Citywide Meeting on Community Development, Thursday, November 21, 2013

This email was just received on Thursday and may be of interest to many LWVN members:

Many projects combine Newton’s local and state Community Preservation Act funds with  federal community development funds. With apologies if you are receiving this invitation multiple times, please consider attending this important event next Thursday:
Community Development Consolidated Plan Event
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Place: Newton North High School Cafeteria
For optimal viewing of this invitation, please visit and click “Invitation”
Mayor Warren along with the Newton Departments of Health & Human Services and  Planning & Development invites you to participate in an important event regarding the
future use of federal funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG),
HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and EmergencySolutions Grant (ESG)
funds to further community development, including housing and human services for the City of Newton.
Newton is fortunate to be the recipient each year of federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address local needs for low- and moderate-income
populations. Every five years, City staff assesses market conditions, affordable housing
and community development needs, and with community input develops data-driven, place-based investment strategies and goals which are contained within the Consolidated Plan.
At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss ways to foster successful outcomes for individuals and families through use of available funds and to learn how they can be involved in the development of this community-wide plan. This evening will be the first of many upcoming events that will be held to address accessible public places, affordable housing, human services, neighborhood improvements and economic development.
For more information e-mail or contact Alice Walkup at

Transportation Information Meeting on November 14th, 11:30 am and 7 pm

The Massachusetts LWV recently adopted new Transportation Positions.  Newton LWV Environmental Committee is holding an informational meeting November 14 at NewTV at noon and 7 pm to discuss these new League positions and a concurrence proposal for the Newton League to vote on at our annual meeting.
Click 2013 LWVN Transportation Discussion Book for the LWVN Transportation Discussion Book with information on the new positions and three discussion questions for potential new local transportation positions.
Please join the discussion  Nov. 14, 11:30 or 7 pm in the NewTV conference room.  If you have any questions, please contact Lucia at 617-332-1893 or

LWVN 2013 Voters Guide Is Here!

The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) is pleased to present our 2013 Voters Guide!  This guide is intended to help inform voters about the views of all the candidates for Mayor, Board of Aldermen and School Committee.  Please click here for the guide:  LWVN 2013 Municipal Voters Guide

All candidates for these offices were asked to respond to three questions posed by LWVN, with each answer no more than 75 words, with biographical information limited to 50 words.  LWVN has not edited or spell-checked any responses, and takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the responses.  Information about voting is also printed throughout the guide.

LWVN thanks The Village Bank for its sponsorship, allowing us to help educate and inform Newton voters about the candidates.


Update on Newton Free Library/LWVN Mayoral Debate:  This debate will be shown on NewTV’s Community Channel at the following times:  

    • Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 pm
    • Thursday, October 31, 1:30 pm
    • Friday, November 1, 9:00 am
    • Saturday, November 2,  9:00 pm.

Mayoral, Aldermen, and School Committee Debates on NewTV

Watch the most recent Mayoral Debate, recorded on Tuesday, October 22, at the Newton Free Library, on NewTV today (Saturday, October 26) at 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 30th 6:30 p.m.  The show will air on the Community (Blue) channel.  

Voters can also find debates for Wards 1 and 2 Ward Alderman, Ward 5 Alderman-at-Large and Ward 2 School Committee on the NewTV website, by clicking here:  NewTV/ LWVN Debates.  Scroll down to the debate you want to watch and then click.  You can see the whole program whenever you want!

Our thanks to NewTV and the Newton Free Library for sponsoring the debates with LWVN!

Mayoral Debate at the Newton Free Library on Tuesday, October 22

Join LWVN members for an interesting and informative evening with the two candidates for Mayor of Newton, Mayor Setti Warren and Alderman Ted Hess-Mahan.  The event will start at 7 p.m. in the Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street in Newton.  

Send your questions in advance to or bring them with you and write them on index cards for our question sorters!  We will try to get to as many questions and topics as possible, though might combine some that are on the same topic. 

We thank the Newton Free Library for sponsoring this event, and Jo-Ann Berry, of the League of Women Voters of Action, for moderating.

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