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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It works to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Brookline High School Students Win 2nd Prize in the LWVMA's "YOUth Should Vote!" Student Video Contest

A team of 15 League member judges has selected the winners of LWVMA's "YOUth Should Vote!" Student Video Contest, part of LWVMA's election 2016 statewide voter engagement campaign. Over 300 students participated in the contest, and the winning videos were selected from entries submitted from across the state.

Two Brookline High School students won second prize.

Makena Binker-Cosen and TJ Mukundan, Brookline High School

To view their entry (Big Dreams):

To see all the winners:

Board of Appeals Public Hearing on 40 Centre Street

Board of Appeals Public Hearing

Monday, May 23, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

Brookline Town Hall

6th Floor Selectmen's Hearing Room

333 Washington Street

40 Centre Street

Application for a Comprehensive Permit (40B) to construct a 6-story residential building to include 45 rental units and 17 ground level parking spaces

* Open hearing and review M.G.L., c.40B regulations

* Presentation of preliminary proposal by Applicant

* Review Comprehensive Permit Application completeness

* Identify potential project elements requiring outside peer review

* Establish a continued hearing date

For additional information or questions, please contact the Department of Planning and Community Development at 617-730-2130.

20th Annual Public Health Policy Forum on June 22nd

On Wednesday evening, June 22, 2016, the 20th Annual Public Health Policy Forum will take a focused look at the recent successes achieved in health care reform and the challenges still faced in working towards universal care.

Join us to celebrate 20 years of advocacy, reflect on the status of health care reform, and look towards the future.

The forum will be held at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline, MA.

Following a reception from 6-7 PM, the forum, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 7-9 PM. No registration is required.

Click here for more information:

Brookline Housing Plan Community Workshop #3

Brookline Housing Plan Community Workshop #3 will be held

on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

at the Pierce School, cafeteria - 50 School St.

It will be held by the Town of Brookline Planning and Community Development Department.

For more information:

Second Friday - June 10th

League of Women Voters of Brookline 2nd Friday @ Panera's Coolidge Corner

Coffee & Conversation
Friday June 10th, 9:30 AM
2nd Friday @ Panera's Coolidge Corner

Land Use in Brookline

The League of Women Voters has decided to focus attention on the important issue of land use in Brookline this year. This section will list relevant meetings, events and background information on this topic.

Complete Streets Study Committee will hold a public hearing on the Brookline Complete Streets Policy drafted dated 1-11-2016. Committee members will present a summary of the Brookline Complete Streets Policy. Following the presentation members of the Complete Streets Study Committee will take public comment on the proposed draft policy under consideration. Draft policy is available for download at


LWVB Panel Discussion on Affordable Housing

Watch the video of Dec. 9 program on Affordable Housing on BIG (Brookline Interactive Group):

The following links provide an overview of the December 9th panel discussion about affordable housing along with the slide presentations:

Affordable Housing Overview

Affordable Housing Chapter 40-R

Affordable Housing Panel - Challenges and Opportunities

Pine Street Inn Presentation

Discussion of possible sites for a ninth elementary school LINK to Boston Globe article on this meeting:
Civic Moxie Presentation Link:


Anthony Flint, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, speaking at the League's Opening Meeting can be viewed here:

The following article about Opening Meeting by League member Diana McClure appeared in the Tab:

The following opinion piece in the Tab by League members Janice Kahn and Betsy DeWitt explain why the League has chosen to focus on the issue of land use in Brookline this year: And a more recent column entitled, "Affordable Housing Where Do We Go from Here"

Election Reform in Massachusetts

Please read the article by League member Diana McClure published in the TAB:

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