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Volume IV No 96, 04/11/2014
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Posted: April 8, 2014

Public Service Announcements

Renew Boston - Whole Building Incentive Program Extended - Free Information Sessions

Greenovate BostonMany neighborhoods in the City of Boston consist of two and three-family homes.  The City has a strong desire to make sure these iconic homes remain comfortable and affordable. 

To allow more multi-family home owner residents to improve their home's energy efficiency, the City's Renew Boston program, "Whole Building Incentive," has been extended through June 1st, 2014

Information sessions are coming up soon in South Boston, Mattapan and Dorchester.

Posted: April 8, 2014

Scrub the Hub - Vimeo on how to Get Rid of Bulk Items

Boston Public Works Program
This animated Public Service Announcement by the City of Boston shows how to easily schedule a bulk item pickup while doing your spring cleaning


Events in April

DSNI Community Summit - Generations of Change

DSNI LogoThe Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is celebrating and reflecting on 30-years of community service.  Join them Saturday 4/12/14 at the Community Summit, "Generations of Change," as they focus on revitalization and work with residents, community organizations and businesses. 

The goal is to envision action steps for the community's collective future.  Saturday, April 12, 2014 10am - 3pm.

Registration required.  Lunch is free.

Posted: March 31, 2014

Uphams Corner LibraryUphams Corner Library Presents - Open MIC April 17, 5:30pm

Let everyone know.  Come to read or sing.   It MUST be clean.

Uphams Corner Branch Library
500 Columbia Road.


Dorchester Bay - Celebrating 35 Years 4/24/14

DBEDCThis year's Dorchester Bay fundraiser is celebrating their 35th anniversary with a banquet at Venezia's Restaurant on 4/24/14. 

The 2014 Candidates for Governor will attend the opening VIP session.  Then dinner features  keynote speakers from the Newmarket Business Assoc,  Michael Rothschild and Susan Sullivan.  Live entertainment by the Fred Woodard Band.  Mistress of Ceremony - Karen Holmes.

For sponsorship and tickets, contact Sandra at 617.825.4200 x210.

Posted: March 31, 2014

RCC Community Career Fair 4/24/14
RCC Community Fair
Roxbury Community College is holding a Community Career Fair on Thursday, April 24, 2014, 11am to 3pm.  Over 30 employers representing careers in health care, non-profit, government, hospitality, education and more.  Room #200, Building 4.  

Posted: March 31, 2014

CreateSpace Workshop in Dorchester
How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with Create Space

April 26, 2014 Saturday
10am to 1pm
Erick Jean Center for the Arts
157A Washington Street
Dorchester, Mass. 02121

$40 for class plus a instructional book.
$30  for early bird special (before April 18, 2014.)
$25 per person for AWB Members

Posted: March 31, 2014

Senior Fitness Classes at Grove Hall Library in April 2014

Grove Hall Seniors ExercisingThe Senior Fitness Classes will run every Saturday in April from 11:00-11:30. Advanced registration is encouraged.  

Experience a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily senior living, including cardio, weight training and stretching while sitting.

This class will meet the needs and abilities of those new to workouts or at an advanced level while providing a total body workout.
Posted: April 4, 2014

Events in May

Little Miss & Young Miss Dorchester Contests

Saturday March 10, 2014 - Winners Announced. 

Dorchester InsigniaThe winners of the two contests will be participating in the Dorchester Day Parade on 6/1/14.  Little Miss is for girls 7-9 years and Young Miss is for girls 10-12 years old

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2014 and winners will be announced on Saturday, May 10 at the First Parish Church.

Full applications can be found on the Dorchester Day website:


Posted: March 28, 2014

Cristo Rey Sign and Thrive 5/1/14
Cristo Rey Sign and Thrive 2014
Cristo Rey Boston High School invites you to witness the Top Five Senior "Scholastic Superstars" publicly declare the name of the college or university they will attend this fall.

The event will also feature tours of school renovations and words from Cristo Rey Alumni.

For more information on Sign & Thrive, contact Emily Smalley, Vice President of External Relations, at (617) 825-2580 ext. 21 or esmalley@cristoreyboston.org.

Cristo Rey Sign & Thrive Website

Posted: April 11, 2014

Boston Shines May 2-3, 2014

Boston ShinesPlease join the City of Boston Friday May 2nd & Saturday May 3rd  for Boston’s annual Spring clean up.  Help get your neighborhood get ready for Spring!

Last year Mid Dorchester had the highest number of volunteers city wide (853).

Let's plan to expand the projects and come out on top again in 2014.  Let your neighbors know.  Thank you for what you do to improve our neighborhoods.

Register Here or Call!

Flavio Daveiga - Neighborhood Coordinator - 617-635-1880

Posted: February 13, 2014

Earlean Blakely - 18th Annual Mother’s Day Banquet 5/11/14

Earlean Blakely18th Annual Earlean Blakely Mother’s Day Banquet, Celebrating Mothers 1920–2009.  Sunday May 11, 2014 @ Kroc Center in Dorchester.

Welcome reception at 3pm
Dinner at 4pm
5:30 pm salute and tribute at 5:30pm.

You can sponsor a Mother for $25.00

Posted: April 6, 2014

Dance for Seniors at Grove Hall Library in May 2014

Dance for Seniors at Grove Hall LibDancing on the balcony is an interactive dance class that presents seniors the opportunity to study dance with professional dancer, choreographer and teacher, Joan Green. 

Participants will learn a variety of dance skills including warm-ups, activities to help maintain mobility and balance, locomotor phrases, creating choreography as a group and performance skills. 

The Dance for Seniors classes run every Wednesday in May from 10:30-11:30. Advanced registration is required.

Posted: April 5, 2014

Uphams Corner InSight into the News

Featured Articles

Cedric Douglas - Winner, Uphams Corner Public Art Commission

Artist Cedric DouglasCedric Douglas, winner of the Uphams Corner Public Arts Commission, has a daunting task ahead - to engage the residents and businesses in a conversation about public art. 

The Arts committee under the direction of DSNI and funding by The Boston Foundation found his proposal most compelling.

His winning proposal is already taking shape with a brazenly decorated UP truck designed to comb the neighborhood streets for anyone who is curious, loves talking, is passionate and expressive.

Posted: April 11, 2014

Boston Public Library Commemorates Boston Marathon 2013 April 14-19, 2014

Boston Public Library CopleyIn honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, the Boston Public Library has scheduled a series of dedicated programs all of which are free to the public and open to all. 

All programs will be held at the Copley Square Branch.  Running Mon Apr 14 through Sun April 20, the programs being offered are as a respite during a week of remembrance.

Posted: April 8, 2014

Hub Theatre - "Three Days Rain" - A Look at the Human Condition

Hub Theatre of BostonThe Hub Theatre of Boston's 2nd season opens with Richard Greenberg's play, "Three Days of Rain."  Playing weekends through April 19, the play is ostensibly about a dysfunctional family but twists the plot into a statement - or question - about ourselves. 

The acting is superb and the play complex and maintains your interest, curiosity and intellectual questioning.  Hub Theatre's production is a must-see for excellent literature and excellent acting. At First Church of Boston in the Back Bay.
Posted: April 6, 2014

St. Kevin's from the Past - Photos

St. Kevin's There is a growing interest in nostalgic photos and memories about St. Kevin's as the buildings crumble to the ground and get changed so much, they fail to look like the past.

On December 30, 2011 and January 1, 2012, because the Catholic Archdiocese was not securing the buildigs, they were wide open.  Just walk in.  So we documented the contents in both buildings - 516  and 530 Columbia Rd.

While the inside photos are ostensibly warehouse-like with stacked school equipment, they are more than that.  Hidden inside and behind were wonders to behold.  They are sure to be important to those who went to St. Kevin's and remember it well.

Photos - Inside St. Kevins Early 2012 (facebook)
Posted: April 8, 2014

Grove Hall Branch Library - Celebrating Five Years

Grove Hall Library 5 YearsCelebrating its 5th anniversary, the Grove Hall Branch Library invited community organizations and, of course, library members - adults and kids - to enjoy in the festivities. 

Who couldn't resist the JP Licks ice cream or pizza or cookies?  "Has it really been that long?" 

Time flies and onto the next ten or more years of serviing the Grove Hall community.  "We encourage everyone, especially the youth, to read, read, read."

Posted: April 6, 2014

Election Workers - Behind the Scenes on Voting Day

I voted on Election DayBoston's Election Department works quietly to set up a well-oiled voting process - training the workers, distributing equipment, receiving the voting counts after 8 pm and retrieving the equipment the next day. 

How the voting public experiences the voting process is key to voters returning to the polls.

Thanks go to Marty Kain for ensuring the election workers are thoroughly trained and thanks to the election workers for arriving at 6 am and working a very long day to ensure a smooth and error-free voting day.

Posted: April 6, 2014

MS Awards to The Boston Home Staff

The Boston HomeClarissa Luzuriaga-Perez and Nellie Thomas, staff from Rehabilitation Department of The Boston Home have received fellowships from Multiple Sclerosis organizations. 

Both will be attending a week-long program at the Cleveland Clinic which will allow them to both learn and share their knowledge based on work at The Boston Home. 

Congratulations are in order for both.

Posted: April 6, 2014

Jones Hill Neighborhood Assoc April Mtg

Wed, April 9th, 7 pm
St. Mary's Women and Infants Center
90 Cushing Avenue, Dorchester

Folks, for those who were not able to attend the February and March Jones Hill Neighborhood Association meetings, the meeting notes are now available:

February 2014: http://bit.ly/1gHCT2g
March 2014: http://bit.ly/OqGjQv

Hope you can make it to our next meeting this Wed, April 9th, 7 pm, at St. Mary's Women and Infants Center, 90 Cushing Avenue.

Bob Freeman

Posted: April 6, 2014

Letters to the Editor - Who is the Winner?

Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:35 am

The Pumpkin Cart will rock at the Strand in support for my pick artist from the first five. Though this idea was not selected, it still represents a piece of Uphams Corner's history - the early times before modern transportation emerged in the City of Boston.

Thank you Nancy, you are fabulous!

Carol Perez

Letters to the Editor - Fairmount Moves to Phase II

Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I must commend you directly for this synopsis. It is telling overall and in one aspect for me, a confirmation. Acknowledging the community assets and leveraging them carefully con make a significant difference. Trust, however, is a key factor.

I will share this with a small cohort of Caribbean leaders serving Dorchester youth since we are in  the Fairmount Corridor. Our "island" voices, too, should be acknowledged and responded to beyond polite words.

"The red arrows show the first three BRA priorities falling while the blue arrows show the community priorities at the bottom of the BRA report rising to the top.  If we look at priority #1, the BRA / WAG identified "strengthening business" while the community said "minimize displacement."  Other report sections experienced similar upheavals. "

Ronald Lammy

Letters to the Editor"Three Days of Rain"

Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:17 pm

Regarding the play "Three Days of Rain" - I had made plans to see this play next Friday, your review definitely makes me want to see it.

Sean R Cooper

Featured in Prior Issues

Uphams Corner Public Art Commission - Who is the Winner?
Horse and pumpkin for the Strand
The Uphams Corner Public Art Commission project is an outcome of The Boston Foundation / ArtPlace endeavor.  Initial exploratory phases are complete.  Only the formal announcement of the winner remains.  After that, the work to develop the public art begins.

Announcement of the winner will be made at a community meeting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 6-8pm at the Strand Theatre. 

Plan to come to meet the artist and determine how you can be involved in the community process about to begin.

Posted: April 4, 2014

Hub Theatre's 2nd Season:  "Three Days of Rain"
April 4-19

Hub Theatre - Three days of rain'Three Days of Rain' by Tony Award winning playwright Richard Greenberg will open Hub Theatre Company's second season.

This modern-day masterpiece is the story of a dysfunctional family’s tumultuous relationships over the course of two generations.

Daniel Bourque directs a trio of Boston's finest actors, Marty Seeger Mason, Tim Hoover, and the Hub's Artistic Director, John Geoffrion. 

At the First Church In Boston, 66 Marlborough St, April 4-19, 2014. All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can.

Posted: April 4, 2014

Boston Ballet at the Strand 4/11/14

Boston Ballet at the StrandThe Boston Ballet is proud to present an evening of dance at the Strand Theatre, April 11, 2014. 

The Company, Boston Ballet II, students from Boston Ballet School and students from Boston Ballet's Department of Education and Community Initiatives will all be participating. 

A direct result of the Company's mission to promote excellence in ballet and to grow the diversity of its audiences, this program is one night only and very affordable at $5.00.

Posted: April 2, 2014

Tufts University Student on Assignment in Uphams Corner

Zuangchen ZhouTufts University student Zhuangchen Zhou is on assignment.  With heart and passion embedded in photography, he is getting to know  Uphams Corner with camera in hand.

His project is a little tougher than simple point and shoot photos of the people who live, work and travel here  He is hoping to photograph them in authentic settings including in their homes.  And he is looking forward to riding with the police. 

Posted: March 31, 2014

Dunya - Tribute to Turkish Music - Truth to Power at the NEC

Dunya Music EnsembleAn ensemble of musicians from the musician's collective known as Dunya performed Turkish music to an enthusiastic audience on March 27, 2014.

Part of NEC's Music:  Truth to Power series, each program examines the importance of music in human struggle and how music takes form in the artistic expression of revolution. 

The NEC program consisted of a series of "songs" - poetry set to music - which touched on the centuries-long struggles of Turkish people as well as the beauty of the Turkish folk music.

Posted: March 22, 2014


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