Topic Meeting on Solid Waste This Thursday!

Join LWVN for our monthly topic meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 8am to 9:30 am at the Durant-Kenrick House on Waverley Avenue.  Waneta Trabert is the featured speaker, talking about solid waste in Newton.  She will give an overview of Newton’s recycling and waste management program and efforts underway to improve recycling rates, reduce trash tonnage and encouraging re-use and re-purposing of materials and products.

April Topic Meeting: Visioning a Better Washington Street & State Legislation on Transportation


Join us for an open discussion and visioning session on how Washington Street could better serve residents and businesses. We will look at alternatives and discuss their pros and cons. LWVMA Transportation Specialist Lois Levin will also summarize state bicycle bills that affect transportation and safety.

The topic meeting will take place in the NewTV conference room, 23 Needham Street, Newton Highlands, on Wednesday, April 13, from 11:30am – 1pm.  Brown bag lunches welcome!

March 9, 2016 Topic Meeting – Later Start Times for Newton High Schools

Join LWVN members on Wednesday, March 9th, from 11:30 to 1 pm in the NewTV Conference Room on Needham Street, for our next topic meeting.  We will talk about ideas to address the discrepancy between the amount of sleep Newton teens get and how much they need to be successful.

Studies show that an average adolescent needs between 8 ½ and 9 ½ hours of sleep per night to do their best in school and activities. According to recent surveys of our own students in Newton, 80% of Newton South High School respondents said they get less than 7 hours of sleep a night. Also, 80% of respondents said that lack of sleep affects their academic performance.

Over 70 school districts (1,000 schools) in the country have moved to a later high school start time. In the past 5 years, there has been increased conversation and consideration of start times across the country. In addition, the American Pediatric Association issued a recommendation in 2014 that middle and high schools should not start before 8:30 am.

The Newton School Council is currently examining what a later high school start would look like in Newton and how it could be implemented.  Chris Steele and Risa Shames of the Newton South School Council will present the information they have gathered on the topic, and Ruth Goldman of the School Committee will discuss the ongoing work of the Late School Start Time Working Group.

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