Making Democracy Work

2016-2017 Past

Date & Time        Place        Description
Monday, May 1, 2017
7:30pm
James Hugh Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Annual Town Meeting Begins. 2017 Annual Town Meeting Warrant

Helpful documents for Town Meeting can be found at the Town's website, on the left-hand side.

Additional information about Town Meeting:

The Needham Town Meeting Handbook

Town Meeting Member Listing

Friday, April 28, 2017-Saturday, April 29, 2017
 
Sheraton
Framingham
LWVMA Convention. Information can be found at the LWVMA website.
Monday, April 24, 2017
7:30pm
Center at the Heights
(Senior Center)
300 Hillside Avenue
Needham Heights
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.

2017 Annual Town Meeting Warrant

Town Meeting information can be found on the Needham Town Website.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:30pm
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Needham
Affordable Health Care for Our Communities: Still at Risk?. Introduction
Impact on Healthcare in Our Region
Implications for Medicare
Implications for Medicaid
Physicians' Perspective and What's Happening Now

A question and answer period will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

See the flyer for more details on the speakers.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:30pm
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Needham
Warrant Meeting for Eight Zoning Articles. This Warrant Review Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Planning Board.

Planning Board members will present an overview and the details of each of the eight articles. A League of Women Voters moderator will facilitate a question and answer period.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Town Meeting Members, and anyone else, to learn about the zoning issues that will be voted on at Town Meeting in May.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
7:00am-8:00pm
  Town Election. See the online Voters' Guide at April 11 Town Election.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:15pm
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Monday, April 3, 2017
 
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Needham
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.

Look for the LWVN Voters Guide in the April 6 Needham Times with candidate information and a list of those running for Town Meeting in your precinct.

See the flyer.

Sunday, April 2, 2017
2pm
Needham Public Library
Community Room
Forum: Preserving Needham's Natural Treasures. Responding to the Loss of Trees from Disease and Development

Understanding the Role of Bees

Protecting Wetlands and Open Space

Conserving Water

See the flyer.

Friday, March 31, 2017
 
  "Making Democracy Work in My Community" Student Video Contest. The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts invites all MA high school students to enter our fourth annual video contest.

Do you know someone who is making democracy work where you live--whether that means encouraging others to vote, educating the public about important policy issues, speaking out against injustice, organizing activists, or fostering dialogue?

If so, show us! Create a two-minute video for our Making Democracy Work In My Community contest and submit it to us at our website between February 1 and March 31, 2017.

First place wins $500; second place wins $250; and third place wins $100. Winners will attend an award ceremony at the Massachusetts State House, and the winning videos will be publicized statewide.

Go to http://www.lwvma.org for full information and to enter.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:30pm
  Annual LWV-Needham Book Review. This year's book is The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. According to historian Michael Bechloss, "The book bursts with new information and behind-the-scenes details. It is also an important contribution to history, illuminating event-making private relationships among our ex-presidents and why we should do a far better job of drawing on their skills and experience."

Contact us for more information.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
12:45-5:00pm
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
630 Mass. Ave.
Arlington
The Politics of Justice: Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts. This forum is hosted by First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington's Mass Incarceration Working Group.

Speakers will include Sen. Will Brownsberger on the Council of State Governments omnibus bill; Cassandra Bensahih of EPOCA (Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement); Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan; Sen. Ken Donnelly on community policing and pretrial reform; and Rahsaan Hall from the Massachusetts ACLU on racial justice implications.

It is free and open to the public. LWVMA and the Arlington and Winchester Leagues are also co-sponsors.

Friday, March 24, 2017
9:15am
Needham Public Library
Community Room
League Friday Forum: Meet Your Legislators. The public is welcome to join League members as they discuss the issues of the day with our local legislators. 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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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 11, 2017, Town Election. The Town Clerk's office is open extended hours today until 8:00 pm.

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017
3pm
First Parish in Needham
23 Dedham Avenue
Film: Time to Choose. Rescheduled from February.

Academy AwardŽ-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film Time to Choose.

See the flyer.

Sunday, March 5, 2017
2:00pm
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Needham
Fourth Annual LWVN Civics Bee. Join us as we cheer on our friends and neighbors at the fourth 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 and the Needham Public Schools. The League of Women Voters of Needham thanks Needham Bank and the League of Women Voters of Needham Education Fund for financial support.

Teams will compete by answering questions related to local, state, and national government and politics.

See the flyer.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:15pm
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
 
Town Clerk's Office Last day to file Nomination Papers for Town-wide Office and Town Meeting Member. Visit the Town Clerk's website or call 781-455-7500 for more information or with any questions.
Friday, February 17, 2017
9:30am
Needham Public Library
Community Room
League Friday Forum: Snow Removal and Winter Safety in Needham. 9:15 a.m. Refreshments
9:30 a.m. Presentation

  • How does Needham prepare for snow events?
  • How does Needham manage and prioritize during snow events?
  • How does Needham ensure safe sidewalks after snow events?
  • What are the environmental concerns with snow removal?

General questions about snow removal and winter safety are welcome. The event is free and open to the public.

See the flyer for more information.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
 
Mail your postcard to the Town Clerk's Office Last day for incumbents to file Nomination Papers. Incumbent Town Meeting Members have received notice by mail for re-election which must be returned to the Town Clerk's office by Tuesday, February 14, to be included on the ballot.

Visit the Town Clerk's website or call 781-455-7500 for more information or with any questions.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
3pm
First Parish in Needham
23 Dedham Avenue
Film: Time to Choose. CANCELLED TODAY DUE TO SNOW
WILL BE RESCHEDULED

The Green Congregation Committee of First Parish Needham has decided to cancel today's planned showing of Time to Choose due to the predicted snow storm.

Plans to reschedule the event are in the works.

Academy AwardŽ-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film Time to Choose.

See the flyer.

Monday, February 6, 2017
5pm
Bentley University
Wilder Pavilion
175 Forest Street
Waltham
Conversation with Juliette Kayyem on Cybersecurity, Terrorism, and Democracy. Concerned about the impact of cyberterrorism on our democracy?

Join LWVMA for an inside look at the threats and challenges ahead with Juliette Kayyem, former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security.

Lecture and Q & A: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Reception: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This event is free and open to League members and their guests, but we request that you register yourself and any guests to ensure sufficient seating. To register, please click here. This event is co-sponsored by LWVMA and the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences at Bentley University.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
7:15pm
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Monday, January 30, 2017
7pm
North Hill
865 Central Ave
Needham
Charter School Study Consensus Meeting. Details for members are in the January bulletin.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
 
  Women's Marches. Two marches, both organized to march for justice and equal rights. Registration is highly recommended through websites below.

Boston Women's March for America

Registration and information: bostonwomensmarchforamerica.org, Facebook or Twitter.

Women's March on Washington

Registration and information: womensmarch.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
6:00pm
  Local Program Planning. Members welcome!
Look for a separate email invitation or contact us for details.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
7:30-9:00pm
James Hugh Powers Hall,
Needham Town Hall
Planning Board / Large House Review Study Committee. Over the past several years, Needham has received an increasing number of applications to build residential structures that exceed the size and scale of other homes in the neighborhood, as well as the homes they replace. A similar trend is occurring regionally, which has prompted other communities to develop new regulations and planning guidelines to address a range of issues including architectural integrity, development intensity, neighborhood character, open space, privacy and related concerns. The Large House Review Study Committee (appointed by the Planning Board in March of 2014) has been studying the issue in Needham for the past two years and has now completed its work. The Committee has developed a series of recommended standards and guidelines that it believes would better enable the Town to respond to the aforementioned housing trend moving forward. The proposed regulations address development intensity, architectural design, neighborhood compatibility, building setbacks, and overall structural bulk and mass to optimize aesthetic values, livability and community cohesion. Accordingly, the final recommendations of the Large House Review Study Committee will be presented to the Planning Board for its consideration and as deemed appropriate by the Planning Board subsequently recommended at the Annual Town Meeting in May 2017.

The presentation at the January 10 meeting will focus on Needham's current regulatory approach as relates to single-family home construction in the Single Residence B and General Residence zoning districts and the regulatory measures which the Large House Review Study Committee now recommends that the Town pursue to better address the teardown and replacement activity occurring within Needham's existing residential neighborhoods. The following summarizes the outline of the presentation which the Large House Review Study Committee will make to the Planning Board on January 10th:

  • Presentation of an analysis of recent teardown/replacement activity, including findings on floor area ratio, lot coverage, conforming versus nonconforming lots, and amounts of finished space.

  • Overview of regulatory strategies recommended by the Committee, including lot setbacks, lot coverage, floor area ratio, overall building height, special setback requirements, and contextual zoning.

  • Opportunity for the Planning Board and members of the public to ask questions.

Information from this meeting will help guide the Planning Board in preparing a recommended regulatory strategy for addressing teardown and replacement activity at the May 2017 Annual Town Meeting. Your early and continued contribution will be of great value to this overall process.

If you have further questions, thoughts, suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning and Community Development office by phone 781-455-7550 ext. 270 for Lee Newman, Director of Planning and Community Development or ext. 271 for Alexandra Clee, Assistant Town Planner or email us at aclee@needhamma.gov.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
 
Town Clerk's Office Nomination Papers for Town-wide Offices and Town Meeting Members. Nomination Papers for Town-wide Offices and Town Meeting Members will be available in the Town Clerk's Office beginning January 3, 2017 for the Annual Town Election to be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Candidates for Town-wide Offices must obtain at least 50 valid signatures of registered voters town wide and new Town Meeting Member candidates must obtain at least 10 valid signatures of registered voters in their precinct.

Visit the Town Clerk's website or call 781-455-7500 for more information or with any questions.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
7:15pm
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
7:00am-8:00pm
  2016 State and Presidential Election. For more information about the polling locations, click here.

Visit the LWVN Voters Guide for ballot information.

Thursday, November 3, 2016
7:15pm
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Monday, October 24, 2016
7:00pm
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Needham
Ballot Question Forum: Focus on Question 2. Come learn about the ballot questions that will be on the November 8 ballot in Needham, focusing on Expanding Charter Schools, Question 2.

Speakers pro/con on Question 2 (expanding charter schools) and materials available for all ballot questions (four statewide and one local). Open to the public.

See the flyer for more details.

The forum will be taped and rebroadcast on the Needham Channel. Check the schedule at www.needhamchannel.org.

Monday, October 24, 2016-Friday, November 4, 2016
 
Town Clerk's Office
Needham Town Hall
Early Voting in Needham. Early Voting is available from Monday, October 24, through Friday, November 4.

Hours of Early Voting:
Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28: from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday Evening, October 25: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 29: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Additional details about early voting and absentee voting are found at the Town Clerk's website.

Visit the LWVN Voters Guide for ballot information.

Friday, October 21, 2016
9:15am
Needham Public Library
Community Room
League Friday Forum: Ballot Questions Forum. Come learn about the ballot questions that will be on the November 8 ballot in Needham, focusing on Legalizing Marijuana, Question 4.

Speakers pro/con on Question 4 (legalize recreational marijuana) and materials available for all ballot questions (four statewide and one local). Refreshments at 9:15 a.m. forum at 9:30. Open to the public.

See the flyer for more details.

The forum will be taped and rebroadcast on the Needham Channel. Check the schedule at www.needhamchannel.org.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
9:00am-8:00pm
Town Clerk's Office
Needham Town Hall
Voter Registration Deadline. The last day to register to vote and to change party enrollment for the November 8 State Election and Presidential Election. The Town Clerk's office is open extended hours today. More information can be found at the Needham Town Clerk's website.

You can now register to vote at the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website:

Register to Vote

Thursday, October 6, 2016
6:30pm
Needham Public Library Community Room LWVN Opening Meeting: Nathaniel Stinnett. Program:
6:30 p.m. - Refreshments
7:15 p.m. - Welcome and Announcements
7:30 p.m. - Nathaniel Stinnett to speak on the Environmental Voter Project.

See the flyer for more details.

Opening Meeting is an occasion for LWVN members, guests and the public 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. Please join us!

Watch it on the Needham Channel.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7:30pm
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Special Town Meeting. Special Town Meeting Warrant and supplemental information is available on the Town's website.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
10am-3pm
Needham Town Common Needham Harvest Fair. Please visit our table for voter information (candidates and ballot questions) for the November 8 Election!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
12 noon-8:00pm
Center at the Heights
300 Hillside Avenue
Needham
Special Election - Minuteman Regional School District. The Minuteman School Committee has requested a district-wide referendum on approval of bonding for the project to build a new school for the Minuteman Regional School District.

A one page summary of election information can be found here. Additional detailed information can be found at the school's website.

The 16 member communities are Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Boxborough, Concord, Carlisle, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston.

Last day to register to vote was Wednesday, August 31.

Thursday, September 8, 2016
7:15pm
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
 
  State Primary Election. For more information about the polling locations, click here.

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

Precincts A, B, C, I, and J = Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex District. Specimen ballot at Town website.

Precincts D, E, F, G, and H = Norfolk & Suffolk District. Specimen ballot at Town website.

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

Last day to register to vote and change party enrollment was Friday, August 19.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
 
  Voter Registration Deadline. The last day to register to vote for the Tuesday, September 20 Special Election. The Town Clerk's office is open extended hours today until 8:00 pm. More information can be found at the Needham Town Clerk's website.
Friday, August 19, 2016
 
  Voter Registration Deadline. The last day to register to vote and to change party enrollment for the Thursday, September 8 Massachusetts State Primary. The Town Clerk's office is open today until 5:00 pm. More information can be found at the Needham Town Clerk's website.

You can now register to vote at the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website:

Register to Vote

Monday, July 4, 2016
9am
Needham Fourth of July Parade. The League will have a float in this year's 4th of July Parade!