LWVN Parking Forum now online

LWVN’s Parking Forum, filmed last April, is now available on the NewTV website.  Click Parking Forum to watch it.

Thanks to Brooke Lipsitt for moderating, and to Jessica Robertson, Sean Roche and Rene Khachadourian for participating in the forum.  Thanks as well to Bonnie, Maureen, Barry and Tami for preserving the event on tape, to Ellen Meyers of the Newton Free Library for sponsoring the evening, and to Andreae Downs and LWVN’s Transportation Committee for their hard work in pulling the whole event together!

If you missed the Needham LWVN forum on invasive plants….

you can watch it online!  Go to the LWV of Needham’s website to find the video:  LWV of Needham

Newton’s Dr. Eric Olson, an expert on invasive plants, spoke about why invasive plants are harmful beyond our gardens, which invasive plants are in our area, how we can recognize them, and how we can eliminate them from our own yards and community on Friday, September 18 at the Needham Public Library.  Thanks to LWV of Needham for inviting Newton LWVN members and Newton residents!

Speak Up at the Austin Street Hearing on September 24

On Thursday, September 24, starting at 7 p.m., the Land Use Committee of the Newton Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing in the Aldermanic Chamber.  Join LWVN and Friends of Austin Street to show your support for the mixed-use project.

We encourage everyone to speak in favor of the project, on how Austin Street will increase vitality and diversity on our community, how it supports increased use of public transportation, and how it exemplifies environmentally-friendly construction.  If you can’t make the hearing, please email members of the Board of Aldermen with your support.  The address for all the Aldermen at once is:  aldermen@newtonma.gov.

The next hearing on Austin Street will be on October 6th.

LWVN/NewTV Candidates’ Forums for the November Elections

2015 Line-up for LWVN/NewTV Candidates’ Forums

The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) and NewTV are once again co-sponsoring Candidates’ Forums for the 2015 municipal election. All the following forums will take place in NewTV Studios, 23 Needham Street, Newton Highlands. The line-up is:

October 7:     Ward 5 Aldermen-at-Large, 5:30 p.m.

October 8:     Ward 5 School Committee, 6:00 p.m.

                        Ward 3 Aldermen-at-Large, 7:00 p.m.

                        Ward 2 Aldermen-at-Large, 8:00 p.m.

October 22:   Ward 8 Aldermen-at-Large, 7 p.m.

Please send us your questions for the candidates at info@lwvnewton.org! We ask that they be relevant to all the candidates in a particular race and be as short as possible. Please note that LWVN might shorten some questions or combine others that are similar, so it’s possible that your particular question isn’t used exactly as submitted. We do try to cover all topics submitted to us.

While Alison Leary (Ward 1 Ward Alderman) and Margaret Albright (Ward 2 School Committee) were willing to participate in forums, candidates Allan Ciccone (Ward 1 Ward Alderman) and Cyrus Vaghar (Ward 2 School Committee) declined LWVN’s invitations. LWVN policy prohibits having “empty seat” candidates’ events, and so there will be no Candidates’ Forums for Ward 1 Ward Alderman and Ward 2 School Committee.

Don’t Forget to Vote: Preliminary Election on Thursday, September 17th!

That’s right…Newton’s preliminary election will be this THURSDAY (not the usual Tuesday this year.) Voters will vote for 2 of 5 candidates for the Ward 2 Aldermen-at-Large seats.  The top 4 will continue on to the general election in November.  For a link to see the ballot, click here.

The polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.  Voters in Ward 1, Precinct 2, please be advised that your location has changed FROM Fire Station #1 on Church Street TO the Grace Episcopal Church on the corner of Church and Eldredge Streets.

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