Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 36 - 12/16/2011
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Give of Yourself - Give to Yourself - in this Holiday Season

Today's News

Give of yourself, give to yourself
Performing Arts at the Kroc Center
Vinfen Group Home - Problems
Erica Lindamood bids farewell
How Can I Help Save the PO?
Job:  Grove Hall Organizer
SNI Schedules Walk Through

Getting Help
Problem Reporting Information
Crime Prevention Tips - Personal Safety

Late Breaking
  Late Breaking Stories

From the Past
Occupy! The UC Post Office
Occupy Boston - A Retrospecctive
Wonderful Holiday Party at the Strand
We Recommend:  "Everyone Leads"
Vandalism Mars the Holidays
Paraiso Pledges Support
Public Outhouse is Closing
Holiday Trash/recycling Schedule

Blog Posts
Sheriff Cabral Supporting Women
Jose Mateo Nutcracker at the Strand

Strand Theatre Events
Kroc Perf Arts
Dec 16
Jose Mateo Nutcracker
Dec 22-24

More Events
SNI Nbhd Walk Through
Dec 22
Mt Pleasant Holiday Party
Dec 28
DotRox Planning Meeting
Jan 7

Back Issues 2011

Dec 12
The UC Post Office
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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Performing Arts at the Kroc Center
December 16, 2011 7pm
FREE!Kroc Center Arts

More than 30 children will sing, dance and act at the Kroc's Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 16 at 7pm.

  • 7-11 year olds will sing, having just learned from a Berklee intern how to read music and perform on stage
  • 4-6 year olds will light up the stage as they showoff their hip-hop skills and light up the stage with their dance choreography
  • 12-17 year olds (teens) who participated in a Huntington Theater acting workshop will perform a series of monologues based on the work of the legendary playwright August Wilson
The performance is FREE and open to parents and the public! 

Your chance to relax and enjoy the expressions of cherubs who are the future of our community!

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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Safe Neighborhood Initiative

December 22, 2011

Neighborhood Walk Through
Meet at:  The City School 1pm

At the last SNI meeting, the group talked about having another walk through like the one in June.  December was identified as a good opportunity since an SNI meeting right before Christmas was questionable.  But a walk through?  The group liked that idea better. 

From Matt Feeney: 

I just wanted to let everyone know that in lieu of having a December SNI meeting, we will be having a community walk through the neighborhood on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 1pm. We will be walking through the business district and some residential areas. I expect that the walk should last approximately one hour. Please spread the word and I hope to see you all there!


Mount Pleasant Nbhd Association

The Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Association will hold its December meeting and Holiday Get-together (Dec 28) all rolled into one.

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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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Sheriff Cabral on Women in Politics and as Leaders
December 12, 2011Sheriff Andrea Cabral

Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral recently lent her support to two events created with the intent to encourage increased participation by women in politics and roles of leadership.
  1. Along with MA State Auditor Suzanne Bump and State Rep Shaunna O'Connell, Sheriff Cabral took part in a panel assembled by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus and titled, "Building the Pipeline: Women at All Levels of Government."

  2. In early December she was the keynote speaker for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's "Women's Network" breakfast series roundtable and shared leadership strategies used in successfully reforming the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department
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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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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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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

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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City of Boston Holiday Trash & Recycling Schedule

For weeks of December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012.

Trash schedule

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Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Give of Yourself - Give to Yourself - in this Holiday Season
December 16, 2011
To Everything There is a Season, Turn, Turn, Turn.

Happy Holidays 2011 from Upham's Corner NewsThe holidays are a time to "go nuts" with fears and stress - pleasing others and expecting to be loved, working your heart out and wanting approval, spending your money and for what?

Reason for the Season

The real "reason" for the season lies within us.  Our lives are meant to be more than a dependency on others for spiritual nourishment.   We are here for a reason.

Take time during these extended "holly days" to say "Thanks!"  "Thanks for being alive and thanks for the chance to give back."

Drop the cloaks of conditionality.  Walk into the cold, brisk morning with the sun warming your spirit.  Decide to unconditionally give your love, your time, your devotion to others. And take time to love yourself. 

Meditation and Prayer

Meditate on the symbols of the season:  Candles of Chanukah, snowflakes, blustery winds, crackling fires, chestnuts roasting, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, eight tiny reindeer, Rudolph, voices raised in song, that boychild of Mary, shepherds, the shepherd's crook, cattle lowing, the Black Nativity, Kwanzaa, the first fruits of the harvest and wisemen from afar. 

Every day is another chance to continue your spiritual journey in strength and in peace. Take a deep breath and know that you are loved.

Happy Holidays!

Nancy Conrad
Upham's Corner News

Vinfen Group Home - Problems Continue
December 13, 2011

The Vinfen Group Home on Virigina Street is a regular topic at the neighborhood  meetings.  Attendees discuss and debate today's problems only to have them return ever so slightly morphed into tomorrow's problems the following month.Vinfen Group Home, 25 Virginia St

Issues "change" but don't go away.  Vinfen management "responds" to neighbor complaints (eventually) but their approach is "reactive" rather than "proactive."  Watchdog responsibility lies with the neighbors who inform them when there are issues.

If we don't work on repairing the adversarial relationship, the "sniping" will continue into the third year.  Vinfen management would do well to consider opening its doors and increasing its transparency. 

Creating a partnership with the community  might just help to improve the quaity of life here in Upham's Corner.

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Circulate the Post Office Petition
December 14, 2011

Deadline:  January 8, 2012 is the cutoff
Real Deadline:  January 4, 2012 or better still New Year's Eve, 12/31/11

Plan to have all your signatures, letters,surveys and other documentation into the Boston Postal Service early.  Let's work together to keep the Upham's Corner Post Office open.

UCMS has prepared a great petition form in three languages - English, Spanish and CV Creole. 

Open PDF. 

For more ways to help out, see below:

How Can I Help Save the Post Office?

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
  8. Download the UCMS petition and circulate, then return to the Post Office
Note:  It is VERY EASY to get your comments, letters and petitions (all paperwork) into the Discontinuance office. 
  • Drop off at the UC Post Office - no stamp needed. They will forward.
  • Drop off at UCMS (next to the Strand)
  • After hours, use postage and mail to:
PO Box 16
25 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA  02205
attn:  Michael Foley

Deadline:  All paperwork MUST be into the Discontinuance Office by January 8, 2012.  Don't wait.  Plan to get your paperwork into our local post office by Dec 31.

Erica Lindamood Leaving Boston Preservation
December 15, 2011Boston Preservation Alliance

 Erica has been a friend to Upham's Corner, working with us to identify historic buildings and helping us understand more about our neighborhoods. 

Just the meetings she organized brought together such disparate members of the community who all had a common goal of preserving our heritage.

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Job Opening: Grove Hall Community Organizer

Project R.I.G.H.T. Inc., a non-profit organization serving the residents of North Dorchester and Roxbury, is looking for an organized professional with great communication and outreach skills to be a vital part of a team that coordinates the overall community organizing efforts of Project R.I.G.H.T. Inc.

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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.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 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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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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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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