Mattapan

Kerry to campaign with Pressley

Confirming what we Tweeted yesterday, U.S. Sen. John Kerry's campaign folks have released his schedule for the weekend, with stops planned in West Roxbury and Mattapan. Kerry, a Vietnam vet who ran for president in 2004 and has been on Capitol Hill since 1984, will be out door-knocking, hitting churches and holding signs for his former political director, Ayanna Pressley. Pressley's City Council campaign has been careful of how to use Kerry, particularly since this is a local election. Kerry has been avidly following the race: he speaks and exchanges text messages with Pressley regularly. (Though when told of Kerry's plans yesterday, one City Council At-Large candidate couldn't resist taking a shot: "Nice to have him in town.") Full weekend schedule after the jump.  Read more

An afternoon at the revamped Mattapan Public Library

By 
Elizabeth St. Victor, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 29, 2009

Nine months after its revival, the Mattapan Branch Library is strikingly busy on a Thursday afternoon. Students clamor in and out of the young adult and children’s rooms. Older patrons use new computers or borrow from the DVD collection. A group of parents wait in the pristine lobby for their children. Called the most technologically rich library in the Boston Public Library system, it is getting its fair share of use.  Read more

Mattapan renews Main Street push

By 
Elizabeth St. Victor, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 22, 2009

Citizens and community leaders— and one business owner — from the Mattapan neighborhood gathered for the fourth time on Monday night with one big purpose in mind: How best to write a proposal for a Mattapan Main Street District that will get City Hall's attention and approval?

The Boston Main Streets organization was set up by Mayor Menino in 1995 to provide the city's neighborhoods with the design and financial support they need to maintain and upgrade their commercial districts.  Read more

Free Girls' LEAP Self-Defense Program

Free Opportunity for Girls ages 12-18
Girls’ LEAP Self-Defense Program

Physical Self-Defense Training partnered with Reflective activities around topics of Conflict Resolution and De-escalation, setting boundaries, and other topics

Date: Mondays 10/26-12/14
Time: 6-8 pm

Girls ages 12-18

Cost?: FREE!

The program is free for participants, but we do ask that girls commit to all sessions. This program starts next week. We can take girls on the second session if necessary.

www.girlsleap.org

617-787-2112, tracey@girlsleap.org
Tracey Westgate

Roxbury Community Research Advisory Board

THE ROXBURY COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD(CRAB)has membership openings and is seeking individuals who live or work in Roxbury, Dorchester or Mattapan and are interested in helping to end health disparities and
expand participation in medical research.
THE ROXBURY CRAB is composed of residents who are working to improve community understanding of and responsiveness to community based and clinical research in the Community and work to advise researchers. Members also provide advocacy, education & training,outreach and disseminate information.  Read more

Marjorie Hicks
E-mail: horizon@umb.edu 617-442-4400 highfort@juno.com

Tutor For Project D.E.E.P. This Year!

Project D.E.E.P. (Dorchester Educational Enrichment Program) is seeking a few good tutors from the local community.

The commitment is one ninety (90) minute time period per week to work with one child. This period can be anytime from 3:00 - 8:00pm on any day Monday through Thursday.

There are three locations in Dorchester, and we are seeking tutors for all of them.  Read more

anthony@projectdeep.org
Assistant Director Anthony Crowe

Mattapan Farmers Market

The Mattapan Farmers Market is held each Saturday through October 10th from 10am-2pm at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 525 River St. in Mattapan Square.

Find fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables from local farms. All EBT purchases up to $20 are 50% off! Senior and WIC Farmers Market coupons accepted.

More information at http://www.mattapanfoodandfitness.org

simca@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org
Simca Horwitz

Project D.E.E.P. Tutoring Programs Registration!

Our registration event is being held on Saturday September 12, 2009.

If you have questions or concerns about the event, our policies, cost, or eligibility, please email anthony@projectdeep.org or call our office and speak to any of our staff at (617) 635-5027.

If you cannot attend, or if you decide to enroll after our event, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can do our best to enroll your child in our programs. Seats are competitive and highly sought after, but we will do everything we can to find a spot for any students who want to enroll.  Read more

anthony@projectdeep.org
Assistant Director Anthony Crowe

‘Improvement Team’ headed to streets of Mattapan on Aug. 29

Weeds growing out of the cracks in the sidewalk? Parking or street signs too faded? Pothole repair needed? Put it all on the list to send to City Hall.

City officials say they’ll be hitting Mattapan with a “Street Improvement Team” on Aug. 29, aiming to clean up local streets block-by-block. A clean-up of the Morton and Norfolk area of Dorchester is planned for Nov. 14. Follow-ups will be planned a week later.  Read more

DA: Innocent man murdered in gang feud

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