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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.



Sharon's Park Spruce-up Day

Sharon's Park got some much needed attention Saturday, 14th October, thanks to a small crew of neighbors who cut down and cleared the overgrowth in the raised garden and pruned the Roses in the plaza section. A lot of work for a small group.


Upcoming membership meeting at-a-glance

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Update

There will be an update on the 14th September Community meeting that was held to discuss the Colorado-based Natural Selections’ proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary at 50 Clapp Street.


Boston Climate Action Network

Dorchester residents Mike Prokosch and Alice Tilton will give a brief presentation on the Boston Climate Action Network  or “BCAN.” BCAN is a group of Boston residents working to protect our neighborhoods from climate change through personal action and smart policies.


Projects Under Review By Zoning Committee

Next Meeting is Wednesday November 8th 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.


Carriage House Proposal at 47 Harvest Street

Cornerstone Real Estate will seek support from the Membership for their application to convert an existing carriage house at 47 Harvest Street to a four unit condo building. This is a possible

voting item.


Committee Reports

Beautification Committee

- Update on Sharon’s Park & Paul Triangle landscaping

Public Safety Committee

- Rodent Issues in the neighborhood


Next Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

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.



Feature story

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.