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 Summer Business Promotions

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July 22, 2015 | Posted in News | By

It’s lovely weather out there and you’re open for business. SO ARE WE. You’ll see more information in our next newsletter, but here’s a sneak peak just for you!  Please contact Sydney by e-mail at, if you’d like details.

Accoustic on Main, August 14 – 23. Boston Main Streets and the City of Boston are working to bring more entertainment to our Main Street districts. For a special 10-day period in mid August, Boston will provide a ‘blanket’ entertainment license to allow a barbershop quartet to sing in a barbershop or a jazz ensemble to perform in a coffee shop. If you have talented friends, or would like a list of interested performers, please contact us!

SMAMS likes you! And we want our Facebook page to ‘like’ yours, too. As part of our ongoing business directory update and business outreach surveys, we are working to gather information about our district’s social media presence. If you have a new FB, Twitter, or Instagram page, tell us about it.  And if you would like some help setting up your social media, please let us know.

Business Promotions at the Friday afternoon Farmers’ Markets
. This summer we’ve added a table for community outreach and promotion of our local Main Streets businesses. If you have flyers, business cards, and/or information about the goods or services your business provides, please contact us to get added to the schedule. The Ashmont-Peabody Square Farmer’ Market is open on Fridays from 3:00 – 7:00 and we look forward to seeing you there.

Planters Beautifying Dorchester Avenue. This summer, as part of our District Beautification program, we are increasing the number of planters throughout our area. If your business has access to water, can maintain the planters in the summer, and store them for the winter, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

Outdoor Socials with Seniors. There are many retired people who live in our area. Do they shop at your store or eat at your restaurant? We are inviting our senior neighbors to socialize with each other while they learn about the wonderful businesses that are right outside their doors. Please join us on the Ashmont Plaza for morning coffee hours on Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:30, now through Labor Day.

Business Networking Opportunities. The SMAMS business breakfasts will start up again in September. Watch for further updates this summer and contact us to learn more.

I look forward to sharing these activities with you this summer!
~ Sydney
Sydney Miller, Interim Director
St. Mark’s Area Main Street, Inc.
1914 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124
617-825-3846 |
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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



Job Opportunity: SMAMS Seeks Executive Director

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April 23, 2015 | Posted in News | By

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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.


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.


  • 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.


Please send cover letter, resume, and references to 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​


Vendor Applications for 2015 Farmers’ Market Now Open!


March 18, 2015 | Posted in Farmers Market, 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 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.


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 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!


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


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







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***

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

We look forward to seeing you!


Cocktails at the Carriage House

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October 1, 2014 | Posted in Events, Fundraisers | By

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SMAMS is very excited to invite you to Cocktails at the Carriage House! We had so much fun at our last house party fundraiser, Cocktails in the Skylounge, that we’ve decided to do it again. Click here for more information and to register for the party.


Nancy Anderson will be our gracious host for an evening of fun and catching up with friends at her Ashmont Hill home on Saturday, October 25 from 5-7pm. This will also be a unique opportunity to see the amazing transformation of Nancy’s historic (circa 1894) carriage house over the last year.


Tickets can be purchased online, by check, or at the door the day of the event. Regardless of your preferred payment method, we encourage you to register in advance to help us get an accurate headcount. All proceeds will support the work of St. Mark’s Area Main Street.


Thanks for your support!