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Vol III No No 81, 04/05/2013
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Featured News

Public Works Listens to Uphams Corner
Boston Shines Needs Volunteers

Hickory - Whose Adorable Dog is this?
Boston Election Department Recruiting Poll Workers
Helen Dajer, EAC Co-chair, on Home-Based Model

Boston's Street Sweeping Program 2013 Begins April 1
Suffolk County Sheriff's Dept Welcomes 24 New Officers
Team Swerve Standing United - Bird Street Entrepreneurs
Area 324 Neighborhood Watch Minutes for 3/17/13

GBHC Greater Boston House Concert 4/5
Corridor Wide Fairmount Planning Initiatve Meeting 4/9
Roadway Improvements in Uphams Corner 4/10/13

Blue Hill Ave NRT Meeting 4/10/13
Vacation Bible Study Camp at the Kroc Center 4/15-19
BCYF All Girls Sports Festival 4/16-19

Events Table

Greater Boston House Concert  New
4/6 Citizens Connect to South Bay Meeting
4/6 Boston Natural Areas Workshops
4/8 UMass Master Plan Community Mtg
Fairmount Indigo CAG meeting New
Roadway Improvements - Uphams Corner - CommMtg New
4/10 Blue Hill Ave Nbhd Response Team MeetingNew
Vacation Bible Study Camp at Kroc Center New
4/16-19 BCYF All Girls Sports Festival  New
MAPC Sustainable Comm. Consortium 
Dorchester Bay Fundraiser
4/26 Boston Shines April 26-27

Calendar'd Meetings & Events:  Click Calendar for Details

UCMS Design Committee
Greater Hartford Nbhd Assoc
Westside Neighborhood Mtg
Jones Hill Civic Assoc
UCMS Restructuring Committee
4/13 Comm Lunch Pilgrim Church - free
Friends UC Lib, 4/13/13
UCMS Board Meeting
Groom Humphreys
Meetinghouse Hill Civic


From the Past

UC Safe Neighborhoods Initiative Update
For Women's History Month, Latorial Faison, Poet 
Posted Street Cleaning Update

BPL Compass Roundtable Dissussion
Citizens Connect to South Bay Meeting
Do It Anyway - Poem by Blessed Mother Theresa

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

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


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Team Swerve Standing United - Bird Street Entrepreneurs

Bird Street Community CenterThe social media lab of nine Bird Street Youth Center teens met twice a week for two months in a Journalism Workshop led by Nancy Conrad. 

"Team Swerve," a statement about who they are and what they stand for, was the result of a series of brain-storming sessions on how to get in touch with their creativity. 

S - smart, W - wild, E - enthusiastic, R - real, V - valuable and E - entrepreneurs.

Posted: March 30, 2013

Area 324 - Neighborhood Watch Meeting Notes
  March 17, 2013

The Area 324 Neighborhood Watch meeting held March 17, 2013 covered the topics of quality of life, the most recent police report, community beautification and community revitalization.

Troubling issues discussed include rodents outside 25 Brookford St and an increase in illegal activity after hours at the Winthrop School areas. 

The group looks forward to the installation of Posted Street Cleaning signs and the Boston Shines event.

Posted: March 30, 2013

Events in Detail

Current Event
Greater Boston House Concerts
Concert of Latin American Music

Fri, Apr 5, 2013 8pm

AronBerkner Duo The AronBerkner Duo (flute/guitar) will feature seldom or never-before heard works from Latin America and Italy, including the world-premiere recordings of pieces by Ricardo Iznaola and Vincenzo Sorrentino.

Their newer works, by younger composers from here and abroad, look to the idiom of jazz for inspiration. They will mix the familiar with the new, the traditional with the folkloric, the sultry with the virtuosic, in a chamber music concert program to please.

Q&A and reception after the concert BYOB or wine.
Seat Reservations are REQUIRED: http://gbhc4.bpt.me/


Posted: April 2, 2013

Current Event
Corridor Wide Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative
Tue Apr 9, 2013

From Jeremy Rosenberger:
The next Fairmount Corridor-Wide Advisory Group (CAG) meeting will be: 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Dorchester Arts Collaborative
175a Washington Street, Dorchester

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
Blue Hill Avenue Neighborhood Response Team
Apr 10, 2013 6PM

Weather Permitting Inclement Weather
Blue Hill Ave / Clifford St
Meet at Project RIGHT, Inc.
320 A Blue Hill Ave
Running late
Call 617.839.2847

Please let us know if you have any issues of problem properties that we need to address during our regular walk of the Blue Hill Avenue Neighborhood Response Team (from Dudley Street to Franklin Park Zoo)

Thank you for the strong community turnout and your feedback has been key for us to address many different issues. Tell us what are the Neighborhood Response Team issues that we must address!

Thank you for your leadership and support, our accomplishments are only made possible through your input and involvement, now for us to continue to make progress, your comments and insights are even more needed!

We also want to monitor the status of the issues, we have been addressing previously along Blue Hill Avenue from Dudley Street.   We need to hear from you on what else needs to be targeted.  Speak up, you can make a difference!

Michael Kozu

Posted: April 2, 2013

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
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

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

Posted: March 24, 2013

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

Current Event

Grove Hall Library Upcoming Events

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.

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

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 InSight into the News

Public Works Listens to Uphams Corner

Public Works Public Works is unveiling their newest design for the Uphams Corner Streetscape Improvement Project at an April 10 Community Meeting, to be held at the Cape Verdean Daycare Center on Hancock Street.

April 10, 2013, 6:00 PM
Cape Verdean Adult Center
34 Hancock Street
Dorchester, MA

The goal is to gain approval of the basic shape of streets and sidewalks with details to be worked out later.  The project spans the one-block section of Columbia Road from the Strand Theatre (Hancock Street) to Dudley Street.

The project's goal is to create a welcoming and safe streetscape for both residents and visitors to Uphams Corner, especially those attending Strand Theatre events.

Posted: April 5, 2013

Most Adorable Australian Shepherd and Spaniel Mix  Whose Dog is this?

Hickory the DogMeet the most adorable Australian shepherd and spaniel mix you ever did see.  Hickory, a babe in arms just over the age of one, was recently adopted by someone in Uphams Corner who loves dogs.

Do you know who?

She had been abandoned in Hickory Ridge, Arkansas before her first birthday, hence her name.  Hickory's Mom and Dad adopted her from an agency in New Hampshire.  They now love her very much, even though she took some getting used to. To their daily routine, they have added Hickory on walks and trips and even to work. 

Whose dog is this?

Posted: April 2, 2013

Boston Shines Volunteers Needed 2013

Boston ShinesMayor Menino is asking for Boston Shines Volunteers for the weekend of April 26-27.  Volunteers are needed in all areas of the City. 

Mayor Menino says: "Boston Shines is a great way for residents and local businesses to give back to their community - repaint crosswalks, repair signs, plant flowers, clean parks, business areas and your street to get Boston ready for the spring and summer.

Organized by the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services.

Posted: April 4, 2013

Current Event
BCYF All Girls Sports Festival Registering Now!
Free Vacation Week Activity for Boston Girls Ages 11-15

Boston Center for Youth & FamiliesTuesday-Friday, April 16-19, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. BCYF Recreation Center at Madison Park and the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College.

Activities include basketball, bicycling, double dutch, soccer, step dance, swimming, tennis, and track. 

Also health and wellness workshops : Healthy Relationships, Power of Mind & Spirit, Personal Care, Nutrition – Weight Management, Dating Violence & Substance Abuse Prevention, Self-Expression, Cyber Safety, and Music Nutrition. 

Registering NOW!

Posted: April 2, 2013

Current Event
Kroc Center Vacation Bible Study Sports & Wellness Camp
April 15-19, 2013

Kroc Center Vacation Bible SchoolThe Salvation Army's Vacation Bible School Sports and Wellness Camp to be held at the Kroc Center AT 650 Dudley Street in Dorchester will take place April 15 - 19, 9am-5pm for  ages 6-12.

The children will learn to break free from self doubt, lying, bad choices, selfishness and fear. Fun activities to enrich the gospel experience to include: Zumbatomic,Soccer,Basketball, Flag Football, Dance, Music, Aquatics, Art and More! Motivational Devotions, Inspirational Stories, Healthy Meals Q Nutrition Education.

Posted: April 2, 2013

Boston Election Department Recruiting Poll Workers for Upcoming Elections

Special elections are scheduled for April 30, May 28 and June 25. The Boston Election Department is recruiting poll workers and is especially interested in bilingual speakers of Spanish, Cape Verdean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian, Portuguese, and Somali.

Responsibilities include all work to prepare, check in and shut down the polling site including: 
  • Counting ballots and checking in voters
  • Maintain a record of the Election Day's activities
  • Provide assistance to voters with disabilities
  • Packing up election materials and helping check counts at the end of the day 
Stipends available - full day and half day.

Posted: March 30, 2013

External Advisory Committee (EAC) on Home-Based Model for School Choice

Letter from Helen Dajer, EAC Co-Chair, on the Home-Based Model for school choice and assignment.

This plan was approved March 13, 2013 and sets Boston on a path toward further improving our schools and strengthening our neighborhoods. 

It also brings Boston's students 40% closer to home and provides students and their families more equitable access to quality schools.

Posted: March 30, 2013

Sheriff Tompkins Welcomes 24 New Officers to Department
Mar 11, 2013

Suffolk County Sheriff's DeptDuring a graduation ceremony held on March 11, 2013, Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins swore in a group of 24 officer candidates to service and addressed family members in attendance. 

They were all graduates of the Correction Officer Training Academy Class 12-02 (COTA 12-02).

Candidates must successfully complete a twelve-week training academy that requires intensive instruction in many subjects including ethics and professionalism, suicide prevention, use of force continuum, firearm safety and handling and more.

Posted: March 29, 2013

Boston Neighborhood Street Cleaning 2013
Mar 29, 2013

Street SweeperBoston's 2013 Neighborhood Street Cleaning Program begins April 1, this year newly aligned with trash and recycling days.  Keeping neighborhoods clean is a Menino top priority.

City streets will be swept clean on a rotating schedule through November 30th.  Since vehicles not moved prohibit sweeping to the curb, parking regulations are strictly enforced. 

Vehicles parked in violation of the posted regulations are subject to a $40 ticket as well as towing. Tips for residents provided.

Posted: March 29, 2013

From the past

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

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 Comm Mtg #2
Sat, Apr 6 9:30 a.m.- 12 noon

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.  To 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

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


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