Upham's Corner News Online
Vol III No 80 - 03/26/2013
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Do It Anyway  -  Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa  People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build it anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world your best and it may never be enough;
Give the world your best anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

  By:  Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Posted: March 24, 2013



Events in Detail



Uphams Corner Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative
Wed Mar 27, 2013

From Jeremy Rosenberger:

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

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

 ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
 
For more information, please visit our website www.fairmountindigoplanning.org or contact:
Ines Palmarin, Co-Director
617.918.4434  Ines.Palmarin.BRA@cityofboston.gov 
Jeremy Rosenberger, Co-Director 
617.918.4431  Jeremy.Rosenberger.BRA@cityofboston.gov
 
Boston Redevelopment Authority
One City Hall Square | Boston, MA 02201-1007



Current Event
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




Current Event
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

The Cities of Boston and Cambridge invite you to a historic hearing of the Councils.

Retain Mass Talent
   
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




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
info@bostonnatural.org
617-542-7696.


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.


Current Event

Grove Hall Library Upcoming Events


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.


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



Uphams Corner Safe Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI) March 2013 Update

The Uphams Corner Safe Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI) is planning a community meeting in late Spring (May), date to be announced later.  The goals will be to get feedback from residents on public safety or quality of life issues, recommendations on actions the SNI should take and to provide suggestions for residents and neighborhoods as the weather warms up and more youth are out and about.

Public Safety efforts have led to a drop in crime but, says SNI coordinator, Matt Feeney, "We want to keep it that way.  May is a good time to get feedback, ideas and a renewed commitment from everyone to making Uphams Corner a safe place to live, work and visit."

Posted: March 26, 2013



Latorial Faison, African-American Poet
Mar 24, 2013

Latorial FaisonFor Women's History Month, Latorial Faison, African-American poet and author, who loves to teach, to reveal, to open minds to profound and provocative thoughts that trigger inspiration...

Uphams Corner News is featuring her as part of Women's History Month. While she is not from Uphams Corner, she touched our lives because of Robby Thomas' poem "Remember" and blessed us with six of her own poems. Latorial's story is as inspiring as are her writings.

"I have so much inside of me, so many testimonies, so many experiences . . . my entire life is a testament of hope. Sometimes people just need to know that someone else has beat the same odds that they face, and if I can share what I've been through, what I've overcome, I believe that it will encourage people, show people that they can too."

"You can count on me to speak out and to speak up for those who have been denied, deprived, or underprivileged."

"Writing . . . well, it is who I am."

Posted: March 24, 2013


Current Event
Citizens Connect to South Bay Community Mtg #2
Sat, Apr 6 9:30 a.m.- 12 noon

This will be an opportunity to hear and participate in a presentation of the concerns and visions collected at the March 9 charrette regarding the possible expansion of the South Bay Shopping Center and will be held at the Local 12 Plumbers and Gasfitters Hall. 

Topics to be discussed include concerns about preserving the character of the neighborhood, pedestrian and bicycle safety, entertainment opportunities, traffic and parking and any other issues you may want to bring up.

RSVP is highly advised.

Posted: March 24, 2013





Posted Street Cleaning in Uphams Corner
Mar 24, 2013

According to Superintendent Maurice Smith, the implementation of Posted Street Cleaning in Uphams Corner (selected streets) which was scheduled to be implemented by April 1, 2013 has been delayed because the entire street cleaning program is being revamped.

The new target implementation date is June 1.  If the new signs haven't been installed on our streets by late May, then we should contact Public Works to get an update.

Posted: March 24, 2013


Current Event
BPL Compass Roundtable Discussion
Thu, Mar 28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Since November 2011, Staff of the BPL have hosted roundtable conversations with the community members on each of the eightBPL Compass Roundtable principles of the library's strategic plan, the Compass.

This discussion centers on the User-Centered Institution principle which states,

"The BPL is a user-centered institution with services that anticipate and respond to neighborhood interests and the changing demographics of the City and Commonwealth."

DIscussion leaders:
  • JoAnn E. Butler, Coordinator of Literacy Services;
  • Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches;
  • Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator at the Dudley Literacy Center, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury.
Posted: March 23, 2013





Current Event
The Metro Boston Sustainable Communities  Consortium
Spring 2013 Meeting

Tuesday April 23, 2013MAPC
 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT

Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Avenue
2nd Floor Ballroom
Boston, MA 02116


We will present and discuss the emerging recommendations from the State of Equity policy agenda, the Fair Housing and Equity Assessment, and the Regional Housing Plan.

Consortium members will then have the opportunity to exchange best practices and ideas in Learning Clusters.
 
Light refreshments will be provided.
Registration opens at 12:30 p.m.
Networking session from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
 
To register:  Contact  
 
Allentza Michel
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
amichel@mapc.org
617-933-0739

Posted: March 24, 2013



Current Event
Community Meeting - Univerisity of Massachusetts Master Plan

The University of Massachusetts Boston invites you to a community meeting to discuss progress in planning and implementing the university's master plan.

Monday, April 8, 6-7:30pm
Campus Center, Ballroom
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard

RSVP by April 2 to community.relations@umb.edu or call 617.287.5304.

Light refreshments will be served.  When responding, please indicate if you require disability-related or dietary accommodations.

For directions and parking information about the university, visit http://www.umb.edu/the_university/getting_here.

Posted: March 24, 2013



Boston Natural Areas Network Spring Workshops
Seed, Sow & Grow


Current Event
Boston Natural Areas NetworkUrban Garden Design
Saturday, April 6
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
BNAN Office,
62 Summer Street, Downtown Boston

Learn the building blocks for ecological, urban garden design.

Go home with the basic tools for plant selection and planning your front, back yard or deck garden.

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

Posted: March 23, 2013



Boston Natural Areas NetworkCurrent Event
Planning Your Vegetable Garden
Saturday, April 6
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
BNAN Office,
62 Summer Street, Downtown Boston

A bit of planning makes it easier to grow more food while building your soil. We'll share tips for planting schedules, companions and spacing.

Create a vegetable garden plan that fits your space and taste!

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

Posted: March 23, 2013



From the past


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

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






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