Mattapan

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

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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

By 
Staff
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

Brown gets pole position in Dot Day’s parade of pols

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 6, 2011

Dot Day 2011: (l-r) Council president Steve Murphy, Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (with daughter Madeline), US Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jack Hart, Chief Marshal John Connor, Patrick Kulakowski, Commanding Officer of the USS Carr, Mayor Tom Menino, City Councillor Felix ArroyoDot Day 2011: (l-r) Council president Steve Murphy, Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (with daughter Madeline), US Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jack Hart, Chief Marshal John Connor, Patrick Kulakowski, Commanding Officer of the USS Carr, Mayor Tom Menino, City Councillor Felix Arroyo

Among the dancers, marching bands and other lively participants from Sunday’s Dorchester Day parade, some of the most energetic marchers along the route were the candidates for public office. Incumbents and would-be office holders were eager to shake hands, ask for support and match a smiling face to the campaign signs that are an ever-increasing presence along Dorchester Ave.  Read more

Police arrest convicted crack dealer on variety of charges, including possession of loaded weapons, crack

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a 22-year-old Mattapan man on a variety of gun and drug charges yesterday, only a few months after he got out of a federal prison on a crack-trafficking conviction.  Read more

Man shot to death in Mattapan

The Boston Police Department reports a man, 22, was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 10:15 p.m. Sunday at Itasca and Messinger streets.  Read more

Apperwhite takes job as mayor’s liaison in District 4

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
May. 26, 2011

Walter Apperwhite: Activist and coach, has been named the new coordinator for Dorchester and Mattapan (District 4) by the Mayor’s Office. Walter Apperwhite: Activist and coach, has been named the new coordinator for Dorchester and Mattapan (District 4) by the Mayor’s Office. The Mayor’s office has appointed a new coordinator for Mattapan and parts of Dorchester: Walter Apperwhite, 41, is a familiar face around Mattapan, best known as the Vice President of the Mattapan Patriots Pop Warner football team.

Apperwhite replaces the longtime coordinator, Freda Brassfield, who has been promoted to the department of Finance and Administration department in the Mayor’s office. The two announced Apperwhite’s new position at the monthly R.O.C. (Redefining our Community) Neighborhood Watch meeting in Codman Square on Thursday, May 20.  Read more

Four shot in Mattapan Square

Four men were shot around 7 p.m. on Thursday outside Camilo Liquors III, 522 River St.

Police had to call for reinforcements for crowd control as officers investigated the shooting.