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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

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)


Thank you, Home Run Café

Members at the March meeting were delighted with the surprise delicious treats delivered by Hector and his staff from the Home Run Café at 1261 Massachusetts  Avenue.


Pipefitters’ Local 537 Training Center's new building

A representative from Pipefitters’ Local 537 Training Center and Offices will be at the meeting to discuss their new building at 40 Enterprise Street in our neighborhood.
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.


Chili Cook-Off well-represented by D.J.’s Market 

This Association was well-represented by chili donated, once again, by DJ’s Market for this year’s Chili Cook-Off held Sunday, 24th March. We thank Alina Morris and her family for preparing their delicious chili for at least the fourth year in a row. 


Special thanks goes to Executive Board member Ken Lynch and his son Michael for serving the chili.


Welcome, City of Boston Neighborhood Services Co-ordinator

Our neighborhood now has a new City of Boston Neighborhood Services Co-ordinator, Patrick Fandel. We will have the opportunity to meet Patrick at this 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, 8th May 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


May Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 21 May 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, 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)


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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