Early Childhood Education Forum this Wednesday, October 16, at 7 p.m.

The first five years of a child’s life are crucial in building the foundation for educational attainment and greatly impacts success or failure in later life.  What are we doing in Newton and  Massachusetts to give our students the building blocks they need for future success?

JOIN US on Wednesday, October 16th from 7:00 – 8:45 pm at the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton, 675 Watertown Street for a discussion of early childhood education.   

Presenters:

Amy O’Leary, Early Education for All Campaign Director 

Amy O’Leary is director of Early Education for All, a campaign of Strategies for Children, an advocacy and policy organization that works to ensure that children in Massachusetts have access to high-quality early education and become proficient readers by the end of third grade. 

Beverly Mobilia, Newton Community Partnerships for Children and Families Coordinator

Newton Community Partnerships for Children and Families (CPCF) is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and administered by the Newton Public Schools.  The mission of the CPCF is to enhance the quality of services for Newton’s children, pre-birth through five years, and their families in a visible, productive, culturally sensitive and accessible manner.  The Council supports families by maintaining and increasing communication and collaboration among programs and agencies serving young children and their families.

This event is a collaboration between the League of Women Voters Newton and the  John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton.

Candidates’ Debates This Thursday–New Time!!

LWVN and NewTV are co-sponsoring debates this Thursday, October 10, for contested Ward 1 Ward Alderman and Ward 2 School Committee seats.  The debates will be shown live on NewTV.org and the NewTV Government Channel.  Submit your questions early to info@lwvnewton.org, or the evening of the events at Facebook.com/NewTV and Twitter:  New_TV.  Viewers are also welcome to watch in the NewTV conference room at 23 Needham Street, Newton, during the events.  

The  ***NEW*** schedule is:

5:00 pm Ward 1 Ward Alderman

8:30 pm Ward 2 School Committee

Alderman and School Committee Candidates Debate on Thursday, October 3 and 10

LWVN and NewTV are co-sponsoring debates on October 3 and 10 for all the contested Alderman and School Committee seats.  The debates will be shown live on NewTV.org and the NewTV Government Channel.  Submit your questions early to info@lwvnewton.org, or the evening of the events at Facebook.com/NewTV and Twitter:  New_TV.  Viewers are also welcome to watch in the NewTV conference room at 23 Needham Street, Newton, during the events.  

The schedule is:

October 3:  

7 pm:  Ward 2 Ward Alderman

8 pm:  Ward 5 Alderman-at-Large

October 10:

6:30 pm Ward 1 Ward Alderman

8:30 pm Ward 2 School Committee

Voter Information for the Tuesday, November 5th Municipal Election

The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) would like to remind new and absentee voters of the following:

New Voter Registration:  If you have recently moved or turned 18 years old, the deadline to register to vote in the Tuesday, November 5th Election is Wednesday, October 16th, at 8 pm.

The City of Newton Election Commission office is open to accept new voter registrations in person until Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 8:00 pm.  For a mail-in new voter registration form, click Register by Mail and scroll down the page.  Voter registration forms are also available at the Newton Free Library.  

Absentee Ballots for 2013:  Voters who want to vote absentee must reapply annually.  If you voted by absentee ballot last year and you wish to do so again, then you need to reapply for a new absentee ballot for the 2013 year, since your former absentee ballot application ended as of December 31, 2012.  If you voted absentee earlier this year and marked that you wish to vote absentee the whole year, you will receive an absentee ballot.

If you wish to apply for an absentee ballot application by mail, please allow time for the absentee ballot application to travel in the mail both to you and then from you back to the Election Commission office.  Absentee ballot applications may be delivered in person to the Election Commission office until 12:00 noon, Monday, November 4th, 2013.

If you would like to download an absentee voter registration form in English or Spanish, or a form to be filed by a family member, please click here and scroll down to the document you need.

If you voted in person in the November 6, 2012, Presidential Election, or in the Special Senate Election this year, and have not changed your address, then you are all set. 

The Election Commission office is located at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre, next to the City Clerk’s office.  If you have any questions, they can be reached by telephone at 617-796-1350.

 

Vote on September 17th in Newton’s Preliminary Elections!

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, September 17th!  Newton has two preliminary elections:  

  • all Newton voters vote to narrow the field of four candidates for Mayor to two candidates
  • all Ward 1 Newton voters will also vote to narrow the field of three Ward Alderman candidates to two candidates.

Polling locations are open from 7 am to 8 pm.  If you are not able to get to the polls on September 17th, you can vote absentee.  Please visit City of Newton Elections Office.  

If you need a ride to the polls, please email the League at info@lwvnewton.org or call at 617-383-4598.

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