Tuesday, September 1 Forum: All About City Charter Commissions


Join us for an an interesting and informative evening for voters and candidates alike…

This November, Newton will vote on the question “Shall a commission be elected to revise the charter of Newton?” Hear from a charter expert, a member and an observer of the Everett Charter Commission about the process, the kinds of changes that can result, and the responsibilities of serving on the commission.

Tuesday, September 1st, 7:00 p.m.

Newton Free Library

This event is free and open to the public


  • Marilyn Contreas, charter expert recently retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • John Hanlon – member of the City of Everett charter commission that concluded in 2011; current Everett city councilor, past alderman and mayor
  • David Flood – member of Everett’s Charter Review Committee; active observer during Everett’s charter commission

September 3: Ward 2 Alderman at Large Candidates’ Forum

Join LWVN and NewTV on September 3, 2015 for a Candidates’ Forum with all five Ward 2 Alderman-at-Large candidates!  The forum will begin at 7pm at NewTV Studios and will ask questions submitted by LWVN members and by the general public.  We encourage all those interested to:

  • submit your questions for the candidates before the forum by emailing them to info@lwvnewton.org
  • join us to watch the forum live in the NewTV conference room.

The forum will be recorded and shown at laters times/dates on NewTV–info on that to follow after the forum.  Please note that questions submitted might not be asked in their original form–those on the same topic might be combined and consolidated.  We will attempt to touch on all the subjects asked, given the time constraints of the forum.  All questions will be kept confidential until the event.

Happy Birthday Medicare on July 30th!

Medicare turns 50 on July 30. To mark the occasion and to continue the push for single-payer health care–Medicare for All-MassCare is holding a birthday party at the State House, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA).

The festivities are at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 30, in the new Senate Reading Room, room 428. There will be speakers, live music and cake.

LWVMA Pay Equity Rally and Hearing on July 21

Shocking but true, we are still seeking pay equity for women in Massachusetts in 2015! A hearing on H.1733/S.983, a bill establishing pay equity, is scheduled by the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development for Tuesday, July 21, at 1 p.m. in hearing room A2 at the State House.

The coalition supporting this bill is planning a rally and press conference to make the point to legislators at noon at the Grand Staircase in the State House.

Come to the State House July 21 to make your voice heard and to support the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) testimony on pay equity. That hearing will also cover H.1769, a bill defining rights for pregnant workers, which we support.

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.

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