A Mattapan man with no gang connections died in May because some of his gang-member neighbors killed a member of a rival gang two years earlier, a Suffolk County prosecutor said today. Read more
When we here at Lit Drop mess up, we 'fess up.
So here's a correction to the article on what went down at Tuesday night's forum in Mattapan:
Councillor At-Large Yoon supports moving the school committee, whose members are appointed by the mayor, to a hybrid model where some are elected and some are appointed.
We incorrectly reported that he supported moving entirely back to an elected school committee.
Campaign trail tensions erupted when top officials from Mayor Thomas Meninoâ€™s administration crashed a Tuesday night Mattapan forum hosted by mayoral hopeful and City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon. Read more
Boston Police say a cook at Flames, 663 Morton St. in Mattapan, ended an argument in the kitchen Saturday afternoon by plunging a knife into another cook's stomach.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover. Wellesley Clarke, 55, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Starting Friday July 10th Neponset Health Center will be hosting a health insurance table hosted by a Neighborhood Health Plan representative. Neighborhood Health Plan will be in the lobby of the Neponset Health Center every other Friday from 9am-2pm with information on the health insurance plans that are available to everyone. The Neighborhood Health Plan rep. will be able to answer any questions that you may have about their plans and will help find out which plan will work best for you. They will also have FREE giveaways for people who come in for information. Read more
Jul. 9, 2009
In her bi-weekly column for the Reporter called B-3 BOLO - short for "Be On the Lookout"- Annie Wilcox gives us a unique break-down on the policing tactics on the district that covers Mattapan and nearly half of Dorchester. There's good news on the crime-fighting front statistically, but Wilcox writes, one of the districts three "beats" needs more attention.-Ed. Read more
Endorsements are coming in fast and early for City Council At-Large candidates.
In a brief sit-down with the Reporter on the transportation bill and the fiscal 2010 budget passed last week (and written up in the latest issue of the Reporter) Rep. Willie Mae Allen, a Mattapan Democrat, said she had picked the four (out of the fifteen running) that she wants sitting in the four available seats: incumbent John Connolly, and newcomers Ayanna Pressley, a former aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry, Ego Ezedi, executive director of the Roxbury YMCA, and Felix Arroyo, a former City Hall aide. Read more
A new single-stream recycling system — heralded by the Menino administration as the latest innovation in the greening of Boston — goes into citywide service starting on July 1. The effort will allow residents to streamline their recycling at home by using one container to ready all recyclables— bottles, cans, papers and plastics — for weekly curbside pick-up.
"This is the simplest thing that every resident can do to reduce their own impact on the environment and reduce trash costs," said Jim Hunt III, the city's chief of environment and energy.
The hallmark of the beefed-up program is a 64-gallon blue cart which will slowly replace the ubiquitous and much smaller blue boxes now in use. The carts â€” which have been piloted in the South End and Chinatown already â€” will be delivered to every home in the city over the coming months. The carts will be phased into use in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury next week. Dorchester and Mattapan may have to wait a bit longer to get the carts as city planners try to deploy some 55,000 carts, along with instructions on how to use them. Read more
Boston Police report arresting David Fernandes, 47, on charges he punched his girlfriend in the face this morning, then, as she fled, caught up to her in his car and pointed a gun at her. Read more