LWVN Environmental Issues Committee (EIC) Meeting on Thursday, January 18th

The Environmental Issues Committee (EIC) will meet on Thursday, January 18th at 11 am at 20 Devon Road.  The agenda includes an update of polystyrene, sidewalk snow clearing, and gas leaks.  If you can attend, please contact info@lwvnewton.org

Thanks to Andreae Downs and Lucia Dolan for the Docket Digest!

The Docket Digest torch has been passed from Andreae Downs, who coordinated the info for many years, to Lucia Dolan, our new Docket Digest coordinator.  Thanks so much to you both for your efforts to keep us informed about all the work being done by the Newton Planning Department!

To see the Docket Digest for this week, click here.  You can always access current and past digests from the LWV Newton website on the right hand side of the page.

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.


From LWV of Concord-Carlisle: Wendy Sherman to speak on January 21

An exciting event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle and open to all:  

Understanding America’s Role in Foreign Affairs:

A Conversation with Wendy Sherman

Sunday, January 21, 2018 7pm

Concord Academy Chapel

166 Main Street, Concord, MA

Wendy R. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and also serves as a Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group. As Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State form 1997-2001 and as a Special Adviser and Policy Coordinator on North Korea to President Clinton, she worked as a close adviser to then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on every major foreign policy and national security issue. From 2011-2015, she was the fourth-ranking official in the State Department, during which period she led the team that negotiated with Iran and other partners to craft, on July 14, 2015, the “nuclear deal.”

Recycling Information from Newton DPW

The info below is from Waneta Trabert, Director of Environmental Affairs at the Newton DPW:

Plastic bags are the #1 source of contamination in Newton’s recycling. Though they are recyclable, plastic bags are not accepted in single stream recycling because they cause problems at the sorting center and can create a safety risk for workers. Prevent plastic bag contamination by taking plastic bags to store drop off locations along with other types of plastic film. Recyclables should be placed loose in the cart – never in a plastic bag.  

Confused about how holidays will impact trash day? Unsure about how to properly dispose of something? Use Recycle Right Newton, the City’s trash and recycling app. The app features a collection calendar with collection day reminders (handy for holidays, yard waste season, and household hazardous waste events), a search tool to find where waste goes, and a waste sorting game that is fun for all ages! Available for Apple and Android devices.

Food waste is over 25% of the waste stream in Massachusetts. In Spring 2018, the City of Newton will be coordinating an exploratory organics collection pilot program to reduce and recover food waste. We need your feedback! Take this brief survey to help pick the pilot neighborhood.  

In addition, please view all of the new educational materials here and by using the links below:

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