Many thanks to Newton’s State Delegation–LWVMA Day on the Hill update

Many thanks to Senator Cindy Creem, State Representatives Ruth Balser, Kay Khan, and John Lawn, and their staff for joining LWVN members on Tuesday, LWVMA’s Day on the Hill.

Senator Creem and Representative Patricia Haddad (5th Bristol District) lauded the League for its commitment to voting rights and citizen action.  Creem, who is the sponsor for AVR and a criminal justice reform bill repealing mandatory minimums, urged League members to continue their pressure on the legislature to pass those bills.  Haddad noted the voting reforms, including early voting, that the League was instrumental in passing in the past and noted that AVR is the next step in making it more convenient for people to vote.

For more information about the day, visit the LWVMA update.

Join LWVMA and LWVN at Day on the Hill on Tuesday!

Make the League’s voice loud on Beacon Hill. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 24, for the annual LWVMA lobby day, Day on the Hill. Our theme this year is Moving the Needle on League Priorities, and we’ll be focusing on key legislation in voting, the environment, immigration and criminal justice reform. Keynote speakers are Rep. Patricia Haddad, speaker pro tempore in the House, and Sen. Cynthia Creem, assistant majority leader in the Senate. Registration and coffee begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the State House, with the program from 10 a.m. to noon. We’ll offer a brief tutorial on how to lobby before you go see your own legislators after the program. Register here for Day on the Hill. Your presence boosts the League’s clout!

LWVN members will be having lunch with members of our Beacon Hill delegation after the program–let us know if you can join us!  RSVP at info@lwvnewton.org so we can be sure to order enough.

LWVMA Day on the Hill on October 24th

Make the League’s voice loud on Beacon Hill. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 24, for the annual LWVMA lobby day, Day on the Hill. Our theme this year is Moving the Needle on League Priorities, and we’ll be focusing on key legislation in voting, the environment, immigration and criminal justice reform. Keynote speakers are Rep. Patricia Haddad, speaker pro tempore in the House, and Sen. Cynthia Creem, assistant majority leader in the Senate. Registration and coffee begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the State House, with the program from 10 a.m. to noon. We’ll offer a brief tutorial on how to lobby before you go see your own legislators after the program. Register here for Day on the Hill. Your presence boosts the League’s clout!

LWVN members will be having lunch with members of our Beacon Hill delegation after the program–let us know if you can join us!  RSVP at info@lwvnewton.org so we can be sure to order enough.

Opportunities to take action in September

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Energy & Environment:

Coming up Sept. 14 at the Aquarium! Register now for LWVMA’s Climate and Energy Solutions Series forum at the New England Aquarium’s Simons IMAX® Theatre Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but you must register through the Aquarium’s website. Don’t miss out!

LWVMA and LWV-Boston are excited to team up with the Aquarium and UMass Boston School for the Environment for “Extreme events and climate change: What we know and what we can do.” As timely as the news out of Houston, Dr. Ellen Douglas of UMass Boston will discuss our changing climate, what changes may be in the future for Boston and beyond, and plans for how to adapt to these changes. See her comments in the Boston Globe here and an article about the event here. You can find a flyer here.

Check out our other Environmental Forums: The three other forums in this series will be Oct. 4 in Winchester, Oct. 19 in Lexington, and Nov. 4 in Falmouth.   [Read more…]

Upcoming Events on Environmental Issues

Three upcoming local and regional events on environmental issues:

1. From the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber:  Jeff Speck will Address the Factors Which Help Create a Truly Walkable Neighborhood at the NNRC Real Estate Forum at the Sheraton Needham on Tuesday, September 12 from 4 to 7:30 pm.  There is a fee required, and attendees are asked to register online.

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.

2.  From LWVMA:  Extreme Events and Climate Change:  What We Know and What We Can Do, a forum at the New England Aquarium’s Omni Theater Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. This event is part of the Aquarium’s Lecture Series, and is co-sponsored by LWVMA, the Aquarium, and the UMass Boston School for the Environment. The speaker, Dr. Ellen Douglas, will address extreme events and climate change. She will discuss observations of our changing climate, what changes may be in the future for Boston and beyond, and plans for adapting to these changes.

The event is free, but does require registration.  Click here to register.

3.  From LWV of Needham:  Environmentally Friendly Lawn Alternatives on Friday, September 15th at 9:30 am at the Needham Public Library:  Mark Richardson, New England Wild Flower Society’s Botanic Garden Director, will present alternatives to traditional lawns and how you can make your yard both beautiful and environmentally friendly. He will also offer practical how-to advice on how to create and maintain a yard with native plantings. 

Details: http://lwv-needham.org/files/2017-09-15_league_friday_forum.pdf

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