Uphams Corner InSight into the News
Should We Celebrate Black History Month?
- by Carolle Nau
Yes, we should celebrate Black History Month. Barely 100 years
into 350 years of enslaved Black People, and with Black America
characterized by gaps and huge chasms, we must stay the course of
seeking to balance America's scales of justice.
We all bore the labor pains of freedom, independence and
inalienable rights that sparked the American revolution. Let us set a
milestone of 350 yrs of celebrating Black History.
Part of the Community Voices Initiative Series
Posted: February 14, 2013
Planning the Uphams Corner Street Fair 2013
It's February and planning has already begun for this summer's Uphams Corner Street Fair. How would you like to participate?
The street fair's program is defined by the community and your voice is needed NOW. The planners WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
- Helping out
- Making food
- Youth participation
- Other Ideas?
Posted: February 14, 2013
The Boston Ballet and ArtPlace Open House at the Strand Theatre
Feb 15, 2013 5:30pm
The ArtPlace OpenHouse is the start of a FREE evening of Boston Ballet on Feb 15, 2013 starting 5:30pm.
- Enjoy the local food from restaurants like Restaurant Laura.
- Learn about local fashion businesses like Only One Design.
- Contribute to the ArtPlace forum for the community to provide a vision of arts + culture in the neighborhood!
- Get in line for a last-minute (FREE) ticket if you still don't have one.
Posted: February 14, 2013
Black History Month Index 2013
Honoring Black History Month throughout February and every day of
2013. Recognizing prior achievements and contributions of Black
people and recognizing that what happens today is creating tomorrow's
The origin of Black History, NAACP Boston activities, epitaphs for
the murdered and how their families are coping, Black Writers of Black
- New articles and other expressions related to Black History.
- Index of UC News articles on today's Black History in Greater Uphams Corner
Posted: February 13, 2013
Letters to the Editor
Subject: "Nemo" Driving Ban
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 1:51 PM
We in the United States have many reasons for giving up our
personal liberties. Now we may add snow removal to that list. The
authorities acted as though citizens were in the way of public services
rather than having public services serve the citizens. It was all
overdone, including economic impacts.
Apparently all it takes for one's judgment to supersede all
others is being elected to executive office. The positives do not
outweigh those considerations.
Black History Month - Beginning 1926 in the United States
Black History Month was established more than 350 years after the
first African slaves arrived in the US in Virginia in 1619. Historian
Carter G. Woodson's ground-breaking announcement of 'Negro History
Week' in 1926 marked the first public focus on Black History in the
Pres. Gerald Ford made the month-long designation official during
the Bi-Centennial celebrations in 1976. Black History Month is
also celebrated in Canada (February) and in the United Kingdom
Posted: February 13, 2013
North Shore Transportation Forum Feb 25, 2013
Mon, Feb 25, 2013
forum about the future of transportation in Massachusetts. Salem
Old Town Hall, Mon Feb 25, 2013. Explore how investment in
transportation is vital to economic development and quality of life in
Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey will present "The Way
Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan," followed by a discussion
with State Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) and area mayors and business
Posted: February 13, 2013
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
Posted: Jan 26, 2013
Victory Programs Dinnerfest Party + Auction
Sun, Feb 24, 2013
Over 100 packages from some of Boston's most exciting and
acclaimed restaurants will be up for auction plus raffling off 2
round-trip tickets courtesy of JetBlue and live auctioning of a few
incredible vacation packages!
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Brahmin Restaurant
Back Bay, Boston
Friends of the Uphams Corner Library
Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:30AM
Feb 14, 2013
This is to remind all of you that the Friends of the UC library's
monthly meeting was rescheduled for this Saturday, February 16 at 9:30
We hope to see you all there!
Thank you. Josette Teneus firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Content Curation
(click here) About Town in Greater Uphams Corner
- Hyde Jackson Sq Main St for Feb 12
- Sarah Takagi - piano 2/17/13 GBHC
- Dorchester Arts Collaborative Events Listing for 2/10/13
- Historic Boston Newsletter Jan 2013
- SCI Social Capitalist Fundraiser #4/3/13
- Planning 101 at MAPC
- BNAN - Embrace the Winter
- Discover Roxbury Expanding
- Much more
(click here) Sustainable Planet
- 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
Uphams Corner News has two such blogs (shown above). We like sharing the best with the best.
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.
Posted: Jan 27, 2013
Boston Ballet - Dance at the Strand Theatre
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,
Posted: Jan 20, 2013
Open Mic Poetry Night at the Uphams Corner Library
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
Each poet gets 3 minutes maximum, up to 25 performers. Pre-registration encouraged.
Posted: Jan 22, 2013
Two Plays in One: A Raisin in the Sun & Clybourne Park /
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 directors
- A time for Q&A with the artists
- The chance to win tickets to both plays.
Boston Youth Fund - Hopeline 2013 Registration
Feb 1 - Mar 3, 2013
Apply 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
DPW Schedules Marijuana Law "Listening Sessions"
Feb 3, 2013
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
Boston and Cambridge Joint Hearing to Focus on Metropolitan Area Talent Retention
Feb 4, 2013
Boston 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
Information Session for Boston University Metropolitan College!
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 City Hall
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.
Following the Seige by Nemo, Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino Deserve Praise
Feb 10, 2013
Business Journal took Gov Patrick to task for 'protecting us from
ourselves' with the driving ban, suggesting with light but earnest
sarcasm: "Thanks but no thanks. Our freedoms, not big
government, come first."
Citing conditions in another Suffolk County (NY) that led to
hundreds of abandoned cars because there was no driving ban, UC
News praises both Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino for handling
Nemo challenges admirably.
Snow Removal Strike Force Plan Announced
Mon, Feb 11, 2013
The Office of the Mayor has announced a "Snow Removal Strike Force Plan."
As clean-up continues in the City of Boston, Snow Removal Strike
Force teams are being deployed across the City in a coordinated effort
to remove piles of snow from roadways and intersections. Work will
continue throughout the day and night.
Snow Removal Strike Force Teams
Deployments are happening across the City and work is to continue through the night.
- Boston Public Works Department (Joanne Massaro, Commissioner)
- Boston Transportation Department (Thomas Tinlin, Commissioner)
- Boston Police Department (Edward Davis, Commissioner)
- The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services (Jay Walsh, Commissioner)
Nemo - Blizzard of 2013 - Photos of Kids & Nature
Feb 9, 2013
Walking around, as difficult as it was, led to kids playing
everywhere, - throwing snowballs and huge clumps of snow at each other
and just having a lot of fun.
For the adults, taking a walk before the snow evaporated, got trampled and covered with soot - that was like going on vacation.
What was there to find? All the different ways the
buildings and trees and signs and fences had been painted in lacy
Nemo - Blizzard of 2013 - Photos of Uphams Corner Business District
Feb 9, 2013
main streets, Dudley, Columbia Rd and Stoughton, remained devoid of
cars for hours after the storm dissipated but pedestrians and
bicyclists were heading over to the few businesses open early: CVS,
Brothers Market and the liquor store.
Everywhere the snow had artistically decorated the buildings in
layers of white, each painting unique and each adding ephemeral beauty
to the business district.
Public Works Meeting: Uphams Corner Roadway and Urban Design Improvements
Feb 12, 2013 6:00 PM
a community meeting in Uphams Corner on Feb 12, the Public Works
Department will be presenting a set of recommended designs for the
improvement of the "corridor" between the Strand Theatre and the City
Parking Lot behind the businesses (CVS) on Dudley Street in Uphams
This is an important meeting because it gives residents and all
stakeholders an opportunity to express their opinions on what is right
for Uphams Corner.
Posted: Feb 4, 2013
The Sinking of The Dorchester - 70th Anniversary - Honoring Those who Died
Posted: Feb 9, 2013
February 3, 1943, a German U-Boat captain gave the command to attack
The Dorchester. Within 27 minutes, the transport ship with 902
people on board sank, taking the lives of 700 officers, servicemen and
In that final half hour, the selfless efforts of four clergy on
board helped save many lives. 2013 marked the 70th anniversary of
this tragic event.
Count Down to Earth Day 2013
April 22, 2013
According to Earth Day Network, more than one billion people from
around the world will be taking part in the 43rd Anniversary of Earth
Day, April 22, 2013.
"Climate Change" has been selected as this year's focus - with
unprecedented occurrences of extreme weather, loss of species, and
Organizing groups will be reaching out to their peers to help them understand how to be part of the solution.
Uphams Corner News is starting early, marking the countdown to
Earth Day with articles focused on our stewardship responsibility -
taking care of Planet Earth.
We begin our understanding of Earth Day by looking at how "International" the event has beome.
Earth Day - since its founding in 1970 - 43 years of Environmental Progress.
(see article following)
Earth Day International - April 22 - Largest Civic Event in the World
Posted: Feb 7, 2013
Gaylord Nelson, environmental activist and US senator from
Wisconsin, is credited as having created the first Earth Day in
1970. Today, it is is the largest civic event in the world,
uniting more than 1 billion people under the Flag of Planetary
Earth Day helps remind us that we live in a world that
requires personal commitments from everyone. "Every day is Earth
Earth Day helps to rekindle public commitment, build community
activism and broaden the base of support for environmental programs.
73 Days Until Earth Day
Elected Officials: More Time Needed to Review BPS School Choice Plans
Feb 4, 2013
Twelve Boston area elected officials have signed a letter stating
their constituents, stakeholders and families are requesting more time
to review and understand the most recent school choice plans.
The EAC is moving too quickly - planning a final vote within two
weeks of its unveiling to the public. The letter co-signers are
asking the EAC to delay the scheduled February 9th vote to allow the
public more time.
Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Setting the Ground Rules
Feb 2, 2013
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, 2013
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.