Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 40 - 02/02/2012
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Fairmount Indigo Planning Train - 1st Stop?  Upham's Corner

Today's News

Fairmount Corridor Planning
St. Kevin's Buildings Secured
MBTA Fare Hike Hearings
Main Street Proposes Kiosk
Black History at Grove Hall Lib
Boston Youth Fund Jobs

Good News
Taking the lead from Arianna
An Acrostic Poem for Kristi
The Kiss of Death

Published Jan 19
Seven murders since 2011
Murdering our Youth
Reputation on the Brink
St. Kevin's Project
Winter Farmers' Market - Success!
Carpenters' Union Apprenticeship
Hancock Supports Post Office

Epitaphs for the Murdered
Luis Jorge Tavares
Edmund Andrade, Jr.
Terrance Johnson
Aaron Wornum
Francis Kargbo
Resident Victory Program
Christopher Pichardo

MBTA Fare Hike Hearings
Feb 2
FICCPI Kickoff
Feb 21
Black History Series

Winter Farmers' Mkt

Back Issues

Jan 19
7 Murders since 2011
Jan 9
The Best of 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

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Roslindale Village KioskMain Street Proposes Kiosk
January 10, 2012

 Upham's Corner Main Street is proposing to improve the attractiveness of the Upham's Corner business district by having an information kiosk installed at a key location in the business district

- somewhere that is accessible to pedestrians and highly visible by cars and other vehicles. 

The content will be decided based on feedback from local residents and businesses.

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MBTA Proposed Fare Hikes
February 2, 2012

Let your Voices be Heard : Preserve Public Transit!
The MBTA is holding a series of public hearings on their proposed fare hikes and service cuts. Residents attending and speaking up can have a dramatic impact on our elected officials who have a big say in the outcome.

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Multi-Purpose Room,
1353 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester

  • February 2, Thursday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • February 2, Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.,

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Black History Month
Scholarship in the Community:
A Free Presentation Series
Grove Hall Library
41 Geneva Ave

Click here for complete schedule with details

Sat Feb 4 1 PM
*Screening of "The Help" and Discussion
Sat Feb 11 12 PM
"Other" Spaces of Black Spirituality*
Sat Feb 11 2:30 PM
The Crisis of Mass Incarceration
Thu Feb 16 6 PM
Marcus Garvey: A Light in the Darkness?
Sat Feb 18 11:30 AM
William Demby and African American Expatriates in Italy
Sat Feb 18 2 PM
Slavery and Harvard University (to be confirmed)
Tu Feb 23 6 PM
Sufis in Senegal

Union Carpenters' Apprenticeship Opportunity
January 18, 2012

The New England Carpenters Training Fund (NECTF) will be conducting interview's to establish an "Eligible Pool of Apprentice Applicants". Interviews will be conducted in late March or early April of 2012. Additional interviews will be conducted as demand requires.

Who can Apply?

Anyone age 17 or older, who is a High School graduate or has a GED. High school seniors may apply with a letter from their school stating that they are eligible to graduate within three months. Women, minorities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Information sessions through March.  Read More

Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Upham's Corner is a STOP! on the Fairmount Line
January 31, 2012

BRAA new "train," known as FICCPI, is making its way down the Fairmount Corridor with a Mayor Menino kickoff scheduled for Feb 21 at the Strand.

While our fair city will not have the focused planning initiative promised last February, it will be the FIRST stop on the Fairmount Corridor (transportation) initiative train ride.

FAQ's on how the "FICCPI" will work and how YOU can get involved. 

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St. Kevin's Tries to Secure Buildings
Jan 30,2012Rear of St. Kevin's School - Boarded up

Vandalism and vagrancy were a concern to both sides of the "St.. Kevin's fence" - on one side the neighbors and, on the "parish" side, Fr. Jack Ahern.  Fr. Jack found himself working against the tide, so to speak, repairing windows and doors in Building B only to find them broken again. 

Whoever wanted inside wasn't taking "no" for an answer. In January 2012 Fr Jack authorized Building B professionally secured. 

What happened?  They (??) turned their efforts elsewhere and broke into Building A.

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Red van damaged 1/29/12The Kiss of Death
January 29, 2012

Reflections on life, death and what's between through the eyes of my crushed van and the journey of my father home. 

Little by little, sleep time after shower time, break time after coffee time, the routines of the living awakened my hibernating soul. 

Thoughts emerged like tiny sparkling mushrooms, perspectives changed like the long afternoon shadows of cloudless skies and gratitude washed over the muddy, seaweed covered beaches of my introspection. 

The man in the moon looked down and grinned.  "Go away," and I laughed. 

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The Good News from Upham's Corner
An Acrostic Poem for Kristi

January 24, 2012

So you want to surprise someone special with a gift from yourself? A gift that shows thought and creativity?  How about writing an acrostic poem?  It's pretty easy and a lot of fun.  You'll feel good about the time you put in and oh, what a surprise! 
Acrostic Poem for Kristi
Acrostic poetry is familar to all of us but perhaps not under that name.  A poem that is structured to spell out a name or phrase by the first letters of (selected) lines is called "acrostic." 

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Good News - Taking the Lead from Arianna
January 12, 2012

Huffington Post announced the launch of Good News on Jan 12, "a new section that will shine a much-needed spotlight on what's inspiring, what's positive, what's working." 
From our inception UC News has been highlighting the good.  Starting today, we will call it that:  The Good News from Upham's Corner. 

Share stories about yourself and others that highlight the blessed side of life.  What do you like doing, reading, talking about?  What are your hopes and dreams?

Remember:  Behind every beautiful face, there is an equally beautiful story!

Contact us today: 

Winter Farmers' MarketWinter Farmers' Market
Now thru March 25

The Winter Farmers' Market sponsored by the Dorchester Community Food Cooperative will run through March 25, 2012.  Held in the Great Hall of Codman Square Sundays 12-3, it draws hundreds of local buyers to purchase and savor produce, meats, cheeses and breads, all of it locally grown/produced. 

Each week offers a different theme to stimulate your mental faculties and artistic yearnings.  Great for the kids as well.

Check out their schedule

Boston Youth Fund Job Applications
February 1, 2012

As of February 1, 2012, you (a youth) can apply to the Boston Youth Fund to be considered for a summer job.  You must turn 15 years old by July 8, 2012 and you cannot turn 18 years old before August 18, 2012. 

For more information, visit the BYF website.

From Prior Issues

St. Kevin's Developers get an Earful
January 10, 2012

Judy Beckler and DaveA well publicized and highly anticipated "update" from the St. Kevin's developers (POUA) was a "dud."  The POUA reps were "placeholders" for another meeting to be scheduled in late February.  Judy works somewhere else and Dave is still getting his feet wet. 

That didn't stop the residents who expressed for 1 hour, 15 minutes - their discontent with the whole project including massing, density, parking, traffic and the proposal to build subsidized housing. 

As one resident voiced it:  "What are you doing that's positive for Upham's Corner?  Nothing."

Discussion was detailed, pointed, referred back to the original visioning process and made  suggestions on what they, the resdients, wanted in Upham's Corner.  One resident forwarded  a map of the "new" Upham's Corner, depressed artery and all. (Nice!)

The developers will be back in full force in February. And the residents?  Will they still have the steam they showed at this meeting?

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Murdering the Youth of Upham's Corner
January 17, 2012

Street MemorialSix murders in 2011 and the first murder of 2012 on January 14.  All victims were male and all but one were in their 20's or teen's.

Luis - 18, Edmund - 23, Terrance - 28, Aaron - 25, Francis - 23, Christopher - 18

There has been little reaction from the Upham's Corner community except for one Henriquez meeting whose timing coincided with murder #2.  Murders occur, news gets covered, funerals are held and life goes on.

If the potential closing of the Post Office in Upham's Corner could draw a significant protest crowd, what about the deaths of 6 youth in less than a year?  Nothing? 

Enough is enough! 
If we are all asleep, if we are all comfortably protected within our tiny homes, if we don't take the time to reach out and mourn the deaths of our youth and proclaim: "No more!", there is no hope for our community.

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Upham's Corner Reputation on the Brink
January 18, 2012

A community's reputation is determined by the people who live there but also by the transitional people - those who come to visit (work, shop, schools, etc) and those who move out. What they say, their descriptive language, turns into tightly affixed labels - both good and bad.

Upham's Corner does not have a good reputation and the crime statistics don't help.
Factors within the community provide ripe opportunity for labels like "poor" and "uneducated." 

Finally, residents are beginning to realize that poorly made planning decisions have the power to make the reputation worse.  Well made decisions can improve the reputation.  Upham's Corner can use all the help it can get.

In this article we will look at what one resident had to say about "labels" used to describe Upham's Corner, the urgency of addressing the problem of crime and a not-so-nice conversation about Upham's Corner on the internet.

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Seven (7) Murders in Upham's Corner since 2011
January 18, 2012

Murders since 2011Seven murdered?  Really?

The news today:  Someone got shot.  Who? Where? When?  Their condition?  And then we forget.  The initial BPD press release may omit the victim's name. 

Was there an obituary?  Did we hear anything about the circumstances?  Has anyone been arrested?

In response to the desire to learn more, UC News has put together a "Murder Map" and an event table providing the most up-to-date information we were able to locate.

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Epitaphs for the Murdered and the Lost

January 18, 2012

#1 Luis Jorge Tavares

Luis Jorge Tavares, 18 years old, had come from Cape Verde a year prior and only the week before had lost a brother (back home) to a traffic accident.  He was out on the front porch on Groom Street in Upham's Corner where he lived with his family when he was shot several times.

#2 Edmund Andrade, Jr.

A resident of Boston, Massachusetts, Edmund Andrade, Jr. was born on December 22, 1987 and passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. He had been murdered, fatally shot in the head.

#3 Terrance Johnson

Terrance Johnson lived on the street and, at the age of 28, died there as well. Who knows what prompted that horrible tragedy.  An argument?  A drug deal gone bad?  Regardless, it was another life lost.

#4 Aaron Wornum

At 8:30 am on July 14, 2011 Aaron Wornum and Anthony Robertson were talking to each other on their cell phones close to Sumner and E Cottage Streets when Robertson opened fire and shot Wornum several times.

#5 Francis Kargbo

The argument between Francis Kargbo and his friend Lester James escalated to a physical confrontation in which Kargbo suffered a stab wound to the left side of his chest. He ran down the stairs and into the street where he collapsed. 

#6 (unknown) Victory Program

A man in his 50's who was a resident at the Victory Transitional Home for single men with HIV/AIDS and drug abuse related problems was stabbed several times in the home and died there.

#7 Christopher Pichardo

Responding to a call for a person shot  in the area of 23 Trull Street, officers located Christopher Pichardo nside suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound.  A neighbor said she saw police officers attempting to resuscitate him using CPR but he didn't move.

A Poem of Comfort

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