Jul. 5, 2012
After a year of reaching out to the community, Mattapan United revealed the results of resident feedback at its “give back” meeting Wednesday evening at the Young Achievers School.
Most respondents said the quality of life in Mattapan was fair to good, with few responses for poor or excellent. “People like living here,” said Donna Haig Freidman, director for the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School, who gave a presentation of the main themes from the questionnaires, one-on-one interviews, and a recent “visioning” meeting. Read more
U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will be making her first appearance in the annual Dorchester Day Parade on Sunday, where she'll be joined by her chief rival Scott Brown.
Warren will be marching in the third division, while Brown will be in the chief marshal's division. (It's customary for incumbents to march ahead of challengers.)
The Boston Police Department reports three people were shot at a cookout outside 15 Orlando St. in Mattapan around 12:15 a.m.
One woman was shot in the stomach, one man in the right eye and another man in the left arm, police say. The woman was taken to Boston Medical Center in serious condition; the two men got themselves to Carney and are expected to survive.
Two other people suffered minor injuries in the melee, police say. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports two men were shot in the same incident outside 30 Hopewell Road last night. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports three men sitting in a car on Clarkwood Street at Norfolk Street were shot Monday night.
All three, 24, 26 and 28, were taken to local hospitals after the 10 p.m. incident and are expected to survive, police say.
Apr. 12, 2012
Mattapan sisters Shaina and Gabriella Gilbert are six years apart in age, but they share the same passion for scholarship and volunteerism.
The Gilbert girls have particularly distinguished themselves by devoting their summers to teaching youth in their parents’ native Haiti.
In 2009, Shaina created a summertime leadership camp called Empowering Through Education, or ETE, which derives from the Haitian Creole word for “summer.” In its first year, the camp started with 40 students that expanded to over 100 over the past four years, teaching children how to become leaders of their communities and learn about social change.
The sisters are traveling back to Haiti this summer for the camp’s fourth year, serving and teaching over 120 students. Read more
A historic farmhouse on Norfolk Street, one of the last vestiges of the neighborhood’s now-distant agricultural past, was condemned by city officials on Tuesday after inspectors found the vacant buildings unfit for human habitation. The Fowler/Clark Farm, which is listed as a historic landmark, was boarded up by emergency crews as firefighters and other city workers combed the property for evidence of trouble—which was found in abundance. Read more
Boston Police plan to file criminal charges against the owners of a Mattapan convenience store that was raided last Friday afternoon following a probe into the alleged re-sale of goods stolen from nearby chain pharmacies.
Detectives from Area B-3 say that the operators of Lili’s Market at 1286 Blue Hill Ave. purchased items from undercover officers who presented the goods — including baby formula, diapers and cosmetic supplies— as items that had been shoplifted from other nearby stores. The store owners eagerly purchased the allegedly boosted items at a deep discount: 25 cents on the dollar. Read more
The Postal Service last week announced plans to change the zip code for 1,655 addresses after residents claimed they lived in Hyde Park, even though the zip code indicated they resided in Mattapan.
The move, changing the zip code for the homes to Hyde Park (02136) from Mattapan (02126), has an effective date of July 1. Read more