Upham's Corner News Online
Vol III No 52 - 09/04/2012
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Dudley Street Charter School Opens Sep 5 - You are Invited!

The News

Dudley Nbhd Charter School - You are Invited
Dessa Eason - Mourns the Loss of her Son
Grove Hall Lib Ice Cream Social - Delicious
Urban Gardening Event in Uphams Corner

UCMS / DBEDC - UC Street Fair  success
Aug 18 Festival Weekend in Review
Aug SNI Meeting Sparsely Attended

Dunkin' Donuts - Eco-unfriendly Styrofoam
7th Grader helps get Plastic Bag Ban Vetoed Editorial - Integrity - Reminding Ourselves
For Youth
Bird St Open House applications
Jose Mateo Nutcracker Auditions

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#46 6/10/12
#45 5/11/12

UC News Calendar Highlights

Sep 4 ++: NRT Sponsors Jobs Fair
Sep 5: DSNI Charter School Opens
Sep 8: UCHC Health Festival
Sep 10-14: Bird St Open House
Sep 14-15: DSNI Conference

Sep 15: Greater Boston House Concert
Sep 15: Jose Mateo Ballet Auditions
Sep 20: Urban Gardening at UC Library
Sep 26: Fairmount WAG Meeting

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NRT Sponsors IT Jobs Fair
Various Dates / Locations

City of Boston InsigniaCity of BostonThe Mayors Neighborhood Response Team is sponsoring a series of IT Informational Training and Job Recruitment events in Dorchester and Roxbury.

Are you interested in a good paying job? Or better yet, how about a great career in the growing industry of information technology?

If yes, then you must attend one of these sessions!

Click here to view full list of dates / locations including Codman Sq Health Center, Grove Hall Community Center, Dudley Branch Library, Bowdoin St Health Center, Grove Hall Library

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UCHC Health Festival 2012 UCHC Health Festival
Sat Sep 8, 2012 11am to 2pm

Celebrating the 25th year of its operation, the Uphams Corner Health 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.

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Uphams Corner Branch LibraryFriends of the Uphams Corner Library
Sat, Sep 8, 2012

The Friends of the Uphams Corner Library begin their new year of activities on September 8 at the Uphams Corner Health Center's 2012 Festival.

Plan to stop by the Strand Theatre between 11am and 2pm on Saturday, September 8.  The Uphams Corner Health Festival will be in full swing and the Friends will be hosting an information table. 

Meet some Friends, learn more about the group and add your name to their mailing list.  Then plan to attend one of their monthly Friends meetings.

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Bird Street Community CenterBird Street Community Center "Open House Week"
Sep 10-14, 2012

Bird Street Community Center will hold its fall "Open House Week" for members 10-22 beginning on September 10 from 2 until 8 pm. 

We will accept both applications for members and applications for part-time teen jobs through Friday, September 14. 

All programs will begin on September 17 and people can go to our website after September 6 to download applications and fall schedules:  www.birdstreet.org.

Growing Community: Development without Displacement
Fri, Sep 14 1:00pm - 7:00pm (lunch, discussion, tour and reception)
Sat Sep 15 9:00am - 7:00pm

Growing CommunityPresented by The Dudley Learning Center and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

Event Notice on Facebook

An exciting 1.5 day series of workshops, tours, discussions, and networking opportunities, scheduled to coordinate with the National Community Land Trust Network (NCLTN) conference in Burlington, VT.

For those not headed for the NCLTN conference in VT, you can come directly to Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)/ Dudley Neighbors Inc (DNI) on Friday at 1 pm. You can sign up for the full 1.5 days, just Friday, or just Saturday.

We'll be highlighting / sharing some successful community-building strategies and tools, as well as experiences / lessons from the field.

Order tickets via Eventbrite:  http://dudleylearningcenter-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

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Sep 8, 9 & 15, 2012
Nutcracker Auditions
Various locations.  On September 15, auditions will be held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St, Dorchester.

Be part of the magic of the magic holiday season! The Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre will be holding open auditions for children ages 6-18 to participate in the 2012 Nutcracker Season!

Auditions will be held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center on September 15, 2012

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Greater Boston House Concerts:  Barbara Lieurance, Pianist
Sep 15, 2012

Barbara LieruancePianist Barbara Lieurance will be playing the "bowed piano" opening the 2012-2013 season for the Greater Boston House Concerts. Known for her innovative performances and her daring programming, Ms. Lieurance brings new music to concerts halls around North America and Europe and, in September, to Uphams Corner.

In this program Ms. Lieurance champions the compositional tour-de-force “Rhapsodies” by C. Curtis-Smith – the first piece to ever be written for bowed piano – along with a new commission inspired by the Rhapsodies by Canadian composer John Oliver. Other music includes the jazzy Russian virtuosity of Gubaidulina and the beautiful melodies of Brahms.

Greater Boston House Concerts (GBHC)
21 Virginia Street, Uphams Corner

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Order Tickets Barbara Lieurance website

The Uphams Corner Library presents:  Urban Gardening:  Types, Tips, & Techniques with Dan Chamberlain

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 5:30 PM
Uphams Corner Library
Uphams Corner Library - Urban Gardening

Explore the latest urban gardening and farming trends including
  • container gardens
  • how to prep your garden for the winter
  • the concept of sustainable farming
  • supporting urban agriculture through buying local food.
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Fairmount initiative WAG Meeting
Wed Sep 26, 2012

The next Fairmount Initiative Upham's Corner Working Advisory Group (WAG) meeting will be held Wednesday, September 26th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in the Village Room, located at 650 Dudley Street.


Contact Information

Ines Soto Palmarin, Senior Planner II
- The Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative, Co-Director
Boston Redevelopment Authority
One City Hall Square | Boston, MA 02201-1007
617.918.4434& | Ines.Palmarin.BRA@CityofBoston.gov

Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Launching Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School
Wed, Sep 5, 2012

DSNI is so looking forward to the opening day of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School - made possible by the work of many.


Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter SchoolPlease join us and our generous partners to cheer on our wonderful students, faculty and staff as they take thefirst of many steps towards a bright future.

Program includes MA Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester, BPS Superintendent Carol Johnson and Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester.

Hope you will join us.

Wed, Sep 5, 2012
7:30 am           Coffee available
8:00 am           Program begins!

6 Shirley St. Roxbury, MA 02119

Please wear any college gear you have (t-shirt, sweat  shirt/pants, pennant, hat, etc.) to make our expectations visible from day one!

Questions or to RSVP contact

Dottie Engler, 617-275-0709, dengler@bpe.org or Ros or Alicia at DSNI at 617-442-9670
reverdell@dsni.org and amooltrey@dsni.org

More Information

Jovany Mario Eason
Dessa Eason - Mourning the Loss of her Son, Jovany
Sep 3, 2012

It's August 20, 2012 and Dessa Eason is still mourning the loss of her son, Jovany Eason, murdered three years ago, August 2, 2009. She felt overwhelmed looking at the photos.  Just to see the people that were there at the memorial  this year - adults, kids and the youth - a mother's loss but a loss for the youth as well.

Dessa now talks with other parents who have lost their children and comforts them in a way that only someone who also has lost a child can.

She believes the shock of Jo-Jo's death has stopped a lot of the kids in this area from repeating this type of violence. Getting these kids off the street is a rallying cry for Dessa - "so they don't have thoughts of viiolence in their heads."

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Grove Hall Library Ice Cream Social 2012Grove Hall Ice Cream Social Better than Last Year

 Better even than last year's event, the 2012 Grove Hall Library Ice Cream Social was delicious, well organized and very popular with the kids. 

Freshly scooped cones of vanilla or chocolate ice cream quickly melted into waiting mouths, very little of it lost to falling drops of sweet cream.

This year the serving area was moved further into the library and away from the circulation desk, thus allowing library patrons to continue to check out books without being surrounded by a crowd of youth. 

Long lines weren't daunting.  They all knew that at the end was a delicious mound of either chocolate or vanilla ice cream.

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Uphams Corner Street Fair 2012 - Great Success
Sep 1, 2012

UC Street Fair 2012An announcement from the two primary organizations organizing the Uphams Corner Street Fair 2012 summaries the great success of this important event.

Over 150 Uphams Corner residents, businesses, employees, and pedestrians participated in the first annual Uphams Corner Street Fair on Saturday, August 18th 2012 from 12- 5pm.

The street fair, presented by Uphams Corner Main Street and Dorchester Bay EDC, brought together several Uphams Corner stakeholders for anaft ernoon of local business sales, food, entertainment, and art along the sidewalks of Columbia Road and Dudley Street in UUphams Corner.

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More about the Uphams Corner Festival Weekend
Aug 18, 2012

August SNI Meeting Sparsely Attended
Aug 28, 2012

Three residents attended the August 2012 SNI meeting.  Andrus Knassus substituted for Matt Feeney from the DA's office.  Residents discussed quality of life issues including how some businesses open til 11pm or later are keeping the neighborhood "noisy" and problematic until quite late.

Everyone felt it would be good to get these businesses to attend an SNI meeting to talk about night time quality of life issues.  The September meeting will be a walk through with the location as yet to be determined.

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Dunkin' Donuts Serving Eco-Unfriendly Coffee Cups
Aug 31, 2012

Dunkin' Donuts serving Eco-Unfriendly Coffee CupsDunkin Donuts is "everybody's" favorite coffee shop.  Found within walking distance of almost all urban environments, DD serves coffee that is predictable and consistent.  You already know what you are planning to buy as you make your way to the back of the long lines in the store. 

Goal?  Make that "thirsty" feeling fade.

Dunkin' Donuts is a Massachusetts based company in a state with an eco-friendly philosophy and operating policies.  Yet DD persists in the use of Styrofoam cups. 

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Integrity and the Ryan Campaign - Reminding Ourselves
August 31, 2012

Regardless of which political camp you inhabit or on which fence you are precariously perched, there is a need for honesty, integrity, high standards and a commitment to truth.

DailyKos has created an interesting and long list of media articles about Senator Paul Ryan's speech during the RNC convention, putting him into the camp of "Lyin' Ryan."

This is not intended to "take out" Ryan but rather to call attention to a broader issue - the need for greater honesty in all of our dealings with others.  Politicians, in particular, in a democracy, are charged with representing the people who elect them, not making up the truth. 

To what extent, in this moneyed era, has truth-telling, facts and balanced investigation been replaced by the long-arm of the wealthy dictating the goal and how to get there? 

As a politician on the way to the finish line, you must give the impression you are leading the people and representing their views. To do that, you may have to resort to emotional rhetoric to convince your constituents how to think and so they really believe YOU represent them.

This is true for anyone who needs an inexhaustible supply of funds to carry out a successful election, be it democrat or republican. 

A reminder as we walk our way through life that we need to deal with others honestly and with high integrity.  "Should I treat them the way they treat me?" he asked of his advisor recently.  "Never," was the answer.  "Hold high to your standards.  Prevail."

DailyKos list of media articles about Paul Ryan's speech.

Seventh Grader Helps Stop Ban on Plastic Bags
Aug 27, 2012

Not Uphams Corner but still worth reading about.

Seventh Grader, Abby Goldberg, learned that no matter your age, you can make a difference. 

As part of a 7th grade environmental awareness class, she planned to to convince her village board to ban plastic bags but found out that a bill was moving through Illinois' legislature to prevent cities and towns from enacting bans like this.  She started a Change.org petition and got 174,500 people to sign asking Governor Quinn to stop this law.  He listened.

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