Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 43 - 02/24/2012
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$Warm$ and $Exhuberant$ Celebration at the Strand

Today's News

The Community Celebrates
Top-Notch Speakers at Kickoff
What about Upham's Corner?
Sustainable Communities
City of Boston Press Release
UrbanSites issues RFP

Pilgrim Church Health Fair
Get your Seedlings Now!
It snowed in 2011
Calling for Chili Entrants
Mission 180 Forum
Suffolk Graduates 26 Officers

Published Feb 17
Fairmount Planning Kickoff Event
BRA - Nominations for CAG
Upham's Corner - One Stop of Many
St. Kevin's Under Review
Agustin Castilla-Avila
Sheriff Cabral - Keynote Speaker

Pilgrim Church Health Fair
Feb 25
Mission 180 Forum
Feb 28
Chili Cook-off Entrant
Mar 14
Winter Farmers' Mkt

Back Issues

Feb 17
Planning Initiative Kickoff
Feb 10
Light for Dorchester
Feb 2
Fairmount Indigo Planning
Jan 19
7 Murders since 2011
Jan 9
The Best of 2011
Dec 22
Nutcracker at the Strand
Dec 16
Give of and to Yourself
Dec 12
The UC Post Office
Dec 2
Keno Promoting Crime

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UrbanSites @ the Strand Collaborative Issues R-F-P
February 15, 2012

Strand Birthday 93 UrbanSites is an arts collaborative in its formative stages peopled by some pretty high-powered players in the arts (and funding) world. 

They are LOOKING at Upham's Corner with an artful eye - not just to pretty it up, but to promote economic development.

By issuing an RFP for a stage play, they are asking you (all of you) to help map out a transformation of Upham's Corner - from a sleepy community with a bad reputation to a sparkling and revitalized community with a Strand Crown Jewel at its center.

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Order your Seedlings NOW!!
Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2012 (flexible)

Victory ReVision Urban FarmWhat was the first culture, you ask?

According to food afficionados, the first culture was AGRI CULTURE.  Easy to believe. 

AGRI BUSINESS has stolen away (we have allowed this) our responsibility for staying in touch with Mother / Father Earth from which much of our nutrion derives.

You have a chance to change all that.  Victory ReVision Urban Farm (in Dorchester) is offering quality seedlings.  But the DEADLINE is soon. 

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Pilgrim Church Health Fair

Saturday, February 25th
12 - 1:30 Free! Lunch
12:25 PM - 1:30 - Health Fair
Pilgrim Church
540 Columbia Rd
Dorchester, MA
No Sugar DrinksStarting at 12 noon, Pilgrim Church offers a FREE! community lunch - delicious, nutritious, just what the doctor ordered.

Sat, Feb 25 is an extra special day.  It includes a health fair for dessert.
  • Learn why you should take sugar sweetened beverages OUT OF YOUR LIFE.
  • Get your toes jumping with the sounds of the Randolph Tabernacle Choir
  • Take part in the Jump rope contest
  • Win prizes and much, much more!    

Sponsored by Pilgrim Church In conjunction with the City of Boston.

For more information, view the complete flyer.

Community-Wide Public Forum

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA
Purpose Present the findings from one-on-one conversations conducted Oct-Dec 2011 as part of the MISSION180 initiative.
Focus Assess the community's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and to listen to the community's recommendations regarding the future of Roxbury.
Result Action groups will be formed following the Feb 28 meeting to implement recommendations made by the participants.

More information:  View Flyer

Corrections Officers Graduate Corrections Officers Welcomed
February 13, 2012

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral welcomed twenty-six new officers into the world of corrections during a graduation ceremony held at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel on February 13, 2012.

Delivering the Correction Officer's Oath to the recruits of Correction Officer Training Academy (COTA) Class 11-02, Sheriff Cabral spoke about the significance of the achievement by the graduates and the importance of the work that lies ahead.
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Calling all Entrants:  6th Annual all-Dorchester Chili Cook-off
March 14, 2012

Time to dust off the cooking bowls, locate the recipes and team up with someone who has a commercial kitchen. 

Imagine your favorite chili recipe on display and being eaten with gusto. 

Imagine helping to support the Dorchester Day Parade.

Complete details here

Upham's Corner InSight into the News

$Warm$ and $Exhuberant$ Celebration Marks the Kickoff
February 21, 2012

Fairmount Initiative KickoffThe Fairmount Kickoff was perfect in every way - weather, people, ambience.

But $Money$ is what most excited everyone.

Barbara Fields, director at HUD said so.  "What I say about Boston is that we know how to get it done.  So bring it on.  Bring the money here. " 

Boston was proud to celebrate.  Everyone has worked very hard to set up the Fairmount Corridor as a worthwhile, if not national model, on how to build sustainable communities.  We will reap the rewards for 14 years (see Marvin Martin's comments) of hard work and we will spread the message around to other communities on the planet.  Yeay!

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Top-Notch Speakers at Planning Initiative Kickoff
February 21, 2012

Mayor Menino It's more than about extending the rail line.  It's about reducing the unemployment line.
Barbara Fields What I say about Boston is we know how to get it done.  So bring it on.  Bring the money here.  We have leadership in the public sector.
Curt Spalding So this is something that is gathering national attention.  This is showing off Boston, what's happening here.
Marvin Martin
About 14 years ago  residents of Four Corners would be sitting there reading the newspapers and the Fairmount would go by.  No longer!
Gail Latimore
We earned national recognition - selected as one of  only five sustainable community pilot sites.  And we are very proud of that.

Read speaker texts in full +++ Great Photos

Wait a Minute!  What about Upham's Corner?Animal Rummy
February 21, 2012

The BRA promised an Upham's Corner Planning Initiative rolled into the Fairmount Transportation initiative.  They expected the BRA (the Mayor) to say so. 

Not one word - not one speaker, not even someone from Upham's Corner welcoming the crowd. 

To a far-reaching and ambitious "arts" proposal for Upham's Corner, Mayor Menino's response was "old hat" - another round of Animal Rummy from the '50's. 

Meanwhile Upham's Corner residents are holding cards from a brand new deck. 

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Snow in Upham's Corner Feb 27, 2011One Year ago, a Beautiful Snowfall
February 27, 2011

A very few flakes graced Upham's Corner this morning (Feb 24) and barely had time to hit the ground before dissolving the fractal structures that define them.

One year ago it snowed large clumpy flakes that dropped a frosty halo onto our community but the beauty was lost in the tedium of yet another snowfall. 

This year?  We (some of  us) are wishing for snow. Nostalgia.

Look at Upham's Corner when it snows.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities
HUD-DOT-EPA Working Together in Boston

During the Fairmount kickoff celebration, Curt Spalding, EPA, talked about a film posted on the White House website that highlights Boston's efforts. 

"We made a film," he said, "about the Fairmount Corridor project."  The film is entitled "Partnership for Sustainable Communities" and focuses exclusively on the Fairmount project.

The film reflects very well on Boston and on Mayor Menino. 

In fact you can think of the Fairmount Kickoff meeting as a mini-reproduction of that video.  Why?  Most of the Fairmount Kickoff speakers were also featured in the video. 
  • Barbara Fields HUD (speaker)
  • Mayor Thomas M Menino (speaker)
  • Curt Spalding EPA (speaker)
  • Gail Latimore NDC (speaker)
  • Jeanne DuBois (attendee)
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Mayor Menino Launches Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative
(Official Press Release)

February 21, 2012Mayor Menino Kicks off Planning Initiative

At a celebration at The Strand Theatre in Upham's Corner, Mayor Thomas M. Menino kicked off the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative . 

The microphone, podium, easels, banners, posters and food were set up in the main hallway, where there was just sufficient room to allow the large crowd to experience the excitement yet small enough to ensure intimacy. 

Mayor Menino spoke along with other key personnel from the neighborhoods all the way up through Federal government representatives.

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Winter Farmers' MarketWinter Farmers' Market
Now thru March 25

The Winter Farmers' Market sponsored by the Dorchester Community Food Cooperative will run through March 25, 2012.  Held in the Great Hall of Codman Square Sundays 12-3, it draws hundreds of local buyers to purchase and savor produce, meats, cheeses and breads, all of it locally grown/produced. 

Each week offers a different theme to stimulate your mental faculties and artistic yearnings.  Great for the kids as well.

Check out their schedule

From Prior Issues

Suffolk County Sheriff Cabral Gives Keynote Address
Jan 15, 2012

Sheriff Andrea CabralSuffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral recently delivered the keynote address for the Roxbury YMCA's 4th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Breakfast and Fundraiser on January 15, 2012.

She recalled the struggles faced by people of color and noted from Dr. King's text: "We may have all come on different ships, but we "are all in the same boat now," a quote from Dr. King.

Reviewing the stages of struggle which change names but do not resolve the social conditions, she wondered "Why we so resist the notion of embracing our differences, preferring instead to view them as a barrier to achieving common ground."

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St. Kevin's - New Ideas discussed at Westside Meeting
February 14, 2012

Bob Haas, UCWNA president, will be issuing another letter to POUA, the St. Kevin's developers and wanted to make sure he had all community feedback.

Some residents remain opposed to housing.  However, the group exercise was focused on the project design.  Over the last year, community ideas have changed - in many cases quite dramatically.  Attendees discussed issues, pros and cons, new ideas and what they believe are their minimum requirements in order for the project proceed.

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Greater Boston House Concerts presents Agustin Castilla-Avila
February 17, 2012

Augustin Castilla-AvilaThe Boston debut of Spanish guitarist and composer Agustin Castilla-Avila including original pieces by Agustin and works from the Renaissance by Dowland, Baroque by Bach & Purcell, and from Spain by Albeniz, Granados & Tarrega, and Latin America by Barrios.

Friday, Feb 17 8pm
21 Virginia St
Dorchester, MA    

Doors open at 7:30pm, reception to follow, Free street parking. Tix/RSVP required

More Information at: www.GBHConcerts.com,
Info@GBHConcerts.com, or 617-947-1330, Twitter hashtag #GBHConcerts

For tickets contact:
BrownPaperTickets.com 800-838-3006   Event # 225565
Price: $15, $12 students

BRA Kickoff Announcement for Fairmount / Indigo Initiative
February 21, 2012 2 PM


The BRA Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative is hosting a Kickoff Announcement.  The event will provide an overview of how the planning process will bring comprehensive corridor-wide community planning to Upham's Corner as well as all of the neighborhoods traversed by the Fairmount Indigo commuter rail line.

The BRA initiative will also develop crossroads improvement plans for 3 or 4 station areas starting at Upham's Corner.

Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester

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BRA Accepting Nominations for Planning Initative Advisory Group
Due March 7, 2012

The BRA is seeking nominations for a Corridor Advisory Group (CAG) for the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative. The CAG will assist the BRA, other city agencies, and a designated multi-disciplinary planning consultant team toward a corridor-wide community planning effort for the Fairmount Indigo Corridor.

Nominations are requested from all community stakeholders including  residents, non-profit organizations, community groups, institutions and businesses.

Nominations are due March 7, 2012

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Upham's Corner is a STOP! on the Fairmount Line
February 21, 2012

BRAA new "train," known as FICCPI, is making its way down the Fairmount Corridor with a Mayor Menino kickoff scheduled for Feb 21 at the Strand.

While our fair city will not have the focused planning initiative promised last February, it will be the FIRST stop on the Fairmount Corridor (transportation) initiative train ride.

FAQ's on how the "FICCPI" will work and how YOU can get involved. 

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