Toast 2016 and Say Farewell to the Tree! — A Winter Houseparty Fundraiser

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December 15, 2015 | Posted in Events, Fundraisers | By

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Toast 2016 and Say Farewell to the Tree!

a winter houseparty fundraiser for St. Mark’s Area Main Street

Come share delicious food and drink with your Main Street district neighbors as we welcome and toast 2016 together!  Stop by before or after your evening’s plans to catch up with friends old and new, and see one last gasp of beautiful holiday decorations before they are packed away for another year.

Date: Saturday, January 9, 5pm to 8 pm

Hosts: Philippe Saad (President of the Board of Directors) and Dr. Anil Nair (Back to Life Chiropractic & Wellness)

Location: 80 Lyndhurst Street, Dorchester MA 02124

Advance registration is encouraged!   Tickets ($35 for one/$30 each for two or more) can be purchased with a credit card in advance at the link below or by mailing a check with appropriate memo line to SMAMS at 1914 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124.  Tickets will also be sold at the door as space allows (credit card, check, or cash).

We hope you’ll join us!  For more information, contact Jenn Cartee at office@smams.org or 617.825.3846


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November District Happenings

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December 15, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

 

November District Happenings

November is a busy month in our district, with our Fall Public Meeting, Small Business Saturday, a Pop-Up Holiday Market on the MBTA Plaza, and the Annual Peabody Square Tree Lighting.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Fall Public Meeting at Epiphany School

Thursday, 11/19, 6:30 – 8:00pm
  • Visit with your St. Mark’s Area Main Street District neighbors over light refreshments provided by Dot2Dot Café
  • Hear more about what SMAMS has been up to, our newly adopted vision statement, and our plans for the year ahead
  • Learn how you can get involved in one of our committees (Fundraising & Events; District Beautification; Development & Historic Preservation; and Local Business Support & Recruitment)
  • Pick up a free copy of our fully updated district business directory (initial run of 200 planned) and the professionally commissioned market assessment, in one of our new Small Business Saturday tote bags
  • Join or renew your SMAMS membership for the 2016 calendar year ($20/individual; $50/business; corporate sponsorship opportunities available)

Ashmont/Peabody Square Pop-Up Holiday Market

Saturday, 11/28,  4:00 – 7:00 pm (before the Tree Lighting) 

Celebrate the season in Peabody Square at a pop-up holiday market! Holiday music will fill the air as you shop our market stands:

Thanks as always to our sponsors, Boston Main Streets, the Boston Main Streets Foundation, the MBTATrinity FinancialCarney Hospital, and Vargas & Vargas Insurance Agency who make our community events like this possible!

Annual Peabody Square Tree Lighting

Saturday, 11/28, 7:00

After our pop-up holiday market, light the Peabody Square Holiday Tree with Santa, Mayor Marty Walsh, and other special guests on the Ashmont MBTA Station Plaza. Feel free to bring an ornament to add to the ones Dot Art is helping children make to adorn the tree!

7:00 p.m. Refreshments and Holiday Songs with guests from Boston City SingersSenator Linda Dorcena Forry has graciously agreed to be our Mistress of Ceremonies!

7:30 p.m. Holiday Trolley arrives, Tree-lighting Countdown, & Goody Bags for KidsPresented by:
Ashmont Adams Neighborhood Association
Ashmont Hill Association
Ashmont Valley Neighborhood Association
Boston Main Streets
Peabody Slope Neighborhood Association
St. Mark’s Area Main Street
Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Committee

Businesses that wish to contribute to the children’s goody bags can drop off 250 of any coupon or other small goody bag stuffer item at the SMAMS offices by no later than Tuesday, 11/24.

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SMAMS Welcomes New Executive Director

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August 5, 2015 | Posted in News | By

headshotAfter former Executive Director Meaghan Overton moved to Colorado in May, we spent the summer interviewing several fine candidates who applied to be the new SMAMS Executive Director. Boston Main Streets, the St. Mark’s Area Main Street, our Board Members, and Staff, are delighted to announce that Jenn Cartee will be joining us as Executive Director this August.

Jenn has been a committed and civicly engaged Dorchester resident since 2006. She was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts in 2002 and practiced as an attorney on staff in the state court system and in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Government Bureau during her early career. More recently, she has maintained a private practice doing contract work for other attorneys, as well as non-legal consulting. Her local community involvement has included connecting Dorchester families in person and online through DotParents, volunteering as part of the Ashmont Nursery School Co-Op, and, most recently, her extensive work at First Parish Dorchester (in Meetinghouse Hill), which she now serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. We know that you will welcome Jenn and will support her as she settles into her new position and makes it her own.

Interim Director Sydney Miller will stay on for the transition in August. She wants to thank the countless volunteers, local business owners, sponsors, and vendors who have worked closely with her this summer. Their commitment and the continuity they provided at a key time of year for SMAMS made it possible for us to keep our doors open this summer.

The St. Mark’s Area Main Street is effective because of our collaboration with the residents and businesses, civic and neighborhood associations, advocacy and outreach organizations, corporate sponsors, elected officials, city offices and programs that support us. YOU are the people who make this neighborhood, this business district, this community, and this city what it is. We humbly thank you.

~ Philippe Saad, SMAMS Board President

 [Photo by Jessica McDaniel, Boston Baby Photos]

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SMAMS Welcomes Jerry Samy, the 2015 Farmers’ Market Manager

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June 24, 2015 | Posted in Farmers Market, News, Uncategorized | By

Greetings,Jerry Samy, SMAMS

My name is Jerry Samy, and I am the 2015 Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market Manager and intern for ST. Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS). I am recent Economics graduate from UMass Boston. This Farmers Market season, I will be my focusing on having a successful Farmers Market and bringing the community together. We’re happy to announce and welcome back our new and seasoned vendors.

You can stay up-to-date on the latest farmers’ market news viaFacebook (search for Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market) and on Twitter @AshmontFarmMkt. Like and follow the market, so you don’t miss announcements of new vendors, entertainment, and more. See you on June 26 for opening day, and every Friday this summer until October 16.

For those who may not know, SMAMS is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen and support local businesses along Dorchester Avenue, from Ashmont Station to Melville Avenue. To learn more about SMAMS, visit www.smams.org

For any inquiries, questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at

Jerrysamyma@gmail.com or 617- 825- 3846.

Sincerely,

Jerry Samy, Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market Manager

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Celebrate Historic Preservation Month: All Saints Ashmont Restoration Tour

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April 24, 2015 | Posted in Events, News | By

All Saints Ashmont Restoration Project Tour

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Saturday, May 9, 11am-12:30pm
209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester MA (map)

The Parish of All Saints and Saint Mark’s Area Main Streets (SMAMS) invite you to Dorchester’s historic Peabody Square for a post-restoration tour of All Saints’ Church, led by parishioner and SMAMS Board member Jeffrey Gonyeau.

Listed on the National Register, All Saints is the first church designed by Ralph Adams Cram and profoundly influenced American church design in the Gothic Revival style. After four years of planning and twenty-two months of construction, the comprehensive rehabilitation of the church and Parish House has resulted in a dramatic transformation of these iconic structures.

The tour will begin in the church parking lot at 209 Ashmont Street.

Free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP below or by emailing office@smams.org:

 

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Job Opportunity: SMAMS Seeks Executive Director

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April 23, 2015 | Posted in News | By

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JOB OPPORTUNITY:  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Saint Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS) is conducting a search for a creative and dynamic Executive Director (ED) who will embody and promote the district vision. The ED will work with multiple stakeholders and municipal and private agencies to achieve objectives. He/she will publicize and market the district, develop and execute programs that enhance the district and provide information and support to current and prospective businesses, residents, and other stakeholders as identified. View Detailed Job Description.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The ED will have a working knowledge (education or work experience) in several of the following areas: architecture, historic preservation, economics, finance, public relations, design, journalism, public planning, business administration, retail, non-profits, volunteer administration, fundraising, and small business administration.

The ED is expected to understand the issues confronting SMAMS business owners, property owners, public agencies, and community organizers. He/she will act as “ambassador” for the district and must be entrepreneurial, energetic, organized, imaginative and capable of functioning in an independent situation.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 – 5 years professional experience preferred
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and engage people
  • Presentation and communication skills are essential
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks, MS Office, Constant Contact, etc.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send cover letter, resume, and references to jobs@smams.org. Resumes will be accepted until Friday, May 8, 2015. No phone calls please.

Executive Director Search Committee
Saint Mark’s Area Main Street
1914 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124​

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Vendor Applications for 2015 Farmers’ Market Now Open!

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March 18, 2015 | Posted in Farmers Market, News | By

FarmersMktThe 2015 season of the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market is rapidly approaching. Vendor applications are now open. Please download our Vendor Application and email it to office@smams.org if you are interested in joining this year’s market.

We’re also looking for help organizing this year’s market. If you’d like to join our Farmers’ Market Committee, have suggestions about performers we could contact, or want to help out on a particular market day, please provide your contact information below. We’ll follow up with you soon!

The 2015 Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market will run weekly on Fridays from 3-7pm. This year’s season begins Friday, June 26 and ends Friday, October 16.

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Oscars on the Avenue is Back!

January 20, 2015 | Posted in Fundraisers, News | By

Oscars Postcard final 01-18-15Join SMAMS for a fabulous evening of delicious food, great friends, and LOTS of fun as we celebrate the Academy Awards! Click here to purchase advance tickets or RSVP.

Oscars on the Avenue is back!

Sunday, February 22, marks the return of Oscars on the Avenue – SMAMS’ biggest fundraiser of the year. This community celebration of the Academy Awards will feature delicious Tavolo hors d’oeuvres, our own celebrity emcee and awards, a fantastic auction, and more!

Tickets are $75 in advance (until 5:00pm Feb. 20) and $90 at the door. All proceeds will support the work of St. Mark’s Area Main Street. Please RSVP in advance if possible, even if you plan to pay at the door.

For more information about tickets or sponsorships, please contact the SMAMS office at office@smams.org or 617-825-3846. We may have a limited number of reduced-rate tickets available, made possible by our event sponsors. 

 See you on the red carpet!

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January Social Media Class: Spots Available!

December 12, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

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SMAMS Annual Meeting: Wednesday Nov. 12, 6-8pm

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October 31, 2014 | Posted in Committees, Events, News | By

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Please join us for our annual meeting!

We’ll review our successes from last year and share our plans for the future. Learn about the SMAMS work plan and budget, find out how you can get involved, and meet your neighbors. Everyone is welcome, so bring a friend! We’d also love you to help us spread the word – share our Facebook event and let us know you’re coming!

What: SMAMS 2014 Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday November 12, 6-8pm
Where: Epiphany School, 154 Centre Street, Dorchester (map)

We’ll also welcome our new board president, and current SMAMS members will vote to elect new board members.

***If you need to renew your SMAMS membership ($20/individual or $50/business) please send a check, payable to SMAMS, to 1914 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124, or pay on-line at http://www.smams.org/get-involved/membership/***

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact us at office@smams.org or 617-825-3846.

We look forward to seeing you!

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