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Vol III No 66 - 12/13/2012
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Opinion: Save the Casey Overpass

Featured News

Save the Casey Overpass
Casey Overpass Meetings
Biking in the Winter Workshop
Nutcracker Ballet at Reduced Prices

Upcoming Events List

From the Past

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
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Upcoming Events List

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. 
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  

ArtRox Holiday Pop-up Shop  - Thru 12/24  

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

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Highlights on Events in Greater Uphams Corner

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

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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

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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 Branch̢۪s Jazz Performance Series, made possible by a grant
from the Citywide Friends of the Boston Public Library.

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Featured from Prior Issues

Upham's Corner InSight into the News

From the Editor's Desk:
Save the Casey Overpass and Preserve the Sense of Village

Casey Overpass designDec 13, 2012

The Casey Overpass has been in the design stages for at least 1.5 years and a design has been selected. The train is moving down the tracks and is unlikely to change direction. That doesn't mean that alternative ideas aren't still important to put out onto the table.

It is from a sense of nostalgia on how much freedom and how many looking glass options the Casey Overpass provided my family growing up.  It is also from an abhorrence of the California Highway look that bends our position in favor of rebuilding the Casey Overpass into a modern, useful and structure that seeks to serve all segments of the population.

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Important Casey Arborway Project Meeting(s) at Forest Hills
Dec 13, 2012 3pm and 6pm - 9pm
Casey Overpass
Design decisions made about the Casey Arborway Project remain controversial.  Many are in agreement with MassDot's decision to take the structure down and not replace it.  Others are adamantly opposed.

As part of their standard process, MassDOT has filed an Environmental Notification Form for the Casey Arborway project with the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act Office. As part of the MEPA process, a site visit and public meeting will be held on:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

3pm - MEPA Site Visit
Meet at the north entrance of the Forest Hills MBTA Station

6pm-9pm - MEPA Public Meeting
Boston English High School - Auditorium
144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain

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Jose Mateo Ballet Bringing Nutcracker to the Strand Dec 22-24

Jose Mateo Ballet
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre is coming to the Strand December 22-24 and bringing with it their acclaimed performance of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Ballet.

The Jose Mateo Ballet and Uphams Corner Main Street are part of of a  neighborhood - wide partnership to look at arts and cultural development in Uphams Corner.

As part of the process of attracting more people to enjoy the arts in Uphams Corner, two different groups want to help reduce the cost of the tickets - in some cases, free and in others, with a $5 discount.

Don't miss this opportunity.

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Biking for Everyone Winter Workshop

BIking in the WinterMAPC's MetroFuture is presenting: "Biking for Everyone Winter Workshop" as part of their "Walks & Talks" series.

A fast-paced workshop (only one hour) but well worth the time, it covers the topics of bike gear, route planning, safety tips in tricky situations, rules of the road and how to stay dry and warm.

Monday, December 17, 2012, 12:30 - 1:30 pm,
MAPC 3rd Flr conference room,
60 Temple Pl, Boston

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Featured from Prior Issues

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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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.

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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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