Upham's Corner News Online
Vol I No 22 - 05/31/2011
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Memorial Day
UC Main Street Of Interest
Neighborhood News

Up Coming Events
June 1, 2011 5:30pm
Aaron Larget-Caplan
June 2, 2011 11a & 7p
Huntington Theatre presents
June 5, 2011
Joseph Wheelwright
June 8, 2011
Arts Writers
June 9, 2011 6:30-8pm
Boston Preservation Alliance
June 10, 2011
MyDorchester Night
June 10, 2011
Vince Droser Tribute
June 18, 2011 7pm
BalletRox Springs out of the Box
June 22, 2011 6-8pm
Urban Safari & BBQ Bash

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Urban Planning
  • Urban Planning in UC
  •  - Letters to the Editor
  • UC Main Street Strategic Plan
  • UC Main Street Hiring
  • Savin Hill Village Planning
Of Interest
  • UC Youth Writes Legislation
  • Cristo Rey Boston Shines
  • Stopping Bad Behavior - #15
  • Maria Talks to Teens about Sex

  • Grove Hall Peace Walks
  • Build-a-Garden Program
  • Meet Simba, Police Dog
Neighborhood News
  • Alma Serret - In Memoriam
  • Henriquez Mtg on Funding Cuts
  • SNI Meeting "Very Helpful"

  • Dimitrio's Pizza Shut Down
  • Tito Finalizes City Hall Staff
  • Pigeon Droppings(!) at Madrag
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SNI Schedules June Neighborhood Walkthrough in Upham's Corner

Since the April Safe Neighborhood Initiative meeting , significant progress has been made on some issues.

More issues have been added to the active task list.  A neighborhood walkthrough is set for June 21. 

Photo of abandoned property on Humphreys with piles of trash in front.

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Violinist Shaw Pong Liu

Violinist Shaw Pong Liu was featured in the first Greater Boston House Concert Series.

She is a gifted and multi-talented musician who knows how to reproduce the music of the world around her (waves, trucks, birds) and she is a 'travel agent' who can lead her audiences on musical journeys.

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VNA Boston Celebrates 125th Anniversary

On May 26, 2011 the Visting Nurses Association of Boston held a reception at the Grove Hall Branch Library to mark their 125th anniversary.

A traveling exhibit featuring a timeline of the organization's contribution to public health nursing is the perfect way to tell their story. 

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Pigeon Droppings - They're Gone

Pigeons living above the Madrag Clothing store had dropped almost an inch of pigeon droppings (guano) on the sidewalk.

A month later? 

The pigeons have flown the coop, their guano is gone and Madrag's (almost) looks good.

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Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Thought of the Day:  "It is Memorial Day."

Memorial DayThe first recorded celebration of what became Memorial Day took place in Charleston South Carolina in 1865. 

Freed enslaved Africans founded Decoration Day by celebrating at the Washington Race Course which had been used as a temporary Confederate prison camp for captured Union soldiers.  Nationwide observances quickly caught on in the North.

Beginning in 1866 the South planned events as a result of associations established to care for cemeteries for Confederate soldiers and to erect monuments as a way of remembering the Confederate tradition. 

For over 50 years northern states praised the Union soldiers while southern states mourned the loss of Confederate soldiers.  Just before WWI the two sides forgot and the nation united its focus on the soldiers. sacrifices away from the issues.

Photo - Dorchester North Burying Ground, Upham's Corner


Oh, sweet words of valor and selflessness
Come, speak to us with a balm of healing. 
Help us celebrate this day, Memorial Day,
Dedicated to our fallen heroes,
From war or illness, accident or age,
Whose lives were given but not in vain.

Clear our minds that we may listen
To tributes honoring our brothers and sisters
Watch ceremonies of military flare and marching bands
Stand with people in solidarity and strength
Kneel at gravesides in humility and prayer
And never, ever forget.

 - Nancy Conrad

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Memorial DayNot a Celebration of War
Rev. John Odams - Pilgrim Church

Memorial Day is not a celebration of war. It is a time to remember and a time to heal.

Experiencing the pain of loss, we forget that we, too, will join the ranks of those who have gone to the other side.

Looking to those who have gone before us is looking to our place of origin. We are a continuation of the past, not just the next volume. Healing comes out of remembering the past.

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Zachary Cohen Talks about Upham's Corner Main Street
UCMS May 25, 2011

Zachary Cohen, Executive Director, Upham's Corner Main Street is leaving the organization he has served for the last four years, leaving it in much better condition than it was back in 2007.

He talks about the challenges, accomplishments and the future of Main Street.

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Urban Safari - Upham's Corner Main Street Fundraiser
Wed, June 22, 2011

Urban Safari
Set aside Wednesday, June 22 2011 to attend the .Urban Safari and BBQ Bash. sponsored by Upham.s Corner Main Street.

More than just a night at the Franklin Park Zoo.s Barnyard, the evening.s adventure includes music, food and drink, games and prizes and a silent auction.

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