Center for Youth and Families - Vine Street
Community Center to
receive an "extreme makeover"� as part of T-Mobile Huddle Up, a
community outreach program.
Approximately 100 local T-Mobile employee volunteers transform a local
afterschool space from dull to dynamic, creating a stronger environment
for learning and fun. T-Mobile Huddle Up is T-Mobile's national
community outreach and employee volunteer program, connecting kids,
primarily from single-parent families in high-need, urban communities,
to positive people, places and programs.
Now in its seventh year, T-Mobile Huddle Up has transformed more than
68 afterschool programs nationwide, and is taking on 10 more "extreme
makeovers"� in 2012.
When Thursday, August 16
Where Boston Center for Youth and Families - Vine Street
339 Dudley Street Roxbury, MA 02119
Upham's Corner Branch Library
500 Columbia Rd, Dorchester
Sultry chanteuse Brandi Maxam recalls the heydays of American
Jazz, reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. The vibrant
sound of her voice, accompanied by guitarist Logan Wright, echoes a
1930s speakeasy or a 1950s jazz club.
The Brandi Maxam and Logan Wright Jazz Duo plays standards, but also
throws in some contemporary pop, even jazzy variations of modern indie
Come join The Salvation Army, Garden Neighborhood Charities, and the
city of Boston for a one day back to school celebration for children
and their families!
Children and their loved ones will join together for fun and
festivities, as well as receive a backpack with school supplies.
Children will have a chance to shoot baskets on the floor of the
Garden, play Bruins 'slapshot' and interact with fun activities.
A broad range of child friendly booths will also be set-up including;
anti-bullying, child nutrition, exercise, dental, emergency
preparedness, and drug prevention.
Public Works was hard at work
repairing trip hazards and areas of missing brick on the Uphams Corner
sidewalks in the business district on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.
A cheerful lot, the crew was most willing to pose for photos and
discuss their project. They had a list of all problem spots as called
into the Mayor's Hotline
or via Citzens Connect. The areas to be repaired have to go
through the proper procedures.
In July, the Boston NAACP launched the Summer Job "Pipeline to
Leadership Program", aimed at preparing the next generation of civil
rights leaders. The Program pays a stipend to 16 youth to work for the
Boston NAACP, while also receiving leadership training.
The youth, all between the ages of 14 and 20, hail from high schools
throughout Greater Boston and some local colleges. The students provide
a new face for civic engagement, community activism and social justice.
TSA's Anti-Terrorism Efforts Said to Target Middle Eastern, Black and
The Boston NAACP is calling for a swift, thorough and transparent
investigation into complaints by Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) agents that the behavior detection program at Logan International
Airport in Boston targets Middle Eastern, Black, Hispanic and other
travelers of color.
does not pay us to say this. In fact we pay them to buy product
and services. For well over a decade, Uphams Corner News has
purchased our computer equipment and services from HP and we highly
recommend the company.
Higher still on the list of priorities is the environment and movement
away from a dependency on non-renewable resources and their product
offspring. Packaging is a perfect example. One small
step: On a recent order of cartridges, HP shipped their product
in a recyclable cardboard box and used paper for interior packing.
Better still was the surprise (yes plastic!) pouch that can be used to
return the empty cartridges (free shipping) back to HP. That's a
lot better than driving to Best Buy to drop the cartridges in a bin
along with batteries and what not where there is no guarantee regarding
the final disposition.
Who do You
Do you have a favorite story about companies that are moving towards
sustainability? Share with us and we'll share it with everyone.
August 18 marks the 28th annual celebration of
multicultural "ism" in Uphams Corner. Not that Uphams Corner was
trying to "BE" multicultural. It has happened naturally.
The Uphams Corner community is a melting pot of ethnic diversity and
the [DSNI] Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative is in the thick of
participating in the beauty of the diverse culture that defines Uphams
Corner so well.
Mary Hannon Park will be filled with a stage and performances (last
year a dance contest), inflatables for the kids, face-painting for
anyone brave enough and lots of music.
Showtime for Health is a community
fundraiser event to help
stop generational obesity and to nurture healthy families. Live
performances by Visa P, Crystal,JP
Lovesit, Antoine Live, Laquandra Seymore, Sukiyaki, Elektrik Kidd,
Smallie and Ben
Featuring local artist Stanley Porter - talented
singer, songwriter, and artist from Revere, MA - he composes, has
produced four albums, maintains an active church ministry and also
Eight local restaurants and chefs have accepted the challenge to
compete in the jerk chicken cookoff contest, with event attendees and
sampling their unique recipes. Participating restaurants include Haley
House Bakery Cafe Irie; and Pepperpot.
Monday, July 30, 2012, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced the
selection of the Uphams Corner Working Advisory Group (WAG).
The 15-member group is a volunteer entity charged with assisting the
BRA's planning team in developing a long term strategy for business
growth, employment opportunities, and housing development in Uphams Corner.
The Working Group is a part of the larger Fairmount Indigo Planning
Initiative, a planning study of the 9.2 mile Fairmount Indigo commuter
rail line, which links South Station to Readville, crossing through
Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park.
to Roll Out New Posted Street Cleaning Program
Good News. How do you get posted street cleaning on your
street? Until recently, it required a petition with signatures
from 2/3 of the property owners on the street. The new City of
Boston policy is much simpler: JUST ASK.
If your street is not yet posted for a street cleaning time (signs
stating day of week and time slot along with a notice that all cars
must be removed or will be towed), call / email your Neighborhood
Services rep and ask that your street be added to the list.
According to Flavio Daveiga, Dorchester roll out is planned for the
Spring of 2013.
A phrase used by the
British, "Lotus Touts" means Good Luck.
Recently a group of 21 expressions of advice under the title Lotus
Touts has been passing through emails and the blogosphere.
lovely as these expressions are, what was MORE FUN was to HAVE FUN and
to rewrite them with Uphams
Corner in mind. We invite you to do the same. Be bold and
daring and don't take yourself (or Uphams Corner) too seriously. Some
examples . . .
you say, 'I love you,' mean it.
I LOVE UPHAMS
CORNER! and I mean it!
Believe in love at
I loved the
intersection of Dudley and
Columbia Rd at first sight.
disagreements, fight fairly. No name
necessary, call on the Safe Street
Team for help.
Uphams Corner News supports the Boston Opera Collaborative. Their
production of Orpheus in the Underworld was such a rare treat
for Uphams Corner. As the President of their Board stated in her
introduction, this was the first time they had come to
Welcome and Welcome Back!
Consider donating to their cause to ensure that
their programming is available to all of the Boston area. A word from
the Boston Opera Collaborative:
"Please donate to our
fundraiser. What value do you give to having live operatic
theater available at your fingertips? In this era of digital
technology, what is the worth of an experience so fresh and immediate
that it cannot be bottled up into an app?
Thanks so much for your help. Can't tell you how much I
appreciate your support."