Career criminal charged with key role in quadruple murders

Edward "Eddie" Washington supplied the guns and the getaway car, then helped corral the four people who would wind up dead on Woolson Street, a prosecutor charged at his arraignment this morning.

Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin did not say whether Washington actually joined Dwayne Moore in spraying five victims - four of whom died - with gunfire. However, it may not matter, because Zabin laid out a case in which Washington could be charged with first-degree murder under the "joint venture" doctrine, which could hold him as guilty as if he had pulled the trigger.  Read more

New initiative brings farm-fresh foods to city’s seniors

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 9, 2010

City nutrition experts unveiled a new program at Mattapan’s Hassan Apartment building on Dec. 7 aimed at bringing fresh produce to local seniors. Funded by Senior Whole Health, the program will provide farm shares to residents public senior housing developments. Dorchester’s Lower Mills and Peabody-Englewood Apartments will also be included in the new program.  Read more

Mattahunt Task Force begins outreach work

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 8, 2010

Wheelock College has taken its first steps in a community process that residents hope will bring extensive programming options to Mattapan’s Mattahunt Community Center, one of eight city-owned facilities targeted by city officials — who pulled their staff from the Mattahunt last spring. A new task force headed by Colorado Street civic leader Gareth Kinkead and a Wheelock College official held a brainstorming session with members of the community on Dec. 7 at the community center. A larger public meeting is set for tonight, Dec. 9.  Read more

Man acquitted of racketeering charges now accused of Mattapan quadruple murders

Authorities today announced the arrest of a second man on murder charges for the deaths of three adults and a child on Woolson Street in Mattapan on Sept. 28.  Read more

Charter school proponents look to expand in Dorchester, Mattapan

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 8, 2010

Fourteen would-be charter schools have applied to the State Department of Education to be granted charters to start up new schools in Boston out of 23 across the state. Representatives from several of the applicant schools appeared before a panel of state education officials in Boston City Hall on Tuesday to press their case.

Though plans for the schools are still in the preliminary stages and locations for school facilities are not definite, some of the proponents for the proposals heard Tuesday vowed to serve underprivileged students from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.  Read more

Mattahunt partnership kicks off with United Way donation

Reporter Staff
Dec. 3, 2010

United Way supports Mattahunt CenterUnited Way supports Mattahunt CenterWheelock College officially launched the Community Engagement Process at Mattahunt Community Center in Mattapan on December 2 with a reception at the center. The partnership for the Mattapan neighborhood between the City of Boston and Wheelock College will support academic achievement in young people, youth leadership and development, and offer adult and family programs for people supporting children and youth.

At yesterday's event, United Way CEO Mike Durkin presented a $30,000 donation to help subsidize the programming at the center. A public meeting to discuss the partnership will be held next Thursday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the center on Hebron Street. Pictured above, left to right, are Wheelock College president Jackie Jenkins-Scott, United Way CEO Mike Durkin, State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry and her daughter, Madeline.  Read more

Two charged with gunpoint robbery of livery driver in Mattapan

The Boston Police Department reports a livery driver who picked up two guys at 113 Greenbrier St. yesterday afternoon for a trip to Mattapan had just turned onto Hazleton Street when "one of the suspects put what he thought was a gun to the back of his head and robbed of $400 in cash, his wedding band, his cell phone, Motorola walkie talkie, his earrings and a car radio faceplate."  Read more

Pop Warner Cheerleaders seek funds to compete for national title

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 24, 2010

Mattapan Patriots Cheerleaders: Bound for national competition— hopefully.Mattapan Patriots Cheerleaders: Bound for national competition— hopefully.

Pop Warner's Mattapan Patriots Cheerleading team has qualified for the Pop Warner National Cheer & Dance Championships held at the Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. The squad must now raise funds they need to pay for the trip.

The D-Squad cheerleaders placed second in the New England Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 20, which consisted of a two-and-a-half minute routine. The placement earned them a spot in the national championship games amidst 500 other cheerleader squads from across the nation. The contest will be will be held from Dec. 6 to Dec. 10 alongside the Pop Warner Super Bowl.  Read more

Man ordered held without bail for quadruple murders

What began as a simple robbery of a drug-dealing ex-roommate ended with three adults and one child dead on a Mattapan street and a fifth person clinging to live in the hospital, a Suffolk County prosecutor said today.  Read more