Upham's Corner News Online
Vol III No 70 - 01/25/2013
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Featured News

Discovering Uphams Corner
Looking at UC from the ISS
Improvement Assoc:  Best Wishes
3-Alarm Fire Displaces Families
3-Alarm Fire - Logan Furniture

The Mayor & School Choice
Interweaving Words & Music
UCMS is Hiring
Jackson:  Global Opportunities
BPI Awarded $6M by DOE

Posted Street Sweeping in Dot
UCMS "Thanks" Businesses
Emerging Leaders Graduate
VNAB - Tips for Handling the Flu
UCHC Vaccinates 400!

Events Upcoming

1/25 Dudley Campus Open House
2/2 Uphams Corner Visioning Forum
School Choice Presentations
Bach to the 21st Century - FREE!
2/15 Boston Ballet - Strand   FREE!
2/19 Open Mic Poetry Night UC Lib
Grow Well Eat Well Workshops
UC News Calendar

From Prior Issues

Health Emergency - Free Flu Clinics
New Years:  Promoting your Strengths
Pedro Pires at Wellesley College

Deck the City Dinner
Uphams Corner Visioning Forum
Boston Youth Fund Hopeline


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Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Discovering Uphams Corner & the Strand Theatre in 2013
Jan 24, 2013
Strand Theatre
Uphams Corner is in the process of changing and revitalizing.  The Strand Theatre is hosting excellent performances, many of them free. The community is much safer than it used to be. Two quality restaurants are worth the visit and many others close by.

The City of Boston Public Works Infrastructure Improvement Project will create a new look and feel to the community in about one year. 

2013 is a prime time to begin discovering Uphams Corner and the Strand.

Looking Down at Uphams Corner from the ISS
Jan 23, 2013

International Space StationAt 8000+ residents strong, Uphams Corner walks boldly in the sands of (Boston's) time.

But from the view of the International Space Station, we barely exist.  Giacomo Sardelli's video, 'Further Up Yonder,' reminds us that all of us can make a difference. 

Uphams Corner can become a model welcoming community without borders - one that cares for each and every person who lives and works here. 

That is our greatest wish for 2013 - that we wear an enduring sense of purpose that will make our community shine.

Events & Happenings

Dudley Village Campus Open House
Jan 14, 2013

Fri Jan 25, 2013 4PM - 8PM

Dudley Village Campus Open HouseThe Dudley Village Campus Open House will take place at St. Patrick's Church, 400 Dudley St on Fri, Jan. 25, 2013, 4-8pm, and will highlight ways that residents can help improve the lives of young people in our community. 

The Open House is a celebration of the Dudley Village Campus as well as the Promise Neighborhoods Grant award. The event is also a great way to reconnect with DSNI's work.  Plenty of food, music and friends.

Final School Choice Options Presentation

Mon, Feb 4 at 6pm
Orchard Gardens K-8 School
906 Albany St., Roxbury

Orchard Gardens The External Advisory Committee on School Choice (EAC) has completed their one-year community input process to identify a new school choice assignment system for Boston Public Schools. 

On Feb 4, 2013 the EAC will present the 'best of the best' models for final consideration.  The plan implemented will provide parents school choices that are fairer and more predictable than the current system and it will help the City to build stronger communities.

Posted:  Jan 23, 2013

Guitar & String Ensemble Playing Bach (Free Concert)
St. Chrysostom's Quincy

Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 7:30pm
St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church, Quincy

Special guests: Nicole Parks and Farley Kelly-Masterton, violins, Faith Jones, viola, Nora Karakousoglou, cello. 

Program includes Bach, Tarrega, Siegfried and more.

Posted: Jan 21, 2013

Digital Content Curation

About Town in Greater Uphams Corner
  • Savin Hill Mural - Life of Christ
  • Hyde Sq Main Street E-blast
  • First Parish about to install Steeple
  • Dorchester Arts Collaborative
  • Much more

Sustainable Planet
  • Working Woodlands
  • Year ahead in Food Policy
  • The "ELF" mini mobile
  • Bathroom reinvented
  • 70 Acre lab for sustainable living
  • Lots More

What is "Digital Content Curation"?

So much excellent content is available on the web.  Why not share it?  Scoop.IT is a content curation mechanism that allows easy access to other content, "scooped up" and included in a Scoop.It "blog."

Uphams Corner News has two such blogs (shown above).  We like sharing the best with the best.

Boston Ballet - Dance at the Strand Theatre
Fri,  Feb 15, 2013

Boston Ballet
Boston Ballet at the Strand Theater is a FREE presentation featuring Boston Ballet's signature range of repertoire including classical and contemporary works.
Boston Ballet will present two performances, one for the schools and one for the general audience in the evening.

Brought to you by Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, and Boston Public Schools at The Strand Theatre on February 15, 2013.

Posted: Jan 20, 2013

Important Mtg: Uphams Corner Visioning Forum
Feb 2, 2013

Uphams Corner Visioning ForumFor all people who live, work, play, visit or care about the Uphams Corner neighborhood, please attend the Uphams Corner Visioning Forum.

The goal is to involve as many people as possible directly into the short and long term planning for the Uphams Corner area including economic development, jobs, transit, housing and quality of life.  

Everyone's voice is needed to help develop a comprehensive vision for the future, one that starts with the people and reflects their priorities and needs.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
 9:30 am -1:00 pm
The Kroc Center
 650 Dudley Street

Posted: Jan 11, 2013

Open Mic Poetry Night at the Uphams Corner Library
Tue Feb 19, 2013, 4PM. 

Open Mic Night UC Library 2/19/13 Poetry in all languages including English, Spanish, Cape Verdean, and Vietnamese. All styles of poetry, all ages welcome - clean language only.

Each poet gets 3 minutes maximum, up to 25 performers.  Pre-registration encouraged.

Posted:  Jan 22, 2013

Boston Youth Fund - Hopeline 2013 Registration
Feb 1 - Mar 3, 2013

Boston Youth Fund HopelineApply to the BYF HOPELINE to be considered for employment with the Boston Youth Fund for the summer of 2013!

Positive job experiences for youth are essential for teens, not just a paycheck.  A quality  work experience allows the youth of Boston an opportunity to discover and explore their talents while contributing to the well being of their community.

Boston Youth Fund Goals
  • Discover and develop new skills
  • Gain an understanding of the workforce
  • Acquire a sense of responsibility and teamwork
  • Broaden the sense of community
  • Form lasting relationships

Posted: Jan 11, 2013

Grow Well Eat Well - The Food Project Workshops
Jan - April 2013

Grow Well Eat WellThis winter and early spring, plan to exercise your green thumb and your growing interest in ethnic cooking by attending The Food Project workshops. 

Grow Well Gardening Workshops are held at the Dudley Greenhouse while the Eat Well Cooking Workshops are at The Food Project Kitchen. 

Learn how to plan your garden, have an indoor garden, grow from seeds and getting an early start.  Cooking will introduce Chinese, Guyanese and Cape Verdean styles.

Posted Dec 28, 2012

More Upham's Corner Public Calendars
Strand UCHC COB MyDot

Best Wishes from the Improvement Association (UCIA)

UCIAFrom UCIA: "To all our friends and neighbors, we hope you are well settled to meet the new challenges and expectations of 2013.  UCIA is an independent, grass roots, neighborly organization in Uphams Corner. 

We are enthusiastic about our community and its future.  We invite you to join us, to say hello, to engage in thoughtful and caring conversation.  Have a wonderful year:  2013."

Remember: From the tiniest seed will some day grow a tree so tall.

Posted:  Jan 22, 2013

Logan Furniture Warehouse - Three-alarm Fire on Freeport Street
Jan 21, 2013

Fire at Logan FurnitureThe Boston Fire Department responded at 12:02 am January 21, 2013 to 50 Freeport St. in Dorchester for a building fire well into the interior of the large warehouse located behind the Logan Furniture showroom. 

A 3rd alarm was ordered. No injuries were reported. Fire Investigators were on the scene looking for point of origin and cause.

3-Alarm Fire at 5 Everett Ave5 Everett Ave - Three-Alarm Fire - 14 People Displaced
Sun, Jan 13, 2013

3-alarm fire at 5 Everett Ave, 3:46pm, 1/13/13, smoke coming from basement.  Twelve adults and two children were displaced at the scene, two transported for smoke inhalation. 

By 4:08pm, the fire was out and fire investigators were trying to determine the cause and point of origin.  The chief provided a quick estimate of approximately $500,000 damage. 

Neighborhood Services, the Red Cross, the MBTA and the Fire Department all provided services to the fire victims.

New Committee on Global Opportunities & Innovation & Technology
Jan 21, 2013

City of Boston InsigniaBoston City Council approved the creation of the Committee on Global Opportunities and Innovation and Technology on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. 

Council President Stephen J. Murphy named District 7 City Councillor Tito Jackson the Chair of the new committee.

Councillor Jackson proposed the Committee in recognition of Boston's need to formally identify itself not only locally but also globally.  He sees that proactively envisioning a growing and evolving image for the city is one of the Committee's most important roles.

Greater Boston House ConcertGBHC - Interwoven Words and Music - Captivating the Listeners
Jan 11, 2013

Calling itself a 'Reading-Recital,' the duo of Glenn Kurtz (reader) and Aaron Larget-Caplan (guitarist) staged a great performance at the thirteenth Greater Boston House Concert. 

Glenn is the author of "Practicing:  A Musician's Return to Music" (2007) and Aaron is an accomplished classical guitarist who enthusiastically practices his chosen form of artistic expression and who enables others to express themselves artistically as well.

Cultural Events and Communications Manager - UCMS Hiring
Jan 16, 2013

Uphams Corner Main StreetUphams Corner Main Street is hiring an Events and Communications Manager to support event planning and marketing of UCMS programming and events throughout the one year, with a focus on the ArtPlace initiative. This position will report to the Executive Director. 

Core functions: Events & Programs related to the ArtPlace, communications and marketing,  social media, building partnerships and more.

Requirements: Community development; connecting arts/culture with local economic development, event planning, marketing (including social media), and/or communications, ability to work with diverse groups of people and more.

Barbara Belony Graduates from Emerging Leader Program
Posted:  Jan 21, 2013

Visiting Nurse AssociationSuffolk University's Center for Public Management offers an executive training program home health executives. In the Emerging Leaders Program, participants earn a Certificate in Home Care Management.

Barbara Belony, RN, Patient Services Manager for the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston & Affiliates, recently graduated from Suffolk University's Emerging Leaders Program with a Certificate in Home Care Management.

Dorchester - Posted Street Sweeping Regulation Changes - April 2013
Jan 20, 2013

Street SweeperThe City of Boston, Public Works Department, is following through on its plan to implement 'posted street sweeping' in Dorchester. 

This marks a long-awaited change that many sections of Dorchester have been 'clamoring' about for years. With scheduled street cleaning, the pros and cons are obvious but the pros dramatically outweigh any inconvenience.

Uphams Corner Main Street Thanks Businesses
Jan 20, 2013

Holiday Wrap-up DinnerFor the second year,  Uphams Corner Main Street arranged a thank you celebration.

All local businesses and organizations who participated in the Mayor's Deck the Windows competition were invited to receive a great meal at Laura Restaurant. 

Over 30 businesses and residents attended the 2nd annual Deck the Windows Holiday Reception Wrap-Up Dinner at Restaurant Laura on Wednesday, January 9th. Special thanks to the the top 3 winners: A&M Bargain Store, Tran Jewelry and Nueva Imagen.

UCHC Vaccinates 400 During FluShot Weekend
Jan 11-12

Getting the Flu ShotOver two days, the Uphams Corner Health Center saw and vaccinated nearly 400 people at their flu clinics as part of Boston's response to emergency public health crisis. 

This flu season Boston has reported over 700 cases compared with the 70 cases confirmed in the prior season.

Flu coordinator, Peri Levina, noted that "There were more school aged children than we're used to seeing." Others came in out of courtesy for health care workers and the elderly.

Boston Promise Initiative Awarded $6M by Dept of Education
Jan 14, 2013Boston Promise Initiative

 The Boston Promise Initiative (BPI), a collaborative effort led by Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, has been awarded $6 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Education. 

The grant will be used to catalyze and create 'cradle to career solutions' to ensure that academic and developmental outcomes are significantly improved for children and youth in the Dudley neighborhood of Boston.

Visiting Nurses Give Helpful Tips on Handling the Flu
Visiting Nurses - VNABJan 18, 2013

The Visiting Nurses of Boston provide helpful tips on handling the flu they share with their patients during the flu season.

This season is a tough one but you can minimize its impact by following simple procedures:  clean, cover, contain and get vaccinated.  Protect yourself and the spread of the virus to your friends, colleagues and loved ones. 

From the Past

Former Pres. Cape Verde, Pedro Pires, to Speak at Wellesley College
Pedro Pires, Former Pres. Cape VerdeFri, Jan 11, 2013, 3pm - 4:30pm

Former President of Cape Verde Pedro Pires will be speaking at Wellesley College on Fri, Jan 11 and discussing his country's transition to democracy. 

Sponsored by the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, the event will include remarks by  United States Congressman Barney Frank, Layli Maparyan, the Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 - Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, H. Kim Bottomly, president of Wellesley College.

Mr. Pires was the winner of The Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2011. The award is given to African heads of state who are considered to be exceptional role models for the continent. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Uphams Corner Health Center World AIDS EventUphams Corner Health Center Offers Comprehensive Approach to HIV/AIDS
Jan 10, 2013

Uphams Corner Health Center Offers Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Program and actively participates in community AIDS efforts. In fact, the UCHC AIDS Outreach program was one of the first programs in Boston willing to work with AIDS patients, back when fear, stigma, and misinformation were the norm.  

On November 29, 2012, the clinic held an all afternoon World AIDS Day event with prayer, stories, food and a keynote speaker who lives with AIDS and who is integral to the UCHC support network. 

They then released balloons in honor of AIDS patients who had passed.

UCMS Honors "Deck the Windows" Participants and Winners
Jan 9, 2013

Deck the Windows - Uphams Corner Businesses in 2012You are invited to the Uphams Corner Deck the Windows Holiday Wrap-Up Awards Dinner sponsored by Uphams Corner Main Street.

On Wed Jan 9, 2013, UCMS will be honoring the businesses that participated in the Mayor's Deck the City contest here in Uphams Corner. Dinner will be provided.

Certificates will be given to business participants as well as awards to the top three businesses that decorated the best.

Public Health Emergency - Free Flu Clinics Provided
Jan 11, 2013

Flu Map In response to the dramatic rise in cases of the flu in Boston, Mayor Menino has declared a public health emergency.  Mayor Menino and the Health Commission are  encouraging everyone to get a "flu shot" ASAP (now!).

The map shows the extent to which (red) the influenza has spread throughout the US including Alaska.

The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has authorized many clinics (21) throughout the city to maintain flu clinic hours Jan 11-13, 2013.  This includes the Uphams Corner Health Center which will offer clinics both Friday and Saturday.  

New Years : "I Promise to Promote my Strengths and what I love Doing!!"
Jan 1, 2013
Happy New Year
For the new year,  plan to emphasize your strengths, not your weaknesses.
  • What am I good at? What do I love doing?
  • How can I make sure I thank myself always and continue to shine in what I do?
Rather than trying to fix "your problems" for the new year, plan to ramp up your personal energy by working with your personal strengths.

Focusing on problems and issues - while popular - is not sustainable.  Strengths, assets and uniqueness bring us joy and the energy to improve our lives. 

Focus on the good  - issues, problems and  complaints will quietly fade away.


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