Yancey: School Department gets plush new offices, while high-school students get 'substandard' buildings
City Councilor Charles Yancey has a new tactic in his long-running battle to get a high school built in Mattapan: Blasting the city's plan - which he voted for - to spend $115 million moving BPS headquarters from Court Street downtown to the old Ferdinand building in Dudley Square, when nearly 4,000 high-school students attend classes in "substandard" buildings originally built for elementary students or as warehouses. Read more
Sep. 15, 2011
The Mattapan Square Main Streets board of directors held a public “visioning” meeting at the Mattapan Branch Library on Tuesday night, the first such event held by the organization since it was officially designated by City Hall last fall. Tuesday’s event was intended to gauge public opinion and serve as a brainstorming session for specific improvements that could be introduced to Mattapan Square through the program. Nearly 60 community members attended and gathered into several discussion groups to outline long and short term goals, and to discuss the current state of Mattapan Square. Read more
Two sitting Boston city councillors may be forced to move from their current homes or give up their seats due to Boston population shifts that could transform the boundaries of their current districts. That's one possibility that was raised at a redistricting hearing held Thursday in downtown Boston.
While the city gained residents overall, rising by five percent to 617,594 residents, some parts of the city lost population by official counts, including parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Roslindale, and West Roxbury. Read more
Sep. 1, 2011
Last May’s departure of longtime Mattapan ABCD Family Service Center director Lillie Searcy came amid an electric streak of civic engagement running through the community. Fortunately for the neighborhood, Searcy’s successor is Milagros “Milly” Arbaje-Thomas, who is at once a seasoned veteran of anti-poverty work, but also a young, dynamic leader who has hit the ground running at the center’s Mattapan Square headquarters.
“I was a bit worried that the transition would be difficult, but it wasn’t. So many people care in Mattapan,” said Arbaje-Thomas, who served previously as the director of the Parker Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Service center for 11 years. Read more
Boston Neighborhood Network Open House, first and third Thursday of every month. Come and learn: Boston Neighborhood Network has provided professional training and services to cablecast a variety of relevant information, increase access to city services, offer a valuable medium to share local resources and give a direct voice to the community to promote unique opportunities for advancement.
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Aug. 25, 2011
John O’Toole, a local realtor and a top candidate in the District 3 City Council race, is enmeshed in a civil lawsuit with a former partner of his, according to court records. But he isn’t the only candidate who has been involved in legal actions in recent months and years: Two other top contenders, fellow realtor Craig Galvin and former city employee Frank Baker, have had a suit and an injunction, respectively, filed against them, according to a Reporter review of court records available to the public at Suffolk Superior Court. Read more
Aug. 17, 2011
Mattapan 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
State transportation officials are expected to pour an additional $500,000 into the Mattapan Square MBTA station, which opened in 2009 after $11 million in renovations.The additional renovations were expected to start this fall, but will likely be pushed back until next spring because community members have demanded more time to review the T’s latest restoration plans. Read more
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