On October 7, 2013, State Senator Mike Rush (Needham Precincts D, E, F, G, and H), State Senator Richard Ross (Needham Precincts A, B, C, I, J), and Representative Denise Garlick met with League members to discuss current issues before the State Legislature. We thank them for their time.
See a slideshow from that morning:
Photographs courtesy League photographer Greg Shesko.
2012 Candidate Forum for 4th Congressional District
The 4th Congressional District candidates' forum drew over 1,000 people to Wellesley College on October 15, 2012.
LWV-Needham President Karen Price, Joe Kennedy, Sean Bielat
The Leagues of Brookline, Needham, Newton, Sharon-Stoughton and Wellesley worked with the college to host the debate between Joe Kennedy and Sean Bielat. The two candidates answered both written questions and questions directly from audience members.
Needham High School Scholarship
The League of Women Voters Needham Scholarship is awarded to a NHS graduate who has shown commitment to the LWVN mission to encourage informed and active participation in government; work to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. This commitment may be shown through
participation in an election-related program[s];
participating in educating voters, and pre-voters, on issue[s] relating to government and/or candidates;
voter registration efforts and get out the vote campaigns;
participation/leadership in an established program which teaches the process of governing [such as, but not limited to, the YMCA Youth in Government Program, Model Congress, Student Council, Political/Environmental programs, etc.]
other activities deemed appropriate to the LWVN mission by the selection committee
Congratulations to the following Scholarship Winners
2007 Elena Dormady
2008 Alissa Brill
2009 Ethan Bauer
2010 David Robinson
2011 Rachel Maremont
2012 Jordan Star
2013 Catherine Harragan
Needham Town Meeting Making Your Voice Count
View the YouTube video: Needham Town Meeting - Making Your Voice Count
This half-hour program was developed by the Needham League of Women Voters and The Needham Channel in 2010. The show helps residents to better understand Needham's representative Town Meeting: what it does, how it works, and how to become a Town Meeting Member. Town Meeting is the legislative branch of our local government. One-third of this 240-member body is elected each year. If you want to know more, please tune in. The show features local officials as well as current and aspiring Town Meeting Members.
Ridge Hill Reservation Forum
LWV-Needham was instrumental in advocating for the Town to purchase Ridge Hill, and we invited the public to attend a forum in February 2012 about Ridge Hill Reservation. Representatives from town boards, committees, and interested groups will make presentations about the history, current status, and possible future uses of this town property.
In 1972, the town originally purchased 222 acres of what was once the Bradford Estate and put it under the oversight of the Conservation Commission. Through additional acquisitions, the reservation now includes 360 acres of uplands, trails and access to the Charles River.
Until recently, the Bradford Morse house was open for public use. The Selectmen have been responsible for the house and the surrounding 3 acres since the Massachusetts legislature allowed that parcel to be separated from the rest of the reservation land for building a senior center. What will happen to this site now that the senior center will be built elsewhere in Needham?
See a short summary of the forum on the Needham Channel News: