Stormwater Plan, Water & Stormwater Rates Make Progress

by Priscilla M. Leith

Newton administration officials and aldermen have worked hard over the summer investigating options for revising the city’s water rates and laying out a strategic plan for much needed capital improvements to our stormwater system. Newton CFO Maureen Lemieux and DPW Commissioner David Turocy presented detail at October 1 and November 5 meetings of the aldermanic Public Facilities Committee. [Read more…]

Women in Politics

Join the League of Women Voters of Wellesley to hear Victoria Budson, Executive Director of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government discuss Women in Politics, including reflections on the recent elections. [Read more…]

Affordable Housing: Topic Meeting

Bring your brown-bag lunch, or NEW! join us by teleconference!
Wed, Nov 12, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
NewTV, 23 Needham St., Newton

NOTE: For this meeting, we will be attempting to offer the ability to join via teleconference as well.  Please contact us if you like to try joining and need details!

The term “Affordable Housing” is used frequently, and all are aware of increasing price of housing in the City.  But most of us have questions.  Join to us to hear Eve Tapper and James Freas of Newton’s Planning Department answer questions such as:

  • What does the term really mean?
  • What is the actual state of housing in the City?
  • How do we compare with other communities and where we want to be?
  • What can City Government and others do to ensure that there is an adequate supply of affordable housing options?

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DON’T give it your best guess!

Join us to learn about the ballot questions and cast an informed vote

Oct 30, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Waban Library Center
1608 Beacon Street Waban, MA 02468
Bring a friend – or several!

  • Gas Tax?
  • Bottle Bill?
  • Casinos?
  • Sick Leave?
  • Voter approval of municipal property sales?
  • Local official input on 40B developments?

Do you know how you’re voting?

Join us for an informative discussion on the upcoming ballot questions… all six of them!  LWVN members will lead the discussion, opening with a short presentation of basic information on all the questions, as well as League positions on Questions 1, 2 and 3.

We’ll also be celebrating our archives’ new home at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library and welcoming members new and old.  Please, bring a friend – or several!

Please come and participate in a lively discussion and be prepared for Tuesday, November 4th!

Brush up on State Treasurer and Auditor Candidates

Still need to brush up on the candidates for Treasurer and Auditor?  Trying to remember what it is those jobs actually entail?  Missed Sunday’s forum? You’re in luck! The video of the forum is available directly online, or if you prefer to read about it, the Concord Tab offers a thorough article.  Moderated by Jo-Ann Berry of the LWV-Acton Area, the forum featured the six candidates: Deb Goldberg, Mike Heffernan and Ian Jackson, candidates for Treasurer; and Suzanne Bump, MK Merelice and Patricia Saint Aubin for Auditor.

The forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle and co-sponsored by the LWV of Massachusetts Citizen Education Fund and the LWVs of Acton Area, Andover/North Andover, Needham, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley and Westford. Also supporting the event are the LWVs of Melrose, Newton, Plymouth Area and Waltham.

LWV Commentary on November’s Ballot Questions

In the upcoming election, voters will be asked to vote on four very different binding ballot questions.  If approved, the laws would take effect on July 1, 2015. There are also two additional non-binding questions for voters in Representative Kay Khan’s and Representative Ruth Balser’s districts.  Information on each is below, along with recommendations from the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts on the first three questions, based on its study of the issues surrounding each.  For more information on each of these questions, please visit

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts also has a Voter’s Guide to the Candidates for six statewide offices — governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer and auditor. [Read more…]

LWV Invites State Treasurer and Auditor Candidates to Forum October 19th

Voters want to learn more about what the State Treasurer and State Auditor do for the citizens of Massachusetts and who is running for those offices this fall. The League of Women of Voters (LWV) will host a State Treasurer and Auditor Candidates’ Forum on Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m., at the Willard School Auditorium, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord, MA. The forum is free and open to the public. [Read more…]

Voter Information for the Tuesday, November 4th Election

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LWVMA Voters Guide for the November Election

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has published a voters guide that covers all the candidates — major party as well as independent — for all statewide offices in November.  The LWVMA posed a series of questions to each candidate: visit the guide to see a brief profiles of each candidate and his or her answers to all the questions, or choose any question and review the answers of all candidates to that particular question.  LWVMA Voters’ Guide to Statewide Offices 2014.

October Topic Meeting: Managing Stormwater

Attendees at the topic meeting on Wednesday October 8 were full of questions for Pallavi Mande of the Charles River Watershed Association (CWRA), who made a very informative presentation (pdf, 6MB) about their Blue Cities initiative [Read more…]

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