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Vol II No 37 - 12/22/2011
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Nutcracker at the Strand - Discount Tickets

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Nutcracker Discount Tickets
UC Post Office Still on Death Row
How Can I Help Save the PO?
Residents:  "Don't Rush"
UCWNA Votes support

Give of yourself, give to yourself
Job:  Grove Hall Organizer
SNI Schedules Walk Through
We Recommend:  "Everyone Leads"
Holiday Trash/recycling Schedule

Getting Help
Problem Reporting Information
Crime Prevention Tips - Personal Safety

Late Breaking
  Late Breaking Stories

Blog Posts
Jose Mateo Nutcracker at the Strand
Inspirational Seniors get IDs

Strand Theatre Events
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
Winter Farmers' Mkt Opens
Jan 8

Back Issues 2011

Dec 16
Giving in this Season
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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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

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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"Inspirational Seniors" Get IDs

Senior IDs Members of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department visited the People's Baptist Church in Roxbury to bring the Department's Senior ID Program to the group known as the "Inspirational Seniors."

The Senior ID Program - offered free of charge to Suffolk County seniors aged 65 and older - provides participants with a concise and comprehensive identification card that serves as an important aid to medical responders, should an emergency arise and the holder is unable to communicate.

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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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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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Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Nutcracker at the Strand - Discount Tickets
December 22, 2011

In cooperation with the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Upham's Corner News has made arrangements for a discount on Nutcracker performances at the Strand Theatre, December 22, 23 and 24.

Tickets range from $15 to $50.  The discount applies to the $38 tickets, which provide excellent viewing.  They are offering $3 off the $38 tickets. 

To obtain the discount, you MUST order the tickets on-line.  On-line orders will end by Friday so anyone interested should act fast. 

Use the discount code:  pcd to receive $3 off the $38 tickets. 
Go to www.BalletTheatre.org.

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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Upham's Corner Post Office Still on Death Row
December 13, 2011

Upham's Corner Post Office In a surprise move, the U.S. Postal Service announced a moratorium.  No post offices or mail processing plants will close during the moratorium period which ends May 15, 2012. 

However, identifying which facilities should be closed will continue. 

The Upham's Corner post office is still not safe.  The January 8, 2012 deadline for submitting documentation in support of the Post Office still holds.

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How Can I Help Save the Upham's Corner Post Office?
December 13, 2011

Let your voice be heard!  Sign a petition, fill out the survey, contact your local and federal elected officials.  Let them know why closing the Upham's Corner Post Office will be a very bad decision for our business district and our residents.

For complete list of actions

Residents say:  Don't Rush the Decision

Paraiso Restaurant Across multiple organizations, the decision to "rush" support for Paraiso Restaurant obtaining additional licenses has not been supported. 

"Use the time-honored methods of meeting with us for discussion," they said.

As a result the City hearings have been moved from early December to February 28, 2012.

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UCWNA Votes to Support Paraiso Restaurant

The Westside Neighborhood Association voted approval for the additional licenses being requested by Paraiso Restaurant - live entertainment and takeout but not until after the group had a chance to raise their concerns with the restaurant manager, Gregory Colon. 

He discussed how the live entertainment license would be handled while residents asked questions about behavior, noise and trash.

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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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Winter Market Grand Opening January 8, 2012

The Dorchester Community Food Co-op is an initiative to bring a food cooperative to Dorchester, MA and is proud to announce the Dorchester Winter Farmers̢۪ Market.Dorchester Community Coop

The Winter Market will open at Noon on Sunday, January 8 and continue from Noon to 3 p.m. each Sunday through March. A ribbon cutting will take place at 2 p.m. outside of the market (6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester, MA 02124). Mayor Thomas Menino and other dignitaries will attend.

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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

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

Trash schedule

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