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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.


January membership meeting at-a-glance

Holiday Celebration at Carpenters Center - THANK YOU

On behalf of all who were present at our holiday celebration on 19th December, we thank the New England Regional Council of Carpenters for hosting the event at their

beautiful facility.  We thank Avenue Grille, Euromart, DJ’s, Triangle Point and Real Taco for providing the scrumptious food and refreshments.  Thanks to these businesses, we had a very festive celebration complete with a fabulous assortment of dishes along with desserts, and assorted drinks.


We also thank the Executive Board and Association Members for providing many fine

desserts, meatballs and libations.


Your help is needed 27th January 2018 to remove holiday wreaths

On Saturday, 27th January, we are requesting assistance from our neighbors to help take down eighty four 18” Christmas wreaths on light posts along Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street from Columbia Road to Washburn Street. Volunteers will be needed beginning 10:00 am at Washburn Street Green (aka: Paul’s Triangle). This work will go quick if there is enough of us.


Please sign-up at the January membership meeting or by clicking here.


8 Saint Margaret Street project

Developers will seek support from the Membership for their application to convert the

existing one family dwelling at 8 Saint Margaret Street to a two family dwelling.


This is a possible voting item.


Projects under review by zoning committee

Next Meeting is Wednesday, 14th February 2018 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

- 47 Harvest Street Carriage House lingering issues



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.