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
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
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
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
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
Jun. 6, 2011
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
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
May. 26, 2011
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 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.