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Help send Youth Footballers from Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury to championship turf.

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Youth football and cheer team needs community immediate support or dreams would be dashed.
Boston, MA – The Boston Raiders Mitey Mites have been invited to play in the National Pop Warner Baby Bowl at Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL, December 4 – 6, 2015.

They are the first Mitey Mite team from Massachusetts to ever to play in the prestigious game. The Mitey Mites are 2015 Central Mass Baby Bowl Champions; their ages range from 7-9 years old.

The Boston Raiders Mitey Mites have amassed in the past for four seasons, three consecutive undefeated seasons and four conference titles.

This story is about young people from Boston being recognized for their hard work and talents, and not the negative imagery that is seen in the news.

The team is looking for sponsors to help defray some of the cost of the trip. All the players and cheerleaders come from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan, an area of the city that has not recovered from the recession with over 25% unemployment, and 51% of the households are headed by single parents.

But these families have found a way not to let it affect their child(ren) ability to play sports to provide a sense of normalcy.

The team is looking for small and large businesses and individuals to help support the ambitions of these young to give that famous reply that all champions give, “Where are you going? I’m going to Disney!”

If you would like to provide financial support to the team or more information, please contact William Watkins, President at 617-858-1410.


Boston Raiders Youth Football & Cheer Pop Warner Little Scholars was formally the Roxbury Raiders established by the legendary brothers of Harry and Dennis Wilson in 1974.
The program in its 40-year history has mentored and coached over 5,000 young men and women, over 30 local and state titles combined and the most winningest youth football record of over 350 wins and counting.

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November 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Senator Forry and Councillor Jackson pins Platinum ring  on Uphams Corner Main Streets org.

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UCMS Went Platinum: Upham’s Corner Main Streets Celebrated 20 Years of Service with Senator Linda Dorcena Forry as Keynote Speaker

JUNE 9TH 2015,  Dorchester, Ma. – Upham’s Corner Main Streets (UCMS) went Platinum! 

The UCMS family celebrated 20 years of service to the Boston community with a night filled with live music, entertainment, food, drink and a live auction led by City Councilor Tito Jackson. The celebration took place at the historic Strand Theater in Dorchester.
It all started with the community piano, which is stationed right outside of the Strand Theater entrance. A young event attendee walked up to the piano and began playing melodious tunes. 

Then a young girl who was sitting around the corner heard the music and watched anxiously. When the young man finished, she stepped up and began playing. Then she was joined by violinist Shaw Pong who was scheduled to play for the evening. A crowd started to gather around and applauded the dynamic duo. The symbolism of the Strand Theater community piano connecting local organizations like UCMS directly to the community residents in a constructive fashion encompasses the work of UCMS over the last 20 years.
The evening buzzed with excitement as Charleston Sarjeant, owner of Pan United, gave a lively steel drum performance. Attendees had the opportunity to peruse various local vendors who were set up in the main lobby, take photos in front of the UCMS banner, and enjoy delicious treats from Jewell Smith, owner of Tazju Catering. Down the hall, local artist Kenyatta Blue featured three of his pieces and explained their meanings. 
Visit to view Kenyatta’s video.

The event also included jazz music by Berkley College students and a live fashion show held by the young women from the Bird Street Community Center. 
The teenaged fashion designers modeled their very own designs for the audience with pride and poise. 

Enjoy a snippet of the fashion show at

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry gave a an inspiring keynote address.
 She reflected on UCMS’s contributions to the Boston small business community over the last 20 years and mirrored it to her own service to the Boston community during the same time period. “Having been in the public sector for nearly twenty years and coming from a family of small business owners, I know how intimate and tied these businesses are to the growth and quality of life in our neighborhoods”, said Senator Forry. She then highlighted the work being done along the Fairmount Corridor and right in front of the Strand Theater. She then charged local government and residents alike to strive for better. “Our work is not done and we can do more”, noted Senator Forry.

Later on, City Councilor Tito Jackson led the most enjoyable and laughter-filled live auction, helping to raise money for UCMS. The evening came to a close with a spectacular performance by solo guitarist Khalil Madyun. In short, attendees enjoyed a full night of everything Upham’s Corner has to offer.
For more information about the UCMS Platinum Fundraiser, please contact Gillian Miller, Cultural Events and Communications Manager, at or 617-265-0363.


About Upham’s Corner Main Streets

Upham’s Corner Main Street, Inc. (UCMS) is a community-led business district planning agency that works to build a vibrant commercial district in Upham’s Corner, a bustling town center in Dorchester, MA, that is anchored by the historic Strand Theater. UCMS was first created in 1996 when a group of concerned neighborhood residents, merchants and civic leaders banded together with a goal of advocating, planning, and managing the revitalization of the Upham’s Corner business district. The goal: to create more permanent jobs, an optimal mix of retail businesses, and shopping opportunities that fit the needs of residents. The organization operates under the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street approach to revitalize Upham’s Corner through Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion. UCMS is also a partner of the Fairmount Cultural Corridor initiative to spur cultural economic development in Upham’s Corner.

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June 22, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Harvest food coop and Whole Foods market gets a friend in new Food Coop of Dorchester

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..well, we hope its a friend or  maybe it’ll be competition but probably not since WholeFoods Symphony co-tweeted this announcement too 


onelove foodYou can  join Sustainability Guild for the grand opening of the Bowdoin-Geneva Community Hub at the corner of Bowdoin Street and Topliff Street in Dorchester this Saturday from 11:00am until 3pm.

The Guild along with our partners at the Dorchester Community Food Co-op and local volunteers have worked long and hard to turn a vacant lot into a welcoming space for the community to relax, learn and play in. The Hub will also be the location of a new building that will be home to the Co-op’s worker- and community-owned healthy food store and cafe.

The schedule of events:

• Meet the Food Co-op, the future anchor tenant of the new building
• Meet the developer, Dorchester Bay EDC
• Meet partner organizations: Sustainability Guild, Third Sector New England, Co-op Fund of New England, and other community organizations, local entrepreneurs, and neighbors from across Dorchester.

There be food music and fun for the whole family!

We need volunteers for the event; if you’d like to help out, please contact Lynn Murray at

And if you’d like to present something at the event or would like to be part of a future event, please contact Jhana Senxian of the Sustainability Guild:

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July 11, 2013 at 10:43 am

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