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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:


Holiday house decorating contest

Congratulations to the winners of this Civic Association’s revived Annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest:


  • 1st Place:

44 Harvest Street

  • 2nd Place:

24-26 Harvest Street

  • 3rd Place:

9 West Bellflower 


Thank you! 

On behalf of all who were present at our holiday celebration on 17th December, we
thank the New England Regional Council of Carpenters for hosting the event at their beautiful facility.


We thank Avenue Grille, DJ’s, Euromart, Triangle Point and Real Taco for providing the delicious food and refreshments. Thanks to these businesses, we had a very festive celebration complete with a fabulous assortment of dishes along with desserts, and ssorted drinks.


We also thank the Executive Board and Association Members for providing many fine desserts, meatballs and libations.  And we tip our hats to Armando Gaiton and Priscilla Flannery who arranged the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. 


In addition, we thank John Nguyen of Triangle Point and Steve Connolly of ATS who contributed to the funding of the 84 Christmas Wreaths on Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street.


Your assistance is needed with wreath removal

On Saturday, 1st February, 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


Volunteers will be needed beginning 10:00AM at Washburn Street Green (fka Paul’s Triangle). This work will go quick if there is enough of us.


Please sign-up at the meeting, click here or e-mail mccormackcivic@gmail.com.

Rain date is Saturday, 8th February.


Rodent activity on the rise

The City of Boston Inspectional Services has been invited to send a Rodent Control  unit representative to this meeting to address the apparent increase in rodent activity in the Polish Triangle.


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


February Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 18 February 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, 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)


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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