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Main Street Urban Safari, a Great Success

Posted: June 22, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

Despite the sometimes heavy and unceasing rain, the Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari was well attended and a great success.  A couple hours before starting time 10 volunteers from Target Stores and other Main Street volunteers helped set up the tents and covered walkways loaned to UCMS by the Chinatown Main Street.  A great big thank you to them for their help. 

Revelers soon arrived under colorful umbrellas and well protected from the rain -  fans, supporters, residents, little kids and big kids alike.  The band was excellent, the food delicious and the mood uplifting and nostalgic as the group bid farewell to its executive director for the last four and a half years, Zachary Cohen.

At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo and District 7 Councilor Tito Jackson spoke like the politicians they are with congratulatory remarks and praise for Upham's Corner and Upham's Corner Main Street.  They were right to say that the community is enthusiastic, dedicated and forward looking.  They were also right to focus on the tenor of the businesses as a reflection of the overall health of Upham's Corner. 

Felix Arroyo emphasized the importance of volunteerism.  He thanked Zach Cohen and all the volunteers that have made this organization effective, then turned his focus on the businesses themselves.  "Locally owned businesses and local shopping are important to the health of the city of Boston" he said.  "The Main Street organizations are important because of their assistance to the small business districts throughout the city.  This is particularly true for Upham's Corner Main Street."

Tito Jackson talked about the SNI neighborhood walk that had taken place the night before.  "I have to say that you people do it up proud.  At least 40 people showed up for the event.  It is a testament to the connectedness in this community."  Then he changed topics.  "My job today is to come up here and talk about giving.  Times are tough, donations are down but it's now when your donations are most important.  Consider giving to Upham's Corner Main Street because of the great work they are doing."

Matt Bruce, Pres. Upham's Corner Main Street recognized Bridget Curd as the Main Street 2010 Volunteer of the Year and Only One Design, boutique dress shop on Dudley Street, as the Main Street Business of the Year.

Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
Councilors Tito Jackson
and Felix Arroyo
Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
Bridget Curd - UCMS
Volunteer of the Year for 2010
Joan Tighe shared "How much I have enjoyed working with Zach over the last couple years.  What particularly impressed me was the level of passion he brought to the job and what a great difference that made in his efforts with the organization."

Bob Haas said that he was "so happy to thank Zach. UCMS would not be anywhere near what it is today without Zach's devotion to the Executive Director's job. It is a job that isn't paid enough yet demands a lot and requires the active participation of volunteers.  Zach is skillful about getting people to volunteer and feel appreciated about their contributions.  Furthermore, Zach happens to be the most organized person I have ever met in my life.  He has managed to pare down the stored paperwork to only what is important.  So I would say that Zach has modeled the Main Street director's job.    

Upham's Corner Main Street is where it is today because of you, Zach, and it's going to go way way beyond what has been - again because of you.  You've really started the engine.  Thank you Zach."

Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
President Matt Bruce
Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
Vice-President Joan Tighe
Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
Board Member Bob Haas

Zachary Cohen stepped forward and thanked Matt, Bob and the whole group. 

"Four and half years ago when I first started this job, I had no idea what I was doing.  I had been working in a psychiatric hospital and this was all new.  I've had to learn it all on the job, and I never could have learned it without people like Bob.  There are incredible people in Upham's Corner.  

The Board of Directors have helped me in so many ways.  The Upham's Corner community is so passionate, such a diverse group of people with so many different backgrounds but who all care about this neighborhood and who have been willing to put in ridiculous amounts of time and effort . 

At the beginning I knew that I wanted to set up the organization up for the day that I leave.  The challenge was how to bring Main Street to the next level for the next executive director.  Hopefully I have done that.  I am so excited for the next person coming in, to see the impact they will have with this Board of Directors.  Hopefully some of you will join the board to add your own impact on the neighborhood. 

Main Street has been my passion and I thank you all for what you've given me. This has been a life changing experience.  I would never have been able to move to the next step without your support.   Again, thank you."
Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011




Exec Director Zachary Cohen
Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
"The Good Time String Band"
Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
Danilo Avalon, Esq., Dr. Earlene Avalon
 and their children, Myles and Ashley
Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
Gavin Curd and
Board Member Bridget Curd
Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
Mark Culliton and
Vice-President Joan Tighe

Urban Safari
Board Member David Russman and Larry Tucker, owner's
representative, 1299 Mass Ave (The Church in Boston).
Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
Attendees relaxing and enjoying themselves
Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
Citizens Bank:  Board Member
Nick Chernoff & Antonio Barros
Upham's Corner Main Street Urban Safari 2011
Councilor Tito Jackson and
Exec Director Zachary Cohen


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