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Latest News and Events - Greater Uphams Corner Area - Issue 54

The News

MBTA & Fairmount - Ten Years & Counting
MBTA Dir of Development - Q&A
MBTA Fairmount Phase I - almost Done
The BRA said:  Spread the Word

Dorchester Bay - Annual Meeting
Dorchester Bay to Create Business Center
More Beautification Awards
Awards Presented at Groom Humphreys
Informative Gardening Workshop

Gov Patrick Visits The Food Project
Site Search function Added

Free Electronics Recycling Sep 29
Free Shred Day Sep 29

About Events Coming up
Ragtime, the Musical at the Strand
Improvement Assoc Meeting
DAC - Open Studios Oct 17-21
UCMS Annual Meeting 2012

Prior Issues
Adult Education Center Needed
Successful UC Health Festival
Andreas and Willie are Gone

Back to School BBQ - 7th Annual
Stanford U - Free Online Courses
Area 324 Nbhd Watch - Meeting Notes

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Prior Issues

#54 9/17/12
#55 9/27/12
#52 9/4/12 #53 9/7/12
#50 8/24/12 #51 8/30/12
#48 7/27/12 #49 8/15/12
#46 6/11/12 #47 7/13/12
#44 5/4/12 #45 5/11/12

UC News Calendar Highlights

Sep 27: Improvement Assoc Mtg **
Sep 28-Oct 7: Ragtime the Musical
Sep 29: Free electronics Recycling
Sep 29:  Free Shred Day

Oct 17-21: Dorchester Arts Open Studios
Oct 23: UCMS Annual Meeting **
Oct 25: Dance Salsa at UC Library
** In UC Calendar

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Highlights on Events in Greater Uphams Corner

Ragtime at the StrandRagtime at the Strand Theater
Sept. 28 - Oct. 7th


Fiddlehead Theatre Company & The American Civil Liberties Union proudly present

Ragtime The Musical at the historic Strand Theater!

Don't miss this powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America and a relevant tale for today!

For ticket information on one of nine different shows and more information on the Strand Theater, please click here.

Read More about the Musical, the cast and the background

Free Household Electronics RecyclingElectronics Recycling
Bayside Expo Center

In conjunction with Mayor Menino and the City of Boston, Metech Recycling is pleased to offer sponsored electronics recycling for all residents and businesses in the Boston area.

On Saturday, September 29th, 2012 from 9am-2pm, the City of Boston is offering to collect all residential electronic waste (e-waste) at the Bayside Expo Center. Businesses, schools, and non-profits around Boston are being offered a unique opportunity to participate in our sponsored precollection effort leading up to this residential collection day.

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Free Shred Day 9/29/12Free Shred Day
Bayside Expo Parking Lot
Sep 29, 2012 9am - 3pm

Free Shred Day Sponsored by City of Boston Credit Union 9/29/12 - On Saturday, September 29, 2012 between 9 am and 3 pm City of Boston Credit Union will be holding a FREE Personal Document Shredding Day.  Shredding trucks will be available in the Bayside Expo Parking Lot, 200 Mount Vernon Street in Dorchester.

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Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC)

Dorchester Bay Annual Meeting and Dinner 2012
October 18, 2012 6PM

Devine Golf House
Franklin Park
1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester

Dorchester Bay will be hosting  its 2012 Annual Meeting and Dinner on October 18, 2012, 6:00 pm  at the Devine Golf House at Franklin Park, 1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester. The theme for this meeting is "Community Engagement".

Please RSVP by October 10th by calling 617-825-4200 or email Cookie at Ksheers@dbedc.org.

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Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios 2012 - 10th Anniversary
Open StudiosOct 17 - 21

Opening night of performances on Friday, October 19th at the new Black Box Theater in Codman Square.

Special event at Forbes House Museum in Milton on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.

This year is the biggest Open Studios yet!  140 visual artists, 20 sites,  20 authors reading their work, at 2 sites, and over a dozen performances.

Don't miss a single event!

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Uphams Corner Main Street Annual Meeting 2012
October 23, 2012
Uphams Corner Main Street
The UCMS Annual Meeting in 2012 will be a Breakfast Meeting - 8am - 9:30am, Tuesday, October 23rd at Paraiso Restaurant -750 Dudley Street.

EVERYONE is invited. 

Learn about:the Uphams Corner Dining Guide, pop-up galleries and arts-based events, the new information kiosk, partnership with the Boston Foundation and lots more.

R.S.V.P. to Max MacCarthy at:(617) 265-0363 or max@uphamscorner.org

More Information

Meta MovementsOctober is Hispanic Month - Celebrate by Dancing Salsa in the Uphams Corner Library

Thu Oct 25, 2012  6PM

Dance teachers from MetaMovements will demonstrate and lead participants in four different Latin-style dances, starting with Salsa.  MetaMovements is a dancing company in the Boston area led by Anara Piers Frank.

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Upham's Corner InSight into the News

MBTA & Fairmount Line - Ten Years of Improvements & Counting - an Overview
Sep 26, 2012

Fairmount Line Near South StationFor over 10 years, the MBTA has been making improvements to the Fairmount Line based on a  feasibility study in 2002 which identified essential infrastructure issues and ridership expansion opportunities (4 new stations being built).

The BRA's Fairmount Transportation Initiative brings transportation and master planning together on one table, a rare opportunity for the MBTA. With the South Station expansion program underway, the full extent of the Fairmount project now runs another decade into the future.

Mr. Joe Cosgrove, MBTA Development Director, spoke extensively about the project at the Sep 12, 2012 CAG meeting (Fairmount Corridor Wide Advisory Group).

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Joe Cosgrove, MBTA Dir of Development Weighs in on the Fairmount Line; Great Q&A Session
Sep 12, 2012
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Joe Cosgrove, Director of Development for the MBTA gave an update on all facets of the MBTA's involvement with the Fairmount Line at the Sep 12, 2012 Fairmount Corridor Wide Advisory Group (CAG) meeting.

"Congratulations," he said, "to the BRA for making an effort to link the two types of planning that rarely get an opportunity to be on the same table at the same time: transportation planning (MBTA) and master planning (City of Boston)."

During his presentation, Mr. Cosgrove:
  • Gave a report on construction work done on the Fairmount Line for the last ten years
  • Talked about ongoing work (phase II)
  • Provided insight into additional work needed to make the Fairmount Line a success (South Station expansion)
  • Talked about his work with the  Fairmount CDC Collaborative
  • Answered questions raised by members of the Advisory Group (CAG)
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Fairmount Corridor Improvements Program - Phase I - Almost Complete
Sep 26, 2012

MBCRThe Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail Line is the only Commuter Rail Branch that exclusively serves the City of Boston and MBTA’s Urban Core.

In October of 2002, a Feasibility Study identified the infrastructure upgrades needed to maintain a "State of Good Repair" on the Fairmount Line.

Most of the upgrades have been completed including rehabbing two stations, reconstructing six bridges, de-leading and minor repair to four (4) bridges.  Since the bridge work began in 2005, the Fairmount system has had limited service due to track use restrictions.  Returning the system back to full service remains a challenge.

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Uphams Corner Improvement Association Meeting (UCIA)
Thu, Sep 27, 2012 6:30pm


The BRA is depending on the community to provide progress updates to Fairmount Corridor residents / groups.  Community consists of Advisory Group members (CAG / WAG) and anyone who attends the meetings.

We INVITE you to attend the UCIA meeting.  Get a progress report and let your voice be heard.  All commments, questions, ideas and concerns about the Fairmount Initiative will be forwarded to the BRA.  Find out how YOU can get involved, how you can let your voice be heard.

Meeting Info:  6:30 PM, Thu Sep 27, 594 Columbia Rd (Dorchester Bay Building), Ring buzzer #6
Other topics of concern?  What would make you feel really proud of living in Uphams Corner?

Contact:  ucimprove@gmail.com

Bornstein and Pearl Small Business CenterDorchester Bay to Develop Food Processing Small Business Center

Redevelopment of the old Pearl Meat Packing Building will be meeting what residents living nearby say is their number one priority -

Bringing Jobs Back to Uphams Corner.

Many residents worked at Pearl before the company moved to Randolph. Redevelopment of this 35,000 SF site into the Bornstein and Pearl Food Processing Small Business Center is a key component of the Quincy Street Corridor redevelopment project.

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Beautification Awards Presented at Groom Humphreys
September 19, 2012

Beautification AwardsThe September meeting of the Groom Humphreys Neighborhood Association included the presentation of beautification awards to area residents by members of the Uphams Corner Improvement Association (UCIA). 

Mr. Hal Cohen who officiates these meetings made a special effort to contact the award recipients encouraging them to attend the meeting to personally receive their awards.

The Improvement Association congratulated everyone for how much they care about their section of Dorchester.  "The four awards issued is proof that residents care.  All you have to do is take the time to look and you will see the hidden beauty."

Mr. Octavio Miranda and family received the award for 56 Belden Street.
Mr. Eugene Hendrix and Mrs. Almarita Hendrix received the award for 20 Humphreys Street.

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Congratulations to 713 Dudley St, 37 Humphreys St, 21 Annabel St and 15 Annapolis Street

September 24, 2012

The Uphams Corner Improvement Association (UCIA) has issued four more Beautification Awards to area homes for a total of 16 properties with more awards to come.  CONGRATULATIONS!

View Beautification Awards Index to see all awards issued in 2012.

The Homes & Gardens Beautification Award is given to Uphams Corner area residents and businesses who maintain their property with pride, enhancing its "curb appeal" and contributing to the overall beauty of Uphams Corner.  We consider condition and attractiveness of the property and grounds, and how well the property fosters a spirit of beauty and sustainability in the community. 

For more information, contact the Uphams Corner Improvement Association at   UCImprove@gmail.com

713 Dudley Street


Abrams Management is to be commended for their quality landscaping at 713 Dudley Street.

Wrought iron fencing secures the garden plots which are covered in attractive red mulch.

Planters brimming with colorful flowers transform the front of the building to an idyllic setting. Flowers include petunias, argeratum, marigolds, ivy geranium and bacopa, all from Exotic Flowers in Roslindale.
713 Dudley St

37 Humphreys Street


A neat and well cared for home on a narrow lot with a small raised bed plot that the owner has planted with vegetables (beans) and ornamentals. 

Showcasing the garden is a statue of the Virgin Mary surrounded by Silver Cinneraria.
37 Humphreys Street

21 Annabel Street


Perched atop a hill, the ground is reached by climbing a set of stairs making the visual landscaping easy to miss unless it is created to attract the eye colorfully. 

The gardener has selected a dense set of plantings whose colors complement the blue and rust color tones of the house.

21 Annabel Street

15 Annapolis Street


This home is neat and trim and well kept because the garden is behind a chain-link fence.

However, the true beauty of the gardening is showcased only if you climb the stairs and look down from the front porch. 

From the distance, the red mulch is particularly effective at making the flowers stand out.

15 Annapolis Street

Uphams Corner Library - Urban Gardening
Informative Urban Gardening Workshop at UC Lib
Sep 24 2012

The Uphams Corner Library sponsored a well appreciated community workshop for anyone interested in 'Growing your Own,' especially food.

Presented by Dan Chamberlain on Thursday, September 20, 2012, the workshop was perfect for a small but very dedicated set of residents and librarians.

Topics included what to plant, networking, sustainability, container gardening, gardening maintenance and closing down after the season.

Attendees had a chance to ask questions and get excellent recommendations from a young urban, sustainability oriented youth, who models the next generation of concerned urban citizens.

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Gov Patrick Visits The Food Project

Sep 18, 2012

Mass. Governor Deval Patrick and other officials visited the urban agriculture program in Dorchester run by The Food Project, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE).

Report for BNN News. Aired September 18, 2012.

Search Function added to Uphams Corner News

Introducing Google's Site Search Function into Uphams Corner News. 

The Uphams Corner News site main menu now includes a SEARCH option which is an implementation of the Google search with the SITE qualifier of "uphamscornernews.com."

[ search term ] site:www.uphamscornernews.com

We expect the new search function to provide access to a wealth of historic information about the greater Uphams Corner area.

only search Uphams Corner News

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Featured from Prior Issues

Adult Education Center Sorely Needed in Uphams Corner
September 12, 2012

To:  Uphams Corner News

I am sending a letter of hope, vision and concern to Mayor Menino about the need for adult education opportunities in Uphams Corner, a section of the city that also has a low educational attainment rate.

Can you please publish my letter and share it with the community? Thank you in advance. 

Shemiram Fabian

Dear Mayor Menino:
Education for LiberationThank you so much for all you do to improve the quality of life of the people in the City of Boston.

These days I have been inspired, and motivated by the speeches given by our Democratic leaders at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) who have been laying the pivotal facts, challenges, and hopes for a better future for this country.

We heard amongst other topics how EDUCATION is the most important, and vital subject that brings change, hope, prosperity, and success.

Uphams Corner has a high immigrant population - people who have come here in search of a better life. Many don't speak English and have low skills and find it hard to obtain employment in 21st century work opportunities.

Yet even a little bit of education or job training makes such a huge difference in stabilizing people's lives financially - in liberating them.  So I am asking you for help.  Uphams Corner needs an ADULT EDUCATION CENTER, where people can learn vocational skills or study art, music, business etc.... so that people can be inspired, live creative lives and make a better Boston.

Note:  Image source - See article

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Uphams Corner Health Festival 2012Uphams Corner Health Festival - the Best Ever
Sep 8, 2012

The 2012 Uphams Corner Health Festival, marking 25 years of health fairs to the community, experienced an excellent turnout. 

The health center achieved their goal of encouraging the community to take care of their health:  blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and diabetes and to have fun in the process  - healthy and delicious food, friendly staff and fun activities for the kids.

Roksana Pirog, Marketing and Promotions Manager at the Uphams Corner Health Center, believes that over 400 people participated which is record setting.  "The flu clinic received fives times more requests for flu shots than it has in the past.  The community is taking the initiative about their own personal health."

Read More The Band Drew Crowds Families and Kids
Health Information
View 2010 Health Fair - Article and lots of Photos


Standford University - Free Online Courses to Help in Starting a Business
16 Courses - Different Start Times - August 20 thru Oct 8, 2012

Stanford UniversityLooking to pick up a few extra skills? The courses include some technology and  entrepreneurship- based subjects that could provide that extra edge.

Stanford University calls itself "The Institution for Entrepreneurship." In its history, the university has spit out notable alumni such as Vint Cerf, now vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, William Hewlett and David Packard of HP, and a number of recognizable technology enthusiasts.

Stanford encourages students to start businesses, and offers courses to that end. For the16 free courses being offered in Fall 2012, students can take them online - courses in business, entrepreneurship, technology, and science. "The courses are open to anyone with a computer, anywhere."

For nine of these courses, Stanford is using Coursera, which partners with universities across the country to organize and launch free courses. It thus far has 16 participating universities, in addition to $16 million in its first round of funding. "Writing in the Sciences" and "Human-Computer Interaction" are two of Stanford's courses being hosted by the startup.

Courses are as varied as Mathematical Thinking, Logic, Crash Course on Creativity, Solar Cells and more.

For more information with the option to sign up Click Here
View online.stanford.edu for all online educational services provided

Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ
Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ - 7th Annual
Aug 4, 2012

The 7th annual Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ took place in the back lot of the Humphrey's Artist Studios.

Partnering with The North American Islamic Center's Relief Fund Division, the sponsors distributed hundreds of school supplies to local kids.

Mixing up cultures in recognition that violence doesn't ever appear to discriminate, is something that means a lot to all the organizers involved in this yearly event.

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Andreas and Willie are Gone
September 8, 2012

Loiterers on Monadnock StWillie Torres and Andreas got along - sharing a commonality of alcohol, telling jokes, hanging out and passing out. 

Earlier this summer, the EMT's took Andreas Achevaria away twice in two weeks - out cold from drinking.  Then the police took him away for hitting a woman with a brick. 

On September 8, Andreas wasn't around to take care of his friend, Willie, and watch him as the final bell tolled.  Around 6pm, we got the news that Willie had died of a heart attack.

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Area 324 Neighborhood Watch Meeting Notes for September 2012

Families from several area residences as well as the Director of the City of Boston Neighborhood Watch Groups were present for the Area 324 Neighborhood Watch September meeting, held Sunday, Sep 16, 2PM at 15 Brookford Street.

Area 324 encourages all neighbors in the Area 324 Neighborhood Watch community to attend and to voice their concerns including Danube Street, Dacia Street, Ingleside Street, Blue Hill Ave, Adrian Street, Brookford Street, Randlette Place, Rand Street, Fairbury Street, Rand Place, Julian Street, and Dalin Place.  Topics discussed included:  Quality of life, Community beautification and community revitalization. 

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