Mattapan

By - 11/19/14 - 3:15 pm

For the second straight meeting, the City Council agreed to delay a vote on Councilor Charles Yancey's proposal for a $120 million high school in Mattapan.

The council approved borrowing for the high school last month, but the measure needs two positive votes before it can go to the mayor for his consideration.

As various ministers, members of the public and former City... Read more

By - 11/16/14 - 2:22 pm

Shortly after 2 p.m. at 760 Cummins Highway, near Favre, Stanley Staco reports.

By - 11/6/14 - 8:01 am

Jeff Rubin, whose family was one of the last Jewish families to leave the area along Blue Hill Avenue in 1970, reports on a diaspora reunited in a Facebook group:

Jews are famous for their exiles and the Dorchester-Mattapan dispersion is just another example. Thanks to the Facebook page we can experience the lost culture of that neighborhood once again, enjoy the friendships, and

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By - 11/5/14 - 2:24 pm

The City Council today was about to vote for the second time on Councilor Charles Yancey's proposal to borrow $120 million to build a new high school in Mattapan - which would have sent the matter to Mayor Walsh - when Yancey asked for the vote to be delayed for two weeks.

Yancey told fellow councilors and audience members who included clergymen and former City... Read more

By - 11/3/14 - 7:55 am

Lawrence Harmon ponders Councilor Charles Yancey's pursuit of a new high school in Mattapan and says the idea could work - if the city converts the current West Roxbury Education Complex into a K-8 school.

Yancey and Mattapan would get a state-of-the-art high school (open to students from across the city), even as secondary enrollment across the city drops, while West Roxbury parents would... Read more

By - 10/27/14 - 3:13 pm

Crews are working seven days a week to prepare two dormant public-health buildings in Mattapan for long-term use by halfway programs, while the city looks to rent or buy additional space - including possibly in the closed Radius hospital in Roxbury - for the several years before the bridge to Long Island can be repaired.

Although the city was able to find cots for all... Read more

By - 10/22/14 - 5:16 pm
Former City Councilor Chuck Turner attends meeting on Mattapan High School

Among those who attended to support Yancey: Former Councilor Chuck Turner

The City Council today approved a proposal to spend $120 million to build a new high school in Mattapan, for which Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) has been fighting for close to two decades.

The proposed borrowing for the work will require a second council vote in two weeks and approval by Mayor Walsh.

The council voted 9-3 in favor of the plan, which Yancey said... Read more

By - 10/17/14 - 7:31 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire broke out on the third floor of 10 Fessenden St. late Thursday night. Firefighters arriving at 11:25 p.m. found "heavy fire" on the floor's porch.... Read more

By - 10/16/14 - 12:55 pm

State officials announced today the start of hourly service on Saturday and Sunday on the Fairmount Line will start Nov. 29 - and that they've made the current fares - the same as a subway line from Fairmount station north - permanent.

MassDOT also said it will solicit bids in December for 30 Diesel Multiple Units - single-car diesel trains that will let the T... Read more

By - 10/14/14 - 2:17 pm

Destin Marcelin, 6, died in a Dorchester apartment last month when his father, Patrick Marcelin smothered or strangled him - or maybe both - Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.

Marcelin then slashed his wrists, then plunged a knife into his chest after opening the door of a Mattapan apartment to police after they had tracked him down two days... Read more

By - 10/11/14 - 12:11 am
Hughes

Boston Police report nabbing a Mattapan native who was wanted in New York on murder charges.

Chivona Hughes, 32, was arrested in her old haunts near Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan on Tuesday afternoon, police say.

Police in New York had been hunting Hughes for a Sept. 21 murder in Brooklyn. Boston Police report she allegedly stabbed her victim 75 times in... Read more

By - 10/8/14 - 5:22 pm
O'Donnell

Former Dorchester funeral director Joseph V. O'Donnell, 56, was indicted today on charges of keeping a dozen decomposed bodies in a self-storage facility and with embezzling funds meant to pay for funerals and forgery, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Although the improper disposal of bodies is more gruesome, it's the charges of forgery and larceny from a person over 60 that could put... Read more

By - 10/8/14 - 2:57 pm
Boston city councilors Charles Yancey and Bill Linehan

Yancey, Linehan shake after Linehan tells Yancey he won't get a vote on proposal today.

Several city councilors said today they strongly back Councilor Charles Yancey's longstanding proposal to put a high school on a 20-acre parcel on the grounds of the former Boston State Hospital.

However, Council President Bill Linehan deferred any vote on the idea after several councilors also said that while they don't oppose the idea, they need more information on it. Among those: Mark Ciommo... Read more

By - 10/4/14 - 11:31 am

Luis Miguel Gonzalez-Buzetta, 22, was sentenced this week to nine years in prison and permanent status as a sex offender, after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to child-exploitation charges related to the more than 6,000 sexually explicit photos and videos of young girls federal agents found on his computers, the US Attorney's office reports.

The FBI began investigating Gonzalez-Buzetta, 22, last year, after... Read more

By - 9/18/14 - 12:49 pm

A concerned citizen reports on odd goings-on at a storm drain on Mildred Avenue in Mattapan:

Caller states an unidentified man has been stuffing bags of unknown contents down the sewer at the location everyday for the past year. He usually has a golf club or cane which he uses to push the bags down the sewer. Caller reports seeing the individual usually between

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By - 9/6/14 - 10:29 pm

Officers investigating the death of Patrick Marcelin's six-year-old son at 61 Devon St. in Dorchester on Thursday were unable to keep Marcelin from stabbing himself to death when they arrived at the apartment where he'd been staying, Boston Police report.

According to police, the boy was in cardiac arrest when first responders arrived at his home around 9:30 a.m., but that the exact cause... Read more

By - 8/28/14 - 2:06 pm

WBZ introduces us to Uwa Lawrence, a landlord in the Roslindale/Mattapan area who is allegedly horrible enough to remove the windows, doors and circuit breaker on a cold February day from a unit whose tenant he wanted to get out.

By - 8/26/14 - 3:49 pm

Roxbury, MA – It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled “Candid Conversations”. During this series,... Read more

By - 8/24/14 - 8:23 pm

Several of them, around 8:15 p.m. at Morton and Wilcock, with some ending up in people's apartments. No reported injuries, though.

By - 8/20/14 - 12:12 pm

Juanly Pena, now, 15, today admitted he shot his 9-year-old brother to death in February, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Pena was sentenced to DYS custody until he turns 21 - with a three-year prison sentence after that suspended if "he obtains a GED and/or employment, undergoes a mental health evaluation and treatment, refrains from any contact with persons he knows to... Read more

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