A rendering from a 2022 presentation shows how a center-running bus lane might be positioned along Blue Hill Avenue near the Mattapan Branch Library. Mayor Wu and US Rep. Pressley— two prominent supporters of the idea— say that any final designs will be made in future meetings with neighbors, merchants, and other stakeholders. City of Boston image
Attorney General Andrea Campbell says her office is thinking nationally but acting locally when it comes to setting priorities and protecting citizens in Massachusetts. In an interview with the Reporter on Monday, the Mattapan Democrat said she’s leaning in on her experience as a Boston city councillor, but also listening closely to residents across the Commonwealth to set an agenda for her office for the next three years.
Marie Etienne has retired as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at The Boston Home, a role she has performed with loving care for 28 years. She is looking forward to spending more time in Haiti, her native land.
After a long grassroots push for better and more affordable public transportation, the MBTA will offer systemwide fare discounts for low-income riders as early as this summer, pending final approval from the agency’s board.
A technician checks the furnace at Paulette Gray’s Dorchester home. Photo by Alessandra Bisalti/ABCD
With winter temperatures now in full chill-mode, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) is urging residents to apply for funds from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help cover utility costs.
A personal care assistant for a 95-year-old woman in Dorchester faces charges that she withdrew $120,000 from her client's bank account, stole $30,000 in rent payments from a tenant in the woman's house and then forced the house into foreclosure, by taking out a reverse mortgage on it.
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Over the past years during and following the pandemic, Massachusetts residents have made major changes to adapt to our new social and economic landscapes. This means more people have been changing jobs, moving, and following their dreams of working for themselves. Significant numbers of residents are also transitioning from MassHealth coverage following the end of federal COVID-19 protections.
At-Large City Councillor Ruthzee Louijeune was elected president of the Boston City Council Monday, succeeding Councillor Ed Flynn in that post and pledging to make equity a guiding principle while aspiring to "bring everyone along" in the city.
The daughter of immigrants from Haiti, Louijeune was born and raised in Mattapan and Hyde Park and attended Boston Public Schools. An attorney, she graduated from Columbia University, Harvard Law School, and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and is trilingual with French and Haitian Creole.
For years, Haitian American activists have sought a space in the city to serve as a hub to celebrate the achievements, history, and rich culture of one Boston’s largest immigrant populations. Now, they’ve found it along Boston’s waterfront, in a 2,000-square-foot-storefront space in a new building on Lovejoy Wharf, near North Station and the TD Garden.
The growth of people working for themselves is one of the biggest economic changes to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few years, many people left their jobs to follow their dreams and work independently. This has resulted in more gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors than ever before. Independent work provides flexibility and freedom, but often leads to stress when it comes time to navigate the process of enrolling in health insurance coverage.
Don Alexis was first attracted to Mattapan and Blue Hill Avenue when he was 18 and visiting family shortly after immigrating from Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. The diaspora culture and the history of the neighborhood gave him the familiar vibe of home that he had left behind in the Caribbean.
It was a feeling that now, as the director of Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) – Mattapan’s only community development corporation – he is trying to preserve and create for others in building affordable rental and homeownership housing units throughout the area.
Haitian-Americans United Inc. and Councillor-at-Large Ruthzee Louijeune will host a celebration of Haitian Independence Day on Sat., Jan. 6, 2024 at Dorchester's IBEW Local 103 Freeport Hall. See this link for more info.
At-large City Councillor Ruthzee Louijeune says she has enough support among her colleagues on next year’s council to take over as the body’s president. Seven votes are required to win a majority on the thirteen-member body. Louijeune topped the ticket in Boston’s election last week, winning 44,479 votes in her second time on the citywide ballot.
The Zoning Board of Appeal on Tuesday deferred a vote on a developer's proposal to turn the former St. Matthew convent, 43-45 Stanton St. in Dorchester, into 14 condos - two of them affordable - to give the developer and neighbors a couple more months to try to reach agreement on the size of the project, in particular, its roof.