Dorchester calendar of events
* Please kindly note, on occasion, dates and times may vary. You are invited to click on the weblinks provided for the most up-to-date information for your planning.
Events and things to do in The Hub this week
Past projects and events
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.
On behalf of our neighborhood, we thank and acknowledge the small band of neighbors and friends who generously donated their time, energy, skills, equipment and vehicles, 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 and these Polish Triangle roadways look fabulous thanks to everyone who pitched in.
A big “thank you” goes to our neighbors and friends Matt, Mike, Brian, Jen, Miquel, Christine, Travis, Saul and Adam. Not pictured are Millie and Carolanne.
If we missed anyone else, we are sorry. Please pass on our gratitude.
Autumn Neighborhood Clean-up Day
Polish Triangle Pocket Park Fall Clean-up Day
Date: Saturday, 20th October
Location: Sharon’s Park (Mount Vernon Street at Buttonwood Street)
Concentration areas include Sharon’s Park, Washburn Street Green (Paul’s Triangle), and Edward Everett Square in collaboration with the Dorchester North Neighborhood Association.
Annual wreath hanging 2019
On behalf of our neighborhood, we thank and acknowledge our neighbors and friends who generously donated their time, energy, skills, equipment and vehicles, and climbed ladders to place and secure holiday 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 and these Polish Triangle roadways look fabulous thanks to everyone who pitched in.
A big “thank you” goes to our neighbors and friends Adam, Chris, Christine, Jen, Jessica, Jonathan, Patrick, Kathleen, Ken, Matt, Mike S., Millie, Travis and Wojciech. If we missed anyone else, we are sorry. Please pass on our gratitude.
Sharon's Park Spruce-up Day
Sharon's Park got some much needed attention, thanks to a small crew of neighbors who cut down and cleared the overgrowth in the raised garden and pruned the Roses in the plaza section. A lot of work for a small group.
On behalf of all who were present at our holiday celebration on 20th December, we thank the New England Regional Council of Carpenters for hosting the event at their beautiful facility.
We thank Avenue Grille, Euromart, DJ’s, John Gillespie’s Dunkin Donuts, New Store on the Block, Triangle Point and Real Taco for providing the scrumptious food and refreshments. Thanks to these businesses, we had a very festive celebration complete with a fabulous assortment of dishes along with desserts, and assorted drinks.
We also thank the Executive Board and Association members for providing many fine desserts, meatballs and libations.
In addition we thank JPA Development and Larry Wenglin who contributed to the funding 84 Christmas Wreaths on Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street. These wreath donors are in addition to those already acknowledged in the December flyer.
2016 Boston Shines
Spring Neighborhood Clean-up
Mayor Martin J Walsh spearheaded the city-wide spring clean-up effort again this year. The main clean-up day in the neighborhood was Saturday, 30th April 2016. The Executive Board of the Association met at Sharon's Park to concentrate their efforts on putting a shine on Sharon's Park, Paul's Triangle, Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street.
Thank you to all those on the Executive Board who volunteered their time and hard work!
On 9th June from 10:00AM to 2:00PM your neighbors and the Association worked with our landscape advisor to embellish the collection of plants and trees in Sharon's Park. We made a new home for annual and perennial plants, flowers and shrubs and in exchange for everyone's hard work, we enjoyed a barbecue and refreshments on the beautiful late spring day.
Thank you to everyone who donated their time, expertise and resources to this project. Additional appreciation is given to South Bay Center’s Home Depot who donated a barbeque grill to the Association and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen who donates water on a weekly basis to keep our plantings healthy. Thank you for contributing to our efforts.
The Roger Clap Innovation School
Inaugural Founder's Celebration
On Saturday, 5th May from 7:00PM to 10:00PM the Roger Clap Innovation School held its inaugural Founder's Celebration at the Exchange Conference Center located in the Seaport District of South Boston at the end of Fish Pier. There was entertainment, raffles, a silent auction, cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.
Thank you to all who attended and contributed to this outstanding event.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino spearheaded the city-wide spring clean-up effort again this year. The main clean-up day in the neighborhood was Saturday, 28th April 2012. Your neighbors met at Sharon's Park to concentrate their efforts on putting a shine on Sharon's Park, Paul's Triangle, Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street.
There was also a corporate clean-up day on Friday, 27th April 2012 at The Clap School on Harvest Street, The Russell School on Columbia Road and the Dorchester Historical Society on Boston Street.
Thank you to all who volunteered their time and hard work!
Visit our Photo Galleries for a pictoral account of the day.
Annual Dorchester-wide Chili Cook-off
The partnership between Eastman/Elder Neighborhood Association and the John W. McCormack Civic Association was well-represented by the delicious chili prepared and donated by Kevin Tyo of 224 Boston Street restaurant for this year's Dorchester-wide Chili Cook Off which took place on Sunday, 25th March 2012 at the IBEW Local 103 Hall. The Associations thank Kevin for his generous community support. Special thanks also goes to Eastman/Elder members Joan Tighe and Susan Capachione and McCormack's Executive Board member Desmond Rohan for transporting and serving Kevin's chili. Prceeds generated from the cook off went to support Dorchester Day activities and events including the Dorchester Day Parade which took place Sunday, 3rd June 2012.
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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.
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Next Monthly Membership Meeting:
Tuesday, 18 April 2023
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.
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