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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.


Membership meeting at-a-glance

February Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

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)


Jeannette Daley

We regret to inform you, Jeanette Daley passed away on Saturday, 26th January 2019.  Among the many roles and responsibilities she selflessly took on in life, Jeannette was also Treasurer and a Founding Member of the Executive Board of the John W. McCormack Civic Association.


Jeannette will be remembered as a role model for the community in all aspects of her life.


Jeannette’s family and her many friends celebrated her life on 1st February 2019 at her beloved Saint Margaret Church.


Donations in Jeannette's memory may be made to St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 800 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA  02125.


Revisions to development plans at 19-23 Clapp Street

Developer James Paskel now wants to construct a 12 unit, 5 storey complex at 19-23 Clapp Street with 20 parking spots.  Paskel’s 2017 proposal was for 9 units, 3 stories.


This is a membership voting item.


Dorchester Chili Cook-off

Dorchester’s Chili Cook-off is Sunday, 24th March 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the IBEW Local 103 Hall. There will be music, entertainment, games and prizes -- and all the chili you can eat!


Admission is $20.00 for individuals and $30.00 for families of up to four (4) people.


This Association will serve chili provided by a Polish Triangle business to be announced later.  Proceeds go to Dorchester Day Activities.


More information will be available at the February monthly membership meeting.


Thank you!

We thank our neighbors and friends who generously donated their time, energy, and equipment to take down Christmas Wreaths on 84 light posts on Dorchester Avenue, Boston Street from Columbia Road to Washburn Street and the Sharon’s Park stretch of Mount Vernon St.  A big “thank you” goes to our neighbors and friends Adam, Aiden, Christine, David, Mario, Matt, Millie, Mike and Sammy.


Projects under review by the zoning committee

Next zoning meeting is Wednesday, 13th March 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carpenter Center, 750 Dorchester Avenue.  Proposal for 779 Dorchester Avenue will be reviewed.


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 current issues

Public Safety Committee

- Update on current issues

Zoning Committee

- Update on current issues


March Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

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)

Feature stories

Image courtesy: 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, 19 February 2019

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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