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Pear Plaza Sweep
Thursday, August 30, 2012 3:30 ++
The Uphams Corner Improvement Association is asking Greater Uphams
Corner residents to help complete the cleanup and restoration work in
Pear Square. Read the following messages from EE Square activists.
A message from John McColgan:
Please join Edward Everett Square residents for a
"Pear Plaza Sweep"
this Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 3:30 on.
Pear sculpture artist Laura Baring-Gould and art restoration specialist
Jeff Buccacio have completed critical repairs and maintenance on the
bollard art and the granite ring at the base of the Pear.
On Thursday Aug 30, they will need some help finishing up the wash and
wax job on the Pear itself. The rest of us will be sweeping the
Hope to see you there. Brooms, shovels and trash bags welcome!
And from The Mayor of Pear Square:
Thanks John for organizing this clean up. Hope all of the
Edward Everett Square Residents Committe can help out that day.
Please come out an take ownership of our beautiful square and
Sat Sep 8, 2012 11am to 2pm
Celebrating the 25th year of its operation, the Uphams Corner
Center will hold their 2012 Health Festival at the Strand Theatre
on Saturday, September 8 from 11am to 2pm.
The format is inviting and intends to encourage as many people in the
area to participate as possible with health screenings, diabetes check,
refreshments, raffles and prizes.
To keep you in the swingin' mood, the Gerason Band will provide live
music throughout the event.
Contact 617-288-0970 x33.
Street Community Center "Open House Week"
Sep 10-14, 2012
Bird Street Community Center will hold its fall "Open House Week" for
members 10-22 beginning on September 10 from 2 until 8 pm.
We will accept both applications for members and applications for
part-time teen jobs through Friday, September 14.
All programs will begin on September 17 and people can go to our
website after September 6 to download applications and fall
Sep 8, 9 & 15, 2012
Various locations. On September 15, auditions will be held at the
Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St, Dorchester.
Be part of the magic of the magic holiday season! The Jose Mateo Ballet
Theatre will be holding open auditions for children ages 6-18 to
participate in the 2012 Nutcracker Season!
Auditions will be held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center
on September 15, 2012
Calendar of Events - More Events
Some calendar events are tied to a UC News article. When you open
the event, you will find a link to the news story.
Councillor Tito Jackson - Staff Change
Aug 20, 2012
Tuesday, August 20th is Bennett Wilson's last day as Communications
Director in the Office of Boston City Councillor Tito Jackson.
"Contributing the work of the this office to help District 7 and the
people of Boston has been an incredible experience. Thank you
everyone who helped make this time so rewarding."
Effective Aug 20, Ms. Sharra Gaston will be handling communications and
Ms. Sharra Gaston
Ms. Bennett Wilson
Personal Cell: (617) 913-0325
Posted Street Cleaning Program Growing Strong
August 28, 2012
According to Flavio Daveiga, our Neighborhood Services Rep, the number
of streets being added to the Posted Street Cleaning program in Uphams
Corner is bound to make a huge difference in the overall cleanliness
and appearance of our neighborhood.
Transportation Department's plan is to implement street cleaning
starting in the Spring. To make sure your street is on the list,
contact Flavio at 617-635-1880.
Upham's Corner InSight
into the News
"The Heat" Heats up Norfolk Ave in Uphams Corner
August 26, 2012
Since early July, "The Heat" has been filming in Boston with Sandra
Bullock groupies following her every move. Sunday August 26 was a
well publicized filming date and a crowd pleaser as well, as the
pyrotechnic geniuses provided an excellent performance of a car
explosion, including fire, smoke and final fire extinguisher.
Excellent set of photos showing the preparation, residents and visitors
out to watch and the explosion itself. Can't wait to see the
to 40 Bird St, 20 & 32 Humphreys St and 56 Belden St
Aug 25, 2012
The Uphams Corner Improvement Association (UCIA) has issued four more
Beautification Awards to area homes for a total of 16 properties with
more awards to come. CONGRATULATIONS!
Awards Index to see all awards issued in 2012.
The Homes & Gardens
Beautification Award is given to Uphams Corner area residents
and businesses who maintain their property with pride, enhancing its
"curb appeal" and contributing to the overall beauty of Uphams
Corner. We consider condition and attractiveness of the property
and grounds, and how well the property fosters a spirit of beauty and
sustainability in the community.
For more information, contact the Uphams Corner Improvement
Association at UCImprove@gmail.com
40 Bird Street
The front yard is almost hidden behind a solid brick fence.
inside the yard, behind the fence, you are suddenly transformed from an
ordinary urban setting into an exquisite and colorful garden with a
center bed and flowers growing fully around.
20 Humphreys Street
While this home at the corner of Belden and Humphreys covers most of
the narrow lot, leaving only small side yards, the owner has carefully
landscaped both sides of the property visible from the street.
The red mulch picks up the color of the door, giving a nice overall
feel to appearance.
32 Humphreys Street
With their home located on a corner lot, the owners have taken full
advantage of the visibility of the side yard on Wendover Street to
showcase the home.
While not emphasizing brilliant colors, the owners have created a sense
of movement and flow from the texture of many different plants.
56 Belden Street
Flowers everywhere - brightly colored. Adding a sense of
is the artisan handmade sign showing the property address.
Year after year, these residents have taken special care of their
property and help make Belden Street very attractive.
August 26, 2012
and unusual opportunities for photography in and around Uphams Corner
happen daily. This month's "Photos of the Day" include
- a restored jet black 1984 New Yorker driving past the
- an Al Pacino
Scarface artwork with real bullets and real cigar,
- a six foot garden
wall with plants on stilts,
- the beautiful mural at Ma Sis' Place,
- garden art including
a baby giraffe,
- and most importantly, the PEOPLE of Uphams Corner.
"A Woman's Wrath" - Hurricane Katrina 2005 - 7th Anniversary
August 29, 2005 was the day that Southern Louisiana suffered at the
"hand" of natural forces gone wild and at the hands of
humans who fell to an unnatural state.
America suffered, not just New Orleans, as a whole as we
discovered over time the inadequacies of the Federal Government's
Emergency Management Agency and the depths of depravity demonstrated by
the Police Department in New Orleans.
For humans filled with eternal hope, their response turns to the
creative - literature, film, art and human kindness. Robby Anton
Thomas lives in Grove Hall, is an avid thinker, writer and
spiritualist. He offers us his response to Katrina - the poem "A
Woman's Wrath" dedicated to the victims and survivors of Hurricane
Katrina - August, 2005.
Image courtesy Wikipedia
Friends of the Uphams Corner Library
August 28, 2012
The Friends of the Uphams Corner Library begin
their new year of activities on September 9 at the Uphams
Corner Health Center's 2012 Festival.
Plan to stop by the Strand Theatre between 11am and 2pm on September
9. The Uphams Corner Health Festival will be in full swing and
the Friends will be hosting an information table.
Meet some Friends, learn more about the group and add your name to
their mailing list. Then plan to attend one of their monthly
"Pics in the Parks" Workshop a Treasure for Boston
August 28, 2012
This year marks the 16th anniversary of ParkARTS, a program of
the City of Boston's Parks and Recreation Department and is a special offering of concerts, art
workshops, programs, and public events across the city that fall into
two basic programs: Participatory Arts and Performing Arts.
"Pics in the Parks" consists of six
photography workshops - a chance to "learn tricks and
techniques of taking a perfect photograph," and have some of your photos put on display
at City Hall in a 4-week post workshop exhibit.
What makes this program so effective? Each workshop is in a
different "park" and each workshop is themed - texture, repetition,
light and shadows. It is the theme that creates the challenge.
Monadnock Gardeners Meet and Clean
Saturday, August 4, 2012
and neighbors met at the Virginia Monadnock Community Garden and worked
sprucing up the common areas including the sidewalk in front, the
patio, lawn and
play area and the walkways around the garden plots.
garden is routinely maintained, it doesn't take long for the toughest
wild growth (otherwise known as weeds) to crop up everywhere,
especially between patio blocks and along walkways. Of course,the grass
needed mowing as well.
The gardeners worked hard, accomplished a lot and just as they were
about to call it a good day's work, a peal of thunder applauded their