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Vol III No 71 - 02/01/2013
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Featured
Events
Past

Featured News Links


Uphams Corner Visioning Forum
Your Favorite Fedora at the Strand
NAACP: "Slavery by Another Name"
Da Vinci Commission Staged Play
Henriquez on Liquor License Cap

Mayor Hosts MA Gun Coalition
Three-point Approach to Gun Control
"Fix Gun Checks" Legislation
BRA Report:  Boston in Recovery

Raisin in Sun: Racism / Gentrification
Remember  - Poem for Black History
EITC Campaign Announced
EAC School Choice Options Mtgs



From the Past Links

Globe Presents: "68 Blocks"
Discovering Uphams Corner
Looking at UC from the ISS
Improvement Assoc:  Best Wishes
3-Alarm Fire Displaces Families
3-Alarm Fire - Logan Furniture

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

2/2 Uphams Corner Visioning Forum
2/2
"Slavery by Another Name"
2/4
School Choice Presentations
2/8
Bach to the 21st Century - FREE!
2/9
Urban Farming Conference
2/15 Boston Ballet - Strand   FREE!
2/15
Da Vinci Commission Play
2/19 Open Mic Poetry Night UC Lib
2/20
Raisin in the Sun Conversation
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Grow Well Eat Well Workshops
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UC News Calendar





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'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 News



Important Mtg: Uphams Corner Visioning Forum, Sat Feb 2, 2013
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



Don your Favorite Fedora in Style and Come Visit the Strand
Jan 26, 2013

Fedora HatBilled 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 '20's. 

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!

Photos of the Fedora Famous including Ne-Yo, Ving Rhames, Michael Jackson, Humphrey Bogart, Beyonce, Frank Sinatra, Diane Kruger, and Baby Zoe Berman.






Boston NAACP Presents:  "Slavery by Another Name"
Sat Feb 2, 2013 10:am

Boston NAACPThe Boston NAACP in>
Current Event
Two Plays in One: A Raisin in the Sun & Clybourne Park /
Wed, Feb 20, 2013, 7PM.

Raisin in the Sun 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 :
  • performances of scenes from each of the two plays
  • panel conversation moderated by Ward and the two directors
  • A time for Q&A with the artists
  • The chance to win tickets to both plays.
Event  is free but RSVP in advance is appreciated.






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






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Current Event
Project R.I.G.H.T February Full Membership Meeting
Feb 5, 2013 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Project R.I.G.H.T
The community is invited to Project R.I.G.H.T's Full Membership Meeting.  Councillor Felix Arroyo will provide introductory remarks. 

The many constituent groups comprising Project R.I.G.H.T will provide updates including Grove Hall Getting Healthier, the Grove Hall Peace Council and the Neighborhood Response Team, among others.

Several organizing campaigns being led by Grove Hall residents will also be providing updates.  Arrive by 5:30 for delicious dinnner.  The meeting starts at 6:00pm.




Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Setting the Ground Rules
Feb 2, 2013

Boston Redevelopment Authority At the Uphams Corner Visioning Forum on Feb 2, the BRA included in their attendee information packets a set of "Ground Rules" they have accumulated over the course of many community meetings . 

The rules are updated whenever anyone finds another quality standard that helps participants understand acceptable behavior in a community context.  'Yes, they helped,' said Jeremy Rosenberger, co-chair of the Fairmount Initiative, though he admitted a couple attendees refused to take off their 'naysayer hats.'

Excellent set of rules, applicable to all community groups.  Adopt them!!





Congressman Capuano Files Legislation Restricting Access to DMF Data
Feb 2, 2013Congressman Capuano

Congressman Capuano has filed legislation to restrict access to SSNs in the DMF (Death Master File) based on a recommendation from the Taxpayer Advocacy Service (TAS). 

While this will stop some tax-related identity theft, it will also unduly restrict access to key information for genealogy research.

This is especially if SSN's in the DMF are permanently restricted. 

In-depth look at history of the problem.




DPW Schedules Marijuana Law "Listening Sessions"
Feb 3, 2013

cannabisQuestion 3 passed in 2012 and allows for the physician-authorized use of cannabis as a therapeutic option for qualified patients.

The Commonwealth's Department of Public Health has until May 1, 2013 to devise regulations for implemention. hree 'listening sessions' are scheduled statewide, on in Boston on February 14, 2013. Other organizations are holding information sessions as well.

The Marijuana Policy Project is a nonprofit founded in 1995 to reform US marijuana laws provides a history of reforming marijuana laws in Massachusetts.





Boston and Cambridge Joint Hearing to Focus on Metropolitan Area Talent Retention
Feb 4, 2013

WCCP LogoBoston and Cambridge are both centers for technology and innovation but many challenges lie ahead including how to retain the talent needed to maintain and grow each city’s economic vibrancy.

According to an upcoming 'Talent Magnets' report by the World Class Cities Partnership (WCCP), approximately 53% of 2005 college graduates left Boston for another city.

At the WCCP-sponsored Chatham Forum on January 25, 2013, Boston City Councillor Tito Jackson and Cambridge City Councillor Leland Cheung announced a partnership to generate further technological advancement and next-generation employment opportunities for the metropolitan area.





Current Event
Information Session for Boston University Metropolitan College!
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 City Hall

BU Metro College Offered to City of Boston employees by the Metropolitan College at Boston University -  a limited number of scholarships for master’s level degree and graduate certificate  rograms - part-time and in the evening programs. 

Areas the City considers for these scholarship awards: City Planning, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Project Management and Urban Affairs.




From the past


Important Mtg: Uphams Corner Visioning Forum, Sat Feb 2, 2013/
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



Don your Favorite Fedora in Style and Come Visit the Strand
Jan 26, 2013

Fedora HatBilled 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 '20's. 

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!

Photos of the Fedora Famous including Ne-Yo, Ving Rhames, Michael Jackson, Humphrey Bogart, Beyonce, Frank Sinatra, Diane Kruger, and Baby Zoe Berman.





Boston NAACP Presents:  "Slavery by Another Name"
Sat Feb 2, 2013 10:am

Boston NAACPThe 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.






Mayor Menino Hosts MA Gun Control Coalition - "Mayors Against Illegal Guns"City of Boston
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 neighborhoods safer."

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

Senate Judiciary Committee 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 Senate'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/

Demand A Plan 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 loophole.'

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.






Rep. Henriquez Supports Hearing on Call for Liquor License Cap
Jan 29, 2013

State Representative Carlos Henriquez supports City Councilor Ayanna Pressley'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 cities'  neighborhoods."






Final School Choice Options Ready for 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




Boston Leads Recession-Weary Cities in Rebound
Jan 26, 2013

City of Boston insigniaThe 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 construction investment.






12th Annual Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign Announced
Jan 26, 2013

City of Boston insigniaThe 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.






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