Give of Yourself - Give to Yourself - in this Holiday Season
December 16, 2011
To Everything There is a Season, Turn, Turn, Turn.
The 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.
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.
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
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
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.
"Inspirational Seniors" Get 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
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."
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!
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
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
(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.
Upham's Corner Post Office Still on Death Row
December 13, 2011
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Farmersâ€™ Market.
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
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
City of Boston Holiday Trash & Recycling Schedule
For weeks of December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012.
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