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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

December Monthly Membership Meeting:


Holiday house decorating contest

This Association invites all residents within its boundaries to decorate their homes for the Holidays and have the opportunity to win one of three prizes.


Homes must be decorated by Sunday, 15th December 2019 at 5:00 pm when a team of judges will be seeking the three best decorated homes within our boundaries.


Prizes will be awarded at the Association's Holiday Meeting and Party which will be held at the Carpenter's Center located at 750 Dorchester Avenue.


Thank you! 

We acknowledge and thank the small band of neighbors and friends who generously donated their time, energy, skills, and climbed ladders to place and secure Christmas Wreaths on 84 light posts on the Polish Triangle stretch of Dorchester Avenue, Boston Street from Columbia Road to Washburn Street and the Sharon’s Park stretch of Mount Vernon Street.

The wreaths look fabulous thanks to everyone who pitched in, including Alp’s Dad, Christine, Alp, Michael L, Ken, Jeff, Douglas Jr., Shawn, Travis, Brian, Millie, Doug Sr. Matt, John N. and Mike M.

We are grateful to Steve Connoly and his family at ATS who loaned us the ladders and made a generous donation toward the purchase of 84 Christmas Wreaths on Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street. We thank Carolanne McDonnell of Creative Wrappings for making the bows.

We thank Mayor Martin J. Walsh, all businesses, groups and individuals who  generously supported the Christmas Tree Lighting at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish on 30th November 2019. This includes Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish Children’s Choir under the leadership of Michelle McCourt, director of N.C.T of Boston, Reverend John J. Ronaghan and John Gillespie of Dunkin Donuts.


Association holiday meeting and party

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters will be the host for our December
meeting at their beautiful state-of-the-art center at 750 Dorchester Avenue on Tuesday, 17th December.


After our brief business agenda, which begins as usual at 7:00PM, please join our hosts at the Carpenter Center for our holiday celebration to share the joy of the season with your friends and neighbors. There will be food, refreshments and holiday cheer.


Projects under review by the zoning committee

Next zoning meeting is Wednesday, 8th January 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carpenter's Center, 750 Dorchester Avenue


Police reports

Officer Sean Sullivan of Boston Police District C-6, Officer Michael Keaney of Boston Police District C-11, and possibly a representative of the Massachusetts State Police, Station H-6, 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


January Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

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

You can help us create a safer neighborhood for everybody!


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.  


You are invited to help as well.  If you see a crime or anti-social behavior such as human trafficking (prostitution), panhandling or illegal drug activity taking place, you should do any of the following to report it, anonymously.



You are also 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. The committee focuses on neighborhood priority issues such as human trafficking (prostitution), panhandling, illegal drug activity, burglary, home invasion, car theft and other public safety concerns.  The committee works with the Boston Police Department, Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Police and other law enforcement officials to problem solve, share information and address issues.


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


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, 17 December 2019

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

(registration from 6:30 PM)


Location: Carpenter's Center

750 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA  02125


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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