Nov. 18, 2010
Mattapan Square has finally been designated for a branch of Boston’s Main Streets program, which has helped revitalize several other neighborhood business districts over the last 15 years. As the twentieth Main Streets district, Mattapan Square’s application was accepted in August of this year and formally designated in early November by Mayor Tom Menino. Read more
Nov. 18, 2010
The Boston Police Department held the first session of a new Citizens Police Academy for Area B-3 residents on Monday evening at the BPD’s training facility in Hyde Park. For the next three weeks, the “cadets” will be bussed around the police academy and other law enforcement locations in order to get a taste of what it means to be a police officer patrolling the streets of Boston. Read more
Nov. 16, 2010
An event on Wednesday afternoon at Mattapan's Mildred Avenue Community Center will help prospective college students connect with financial aid opportunities. The event, sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), will take place from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Organizers say the main goal is to make students aware of the importance of postsecondary education and the financial aid resources that are available to assist them. Read more
Nov. 15, 2010
Ongoing construction work at Ashmont station will require a shut down of the Mattapan High-Speed trolley service this Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 20-21), according to the MBTA. Shuttle buses will replace trolleys beginning at the start of service on Saturday and continue until the end of service on Sunday. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday at 22 Fessenden St.
The man, 35, was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Nov. 11, 2010
The Mattapan Community Development Corporation announced a major construction project in the works for Morton St. at a community meeting at Mildred Ave. on Wednesday evening. The project, dubbed "Morton St. Homes" will add a $2 Million apartment building from 757 to 769 Morton St. The building is planned to include rental housing units 36 low to moderate income families, as well as 7,800 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The CDC has been in talks with local banks in an attempt to open a branch in the area. Other amenities will include a 30-space parking lot and a 7,000 ft. green space on the level above the ground floor. Read more
Nov. 11, 2010
Pols, pay attention to Mattapan.
The neighborhood turned out big for Gov. Deval Patrick, with 95 percent of those who voted supporting the incumbent in his quest for a second term. The number was 94 percent in 2006.
At one precinct at the Chittick School, Patrick received 834 votes to Republican candidate Charlie Baker’s 49 and independent candidate Timothy Cahill’s 27. In 2006, Patrick received 796 votes, GOP candidate Kerry Healey picked up 63 votes, and independent candidate Christy Mihos received 7.
“It disproves the mythology that communities of color don’t vote in Boston,” said Kelly Bates, a local political analyst. “I think [Mattapan’s] high voter turnout will be encouraging to other neighborhoods in the city that they can, and should, vote, on a regular basis.” Read more
Nov. 10, 2010
Boston’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Branch will hold elections later this month— and the contest between two men seeking to lead the group is increasingly viewed as a referendum on the group’s future.
Former State Senator Bill Owens and local attorney Michael Curry are both vying to succeed Karen Payne, who stepped down as president of the Boston chapter earlier this year to run for state representative. Members of the NAACP will vote in a secret ballot election on November 29 from 5-9 p.m. at Roxbury Community College. The two men will appear in a debate set for Nov. 22 at the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury. Read more
Nov. 8, 2010
Mattapan Square has finally won a Main Street district from the city of Boston, according to an announcement by the Mayor's office today. The word comes after a two-year effort by Mattapan civic leaders to push for the designation. Read more