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UCIA - Upham's Corner Improvement Association - History Log

Posted: February 9, 2012      Nancy J Conrad

Mission Statement & Operating Philosphy

UCIA General Meeting - Discuss details of upcoming St. Kevin's report - main issues of the report, the importance of census data, recommendations for improving the report
UCIA General Meeting

Action taken on issues of cleanliness and public safety, operating philosophy, community standards, starting an NRT, spreading the "word" about UCIA and how belief systems affect us and the community we live in.
UCIA New Year's Resolution

New Year's Resolution: "Sign the Cleanliness Pledge for 2012."  Print the New Year's Resolution to "Keep Upham's Corner Clean."  Put it on your fridge and remember to do your part.
Working with the Pilgrim Shelter
Pariso Restaurant Pledge of Cleanliness

In order to garner support for their new business license requests from the Upham's Corner Improvement Association, Paraiso Restaurant made a pledge to actively maintain their property, thereby making both their restaurant and the business district more attractive to residents and visitors.

Holiday Party at the Strand

At their November 7 general meeting, the Upham's Corner Improvement Association voted on having a holiday party.  So they organized one at the Strand tagged on to Boston's scheduled Tree Lighting on Sat Nov 26c.  The party was a great success and fun for all with gifts, healthy food, the Upham's Corner Carolers and Santa's Trolley arriving just on time to light the tree.

Steering Committee Meeting
Golden Broom Award to John Hosmer

Golden Broom Award Presented to John Hosmer by the Upham's Corner Improvement Association.  In the spirit of appreciation and fun UCIA is issuing awards to highlight the businesses or residents who make an extra effort to help beautify Upham's Corner.

General UCIA Meeting
Pedestrian Safety in Upham's Corner

Recently at meetings in Upham's Corner, residents discussed pedestrian safety and identified what they call "a dangerous crosswalk"  in the very heart of the business district. "Crossing Columbia Road from the Pilgrim Church to the Strand Theatre is a nightmare."

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association decided to take on this intersection as a project and contacted Upham's Corner News to do some investigation. This report looks at the conditions, problems, goals and solutions.  Included is a conversation with a representative of the Boston Transportation Department and word that the intersection is under review with a promised upgrade for pedestrian safety.

Clean up of Davern Ave lot
DAC Poetry Readings

New this year to the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) were readings held at the Pilgrim Church in Upham's Corner.  While most readings were poetry, some were prose and some were sung:  multi-language readings, the Dot Four Quartet, students from UMass and accomplished and published poets. 

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association contribution was to gather together immigrant residents to read in their own languages:  Aramaic, Farci, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole,  and Filipino.

General UCIA Meeting
Clean up Bird St in front of Convent
Upham's Corner Walk-through
BAA article in Boston Globe
Steering Committee Meeting
Followup Meeting on St. Kevin's
Clean up the business district
St. Kevin's Meeting

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