LWVN Joins the Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts

LWVN is proud to announce it is now a partner in the Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts (WSCC).  The WSCC is dedicated to commemorating and celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920 when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, reaching the required three-fourths of the states.  The previous year, on June 25, 1919, Massachusetts ratified the amendment, the eighth state to do so.  The commemoration in Massachusetts will span 2019-2020; the WSCC is planning a variety of commemoration events and activities to take place in Massachusetts in 2019 and 2020.

If you would like to know more about WSCC, please click here or visit www.suffrage100ma.org.  There are eight committees to implement the celebration, listed below and all would welcome volunteers.  If you are interested in any of these, please email the WSCC directly or contact LWVN at info@lwvnewton.org.

  • arts and culture
  • communications
  • development
  • education and history
  • finance
  • increasing voter participation
  • parade and events
  • showcasing women’s equality organizations

September 12: Newton-Needham Regional Chamber event on Walkability

Walkability the focus at Regional Real Estate Event by the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber
Jeff Speck will Address the Factors Which Help Create a Truly Walkable Neighborhood with Examples the Boston Region

Who: Jeff Speck, city planner and author of “Walkable Cities”

What: Newton-Needham Regional Chamber Real Estate Forum

Where: Sheraton Needham, 100 Cabot Street, Needham, MA

When: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How: Register Online. Please note that there is a fee for this event.

At the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s Annual Real Estate Forum, planner and walkability expert Jeff Speck will help the local real estate community understand what makes a truly walkable neighborhood and how the idea of “complete streets” is the right tool to create better communities. The Sept. 12 event will also include a panel of developers who will highlight the creative approaches they are taking to create projects that are less car-centric.

“In the typical American city in which most people have cars, you need to offer a compelling reason for people to walk instead of drive, and that means offering a walk that is better than a drive,” said Speck. “To accomplish this we must do four things simultaneously. We need to give people a reason to walk, that walk needs to feel safe, it must be useful, safe, comfortable and interesting.”

The term “complete streets” has emerged as the core policy for how streets are being redesigned around the Boston region and around the country. The concept addresses the creation of an avenue that is not just about moving cars, but about creating an interesting place for people to move, whether they do so by walking, biking or public transit.

Speck is one of the nation’s foremost experts on creating a walkable city, which he defines as one in which a car is an option for freedom rather than a singular method of transportation. His recent book “Walkable Cities” focuses on the steps cities need to take in order to create more livable locations.

Following Speck’s talk, Robert Korff of Mark Development, John Twohig of New England Development and an additional panelist to be named later will take part in a panel discussion focused on walkable, mixed use projects.

Korff will discuss the opportunity it sees to create a more walkable Washington Street corridor in Newton by rethinking currently underutilized properties and how they can be used to meet important housing, lifestyle, office and retail goals for the community.

Twohig will discuss New England Development’s mixed-use project in Newburyport that is designed around connectivity, bringing together Newburyport’s harbor area and historic downtown. This connectivity exists both along the water and within the site, creating enlivened public spaces along the river. The project will involve residential, hotel, and commercial uses, as well as an active Marina.

The panel will be moderated by Catherine Carlock, commercial real estate reporter for the Boston Business Journal.


About the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to championing economic and cultural vitality through advocacy, education, and networking. The chamber is not affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or any other national organization. More information available at www.nnchamber.com.


Join LWVMA for Women’s Equality Day on Thursday, August 24th

The Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition, which includes LWVMA, celebrates Women’s Equality Day Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Swan Boat Landing in the Boston Public Garden from noon to 1 p.m. The League will be registering voters and we need some volunteers. If you’d like to help, please contact Mary Ann Ashton.

Speakers will include Fredie D. Kay, CoalitionPresident; Megan Costello, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement; and Eric Jenkins-Sahlin, documentary filmmaker, who is Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s great-great-great-grandson.

William F. Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, will unveil the Suffrage Centennial Display Panel Project, a joint effort by his office, the Massachusetts Archives and the Commonwealth Museum.        

For more information on the event, click here.

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