LWVN Board Votes to Support New Austin Street Plan

At our May meeting, the LWVN Board voted in favor of supporting the new plan for the Austin Street parking lot.  This plan keeps all current parking spaces, reduces the height of the proposed building, and reduces the number of residential units.  The plan also creates a mixed-use development with one-level living near public transportation and shops.

LWVN will be making public statements at the upcoming Austin Street development hearings on June 2 and June 9 at 7 pm in the Aldermanic Chambers in City Hall.  We encourage you to join us at these meetings to show your support as well as to send emails and letters to your Aldermen.

Annual Meeting this Thursday at 6 pm

There’s still room if you can make it to LWVN’s Annual Meeting this Thursday, May 28, at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue.  Food and conversation start at 6 p.m., with the business meeting starting at 7 p.m.  Hope to see you there!   $25 at the door to cover food and location.

LWVN Members Named to the Board of LWVMA

Congratulations to Anne Borg, Andrea Kozinetz and Terry Yoffie!   Anne Borg was re-elected as co-president of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) at the recent state convention.  LWVN members Andrea Kozinetz and Terry Yoffie were also elected as Treasurer and Director, respectively.  Thanks so much for all your hard work–we look forward to your leadership in LWVMA!

Topic Meeting on Constructive Disagreement: How to better manage public conflict

Please join us
Wed, June 10, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
NewTV, 23 Needham St., Newton

Brown-bag lunches welcome

All across Massachusetts, municipal officials, volunteers, and neighborhood organizations are on the frontline working to solve complex problems related to budgets, education, land use, the environment, economic development, public works, public safety, public health, and more. It requires the active participation of multiple parties and stakeholders to achieve comprehensive solutions to problems and to ensure that the solutions are consistent with a community’s stated visions and goals.

In addressing these complex problems, it is often necessary to confront and tackle serious public conflicts. Those conflicts can be sensitive, are often contentious, and sometimes persist over a long period of time, restricting the ability to move forward or leading to impasses. In order to better manage public conflict, it may be crucial for municipalities to engage officials at all levels of government, including state and federal officials, along with individual citizens, and the entire gamut of local groups and organizations, in needs assessment studies, in-depth public discussions and conflict resolution workshops.

The Massachusetts League of Women Voters and the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration have both been working hard to actively intervene in such conflicts and also provide training in best practices to restore healthy civic discourse. Our speakers this month will be:

  • Madhawa (“Mads”) Palihapitiya – Associate Director of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration
  • Marilyn Peterson – Co-President, League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Each speaker will speak for 15 minutes on work that other communities have done and the results achieved to date. This will be followed by open discussion among all attendees.

League members are also encouraged to read the MOPC report “Legislative study: Massachusetts municipal conflict resolution needs assessment”, which may be found at http://scholarworks.umb.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1010&context=mopc_pubs

 

Don’t forget to RSVP for the LWVN Annual Meeting!

Spend some time with old friends and make some new ones!  Our Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 28th, at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue.  A light dinner and conversation will start at 6 p.m., with the actual meeting starting at 7 p.m.

To RSVP, please email info@lwvnewton.org.  See you there!

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