Upham's Corner News Online
Vol II No 48 - 07/27/2012
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Too Good to Miss - Offenbach's Orpheus in the (Uphams Corner) Underworld

Neighborhood News

Don't miss Orpheus!
Restore Boston Eyes Wheelock Bldg
A Closer Look at ReStore Boston
Cars Blocking MBTA Bus Stop
Friends UC Library - New Officers
Virginia Monadnock Garden - Update
Plough and Stars Project
Holden St Neighborhood Watch Forms
The Intersection - New Dot Ministry
UC News Recommends
Photos of the Day

Click HERE to read the latest updates to Issue 48

Upcoming Events

hborhood Watch Formed
Sat, Jul 14, 2012

The residents of Holden Street have formed their own Neighborhood Watch.  With the Assistance of Carolyn MacNeil, Director Neighborhood Crime Watch Unit , BPD, the residents held their first meeting, posed for a group photo and formed a facebook page.  Keep up-to-date with them.  http://www.facebook.com/HoldenStbosNeighborhoodWatch

Note that the effort to organize a neighborhood watch was precipitated by a B&E/attempted assault w. a weapon against a neighborhood resident. Some of us believe that the family/house was being ethnically targeted because they were Asian American. 

Thanks to Robin Chandler (a Holden St resident) for this news update.

Everything you've ever wanted to know about forming a Neighborhood Watch Group

Or contact Carolyn MacNeil directly at 617-343-4345 macneilc.bpd@cityofboston.gov

  Holden St Neighborhood Watch

The Intersection
The Intersection - New Ministry in Dorchester
July 21, 2012

The Intersection, a new congregation under development of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located at 500 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA, will have its first service of Community Prayer on Saturday, July 21st at 9:30 a.m. and we invite the community to join us. We will be praying for people, homes, and businesses in the community.

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From Prior Issues

 Juneteenth Celebration an Important Tribute to the PastJuneteenth Celebration
June 19, 2012

Boston was a proud participant in the Juneteenth Observance which marks the true end to slavery in the United States.  While the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation is January 1, 1863, the date (in Texas) on which the final peoples held under slavery were officially released was over two years later on June 19, 1865.

The Boston Juneteenth Committee began its planning for the 2012 event in early spring and held a fundraiser on March 24 at the National Center of Afro-American Artists to coincide with Aretha Franklin's birthday.

With an excellent turn out of close to 100 people, this year's Juneteenth Celebration focused on the continuing issues of black people and their path from slavery towards equality. 

The formal program was in the spirit of worship with prayer, song, readings and a "sermon" delivered by Professor Margaret Burnham.  A memorable and moving event, let's hope the celebration is supported in the years ahead by a greater representation of all Bostonians.

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SeeClickFix - An Alternate Way to Report Problems to the City of Boston

See Click FixBoston's Citizens Connect is an award-winning system for reporting issues to the City of Boston and for identifying and participating in the activities and responsibilities of city government.

SeeClickFix (SCF) is an alternative online system for reporting problems that is currently under use by many municipalities throughout the US including Boston.

Some municipalities, such as Sacramento, CA, use it as their primary problem reporting system while others accept it as an alternate source of data (Boston). SeeClickFix is easy to use, both for creating an issue and for adding comments to existing issues.

UC News had the opportunity to review the Interface between SeeClickFix and the City's onlne reporting system and is working with both groups to improve its functionality. 

Thank You DPW

One issue submitted by the Improvement Association through SCF was a request to have a trash barrel installed in the 744-748 block of Dudley Street.  The City responded immediately.  The ticket closed within hours.  And why?  They had already completed the job.  Residents began using the barrel immediately.

Jul 26-29
Orpheus in the Underworld
Jul 28, Sat
NAACP Cash Mob Saturday Jul 28
Jul 29, Sun
Old Time Remedies in New England
Jul 30, Mon
Free Photography Lesson at Franklin Park
Aug 6, Mon
National Night Out
Aug 16, Thu
Health Center 7th Annual Open House
Aug 16, Thu
Jazz Duo at Uphams Corner Library
Aug 1, Wed
Fairmount CAG Meeting Aug 1
DPW installs new trash barrel
Long stretch on Dudley with no
trash receptacle
DPW installs new trash barrel
Residents began using the newly installed
trash barrel immediately

View SeeClickFix map of outstanding issues report to the City.

The Little DudePhotos of the Day - July 12, 2012

UC News encounters a wide variety of unusual and interesting photos that "belong" to tiny news stories.  This issue's catch: 

"The Little Dude"
Officer Harold Gilbert visiting Uphams Corner
Stuffed human dummy on Quincefield St
Freshly painted garden bench at Pilgrim Church

Rat freshly killed by UC News dog on morning walk
 Nancy Laundromat bites the dust
Homemade sauerkraut


The Homeless at St. Kevin's - Reader Comments: "Shame on You!"
Jul 11, 2012
Statue at St. Kevin's
 An "anonymous" reader of Uphams Corner News with fond memories of St. Kevin's and the supreme contributions made by Fr. Kierce over his 50 + years at the school read the UC News article on the homeless at St. Kevin's and was deeply offended. 

Written with a bit of outrageous humor - presenting the makeshift cardboard beds set up by the homeless, surrounded by trash and litter - almost as if they were alternate "vacation" sites, the article's intention was NOT to make fun of the homeless.  Quite the opposite.  It was to call attention to the absurdities of a religious organization treating the St. Kevin's site in such a callous manner.

The resulting exchange between UC News and the Letter to the Editor author led to a new path of understanding and insight.  She had written to Fr. Ahern and asked if there was anything they could do to help and was turned down. The Improvement Association had made a similar suggestion to Fr. Ahern and was also turned down.  [For details on her comments, see Letter to Editor.]

Meanwhile she has started a Facebook page for St. Kevin's and it's WONDERFUL!

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 Virginia Monadnock Garden Issues a Sign of the Times
July 2, 2012

Virginia Monadnock GardenIn June the Virginia Monadnock Garden was looking a little rough around the edges, especially along the sidewalk in front of the garden.  It appeared that the gardeners (many of them not residents of Upham's Corner, let alone the Virginia Monadnock area, were taking care of their garden plots and blindly walking past the trash, weeds and litter on the sidewalk.

Through the assistance of the Boston Natural Areas Network, who owns the garden, things are looking a lot better.  Commitments have been made regarding the upkeep and the Westside Neighborhood Association will be working with the gardeners on how to get more of the "locals" assigned a plot.

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Quality-of-Life Issues?  Call 911 - Do NOT Hesitate - Call 911Boston Police Dept Badge
July 10, 2012

At the July Westside Neighborhood Association meeting, residents held a lengthy discussion about loud music from the same two locations (as always) and the week long fireworks explosions associated with the Fourth of July. 

While one resident was convinced that 911 was for emergency calls only, the police officer attending insisted that 911 is also for "quality of life" issues. If loud music, fire works, explosions, other loud noises or anything else is disturbing your quality of life, do not hesitate to call 911. 

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Community Drivers Needed - American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program is in great need of volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments, especially in need are local patients receiving treatment at Boston area hospitals. 

An integral part of treating cancer successfully is making sure cancer patients receive their treatments, but many find making transportation arrangements is a challenge.  The American Cancer Society provided more than 11,000 rides to cancer patients in Massachusetts last year, but needs new volunteer drivers to keep up with the demand for transportation. 

Read More - Learn how you can volunteer

Dorchester Historical SocietyDorchester Historical Society's Dorchester Descendants Weekend
Artists from all around Dorchester exhibited their work as part of the Dorchester Historical Society's Dorchester Descendants Weekend, June 30 & July 1.

Exhibiting artists include:  Kyara Andrade, Vincent Crotty, Veda Daly, Gary Gartley, Howie Green, Elaine Happnie, James Hobin, Jennifer Johnson, Martha Kempe, Rob Littlefield, Ina Nenortas, David Stokle, Bob Tobio and Barbara Ward.

View photos on Flickr 

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