$Warm$ and $Exhuberant$ Celebration at the Strand
UrbanSites @ the Strand Collaborative Issues R-F-P
February 15, 2012
UrbanSites is an arts collaborative in its formative stages peopled by
some pretty high-powered players in the arts (and funding) world.
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.
Order your Seedlings NOW!!
Deadline: Monday, February 27, 2012 (flexible)
What 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
You have a chance to change all that.
Victory ReVision Urban Farm (in Dorchester) is offering
quality seedlings. But the DEADLINE is soon.
Pilgrim Church Health Fair
|Saturday, February 25th
12 - 1:30 Free! Lunch
12:25 PM - 1:30 - Health Fair
540 Columbia Rd
Starting 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
184 Dudley Street
||Present the findings from one-on-one conversations conducted Oct-Dec 2011 as part of the MISSION180 initiative.
||Assess the community's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
and to listen to the community's recommendations regarding the future
||Action groups will be formed following the Feb 28 meeting to implement recommendations made by the participants.
More information: View Flyer
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.
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
The 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!
Top-Notch Speakers at Planning Initiative Kickoff
February 21, 2012
||It's more than about extending the rail line. It's
about reducing the unemployment line.
||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
||So this is something that is gathering national
attention. This is showing off Boston, what's happening here.
|About 14 years
ago residents of Four Corners would be sitting there reading the
newspapers and the Fairmount would go by. No longer!
|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?
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
Meanwhile Upham's Corner residents are holding cards from a brand new deck.
One 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.
Read More about the Sustainable Communities Parnership
- Barbara Fields HUD (speaker)
- Mayor Thomas M Menino (speaker)
- Curt Spalding EPA (speaker)
- Gail Latimore NDC (speaker)
- Jeanne DuBois (attendee)
Mayor Menino Launches Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative
(Official Press Release)
February 21, 2012
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
Mayor Menino spoke along with other key personnel from the
neighborhoods all the way up through Federal government representatives.
Winter 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
Each week offers a different theme to stimulate your mental faculties
and artistic yearnings. Great for the kids as well.
Check out their
|Suffolk County Sheriff Cabral Gives Keynote Address
Jan 15, 2012
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."
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
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.
Greater Boston House Concerts presents Agustin Castilla-Avila
February 17, 2012
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
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
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
Nominations are requested from all community stakeholders
including residents, non-profit organizations, community groups,
institutions and businesses.
Nominations are due March 7, 2012
Upham's Corner is a STOP! on the Fairmount Line
February 21, 2012
A 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
FAQ's on how the "FICCPI" will work and how YOU can get involved.