Upham's Corner News Online
Vol III No 53 - 09/07/2012
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Ralph F Browne - In Memoriam - A Life Well Lived

The News

Ralph F. Browne, Jr - In Memoriam
Fresh Fridays - Freshest Food in Dorchester
Dudley Nbhd Charter School - Opening Day

NEIDL Seeking Committee Members
Fairmount Meeting Sep 12:  Corridor Wide

For Youth 
A Healthier Boston, One Step with Our Youth
Bird St Open House applications
Jose Mateo Nutcracker Auditions

Prior Issues

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

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UC News Calendar Highlights

Sep 8: UCHC Health Festival
Sep 12:  CAG Fairmount Meeting
Sep 10-14: Bird St Open House
Sep 10-14: A Healthier Boston
Sep 14-15: DSNI Conference

Sep15: Jose Mateo Ballet Auditions
Sep 20: Urban Gardening at UC Library
Sep 26: Fairmount WAG Meeting

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Corridor-wide Advisory Group (CAG)  Meeting
Wed, Sep 12, 2012 , 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Boston Redevelopment Authority The Corridor-wide Advisory Group (CAG) as part of the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative will take place:

WEDNESDAY, September 12, 2012
6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Salvation Army Kroc Community Center
650 Dudley Street
Dorchester (Uphams Corner)


 For more information, please visit our website www.fairmountindigoplanning.org or contact:

Ines Palmarin, Co-Director
Jeremy Rosenberger, Co-Director

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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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

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Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Ralph F Browne JrRalph Francis Browne, Jr. - in Memoriam - A Life Well Lived
Sep 3, 2012

Ralph Francis Browne Jr.  of Uphams Corner MA passed away on September 3, 2012 from congestive heart failure.  He was 81 years old. Mr. Browne is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wilma, and their seven children, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Ralph is remembered by so many in the community.  He served on the Dudley Square Main Streets as an advocate for the community and in the 272nd Field Artillery Battalion of the Massachusetts National Guard, an all-African-American unit, during the Korean War and continued to work as a civilian with the Air Force after his time in the National Guard.

This journalist is humbled to share a special memory of Ralph and Wilma.

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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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Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School - Opening Day - an A+Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School
Wed, Sep 5, 2012

The Dudley / Uphams Corner community and DSNI welcomed the many parents, visitors and renowned speakers to the Opening Day of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School. Continental Breakfast for the visitors and quality breakfast for the kids. 

Talk, excitement and speeches about the dreams of the future for the education of our children - "only one generation away" - Dr. Johnson quoting Gov Patrick from the Democratic National Convention.

Excellent photo coverage - collages and two pages more

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Fresh Fridays, Serving the Freshest, Healthiest Food in Dorchester
September 7, 2012

Fresh Fridays, DorchesterFresh Fridays is a Friday evening event series lovingly cooked up by a collaboration between The Sustainability Guild and the Dorchester Community Food Co-op.

Two Fresh Fridays remain. September 7 dinner is at First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill. A spacious, comfortable location, it provides an ambiance to enjoy the food, the company and the musical offering of the night.

The final Fresh Friday will be a celebration. With Coleman Street closed down, the community banquet with tables in the middle of the street and live music is a Can't Miss Opportunity.

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A Healthier Boston, One Step at a Time with Our Youth
A Healthier Boston, One Step at a Time with our YouthSeptember 10-14, 2012 4-6PM
Cleveland Community Center

 Presented by I-PhiT4Life, Boston' Bridge to Excellence, Inc. In Partnership with BCYF Cleveland Community Center.

Mission: Promote healthy living and encourage our youth to assume responsibility for their health and in September, the public health initiatives include:
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness
  • , National Cholesterol Education
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness
  • Fruit and Veggie - More Matter
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NEIDL looking for Community Liaison Committee Members
Deadline:  September 14, 2012

Boston UniversityThe National Emerging Infectious Disease Lab (NEIDL) is looking for members to sit on the Community Liaison Committee for the  National Infectious Disease Lab (NEIDL), chaired by Valeda J. Britton.

The  Community Liaison Committee (CLC) is a 6 member committee that interfaces with the NEIDL leadership.   They are not affiliated with BU.

About the CLC
  • The CLC is an advisory group.They are more like a task force than a board.
  • They serve as a bridge/ liaison between the community and the NEIDL.
  • CLC members hear first hand about the safety, security and science that are a large part of the NEIDL.
  • They  hear first about community grants, scholarships and other programs that BU has  that impact the community.
  • They share info with the community on activities and operations at the NEIDL.
  • They tell the NEIDL leadership what the community is thinking, feeling and saying about the NEIDL, its operations and activities.
  • They offer advice and suggestions to the NEIDL leadership on community issues.
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From Prior Issues

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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