Wednesday, October 4, 2017


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.  

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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: ILO members 

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.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Images of Women's  Equality Day:(L-R:) Bella Abzug, Gender Pay Disparity, Silicon Valley celebration (National Women's Equality Day), Pictures of Woman's Equality Day, Rosie the Riveter, Suffragist March for Votes, Poster celebrating women's equality, women's diversity.

Women’s Equality Day
By Naomi Cramer

This article (from League Lines, August 2014), is about Naomi's attendance at a Women's Equality Day event and  her thoughts about Bella Abzug, the framer of the Women's Equality Day Bill. Naomi passed away on August 19, 2017. She will be sorely missed by her League colleagues.

Did you know there was a Women's Equality Day? 

I didn't.  

But then I got an invitation to an event sponsored by the Northern Valley League commemorating that day.  The event was also to commemorate Bella Abzug, who,  as a  pioneering Congresswoman  (1971-1977)  had Aug 26 designated Women's Equality Day by the U.S. Congress.

 I contacted my Women Strike for Peace "sisters" and 4 of us went to the event.  August 26 was the day that the 19th amendment was passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote. Bella Abzug was a leader and founder of Women Strike for Peace (1961) -- an organization in the 60's - 70's that educated  about  and protested against the Vietnam War. 

Many women's organizations had representatives  at the event  giving out  literature.  
The program included women who had important elected positions in Bergen County, including Kathy Donovan and Joan Voss, and our own Mayor Lizette Parker. 

It was too bad that most of the people there were only the  representatives from the organizations giving out literature.  A local girl scout troop was there to meet with the women in government and to learn about the issues surrounding the day. 

The highlight of the event was a talk by Liz Abzug, Bella Abzug's daughter, who said that  the best way for women's equality to have meaning is if we elect more women to positions of power in government.  Ms. Abzug has for years been the director of Bella Abzug Leadership Institute at Hunter College,  mentoring and training Hunter HS and College women to become future leaders in their community. 

I questioned Liz about Bella's run for Senate in 1976, since I thought she should have stayed in the House (forever) - especially since she lost the Senate election and had to give up her House seat.  

Liz explained that Bella only lost by 1% of the vote and should have had the Times endorsement.   At the NY Times the entire editorial board voted to give Bella the endorsement but the then-owner,  Sulzberger,  refused to allow it,  so they endorsed Daniel Moynahan instead. 
---Naomi Cramer,

Director, Observers Corps,
League of Women Voters of Teaneck
August 2014

Other Women's Equality Day Resources

On August 26, we celebrate the right of women in the United States to vote. It was granted in August, 1920, to honor the memory of all women, especially those who labored long and hard to obtain the vote for women.

From The National Women's History Project: What is Women’s Equality Day:

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

From top: Alice Stone Blackwell, Inez Belmont, Lucy Burns, Susan Anthony,  Alice Paul, Anna Howard Shaw, Lillian Feikart and Carrie Chapman Catt. All of these women were suffragists who formed the foundation of the League of Women Voters

You might also be interested in:

The League of Women Voters-New Jersey history was prepared by Dr. Fernanda Perrone of the Special Collections Department, Rutgers University Libraries. She described the history decade by decade. The abridged history is available on the LWVNJ web site.

The first set of LWVNJ Minutes, April, 1920, is  visible on the web, courtesy of Rutgers University Libraries, which houses all the papers from 1920 through 1991.

The records for each chapter are archived. (The files  of League of Women Voters, Teaneck 1952-1985, is contained in Box  40, files 1-3, should anyone be curious.) 

Women's History &  LWV 

 Women's History:L
ibrary of Congress American Memory: 
Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party

Worth Reading:
Histories of the struggle, the attainment and the Suffragist movement

  Suffragists to Remember
From University of Maryland, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities 

From top: Alice Stone Blackwell, Inez Belmont, Lucy Burns, Susan Anthony,  Alice Paul, Anna Howard Shaw, Lillian Feikart and Carrie Chapman Catt. All of these women were suffragists who formed the foundation of the League of Women Voters


Saturday, June 24, 2017


Zipporah Olukanni was educated in the Teaneck Public Schools, attending Hawthorne Elementary School,  Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Teaneck High School. She served on the Student Council at THS, and also achieved the gold, silver and bronze levels of the Girl Scouts. Zipporah has been an excellent student and earned a final class rank of 70/318.

She will be attending Howard University this fall to major in political science.  She wants to make a difference in the lives of the disabled, serving as a champion for people with disabilities and wants to be an active participant in government. These achievements made her an excellent choice for the 2017 LWV scholarship, which was awarded this year in memory of our longtime member and former Teaneck mayor Eleanor Kieliszek ,who recently passed away.  

Visit the Community Scholarship Fund of Teaneck site for more information.

Below: Thirty-four Teaneck High seniors received scholarships on June 15, 2017.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


A longtime former LWV member has passed away -- Eleanor Kielizcek.  


Articles about Eleanor's role in the civic health of Teaneck are  in the Virtual Village digital datanase:

Several pictures of Eleanor show her many civic involvements.
Readers are urged to send in more for posting  to Pat Libutti:

Eleanor with Garden Club members Grace Kriegel and Julia Condit celebrating the Centennial Herb Garden, for which she overturned the first shovelful of dirt.

Below: Eleanor  with Garden Club Herb group at Grace Kriegel Herb Garden Dedication at Library, 1996.   Nancy Cochrane is now the Herb Garden Group Chair.

Eleanor with Kay Hower celebrating the fortieth anniversary of LWVT's founding . Eleanor was Mayor for the second time.