The Inaugural Dorchester Bike & Brew Fest


September 6, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

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We’re hiring — please consider joining the Greater Ashmont Main Street team!


August 24, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized | By


Program Assistant/Farmers Market Manager

Job Description

The Program Assistant (PA) helps coordinate the operations and administration of Greater Ashmont Main Street. Working closely with the Executive Director (ED), the PA leads the planning and implementation of the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market, as well as assisting with internal committee work, regular fundraising and promotion events, and helping manage the administrative processes of the broader Greater Ashmont MS organization.

Hours: 24 hrs/week year round; late June – mid October, Fridays noon to 8pm required for managing the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market; some evening or weekend hours for occasional community events required; otherwise flexible schedule; unpaid time off available with prior approval from the ED.

Wage: $16 -$18/hour starting wage, commensurate with experience

Duration: ongoing

Reports to: Executive Director

Review Schedule: Every 6 months

Core Functions

  • Support the ED in the administration of Greater Ashmont MS by maintaining the office environment and taking ownership of maintenance issues related to the Peabody Square public plazas; assisting with the organization’s files, correspondence, and compliance work; and communicating Greater Ashmont Main Street’s priorities, events, and accomplishments through use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Support existing events and programs related to Greater Ashmont MS priority initiatives (e.g. district beautification, business networking, community events). Responsibilities include marketing/outreach, volunteer staffing, and evaluating the impact of events and programs.
  • Manage the weekly Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market, including permitting, vendor solicitation and selection, staff recruitment (both volunteer and a paid market assistant), artist recruitment, and publicity.
  • Build effective personal relationships with Greater Ashmont MS stakeholders, including local business and building owners, residents, and institutions, recruiting new members and volunteers incidentally to this.
  • Other tasks to be determined as needs arise and according to the PA’s skills and interests.

Characteristics & Knowledge

  • Energetic, dependable self-starter who exhibits leadership and problem-solving capacity.
  • Ability to balance multiple responsibilities and projects; meticulous attention to detail.
  • Willing to spend a portion of work time “on the street” doing outreach to local business owners, residents, and other stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of the Greater Ashmont MS District and the City of Boston.
  • Experience or interest in community/economic development; preferably in a grassroots setting.
  • Familiarity with the needs of small business owners from various sectors (retail, services, industrial).

Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated MS Office & social media skills, comfort with web-based tools (e.g, Googledocs), and fiscal responsibility required.
  • Well-developed communication skills, both written and oral, required.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people required; proficiency in Vietnamese, Spanish, or Cape Verdean especially helpful.
  • Event planning, graphic design experience, marketing, fundraising, communications background, and/or supervisory experience helpful.
  • Valid driver’s license, as well as occasional access to a vehicle.
  • Able to lift up to 40lbs unassisted, more as part of a team.


Forward cover letter & resume to Jenn Cartee, Executive Director, at  Applications received by September 2 will be reviewed together and later applications only if the position remains open.  We hope to fill this unexpected opening as early in September as possible.

Equal Opportunity Policy

Greater Ashmont Main Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with federal and state equal employment laws, equal opportunity will be afforded to all applicants regardless of race, color, sex, age, religious creed, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offender status, prior psychiatric treatment or military status.


Call for Artists — PaintBox in Greater Ashmont!

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June 4, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

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The Mayor’s Office & Greater Ashmont Main Street invite Boston area artists to make art out of our electrical utility boxes, an overlooked urban form in our district. In 2016, the Boston Art Commission will again be partnering with several Main Streets organizations and other community groups on the PaintBox initiative. Greater Ashmont Main Street is one of these groups this year. Submit your design ideas today!The PaintBox program, organized by the Boston Art Commission, is geared towards the recognition and celebration of local artists. Artists paint City of Boston utility boxes with original designs. Once professionally painted, these utility boxes in neighborhood business districts contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the urban streetscape and deter graffiti.


  • Up to three (3) designs by each Boston artist will be considered at a time. The PaintBox design template can be downloaded here.  When submitting your proposed template, please reference that you are interested in the Greater Ashmont Main Street section of Dorchester. IMPORTANT: All artists wishing to be considered for the Greater Ashmont Main Street district should submit their template sketches to BOTH the Boston Arts Commission via uploading it with the form AND to Greater Ashmont Main Street by emailing it to Leslie MacKinnon at Leslie is the Co-Chair of our Beautification & Public Spaces Committee and this will insure all submissions are properly tagged as having a Dorchester specific interest and expedite our review.
  • Even though you are submitting a Greater Ashmont Specific project, you must still fill out the general application form here (scroll down for web form), including uploading your template design.  Again, please reference Greater Ashmont Main Street as a preferred location in your application.
  • Selections will be made by the Boston Art Commission & Greater Ashmont Main Street in a collaborative process.
  • Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Artists must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Artists will be notified if and when their designs are selected.


  • Preferences for specific boxes and/or neighborhood will be considered but cannot be guaranteed. PaintBox projects proposed for some historic districts may not be approved. Greater Ashmont Main Street has between 9 and 11 eligible paint box projects to assign.
  • Artists must avoid dark palettes in order to prevent boxes from overheating in the sun.
  • Artists must supply their own materials, tools, and water while painting.
  • The utility boxes must be scraped, cleaned and primed (with automobile spray primer) before painting.  Please tape over functional areas– hinges, vents, locks, meters, keyholes, and any cautionary text – as the operational use of the boxes cannot be obstructed by paint.
  • Artists are responsible for protecting their work from the elements and possible vandalism by using durable materials and a protective varnish and coating of wax. As you develop your designs, please keep in mind that large, empty monochrome areas do not help to discourage vandalism.
  • The area around the box must be maintained at all times, including passage on the sidewalk for pedestrians and unobstructed traffic lanes, as well as protecting the area from drips, etc. A dropcloth must be used while priming and painting.
  • Please subtly incorporate the text ‘Sponsored by the City of Boston’ into your design.


Participating Boston artists may receive a $300 stipend from the City of Boston upon completion of their box. Artists are responsible for the cost of all materials required to complete and protect their artwork. In order to receive payment, artists must submit the following:

  • A photo of the electric utility meter number (if visible) – this is part of a collaboration with the Environment Department to promote energy efficiency through improved tracking for our street lights and traffic lights.
  • Photos of the completed PaintBox
  • A completed W-9

Visit to see examples of PaintBoxes in the city.

Please contact Leslie MacKinnon, co-chair of the Greater Ashmont MS Beautification & Public Spaces Committee at 617.312.0009 or with any questions.


Hiring a Farmers Market Assistant — Please help us find the right candidate!


May 19, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized | By



NOW HIRING: Market Assistant for 2016 Market Season

with opportunity to advance into year round half-time Program Assistant/Market Manager role starting in November

Part-time position: noon to 8pm, every Friday, June 24 through Oct 14

Compensation: $14 per hour.

Position Description: Greater Ashmont Main Street is hiring! We are looking for a market assistant who will bring enthusiasm and dedication to promoting and operating the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market during the 2016 season. The Market Assistant will be responsible for helping with day-of operations for the market, implementing community outreach/marketing, and participating market programming throughout the market season. The Market Assistant will report to the Market Manager.

About the market:

  • Founded in 2009. This will be the market’s 8th season.
  • Held on Friday afternoons, 3-7pm from late June-mid October at the Ashmont MBTA plaza.
  • Last year, the market had 6 regular vendors – 1 farms, 1 bakery, 1 fish vendor, 1 flower vendor, 1 community organization and 1 arts organization. We hope to increase the number and variety of vendors in 2016.
  • The market accepts SNAP/EBT and participates in the Boston Bounty Bucks program.
  • Weekly attendance at the market ranges from 400-600.

Desired Qualifications: Candidates should be energetic and committed to the success and growth of the market. The Market Assistant should be passionate about food, local farming and agriculture, and using the market as a tool for community building and economic development. An ability to manage multiple tasks at once is required, as is previous cashiering or money-handling experience. The assistant will need to be comfortable working both independently and as part of the market team.

Detailed Job Duties: Participate in day-to-day operations of the Market, including —

  • Partner with the Market Manager to set up and break down on market days (lifting up to 40lbs. may be required)
  • Stay onsite during market hours as a general assistant
  • Arrange and staff the Greater Ashmont MS information/ merchandise table at market
  • Process SNAP/EBT and credit transactions, maintain accurate records

Additional Qualifications: With an eye toward potential advancement into the Program Assistant/Market Manager role in November, the ideal Market Assistant would also possess excellent public communication skills, general Microsoft Office skills, proficiency in social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), fiscal responsibility, basic event planning background, and a demonstrated attention to detail.

To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to:

Jenn Cartee, Executive Director

Greater Ashmont Main Street

Applications accepted through June 1, 2016.

Greater Ashmont Main Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Federal and State Equal Employment Laws, equal opportunity will be afforded to all applicants regardless of race, color, sex, age, religious creed, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offender status, prior psychiatric treatment or military status.


Peabody Square Salsa Night


April 7, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Ticket Pre-Sales have closed as we get ready for tonight’s event, but you can still buy tickets at the door with cash or credit card.

An all ages event, featuring a half hour of dance instruction from one of Boston’s best, Edwin Johnson ( starting at 7:15, followed by a couple of hours of community fun and salsa dancing (with a bit of merengue, cha cha, and bachata thrown in).  Light dinner from Sea Breeze and non-alcoholic beverages provided as part of the door charge ($10). Door prize raffle entry for all who attend.



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 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.


SMAMS Welcomes New Executive Director


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]


SMAMS Welcomes Jerry Samy, the 2015 Farmers’ Market Manager


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

For any inquiries, questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at or 617- 825- 3846.


Jerry Samy, Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market Manager


Celebrate Historic Preservation Month: All Saints Ashmont Restoration Tour

All Saints, Ashmont. Tower entry porch detail.

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

All Saints Ashmont Restoration Project Tour

All Saints, Ashmont. Tower entry porch detail.








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