Prepared to Sue City over Redistricting Map
Aug 23, 2012
A coalition of diverse groups from across the city is prepared to sue
the city over the new redistricting map that was approved on Wed, Aug
22 at the weekly City Council meeting by a margin of one.
This map was introduced by Councillor Linehan, Docket #0985. To
be accepted, all that was required were seven or more councilors voting
in favor and that is what happened. The plan has and continues to
come under fire with complaints that it reduces the political influence
of the city's people of color.
The plan still requires the mayor's signature. If Mayor Thomas M.
Menino does not sign onto the new map, nine city councillor votes will
be required to overrule his veto and make the proposed map
official. Menino hasn't committed one way or another.
"We will review this map to make sure all residents are properly
represented," Menino said in a statement Wednesday. "We will take a
close look before making any decisions."
Note from John McColgan: Cleaning
Clapp Pear & Dot Voices Art
This week, Wednesday August 22 and Thursday August 23, Artist Laura
Baring-Gould and her colleague Jeff Buccacio, artist and art
restoration specialist, will begin work cleaning and restoring the
"Clapp Pear" and "Dorchester Voices" sculptures in Edward Everett
Special attention will be paid to small sculptures where
acid rain and diesel exhaust have left stains and
abrasions. They will also be cleaning stone around
the base of the Pear and
hand-painting the lettering which has begun to peel away.
If you're in the Square on Aug 22 or Aug 23, please drop by and give
Laura and Jeff a cheer.
- John McColgan
Hall Library - 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social
Aug 24 2-4pm (2012)
Join the Grove Hall Branch Library for their 2nd Annual Ice Cream
on August 24th from 2pm-4pm. The Ice Cream Social offers Grove Hall
community leaders, and visitors a chance to network and celebrate.
This event will feature crafts for children, music (sponsored by the
CityWide Friends of the Boston Public Library), and of course ice cream!
Read about the First Annual Ice Cream Social (lots of photos)
Fridays at First Parish
Aug 24, 2012
First Parish Church
10 Parish Street, Dorchester
The Dorchester Community Food Co-op
and the Sustainability Guild
International present an exciting series of Friday night events
August through September.
These events will be "nutritious nights out" featuring savory food and
beverages, live music, slam poetry, activities for kids, local
community chefs and cooking demos. Help celebrate the essence of
Dorchester through diverse voices, talents and flavors!
Sat Sep 8, 2012 11am to 2pm
Celebrating the 25th year of its operation, the Uphams Corner
Center will hold their 2012 Health Festival at the Strand Theatre
on Saturday, September 8 from 11am to 2pm.
The format is inviting and intends to encourage as many people in the
area to participate as possible with health screenings, diabetes check,
refreshments, raffles and prizes.
To keep you in the swingin' mood, the Gerason Band will provide live
music throughout the event.
Contact 617-288-0970 x33.
Project RIGHT -
Save the Date
Oct 25, 2012
Project RIGHT is holding its 2012 Annual Meeting and Community
Celebration on October 25, 2012. More information to follow.
Mark your calendars NOW!!
here to see announcement
Calendar of Events - More Events
Some calendar events are tied to a UC News article. When you open
the event, you will find a link to the news story.
Church Celebrates Rev John Odams Birthday
August 18, 2012
If you're a member of the Pilgrim Church Facebook group, you
last week that Rev. John Odam's was having a birthday this week, but
it's easy to forget amidst the endless details raining on even one day
despite our good intentions.
For the devoted members of Pilgrim church, the question was not about
forgetting. It was about how to have a "surprise" birthday party
their pastor. Members of the Christian Endeavor Society who run
the Browse Thrift
Shop had a plan. At the close of service, they would walk in with a
surprise Happy Birthday cake and singing
for Rev. John.
This was followed by a very special birthday party.
Upham's Corner InSight
into the News
Court for Uphams Corner? That Would be Amazing!!
Aug 23, 2012
Uphams Corner News received a Google alert on 8/22/12 that the first
floor of 594 Columbia Rd (Payless Shoe) was up for lease, slated to be
converted into a Food Court.
The notifying website is LoopNet
which describes itself as the "the most comprehensive
resource for commercial real estate online."
According to Jeanne Dubois of Dorchester Bay, LoopNet's presentation is
EXPLORATORY only. But it's a GREAT idea.
What do you think would bring people into Uphams Corner? As a resident
use of the Payless Shoe site would make you feel proud? How about
another Haley House? What about community meeting space to
encourage the revitalization of all aspects of our
Corner Street Fair 2012 - Festive, Fun and Good for Business
August 18, 2012
While the rain
threatened to keep the crowds away, many businesses
their stores to the sidewalk, inviting everyone to shop and talk
and get to know them.
From the Strand Theatre down to Dudley
Street and down Dudley to Monadnock Street, shoppers checked out the
merchandise, visited the eateries and thanked Officers Marie Miller and
Kenny Grubbs for the free ice cream cups.
Max MacCarthy from Uphams Corner Main Street said: "Overall the
Street Fair went well. Paraiso Restaurant was the fullest I have
ever seen it. Singh's Roti did very well at the Strand." You
could tell the shoppers were having a good time - Smiles Everywhere.
the People of Uphams Corner at the Street Fair
August 18, 2012
Free rain parkas and shoppers who remembered to bring
umbrellas. Everyone else? They didn't care about the misty,
warm and occasionally drizzly day.
"This is exciting - so much to see and do. I'm getting gifts for
"Step right this way. If I take your picture, you get a free
gift." That was how MetroPCS engaged customers in front of their
"Hoodsie cups anyone?" Officers Marie Miller and Kenny Grubbs
were all smiles (and when no one was looking) enjoying the ice cream.
Did you make it to the
Street Fair? Browse the photos and recall / imagine
the great day!
Multicultural Festival - a Great Time for the Community
August 18, 2012
The Multicultural Festival was undaunted by the threat
of rain. Soccer, food, sales, inflatables for jumping kids and a
large protected performance test guaranteed a good time for all.
Not until 4pm did the rain begin in earnest. By then, the soccer
games were over and the crowds were huddled inside the main tent
watching Capoeira Angola which is a Brazilian martial art that combines
elements of dance and music.
Square Clapp Pear "Repeared"
August 15, 2012
On July 28, 2012 Michael Lanier and David Scally could be seen
diligently, carrying out their first steps of the mortar repairs to the
base of the Clapp Pear in Edward Everett Square. The mortar had
begun to deteriorate,
compromising the stability of the artwork.
So the EE Square
Beautification Committee called on the Bricklayers Apprenticeship
Program on Mount Vernon Street for assistance in getting the
cobblestone base of the pear repointed.
With great care the masons repointed the cobblestones and recalled the
days they had created the base back in 2007.
Committee Kills Updated Bottle Bill 7/30/12
July 31, 2012
On July 21, 2012 the Massachusetts Senate included an updated bottle
bill which caught the attention of bottle bill enemies and
supporters alike. One of the supporters was Steve Spacek who
wrote in congratulating the Massachusetts Senate. Mr. Spacek is
the author of the "American Litter Scorecard."
the celebrations were shortlived. On July 30, a joint Senate /
House legislative committee killed
the updated bottle bill by removing it from a pending jobs
Duo Performance at the UC Library Outstanding
August 16, 2012
At the Uphams Corner Branch Library on Thursday,
August 16, 2012, the
Jazz Duo delivered engaging renditions of traditional jazz standards
including Duke Ellington's "Caravan," "Dream a Little Dream" and
"Crazy he Calls Me."
Throughout the performance, Maxam's voice ranged from
coyly playful to the strength of a jazz power house singer, all with an
underscoring of the sound of blues.
Their repertoire is wide-ranging including folk songs, modern and
traditional jazz and indie rock.
Statement on Violence in Boston
Aug 17, 2012
The Boston NAACP is calling on state
and federal officials, clergy, residents, business leaders, activists
and anti-violence groups to develop a unified response to the recent
fatal shooting of four young women on Harlem Street in Dorchester, as
well as a rash of shootings dating back to the murder of a Mattapan
family in 2010.
ÃƒƒƒÃƒ‚Ã‚Â¢€œThere are efforts underway on the local, state and federal level to
stop the drugs and guns flowing into our city, and there are
well-intended pockets of advocacy attempting to address the culture of
violence that plagues our neighborhoods,ÃƒƒƒÃƒ‚Ã‚Â¢€� said Lori Nelson, Chair of
the Boston NAACPÃƒƒƒÃƒ‚Ã‚Â¢€™s Religious Affairs Committee.
County Sheriff's Department - National Night Out
Aug 17, 2012
Suffolk County Sheriff's Department joined with other members of local
law enforcement and community organizations to help make National Night
Out 2012 a success.
A city and country-wide event that takes place annually, National Night
Out is a program that cultivates and strengthens partnerships among the
community, youth, police, city agencies and community-based
organizations. National Night Out also celebrates the important
contributions of Neighborhood Watch groups and each year, organizers
work to increase participation in Neighborhood Watch programs among