Austin Street Project is Approved

On Tuesday night, the Board of Aldermen approved, by a vote of 17-6,  the proposal to build a 68-unit building on the site of Austin Street parking lot.  LWVN was a member of the Friends of Austin Street, a group advocating for the project because of the benefits it will bring:  an increase in the number of affordable housing units, an environmentally friendly construction method, and a transit-oriented development offering single-level living in one of our village centers.

LWVN thanks all the Aldermen for their thorough and thoughtful consideration of this project, and Mayor Warren for supporting this project all the way though to the vote on Tuesday.   We especially thank Alderman Marc Laredo for his leadership during the many public hearings, ensuring a fair and respectful process.  LWVN also thanks the members of Friends of Austin Street for their leadership, organization, and dedication on this issue.  We are proud to have participated in supporting this worthy project and look forward to its completion.

December Topic Meeting: Hunger in Newton

Discuss the current situation in Newton, learn about the services offered through the City and private sources, and examine ways to help our fellow citizens.

Thursday December 10, 2015
11:30-1:00 pm, NewTV Conference Room
Brown bag lunches welcome

Newton is an economically diverse municipality and struggles with ‘big city’ issues like poverty and hunger. Please join LWV Newton for a conversation with Amy Radin, Executive Director of the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton Centre, and Rachel Nenner-Payton, MSW, LICSW, Community Social Worker for the City of Newton, as we explore the topic of Hunger in Newton. Your contribution of non-perishable food or toiletries is greatly appreciated.

Join Discussions about Lowell Ave, Crafts Street, Hammond Street and Braeland Avenue

TAG and the DPW will be holding a meeting to collect input on three streets that will be re-paved next summer, as well as for one street that will be re-paved in 2017.  These streets are:

  • Lowell Ave from Washington north to Walnut
  • Crafts Street
  • Hammond Street from Commonwealth to Ward
  • Braeland Avenue (in 2017)

The meeting is Thursday, December 3 at 7 pm in the City Hall Cafeteria.

The meeting will start with an overview of the goals, then break into tables to discuss the problems on these stretches. Finally, we will summarize common feedback on the safety profiles of each of these roads.

LWVMA Participates in Early Voting Challenge

Advocates for election reform, including the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, have issued their recommendations for implementing early voting in the state, which will go into effect with the November 2016 election.

To encourage cities and towns to offer a robust early voting program, the Election Modernization Coalition has issued an Early Voting Challenge, with gold and silver “medals” to recognize communities which meet or exceed those recommendations. For more information, visit

Save the Date for the new LWVN Book Group

Come join the LWVN for an interesting and lively discussion of Colin Woodard’s, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America,  (2011), an award-winning book chronicling the settling of North America and the ways immigrants shaped the political culture still affecting us today. Woodard makes an interesting case for the historic reasons the red and blue states are at an impasse.

We will meet Friday, Jan 22, 2016 at the Waban Library Center [at intersection of Beacon St and Woodward St in Waban Square], 7-9 pm.  Prospective members especially welcome!

The book discussion aims to promote the LWV goals of studying key political issues to enable citizens to seek positive solutions to public policy questions.

American Nations is now available in a Penguin paperback edition .

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