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Uphams Corner News Archives - Issue #85

News Index

Featured News

Stamped Concrete Proposed for New Sidewalks
Utility Contractors & New England Winters
Uphams Corner Sidewalks in Terrible Condition
MBTA - Compliments & Feedback - Good for the Soul

Spiritual Sidelines - Walking with the Comforter
UC Infrastructure Construction Begins with a Mess
Uphams Corner ArtPlace Cultural Events Update
Boston Foundation ArtPlace Grant to Uphams Corner

Shirley-Eustis House Joins Blue Star Museums
UCMS Fundraiser on Track
Perfect Birthday - Blue Ginger

Community Forum - New Food Store Idea 5/23
UCMS Fundraiser 6/13/13

Stamped Concrete Accent Strip Proposed for New Sidewalks

Cummins Highway Stamped ConcreteAt the earliest community meetings in 2012, the Public Works urban planners suggested replacing the brick sidewalks in Uphams Corner with poured concrete enhanced with a brick accent strip that would make Uphams Corner look smart and modern. 

Some residents objected to brick because it poses a safety hazard no matter how little is used.  So Public Works is looking at stamped concrete. 

An example is next to Cummins Towers in Roslindale.

Posted: June 5, 2013

Utility Contractors & New England Winters

Brick Sidewalk Deterioration Farnsworth AreaUtility contractors are one of the primary causes of brick sidewalk failure. Contractors excavate the (brick) sidewalks to work on underground pipes and cables then fail to return the bricks back to their original state (often poor but the conditions worsen each time).
  • Leaving multiple heights - creating a trip hazard
  • Filling in around "manhole covers" and other irregular surfaces alsphalt - detracting from the aesthetics
  • Replacing the bricks incorrectly - leading to rapid deterioration
The New England winters find a way to loosen the brick moorings regardless of how well they have been installed. 

We're fighting an uphill battle and as our community resources grow scarcer, spending time and money on a high maintenance design is a poor strategy.

Posted: June 5, 2013

Uphams Corner Sidewalks in Terrible Condition

Sidewalks in poor Condition For decades, Uphams Corner has suffered the same conditions as exist today.

The sidewalks are pedestrian and transport UNfriendly with holes left by missing bricks, loose bricks scattered in the walkway and trip hazards due to unexpected changes in the height of adjacent bricks, not to mention the overall shabby aesthetics.

The state of the sidewalks more befits a community under demolition than one that is thriving and growing.

Posted: June 5, 2013

Complimenting MBTA Drivers is Good for What Ails Us

MBTA Bus #16 You don't have to wait for heroic moments to compliment the MBTA driver who helped make your day better.

A driver's tone of voice, how they handle the bus and assist everyone in having a safe ride - these are worth making into a compliment.

Your safety and state of mind depend on it.  It's not about them. It's about you and your peace of mind.

Posted: June 3, 2013

Spiritual Sidelines - Walking with the Comforter

Pentecost SundayOn Pentecost Sunday, Rev John Odams of Pilgrim Church focused on the church's birthday and the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. His message is one of hope for all, regardless of spiritual orientation.

Reflections on his message of walking with the Comforter.

Posted: June 3, 2013

Infrastructure Improvement Work Begins with Watery Mess

Public Works Improvement ConstructionAs part of the initial exploratory work for the Uphams Corner Public Works Infrastructure Upgrade, a contractor made a mistake and broke a water main. Boston Water and Sewer was called in but the next day, two more leaks appeared. 

What was a safe and attractive brick sidewalk at Columbia Rd and Dudley is now a dangerous uneven sidewalk, a pile of loose bricks and a mound of mud. 

Surely our community can do better than this.

Posted: June 2, 2013

Uphams Corner ArtPlace Cultural Events Update

ArtPlace AmericaUphams Corner ArtPlace is a creative placemaking initiative.  Roseanne Foley, Cultural Events and Communications Manager, is working to provide members of the community access to the ArtPlace activities and opportunities. 

The recent art popup event was considered one of the best things that has happened in Uphams Corner.  Summer 2013 has a strong lineup of cultural activities including events at the Strand, local art displayed in storefronts and a Street Festival.

Posted: May 22, 2013

Boston Foundation: $480,000 ArtPlace Grant to Uphams Corner

The Boston FoundationThe Boston Foundation is coordinating a $480,000 one-year grant from ArtPlace to the Uphams Corner community.

The goal is to catalyze a 'cultural economy' with art installations, outdoor markets, local business activities and 'random acts of culture' in and around the historic Strand Theatre and Uphams Corner Fairmount Line stop. 

The grant and efforts will also serve as a pilot for similar efforts along the Fairmount/Indigo Line corridor's ethnically diverse neighborhoods.

Posted: May 22, 2013

Main Street Fundraiser Planning on Track

UCMS Fundraiser Max MacCarthy, Executive Director, Uphams Corner Main Street (UCMS), provided a 2013 fundraiser update to the Main Street Board at its May meeting (5/21). 

Everything is on track.  The theme is Celebrating Creative Community with a focus on creative businesses, artists and projects going on in the neighborhood. Event will be in the Strand Theater with jazz music, a silent auction.  Angel Ticket beneficiaries will be highlighted.

Posted: May 22, 2013

Uphams Corner Main Street Fundraiser 2013
Thu Jun 13, 2013

UCMS Fundraiser 2013

Celebrating Creative Community
Thu, Jun 13, 2013, 6:30-8:30 PM,
The Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester

  • Have fun and meet members of the community
  • Celebrate UCMS' volunteer-based effort to revitalize the Upham's Corner business district.
  • Help raise money for the work of  Uphams Corner Main Street.

Posted: May 22, 2013

Shirley-Eustis House to Participate in Blue Star Museums

TShirley-Eustis Househe Shirley-Eustis House is one of more than 1,300 museums across America who will be offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer. 

This comes from their participation in the Blue Star Museums initiative which offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013.

The program gives the military community an opportunity to take advantage fo the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day.

Posted: May 22, 2013

Community Forum - New Food Store Idea
Thu May 23, 2013

Boston Collaborative for Food & FitnessA community forum is being held at the Great Hall in Codman Square, Thu May 23, 2013 to discuss a new food-store idea. 

Healthy, affordable and ready-to-eat meals using safe ingredients past their 'sell by' dates - porposed for Dorchester.  Called the Daily Table. 

Questions, comments, all are welcome.

Posted: May 21, 2013

Perfect Birthday - Blue Ginger - Wellsley MA
Blue Ginger in Wellesley MA
Since 1998 - Ming Tsai's Blue Ginger in Wellesley has been recognized as an award winning restaurant worth visiting.

The wait staff are courteous, the food excellent and intriguing and the ambiance comfortable and calming - a great place to celebrate a relaxing and enjoyable birthday, especially if your son happens to work there. 

Posted: May 10, 2013

From the past

Featured News

Linda Dorcena Forry - New Image for 1st Suffolk
Eyewitness to a Shooting in Uphams Corner
I will Never Forget Marathon Week

Poem for Your Pocket to Celebrate Earth Year #43
Dot Day Parade Student Essay Contest
Fiddlehead Theatre Casting for "A Little Princess"


BPL Exhibit:  Charting an Empire - The Atlantic Neptune  5/1 - 11/3
Boston Natural Areas Network - Events May 4
Citizens Connect to South Bay - Community Mtg #3 5/4

SOWA Field Trip for ArtPlace Advisory Group May 5
Bird Street Youth Center Celebration May 7
Shirley-Eustis House Lecture 5/9
Learning Forums for Urban Mobility 5/15-17

Events Table

5/1 -
BPL Exhibit:  Charting an Empire  New
Salon of New Music:  Kathryn Salfelder  New
Boston Natural Areas Network Events  New
Citizens Connect to South Bay Mtg #4  New
SOWA Field Trip - ArtPlace Advisors  New
Bird St Youth Center CelebrationNew
Shirley-Eustis House Lecture  New

Meetings Upcoming (in the Uphams Corner Calendar)

Citizens Connect to South Bay (CCTSB)
Third Community Meeting

Sat, May 4, 2013 9:30am
Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12
Boston, Massachusetts

Group Mission: Create a plan for development near South Bay that is acceptable to the community based on a community-led visioning process.

Faced with the strong possibility of the South Bay Shopping Center expanding, area residents and organizations formed a group to gather proactive community input.

Three community meetings have taken place with the final, on May 4, scheduled as a presentation to the group on the choices they have made and the plan recommendations that have come of the community process.

Contact Information

Learning Forums for New Urban Mobility, May 15-17, 2013

New Urban MobilityOpen to the public with advanced transit professionals expected in attendance, the forums are designed to provide an opportunity to learn about the future of transportation in the greater Boston area.

Residents are encouraged to attend one or more of the sessions and engage in the conversations.

Forums in Jamaica Plain, Uphams Corner and U-Mass Columbia Point.  Informational workshops organized by the Boston/Cambridge Nexus Committee.

Posted: May 3, 2013

Linda Dorcena Forry - New Image for 1st Suffolk District in Boston

Linda Dorcena ForryThe three-way 1st Suffolk State Senator Democratic candidate race highlighted changes that have begun to shift the traditional racial, turf and gender positions that have determined election outcomes for the past 40 to 60 years.

Linda Dorcena Forry created a surprise victory over the two South Boston candidates, Nick Collins and Maureen Dahill.

Her success resulted from several voter demographic factors including redistricting, a changing South Boston population, the dominance of Dorchester in the district and a fresh mindset among the younger voters.  It may portend an even greater change in the Mayoral elections ahead.

Posted: May 2, 2013

ArtPlace Advisory Field Trip to SOWA
SOWA Open MarketSun May 5, 2013 1:30pm to 3:00pm

ArtPlace in Uphams Corner is planning an Advisory Group field trip on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm to Boston's SOWA Open Market. 

This is in preparation for piloting an Uphams Corner open market for local crafters, artists, musicians and other producers of local products. 

Be sure to RSVP and sign up for a ride if you need one.

Posted: May 1, 2013

Charting an Empire: The Atlantic Neptune

Boston Public Library Exhibition
Central Library, Copley Square
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

May 1–November 3, 2013
Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

BPL Exhibit: Charting an EmpireThe period following the French and Indian War (1754-1763) was a time of change and discovery in North America. Britain set out to accurately chart the coast of North America. The resulting charts set the standard for nautical charting for nearly half a century.

This BPL exhibit uses nautical charts, navigational instruments, and ship models to look at the importance of accurate charting and the complex processes of marine surveying and nautical chart production.

Part I: Atlantic Canada (NOW OPEN: May 1 to Jul 27)
Part II: Eastern Seaboard of Colonial America (Aug 1 to Nov 3)

Posted: May 1, 2013

Boston Natural Areas Network - Urban & Green - May 4, 2013

Boston Natural Areas NetworkBoston Natural Areas has many events planned for May 4, 2013. 
  • Ride your bike through West Roxbury's Urban Wilds
  • Learn how to grow berries - strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
  • Teachers - learn how to integrate food gardening into the classroom

Posted: May 1, 2013

A Poem for your Pocket

Encouraging a return to the poem as a creative form of expression, UC News is encouraging everyone to carry one or two poems in your pocket for those quiet times - to read, to memorize or to sing aloud. 

If Trees Could Talk, Would They Talk to Me?
  Dedicated to Earth Year #43
Poem Dedicated to Earth Year #43   - Nancy Conrad

Do trees have eyes?
Can they hear the birds?
Can they speak their minds
with definitive words?
Can trees smell jasmine and
roses and earth? 
Does the cleansing rain
provide them new birth?

If trees could talk,
would they speak to the bees,
to the birds, to the sunshine,
to the other trees? 
Surely they know the language of flowers
Poignantly humble in sunshine or showers.
 Poetry Spacer
Written with love . . Nancy

Posted: May 3, 2013

Greater Boston House Concerts Presents:
A Salon of New Music by Kathryn Salfelder

Fri May 3, 2013 8:00 PM
21 Virginia St, Dorchester

Kathryn SalfelderMs. Salfelder is the New England Conservatory 2012 Tourjée Alumni Scholarship Recipient.  NEC alumni & students will explore instrumental solos and small chamber works of the sonic creations of composer Kathryn Salfelder.  Aaron Larget-Caplan will premiere Ms. Salfelder's composition: "Whispering into the Night." 

Friday, May 3, 2013, Social at 7:30pm - Concert begins at 8 p.m.  * A Question & Answer session and reception will follow the program.  Profits from this event will go toward the NEC Tourjée Alumni Scholarship Award.

Tickets available at: www.GBHConcerts.com 
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Posted: April 27, 2013

Shirley-Eustis HouseShirley-Eustis House lecture, May 9, 2013, 6:30pm

Zachary Violette will examine the ways immigrant tenement builders in Boston and New York used architectural ornament to create meaning in the buildings they built for the poor and the working class at the turn of the 20th-century.

Mr. Violette is a PhD candidate in American and New England Studies at Boston University,

Posted: April 22, 2013

I Will Never Forget Marathon Week

Greater Boston has begun to recover from a week of terrorism with a sense of closure created by the identification of two alleged suspects, one deceased and the other in custody. 

Deliberate, senseless, aimless violence serves no purpose to any cause and does not belong in my home city, or in the home cities of anyone else on this planet. Senseless violence has no home anywhere on this earth. Anything that can be done to prevent death and destruction of this type should be taken into consideration.

By Guest Contributor Damian Boyd

Posted: April 22, 2013

Dorchester Day Parade Committee Student Essay Contest

Dorchester InsigniaThe 2013 Dorchester Day Parade Committee Essay Contest is open to students grades 6-8 living in Dorchester or attending a Dorchester school.

Local judges will select the winners and award two prizes but all entrants will receive a certificate of participation. Thanks to the Dorchester Reporter for sponsoring the event.

The entry and essay must be postmarked by May 20, 2013 to be considered for a prize. Good Luck.

Posted: April 21, 2013

Fiddlehead Theatre Casting for "A Little Princess"
May 20-22

A Little PrincessFiddlehead Theatre Company Announces Casting for 'A Little Princess', taking place on May 20-22 in Boston MA.  The Boston Premier will run at the Strand Theatre Nov 21-Dec 8, 2013. 

"A Little Princess" is a story of heart and imagination in a multicultural world with book and lyrics by Brian Crawley and music by Andrew Lippa. 

The show rehearses in the fall.  Except for Aljana which is an African American role, the casting is considering all ethnicities.

Posted: April 20, 2013

Eyewitness to a Shooting in Uphams Corner April 18, 2013

Jerusalem FurnitureAround 10:45pm on Thursday, April 18, 2013, Nancy Conrad watched a shooting take place at 748 Dudley Street.  A male youth shot at a crowd of other youth and disappeared up Virginia Street. 

Police arrived within seconds and scoured the area.  No perpetrator, no victim, no gun, no ballistics found, only a bit of blood on the sidewalk.  Dudley Street was blocked off briefly but everything was back to normal by 11:30pm.

Posted: April 20, 2013

Current Event
Bird Street Community Center Celebrates 35 Years - May 7, 2013

Bird Street Youth Center Celebrating 35 Years
May 7, 2013 6 PM
Florian Hall, Dorchester
Tickets:  617-282-6110 x 21
Bird Street Community Center Logo
Hosted by Bill Forry, Managing Editor of the Dorchester Reporter, the event includes dinner, performances and testimonials from youth and alumni.

The two-hour event will also honor the Bird Street retiring Executive Director, Andrea Kaiser. For tickets, call Bird Street at 617-282-6110 ext. 21.

Posted: April 20, 2013


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