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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

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)


Improving Massachusetts Avenue for bicycling & safety

Ms. Lily Ko of the Boston Cyclists Union will talk about her group’s efforts to improve Massachusetts Avenue, from Columbia Road to Melnea Cass Boulevard, for bicycling and safety. This stretch of road is one of the highest crash corridors in the City of Boston. 


Open House for Moakley Park Vision Plan

Share your thoughts on the Joe Moakley Park Vision Plan at an Open House which is scheduled for Thursday, 21 March from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at the Iron Workers Union Hall at 195 Old Colony Avenue.


For more information call 1 617 961 3035 or email allison.perlman@boston.gov.


Become more involved

McCormack Executive Board nominations are due at the 21st May monthly membership meeting.  Please take the next few months to consider volunteering your time and abilities for the good of our neighborhood by becoming a nominee for one of the nine executive board slots. Elections will take place at the 18th June monthly membership meeting.


Dorchester Chili Cook-off

We are so grateful that DJ’s Market will once again provide their delicious chili at Dorchester’s Chili Cook-off, 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.  Proceeds go to Dorchester Day Activities.


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



The Dorchester Day Parade Committee presents “The Dorchester Day Seniors Luncheon” on Thursday, 16th May from 12:00PM (noon) to 3:00PM at Florian Hall.  Event includes lunch, entertainment and prizes. Hall is ADA accessible, close to public transportation and has free parking.


Free admission by ticket only obtained by completing and submitting registration form available at the April monthly membership meeting.  Open to Dorchester residents only and seating is limited. 


Projects under review by the zoning committee

Next zoning meeting is Wednesday, 10th April 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carpenter Center, 750 Dorchester Avenue.  Proposal for 779 Dorchester Avenue and 3 Dorset Street 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


April Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 16 April 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 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)


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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