Archives for November 14, 2017

Thanks to all involved in the Yes for a Newton Charter campaign

LWVN  sincerely thanks all those involved in the Yes for a Newton Charter campaign.  Although we didn’t achieve our goal after many years of trying, the conversation is continuing and voters have a better understanding of how our government currently works.

In particular, we want to thank:

  • the Newton Charter Commission for their hundreds of hours of research and discussion on how to make Newton’s government more responsive and accountable.  Members of the Charter Commission were:  Josh Krintzman (Chair), Rhanna Kidwell (Vice-Chair), Bryan Barash, Jane Frantz, Howard Haywood, Anne Larner, Brooke Lipsitt, Karen Manning, and Christopher Steele.
  • the co-chairs of the Yes campaign:  Jen Abbot, Frieda Dweck, and Andrea Steenstrup.  They stayed organized, positive, and focused throughout the campaign.
  • the many volunteers who helped not only with the campaign, but also those who collected signatures for many years to set the vote in motion.  Members of LWVN and those who wanted to see charter change worked together to educate the voters and advocate for a “yes” vote.

From the Newton Planning Department: Community Engagement Group

The Planning Department is embarking on the development of a Vision Plan for Needham Street, to help serve as a guiding document for future land use development proposals.

A critical component of the effort will involve gaining input from members of the Newton community on the issues at play in and around Needham Street. We are in the process of forming a Community Engagement Group that will meet several times in 2017 and 2018.  In order to ensure that a variety of perspectives are represented and that members are able to commit to a series of meetings, we have created a short application for individuals to demonstrate their interest.

A list of anticipated meeting dates of the Community Engagement Group is online. All  of the meetings will be open to the public.  

 The application as well as more information about the Needham Street Area Vision Plan can be found at

 The deadline for applications is November 19, 2017. 

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