Mattapan

Woman sparks two-alarm fire by burning old mail in stairway

A fire that broke out shortly before 8 a.m. on Wednesday at 116 Hazelton St. quickly went to two alarms, the Boston Fire Department reports.  Read more

Safe Surrender program sets up shop at Blue Hill Ave. church

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 7, 2010

An initiative aimed at getting people with outstanding arrest warrants to turn themselves in has begun in Mattapan this week. The Fugitive Safe Surrender Program program, which started on October 6 and will run to October 9, is based out of the Jubilee Christian Church, 1500 Blue Hill Ave. The effort is run by the Boston Police Department, the District Attorney’s office and the US Marshals Service and targets individuals with warrants for non-violent minor offenses, allowing a chance for a quick surrendering process.  Read more

Initiative begun to rehab empty homes in Mattapan

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 7, 2010

The Mattapan Community Development Corporation will host a ribbon cutting for one of its rehabilitated homes at 327 Wood Ave in Mattapan on Wednesday, October 13 at noon. The renovation project is the first step in a strategy dubbed the Mattapan Housing Stabilization Initiative—a collaboration between the Mattapan CDC and the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.

“We are going to take back Mattapan,” said Mattapan CDC director Spencer DeShields. “We are going to take those houses that are blighted, that are areas of [criminal activity,] clear all those things out and get families back in these buildings.”  Read more

Police, Chez Vous owner to meet on controlling after-hours crowds

When the Chez Vous rink on Rhodes Street closed at 11:45 p.m. on Aug. 20, more than 300 teens began running towards Blue Hill Avenue and Morton Street - where many then began fighting and blocking traffic.  Read more

Mattapan celebrates fall with Farmer's Market Harvest Fest

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 2, 2010

Farmers Market CelebrationFarmers Market CelebrationThe Mattapan Farmers’ Market celebrated its Fall Harvest Day on Saturday morning. The farmers' market is held each Saturday in the parking lot of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Pictured above are volunteers from the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition along with State Rep.  Read more

Farmers Market Celebration

Farmers Market Celebration

Arrest made in connection with Mattapan murders

WashingtonWashingtonA man already facing at least two assault and battery charges in Boston was arrested in Manchester NH on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property related to Tuesday's quadruple murders.

The Manchester Police Department reports Kimani Washington was arrested without incident around 6 p.m. on Friday:  Read more

Treasurer candidates trade barbs over Mattapan murders, spending bill

Steve Grossman, the Democratic candidate for treasurer, slammed his Republican opponent on Thursday for stopping a spending bill from moving on Beacon Hill.

Grossman called state Rep. Karyn Polito’s move “obstructionist” and said it was stopping the flow of funds to the State Police, who are involved in the Mattapan murder investigation. Polito shot back that Grossman was politicizing the murders.

According to the State House News Service, Polito, a Shrewsbury Republican running for treasurer, again blocked the $400 million bill, decrying the "Beacon Hill culture" and saying the bill should be "debated, discussed, and amendable.”  Read more

Medicare changes aim to help with bills, seniors told

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 30, 2010

Medicare officials last week announced changes to one of their subsidies for low-income seniors, a program known as “Extra Help” that is aimed at helping low-income seniors who are struggling to pay their medical bills. Newly allotted funding can be used to pay anything from medication to preventive care.

A meeting was held last Thursday at the Mattapan Public Library to spread awareness of the program and to lay out the changes in its eligibility policies, a result of new Medicare procedures under this year’s national healthcare legislation.  Read more

Manhunt is on for killers in Woolson St. massacre

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter and Bill Forry, Managing Editor
Sep. 30, 2010

Chris Byner, who heads the city's Streetworker program, comforts grieving woman

Chris Byner, who heads the city's Streetworker program, comforts a grieving woman near the scene of Tuesday’s mass murder on Woolson Street Mattapan. AP photo by Josh Reynolds

Outraged residents and leaders called out for swift justice this week after someone murdered four people on a Mattapan sidestreet Tuesday morning — including a 2 year old-boy shot to death in his mother’s arms. The early morning incident on Woolson Street, which also left a fifth victim near death, ranks as one of the worst atrocities in Boston’s history.

Investigators have thus far been tight-lipped about the circumstances of the murders, but police sources have told the Reporter that the mayhem was the result of “a drug deal gone bad.” The carnage triggered a massive response from local officials, who have engaged the help of the FBI in mounting a manhunt, although no suspects have yet been named publicly.

The city’s Shot Spotter sensor system alerted Boston Police to the gunshots just after 1 a.m. Police from district B-3 who responded found three men and a woman lying in the street. The men had been stripped naked. Shaken officers described finding a two year-old boy, later identified as Armani Smith, clinging to his mother’s body. He died hours later at a Boston hospital.  Read more