Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 30 - 10/28/2011
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Planting Daffodils and Planning for the Holidays

Today's News

Planning for the Holidays
Wine-tasting Restaurant Laura
UCMS Annual Meeting
Thanks from DAC
Boo-Bash for Halloween

Boston Blooms
CSHCA planting Daffodils
Greater Grove Hall & Daffodils
Four Corners goes Daffodils
Service Day in Upham's Corner

Praising Johnson Decision

Auto Protection - VIN Etching
Smackdown of the Organists
Farmers Market - Greenhouse

Savin Hill Village Survey
UCIA Mission & Philosophy
Chinese Numerology for 2011

Blog Posts
Suffolk Sheriffs Recruiting
Help Plan DSNI Charter School

Upcoming Events
Wine-tasting Free
Oct 29-30
Oct 29
Daffodils in GGH
Oct 29
Daffodils CSHCA
Oct 29
Smackdown music
Oct 29
Dudley Charter School
Nov 1
UCIA Meeting
Nov 7
Farmer's Market
Nov 22

Back Issues 2011

Oct 21
Celebrating the Arts
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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UCMS Annual Meeting 2011UCMS
October 25, 2011

Upham's Corner Main Street held its 2011 annual meeting at the Strand Theatre located immediately adjacent to their new office. 

Over 60 people attended, ate great food and listened to a presentation of their accomplishments and future plans.

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Thank You! from the Dorchester Arts Collaborative
October 28, 2011
Dorchester Arts Collaborative
To all of the artists who worked long and hard to put yourselves out there for Open Studios--and to everyone who showed up and appreciated them, thank you!

We are eager to hear your feedback and encourage you to send it to us at info@dac-online.org.

Help Plan Dudley Charter School
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
6:30 -8:30pm
DSN Charter School
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) will co-host a community meeting at DSNI, 504 Dudley Street in Roxbury

Goal:  Solicit families' input into the planning of the proposed Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School(DSNCS).

The meeting is open to all interested families. Families who live in the neighborhood and have children in the 0 - 5 age group are encouraged to attend.

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Praising Johnson Decision
October 26, 2011

Boston Latin AcademyState Representative Carlos Henriquez, an alumni of Boston Latin Academy, today hailed Superintendent Johnson's decision to keep the school at its current address at 205 Townsend Street.

Representative Henriquez stated, "Superintendent Johnson deserves credit for taking the time to listen to the concerns parents and of the community.  This was an open process from day one.

Although all parties involved weren't always in agreement everyone had an opportunity to voice their concerns and be heard. 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 and I'm proud to say will continue to be that home."

Suffolk County Sheriff's Dept Recruiting Officers
October 21, 2011
Suffolk County Sheriff's Dept
The Suffolk County Sheriff's Department is currently assembling a new recruitment class to join the ranks of officers at the Suffolk County House of Correction and the Nashua Street Jail.

Seeking officer candidates that embody the high standards of professionalism, commitment and conduct established by Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral, the Department is looking for dedicated men and women of all backgrounds who are interested in a rewarding career in law enforcement.

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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 no later than Friday, 10/21/2011.

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.

Farmer's Market in the Greenhouse
November 22, 2011

Jess Liborio of The Food Project :  "I am pleased to say that we will be having one November Farmers Market in the Dudley Greenhouse, 11 Brook Ave, Roxbury on November 22nd from 4-7pm. "

Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Planning for the Holidays
November 7, 2011, 6:30pm

Help make Upham's Corner extra special for the holidays. 

At their next meeting (6:30 on Monday, November 7), the Upham's Corner Improvement Association (UCIA) will be planning "all the ways that UCIA, residents and businesses can call attention to Upham's Corner and let everyone know just how special the Upham's Corner community is."

Ideas under discussion:
  • Encourage residents to "lighten up" for the holidays
  • Have UC News print photos of holiday decorations
  • Christmas Caroling
  • Menorah lighting
  • Holiday party (parties)
  • Other ideas
Mark your calendars - location to be determined.  More information in the next issue of UC News.

Contact us:  UCImprove@gmail.com or call 617-436-8559

Free Wine-Tasting at Restaurant Laura
Saturday, October 29, 2011 2pm to 6pm
Sunday, October 30, 1pm to 4pm

Wine tastingRestaurant Laura will host a free wine-tasting for Cape Verdean and Portuguese wine and liquors that are currently available in Europe and are about to be introduced into the United States.

Arlindo Correia is excited about the event.  He plans to stock the products in CV Liquors (right next door to the restaurant).  The best way to learn about these special products is to enjoy the ambiance of Restaurant Laura as you sip the new wines and liquors and partake of the cheese, crackers and other hors d'oeuvres.

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association is recommending this event.  Meet your neighbors, network and support the local businesses here in Upham's Corner.

For more information

Boo Bash 2011Boo-Bash at the Strand Theatre  FREE !!

Mayor Thomas M. Menino invites you to Trick or Treating.

Come to BASH BOO,
Saturday, October 29, 2011
from 1pm to 4pm.
The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA. 

Ages 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

Costumes are encouraged.  Enjoy a Haunted House, a Costume Parade, Spooky Crafts and a Monster Mash Dance Party.

For more Information

CSHCA Beautification Committee to Plant 2,500 bulbs
October 29, 2011Boston Blooms

Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association Beautification Committee members and volunteers from neighborhood schools, youth groups and residents will plant 2,500 daffodil bulbs on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 9am-12pm.

Volunteers will report to Ryan Playground at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Harborview Street at 9:00am.

For more Information

Greater Grove Hall DaffodilsGreater Grove Hall Planting Daffodils
October 29, 2011

Greater Grove Hall Main Streets has scheduled planting flowers (daffodils) for the betterment of the community on Saturday, October 29, 2011. 

Yes, it is going to rain.  Ya' know what?  They don't care.  Setting up for the impending beauty in the Spring is what counts today.

Breakfast will be provided starting at 7:30am with planting from 8 to 9:30am. 

For more information

Four Corners Main Streets goes Daffodil
October 29, 2011
10am - 12noon

Boston BloomsFour Corners Main Street is part of Boston Bloom with Daffodils in 2012.  Join us in planting 1000 daffodil bulbs in the Four Corners area.

Meet in front of 420 Washington Street, the Four Corners Main Street Office at 9:30am sharp, rain or shine.  Bring your family, a neighbor and tell a friend.

For more details, contact Dynell Andrews-Blake at 617-267-1651.

Smackdown! Of the Dorchester Organists
Saturday, October 29, 2011

As part of their 2011-2012 Concert Series,  St. Mary's Episcopal Church is presenting a friendly competition among Dorchester's finest organists:
  • Heinrich Christensen - Representing Melville Park and King's Chapel
  • Bart Dahlstrom - Jones Hill and the Congregational Church of Topsfield
  • Kana Dehara - Representing Jones Hill and St. Mary's Dorchester
  • Andrew Sheranian - Representing Ashmont and All Saints Ashmont
  • Richard Webster - Representing Jones Hill and Trinity Boston 7:00PM
Free Will Offering, to benefit the St. Mary's building fund.  Make checks payable to St. Mary's Episcopal Church.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
14 Cushing Avenue
Dorchester, MA

Service Day in Upham's Corner
Service Day in Upham's Corner
October 22, 2011

The youth of the Bird Street Community Center and Upham's Corner Main Street created a Service Day on October 22, 2011 that encouraged volunteerism.

Both groups added value to the community.   Bird Street youth focused on recycling education while UCMS planted daffodils at business sites.

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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!

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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