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Vol I No 26 - 08/11/2011
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I love Upham's Corner
Hendry St Block Party
First Parish Ground Breaking
Tina Chery on "Sanctuary"
UC News Publishes Book
A Shrine for Jovany

MA Litter Scorecard
UC Improvement Assn - 1914
UC Improvement Assn - 2011
Shooting at The Dublin House
Alex Galan - 2nd place City-Wide
New Restaurant:  El Paraiso

Featured in the Blog
A Spanish Evening in Review
Back-to-School BBQ
Sheriff' Training Sessions
Bowdoin-Geneva Celebrates
Multi-Cultural Festival
Salvation Army Flea Market

More Blog Posts
Sr. Volunteers Needed (stipend)
Dudley Market! 8/8/11
Jerry Lamour Photography

Back Issues 2011

Jul 27
Best Garden 2011
Jul 05 Disingenuous Politics
Jun 21 Join us in Solidarity
May 31 Memorial Day
May 06
Urban Planning
Apr 21 St. Kevin's Update
Apr 01 Community Meetings
Mar 28
Tito Jackson sworn in
Mar 23
District 7 Elections
Mar 16
Upham's Corner Library

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Hendry Street Block Party a Great Success
July 30, 2011Hendry St Block Party

One year ago the Hendry St neighborhood of Upham's Corner was suffering from foreclosures, abandoned buildings and a dramatic increase in crime.

On July 30, 2011 with Mayor Menino and DND's commitment to turning the neighborhood around, everyone celebrated with an afternoon long block party.

Story & Photos

El Paraiso - New Dominican Restaurant in Upham's Corner

El Paraiso Restaurant El Paraiso is now open as the newest Dominican restaurant in Upham's Corner.  Rafael Veras, is also owner of Latina Restaurant in Jamaica Plain.  His friends, Marinela and Gregorio, a mother and son team, manage the full day-to-day operations. 

The daily special, a full plate of nutritious food, is only $6.00.

Story & Photos

In Remembrance - A Shrine for Jovany
August 10, 2011

On August 2, 2009 Ka Karlos was the scene of a shooting that left two dead.  In 2009 the friends of Jovany created an extensive memorial on Bird Street and they have continued this practice in his memory each year. 

At least one resident of Upham's Corner is highly critical of this practice.  In response UC News is taking the opportunity to speak out, to call for the community to reach out to each other and to embrace in healing.

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A Pilgrim on the CommonA Pilgrim on the Common
August 10, 2011

UC News has completed the publication of the book "A Pilgrim on the Common."  It is a photographic essay depicting one of  Pilgrim Church's ministries - feeding the homeless and the hungry on the Boston Common.

Last November UC News travelled with Pilgrim Church to the Common. One step of the journey led to another and out of this a book was born.

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Massachusetts Ranking on the Litter Scorecard is TOO LOW!!
August 10, 2011

The American State Litter Scorecard shows that Massachusetts is not doing well in the littering/dumping ratings (relatively speaking).  Yes, the Commonwealth rates "above average" but all other adjoining states rank "Best." 

What factors are contributing to the Commonwealth's "poorer" ranking and what steps can be aken to improve the Massachusetts score?

Upham's Corner News has been in direct communication with the author of the scorecard, and he has sent us his recommendations for the Commonwealth that are DOABLE!  (Thanks, Steve)

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Multi-cultural Festival @ Mary Hannon Park
Sat, Aug 13, 2011 12:00noon to 6:00pm

Celebrate the cultures of the Dudley neighborhood at Mary Hannon Park on Dudley St in Dorchester on Saturday, August 13, 2011.

This youth-organized festival will feature stage performances by local artists, a fashion show, food, games and more!

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Salvation Army Flea Market
Sat, Aug 13, 2011

The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be holding their first ever FLEA MARKET!   All of the community is invited to participate -- as vendors or shoppers.

The TSA Kroc Center is currently looking for vendors to rent space or tables and sell their goods. The proceeds from the sale of the space and tables will go toward supporting The Salvation Army's Church Corps Programs.

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Bowdoin-Geneva Community Day
Sat, Aug 13, 2011 12noon to 4pm

The Bowdoin-Geneva Community Day will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the Reverand Allen Park in Dorchester across St. Peter.s Church from 12 to 4 p.m. (rain date, August 14, 2011).

The community day features ample entertainment, free food (hamburger, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream) and fun. Boston Police K-9 dogs will be present, as will a fire truck, face painters and more. There will also be resources there for the community.

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Back to School BBQ Winthrop Park
August 22, 2011 5pm - 8pm

Ma & Pa.s Cafe is sponsoring a Back to School Community BBQ in cooperation with the John Winthrop Elementary School, the Boston Police Department, Touch 106.1 FM and other community organizations. 

Would you like to host a table or help out in some way?  There.s room for everyone and helping out makes a big difference in building our community.

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Upham's Corner InSight into the News

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I Love Upham's Corner!
August 9, 2011

Imagine having dinner at the newest Dominican restaurant in Upham's Corner, El Paraiso. 

Imagine having dinner with an Upham's Corner resident who can't praise our community enough. 

"I love Upham's Corner!"  Talk about energizing . . .

Story & Photos

David L White & The Upham's Corner Improvement Association
June 6, 1914

Quoting from the Dorchester Day Program of 1914: 

"The Upham's Corner Improvement Association, a much needed and long felt want, was organized in January, 1914, largely to the earnest and untiring efforts of David L.White,

a man fully familiar with and active in organization work, he having been actively engaged in local improvement work for the past 33 years."

Story & Photos

The NEW Upham's Corner Improvement Association
August 10, 2011

It's true! 
An organization that was formed almost 100 years ago is about to come back to life to focus on Upham's Corner - all of Upham's Corner.

Yes, we have our neighborhood associations, Main Street, non-profits and religious centers (churches).  We have schools and scouts and arts groups.  We have city workers and city budgets that drop in periodically. Every one of these organizations does a fantastic job on their little piece of the pie. 

What about the bigger picture?

It's the bigger picture, the bird's eye view of life here in Upham's Corner that's out of focus.  Where is the one organization that promotes action, communication, collaboration and cooperation, the ONE organization that looks out over the whole of Upham's Corner and says: 

How can we improve our beautiful city?

Preliminary meetings have been taking place for almost six months though they started out with just a couple people who wanted to share their visions - poeple who cared about the whole of the community.

"The New Upham's Corner."  It's on its way!

Do you want to join us?  By email, in person, one-on-one?  We'll have more to say about this group in the next issue.  Consider getting started with us now.

Contact Us to get involved.
I Love Upham's Corner

Tina Chery - The Importance of Sanctuary
Aug 2, 2011

First Parish Ground Breaking
Tina Chery, Executive Director of the Louis D Brown Peace Institute, spoke at the First Parish ground breaking ceremony and praised the church in its community role - a church that is "for the people, by the people."

"They are making an important commitment to the community by having their doors open on the weekdays. This is that place where all barriers cease to exist."

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First Parish Ground Breaking - Uplifting
Aug 2, 2011
First Parish Restoration
First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill held a ground breaking ceremony at 9am August 2, 2011 with Rev. Arthur Lavoie, minister, serving as Master of Ceremonies. 

Distinguished guests included Mayor Thomas M. Menino, keynote speaker, State Senator Jack Hart, Tina Chery from the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Jeff Gonyeau from Historic Boston and Carol Johnson from the Henderson Foundation.

Story & Photos

Aaron Caplan-LargetA Spanish Evening in Review
Fri July 29, 2011

Before heading out west on a tour with Spanish dancer Gabriela Granados, classical guitarist Aaron Caplan-Larget performed at the second Greater Boston House Concert.

Aaron's complete command of his fingers, rhythm, tuning, and the percussive capabilities of his "music box" left the audience in awe.

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Shooting at the Dublin House Nearly Fatal
July 29, 2011

The Dublin House on Stoughton St is a popular bar not known for problematic behavior. Dublin HouseBut in the early hours of July 29, 2011 it was about to be named as the site of the fifth murder in Upham's Corner this year.

According to the Suffolk County Dist. Atty.'s office, the victim appeared near death at first but is now expected to recover.  A suspect was apprehended . . .

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Alex's Garden Places 2nd City-Wide
Aug 3, 2011

On July 23, 2011 Upham's Corner News designated Alex Galan's garden the "Best Garden in Upham's Corner for 2011."

We are delighted to announce that our Upham's Corner native son placed 2nd in the Mayor's Garden Contest - small gardens category.

How fabulous is this!!  Alex deserves a round of applause.  There will be an awards ceremony on Tuesday, August 23rd at 5:15 p.m. at The Public Garden (Arlington street & Commonwealth avenue gate). Mayor Menino, Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak, official contest judges, sponsors, and fellow contest participants will be there.

View the Many Photos of Alex' Garden

Treating Others with Respect
July 29, 2011

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Dept and the MA Sheriff's Assoc are sponsoring public safety training sessions.  Special Sheriff Gerard Horgan talked about his particular role in the training, and summed up the heart of his workshop in one word: .Respect..

.Our role in this Sheriff.s Department is to provide care and custody for all people, treating everyone with respect and giving them the opportunity to better themselves while with us,.

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