Mattapan

Mattapan voters disprove myth about city’s communities of color and turnout counts

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By Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor and Manolia Charlotin, Reporter Staff
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

Election seen as pivotal for Hub’s NAACP branch

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Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 10, 2010

Bill OwensBill OwensMichael CurryMichael CurryBoston’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

Mattapan Square wins Main Streets designation from City Hall

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Reporter Staff
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

Mattapan Patriots compete in playoffs, hold youth tournament

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Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 5, 2010

The Pop Warner Mattapan Patriots have entered the playoffs for the 2010 season. The Patriots D Team had their first matchup against the Billerica Warriors on November 4. The D Team was ousted by the Warriors in a 20-13 loss, which ended thier season. The Patriots A Team and C Team are scheduled for thier first games on Sunday November 7. The A Team will face the West Lynn Rams at Russell Field in Cambridge at 1:00 PM. The C Team will face the Billerica Scouts at Lampson Field in Billerica at 11:15.  Read more

Vote on closing schools delayed; parents still on high alert

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Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 4, 2010

Superintendent Carol Johnson is delaying a vote on plans to close schools, giving parents opposed to the closures a month to regroup. Dorchester schools on the chopping block include Roger Clap Elementary and the East Zone Early Learning Center. School officials had also been pushing to merge the Lee Academy Pilot School and the Lee Elementary School.

“Overall, I’m optimistic that we have the extra month or so to get them to change their minds, and hopefully this opens up more of a debate,” said Kenny Jervis, one of the parents leading the charge to keep Clap Elementary open. “We’re happy we got the extra time but it’s nowhere near a victory yet.”  Read more

Conference to help city churches make sorely needed renovations

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Alex Owens Special to the Reporter
Nov. 4, 2010

Dorchester’s spiritual community has borne firsthand witness to the community’s history, which stretches back nearly four centuries. It was members of a church community, the First Parish Church, that founded this city within a city. After decades of service to their neighborhoods, many of Dorchester’s church buildings are daue for a much needed facelift, and their congregations are turning to the city’s historical organizations for aid.  Read more

Analysis: Grassroot Dems pulled out all the stops for Deval

Door-knocking for Deval Patrick : Volunteers hit the streets in pairs to drive out votes in Ward 16Door-knocking for Deval Patrick : Volunteers hit the streets in pairs to drive out votes in Ward 16Gov. Deval Patrick won a whopping 80 percent of the vote in Dorchester — and 95 percent of the vote in Mattapan— on Tuesday, as predominantly African-American precincts in Wards 14, 17, and 18 chalked up lopsided vote totals that helped cushion the governor’s surprising statewide margin and earn him a second-term in the corner office.

In topping the ticket in every precinct in Dorchester and Mattapan, the governor’s triumph was more convincing than his historic 2006 election, at least in this part of Boston.

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Chris Lovett on CivicBoston: More Voters, Lower Turnout

Precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the numbers in Dot, Mattapan  Read more

Mattapan CDC ribbon cutting

Mattapan CDC ribbon cutting

Marked the dedication of new affordable housing at 327 Wood Avenue, Mattapan. Pictured (left to right); Rev. Zenetta Armstrong, Phillip Brown, Executive Director Spencer DeShields, Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, Richard Walega - NE Regional Director HUD, State Representative Willie Mae Allen, State Representative-elect Russell Holmes. Back row Gordon Bannister.

Almont Park to get $3.6 million overhaul

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Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 22, 2010

Almont Park in Mattapan will see significant renovations beginning next year, residents were told in the a public meeting held on Wednesday evening at the Mattahunt School.  Read more

Two honored at B-3 police meeting

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Alex Owens Special to the Reporter
Oct. 21, 2010

Mattapan heroes honored: Councillor Charles Yancey, center, with Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna AndersonMattapan heroes honored: Councillor Charles Yancey, center, with Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna AndersonBoston Police from District B-3 held a monthly community meeting on Tuesday at the Mattapan Library with a packed crowd of more than 70 people on hand. This was the first regular B-3 meeting since the Sept. 29 shooting on Woolson Street that took the lives of three adults and a toddler, and residents were eager to receive updates about crime in the community. They were joined by Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, who answered limited questions about the murder investigation.
The police department also presented awards recognizing residents for their service to the community. Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna Anderson were singled out for their bravery when they rescued a 93-year old woman from a house fire on Hazelton St. on Oct. 13.  Read more