Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 28 - 09/21/2011
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Natural Settings & Gardens Galore

Today's News

Gardens Galore in UC
Business District Cleanup
UCIA Recruiting
Violin & Piano Concert
Important: UCMS Annual Mtg
Closed for non-payment

The Blog
Prostitution & Crime
Hog Wild for K9's
Increasing Dropout Age
Project R.I.G.H.T Dinner
DotPark Celebration
Doing Justice, Seeking Peace
Farmer's Market

Upcoming Events
DotPark Celebration
Sep 23-25
Cleanup Bsns District
Sep 24
Preliminary Elections
Sep 27
Prostitution & Crime
Sep 28
Dancing ...the World
Oct 1
DAC Open Studios
Oct 21-23
Project Right Dinner
Oct 25
UCMS Annual Meeting
Oct 25

Back Issues 2011

Sep 6
Happy Anniversary
Aug 11
I Love Upham's Corner
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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Calling all People of Color

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association (UCIA) is committed to reflecting the diversity of ethnicities and color in Upham's Corner.  Demographically, our community is 70% people of color - Haitian, Cape Verdean, Hispanic, Asian, African and 30% white.  UCIA needs everyone's involvement and everybody's voice. 

Getting Involved
Would you like to help make Upham's Corner a better place to live?  Do you have community event ideas?  Consider joining and making a difference in Upham's Corner.

How about an ethnic music festival, or an ethnic dinner together, or native story-telling?  How about poetry, or presentation arts?  How can we help beautify your neighborhood?  How can we encourage building community in Upham's Corner?

Contact:  UCImprove@gmail.com
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Dorchester Park 120th Anniversary Celebration
Sep 23-25, 2011

The Dorchester Park Association are the official sponsors of the DotPark5 weekend, September 23 – 25, 2011  which is marking the 120th anniversary of Dorchester Park with three days of festive fundraising events to support this important community asset.   Proceeds from all events (tickets at dotpark.org) benefit the park’s endowment fund.

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City Council Preliminary Elections Sep 27, 2011

The last day to register, or change your voting address, for the September 27 Preliminary Municipal Election is Wednesday, September 7.

There will be Preliminary Elections in two City Council Districts that include Upham's Corner - Three and Seven.  A list of candidates can be found on the website: City of Boston elections.

Voting in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including Boston, is address-based.  Voters can make sure that their voting information is current by checking online at cityofboston.gov/elections and clicking on the http://www.cityofboston.gov/elections/voter/   link. 

All new voter registration forms or address changes must be postmarked no later than September 7 in order to be recognized for the Preliminary Election.

The Boston Election Department in Room 241 at Boston City Hall will be open until 8PM for those who wish to register or make changes in person on September 7.  After 5PM, please enter City Hall from the Congress Street side, opposite Faneuil Hall.

For more information, contact 617-635-3767 or visit the website cityofboston.gov/elections

CSI Prostitution Planning Meeting
Sep 28, 2011 10:30am

Nuestra Communidad is reconvening the CSI Prostitution planning meeting to provide updates on much of what's happened since the last meeting in July to address prostitution and other public safety concerns along Blue Hill Avenue Corridor.    RSVP Required

Date:      Wed Sep 28
Time:     10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where:  Thomas I. Atkins Community Room, 225 Blue Hill Avenue. 

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Dorchester Arts Collaborative - Open Studios 2011
October 21-23, 2011DorchesterArts Collaborative
  • The reception is being held at 1243 Adams Street in the Walter Baker Complex  in Lower Mills
  • Group sites for visual artists include First Parish Church, 11 Pearl Street and Humphreys Street Studios
  • Performances will take place from noon to 5 on Saturday and Sunday of OS weekend at the Great Hall in Codman Square
  • Readings of original work by poets and writers will take place on Saturday at Pilgrim Church in Uphams Corner
  • DotBike will host their bike tour of public art beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.  
GET INSPIRED!  Visit the gallery of work by Open Studios exhibitors

Upham's Corner Main Street Annual Meeting at Strand Theatre
Tue, 10/25/2011 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Free to the Public

Upham's Corner Main Street
Uphams Corner Main Street annual meeting includes board elections, unveiling of new storefront office and recently completed strategic plan.

5:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester. Refreshments will be provided.

Project R.I.G.H.T 17th Annual Dinner Meeting
October 25, 2011 6pm-9pm

"Celebrating 20 years of organizing in Grove Hall!"

Dnner will be held at the William Devine (Franklin Park) Clubhouse,
1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester, MA 02121
Contact: Nicole N. Flynt at (617) 541-5452 ex 105

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Hog Wild for K9's
September 16, 2011

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Dept participated in "Hog Wild For K9s Charity Motorcycle Ride." 

It boasted a scenic two-hour tour of approximately 400 bikes and a day full of music, entertainment and activities all aimed at protecting some of law enforcement - most vulnerable members - K9's.

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Doing Justice, Seeking PeaceDr. Cecil Cook
Oct 2, 2011

The Boston Baha’i Center is sponsoring a series of interactive dialogues called "Social Discourses of Society." 

Their next event presents the distinguished Harvard anthropologist, Dr. Cecil Cook, Senior Associate, Technoshares.Sunday, October 2, 3:00-5:00pm, Boston Baha’i Center, 595 Albany Street.

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Upham's Corner InSight into the News

UCIA Sponsors: Clean up of Business District
Sat Sep 24, 2011 10 AMUCIA

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association is sponsoring a clean up of the Upham's Corner business district.  And what are we doing?  Pulling weeds, identifying issues to turn into Public Works or BTD - just the usual "house cleaning" that says: 

"We are good citizens of Upham's Corner
and we want to see it shine."

How much time?  Not much - couple of hours.  Can you spare some time to help us out? 

Clean up starts at Monadnock & Dudley at 10am and works its way towards Columbia Rd and beyond. We're also targeting the empty lot on Davern Ave.

For more information, call 617-436-8559 or email us at

Business Cleanup

"Dancing Around the World" **

Folk and dance-inspired music through four continents and three centuries.  Annegret Klaua on violin and Yukiko Shimazaki on piano.  (click on image for more details)

Date:  Fri Oct 1, 2011
Time:  7:30pm
Cost:  $15.00
Loc'n: 21 Virginia St, home of Aaron and Catherine Larget-Caplan.

Greater Boston House Concert
Feel free to contribute wine and munchies for the reception and get the opportunity to share your experiences, your joy and excitement with others and especially the musician artists.

That such high quality performances are taking place in Upham's Corner is reason to celebrate and get involved. Get your feet ready for dancing and your hands for clapping!

RSVP Required:  617-947-1330  Email:  Info@AaronLC.com

Upham's Corner Improvement Association recommends this event!

Natural Settings & Gardens Galore
September 19, 2011

What a way to end the summer! By the time you read this, the autumnal equinox will have passed and our daylight hours will be trailing our nightlight hours. 

Most of our Upham's Corner neighborhoods do not look like the Arnold Arboretum with extensive and as-far-as the eye can see natural beauty, but many of our homes reflect a caring and loving attitude, respecting nature, the private property and the collective vision of beauty in Upham's Corner. And there are the natural settings as well.

Today we feature ten (10!) more gardens/natural settings - Chapters 4 and 5 in our growing collection of Trees and Gardens of Upham's Corner.  Every page begins with a brief description to draw you, the reader, into an aesthetic reflection.  Turn the page and you will find another.

Begin here with Chapter 4
or check out the "teaser" photos/descriptions below. 


Flower Garden - 2 Albion St
2 Albion St
Flower Garden - 56 Belden st
56 Belden St

Shade trees behind Columbia Rd
654-664 Columbia Rd - Shade Trees

Flower Garden - 3 Conrad St
3 Conrad St

Flower Garden 12 Dawes St
12 Dawes St

Flower Garden - 211 E Cottage st
211 E Cottage St

Flower Garden 28 Glendale st
28 Glendale St

Dorchester North Burying Ground
Dorchester North Burying Ground

7th Day Adventist church
7th Day Adventist Church

Flower Garden - 14 sumner st
14 Sumner St

Rep. Henriquez Supports upping the Dropout Age
September 20, 2011

State Representative Carlos Henriquez a graduate of the Boston Public School system spoke in favor of increasing the compulsory age of school drop-outs.

The petition, being filed by Councilors Connolly and Jackson, seeks to raise the age in which students can choose to drop out of school from 16 to 18 years of age.

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Granite Laundry Closed for Non-payment
519 Colmbia Rd, Upham's Corner
September 20, 2011

Granite Laundry An Upham's Corner News reader sent in a tweet:  "So granite laundry closed due to non payment of water bill.  They knew that was coming.  They acted like they didn't care.. "  [Click image to enlarge]

UC News called - no answer.   We visited and a man inside opened the locked door.  "No, it wasn't the water.  It was the gas.  They overcharged us and that's why the gas got turned off. "  "How long before you will be open again?"  About a week.

If the inquirer is not the owner, Boston Water & Sewer will only respond to this type of question via fax.  Response from BWSC?  "S/D 9/20 for non-payment." The "Billing History for a Connect" shows that Alma Realty Trust of 519 Columbia Rd owes $4,612.09. 

Let's hope they can straighten things out soon.  Customers are waiting.

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