Upham's Corner News Online
Vol III No 54 - 09/17/2012
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Celebrate our Freedoms at the Strand Theatre with "Ragtime, the Musical"

The News

Strand Presents: Ragtime. the Musical
Adult Education Center Needed
Successful UC Health Festival
Andreas and Willie are Gone

Back to School BBQ - 7th Annual
Stanford U - Free Online Courses
Area 324 Nbhd Watch - Meeting Notes

DSNI Job Opening - Community Organizer
Carpenters Apprenticeship Training

About Events Coming up
Improvement Assoc Meeting
DAC - Open Studios Oct 17-21
UCMS Annual Meeting2012

Featured from Prior Issues
Ralph F. Browne, Jr - In Memoriam
Dudley Nbhd Charter School - Opening Day
"The Heat" Explodes Car in Uphams Corner
Grove Hall LIibrary Ice Cream Social

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Prior Issues

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#52 9/4/12 #53 9/7/12
#50 8/24/12 #51 8/30/12
#48 7/27/12 #49 8/15/12
#46 6/11/12 #47 7/13/12
#44 5/4/12 #45 5/11/12

UC News Calendar Highlights

Sep 18: Grove Hall Sr. Workshop **
Sep 20: Urban Gardening at UC Library **
Sep 22: Ashmont/Adams Yard Sale **
Sep 26: Fairmount WAG Meeting **
Sep 27: Improvement Assoc Mtg **
Sep 28-Oct 7: Ragtime the Musical

Oct 17-21: Dorchester Arts Open Studios
Oct 23: UCMS Annual Meeting **
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Highlights on Events in Greater Uphams Corner

The Uphams Corner Library presents:  Urban Gardening:  Types, Tips, & Techniques with Dan Chamberlain

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 5:30 PM
Uphams Corner Library
Uphams Corner Library - Urban Gardening
Explore the latest urban gardening and farming trends including
  • container gardens
  • how to prep your garden for the winter
  • the concept of sustainable farming
  • supporting urban agriculture through buying local food.
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Fairmount initiative WAG Meeting
Wed Sep 26, 2012

The next Fairmount Initiative Upham's Corner Working Advisory Group (WAG) meeting will be held Wednesday, September 26th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in the Village Room, located at 650 Dudley Street.


Contact Information

Ines Soto Palmarin, Senior Planner II
- The Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative, Co-Director
Boston Redevelopment Authority
One City Hall Square | Boston, MA 02201-1007
617.918.4434| Ines.Palmarin.BRA@CityofBoston.gov

Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios 2012 - 10th Anniversary
Open StudiosOct 17 - 21

Opening night of performances on Friday, October 19th at the new Black Box Theater in Codman Square.

Special event at Forbes House Museum in Milton on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.

This year is the biggest Open Studios yet!  140 visual artists, 20 sites,  20 authors reading their work, at 2 sites, and over a dozen performances.

Don't miss a single event!

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Uphams Corner Main Street Annual Meeting 2012
October 23, 2012
Uphams Corner Main Street
The UCMS Annual Meeting in 2012 will be a Breakfast Meeting - 8am - 9:30am, Tuesday, October 23rd at Paraiso Restaurant -750 Dudley Street.

EVERYONE is invited. 

Learn about:the Uphams Corner Dining Guide, pop-up galleries and arts-based events, the new information kiosk, partnership with the Boston Foundation and lots more.

R.S.V.P. to Max MacCarthy at:(617) 265-0363 or max@uphamscorner.org

More Information

Featured from Prior Issues

Grove Hall Library Ice Cream Social 2012Grove Hall Ice Cream Social Better than Last Year

 Better even than last year's event, the 2012 Grove Hall Library Ice Cream Social was delicious, well organized and very popular with the kids. 

Freshly scooped cones of vanilla or chocolate ice cream quickly melted into waiting mouths, very little of it lost to falling drops of sweet cream.

This year the serving area was moved further into the library and away from the circulation desk, thus allowing library patrons to continue to check out books without being surrounded by a crowd of youth. 

Long lines weren't daunting.  They all knew that at the end was a delicious mound of either chocolate or vanilla ice cream.

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"The Heat" Heats up Norfolk Ave in Uphams Corner
 August 26, 2012The Heat and Sandra Bullock in Uphams Corner

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 movie.

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Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Ragtime at the Strand
Ragtime at the Strand Theater
Sept. 28 - Oct. 7th


Fiddlehead Theatre Company & The American Civil Liberties Union proudly present

Ragtime The Musical at the historic Strand Theater!

Don't miss this powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America and a relevant tale for today!

For ticket information on one of nine different shows and more information on the Strand Theater, please click here.

Read More about the Musical, the cast and the background

Adult Education Center Sorely Needed in Uphams Corner
September 12, 2012

To:  Uphams Corner News

I am sending a letter of hope, vision and concern to Mayor Menino about the need for adult education opportunities in Uphams Corner, a section of the city that also has a low educational attainment rate.

Can you please publish my letter and share it with the community? Thank you in advance. 

Shemiram Fabian

Dear Mayor Menino:
Education for Liberation Thank you so much for all you do to improve the quality of life of the people in the City of Boston.

These days I have been inspired, and motivated by the speeches given by our Democratic leaders at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) who have been laying the pivotal facts, challenges, and hopes for a better future for this country.

We heard amongst other topics how EDUCATION is the most important, and vital subject that brings change, hope, prosperity, and success.

Uphams Corner has a high immigrant population - people who have come here in search of a better life. Many don't speak English and have low skills and find it hard to obtain employment in 21st century work opportunities.

Yet even a little bit of education or job training makes such a huge difference in stabilizing people's lives financially - in liberating them.  So I am asking you for help.  Uphams Corner needs an ADULT EDUCATION CENTER, where people can learn vocational skills or study art, music, business etc.... so that people can be inspired, live creative lives and make a better Boston.

Note:  Image source - See article

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Uphams Corner Health Festival 2012Uphams Corner Health Festival - the Best Ever
Sep 8, 2012

The 2012 Uphams Corner Health Festival, marking 25 years of health fairs to the community, experienced an excellent turnout. 

The health center achieved their goal of encouraging the community to take care of their health:  blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and diabetes and to have fun in the process  - healthy and delicious food, friendly staff and fun activities for the kids.

Roksana Pirog, Marketing and Promotions Manager at the Uphams Corner Health Center, believes that over 400 people participated which is record setting.  "The flu clinic received fives times more requests for flu shots than it has in the past.  The community is taking the initiative about their own personal health."

Read More The Band Drew Crowds Families and Kids
Health Information
View 2010 Health Fair - Article and lots of Photos

Uphams Corner Improvement Association Meeting (UCIA)
Thu, Sep 27, 2012 6:30pm
Dorchester Bay Bldg 594 Columbia Rd. 
  • The most important event taking place in Uphams Corner right now and the next Working Group (WAG) meeting is on Wed the 26th at the Kroc Center.
  • Right behind the Fairmount Initiative is the St. Kevin's development. 
  • We are also looking at the Comfort Station on Columbia Rd
  • What can be done to enhance visitor parking for the Strand. 
  • What about an Adult Education Center here?  See Shemiram Fabian's Letter to the Editor.
Other topics of concern?  What would make you feel really proud of your hometown?

Contact:  ucimprove@gmail.com

Standford University - Free Online Courses to Help in Starting a Business
16 Courses - Different Start Times - August 20 thru Oct 8, 2012

Stanford UniversityLooking to pick up a few extra skills? The courses include some technology and  entrepreneurship- based subjects that could provide that extra edge.

Stanford University calls itself "The Institution for Entrepreneurship." In its history, the university has spit out notable alumni such as Vint Cerf, now vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, William Hewlett and David Packard of HP, and a number of recognizable technology enthusiasts.

Stanford encourages students to start businesses, and offers courses to that end. For the16 free courses being offered in Fall 2012, students can take them online - courses in business, entrepreneurship, technology, and science. "The courses are open to anyone with a computer, anywhere."

For nine of these courses, Stanford is using Coursera, which partners with universities across the country to organize and launch free courses. It thus far has 16 participating universities, in addition to $16 million in its first round of funding. “Writing in the Sciences" and “Human-Computer Interaction" are two of Stanford's courses being hosted by the startup.

Courses are as varied as Mathematical Thinking, Logic, Crash Course on Creativity, Solar Cells and more.

For more information with the option to sign up Click Here
View online.stanford.edu for all online educational services provided

Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ
Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ - 7th Annual
Aug 4, 2012

The 7th annual Matthew Mendes Back to School BBQ took place in the back lot of the Humphrey's Artist Studios.

Partnering with The North American Islamic Center's Relief Fund Division, the sponsors distributed hundreds of school supplies to local kids.

Mixing up cultures in recognition that violence doesn't ever appear to discriminate, is something that means a lot to all the organizers involved in this yearly event.

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Andreas and Willie are Gone
September 8, 2012

Loiterers on Monadnock StWillie Torres and Andreas got along - sharing a commonality of alcohol, telling jokes, hanging out and passing out. 

Earlier this summer, the EMT's took Andreas Achevaria away twice in two weeks - out cold from drinking.  Then the police took him away for hitting a woman with a brick. 

On September 8, Andreas wasn't around to take care of his friend, Willie, and watch him as the final bell tolled.  Around 6pm, we got the news that Willie had died of a heart attack.

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Area 324 Neighborhood Watch Meeting Notes for September 2012

Families from several area residences as well as the Director of the City of Boston Neighborhood Watch Groups were present for the Area 324 Neighborhood Watch September meeting, held Sunday, Sep 16, 2PM at 15 Brookford Street.

Area 324 encourages all neighbors in the Area 324 Neighborhood Watch community to attend and to voice their concerns including Danube Street, Dacia Street, Ingleside Street, Blue Hill Ave, Adrian Street, Brookford Street, Randlette Place, Rand Street, Fairbury Street, Rand Place, Julian Street, and Dalin Place.  Topics discussed included:  Quality of life, Community beautification and community revitalization. 

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DSNI Job Opening for Community Organizer
DSNI is searching for a community organizer to work with the Sustainable and Economic Development team on a number of important housing, economic development, and community revitalization efforts in the neighborhood.

In order to realize the neighborhood's vision of a vibrant urban village, DSNI focuses on three strategic areas: sustainable and economic development, youth opportunities and development, and community empowerment.

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Carpenters Apprenticeship - Schedule of Opportunities
Fall 2012 and Winter 2013

A Carpenters Apprenticeship is a training program.  Earn wages while you learn to become a skilled carpenter. Combining classroom studies, you will have on-the-job training under a  trade professional supervisor.

Much like a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in the trade that you choose. Unlike college, though, as an apprentice you will earn while you learn. At first, you will make less money than skilled workers; but as you progress, you will get regular raises. Once you have mastered the craft, you will receive professional wages.

Read More & Complete Schedule

Featured from Prior Issues

Ralph F Browne JrRalph Francis Browne, Jr. - in Memoriam - A Life Well Lived
Sep 3, 2012

Ralph Francis Browne Jr.  of Uphams Corner MA passed away on September 3, 2012 from congestive heart failure.  He was 81 years old. Mr. Browne is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wilma, and their seven children, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Ralph is remembered by so many in the community.  He served on the Dudley Square Main Streets as an advocate for the community and in the 272nd Field Artillery Battalion of the Massachusetts National Guard, an all-African-American unit, during the Korean and continued to work as a civilian with the Air Force after his time in the National Guard.

This journalist is humbled to share a special memory of Ralph and Wilma.

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Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School - Opening Day - an A+Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School
Wed, Sep 5, 2012

The Dudley / Uphams Corner community and DSNI welcomed the many parents, visitors and renowned speakers to the Opening Day of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School. Continental Breakfast for the visitors and quality breakfast for the kids. 

Talk, excitement and speeches about the dreams of the future for the education of our children - "only one generation away" - Dr. Johnson quoting Gov Patrick from the Democratic National Convention.

Excellent photo coverage - collages and two pages more

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