Two charged with ambush murder on Havelock Street

Two men were ordered held without bail Monday on charges they gunned down Romeo McCubbin, 25, early Saturday on Havelock Street.

At their arraignment today, Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum accused Omar Denton, 29, and Omar Bonner, 26, of forcing McCubbin out of his car around 1:45 a.m. and ordered him to lie on the ground.  Read more

Volunteer in the Boston Public Schools

Live, work or play in Dorchester? Consider volunteering there, too. Boston Partners in Education is looking for mentors and tutors for students in Boston Public Schools, specifically in Dorchester neighborhoods.

Volunteers work one-on-one or with a small group of students for an hour a week during the school day. Opportunities are available in all grades (K-12) in either English Language Arts or math.  Read more
Barbara Harris

Mattapan loses a civic ‘giant’

Gareth P. Kinkead, Jr.: 'Mayor of Mattapan' mourned. Gareth P. Kinkead, Jr.: 'Mayor of Mattapan' mourned. Gareth P. Kinkead, Jr. passed away on Tuesday after an illness that had slowed him down considerably in recent months. Mr. Kinkead and his devoted wife Annie were at the center of civic life in Mattapan for decades. His death at age 87 leaves a giant hole in the neighborhood that he lovingly called “Shangri-la.”

If this section of the city comes even remotely close to the idealized vision of that term, it has everything to do with the involvement of the Kinkeads, who have served their community with distinction and without fanfare since the 1970s.  Read more

Oct. 24 meeting to focus on health in Mattapan

Oct. 15, 2013

The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), in partnership with the Mattapan Community Health Center, the Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition, and Mattapan United, will host a community meeting on the health of Mattapan on Thurs., Oct. 24. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 1350 Blue Hill Ave.  Read more

Estate goes to court to reclaim Fowler-Clark farm from city

A worker hired by the city of Boston cleared overgrowth on the Clark-Fowler farm property on Norfolk Street in August 2013. Photo by Bill Forry

The owner of a historic but run-down Mattapan property that was seized by city officials in August went to court this week seeking an injunction allowing them to reclaim the land. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Judith Fabricant heard from both sides in the case on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to make a ruling in coming days.  Read more

Meet The Next Mayor on BNN TV

Boston's Race to City Hall

12 candidates, each determined to make it through the primary election on September 24, are what remain after 24 sought to win a nomination on the ballot to fill the seat of incumbent Mayor Thomas Menino. The diverse field of candidates, made up of City Councilors, State Representatives, organizers, activists, non-profit leaders, and small business owners, are featured in the newest Boston Neighborhood Network Television series, “Meet the Next Mayor”.  Read more


Letter: Changes at Mattahunt campus will impact schedules, programs

Dear Mattapan Community:

The Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership (MWP) would like to take a moment to thank all of the organizations, agencies, community leaders and families who have worked together with the partnership to serve the needs of children, youth, and families this past year. In the spirit of cooperation, it is important that everyone be kept abreast of shifts that impact programming at the Center. Today, I write on behalf of the Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership to share a number of important developments taking place at the Center that will impact programming this fall.  Read more

City seizes historic Fowler-Clark Farm in Mattapan

Sheila Dillon, chief of the Dept. of Neighborhood Development (DND) and Donald Wright, DND's director of Real Estate Management, inspect a door handle that was found at the Clark Farm property this morning. Photo by Bill Forry

Alarmed by dilapidated conditions that amount to "demolition by neglect," city officials today seized control of a historic Mattapan property that has fallen into acute disrepair in recent years.

The Fowler-Clark farmhouse on Norfolk Street - which dates back to the turn of the 18th century— is one of the city's last tangible links to a now-distant agrarian past. It was designated as a historic Landmark in 2006 and has since been boarded up by city inspectors worried that squatters might destroy the farmhouse and adjacent barn through vandalism or fire.  Read more

Volunteer with FriendshipWorks

FriendshipWorks is looking for volunteers who want to help elders living in Boston or Brookline. Our volunteers help make a difference in the lives of elders every day through friendly visiting and/or providing short-term assistance. Whether you can spare one hour a week or one hour a month, we have an opportunity for you! Help us in our mission to reduce social isolation by replacing it with the warmth and comfort that only a caring and dedicated friend can provide.  Read more

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Harvard-based program takes on foreclosure prevention in Mattapan

Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 1, 2013

The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School launched its Mattapan campaign at the Mattapan branch library on Wednesday afternoon.

A new anti-foreclosure and eviction defense program is launching a new effort in Mattapan this week. The Mattapan Initiative is a program of the Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School. On Wednesday, July 31, there was a meet & greet luncheon with community leaders, elected officials, clergy, housing organizers and housing counselors at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library.  Read more