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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.


September membership meeting at-a-glance

Tuesday, 18 September 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)


Dorchester Short Film Festival

Dorchester’s historic Strand Theatre will host an inaugural Dorchester Short Film Festival, an event produced by Asbury Shorts USA. The two-hour event, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 25th October, will feature some of the world’s top award-winning short films selected from a variety of U.S. and international festivals.


A representative will be at meeting with more details.


New Ownership for Avenue Grille

Mehmed (Matt) Hasan, the present owner of the Avenue Grille, will introduce new owners, Artan Mertiri and Evria Gourdakis, who are the former owners of New

Market Pizza.


Matt will remain part-time at Avenue Grille during the ownership transition. Matt plans to spend more time with his young family and concentrate on obtaining a Master’s Degree. We wish Matt and his family well.


New Project:  Five Storey, Twelve-unit Residential Building Proposed at 19-23 Clapp Street

James Paskel is proposing to construct a five storey, twelve-unit complex at 19-23 Clapp Street with 20 parking spots.


This will be a membership voting item.


South Bay Expansion Update

Wells Stanwick from Eden’s will update the membership on the progress of the South Bay Expansion.


Mass Motors Expansion Proposal

Paul Frederico, the owner of Mass Motors on Boston Street, is seeking our support for his proposal to add one office and one service bay.


This will be a membership voting item.


Projects under review by the zoning committee

Next zoning meeting is Wednesday, 10th October 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



Feature stories


Join in for a day of fun at Moakley Park and Carson Beach.

29th September, 2018




BOSTON, MA 02127


DISCOVER Moakley will be a full day of fun with food, beach games, skateboarding, movies, and more! This event is free to the public and family friendly. Explore new recreational activities, learn about resilient landscapes, and discover the potential for Moakley Park. This event is open to individuals of all ages. There will be  entertainment for children, activities for adults, and plenty food vendors. 


Learn about what is being done to make Moakley Park accessible to all of Boston, while enjoying the festivities at the same time!  The event is a part of Climate Preparedness week, which is from 24-30 September. Visit the Climate Preparedness week website to learn more.


Please consider volunteering for DISCOVER Moakley. We greatly appreciate the help our volunteers can contribute to making Discover Moakley a success! If you would like to volunteer, please fill out this google form. More information about the tasks and times are listed in the form.  


The event is hosted by the Boston's Parks and Recreation and Greenovate Boston, Boston Harbor Now, The Trust for Public Land, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. 




Hello Neighbors,


You may have noticed your newly planted trees along Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street between Columbia Road and Howell Street.  The Boston Parks and Recreation Department planted these trees to replace the trees that were removed last year due to storm damage and disease.  Our new trees are high-quality saplings that need our help to grow strong and provide benefits to us, such as clean air and attractiveness, for years to come. 


If you have a newly planted tree in front of, or nearby, your home or business, would you please help support its growth by watering it? 


Your time and assistance will help ensure our neighborhood is well-maintained and your tax-dollars used for the foliage project are well-spent.


To make things as easy as possible, all of our new trees are equipped with a watering bag that can be filled and will provide water to the sapling over several days.  Here is a video showing how the bag works.  https://youtu.be/GMpVdCkM7ho .  Or you can simply water it, with a watering can, jug or other vessel, at its base.


Your assistance and time will be very much appreciated.


Thank you!

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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, 18 September 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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