Upham's Corner News Online
Vol I No 19 - 04/01/2011
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Henriquez Holds First Commitment to Community Meeting

News Index

Henriquez Community Meeting
Kroc Center Dedication
Grandparents Raising Kids
Help with Cyberbullying

Up Coming Events

Boston City Singers Events
Henriquez Meeting Schedule
Strand Theatre Events

4/2-3- Kroc Center Dedication
4/05 - Project Right Meeting
4/05 - Career & Job Fair
4/06 - Boston United for Students
4/10 - Chili Cook-off (DotDay)
4/14 - Grove Hall Community Mtg
4/16 - Gotcha Youth Summit

4/30 - Boston Shines
5/08 - Mothers' Day Walk for Peace

6/05 - Dorchester Day Parade

Recent Issues

Tito Jackson is Sworn In

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

From the Past

The Upham's Corner Library
Photos of the Blue Hills
State Poem:  Blue Hills of MA

Photos from Upham's Corner's Past
Preparing for Dorchester Day

Commitment to Community

Rep Carlos Henriquez has scheduled community meetings so 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 @ 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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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

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

Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Thought of the Day

Try to live simply.   [More thoughts and words]

First Henriquez "Commitment to Community" Meeting
March 29, 2011

State Rep Carlos Henriquez held the first of five scheduled community meetings.  He has ideas, but wanted to use these meetings to give voice to resident issues. 

Issues discussed included prostitution and liquor establishments on Blue Hill Ave, street cleaning - commercial and residential streets, the lack of enforcement or ordinances and its effect, disparity of city services, the importance of police operating visibally and at the street level, close to the impact players. and jobs for the "forgotten" youth 18 to 24.

Finally, almost more important than anything else, was how to get more residents involved in community action.

Full Report on Meeting

Kroc Center Dediction
Sat, April 1 and Sun April 2, 2011Kroc Center Dedication

Saturday is the day of dedication and celebration for the Kroc Center at 650 Dudley Street, Dorchester. 

Starting with a ribbon cutting at 1pm, this is followed by the Dedication Ceremony at 1:45pm and a concert at 7pm.

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Chili Cook-off Dorchester Chili Cook-Off
April 10, 2011, 3-6pm
IBEW Local 103 Hall
Freeport Street

5th anniversary of the legendary cook-off. This year there will be judges to award prizes in various categories as well as the people's choice voting for the best chili.

View Delicious Poster

Advance tickets are $15.00 per adult, $25.00 for a family of four, additional children $5.00 each. On the day of the cook-off adult tickets are $20.00 and $30.00 for a family of four.

Contact Pat O' Neill at (617) 265-5397 or pattiashmont@gmail.com

Proceeds to benefit the Dorchester Day Parade Committee.

Dorchester Day Parade 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.

But today is April, 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:  Chili Cook-off, April 10, 3-6PM, IBEW Hall


The Boston Public Schools website provides many resources and updates on progress towards the control of bullying and cyberbullying. 

Cyberbullying is defined as "being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material using the Internet, cell phone or other digital technology."

Antibullying resources can be found at http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/antibullying

View the CyberBullying Fact Sheet

Behind The Music (free)
Tue, April 5, 2011 7-8pm

Boston City SingersA jewel in the community - 350 young people aged 4-18. Meet the singers and enjoy a free concert.

All Saints Ashmont Church
209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester, MA 02124-3898

More info:  Melissa Graham

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 United for Students
Wed, April 6, 2011 5:30-8:00 P.M.

Join parents, students and community leaders, as we present our priorities for the next TEACHER contract to Dr Carol Johnson and Richard Stutman.

Twelfth Baptist Church
160 Warren Street, Roxbury MA

More Details

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

Grandparents Raising Kids

Councilor Ayanna Pressley is holding a hearing 10am March 31, 2011 on the growing incidence of grandparents raising kids.  As  Chair of the Elderly Commission, understanding the scope of this new "parenting" protocol is important to ensure the City of Boston is providing the right support services.

Did you miss the hearing?  No problem.  You can still tell your story.  Sned a letter, email, call or contact Upham's Corner News and we'll tell your story.

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Tito JacksonTito Jackson is Sworn In
Mar 26, 2011

Tito Jackson's campaign team, advisors and supporters put together a truly top notch agenda for celebration in the heart of District 7, at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. 

It lasted a full three hours from noon until 3 PM during which time people mingled, ate, were entertained and finally, what everybody came for, watched Tito Jackson's swearing in. 

City School - Teens Give Testimonials to a Great program
Mar 23, 2011

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. 

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GOTCHA Job Fair - Great Success
Mar 23, 2011

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

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