So many League things to do this week!

Monday, April 20th:  Join volunteers from the Charter Review Committee to collect signatures along the marathon route at 11 am at the War Memorial, City Hall (weather permitting.)  Please contact to volunteer!

Thursday, April 23rd:  Learn about new ideas for a seemingly intractable problem–parking!  The LWVN forum at the Newton Free Library (Druker Auditorium) 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 event will begin at 7 p.m., and features Jessica Robertson of the MAPC and Sean Roche, editor of Newton’s Parking Management Plan.  No need to RSVP–just join us!

Sunday, April 26th:  Learn about the issue of voting rights–past and present!  Judge Gordon Martin will talk about his involvement in a voting rights case when he was a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice in 1961, and will bring us up-to-date on the state of voting rights today.  This is an LWVN fundraiser with refreshments (champagne and chocolate!) at the All Newton Music School, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.   Tickets are $50 each, and get a special gift if you come in your Newton Serves t-shirt.  RSVP at or through our website (

Coming up on the LWV calendar:

April 28th:  Day on the Hill lobbying day, starting in the Gardner Auditorium at 10 am, continuing through lunch with our state delegation

May 3rd:  LWVMA’s 95th birthday party with Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, 2-4 p.m., register at



Don’t forget to RSVP for LWVN’s Champagne and Chocolate Event!

Martin-Gordon-Count-Them-One-by-One-coverLWVN is pleased to present Gordon Martin, Jr. as our featured speaker on April 26th at LWVN’s Champagne and Chocolate Event, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the All Newton Music School.  Judge Martin is author of Count Them One By One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote, the personal account of a community and a lawyer united to battle one of the most recalcitrant bastions of resistance to civil rights.

Wear your NewtonServes tee shirt for a special prize!

RSVP here or email for more info.


Help Collect Charter Signatures on Marathon Monday!

We are close to collecting all the signatures we need, but we still need your help!  The marathon is on Monday, April 20th.  Weather permitting, LWVN volunteers will meet at City Hall at the War Memorial at 11 am and divide into teams.  We need a few more volunteers…please email if you can help out. 

Working in teams is fun and easy, and a strong effort that day could put us over the tipping point.

Be a part of the LWVMA Convention on May 15th and 16th

LWVN members are going to the LWVMA’s 2015 Convention in West Springfield this year!  The theme is Women Leading the Way. Keynote speakers include Rosalee Keech, LWVUS Board member and LWVUS UN Observer, and Elizabeth Barajas-Román, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.

When:  from Friday, May 15, 11 am through Saturday, May 16, at 4 p.m.

Where:  Clarion Hotel, 1080 Riverdale Street, West Springfield, MA, 01089, 413-781-8750

What:  League leaders and members from across the state join together every two years to share and celebrate our successes and to participate in grassroots democracy in the governance of our state League.

How:  Contact if you are interested in being a delegate from LWVN or attending as an observer.  LWVN has five delegate position, which can be for the whole convention or for part of it.

Convention will offer networking opportunities, training, and inspiration for our work – especially as we look forward to the 2016 Election and the League’s 100th anniversary in 2020.


LWVN’s Busy April Calendar

Wednesday, April 8th:  Topic Meeting on Funding Newton’s Post-Retirement Benefits, NewTV Conference Room, 23 Needham Street, from 11:30 am to 1 pm

Thursday, April 9th:  “Don’t Just Stand There…Run” at the Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands, 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 23rd:  Can Parking Benefit Newton’s Neighborhoods?  at the Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium, 7 pm – 9 pm

Sunday, April 26th:  LWVN’s Champagne and Chocolate Event, with Judge Gordon Martin at the All Newton Music School, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 28th:  LWVMA’s Day on the Hill, starting at 10 am in the Gardner Auditorium at the State House, Boston

And from our sister League in Acton:  Thursday, April 16th:  Barbara Berenson on Boston and the Civil War, at the RJ Grey Junior High Auditorium, 16 Charter Road in Acton, beginning at 7:30 pm

For more information on any of these events, visit or email us with your question at

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