Mattapan

Early morning fire rips through Mattapan three-deckers, displaces 25

Photo by Boston Fire Department.Photo by Boston Fire Department. A fire that began at 15 Woolson St. sometime before 6 a.m. Friday jumped to the neighboring 19 Woolson St.

Fires in Mattapan, Dorchester Friday morning

A fire sparked by a second-floor short circuit displaced eight people at 83 W. Selden St. Friday morning. None were injured, but one firefighter suffered a cut hand while helping put out the fire.

A basement fire at 3 Mill St., meanwhile, broke out about an hour later. Again, no residents were injured, but one firefighter experienced shortness of breath.

A push for more sports at Mattahunt

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 21, 2011

The Mattahunt-Wheelock Partnership held a community-wide planning session last Thursday at the Mattahunt Community Center in Mattapan, the final piece of a community outreach strategy meant to determine new kinds of programming to be offered at the center.

The meeting was also the second brainstorming session of the partnership’s Community Engagement Process, capping off a series of events that began last year. “I feel like we are fulfilling a wish list for the community,” said Gareth Kinkead, president of the Colorado Street Citizens Group and co-chair of the Mattahunt Community Planning Committee. “If the city wants to provide for the future, they should keep at the children.”  Read more

City sets $76.6m in capital funds for Mattapan and Dorchester

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 21, 2011

Playgrounds in Dorchester and Mattapan will be refurbished, a Mattapan community center will be renovated, and an Uphams Corner municipal building will see its roof and gutters replaced under a City Hall five-year capital spending plan released last week.

In total, Mayor Thomas Menino’s capital budget for fiscal years 2012 through 2016 funnels $57.4 million to Dorchester and $19.2 million to Mattapan. The $1.7 billion capital budget, which has $169 million in new project authorizations in fiscal year 2012, is funded through a mix of city bonds, state and federal grants, and some trust funds.

Out of the 17 neighborhoods that the city’s capital plan funding takes into account, Dorchester placed fourth in total spending, while Mattapan came in ninth. Roxbury is first, with $172 million, much of that due to the $115 million effort to move the Boston Public Schools offices into Dudley Square’s Ferdinand Building.  Read more

Food and Fitness Coalition plans events in Mattapan

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 21, 2011

The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition (MFFC) will be holding two events at the Mattapan Library in upcoming weeks. On Saturday, April 23, the group will unveil a project titled “Healthy on the Block,” a partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission. The project aims to increase access and visibility to healthy food options in Mattapan’s corner stores. Two stores, Mama’s Market and Lily’s Market, both located on Blue Hill Ave, have already started working with consultants from the BPHC under this program. MFFC hopes to expand the project into two more stores in the near future.  Read more

Police say serial armed robber nabbed in Mattapan

Click for larger.Click for larger.The Boston Police Department says a man arrested Friday is responsible for a series of armed holdups of gas stations and convenience stores in Dorchester, Mattapan and Medford - with a replica firearm.

Michael Gomes, 35, was arrested around 2:30 p.m. on Friday at a home on Woodgate Road in Mattapan. Police say they seized a replica black firearm used in several robberies in recent weeks.

Police say Gomes was already wanted on an outstanding warrant for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Man gets life for role in death of innocent Mattapan man in gang feud

A Revere man admitted yesterday he helped kill a man who was outside talking with some friends one May night two years ago, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

BOSTON FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Boston Centers for Youth & Families Recreation, Sports, & Fitness Division, in partnership with BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center and the Mattapan Patriots Pop Warner organization, are hosting the Boston Flag Football League at Almont Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Tuesday, April 19th. This league is open to boys and girls ages 10-15. This is a FREE program. To register, please contact Donald Caisey at (617) 756-1319 or Hajji Glover @ BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center at (617) 635-1328.

617-756-1319
Donald Caisey

T officials defend new station siting; abutters unmoved

Despite opposition from the area’s abutters, top transportation officials are sticking with their choice to construct a commuter-rail station between the Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway overpasses. A key state senator has also weighed in, saying he remains unconvinced about the location.

Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan and MBTA General Manager Rich Davey met with local lawmakers and some neighborhood residents last week in Sen. Jack Hart’s State House office to discuss the siting of the station.

Some Mattapan residents have pushed for re-locating the proposed Woodhaven Street stop on the Fairmount Line, saying its presence there will hurt property values. But studies commissioned by the MBTA say it’s the most feasible site with the least impact to local residents, as well as the cheapest, costing $11 million. The other alternatives ranged from $13.5 million to $14.7 million.  Read more

Lawmakers split after transportation officials stick with Blue Hill commuter rail stop

Top transportation officials are sticking with their choice to construct a commuter rail station between the Blue Hill Ave. and Cummins Highway overpasses, despite opposition from the area’s abutters. A top senator has also weighed in, saying he remains unconvinced about the location.

Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan and MBTA General Manager Rich Davey met with local lawmakers and some neighborhood residents on Tuesday in state Sen. Jack Hart’s State House office to discuss the siting of the station.  Read more