Making Democracy Work

2013-2014

Date & Time        Place        Description
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
6:30pm
Needham Free Public Library Annual Meeting. 6:30-7:15 pm - Reception

7:15-8:00 pm - Speaker: Nancy Brumback. Nancy is LWVMA Vice-President for Program and Action, and an active member of the Election Modernization Coalition. Her topic is "The Rocky Road to Election Reform." Get an inside look at the workings of the legislative process as Nancy takes us through the efforts to modernize Massachusetts election processes.

LWV-Needham business meeting will follow.

Saturday, June 7, 2014
10am-3pm
Needham Town Common Needham Street Fair. We will be collecting signatures to put the Updated Bottle Bill on the November 2014 ballot. If you did NOT sign the petition last fall (2013), please visit our table and add your name to the petition!
Friday, June 6, 2014-Tuesday, June 10, 2014
 
Dallas, TX LWVUS Convention. Visit LWVUS website for more information.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
 
Framingham State University LWVMA Council. Civility and Politics: Challenge to Good Government

In this era of blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and talk radio, the lack of civil discourse is making its way into town and city politics. You may have seen the impact in your own town. This incivility is affecting whether candidates are willing to run for public offices and to serve on public boards and committees. We will consider this issue and explore roles for LWV in improving the civic conversation, particularly at the local level.

Visit LWVMA website for more information.

Monday, May 5, 2014
7:30pm
James Hugh Powers Hall,
Needham Town Hall
Annual Town Meeting Begins. Helpful documents for Town Meeting can be found at the Town's website.

Additional information about Town Meeting:

The Needham Town Meeting Handbook

Current Town Meeting Members

Monday, April 28, 2014
7:30pm
Pollard Middle School Warrant Meetings. New Town Meeting Member Orientation with Moderator, Michael Fee, 6:45 p.m.

The League of Women Voters Needham annually hosts Warrant Meetings. This is a wonderful opportunity for Town Meeting Members, and anyone else, to learn about the issues that will be voted on at Town Meeting the following week.

We will divide into small groups, by precinct. Town department representatives will informally discuss the Warrant articles relevant to their expertise. Town Meeting Members will have the opportunity to ask questions and get those questions answered within those small precinct groupings.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
7:00pm
North Hill
865 Central Avenue
Needham
LWVN Consensus Meeting. All League members are urged to attend either one or both consensus meetings to discuss the LWVUS Agriculture Update. Additional information about this study can be found at the LWVUS Website.

See the flyer for more information.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
9:15am
Wingate Residences
235 Gould Street
Needham
LWVN Consensus Meeting. All League members are urged to attend either one or both consensus meetings to discuss the LWVUS Agriculture Update. Additional information about this study can be found at the LWVUS Website.

See the flyer for more information.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
2:00pm
New Bridge on the Charles
5000 Great Meadow Road
Dedham
Democracy for Sale: The Supreme Court's "Citizens United" Decision. Launa Zimmaro (Concord-Carlisle LWV) and Becky Shannon (Amherst LWV) will bring the audience up-to-date on the results of the decision not to ban spending on candidate elections by corporations and unions.

See the flyer for additional information.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:45am-8:00pm
  Town Election. Please note there are several new Polling Locations that will become effective with the Annual Town Election on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 and all other elections until further notice.

Voters whose polling location has been changed by vote of the Board of Selectmen will receive written notification prior to the Annual Town Election. See the Town Clerk's website for current polling locations.

Monday, March 31, 2014
 
  Candidates' Night. Due to there being no contested races for town-wide office, the LWVN will not be hosting Candidates' Night in 2014.

Look for the LWVN Voters Guide in the April 3 Needham Times with candidate information and a list of those running for Town Meeting in your precinct.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
10:00am-noon
Massachusetts State House LWVMA Day on the Hill. Advocacy on Beacon Hill - And Beyond

Additional details can be found at the LWVMA website.

Monday, March 24, 2014
7:30pm
  Annual Book Group. Annual LWV-Needham Book Review: Broken City: Politics in an Age of Paralysis. At a time when partisan politics has led to government gridlock, we will review the Boston Globe series of how we got here and what needs to be done to repair the damage.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
7:30-9:00pm
Needham Public Library Community Room The Diet Climate Connection: How the Foods We Eat Affect the Planet We Inhabit. Award-winning public radio host David Freudberg will engage with us as we explore these issues.

Visit Green Needham's website for all the details.

Sunday, March 2, 2014
2:00pm
Eliot School
135 Wellesley Avenue
Needham
Civics Bee: New LWVN Event!. This free event is intended to spur civic engagement and interest and will be a fun competition. The Civics Bee is co-sponsored by LWV-Needham and the Needham School Department.

Teams of three will compete for prizes. Teams can be composed of adults, high-schoolers, eighth graders or any combination of three.

Visit the Civics Bee page if you are interested in finding out more.

See the flyer here.

Snow date: March 16

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
7:15pm
Needham Town Hall Becoming a Town Meeting Member. Join us for this one-evening event to learn what Town Meeting does, the time commitment and expectations, and how to become a Town Meeting Member. A video presentation will be followed by remarks from Moderator Michael Fee and 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.

View the flyer here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
7:00pm
Babson College Sorenson Theater
231 Forest Street, Wellesley
Pricing Carbon. LWV Wellesley, with co-sponsors LWVMA, LWV Needham, and Citizens Climate Lobby, is presenting a program that will focus on the emerging national dialogue about a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Could such a tax accelerate the transition of the U.S. to a clean energy economy and help in the fight against climate change? Our speakers will describe policy mechanisms for pricing carbon and their relative advantages and disadvantages, and what role there is for citizens and residents.

For an event flyer that includes the speakers' names and bios, click here. The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
7:00pm
Needham Historical Society
1147 Central Avenue
Food, Inc. LWV Needham is presenting a showing of Food, Inc., which lifts the veil on our nation's food industry.

For an event flyer, click here. The event is free and open to the public; bring a friend!

Monday, November 4, 2013
7:30pm
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Special Town Meeting. For Warrant information, visit the Town's website.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:00pm
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Warrant Information Session. The Board of Selectmen invites Town Meeting Members and interested members of the public to attend this meeting to review the Special Town Meeting Warrant in advance of the November 4 Special Town Meeting.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
7:00pm
Katherine L. Babson, Jr. Auditorium
Wellesley High School
50 Rice Street
Wellesley
Glyphosate: The Elephant in the Room. To advance the League's work on raising awareness of agricultural issues, LWV-Wellesley has asked Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT to give a talk on the toxic effects of the common weedkiller, "Roundup."

Dr. Seneff will explain what the main chemical ingredient of Roundup (glyphosate) does to our bodies (and those of our children) and how we can avoid exposure!

See the flyer.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:00pm
Broadmeadow School Climate Reality. This event has been cancelled due to illness.

Join us for a thought-provoking presentation on the impacts and causes of climate changes, the actions we need to take, and what it all means for Massachusetts and the Northeast. The presenter, Quentin Prideaux, joined the Climate Reality Project in 2012, and was trained as a Climate Leader by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. He will discuss why some have been confused about the science, and although the subject is serious, the tone will be positive and lighthearted where possible. A question and answer period will be included.

There is a registration fee of $10. Register through Needham Community Education by phone at 781-455-0400 x 235 (8 am - 4 pm). Refer to the Needham Adult Education Catalog/Fall 2013 (last page) for information on registering by fax, mail or in person.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
10am-3pm
Needham Town Common Needham Harvest Fair. We will be collecting signatures to put the Updated Bottle Bill on the November 2014 ballot. Please visit our table and add your name to the petition!
Thursday, October 3, 2013
6:30pm
Needham Public Library Community Room LWVN Opening Meeting. 6:30 pm - refreshments

7:15 pm - Speaker, Susan M. Getman, President & CEO of Walker.

This year, we are starting the League year with an Opening Meeting. This is an occasion for LWVN members and guests to come together, hear an interesting local speaker, and get started on the new League year. This event is open to the public. See the flyer here.

Walker has been in Needham since 1961, but how many of you are familiar with its mission, program, and facility? To learn more about this highly-regarded place of learning for children and youth who are dealing with complex emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges, and about this field of education, please join us.

Our guest speaker is Susan M. Getman, MSW, who became President & CEO of Walker in May 2012, taking over as the agency's third executive director in its 51-year history.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
10:30am
Massachusetts State House Election Reform Lobby Day. Join LWVMA and its coalition partners in a Lobby Day at the State House to ask legislators to support laws modernizing the way Massachusetts handles voter registration and elections, in particular the omnibus election reform bill, S.327.

Visit the LWVMA website for more information.