'Remember' - Dedicated to the makers of Black History
by Robby Thomas
Remember when justice was partial to Langston's hue, and the world made Billie Holiday blue,
. . .
when Malcolm went to Mecca - changed his mind, Cassius became Ali - Liston passed his prime,
. . .
And, it was to help a son who with Dreams from his father,
Dared to become the most powerful vision of hope in America, if not the world . . .
. . . remember?
Posted: Jan 26, 2013
Upham's Corner InSight into the
Important Mtg: Uphams Corner Visioning
Forum, Sat Feb 2, 2013
Feb 2, 2013
For 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
Don your Favorite Fedora in Style and Come Visit the Strand
Jan 26, 2013
as a palace on opening day in 1918, the Strand helped usher in the
Roaring '20's and has welcomed countless celebrities and visitors
into its grandeur.
Imagine in the Strand's earliest days, the gentlement arriving and
wearing their felt fedora hats - a symbol of character since the
The fedora reminds us of gangsters and Prohibition and
even today, is classified as a "gangster hat," worn by all.
We dare you! Don your own version of the fedora "gangster" hat
and, gaily dressed to the hilt, walk through the doors of the Strand
Theatre for yet another amazing performance.
Transport yourself to a world where you are the star!
of the Fedora Famous including Ne-Yo, Ving Rhames, Michael Jackson,
Humphrey Bogart, Beyonce, Frank Sinatra, Diane Kruger, and Baby Zoe
Boston NAACP Presents: "Slavery by Another Name"
Sat Feb 2, 2013 10:am
Boston NAACP invites you to a viewing and discussion on the documentary
Slavery by Another Name," a narrative of the mistreatment of millions
of blacks in America, mistreatment that kept African-Americans in
shackles of the body and mind long after slavery had officially ended.
“The Boston NAACP strongly believes that every American benefits from
an honest and more balanced view of history,” says Michael Curry,
President of the Boston NAACP. “It allows us to put our triumphs,
failures and struggles in the proper context, and to properly evaluate
current challenges with race.”
Critically important for everyone to see ... formidably researched, powerfully written, wrenchingly detailed.
The viewing and discussion are FREE.
Events & Happenings
Guitar & String Ensemble Playing Bach (Free
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
"Cultivating Lands, Nourishing Communities,
Feb 9, 2013
Urban Farming Conference (UFC) being held
Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at Roxbury Community College in Boston - a
forum to share information regarding what is currently
happening with urban agriculture and to map out a vision for
its future in Massachusetts.
The conference is being presented by City Growers and the Urban
Farming Institute (UFI) in partnership with the Massachusetts
Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).
Posted: Jan 21, 2013
Digital Content Curation
About Town in Greater Uphams Corner
- SCI Social Capitalist Fundraiser #4/3/13
- Planning 101 at MAPC
- BNAN - Embrace the Winter
- Discover Roxbury Expanding
- Savin Hill Mural - Life of Christ
- Hyde Sq Main Street E-blast
- First Parish about to install Steeple
- Dorchester Arts Collaborative
- Much more
- T-shirts drink water - tons of it
- 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
Fri, Feb 15, 2013
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
Open Mic Poetry Night at the Uphams Corner
Tue Feb 19, 2013, 4PM.
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.
Posted: Jan 22, 2013
Boston Youth Fund - Hopeline 2013
Feb 1 - Mar 3, 2013
Apply to the BYF HOPELINE to be considered
for employment with the Boston Youth Fund for the summer of
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
Jan - April 2013
This winter and early spring, plan to
exercise your green thumb and your growing interest in
ethnic cooking by attending The Food Project
Grow Well Gardening Workshops are held at the Dudley Greenhouse
while the Eat Well Cooking Workshops are at The Food Project
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
From the Past
Presentation: Exploring Bowdoin-Geneva Nbhd "68
Blocks" Series Wed, Jan 30, 2013 6PM - 8PM
You are invited to a Boston Globe
presentation on the "68 Blocks" series.
Globe journalists, a photographer, and videographer will
discuss their experiences living in and covering a Boston
neighborhood marred by violence.
Members of the community, "Big Nate" Davis and Fr.
Richard "Doc" Conway will share their
perspectives. The discussion will conclude with a Q&A
session with the audience. discuss their experiences
Uphams Corner Main Street Thanks
Jan 20, 2013
For 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
Over 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
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
Jan 14, 2013
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
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
Jan 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.
Barbara Belony Graduates from Emerging Leader
Posted: Jan 21, 2013
Suffolk 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.
Cultural Events and Communications Manager
- UCMS Hiring
Jan 16, 2013
Uphams 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.
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.
Dorchester - Posted Street Sweeping
Regulation Changes - April 2013
Jan 20, 2013
The 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.
Final School Choice Presentations
Mon, Feb 4, 2013
Tue, Feb, 2013
External Advisory Committee on School Choice (EAC) invites the
community to attend a meeting to learn about the final school choice
plans under consideration.
The meetings will be looking at the final proposals and asking for feedback from the students, parents and the community.
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 6:00pm, Orchard Gardens K-8 School or
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 6:00pm at Suffolk University.
Mayor Menino Hosts MA Gun Control Coalition - "Mayors Against Illegal
Jan 30, 2013
Mayor Thomas M. Menino hosted the Massachusetts delegation of the
Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) coalition on January 31, 2013, as
they continued their call on Congress to take action on gun violence.
"We have a responsibility to our residents to do all we can to make our
He also praised the entire Massachusetts federal delegation for signing onto HR 137, the Fix Gun Checks Act.
Three-Point Approach to Gun Control: Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Jan 31, 2013
Mayors Michael Bloomberg of New York and Thomas Menino of Boston, as
co-chairs of 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG),' submitted a letter
to the Senateâ€™s Committee on the Judiciary.
The letter strongly urged the passage of "common-sense firearms legislation" including
- requiring every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check'
- get military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines off our streets and
- make gun trafficking a federal crime.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns Supports HR 137
Jan 31, 2013
On January 24, 2013, the coalition, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG),
sent a letter to Congress in support of legislation to close the
loophole that allows the purchase of guns without a background check.
The Fix Gun Checks Act (HR 137) would institute reforms that are
targeting the 40 to 48 percent of guns sold by unlicensed 'private
sellers' to prohibited gun buyers who exploit the vast 'private sale
By seeking out private sellers who do not have to comply with the
background check at gun shows and over the Internet, gun purchases can
be made that would otherwise be prohibited.
Two Plays in One: A Raisin in the Sun &
Wed, Feb 20, 2013, 7PM.
Members of the casts of the
Huntington's A Raisin in the Sun and SpeakEasy Stage
Company's Clybourne Park come together at the Strand
Theatre for this special event
Hosted by Karen Holmes Ward of WCVB-TV Channel 5, the evening
will feature :
Event is free but RSVP in advance is appreciated.
- performances of scenes from each of the two plays
- panel conversation moderated by Ward and the two
- A time for Q&A with the artists
- The chance to win tickets to both plays.
The Da Vinci Commission, a Staged Reading
Fri, Feb 15, 2013
Can't Wait Productions Presents
"The Da Vinci Commission," a new play by MJ Halberstadt. Can't
Wait Productions, directed by Josh Burlingham, presents a staged
reading of this new play.
The performance is taking place on Friday
evening, February 15, 2013 at the home of the Dorchester Arts
Collaborative, 157 Washington Street in Dorchester.
Reserved tickets available online at http://www.cantwaitproductions.com/tickets
Posted: Jan 27, 2013
Rep. Henriquez Supports Hearing on Call for Liquor License Cap
Jan 29, 2013
State Representative Carlos Henriquez supports City Councilor Ayanna
Pressleyâ€™s call for a hearing on the cap on liquor licenses in Boston,
citing a concern of equity.
"We need to examine equity in the geographic distribution as well as
the accessibility to small local business owners due to cost.
Currently the district I represent and neighboring working class
neighborhoods lack access to family and dining establishments and
entertainment key in attracting and retaining young professionals and
families in our citiesâ€™ neighborhoods."
Final School Choice Options Ready for Presentation
Mon, Feb 4 at 6pm
Orchard Gardens K-8 School
906 Albany St., Roxbury
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
Boston Leads Recession-Weary Cities in Rebound
Jan 26, 2013
The BRA's 2013 Economy Report indicates that Boston has made a full recovery from the Great Recession.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino:
'Boston weathered the Great Recession better than most American cities,
but we still saw our share of hardship,'but we've come out stronger on
the other side.'
New data released show the unemployment rate has fallen steadily,
prejections for record employment, jobs lost are regained, new
12th Annual Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign Announced
Jan 26, 2013
City of Boston's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign is
spearheaded by the Mayor's Office of Jobs and Community Services.
The program provides low- and moderate-income taxpayers with free
financial services, in a multi-pronged effort to reduce poverty in the
City of Boston.
During the 2012 tax season, the Boston EITC Campaign served 11,500
taxpayers, returning a total of $18 million in credits and refunds.
From the Past
Discovering Uphams Corner &
the Strand Theatre in 2013
Jan 24, 2013
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
2013 is a prime time to begin discovering Uphams Corner and the
Looking Down at Uphams Corner from the ISS
Jan 23, 2013
At 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
Uphams Corner can become a model welcoming community without
borders - one that cares for each and every person who lives and
That is our greatest wish for 2013 - that we wear an enduring
sense of purpose that will make our community shine.
Best Wishes from the Improvement Association
From 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
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:
From the tiniest seed will some day grow a tree so
Posted: Jan 22, 2013
Logan Furniture Warehouse - Three-alarm Fire on
Jan 21, 2013
The 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
5 Everett Ave - Three-Alarm Fire - 14
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
Boston 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.
GBHC - Interwoven Words and Music - Captivating
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.