A ‘topping-off’ event in Mattapan Square

Sharon T. Callender, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 11, 2011

According to data from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), health centers have been serving as health care homes for more than 40 years, providing continuous primary and preventive care that reduces the risk of new health care problems and lowers the overall potential cost of health care.  Read more

Good Food Market at Gallivan

Every Wednesday, 4pm to 6pm, from July 13 through October 26 on the outdoor basketball court located on Standard Avenue in the Gallivan Housing Community. For $5, fill up a grocery bag with all the vegetables and fruits you want. Fresh, local produce is provided by Brookwood Farms, located in Milton, MA, in partnership with the Gallivan Task Force and the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition. Produce bags are half off ($2.50) when you use your EBT/SNAP/ Food Stamp card. For questions or more information please contact the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition at 617-696-2900.

Mattapan Farmers Market

Every Saturday, 10am to 1pm, from July 9 through October 15 in the parking lot of The Church of the Holy Spirit, located at 525 River Street near Mattapan Station. Fresh, local produce is provided by City Natives in partnership with The Trustees of the Reservation in Canton, MA. We accept EBT/SNAP/Food Stamps cards, WIC Coupons and Senior Vouchers. For questions or more information please contact the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition at 617-696-2900.

Walkers explore trail-in-waiting

Pat Tarantino, Reporter Staff
Jul. 28, 2011

Above, a report on the Neponset Greenway from the non-profit Press Pass TV, which works with Boston-area students to produce video reports. This one was produced in collaboration with the Dorchester Reporter.

Braving one of the worst heat waves of the season, a small group of residents, conservationists, and health advocates explored a much-contested “missing link” on the Neponset Greenway last Thursday.

The tour, organized by the Boston Natural Areas Network and sponsored by the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, gave about a dozen residents a chance to see firsthand where and how the one-mile trail extension, running from Mattapan MBTA Station to the existing trail along the Neponset, could be implemented.  Read more

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