Dorchester Bay Awarded $150k Grant
Thursday, April 12, 2012 Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, the Massachusetts
Broadband Institute, and federal and state officials announced four
grant awards from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute totaling
The good news for Upham's Corner is that one of the four grant awards
went to one of our local CDC's, Dorchester Bay.
On April 19, the
governor's office officially awarded the $150,000 check to Dorchester
Bay at a ceremony held at the Strand Theatre.
loan and grant product from Mass Broadband can be partnered with other
DB loans to support and strengthen our local businesses.
St. Kevin's offers Beds for the Homeless - Open Air Fresh and Cardboard Comfort
April 28, 2012
While Upham's Corner Main Street and the Department of Neighborhood
Services coordinated a concerted effort to comply with the spirit of
Boston Shines, not all buildings came through with filying colors. Photos
taken by UC News at St. Kevin's show human waste, an
abandoned Boston Shines broom and trash galore.
A bright spot: St.
Kevin's is offering free beds to the homeless or those who choose not
to sleep at home. Touching the ground and open to the sky, these
beds offer a healthy alternative to human-made beds. In five different
varieties, there is sure to be one that pleases, but come early to
select your favorite as they go quickly.
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WRITE ON THE DOT at Savin Bar & Kitchen
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Celebrating 1-year of readings by Dorchester and UMass Boston creative writers...
(across from the Savin Hill T station)
Write on the DOT is a reading series coordinated by UMass Boston MFA
students to support and promote local writing. "We bring Dorchester
writers and neighbors together to share creative work in our community."
- Reception starts at 5:30PM with an exclusive specials menu (incl. "author's ale," "The Hemingway," and $5 appetizers)
- Reading starts at 6PM featuring poets Willie Pleasants and Liam Day
of Dorchester alongside fiction writers Alexandra Sladky and Eric
Maxson of UMass Boston.
Click here for more info and reader bios
Boston Children's Chorus @ The Strand Theatre
Saturday, May 19 2PM
The Boston Children's Chorus will be hosting their All Choir Season
Finale at the Strand on Saturday, May 19th at 2:00 p.m. The Boston Children's Chorus is a leading provider of after school
choral training programs for diverse youth and children ages 7 to 18.
- For more
information, contact the Boston Children's Chorus at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617.778.2242.
- To contact the Strand
Theatre, email email@example.com or call
617.635.1403. The Strand Theatre is located at 543 Columbia Road in
Boston City Singers Annual Spring Concert @ The Strand Theatre
Sunday May 20 3:00 PM
The Boston City Singers will be having their Annual Spring Concert on
Sunday, May 20th at 3:00 p.m. at the Strand Theater in Dorchester! The
concert, SINGING ALL TOGETHER will feature 350 singers from all Boston
City Singers Training and Concert Choruses and Kodaly Singing Classes
and showcase the pieces the group has been working on throughout the
For more information visit their website www.bostoncitysingers.org.
Upham's Corner InSight into the News
Synonym for Change - UMass Students Exhibit Art in Upham's Corner
May 4-6, 2012
Reception: May 4, 2012 6-7pm (Next to Strand Theatre)
Gallery Showcase: May 4, 7-9pm and May 5-6 12-4PM [21 Stoughton St]
The "Synonym for Change" arts event features the artwork of
UMass Boston Studio Arts Capstone Class of 2012 based on an assignment
to create an artistic interpretion of one of many synonyms for the word
Symbolically, the event itself marks a change for the Upham's Corner
business district as the art reception and the art gallery itself are
located in "storefronts" - locations that are generally not associated
with aesthetics but rather clothes, shoes, brooms, food and
medicine. While most
people do not attach the concept of "aesthetics" to businesses, there
is a growing trend in the field of community development to link
art (aesthetics) and businesses (economics.)
How will this event tie the businesses into art?
According to Max MacCarthy, Executive
Director of Upham's Corner Main Street (UCMS), "Not only will this bring people into the district for a
positive experience, but . . ."
- All the food and drink will be bought from
- We will encourage patrons to shop and eat locally
before and after the event
- The event will also help us to feature and
market available spaces
- It's a win-win-win for artists, local
businesses, and property owners.
Edward Everett Square Residents Cry out for Help
April 11, 2012
The EE Square Residents Committee organized a highly publicized and
well attended public meeting to get city officials to pay attention to
problems of vagrancy, drinking, drugs, violence and panhandling that
has plagued their community for years.
The evening's planned agenda consisted of
listening to residents testify to the severity of the problem, hearing
from advocates for neighborhood, civic and cultural access and finally
providing opportunities for public and private agencies to speak up,
all of this to answer the question -
What is to be done?
St. Kevin's Meeting like a Frenetic "Waiting for Godot"
The Archdiocese of Boston's in-house developer held an update
meeting but there is little new to report - a couple modifications but mostly
a rehash of the past (history lesson on
the developer's accomplishments).
real story was the emotional and psychological state of the
community during the meeting. Anger, hostility and a warring
attitude toward the developer pervaded
the interaction over the entire two-hour meeting. This was the
latest in a series of antagonistic encounters with POUA (poo-wah), the
Planning Office for Urban Affairs.
the January 2012 Westside meeting with POUA reps present, a
resident said she felt like she was in the midst of a contentious
divorce proceeding. The April 24 meeting pitted increasingly more
frustrated residents against a "developer team" that didn't care "one
hoot" while the residents believed the developer might listen.
the developer team said was: No! No! and No!
St. Kevin's uses St. Mary's as a Ploy for your Good Graces
Why is the Archdiocese of
Boston's in-house developer repeatedly citing St. Mary's Center for Women and
Children when they talk about St. Kevin's?
Analysis of the facts shows that the relationship between St. Kevin's
and St. Mary's (SMCWC) may be "notorious" but it is patently
unfounded. The developer's allusion to St. Mary's homeless
women and children being somehow related to St. Kevin's is comparable
to connecting "saving the baby seals" to snow on the ground in Upham's
Corner. The only (circumstantial) issue they have in common is snow or
maybe the cold.
Depending on how the 20 units, cited by St. Kevin's for the St. Mary's
residents, are developed (if the developer ever gets funding), St.
Mary's may have NO influence on who lives there because the Boston
Housing Authority will decide, not St. Mary's. The developer
(now) even admits to this.
Yet at the March 10, 2011 BRA hearing, political stakeholders put
themselves on the line for St. Kevin's because of its supposed
connection to St. Mary's. What do these two places have in
common? It sure isn't housing. They are both in Upham's Corner
and they are both controlled by the Catholic Church. That's it!
Who broadcast this erroneous relationship causing all the world to fall
for the "pity party" - believing it or in cohoots with its spurious
connection? Marty Walsh, Maureen Feeney, John Barros, Project
Hope and the Archdiocese spokespeople (SMCWC and POUA).
Community Voice Ignored & Suppressed
April 24, 2012
Did they invite you to the party? No?
Don't worry about it. They invited almost nobody.
The "party" is another event in a string of incompetencies carried out
by the Archdiocese of Boston's in-house developer in (mis) managing the
St. Kevin's Redevelopment Project.
In a display of callous disregard for standard community involvement,
the Planning Office of Urban Affairs (POUA) scheduled an update meeting
in response to a demand letter written by the Westside Neighborhood
Association but failed to notify almost everybody.
Upham's Corner Spring Flowers Welcome You
Look closely for the colors of nature
Everywhere in our beautiful community
Make haste for Spring lasts but moments
You'll miss them - the flowers and the grasses
The birds and pools of shiny water
Leaves all bent in windswept waves.
Golden clusters in beds of green
Wild grasses tall and ready to seed
Look closely for the living
And catch the magic of life.