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News and Announcements about the Needham League of Women Voters

Friday Forum: Snow Removal

On February 17, 2017, representatives from the DPW and the Highway Department gave a presentation on snow removal in Needham. See the flyer here.

Watch the video here. This program is a production of The Needham Channel.

2017 Civics Bee

The Civics Bee was held at Broadmeadow School on the afternoon of Sunday, March 5. Teams competed by answering questions related to local, state, and national government and politics.

Congratulations to the winning Civics Bee team: The Team with No Name: John Bulian, Michael Greis, and Adam Greis, pictured here with Rep. Denise Garlick, one of the moderators. The Grand Prize is a tour of the State House and Lunch with State Representative Garlick.

Civics Bee Winning Team

The Civics Bee was 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.

Friday Forum: The Teardown Next Door

On February 12, 2016, Needham's Planning Director and Building Commissioner discussed how Needham's zoning by law currently regulates teardowns and new construction in this well-attended League Friday Forum.

See the flyer here.

Watch the video here. This program is a production of The Needham Channel.

LWVN Opening Meeting: Money In Politics

In recognition of the studies being done by LWVUS and the critical importance of the topic, our October 15, 2015, Opening Meeting focused on the issue of Money in Politics. Our guest speaker, State Senator Jamie Eldridge (Acton), has been a champion at the State House on legislation to combat the corrupting influence of money in our elections and government. The program included a presentation on the History and Current State of Money in Politics, remarks from Senator Jamie Eldridge, and Q+A with Representative Denise Garlick and Senator Eldridge.

See the flyer here. If other Leagues are interested in using the PowerPoint presentation, they may download it here.

Watch the video here. This program is a production of The Needham Channel.

Domestic Workers Bill of Rights: What Employers Need to Know

Through its collaboration with the Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force, LWV-Needham has sponsored this program on the "Domestic Workers Bill of Rights: What Employers Need to Know." This program is especially relevant for anyone who employs in-home workers. There is a new law and regulations designed to protect these workers.

Watch this program to ensure you know your rights and responsibilities. The program was a production of The Needham Channel.

LWV-Needham in the July 4th Parade

LWV-Needham celebrated 75 years in Needham by marching in the Needham 4th of July Parade in 2015.

Fourth of July Parade

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos.

Needham Times Reports on 2014 Civics Bee

Visit the Needham Times website to read all about the League of Women Voters of Needham First Civics Bee: First Civics Bee Draws 19 Teams

Pricing Carbon - See the Video

LWV Wellesley, with co-sponsors LWVMA, LWV Needham, and Citizens Climate Lobby, presented a program, "Pricing Carbon," that focused on the emerging national dialogue about a revenue-neutral carbon tax on November 19, 2013. If you missed it, you can see the YouTube video here:

For an event flyer that includes the speakers' names and bios, click here.

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.

Joe Kennedy - Sean Bielat Forum
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
2014 Nan Himmelsbach
2015 Nathan Maynard
2016 Tori Simon

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.

The Moderator's Town Meeting Handbook is also an informative source of information for anyone interested in Needham's Town Meeting.

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:

Youth Voting

Read a 2007 Needham Hometown Weekly article about how the League is helping to facilitate youth voting.