Be a Charter Commission Observer!

LWVN would like to establish a group of members who attend Charter Commission meetings, observe the discussions, and update LWVN members on the issues.  The Charter Commission is expected to meet twice a month for the next 16 months, so we are hoping volunteers can sign up for one or more meetings every two months.  If you’d like to be an observer, please contact

First Charter Commission Meeting on November 23rd

The Charter Commission will be sworn into office on November 23rd at 6 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber at Newton City Hall.  This ceremony will be followed immediately by the first meeting of the Charter Commission in the cafeteria in the basement.  This meeting is open to the public, and we hope that LWVN member will come, observe and participate in the review process!

Now is the time to show your support for the Austin Street project!

The public hearing through the Aldermanic Land Use Committee is expected to close next Tues. Nov. 10.  Between now and then, please send an email to the BOA asking them to both vote this out of committee with a yes, and then another yes from the full BOA soon thereafter.  In between closing the public hearing and voting by the full Board, the aldermen have the task and ability of crafting a Board Order that addresses whatever key elements they see fit.

Even if you’ve sent a note previously, it is pivotal to do so again.  As the time approaches for the Aldermanic final vote on Nov. 16, they need to hear from the silent majority who see the city-wide benefits to building this project.

You can send your message to the entire BOA by using this email address:   Please note in the topic line: Vote Yes on Austin Street, and ask in the message of the text to share with the entire BOA.  You can cc the Mayor if you want him to hear your support by emailing

Thanks to all who helped this election season!

LWVN thanks all those who ran for Aldermen, School Committee and Charter Commission this year.  There were important and interesting conversations all around Newton regarding issues from the size of the Board of Aldermen to land use and development to later high school start times, all because candidates were willing to put in the time and effort to meet with voters and answer their questions.

We also thank voters for overwhelmingly supporting the ballot question on establishing a charter commission.  LWVN is eager to watch the commission at work and to play a constructive role in improving our local government.

A  huge thanks to all those who worked to support and educate voters this election season.  To Andy Levin and his staff at the Newton TAB, Greg Reibman and fellow bloggers on, Ellen Ishkanian at the Boston Globe West, and Jenn Adams, Stephen Kessinger and the entire staff at NewTV, we applaud all your efforts to help bring issues to the forefront and to inform voters about the candidates and important topics.  Thanks as well to the Village Bank, for their support of our Voters Guides, and the Auburndale Community Library and the West Suburban YMCA for providing space for our events.

Last, but certainly not least, a heartfelt thanks to all the LWVN volunteers who made events like the Candidates Forums, Voters Guides, and the Charter Commission Open Houses possible.  A special “shoutout” to Sharyn Roberts, Bonnie Carter and Lisa Mirabile for helping plan the events and materials, as well as the many volunteers who helped as timekeepers, greeters, and question sorters.

Sign the Friends of Austin Street Petition!

LWVN supports the proposed plan for a mixed-use development on the Austin Street parking lot in Newtonville…which does keep all the parking spaces that are currently available to the public.  If you do too, click on this link to add your name to the list of Newton residents urging the Board of Aldermen to vote in favor of the proposal:  FAS Petition

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