Sunday, October 8, 2017

LWVT Calendar and Board Listing

Upcoming Events LWV Teaneck
See LWVTeaneck Facebook page for LWV events

Thursday, Oct. 19, FDU. Public Policy Program: Democracy under Threat. October 19, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Sponsored by Northern Valley LWV, Fair Lawn  LWV.

Thursday, October 26th, 7:30 p.m. Ridgewood LWV: Movie  Equal Means Equal
at the Ridgewood Unitarian Church on Maple Avenue.

Wed., Nov. 1: Board Meeting, Shirley's  house. 7:30 p.m..

Thurs., Nov. 2 , FDU. Public Policy Program: "Money in Politics: Free Speech or Corrupting?" 7:30 p.m., Wilson Hall (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 4 :  TIFF: LWVT-sponsored movie: Newton.12 Noon. Teaneck Theaters.

LWV Teaneck Board List  2017-2018


Arlene Gartenberg, Vice President, Program Planning

Barbara Ostroth, Vice President, Voter Service

Joyce Jacobs, Secretary

Patricia O'Brien Libutti, Treasurer 

Shirley Sosland, Membership 


Janet Austin ,  Women's History

Doris Thurber, Advocacy

Patricia  Libutti, LWVTeaneck Blog Editor

Observer Corps
Margot Embree Fisher
Barbara Ostroth


In honor of Gladys Preuss

Gladys Preuss, a lifetime member of LWVT, died at the age of 100 on September 28, 2017. She was known for her activity in many League endeavors, ranging from chairing voter registration s to hosting  a membership coffee (Oct. 17, 1995, reported in League Lines). She also chaired Publicity and  Public Relations in the LWVT Board. Gladys is listed in the listing of Lifetime members by the LWVNJ (May 2015.)

Obituary: http://www.legacy.c/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=gladys-preuss&pid

She and those listed below  served as President, League of Women Voters of Teaneck during the years 1952-2015.

It is now the 65th year of the League in Teaneck. Thank you, all women who "stepped up to the plate."

Presidents of The League of Women Voters of Teaneck
From 1952 on

Edith Foerster

Sylvie Ludowise

Audry Kyle

Barbara Parnell

Zelda Levere

Barbara Parnell

Zelda Levere

Gene (Bookman) Popkin

Brenda Udorr

Gertrude Schwimmer

Naomi Berlin

Mary Allen

Gladys Preuss

Jeanne Stopper

Judy Glassman

Anne Finger

Francine Kaufman

Janet Austin

Diane Weiner/Enid Hochman
Janet Austin/Jamie Elkin
Louise Williams

Kay Hower

Carol Otis

Carol Otis/Louise Williams

Louise Williams

Doris Long Thurber

Patricia Libutti

Vice President, Program,  Arlene Gartenberg

Prepared by Patricia O’Brien Libutti from articles in The Suburbanite (1992), League Lines, (1989-2015), and League of Women Voters of Teaneck Minutes, 1952-1975, 1980-2015 as well as  (From The Fiftieth Anniversary Program, LWVT
Records also in Rutgers University: Special Collections, Alexander Library,
League of Women Voters, New Jersey: Box 40, folders 1-3

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

TIFF 2017 is almost here!

Saturday, November 4, 12:00 PMTeaneck Cinemas
An election day in the world's largest democracy. With this story shot in the jungles of Chhattisgarh in central India, 'Newton' couldn't be more Indian in its taste for movie aficionados at a gala as prestigious as the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, says the film's lead actor Rajkummar Rao.

The movie had its world premiere at the film jamboree last week, and ended with a standing ovation from the audience.  This may definitely be a film to strongly consider in light of global events with democratic elections.  

November 2-5, 2017
For four incredible days Teaneck is
the focus of the film world 
 Activism: Making Change 

Tickets Available Now!
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

LWV October Events "Democracy Under Threat" NFRPP October 19 FDU 7:30 PM

Today is National Voter Registration Day!

An important letter arrived from LWV US today, alerting us to simple actions to take to get the vote out:

Today is National Voter Registration Day!

For the sixth year, thousands of organizations across the country are celebrating National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) by registering new voters.
Today is an important day for all of us to help voters get ready to head to the polls to weigh in on the issues that matter most to them. We may not be in a presidential election year, but there are thousands of important offices at stake across the country on November 7 – not to mention the upcoming federal races in 2018.
Help us get new voters ready to weigh in! Here are three simple steps YOU can take to help celebrate National Voter Registration Day:
  1. Help us make sure no one is left out! Send our eCard to people you know who may need to register to vote or update their registration. Make sure to include anyone you know who recently turned 18, became a citizen, moved or changed their name.
  2. Share a photo of your voter registration card, an “I’m registered” sign or a voter registration application on your social media channels with a link to our online voter registration tool. Be sure to include the #NationalVoterRegistrationDay hashtag. Your actions on social media can influence your friends to take action, so encourage your networks to get registered!
  3. Mentor a friend who is new to the elections process. Help show new voters the ropes by sharing our online elections resource, with them. VOTE411 can help voters learn about upcoming elections, including important deadlines and information regarding in-person and absentee voting in every state. Then commit to going to the polls with them on Election Day.
The League is once again on track to be the largest on-the-ground NVRD participant, with 350 local Leagues holding registration activities today. League volunteers will be out in force finding new voters at bike races, supermarkets, gyms and new citizen ceremonies. With each voter we register, we are helping to get as many people participating as possible.
Voter registration is the key to ensuring that all Americans can engage in our political process. That is why the League is committed to National Voter Registration Day, and it is why League volunteers will be out in force today and right up until every state's registration deadline, this year and every year.

Thank you for Making Democracy Work®.

Maggie Bush
Programs and Outreach Director


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Friday, September 15, 2017


League of Women Voters 
To register to vote, turn to this central site. All the information you need is at the link below, including downloadable registration forms (in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Gujarati.

Get Informed

This LWVNJ link covers the following areas:

Voting Forms

Where to Vote
General Election
2017 Election Dates

General Election Day:
     Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Deadline to apply in person for mail-in ballot:
      November 6, 2017 - by 3:00 pm

For all elections the deadline to apply by mail for a

mail-in ballot is one week before the election.

To apply in person, the deadline is 3 pm the day before the election.

If you have any questions, please call the
League at 1-800-792-VOTE (8683)
or email us at

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Naturalization Ceremony and Voter Registration
for New Citizens:
September 8, 10:30 AM, Old New Bridge Landing Historical site

Click here to see the ceremony   Source:

League of Women Voters, Teaneck members relay their perceptions of
the ceremony and their experiences with it:

Shirley Sosland: (cameo appearance in the video)
2017 is my 7th year witnessing the swearing in of new citizens at the Historic Old New Bridge Landing site in Riveredge and registering these citizens to vote.

I have been registering new citizens to vote for over 25 years and it is a privilege to do so.

This year was exceptionally memorable because a member of the Historic New Bridge Landing Commission spoke of 3 immigrants ,Thomas Payne, Alexander Hamilton and Baron Von Steuben and their importance to the American Revolution and to the creation of our country.

Her speech was extremely relevant this year because of the contributions of so many immigrants, who may lose their ability to remain  in this country and we could lose these valued contributors to our society.

                                                                            Barbara Ostroth: 
Several LWV representatives were there on Friday, September 8th at the New Bridge Landing Historical site in New Milford, where 22 people from a dozen different countries took the oath of allegiance to the USA to become new citizens of our country.  

The Teaneck LWV and Bergen County ILO then offered the opportunity for those new citizens to immediately register to vote, and we also gave out information on the process of voting, getting an absentee ballot mailed to them, etc.  The new citizens, surrounded by supportive family and friends, were more than eager to participate in our democracy and registered on the spot!"
    Pictured: Barbara Ostroth (Teaneck),  Susan Nashel, Patty Infantino, (Ridgewood) Source: LWVNJ

Test your understanding of the Citizen Test, Civics.

Future citizens are quizzed orally with 10 out  of 100 possible questions. They must get 6 out of 10 correct.