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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

Citizens Connect to South Bay Community Meeting #2
Sat, Apr 6 9:30 a.m.- 12 noon

This will be 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 and will 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 Public Works 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

Do It Anyway
by Mother Theresa of Calcutta

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.

Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta

Posted: March 24, 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

BPL Compass Roundtable Discussion
Thu, Mar 28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Since November 2011, Staff of the BPL have hosted roundtable conversations with the community members on each of the eightBPL Compass Roundtable principles of the library's strategic plan, the Compass.

This discussion centers on the User-Centered Institution principle which states,

"The BPL is a user-centered institution with services that anticipate and respond to neighborhood interests and the changing demographics of the City and Commonwealth."

DIscussion leaders:
  • JoAnn E. Butler, Coordinator of Literacy Services;
  • Christine Schonhart, Director of Library Services, Branches;
  • Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator at the Dudley Literacy Center, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury.
Posted: March 23, 2013

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

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

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 Network
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

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