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By adamg - 5/10/22 - 2:53 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by two physical therapists to turn what used to be the Quality RX Pharmacy on River Street near Hyde Park Avenue into a function hall specializing in weddings, graduations and similar events. Read more.

By adamg - 5/9/22 - 3:18 pm

Developer Rise Together has told the BPDA it will soon file detailed plans for two six-story residential buildings, one to replace a repair garage at 1590 Blue Hill Ave., the other behind it on River Street. Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/22 - 2:01 pm
David Cange

David Cange first started planning his Fritay Haitian restaurant a couple of years ago. Covid-19 forced a delay, but Cange went before the Boston Licensing Board today to seek a food-serving license at 532 River St. in Mattapan Square.
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By adamg - 4/2/22 - 9:12 pm
Rendering of proposed Lower Mills residential building

Rendering by RODE Architects.

Developer Joey Arcari has filed plans with the BPDA to replace one of the city's more unusually named convenience stores, at Washington and River streets in Lower Mills with a 24-unit residential building with 18 parking spaces. Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/22 - 10:57 pm

Boston Police report arresting Eddie Osborne, 37, of Mattapan, on charges he shot two men inside Mello Vibez, 473 River St. shortly after 11 p.m. on Feb. 19. Read more.

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By adamg - 2/20/22 - 10:22 pm
Officer search for evidence outside restaurant

Officers search for evidence. Photo by Live Boston.

Update: Suspect arrested.

Live Boston reports a man and a woman were shot inside Mello Vibez, 473 River St., next to Macumba Latina, in Mattapan, around 11:05 p.m. on Saturday. The woman was taken to a local hospital with injuries serious enough to have the homicide unit called in; the man, who had a gun on him, was less seriously injured.

By adamg - 1/23/22 - 10:35 pm

Boston firefighters responded to 1808 River St. for a fire shortly before 10:30 p.m

They managed to confine the fire to just one room. Residents got out by themselves, there were no injuries.

By adamg - 12/30/21 - 11:41 pm

Boston Police report arresting men from Attleboro and Dorchester and a kid from Mattapan on charges they held up the Santander Bank branch at 860 River St., near the Mattapan line, shortly before 4:30 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 12/14/21 - 3:59 pm

The Boston Licensing Board heard details today of a pair of violent, and likely related, incidents at Macumba Latina, 477 River St. that left a patron with with his right forearm slashed open and a man in the parking lot across the street lying on the ground after getting hit in the head with a baseball bat. Read more.

By adamg - 10/5/21 - 11:20 am

Update: Licensing Board found the club had adequate staffing and could not have foreseen the problem, so no violation.

The owners of Macumba Latina on River Street in Mattapan say they have stopped Thursday-night events that were heavily promoted in Brockton following a July incident in which River Street was shut by knots of people throwing punches at each other. Read more.

By adamg - 10/5/21 - 10:03 am

Update, 10/14: Problems fixed and an inspector let the restaurant reopen.

Farrah's Cafe Restaurant, 1158 River St., which was shut on Sept. 23 for violations that included a leaky kitchen sink and live cockroaches in the basement, failed a re-inspection yesterday after an inspector found the sink still leaked and that the live roaches in the basement had been joined by live roaches in the kitchen. Read more.

By adamg - 9/10/21 - 10:54 am

Acting Mayor Kim Janey said today the city will spend $2 million renovating space in the Muni on River Street in Hyde Park's Logan Square to serve as a new health center for a neighborhood that has a lower life expectancy than the city average. Read more.

By adamg - 8/23/21 - 8:52 pm
Firefighters at Mother Brook

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters were able to rescue somebody who somehow wound up in the Mother Brook where River Street crosses, near the intersection with Readville Street and Neponset Valley Parkway, shortly after 8 p.m. The department reports firefighters handed the person over to Boston EMS for transport to a local hospital.

By adamg - 8/16/21 - 5:09 pm
Conness was asked if he swore at the workmen; he allowed as how he sometimes did

From the transcript of a City Hall hearing on River Street construction.

Conness

No, not John Kerry over his failure to shovel his sidewalk after one of the 2015 blizzards - Kerry admitted his wrongdoing, paid his fine and never had to address city leaders.

In 1879, John Conness, who had been one of California's senators during the Civil War, and then retired to the life of a gentleman farmer in, of all places, Mattapan, agreed to appear before a City Hall committee investigating alleged improprieties by the city's superintendent of streets, some of which involved the upgrading of River Street along Conness's farm. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/21 - 12:48 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man they say used an ice pick to menace a woman in Mattapan Square shortly before 7:30 p.m. yesterday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/26/21 - 10:47 am

Stanley Stacos reports a man was shot on River street near the Boston Public Health Commission campus, shortly before 1:30 a.m. He was found in some bushes with injuries not considered life threatening.

By adamg - 4/27/21 - 11:59 am
Proposed rendering of rejected River Street building

Bird-enhanced rendering by Embarc Studio; board says nope.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today listened to residents' concerns and rejected a developer's proposal to build a three-story, seven-unit condo building at 37 River St., at Old Morton Street in Mattapan. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/21 - 11:17 am

The Boston Licensing Board today suspended the liquor license for Macumba Latina, 477 River St., after BPD detectives found a long line outside and lots of people without masks inside, as well as a DJ, last night - all violations of state and city Covid-19 regulations. Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/21 - 11:41 am

The Bulletin reports that the River Street mall with the Price Rite and the Burger King at the Hyde Park/Mattapan line, could get a Starbucks and a Planet Fitness.

Developer Todd Finard, who has been trying to fill the space left vacant since he tore down what was left of the old paper mill there in 2007 and 2008, will hold a community meeting on the two possible additions to the Shops at Riverwood at 6 p.m. on March 24.

By adamg - 3/10/21 - 10:48 am

Public Facilities Commission Meeting: Department of Neighborhood Development 03-10-21

The Boston Public Facilities Commission this morning approved handing over a quarter-acre parcel off River Street in Mattapan to a group that will transform it into a "food forest" stocked with trees from which anybody can pick berries and nuts, and another parcel off Chelsea Street in East Boston to a group that will create a community garden. Read more.

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