04-30-13 News

The Upper Falls News is an email newsletter about what's going on in our village.  The Upper Falls News is brought to you by the Upper Falls Area Council but it's intended to cover any and all news in the village. 

Where am I? - Here's a photo of a spot in Upper Falls without its surrounding context.  The game is to look at the photo and identify where in Upper Falls you can find this rough hewn bench (answer below).

Night of Music at the Upper Falls Concert Hall - "What Upper Falls concert hall?" you ask.  Unbeknownst to most residents, there is a little gem of a 50 person recital hall in the beautiful Carriage House Violins facility in the mill complex at Chestnut and Elliott Streets.  This coming Saturday, May 4, at 7:30PM the Arneis Quartet will be performing there. A concert, a reception afterwards where you can meet the artists, and discover this hidden treasure in our neighborhood - all for $20.  The entire proceeds of the event goes to One Fund Boston to benefit the marathon bombing victims and their families.  Sounds like a great night.

Ssssh, It's a Secret - There are more plans ahead at the Carriage House Violin recital hall.  Don't tell anyone, but we've heard that there are plans afoot to launch an Upper Falls community theater production in that hall in September.  More details to follow, whenever we can squeeze them out of the producer. 

Triple Play Sunday on Saturday  - The second Sunday of May is Mother's Day, Buddha Day, and Global Tzu Chi Day. The Tzu Chi Foundation on Summer St will celebrate all three this Saturday, May 4th at 9:30 AM in the Hyde Center Park in Newton Highlands.  Mother’s Day reminds us to cultivate our gratitude, Buddha Day reminds us to cultivate our reverence, Tzu Chi Day reminds us to cultivate our compassion.  Join the Tzu Chi Foundation for this Buddhist ceremony as well as a photo exhibition of Tzu Chi-Hurricane Sandy disaster relief work.

After the ceremony, Tzu Chi will continue to participate in the Newton Taiwan Day that will be held by the Culture Center of TECO at noon.

Two Wheeled Lunches - Dunn Gaherin's restaurant will begin doing lunch deliveries this week on their new, way cool, custom designed, retro looking delivery bicycle.  Take a look at the bike and stop by Dunn Gaherin's and get a take-out menu.

Upper Falls Over Easy - On the hill to the right of the path down to the Echo Bridge echo platform, there is a little known stone fireplace.  This Sunday morning, May 4, at 10AM, our friends from Pedestrian Magic will be cooking Upper Falls eggs there while they last.  Dean Whitney and Julie Irish keep a flock of chickens on Columbia Rd in "Upper" Upper Falls.  They're donating the Upper Falls eggs, you can bring some other contribution to breakfast and everyone will have a fine start for their day.  For those of you who like a little more exotic breakfast, they'll also have Nonantum eggs on hand from Megara Bell and Brian Flaherty and their Nonantum chicken flock.

Happy Trails to Bruce Marcy - Bruce Marcy is the lifelong resident of #59 High St.  He created and tends the most interesting garden in all of Upper Falls.  He's heading off to North Carolina this coming month to join his son and family in Charlotte.  If you know Bruce, come to Jack & Judy Neville's house (68 High Street) this Friday at 6 PM to say goodbye and help send him on his way.  If you don't know Bruce, but you've always admired his quirky front garden, his Christmas decorations, his pond with the gold fish, or you cut through his yard to get to the Emerson playground ... then post him a comment here and wish him well on the next chapter of his life.

House of Cards - Here's a story of how one Upper Falls house has remained standing for the last 200 years.

He's the Man - Newton North knows what they've got.  Upper Falls' own Chris Murphy was just awarded the first annual Ned Rossiter Hero Award at Newton North.  The award goes to "a faculty member who creates a better community and goes beyond the call of his or her regular duties".  We can testify to that. In recent months, Chris and his students have been working on building the Upper Falls Live History Map for our neighborhood.  He's definitely a "beyond the call of duty" kind of guy.

Muzi's Mobil - The Muzi car dealership business has its roots at the corner of Winter and Chestnut streets here in Upper Falls.  In 1932 John Muzi built what is now the Mobil station on that corner.  If you go into the Mobil station's office today, you can see this photo of the original station.  Here's an article about the history of Muzi.  (Thanks to Larry Smith for this story)

Countryside Spring Fling - Countryside School's "Spring Fling" is the PTO's big event of the year, featuring good food, good music, and a live and silent auction.  It's Friday, May 10th, 7:00 - 10:30 PM at the Windsor Club in Waban.  Tickets are on sale now, so buy them here.

Spring Cleaning's All Done - This past weekend was a frenzy of spring cleaning in Upper Falls.  First up, Hemlock Gorge was tackled on Saturday.  A good size crew fanned out across the reservation hauling out bags of trash.  Meanwhile another crew worked on trimming dead branches and clearing trails blocked by fallen trees.

On Sunday, we had two neighborhood NewtonSERVES projects.  Nineteen people clearing out vegetation, trash, and a couch from the future Upper Falls Greenway one mile railroad track. With all of the vegetation trimmed back, the entire trail should now be usable through the summer while we wait for the tracks to be removed and the new park to be built in October.

Up the street, at Circuit Ave, Alderman Deb Crossley had several people sprucing up the Barney and Martin Conservation areas. In addition to garden variety trash, they hauled out all sorts of other interesting flotsam and jetsam – including a small engine, some 1950′s era electronics, a rug, and a working kid's scooter. They also did a bit of archaeology and uncovered a short stretch of sidewalk that no one knew was there.

Where's My T Shirt? - The city ran out of T shirts, so the participants in the two Upper Falls NewtonSERVES projects this weekend didn't get their promised NewtonSERVES shirts on the day.  Newton SERVES' Jeannie Smith rounded up a bag of unclaimed shirts after the event and we now have them for those who want them.  If you helped out this weekend and would like a T shirt, send us an email.

Did You Know ... you can't kill yourself by holding your breath. "Did you know ..." features an interesting and random fact every issue, collected by ten-year-old Upper Falls resident Jayla Reilly.

Send Us Your News - If you have any upcoming events, activities, news, trivia, stories, anecdotes or jokes related to Upper Falls just send them to news@UpperFallsNews.org and we'll include them in the next newsletter.  For those who prefer living in the past, back issues of the Upper Falls News are archived at UpperFallsNews.org.

'Where Am I" Answer - This was a trick question on two accounts.  First off, the bench is actually in Needham, since it's across the river in Hemlock Gorge.  No matter what the city map says, we consider the whole of Hemlock Gorge to be part of Upper Falls.  Secondly, the bench mysteriously appeared only in the last few days so you probably have not seen it yet.   This simple log bench is across the field at Hamilton Place.  It's at the base of the large tree on the right side of this photo.  It looks out over the river in a nice peaceful spot - so go have a sit and ponder your place in the universe.