Neponset River Trail Public Meeting Aug. 30

On Tuesday, August 30, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., at the Foley Senior Residences Dining Room, 249 River Street, Mattapan, the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will discuss, and solicit public input on, recommended alternative trail extension between Central Avenue in Milton and Blue Hill Avenue in Boston to link the Lower Neponset River Trail to the Neponset Esplanade.

Please help pass along this meeting notice (see flyer attached below) especially to those who live in Mattapan and Milton, to help generate a sizeable community presence at this meeting that can provide feedback about this critical missing piece. If you have questions about the public meeting, please call 617-626-4974 or email

Attracting Native Pollinators to Your Garden, Aug 27

honeybeeAttracting Native Pollinators to Your Garden - a Boston Gardeners Council Workshop at City Natives in Mattapan. Please join ecologist Russ Hopping of The Trustees of Reservations for a free workshop on how to attract native pollinators to your vegetable and ornamental gardens. Learn how to create an attractive habitat that will support many of these essential species. Saturday, August 27, 2011, from 10:00 AM to – 12 noon.

Location: City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan

Registration required, contact

RDM Transit Study at Mattapan/Ashmont, Jul. 26 and 27

RDM What would you do to improce the MBTA in Roxbury, Dorchester, or Mattapan? Now's your chance to make a change! Give suggestions for short, medium or long-term projects. If you'd like to share your idea in person, you can also visit one of MassDOT's RDM Study outreach tables. The team will be out at Mattapan Station on Tuesday, July 26 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and at Ashmont Station on Wednesday, July 27 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Whether it's a minor modification to a bus schedule, or the introduction of a new rail line, please share your idea with us today at! For more information, contact Scott Hamwey, MassDOT Project Manager, at 617.973.7210 or by email at

Neponset Greenway Walk, Jul. 21

Mattapan Food and Fitness CoalitionAdvocates of the Neponset Greenway, including the Boston Natural Areas Network and the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, are planning a five-mile walk on July 21. Proceeding from Mattapan Square along River Street and the Greenway Trail, the group walk is part of advocates' educational efforts about the Greenway project. The walk is scheduled to start on Thurs., July 21, at 6 p.m. at Mattapan Square MBTA station.

Read a related editorial in the Dorchester Reporter here. An article on car/trolley accidents on the Mattapan line also mentions the event. 

What’s on Brookwood Farm? Aug. 24

Brookwood Farm has historically been both farmland and wetland. What are the special native plants of this part of the Reservation and what threatens them? Join a naturalist on Wednesday, August 24, at 6:00 p.m. to explore this historically and ecologically significant portion of the Reservation. Meet at Brookwood Farm, 11 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton, MA.

(Brookwood Farm is one of several farms present at the  Mattapan Farmers' Market this year. For more information, check out the Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition blog here).

Performance Series at Ryan Playground, Jul. 28

PlaygroundThe Neponset River Greenway "Especially for Children Performance Series" begins! Starting July 7, every Thursday morning in July, enjoy this series of kid-friendly performances from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All kinds of entertainment will be featured at Ryan Playground in Mattapan. Amazing musicians, live animals, and even storytelling! That's not all! After every event kids will be allowed to play in the park's wading pool. The next performance takes place on Thursday, July 28. Check or call 617-542-7696 for more information and performance schedule. >> Read More

Summer Cooking in the Garden, Jul. 27

Garden SaladLearn to prepare quick, healthy and affordable dishes using your own fresh picked herbs and produce. Phoebe Flemming, Registered Dietitian and community gardener, will demonstrate some fun and exciting ways to use your garden crops, reduce sodium and saturated fat in your diet and cook healthy and save money at the same time! Registration required. To register call 617-542-7696 or email

This class, hosted by Boston Natural Areas Network, takes place on July 27, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan, MA.

(Photo Credit: Edsel Little)

Community Meeting on Blue Hill Ave. Station/Fairmount, Jun. 1

The MBTA will hold a public meeting to discuss the Fairmount Line Blue Hill Avenue Station on Wednesday, June 1, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch Library (1350 Bleu Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126). The MBTA project team will discuss the station location & design with alternative analysis. Design will be completed by the end of 2011 and construction is projected to begin May 2012. 

For more information, or if you need a disabilities-related accomodation, contact Pablo Calderon at 617-222-3341 or by May 27, 2011.

Fundraiser for Tornado Relief, May 21

Boston Mothers CarePlease join Boston Mothers Care on May 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 234 Kennebec Street, Mattapan, MA 02126 for a dinner fundraiser and supply drive. BMC members will be driving donations to tornado victims in Alabama during Memorial Day Weekend. Your donation is tax deductible and even $5 to $10 makes a huge difference. Donations of water, toothpaste/toothbrushes, diapers, toiletries, canned foods and other non-perishable iterms are greatly appreciated. Boston Mothers Care will provide dinner and drinks, networking and a relaxing evening with others who believe in service and action. BMC is mission driven and composed of volunteers.

If you need more details, please contact Fabienne Eliacin at 617-792-1025 or email Checks can be made out to Boston Mothers Care, Inc. You may also donate online via PayPal (send to

Breast Cancer Awareness Concert & Fundraiser, May 21

Gospel lovers, music patrons, cause seekers: the Bethel Baptist Choir, Gospel T's, Humble Worshippers, and Gospel Encouragers will perform at a Breast Cancer Awareness Concert on May 21. Concert begins at 6 p.m. and takes place at the Morning Star Baptist Church, 1257 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan. For more information, call the church at (617) 298-0278 or visit

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