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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.


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January Monthly Membership Meeting


The Executive Board of the John W. McCormack Civic Association will host the Association’s virtual Monthly Membership Meeting on 

Tuesday, 19th January 2021 at 7:00 p.m. 


If you would like to attend this meeting, please RSVP here and you will receive a Zoom weblink to the meeting at approximately 6:40 p.m. on the meeting day.


Because of the pandemic, all Members whose dues were up-to-date as of 21 January  2020 will continue to maintain valid membership status until 19 January 2021.


All Members whose dues expired prior to 21 January 2020, and wish to vote at the meeting are encouraged to send dues (cheques preferred) to:


John W. McCormack Civic Association

 c/o Travis Stewart

8 Saint Margaret Street

Dorchester, MA  02125


Please make checks payable to: John W. McCormack Civic Association.


Dues for residents are $5.00 or $10.00 per year, depending on the ability to pay.

Business dues are $25.00 per year. 


Saturday, 30th January 2021 from 10:00 A.M.

Washburn Street Green (fka Paul’s Triangle)


On Saturday, 30th January, we are requesting assistance from our neighbors to take down eighty-four 18” Christmas wreaths on light posts along Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street from Columbia Road to Washburn Street.


Masked volunteers will be needed from 10:00 A.M. at Washburn Street Green (fka Paul’s Triangle). All volunteers should follow Massachusetts COVID-19 guidelines. We are asking that neighbors volunteer in teams of two from the same bubble! This work will go quick if there is enough of us.


To sign-up, please click here.  You may also sign-up at the monthly membership meeting Tuesday, 19th January 2021. 


Rain date is Saturday, 6th February 2021. 



Thursday, 14th January 2021

Receive the latest COVID-19 information from the trusted sources noted below:


Doing your personal part will help keep the economy of the Commonwealth open for as many of us as possible and will assist in controlling and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. 

Please help keep yourself, your neighbors and local workers safe by wearing a mask or other face covering whilst in public spaces and neighborhood shops & restaurants




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.



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 and will provide water to the sapling over several days.  Here is a video showing how the bag works.  If the tree does not have a watering bag, you can easily request one using BOS:311.  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!


Improving safety between Columbia Road and Melnea Cass Boulevard


Click here to visit the virtual open house

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.





Monthly membership meeting agenda forthcoming shortly.


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.

Join our e-mail list

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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, 15 December 2020

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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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