Needham LWV Forum on September 18: Invasive Plants: Not Just a Nuisance

Do you know why invasive plants are harmful beyond our gardens, extending to the local food web? Are you curious about which invasive plants are in our area? How can we recognize them? How can we eliminate them from our own yards and community?

Dr. Eric Olson, an expert on invasive plants, will address these questions on Friday, September 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Needham Public Library, at the League of Women Voters of Needham’s first League Friday Forum of the season. You’re invited to come and learn more about this important topic.

Dr. Olson is a professor in the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program at Brandeis University, with a PhD in evolutionary biology and ecology, specifically in the ecology of “tri-trophic” interactions: host plants, the insects that feed on these plants, and the wasps, birds, and other predators that feed on those insects. He also teaches courses in water & sanitation, climate change, ecotourism, environmental impact assessment, and environmental health.

A question and answer period will follow. Light refreshments will be served at 9:30 and the speaker will begin at 9:45. The event is free and open to the public.

Reminder: Upcoming Election Events on Sept. 1 and 3

On September 1, join us for an an interesting and informative evening for voters and candidates alike…

This November, Newton will vote on the question “Shall a commission be elected to revise the charter of Newton?” Hear from a charter expert, a member and an observer of the Everett Charter Commission about the process, the kinds of changes that can result, and the responsibilities of serving on the commission.

Tuesday, September 1st, 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library

This event is free and open to the public


  • Marilyn Contreas, charter expert recently retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • John Hanlon – member of the City of Everett charter commission that concluded in 2011; current Everett city councilor, past alderman and mayor
  • David Flood – member of Everett’s Charter Review Committee; active observer during Everett’s charter commission

On September 3, join LWVN and NewTV on September 3, 2015 for a Candidates’ Forum with all five Ward 2 Alderman-at-Large candidates!  The forum will begin at 7pm at NewTV Studios and will ask questions submitted by LWVN members and by the general public.  We encourage all those interested to:

  • submit your questions for the candidates before the forum by emailing them to
  • join us to watch the forum live in the NewTV conference room.

The forum will be recorded and shown at laters times/dates on NewTV–info on that to follow after the forum.  Please note that questions submitted might not be asked in their original form–those on the same topic might be combined and consolidated.  We will attempt to touch on all the subjects asked, given the time constraints of the forum.  All questions will be kept confidential until the event.

What would you ask the candidates? We want to know!

Send us questions that you would like to hear candidates answer.  They can be for any of the following seats:  Alderman-at-Large, Ward Alderman and School Committee member.  We will be gathering potential questions for upcoming Candidates’ Forums on NewTV and for our Voters Guide.  Send your questions to….and thanks!

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