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SPRING 2013

Union Park Neighborhood Association

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Dear Neighbor, 


We hope everyone is safe in the wake of the April 15 attack in Boston. As you would expect from our wonderful community, neighbors and friends came together to support those in need. 

 

Please stay connected with us via our Facebook page and Twitter for all the latest neighborhood news, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or information to share.

 

All the very best,

Your friends at UPNA

 

FOX NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

James Alan Fox, UPNA President 

 

Dear Neighbor:

 

Thank you for your patience awaiting this issue of the UPNA newsletter, while we reorganized the Board and our communications activities. I want to thank Nicole Barsalona who has agreed to manage our communications efforts as well as George Sky who has taken over as host and webmaster for our redesigned website www.upna.org.

 

The 2013 Board, whose member names are identified on our website and elsewhere in this newsletter, has an ambitious agenda for the year. I hope you will take advantage of the many social and cultural events that the Activities Committee co-chaired by Sue Ann Fox and Barry Rock has planned. These are identified elsewhere in the newsletter.

 

Under the watchful eye of Jerry Frank, we will continue to work hard at improving the quality of life in our neighborhood. As you know, we had the Ivanhoe and Newland, the alleys between Upton Street and Villa Victoria repaved last fall with funds entirely raised from private donations combined with cost-sharing by Villa Victoria.  Thank you once again to all those whose generosity enabled this project to move forward successfully.

 

We are also working with the city to make sure that the repaving of Upton Street goes smoothly in terms of both surface and scheduling. As for the Park, the UPNA Board has approved a generous budget of expenditures for the Friends of Union Park Committee, chaired by Vince Mayer, to maintain the ambiance of our neighborhood jewel. Finally, now that the snow has cleared the ground, we have enlisted a new crew from Jon Klein of Haley House to do semi-weekly clean-up of the neighborhood scheduled for the days following each trash collection. 

 

As you know, the activities and services provided by UPNA are supported by the generosity of your neighbors and local businesses. You will soon be receiving by mail or e-mail our annual solicitation for tax-deductible donations. I hope you will help us in our continuing efforts on the part of everyone who lives or works in this wonderful community.

 

Finally, we have altered the schedule of general meetings and board meeting, all of which are on the event calendar on our website. Our next general meeting will be held at the Community Center at 346 Shawmut Avenue at 7:00 pm. Included in the agenda will be:

  • A discussion of recent residential break-ins and the possibility of posting Neighborhood Watch signs
  • An update on the ongoing South End pilot trash collection program and possible roll-out to our neighborhood
  • Information on the Upton Street repaving project
  • A brief presentation by Michelle Wu, a South End resident who is an at-large candidate for the Boston City Council
  • Introduction to Boston Chops, a new restaurant on Washington Street

 I look forward to seeing you at the April 24th open meeting. In the meantime, feel free to contact us at info@upna.org if you have questions or concerns.

 

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PLEASE NOTE - PARKING ALERT!

 

BOSTON PUBLIC WORKS DEPT. WILL BE RESURFACING UPTON STREET 

OVER NEXT TWO WEEKS

 

The construction phases will be as follows:

 

PHASE 1.  A milling machine will grind 1 " of the pavement off the entire street.

 

DRIVE WITH CAUTION, AS THIS WILL EXPOSE ALL MANHOLES ABOVE THE EXIXTING GRADE.

 

PHASE 2.  Designated manholes will be reset or replaced.

 

PHASE 3.  The entire street will be resurfaced, curb to curb.

 

Each phase will be done separately, and "No Parking" signs will be posted before each phase, and taken down after each phase.  Parking will be allowed between  each phase.

 

CARS PARKED IN POSTED AREAS BETWEEN

7:00 A.M. & 3:30 P.M.

WILL BE TOWED

 

 

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http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs182/1102126239012/img/112.jpg2013 UPNA EVENTS

 

The Activities Committee is planning a fun-filled year with events that you, our neighbors, requested in last year's UPNA survey. 

 

We'd like to thank everyone who joined us for the Spring Social on April 9 where we celebrated the season at new neighborhood hot spot BoMA. What fun it was! Visit our Facebook page to view event photos and "like" our page to keep up with UPNA news and events. 

 

Our next event will be the Newcomers Event held on May 16 at the home of Jerry and Leslie Frank. It will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends and welcome new residents to the community.

 

See below for the full list of upcoming events, including popular summer Evenings In The Park and historical neighborhood Walking Tours. Additional details will be added soon, please check the UPNA website and our Facebook page for up-to-date event details.

 

Please email Sue Ann Fox at sueannfox@comcast.net with any additional ideas or if you would like to serve on the Activities Committee.

 

We hope to see you at the next event!

The Activities Committee

 

DATE

EVENT

TIME

LOCATION

May 16

Newcomers Event

TBD

Home of Jerry & Leslie Frank

June

Summer Social

TBD

TBD

July

Evening in the Park

TBD

Union Park

 

July

Walking Tour

TBD

South End

August

Evening in the Park

TBD

Union Park

August

Walking Tour

TBD

South End

September

Evening in the Park

TBD

Union Park

October

Crime Walk

TBD

Throughout Boston,
ending at the Liberty Hotel

November

Fall Social

TBD

TBD

December

Holiday Party

TBD

TBD

 

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UPNA is once again sponsoring the Mariners team that participates in the South End Baseball Program. 

 

Follow our squad on the field at Peters Park and online at www.SouthEndBaseball.com.

 

 

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http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs182/1102126239012/img/117.jpgWHO DO I DONATE TO...AND WHY?

Union Park Neighborhood Association (UPNA) & Friends of Union Park (FUP)

                                                              

Confused about the UPNA, FUP and what these groups do?

 

The Union Park Neighborhood Association (UPNA) is your neighborhood organization and donations to the UPNA are used to fund efforts that benefit the entire neighborhood.  Some of those services are the twice-weekly sweeping of the sidewalks and gutters on the days following trash pick-up, social events such as: the Concerts in the Park, the Newcomers and other UPNA get-togethers, the Holiday Party as well as sponsorship of a South End youth baseball team.

 

The UPNA spends about $15,000 every year to make this a better place in which to live, and donations from the residents are our primary source of revenue.

 

Everyone living within the boundaries of the UPNA and benefiting directly from its activities should seriously consider supporting the UPNA.  Please do what you can.

 

Friends of Union Park (FUP) is a committee within the UPNA. Donations to FUP are placed in a restricted account that is used exclusively to maintain, beautify and improve Union Park.

 

Donations to FUP are used for a variety of supplies and services, including cutting, seeding and fertilizing the lawn, buying flowers in the spring and decorations for the Holidays. To fund these services, FUP needs to collect over $10,000 every year.

 

Those of us who live on the park, and for whom Union Park is our "front yard," should have little difficulty appreciating the obvious benefit of an annual Friends of Union Park  (FUP) donation. We should feel a strong compulsion to "increase its loveliness."

 

Actually, all of us who live in the Union Park neighborhood should consider supporting FUP financially.  Union Park is one of the most important landmarks in the South End and undoubtedly contributes to the vitality of the entire neighborhood.  It deserves our continuing care and attention.

 

Donations to the UPNA and FUP, an IRC section 501(c) (3) organization, may be tax deductible.  As always, detailed reports on how these donations are spent are available to any interested neighbors.  Contact us at info@upna.org.

 

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http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs182/1102126239012/img/118.jpgSECURITY

UPNA Abandoned Project to Make Alley Secure

 

We are unhappy to report that the UPNA ceased its efforts to protect the walking alley (between Union Park and Waltham St.) from unwelcome intruders.

 

We were not successful in convincing those who claim ownership of the gates of the importance of this effort.  Currently, modifications of all three iron gates are needed to discourage unwanted and often ill-intentioned visitors from prowling the alley and backyards of residences on the odd side of Union Park and the even side of Waltham St.  This is certainly a major disappointment to the neighbors who contributed financially to this effort.  The UPNA returned all collected donations last year.

 

This issue can be reopened at a future date if a greater number of neighbors that abut the alley share the security objective, and agree to engage themselves.

 

In the interim, the Boston Police Department (BPD) has recommended that each building install motion activated lighting on the back of their building.  Locks on garden gates, and iron bars on windows and doors facing the alley are additional options.

 

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UPNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Meet the 2013 Board Members

 

Officers:

James Alan Fox, President

Jerry Frank, Vice President

John McLaren, Treasurer

Barry Rock, Secretary

 

Directors:

Nicole Barsalona

Nancy Blaisdell

Sue Ann Fox

Nick Loughlin

Vince Mayer

Bill McIntosh

Rachel McIntosh

Colin McKenna

Arlene McLaren

Mark Saadine

Beverly Sky

 

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Union Park Neighborhood Association 

info@upna.org | http://www.upna.org
P.O. Box 180750
Boston, MA 02118