May. 8, 2014
Right now 44 Woolson St. is a vacant lot – but not for long. Come by in eight weeks and you will see a community garden, complete with new fencing, planting beds filled with seedlings, and two young pear trees flanking the entrance.
The project is the work of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Boston Natural Areas Network, and many neighborhood residents, including Mirlande Joseph and Reann Gibson.
After an incident in 2010 in which four people including a toddler were dragged outside and shot, Woolson Street has come to symbolize urban violence. A dozen other shootings have occurred there over the past 20 years. But according to Joseph, who is resident coordinator for the new garden, the five-block street has many long-time residents with a sense of community. Those residents believe a garden is the natural way to strengthen that bond. Read more
May. 7, 2014
Looking to provide educational opportunities to the Mattapan community, the Mattahunt Community Center on 100 Hebron Street will partner with College Bound Dorchester to provide career and college readiness programming to its visitors. Read more
Applications for the 2014 season of the Mattapan Patriots are available at the Mattahunt Community Center.
Registration dates are below:
Friday, May 23
Friday, May 30
Friday, June 6
Friday, June 13
Registration fee is $175 for both football and cheer, with the exception of
F-Squad applications, which are $125.
F-Squad comprises boys and girls ages 5, 6 and 7, and football players are to be between 35 and 75 pounds.
In addition to the registration fee and the application, we also require the following:
1. your child's **original** birth certificate Read more
A man was fatally shot around 3:15 p.m. on Friday at 9 Gladeside Ave., the Boston Police Department reports.
The victim, in his 30s, was shot several times.
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