June 28, 2022 Minutes

Saint Mark’s Area Civic Association (SMACA) Meeting Minutes
June 28, 2022 7:00pm
Basement of St. Mark’s Church
Minutes by Kendra Beaver, Secretary
Attendees (including speakers): 16

Police Report — Officer Mike Keaney
● June 3: Man on 197 Centre St arrested after threatening a student with a knife
● June 15: Incident of four young people with firearms on motorbikes in Codman Square; two
arrested for disorderly trespassing and one shot himself during the chase
● June 25-26: Five catalytic converters stolen from cars near Adams/Lonsdale St
● July Fourth weekend is always busy; many officers will be out; use your own discretion
reporting things that seems off
○ Call Mike’s office at 617-343-4524 for non-emergencies
Representatives of Elected Officials updates & answers to questions
● Amanda O’Connor, Councilor Baker’s Office (subbing in for Julie Ryan)
○ Call Councilor Baker’s office any tim: 617-635-3545
○ Councilors are currently reviewing and working on the City’s budget
● George Huynh, Boston Office of Neighborhood Services
○ Glad to see SMACA at the Dot Day Parade!
○ Free curb-side food waste/compost pickup starts in August
■ Available for buildings with less than 6 units
■ The City will supply subscribers with all materials you need
■ Learn more & sign up here
○ MBTA bus redesign process is still happening
Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) Executive Director, Symone Crawford
● MAHA’s mission is to educate and mobilize for affordable homeownership opportunities and
remove barriers to first-time homeowners
○ Massachusetts has one of the worst racial homeownership gap
● Resources available: First time homebuyer classes
● Advocacy work: Policy advocacy, engagement with elected & government officials,
collaboration with financial institutions to improve their mortgage programs
● Located just down the road at 1803 Dorchester Ave
○ Walk-in questions are welcomed; the office is open
● Get involved with MAHA here
Jeannie Cai presentation about Boston Little Saigon Night Market
● Nighttime bazaar with street food vendors, merchant vendors, games, and entertainment
(family friendly)
● July 16 from 4-9pm (no rain date)
● Will take place on Dorchester Ave between Park St & Adams St
○ Dot Ave will be closed off from 2:30-9pm
○ No parking will begin at noon
● More information and updates on their website & Facebook page
● Email [email protected] with questions
Update on the Doherty-Gibson Playground from SMACA President, Mike Folan
● Slower construction because of old water infrastructure on the property
● Equipment was purchased from Germany, which might also face stalls
● Nonetheless, the project is moving along more quickly now
Community Announcements
● Reminder to register/prepare to vote in the state primary (September 6th)
● FYI: Keep an eye out for a SMACA membership survey this summer
● Please remember to renew your membership ASAP if you haven’t already; email us at
[email protected] if you’re not sure
● Please share our new SMACA flyers by forwarding it to a friend virtually or posting them in
your neighborhood by printing them out
● Update on the development project at 150 Centre St: Epiphany School is going to make an offer
on the property, competing with Trinity Financial
○ Community presentation from Epiphany during the virtual Codman Square
Neighborhood Council meeting on July 6th (more info to be sent out via email)
● Welcome to the two new members who attended our meeting this evening: Sara and Catherine!
● SMACA does not meet in July or August — enjoy the summer! Next meeting: September 27th
Meeting adjourned around 7:50pm

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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