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Welcome to the John W. McCormack Civic Association.  The purpose of our volunteer Association is to help maintain and improve the quality of life in our North Dorchester neighborhood by working in partnership with the city government, local businesses and other community organizations to bring about civic betterment and social improvements for the good of our residents and the welfare of our community.


You are invited to browse our website to find out more about our Association, our work and how you can become more involved in making your neighborhood an outstanding place to live, work and enjoy.


November membership meeting at-a-glance

Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

(registration from 6:30 PM)


Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish Hall

800 Columbia Road

Dorchester 02125

(enter via Roseclair Street)


Wreath Hanging Volunteers Needed

Saturday, 17th November at 10:00AM

Washburn Street Green (Howell Street at Dorchester Avenue)


On Saturday, 17th November, with support from local businesses and assistance from neighbors like you, this Association will be placing eighty-four 18” Christmas wreaths on light posts along Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street from Columbia Road to Washburn Street.


Volunteers will be needed from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Please sign-up by e-mailing mccormackcivic@gmail.com.


Dorchester Christmas Tree Lighting

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Dorchester Holiday Celebration Committee invite you to join them on Saturday, 24th November for the lighting of Dorchester’s Christmas Trees.


The local tree lighting will be at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish in front of the Mary statue on Columbia Road and Dorchester Avenue at 5:30 p.m.


This Association will provide hot chocolate and hand out goodie bags to neighborhood children. Saint Teresa of Calcutta Children’s Choir, under the leadership of Michelle McCourt, will sing Christmas Carols.


More informationwill be available at the Membership meeting. 


Proposal for 50 Saint Margaret Street

The Kowalczyk Family, who were approved in 2014 to replace their building at 50 Saint Margaret Street with a new four-unit building with ground-floor garages, now seek to add interior spiral staircases to the attic of each unit and to add a family room, per unit.


They will need variances to offset violations that include non-conforming use and an excessive floor ratio.


This is a possible Membership voting item.


Proposal for 17 West Bellflower Street

Developers Brad Cangiamila and Fernando Dalfior, will seek the Membership’s support to erect a new three-family dwelling at 17 West Bellflower Street. They will need variances to overcome violations that include building height and floor area ratio.


This is a possible Membership voting item.


Totto Ramen Sout Bay

Nghi Nguyen, the owner of two local Totto Ramen restaurants, will summarize his plans for third in the South Bay Mall. The proposed hours of operation are 10:30AM to 12:00AM seven days per week. Totto Ramen will possess a liquor license.


Projects under review by the zoning committee

Next zoning meeting is Wednesday, 14th November at 6:30 p.m. at the Carpenter Center, 750 Dorchester Avenue.


Police reports

Officer Sean Sullivan of C6, Officer Michael Keaney of C11, and possibly the Massachusetts State Police will give reports on activities affecting our neighborhood.


Committee reports

Beautification Committee

- Update on Sharon’s Park & Paul Triangle landscaping

Public Safety Committee

- Rodent Issues in the neighborhood

Zoning Committee

- Update on current issues

Feature stories

TIME Magazine Cover 19th January 1962 - ©TIME Inc.



21 December 1891 - 22 November 1980



Mr. McCormack served as a member of United States House of Representatives from 1928 until he retired from political life in 1971.


McCormack represented the interests of our district as congressperson in the United States House of Representatives and later served as Speaker of the same governing body. All during his time in the legislature, Mr. McCormack and his wife, Harriet, lived in Columbia Road at Edward Everett Square, within the geographic boundaries of our Civic Association.


He triumphed over the forces of bigotry and poverty. On 10th January 1962 he was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives where he proudly and vigorously promoted the progressive domestic programs of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson - programs that were designed to advance the interests of civil rights, education and healthcare.

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Events and projects

Please visit our Events and projects page to find out what your Association has been working on and what is in store for the near future.

Resident resources

If you would like more information about programs and services for residents such as how to get your free Resident Parking Permit, how you can fight crime or find out your trash collection day, kindly click here

Meetings at-a-glance

Next Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

(registration from 6:30 PM)


Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish Hall

800 Columbia Road

Dorchester 02125

(enter via Roseclair Street)


Click here for more information and meeting agenda.


When you become a member at this meeting, you will have the right to vote on resident-initiated items on the agenda at the next meeting. 

Become a member

Annual membership dues are only $5.00 or $10.00, at your discretion, and proof of residency within Association boundries will be needed to qualify your enrollment and membership. Please refer to member-approved Association By-Laws for residency requirements. 


Your annual membership commences the month in which you pay your dues and is valid for twelve (12) months.  After the twelve (12) month period, your membership automatically expires. 


You are welcome to re-new your membership on or before the twelfth (12th) month to ensure you have no interruption in your voting rights. 



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