A two-alarm fire on Deering Road in Mattapan and a smaller fire on Talbot Avenue in Dorchester Tuesday night and early Wednesday displaced 14 people, according to the Boston Fire Department.
Firefighters responded around 9:10 p.m. to 44 Deering Rd., where a fire that started on the second floor spread to the walls and ceiling on the third floor.
The department says there were no injuries from what turned into a two-alarm fire. Damage was estimated at $300,000. The cause remains under investigation. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man, apparently in his 20s, was found shot to death around 11:40 p.m. on Thursday at 196 Itasca St. in Mattapan.
Mattahunt Community Center (MCC) Family Fun Nights
Upcoming Family Fun Nights:
• February 26: Celebrate Black History Month
• March 26: Honor Women in History
• April 30: Boost Financial Literacy
• May 28: Participate in Mental Health Awareness
• June 25: Kick-off to Summer
For more information on the Holiday Family Fun Night and on the Mattahunt Community Center, please visit: Wheelock.edu/Mattahunt
Middle school students from the Mattapan campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy will attend classes at the Lower Mills campus next fall as the school system seeks to open up more space for pre-kindergarten seats in Mattapan. The move comes as long-awaited renovations to the former St. Gregory’s campus are set to begin this year— adding new amenities to the Dorchester Ave. campus that will be geared towards middle schoolers.
“In order to provide the best education for all students there are several changes we need to make for the 7th and 8th graders. Starting in September, our 7th and 8th graders at the Mattapan campus will attend classes at the Lower Mills campus,” said Sister Ellen Powers, CSJ, Regional Director of the academy, in a letter to parents issued this week. Read more
A man, believed to be in his 20s, was shot repeatedly around 9:50 p.m. on Sunday outside the Tedeschi store, 1886 Dorchester Avenue.
The Boston Police Department reports he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Around 2:45 a.m., Monday, a man and a woman, both in their 20s, were shot outside 92 Rosewood St. in Mattapan. both were taken to local hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.
Milly Arbaje-Thomas has stepped down from her role as director of ABCD’s Mattapan Family Service Center effective Jan. 1. She will be replaced in the position by Karleen Porcena, who has previously worked as the lead organizer of the Mattapan United organization, which is affiliated with ABCD. Porcena has also worked as operations manager for the Family Service Center, located on River Street in Mattapan Square.
Arbaje-Thomas has worked as ABCD’s director since May 2011. She says she will be taking time off to spend with her family and continue consulting with ABCD in the new year. Porcena’s position as lead organizer for Mattapan United will be open and advertised to new candidates beginning next week, according to Michael Vance, ABCD’s vice president for field operations. Read more
Two men were ordered held without bail Monday on charges they gunned down Romeo McCubbin, 25, early Saturday on Havelock Street.
At their arraignment today, Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum accused Omar Denton, 29, and Omar Bonner, 26, of forcing McCubbin out of his car around 1:45 a.m. and ordered him to lie on the ground. Read more
Live, work or play in Dorchester? Consider volunteering there, too. Boston Partners in Education is looking for mentors and tutors for students in Boston Public Schools, specifically in Dorchester neighborhoods.
Volunteers work one-on-one or with a small group of students for an hour a week during the school day. Opportunities are available in all grades (K-12) in either English Language Arts or math. Read more
Gareth P. Kinkead, Jr. passed away on Tuesday after an illness that had slowed him down considerably in recent months. Mr. Kinkead and his devoted wife Annie were at the center of civic life in Mattapan for decades. His death at age 87 leaves a giant hole in the neighborhood that he lovingly called “Shangri-la.”
If this section of the city comes even remotely close to the idealized vision of that term, it has everything to do with the involvement of the Kinkeads, who have served their community with distinction and without fanfare since the 1970s. Read more
Oct. 15, 2013
The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), in partnership with the Mattapan Community Health Center, the Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition, and Mattapan United, will host a community meeting on the health of Mattapan on Thurs., Oct. 24. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 1350 Blue Hill Ave. Read more