Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 33 - 11/25/2011
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Nov 26 - A Festive Day to Start the Holidays

Today's News

Holiday Party & Tree Lighting
Businesses Thrive on Thanksgiving
Small Business Saturday
Happy Thanksgiving from UC News

Strand Theatre Celebrates 93
Poetry by Danielle Fontaine
Golden Broom Award
In Memoriam - Barry Norris

Rehema, the cat, needs a home
Fall Yard Waste ends Dec 2
MAPS offers Fuel Assistance

Blog Posts
Survivor Awareness Awards
Paul Pierce Youth Challenge
World Aids Day - NAACP

Upcoming Events
Holiday Party & Lighting
Nov 26
NAACP - World Aids Day
Dec 1
Recycle Leaves ends
Dec 2

Back Issues 2011

Nov 24
Festive Holiday Party
Nov 4
Pedestrian Safety in UC
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

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UC Businesses Open Thanksgiving - South Bay Takes the Day Off
November 24, 2011South Bay Mall on Thanksgiving 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 district. 

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Happy Thanksgiving from Upham's Corner News

November 24, 2011

Happy ThanksgivingThe "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.

Holiday TreePromoting 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: 

"The 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. 
God Bless!

Awarded to John Hosmer - Dollar Stop Plus
November 10, 2011

John Hosmer Awarded 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."

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MAPS Offers Fuel Assistance to Dorchester Residents

November 1, 2011
MAPS - Fuel Assistance
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 eligible!

MAPS is the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

View Flyer in English   
View Flyer in Portuguese

1 Million Hour Challenge
November 19, 2011

Paul Pierce - Million Hour ChallengePaul 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 Challenge." 

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.

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Survivors Awareness Month Advocacy Awards
The State House
Monday, November 21, 2011
Louis D Brown Peace Institute
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.

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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

UC Holiday Party

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 5pm. 

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 smiling revelers.
  • Bring food to share with friends
  • Bring (used) books, games and toys to share with the kids
  • Bring your best holiday warmth and smile
Do you sing, dance or play an instrument?  We have a stage setup for you.

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 life.

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.  Small Business Saturday

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
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Barry NorrisIn Memoriam
Barry Rex Norris

August 16, 1956 to November 16, 2011

Barry 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, Darryl Clemons. 

He leaves to us, his many friends and relatives, the memories of his gentle ways and his infectious laugh.  May he rest in peace.

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Rehema Needs a Home
November 16, 2011

Rehema, the Cat, awaits adoption 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 box. 

Contact Nancy: 617-436-8559

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Poetry by Danielle Fontaine

Danielle FontaineUC 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 93Strand 93rd Birthday Party
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 America.

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 forces.

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World Aids Day
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.

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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

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