April 26, 2022 Minutes

Saint Mark’s Area Civic Association (SMACA) Meeting
April 26, 2022 7:00pm
Basement of St. Mark’s Church
Minutes by Kendra Beaver, Secretary
Attendees (including speakers): 19

Police Report — Officer Mike Keaney
● Not many serious crimes lately
● March 30: Break-in attempt at 588 Adams St (suspect not found)
● April 3: Break-in attempt at 145 Wrentham St (suspect not found)
● Recent round up of gang members in Dot, Mattapan, Randolph, suburbs
○ Affiliated South Boston man arrested on 352 Centre St
Elected Officials & Representatives
● Danny Tobin-Rosman with Representative Dan Hunt
○ Rep Hunt focused on budget process now
● Lisa Searcy with Councilor Erin Murphy
○ City of Boston school scholarships; deadline of April 29
○ Love Your Block city grants are out
○ MA Homeowner Assistance Fund for homeowners struggling to pay their
○ SuccessLink is still up online for youth summer jobs
○ Feel free to join Erin Murphy’s newsletter on her website (Kendra: Can you find
email or how one joins and add to minutes?0
● George Huhnh, Neighborhood Liaison from the Mayor’s Office
○ Big press conference 4/26 at MAHA announcing $106M in homeownership
investment for Boston residents over the next 3 years
○ SPARK Boston is recruiting for their council for young people to contribute to
government; deadline is May 13th
○ Mayor Wu coffee hour events — door prizes included!
■ May 31st at 9:30am - Garvey Park on Neponset Ave
■ June 22nd - Ronan Parkl
○ Love Your Block not happening this season; but if you’re still interested, email
[email protected] for assistance
○ Chief Arthur Jameson (Dorchester native) new chief of planning and might be
Director of BPDA, starting late May
Election of SMACA Officers
● Slate:
○ President: Michael Folan
○ VP: Laurie Martinelli & Doug Shaheen
○ Secretary: Kendra Beaver
○ Treasurer: Jim Rodenmacher
● Unanimous vote of SMACA members in approval!
SeneTech Phishing & Scams presentation by member Dale Senechal
● Phishing is another word for a scam
● Can come in the form of an email, call, text, etc.
● Examples: IRS, Sheriff’s Office Warrant, Invoice, Bank/Credit Card, Lottery, Estate
● Google is very secure and supports multi-factor authentication
● Suggestions:
○ Keep your codes & passwords private
○ Validate requests to transfer money
○ Beware of technology “fixes”
○ Use 2-factor authentication for account setup
○ Use different, complex passwords
Community Announcements & Discussion
● Ethel Haynes (abutter) regarding 1644 Dorchester Ave:
○ SMACA voted against the development last year, and for it this year… what
changed? She remains in opposition of the development
● Spread the SMACA flyers to your neighbors, or post it on a telephone poll, or bring it to
local businesses, etc.
● SMACA Dues are due for the year: $10 (cash, check, or PayPal online) for new term
starting in April
● ZBA hearing results
○ 19-21 Cheverus Rd: not approved
○ 609 Adams St: approved
○ 1813 Dorchester Ave: not approved
● Upcoming meetings/hearings:
○ Abutters meeting on April 20 re: 386 Ashmont St
○ ZBA hearing scheduled for 1644 Dorchester Ave on May 10th at 10:30
○ ZBA hearing for 1677 Dorchester Ave scheduled for May 24th
● Construction starting up soon:
○ 500 Talbot Ave
○ Corner of Wrentham & Dorchester Ave
● 26th Mother's Day Walk for Peace
○ Starts in Town Field at 8am on May 8th; goes to Madison Park; takes a left on
Columbus Ave > Seaver St > end in Town Field again.
Meeting adjourned around 8:20pm

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St. Marks Area Civic Association
The St. Marks Area Civic Association is a group of community conscious residents who want to improve the quality of life in our section of Dorchester. We meet in the lower hall of St, Marks Church, at 1725 Dorchester Ave on the last Tuesday of each month