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in the Underworld
|Jul 28, Sat
|NAACP Cash Mob Saturday
|Jul 29, Sun
Time Remedies in New England
|Jul 30, Mon
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
|Aug 1, Wed
Meeting Aug 1
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
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
Everything you've ever wanted to know about forming a Neighborhood
Or contact Carolyn MacNeil directly at 617-343-4345
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
From Prior Issues
Celebration an Important Tribute to the Past
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
early spring and held a fundraiser on March 24 at the National
Center of Afro-American Artists to coincide with Aretha Franklin's
With an excellent turn out of close to 100 people, this year's
Juneteenth Celebration focused on the continuing issues of black people
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.
More and Photos
- An Alternate Way to Report Problems to the City of Boston
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
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
data (Boston). SeeClickFix is easy to use, both for creating an issue
and for adding comments to
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.
Long stretch on Dudley with no
Residents began using the newly installed
trash barrel immediately
SeeClickFix map of outstanding issues report to the City.
Photos 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
at St. Kevin's - Reader Comments: "Shame on You!"
Jul 11, 2012
An "anonymous" reader of Uphams Corner News with fond memories of
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
The resulting exchange between UC News and the Letter to the Editor
author led to a new path of understanding and insight. She had
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
on her comments, see Letter to Editor.]
Meanwhile she has started a Facebook
page for St. Kevin's and it's WONDERFUL!
Monadnock Garden Issues a Sign of the Times
July 2, 2012
In June the Virginia Monadnock Garden was looking a
little rough around
the edges, especially along the sidewalk in front of the garden.
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
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.
Issues? Call 911 - Do NOT Hesitate - Call 911
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
Fourth of July.
While one resident was convinced that 911 was for
emergency calls only, the police officer attending insisted that 911 is
"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.
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
More - Learn how you can volunteer
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