Making Democracy Work

2014-2015

Date & Time        Place        Description
Monday, June 8, 2015
6:00pm
  Annual Meeting. For LWV-Needham members only in celebration of our 75th Anniversary.
Friday, May 15, 2015-Saturday, May 16, 2015
 
Clarion Hotel
West Springfield
LWVMA Convention. Information can be found at the LWVMA website.
Monday, May 4, 2015
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:

2015 Annual Town Meeting Warrant

The Needham Town Meeting Handbook

Town Meeting Member Listing

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
10:00am-noon
Massachusetts State House LWVMA Day on the Hill. We are pleased that Senator Stanley Rosenberg, the newly-elected president of the Massachusetts State Senate, will be the keynote speaker at the LWVMA annual Day on the Hill lobby day, Tuesday, April 28.

Plan now to attend to hear Senator Rosenberg and to advocate for the League's legislative priorities as the new session begins. As information is made available, details will be found at the LWVMA website.

Monday, April 27, 2015
7:30pm
Center at the Heights
(Senior Center)
300 Hillside Avenue
Needham Heights
Warrant Meetings. 2015: Note the NEW LOCATION for Warrant Meetings: The Center at the Heights

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. 2015 Annual Town Meeting information.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
7:00pm
  Annual Book Group. Annual LWV-Needham Book Review: Is American education really in crisis?

What's working.....charters, vouchers, pre-school education, privatization?
What's the evidence for reforms promoted by the federal government and different states?
What should we do to improve our schools and the lives of children?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
6:45am-8:00pm
  Town Election. See the Town Clerk's website for voting information including polling locations.
Monday, April 6, 2015
 
  Candidates' Night. Candidates' Night will be held at the studio of The Needham Channel. It will be rebroadcast on The Needham Channel multiple times before the April 14 election.

Look for the LWVN Voters Guide in the April 9 Needham Times with candidate information and a list of those running for Town Meeting in your precinct.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
 
  "There Oughta Be a Law" Student Video Contest. What is the Student Video Contest? The next two-year session of the Massachusetts state legislature begins in January. LWVMA is asking Massachusetts high school students to submit two-minute videos letting our state legislators know what new legislation should be passed to keep Massachusetts healthy, productive, safe, and clean.

Who can enter? The contest is open to any Massachusetts high school student in grades 9-12.

When is the contest? Entries may be submitted online from Feb.1 until March 31.

Are there prizes? Yes! First place wins $1000; second place wins $500; and third place wins $250. Judging takes place in April, and winners are announced in May. All winners will be invited to the Massachusetts State House for the award ceremony.

Click here to see last year's winning videos!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
9:00am-8:00pm
Town Clerk's Office
Needham Town Hall
Voter Registration Deadline. This is the last day to register to vote prior to the April 14, 2015, Town Election. The Town Clerk's office is open extended hours today.

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

Friday, March 20, 2015
9:15am
Needham Public Library
Community Room
League Friday Forum: Meet Your Legislators. A new 2-year legislative session is just starting, and Massachusetts has a new governor. We've had incredible challenges this winter, but it is time to focus on the future of the Commonwealth. Come be a part of the discussion!

Speakers:
Representative Denise Garlick
Senator Richard Ross, Needham Precincts A, B, C, I, J
Senator Michael Rush, Needham Precincts D, E, F, G, H

See the flyer here.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
7-9pm
Wilder Pavilion (Adamian Academic Center 165)
Bentley University
175 Forest Street
Waltham
LWVMA Forum: Economic Inequality and Political Participation -- Whose Voice Is Heard?. Is growing economic inequality having an impact on who is participating, how they're participating, which groups are influencing policy, and what those policies are? Does greater wealth at the top also mean a greater concentration of political power there as well? If growing economic inequality means political inequality, what are the implications for the democratic ideal of "one person, one vote"?

Come hear our panel of experts discuss these and other questions at "Economic Inequality and Political Participation -- Whose Voice Is Heard?" co-sponsored by LWVMA and Bentley University's Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences.

Click here for more information.

Sunday, March 8, 2015
2:00pm
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Needham
Second Annual LWVN Civics Bee. Join us as we cheer on our friends and neighbors at the second annual LWVN Civics Bee. 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, the Needham School Department, and the Richard Patton Melick Foundation.

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

Click here for more information. Last day to register was Wednesday, February 25.

Civics Bee brochure.

Civics Bee flyer.

Friday, February 6, 2015
9:30am
Needham Public Library
Community Room
League Friday Forum: First Responders: How is Needham Prepared for Emergencies?.
  • What types of emergencies are we prepared for?
  • How do we respond to these emergencies?
  • How do departments coordinate with each other and with the state in an emergency?

Speakers:
Philip E. Droney, Needham's Chief of Police
Dennis Condon, Needham's Fire Chief
Timothy McDonald, Needham's Director of Public Health

The forum will focus on the work of the Local Emergency Planning Committee and what it means to be a nationally certified community.

Come and meet the newly-appointed Fire Chief and Director of Public Health.

See the flyer here.

Friday, November 21, 2014
9:30am
Needham Public Library
Community Room
League Friday Forum: The Politics of Food: The Local Farmers' Perspective. We may not think of Massachusetts of as a farm state but, in fact, it has a rich and diverse agriculture.

Speakers:
Julie Conroy, Senior Environmental Planner with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council will describe the development of a Food System Plan for Massachusetts.
Larisa Jacobson, Needham Community Farm and Kate Canney, the Neighborhood Farm will speak about their efforts to promote local farming.

Monday, November 17, 2014
7:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Society
309 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA
"Women in Politics" including reflections on the recent elections. Featuring: Victoria Budson, Executive Director, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Free and open to the public.

Organized by the League of Women Voters of Wellesley.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:00pm
Needham Public Library
Community Room
Massachusetts New Domestic Worker Rights Law. What does it mean for you?

Guest Speaker: Lydia Edwards, the pre-eminent attorney who has argued and presented the case for the law before the state legislature. She is Equal Justice Works Fellow of the Greater Boston Legal Services and implementation coordinator for the Massachusetts Commission on Domestic Workers.

For more information, see the flyer.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
 
  State Election. See the LWV-Needham Online Voters' Guide for all election-related information.

Visit LWVMA website for their online Voters' Guide to Statewide Offices: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and State Auditor.

For the Secretary of State's information about the FOUR ballot questions, visit the Secretary of State's website.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7:00pm
John Eliot School
135 Wellesley Avenue
Needham
Candidate Forum Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex State Senate District. The League of Women Voters of Needham, Natick, Wayland and Wellesley are hosting a Candidate Forum with incumbent Richard Ross (Republican) and challenger Dylan Hayre (Democrat), who are running for the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District State Senate seat.

The Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District includes Needham precincts A, B, C, I and J.

See the flyer for more information.

Monday, October 27, 2014
7:30pm
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Special Town Meeting. For Warrant information, visit the Town's website.
Monday, October 27, 2014
7:00pm
Needham Public Library
Community Room
Climate Reality Project. According to the Climate Reality Project, a national environmental organization, to avoid the worst impacts of climate change global rise in temperatures must be kept to under 2 degrees Celsius, yet global temperatures are on a pace to rise by 4 degrees Celsius by 2100. Climate change is one of the most important issues we face.

To learn or review the basics of climate change, what the risks are and what we can do about it, join us at 7 p.m. at the Needham Public Library Community Room for a Climate Reality Project presentation, to be given by Quentin Prideaux, a representative from the Climate Reality Project.

After the presentation, enjoy light refreshments and visit educational tables set up in the room. This program is co-sponsored by Green Needham Collaborative and the Needham League of Women Voters.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
2:00-3:30pm
Willard School Auditorium
185 Powder Mill Road
Concord, MA
Candidate Forum: State Treasurer and State Auditor. The LWV of Concord-Carlisle is the hosting sponsor of this Candidate Forum for State Treasurer and State Auditor, and the LWVs of Andover/North Andover, Acton Area, Needham, Sudbury and Westford are co-sponsors.

LWV has invited all of the candidates running for Treasurer and Auditor whose names will appear on the November 4 ballot. Running for Treasurer are Deb Goldberg (Democrat), Mike Heffernan (Republican) and Ian Jackson (Green-Rainbow). Current State Auditor Suzanne Bump (Democrat) is running for reelection, and her opponents are Patricia Saint Aubin (Republican) and MK Merelice (Green-Rainbow).

Visit the LWVCC website for more information, including where to send questions for the candidates.

Friday, October 17, 2014
9:30am
Needham Public Library
Community Room
League Friday Forum: Domestic Violence: A Needham Concern?. See the flyer here.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
 
  Voter Registration Deadline. This is the last day to register to vote and to change Party enrollment prior to the November 4, 2014, State Election. Additional information can be found at the Needham Town Clerk's website.

Today is a special Voter Registration Session for the November 4 State Election and the Town Clerk's Office will be open until 8:00 PM.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
6:30pm
Needham Public Library Community Room LWVN Opening Meeting. 6:30 pm - refreshments

7:15 pm - Speaker, Marshall Ingwerson, Editor, The Christian Science Monitor on "How to be an optimist about the news."

Marshall Ingwerson is the editor of The Christian Science Monitor, a Boston-based news organization best-known for its international news coverage. The 106-year-old Monitor produces the website CSMonitor.com, a weekly magazine, and Monitor Global Outlook, a daily digital publication on emerging and frontier economies.

See the flyer here.

Opening Meeting 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 free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
10am-3pm
Needham Town Common Needham Harvest Fair. Please visit our table for voter information for the November 4 Election!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
7:00pm
Charles River Public Meeting Room, 1st Floor of the Public Service Administration Building
500 Dedham Avenue
Needham
Public Forum on Affordable Housing Challenges and Choices. The Town of Needham invites you to a public forum to discuss future directions for affordable housing in Needham. The Town is in the process of preparing a Housing Production Plan under state guidelines as well as a HUD Consolidated Plan as part of its participation in the WestMetro HOME Consortium.

See the flyer for more details.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
 
  NHS Voter Registration. To celebrate National Voter Registration Day, the LWV-Needham will be registering voters at Needham High School.
Friday, September 19, 2014
9:30am
Needham Public Library
Community Room
League Friday Forum: What's Happening in Downtown Needham?. What is the vision for Needham Center? Can it be more vibrant and appealing? Are there solutions to empty storefronts? Is there a problem?

Speakers include Devra Bailin, Needham Director of Economic Development and a panel of representatives from business, community and town government.

See the flyer here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
 
  State Primary Election. For more information about voter registration and the polling locations, see the Town Clerk's web page.

View the LWVMA Primary Election Voters' Guide to Statewide Offices at the LWVMA website.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
7:00-9:00pm
Eliot School
135 Wellesley Ave.
Needham
Pre-primary State Senate Candidate Forum. Dylan Hayre and Sara-Lynn Reynolds are running to become the Democratic candidate for the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District State Senate seat currently held by Sen. Richard Ross. Sen. Ross is the candidate for the Republican Party and does not have a primary opponent.

See the flyer for more information.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
 
  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.