Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 44 - 05/04/2012
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Today and this Weekend! UMass Students Exhibit Art in Upham's Corner

Today's News

Art Reception / Exhibit this Weekend
St. Kevin's Update Meeting
EE Square Residents:  HELP!
Community Voice Suppressed
St. Mary's used as a Ploy

Spring Flowers Welcome You
Dorchester Bay Awarded $150k Grant
Free Openair Beds for the Homeless

UMass Art Exhibit in UC - May 4
Write on the Dot - May 6
Boston Children's Chorus - May 19
Boston City Singers - May 20

Back Issues

Feb 21
Fairmount at the Strand
Feb 17
Planning Initiative Kickoff
Feb 10
Light for Dorchester
Feb 2
Fairmount Indigo Planning

Dorchester Bay Awarded $150k Grant
Dorchester Bay and Broadband
On 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 $600,000.

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. 

This particular loan and grant product from Mass Broadband can be partnered with other DB loans to support and strengthen our local businesses.

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St. Kevin's offers Beds for the Homeless - Open Air Fresh and Cardboard Comfort St. Kevin's after Boston Shines 4/28/12
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

Write on the DotCelebrating 1-year of readings by Dorchester and UMass Boston creative writers...

(across from the Savin Hill T station)
  • 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.
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."

Click here for more info and reader bios

Boston Children's Chorus @ The Strand Theatre
Boston Children's Chorus 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 info@bostonchildrenschorus.org or call 617.778.2242.
  • To contact the Strand Theatre, email melodi.greene@cityofboston.gov or call 617.635.1403. The Strand Theatre is located at 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester.

Boston City SingersBoston 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 year.

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, 2012Synonym for Change

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 "change." 

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 area businesses
  • 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.
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Edward Everett Square Residents Cry out for Help
April 11, 2012Edward Everett Square Public Art

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? 

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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). 

The 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.  

At 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.  But all the developer team said was:  No! No! and No!

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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). 

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Community Voice Ignored & Suppressed
April 24, 2012
St. Kevin's Developers
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.

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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.

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