|The front of Cataloni's
Bar has now been restored from a "war-ravaged" look to that of a
pleasant business look.
the stone veneer color originally installed is no longer available.
closest match has a lot more color - though not so much that
the eye. Look closely and you can see the
The contractor also used a dark gray mortar with a deep
inset different from the lighter morter of old.
Across the board - much better for Upham's Corner.
|You can't call this
building Ka' Carlos
Restaurant anymore since ownership has changed and the signs are gone.
We've gotten to know a friendly
gentleman who calls himself Pablo Juan. One day we spied him
walking in front of the building lking up so we asked
is your interest in this building?"
Pablo Juan lives in the
South End and will be working at the new restaurant when it opens
(cooking). The food, he says, will be a mixture of pasta and
dishes. "Where's your boss?" we asked. His answer
funny: "Sleeping." The next time we met Pablo he
leaves off the sidewalk in the rain. Moves faster that way,
The new owners have repainted the outside (same
colors) and installed new exterior lighting. Ladders and
paint cans on the
inside - a political sign in the window - there's Boston life
inside! We can't wait. Compare to how the property looked in August 2010.
By the way, 33 Hancock Street got in the way of the egg wars on
Halloween and has the remains of three fresh eggs splattered on its
|On October 23, 2010
DotBike sponsored a ride
through Dorchester - an event scheduled as part of the
Collaborative Open Studios. One of their stopping places was
small but noteworthy public artwork covering a street utility box here
in Upham's Corner.
It's easy to take such artwork for granted or ignore it or
it entirely in the busy hubbub of the day (like crossing the street to
get some chicken).
Located where Davern exits to Columbia Rd, it is worth your
consideration and appreciation.
|Dorchester Bay, who owns
the building where
Jackson Market is located, authorized Maloney Properties to upgrade the
front of the building. Apparently the blue tile was not
well to the surface. Jose Silverio, owner of Jackson Market, says he
likes it a lot better.
They did a great job, don't you think?
Consider sending a thank you to Dorchester Bay (Helena Pimentel).
|Rent-A-Center at 531
Columbia Rd (the front door
is on Hancock St) is getting a face lift. The owner of the
building has authorized a contractor to repoint the bricks.
mortar was loose and reducing the integrity of the brick structure.
Thanks for keeping Upham's Corner well maintained.
|The section of Dudley Street between
Monadnock and Virginia Streets is looking a lot cleaner these days.
Naverez Clothing Gear (Henry Naverez) and Camilo Liquors
(Ambioris Fernandez) are both maintaining trash barrels in
front of their businesses.
What a difference it makes! Camilo sells lottery tickets and
... alcohol. Lottery ticket discards and plastic nips as well
as brown bags litter the sidewalks close by and wander in both
directions to the barbershop and L&M Clothing.
Walk by sometime. Take a look at how much trash both of these
businesses are collecting. Yes, we know - not all of it would
have ended up in the street and on the sidewalk but any amount of white
paper "glued" to the ground makes the Upham's Corner sidewalks look bad.
Be sure to thank both of these businesses for their consideration.
|St. Mary's Episcopal
Church - 14 Cushing Ave - is getting a new roof along with lots of wood
trim repair from the many years of no maintenance. The contractor
is using architectural shingles and installing copper valleys.
According to Rev Cathy George, the extensive roof work shows
evidence of the refounding and revitalization of the church.
Rev. George was much more interested in inviting people to
church than in talking about the roof She also brought up
the playground Only last year they installed a $25,000
playground. It was used this year extensively by the 65 kids in
their summer program It is used all year round by the Ruth
Rev. George promised to extend herself to a lenthier interview in the future. Many photos - so click here to view