Upham's Corner News Online
Vol III No 79 - 03/22/2013
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Featured News

Green Boston Celebrates Sixth Annual Earth Hour  New
Eco-Awareness - Rechargeable Battery RecyclingNew
The Winner:  Highways, Public Trans or Education? New

Photos: Evacuation Day at Shirley-Eustis House
First Annual MA Urban Farming Conference
Uphams Corner Street Festival Planning Continues

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 Veronique 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

Sixth Annual Earth Hour and Lights Out Boston Campaigns
Sat, Mar 23, 2013

National Wildlife FederationEarth Hour and Lights Out Boston are two campaigns that work to raise awareness on the importance of climate action/energy conservation and wildlife migration.

Boston is participating in the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour Earth Hour 2013 which asks participants to extinguish all non-essential lighting for one hour on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.

In Earth Hour 2012, Boston joined over 5,000 cities and towns worldwide.

Posted: March 21, 2013

Improve Your Eco-Awareness - Rechargeable Battery Recycling
Mar 21, 2013

BatteriesSpecial for Earth Day 2013

What is your eco-awareness level when it comes to battery disposal?

The EPA says:  recycle, don't trash - for safety reasons and the presence of toxic heavy metals.

Has Massachusetts complied with EPA guidelines? A look at Household Hazardous Waste Day in Boston.

Posted: March 21, 2013

Who is the Winner:  Highways, Public Trans or Education?
Mar 20, 2013

Young Arkansas ArtistsArkansas and Wisconsin are making decisions to fund highways instead of education due in part to the highway lobby but also in response to a lack of understanding of the importance of the education infrastructure needed to grow our nation for the future.

Gov Patrick's recent proposal puts both transportation and education on the same footing, a bright light and a model for other states.

Image from a "Young Arkansas Artists" feature on
Arkansas Educational Television Network."

Posted: March 20, 2013

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 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

BNAN Annual Event
38th Annual Gardeners Gathering

Saturday, March 30
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 Egan Engineering/Science Research Center & Raytheon Amphitheater
120 Forsyth Street &
Shillman Hall, 115 Forsyth Street
Northeastern University

Note: new location at Northeastern this year! Both buildings are across from Ruggles T station at the end of Forsyth Street.

Contact BNAN

Boston Natural Areas Network Kick off the growing season with BNAN! Join other community and residential gardeners for a full day of lectures, demos and hands-on workshops.

Dive into your favorite gardening topics and rub elbows with agriculturalists from across the city.

Even more workshops offered this year for both the new and experienced gardeners.

 Plus, the perennially popular community garden awards will honor Bostonians who've made extraordinary contributions to our gardening community.

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

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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