Boys and Girls Clubs expand programming for young children

Michael Caprio, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 18, 2011

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester has expanded its youth programs to include more activities for children between the ages of three and five. This move comes as a response to local concern about the lack of local, affordable programming for pre-k and kindergarten-age children in the neighborhood.

The programs will include swim lessons, arts and crafts, and athletics for young children. The Club has also lowered its minimum age for membership from 6 to 5 in order to cater to the needs of children just entering kindergarten, giving them a chance to interact with their peers and their community outside of the classroom.  Read more

Milestone for new health center in Mattapan Square

Aug. 17, 2011

New Mattapan Health Center Topping-OffNew Mattapan Health Center Topping-OffMattapan Community Health Center celebrated a milestone in the construction of its new facility with a topping-off ceremony this afternoon. Patients, staff, neighbors and supporters signed a steel beam that was placed on the top of the new four-story building that is rising at 1575 Blue Hill Ave. The $34 million building - due to be complete next summer— will also house a pharmacy and bank branch.  Read more

Redistricting chair: Dot House seats need to expand borders

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Aug. 15, 2011

Four Boston-based House districts with predominant minority populations will need their boundaries redrawn to capture additional residents and meet new population requirements, the House’s redistricting chief said on Monday.  Read more

Warren reaches out to Dem activists, including Dorchester’s Joyce Linehan

Elizabeth Warren, mulling a run against U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham), is touching base with Democratic activists, including Dorchester’s Joyce Linehan, a key player in local politics.

Linehan said Warren, returning to Massachusetts after a stint setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in D.C., gave her a call earlier today to reach out and talk about the potential candidate’s listening tour. Warren is expected to make a decision whether to jump into the race, which has already drawn a handful of Democratic candidates, after Labor Day.  Read more

Swimming pool re-opens to public at Mattahunt Center

Michael Caprio, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 11, 2011

After being closed for more than one year, the Mattahunt Community Center pool is now open to the public again. The re-opening follows an effort by Wheelock College to help kickstart the center’s programming back into gear as the school year approaches.  Read more

(UPDATED) DCR to announce Neponset trail plan, chase federal funding

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 4, 2011

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation plans to chase federal stimulus dollars to finish off the Neponset Greenway trail as the agency appears to have finalized a proposal extending the riverside path by one mile.

Department officials plan to unveil the proposed alignment of the extension at a public meeting at the Foley Senior Residences in Mattapan on Aug. 30. MBTA officials, who had raised safety concerns about the possibility of an at-grade crossing as part of the trail that could run through the Mattapan Square MBTA station, are also expected to attend.  Read more

Walkers explore trail-in-waiting

Pat Tarantino, Reporter Staff
Jul. 28, 2011

Above, a report on the Neponset Greenway from the non-profit Press Pass TV, which works with Boston-area students to produce video reports. This one was produced in collaboration with the Dorchester Reporter.

Braving one of the worst heat waves of the season, a small group of residents, conservationists, and health advocates explored a much-contested “missing link” on the Neponset Greenway last Thursday.

The tour, organized by the Boston Natural Areas Network and sponsored by the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, gave about a dozen residents a chance to see firsthand where and how the one-mile trail extension, running from Mattapan MBTA Station to the existing trail along the Neponset, could be implemented.  Read more

Residents can eye plans for Almont Park changes

Corey Allen, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 22, 2011

Almont Park re-design plan: Click on image to download larger PDF.Almont Park re-design plan: Click on image to download larger PDF.On Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m., the city’s Parks Department will host an outdoor public meeting at Mattapan’s Almont Park to unveil the first phase of a planned renovation the park. (Rain date July 29th).

“We’re looking forward to phase one construction beginning in the spring, and next week’s meeting is designed to review the master renovation plan and this first phase,” said Sherri Geldersma, Design and Construction Project Manager at Boston Parks and Recreation. Last week, Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak joined City Councillor Rob Consalvo, Walter Apperwhite from Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s office, Geldersma and residents to look at the plan in lieu of this upcoming meeting.

Earl Faulk, a member of the Colorado St. Citizens Group and a grandfather of a Malik Sanon, who has played for the Mattapan Patriots since he was seven and will age out of the program after this year, has been involved in this process since its inception. Faulk wishes that his grandson could have seen the fruits of his grandfather’s labor as a player, but he is keeping the faith for the next generation.    Read more

(UPDATED) Former state Rep. Wallace charged with campaign finance violations

Former state Rep. Brian Wallace, a South Boston Democrat, was indicted Thursday of campaign finance violations, the state attorney general said. His campaign treasurer, Timothy Duross, was also indicted.

They were charged by a Suffolk County grand jury for failing to report $6,345 in campaign contributions in 2008, or 17 percent of the former state representative’s haul. In 2009, the Office of Campaign and Political Finance opened an investigation that was eventually referred to Attorney General Martha Coakley.  Read more

Big turnout for Mattapan United launch

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 21, 2011

In defiance of the sweltering summer heat, an eager crowd of more than 100 people packed themselves into the parish hall at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan Square on Monday evening. The multitude was gathered for the inaugural public meeting of the community network known as Mattapan United, and featured scores of Mattapan's best and brightest, including residents, community activists, business owners, elected officials and other stakeholders.  Read more