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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 scroll down or click on the links below to find out more about your neighborhood, our Association, our work and how you can become more involved in making your neighborhood an outstanding place to live, work and enjoy.


Resident resources | Things to do & calendar of events | Dorchester news and weather | Neighborhood public art, dining, shopping & services | Monthly membership meetings | About us | Contact us

Hello Neighbors,


You may have noticed your newly planted trees throughout the neighborhood.  The Boston Parks and Recreation Department planted these trees to replace the trees that were removed 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 an environmentally/drought-friendly watering bag that can be filled with a watering can, jug or garden hose and will provide water to the sapling over several days.  Here is a video showing how the bag works.  


Your assistance and time will be very much appreciated.


Thank you!


Next Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

(registration from 6:30PM)


73 Roseclair Street at 

St. Teresa of Calcutta Church Hall



June Membership Meeting

Archived meeting agendas

Kindly click here to access an agenda from a meeting previously held.


Your neighborhood's public art

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.


Your neighborhood's dining, shopping and services

Your neighborhood is home to a vibrant collection of locally-owned and managed businesses that make our community a great place to live.  You are invited and encouraged to visit the businesses that contribute to the betterment of our neighborhood.



Boston is one of the oldest cities in North America and one of the most liveable.  To help you make the most of all that your city has to offer, you are invited to click on the following web links to helpful resources provided by the City, Commonwealth and your neighborhood's organizations.



City & New England news

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Events and things to do in The Hub this week

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If you see a crime or anti-social behavior such as illegal drug activityhuman trafficking (prostitution) or vandalism taking place, you should do any of the following to report it, anonymously.


  • Call 9-1-1 
  • Call Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit at (617) 343-6533
  • Text 'TIP' to 27463 (CRIME)


The Association works closely with local law enforcement agencies and your elected representatives to help keep our neighborhood a safer community for everyone to enjoy.  


If you would like to support our efforts, you are welcome to join the Public Safety Committee.  This committee acts as a forum to support community partnerships to prevent crime and the fear of crime in the neighborhood. 


Sign up today and help us keep our neighborhood a safe place to live and work.



Improving safety between Columbia Road and Melnea Cass Boulevard


Click here to visit the virtual open house


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.


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.

1995 - 2015


The John W. McCormack Civic Association celebrates 20 years serving our neighborhood.  Thank you to everyone who volunteer their time and resources to help make our neighborhood an even better place to live, work and enjoy.

Executive Board
The McCormack Civic Association is governed by a volunteer Executive Board elected by members of the Association.


Executive Board:

  • Ann Marie Butler
  • Jeannette Daley
  • Ken Lynch
  • Christine McCarrick
  • Matthew McAloon
  • Michael J. McColgan
  • Melissa Raynor
  • Millie Rooney
  • Travis Stewart


The Association works to accomplish it's objectives through the dedicated work of committees.  The task of the committees is to consider and respond to issues presented from the neighborhood. You are welcome and encouraged to join a committee that is of interest to you. 


Standing Committees:


The rules and regulations enacted by the Association to provide a framework for its operation and management have been approved by the Membership and can be found by clicking here.  


Stay informed

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


You are welcome to contact us

To help us achieve our goal of helping to maintain and improve the quality of life within the geographic boundries of our neighborhood, please kindly include your address of residency in the body of your message. 

Would you like additional information about our Association or to offer your support to our many endeavours? We would be delighted to hear from you.  Simply use the contact form below, call us or write to us.  We look forward to receiving your enquiry.

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Our telephone number is:

1 857 220 7370


Our mailing address is:

John W. McCormack Civic Association
8 Saint Margaret Street

Dorchester, MA  02125



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Stay informed

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

Events & 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


Next Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

(registration from 6:30PM)

73 Roseclair Street at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church Hall


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. 


You now have two options to pay/renew your dues:


1.  Via cheque:  Please send cheque, payable to John W McCormack Civic Association, to:

John W. McCormack Civic Association

 c/o Travis Stewart

8 Saint Margaret Street

Dorchester, MA  02125


2.  Via Venmo:  @mccormackcivic.

Enter your name(s) in the "What's it for?" line.



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