Civics

T records show 3 accidents – all vehicular – on Mattapan line

Neponset Greenway: The Mattapan trolley stop at Central Ave, left. A proposed Greenway path would follow a route closer to the river, at right.  Photo by Ed ForryNeponset Greenway: The Mattapan trolley stop at Central Ave, left. A proposed Greenway path would follow a route closer to the river, at right. Photo by Ed Forry

As officials with the MBTA and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) seek a safe design for a new mile-and-a-half extension of the Neponset Greenway through Mattapan and Milton, records show that few accidents have occurred in the area about which they have expressed concerns.

The DCR has overseen a lengthy community process for a long-awaited extension of the rivserside trail, which would connect an existing path from Pope John Paul II Park to a separate trail in Hyde Park. A gap currently exists, and the trail now stops at Central Ave. in Milton.  Read more

Dueling redistricting maps, pressers set for Monday

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano’s Congressional district would be eliminated and the lines of State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s district would be moved out of Dorchester and Roxbury and into Brookline, under redistricting maps a group of minority activists will push on Monday.

The group, the Mass Black Empowerment Coalition, is holding an 11:30 a.m. presser in Room 167 at the State House on Monday.  Read more

Mattapan ABCD offers assistance for HUD foreclosure loans

By 
Michael Caprio, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 8, 2011

The Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. center in Mattapan will be providing pre-application assistance for distressed homeowners interested in $50,000 foreclosure prevention loans offered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Read more

Urban hike will explore Dorchester’s walking environment

By 
Michael Caprio, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 8, 2011

On July 19, a group led by city officials will walk along Dorchester Avenue from Fields Corner to Peabody Square to explore the walking environment of the busy Dorchester thruway.  Read more

Hearing examines proposed crackdown on problem properties

By 
Callum Borchers, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 7, 2011

Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey: Testified during Wednesday's City Council hearing. Photo by Callum BorchersBoston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey: Testified during Wednesday's City Council hearing. Photo by Callum BorchersThe Menino Administration explained Wednesday the discretion implied in a proposed city ordinance that would bill negligent landlords for police details at properties that generate frequent service calls. A city task force organized by the Mayor's office unveiled its first likely target on Tuesday: A Roxbury three-decker that has been a chronic source of 911 emergency calls in recent months.

Addressing the City Council’s Committee on Government Operations, Corporation Counsel Bill Sinnott stressed the legislation’s benchmarks—referral to the newly formed Problem Properties Task Force after four serious crime calls in a year’s time, monetary charges after eight—are simply guidelines.

“What the city wants to emphasize,” Sinnott said, “is this is not a numerical exercise. The numbers are there as a trigger, as a prompt for the city to take action to address the problems and to look for solutions.”  Read more

In this week's Reporter: Yancey as loyal opposition

City Councillor Charles Yancey is nothing if not relentlessly on message. Less than 15 minutes into a 40-minute interview he mentions one of his pet issues: a new high school for Mattapan. “I do have a lot of legislation that’s pending, and with regards to the high school, we haven’t had a hearing on it,” Yancey told the Reporter this week.  Read more

Guardsman Lunnin: ‘110 percent’ effort expected

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 23, 2011

Spc. James LunninSpc. James LunninEditor’s Note: Dorchester is home to scores of young men and women who have left behind friends and family members to serve the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan. To highlight their stories, the Reporter’s new column, “Over There,” will feature a new Dorchester service member ever week. Readers are invited to send in suggestions for men and women to profile by sending an email to Corey Burns at coburns@rivier.edu.

As a member of the Army National Guard, James Lunnin, 21, of Adams Village is currently serving overseas in Gardez, Afghanistan.

Lunnin works as a member of a security force for a provincial reconstruction team (PRT) in the Paktiya Province, providing personal security for engineers, mechanics, medics, and administrative personnel who work to boost Afghanistan’s infrastructure. Much of the PRT’s responsibilities include engaging locals and assessing transportation, health care, security, and education in their respective provinces.  Read more

City plans crackdown on ‘problem properties’; owners facing fines

By 
Stephen Kurkjian and Rachel Zarrell, Special to The Reporter
Jun. 23, 2011

47-49 Savin Hill Ave: Six-family house has been source of concern in Savin Hill.47-49 Savin Hill Ave: Six-family house has been source of concern in Savin Hill.First in a two-part series.

When 19-year-old Derek Matulina was shot to death at the Savin Hill MBTA station on May 7, his father instinctively knew the house where the alleged killer, Nhu Ahn Nguyen, was initially reported to have fled after the shooting.

Having lived in Savin Hill for over a decade, Robert Matulina, now 61, remembered the house as an eyesore even before he left the neighborhood 10 years ago. While police now doubt the initial media accounts that the house had been a hiding place for the alleged killer and, possibly, witnesses to the crime, it was not surprising that those familiar with the neighborhood would find such reports credible.  Read more

(UPDATED) MBTA GM: Greenway trail will include Mattapan

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 17, 2011

Officials from the MBTA, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the State House met yesterday in an attempt to move forward with a planned expansion of the Neponset Greenway.

The project, which has been vetted over the last two years, appeared to hit an impasse earlier this month, when Greenway supporters learned that the MBTA had safety concerns about having an at-grade crossing at the Mattapan Square MBTA station as part of the planned trail extension. DCR is working to extend the Greenway by one mile, connecting the riverside path from Pope John Paul II Park to a separate state trail in Hyde Park. The trail current stops short at Central Ave. in Milton.  Read more

Mattahunt task force gets job done

Mattahunt School and Community CenterMattahunt School and Community Center

The Mattahunt Community Center is hard to find if you’ve never been there. It’s tucked away in a heavily residential section of Mattapan and shares a leafy campus with the middle school of the same name.

Chances are, most people — even those who live in Mattapan— have never been there unless they have kids who go to school at the Mattahunt or they vote in one of the two precincts that use the school as a polling place.

That’s all about to change.  Read more