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Vol III No 73 - 02/15/2013
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Uphams Corner News Index


Featured News

Should we Celebrate Black History Month?
History of Black History Month in US
Black History Index - UC News
Black History - Poetry

Planning the Uphams Corner Street Fair
Open House at the Strand Theatre
Letter to the Editor:  Nemo
North Shore Transportation Forum


Events


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
2/24
DinnerFest Party & Auction
2/27
BU Metro College Info Session
++ UC News Calendar


From the Past

Praise for the Framingham Bunker
Snow Removal Strike Force Plan
Nemo Photos : Kids & Nature
Nemo Photos: UC Business District

Public Works: UC Design Mtg 2/12/13
The Sinking of the Dorchester - 70 years
Counting Down to Earth Day
Looking back on 43 Earth Days

Capuano - Restricting Access to DMF
Marijuana Law Listening Sessions
Boston/Cambridge Joint Hearing
Officlals call for EAC Vote Delay

BRA - Excellent Set of Ground Rules
BU Metro College Info Session




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Black History Month Poetry

Black History Month

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Touched by the Heart of Truth

by Carolle Nau


One never really knows the true
pain which strikes another.

But if your heart still beats you'll
feel it when you read someone
else's story.

I felt my heart being touched when
a well of water cupped an eye as
I read them.

Amazing people like Desmond Tutu,
Booker T Washington, Ella Fitzgerald
and Nelson Mandela, and many, many
more changed the world just by
being alive.
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Posted:  February 12, 2013


 
The Sounds of Blackness

from "28 Days of Poetry
Celebrating Black History"

by Latorial Faison (2006)


In my heart there lies no defeat
But in my bosom a triumphant and rhythmic beat
And while my spirit dances with gladness
I am quick to recall the sounds of blackness.

I hear the moaning and the wailing
Of native Africans held captive on ships sailing
As though it were my youth of yesterday
Whispering truths to ears in dark dismay.

The long, persistent motherland call
Of anxious hope and justice for all
As though it beckoned from higher heights
I hear the songs of steal away nights.
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Posted:  February 12, 2013

 


I Need to Know

from "28 Days of Poetry
Celebrating Black History 2"


by Latorial Faison (2008)


I need to know
My original name
I need to know
Without any shame

I need to know
About African slave castles
I need to know
About White slave masters

I need to know
About the slave trade
I need to know
How America was made
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Posted:  Feb 12, 2013

 
 
View Black History Index

Uphams Corner InSight into the News



Should We Celebrate Black History Month?
 - by Carolle Nau
Dr Martin Luther King
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






Uphams Corner Street Fair 2013Planning 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?
  • Performing
  • Selling
  • Helping out
  • Making food
  • Youth participation
  • Other Ideas?
The street fair's program is defined by the community and your voice is needed NOW. The planners WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! 

Posted:  February 14, 2013





The Boston Ballet and ArtPlace Open House at the Strand Theatre
Feb 15, 2013 5:30pm

ArtPlaceThe 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 Black History.
  • New articles and other expressions related to Black History. 
  • Index of UC News articles on today's Black History in Greater Uphams Corner 
The origin of Black History, NAACP Boston activities, epitaphs for the murdered and how their families are coping, Black Writers of Black Poetry.

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.

Marie Isenburg



Black History Month - Beginning 1926 in the United States
Carter G. Woodson
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 US. 

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 (October).

Posted: February 13, 2013





North Shore Transportation Forum Feb 25, 2013
Mon, Feb 25, 2013

MBTA Commuter RailA 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 the Commonwealth.

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 leaders.
 
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 
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remember?

Posted: Jan 26, 2013



Events Upcoming


Current Event
Victory Programs Dinnerfest Party + Auction
Sun, Feb 24, 2013
Victory Programs
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
3:00-6:00pm

The Brahmin Restaurant
Back Bay, Boston






Current Event

Friends of the Uphams Corner Library
Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:30AM
Feb 14, 2013
Hello friends,

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 a.m.

We hope to see you all there!

Thank you.  Josette Teneus  saveuclibrary@gmail.com


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 "blog."

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




Current Event
The Da Vinci Commission, a Staged Reading
Fri, Feb 15, 2013/

Can't Wait Productions Presents

Da Vinci Commission "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






Current Event
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




Current Event
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





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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From the past



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
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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 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


Following the Seige by Nemo, Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino Deserve Praise
Feb 10, 2013

Suffolk Cty Long Island NYBoston 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
  • 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)
Deployments  are happening across the City and work is to continue through the night. 



Nemo - Blizzard of 2013 - Photos of Kids & Nature
Feb 9, 2013
Dad and son out in the snow
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 white.





Nemo - Blizzard of 2013 - Photos of Uphams Corner Business District
Feb 9, 2013

Covered in whiteThe 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

Public Works LogoAt 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 Corner. 

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

USAT DorchesterOn 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 civilian workers. 

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

Ecology Flag 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 pollution.

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 WeekEarth 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 Stewardship. 

Earth Day  helps remind us that we live in a world that requires personal commitments from everyone.  "Every day is Earth Day." 

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

EAC School Choice PlansFeb 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

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.









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