If you can think all the way back to last November when SMAMS had our Community Visioning meeting, one of the major topics of conversation was beautification. SMAMS has since partnered with COGDesign, an organization providing pro-bono landscape design services, to help us develop a comprehensive plan for “greening” the SMAMS district.
We’ve started thinking about the beautification plan, and we need your input! Please join us for a community meeting on Wednesday, July 23 from 6:30-8:00pm to brainstorm creative ways to add beauty, public space, art, and green space to our neighborhood business district. We’ll meet at the MAHA (Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance) building at 1803 Dorchester Ave. Spread the word!
It’s time once again to announce the return of the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market. Opening day is just 10 days away! On Friday, June 20 from 3-7pm we’ll kick off our best market season yet. Please join us for a great celebration with live music, children’s activities, and more! We’ll be having the official ribbon cutting at 4pm on the Ashmont MBTA plaza.
We have some great stuff in store for you this season. We’re welcoming back most of our vendors from last year, and we’re introducing two new vendors: Oakdale Farms and swissbäkers. We also have a new market manager, Shaquille Jones, who you may know from his amazing work in the Dorchester community. We’re so excited to have Shaq on board!
Other important things to note: We’re still accepting SNAP/EBT, and Boston Bounty Bucks will match up to $10 of produce purchases when you use your SNAP/EBT card. And this year, we’re accepting credit cards too.
You can stay up-to-date on the latest farmers’ market news via Facebook (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 20 for opening day!
June 10, 2014 | Posted in Committees
Tuesday June 24, 6-7:30pm
In April, St. Mark’s Area Main Street held a Walk Audit with Walk Boston. Participants learned about best practices for making neighborhoods welcoming and safe for pedestrians. Then the group took a walk in and around Peabody Square to identify issues and opportunities. At the upcoming session, we will plan implementation of recommendations that arose from the Walk Audit.
Where: St. Mark’s Area Main Street Office, 1914 Dorchester Ave, ground floor of the Carruth Building (across from the Ashmont T station)
Snacks provided. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP here by 6/20.
April 25, 2014 | Posted in Events
Due to the weather forecast tomorrow, the Dorchester Bike Festival has been MOVED to its rain date, Sunday April 27. Please help get the word out! See you Sunday, 9am-12noon.
April 14, 2014 | Posted in Events
We hope to see you at the Dorchester Bike Festival on Saturday, April 26 from 9am-12noon! Click on the image below for more details.
NOW HIRING: Market Manager for 2014 Market Season
Part-time position (10-15 hrs/week)
Now through October 2014
Full Job Description
St. Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS) is hiring! We are looking for a market manager who will bring enthusiasm and dedication to promoting and operating the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market during the 2014 season. The market manager will be responsible for managing day-of operations for the market, coordinating vendor relations and recruiting new vendors, implementing community outreach/marketing, developing market programming throughout the market season, and managing and recruiting volunteers. The market manager will report to the SMAMS Executive Director and will be expected to work closely with the farmers’ market planning committee.
An ability to manage multiple tasks at once is required, as is previous cashiering or money-handling experience. The manager will need to be comfortable working both independently and as part of the market planning committee. Ideal candidates will have previous experience managing a farmers’ market, either in a paid or a volunteer capacity.
To apply, please review the full job description and submit a cover letter and resume to:
St. Mark’s Area Main Street
Applications accepted through April 15, 2014.
Note: All upcoming events are also listed on our online meetings and events calendar.
NEW DATE: Walk Audit of Peabody Square: Wednesday, April 16, 5:30-7:30pm (this event was originally scheduled for Wed 3/26 and was rescheduled due to unseasonably cold weather)
How pedestrian friendly is Peabody Square? Join SMAMS and WalkBoston for an interactive walk audit as we explore the pedestrian environment in the Peabody Square/Ashmont area. With your help, we’ll work on identifying ways to make the Peabody Square area safer and more inviting for pedestrians. RSVP on Facebook or contact the SMAMS office (email@example.com, 617-825-3846) if you would like to attend. We will meet in the SMAMS office promptly at 5:30pm.
Save the Date! Dorchester Bike Festival: Saturday, April 26, 9am-12noon
Come enjoy some free breakfast and familiarize yourself with the new Ashmont Pedal & Park facility, which enables commuters to park their bikes before catching buses and trains at the Ashmont T Station. We’ll have family-friendly activities, prizes, and a family-friendly group bicycle ride around Dorchester. Stay tuned for more details! Sponsored by SMAMS, Ashmont Cycles, DotBike, Boston Bikes, BikeMilton, Boston Cyclists’ Union, MassBike, the MBTA and the MBTA Transit Police, the Livable Streets Alliance, and Quincycles.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the All Saints Restoration: Saturday, May 3, 11am-12:30pm
The Parish of All Saints and SMAMS invite you to Dorchester’s historic Peabody Square for a tour of the comprehensive restoration project underway at All Saints, Ashmont. All Saints parishioner and SMAMS Board member Jeffrey Gonyeau, who is providing fundraising and other preservation support to this major project, will make a presentation and lead a tour of the project’s progress. This tour is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
RSVP to Jeffrey Gonyeau at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Meaghan Overton at email@example.com.
March 21, 2014 | Posted in News
Recently, the MBTA announced the start of weekend late-night service for both subways and major bus routes. As a result, the last arrivals of both the Red Line, as well as Bus Routes 22 and 23, at Ashmont Station will be approximately 3 am (view information about the updated schedule). The MBTA has posted Frequently Asked Questions to explain this change.
In anticipation of the later hours, Erica Mattison of the Carruth Building organized a meeting attended by SMAMS, MBTA Police, Boston Police, Longwood Security, and Carruth Building residents. While it is not clear how the later hours will change current policing needs around Ashmont Station, there is something we can all do to make sure that crime and noise around the station does not increase, and that the extended hours are a success: If you see something, say something!
If you see any problems around Ashmont Station, contact the Boston Police Department at 911 (617-343-4911 from a cell phone), or the MBTA Police at 617-222-1212. You can also download the “See Say” application for your smartphone from the MBTA App Showcase. While the police will have a presence in the area, the extra eyes of neighborhood residents will make sure that problems are addressed more quickly, and police staffing can be adjusted to meet the changing needs of Peabody Square. SMAMS will continue to monitor the situation and meet with Ashmont Station, MBTA Police, and Boston Police officials as necessary.
February 8, 2014 | Posted in News
At our community visioning meeting in November 2013, we said that we would share our findings with the community as we continue working toward our strategic plan. We’ve created a report that outlines what we heard at the visioning meeting, how we synthesized the feedback we received, and where we plan to go from here. For more information and to download the report, click here. You can also download the report by clicking on the image on the left.
As we continue working toward a strategic plan for SMAMS, we hope you’ll stay involved and keep the feedback coming! We recognize that one meeting can’t possibly represent the entire community. Rather, this document is one step toward a long-term plan for SMAMS, and we welcome your input at any time. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org), call us (617-825-3846), or strike up a conversation at one of our local businesses. You can also find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SMAMSpage) and Twitter (@SmamsOffice). We look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks again for your support of SMAMS, your participation in our strategic planning process, and your dedication to this amazing neighborhood we call home.
Join SMAMS on the red carpet 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 and better than ever!
Sunday, March 2, 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 “Joan Rivers” and awards, a fantastic auction, and more!
Tickets are $75 in advance (until 5:00pm Feb. 28) 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 email@example.com or 617-825-3846. We may have a limited number of reduced-rate tickets available, made possible by our event sponsors.