UC Businesses Open Thanksgiving - South Bay Takes the Day Off
November 24, 2011
Despite all the talk about the national chains opening earlier and
earlier on Black Friday, infringing, for example, on the hours
dedicated to Thanksgiving, the Upham's Corner Business District on
Dudley Street "paid no mind" and acted like it was "just another day."
Meanwhile South Bay Mall was "dead" - literally one of very few times when all you see is a carless parking lot throughout.
Ambioris Fernandez was proud of the throngs of people shopping at
Brothers Market II and an excellent spokesperson for the mood of the business
Photos and More
Happy Thanksgiving from Upham's Corner News
November 24, 2011
|The "Viewing" of the Seasons|
It changes every year. New vines bear fruit and what we see
as important reflects what is ripe for picking today.
This year UC
News is thankful for an ever growing community of activists in Upham's
Corner - people who want the best for our community, who are willing to
get involved and for those who want to promote the growth of community.
|Residents are Thankful|
Last year UC News interviewed many Upham's Corner residents and asked them what they were thankful for.
It was a moving to take a look at who we are - a focus on the people.
|Promoting the Holiday Party|
This year UC News is teaming up with the Improvement Association and Main Street.
We are promoting the first Holiday Party at the Strand (in many years) in advance of the Tree Lighting on Nov 26.
|The Strand Looks Beautiful|
Already the community is talking
about how beautiful the Strand looks!
Alda Marshall and Linda Buckley
of the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events have been
putting their hearts and minds and spirits into decorating the Strand.
As one resident remarked:
Strand is looking as beautiful at Holiday time as it must have looked
when it first opened 93 years ago. We here in Upham's Corner are
honored to share in its glory."
We are Grateful. We are Thankful. We give Thanks to You.
Awarded to John Hosmer - Dollar Stop Plus
November 10, 2011
On November 10, 2011 the UC Improvement Association issued their first
"Golden Broom Award" to John Hosmer, proprietor of Dollar Store Plus at
775 Dudley Street.
For years John has been putting out a trash barrel in front of his business and sweeping the sidewalk daily. What a difference it has made!
He does this quietly, almost without notice. "Why not help the
neighborhood and the business district? I put out the barrel,
bring it in at night. The front of my business stays clean and
everybody is happy."
MAPS Offers Fuel Assistance to Dorchester Residents
November 1, 2011
MAPS Dorchester Office is now making appointments for those wishing to apply for fuel assistance.
Fuel Assistance is a program to help pay for heating costs. Many
homeowners and renters with utilities included in the rent may be
MAPS is the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers
1 Million Hour Challenge
November 19, 2011
Pierce and The Boston Foundation challenged thousands of local youth to
log 1 million hours of fitness in 2012 as part of the "Million Hour
Pierce's Truth on Health Campaign and The Boston Foundation's CHAMPS
Boston initiative kicked-off a year-long challenge with a fun-filled
day of exercise, games & health education at Kroc Center Boston.
Survivors Awareness Month Advocacy Awards
The State House
Monday, November 21, 2011
State Representative Carlos Henriquez hosted the Louis D. Brown
Peace Institute at the State House on Monday, November 21, 2011 at
10:30am to honor survivors of homicide victims and providers serving
families impacted by violence.
The event took place in front of the Grand Staircase and the Louis D.
Brown Peace Institute presented this year's Survivor of Homicide
Victims Advocate of the Year Awards to Governor Deval L. Patrick and
Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
Upham's Corner InSight into the News
You are Cordially Invited to a Party at the Strand!!
|Saturday, Nov 26, 2011
4pm Holiday Party
5pm Tree Lighting
The Strand Theatre
543 Columbia Road
An Upham's Corner Holiday Party at 4pm on the 26th is just "the ticket"
to get us all in the mood for the arrival of Santa's Trolley at
Community-based and family-oriented, the Holiday Party is the beginning
of Holiday Celebrations in Upham's Corner. Everyone who lives in
/ works in / or loves Upham's Corner - please join us.
This is YOUR opportunity - a grass-roots celebration - to make the
holiday party as merry as can be. Bring your special touch and
tilt the party the way you want like a merry-go-round of laughing and
Do you sing, dance or play an instrument? We have a stage setup for you.
- Bring food to share with friends
- Bring (used) books, games and toys to share with the kids
- Bring your best holiday warmth and smile
- BRING YOURSELF
Want to join the Upham's Corner Carolers? We have a songbook that
is sure to bring the best of your holiday memories and your voice to
Spread the word. Let's Make Upham's Corner SHINE!!
We are grateful to the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events for providing the Strand Theatre as a venue.
Holiday Party Flyer
Small Business Saturday in Upham's Corner
November 26, 2011
The Upham's Corner business district is participating in the nationwide
Small Business Saturday (SBS) event on November 26, 2011.
To encourage Upham's Corner residents to shop locally,
Upham's Corner Main Street (Max MacCarthy) has collected promotional deals from over 20
businesses in the district.
The SBS Promotions Flyer is
a list of all the "special deals" being offered. Print it and present it to the local business to get
your SBS Special Deal.
- Meal specials at restaurants
- Store-wide sales at clothing stores
- Discounts at hair salons
Barry Rex Norris
August 16, 1956 to November 16, 2011
Norris died suddenly and quietly in his sleep this past
Wednesday. He lived at 15 Virginia Street and was a long-time
resident of Upham's Corner. He leaves behind his long-time
partner and spouse,
He leaves to us, his many friends and relatives, the memories of his
gentle ways and his infectious laugh. May he rest in peace.
View Memorial Service Program
Rehema Needs a Home
November 16, 2011
Rehema was Barry Norris' cat and she now awaits adoption into a loving
home. Until then she is staying with Nancy. Rehema is an
older cat (16) but very loving and kittenish.
She's hiding right
now behind the organ but comes out when I call her and she loves to be
petted. Slight of build, Rehema is a gray tabby with an adorable face and she proudly wears her
white boots. Rehema comes with cat scratch toys and a carrying
Poetry by Danielle Fontaine
News will be featuring the poetry of Danielle Fontaine over the next
several months. She was one of 19 readers at the 2011 DAC Open
Studios Reading held at Pilgrim Church.
We are so excited to continue our relationship with this wonderful and talented group beginning with the poetry of Danielle.
3 Things - An Introduction
To Interrupt obsessive thoughts, count to three. Lift
the word brush and paint a dot of thought. Thrice held and
stop. Flow. Journey. Come to know thyself.
Read the poem "3 Things"
Strand Theatre Celebrates 93
November 11, 2011
The Strand Theatre celebrated its 93rd Birthday in a
warm four-hour tribute to its rich history, its continuing presence in
Upham's Corner and the City of Boston's commitment to maintaining the
Strand as one of the last working vintage neighborhood theatres in
In a fitting recognition of the day and the mission of the Strand
Theatre in supporting the communities of Roxbury, Dorchester and
Mattapan, the event engaged the artistic contributions of members
of the black community and representatives from our nation's armed
Getting to Zero
December 1, 2011
Join the Boston NAACP for a very provocative discussion in conjunction
with world AIDS Day 2011 on December 1, 2011 at the Mattapan
Library. Now its 30th year the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to
disproportionately affect the African-American community.
Special guest speaker Mr. Phil Wilson, founder of Black AIDS Institute
discusses what you can do to help prevent additional HIV infections and
AIDS related deaths.
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