Our Holiday Party will again be at the Red Raven Restaurant & Pub in Nagog Mall (off Route 2A/119) with our friends of the Boxborough Democratic Town Committee on Sunday, January 6 from 4-6PM. This year, however, we agreed to invite members from all the other local Democratic Town Committees as well. We will have an abbreviated regular Acton DTC meeting right afterward about 6PM at the Red Raven.
Learn more about our upcoming events, which are a great way to get involved in local organizing. We do our best to update event information regularly, but errors and last-minute changes can occur, it's always safe to check with an event's host to make sure.
The next regular Acton Democratic Town Committee meeting will be Sunday, November 18 at 6PM at Spice Pepper Garden Restaurant, 36 Great Road. This is not a dinner meeting, although you are welcome to stay for dinner when the meeting adjourns around 7:15 PM.
The next community service day is planned for the afternoon of Sunday, November 18 at 1PM. Acton Democratic Committee members have been participating in these days since 2013 at the Trail Through Time, a heritage trail through town-owned conservation lands in North Acton. The focus this November will be on trail and mound maintenance around the Nashoba Brook Stone Chamber site. All ages welcome.
Make sure to vote on Massachusetts State General Election day!
If you are going to be away – or traveling home and will not arrive in time to vote - plan ahead! To vote by mail (because you will be absent on Election Day, or have a physical disability that prevents you from voting at the polling place, or cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs) complete this Request For Absentee Ballot and mail it or take it to the Acton Town Clerk.
The 31st annual Acton Boxborough Democratic Town Committee Picnic will take place on Sunday September 16th from 2-5 PM at the home of Clare Siska, 14 Stow Street in Acton. Please help us support the Acton Boxborough Food Pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item to the picnic. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Ellen Valade at email@example.com.
This picnic is a wonderful time to meet newly selected Democratic candidates and other active Democrats from nearby towns. Please note the suggested $10 contribution per person or $20 fora family. HERE is a flyer to share with your friends and neighbors.
The Acton and Boxborough Democratic Town Committees are co-sponsored a Candidates Forum on Wednesday, July 18, from 7-9PM at Sargent Library at 427 Massachusetts Ave, Boxborough. This is an opportunity to meet and talk with:
- Donna Patalano, candidate for Middlesex County District Attorney
- Marilyn Petitto Devaney, candidate for Governor’s Council
- Nick Carter, candidate for Governor’s Council
Please RSVP HERE so there will be room and refreshments for all.
The Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention will take place at the DCU Center in Worcester on June 1st and 2nd, 2018. On Friday, June 1 there are series of workshops and social events, and the Convention proper begins at 10AM on Saturday, June 2. This is great opportunity to meet candidates and fellow Democrats for all over the Commonwealth. Our delegates were elected at the Acton Caucus on February 11. This event was exceptionally well-attended and enthusiastic, demonstrating how engaged Democrats are for the nominating Convention and for the Fall’s elections. A total of 17 delegates (the Chair brings our delegate total to 18):
· Male delegates 6 elected - Tom Baker, Ben Bloomenthal, Kyle Coulter, Bob Ferrara, Jim Hannon, and Joris Wils.
· Female delegates 6 elected – Monica Burke, Ginny Dow, Tami Gouveia, Amy Krishnamurthy, Coleen Phillimore, and Linda Vieria.
· Additional delegate 1 elected – Madhav Sampathkumeran
· Alternate delegates 4 elected – Harriet Diluzio, Jim Papachristos, Brian Sullivan, and Molly Hardy
A new Acton trail is in its infancy! To be called the Nashoba Trail (NT), it will be an extension of the Trail Through Time (TTT). It will begin on the newly opened Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFRT), and wind through a series of town open spaces to connect with the Sarah Doublet Forest in Littleton. The NT project will be sponsored jointly by Littleton's and Acton's Conservation Trusts. The first section of this new trail will be a short link that connects the TTT to the BFRT. That's where local volunteers can help on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 1 PM. The effort will focus on clearing brush and tidying up this link which has existed informally between the stone chamber and the the old railroad bed since before the NorthBriar subdivision was developed. Please RSVP to Linda McElroy at 978-429-8000 or Bob Ferrara at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-263-8642. Also you are welcome to join the group for lunch beforehand at 11:30 at Legends Cafe in West Acton.
Affordable, Simple, Broad Coverage, Excellent - These are not words we use about our current Health Care system. What if they were? As an individual, you can focus on living. As a business owner, you can invest in growth. As a medical provider, you can spend more time with your patients. We can be a healthier State. Health care options and opportunities will be presented by Dr. Berwick, the former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, followed by a Q & A. This event is hosted by Three Rivers Affinity Groups A Progressive Mass Chapter at Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect St, Acton, MA 01720. All are welcome to this FREE event. Space is limited. Please register at: http://bit.ly/2nv2okb
Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM the Boxborough and Acton Democratic Town Committees and Indivisible Acton will host the last of the US Congressional forums for the Third District seat, at the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough. Each candidate will have 30 minutes to speak, including time for Q&A. The candidates attending this forum are Rufus Gifford, Alexandra Chandler, and Bopha Malone.
Registered Democrats in Acton will be holding a caucus at Congregation Beth Elohim at 133 Prospect Street on Sunday, February 11 at 4pm. At this Caucus, we will elect up to 13 delegates and 3 alternates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, to be held next June 1-2 in Worcester. A regular Acton Democratic Town Committee meeting will be held immediately after the Caucus.
Any registered Democrat in Acton is eligible to become a delegate. It is a great way to get involved and learn about the process. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women and all ballots will be written and secret. In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be add-on delegates.
Two top gubernatorial candidates, Setti Warren and Jay Gonzalez, will be discussing their approach to the Commonwealth's opportunities and challenges. See HERE for details and tickets for Saturday, January 13, at 2:30PM at the Boxborough Library on Route 111. (This event was moved from the Acton Memorial Library to accommodate a larger crowd).
The Acton Dems regularly do community service events. The next one focuses the Trail Through Time, a heritage trail through town-owned conservation lands in North Acton. The Trail includes sites and stone structures representative of two distinct cultures, the colonial and the Native American, that existed both serially and concurrently within a relatively small geographical area. The task is to clear a viewscape from the Indian Kiosk, where a bench will soon be located, toward the Nashoba Brook marshlands. Please RSVP to Linda McElroy at email@example.com or Bob Ferrara at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be meeting about 1:00pm near the Trial Through Time entrance and also having a lunch beforehand about 11:30 at Julie’s Place at 208 Main St. in Acton.
State Senator Jamie Eldridge and the Acton Democratic Town Committee aresponsoring a Massachusetts Democratic Party platform hearing on Wednesday, April 5th, from 6:15 to 9:00 pm, in the Gates Elementary School cafeteria, at 75 Spruce Street, Acton. This hearing affords local Democrats to speak about what the Massachusetts Democratic Party should stand for, including its values, its positions on issues, and what policies it should be fighting for. We can provide local input to inform the party platform that will be voted on by delegates at the June 3rd convention in Worcester. The most recent edition of the Party platform is the 2013 platform, which can be found at https://www.massdems.org/your-party/party-documents.
Registered Democrats in Acton will be holding a caucus at Congregation Beth Elohim at 133 Prospect Street on Sunday, February 12 at 4pm to elect 13 delegates and 3 alternates to the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, to be held next June. And a regular Acton Democratic Town Committee meeting will be held immediately after the Caucus.
All registered Democrats in Acton are welcome to become a delegate. It is a great way to get involved and learn about the process. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women and all ballots will be written and secret. In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be add-on delegates.
Place: Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect Street, Acton
Speaker: Dorothy Dawson Burlage. Dr. Burlage is the co-author of Deep in Our Hearts, a book describing the lives of nine young women who worked for issues of racial equality and justice in the 1960s. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and earned her doctorate in psychology and public policy at Harvard University.
Dr. Burlage has devoted her life to civil rights advocacy and will share her early experiences in the south as a member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) during the period of lunch counter sit-ins and voter registration drives. In addition, she will also share her more recent efforts: participating in the women’s movement, organizing consciousness raising groups, doing research and giving lectures. She has had a private practice as a clinical psychologist in Newton, MA, since 1980.
All are invited to this annual event that promises good food, interesting conversation, and a stimulating presentation by Ms. Burlage. Transportation needs: Contact Lisa Franklin at 978 263-2579 or . For other information about the Breakfast: Contact Sal Lopes at 978 263-4178 or email@example.com
From 4 to about 6PM, we will have our Holiday Party at the Red Raven Restaurant & Pub in Nagog Mall (off Route 2A/119) with our friends of the Boxborough Democratic Town Committee. This location worked out well last year. We will have an abbreviated regular Acton DTC meeting right afterward about 6PM at the Red Raven.
Make sure to vote! Be counted! Polls are open from 7AM to 8PM.
Afterwards, we are gathering at the Boxborough Holiday Inn (Rt 111 near 495) with our Boxborough friends and others around Sen. Eldridge's district, to watch election returns and celebrate what should be a very good day for Democrats and the country.
We will meet at the Acton Arboretum just of Route 27 in Acton about 11:15. Bettina Abe of the Town of Acton is inviting us and possibly other groups to help in the demolition of an old boardwalk. We have worked with Bettina and many water chestnut clearing and other projects and she is a joy. If you can help, please contact Bob Ferrara at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-263-8642.