Mattapan Station development moves forward with MBTA nod

The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board today approved the ground lease at Mattapan Station to the partnership of Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation and the Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc. (POAH). Nuestra and POAH will be developing a mixed-used project, including affordable housing and commercial space, in the long-underutilized River Street parking lot next to the station.

In Mattapan, new-and-improved Almont Park gets security camera

Mattapan’s Almont Park has another new amenity this summer— a security camera aimed at helping the already vastly-improved city park become even more of a safe haven. The park— home to the Mattapan Patriots Pop Warner program, which kicks off its season this weekend— has seen more than $4 million in renovations over the last five years, capped off with a well-kept football and soccer field.

Dorchester, Mattapan tenants have had it with landlord who lets them live in squalor

Mice, cockroaches, mold, shut-off heat, no electricity, jammed doors, open gasoline canisters. This is what we live with, said the tenants of several dilapidated Dorchester and Mattapan properties as they loudly protested on Monday evening week against the ownership of a notably negligent landlord, Uwa Lawrence.

“One, two, three, four. No more constables at our door. Five, six, seven, eight. Don’t evict, negotiate,” they chanted outside Lawrence’s property at 91-101 Waldeck St. amidst an array of colorful signs emblazoned with the words “People Before Profit” and “Stand Up! Fight Back.”

Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE— Empty halls buzz with flies. Rats scamper through the wards at night. The emergency room is empty except for four shackled prisoners, watched over by relatives and missionaries rather than medical personnel.

The Hospital of the State University of Haiti, the largest and most important public medical facility in this troubled country, is at the epicenter of the most punishing strike by Haitian medical workers in memory.

US official arrives in Haiti to press for end to impasse

PORT-AU-PRINCE— The U.S. State Department's special coordinator for Haiti has arrived in the troubled Caribbean country to talk with officials amid a lengthy political impasse.

Kenneth Merten is meeting with members of the Provisional Electoral Council and other officials to "discuss the urgent need for elected representatives at all levels of government." He arrived Thursday.

Campbell pushes safety, constituent services in report

Six months into her first term, District 4 city councillor Andrea Campbell has upheld one of her campaign promises by releasing a report on her office’s progress. Along with noting efforts to assess public safety at a time of increased tension between national police forces and communities of color, the eight-page document also touches on issues of accessibility and resources throughout District 4.

Haitian Heritage Month includes State House celebration on May 26

The Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) is pleased to invite the general audience to participate in a series of events organized in celebration of the 2016 Haitian Heritage Month in Massachusetts. H.A.U. and its partners continue to focus on “Unity” as the central theme for this year, while evoking the spirit and the determination of the ancestors that led to Haiti’s independence on January 1st, 1804.

As in past years, H.A.U. will coordinate several major events for the Haitian Heritage Month:

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