Mattapan

D.A.; Steven Odom's killer was himself murdered

By 
Staff
Apr. 9, 2009

A-19 year-old Mattapan man has been arrested and charged for his role in the 2007 murder of 13-year-old Steven Odom, a crime that stunned the neighborhood. Suffolk County DA Daniel Conley announced Saturday that the teen who allegedly pulled the trigger – Charles Bunch, Jr. – was himself the victim of a homicide in Mattapan 10 days after Odom was killed.  Read more

Gov. Deval Patrick visits Brother's

Gov. Deval Patrick visits Brother's

Governor hits Blue Hill Ave. to "listen"

Gov. Deval Patrick visits Brother'sGov. Deval Patrick visits Brother'sGovernor Deval Patrick spent Tuesday morning along Blue Hill Avenue, criss-crossing Dorchester and Mattapan as part of an informal "listening" tour.  Read more

Gov. Deval Patrick visits Mattapan Square

Gov. Deval Patrick visits Mattapan Square

Governor Deval Patrick enjoyed lunch on Tuesday, April 7 at Brother's Deli Restaurant on Blue Hill Avenue. Ed Forry photo

Milton tragedy funeral moved to Mattapan

The funeral for two sisters and the brother who killed them in their Milton home will be held this morning at 10 a.m. at the Jubilee Christian Church on Blue Hill Ave. in Mattapan. The funeral for Bianca Revelus, 5, Samantha Revelus, 17 and Kerby Revelus, 23, was initially scheduled to be held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Roslindale. The service will begin at 10 a.m.  Read more

What fouled the Mildred Middle School site?

A curious septuagenarian caller, known to the Reporter but shy about putting her name in the paper, called in this week to question the previous existence of a dry cleaner on Mildred Avenue—where vapors from tetrachloroethylene, a.k.a: perc, were found inside a middle school last month.  Read more

Chemical vapors found at Mildred Ave. Middle School

A trace amount of vapors from the dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene, also known as perc, has been detected at the Mildred Avenue Middle School in Mattapan. The school was completed in 2003 on a handful of formerly industrial sites that were cleaned up and patched together by the city.

Boston Public Schools and the Department of Environmental Protection both agree that the amount detected in air quality tests is not enough to be threat to students, but plans are being made to address the problem before it gets any worse.  Read more

Getting teens involved

Cassandra Cato Louis Marshall, youth coordinator for the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition discusses getting teens involved in conducting surveys on improving conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists in Mattapan and Dorchester.

Hope on a Mattapan street corner

mattapan library dedication: Mayor Tom Menino, flanked by State Rep. Willie Mae Allen, left, and City Councillor Charles Yancey, cuts the ribbon at the new Mattapan Branch Library on Feb. 28, 2009.Mattapan library dedication: Mayor Tom Menino, flanked by State Rep. Willie Mae Allen, left, and City Councillor Charles Yancey, cuts the ribbon at the new Mattapan Branch Library on Feb. 28, 2009.Last Saturday's official opening of the new Mattapan branch library was a feel-good event, something that's increasingly hard to come by at this moment in time. The malaise of a deepening national recession - and the spectre of further job cuts here on the homefront - do not exactly a party atmosphere make.

Yet, there was a buoyancy to the spirit in this spectacular new building that could have been interpreted by some as hope. Hope that even in the uncertain days that are surely to come, we can lean on a sturdy foundation of neighbors and history to pull us through the toughest of times.

Mayor Tom Menino - who presided over much of Saturday's festivities - can take great pride in the facility that his administration has brought to this corner of the city. It is clearly now the finest public indoor space of its kind within the neighborhoods south of the city center and his administration finally brought it into being.  Read more

As neighbors resist, plans for Blue Hill station roll on

A passel of direct abutters to the proposed Blue Hill Station on the Fairmount Line continued to oppose it at a design meeting held last Thursday, despite wide support in the surrounding neighborhood.

"We certainly don't get the kind of attention that a church in Copley Square gets," said Barbara Fields of the Woodhaven area neighborhood association. "If it is going to impact our homes like we think it will and you can't assure us otherwise, we can't support it."  Read more