The League Presents… is a program produced together with NewTV and directed by LWVN members about persons and issues important to our community. It currently airs on NewTV on Sundays at 8:30 am and 11:00pm, Mondays at 9:30pm, Wednesdays at 10 pm, Thursday at 6:30 pm, and Saturday at 1:30 pm. (Changes in the NewTV schedule may occur.) You can also click below to watch each episode.
The League Presents… Newton’s 2023 New Candidates for School Committee October 31, 2023 - Recently, I had an opportunity to speak with Amy Davenport and Barry Greenstein, both are unopposed and non-incumbent candidates for School Committee seats in Wards 7 and 8, respectively. Since... Read more →
The League Presents: Zoning Redesign Part III; Village Center Overlay District Ordinance August 7, 2023 - Newton’s Zoning Redesign began in approximately 2010. The Village Redesign and ultimately the Village Center Overlay District (VCOD) work began in 2021 with the Community Engagement initiative. Given our goal... Read more →
The League Presents: Pride Month Edition – A Conversation with Newton Youth June 23, 2023 - Pride Month began after the Stonewall riots, a series of gay liberation protests in 1969. Modern-day Pride Month honors the movement for LGBT rights and celebrates LGBT culture. In honor of Pride Month,... Read more →
The League Presents: Mental Health – A Community Conversation, Part 1 June 8, 2023 - In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month which has been observed in the U.S. since 1949., Marcia Johnson, League president, had a conversation about this very important subject. Many in... Read more →
The League Presents: Newton Food Pantries Update March 31, 2023 - With the COVID-era boost in Federal Extra Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits ending at the beginning of March, we thought it important to learn more about Newton’s food pantries. ... Read more →
The League Presents: School Buildings and the Override, with Josh Morse, Newton Public Building Commissioner March 9, 2023 - In this episode of The League Presents, Marcia Johnson spoke with Josh Morse, who is Newton’s Public Building Commissioner. Given that the LWVN recently endorsed passage of the three... Read more →
The League Presents: The Newton Energy Coach Service with Stephen Grody, Newton Citizens Commission on Energy November 8, 2022 - In the October episode of The League Presents, David discusses the Newton Energy Coach Service and volunteer coaching with Stephen Grody, the League’s representative to the Newton Citizens Commission on... Read more →
The League Presents: Zoning Redesign Part 2: MBTA Communities October 10, 2022 - In May 2022, we had the pleasure of having a conversation with Councilor Crossley, Chair of the Zoning & Planning Committee of the City Council, (ZAP). The focus of this... Read more →
The League Presents: A Conversation with Carol Moore, Newton’s City Clerk and Clerk of the City Council July 12, 2022 - Early in June, Marcia Johnson had the pleasure of speaking with Ms. Carol Moore about her role as Newton’s City Clerk & Clerk of the City Council. Ms. Moore is... Read more →
The League Presents: Zoning Redesign, part 1 May 18, 2022 - In August 2020, I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Councilor Crossley, Chair of the Zoning & Planning Committee of the City Council (ZAP). As a follow-up, this... Read more →
The League Presents: Newton’s Citizens Commission on Energy March 14, 2022 - Marcia Johnson had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Halina Brown, Chair of Newton’s Citizens Commission on Energy. In this program, Halina helps us to learn about the Commission, and... Read more →
The League Presents: What it means to be a League of Women Voters member February 21, 2022 - The heart and soul of the League is its members, who inspire me every day through their contributions to and participation in our programs and advocacy. So I am pleased... Read more →
The League Presents: A Conversation with Three New School Committee Members February 6, 2022 - In the November 2021 municipal election, there were three School Committee candidates who were unopposed, Rajeev Parlikar (Ward 1), Chris Brezski (Ward 2), and Cove Davis (Ward 8). According to... Read more →
The League Presents: A Conversation with Congressional District 4 Director Dana Hanson December 20, 2021 - Recently, LWVN President Marcia Jackson had the pleasure of speaking with Dana Hanson, the District Director for Congressman Jake Auchincloss. As she and the Congressman are about to finish up... Read more →
The League Presents: The Newton Housing Partnership and the Fair Housing Committee December 4, 2021 - In this information-packed two-part program, LWVN President Marcia Johnson had a very interesting and enlightening conversation with Lisbeth Heyer, Newton Housing Partnership Chair, and Ted Hess-Mahan, Ward 3 City Councilor-at-Large... Read more →
The League Presents: Hattie Kerwin Derrick, Newton’s Director of Community Engagement & Inclusion November 2, 2021 - Marcia Johnson had the pleasure of speaking with Hattie Kerwin Derrick, Director of Community Engagement & Inclusion for the City of Newton. Hattie is relatively new in her position, however,... Read more →
The League Presents: Non-Profit Support for Arts & Culture in Newton June 14, 2021 - In this episode of The League Presents, Marcia Johnson speaks with Gloria Gavris, Board Chair, Newton Community Pride, and Adrienne Hartzell Knudsen Executive Director, Newton Cultural Alliance (NCA), about how... Read more →
The League Presents: Newton’s Municipal Budget May 16, 2021 - Given that it is budget season at the local and state level, Marcia Johnson was able to have a conversation about Newton’s Municipal Budget with Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Yeo... Read more →
The League Presents: The VOTES Act with State Senator Creem May 4, 2021 - Given the national focus on voting rights and suppression and our mission — Empowering voters. Defending democracy — the League thought it was important to provide more information on legislation... Read more →
The League Presents: The West Newton Armory Project March 20, 2021 - Recently, Marcia Johnson had the opportunity to learn more about the West Newton Armory project by having a conversation with members of Newton’s Planning & Development Department: Amanda Berman, Director... Read more →
The League Presents: Saying Thank You and Good-bye – A conversation with outgoing City Clerk David Olson February 15, 2021 - In this episode of The League Presents, outgoing Newton City Clerk David Olson talks with LVWN president Marcia Johnson a few days before his retirement as the eighth City Clerk in Newton’s history. Marcia notes, "He brought leadership, innovation, and a focus on talent development to the Clerk’s office that it had not seen before, especially to the Elections Office. The City Council and the Executive Department will miss David, and so will I!"
The League Presents: VOTE16 Newton January 26, 2021 - This episode of The League Presents features Newton North High School students Olivia Pozen and Coral Lin. Through the Newton North Center for Civic Engagement, they and several other students are working to pass Vote 16, a home rule petition to provide legal voting rights in municipal elections for City of Newton residents 16 & 17 years old.
The League Presents: The Evolution of Fun & Entertainment during the Pandemic with Jerry Reilly December 22, 2020 - As we approach the long-awaited end of 2020, LWVN president Marcia Johnson thought reflecting on Newton’s Fun & Entertainment during the Pandemic with Newton’s own “instigator” of fun Jerry Reilly would be a nice way to usher out the year. To accomplish this, she and Jerry chatted while he shared video clips showing how fun in Newton evolved from being solely virtual to its migration outdoors and now is coming full circle to having to go back to virtual offerings.
The League Presents: A Conversation with Susan Albright, President of the Newton City Council November 30, 2020 - Susan Albright talks with LWVN president Marcia Johnson about how the Council has managed the incredibly challenging 2020, her first year as president, and her priorities for her next year. She also shared the process for filling the councilor vacancies because of Councilor Jay Ciccone’s untimely passing and Councilor Auchincloss’ successful election to Congressman-elect for District 4.
The League Presents: Vote Yes on Question 2 and support Ranked Choice Voting October 19, 2020 - In this episode of The League Presents, Susan Millinger, a member of the LWVMA Board of Directors and the LWV Amherst Steering Committee, discusses the advantages of Ranked Choice Voting with LWVN president Marcia Johnson.
The League Presents: Voting in Newton During the Pandemic with David Olson, Clerk of Elections, City of Newton October 5, 2020 - One of the main missions of the League of Women Voters is to "build citizen participation in the democratic process." Since there have been many changes to the voting process in Massachusetts due to the pandemic, the LWVN thought it important for us to have a conversation with David Olson, Newton's City Clerk, in order to help Newton voters to better understand what to do when in order to ensure that their vote counts!
The League Presents: A Conversation with Councilor Deb Crossley on Zoning Redesign August 31, 2020 - City Councilor Deb Crossley, chair of Newton's Zoning & Planning Committee, gives an overview of the process and update of the zoning redesign process.
The League Presents: Civics with author Gloria Gavris March 3, 2020 - Newton resident Gloria Gavris joined Marcia Johnson for a conversation about her book E is for Election Day. During the conversation Gloria describes her early involvement in elections and civic engagement in her home town of Everett Massachusetts where she became involved in her father and brother's campaigns for local office at an early age. Gloria also shared how she has been working with educators to help students of all ages learn more about elections and how they can become actively involved. With the 2020 presidential, congressional, and state legislative campaigns in full-swing, Gloria shares ideas on how parents can use the book as an educational tool to help their families learn, in real time, more about the election process.
The League Presents: Voting Rights for Women – League of Women Voters & Suffrage 100 Massachusetts February 9, 2020 - Suffrage100MA founder Fredie Kay talks with LWVN president Marcia Johnson about the Suffrage 100 Year Centennial and the League of Woman Voters' 100th birthday.
The League Presents: A conversation with Ruthanne Fuller, Mayor of Newton January 5, 2020 - In the December episode of The League Presents, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller joined Marcia Johnson to reflect on her accomplishments, her learnings, and her priorities going forward as she completes the first half of her four-year term.
The League Presents: The Newton Community Preservation Committee June 9, 2019 - The latest episode of ‘The League Presents…’ is a discussion with three current and former members of the Newton Community Preservation Committee (CPC) about the process and projects that the... Read more →
The League Presents: 100 years of women’s suffrage April 28, 2019 - Watch an enjoyable history lesson about the women’s suffrage movement and learn what plans are in the works to celebrate the 100-year anniversary! Join host Anne Borg (former LWVN Co-President)... Read more →
The League Presents: Affordable Housing 101 January 13, 2019 - The latest episode of LWVN’s NewTV program, “The League Presents…’featured a discussion on affordable housing with experts Barney Heath, Newton’s Director of Planning, Amanda Berman, Newton’s Housing Development Planner, and... Read more →
Links to The League Presents are here! October 29, 2018 - The links to both discussions on the ballot questions on The League Presents are now working fine…here they are! The League Presents…Ballot Question 1 The League Presents…Ballot Questions 2 and... Read more →
The League Presents: Ballot Question 1 October 28, 2018 - Join LWVN host Marcia Johnson as she explores the issues at stake on State Ballot Question 1 with representatives of both sides. We thank State Representative Denise Garlick, representing the... Read more →
The League Presents: Ballot Questions 2 and 3 September 30, 2018 - Watch the latest episode of ‘The League Presents…Ballot Questions 2 and 3’ to learn about the questions and what ‘yes’ and ‘no’ votes mean. Host and LWVN Vice President Lisa... Read more →
The League Presents: Sex Discrimination and Harassment July 29, 2018 - The new episode of “The League Presents” focuses on sex discrimination and harassment and features a discussion with Elizabeth Adler and Nancy Perlman, Partners at Beacon Law Group, LLC, of... Read more →
The League Presents: The Immigration Situation June 24, 2018 - Be sure to check out this show and hear the facts about the current immigration situation. The latest episode of “The League Presents…” features a discussion with two Newton lawyers... Read more →
The League Presents: The Newton Free Library May 28, 2018 - The latest episode of “The League Presents” is available…it is focused on the Newton Free Library. Many thanks to guests Phil McNulty, Director of the Newton Free Library and Ellen... Read more →
The League Presents: Webster Woods May 6, 2018 - Our latest episode of “The League Presents…” is all about Webster Woods and the Newton Conservators! Many thanks to our guests: Beth Wilkinson, President of the Newton Conservators, and Richard... Read more →
“The League Presents…” named “Best Up and Coming Episodic Series” on NewTV! April 6, 2018 - Congratulation to Maureen Reilly Meagher and Sue Flicop, co-producers of LWVN’s new TV show, The League Presents! You can watch all episodes by clicking on any of the links... Read more →
The League Presents: Mayor Ruthanne Fuller! March 25, 2018 - LWVN’s latest TV program features a discussion with Mayor Ruthanne Fuller about her priorities for the year and current issues important to Newton residents. You can watch the episode by... Read more →
The League Presents: Representative Ruth Balser and Representative Kay Khan March 4, 2018 - The latest episode of “The League Presents…” features a discussion with Representatives Ruth Balser and Kay Khan with host Marcia Johnson. They cover a lot of topics in 30 minutes–hear... Read more →
The League Presents: Representative Ruth Balser and Representative Kay Khan February 26, 2018 - The latest episode of “The League Presents…” features a discussion with Representatives Ruth Balser and Kay Khan with host Marcia Johnson. They cover a lot of topics in 30 minutes–hear... Read more →
Newton Power Choice: Video and City Info February 11, 2018 - What do you know about Newton Power Choice? City-wide discussion on this topic is just getting started, so watch our NewTV Program, “The League Presents…Newton Power Choice” to be up... Read more →
The League Presents: Newton Power Choice January 28, 2018 - The newest episode of LWVN’s NewTV program, “The League Presents…” is available to watch from your computer. This month, LWVN Vice-President Lisa Mirabile hosts Eric Olson, Chair of Newton’s Citizen... Read more →
The League Presents: Meet Newton’s new elected officials December 3, 2017 - The new episode of “The League Presents…” features an interview with newly elected officials Josh Krintzman (Ward 4 At-Large Councilor), Becky Walker Grossman (Ward 7 At-Large Councilor), and Kathy Shields... Read more →
Can’t Miss TV! The League Presents: 2 discussions about the proposed new charter October 12, 2017 - The second episode of The League Presents was taped last week, and continues the discussion about the proposed new charter, this time with charter commissioners Anne Larner and Chris Steele.... Read more →
Watch LWVN’s new TV program “The League Presents…” September 22, 2017 - LWVN has a new TV program called “The League Presents…” Each month we will bring you a discussion on a timely topic important to League members and to the Newton... Read more →