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Vol III No 84, 05/03/2013
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Featured News

Linda Dorcena Forry - New Image for 1st Suffolk
Eyewitness to a Shooting in Uphams Corner
I will Never Forget Marathon Week

Poem for Your Pocket to Celebrate Earth Year #43
Dot Day Parade Student Essay Contest


BPL Exhibit:  Charting an Empire 5/1 - 11/3
Boston Natural Areas Network - Events May 4
Citizens Connect to South Bay - Community Mtg #3 5/4

SOWA Field Trip for ArtPlace Advisory Group May 5
Bird Street Youth Center Celebration May 7
Shirley-Eustis House Lecture 5/9
Learning Forums for Urban Mobility 5/15-17
Fiddlehead Theatre Casting for "A Little Princess" 5/20-22

Events Table

5/1 -
BPL Exhibit:  Charting an Empire  New
Salon of New Music:  Kathryn Salfelder  New
Boston Natural Areas Network Events  New
Citizens Connect to South Bay Mtg #4  New
SOWA Field Trip - ArtPlace Advisors  New
Bird St Youth Center CelebrationNew
Shirley-Eustis House Lecture  New
5/15 - 17
Learning Forums for Urban Mobility   New
5/20 - 22
Casting for "A Little Princess"  New

From the Past

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


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A Poem for your Pocket

Encouraging a return to the poem as a creative form of expression, UC News is encouraging everyone to carry one or two poems in your pocket for those quiet times - to read, to memorize or to sing aloud. 

If Trees Could Talk, Would They Talk to Me?
  Dedicated to Earth Year #43
Poem Dedicated to Earth Year #43   - Nancy Conrad

Do trees have eyes?
Can they hear the birds?
Can they speak their minds
with definitive words?
Can trees smell jasmine and
roses and earth? 
Does the cleansing rain
provide them new birth?

If trees could talk,
would they speak to the bees,
to the birds, to the sunshine,
to the other trees? 
Surely they know the language of flowers
Poignantly humble in sunshine or showers.
 Poetry Spacer
Written with love . . Nancy

Posted: May 3, 2013

Events in Detail

Current Event
Greater Boston House Concerts Presents:
A Salon of New Music by Kathryn Salfelder

Fri May 3, 2013 8:00 PM
21 Virginia St, Dorchester

Kathryn SalfelderMs. Salfelder is the New England Conservatory 2012 Tourjée Alumni Scholarship Recipient.  NEC alumni & students will explore instrumental solos and small chamber works of the sonic creations of composer Kathryn Salfelder.  Aaron Larget-Caplan will premiere Ms. Salfelder's composition: "Whispering into the Night." 

Friday, May 3, 2013, Social at 7:30pm - Concert begins at 8 p.m.  * A Question & Answer session and reception will follow the program.  Profits from this event will go toward the NEC Tourjée Alumni Scholarship Award.

Tickets available at: www.GBHConcerts.com 
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Posted: April 27, 2013

Current Event
Boston Natural Areas Network - Urban & Green - May 4, 2013

Boston Natural Areas NetworkBoston Natural Areas has many events planned for May 4, 2013. 
  • Ride your bike through West Roxbury's Urban Wilds
  • Learn how to grow berries - strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
  • Teachers - learn how to integrate food gardening into the classroom

Posted: May 1, 2013

Current Event
Citizens Connect to South Bay (CCTSB)
Third Community Meeting

Sat, May 4, 2013 9:30am
Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12
Boston, Massachusetts

Group Mission: Create a plan for development near South Bay that is acceptable to the community based on a community-led visioning process.

Faced with the strong possibility of the South Bay Shopping Center expanding, area residents and organizations formed a group to gather proactive community input.

Three community meetings have taken place with the final, on May 4, scheduled as a presentation to the group on the choices they have made and the plan recommendations that have come of the community process.

Contact Information

Current Event
ArtPlace Advisory Field Trip to SOWA
SOWA Open MarketSun May 5, 2013 1:30pm to 3:00pm

ArtPlace in Uphams Corner is planning an Advisory Group field trip on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm to Boston's SOWA Open Market. 

This is in preparation for piloting an Uphams Corner open market for local crafters, artists, musicians and other producers of local products. 

Be sure to RSVP and sign up for a ride if you need one.

Posted: May 1, 2013

Current Event
Bird Street Community Center Celebrates 35 Years - May 7, 2013

Bird Street Youth Center Celebrating 35 Years
May 7, 2013 6 PM
Florian Hall, Dorchester
Tickets:  617-282-6110 x 21
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Hosted by Bill Forry, Managing Editor of the Dorchester Reporter, the event includes dinner, performances and testimonials from youth and alumni.

The two-hour event will also honor the Bird Street retiring Executive Director, Andrea Kaiser. For tickets, call Bird Street at 617-282-6110 ext. 21.

Posted: April 20, 2013

Shirley-Eustis HouseShirley-Eustis House lecture, May 9, 2013, 6:30pm

Zachary Violette will examine the ways immigrant tenement builders in Boston and New York used architectural ornament to create meaning in the buildings they built for the poor and the working class at the turn of the 20th-century.

Mr. Violette is a PhD candidate in American and New England Studies at Boston University,

Posted: April 22, 2013

Fiddlehead Theatre Casting for "A Little Princess"
May 20-22

A Little PrincessFiddlehead Theatre Company Announces Casting for 'A Little Princess', taking place on May 20-22 in Boston MA.  The Boston Premier will run at the Strand Theatre Nov 21-Dec 8, 2013. 

"A Little Princess" is a story of heart and imagination in a multicultural world with book and lyrics by Brian Crawley and music by Andrew Lippa. 

The show rehearses in the fall.  Except for Aljana which is an African American role, the casting is considering all ethnicities.

Posted: April 20, 2013

From the past

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

Uphams Corner InSight into the News

Linda Dorcena Forry - New Image for 1st Suffolk District in Boston

Linda Dorcena ForryThe three-way 1st Suffolk State Senator Democratic candidate race highlighted changes that have begun to shift the traditional racial, turf and gender positions that have determined election outcomes for the past 40 to 60 years.

Linda Dorcena Forry created a surprise victory over the two South Boston candidates, Nick Collins and Maureen Dahill.

Her success resulted from several voter demographic factors including redistricting, a changing South Boston population, the dominance of Dorchester in the district and a fresh mindset among the younger voters.  It may portend an even greater change in the Mayoral elections ahead.

Posted: May 2, 2013

Eyewitness to a Shooting in Uphams Corner

Jerusalem FurnitureAround 10:45pm on Thursday, April 18, 2013, an Uphams Corner resident watched a shooting take place at 748 Dudley Street.

A male youth shot at a crowd of other youth and disappeared up Virginia Street. 

Police arrived within seconds and scoured the area.  No perpetrator, no victim, no gun, no ballistics found, only a bit of blood on the sidewalk.  Dudley Street was blocked off briefly but everything was back to normal by 11:30pm. A victim was later found close to Edward Everett Square.

Posted: April 20, 2013

I Will Never Forget Marathon Week

Greater Boston has begun to recover from a week of terrorism with a sense of closure created by the identification of two alleged suspects, one deceased and the other in custody. 

Deliberate, senseless, aimless violence serves no purpose to any cause and does not belong in my home city, or in the home cities of anyone else on this planet. Senseless violence has no home anywhere on this earth. Anything that can be done to prevent death and destruction of this type should be taken into consideration.

By Guest Contributor Damian Boyd

Posted: April 22, 2013

Dorchester Day Parade Committee Student Essay Contest

Dorchester InsigniaThe 2013 Dorchester Day Parade Committee Essay Contest is open to students grades 6-8 living in Dorchester or attending a Dorchester school.

Local judges will select the winners and award two prizes but all entrants will receive a certificate of participation. Thanks to the Dorchester Reporter for sponsoring the event.

The entry and essay must be postmarked by May 20, 2013 to be considered for a prize. Good Luck.

Posted: April 21, 2013

Current Event
Learning Forums for New Urban Mobility, May 15-17, 2013

New Urban MobilityOpen to the public with advanced transit professionals expected in attendance, the forums are designed to provide an opportunity to learn about the future of transportation in the greater Boston area.

Residents are encouraged to attend one or more of the sessions and engage in the conversations.

Forums in Jamaica Plain, Uphams Corner and U-Mass Columbia Point.  Informational workshops organized by the Boston/Cambridge Nexus Committee.

Posted: May 3, 2013

Current Event
Charting an Empire: The Atlantic Neptune

Boston Public Library Exhibition
Central Library, Copley Square
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

May 1–November 3, 2013
Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

BPL Exhibit: Charting an EmpireThe period following the French and Indian War (1754-1763) was a time of change and discovery in North America. Britain set out to accurately chart the coast of North America. The resulting charts set the standard for nautical charting for nearly half a century.

This BPL exhibit uses nautical charts, navigational instruments, and ship models to look at the importance of accurate charting and the complex processes of marine surveying and nautical chart production.

Part I: Atlantic Canada (NOW OPEN: May 1 to Jul 27)
Part II: Eastern Seaboard of Colonial America (Aug 1 to Nov 3)

Posted: May 1, 2013

From the past


"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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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


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