Join us at the Dorchester Bike Festival

Posted on: April 14, 2014

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.

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SMAMS is Hiring! 2014 Farmers’ Market Manager

Posted on: March 25, 2014

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Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market

NOW HIRING: Market Manager for 2014 Market Season

Part-time position (10-15 hrs/week)
Now through October 2014
Full Job Description

Position 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:

Meaghan Overton
Executive Director
St. Mark’s Area Main Street

Applications accepted through April 15, 2014.

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Upcoming SMAMS Events

Posted on: March 21, 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)

walk auditHow 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 (, 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

All Saints, Ashmont. Tower entry porch detail.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 or to Meaghan Overton at

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MBTA Late-Night Service Will Begin March 28!

Posted on: March 21, 2014

Ashmont Station 10-24-12Recently, 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.

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SMAMS Releases Visioning Meeting Report

Posted on: February 08, 2014

visioning report cover thumbnailAt 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 (, call us (617-825-3846), or strike up a conversation at one of our local businesses. You can also find us on Facebook ( 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.

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Oscars on the Avenue is Back! Save the Date: March 2, 2014

Posted on: February 07, 2014

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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 or 617-825-3846. We may have a limited number of reduced-rate tickets available, made possible by our event sponsors. 


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Restaurant Roundup: Valentine’s Day Dining

Posted on: February 06, 2014

We’re fortunate to have some really amazing restaurants in our little section of Dorchester. For Valentine’s Day weekend, our favorite local spots all have something special going on:


Tavolo LogoAt Tavolo Ristorante, share Chef Nuno’s housemade extra-long fettuccini with a special someone. Other Valentine’s Day menu items include heart-beet salad and ganache-covered red velvet cake with a cream cheese frosting center. Tavolo has free parking, a full bar, and a great date-night atmosphere. For reservations, call 617-822-1918.


Dot-2-Dot Cafe Logo 10-23-12

Dot-2-Dot Café is offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday, February 14 at 6:30pm. The café will have live entertainment from singer Ali Manion and a delicious menu. Dinner is $45 for three courses, and reservations are required. Reserve by phone (617-436-2368) or email ( Check out the menu, grab some friends, and head out for a special night in a lovely neighborhood space.


Ashmont Grill LogoGIFAshmont Grill will be serving “love inspired specials” for your Valentine’s Weekend dining pleasure. The restaurant has recently added several new menu items as well – if you haven’t visited the Grill lately, it might be time for a visit! If you’re dining out on Friday and Saturday, the restaurant is accepting reservations for parties of 2. Call 617-825-4300 to make your reservation.

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Join a SMAMS Committee!

Posted on: January 24, 2014

Hello friends and neighbors, As a direct result of the Community Visioning Meeting SMAMS had in November, we’ve decided to change our committee structure to better reflect the future work of St. Mark’s Area Main Street. Below is a list of the new SMAMS committees – including an initial meeting date/time and contact person. We hope you will participate. This is a great opportunity to help set the course for the work these committees will do in 2014!

If you are interested in learning about a committee but can’t attend the meeting, please let us know by emailing the contact person or emailing/calling Meaghan in the SMAMS office (, 617-825-3846). Feel free to pass this information along to your neighborhood listservs, friends, and neighbors. The more the merrier!

Note: all of these initial meetings will take place in the SMAMS office, 1914 Dorchester Ave.

District Beautification: Monday, February 10, 6:30pm Contacts: Tim Deihl ( or Christa Lee-Chuvala (

Fundraising and Promotion: Tuesday, February 11, 6:30pm Contact: Len Osborne ( * This committee is working on planning this year’s Oscars on the Avenue fundraiser.

Community Events and Public Space: Thursday, February 13, 6:30pm
Contacts: Steve Datish ( or Steve Wilkins (
Local Business Development and Recruitment: Wednesday, February 26, 6:30pm
Contact: Jim Buckley (

Development and Historic Preservation: Wednesday, March 12, 7:30pm (second Wednesday of each month) Contact: Jack Pelletier (

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Boston’s Social Media Accelerator

Posted on: January 01, 2014

1488239_603646316351712_1693860354_nAre you interested in learning how to leverage social media to drive awareness, growth and profitability for your business?

If mastering social media is one of your resolutions for 2014, this FREE event is for you! (Register)

The Social Media Accelerator is a one day event for 100 Boston-based businesses being hosted at the beautiful Harvard iLab in Allston on Tuesday, January 7 from 10am-4pm.

The day will be spent learning about how social media can be an effective tool for growth and sustaining business. You will leave with completed profiles for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. You’ll also work with social media experts to create a social media action plan customized for your business.

In addition to hearing from peers and experts on social media for small business, you will have an opportunity to work directly, one-on-one with social media experts from some of the BEST social media companies in the Boston area who are volunteering their time for the event.

Network with peers and hear the inspiring story of how social media has spurred the rapid growth of some local area businesses including: Otto Pizza and SA PA


The event is FREE, but attendance will be limited to 100 businesses.

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Cocktails in the Sky 2014

Posted on: December 31, 2013

Shake off your post-holiday blues and join us for a fundraiser to benefit St. Mark’s Area Main Street!

Cocktails in the Sky will be a festive evening of fun and catching up with friends at Tim Davis’s home, also known as the Carruth “Skylounge.” The 6th-floor view from Tim’s living room window is spectacular – you don’t want to miss it! We hope you will join us for drinks, light appetizers, and great conversation.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online, by check, or at the door the day of the event. All proceeds will support the work of St. Mark’s Area Main Street.

Click below to register or RSVP:

Cocktails in the Sky

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