SWAT unit bursts into Mattapan home in pre-dawn raid

Heavily armored police burst into a house at 14 Leston Rd. shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into crack dealing in the neighborhood.  Read more

Dorchester Day Parade Committee - 2012 Youth Art Contest

The Dorchester Day Parade Committee is hosting its 1st annual art contest open to all
Dorchester residents in the 3rd through 6th grade or students that attend a Dorchester
school. Two (2) prizes will be awarded to the drawings that are chosen from a
panel of local judges. Please fill out the registration form below and mail it with your
Art to the committee chair. A completed registration form and Art must be
postmarked by March 16, 2012 to be considered for a prize.

1.) The student must be a Dorchester resident or attend a Dorchester school.  Read more

(617) 412-9822
Marty Hogan

Woman shot to death in Mattapan

Keisha Gilmore, 25, was found with a gunshot wound to the head in a car outside 26 Alabama St. around 9 p.m. on Sunday. She was rushed to a local hospital, but died, Boston Police report.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact homicide detectives at 617-343-4470.

Mattapan man charged with stabbing in his own apartment

Jimmy Ammons, 50, was arraigned today in Dorchester District Court on charges he plunged a knife into a woman in his apartment at 884 Cummins Highway yesterday morning.

The woman, 31, is recovering today at Boston Medical Center from a single stab wound so severe a doctor told a Boston Police detective at one point he expected her to die within 20 minutes, Assistant District Attorney Megan O’Rourke told Judge Rosalind Miller. "There was a lot of blood," O'Rourke said. "It was a very gory crime scene - there was blood everywhere."  Read more

Mattapan Square’s loss is Morton Street’s gain

After 35 years, Desie Roberts has moved his photo studio from Mattapan Square to Morton Street.

While several new developments are poised to make their debut in Mattapan Square in the new year, one veteran merchant has decided to make a move to a new part of the neighborhood. Roberts Photo Studio recently relocated to Morton Street after nearly four decades at the corner of Cummins Highway and River Street.

“I‘m proudest of being able to do exactly what I wanted during my entire career. That was a real blessing,” said Desie Roberts, 66, owner and master photographer of the studio.  Read more

Gun violence reported across Mattapan, Dorchester

The Boston Police Department was busy Monday investigating at least two shootings, two incidents of gunfire without injury and a carjacking.

At least one person was injured when two groups exchanged gunfire around 10 p.m. on Columbia Road near Geneva Avenue. One group was in a white mini-van, the other group was on foot.  Read more

Roxbury man charged with Mattapan strangulation murder

Eldrick Broom, 27, was arrested Thursday on charges he sexually assaulted and then murdered Rosanna Camilo, a Dominican resident who had moved to Boston to obtain medical care for her young son.  Read more

Draft map revamps City Council districts, leaves Jackson in District 7

District 7 City Councillor Tito Jackson would not have to move or give up his seat on the City Council, according to a draft map featuring redrawn political boundaries for the city's 9 district council seats. Jackson's colleague, Michael Ross, isn't as lucky. Ross, who lives in Mission Hill, would no longer live in District 8, under the draft map circulated to reporters and staff inside City Hall on Wednesday.

A City Council committee, headed by District 2 City Councillor Bill Linehan, was tasked with redrawing the political boundaries of the districts, following U.S. Census counts that showed shifts in population requiring some districts to shed residents and other districts to gain residents.

Linehan's district was one of those that needed to lose population, so District 2 was redrawn without some parts of Chinatown and the South End – two areas where Linehan's recent opponent, Suzanne Lee, did well in the November election.  Read more

Tonight: Meeting eyes development at Mattapan Square T stop

Four years after a feeble economy put transit-oriented development at the Mattapan Square trolley and bus station on hold, MBTA officials are heading back to the community in a renewed effort to develop the station’s parking lot.

The meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch Library on Blue Hill Ave.

The parking lot will be part of a new diversity development program, sponsored by the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, that is aimed at encouraging businesses owned by minorities and women — architectural, development and engineering firms — to participate in the development process.  Read more