Making Democracy Work

First Fridays

2021-2022

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, March 4, 2022
9:30am via ZOOM
The comfort of your own home via ZOOM:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83756935139
MBTA Community Housing Initiative.. The League of Women Voters of Lexington invites you to a First Friday Forum on March 4, 2022 at 9:30AM to learn how Governor Baker's `Housing Choice' proposals will make it easier to change restrictive zoning and require MBTA communities to permit multi-family housing. Enacted in January 2020 as part of "An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth", these proposals will affect Lexington and its neighbors. Chris Kluchman, FAICP, Deputy Director, Community Services Division, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), will discuss the draft DHCD MBTA community guidelines, and the roadmap for implementation.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83756935139

This program is the fifth in the 2021-2022 First Friday Forum series hosted by the League of Women Voters to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. There will be time for Q&A after the program. For more information about the webinar, assistance using Zoom, or more information about the League, go to http://www.lwvlexington.org/FirstFriday.html

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States. The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. For more information, contact League convener Margaret Coppe at mecoppe@gmail.com. All League forums are free and open to the public.

Friday, March 4, 2022
9:30 am via ZOOM
The comfort of your own home via ZOOM:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83756935139
MBTA Community Housing Initiative.. The League of Women Voters of Lexington invites you to a First Friday Forum on March 4, 2022 at 9:30AM to learn how Governor Baker's `Housing Choice' proposals will make it easier to change restrictive zoning and require MBTA communities to permit multi-family housing. Enacted in January 2020 as part of "An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth", these proposals will affect Lexington and its neighbors. Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83756935139

This program is the fifth in the 2021-2022 First Friday Forum series hosted by the League of Women Voters to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. There will be time for Q&A after the program. For more information about the webinar, assistance using Zoom, or more information about the League, go to http://www.lwvlexington.org/FirstFriday.html

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States. The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. For more information, contact League convener Margaret Coppe at mecoppe@gmail.com. All League forums are free and open to the public.

Friday, February 18, 2022
9:30AM via ZOOM
UPDATED DATE! 2/18/22

The comfort of your own home via ZOOM:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83537987390
League of Women Voters of Lexington First Friday Forum On Gas Powered Leaf Blowers Referendum Question. The League of Women Voters of Lexington invite you to join us at our First Friday Forum on February 18th at 9:30AM by Zoom, for a forum on the referendum question limiting the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. At the annual Town Election on March 7, 2022, the following question will appear on the ballot: "Shall the town vote to approve the action of the representative town meeting whereby it was voted to amend Chapter 80 of the Code of Lexington, limiting the use of outdoor landscape maintenance equipment to specified days and hours and further to impose restrictions and eventual prohibitions on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers." In November 2021, Town Meeting voted to approve bylaw changes to define the hours when landscape maintenance equipment may be operated, establish seasonal limitations on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers (GLBs) until 2025, and prohibit the use of most GLBs by commercial landscaping contractors and the Town beginning in March 2025 and by residents in 2026. A group of voters petitioned to refer this matter to a referendum. A Yes vote will keep the Town Meeting vote in place. A No vote will overturn the Town Meeting action. Panelists will include representatives of the "Lexington Citizens for Choice" and the "Quiet Clean Lexington" campaign committees.

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83537987390

This program is the fifth in the 2021-2022 First Friday Forum series hosted by the League of Women Voters to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. There will be time for Q&A after the program. For more information about the webinar, assistance using Zoom, or other activities of the League, go to http://www.lwvlexington.org/FirstFriday.html.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States. The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. For more information, contact League convener Margaret Coppe at mecoppe@gmail.com. All League forums are free and open to the public.

Friday, January 7, 2022
9:30AM via ZOOM
The comfort of your own home via ZOOM:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86913589112
Challenges of Redistricting in Massachusetts in 2021. Will Brownsberger, Senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District of Massachusetts, will speak on the Challenges of Redistricting in Massachusetts in 2021. Presenting an intellectual road map for redistricting, he will address the elements that contribute to a better representation of constituencies.

Senator Brownsberger is President pro tempore of the Senate and has represented his district which includes Belmont, Watertown and parts of Boston in the State Senate since 2012. Before that he was a State Representative from 2007-2012. He serves as Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Redistricting, on the Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading, and on the Senate Committee on Rules and the Joint Committee on Rules. He lives in Belmont with his wife and three daughters.

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86913589112

Or One tap mobile: US: +13017158592, 86913589112# or +16465588656,,86913589112#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 646 558 8656

Webinar ID: 869 1358 9112 International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/krX6gmcIe

This program is the fourth in the 2021-2022 First Friday Forum series hosted by the League of Women Voters to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. There will be time for Q&A after the program. For more information about the webinar, assistance using Zoom, or more information about the League, go to http://www.lwvlexington.org/FirstFriday.html

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States. The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. For more information, contact League convener Margaret Coppe at mecoppe@gmail.com. All League forums are free and open to the public.

Friday, December 3, 2021
9:30AM via ZOOM
The comfort of your own home via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82379060877
Meet the Lexington Department of Health Director & a COVID-19 Update. In September 2021, the Town of Lexington announced the appointment of Joanne Belanger as the new Director of Public Health. In this role, Ms. Belanger is responsible for developing, managing, and assessing the comprehensive environmental health, community health, and public health emergency preparedness programs for Lexington. She will also lead Lexington's public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it develops.

Ms. Belanger will introduce herself and talk about her background and plans for the Lexington Health Department. She will also provide an update on COVID-19 as the town continues its program of testing, vaccinations/boosters, and vaccines become available to children 5-11 years old.

Joanne Belanger holds bachelor's degree in health services administration from Providence College and an associate's degree in nursing from Mass. Bay Community College. She comes to Lexington from the City of Lowell, where she served as Director of Health and Human Services, overseeing five city departments, with an 80 person staff. Prior to that, she spent more than 30 years at the Town of Andover Health Department ..In addition, Belanger is a registered nurse, Certified Professional Food Manager, Mass. Soil Evaluator, Certified Pool Operator, and has training in Incident Command Structure (ICS).

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82379060877

Or One tap mobile: US: +16465588656,,82379060877# or +13017158592,,82379060877#

Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 823 7906 0877

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kt7RnGhR2

This program is the third in the 2021-2022 First Friday Forum series hosted by the League of Women Voters to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. The webinar will also be live streamed on Facebook under @LWVLexington. The event will be recorded and available on LexMedia at a later date.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States. The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. For more information, contact the League convener Margaret Coppe at mecoppe@gmail.com.