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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.

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.




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.


  • Call 911 
  • Call Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit at 1 617 343 6533
  • Call 1 800 494 8477
  • Text 'TIP' to 27463 (CRIME)


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!


Feature stories

Governor Baker - COVID-19 Update

Friday, 05 June 2020

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

Executive Board nominations

As per the John W. McCormack Civic Association’s By-Laws, nominations for the Executive Board are always scheduled for the May membership meeting. 

However, in accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ current social distancing policies, this Association will not be holding its traditional membership meetings through the duration of the Pandemic Health Emergency. Therefore,  nominations for the Executive Board from members in good standing are encouraged and may be submitted by clicking here.


Interested volunteers are asked to step up as leaders to advocate for the neighborhood.  It is your chance to get involved and lend your voice for your neighbors.  Nominate yourself or ask someone to nominate you. If you know someone you would like to nominate, please do so. Currently, the Executive Board members are meeting via Zoom on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.


We request that all nominations be submitted by Tuesday, May 26.

Save-the-date - Every Friday evening


Clap from your front doors, roof decks, gardens, balconies at exactly 7:00PM


Make some noise!  Take part in a huge round of applause to thank all those who are on the front lines helping others and performing essential services during the coronavirus crisis.  

A mask isn't just for Halloween anymore

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


By doing so, you will be helping to protect your health as well as that of your neighbors and those performing essential services you need.  

Membership meeting at-a-glance

March Monthly Membership Meeting:

CANCELLED in order to comply with Commonwealth of Massachusetts emergency order purtaining to COVID-19 


Re-development of 45 Dorset Street

Adam Burns of Burns Realty seeks the membership’s support for his proposal for 45 Dorset Street. The revised proposal includes demolishing the existing Cape Cod-style brick building and constructing a 7 unit, 3 storey building with 11 parking spots.


This is a membership voting item.


Massachusetts Avenue Better Bike Open House

CANCELLED in order to comply with Commonwealth of Massachusetts emergency order purtaining to COVID-19 


BTD will host three Open Houses to promote the Massachusetts Avenue Better Bike Project.


This is an opportunity to learn more and share your thoughts about the proposal.  Each Open House will cover the same content.  All three Open Houses will be held at the Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 12 located at 1240 Massachusetts Avenue.  


Dates are:  Monday, 23 March 2020 and Wednesday, 25 March 2020, both from 6:00PM to 8:30PM and Saturday, 28 March 2020, from 2:30PM to 4:00PM.


Dorchester Chili Cook-off 

CANCELLED in order to comply with Commonwealth of Massachusetts emergency order purtaining to COVID-19 


We are so grateful that the 224 Boston Street Restaurant will provide their delicious chili at Dorchester’s Chili Cook-off which is scheduled for Sunday, 29th March from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the IBEW Local 103 Hall, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester.

224 Boston’s chili will be served by McCormack Civic Association members. There will be music, entertainment, games and prizes -- and all the chili you can eat!


Admission is $20.00 for individuals and $30.00 for families of up to four people.


Proceeds go to Dorchester Day activities.


More information will be available at the March membership meeting.


The Strand hosts Dorchester Short Film Festival

The historic Strand Theatre will host an encore Dorchester Short Film Festival, an event produced by Asbury Shorts USA.  The two-hour event, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 30th April 2020, will feature some of the world’s top award-winning short films selected from a variety of US and international festivals.


JWMCA zoning meeting

Next meeting is Wednesday, 8th April 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carpenter 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


June Monthly Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 - subject to change

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)


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, 16 June 2020

Date subject to change

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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