LWVN remembers Jane Leighton

LWVN is sad to announce that Jane Leighton, past LWVN President (1975-77), passed away on January 13.  The Jane Leighton Award was named in her honor in 1980, with the following announcement:

Whereas Jane Leighton has for many years given generously of herself as a volunteer to the League of Women Voters, and

Whereas, she has contributed her wisdom and strength to further the goals of the League, and

Whereas, she has always willingly served in whatever capacity she has been called upon to fulfill, and

Whereas, she has consistently brought humor and goodwill to all who worked with her,

Now therefore we, the League of Women Voters of Newton, create in her honor “The Jane Leighton Volunteer-of-the-Year-Award” to be given each year to that member who exemplified some of those qualities that we treasure in Jane.

Jane was honored to have her name symbolize service to the community and the League, and all those who worked with her remember her with great fondness.  Please look for personal remembrances in our next newsletter…if you would like to contribute your thoughts, please contact info@lwvnewton.org.

Lights! Camera! LWVMA Student Video Contest!

For its fifth annual student video contest, LWVMA invites high school students to create 30-second public service announcements to motivate voters for Massachusetts’ Fall 2018 elections.

The contest, Get In the Game…and Vote, is open to all high school students in Massachusetts.  Top winners will be awarded $500, $250, and $100, and their videos will be publicized statewide.

Entries must be submitted online from February 1 through March 31 at www.lwvma.org.  Judging will take place in April, and winners will be announced in May.  Official rules and further details are available at www.lwvma.org.

League members can help publicize the video contest at high schools in their area.  A toolkit and flyer to download are available on our website here.  Emails about the contest will be sent to Massachusetts high schools, but may not reach the people you know. Please email personal contacts (high school administrators, educators, students) directly using the suggested email .  Your League can also send a letter to the editor about the contest and post information on your website and Facebook page. The information you need is in the toolkit.

And if you are interested in helping to judge the videos, contact LWVMA Executive Director Meryl Kessler.

Moderator Training at ActonTV on February 15

Among LWVMA’s greatest assets are our trained moderators who play a critical role in candidate and issue forums and debates.

Are you a novice who would like to learn how to moderate?  Or an expert who would like to brush up on your skills?  Have questions about how to handle tricky situations during a debate or forum?

LWVMA will hold a Moderator Training for both new and experienced moderators on Thursday, February 15 from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at ActonTV Studios (16a Craig Road, Acton, MA 01720).  League members and experienced moderators Jo-Ann Berry and Stefani Traina will lead the training.

This in-person training session will be taped to create a training video that can later be used by local Leagues throughout the state.  If you are unable to attend this session, but interested in participating in a regional training at another location in Massachusetts, please contact LWVMA Voter Service Chairs Judy Zaunbrecher or Kris Eastman.

Please register to attend here.

Automatic Voter Registration Lobby Day on Wednesday, January 31

We need your help! Join LWVMA and the other members of the Election Modernization Coalition for a lobby day to pass Automatic Voter Registration at the State House Wednesday, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Registration and training will take place in Room 428 in the State House (24 Beacon St., Boston).

We will be working hard to get the AVR bill out of the Joint Committee on Election Laws and to the floor of the House for a vote. Nothing makes as strong an impression on legislators as in-person visits from constituents.

Sign up here to participate in the AVR lobby day.

Can’t make it to Boston?  Call your state Representative that day and ask him/her to urge the Speaker to bring the Automatic Voter Registration bill (H.2091/S.373) to the floor for a vote.

Housing Needs in the Metrowest Region: First in a series from U-Chan on January 25

U-CHAN (Uniting Citizens for Housing Affordability in Newton) announces the first of a four-part educational series:

An Overview of the Housing Needs in the Metrowest Region.

Clark Ziegler, the Executive Director Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP)

January 25th 7:00-9:00 pm

Eliot Church, 474 Centre Street

Mr. Ziegler will include data and reports developed by the MHP, the Metropolitan Area Council, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the Boston Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and others which will help us understand and address Newton’s needs.

Series goal: To provide Newton Residents factual information to enhance our knowledge of housing needs. Coming soon, presentations on:
(1) Financing for various types of housing developments;
(2) What is the spectrum of housing needs and how best to meet them; and
(3) What are the common values citizens of Newton can agree upon and adhere to as we plan for a city that ensures a good future for all its citizens.

 

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