Team - Read the whole story

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