Upham's Corner News Online
Vol IV No 91, 02/14/2014
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Starting Your Own Seeds
The Food Project
February 15, 2014 10:30-noon
Dudley Greenhouse, 11 Brook Ave., Roxbury

Recommended for: Advanced gardeners.
We share simple, affordable ways to get a head start on the growing season inside your own home! Starting seeds on your own saves money and provides more options for selecting plant varieties.
Advance registration requested, but not required. 

To register, email    buildagarden@thefoodproject.org

For more information, call 617-442-1322 x12 or visit us online at www.thefoodproject.org/events

Fairmount Initiative - Uphams Corner Open House - February 26, 2014

Fairmount Initiative UC Open House 2/26/14As the Uphams Corner Fairmount Initiative draws to a close, the BRA has scheduled an important Open House for February 2014, date to be announced,  at the Kroc Center from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, light refreshments served.

The BRA will present the recommendations that have come out of the more than one year of meetings covering economic development, jobs, quality of life and all other issues that affect the lives of those who live in, visit and work in Uphams Corner.

Please plan to come with lots of ideas to build on what has been developed by the consultant and advisory teams.

Posted: February 11, 2014

Cooking with Your Neighbor: Cape Verdean Cuisine

March 8, 2014
11-2 p.m.
555 Dudley Street, Dorchester

The Food ProjectMaria Barros is back for her third annual class! This talented Dudley resident leads participants in preparing traditional Cape Verdean dishes such as bacalhau and a dessert couscous.
Advance registration required.

To register, email    buildagarden@thefoodproject.org

For more information, call 617-442-1322 x12 or visit us online at www.thefoodproject.org/events

Prior Issue #90

Kroc Center Culinary Arts Program

Kroc Center Culinary Arts programOn January 29, 2014, UC News had the pleasure of learning about the Kroc Center's Culinary Arts Program – in the classroom and in the kitchen.  An article is forthcoming but until then, we invite you to enjoy the photos.

Executive Chef, Timothy Tucker,  is dearly loved by his students and that was evident in the classroom.  I, the newest student, learned about smoke points, cooking oils, how to not burn your house down from the kitchen. Class is held five days a week and following morning theory, they adjourn to the Kroc Center's professional kitchen to prepare lunch. 

Students In the kitchen
Students In the classroom

Posted: January 29, 2014

The Food Project - Summer Youth Jobs 2014

The Food ProjectThe Food Project (TFP) has announced that youth can begin applying for 2014 summer jobs.  Applications are due by March 7, 2014 and may be made through either an online or a paper process.

Going well beyond "something to do" in the summer and "a way to get some cash," The Food Project employment teaches youth about cultivating the land, networking with organizations that help others and following pathways in support of TFP principles including sustainability.

Posted: January 25, 2014

Grove Hall Library - Black History Programming all February

Grove Hall LibraryThe Grove Hall Library is proud to present a series of programs throughout the month of February 2014, focusing on the contributions of black artists. 

Areas include the fields of jazz, poetry, quilt making, head wrapping and craft making along with February films on Thursdays at 5;30pm. 

Many of the events are tailored to either teens or children ages six and up.  All programming is FREE.

Posted: February 8, 2014

Pilgrim Church Added to National Historic Register

Pilgrim ChurchOn December 18, 2013, Pilgrim Trinitarian Congregational Church in Uphams Corner was added to the National Register of Historic Places. 

Officially marking the building's importance to the history of the community, the designation will also open additional funding sources for much needed repairs.  Pilgrim Church continues its call to action in the community through its service to the homeless, its food ministry and its spiritual programs.

Posted: February 8, 2014

Jacquelyn Mitchard a Big Hit at Author Talk

Jacquelyn MitchardOn Tuesday, February 4, 2014, the Uphams Corner Library hosted NY Times best-selling author, Jacquelyn Mitchard.  With her young adults book also including the art of Parkour, the library invited Motion Revolution - a Parkour teaching center, to participate.

Many adult residents attended but so did the youth from upstairs, the Bird Youth Center.  Most of the questions came from the youth, both interested in the Parkour feats and the stories that Ms. Mitchard tells.

Lasting beyond closing time, the event was considered a success.  An in-depth article is forthcoming but until then, enjoy the many, many photos on the UC News Facebook page.

Posted: February 4, 2014

Uphams Corner InSight into the News

Recent News

Eyewitness Account of MBTA Bus Accident

MBTA Bus AccidentOn Monday morning, February 10, Max MacCarthy, walking along Columbia Rd heading towards his office, suddenly found himself seconds from a tragic accident.

The noise and the screams told him instantly that a pedestrian had been hit by a bus. 

He and the crowd that quickly gathered served as a volunteer team helping out until the police and medics arrived.  Max took note of the many details - the sequence of events and how the emergency was handled and was willing to share his story.

Posted: February 11, 2014

Gifts of Gratitude - Spiritual Reflections

Gifts of Gratitude by Nancy Conrad"Gifts of Gratitude" is a multi-faceted artistic publication by Nancy Conrad. 

The theme reflects Nancy's life-long journey of contemplating her relationship with God and reflects her love of poetry, photography and story telling.

Consisting of 24 reflections, the book invites the reader on a journey of spiritual discovery.

"Read each story," the author states, "as if God were opening your heart to hear a message. Then listen."

"May we walk in love, and may God walk with us - always."

Posted: February 14, 2014

MBTA Bus Strikes Elderly Woman 2/10/14
MBTA Bus Accident
On Monday, February 10, 2014, an MBTA bus struck an elderly woman in the Uphams Corner neighborhood of Dorchester.  EMT's transported the woman to Boston Medical Center in serious condition.

T police cordoned off the crime scene, tested the driver, and brought in both homicide and accident reconstruction teams.  The driver, highly distraught, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Posted: February 11, 2014

Westside Neighborhood Meeting 2/11/14 - What Happened?
The Westside Neighborhood's February 2014 meeting began with the police report and included a presentation by Georgia Titonis, head librarian Uphams Corner branch. 

Bob Haas, president, discussed the St. Kevin's development project based on a letter he received from the developers.  He stated he is willing to share select portions of the letter but was unwilling to share copies with the community. 

Posted: February 11, 2014

Police Report for UC Westside 2/11/14

Boston Police DeptThe police report covered 45 incidents from 1/14/14 to 2/10/14 including motor vehicle incidents, theft, domestic disputes and other fights and arguments, fraud and several business-related incidents including getting locked in CVS and someone breaking into the Citizens Bank. 

Of concern is the high level of broken car windows as the same problem is occurring on Jone's Hill.  C-11 police suggested a window replacement company was doing this on purpose.

Posted: February 11, 2014

Calling for Single-Payer Health Care in Massachusetts

MassCare for Single-PayerAccess to health care is a basic human right but is not treated that way.  Even with the passage of the Federal Governments ACA, Affordable Care Act, we remain a country where the economics of health care is based on the profit motive. 

Our neighbor, the state of Vermont, has passed a single-payer system, Green Mountain Care.   Likewise, Massachusetts has the opportunity to pass a single-payer system via HB 2127.  We call on our legislators to respond appropriately.

Posted: February 8, 2014

Vermont First State to Pass Single-Payer Health Care System

State of VermontIn 2011, the Vermont state government enacted a law functionally establishing the first state-level single-payer health care system in the United States.

Green Mountain Care, established by the passage of H.202, creates a system in the state where Vermonters receive universal health care coverage as well as technological improvements to the existing system.

Posted: February 8, 2014

Help the Friends of the Uphams Corner Library -
Donate a Board Game

Monopoly Board Game The Friends of the Uphams Corner Library is asking for your help.  They are joining with Commercial Free Childhood.org to participate in the annual week-long event, "Screen Free Week," May 5-11, 2014 

The Friends are asking the community to support the event by participating or donating lightly used board games.

Posted: February 8, 2014

Excellent Food Justice Workshop
Great Photos

Food Justice WorkshopWe can feel proud of the youth who put on the food justice workshop, called "Food for Thought," at the Dudley Greenhouse.  At least 25 people attended from pre-teen through adult. 

Quite amazing the knowledge these "kids" passed on to the food justice students in attendance.

Great photos on Facebook.  Article covering the event coming out soon.

Posted: February 8, 2014

Prior Issue #90

"Food for Thought" - Food Justice Workshop

Th Food ProjectThe Food Project is offering "Food for Thought," a popular and informative workshop.

February 8, 2014
10:30 - 12 noon
Dudley Greenhouse. 

Taught by young leaders of the community, this workshop will leave you thinking about the importance of food, food production as it ought to be and food justice in a totally different way. 

If you have not had a chance to learn about food justice, this is your opportunity.  If you have, the workshop is still worth attending to get to know the youth who are seeking to change the world one leaf of lettuce at a time.

Posted: February 6, 2014

Rainbow Apparel Fails to Shovel Sidewalks

Rainbow Apparel not shovelingRainbow Apparel at 745 Dudley St remains one of the worst businesses in Uphams Corner for complying with the snow removal ordinance. The Uphams Corner Improvement Association (UCIA) waited for two days before filing a complaint.  

Their record is poor after every snowfall and this has been true since they opened in 2010.  A pedestrian's ability to walk in front of their business in 2014 is close to non-existent.  If you do attempt to following along the one-foot-path created by other pedestrians, there is a good possibility you will fall.

Posted: February 7, 2014


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