Open letter to the community from Dr. Azzie Young

Dr. Azzie YoungDr. Azzie YoungAugust 1, 2013

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today, I wanted to write to You – our patients, residents and community stakeholders to say THANK YOU for allowing Mattapan Community Health Center to be your health care provider and resource for health services. We have an exceptional team who is committed to working with you, your family, and our community partners to Build a Healthier Community. Significant progress has been made in decreasing the infant mortality rate for Mattapan and Hyde Park. The infant mortality rate is a good proxy for the health of the community. Let’s keep up the good work in caring for our pregnant women, their infants, and all of our families!  Read more

Four shot in three weekend incidents

Police are investigating four shootings in Dorchester and Mattapan, two of which sent people to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Read more

Block party will mark latest addition to Mattapan Heights

Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 18, 2013

The opening of the newest residential building in the Mattapan Heights campus will be celebrated with a block party planned for this Saturday, July 20. The new apartment building, containing 60 affordable housing units, is called Phase 5A. In late 2011, Trinity Financial Inc, the Boston-based development company that has been working on Mattapan Heights since 1999, received approximately $8.75 million in grants and loans towards the construction project. It was completed at the end of 2012, and is now fully occupied by tenants.  Read more

Two-alarm fire in Mattapan three decker displaces 18

Inside 742 River St. Photo by BFD.

A two-alarm fire at 742 River St. on Monday sent one firefighter to the hospital with a cut and brought the American Red Cross in to help find temporary housing for 18 residents.

The fire, reported around 7:30 p.m., did an estimated $250,000 in damage according to the Boston Fire Department, which says the cause remains under investigation.

Mattahunt center hosts summertime high school prep

Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2013

For motivated middle school students interested in getting a head start on high school preparation, the Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center in Mattapan is offering the Emerging Youth Advocates PUSH Summer Academy. New this year, the free six-week program runs daily from July 15 to August 23 and is open to incoming 7th and 8th grade students.  Read more

Mattapan man, 21, charged in child porn case

Jul. 3, 2013

A 21-year-old Norfolk Street man is behind bars this week on high bail after he was arrested last week and charged in a child porn investigation. Luis Gonzalez was ordered held on $35,000 bail at his arraignment in Dorchester District Court on July 2. Gonzalez is alleged to have shared explicit images and videos of children using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program.  Read more

Family Variety Fridays

Every Friday evening the Anthony D. Perkins Community Center hosts “Family Variety Fridays”. This is a FREE weekly Friday event open to family, friends of all ages and the community-at-large, all summer long. No membership or registration required.

Activities include but are not limited to movie nights, pool parties, carnival nights and talent shows.

Please come enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages while viewing a family friendly film.

Start Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
End Date: Friday, September 13, 2013
Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM, (617) 635-5146
Nancy Rachel Rousseau

"Boston's Next Top Model"

Boston’s Next Top Model is a self-esteem and self-care program designed to build confidence and social awareness in girls between the ages of 11-17. Through learning to model, the girls will have the opportunity to learn how to posture themselves, both figuratively and literally.  Read more (617) 334-5954
Al Copeland

Audition for Boston City Singers!

Boston City Singers is holding auditions in June for the 2013-2014 season. All young people ages 4-18 are invited to audition, and no previous singing experience is required.

For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Jane Money at (617) 825-0674 or send an email to
Jane Money

Man shot to death in Cummins Highway house

The Boston Police Department reports officers responding to a call about gunfire late Wednesday night found a man with gunshot wounds at 633 Cummins Highway.

He was taken to Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, where he was pronounced dead.