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Vol III No No 83, 04/17/2013
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Featured News

Prayers from the People of Uphams Corner
Demarcation Line between Sanity and Insanity
Uphams Corner Library - Temporary Closure May 26
Spring Leaf and Yard Waste Recycling Program
Children Sing for Peace Benefit Concert 4/27

United Housing Breakfast Forum - Celebrating 10 Years
Rev. John Odams on Doubting Thomas
What is the Notion? A History of A Nubian Notion Inc
Featured image: "No human being is illegal"
Stand against Racism Film Series 4/26

From the Past

Poetry & Jazz at the Uphams Corner Library
Early Spring Photos in Uphams Corner
Hydroponic Gardening: Hands-On at the Kroc Center
Posted Street Cleaning - East Uphams Corner

Events Table

JazzBoston at the UC Library  New
Vacation Bible Study Camp at Kroc Center 
4/16-19 BCYF All Girls Sports Festival  
Victory Programs DinnerFest  New
MAPC Sustainable Comm. Consortium 
Fairmount WAG meeting
Dorchester Bay Fundraiser
4/26 Boston Shines April 26-27
Stand against Racism Film Series   New
Children Sing for Peace - Benefit  New
4/29 - 5/24
Leaf & Yard Waste Recycling  New

Calendar'd Meetings & Events:  Click Calendar for Details

Groom Humphreys
Meetinghouse Hill Civic
Hancock St Civic
Eastman / Elder Civic
Comm Lunch Pilgrim Church - free
Mt. Pleasant / Vine Civic
UCMS Promotions
Annapolis Neighborhood


From the Past

Public Works Listens to Uphams Corner

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

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

BPL Compass Roundtable Dissussion
Citizens Connect to South Bay Meeting


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"Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?" 

   - Elie Wiesel

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No Human Being is Illegal

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Events in Detail

Victory Programs Dinnerfest 2013 Party and Auction Fundraiser

Victory FundraiserSun, April 21, 2013 3:00-6:00pm
The Brahmin Restaurant,
Back Bay, Boston


Dig into a steak from Mooo...Or a tiramisu from Finale  Say bonjour to L'Espalier...Or hola to Estragon  Have a romantic night for two at Henrietta's Table... Or catch a Sox game with five friends at Jerry Remy's  There's a dining experience for EVERYONE at Dinnerfest!

Posted: April 16 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

Uphams Corner Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative (WAG)
Wed Apr 24, 2013

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

Wed Apr 24, 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:

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
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

Stand Against Racism - Film Series
The New Metropolis Part 2: The New Neighbors

Friday April 26, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Boston Private Bank (Great Room, 2nd floor)
10 Post Office Square, Boston, MA

MAPC Film SeriesMAPC is collaborating with The Alliance to host a Stand Against Racism event, a viewing of the documentary film The New Metropolis Part 2: The New Neighbors.  

The New Metropolis series documents some of the implications of our Suburban migration and illustrates how the plight of first suburbs is critical to the overall health of our metropolitan areas.

Narrated by Academy Award nominee Ruby Dee, The New Neighbors follows Lynn and Harold, two ordinary people, one black and one white, who have successfully made racial integration the centerpiece of revitalizing their suburban New Jersey town.

For more information about the series, visit: www.thenewmetropolis.com/about_the_films.html

Allentza Michel

Children Sing for Peace - Benefit Concert

Benefit ConcertApril 27, 2013 PM
St. Mark's Church Dorchester

Four youth choirs will join together under the leadership of Nick Page, Mystic Chorale, on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7 PM at St. Mark's Church in Dorchester. 

Boston City Singers, Cambridge Children's Chorus, All Saints Choir of Men and Boys, Junior Choristers of St. Paul's, Cambridge.  A benefit concert honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon attack.

Posted: April 21, 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.

From the past

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

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


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

Uphams Corner InSight into the News

Prayers from the People of Uphams Corner

Uphams Corner offers PrayersIn Uphams Corner on the day after the bombings, people talked about their pain, their confusion, their anger and their heartfelt sorrow. 

Several people wanted instant death delivered.  Some people said our world was F'Up.  Most people offered prayers and condolences. 

For what else is there but support, coming together in love, even for the one who planned it all.  May s/he/they also rest in peace.

Posted: April 17 2013

Demarcation Line Separating Sanity from Insanity

Boylston Street Boston On Marathon Day, a line separating sanity from insanity was marked on Boylston St. 

The traditional 117 year community gathering was destroyed by someone who wanted to inflict as much harm against all of humanity - anyone who had come to support the runners in their personal and community goals and commitments.

The lethal planning, executed with precision, randomly taking the lives of innocent people who were not present to harm anyone, lies beyond the world of the sane,

Posted: April 17 2013

United Housing Breakfast Forum

United Housing organized a breakfast forum to celebrate their tenth anniversary and invited a panel of community housing development experts.

United Housing Breakfast

"Creating Susccessful Parnerships in Community Building" with speakers:  Sheila Dillon from DND, Jeanne DuBois from Dorchester Bay and Ceasar McDowell from MIT and a leader in 'disruptive ideas" on creating community.

Even the breakfast was a hit with food catered by "Seasoned with Soul."

Posted: April 17 2013

Temporary Closure for Uphams Corner Branch Library
May 25 - September 2013

Uphams Corner Branch LibraryA $3M Municipal Building renovation project is necessitating the closure of the Uphams Corner Branch Library beginning May 25 2013. 

The front entrance and stairs will be affected.  A side door will provide access for other tenants including the Health Center and the Bird Street Youth Center.

Library patrons are encouraged to use the Dudley and Grove Hall Branches.  The BPL will be posting the status of the Uphams Corner Library on its website.

Posted: April 16 2013

City of Boston Recycling Program "Springs" into Action

Spring Yard Waste ProgramEvery Spring, City of Boston Public Works offers a "Spring Leaf and Yard Waste" program and advertises it using tiny "hanging" flyers distributed to all households.  

This year at least one street was missed, but Recycling quickly notified their vendor - problem solved. From April 29 through May 24, the City will pickup your separated yard waste. 

Doing so prevents yard waste from going to landfills and provides useful mulching and composting material for the City.

Posted: April 16 2013

Series: On the Spiritual Side
Looking at Pilgrim Church on the Sunday after Easter

Blessed are Those On the "low Sunday" following Easter, a day traditionally focused on Thomas, the "spiritual failure," Rev. John Odams took the story of Thomas 'demanding proof' to another level.

Citing several stories from the Bible, he said the story of Thomas is one of several Biblical lessons focused on our relationship with God. What is important with Thomas is not his doubting but rather that Jesus is giving Thomas permission to be in a relationship by making himself known to Thomas.

For this writer, that was a truly refreshing and surprising reinterpretation of a classic Biblical story and one that promoted self-reflection.

Posted: April 16 2013

  History of Boston's First Afrocentric Store: A Nubian Notion Inc

April 17 2013, 7PM
Haley House Bakery Cafe
12 Dade St Roxbury.

A Nubian Notion Members of the Malik Abdal Khallaq family will share their history. A panel will reflect on the impact A Nubian Notion Inc had on them and on the Black community in Boston.

Included on the panel is Ekua Holmes (a prominent Boston artist who worked in the store from age 14-21). Ekua says "A Nubian Notion was family, whether you were a biological child or not. Malik especially let us know that he expected and desired great things for all of us. He could see and appreciate our individual talents and skills sometimes before we did."

Dinner available for purchase from 5PM
Free parking in the Haley House lot.

Posted: April 12, 2013

From the past

Celebrating Together: Poetry & Jazz at the Uphams Corner Library

Jazz Boston!
Thu April 18, 2013 6:30 pm
Uphams Corner Library
500 Columbia Rd, Dorchester

Jazz BostonJazzBoston! combines poetry and jazz in celebration of National Poetry Month (April) and the Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month at the Uphams Corner Branch.

New England Conservatory (NEC) students will read jazz-influenced poems selected by U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, then perform the music that inspired them. After the performance, feel free to read one of Mr. Pinsky’s poems outloud.

Presented by JazzBoston and sponsored by the City Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library.

Posted: April 11, 2013

Early Spring Photos in Uphams Corner 2013

Early Spring Photos in Uphams Corner 2013 Photos of 'Spring Time in Uphams Corner on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013, capturing the people, objects and natural settings present that day and every day in Uphams Corner.

The people were friendly and loved having their photos taken. Nature was cooperative as well, showing signs of Winter with leftover clumps of snow. The green of new grown life was perking its way out of the soil while other bushes were holding off on releasing their spring leaves and blossoms.

Posted: April 12, 2013

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Hydroponic Gardening: Hands-On Learning at the Kroc Center

Hydroponics Gardening at the Kroc CenterHydroponics gardening is a popular afterschool program for young gardeners, ages 10-12 years. They build 'window farms', plant seeds, transplant sprouts and seedlings and take their harvest home.

Janet Lorden from he STEM Garden Instititute is the teacher and Marisol Ayala from the Kroc Center, the program manager. Funded by an NSF grant, the program is paying off. Students say: "I love growing plants." They are also good at sharing their youthful knowledge of botany.

Posted: April 11, 2013

New Posted Street Sweeping signs in East Uphams Corner  Enforcement begins during the week of April 8, 2013.

Boston Public Works DeptThe Boston Public Works Department has implemented new schedules for posted street sweeping programs on many streets in Dorchester.

The purpose of these changes is to align the street sweeping program to closely follow the day of residential trash/recycling collection. This program will allow for more effective mechanical street sweeping resulting in a cleaner environment in your community.

Please refer to the list of streets to be posted with new sweeping days/hours.mm

Posted: April 7, 2013

From the past

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

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

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


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