Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 35 - 12/12/2011
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Occupy! The Upham's Corner Post Office

Today's News

Occupy! The UC Post Office
How can I Help Save the PO?
Occupy Boston - A Retrospecctive
Wonderful Holiday Party at the Strand
We Recommend:  "Everyone Leads"
Vandalism Mars the Holidays
Updating Lottery Commission Process
Paraiso Pledges Support
Public Outhouse is Closing

Getting Help
Problem Reporting Information
Crime Prevention Tips - Personal Safety

Late Breaking
Late Breaking News

From the Past
Keno Promoting Crime in UC
Kroc Center - 1st Tree Lighting
The Boston Home - Matching $60k Grant
Jobs - Kroc Center Hiring
Holiday Trash/recycling Schedule

Blog Posts
Drop-out Age of 18 for Students
Suffolk Sheriffs - Outreach Programs
Winter Farmers' Market
Jose Mateo Nutcracker at the Strand

Strand Theatre Events
Boston Classical Orch.
Dec 12
Jose Mateo Nutcracker
Dec 22-24

More Events
DotRox Planning Meeting
Jan 7

Back Issues 2011

Dec 2
Keno Promoting Crime
Nov 25
Nov 26 - A Festive Day
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

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UC News Recommends:
"Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up"

Everyone LeadsIn a recent interview Tavis Smiley (The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR) lauded Paul Schmitz for his 20 years of guiding young people into leadership positions.  "He knows firsthand there is incredible untapped leadership throughout our community."

According to Paul,  "Leadership is about an action people take, not a position people fill.  It is based on values that cause others to want to follow you.  The cynicism about leadership today comes from seeing leaders not practicing values or being contradictory or practicing hypocrisy.

All people have the ability and power to step up and lead but it is not about being in charge.  Leadership is something you earn by your values and practice and the responsibilities you take on."

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Boston Classical Orchestra @ Strand Theatre
Monday, December 12, 2011 7pmBoston Classical Orchestra

Boston Classical Orchestra will be performing with special guest performers: Violin Students from Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, Mary Swanton, the director of Fine Arts, and, Khamari Barnes, a member of the Boston Children's Chorus.

The event will be narrated by Kim McLarin of WGBH-TV. Tickets are $5 for adults, and children under 12 are admitted free of charge! For tickets, call 617.423.3883.

For more information about Boston Classical Orchestra, visit their website.

Jose Mateo Nutcracker at the Strand
December 22-24, 2011

Jose Mateo Nutcracker (Re)discover the Magic as the Nutcracker debuts at Dorchester's vibrant Strand Theatre!

Mateo's Nutcracker debuts at Dorchester's vibrant Strand Theatre through a partnership with the City of Boston. 

Mateo's Nutcracker is part of JMBT's Dance for World Community, a project that builds local and global networks to expand the role of dance in our culture.

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DotRox Gardening Center - Planning Meeting
January 7, 2012 1-2:30 pm
Grove Hall Library
DotRox Gardening Center
It's time to make the DotRox Cooperative Gardening Center a reality!

The DotRox Cooperative Garden Center will be a community-based gardening center in Dorchester or Roxbury, located near public transportation.  The store will be full-service offering plants, seeds, pots, soil, pest-control products, tools, light hardware and other items for gardeners.

Planning session to be held January 7, 2012 at the Grove Hall Library.  Mark  your calendars now!

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Legislation Filed to Keep Students in School to 18
December 6, 2011

Rep's Carlos Henriquez and Edward Coppinger teamed up to file legislation that will raise the drop-out age in Boston to 18. The bill is a home-rule petition sponsored by City Councilors John Connolly and Tito Jackson that passed the Boston City Council unanimously and was approved by Mayor Thomas Menino.

The legislation will require all Boston public and private school students to remain in school until 18 unless they have finished all coursework required to graduate.  This legislation is necessary because the drop-out age is set by state statute and Boston cannot unilaterally raise it without state approval.

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Suffolk County Sheriff's Department Youth Outreach ProgramsSuffolk County Sheriffs' Dept
November 15, 2011

"Postitive choices have positive consequences" said Zamor-Calixte, Coordinator of Community Outreach and Youth Programs for the Department's Communications and External Affairs Division.

"We want to reinforce that message while reminding our young people that negative choices have negative consequences not only for them, but for their families and communities.

"We want to reach out to as many organizations as possible to let them know about our programs and how they can be utilized."

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Winter Farmers' Market Coming to Dorchester

The Dorchester Winter Farmers' Market is the first project of the Dorchester Community Food Co-op and it is the first winter market in any Boston neighborhood.  Quickly approaching, the project still needs work but Dot Co-op is kicking into high gear. 

The market will be Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., January through March
Great Hall of Codman Square Health Center
Corner Washington and Norfolk Streets.

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From Past Issues of UC News

Keno Promoting Crime in Upham's Corner
November 17, 2011

Keno in Upham's Corner
The existence of a "surprise" Keno game license in a dangerous section of Upham's Corner was brought up at the June 2011 SNI meeting Safe Street police officers. 

How did the business get a license without anyone in the area knowing about this in advance?  None of the abutters were aware of the impending change, nor the neighborhood associations nor, it would appear, the CITY OF BOSTON!

BPD stated that the Keno game is being used as a screen for street crime.  The business, El Frutero, appears to be complicit.

Just what Upham's Corner needs!

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Kroc Center Celebrates First Tree Lighting
December 1, 2011

Kroc Center Tree Lighting A crowd of enthusiastic members and guests attended the first Tree Lighting event at the Salvation Army's Kroc Center in Upham's Corner.  The program had a typical Army feel with trumpet and tuba accompaniment and the crowd participating in song and cheer.

While the tree lighting is an important symbol of the Christmas season,  for the Salvation Army the real symbol of charity is their red kettle and its ever-ringing bell. 

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The Boston Home Announces $60k Matching Grant
November 15, 2011

The Boston HomeThe Boston Home is an incredible Massachusetts resource for people with neurological diseases and we are grateful for the service it provides.

During the grand opening of its newly renovated Pavilion at The Boston Home, Marva Serotkin, President and CEO of The Boston Home announced the organization's receipt of a major grant. 

An anonymous donor has given a $60,000 matching grant to The Boston Home to expand the innovative B.Fit! Day Program, the first such program in the state for people with Multiple Sclerosis and other progressive neurological diseases.

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Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Occupy! the Upham's Corner Post Office
Through January 8, 2012

Upham's Corner Post Office As of December 10 the age of the Occupy Boston movement came to a close but the ideas will live on.  In Upham's Corner there was no encampment, no tents and no people's mic but there was one community coming-together that rivaled Dewey Sq.

On Nobember 17 over 60 residents came out in support of the Upham's Corner Post Office, sounding a lot like â¬SOccupy Wall Street.⬝  Attendeed were clearly part of the 99%.  Postal Service reps looked and acted like they belonged to the 1%.

The community has continued to rally in support of the Uphamâ¬"s Corner Post office with thousands of signatures obtained in its support. 

It's still not enough.  Moneyed interests in the federal government, not the foundation of service upon which the post office was originallyformed, may ultimately determine the fate of our beloved Upham's Corner Post Office.

Will it live?  Will it die?  You can make a difference.

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How Can I Help?

Register your support for the Upham's Corner Post Office.
  1. Call Stephen Lynch, House of Representatives @ 617428-2000
  2. Call Michael Capuano, House of Representatives @ 617-621-6208
  3. Call Senator Scott Brown @ (202) 224-4543 or use the webform
  4. Call Sentaor John Kerry @ (202) 224-2742 or use the webform
  5. Call the Discontinuance Coordinator, Mr. Michael Foley @ 617-654-5686
  6. Volunteer in front of the post office to help get signatures (see below)
  7. Sign the Online Petition created by Main Street
According to Adelina Alves, the Upham's Corner Health Center has collected over 1000 signatures and mailed those in to Mr. Foley.  But many more are needed.

VOLUNTEER Opportunity - Petitioning to Protect our Post Office 

Upham's Corner Main Street and community partners are currently conducting a petition campaign in December to try and protect our post office.

Can you help?  We are looking for volunteers to collect signatures at the Upham's Corner post office? 

How much time?  30 minutes, an hour, whatever you can offer 

Give Max MacCarthy a call 617-265-0363 or email max@uphamscorner.org

Holiday Party & Tree Lighting - Joyful in Upham's Corner
November 26, 2011

Upham's Corner Holiday Party & Tree Lighting 2011This year Upham's Corner "wrapped" a holiday party around the traditional tree lighting, and the Mayor's Office of Arts and Tourism helped out by sponsoring the event at the Strand.

Partiers received small holiday gift bags and a chance to warm their hearts with hot food, seasonal cheers and songs from the Upham's Corner Carolers.  Pizza, fresh apples, hot cranberry-lime punch, hot chocolate, cookies - you couldn't ask for better. 

Singing a mixture of sacred traditional carols and favorite holiday songs, the Upham's Corner Carolers had a delightful time sounding like the recorded voices of old. 

Just before 5pm, when the Trolley pulled up in front, it was as if the Santa Train had just come down the chimney, and we  waited for the tree to rise out of the darkness with garlands of glowing diamonds strung in swirls around her.

Read more - LOTS of PHOTOS

Occupy Boston - Upham's Corner Resident Reflects
December 10, 2011
Occupy Boston

Larry Fabian, longtime Upham's Corner resident, now working in Turkey until Christmas, took time to visit the Occupy Boston encampment in Dewey Square back in October when it was getting estabished. 

He offers us his perspective on Tent Cities (#1 & 2) - the past, the present and the future of movements grounded in re-establishing economic equity in our society.

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Vandalism Mars the Holidays
December 2, 2011

Paraiso Sign damaged Vandalism early on Friday morning 12/2 at Paraiso not only hurt the newest restaurant in Upham's Corner but reeinforced the image that Upham's Corner is a dangerous and crime-ridden community.

There is speculation about where the vandals were coming from and why they were in Upham's Corner. 

This incident provides an opportunity for Upham's Corner residents to reflect on the quality of life here and how to improve it.

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Updating Lottery Commission Notification Process
December 7, 2011

In light of the Keno issue at El Frutero, a request has been made to Rep. Carlos Henriquez office to have the Lottery Commission nofication process reviewed. 

What is the best way to amend it to be compatible with City of Boston notifications to neighborhood and civic organizations and to residents impending changes?

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Paraiso Restaurant Pledges Support
December 1, 2011

Paraiso RestaurantRecently Paraiso Restaurant sought community support in its quest for takeout and entertainment licences. 

In order to garner support from the Upham's Corner Improvement Associatioin (UCIA), Paraiso pledged to place a high priority on maintaining the exterior grounds and to work with the property owner, Amado Enterprises, on building maintenance.

"The Upham's Corner Improvement Association (UCIA) is committed to improving the whole of Upham's Corner.  This includes the overall appearance of the business district."

Paraiso's pledge is good for the business, good for the business district and good for Upham's Corner residents and visitors.

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Public Outhouse Closing Down
December 7, 2011

Igreja UniversalPart of the land owned by the Igreja Universal church at 763 Dudley Street in Upham's Corner is an alley that used to wind from Columbia Rd out to Dudley St.

The alley now stops half-way, cut off by a fence but that has created an "alcove" of privacy where illicit, illegal and disreputable things take place.

Igreja Universal is planning to add a security fence to prevent the local people from using the back of their alley as a "pubic outhouse."

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Be Proactive - Report Problems Immediately
Ever wonder who to call to report a problem or get help at Boston's City Hall?  Well, you can memorize the number to the Mayor's Hotline (617) 635-4500.  They will direct you to the department that can help.

Or you might want to print this handy list that provides more direct access to a list of some of the most frequently reported problems and the number to call to report it, get help with it or talk about it.

Boston Problem Reporting Information

Get Smart about Your Personal Safety

Carolyn MacNeil of the Neigborhood Watch Unit, Boston Police, has prepared a one-page list of "crime prevention tips."  They significantly reduce the likelihood you will be the victim of crime. 

For example, if you are walking alone, DON'T DAYDREAM.  Be alert to your surroundings.  Take an interest in who, what and where.  See anything suspicious?  Cross the street, walk the other way or call the police immediately.

Crime Prevention Tips:  Personal Safety

Kroc Center Hiring
December 1, 2011Join the Team


The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Boston represents a commitment to the bright future of Uphams-Dudley residents.  We are committed to staffing the facility with a superbly skilled team that combines job skills specific to their tasks and community awareness to professionally meet the needs of this dynamic community.

For full job descriptions

City of Boston Holiday Trash & Recycling Schedule
For weeks of December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012.

Trash schedule

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