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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.


Please kindly note:

Monthly membership meetings resume Tuesday, 18th September 2018, after the summer holiday.  As is customary, September's agenda is forthcoming and will be sent to those on our e-mail list as well as published here prior to the meeting. 


If you would like to join our e-mail list, please click here


Feature stories

Join us on lovely Richardson Park at Edward Everett Square in Dorchester to celebrate the neighborhood of “that big giant pear” and its first annual Pear Square Art Fair! 


Over a dozen art vendors will be making and selling their work in the shade of the Richardson Park fruit trees with crafts including handcrafted leather, copper, pottery, fused glass, painting and more. Enjoy food vendors and live musical entertainment all afternoon including pop musician Dan Rico from Chicago, local rock band Spelling and other musicians from the Dorchester area. The historic James Blake House will open its doors for a fascinating historical tour. In the early evening watch the amazing Boston Typewriter Orchestra and other live performances. Please join us and experience the fine art, music and fun our neighborhood has to offer. 


The Pear Square Art Fair is presented in partnership with Dorchester Art Project, The Oleana Foundation, The Dorchester Historical Society and The Dorchester North Neighborhood Association

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!

June membership meeting at-a-glance

Boston Collegiate Charter School Construction Update

Boston Collegiate Charter School representatives will be present to give the neighborhood an update on the construction of the school’s new building wing facing Boston Street.  They will also address all other concerns that our Members may have.


City of Boston Inspectional Services Department Rental Registration

Lisa Coveney of the Housing Department within the City of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) is tentatively scheduled to provide information on ISD’s Rental Registration Program.


The deadline for the rental registration is 1st July 2018.


McCormack Civic Association Executive Board Nominations & Election

So far Association Members have nominated nine candidates for the Executive Board. The nominees include incumbents

- Ann Marie Butler

- Jeannette Daley

- Ken Lynch

- Matt McAloon

- Christine McCarrick

- Michael McColgan

- Travis Stewart


First-time nominee

- Melissa Raynor of Roseclair Street 


Founding member

- Millie Rooney


If any Member is interested in being nominated, please e-mail this association at

mccormackcivic@gmail.com  or Members can nominate Members prior to the election vote.


Large Ballot For September 2018 Primaries

On Tuesday, 4th September 2018 be prepared to walk to the Bellflower Apartments on the Dorset Street side to select your party’s nominees for a large assortment of offices at the state, congressional district, county and local levels.


Statewide offices include U.S. Senator, as well as the Constitutional Officers: Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Attorney General, Treasurer and Auditor.


At the district level you will have an opportunity to nominate candidates for both United States Congress and the Governor’s Council. At the Suffolk County level, don’t forget to nominate your favorite candidate for District Attorney, Register of Probate, Register of Deeds, Clerk of Courts and Sheriff.


A little closer to home, please select your nominee for State Senator and State Representative.


On Tuesday, 6th November 2018, we get to do it all over again but this time we are selecting the actual candidate for the respective offices. But now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote.  For more information, please call the City of Boston Election Department at 1 617 635 8683.


Projects under review by the zoning committee

Next zoning meeting is Wednesday, 11th July 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



Join our e-mail list

Click here if you would like to join our e-mail list.

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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