Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 31 - 11/04/2011
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Pedestrian Safety in Upham's Corner

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Pedestrian Safety in UC
UCIA Meeting Monday 11/7
DAC Readings at Pilgrim
Planning for the Holidays
People of Color needed

Praising Johnson Decision
Farmers Market - Greenhouse
Concert - Diavolo Duo
GH Post Office Closing?
Thank you from DAC

DotRox Gardening Centers
Grove Hall  Blooms
Fall Yard Waste ends Dec 2
Law Enforcement Careers
Strand Birthday Party

Blog Posts
Suffolk Sheriff & Main Street

Upcoming Events
UCIA Meeting
Nov 7
Strand Birthday Party
Nov 11
Diavolo Duo Concert
Nov 11
DotRox Info Session
Nov 12
GH Post Office Mtg
Nov 16
DotRox Info Session
Nov 19
Farmer's Market
Nov 22
Recycle Leaves ends
Dec 2

Back Issues 2011

Oct 28
Daffodils & Holidays
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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Dorchester Arts Collaborative Readings in Upham's Corner
October 22,2011Dorchester Arts Collaborative Readings

New this year to the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) Open Studios were readings held at the Pilgrim Church in Upham's Corner. 

Most readings were poetry but some were prose and some were sung:  multi-language readings, the Dot Four Quartet, students from UMass and accomplished and published poets.

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UCIA Thanks DAC Readers
October 22, 2011

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association (UCIA) participated in the DAC Readings by creating a mullti-lingual, multi-ethnic opening:
  • Shemiram Fabian - poetry in Farci and The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic
  • Carol Perez - poetry and song in Filipino
  • Daniel Correia - poetry in Cape Verdean Creole
  • Hoang Dang - poerm phrases from her youth in Vietnamese
UCIA thanks these readers with deepest gratitude for taking the time to share the beauty of their languages and the sound of poetry / song / and prayer.

We LOVE Upham's Corner

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.

Suffolk County Sheriff Helps UCMS
October 31, 2011
Suffolk County Sheriff's Dept
Upham's Corner Main Street held their 2011 annual meeting at Dorchester's historic Strand Theatre. 

UCMS praised Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral and members of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department (SCSD) with a token of appreciation for their assistance in the rehabilitation of the organization's new headquarters.

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Let's keep the Post Office in Grove Hall Open
Wed, Nov 9, 2011 6pm - 7pm

Important Community Meeting
Grove Hall community Center
51 Geneva Ave

Notice: Services at the Grove Hall Post Office are being studied for possible discontinuance.  Postal Representatives will be at available to discuss alternatives services available to the community, the services you now receive, and what effect officially discontinuing the Grove Hall Branch will have on customers and the community.

Questions, Contact:
Michael Foley

The Diavolo Duo  **
Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm

Orlando Cela, flute & Venezuelan cuatro
Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar

Diavolo Duo

Greater Boston House Concerts
21 Virginia St
Boston, Massachusetts

From Argentina to India and Japan to Venezuela and Cape Cod. Some of the master works for flute & guitar, and little gems for guitar and cuatro. Music by Astor Piazzolla, Ravi Shankar, Toru Takemitsu and Antonio Lauro.

Time: doors open 7:30pm, Concert at 8pm
Admission: $20, $15 - students, RSVP Required
Presented by Greater Boston House Concerts

RSVP REQUIRED: 617-947-1330, Info@AaronLC.com
Information: www.Facebook.com/gbhconcerts


With a partnership dating back to their student days at the New England Conservatory in Boston, The Diavolo Duo, take listeners to the edge of their seats with music that traverses the emotional gambits of life: from Japanese mediations on the sea by Toru Takemitsu and the rambunctious Tangos of Astor Piazzolla, to the exciting and intense Raga's India by Ravi Shankar and playful Venezuelan waltzes of Antonio Lauro.

Orlando Cela: www.OrlandoCela.com
Aaron Larget-Caplan: www.AaronLC.com

**Recommended by the Upham's Corner Improvement Association

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection
Mon Oct 17 thru Fri Dec 2, 2011
Yard Waste
If you don't have time to compost your leaves or yard debris, Boston Public Works Department will collect it for you and the city will use the compost to fertilize area parks.


    Place leaves, and yard debris in large paper leaf bags or open barrels labeled "yard waste" (no plastic bags).
    Yard Waste stickers for barrels are available by calling 635-4500 or placing an online service request (up to 2 stickers available per household).
    Tie branches with string, 3' maximum length. Do NOT put branches in barrels.
    Put barrels, bags and branches on the curb by 7:00 AM on your Recycling Day, during the collection dates

DotRox Cooperative Gardening Center - Information Sessions
November 12 and 19, 2011
DotRox Gardening Center
Do you like to grow plants and buy things nearby for your garden?
Come learn about forming the DotRox Cooperative Gardening Center.
  • The store will have plants, seeds & soil, pots, pest-control products, tools and light hardware, worksshops on gardening/health.
  • The "co-op" will be owned by members (shoppers & workers), rely on skills, knowledge & input of members, be committed to the neighborhood and city
  • Contact Gerald Robbins at 617-241-7717 or gmrobbins@yahoo.com
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2:00-3:00 pm
Codman Square Library
690 Washington Street, Dorchester

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2:00-3:00 pm
Grove Hall Library, Jazz room
41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester
View complete information flyer

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

Pedestrian Safety in Upham's Corner
November 1, 2011

Pedestrian Safety in Upham's CornerRecently Upham's Corner residents have been discussing pedestrian safety and have identified what they call "a dangerous crosswalk"  in the very heart of the business district. 

"Crossing Columbia Road from the Pilgrim Church to the Strand Theatre is a nightmare." 

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association decided to take on this intersection as a project and contacted Upham's Corner News to do some investigation. 

This report looks at the conditions, problems, goals and solutions.  Included is a conversation with a representative of the Boston Transportation Department and word that the intersection is under review with a promised upgrade for pedestrian safety.

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Upham's Corner Improvement Association Meeting
November 7, 2011, 6:30pm
594 Columbia Rd
Ring buzzer #6 for Dorchester Bay

  • Planning for the holidays (see below)
  • Helping Tabitha White schedule tree plantings
  • Crosswalks - painting and pedestrian controls
  • 10-12 Davern Ave - lot cleaning
  • Letters of praise and concern
The Upham's Corner Improvement Association is a multi-cultural organization that seeks to improve Upham's Corner. 

We are member driven and action oriented.  What would you like to see improved in Upham's Corner?  Bring it with you to the meeeting and you are sure to find others who want to work with you on the project. 

Want to attend the Steering Committee meetings?  They meet periodically during the week at 8am.  If that's a better time for you, please let us know.

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

Examples of UCIA Activities
  1. Shemiram was disturbed by the condition of the empty Davern Ave lot.  UCIA contacted the City (DND) and got a crew to remove most of the weeds an debris
  2. JoAnn likes to celebrate the holidays, so UCIA decided to do Holiday Planning
  3. Another member was concerned about a particular crosswalk so UCIA initiated an investigation and UC News printed the story.
  4. Many residents were concerned about the St. Kevin's development so UCIA organized a community meeting

People of Color - We need YOU!

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association is adamant about their membership being representative.  We appreciate everyone's presence but proactively seeking people of color is very important to us.  Upham's Corner is predominantly a community of color and a color of white.  UCIA membership MUST reflect that diversity.

Think of the continents of the world.  Who do you find?  Asian, African, Cape Verdean, Native American, Hispanic, African-American, Arabic, European, Iranian, Filipino, Vietnamese and much, much more. 

Upham's Corner is like a little United Nations.  We take pride in that and want all voices to be heard. 

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

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 and plan to join us.  If you can't make the meeting, feel free to contact us (email or phone)

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

Grove Hall BloomsGrove Hall Blooms
October 29, 2011

Greater Grove Hall Main Streets calls it a great day.  Daffodils in the ground and they're looking forward to Spring.  [click image]

Special thanks to those who made this day possible:  Mayor Menino, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Boston Parks Department, Quincy Geneva New Vision CDC, Project Right, Franklin Park Zoo.

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 we have 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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Law Enforcement Careers
Suffolk County Sheriff's Department

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."

Birthday Party - The Strand turns 93!
Friday, November 11, 2011
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

Free of cost, the birthday party will feature aStrand Theatre scavenger hunt, a birthday cake tribute and a music artist showcase. 

What else?
  • Sisters in Stitches and The Cloth & Friends - hosting two new gallery exhibits featuring a  two month showing of quilts from the region.
  • Color guard salute to War Veterans - Mark the occasion as WWI ended the day the theatre opened November 11, 1918.
  • Nationally televised movie short film, "Burned" by regional award winning director, Phyllis Toben Bancroft
  • Poetry by children's author, Haywood Fennel Sr.
The Strand Theatre
543 Columbia Road


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