Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 38 - 01/09/2012
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2011 - It was a Very Good Year

Today's News

UC News - The Best of 2011
Sleep-walking thru Upham's Corner
SNI Holds Neighborhood Walk
Grove Hall NRT - Doing Well
Job Opening - Bikes not Bombs

Sean Roberts - Reflections
Sean Roberts - Memorial Service
Boston Classical - Terrific event
UCWNA - Great agenda in Jan
UC News - Cleaning House

UCIA - New Year's Resolution
DSNI - December Newsletter
Hancock Civic Supports Post Office

Getting Help
Problem Reporting Information
Safety Tips from the Boston Police

Blog Posts
Kaylee and the K-9's
Duo Diavolo at First Parish
Anthology at Shirley-Eustis

UCWNA Meeting
Jan 10
City Singers - Free class
Jan 11
Area 324 Nbhd Watch Jan 15
State of the City Address
Jan 17
Diavolo Duo
Jan 21
     DSNI Open House
Jan 27
Concert at Shirley-Eustis Jan 29

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Back Issues 2011

Dec 22
Nutcracker at the Strand
Dec 16
Give of and to Yourself
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
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Sean Roberts
Sean Roberts - Reflections on his Life
January 2, 2012

Reflecting on the Life of Sean Roberts: He is a man who will be missed in Upham's Corner. Through hard work and vision, Sean brought to fruition the first 'Dorchester Christmas at the Strand', transporting his beloved Boston Classical Orchestra from Faneuil Hall to the Strand Theatre in Upham's Corner.

Reach out and touch the community where you live.  Make it sparkle and shine with hope and vitality.  That's the Sean who made a difference in Upham's Corner.

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Memorial Service for Sean Roberts
Saturday, January 14, 2012 1pm
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
14 Cushing Ave

Boston Classical Orchestra Celebrates the Season
December 12, 2011

Pope John Paull II Catholic Academies Boston Classical Orchestra "Celebrated the Season" at the Strand on December 12, 2011 with a selection of instrumental favorites from the Messiah and the Nutcracker as well as pop songs such as "Chestnuts Roasting," The Chanukah Song" and "Feliz Navidad." To make the evening complete, everyone joined in with the Christmas Carol Sing-along.. 

They also shared the stage with the Strings of the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academies and vocalist Khamari Barnes of the Boston Children's Chorus." Great time for all!

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UC Westside Neighborhood Assn Meeting
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Several important topics are scheduled for the next UCWNA meeting including a presentation by the developers of the St. Kevin's site, a proposal for an Upham's Kiosk by Main Street and a discussion about Group homes in the area.

Upham's Corner Health Center
415 Columbia Rd
6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Boston City Singers Offering Free Class

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Boston City Singers Do you know a child who loves to sing? 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 4:00 PM
Kodaly Singing Class for ages 4-7
Training Chorus Program for Grades 2-6

All Saints Ashmont
209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester

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Area 324 Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Sunday January 15, 2012

 Area 324 would like to start off with a blast!  Please start talking to your neighbors and encourage them to come to these community meetings!  Agenda:  2012 priorities and community involvement. 
Next meeting:
Sunday, January 15th 3 pm
15 Brookford Street

More Information: 
Dacia Thompson, Block Captain

Job Opening: Bikes Not Bombs Executive Director
Deadline: January 15, 2012

Bikes Not BombsBikes Not Bombs has launched a search for an Executive Director. We are actively seeking a dynamic experienced leader and are sharing this information with you to help us get the word out to potential candidates.

Resumes will be accepted until January 15, 2012 or until candidates are selected for interviews.

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City of BostonState of the City Address
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 

Mayor Thomas M. Menino cordially invites you to attend

The State of the City Address
Historic Faneuil Hall
Boston, MA

Please note: 
No one will be seated after 7pm

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Duo Diavolo
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 7pm
Duo Diavolo
The Duo Diavolo will be performing music of Astor Piazzolla, Ravi Shankar, Toru Takemitsu and Antonio Lauro at First Parish Church on Saturday, Jan 21.

Orlando Cela, flute & Venezuelan cuatro and Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar

Admission is free; donations are accepted, reception to follow

First Parish Church, 10 Parish st. Dorchester, MA 02122
Information: 617 436-0527; info@firstparishdorchester.org

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Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Upham's Corner News - The Best of 2011
January 1, 2012

Top 20 articles since the newspaper opened for business in August 2010.  Investigative, events, information, news, nature, youth and humor.  Some interesting surprises - even in the top 10. 

#01 - Dogdom - Human donates bones
#02 - Buttonwood Street abutters oppose ATS Equipment
#03 - Cristo Rey Boston offers new approach to college readiness
#04 - Aaron Wornum, in Memoriam
#05 - Upham's Corner youth writes legislation

#06 - Letter to Paul Roiff Jan 28, 2011
#07 - Dorchester Day Parade
#08 - Boston Youth Fund - How our youth get summer jobs
#09 - Salvation Army MA Division names new leaders
#10 - Violence in the Cape Verdean Community

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Sleep-Walking our Way through Upham's Corner
January 8, 2012

City Parking Lot Signs in Error UC News emphasizes infrastructure reporting - on the assumption such coverage will make a difference.  In 2011 alone there were four neighborhood walks.

Because of the June SNI walk, a few issues have improved.  Also a few problems reported by UC News were corrected. 

Across the board, though, it's not much.  Almost feels like SLEEP WALKING.  At the end of the walk, go back to sleep and in the morning, remember nothing.

What is the problem?  Why are other Boston neighborhoods making progress while Upham's Corner seems to be standing still or crawling ever so slightly? 

Example:  As discussed at the May 24, 2011 SNI meeting, 2-hour parking signs were put up in the City Parking lot without warning.  "A mistake" the group was later told but the signs are stil there six months later. 

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SNI holds Neighborhood Walk in Upham's Corner

SNI Neighborhood WalkThe Uphams Corner SNI led neighborhood walk on 12/22/2011 began at The City School a little after one o'clock and the showing was impressive - SNI, DSNI, Main Street, BPD, Upham's Corner News, businesses and a dozen or so area residents, especially three days before Christmas.

Missing were city organizations that typically attend such events - ISD, BTD and Neighborhood Services.

The results echoed the June SNI walk.  Yes, some items have definitely improved.  Still,  the same houses are still a problem, the same streets need repair and the havens for trash and litter are everywhere. 

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Happy New Year from the Improvement Association
January 1, 2012

The Upham's Corner Improvement Association wishes everyone a Happy New Year. 

"Keeping our Community Clean" is a great motto for 2012.  "Upham's Corner Shines" is another great saying.

Consider a  special Upham's Corner resolution for 2012. 
Sign a Cleanliness Pledge - Make a CLEAN resolution for 2012.

Grove Hall NRT Holds "Talk"
January 4, 2012

Due to the excessively cold weather, the January 4, 2012 Grove Hall Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) 'walk' was replaced by a Grove Hall NRT 'talk.'

Boston Police, ISD, residents and UC News attended and Michael Kozu from Project RIGHT moderated.  New issues were first on the agenda followed by reviewing  problems from the past and identifying additional steps to take to make progress.

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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

Kaylee Commits to Helping the "K" nines
January 6, 2012

Joka and Kaylee, Best of FriendsKaylee's retired neighbor used to be a K-9 police officer, so even though she is only 7 years old, Kaylee Wiroll became curious about how he worked with his furry,  four-legged partners.

Then she learned about the frequent dangers faced by K-9 dogs and, brave as she was, Kaylee embarked (woof woof) on a mission to protect other adorable K-9s.

What did she do?  Find out!  Kaylee and Joka, best friends!

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Cleaning House for the New Year
January 1, 2012

You know how easy it is to throw things "into the pile" with all good intentions of cleaning up later?  Same holds for UC News.  As a commitment to starting the New Year off right, we have revamped the News Index - simpler format and up-to-date.  Search the page for your favorite topic and you should find it without any problems.

The News Index is located in the main navigation bar at the top of each page, just to the right of  "Front Page."  Enjoy!

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DSNI Newsletter December 2011DSNI

In the 27 years since DSNI's founding, DSNI has worked to rebuild the landscape of the Dudley Street neighborhood. Today the affordable housing, parks greenhouses, and community democracy we've fought for are realities, yet the effort to make Dudley the vibrant urban village residents envision continues.

DSNI Open House Friday, January 27, 2012

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Boston Police Dept
Holiday Safety Tips from the Boston Police
December 2011

The holidays are a special and joyous time of year. It is also a time when individuals need to be alert to the possibility of crime. The Boston Police Department encourages individuals to take simple precautions to ensure a happy and safe holiday.

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Hancock Civic Association Sends Letter in Support of Post Office
December 15, 2011

On December 15th, 2011 at our monthly Association meeting it was decided to submit this written opposition to the USPS proposed decision to close the Uphams Corner Station Post Office.

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Anthology at the Shirley-Eustis House
Sunday, January 29, 2012, 2pm

Anthology in ConcertThe Shirley-Eustis House and Greater Boston House Concerts will be presenting the vocal quartet Anthology in "Hot Music for a Cold Afternoon," an eclectic musical mix of folk, jazz, and classical.

Anthology's varied songs never fails to delight audiences.  They will be singing arrangements of American folk music, such as "Frobisher Bay"; some swinging jazz numbers such as "Java Jive"; cutting-edge classical selections; and a couple of humorous numbers as well. The one constant is that four women's voices make all the music!

The afternoon concert starts at 2pm on Sunday January 29, 2012. A Meet-The-Artists Reception will follow the performance. 

Shirley-Eustis House
33 Shirley St  Roxbury, MA 02119-2725

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