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Vol II No 29 - 10/21/2011
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Celebrating the Arts in Upham's Corner

Today's News

DAC Open Studios this weekend
Multi-language poetry in UC
Poetry from the Philippines
Poetry from Cape Verde
Savin Hill Village Survey

UCIA - Accomplishments
UCIA - Mission & Philosophy
Lydon Clock Dedicated

DotRox Gardening Center
Gerald Robbins, avid Gardener
Murder #6 in UC
Rep. Henriquez on BLA
Chinese Numerology for 2011

Upcoming Events
DAC Open Studios
Oct 21-23
Pilgrim Ch Health Fair Oct 22
UCMS Annual Meeting Oct 25
Project Right Dinner
Oct 25

Back Issues 2011

Sep 21
Gardens Galore in UC
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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Pilgrim Church Health Fair
Pilgrim Church Health Fair
October 22, 2011
11:30am - 2:00pm

Come to the first annual Pilgrim Church Health Fair - hosted in conjunction with the City of Boston. 
  • Upham's Corner Elder Health Service Plan will be on site
  • Walgreens will provide flu shots
  • Pilgrim is providing a FREE and healthy lunch: 12 noon to 1:30pm
  • Plan to enter the dance and hula contests
  • Win door prizes

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

More information on advertisers and supporters

A Very Special Year

Chinese numerology for 2011. This year we will have experienced four unusual dates: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11, and that's not all!   

Take  the last two digits of the year you were born and the age you will be this year and the result will add up to 111 for everyone!!!!   

This year, October will have 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays & 5 Saturdays. This happens only once every 823 years. These particular years are known as Moneybag years. 

What does all of this mean? Why, good luck, of course!

Upham's Corner Improvement Association (UCIA)
October 20, 2011

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association (UCIA) is taking a few small steps towards improving the quality of life and to drawing attention to the community of Upham's Corner.

We've written several articles about Upham's Corner as published in UC News, sponsored a community meeting, a classical music concert on Virgiinia Street and now we've organized a set of multi-cultural, multi-language poetry readings.

We've also been cleaning up Upham's Corner - the business district in cooperation with Public Works, working with DND to get the Davern Ave lot cleaned and we spent 8 person hours cleaning in front of the Convent on Bird Street.

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.

Contact:  UCImprove@gmail.com
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UCIA Mission Statement and Operating Philosophy
October 20, 2011

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association is an organization from many cultures whose membership seeks to improve the:

1. The image of our community
2. The quality of life in our community
3. The relationships with our neighboring communities

Our motto is "Upham's Corner Shines" and is meant to suggest cleanliness, beauty and an attractive community where everyone feels important and welcome.

We believe that cooperation begins with effective relationships.  We will be developing our relationships through an attitude of thoughtfulness, love and respect.

We will seek to effect change by demonstrating through our own actions and by engaging others in active participation.

We are an organization committed to action.  Every "meeting" will be an opportunity to make progress, not just talk.

By taking one small step every day/week, and by encouraging the people around us to do the same, we can make a big difference.

Contact:  UCImprove@gmail.com
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Rep. Henriquez Opposes BLA School Move

September 20, 2011

State Representative Carlos Henriquez an alumni of Boston Latin Academy today joined teachers and students at his alma mater to oppose the proposed moving of the school to the former Hyde Park High building.

Many BLA parents questioned the logic of moving BLA into a building that simply couldn't support the numbers while one mother expressed concerns that a tighter cafeteria schedule would have students "eating lunch as soon as they come in the door or right as they leave for home." Parents also worried of the increased commute times for their children. 

Representative Henriquez stated, "Superintendent Johnson deserves credit for taking the time to listen to the concerns parents and of the community.  I think we all understand that Boston Arts Academy needs a new home as is apparent by the 800 or so students on their waiting list.

However, this should not come at the expense of Boston Latin Academy faculty, students and staff. "We were always told [following the school's last move in 1991] that the BLA would get a home it deserves," Henriquez said. "205 Townsend was that home."

Murder #6 in Upham's Corner in 2011
October 11, 2011
Victory Transitional Homes
Boston police are investigating the stabbing death of a man in Dorchester.

Around 1:11 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to 3 Virginia St. The address is the site of Victory Transitional House, a program for single men living with HIV/AIDS and men who are recovering from substance abuse disorders.

Police found a male in his early 50s suffering from stab wounds. The victim, whose name was not released,was pronounced dead on scene.

For the next four days or more the site was protected by police on a 24-hour detail awaiting a search warrant.

Police asked anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 617-343-4470.

Upham's Corner InSight into the News

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

UCIA Contributes to DAC Poetry Readings

October 22, 2011

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association (UCIA) is helping to support the arts in Upham's Corner.  So is the Pilgrim Church and so is the Dorchester Arts Collaborative.  UCIA has organized four Upham's Corner residents to present a series of short multi-culturual and multi-language poetry readings. 

This will be the opening act for the Dorchester Arts Collaborative Poetry Readings taking place at Pilgrim Church on Saturay, October 22, 2011 from 1-5pm.
  • 12noon - Free lunch at Pilgrim Church
  • 12:30 pm - Reception for the DAC Readings
  • 1-5pm - DAC Poetry Readings
Multi-language Poetry Readings
  • Farci and Aramaic - Shemiram Fabian
  • Aklanon (from the Philippines) - Carol Perez reading and singing
  • Vietnamese - Hoang Dang
  • Cape Verdean Creole - Daniel Correia
    Poets abound in Dorchester, some of them published and featured on NPR, others studying poetry at UMass.  What an incredible day with so many poets coming together to share their art, their passion and the beauty of the metered and structured word.

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    Poetry from the Philippines

    October 22, 2011

    Carol Perez is from Malinao in the Philippines.  Her native language is Aklanon which is one of four languages spoken by the people in the Central Visayas.  Carol is a resident of Upham's Corner and an active member of the Upham's Corner Improvement Association.

    Carol will be reading and singing the poetry of her native land.
    My country, the Philippines
    The Land of gold and flowers
    The love that in its hand
    Sacrifice splendor and virtue.

    Read the complete poem in Aklanon and translated into English.

    Poetry from the Cape Verde Islands

    October 22, 2011

    Daniel Correia came to the United States from Cape Verde in 2007.  He works as a licensed barber at Creole International Style at 114 Stoughton Street.  Daniel loves the performing arts, reads poetry, sings and plays both the guitar and the keyboard.

    Tell me, Nha Dunda, what is Batuku?
    Teach the children what they don't know.
    My children, I don't know what butuku is.
    We were born and we found it here.
    We will die and we will leave it here.

    This poem speaks of the building that housed the colonial government's soup kitchen and welfare building in Praia.  One day in the 1940s the building collapsed, crushing hundreds of people. The incident is a metaphor for colonial neglect in Cape Verde.

    Read the complete poem in Cape Verdean Creole and translated into English.

    DotRox Gardening Center
    DotRox Gardening Center

    September 22, 2011

    At a community meeting held at the Cape Verdean Adult Daycare Center, Gerald Robbins unveiled his business concept of creating a co-operatively run gardening center for the Dorchester Roxbury Area.  With members voting on business decisions, the center would be run transparently and would cater to the needs of its membership.

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    Meet Gerald Robbins, Avid Gardener

    September 22, 2011

    Gerald Robbins
    Gerald Robbins has been an avid gardener for a decade in cities on the East and West coasts.

    He is highly motivated to starting a gardening center and shares his story off how he could so boldly quit his job to work full-time on setting up a gardening center.

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    Leo Lydon Clock Dedicated

    October 15, 2011

    Leo J Lydon Memorial ClockAt 11am Saturday morning, October 15, 2011 the stately clock at the Savin Hill MBTA station was dedicated to the memory of Leo J. Lydon.

    In 2007, the "Friends of Leo Lydon Committee" was formed to bring the community together to remember a dear friend and to raise funds for a clock for the front of the Savin Hill MBTA station to be named in Leo's memory.

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    Help Improve Savin Hill Village!!

    October 12, 2011
    Savin Hill Village
    The Savin Hill Village Development Committee (SHVDC) in association with the Savin Hill Historic District Advisories, Inc. is conducting a survey. 

    They are looking for feedback from all residential and business patrons of the Savin Hill Village Shopping District focusing on the businesses from Avenue Liquors to the MBTA station on Savin Hill Ave. 

    Goals:  Better understand the business needs of the community, support existing businesses and attract new ones.

    Click here to open the survey which is PDF-fillable.  Fill it out and save, then send the completed survey to:  savinhillsurvey@gmail.com as soon as you can.

    The members of SHVDC say Thanks!

    VIN Etching

    October 29, 2011

    Old Black CarOn October 29, 2011 the Boston Police Department District C-11, in conjunction with the Savin Hill Historical Advisers, and the Governor's Auto Theft Task Force will sponsor an Auto Theft Prevention Program called "VIN Etching"

    View program flyer

    The event will be held at Peter's Towing, 150 Freeport St. Dorchester Ma from 10am-2pm. The process, which takes approximately 5-10 minutes, etches the V.I.N. (Vehicle Identification Number) of your vehicle into all the glass windows of your vehicle by using a computer generated stencil and a glass reactive acid treatment. This provides a visible deterrent to theft and can be good for a discount of up to 15% off on your comprehensive auto insurance.

    In order to participate you need to have the following items:
    1. A vehicle with a current and valid registration
    2. $10.00 cash, which is paid to the Auto Theft Strike Force to defray the cost of materials.
    3. A valid license to operate a motor vehicle in your possession.
    If you have any questions about the event please contact Pamela Surette at 781-393-1201 or District C-11 CSO at 617-343-4524.

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