Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 47a
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Too Good to Miss - Offenbach's Orpheus in the (Uphams Corner) Underworld

Neighborhood News

Don't miss Orpheus!
Restore Boston Eyes Wheelock Bldg
A Closer Look at ReStore Boston
Cars Blocking MBTA Bus Stop
Friends UC Library - New Officers
Virginia Monadnock Garden - Update
Plough and Stars Project
Holden St Neighborhood Watch Forms
The Intersection - New Dot Ministry
UC News Recommends
Photos of the Day

Upcoming Events


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Upcoming Events

Note:  Click the "calendar" to help you add events directly to your calendar from the UC News open calendar .

Boston NAACP Holding Cash Mob Saturday at "A Nubian Notion"
July 28, 2012 10 AM - 4 PM

A Nubian Notion
The Boston NAACP is promoting their economic development initiative by holding their second "Cash Mob Saturday" (a variation on the Flash Mob concept) focused on "A Nubian Notion" at 146 Dudley St in Dudley Square.

 Shoppers can expect to find items such as: books, posters, novelty gifts, sterling silver West Indian bangles, earrings, incense, oils, CD's, publications, greeting cards, figurines, and Kwanzaa gifts. In addition, A Nubian Notion carries convenience store groceries, and is widely known as a popular ticket outlet for concerts and community events.

Read more about the NAACP initiative and about the wonderful history of A Nubian Notion.  open calendar

Shirley-Eustis HouseThe Shirley-Eustis House Presents: Old Time Remedies in New England
Sunday July 29, 2012 Time: 2:00 pm

Shirley-Eustis House
33 Shirley St, Roxbury

Executive Director Patti Violette  presents a special afternoon lecture entitled, "Old Time Remedies in New England."

In prehistoric times, the Indians and, in Colonial times, the early settlers had no choice but to depend on nature for their medicines. The science of studying and testing the therapeutic properties of plants is called Pharmacognosy. Little did the early settlers and Indians realize that they were the Pharmacognosists of New England.

Read More  open calendar

Fairmount Corridor Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting
Wed Aug 1, 2012 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Fairmount Indigo Transportation Initiative
BRA Announcement

The next Corridor-wide Advisory Group (CAG) for the Fiarmount Indigoo Planning Initiative meeting will take place

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Mattapan Family Service Center
535 River Street
Mattapan (Mattapan Square)


For more information, please visit our website www.fairmountindigoplanning.org or contact:

Ines Palmarin
Jeremy Rosenberger

According to Ms. Palmarin, there is a lot happening on the Fairmount project.  The BRA got the consultant contract signed and they are in the process of prepping staff and the CAG for the August 1st meeting.  The BRA is also confirming the Uphams Working Advisory Group (WAG) appointments. 

Mayor Menino selected the WAG members based on a BRA Request for Nominations with a deadline of May 2, 2012. 

Boston Redevelopment Authority
One City Hall Square   |  Boston, MA 02201-1007 open calendar

Uphams Corner Improvement Association Meeting
Thu Aug 2, 2012

Contact UCImprove@gmail.com to confirm or call 617-436-8559.  
  • Columbia Rd - The Emerald Necklace - Is Uphams Corner the missing link in the Emerald Necklace? Let's  renew the green space from Franklin Park through Uphams Corner and on to Edward Everett Square.  Bring your ideas.  Presented by Marti Glynn
  • St. Kevin's Redevelopment - Time for the community to speak up for innovation in the redevelopment of that site.  Currently proposed as ALL (100%) subsidized housing.  Artists lofts? Civic meeting space? Small theaters to develop the arts?  A PARKING GARAGE?  Bring your ideas to create a continuing community dialog.
  • The Mayor's New Initiative - Posted Street Cleaning - Just ask and it will be given unto you!!
  • SeeClickFix - Another way to report problems to the City - easy to use
  • The Black Baseball Mural - Let's petition to get it repaired.
  • The Comfort Station - What shall it become?
  • Lots More - Bring your ideas to the GRASS ROOTS organization.

Call to Artists

DAC - Open StudiosCalling all artists!!  If you paint, draw, or sculpt, if you sew or weave or collage, if you dance or sing, play in a band or solo, if you write or act or make films, or if you do it all--let us provide you with an audience! 

Register for Open Studios and join one of our group venues or open your own studio on October 20th and 21st. We provide the maps, the ambiance, the blow-out reception with live performances, and the buzz!

$10 for students/seniors/unwaged visual artists.  If you are a performer or film maker, please write to akunst@comcast.net directly for more information.

Registration is open and will end on July 20th so don't put it off!  Register online. 
Need more information? Write to info@dac-online.org.

Free Photography Lesson at Franklin Park
Mon Jul 30, 2012 6PM

ParkARTSThe Boston Parks and Recreation Department's ParkARTS is excited to host the 3rd annual "Pics in the Parks" free photography workshops.

On July 30th, ParkARTS brings its free photography workshop to Schoolmaster Hill, Franklin Park in Dorchester at 6pm. The workshops are led by photography instructor Sarah Berry. Sarah is currently pursuing a masters of Arts Administration at Boston University. She has experience introducing photography to children, teens and adults.

For more info, visit www.cityofboston.gov/parks or call 617-961-3051.  open calendar

Deadline:  July 31, 2012

Please help the Boston Natural Areas Network to build a sustainable water collection system that will irrigate the City Natives nursery and save 9,000 gallons of city water every year!

Goal:  Raise $1,000 by the end of July.  Can you help? Thanks to those who have already donated, we now have $630 left to raise.

Enjoy the short video and then click here to donate!

Rain Campaign

National Night Out - Street Safe Boston
Mon Aug 6, 2012 2pm - 6pm

Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School
270 Columbia Road

National Night OutNational Night Out Boston 2012 is the 29th annual citywide celebration to unify our communities throughout the City of Boston. This program cultivates and strengthens partnerships between the community, youth, police, city agencies and community-based organizations. National Night Out also acknowledges the remarkable contributions of Neighborhood Crime Watch groups, and seeks to increase participation in crime watch programs among local residents.

Come have some fun & play in the sun:

Face painting, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Basketball and Baseball games, Volleyball, Flag Football, popcorn, ice cream, Karaoke, Informational tables and lots, lots more

More information   open calendar

Plein Air Paint Sessions
Plein Air - Forbes House MuseumDeadline for signing up:  August 11, 2012

Dorchester Historical Society - with theory and critique provided by Vincent Crotty

August 25 through September 29  2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
(no class on Saturday, September 15)

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Brandi Maxam and Logan WrightF R E E   Event! Jazz Duo - Brandi Maxam and Logan Wright
Thu, August 16, 6:30p.m.

Upham's Corner Branch Library
500 Columbia Rd, Dorchester

Sultry chanteuse Brandi Maxam recalls the heydays of  American Jazz, reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. The vibrant sound of her voice, accompanied by guitarist Logan Wright, echoes a 1930s speakeasy or a 1950s jazz club.

The Brandi Maxam and Logan Wright Jazz Duo plays standards, but also throws in some contemporary pop, even jazzy variations of modern indie rock.

Event Flyer and About the Artists   open calendar

Uphams Corner Community Connection's Seventh Annual
Open House 2012 August 16th, 1pm - 4pm

Strand Theatre - 543 Columbia Rd - Dorchester

UCHC Open House 2012

View Event Flyer

The 7th Annual Open House will feature information provided by community agencies from around the City of Boston and live music by Jazz 208 featuring Gil White!

All Community Youth Welcome! Middle School Age! Come After School (charter)

Food and refreshments will be served

To RSVP or participate in this event
Please call for further information 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gwen Jones @617-287-0786 Ext 20 543 Columbia Road
Lucine Jules@ 617-287-436-2943 Ext. 30 Strand Theatre
Charles "Poncho" Brown @ 617 287-0786 Ext 31

Community Connections / HIV Services provides medical and social case management and peer support to individuals living with HIV and their families. On site staff is able to communicate in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole.

Motivational Speaker Charles "Poncho Brown, MS, Presenting to Youth & Community Members
"The Substance Use & Abuse Connection to HIV/AIDS!"
Sponsored by: The Upham's Corner Health Center & Upham's Home Care & the Boston Public Health Commission

Upham's Corner Street Fair!
Aug 18, 12pm - 5pm 
Location: In and around the Upham's Corner business district. Uphams Corner will be celebrating everything our great community has to offer.  You are invited to participate!
  • Have a craft you'd like to sell on the street?
  • Have some information about your organization you'd like to share?
Email info@uphamscorner.org to find out how you can participate!

For more information about the event, VIEW EVENT FLYER.

Showtime For Health At The Strand Theatre Boston
Sat August 18, 2012 7pm-11pm

Showtime for Health is a community fundraiser event to help stop generational obesity and to nurture healthy families. Live performances by Visa P, Crystal,JP Lovesit, Antoine Live, Laquandra Seymore, Sukiyaki, Elektrik Kidd, Smallie and Ben Carew.

This Week at the Dudley Town Common Farmers Market
Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 5:37 PM

The Food Project LogoTue, Thu - 3-7pm till end of October
Corner of Dudley Street and Blue Hill Ave

This week we'll have: Zucchini and Cousa Summer Squash Fresh Garlic - eat fresh or cure yourself by letting it dry. Green String Beans- this week we have both bush beans and pole beans (which are longer and, I think, tastier)
Cucumbers - both pickling and slicing varieties
Eggplant - Japanese and Italian varieties, Green Peppers, Kale - curly leaf and lacinato, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard
Lots more . . .

Complete Details - Click Here

 Dorchester Arts Collaborative - Tent at Peabody Sq Farmer's Mkt
Every Friday - End of Season 2012

DAC at Peabody Farmers MktStarting July 6 DAC will have a tent at every farmers market for the duration of the season, and welcomes all artists to join us with your work! The DAC tent will be staffed.  Just drop off your work for display and sale, and pick up again at the end of the day. Small items like cards and jewelry do not need to be picked up each week. Work will need to be clearly priced and labeled, whether it is framed artwork, cards,  jewelry or clothing.

Finally, you would need to provide a detailed inventory. For more information, or to schedule a Friday, write to us at info@dac-online.org  or call Margery at 617 298-4949.  Better yet--stop by and see us!!

From Prior Issues

Homes and Gardens Beautification Awards 2012

"Upham's Corner is Beautiful!"  - Five more Awards Issued

UCIA Beautification AwardsWhat a delight!  Upham's Corner residents who are told they will be receiving UCIA Homes & Gardens Awards express such joy and excitement at hearing this.  You can see the pride in their faces.  You can see the surprise - someone is actually paying attention to their efforts and publicly lauding them and holding them up as models to the community. 

But it works both ways.  The photographer, editor and presenters from the Improvement Association are just as pleased to take part.

More certificates are in the works.  UCIA encourages you to stop by these addresses and take note of their beauty.  Reach out and congratulate the person who has put in all the hard work.  You may also contact UCIA directly to submit a nomination. UCImprove@gmail.com

Calling It Quits - Uphams not Upham's
July 10, 2011

Uphams Corner - Dorchester Atheneum postcard 1910Two years ago, when UC News interviewed Zach Cohen, then Ex Dir of Upham's Corner Mainstreet, he was ADAMANT about the correct spelling of our fair city - "Upham's Corner" he said, not "Uphams Corner."  UC News followed suit. 

But times have changed.  Try searching the City of Boston website.  You will find both spellings and, sometimes, both spellings in the same document. Apostrophes are difficult to include in filenames so often a keyword of "upham's" contradicts a filename of xxx-uphams-xxx. 

The Boston Public Library (we understand) has officially dropped the apostrophe (check out the Uphams Corner branch).  Still, how would Mr. John Upham, who kept a dry food market in the square for several years, feel if he thought we were changing his name to Mr. John Uphams?

Maybe times haven't changed that much.  Notice the enscription on the postcard from 1910.  Uphams Corner is missing its apostrophe, a sign of things to come, albeit 100 years later.

The final blow was issued by one of our favorite websites - Wikpedia.  They refer to Uphams Corner as a section of Dorchester - the apostrophe lost to the ages or maybe fallen overboard. 

So Be It!  From now on it's :  Uphams Corner.

Nonquit Green Hosts Community Birthday Party
June 24, 2012

Clarence Brown Birthday PartyThe Nonquit Street Neighborhood Association and Land Trust was established in 1994 and the Nonquit Green opened on June 25, 2002, eight years later.  Ever since then, the "green" has served as a quiet and safe space for local families to gather, relax and socialize. 

On June 24, almost exactly ten years after its opening, the Green was the site of a birthday party for one of the community "regulars," Clarence Brown. Family and friends gathered at the Nonquit Green.
Chef Gloria (Clarence's wife) prepared the barbecue while Clarence and friends, including the little ones, danced to the sounds of soul and hip-hop and rap.  The kids had so much fun they both fell down and scraped their knees. 

Read More - Great photos

Entertaining the Seniors at Carney HospitalSenior Supper at Carney Hospital
Wed Jun 13, 2012

An Upham's Corner / Roxbury team  volunteered their time at Carney Hospital to entertain the seniors at their June quarterly Senior Supper.  What a delight!  There is nothing like "preaching to the choir" - in this case "singing" - to make you feel like you are on top of the world.

The Carney cafeteria was filled with Seniors who said they are grateful to wake up every morning.  After dinner, listening to their favorite show tunes, sing-a-longs and inspirational melodies, they clapped with resounding enthusiasm, especially to the new verse to "Climb Every Mountain" that opens with "May God be with you."

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Uphams Corner MainStreet Fundraiser a Good Time for All
June 14, 2012

UCMS Fundraiser - Bird St Youth DanceUphams Corner Mainstreets multi-year "Urban Safari" has been replaced by the "Uphams Corner Adventure," - must closer to home (next door at the Strand), more affordable ($30 instead of $50) and more welcoming.  You did not have to buy a ticket to get in and the best part of the evening were performances by the Bird Street Youth Center dancers.

"We have worked hard to create a special event. As you enjoy the Adventure, please take a moment to consider all of the volunteer hours and donations it has taken to make this event possible. We are grateful to have so many generous people committed to the success of our neighborhood. Your support enables Upham's Corner Main Street to succeed - thank you!"

Read More & Great Photos

Upham's Corner - a Destination for the Arts?

The Upham's Corner Arts Collaborative is looking towards the future of Upham's Corner.  The goal?  Make Upham's Corner into a destination for the arts.  Here's an idea ...

Idea #1 - Just imagine a Mob Scene on Columbia Rd directly in front of the Strand Theatre with the whole community engaged in dance. This YouTube video has so much energy, life and vitality.  Can you imagine this taking place on Columbia Rd right in front of the Strand Theatre.  Let's find a way to show Boston that Upham's Corner is where it's happening.

Mob Scene - From Moscow to Upham's Corner with Love

Orpheus in the Underworld - Too Good to Miss
Orpheus in the UnderworldJuly 26-29 - 8pm and on Sun 3pm
Strand Theatre, Upham's Corner

F R E E - Reserve tickets now

Thursday night was the first performance of the rare four-night presentation or "real" opera in Uphams Corner. 

It's 10pm on Thursday night.  Columbia Rd, the Citizens Bank parking lot - and everywhere else that cars can park - are filled with cars.  Just seeing this representation of visitors to Uphams Corner fills you (me) with a sense of excitement. 

The theater has dimmed their entry lights to focus one light shining on the Orpheus sign (identical to the one at right), beckoning the world to come in.

Soon the hot humid air is quickly quelled by the refreshingly cool air of the Strand and from inside the theater - dark, except for the stage - comes the crystal clear sound of a soprano voice and the gentle laughter of a thorougly engaged audience. 

I greeted the caretakers of the art of opera standing at the top of the entry ramp. "Good attendance?" I asked "Yes," they said, deferentially muting their enthusiasm as to not disturb the performance.  

"Just checking it out.  I'll be back tomorrow."   It was great to see that both the front seating area and first balconies were almost full.

It's Not Too Late

tickets are free!  Reserve them online (see link above) Friday night (until midnight) for the Saturday performance; same procedure for Sunday.  Missed the deadline?  Tickets available at the Strand before the performance. 

Get Together with Friends

A Group of Uphams Corner friends will be meeting around 6pm on Friday at the Pariso Restaurant just around the corner from the Strand (excellent Dominican cuisine), 750 Dudley St.  Come on over and join us!

Boston Opera Collaborative

Presents Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, July 26th-29th at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA. Thursday-Saturday performances begin at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm. David Gram directs. Maria Sensi Sellner conducts.

Free admission, thanks to the generous support of The Free for All Concert Fund, Inc.

Come watch an operetta which is an irreverent parody and scathing satire on music of the period and  which culminates in the risque gallop infernal which became known as the music for the "Can-can" and which Saint-Saens borrowed, arranging it for the strings to represent the tortoise in The Carnival of the Animals.

While the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice may be familiar to many of you, Offenbach's operetta takes the tragic tale and spins it into an uproarious farce. In his version, Orpheus and Eurydice grow tired of marriage and Eurydice welcomes her visit to Hell. Even the gods on Mount Olympus stage a revolt to join the party! Only Public Opinion can convince Orpheus to step in and try to save his wife from the best party in all three worlds.

More Information on the Boston Opera Collaborative Performanceopen calendar

Wheelock Building Undergoing Renovations
July 16, 2012

Wheelock Building Demolition

It's 9AM on a Monday morning.  Steve Rumpler, Sr. Project Manager for DND, who works in the Office of Business Development where Boston's Restore program is managed (assists businesses with storefront presentation), is just crossing Columbia Rd and heading into the Wheelock Building, one day after a demolition crew removed the building's signage backing that was precariously on its way down already. 

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A Closer Look at the ReStore Boston Program
July 21, 2012

Restore Boston a citywide storefront improvement program offered through the Office of Business Development, part of DND, the Department of Neighborhood Development.

The Office of Business Development (OBD) is Boston's go-to resource for small businesses. OBD provides businesses and neighborhood commercial districts access to a range of financial and technical resources in order to start or grow.

The program name, "ReStore Boston" is cleverly constructed, easy to remember and pertinent to its task, doing exactly what it suggests – helping neighborhood business and property owners with storefront improvements.

Read More about the Program

Pilgrim Church Welcomes Soloist Jordan Lloyd
Jul 22, 2012  11AMJordan Lloyd

The congregation of the Pilgrim Church welcomed Ms. Jordan Lloyd as soloist at its 11am service on Sunday July 22, 2012. 

Rev. John Odams had asked for music befitting a beautiful summer day so she opened with "Wonderful Words of Life."

As a segway into Rev. John's sermon entitled "Holy Ground," Ms Lloyd sang the Geron Davis version of the hymn "Holy Ground" and brought several parishioners to tears.

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Photos of the Day

Red benches at Pilgrim Church Flower Garden
Brightly painted park benches at the Pilgrim Church flower and vegetable garden
Bobby at Dollar Store Plus
Bobby - Friend of Dollar Store Plus
June on her way home
June on her way home.
Carpenter rides to work
Local carpenter rides to work with tools in an attached
wooden case on wheels - only one linkage from bicycle
to rear wheels - "helps in turning corners," he said.
Marcelino the Carpenter
Local carpenter, Marcelino,
poses for the camera on Dudley St

Cars blocking MBTA bus stop
Cars Blocking Bus Stop - Does Anybody Care?
July 16, 2012

On Friday, July 13, 2012, an issue #449575 was submitted to the City of Boston that 3 cars were parked in an MBTA bus stop on Hancock St (stop closest to Whittemore outbound).  At 11am, the two cars shown in the photo were parked there.  At 7pm another car was parked behind these two, the three cars fully blocking the bus stop to the corner.

On Monday, the City of Boston closed the case for reason:  "No cars parked there."

According to Kathleen Rogers, Parking Enforcement Supervisor, while the case was opened on a Friday, the first opportunity the Transportation Dept had to send someone to investigate was Monday morning.  No cars were found.

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Virginia Monadnock Garden - Update
Update to article published 7/13/12

Joanne Tuller, Treasurer of the Westside Neighborhood Association provided updates that, she says, more accurately reflect discussions and agreements that took place at recent UCWNA meetings.  These have been incorporated into the original article.

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Plough and Stars Project - Is Farming in Your Future?
July14, 2012

Plough and Stars ChickenThe move towards local growing, organic farming, being in touch with nature and a "simpler" and more physical life is gaining momentum. So instead of Stop and Shop, we shop Farmers Markets.  Or maybe we even grow our own organic veggies.  How about a gardening course? How about becoming a Master Gardener? How about going to Farm School for one year?

Well that might just be going a little bit too far, but not for Erik Jacobs, accomplished professional photographer (works for the Globe).  In short order Erik is heading west to Athol MA to spend one year learning the farming trade - living, working, studying - fully immersed in a new way of life.

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A Message from the Friends of the Uphams Corner Library
Jun 30, 2012

Friends of the Uphams Corner Branch Library

Dear Friends,
It's official!  Our new officers are: 
  • Willie Pleasants (president)
  • Katherine Jenkins (treasurer)
  • Josette Teneus (secretary)
  • Dana Weaver (board)
  • Carol Wideman (board)
  • Nahndi Moulta-Ali (teen board member)
Please congratulate them when you run into them in the library!  Thank you to Marti, Janet, Kit, Ginnette, Meg, Irene, Kenisha, and Georgia for all of your hard work the past few years!
Remember to join The "Friends of the Uphams Corner Branch Library" Facebook group to stay up to date on when our fall meetings start up again.
Alexis Fronbin

Email us:  saveuclibrary@gmail.com

Holden St Neighborhood Watch Formed
Sat, Jul 14, 2012

The residents of Holden Street have formed their own Neighborhood Watch.  With the Assistance of Carolyn MacNeil, Director Neighborhood Crime Watch Unit , BPD, the residents held their first meeting, posed for a group photo and formed a facebook page.  Keep up-to-date with them.  http://www.facebook.com/HoldenStbosNeighborhoodWatch

Note that the effort to organize a neighborhood watch was precipitated by a B&E/attempted assault w. a weapon against a neighborhood resident. Some of us believe that the family/house was being ethnically targeted because they were Asian American. 

Thanks to Robin Chandler (a Holden St resident) for this news update.

Everything you've ever wanted to know about forming a Neighborhood Watch Group

Or contact Carolyn MacNeil directly at 617-343-4345 macneilc.bpd@cityofboston.gov

  Holden St Neighborhood Watch

The Intersection
The Intersection - New Ministry in Dorchester
July 21, 2012

The Intersection, a new congregation under development of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located at 500 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA, will have its first service of Community Prayer on Saturday, July 21st at 9:30 a.m. and we invite the community to join us. We will be praying for people, homes, and businesses in the community.

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From Prior Issues

 Juneteenth Celebration an Important Tribute to the PastJuneteenth Celebration
June 19, 2012

Boston was a proud participant in the Juneteenth Observance which marks the true end to slavery in the United States.  While the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation is January 1, 1863, the date (in Texas) on which the final peoples held under slavery were officially released was over two years later on June 19, 1865.

The Boston Juneteenth Committee began its planning for the 2012 event in early spring and held a fundraiser on March 24 at the National Center of Afro-American Artists to coincide with Aretha Franklin's birthday.

With an excellent turn out of close to 100 people, this year's Juneteenth Celebration focused on the continuing issues of black people and their path from slavery towards equality. 

The formal program was in the spirit of worship with prayer, song, readings and a "sermon" delivered by Professor Margaret Burnham.  A memorable and moving event, let's hope the celebration is supported in the years ahead by a greater representation of all Bostonians.

Read More and Photos

SeeClickFix - An Alternate Way to Report Problems to the City of Boston

See Click FixBoston's Citizens Connect is an award-winning system for reporting issues to the City of Boston and for identifying and participating in the activities and responsibilities of city government.

SeeClickFix (SCF) is an alternative online system for reporting problems that is currently under use by many municipalities throughout the US including Boston.

Some municipalities, such as Sacramento, CA, use it as their primary problem reporting system while others accept it as an alternate source of data (Boston). SeeClickFix is easy to use, both for creating an issue and for adding comments to existing issues.

UC News had the opportunity to review the Interface between SeeClickFix and the City's onlne reporting system and is working with both groups to improve its functionality. 

Thank You DPW

One issue submitted by the Improvement Association through SCF was a request to have a trash barrel installed in the 744-748 block of Dudley Street.  The City responded immediately.  The ticket closed within hours.  And why?  They had already completed the job.  Residents began using the barrel immediately.

DPW installs new trash barrel
Long stretch on Dudley with no
trash receptacle
DPW installs new trash barrel
Residents began using the newly installed
trash barrel immediately

View SeeClickFix map of outstanding issues report to the City.

The Little DudePhotos of the Day - July 12, 2012

UC News encounters a wide variety of unusual and interesting photos that "belong" to tiny news stories.  This issue's catch: 

"The Little Dude"
Officer Harold Gilbert visiting Uphams Corner
Stuffed human dummy on Quincefield St
Freshly painted garden bench at Pilgrim Church

Rat freshly killed by UC News dog on morning walk
 Nancy Laundromat bites the dust
Homemade sauerkraut


The Homeless at St. Kevin's - Reader Comments: "Shame on You!"
Jul 11, 2012
Statue at St. Kevin's
 An "anonymous" reader of Uphams Corner News with fond memories of St. Kevin's and the supreme contributions made by Fr. Kierce over his 50 + years at the school read the UC News article on the homeless at St. Kevin's and was deeply offended. 

Written with a bit of outrageous humor - presenting the makeshift cardboard beds set up by the homeless, surrounded by trash and litter - almost as if they were alternate "vacation" sites, the article's intention was NOT to make fun of the homeless.  Quite the opposite.  It was to call attention to the absurdities of a religious organization treating the St. Kevin's site in such a callous manner.

The resulting exchange between UC News and the Letter to the Editor author led to a new path of understanding and insight.  She had written to Fr. Ahern and asked if there was anything they could do to help and was turned down. The Improvement Association had made a similar suggestion to Fr. Ahern and was also turned down.  [For details on her comments, see Letter to Editor.]

Meanwhile she has started a Facebook page for St. Kevin's and it's WONDERFUL!

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 Virginia Monadnock Garden Issues a Sign of the Times
July 2, 2012

Virginia Monadnock GardenIn June the Virginia Monadnock Garden was looking a little rough around the edges, especially along the sidewalk in front of the garden.  It appeared that the gardeners (many of them not residents of Upham's Corner, let alone the Virginia Monadnock area, were taking care of their garden plots and blindly walking past the trash, weeds and litter on the sidewalk.

Through the assistance of the Boston Natural Areas Network, who owns the garden, things are looking a lot better.  Commitments have been made regarding the upkeep and the Westside Neighborhood Association will be working with the gardeners on how to get more of the "locals" assigned a plot.

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Quality-of-Life Issues?  Call 911 - Do NOT Hesitate - Call 911Boston Police Dept Badge
July 10, 2012

At the July Westside Neighborhood Association meeting, residents held a lengthy discussion about loud music from the same two locations (as always) and the week long fireworks explosions associated with the Fourth of July. 

While one resident was convinced that 911 was for emergency calls only, the police officer attending insisted that 911 is also for "quality of life" issues. If loud music, fire works, explosions, other loud noises or anything else is disturbing your quality of life, do not hesitate to call 911. 

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Community Drivers Needed - American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program is in great need of volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments, especially in need are local patients receiving treatment at Boston area hospitals. 

An integral part of treating cancer successfully is making sure cancer patients receive their treatments, but many find making transportation arrangements is a challenge.  The American Cancer Society provided more than 11,000 rides to cancer patients in Massachusetts last year, but needs new volunteer drivers to keep up with the demand for transportation. 

Read More - Learn how you can volunteer

Dorchester Historical SocietyDorchester Historical Society's Dorchester Descendants Weekend
Artists from all around Dorchester exhibited their work as part of the Dorchester Historical Society's Dorchester Descendants Weekend, June 30 & July 1.

Exhibiting artists include:  Kyara Andrade, Vincent Crotty, Veda Daly, Gary Gartley, Howie Green, Elaine Happnie, James Hobin, Jennifer Johnson, Martha Kempe, Rob Littlefield, Ina Nenortas, David Stokle, Bob Tobio and Barbara Ward.

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