Mattapan

Mattapan day health center's goal: Give elders and disabled a 'purpose'

At an old brown piano, an old man sits. His fingers deliberately strike the keys to a song he learned long ago. To his right, another "client" sings with the voice of someone who doesn't just remember the words but knows them deep in her soul.

"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me…"

"People help each other here," says Maggie Shea, the program director at the Mattapan Adult Day Health Program. "It gives people purpose. The women call each other sisters."  Read more

Voters Will Hear Out House Candidates in Series of Group Appearances

A string of recently-scheduled debates will give voters in Dorchester, Mattapan, Milton, and Hyde Park a chance to hear from the candidates to replace former House Speaker Thomas Finneran. Three events, set for Feb.16, Feb. 22, and March 10, are thus far the only scheduled forums for residents across the district.  Read more

Two Groups with Deep Community Roots Vie for Boston State Hospital Site

After 20 years of delay, disappointment and more delay, the fate of the sprawling Boston State Hospital campus - a linchpin property that straddles the the borders of Dorchester, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park - is now in the hands of a committee of community residents and the Romney administration.

Two would-be development teams, each boasting an innovative plan and deep-rooted community ties, are jockeying for the right to build on the 35-plus acre site.  Read more