Upham's Corner News Online
Vol III No 87, 11/25/2013
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Change Your Lifestyle - Use only Safe Household Cleaners
Safe Household Cleaners
The Boston Water and Sewer Commission suggests we change our lifestyles when it comes to cleaning our homes, a change for the better - for ourselves, our families and our environment. 

Most of the common household cleaners are toxic - safer alternatives exist and work well.  Changing your approach to cleaning will improve your health and the health of the planet.

Posted: November 20, 2013

Kroc-O-Treat Alternative to Trick-or-Treat 2013 - Fun for All

Kroc-O-Treat 2013Well over 2000 children and families attended the third annual Kroc-O-Treat Halloween night extravaganza during the two-hour event held from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 31, 2013.

Donations from the community helped guarantee a splendid time for all.  Activities included face painting, dancing Thriller with Michael Jackson, a bouncy house and obstacle course and lots more.

Posted: November 20, 2013

Pear Square Community Clean Day 11/30/13

Help Clean Pear Square 11/30/13Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 is "A Day to Shine the Pear " in Everett Square.  Meet right in the square by the Pear at 10am.

Come and help make Edward Everett Square  (affectionately known as “Pear Square”)  Shine!   Let’s show we care about how our community looks. 

Bring a broom or gloves if you have them. Kids and young children are welcome!  Refreshments will be served.

Posted: November 25, 2013

The Friends of the UC Public Library 2014

Uphams Corner LibraryWe are a not-for-profit organization that helps our library aprovide program, services and materials not covered by the library's normal budget. Through monthly meetings, we gather your ideas, your energy, and your support. Plan to attend our meetings or send us your ideas / monetary support.

Become a Friend of the Library. Give us a hand with the book sale, organizing adult and children's programs, or by attending library programs. In return, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are doing something for your library and your community. Let’s help our library stay strong!

Posted: November 23, 2013

Thanksgiving Market from The Food Project Nov 26, 2013
The Food Project - Thanksgiving
The Food Project's Thanksgiving Market is Tuesday, November 26th, 3-7pm at the Dudley Greenhouse at 11 Brook Ave. Veggies from both Food Project farms - Boston and Lincoln and fun activities.

Kid's Activities from Chop Chop magazine, Free Squash and Apple soup, lunch from Mei Mei Street Kitchen.

Arugula Beets Bok Choy Cabbage Chard Collards Kale Leeks Parsnips Potatoes Salad Turnips Rutabaga Winter Squash, 

 EBT cards accepted.

Posted: November 22, 2013

Fall Leaf Collection Oct 15 to Nov 30, 2013
City of Boston Fall Leaf Collection 2013
The City of Boston is promoting more sustainable living by encouraging residents to compost their leaves and yard waste. Yard waste is perfect for making compost which is a wonderfully rich enhancement to soil.  The City will be using your yard waste to create compost for use in the city's community gardens. Yard waste pickup:  Oct 15-Nov 30, 2013.

In addition, the City is working with Boston Building Resources to provide residents a site for procuring their own composting equipment - compost bins and kitchen scrap buckets.

Posted: October 5, 2013

From the past

Quincy Corridor Public Meeting Sponsored by BRA

Quincy Corridor Public Realm Project

Meeting Quincy Corridor Public Realm Improvement Project
When Monday, October 7, 2013 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where Haynes Early Education Center
263 Blue Hill Ave
Roxbury MA

The City of Boston invites you to attend the 2nd community meeting regarding improving Quincy Street between Blue Hill Ave and Columbia Rd. The purpose of this meeting is to present preliminary designs based on feedback from the 1st community meeting held in March 2013.

The City of Boston is seeking to enhance the quality of life along Quincy Street by improving roadways, signals, sidewalks, trees and lighting. You are invited to participate in this discussion.

Harry Potter and the Horcrux Hunt comes to Boston, Oct 26, 2013

Yes!  The Horcrux Hunt is coming to Boston - to the Shirley-Eustis House in Roxbury. 

Harry Potter This is an all-afternoon Harry Potter event that you cannot miss with Quidditch teams from Emerson College and Boston University brooming-off at 1:00 pm on the front lawn.  There will also be a chance to find the lost horcrux and at 3:00 pm, the start of Hogwarts classes including potion making, wand dueling, butter beer brewing and more.

Uphams Corner InSight into the News

A Little Princess - Broadway Quality at the Strand

A Little PrincessFiddlehead Theatre brings Broadway quality to the Strand with their offering of "A Little Princess" through December 8, 2013.

The professional quality of their production befits the growing calibre of the Strand under the City of Boston's restoration program.

A treat for residents from throughout the City and beyond, this musical is a "can't miss" for the 2013 holiday season, for young people and mature alike.

Posted: November 25, 2013

Grove Hall Families Demeaned with New Student Assignment Plan

Project RIGHTProject Right is calling for action.  "The new Student Assignment Plan," they say, "for Improving School choice will limit access and opportunities for Grove Hall families, destabilize our neighborhood, and there is no clear, accessible pathway for Grove Hall families to be prioritized into having their child(ren) be assigned to their neighborhood Lilla Frederick Pilot Middle School!"

Project RIGHT is asking EVERYONE to speak out, to contact the Boston School Committee to register their concerns.  Speak out!  Send in your comments to the Boston School Committee and Superintendent John McDonough. 

PLEASE - whether you live in Grove Hall or not, make a call for EQUITY across our city.

Posted: November 22, 2013


Boston Police Home Invasion: "We Came in Anyway."

Boston Police Dept Badge"We came in anyway." That's what the Boston police said when I met them outside. But that was only the tip of the iceberg, the first clue in a much unraveling tale of neighbors, rumors, birthday parties and police "camped out" at my house. 

It took a couple days for the full story to emerge.  Some of it is funny; some of it distresses me even today, months past.

Posted: November 20, 2013

Teens Disrupt Calm at Kroc Center on Veterans Day

Kroc Center BostonDisruptive youth at the Kroc Center are called to task by Kroc Center security who 'read them riot act.' 

Several more visits by Security are needed before they finally ask the youth to leave.  "One more time and you won't be allowed back."

Posted: November 18, 2013

The Hub Theatre Company Presents: Sand Mountain

Hub Theatre Company of BostonSand Mountain
Presented by:  The Hub Theatre Company

Dec 13-21, 2013
First Church Boston

Sand Mountain, a pair of one-act plays, will close out Hub Theatre's acclaimed debut season with a sparkling Appalachian flavored holiday show by award winning American playwright Romulus Linney.

Featured in these plays are lively, ribald and unforgettable backwoods characters portrayed by an ensemble of fine local actors, including Olev Aleksander, Yoni Bronstein, Ann Carpenter, Lauren Elias, Robert Orzalli, Bill Salem, and Connor Upton. Accompanying them on fiddle is Julia Alvarez, performing an array of traditional and original compositions. The show is directed by Daniel Bourque.

Posted: November 21, 2013


Franklin Park Turkey Trot - Thanksgiving Day (11/28/13)

Franklin Park Turkey TrotRun or walk the beautiful paths of the 'jewel' of the Emerald Necklace to start your Thanksgiving Day!

The scenic 3.1 mile route includes the most beautiful and historic views of Franklin Park. You can work off your Thanksgiving calories before you sit down at the table!

First 300 adult registrants will be entered into a raffle to receive a Functional Movement Screen & Video Gait Analysis (a $150 value) courtesy of one of our sponsors: Marathon Physical Therapy.
Great Prizes for fast finishes and costumes!

Sponsored by the Franklin Park Coalition
Posted: November 22, 2013

Dorchester Bay Annual Meeting 12/5/13
DBEDC Annual Meeting 2013
December 5, 2013 6:00 - 8:00pm

William J. Devine Club House
@ Franklin Park
One Circuit Drive
Dorchester, MA 02121
For more information call 617.825.4200

Open to Public
Elect New Members*
Talk about progress
* Voting members only

Your attendance is appreciated!

We are also having a toy drive for our residents. Please
donate a gift. Thank you so much and happy holiday!

Posted: November 23, 2013

From the past

Fantastic! Romeo & Juliet
In Uphams Corner at the Strand
Oct 2-Nov 3, 2013

We're very excited!  Everyone is! from Mayor Menino to the young actors in the production to the entire Actors' Shakespeare Project (ASP) in its tenth anniversary season.  Romeo & Juliet in Uphams Corner, at the Strand Theatre in a mixed cast with people of color (Uphams Corner is 89% POC) dominating. 

Romeo & Juliet

You have ONE ENTIRE MONTH to schedule your visit.  Dorchester residents get a break on the tickets ($10 with proof of residency).

ASP is delivering authentic Shakespeare and intense drama to the Strand Theatre's hallowed halls.  You can't miss this opportunity.

Castle Island - Perfect "Get-Away" Close to Uphams Corner

Castle Island Boats Castle Island provides a perfect pause for those of us living in Uphams Corner, a way to take a deep breath and forget about our worldly responsibilities or, better still, to look at our lives afresh.

Close by, beautiful and relaxing, this state park needs to be on our list of nearby treasures. Two local residents in need of one more stretch of vacation, spent a wonderful couple hours there. 

Story and beautiful photos.

AVIDemux - Open Source Utility for Trimming Video Files

AVI-Demux Video EditorWhere, O where, can I find a simple utility for trimming an MP4? 

Most video editors make the editing process into a "project" and for good reason.  Video editing wants to combine video, audio, images, subtitles and more into a package which is then rendered into a specific video format (codec). 

All I wanted was a simple trimmer (as in trimming the hedges, not uprooting them).  I found AVI-Demux and couldn't be more delighted. 

How to install avidemux and how to use it to trim an MP4 - no muss, no fuss.  Great utility for all videographers.  Article and VIDEO

Watch Video:  Installing AVI-Demux and using it to Trim an MP4


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