Upham's Corner News Online
Vol III No 88, 12/19/2013
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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


From the past

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

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

Uphams Corner InSight into the News

Recent News

Drama & Dance - Jose Mateo Nutcracker is Splendiferous

Jose Mateo Ballet TheatreJose Mateo Ballet Theater's version of The Nutcracker is characterized by what the dance group calls 'simplicity and dynamism.' 

Their interpretation of this classic holiday piece (now 26 years for JMBT) is magical, sensual and satisfying, providing a focus both on drama – the story – and the dance that brings it to life.

Perfect for families, everyone can find a dancer or a chacter that is funny, uplifting, beautiful and breathtaking.In Dorchester's Strand Theatre Dec 20-22, 2013. 

Posted: December 19, 2013

Santa Claus Hat"Christmas Ode to Santa and Mayor Menino"

This is the poetic story of how Santa helps the Mayor get enough toys for the City's "Needy Children Christmas Gifts" program and is also a fun-loving tribute to our outgoing Mayor Thomas M. Menino.  Enjoy! 

Posted: December 16, 2013

Bank of America - Uphams Corner Branch to Close 3/21/14

BOA to Close In a customer letter dated 12/6/2013, Bank of American announced that the Uphams Corner branch would close Friday, March 21, 2014. 

The letter reflects a coup-d'etat attitude toward Uphams Corner with no consultation - no warning - in advance.

It is incumbent on members of this community to rally, to speak up, to call upon every mechanism to stop the "rollover" and convert it into a change that is meaningful for the community.

Posted: December 13, 2013

BPL:  Free Tours - Art and Architecture

Free Tours McKim Building BPLFree Art and Architecture Tours Offered at Boston Public Library.  The Boston Public Library welcomes visitors to explore the treasures inside its McKim Building at the Central Library in Copley Square this holiday season. 

Embark upon a free art and architecture tour detailing the library's rich history. The free tours last about an hour and are led by volunteer guides. No appointment is necessary for groups smaller than eight people.

An afternoon of tours, every 15 minutes, will be offered on First Night, December 31, 2013.

Posted: December 17, 2013

Fairmount Initiative - Uphams Corner Open House 1/22/14

Fairmount Initiative UC Open House 1/22/14As the Uphams Corner Fairmount Initiative draws to a close, the BRA has scheduled an important Open House for Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at the Kroc Center from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, light refreshments served.

The BRA will present the recommendations that have come out of the more than one year of meetings covering economic development, jobs, quality of life and all other issues that affect the lives of those who live in, visit and work in Uphams Corner.

Please plan to come with lots of ideas to build on what has been developed by the consultant and advisory teams.

Posted: December 18, 2013

Uphams Corner Street Festival Debriefing

UC Street Festival AnnouncementThe Uphams Corner Street Festival took place on August 17, 2013.  The Planning Committee review followed on 9/9/13. 

They noted that when the planning began in early 2013, the event objectives were the same as those of 2012.  By early summer, focus had changed to arts vendors, information tables and a performance area.

Event attendance was moderate.  Vendor sales were mixed - some sold product; others sold close to nothing.  Everyone agreed this event was the first step of introducing the Uphams Corner community to the concept of an Open Air Market.

Posted: December 17, 2013

NStar Gives Pilgrim Church an Early Christmas Eve 12/15/13

Sandy Hook Elementary candles burnOn Sunday, December 15, 2013, a power outage brought cold temperatures to many Dorchester households for approximately 12 hours.

To Pilgrim Church, holding its morning service without electricity, it brought the look of an early Christmas Eve candlelight service and visual memories of the sadness of Sandy Hook, almost exactly one year ago.

Posted: December 16, 2013

Mayor-elect Walsh: Open Town Meeting On Policy Issues 12/14/13

Walsh Town Meeting PlannedAn all-day open town meeting with issue-specific breakout groups has been announced by the Walsh Transition Committee to supplement the Transition Committee’s Issues Working Groups public hearings.

The event will give all Boston residents the opportunity to share their ideas with the leaders of the Transition Committee Issues Working Groups about how they would improve the City of Boston.

The ideas generated will be collected and may be integrated into a final presentation that each working group will share with Mayor-Elect Walsh at the end of January 2014.

Posted: December 11, 2013

From Issue 87

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


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