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Latest News and Events - Greater Uphams Corner Area - Issue 56

The News

Improve Assoc Reviews First Year
Planning for the Holidays has Begun

From Prior Issues
Ed DeBortoli - 1st Place Winner
Ragtime the Musical Reviewed
Roxbury Open Studios this Weekend
NAACP to hold Tele-Town Hall Mtg
Suffok Cty Sheriff Honor Guard & Colors

BW&SC Promotes Recycling

Events Coming up

Sep 28-Oct 7: Ragtime the Musical
Oct 13:  Friends UC Lib Mtg
Oct 18:  Dorchester Bay Annual Mtg
Oct 17-21: Dorchester Arts Open Studios
Oct 19-21: Fort Point Open Studios

Oct 23: UCMS Annual Meeting
Oct 25: Dance Salsa at UC Library

Prior Issues
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#55 9/27/12
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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.

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Uphams Corner LibraryFriends of the Uphams Corner Library Meeting
Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:30am

The next Friends of the Uphams Corner Branch Library meeting will be Saturday, October 13 at 9:30am in the "round room" off of the children's library. 

Come hear about new and exciting programs that are happening at UC and be a part of planning what comes next! 


Boston Natural Areas Network
Harvest Festival and Perennial Divide

Harvest Festival Sat, October 13
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
City Natives
30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan

Bring plants to swap and containers to carry them home. You're invited to exchange, donate or simply take home plants. Shop for hard-to-find native plants, fall gardening supplies, Pumpkin Compost and City Natives honey. Build skills in workshops on Tree Care, Seasonal Cooking and  Urban Beekeeping.

For more information or to register for a program (unless otherwise noted) contact BNAN at info@bostonnatural.org or phone 617-542-7696.

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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Fort Point Arts Community Open Studios
Oct 19 - 21, 2012

Fort Point Arts CommunityExplore the historic waterfront warehouses that are home to painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, performance artists, fashion designers, printmakers, book artists, photographers, and more. Meet local artists and craftspeople, and get a behind the scenes look at where Boston artists create their work.Find established artists, and discover new emerging talents. Stroll, ponder, and browse. Buy original art from the people who make it.

Visitors to Open Studios can explore 10 buildings in the Fort Point neighborhood, plus galleries and creative design shops. All buildings are in easy walking distance of each other.

Open Studios Events are free to the public,  with FREE PARKING in the Central Parking Lot on Binford Street off of A Street

Open Studios website

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

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Meta Movements Celebrate - Dance Salsa in the Uphams Corner Library

Thu Oct 25, 2012  6PM

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.

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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Boston Water & Sewer Offers Tips / Dates on Boston Recycling
Sep 2012

The Sep/Oct 2012 issue of "Currents," by the Boston Water & Sewer Commission's bimonthly news publication, is entitled "Help Reduce Environmental Pollution."  Their emphasis is the proper disposal of household hazardous waste.  Included is a schedule of hazardous waste disposal dates in the City of Boston and information about disposing of yard waste.

Nov 17, 2012 Hazardous waste drop off,  West Roxbury
Oct 15 - Nov 3, 2012 Leaf and Yard Waste
 View Sep/Oct 2012 Currents

Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Planning for the 2012 Holidays has Begun
Oct 4, 2012

Uphams Corner Main Street has begun planning for November / December holiday events - decorating in the community, the tree lighting on November 24th and a Holiday Party on December 8 at the Strand Theatre.

Last year (2011), the Uphams Corner Improvement Association sponsored a Holiday Celebration at the Strand as part of the tree lighting.  The holiday party, drawing community to engage in the tree lighting event, marked a long drought of lack luster tree lighting events in Uphams Corner. 

Meanwhile, Uphams Corner Main Street had sponsored Small Business Saturday, so the day was filled with activity from early morning through dusk. This year, the goals are not only to have fun but to increase the participation of businesses, youth and residents in holiday activities and to improve the overall 'holiday' feel in Uphams Corner.

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Improvement Association Reviews First Year of Activity
Sep 27, 2012

UCIAThe September 2012 of the Uphams Corner Improvement Association was held at 6:30pm on September 27 at the Dorchester Bay building, 594Columbia Rd. 

They began by reviewing their first year - actions taken, accomplishment and progress made towards effecting change in the community. Issuing Beautification awards is one of the best activities initiated because of its positive effect on the recipients.

They also discussed the balance between positive reinforcement to promote positive change vs how to treat those elements of the community who need "to go to jail," - in particular, the attitudes of some business owners who do nothing to help maintain the exterior of their property.

The Fairmount Initiative was discussed in detail. UCIA decided they will be writing a letter to the BRA to express their opinions and concerns about a variety of Fairmount related topics.

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Featured from Prior Issues

Best Community Garden Award 2012 Ed DeBortoliBest Community Garden 2012 - Ed DeBortoli
Sep 24, 2012

Nurturing his horticultural work of love since 1999, Ed DeBortoli lives in Uphams Corner but has a community garden plot located in the Victory Gardens in the Fenway. Not only has he received Mayor Menino's Best Community Garden award several times including 2012 but he has received awards from the Victory Gardens Board.

Boston's Victory Gardens is the oldest one in the country (established 1943) and only one of two remaining Victory Gardens in the United States.

Mayor Menino hosts a citywide garden contest in multiple categories such as small yard gardens, large yard gardens, window boxes, tree pits, porch gardens and more. Ed has also won twice for his small yard garden.

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Better than Broadway - Ragtime the Musical at the Strand
Through October 7, 2012

Ragtime the Musical at the Strand'Fabulous, phenomenal, rivaling downtown musicals, more drama in Act I than I would expect in three musicals, better than at the Colonial Theater, not a dry eye in the crowd.'

Ragtime, the Musical delivers a score that is direct, piercing in its clarity and ultimately hopeful.

It is based on the historically accurate struggles of diverse groups comprising America at the turn of the twentieth century – the Negroes, the privileged whites and the immigrants, all in mortal conflict.

Excellent music, performances, choreography and staging.  The Fiddlehead Theatre is on top of its musical game.  Execllent photos and comments from "the audience."

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Roxbury Open Studios
Roxbury Open Studios
Oct 4-7, 2012

Oct 4     Artist Discussion
Oct 5     Opening Reception
Oct 6-7  Artists on Display

This annual event is an opportunity for Roxbury's visual artists to welcome the public to view and purchase paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, jewelry and other studio crafts.

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NAACP ConveningTele-Town Meeting
Oct 15, 2012NAACP

The Boston NAACP is convening a tele-town hall meeting that could be a "game changer" in this 2012 election cycle.  Over 1000 people have already registered.

Date:  Monday, October 15
Time:  6:00pm to 7:30pm

Topics: voter suppression. right to vote. affordable care act. jobs. key election dates, among others...
Organizations recently joining in this effort.

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Suffolk County Sheriff's DeptSuffolk County Sheriff's Dept Honor Guard Presents Colors
Fri Sep 21, 2012

In two separate events the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard presented the Colors:
  • City of Boston's observance of 'National POW/MIA (Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action) Recognition Day,'
  • 26th Annual Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Service
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Featured from Prior Issues

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 Done
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 (6) 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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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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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.

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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