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Staying in Touch & Finding Lost Pets: Facebook Community Pages, Part IV

Even if you’re not a Facebook fan, here’s a reason to take a look: Many cities and towns have local, citizen-run pages where people post neighborhood information and engage with each other.

Recent topics on these pages include current civic and local events and new housing developments. You’ll also see people looking for healthcare providers, good coffee, Girl Scout cookies, movers, painters, plumbers, tailors, restaurants, lost personal items, and schools. And lost pets. It looks like lots of cats and dogs are slipping out of the house while nobody’s looking.

Here are pages for people in Dorchester, Milton and Mattapan. We’ll keep adding more, and send us your recommendations!

(To protect us all from viruses, we’re including direct links to each page, or you can cut and paste vs. clicking on the link.)

Dorchester Connect – this 8,600+ member group helps Dorchester residents stay connected with each other and the community. Members post on topics including sports schedules, school and town information, politics, charity events, local business and suggestions/ideas. www.facebook.com/groups/DorchesterConnect

Mattapan Residents & Friends – this is smaller group, about 200 people – so join the group if you live in Mattapan! It’s a good place to find and share information on the neighborhood. www.facebook.com/Mattapan-Residents-Friends-883240098455080

Mattapan, Massachusetts – this is a great jumping off page that lists Mattapan-related Facebook groups including the local Audubon Society, religious institutions, the Urban Farming Institute, and housing. www.facebook.com/pages/Mattapan-Massachusetts/112206712129577

Milton Neighbors – with 11,250+ members, this group is for town residents to share information, about topics including referrals, schools, the town and helpful hints. www.facebook.com/groupsmiltonneighbors

The Milton Scene – this group with nearly 2,000 members is the companion Facebook page to the Milton Neighbors Facebook page. It features daily local news and events and a directory of recommended local businesses. Topics include local elections and polls about town issues. www.facebook.com/miltonscene/

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