Invasive Plant Forum Coming in September

Invasive Plants: Not Just a Nuisance

Do you know why invasive plants are harmful beyond our gardens, extending to the local food web? Are you curious about which invasive plants are in our area? How can we recognize them? How can we eliminate them from our own yards and community?

Dr. Eric Olson, an expert on invasive plants, will address these questions on Friday, September 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Needham Public Library, at the League of Women Voters of Needham’s first League Friday Forum of the season. You’re invited to come and learn more about this important topic.

Dr. Olson is a professor in the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program at Brandeis University, with a PhD in evolutionary biology and ecology, specifically in the ecology of “tri-trophic” interactions: host plants, the insects that feed on these plants, and the wasps, birds, and other predators that feed on those insects. He also teaches courses in water & sanitation, climate change, ecotourism, environmental impact assessment, and environmental health.

A question and answer period will follow. Light refreshments will be served at 9:30and the speaker will begin at 9:45. The event is free and open to the public.



Happy Fourth of July! Spread the word about Vote411!

Independence Day marks the birth of our nation and the signing of the Declaration of Independence that outlined the key tenets that our Constitution would be based on. In addition to the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, our founding fathers also envisioned people having the power of our democracy in their hand.

Help celebrate these core American values by making sure everyone you know is registered to vote. Help someone register to vote today!

It is up to us to ensure we have a more responsive and effective government, not one at the mercy of big donors who can hide their identities and shell out massive contributions buying access and influence over our elected officials. You can help drown out the influence of money – urge your friends and family to register to vote and to weigh in on the issues that matter most to them.

Every year, the League of Women Voters empowers millions of voters in local, state and federal elections. For 95 years, we’ve been committed to making sure all eligible voters are registered, have the information they need to participate in elections and have their vote counted. Every election, whether local, state or federal, is important to ensuring our laws and policies reflect the values and beliefs of our communities.

Each Election Day, millions of voters head to the polls to be heard on the issues most important to them – don’t let anyone be left out.
Voting brings us together as Americans – it is the one time when we are all equal. Every vote counts and our votes make a difference. Share with your networks and remind the people in your life to update their voter registration information or register for the first time.  

Thank you for Making Democracy Work®.

Jeanette Senecal
Senior Director of Elections
League of Women Voters


P.S. Rooted in the movement that secured women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters has always been committed to registering, educating and turning out voters – and we’re not stopping now. To help us continue this vital work, please make a donation today. Your support helps the League keep online and available in communities across the country.

Walk Around Norwood’s Historical Neighborhood!

Walk Around the Historic Neighborhood

The Norwood Historical Society will host a walking tour of the neighborhood surrounding its headquarters at 93 Day Street on Wednesday, June 24, beginning at 7:00 pm. Join local historians Bob Donahue and Patti Fanning as they talk about local sites including the Masonic Temple, the Sanborn block, and the former homes of Joseph Day, Joel Baker, and Lyman Smith. And, there will be a few surprises as we peer into Norwood’s past. The tour will begin and end at the Day House where refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. For more information call the Norwood Historical Society at 781-762-9197 or check the website at

Community Preservation Act Meeting

The Planning Board is hosting an informational meeting about the Community Preservation Act onTuesday, June 16th at 7:00 at the Civic Center.
In 2001-2 the Norwood League of Women Voters did a study of the CPA.  This from our Annual Report:


Supports use of CPA grant money for affordable housing, and preservation of land and historic buildings, particularly if there is a special project that the Town is interested in.

(Annual Report 2002)

At the time, the town did not opt to become part of the CPA Trust.  Come to the meeting and find out more about this.
Attached is the flyer.  Share it with your friends.

Happy Anniversary, LWV!

May 27, 2015, marks the 95th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Thank you to Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito for recognizing this important occasion.


Since its founding in 1920, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has consistently worked to increase citizen participation and civic education as a necessary part of democratic government. LWVMA has provided the citizens of the Commonwealth with nonpartisan, balanced information on candidates, election issues, and public policy matters, encouraging voter registration, informed voting, and an understanding of government.  We have striven to achieve legislation that promotes the public interest, and we have worked to be a force for citizens and a voice for change.


To our members and supporters:  Thank you for helping us Make Democracy Work for 95 years!

Video Presentation: Fixing Our Broken Democracy

If you have 36 minutes, take a look at the presentation on Fixing Our Broken Democracy, about the scope of big money in our lives. It’s been eye-opening. Please take the time to watch this video. It gives a history of our country’s struggle with corporations taking over, how this was fixed once, and what needs to be done now.

Please pass this on to your friends.

Fixing Our Broken Democracy Event

South Suburbs Democracy Club presents:


— You are invited to this important discussion —

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:
Thursday, May 28, 2015
7: -8:30 p.m.
Meeting Room, Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood, MA

Have you ever wondered how it is that corporations have such immense power over our elections? How is this affecting our 2016 Presidential politics and how you feel about being involved?

Join us to view a brief video and have a discussion with the author, Paul Lauenstein, on the role of corporate money and how it distorts and corrupts our electoral and political system of democratic, representative government at the federal, state and local level.

Learn about the history of “corporate personhood”, money = speech, and how citizens across the country are rallying to the cause to abolish corporate personhood and restore democracy to our election process.

New Monthly Bulletin and Ad Page

Check out our bulletin of Spring activities! Also, print our ad page and support businesses that support the League!




Fellow League Members at Day on the Hill

LWVMA’s annual lobbying day is Tuesday, April 28, in Gardner Auditorium at the State House. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Our theme this year is “A Vision for Massachusetts” as the new legislative session begins.

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will be our keynote speaker, touching on his vision for Massachusetts and the priorities for legislators this term.

Board Meeting – May 5th

LWV Norwood May Board Meeting will be on May 5, 2015 in the Willett Room of the Civic Center at 7:00 pm sharp.  Anyone interested in learning about the League is welcome to attend.