Correction 7-30-2009

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.

Yoon, Menino aides clash at Mattapan forum

Campaign trail tensions erupted when top officials from Mayor Thomas Menino’s administration crashed a Tuesday night Mattapan forum hosted by mayoral hopeful and City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon.  Read more

Second man charged for Mattapan murder

Abiona Justice Sharpe, 20, of Revere, was arrested in New Jersey this week on charges he helped murder a man standing on the sidewalk at 23 Wilcock St. on May 13, according to Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.  Read more

Flames cook charged with stabbing another cook

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.

Neponset Health Center teams up with Neighborhood Health Plan

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


Progress seen on crime front, but Morton-Talbot needs ‘special attention’

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

State Rep. Allen picks her four for Boston City Council At-Large

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

City rolls out new single-stream recycling

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.

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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 — which have been piloted in the South End and Chinatown already — 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

Man charged with punching, threatening girlfriend on River Street

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

You have a choice!

You have a choice! Open enrollment for health insurance through the State of Massachusetts is coming to an end this Thursday, June 25th. Make sure that you have taken advantage of this time and have made sure you will have the health insurance plan of your choice under Commonwealth Care Plans & Mass Health. If you are currently enrolled in a health insurance plan through the State of Massachusetts either it be Neighborhood Health Plan, Network Health or BMC Health Net you have the option to switch to another plan if you want to or you can stay with your current plan.  Read more