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Comprehensive Healthcare Reform Passes

THE BULLETIN   Volume 70, Issue 6

March  2010
Dear Katherine,
It's done! And you helped do it! The historic final passage of health care reform took place in March. This bill will expand coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured and includes other much needed measures. Click here to learn more about this historical bill.

Thanks for all your hard work,

The League of Women Voters of Westwood & Walpole

Day on the Hill
Upcoming Events
Council 2010
2010 Finance Drive Donors
Gaming Legislation
Protecting Natural Resources
Local Elections
National & State LWV News
Day on the Hill - Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Transportation: Getting Around in Massachusetts
We invite all League members to attend the annual Day on the Hill program on Wednesday morning, April 28, 2010, at the Massachusetts State House.  Registration is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in Gardner Auditorium and the speakers' program will start at 9:30 and adjourn at noon. 

The Transportation Re-study Committee is putting together a panel of experts to educate League members in advance of the Transportation Re-study.   Central to the discussion is the re-organization of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Among the issues to be presented are:
  • financing
  • balancing public and private modalities 
  • environmental impact
Following the panel discussion, LWVMA Specialists will update us on legislation of interest to the League. This is a special opportunity  to connect with your legislators and further inform them about our legislative initiatives and priorities. 

Visit updates and speaker confirmation updates.

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Mark Your Calendar
Local Events

April 5 - State Senate Candidates' Night - 7:30 PM at Broadmeadow School in Needham
April 11 - Westwood Candidates Forum - 3:00 - 5:00 PM at First Parish Hall, Westwood.
April 27 - Westwood Town Election
May 15 - Walpole Day - Visit our table!
May 24 - Walpole Candidates Night -  7:30 - 9:00 PM at Old Post Road School, Walpole.
June 5 - Walpole Town Election
June - Annual Meeting - Date, time, place to be decided.

State Events

April 28 - Annual Day on the Hill 9:00 AM until Noon - The State House, Boston. Topic: Transportation:  Getting around in Massachusetts
May 22 - Council 2010 - 90 Years of Making Difference - Attend, Vote, Learn & Celebrate, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM,  Lasell College, Newton, MA

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Council 2010 - 90 Years of Making A Difference

Council 2010 and the LWVMA 90th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, May 22
Lasell College in Newton, MA

This is a Council not to be missed.  Plans include:
  • Plenary
  • Lunch
  • Special guest Margaret Fuller
  • Workshops on Running for Office, Debates and the League, and Lobbying and Legislation
  • Tributes to local Leagues and Past State Presidents
  • Closing Reception to raise a toast to 90 more years of the LWVMA.  (actual birthday is May 27, 2010)
Plenary will start at 11am and the 90th Birthday Reception will start at 5:00pm.
The cost of the event is $45.00 with an option to donate an additional amount to the Lotte E. Scharfman Education Fund. 

Registration and workshop information coming soon to

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2010 Finance Drive Donors
We wish to thank these businesses and organizations who contributed to our Finance Drive:
  • Betro Pharmacy, Inc

  • Century 21 American Properties

  • Dedham Institution for Savings

  • James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home

  • Dunkin Donuts, Walpole Route 1

  • Holden, Dunn & Lawler Funeral Home

  • Kopelman & Paige, PC

  • Joseph J. Lorusso Company

  • New Pond Village

  • Patterson Insurance

  • Peking Garden Restaurant

  • Printworks

  • Raffael's Banquet & Conference Center

  • Re/Max Real Estate Center

  • Roche Brothers, Westwood

  • Rodman Ford Sales, Inc

  • Shear Illusions

  • Super Stop & Shop, Walpole

  • A Thomas & Sons Funeral Home

  • Tire Specialists

  • Walpole Cooperative Bank

And a very special thanks to Phoebe Joseph for all her hard work and perseverance!

Gaming in Massachusetts
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has long opposed the introduction of Casino gambling into the state.  As we have followed the progress of the industry in other states, we have seen nothing that would induce us to change our position.

In the next few months there will be many changes to the legislation and many claims and counter claims.  It is significant that there has been no independent study of the costs and benefits of Class 3 gambling by a group which does not receive money from the vast gambling industry.  At the very least the citizens deserve to know the economic facts.

League members should contact their State Senator and Representatives and demand an independent cost/benefit analysis of Class 3 gambling before we go any further with this legislation.

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Protecting Our Natural Resources

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts strongly supports the electronic waste bill, H. 4374, An Act to Require Producer Responsibility for Collection, Reuse and Recycling of Discarded Electronic Products

Discarded electronics constitute a major health and environmental hazard as well as a significant expense for municipalities, draining much needed revenue from essential town services.

Dispose of your computers, monitors and other electronics responsibly. Call your local authorities to find out how to do so. Walpole residents can dispose of their computer monitors and other electronics at Walpole's Hazardous Waste Collection on April 24th.

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Local Elections

Remember to register to vote if you have not already done so.

The New Library Project won a resounding victory at the Special Town Meeting. But now the funding has to be approved at the All Town Election.

Note the funding will not be part of the Annual Town Meeting but is included in the All Town Election.

How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot

March Treasurer's Report

Westwood/Walpole League of Women Voters

Reconciliation Statement

March 1-22, 2010



Starting balance                                                $6092.35




                                    Fund Drive                       125.00

                                    Member contributions         50.00

                                    Dues                               240.00

                                    Phonathon                         40.00

                                    Interest                                 .70


Total Income                                                      $ 455.70  


Total Assets                                                      $6548.05                      


Total Expenses                                                   $       0


Current balance                                                $6548.05



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