Charter Reform Committee Needs Volunteers!

We are looking for members interested in working on the next phase of the charter reform process…implementation.  There are 3 major things we need to tackle quickly:

  1. Educating voters in general about the charter commission
  2. Educating voters, beginning with Newton’s leaders, about how to elect the most effective candidates
  3. Encouraging great candidates to run!

Nomination papers will be available August 11th, and due back late September, so time is short!

There will be an organizing meeting on Wednesday, July 15th at 7:30 pm at Rhanna Kidwell’s home.  Please email her at charter@lwvnewton.org if you will attend, or if you want to be involved but cannot attend the meeting.

Now you can register to vote online in Massachusetts

From the City of Newton’s website (Election page):

Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website at www.sec.state.ma.us and clicking the “Massachusetts Register to Vote Online” button to access the online application system. Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address or change their party enrollment.

Voters Service Needs Volunteers!

Please join us for whatever time period you can and stay as long as you’d like. Look for the League table at all locations.  Contact Sharyn Roberts, 617-259-0132, sharynLroberts21@gmail.com to help.

  • Sunday, June 14, 11 am – 4 pm, Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands, Newton Highlands Village Day.
  • Farmer’s Market Every Saturday, starting June 20 thru October 24, 10 am – 2 pm, Elm Street, West Newton.
  • Farmer’s Market Every Tuesday, starting June 30 thru October 27, 1:30 – 6:00 pm, Cold Spring Park, Beacon Street.

Newton Housing Strategy Open House (from City Hall)

(A notice from City Hall) Please join the Planning & Development Department and Mayor Warren on Sunday June 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Newton North High School Cafeteria for the Housing Strategy Open House, the initial kick-off public meeting to a 9-month process, to share your views on housing needs and opportunities for our city now and into the future. This is a drop-in event and will feature one-on-one conversations around all aspects of housing as we collect community input on this critical topic. Your thoughts and ideas will be instrumental in shaping a housing strategy that deals with current and future needs. Contact Elizabeth Valenta at 617.796.1145 or evalenta@newtonma.gov.

Your signature can make the difference!

Hurry, hurry, hurry to the LWVN table at Newton Highlands Village Day on Sunday! By our calculation, we need fewer than 400 signatures to get the question of a charter commission on the November ballot. If you haven’t yet signed, we need your signature to start Newton on the path to the most efficient and effective government it can have.

If you have signed and are willing to ask your family, friends and neighbors for their signatures, email us at charter@lwvnewton.org. Check out lwvnewton.org for more info on charter commissions.

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