Almont Park re-design plan

Almont Park re-design plan

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

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

Mattapan ABCD offers assistance for HUD foreclosure loans

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

Bloody holiday weekend: Twelve shot, three dead

Deadly shooting on Columbia Road: Two people were shot to death in the car shown at left. Photo by Marcus DiPaola Deadly shooting on Columbia Road: Two people were shot to death in the car shown at left. Photo by Marcus DiPaola

The Boston Police Department is investigating at least twelve shootings over the holiday weekend in Dorchester and Mattapan, including a fatal double shooting on Columbia Road early Monday and a triple shooting Sunday night on Norton Street near Bowdoin Street that left one man dead.

Police report two people found in a car at Columbia Road and Wyola Place shortly after midnight, Monday, were pronounced dead.  Read more

Residents at odds over Blue Hill Ave. station site

Mattapan residents clashed last week over the siting of a commuter rail station between Blue Hill Ave. and Cummins Highway. The MBTA is building the train station on the Fairmount Line as part of a court mandate that came out of an environmental lawsuit over the Big Dig.

T officials say the site is the best location for the T station, citing lower construction costs, no permanent land takings needed, and the only area in which a center island platform will fit.  Read more

Elma Lewis in the Park

Join Franklin Park Coalition along with youngsters and people of all ages to our annual Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park: Free Concert & Film series. Each Tuesday from July to August, Franklin Park will be bursting with the sounds of Jazz and Top 40, provided by the best local talent.
Morning concerts are geared towards kids and families and will feature dancing, drumming and interactive play. While the evening concerts will feature various genres of music and is open to the public. It is sure to be a great summer while enjoying great music and talent acts!  Read more

Lanae Handy

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

Thursday meeting to detail Ryan Playground fixes

Jun. 15, 2011

The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will host a public meeting at the Foley Senior Residences on Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. to present plans for a new water feature, as well as spray elements and site improvements, at the Ryan Playground on River Street in Mattapan.  Read more

Greenway plan needs more focus from state leaders

The news this week that the MBTA has come out against a plan to route the next phase of the Neponset Greenway though its property in Mattapan Square is a deep disappointment for proponents of the Greenway and a potentially huge setback in the decades-long fight to restore the Neponset River to public access. If allowed to stand, the T’s unwillingness to allow a grade crossing to route the trail through its property could derail this project, an outcome with long-term negative implications on both sides of the river.  Read more