Uphams Corner, News Capsules
October 26, 2012
Brought to you by the Improvement Association - What's happening in Uphams Corner today.
- St. Kevin's - Engaging the residents
- Dorchester North burying ground / comfort station
- Black baseball mural
- Pilgrim Church 150th Celebration
- Fairmount BRA website needs improvement
- Youth Representation in the Fairmount Initiative lacking
- Fairmount advisory board no-shows
- Holiday planning
- Salsa dancing at the UC Library
- Annapolis Neighborhood Meeting and problem properties.
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.
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Unnatural Causes - Is Inequality Making us Sick?
Grove Hall Library
Harvard Scholarship in the Community Series
Thursdays at 6pm
November 1: "In Sickness and In Wealth"
November 8: "When the Bough Breaks" and "Becoming American"
November 15: "Bad Sugar" and "Place Matters"
November 29: "Collateral Damage" and "Not Just a Paycheck"
Friends of the Uphams Corner Library Meeting
Nov 10, 2012
I hope everyone is doing well. This is a reminder that our next
Friends of the Uphams Corner Branch Library meeting will be Saturday,
November 10th, at 9:30am in the "round room" off of the children's
We look forward to seeing all of you there! Thank you.
News from the Boston Public Library
Overdue Thanks: A 3-Week Overdue Book Drive in November 2012
The Boston Public Library is running a three-week drive to encourage
the return of overdue materials to our shelves. Any overdue book, CD,
or DVD returned to a Boston Public Library location from November 1
through Thanksgiving will have the associated fine cleared. This is in
effect for library users of all ages whether a book is one day late,
one year late, or more. If an item is permanently lost, users will be
responsible for paying only the replacement fee.
This overdue book drive applies only to the actual return of physical
materials from November 1 through Thanksgiving. Library users with
outstanding fines on already-returned books will be asked to clear
their record the usual way: by paying their fines.
We hope you’ll participate in this very special book drive and accept our overdue thanks for using the Boston Public Library.
Grove Hall LIbrary - Wikipedia Loves Libraries Edit-a-thon
Sat, Nov 10, 2012 1PM
Wikipedia Loves Libraries is a series of outreach events between the Wikipedia community and libraries.
The event will begin with a tutorial on how to edit Wikipedia and the rest of the afternoon will be spent on the edit-a-thon.
We will be focusing on articles related to local history, specifically
Grove Hall, Roxbury, and Dorchester, as well as African American
history and persons.
Ask Me - Works by ICA Visitor Assitants
Oct 27 - Nov 11, 2012
The Institute of Contemporary Art
visitor assistants (also known as gallery guards) have long (for years)
talked about curating an exhibition of their own work.
After all, the work of "guarding" ICA artwork is the work of artists
who can also hold intelligent conversations about the ICA exhibits with gallery visitors.
Now fully defined and organized, the "Visitor Assistant" show will feature creative works
by approximately 30 ICA VA's at The Howard Art Project, 1486 Dot
Ave beginning Oct 27 and running through Nov 11, 2012.
The opening reception on Oct 27, 6-9 PM is an especially good time to
plan to support these budding and dedicated artists.
October 27th through November 11th
Opening Reception Saturday, October 27th 6-9pm
Open Sat & Sun 12-4pm or by appointment
Uphams Corner Library Presents: African Dollmaking
Thu, Nov 15 5-7PM
Back by popular demand! Please join the Uphams Corner Library for the free event,
Doll-E-Daze: African dollmaking on November 15th.
Debra Britt will instruct and help us make African wrap dolls for the
holidays. Doll-making will run from 5PM-7PM. The event is open to all
For more information about Doll-E-Daze, please see: http://www.dolledaze.com/
SAVE THE DATE: Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative Community Forum
Nov 17, 2012
Mayor Thomas M. Menino invites you to the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative Community Forum -
"Building new connections to your neighborhood."
Please join us in the conversation about connecting the communities
along the Fairmount Corridor to economic opportunities, jobs, transit,
We need your voice to help develop a vision for the future.
Childcare will be provided and there will be plenty of food to tide you
over for the four hours of planning time. Also prizes will be
**Translation services available upon request
For more information, call the BRA at 617.918.4434 or visit the Fairmount Indigo website: http://fairmountindigoplanning.org
Upham's Corner InSight into the News
Pilgrim Church - Celebrating 150 Years Unbroken Service to the Community
Nov 2, 2012
Pilgrim Church formally begins their year-long 150th anniversary celebration on Nov
24, 2012 with a banquet at Florian Hall in Dorchester.
A time to honor the past, it is also a chance to look forward to
another 150 years of service.
The banquet marks the start of a building repair fund raising
campaign. Pilgrim Church is a proud member of the Uphams Corner
community and seeks to wear its heritage well.
This year's important anniversary is much more than the
celebration of a church and its spiritual message. As
a strong community entity, the church has established a track record of 150
years continuous service. Their history represents the
heritage and longevity of the Uphams Corner community itself.
Chip in!! Support the Pilgrim Church. How You Can Help.
Letter from Rev. John Odams
For one-hundred and
fifty years, Pilgrim Church has been a source of help, hope,
and home to not just the Uphams Corner neighborhood but to the world
Our Urban Ministry consists of: providing
emergency shelter for homeless men, distributing food on the Boston
Common, serving a free Saturday community lunch, flea market, food
pantry, sponsoring the Dorchester Deaf Club, free bread, Browse Thrift
Shop, service every Sunday morning 11am.
150th Celebration Banquet and Building Repair Campaign
our urban ministry and to maintain our position as a unique historical
landmark to Uphams Corner, we must address the most urgently needed
repairs to our building. Please consider attending the banquet, purchasing angel tickets,
advertising in our program, contributing to our building campaign.
Thank you in advance for your much needed assistance!
Rev. John Odams
Read more - Invitation & Application to Support Pilgrim Church
NAACP Initiative - This is my Vote!!
Campaign Aimed at Increasing Voter Turnout in Communities of Color
The Boston NAACP has joined NAACP branches throughout
the country in launching the next phase of a nation-wide initiative to
register, educate and turn out African-American, Hispanic and minority
voters for the Tuesday, November 6, 2012 election.
Halloween Brings out the Best in Uphams Corner - Young Kids "Rock"
Oct 31, 3012
permission for participants to dress in unique and eye-catching form,
Halloween brings out the best in everyone, especially in Uphams Corner.
is a time devoted to the youth, a time for kids and their families to
encourage experimenting with new looks, new behavior - acting a new
The year 2012 brought out creative beauty and enthusiasm:
- Young princesses in waiting
- Carriages pushed by moms and who was having more fun?
- Youth proud of the younger siblings
- Shy youth - demure and graceful
- Families excited to pose for the camera
Halloween Brings out the Best - Witches, Goblins & Ghouls
Oct 31, 3012
Halloween brings out the
best in everyone. So WHY would anyone past the age of 15 costume
Just ask the older youth and adults about their costumes or if they want to pose for a
photo. You get your answer. YES! - a resounding vote of enthusiasm for Halloween.
Show them the results - all smiles, cheers and laughter - validation that their
costumers were worth the effort. They are having so much fun!
A day of festivities for everyone, even if you are an adult just coming
back from shopping or students waiting for the bus.
Kroc-o-Treat - Fun at the Kroc Center
Oct 31, 2012
2012 was the 2nd annual Kroc-o-Treat at Dorchester's Kroc Center.
Intended to create a safe place for families and children to gather for
Halloween, it attracted a whirlwind of urchins dressed from the beautiful
to the beastly.
Word of the Halloween event must have spread quickly through the
neighborhood because families began arriving as soon as the doors
opened at 6pm.
A birds eye view on Dudley Street stretching from
East Cottage down to Columbia Road showed a progression of travelers,
both in car and on foot, heading to the center point of
Assistance to Home and Business Owners Affected by Hurricane Sandy
October 30, 2012
Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced City officials will work closely with
home and business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy in an effort to
reopen local businesses and get people back to work.
In addition to providing resources to affected businesses, Boston Home
Center staff will be working with homeowners and senior homeowners to
help facilitate any necessary renovations due to the storm.
Sellout Crowd for "Ask Me" at The Howard Art Project
Oct 27, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) visitor assistants (VA's) have
their own works on exhibit at the Howard Art Project on Dot Ave.
Most of the VA's are recent arts program graduates. In their work
at the ICA, they are forever pitching the work of others while
neglecting their own
(or so it feels).
Now that has
changed. An impressive 29 past and current ICA VA's are participating
in "Ask Me," their work demonstrating a continuing journey into new
exploring art - medium, process and message.
Opening night drew a sellout crowd coming to support their friends, enjoying the work and spreading some good cheer.
Read more - Photos of opening night, the art and interviews with artists.
Congressman Capuano Visits Project Hope and Project Right
Oct 26, 2012
Recently, Congressman Capuano had a chance to visit two organizations
in the Uphams Corner area.
Read his full comments
- He attended an open house at Project Hope,
an organization that helps families that are struggling financially.
also attended the annual awards celebration and board meeting for
Featured from Prior Issues
The "Community Voices Initiative" at Uphams Corner News
Oct 24 2012
a vehicle for the presentation of Community Voices and Community
Conversation, Uphams Corner News was founded in 2010. It is the
people, each person, expressing their fundamental humanity and purpose
that defines the real power of this country.
Uphams Corner, like all neighborhoods in Boston, has unique
demographics and needs. The individuality does not separate us
because we are united within our stories. Uphams Corner
is a neighborhood of people whose stories lay the foundations for true
humanity. We want those stories told. We want those voices
The Community Voices Initiative is simple. Just tell us your story (in person, over the phone, in writing) in your own special words and
we'll help you do the rest. Add a photo or
graphic image (or lots) and you're done.
Like a grass roots megaphone, the
community is welcome to use Uphams Corner News to share news, ideas,
visions, dreams, concerns and a
sense of purpose, all of which will help take use closer to a better
Creativity Abounds at Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios 2012
Oct 21, 2012
Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios, was held at many public and
private venues through out Dorchester on the weekend of Oct 19-21.
At First Parish Church, the
busy, colorful and artistically eclectic 'arts community on display'
felt welcoming. Smiling faces, beautiful displays of unique and
original arts and crafts, friendly artists and stories that you could
never know if you look only at the art.
Open Studios demonstrates the
excitement of the arts community - those who make the art and those who
appreciate the art.
Read More & Photos
Fort Point Open Studios - Discovering the Artists and their Art
Oct 20, 2012
More than 150 artists, crafts people, and designers living and working
in Fort Point participated in the Open Studios 2012. The combined
participation of galleries, performances and participatory art projects
and the open studios/residences and businesses provided visitors an
opportunity for several days of in-depth art immersion.
Because Fort Point artists have their living and studio space under one
roof, Open Studios can be considered 'risky.' Yet the artists' open
doors were an invitation to feel comfortable asking questions.
The photos demonstrate clearly the quality of the Fort Point Arts Community.
- What does your art mean to you?
- How do you approach a new piece?
- What techniques do you use?
- And many questions about how specific pieces were created
Read More - Many Photos
Series: Community Voices Initiative
Bird Street Youth Councils - Growing Community Leaders
Authored by 13-year-young Jada Cassamajor, this article on the Bird
Street Youth Councils reflects the quality care provided by the Bird St
Youth Center for its youth and, reciprocally, the enthusiasm the
youth exhibit in wanting to grow into the future leaders of the
The Bird St Youth Council is designed to connect youth to residents,
help them learn how to speak out on issues that they care about, and it
offer opportunities for youth to give back.
Learn more about Jada, the Youth Councils and a great photo as well.