Mattapan

Mattapan massacre scene is next-door to non-fatal shooting in August

By 
Reporter Staff
Sep. 28, 2010

A shooting rampage at a home at 40 Woolson Street in Mattapan on Tuesday morning left four persons dead, including a toddler. A fifth victim is hospitalized and not expected to survive, according to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

Elected officials, clergy and Boston Police met with outraged residents during a community meeting on Tuesday evening at Morningstar Baptist Church to discuss the murders. Universal Hub has video from the event, including remarks from Gov. Deval Patrick.

The last shooting on Woolson Street, according to police records obtained by the Reporter, occurred a month ago at 42 Woolson St., right next door to Tuesday's shooting scene. It is not yet clear whether the Aug. 28 shooting, reported as an assault and batter with a dangerous weapon- gun at 42 Woolson Street, is related to last night's homicides.

The victim in the Aug. 28 incident survived and his identity has not been released. He was found by police just after 7 a.m. in the first-floor hallway of 42 Woolson. He had been shot in the upper torso and arms. Police searched the address but did not seize anything at the time, according to a police report.  Read more

(UPDATED) Watchdog group: Boston ended FY 2010 with $9.1m surplus, but...

Boston's coffers ended fiscal year 2010 with a $9.1 million surplus, a fiscal watchdog group reports.

The Boston Municipal Research Bureau said Monday that the $9.1 million represents represents 0.4 percent of that fiscal year's $2.3 billion in spending.

But let's not start jumping around and compiling a list of programs to restore to full funding just yet.

Sam Tyler, head of the BMRB, notes, "This is money that has to be reserved for fiscal 2012."  Read more

Former Haitian PM, presidential hopeful, to campaign in Mattapan

By 
Reporter Staff
Sep. 21, 2010

Former Haitian Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis, who is a candidate for president in the upcoming November 28th election in Haiti, is scheduled to appear at a forum on Saturday, September 25 from 5-9p.m. at the Mattapan Center for Life, 555 River St in Mattapan.  Read more

Dorchester YMCA Fall Programs

It's time to get healthy. Visit the Dorchester YMCA for special membership offers as well as programs for families and youth. Visit us on the web at www.ymcaboston.org/dorchester. Call 617.436.7750, or just come visit the branch at 776 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124. Free parking, directly on bus Rt #26 and a short walk from the Ashmont T.

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Dorchester YMCA

Mattapan hails its new health center, anchor for Square

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 17, 2010

Sept. 10, 2010 parade celebrates new health center plansSept. 10, 2010 parade celebrates new health center plans

Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Tom Menino and city and state lawmakers joined scores of Mattapan residents in the groundbreaking of the Mattapan Community Health Center’s (MCHC) state-of-the-art facility last Friday. The site of the new $32 million Community Center will be at 1575 Blue Hill Ave, the current site of the Citizens Bank branch in Mattapan Square.  Read more

Mattapan church to serve as 'safe surrender' location for non-violent fugitives next month

Boston law-enforcement agencies, courts and clergy are planning a four-day "safe surrender" program next month that will let people with outstanding warrants turn themselves in at a "safe" church on Blue Hill Avenue that will double as an impromptu courthouse.  Read more

Teen shot to death in Mattapan

The Boston Police Department reports an 18-year-old was fatally shot around 8:40 p.m. Monday at Astoria and Elizabeth streets.  Read more

Become a Basic Literacy or ESOL Tutor

Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts invites prospective volunteers to one of our informational orientations held August 16 and September 9 from 6-8 in downtown Boston. Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with students from communities throughout the Greater Boston area, including Dorchester and Mattapan, for 2-hours per week for a minimum of 9 to 12 months at mutually convenient times in public places. LVM trains volunteers to tutor adult learners in either Basic Literacy or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).  Read more

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Kirstin Griffiths

Hyde Park teen arrested for armed robbery outside Mattapan library

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a 16-year-old from Hyde Park on charges he used an ammo clip to help convince another kid to hand over $21 after both had left the Mattapan BPL branch shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Police say the victim and the suspect had gotten into an argument inside the library "over some printed materials," and that when the victim left the branch with some friends, they saw the teen coming after them and started to run:  Read more