Celebrate 2 CPC Projects: Newton Highlands Playground and the Whipple Fence

Celebrate Newton Highlands Playground on April 26th!

On Friday, April 26th from 4 to 7 pm, come put the revitalized Newton Highlands Playground through its paces with games, family activities and refreshments! The Parks & Recreation Dept. combined $2.7 million in CPA funding with CDBG (federal) funds to create a new tot lot, courts, playing fields, and accessible pathways and to improve the woodland trails. The playground is at 10 Dedham Street

Help Re-Dedicate the Whipple-Beal Fence on June 2nd!

The League of Women Voters was a supporter of Newton Cemetery’s application to the CPC for the restoration of the historic Whipple-Beal fence in Newton Cemetery & Arboretum. The Friends of Newton Cemetery is planning a ceremony to re-dedicate the restored fence, and we are cordially invited. Join Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, the fence restoration team and the Friends of Newton Cemetery on Sunday, June 2nd @ 3:00 pm and see one of the most historic elements in the Cemetery back in place, fully restored. 

LWVMA is turning 100 next year! Be a part of the anniversary committee

Members & Friends of the LWVMA:

The LWV is turning 100 in 2020!  The LWVMA is formulating plans to celebrate the founding of the LWV, LWVMA, and passage of the ‘right to vote’ 19th amendment!  In so doing, LWVMA has established its 100th Anniversary Committee, charged with working with the state Board to develop a set of priorities and activities to guide the celebration.

The 100th Anniversary Committee will make recommendations to the LWVMA Board for a possible signature event in Spring, 2020 and a Fall, 2019 conference; and will develop lists of other activities to promote the League and the important anniversaries throughout 2019 -2020.  A list of suggested activities and resources that may be used by local Leagues to celebrate and educate in their communities, as well a listing of events for which plans are being made by Local Leagues and other groups throughout the Commonwealth, is also being planned.

We seek your input, recommendations, and participation!  Contact us the committee at 100thanniversary@lwvma.org.

  • Send us your thoughts and ideas for activities the LWVMA or local Leagues to consider to celebrate the 100th Anniversary.
  • Let us know what your League has planned.  The Committee plans to set up a way to share these events and ideas with other Leagues.
  • Volunteer to be a member of the 100th Anniversary Committee.  We would love to have members representing all of Massachusetts.  The committee meets via Zoom conferencing, so you do not need to travel to meetings.

We look forward to working with you to make the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the LWVMA and the passage of the 19th Amendment an exciting and informative year.

“Green New Deal” Letter Talking Points from LWVUS

LWVUS joined a January 10th letter with more than 600 organizations urging Congress to hold hearings and openly debate legislation about climate change in response to the momentum across the country to address this important issue. LWVUS provides these talking points to Leagues about our engagement with a possible “Green New Deal” and climate change policy more generally. These points are meant to inform Leagues of the activities of LWVUS and can be used by individual Leagues in their messaging on this subject.

Local Program Planning on April 10th, 8 pm

Every spring we decide what to work on next year and create a document to vote on at our Annual Meeting.  This is called ‘program planning’.  Please join us on April 10th at 8 pm to discuss what we’d like to accomplish.  Location is Marcia Johnson’s house, 39 Bemis Street in Newton.

Notes from ‘Don’t Just Stand There…Run!’

‘Don’t Just Stand There…Run!’ was held on Thursday at City Hall, featuring panelists David Olson, City Clerk, Marcia Johnson, former City Councilor, and Greg Reibman, President of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber, a blogger at Village 14, and former editor with the TAB, Boston Herald and PBS World Channel.  Our notes are below, for those of you who are thinking of running for office. For Greg’s ‘Tips for running a successful campaign’, please see the end of the notes or the next website posting.

Our sincerest thanks to David, Marcia and Greg!

DJSTR notes



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