Nov. 8, 2011
Polls opened at 7 a.m. across the city, with two races on the ballot in Dorchester's District 3: Two men are vying to succeed retiring City Councillor Maureen Feeney and seven-person field is fighting for the four City Council At-Large slots.
The two top finishers in the Sept. preliminary, Frank Baker of Savin Hill and John O’Toole of Cedar Grove, are facing off over the first open City Council seat in Dorchester in nearly 18 years.
The polls close at 8 p.m. Read more
A man awaiting trial on charges he drove the shooter away from 2009 triple murder in Dorchester was charged Monday evening with possession of a gun loaded with hollow-point bullets, according to Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Read more
Oct. 19, 2011
The grand re-opening of the Mattahunt Community Center was celebrated last Thursday, capping off an unprecedented transition from city-run facility to a center privately managed by Wheelock College that could serve as a model for future community centers across Boston.
Guests were invited to explore some of the programming to be offered at the center, which closed abruptly due to city budget cuts in spring 2010. The various athletic organizations affiliated with the Mattahunt-Wheelock Partnership held clinics for younger visitors while parents had the chance to talk with several groups about the upcoming services to be provided at the Mattahunt. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a 22-year-old man died after being shot repeatedly around 11:45 p.m. at Blue Hill Avenue and Babson Street.
Oct. 7, 2011
Mattapan Community Health Center is one of nine Boston-area organizations that will receive funding from the healthcare company Novo Nordisk this week to help pay for programs aimed at curbing diabetes-related problems in the state. In total, the Denmark-based firm will award $150,000 in grants to local organizations, including the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, the American Diabetes Association of New England and the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center. Read more
Michelle DeVaughn, 14, went out for some pizza around 6 p.m. on Monday and never came back or called, the Boston Police Department's District B-3 reports.
Police say she's 5'6" and 135 lbs. Read more
Yancey: School Department gets plush new offices, while high-school students get 'substandard' buildings
City Councilor Charles Yancey has a new tactic in his long-running battle to get a high school built in Mattapan: Blasting the city's plan - which he voted for - to spend $115 million moving BPS headquarters from Court Street downtown to the old Ferdinand building in Dudley Square, when nearly 4,000 high-school students attend classes in "substandard" buildings originally built for elementary students or as warehouses. Read more
Sep. 15, 2011
The Mattapan Square Main Streets board of directors held a public “visioning” meeting at the Mattapan Branch Library on Tuesday night, the first such event held by the organization since it was officially designated by City Hall last fall. Tuesday’s event was intended to gauge public opinion and serve as a brainstorming session for specific improvements that could be introduced to Mattapan Square through the program. Nearly 60 community members attended and gathered into several discussion groups to outline long and short term goals, and to discuss the current state of Mattapan Square. Read more
Two sitting Boston city councillors may be forced to move from their current homes or give up their seats due to Boston population shifts that could transform the boundaries of their current districts. That's one possibility that was raised at a redistricting hearing held Thursday in downtown Boston.
While the city gained residents overall, rising by five percent to 617,594 residents, some parts of the city lost population by official counts, including parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Roslindale, and West Roxbury. Read more
Sep. 1, 2011
Last May’s departure of longtime Mattapan ABCD Family Service Center director Lillie Searcy came amid an electric streak of civic engagement running through the community. Fortunately for the neighborhood, Searcy’s successor is Milagros “Milly” Arbaje-Thomas, who is at once a seasoned veteran of anti-poverty work, but also a young, dynamic leader who has hit the ground running at the center’s Mattapan Square headquarters.
“I was a bit worried that the transition would be difficult, but it wasn’t. So many people care in Mattapan,” said Arbaje-Thomas, who served previously as the director of the Parker Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Service center for 11 years. Read more