Save the date for our latest parking forum on April 23rd

Newton’s Parking: new solutions to a seemingly intractable problem

One of the bigger challenges in Newton’s older village centers, parking is also key to village vitality.

A library forum April 23 will explain some of the cutting-edge ideas used in cities across America to unlock the potential of public, on-street parking by using the marketplace to set pricing (called “dynamic pricing”), ensuring optimal space vacancy rates while returning funds to the business district.

This forum will update fans of the popular 2013 LWVN forum on parking (link: on the latest parking policy tools available to municipalities in Massachusetts.

Who: Jessica Robertson, planner at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), and developer of the ParkSmart Initiative; Sean Roche, editor of Newton’s Parking Management Plan

When: April 23, 7-8:45 pm

Where: Druker Auditorium, Main Library

Sponsored by: Newton Free Library, League of Women Voters, Newton.

Don’t Just Stand There…RUN! on April 9th

Don’t Just Stand There…RUN!

Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

at Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands.

How to Run a Campaign for Local Public Office: Considering public office? Helping someone run for office? Interested in how local campaigns work? The League of Women Voters of Newton invites candidates, potential candidates, campaign managers, campaign treasurers, and all interested citizens to a workshop that offers practical information and advice about political campaigns by a group of knowledgeable panelists:

  • David Olson, Newton City Clerk, will give an overview of the local filing and state requirements
  • Claire Sokoloff, former School Committee Chair, will discuss being a candidate and elected Official
  • Greg Reibman, President of the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce, Village 14 founder and former Newton TAB Publisher, will discuss effective Press/Media communications

Contact the League of Women Voters of Newton at 617-383-4598 or with any questions.


Parking: New fix for an intractable problem

Following our two successful forums on transportation and parking, the LWVN is exploring a cutting-edge idea for parking management: the Parking Benefit District.

Save April 23, 7-9 pm.

Jessica Robertson of MAPC, who developed the Planning Council’s ParkSmart Initiative, will explain the idea of a Parking Benefit District and where it stands at the regional and state level.

Sean Roche, one of the editors of Newton’s Parking Management Plan will talk about where this idea would fit within the city’s planning and how it might benefit Newton’s parking-challenged areas.

Civics Bee Volunteers Needed!

Let’s get started on the next LWVN civics bee!  Last year, LWVN held a civics bee at the Brown Middle School…and we’d like to make this an annual event.  Bring your ideas and knowledge to work with other LWVN members in encouraging and recognizing students who learn about our local, state and national governments.  We have our model from last year, plus info from other Massachusetts Leagues, as a place to start.  Contact to volunteer or ask for more information.

“Economic Inequality and Political Participation — Whose Voice Is Heard?”  THURSDAY, MARCH 19

Is growing economic inequality having an impact on who is participating, how they’re participating, which groups are influencing policy, and what those policies are?

Come hear our panel of experts discuss these and other questions at “Economic Inequality and Political Participation — Whose Voice Is Heard?” co-sponsored by LWVMA and Bentley University’s Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences on Thursday, March 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham.  The panel will take place in Bentley’s Wilder Pavilion (Adamian Academic Center 165).

Our panelists are:  Noah Berger, Executive Director, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center; Katherine Levine Einstein, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University; and Kay Schlozman, J. Joseph Moakley Professor of Political Science, Boston College.  The panel will be moderated by Juliet Gainsborough, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University.

This forum is free and open to the public, but we are asking you to register to ensure sufficient seating.  Please click here to let us know you’re coming.  And click here for an event flyer.

Questions? Contact LWVMA at 617-523-2999 or

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