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Latest News and Events - Greater Uphams Corner Area - Issue 57

The News

Creativity abounds at Dot Open Studios
Fort Point - Discover the Artists and their Art
Bird St Youth Writes about the Youth Councils
"The Intersection" holds Fall Festival
Save the Date:  Community Forum




Events Coming up

Oct 17-26: Parks & Recreation Open Studios
Oct 23: UCMS Annual Meeting
Oct 23: SNI Meeting
Oct 25: Dance Salsa at UC Library
Oct 25:  Cafe Four Corners Arts Event


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From Past Issues


Jose Mateo Ballet - Preview for Nutcracker
Residents ask for Help with St. Kevin's
Planning for the Holidays has Begun
Improve Assoc Reviews First Year
Stein & Johnson - Best Pres. Debate

Ed DeBortoli - 1st Place Winner
Suffok Cty Sheriff Honor Guard & Colors
MBTA & Fairmount - Ten Years & Counting
MBTA Dir of Development - Q&A
MBTA Fairmount Phase I - almost Done
Prior Issues



#56 10/4/12
#57 10/17/12
#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
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Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre - Strong Opening for 27th Season
Jose Mateo BalletOct 12, 2012

Every year during the holidays, the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre Company shares their artistry with Uphams Corner, offering several performances of the Nutcracker ballet at the Strand Theatre.  But that is months away. 

What the Mateo Ballet is offering the Boston community today is the opening program for their 27th season. Entitled "Mysterious Arrangements," their season debut runs through October 28 at The Sanctuary Theatre in Harvard Square.   Consisting of three works, the program concludes with a Mateo Ballet premiere, "Taking Turns", based on Philip Glass's "String Quartet #4". 

"Mysterious Arrangements" is thrilling and engaging both at intellectual and sensual levels - unparalleled choreography unfolding barely a breath away and a crowd expressing their warmth and enthusiastic enjoyment of the performance at every opportunity.

Well worth the evening and a taste of good things to come to Uphams Corner.

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Stein and Johnson - Winners of the Best Presidential Debate in 2012
Oct 6, 2012
Jill Stein Gary Johnson

If you missed the NPR October 6th ten minute debate between two better known, third-party presidential candidates, then you missed the best presidential debate yet in this 2012 Fall election season.

Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee, gently duked it out in truly light-hearted style in what were 30 second response time periods while addressing what they each believe are very serious issues confronting the United States.

While either one is unlikely to become president in 2013, their ideas on how to reform this country are worth contemplating, especially in the absence of a better debate.

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Highlights on Events in Greater Uphams Corner




Area 324 Neighborhood Watch October Meeting
Sun Oct 21, 3PM

Hi all,
A friendly reminder that we will be meeting this Sunday, October 21st.  3 pm, 15 Brookford Street.
Hope to see you there.  Area 324

Contact us:
Area threetwentyfour Neighborhood watch  area324neighborhoodwatch@gmail.com



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



Safe Neighborhoods Initiative Meeting
Tue Oct 23 2012

Hello Everyone,

Our next Uphams Corner SNI meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:30. It will be at DBEDC located at 593 (sic) Columbia Rd. Thanks and I hope to see you there.

Matt Feeney



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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Cafe Four Corners Oct 25, 2012Cafe Four Corners
Erick Jean Center for the Arts

Thu, Oct 25, 2012 6-9PM

Cafe Four Corners welcomes the Erick Jean Center for the Arts, co-sponsored by the Codman Square NDC and the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition.

Enjoy ethnic food, live jazz, the spoken word by some very special local artists.

Come enjoy the steps being taken to re-introduce culture back into our communities.

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Creativity Abounds at Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios 2012
Dorchester Open StudiosOct 21, 2012

Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios, was held at many public and private venues through out Dorchester on the weekend of Oct 19-21.

At First Parish Church, the busy, colorful and artistically eclectic 'arts community on display' felt welcoming. Smiling faces, beautiful displays of unique and original arts and crafts, friendly artists and stories that you could never know if you look only at the art.

Open Studios demonstrates the excitement of the arts community - those who make the art and those who appreciate the art.

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Fort Point Open Studios - Discovering the Artists and their Art
Oct 20, 2012

Fort Point Open Studios More than 150 artists, crafts people, and designers living and working in Fort Point participated in the Open Studios 2012. The combined participation of galleries, performances and participatory art projects and the open studios/residences and businesses provided visitors an opportunity for several days of in-depth art immersion.

Because Fort Point artists have their living and studio space under one roof, Open Studios can be considered 'risky.' Yet the artists' open doors were an invitation to feel comfortable asking questions.
  • What does your art mean to you?
  • How do you approach a new piece?
  • What techniques do you use?
  • And many questions about how specific pieces were created
The photos demonstrate clearly the quality of the Fort Point Arts Community.

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Series:  The Community Voice Initiative
Bird St Youth Center
Bird Street Youth Councils - Growing Community Leaders

Authored by 13-year-young Jada Cassamajor, this article on the Bird Street Youth Councils reflects the quality care provided by the Bird St Youth Center for its youth and, reciprocally, the enthusiasm the youth  exhibit in wanting to grow into the future leaders of the community. 

The Bird St Youth Council is designed to connect youth to residents, help them learn how to speak out on issues that they care about, and it offer opportunities for youth to give back.

Learn more about Jada, the Youth Councils and a great photo as well.



Fun for Families - Community Fall Festival Oct 28 - at the Intersection
Sun Oct 28, 2012 2-5PM

FREE!


Fall FestivalThe Intersection, located at 500 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA, will be hosting a Community Fall Festival on Sunday, October 28th from 2-5pm.

The community is invited for an afternoon of fun! Face painting, balloon twisting, games for adults and children, prizes, crafts and more!

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Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative Community Forum
Nov 17, 2012

Fairmount Indigo Community ForumMayor Thomas M. Menino invites you to the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative Community Forum -
 
"Building new connections to your neighborhood."


Please join us in the conversation about connecting the communities along the Fairmount Corridor to economic opportunities, jobs, transit, and housing.

We need your voice to help develop a vision for the future.


Childcare will be provided and there will be plenty of food to tide you over for the four hours of planning time.  Also prizes will be awarded.

**Translation services available upon request



For more information, call the BRA at 617.918.4434 or visit the Fairmount Indigo website:  http://fairmountindigoplanning.org


Featured from Prior Issues




City of Boston - Parks & Recreation Open Studios 2012
Thru Oct 26, 2012
City Hall 2nd Floor

ParkARTSParkARTS is a Parks & Recreation special offering of concerts, art workshops, programs, and public events including 'Pics in the Parks' workshops.

The six sessions offer an opportunity to 'learn tricks and techniques of taking a perfect photograph.' With each workshop in a different location and under a new theme, participants enjoyed the challenge, the beauty of the photos taken and memories of natural settings within the City that many people (including the participants) had never seen.

Open Studios is running thru Oct 26 at City Hall, 2nd Floor, consists of twenty-two interesting and diverse photos reflecting style, skill and setting.  Well worth seeing.

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Meet Fort Point Artist, Caroline Muir
Oct 18, 2012Caroline Muir Artist

Meet Caroline Muir, artist and resident of the Fort Point Arts Community.  She will be displaying her artwork in the 2012 Fall Fort Point Open Studios (and future Open Studios).  

Why is she being featured in Uphams Corner News? Caroline is an excellent artist who is participating in the Fort Point 2012 Open Studios. 

Most importantly, Ms. Muir has two homes and one of them is in Uphams Corner.  As an active member and gardener in the Viriginia Monadnock Community Garden, Uphams Corner calls her neighbor and she calls us friend.

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Residents ask for Help with St. Kevin's
Oct 8, 2012

St. Kevin School A group of residents concerned about the St. Kevin's Redevelopment project asked for help understanding the status of the project.  They also wanted assistance writing letters expressing their concerns.

The Improvement Association (UCIA) met with the residents, providing a history of the project.  They also emphasized a need for the residents to focus on the bigger picture - the future of Uphams Corner - not just St. Kevin's. 

UCIA brought up the 2009 SKAPC Visioning Report (St. Kevin's Area Planning Collaborative) whch they said so effectively identified the needs of the community. 

Each resident identified what issues concerned them the most for their letter writing campaign. 

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Planning for the 2012 Holidays has Begun
Oct 4, 2012

Holiday Planning 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 (tentatively) 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
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, 594 Columbia 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 change vs how to treat those elements of the community that might benefit from "going 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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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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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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