Mattapan

Police: Mattapan man threatened to shoot up MBTA bus that wasn't moving

MBTA Transit Police report arresting a man they say threatened to shoot up a bus on Cummins Highway Tuesday morning because the bus wasn't moving.

Police say the driver opened the bus's doors to let panicked passengers out - and they began running toward Mattapan Square looking for cops to flag down as Jawan Bristow, 27, continued his threats.  Read more

Man shot at scene of 2010 Mattapan murder

The Boston Police Department reports a man was shot shortly after 9 a.m. today at 60 Goodale Rd. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, police say.

On Jan. 24, 2010, Courteney Thomas, 22, of Jamaica Plain, was found shot to death outside that address.

Roslindale teen arrested for murder of Mattapan man on bus last fall

Kim Gross, Jr., 18, was arrested today on charges he stabbed two men, one fatally, on a 44 bus on Nov. 2.  Read more

ST. ANGELA'S MATTAPAN PRAISES AND PRAYERS

In praise to God in Christ and in His and our Mother, Blessed Mary; St Angela Parish is hosting monthly ‘Marian Praises and Prayers’ (‘Les Louanges Mariales’) in French and Latin on the first Sunday of every month at 7 PM in the main church at 1548 Blue Hill Avenue (Route 28), Mattapan, MA 02126. St. Angela’s Music Director Jean-Louis Daniel and St. Angela’s Choir will perform. The Marian Praises and Prayers service includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration and Benediction.  Read more

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FaNtastic Kids

FaNtastic Kids is a fun,FREE 12-week after-school fitness and nutrition program for children between the ages of 8-12. FANtastic Kids is a fun, FREE 12-week after-school fitness and nutrition program for children between the ages of 8-12 who struggle with eating healthily and staying active . FANtastic Kids takes place at the following sites:
DotWell Program at Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
Mattapan Community Health Center
YMCA: Hyde Park, Huntington Ave., Oak Square, Dorchester, Roxbury

The next session begins February 7th and ends on May 11.
Don't miss it!!  Read more

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Snow emergency ends at 6 p.m. Monday

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 26, 2010

The city of Boston says that the snow emergency that went into effect yesterday will be lifted at 6 p.m. on Monday. The emergency order means that parking is prohibited on all major arteries in Boston.

In a noon hour press conference on Sunday, Gov. Deval Patrick said that service on the Mattapan high-speed trolley line would be suspended tonight and replaced with buses. All other public transportation is expected to follow a normal schedule.

"Residents are reminded to remain at home throughout the duration of this snow event and businesses tomorrow should consider asking employees to work from home," stated a press release issued by the city of Boston on Sunday morning. The city also is cautioning older residents or those with "health conditions" to "refrain from shoveling this heavy wet snow."  Read more

Census count confirms Mass. to lose House seat

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Dec. 21, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 21, 2010…. As widely predicted, Massachusetts will lose at least one of its 10 seats in Congress during the 2012 election cycle based on population counts collected during the 2010 Census, according to data released from the U.S. Census Bureau.

During a conference call with reporters, Census Bureau officials confirmed Tuesday morning that Massachusetts is among ten states to be losing at least one U.S. House seat.  Read more

RDM Transit Needs Study Kickoff Community Meeting

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Now- January 13, 2011

Massachusetts Department of Transportation Kicks Off
New Transit Study With a Series of Community Meetings

The public is invited to attend kick off meetings designed to develop strategies to improve the public transportation system in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. The community meetings launch a new 15 month transit study and will convene as follows:

-Wednesday, January 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Mattapan Branch Library
1350 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan  Read more

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Spike in shootings prompts renewed quest for solutions

By 
Stephen Kurkjian and Pat Tarantino, Special To The Reporter
Dec. 16, 2010

Tina Chery: A pioneer in citywide efforts to curb violence, Chery's son Louis was killed in a December 1993 shooting, not far from her current office in Fields Corner..Tina Chery: A pioneer in citywide efforts to curb violence, Chery's son Louis was killed in a December 1993 shooting, not far from her current office in Fields Corner..

The numbers are deeply disturbing: Nearly eighty percent of the shootings in Boston in 2010 have taken place in the three police districts that cover Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Last year, 223 people were killed or wounded by gunfire in Boston, and 174, or 78 percent, of the shootings took place in districts B-2, B-3 and C-11. This year, with several weeks to go, the number of shootings in the city has increased to 258, and, again, 78 percent of them were in these three districts.

The Search for Solutions

BPD Commissioner Ed Davis: Extra pressure on gang members

Rev. Eugene Rivers: Pastor convenes stakeholders, stresses "realism"

George Chip GreenidgeGeorge Chip GreenidgeGeorge "Chip" Greenidge: Violent year spurs new calls for answers

Celeste Allan: Murder victim's mom finds community's embrace

Marivelle Crespo and Gina Patterson: BPD team aids families, heads off trouble

Tina Chery: Peace Pioneer seeks to improve coordination of services

Emmet Folgert: On alert for alternativesEmmet Folgert: On alert for alternativesEmmett Folgert: Veteran youth worker connects teens with jobs

These stark numbers only convey part of the story. The real story, those on the front lines of the battle tell the Dorchester Reporter, is the impact this violence is having on those who live and work in these neighborhoods – and whether they will assert strongly to families, friends, and acquaintances that they will not tolerate the continued presence of guns or further criminal activity in the homes and on the streets of their neighborhoods. And, too, there is the overarching question of the role of the rest of Boston in this enterprise: Will they join Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan – or abandon them – in taking on the challenge of saving the streets.  Read more