Making Democracy Work

First Fridays

2014-2015

A monthly forum usually held on the first Friday of every month. Speakers present on topics of importance to Lexington residents.

To see previous First Friday Forums on Lexmedia go to http://www.lexmedia.org/ondemand.html click on the 'Categories' tab, then select "League of Women Voters"

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, November 7, 2014
9:15 AM
Community Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA
Local Police, Citizens and Federal Grants. We are fortunate to live in a town where violent crime is relatively rare, and where our local police force has a well-deserved reputation for dealing sensitively with citizens, as they go about keeping the town peaceful and safe for us all.

However, the recent painful events in Ferguson, Missouri, have led us to think seriously about the interaction between local police forces and citizens. New to many of us is the existence of federal grants which can provide military grade equipment and weaponry to local police.

Join us to learn firsthand from Lexington Police Chief Mark Corr and Community Resource Office Aidan Evelyn about their grant requests and the status of these requests.

This is the second in the series serving to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. Coffee will be available at 9:15 a.m. Presentations begin at 9:30.

For more information or to carpool, contact the League of Women Voters of Lexington at lwv.lexington@gmail.com. All League forums are open to the public at no charge

Friday, December 5, 2014
9:15 AM
Community Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA
The Digital Age Community Bulletin Board. Lexington is a town of engaged citizens who want to be "in the know". The technology of our digital age makes rapid dissemination of information possible as it never was before, but the existence of so many information pathways also complicates the process in unexpected ways. Towns must now grapple with multiple options for data sharing among departments, critical updates in emergencies, and general information distribution to voters and citizens on a day to day basis. It's complicated!

Lexington is responding to the all of this with the creation of a new Information Services Division, headed up by our long time Town Clerk, Donna Hooper. In her new position as Chief Information Officer, Ms. Hooper will oversee the operations of the Town Clerk's Office, the town's Information Technology Division (hardware, software and networks) and the town's Information Services, including our Webmaster and information project managers.

Please join us as we welcome Donna Hooper to explain the town's new approach to information services. She will introduce our new Town Clerk and give us an overview of Lexington's operations in the digital age.

This is the third in our series serving to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. Coffee will be available at 9:15 a.m. Presentations begin at 9:30. Questions are sure to follow.

For more information or to carpool, contact the League of Women Voters of Lexington at lwv.lexington@gmail.com. All League forums are free and open to the public.