UC News Recommends:
"Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up"
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
According to Paul, "Leadership is about an action people take, not a
position people fill. It is based on values that cause others 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."
Boston Classical Orchestra @ Strand Theatre
Monday, December 12, 2011 7pm
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
(Re)discover the Magic as the Nutcracker debuts at Dorchester's vibrant Strand Theatre!
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.
DotRox Gardening Center - Planning Meeting
January 7, 2012 1-2:30 pm
Grove Hall Library
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!
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.
Suffolk County Sheriff's Department Youth Outreach Programs
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."
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
The market will be Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., January
Great Hall of Codman Square Health Center
Corner Washington and Norfolk Streets.
From Past Issues of UC News
Keno Promoting Crime in Upham's Corner
November 17, 2011
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!
Kroc Center Celebrates First Tree Lighting
December 1, 2011
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.
The Boston Home Announces $60k Matching Grant
November 15, 2011
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
An anonymous donor has given a $60,000 matching grant to The Boston Home to
innovative B.Fit! Day Program, the first such program in the state for
people with Multiple Sclerosis and other progressive neurological
Upham's Corner InSight into the News
Occupy! the Upham's Corner Post Office
Through January 8, 2012
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 Ã¢Â¬SOccupy Wall Street.Ã¢Â¬Â
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 UphamÃ¢Â¬"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.
How Can I Help?
Register your support for the Upham's Corner Post Office.
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.
- Call Stephen Lynch, House of Representatives @ 617428-2000
- Call Michael Capuano, House of Representatives @ 617-621-6208
- Call Senator Scott Brown @ (202) 224-4543 or use the webform
- Call Sentaor John Kerry @ (202) 224-2742 or use the webform
- Call the Discontinuance Coordinator, Mr. Michael Foley @ 617-654-5686
- Volunteer in front of the post office to help get signatures (see below)
- Sign the Online Petition created by Main Street
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
Can you help? We are looking for volunteers to collect signatures at the Upham's Corner post
How much time? 30 minutes, an hour, whatever you
Give Max MacCarthy a call 617-265-0363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Party & Tree Lighting - Joyful in Upham's Corner
November 26, 2011
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
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
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
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.
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.
Vandalism Mars the Holidays
December 2, 2011
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.
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
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?
Paraiso Restaurant Pledges Support
December 1, 2011
Recently 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.
Public Outhouse Closing Down
December 7, 2011
Part 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
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
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, 2011
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.