Upham's Corner News Online
Vol III No 65 - 12/10/2012
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  Important Community Meetings in Uphams Corner

Featured News

St. Kevin's Development
Video Poem - Liam Day
Call to Artists - ArtPlace Meeting

Open Burning of Leaves - NO!
Main Street Kicksoff Holiday
Gertrude Rose - Obituary
Dorchester - Posted Street Cleaning

Upcoming Events List

From the Past

Important Meeting - CI Lab Presentations
Harvard Examines Community Issues
EE Square & 1299 Mass Ave - Early History
Public Works holding Community Mtg

Holiday Alert from Boston Police
Adopt-A-Hydrant Program
Chris Leinberger - featured at TOD Summit
Hyde Jackson Sq Main Street Open House
 Prior Issues

#66 Upcoming

#64 12/3/12
#65 12/10/12
#63 11/27/12 #62 11/22/12
#61 11/16/12 #60 11/13/12
#59 11/06/12 #58 10/26/12
#57 10/17/12 #56 10/4/12
#55 9/27/12 #54 9/17/12
#53 9/7/12 #52 9/4/12
#51 8/30/12 #50 8/24/12

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Upcoming Events List

Sat Dec 8
11:00 am
Downer Ave & Jones Hill Neighborhood Watch Mtg   MORE

Mon Dec 10
Uphams Corner Improvement Assoc Mtg   MORE
Mon Dec 10
Project "TELL-EBRATION" - Public Voice Project at the  Grove Hall Community Center  MORE
Mon Dec 11 6PM
Public Works holding Uphams Corner Neighborhood Mtg   MORE
Wed Dec  12
Fairmount Corridor-wide Advisory Group (public) Meeting MORE
Thu Dec 13 6PM
Vision for Edward Everett Square - Annual Mtg   MORE
Thu Dec 13 6PM
ArtPlace Meeting for Arts Programming in UC   MORE
Dec 3, 10, 17
December's Monday Wine Club - At Ashmont Grill  - benefits the DAC and the Erick Jean Center for the Arts.  MORE
Sat Dec 15
Harper Schiller Jazz Duo at the Grove Hall Library   MORE
Sun Dec 16
Area 324 Nbhd Watch   MORE

Winter Stars Holiday Concerts - Boston City Singers - Dorchester & Jamaica Plain   MORE

ArtRox Holiday Pop-up Shop  - Thru 12/24   MORE

FREE GED Practice Sessions - RCC & Dudley Literacy Center offer Free Testing.  Dates in Jan, Mar, April and June   MORE

About Town in Greater Uphams Corner -  more news and events

Sustainable Planet - Plants, Animals, Humanity, the Earth - our Future

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Highlights on Events in Greater Uphams Corner

Downer Ave & Jones Hill Neighborhood Watch Mtg
Sat Dec 8, 2012 11:00am

The Boston Police Neighborhood Watch Unit in conjunction with the Residents of Downer Ave and Jones Hill cordially invite you to attend a Neighborhood Watch Meeting.

St. Mary's Women's Shelter
Trustee's Conference Room
90 Cushing Ave. (Entrance off Windemere Rd)
Saturday, December 8th
  • Find out about what's been happening in our neighborhood
  • Share your ideas/ concerns to make this a better neighborhood
  • Get to know your neighbors and make a difference!

Contact Bob Freeman at bobfreemanma@speakeasy.net or
Carolyn MacNeil at  macneilc.bpd@cityofboston.gov

Directions: Conference room is in St. Mary's building behind the main entrance on the right side, off Windemere, taking the car entrance and immediately to the right after you pass under the building.

Public Voice Project "TELL-EBRATION"
Dec. 10, 6:30 PM

Tell-A-BrationCome celebrate! 

The Public Voice Project, sponsored by the City Mission Society of Boston, provides storytelling and public speaking training for adults and teens. Participants receive hours of training from experienced storyteller Lani Peterson.  The "Tell-ebration" is their chance to share their new skills with family, friends, and CMS supporters.

Mon, Dec 10th at 6:30 PM
Grove Hall Community Center
51 Geneva Ave, Dorchester

For more info: http://www.cmsboston.org/

Fairmount Corridor-wide Advisory Group Meeting Wed Dec 12, 2012
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Just a friendly reminder!!   The Fairmount Corridor-wide Advisory Group meeting will be: 

Wednesday, DECEMBER 12, 2012
6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Salvation Army Kroc Center
650 Dudley Street, Dorchester

For more information, please visit our website www.fairmountindigoplanning.org or contact:

Ines Palmarin, Co-Director
617.918.4434  Ines.Palmarin.BRA@cityofboston.gov 
Jeremy Rosenberger, Co-Director 
617.918.4431  Jeremy.Rosenberger.BRA@cityofboston.gov
Boston Redevelopment Authority
One City Hall Square | Boston, MA 02201-1007

Vision for Edward Everett Square Inc. Annual Meeting
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 6:00 pm

William Clapp House
195 Boston Street

  • President's Report
  • Treasurer's Report
  • New Business

More Information?  Contact John McColgan at john.mccolgan@verizon.net

Area 324 Nbhd Watch
Sun Dec 16, 2012 3pm
15 Brookford St, Dorchester

Dear Neighbors,
Area 324 would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
Sunday, December 16th at 3 pm will be the next neighborhood watch meeting.  At the next meeting we will discuss the successes of the 2012 year and prioritize the concerns to tackle for 2013.  Area 324 has been going strong month after month for three years! We credit our success to the commitment of families that continue to want to have a strong and safe neighborhood.  We hold true to our mission.  Thank you for B-2 Police's community efforts and committment to our watch group.
We will be celebrating family ties at this meeting. Please encourage neighbors living next to you to come with significant others, children, and friends to this meeting and meetings to come.
January Meeting:
Sunday, January 20, 2013 3 pm
15 Brookford Street, Dorchester

Contact information:
Area threetwentyfour Neighborhood watch area324neighborhoodwatch@gmail.com

Are you ready to pass the GED Test?

Find out!

Take a FREE Official GED Practice Test with the Roxbury Community College GED Office.
RCC GED Office: 617-427-0060 x5193
E-Mail: dtabela@rcc.mass.edu

Location: Dudley Adult Literacy Center
At the Dudley Branch Library
65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

  • Thursday, January 20th 1PM
  • Tuesday, March 8th 5PM
  • Friday, April 8th 9:30AM
  • Tuesday, June 7th 1PM

More information

Grove Hall Library Presents
Sat, Dec 15, 2012 3 p.m

.Join Alec Harper and Andrew Schiller, a unique jazz saxophone and bass duo from New England
Conservatory, for a concert of jazz standards with a modern twist.

This performance is part of the Grove Hall Branch's Jazz Performance Series, made possible by a grant from the Citywide Friends of the Boston Public Library.

More information

Featured from Prior Issues

Upham's Corner InSight into the News

Important Community Meetings in Uphams Corner all Week
Dec 10, 2012

Although well into the holiday month of December, that does not stop our community from scheduling important community meetings - the PUBLIC IS INVITED - type meetings.  They are described in detail in separate sections of this page and summarized here with links.

Dec 10 
Uphams Corner Improvement Association - preparing for other meetings
Dec 11 Public Works Planning in Uphams Corner
Dec 12  Fairmount Corridor-wide Advisory Group
Dec 13 Vision for Edward Everett Square

ArtPlace for Arts programming in Uphams Corner

St. Kevin's School
Mum's the Word - St. Kevin's Developer not Talking to the Community
Dec 10, 2012

Since the April 24, 2012 community meeting, the St. Kevin's developer has put some effort into the property.  They have taken pre-development soil samples and fixed a drainage problem.  They 'evicted' a homeless couple living on the property and have applied for funds with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). 

What the Planning Office has not done is maintain a dialog with members of the community, especially those residents who are within 'earshot' or 'eyeshot' of the 2.7 acre parcel.' And they have not responded to issues raised by the community at the April 2012 meeting.

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Uphams Corner Improvement Association Meeting
Mon Dec 10, 6:30pm

The Improvement Association is holdiing its December meeting at 540 Columbia Rd (Pilgrim Church conference room) at 6:30 pm.

This is a pre-meeting in advance of other important meetings being held in Uphams Corner - a safe place to discuss concerns and ideas and to organize for a NEW Uphams Corner.

More information:  UCImprove@gmail.com

A Call to all Interested Parties - Arts Programming in Uphams Corner
Thu Dec 13, 2012 6PM

ArtPlace The Boston Foundation has awarded an arts grant to three local organizatioins:  DSNI, UCMS and DS4S to design arts and cultural programming in Uphams Corner. The goal is to ensure that arts and cultural programming is designed and led by local artists, residents and merchants. 

You are invited to join the ArtPlace team. The first meeting is Thursday, Dec 13, 2012, 6PM at the Main Street office, 545 Columbia Rd, Uphams Corner.

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Video Poem "Death in the Morning" - Liam Day
Nov 2012

Dorchester North Burying GroundPoet and essayist, Liam Day (Jones Hill), traces his ancestry back more than 200 years to cemetery plots in a tiny village in Ireland where his mother grew up. Steeped in a sense of history and his Irish roots, Liam is attracted to the legacy and strength of the Dorchester North Burying Ground in the heart of Uphams Corner

With its four centuries of men and women buried there, that burial site has been calling him to do more than walk past - day after day - staring in through the wrought iron fence at the ancient gravestones. 

In cooperation with film artist Camilo Cardenas, the video poem "Death in the Morning" that proclaims the beauty of life and its terminal nature as well, was born.

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Resident Gets Yard Hosed and Lesson from Fire Department
Open burning of LeavesNov 2012

The smell of smoke was so strong that two Monadnock Street residents became alarmed.  Who's house was on fire?

Burning leaves is still allowed in some sections of the Commonwealth but not in Boston.  You may think that burning leaves is easier than bagging them, but a visit from the Fire Department may teach you otherwise.

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Dorchester - Posted Street Sweeping Regulations - Changes April 2013

Street Cleaning SignThe Boston Public Works Department (PWD) will be implementing a new schedule of street sweeping days for much of the Dorchester neighborhood starting in April of 2013.

The goal of the alterations is to provide mechanical street sweeping services to more closely follow your residential trash collection day.

Changes include new street signs, new rules and cars being towed if you fail to move your vehicle during the posted street cleaning period.

Read More

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 6:00pm

Public Works The City of Boston Public Works Department invites you to attend a kick-off meeting to discuss the reconstruction of roadways at Uphams Corner. 

The scope of work will include new sidewalks, street lights, upgraded traffic signals, tree plantings, way-finding signage, and improved connectivity for pedestrians. The meeting will be held on:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:00 PM
Cape Verdean Adult Center
34 Hancock Street
Dorchester, MA

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Obituary - Gertrude Rose - December 3, 2012

Gertrude Rose (Crewe): Gertrude (Rudie) passed away on December 3, 2012. Born on June 3, 1925, she was 87 years old. She is predeceased by her wonderful parents, Charles and Gertrude Crewe. They gave Gertrude and her siblings a wholesome and enriching home life in Sandyville, a small coastal fishing village in Newfoundland, Canada.

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Uphams Corner Main Street - Small Business Saturday Kicks Off Holiday Festivities
Sat, Nov 24, 2012

Small Business SaturdayOn Nov 24, Uphams Corner Main Street local businesses, residents and volunteers celebrated Small Business Saturday in very special ways.

Youth from Bird Street decorated two Uphams Corner small businesses: PCS Express and Discount Shoes Store.  Other volunteers helped decorate the Uphams Corner Holiday tree. 

Then at 5pm many more people arrived and everyone welcomed Santa and Mrs. Claus as they descended the Holiday Trolley.

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Featured from Prior Issues

Hyde Jackson Square Main Street -  Open House and Holiday Window Stroll
When:    Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Where:    Gail's Cafe, 268 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Hyde Jackson Square Main StreetMayor Thomas M. Menino and Hyde Jackson Square Main Street invite the community to an Open House and Holiday Window Stroll. 

Come  celebrate Hyde Jackson Square Main Street’s work to strengthen the commercial business district in Hyde Square and Jackson Square in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.

The event will be a great opportunity for residents, business owners, property owners, and representatives of neighborhood organizations to talk to staff, the Board of Directors, and volunteers of Hyde Jackson
Square Main Street about the state of the neighborhood.

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Chris Leinberger - Guest Speaker - Transit-Oriented Development Seminar
Chris Leinberger
On Thursday, December 6, 2012, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will be holding a transit-oriented development seminar: 'TOD Finance Summit' with guest speaker, Chris Leinberger.

Attendees will learn why transit-oriented development is important now, where it can be located, ways it can be funded, and the challenges to getting TOD built. Although the event is now closed (reached capacity), information coming from the conference - news, reports and especially the insight provided by Chris Leinberger - will be available for future review.

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Important Community Meeting - Presentations on "Realizable" Proposals
Mon Dec 3, 2012

The PUBLIC is invited!!

Hibernia Hall
184 Dudley St, Roxbury
Mon, Dec 3, 2012
4:00pm - 8:00pm

 Graduate students from Harvard's Community Innovation (CI) Lab will give final (nine) presentations - 'realizable' proposals to important local issues - all featuring technological solutions.  Three of the proposals focus on Uphams Corner.  Others look at DSNI issues and the Orchard Gardens Residents Association.

The CI Lab course paired graduate students with community partners who identified important local issues.  The students then worked collaboratively to develop proposals.  Everyone is invited to this exciting event.

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Harvard Schools Work Together to Solve Community Problems
Dec 2, 2012

Students from two Harvard University schools are working together on challenges in "marginalized Boston communities."
  • Solving Problems Using Technology, taught by Susan Crawford from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Advanced Workshop in Participatory Urban Planning and Design, taught by Michael Hooper from the Harvard Design School. 
Students from both courses are working with the City of Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics to focus on 'realizable' proposals to local issues identified by three community partners: DSNI, Orchard Gardens Residents Assoc and Uphams Corner Main Street.

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1299 Mass Ave and EE Square in Boston's Early History

1299 Mass AveSince 1874 there have been many road and land changes in the section of Dorchester we now call Edward Everett Square.

Did you know that in 1874 ...
  • Edward Everett Square did not exist
  • Massachusetts Avenue did not terminate here
  • The major N/S road was Cottage Street
  • The triangular lot at 1299 Mass Ave did not exist
The 1874 Boston atlas shows a section of Dorchester with quaint, almost country-like, roads.  Rapid residential and commercial development ensued.  A new road was cut into the intersection and in 1917, the owner of 1299 Mass Ave built a garage that covered the entire plot of land. 

Almost 100 years later in 2010, Living Stream Ministry  has purchased the property and is converting the original garage (with substantial improvements) into a building to be used by the Christian congregation, "Church in Boston" as shown in the rendering above.

Detailed Maps and Building Photos

Two and Four-Footed Friends 'Adopt a Hydrant'
January 2011 snowstormDec 1, 2012

Earlier this year, Mayor Thomas M. Menino launched the Adopt-A-Hydrant program, a first-of-its-kind effort, designed to tap into community spirit. 

What was once the bailiwick of our four-footed friends (dogs) is now open to Boston's best two-footed friends (humans).  We, too, can adopt a hydrant.

The newly announced program provides a website where residents can officially volunteer to take on the wintry task of shoveling out specific hydrants in their neighborhoods - the ones they have adopted.

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C-11 Police Alert for the Holidays
November 2012

Captain Sexton, Area C11 of the Boston Police Department, reminds all residents of Boston to be careful during the holidays.  He cites package theft as a growing concern.

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