Dorchester Arts Collaborative Readings in Upham's Corner
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.
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:
UCIA thanks these readers with deepest gratitude for taking the time to
share the beauty of their languages and the sound of poetry / song /
- 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
We LOVE Upham's Corner
Thank You! from the Dorchester Arts Collaborative
October 28, 2011
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 email@example.com.
Suffolk County Sheriff Helps UCMS
October 31, 2011
Upham's Corner Main Street held their 2011 annual meeting at Dorchester's historic Strand
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.
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.
The Diavolo Duo **
Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm
Orlando Cela, flute & Venezuelan cuatro
Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar
Greater Boston House Concerts
21 Virginia St
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
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
ABOUT THE DIAVOLO DUO:
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
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
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
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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|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
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
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.
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.
Upham's Corner Improvement Association Meeting
November 7, 2011, 6:30pm
594 Columbia Rd
Ring buzzer #6 for Dorchester Bay
The Upham's Corner Improvement Association is a multi-cultural organization that seeks to improve Upham's Corner.
- 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
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
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
- 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
- JoAnn likes to celebrate the holidays, so UCIA decided to do Holiday Planning
- Another member was concerned about a particular crosswalk so UCIA initiated an investigation and UC News printed the story.
- 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:
Mark your calendars and plan to join us. If you can't make the meeting, feel free to contact us (email or phone)
- 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
Contact us: UCImprove@gmail.com or call 617-436-8559
Grove Hall Blooms
October 29, 2011
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.
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Praising Johnson Decision
October 26, 2011
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 a scavenger hunt, a birthday cake tribute and a music artist showcase.
The Strand Theatre
- 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.
543 Columbia Road