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Vol III No 78 - 03/19/2013
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Thoughtful Humor - Losing Weight


How to Lose Weight

Events in Detail



A Message from John Connolly
Mar 20, 2013

John Connolly for MayorDear Friends,

Just one final reminder - please join us as we kick off our campaign for Mayor of Boston!  I am so grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from so many of you and I hope that you'll come to help us celebrate the beginning of this exciting campaign. 

The Kickoff Rally
Wed, Mar 20 6:30 - 10:00PM
Omni Parker House
60 School Street

We will be joined by some special guests that you won't want to miss! 

John R. Connolly
Boston City Councilor At-Large
www.ConnollyForBoston.com



Dorchester Day Parade Committee Meatloaf Dinner
Mar 21, 2013 6:30pm

Dorchester Day Parade MeatloafEvent held at First Parish Church in Dorchester.  Fundraiser for Dorchester Day Parade,

The annual Dorchester Day Parade Committee Meatloaf Dinner will be served complete with entertainment. Tickets at door, Contact Ed Geary.

Posted: March 17, 2013





MAPC's Metrofuture Walks & Talks Presents: Tour of the Institute for Contemporary Art

Institute of Contemporary Art Fri, Mar 22, 2013
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA)
100 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

Join the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Friends of MetroFuture program for a tour of the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), an environmentally-friendly and eclectically designed art museum on Boston's Waterfront!

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Please arrive by 11:45am. The tour will begin promptly at the ICA at 12 noon.

More information about the ICA can be found at www.icaboston.org. More information about MAPC and MetroFuture can be found at www.mapc.org.

Contact:
Allentza Michel
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council
amichel@mapc.org
617-933-0738

Posted: March 17, 2013



Current Event
Walking in their Shoes: Historic Women of Uphams Corner
Sat, Mar 23, 2013

Boston Women's Heritage TrailIn celebration of Women's History Month, Uphams Corner Library presesnts:  Walking in their Shoes: Historic Women of Uphams Corner, a walking tour led by Boston Women's Heritage Trail members. 

Rain or shine, the tour - real or virtual if it rains - covers six sites on the Dorchester Trail.  Sat Mar 23, 2013, 10:30 AM.

Posted:  March 5, 2013




Operation Prom Dress and Tuxedo
Mar 23, Apr 6, Apr 27
Operation Prom Dress
The United Sisters of Color are sponsoring Operation Prom Dress & Tuxedo, an annual event to send juniors and seniors in the Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, JP, and Roslindale areas to the prom.

The goal: ensure students are not denied the opportunity to attend the prom because of financial hardships.  Please donate new or gently used, dry cleaned prom dresses, tuxedos/suits, shoes and accessories. All sizes are needed.

Posted: March 18, 2013




Boston and Cambridge Retain #MassTalent
Joint Hearing of the City Councils

Thu, Mar 28, 2013  5:00pm - 8:00pm
Cahners Theater, Museum of Science,
11 Science Park Boston, MA 02114
   
Retain Mass Talent The Cities of Boston and Cambridge invite you to a historic hearing of the Councils.

Boston and Cambridge are home to nearly 40 colleges and universities! But over 50% of college graduates leave Boston every year. So what can city officials, private enterprises, non-profit institutions, and young people do to engage graduates so they thrive and shine?

Sponsored by World Class Cities Partnership, Boston City Councillor Tito Jackson and Cambridge City Councillor Leland Cheung invite you to take part in developing engagement strategies to build our Cities' futures, as well as those of our graduates.

Posted: March 18, 2013




Current Event
Project Right Offers VIP Neighborhood Mobilizer Training
Thu, Mar 28, 2013

Project RightThe Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (VIP) is a community organizing violence prevention strategy. VIP Mobilizers are residents that come together to lead a community responjse when violence occurs in their neighborhood. 

Project Right is offering VIP Mobilizer training on Thursday Mar 28, 2013.  Requirements to become a mobilizer include where you live, training, community meetings and more.

Posted:  February 27, 2013



Current Event

Grove Hall Library Upcoming Events


Book Reading: Mango Drive Days
Saturday March 23, 2:00 pm

Join us for a presentation and reading by local author Dwight. Dwight will read from his book The Mango Drive Days and give a multimedia presentation on Jamaican culture, including the effects of European and Arab religious influences on the country.


Grove Hall Reading Series
Saturday March 30, 2:00 pm

Dorchester-based reading series Write on the DOT and the Grove Hall Branch Library present the Grove Hall Reading Series, hosted by Dorchester poet Arthur Collins and featuring local writers Véronique Epiter and Kurt Klopmeier.

The series will include an open mic where writers will be encouraged to read their work to the group, as well as a writing exercise with Boston Public Library Writer in Residence Hollis Shore. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Refreshments from the Haley House Bakery and Cafe will be served.


Grove Hall Memory Project

Thursday, March 7, 5-7 pm
Saturday, March 9, 12-4 pm
Thursday, March 14, 5-7 pm
Saturday, March 23, 12-4 pm

Do you live in Grove Hall or Roxbury?
Do you have old photographs?

We want to hear your story. Bring in your Grove Hall or Roxbury related photographs to be digitally scanned and included in the Boston Public Library's local, statewide, and national online initiatives. You will have the opportunity to tell us the story connected to the photo.


Employment Resource Center Round table Summit
Tuesday April 30, 12:00 pm

In the coming months the Grove Hall Branch Library will be creating an Employment Resource Center and offering workshops such as:
  • Interview Primer and Preparation
  • Cover Letter/Resume
  • On-line Job Application
  • GED Prep
We have the facilities to offer workshops and the space to set aside for meetings and drop-in counseling sessions. But we cannot do this alone. We need your creativity and ideas to build a transformative program for our community.



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

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




Uphams Corner InSight into the News



Photos: Evacuation Day at the Shirley-Eustis House
Mar 16, 2013

Evacuation Day 2013Following the Evacuation Day events on Saturday morning, the many participants and public were treated to a sumptuous lunch served at the Shirley-Eustis House in Roxbury. 

The atmosphere was festive, people dressed in the finery of the 1700's.  Groups included the South Boston Historical Society, Lexington Minutemen and  Bostonia Allarum Companie.  

Politicos:   Reps Carlos Henriquez, Gloria Fox and Nick Collins and Councillors Felix Arroyo and Charles Yancey.  Lunch included lasagna, mac & cheese, chicken, rice and Cape Verdean fish salad. 

Posted: March 17, 2013




First Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference
Mar 9, 2013

The Food ProjectThe first annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) served as a forum to share information on the growth of farming in urban communities.  The goal is to advance the opportunities and address the barriers in cultivating a thriving urban farming sector.

Boston has a long history of urban farming.  The Dept of Agriculture created the designation of "urban farmer" for Suffolk County food producers in 1978. The interest in urban farming continues strongly today.

First of several articles about the Urban Farming Conference.

Posted: March 18, 2013





Uphams Corner Street Festival 2013 Planning Continues
Mar 11, 2013

Uphams Corner Street Festival 2013The UC Street Festival Planning Committee is expected to make more rapid progress after Max's meeting with Chris Cook.  It's already looking like a bigger event than in 2012 - more participants and activities with planning over a longer period. 

Goals under consideration include: fun, youth, urban agriculture, history, business sales and art. 

Getting the community's involvement is critical to the event's success so anyone who wants to participate or sign up, please contact Max MacCarthy at max@uphamscorner.org.

Posted: March 19, 2013



Events in Detail


Dorchester Arts Collaborative
Events at the Dorchester Arts Collaborative

March 2013



Dorchester Arts CollaborativeArtist's Reception for Destiny Palmer
Thu, Mar 21st 6:30 - 8:30.

Join us for a glass of wine and take a look at Destiny Palmer's gorgeous new work, Continuous. Meet the artist and get a look at the new Erick Jean Center for the Arts.

Posted: March 18, 2013


Dorchester Arts CollaborativeCelebrate Women's History Month
My Kreyol Bazaar
Sat, Mar 23  4 - 8 p.m.
The Erick Jean Center for the Arts
157A Washington Street

I AM KREYOL Bazaar, featuring art by Destiny Palmer, fashion pieces by Kreyol, Jewelry, crocheted art, home decor, music and film and it will all be for sale. So, please come out and support your local artists, enjoy the great vibes and make some lifelong connections.

I AM KREYOL is a company that encompasses all things fashion; with a ladies ready-to-wear clothing line (KREYOL by Joelle Jean-Fontaine), we also provide styling services for magazines, music artists, & of course...YOU!

Posted: March 18, 2013



dorchester Arts CollaborativeDAC Breakfast Redux
Sat Mar 23  10:30-noon
The Erick Jean Center for the Arts
157A Washington Street

A lively discussion about what it means to be a DAC member. Open Studios registration is one thing, DAC membership is another-but what? Let's figure this out together!  $5 covers continental breakfast.

Posted: March 18, 2013



Boston Natural Areas Network Spring Workshops
Seed, Sow & Grow


Boston Natural Areas Network Grow Your Own: Shrubs and Trees

Saturday, March 23
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
City Natives
30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan

Want to grow plants at home? Get your hands dirty trying
techniques and materials for propagating healthy, native
shrubs and trees for yourself and friends.

Registration required. Phone 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org.
 



Boston Natural Areas NetworkGrow Your Own: Vegetable Seedlings
Saturday, March 23
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
City Natives
30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan
 
Starting your own seedlings is a fun, affordable way to get
your garden going. Gather in the greenhouse to try out
methods for success and go home with a seeding calendar.


Posted: March 17, 2013





From the past


State Reps to Participate in Evacuation Ceremonies
Mar 16, 2013

Evacuation DayEvacuation Day (March 17) commemorates the evacuation of British forces from the city of Boston following the Siege of Boston, early in the American Revolutionary War.  March 17 is also St. Patrick's Day.

Celebrations in honor of Boston's heritage will be held in multiple locations throughout the morning including Roxbury and South Boston beginning with a church service in South Boston and ending with a closing lunch (free) at the Shirley Eustice House in Roxbury hosted by State Rep. Carlos Henriquez.

Posted: March 12 2013




Uphams News Blog

Sunday Morning at Christ the King, Dorchester
Mar 10, 2013

Christ the KingChrist the King Dorchester holds worship in Uphams Corner at 50 Stoughton Street. The liturgy is traditional with the Bible at its center. Presbyterian denomination with a Praise Team modern feel.

The church is filled with young people and kids - a sign of vitality. People seem to care about each other, hanging around after service and not rushing out. Choir practice after church getting ready for Easter.

Posted: March 8 2013





Planning the Future of Uphams Corner
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 6:30 pm

Meeting held at Pilgrim Church
540 Columbia Rd.

The Uphams Corner Fairmount Advisory Group is encouraging members of the community who did NOT get a chance to attend the Uphams Corner Visioning Forum on February 2 to express their visions and ideas at local meetings.

NOT ENOUGH RESIDENTS attended the Fairmount Forum.  More resident input is needed.

So how did this work?

During the break-out sessions, each table was given a "kit" of supplies including a large map of the Uphams Corner area and template pieces to scale that could be placed on the map to indicate the changes desired.

Example changes included new parking, infill housing, open green spaces, changes to streets and more. 
  • What changes do we want at the Fairmount train station?
  • What about the Leon Building or the empty lot next door?
  • How about the empty office space throughout the business district.  What would help to revitalize our community?
  • What changes would bring you more often to shop in Uphams Corner?
  • How could the Burying Ground become a high point of attraction for our community?
Questions raised by residents along with their suggestions generated new and creative approaches to the future of our community.

YOUR IDEAS ARE NEEDED.  Meeting sponsored by the Uphams Corner Main Streeet and the Improvement Association.

For more information or to RSVP, contact:  UCImprove@gmail.com



Photos: Early March Snowfall - Uphams Corner Wearing White
Mar 7-8, 2013

Early March snow in Uphams CornerA long-lasting and heavy early March snowfall dropped over 12" of snow in Boston and turned Uphams Corner into a sea of white .

All, that is, except for the brightly painted snow plows and salt trucks, their yellow glowing like a sun and standing out in any weather.

Trees, homes, burying ground, streets, light poles, churches, business district - all wearing crowns of white, at least for a couple days.

Posted: March 8 2013





Thoughtful Humor - Population Control


Population Control


Phishing Scam Email from Mombasa Kenya
Mar 7, 2013

Web ForgeryUsing an email identity stolen from a colleague, an email in your inbox certainly looks legit.

Follow the instructions and "Click Here," then provide your email address and password. Why? To access a document your "so-called" colleague wants your opinion about.

Confirmed malicious by PhishTank but maybe not until it is too late, if you are so gullible.

Posted: March 8 2013



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