Seeking Low Noise Lawn Care Provider Recommendations

The LWVN Environmental Issues Committee is helping GreenNewton collect names of lawn care providers who use only 65-decibel leaf blowers and/or rake, as well as clear snow from driveways and sidewalks. Please send the names and contact info to  We will send your recommendations to Green Newton to include on their list at, under the resources tab.  

Help Wanted! Volunteers needed for Docket Digest and CPC Committee

With the successful campaign for Ward 5 At-Large Councilor, Andreae Downs will be focused on the work of the City Council starting almost immediately!  Many thanks to Andreae for her years of volunteer work coordinating the Docket Digest each week and chairing the Community Preservation Committee (CPC).  We are sorry to lose her incredible efforts and need to find volunteers to fill her shoes.  In particular we need volunteers to:

  • Compile the Docket Digest each week:  This involves reviewing the info sent in the Friday packet from the Newton Planning Department, and posting it on our website.  It can all be done from home at a time convenient for you.  It is, however, a weekly commitment.
  • Chair (or Co-Chair?) the CPC Committee: The CPC Committee reviews all applications for CPC money, discusses the pros and cons, and develops a recommendation that is sent to the LWVN Board.  A letter with our comments and recommendations is sent to the CPC (and sometimes presented at the meeting in person).  So far, LWVN has commented on every application, and we would like to continue this in the future.  This committee only needs to meet when there is an application to review.  Those who have served on it have found it to be very enjoyable and not burdensome.

If you are interested in helping with either of these activities, please contact

From the Newton Planning Department: Community Engagement Group

The Planning Department is embarking on the development of a Vision Plan for Needham Street, to help serve as a guiding document for future land use development proposals.

A critical component of the effort will involve gaining input from members of the Newton community on the issues at play in and around Needham Street. We are in the process of forming a Community Engagement Group that will meet several times in 2017 and 2018.  In order to ensure that a variety of perspectives are represented and that members are able to commit to a series of meetings, we have created a short application for individuals to demonstrate their interest.

A list of anticipated meeting dates of the Community Engagement Group is online. All  of the meetings will be open to the public.  

 The application as well as more information about the Needham Street Area Vision Plan can be found at

 The deadline for applications is November 19, 2017. 

Environmental Issues Committee meeting on Thursday

The Environmental Issues Committee will meet on Thursday, November 16th at 11 am at Panera Bread in Newton Center.  If you’re interested in issues ranging from updating our water and sewer systems to gas leaks to green energy in Newton, come join us!

This Thursday–Topic Meeting: What can be done about Newton’s 588 gas leaks?

Come to the November League of Women Voter’s Topic meeting on

Gas Leaks in Newton

and learn what can be done about our 588 leaks

Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

At NewTV, 23 Needham Street (on Easy Street next to National Lumber Company)

Speakers:  Launa Zimmaro, LWVMA Environmental Specialist

                  Ellie Goldberg, Mothers Out Front

 Natural gas leaks:

  • Can cause explosions
  • Kill trees and other plants
  • Harm human health
  • Are an extraordinarily potent greenhouse gas
  • Waste a valuable fossil fuel that has been harvested through fracking

What’s more – we pay for all the gas wasted in leaks!



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