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Vol III No 74 - 02/25/2013
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Featured News

The Arts
Boston Ballet at the Strand - Wonderful
Huntington & SpeakEasy - Powerful
Cultural Events Manager - Open Letter
Great Open Mic Poetry Night- UC Lib

Black History Month Poetry
Don't Let it be a Mystery
Beautiful Black Women

UCMS Board Meeting Feb 19
Building Energy Report Ordinance Filed
Jumpstart to Affordable Housing

Events Table

From the Past

Should we Celebrate Black Hist Month?
Start of Black History Month in US
Planning the Uphams Corner Street Fair
Open House at the Strand Theatre

Letter to the Editor:  Nemo
North Shore Transportation Forum
Hancock St Civic Association Feb Mtg
Boston Conservatory Faculty Recital


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Black History Month Poetry

Black History Month

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Don't Let it be a Mystery
by Brian T. Williams

Parents talk to ur kids, don't let it be a mystery
Don't be afraid to let them know their own black history. 

Black people have come far but there is still room to grow ...
Channel all negative energy into positive as u go. 

And get off that path/stop following zeroes . . .
Get on the one that produces nothing but HEROES.



Posted: February 23, 2013

"Beautiful Black Women"
by  Tonya Jordan-Wilkerson

Beautiful Black Women don't cry.
Beautiful Black Women even when he lies.
Beautiful Black Women stand tall and don't die.

Beautiful Black Women with low self-esteem hold your head up.

Posted:  February 21, 2013

Uphams Corner InSight into the News

Boston Ballet at the Strand 2/15/13 Boston Ballet at the Strand Theatre - Engaging and Entertaining

The February 15, 2013 ArtPlace Open House at the Strand was well attended and encouraged visitors to answer questions about the future of the arts in Uphams Corner. 

The Dorchester audience offered high praise for the Boston Ballet's seven dance vignettes covering classical ballet to modern dance including  a performance by "Boys in Motion", a Boston Ballet community initiatives program.

Dances included Lost by Last, Paint it Black, Chairs in Motion, Niris, Blue Bird Pas De Deux, Gopak and Plan to B.

Posted:  February 15, 2013

Huntington & SpeakEasy - Powerful Performances at the Strand
Feb 20, 2013

"Two Plays, One House" -  was an excellent, well attended, free event at the Strand Theatre designed for the entire community as well as in support of Black History Month.

 Two Plays - One House

The event provided an introduction to two plays tightly linked to each other, "A Raisin in the Sun" and "Clybourne Park." .  It also gave an opportunity for the audience to engage in conversation about issues raised by both plays.

Posted:  February 21, 2013

Cultural Events Manager - Open Letter to Main Street - Dear Max

Strand Theatre MarqueeWishing you the best in finding the right person for the Cultural Events and Communications Manager (CECM) position. 

Making Uphams Corner into a destination for the arts is about tapping into the creative energies resident in the entire community and getting the diverse, ethnically complex community of people who live here involved. 

It's about taking a risk - finding someone who can make the Strand as vibrant as it once was.  It's also about getting the businesses and residents to buy into the idea that we are already a "destination for the arts."  We just have to start acting that way.
Posted:  February 23, 2013

Successful Open Mic Poetry Night at the Uphams Corner Library
Feb 19, 2013

Open Mic Poetry NightMore than 15 poets, very young to mature read their poetry during Open Mic Night on February 19, 2013 at the Uphams Corner Library. 

The poems were funny, heart-warming, clever, interesting and very creative.  So many different themes and styles.  Another successful event for the community.

Posted:  February 23, 2013

More Poems -
View Black History Index

Uphams Corner Main Street February 2013 Board Meeting
Feb 19, 2013

Uphams Corner Main StreetThe Uphams Corner Main Street Board Meeting (2/19/13) covered several topics of interest to the general community: 
  • Filling the new Cultural Events and Communications Manager position,
  • How to handle businesses asking to borrow money,
  • The Public Works Improvement Program and
  • Details on the upcoming UCMS fundraising campaign.

Posted:  February 22, 2013

Events Upcoming

Current Event
Upham's Corner Fairmount WAG Meeting 2/27/13

Just a friendly reminder!! The next Fairmount Uphams Corner Working Advisory Group (WAG) meeting will be:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Salvation Army Kroc Community Center
650 Dudley Street, Dorchester


For more information, please visit our website www.fairmountindigoplanning.org or contact the co-directors:

Ines Palmarin

Jeremy Rosenberger

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.

Current Event
The Hayden Building - Dedication Ceremonies
Thu Feb 28, 2013

HBIAlong with special guest, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Historic Boston Inc. cordially invites you to celebrate the completion of the new residences at the historic Hayden Building. 

Thu, Feb 28, 2013
Open House 10:30am - 12:30pm
Dedication Ceremonies 11:00am

Posted:  February 23, 2013

Current Event
Harriet Tubman: I Can't Die But Once
In celebration of Black History Month

Grove Hall Branch Library:
Thursday 2/28, 6:00 pm

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman followed General Butler's army through Maryland, her home country. She operated as a scout and spy of the Union Army and helped slaves to escape to the Union Army.

Gwendolyn Quezaire Presutti will present the life and times of Harriet Tubman told in the oral tradition,  in a 45 minute presentation.

For adults and families ages 11+.  Sponsored by the City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library.

Posted: Feb 25, 2013

Current Event
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at The City School
Fri, Mar 1, 2013

Black Emplowered Aids Awareness Day March 1 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness. 

Join The City School in Uphams Corner for an evening of free food, amazing education and more  along with free HIV rapid testing (max 20 minutes). 

The City School / Uphams Corner
March 1, 2013 / 5PM to 8PM

Black-empowered: your body, your temple.

Posted:  February 22, 2013

Current Event
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

Current Event
Grove Hall Reading Series
Sat, Mar 30, 2:00 pm

Hosted by Dorchester poet Arthur Collins.  Featuring local writers Veronique Epiter and Kurt Klopmier. 

Open mic.  Writers encouraged to read their work aloud. Writing exercise with Boston Public Library Writer in Residence Hollis Shore.  Writers of all experience levels are welcome.

Sponsored by Write on the DOT and the Grove Hall Branch Library.

Posted Feb 25, 2013

Dorchester Bay - Fundraiser Celebrating 34 Years
April 25, 2013
Dorchester Bay

At their 34th Anniversary fundraiser, Dorchester Bay will be honoring former Governor of Wisconsin, Jim Doyle. Governor Deval Patrick has beeninvited as keynote speaker.

Their goal is to raise $100,000 to support work in :
  • economic development,
  • community organizing,
  • home ownership and
  • rental housing.
Dorchester Bay EDC is a non-profit community development corporation helping to build a strong, diverse, and thriving community in the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Roxbury.

Posted:  February 26, 2013

Current Event
Boston Shines 2013, 11th Annual Citywide Neighborhood Clean-up.
April 26, April 27

Boston Shines 2013Please join Mayor Thomas M. Menino for Boston Shines 2013 the eleventh annual citywide neighborhood clean up 

Friday, April 26th
Saturday April 27th
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Contact the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services at 617.635.3485 to volunteer or for more information.

This event is part of the Mayor's year-round clean up and community service program, Boston Shines 365.

Posted:  February 19, 2013

From the past

Current Event
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

Aaron Larget-Caplan Current Event
Boston Conservatory Faculty Recital
'Bach to the 21st Century'

Guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan
Solos and chamber music

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 8:00pm
Seully Hall, The Boston Conservatory
8 The Fenway, Boston

Open to the public and FREE admission

Posted:  February 15, 2013

More Current News

Boston Gets Jumpstart to Affordable Housing Construction

Mayor Menino Commonwealth of MA resources of $8.4 million will help jumpstart the construction of afforable housing in the City of Boston.

Mayor Menino and DND Director Sheila Dillon made the announement on Feb 19.  Creating affordable rental housing is key, they say, to Boston's economic recovery. 

Additional DND funding is tied to the projects obtaining LEED Silver status.

Posted:  February 21, 2013

Mayor Menino Announces Filing of Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance
Feb 22, 2013

City of BostonThe Building Energy Reporting and Disclosue Ordinance, which would require all large and medium sized-buildings to report their annual energy and water use to the City of Boston, was filed with City Hall on Feb 22. 

The ordiinance is a component of the City's climate action plan to meet the Mayor's greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The City's strategy uses a "back-door" approach.  Rather than requiring building owners to set efficiency goals, the City is requiring them to collect data and turn it in to the City for posting on the Internet.  Once this data is available, all parties involved (City, residents/businesses and owners) can have meaningful conversations around Boston's goal of reducing greenhouse gases.    

Posted:  February 23, 2013

From the past

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

Current Event
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

Current Event
Hancock Street Civic Association
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 6:30pm - 8:00pm


- Police Reports
- Invited Speakers:  Mai Phung, Architect for proposed Restaurant at 535 Columbia Road
- UPDATE: Civic Association letter for Boston Ink Body Art   Re: new business at 427 Bowdoin Street
- Upham's Corner Reconstruction Project Concept Proposals (public meeting held on 2/12/13)

Contact Info: 
c/o: Robert Mickiewicz, President
7 Whittemore Terrace
Dorchester, Ma. 02125
Fax:(617) 436-6438

Posted:  February 18, 2013

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