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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

January Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 15 January 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)


Holiday wreath removal

Assistance needed

On Saturday, 19th January 2019, the Association is requesting assistance from our members and neighbors to take down the Christmas wreaths along Dorchester Aveanue and Boston Street from Columbia Road to Washburn Street in our neighborhood. Volunteers will be needed beginning 10:00 AM at Washburn Street Green (fka Paul’s Triangle).  This work will go quick if there is enough volunteers.


Please sign-up by clicking here; or at the January membership meeting, or by e-mailing mccormackcivic@gmail.com.  Rain date is Saturday, 26th January 2019.


Thank you!

On behalf of all who were present at our holiday celebration on 18 December 2018, we thank the New England Regional Council of Carpenters for hosting the event at their beautiful facility.  
We would like to thank Avenue Grille, DJ’s, John Gillespie’s Dunkin Donuts, Euromart, 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.  

Additionally, thank you to the Executive Board and Association members for providing many fine desserts, foods and libations.


South Bay Center expansion update

Representative from the management company (Edens) will be at the meeting to update the membership on the progress of the South Bay Center expansion.


Revisions to development plans at 19-23 Clapp Street

Mr James Paskel may be revising his original proposal to construct a five storey, 12 unit complex at 19-23 Clapp Street with 20 parking spots. This is a possible member voting item.


Dorchester groups seek more knowledge on cannabis impact

Dorchester community groups including the John W. McCormack Civic Association are seeking a better understanding of the impact of marijuana establishments on our neighborhoods.


They are asking for a seat at the table with the State’s Cannabis Control  Commission as well as with the City of Boston’s Office of Emerging Industries so that accurate information can be shared with neighborhood residents. These  community groups want a voice in the decisions being made, and they want to be heard as the regulations for this new industry are being developed.


We thank Marti Glynn, a Hancock Street Civic Association member who is the facilitator for this new group.


Projects under review by the zoning committee

Next zoning meeting is Wednesday, 13th February 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carpenter Center, 750 Dorchester Avenue.


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 Sharon’s Park & Paul Triangle landscaping

Public Safety Committee

- Rodent Issues in the neighborhood

Zoning Committee

- Update on current issues


February Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 19 February 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

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:


15 January 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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