Making Democracy Work

2012-2013

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
 
  US Senate Special Election AND Local Special Election. To elect a new U.S. Senator (filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator John F. Kerry).

ALSO Needham residents will elect a new member to the Board of Selectmen (filling the vacancy caused by the death of Jerry Wasserman).

Thursday, June 6, 2013
6:30pm
Needham Free Public Library Annual Meeting. 6:30-7:15 pm - Reception

7:15-8:00 pm - Speaker: Eric Moskowitz, Boston Globe reporter, whose exclusive interview with the Marathon bombing carjack victim was on the front page of the April 26 Boston Globe. Eric was in thick of the reporting on the Marathon bombing and its aftermath, and he will speak about his experience in the newsroom as events unfolded.

LWV-Needham business meeting will follow.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
 
  Voter Registration Deadline. The last day to register to vote for the June 25 Special Election. More information can be found at the Needham Town Clerk's website.

You can now print a voter registration form from the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website and mail it in! Visit Voter Registration Information for more details and the link to the form.

Friday, May 17, 2013-Saturday, May 18, 2013
 
Peabody Marriott LWVMA Convention. Information can be found at the LWVMA website.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
 
  Special State Primary Election. To elect a new U.S. Senator (filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator John F. Kerry). See the LWVMA Voters Guide for this primary election at the LWVMA website under News & Events / U.S. Senate Primary Election Voter's Guide.

The final election is Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Sunday, April 28, 2013
6:30pm
First Parish in Needham, 23 Dedham Avenue Celebrate Spring with the Movie "Fresh" and Local Farm Updates. First Parish in Needham will host a film showing and a celebration of the "good food" heroes who are creating an alternative to our industrialized food system. Come at 6:30 pm to meet local farmers and Needham Farmers Market organizers, enjoy refreshments, and submit your name for wonderful door prizes.
At 7 pm there will be a showing of the film "Fresh," which highlights both urban and rural farmers who are trying to practice sustainable and more humane ways of raising food. The film will be followed by a discussion and updates from local farms.
The free event is cosponsored by First Parish's Green Congregation Committee, the Needham League of Women Voters, and Green Needham Collaborative. Parents please note that the film briefly focuses on our industrialized system of food production and includes some images of animal treatment that children may find disturbing.
This event is an opportunity for LWVN members to prepare for the LWVUS re-study of its position on Agriculture.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
7:30pm
Milas Hall
Franklin W. Olin College
Olin Way
Needham
The Influence of Money on Our Democracy: What Can We The People Do?. Professor Lawrence Lessig to speak. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
 
  Voter Registration Deadline. The last day to register to vote and to change party enrollment for the Massachusetts State Primary. More information can be found at the Needham Town Clerk's website.

You can now print a voter registration form from the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website and mail it in! Visit Voter Registration Information for more details and the link to the form.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
6:45am-8:00pm
  Town Election. Click here for voter information.
Monday, April 1, 2013
7:00-9:30pm
Broadmeadow School Candidates' Night. 7:00-7:30 pm: Meet the Candidates for Town-wide Committees and Town Meeting

7:30 pm - Contested Candidates' Forum. In addition to League-generated questions, the audience will be invited to submit questions for the candidates.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
7:30pm
  Annual Book Group. Annual LWV-Needham Book Review: Moving Beyond Elections. We will read and reflect on an essay from The Spirit of Compromise: "Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It" by Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson as well as writings from others, who offer some hard-earned advice about what needs fixing and make suggestions as to how citizens can engage more effectively.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
10:00am-noon
Massachusetts State House LWVMA Day on the Hill. Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport.

Additional details can be found at the LWVMA website.

Monday, March 4, 2013
7:15pm
Needham Public Library Community Room Forum on Residential Reconstruction. Do you see a lot of residential "teardowns" in Needham and ask why and how this happens? This forum was planned by the LWV-Needham in response to interest after the Zoning Study report last November.

Click here for more information.

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
7:30pm
Needham Public LIbrary Community Room Immigration: How Do We Fix a Broken System? Speaker and Discussion. Co-Sponsored by the Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force and the LWV-Needham.

Click here for more information.

This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
7:00pm
Needham Historical Society
1147 Central Avenue
What's Up with Revenue Proposals for MA?. After significant tax cuts in the 1990's and the loss of revenue from the Great Recession, Massachusetts faces a structural budget deficit this year of $1.2 billion this year. Communities across Massachusetts have faced significant cuts in funding over the same period. Join us for an informative presentation by Noah Berger of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center to explore the causes and impact of this revenue shortfall, and look into some solutions, including recently filed legislation (the Act to Invest in Our Communities, supported by LWVMA) and Governor Patrick's revenue proposal introduced at his State of the Commonwealth speech.

Representative Denise Garlick will join us as we engage in this important conversation. Join us and bring a friend.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
7:30pm
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Becoming a Town Meeting Member. Join us for this one-evening event to learn what Town Meeting does, time commitment and expectations, and how to become a member. A video presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with a panel of Town Meeting Members. Town Clerk Tedi Eaton will be available so potential Town Meeting candidates can pick up nomination papers on site. Candidates must be registered to vote in Needham. For more information, click here
Monday, December 3, 2012
7:30pm
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Special Town Meeting. Information about this Town Meeting can be found at the Town's website.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
7:30pm-9:30pm
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Needham, MA
Immigration: Why Should Our Community Care? Speakers and Discussion. Sponsored by the Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force and the League of Women Voters of Needham.

What do immigrants contribute?
How does their immigration status impact students?
What about Needham?
What's next?
Additional information is on the flyer.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7:30pm
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Special Town Meeting. Rescheduled from Monday, October 29.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
 
  2012 State and Presidential Election and Town of Needham Special Election. For more information about the polling locations, click here.

For information about the candidates and the ballot questions, click here.

Note that there will be two ballots available to voters on November 6.

Monday, October 29, 2012
7:30pm
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Special Town Meeting. Due to the weather, this Special Town Meeting has been postponed to Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Powers Hall located in Town Hall.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
9:00am-8:00pm
Town Clerk's Office
Needham Town Hall
Voter Registration Deadline. This is the last day to register to vote and to change Party enrollment prior to the November 6, 2012 State Election and Special Town Election. The Town Clerk's office is open extended hours today.

Additional information can be found at the Needham Town Clerk's website.

Monday, October 15, 2012
7:00-9:00pm
Wellesley College Alumnae Hall
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA
Fourth Congressional District Candidate Forum. 7:00 pm refreshments, 7:30-9:00 pm candidate forum

Co-sponsored by LWVs of Needham, Brookline, Newton, Sharon-Stoughton, Wellesley; and Wellesley College

Two of the three candidates have accepted the invitation to participate: Sean Bielat (Republican) and Joe Kennedy (Democrat). Independent David Rosa has withdrawn from the race but his name is still on the ballot as an independent candidate because his withdrawal came too late to remove his name from the ballot. A non-partisan League moderator will present written and oral questions, prepared in advance and posed by audience members.

The forum is open to the public and no prior registration is necessary. See forum flyer here.

Sunday, October 14, 2012
7:00pm
First Parish in Needham Meetinghouse
23 Dedham Avenue
Needham, MA
Ballot Question 2 Informational Forum. Question #2 on the November 6 Massachusetts ballot is entitled: Prescribing Medication to End Life.

This informational forum examines both perspectives and is presented by the Needham Lyceum of First Parish and co-sponsored by the LWV-Needham.

See the flyer for details.

Thursday, September 6, 2012
 
  State Primary Election. For more information about the polling locations, click here.

To view the State Primary Specimen Ballots, please go to the Town's website.

Please be aware that the Town of Needham has been divided into two State Senate Districts as follows:

Precincts A, B, C, I, and J = Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex District

Precincts D, E, F, G, and H = Norfolk & Suffolk District.

Note that other than the State Senate Districts, all other legislative districts include all of the town of Needham.

Friday, August 17, 2012
 
  Voter Registration Deadline. The last day to register to vote and to change party enrollment for the Massachusetts State Primary. More information can be found at the Needham Town Clerk's website.

You can now print a voter registration form from the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website and mail it in! Visit Voter Registration Information for more details and the link to the form.