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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.


February membership meeting at-a-glance

Holiday wreath removal "Thank you"

We thank our neighbors and friends who generously donated their time, energy, and equipment, and climbed ladders to take down Christmas Wreaths on 84 light posts on the Polish Triangle stretch of Dorchester Avenue, Boston Street from Columbia Road to Washburn Street and the Sharon’s Park stretch of Mount Vernon Street. A big “thank you” goes to our neighbors and friends Adam, Alp, Travis, Christine, Jen, Kevin, Patrick, Bitsy and Mike.


Proposal for conversion of 22 Roseclair Street

The developers will seek support from the membership for their application to convert an existing two family building at 22 Roseclair Street to a three family.


Announcement of Article 80 project at 135 Morrissey Boulevard

The Boston Planning and Development Agency announced an Article 80 project at 135 Morrissey Boulevard. The proposal consists of the renovation and reuse of the approximately 690,000 square foot building located at the former Boston Globe Headquarters. Please click here to learn more and comment on the project. 


Comment period ends 12 March 2018.  


UPDATE - License granted to proposed liquor store at Stop & Shop

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) has approved a license for Retail Beverages Partners to operate a Liquor Store at the South Bay Stop & Shop. Surrounding community groups including this Association have appealed to the City of Boston Licensing Board to revoke this license. The Licensing board has stated that no action will be taken on the appeal.


The presence of any liquor store within the South Bay Stop & Shop goes against the wishes of this Association which were expressed when Stop & Stop sought our support for their proposal to expand and move to their present site.


SAVE THE DATE - Dorchester Chili Cook-off to benefit Dorchester Day activities

Dorchester’s Chili Cook-Off 

Sunday, 11 March 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

IBEW Local 103 Hall


There will be music, entertainment, games and prizes -- and all the chili you can eat! Admission is $20 for individuals and $30 for families of up to four people. This Association will serve chili provided by a Polish Triangle business to be announced later. Proceeds go to Dorchester Day Activities.


Click here for more information and details.


Projects under review by zoning committee

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


Police reports

Officer Sean Sullivan of C6, Officer Michael Keaney of C11, 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



F e a t u r e   s t o r y

Neighborhood Public Art Worth Exploring:

Edward Everett Square

The Clapp's Favorite Pear sculpture celebrates the history of Dorchester as fertile agricultural land, when the area near Edward Everett Square was part of a 300-acre estate and orchard where the Clapp's Favorite Pear was first grown in the 1880's. Known for it's sturdy skin and sweet interior, the pear serves as a metaphor for the people of Dorchester. Five quotes circle the base of the pear sculpture and describe the stewardship that characterizes this community over time.


The ten smaller artworks (Dorchester Voices/Dorchester History) reflect the lives of those who have passed though this important intersection. Each work juxtaposes experiences of different residences over time as two or three different personal quotes circle a sculptural still-life to reflect common stories from different epochs around the same theme. Designed to engage people through intimate touch and the exciting transformation of common materials into bronze, the artwork draws poetic comparison so local residents and visitors alike can understand and appreciate Dorchester's unique history.


To explore further, you are invited to click here.


South Bay Town Center


The project will consist of the construction of several new 6-storey buildings including approx. 115,000 SF of commercial/retail space, an approx. 65,000 SF cinema, a 150-200 room hotel, up to 500 units of housing, and two parking garages.  


Click here to learn more about this project.


BOS:311 is the City of Boston's award-winning effort to empower residents to be the City's "eyes and ears." You can alert the City of Boston to neighborhood issues such as potholes, damaged signs, and graffiti, to name a few.


To start reporting, download the app, send a text or tweet, visit the website, or give them a call. All available 24/7/365.