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.

Charter Commission Update

The Newton Charter Commission met on November 23, 2015.  After being sworn in, the members had their first official meeting to elect officers, plan future meetings, and generally get organized.  This was followed by training on topics like Open Meeting Law.

Specifically, the Charter Commission determined the following:

Election of Officers:

  • Josh Krintzman was voted in as Chair.
  • Rhanna Kidwell was voted in as Vice Chair.
  • Karen Manning and Jane Frantz are Co-Clerks

Future Meetings:

Regular meetings schedule: second and fourth Wednesday after the first Monday—Room 222 available (now called Room 211), 7 p.m., starting December 16, 2015.

First Public Hearing: Thursday, December 17th in the Aldermanic Chamber, 7 p.m. Agenda TBD.

Pre-Public Hearing Planning Meeting: December 9th, 7:45 p.m. in the City Hall Cafeteria to talk about public hearing and determine agenda.

If you are willing and able to be an LWVN observer to any of the meetings, please contact  We hope to post notes from each meeting here on our website.

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 .

Be a Charter Commission Observer!

LWVN would like to establish a group of members who attend Charter Commission meetings, observe the discussions, and update LWVN members on the issues.  The Charter Commission is expected to meet twice a month for the next 16 months, so we are hoping volunteers can sign up for one or more meetings every two months.  If you’d like to be an observer, please contact

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