This Thursday November 7: "Knowledge is Power" Education Series: Busing and Desegregation

This month's meeting of the Mattapan United Assembly will focus on education, specifically the history of busing and desegregation in Boston's schools.  Over the summer, we participated in what was the start of a series on education.  Stand for Children came to discuss the challenges and successes of Boston's public schools.  After lots of conversation it was clear that this talk was far from over.  Please join Mattapan United and the Union of Minority Neighborhoods for the first part in a three-part series entitled Knowledge is Power.  We'll be able to hear and share our stories with our community.  A short film will be shown and dinner will be provided for all participants.  Come and bring your friends!


Thursday November 7 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center:

535 River St.

Mattapan, MA 02126

Mattapan in the News: Mattapan Patriots recognized by MA Senate for hard work in the community

Mattapan United partner the Mattapan Patriots received a citation from the Massachusetts Senate last week for its work both with local youth and with the greater community.  Read's full article on the organization here:

and learn more about the organization here:

Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition presents Zumba!

Please join the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition for a night of fun-filled ZUMBA dance activity at the Church of the Holy Spirit at 525 River St, Mattapan, MA 02126.  This fitness opportunity will be held every Friday night from 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm from this Friday, November 1, until December 6th.  Please bring a towel, a bottle of water, and a $3 donation for the MFFC.  To register, email Eva Joseph at

Free Advanced ESOL and College Readiness Classes at the YMCA International Learning Center

The YMCA International Learning Center is offering classes in Advanced ESOL and College Readiness.  These classes will run Monday-Friday from 8:30am-2:00pm from January 6 to June 20, 2014.  The program is free for those who meet these criteria: have goal of college or skills training, have high school diploma or GED, have an advanced level of English (SPL 6), and are a legal resident of the US.  Classes will be held at 3 Center Plaza, Suite 901, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02108, steps from Government Center on the Green and Blue Lines and a very short walk from Park Street and Downtown Crossing.  For more information on this great opportunity, email or call (617)927-8234.

BNAN Master Urban Gardener free training 2014!

Boston Natural Areas Network presents: Master Urban Gardener training 2014!  This free training will cover everything from vegetable gardening to composting to community organizing.  The training is open to Boston Community gardeners who demonstrate a commitment to sharing skills with others.  MUG consists of 30-hour classroom instruction, followed by 30 hours of volunteer service.  Each Saturday session includes topical lectures as well as participatory activities.  For an application or details, visit or call (617)542-7696.

Impressive Turnout at Mayoral Forum on Communities of Color

Some 500 interested community members turned out at this past Wednesday's Mayoral Forum on Communities of Color.  The event, held at the Reggie Lewis Center, was sponsored by Mattapan United, along with Boston NAACP, MassVOTE, the Urban League, and a myriad of other community partners.  Both mayoral candidates, John Connolly and Martin Walsh, spoke about how their campaign plans would affect Boston's communities of colors.  The moderator, award-winning journalist Liz Walker, asked them questions touching on business, jobs, housing, schools and public safety.  Throughout all their answers, both candidates expressed an abiding desire to bridge racial divides in Boston and make addressing racism a top priority, should they be elected.

For further coverage on the forum, see this Boston Globe article on the event:

Remember to vote November 5!

Mattapan United seeks new Steering Committee members

Dear Mattapan Community members,


The Mattapan United Steering Committee is recruiting new Steering Committee members. We have openings for the following representatives:

·         Mattapan Resident

·         Public Safety Representative

·         Education Representative

·         Business Representative


If you are interested in becoming part of the MU Steering Committee, please contact Karleen Porcena or 617-298-2045 for a formal application and Steering Committee responsibilities and guidelines. Applications for new members are open until December Friday December 20th 2013.

Fall Pumpkin Fest at the Boston Common Frog Pond Sunday, October 27

Mayor Menino Presents: Fall Pumpkin Fest! at the Boston Common Frog Pond


Bring an 8-inch or smaller carved pumpkin to the Frog Pond to float and help set the Pond aglow at twilight.

Interact in spooky ParkSCIENCE experiments from Mass Horticultural Sociey, Bio+Art Collaboration, and Boston Best Bees Company.

Wear your Halloween costume and participate in the Halloween Parade led by Frog Pond Freddie.

Watch Rosalita's Ghoulish Puppet Show, a dazzling magic show by Kayla Drescher Magic, and a fun bubble show by "Bubble Man" Jim Dichter

Try scarily delicious treats, refreshments and games from National Dairy Council's Fuel Up to Play, Archway Cookies, New England Coffee, Magic 106.7 and more! > Read more

Mattahunt Community Center Halloween Party on Thursday, October 31

Mattapan United partners Mattapan Patriots and Mattahunt Community Center invite you to a Halloween Party! at the Mattahunt Community Center, 100 Hebron St., Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6-8pm.  There will be a costume contest, face painting, dance contest, super scary haunted house, and much more!  Admission: food, cake, candy, drinks, or $2.  For more information, please contact Shellice Baker at (617)635-5159.

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