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 dolanlucia@gmail.com.  We will send your recommendations to Green Newton to include on their list at  www.greennewton.org, under the resources tab.  

LWVMA Phonathon in Newton

Did you get a phone call from an LWVN member on Friday?  It was likely one of our volunteers for the LWVMA Phonathon, the annual Fall Appeal from the State League.  Ten percent of your LWVMA donation will go to LWVN, so thanks to all for their support of both organizations.  We especially want to thank Bonnie Carter, Frieda Dweck, Linda Morrison, and Sharyn Roberts for their efforts!

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 info@lwvnewton.org

Thanks to all involved in the Yes for a Newton Charter campaign

LWVN  sincerely thanks all those involved in the Yes for a Newton Charter campaign.  Although we didn’t achieve our goal after many years of trying, the conversation is continuing and voters have a better understanding of how our government currently works.

In particular, we want to thank:

  • the Newton Charter Commission for their hundreds of hours of research and discussion on how to make Newton’s government more responsive and accountable.  Members of the Charter Commission were:  Josh Krintzman (Chair), Rhanna Kidwell (Vice-Chair), Bryan Barash, Jane Frantz, Howard Haywood, Anne Larner, Brooke Lipsitt, Karen Manning, and Christopher Steele.
  • the co-chairs of the Yes campaign:  Jen Abbot, Frieda Dweck, and Andrea Steenstrup.  They stayed organized, positive, and focused throughout the campaign.
  • the many volunteers who helped not only with the campaign, but also those who collected signatures for many years to set the vote in motion.  Members of LWVN and those who wanted to see charter change worked together to educate the voters and advocate for a “yes” vote.

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 www.newtonma.gov/needhamstreet.

 The deadline for applications is November 19, 2017. 

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