Friday, March 7, 2014



MEMBERS---Candidate's Forum Votet's Guide sent out--- Check your email!

The Guide has questions for the candidates and all of their responses.

Upcoming THIS WEEK
The Candidates  Forum APRIL 24  7 :30 PM at Teaneck High School Third floor Student Center

ELECTION:Teaneck’s bi-annual Municipal Election scheduled for Tuesday, May 13th


LWV Consensus Preparation: 
Agricultural (US) and Education (NJ, Charter Schools)
Check our Studies page for links

Agricultural Consensus Meetings 

Information: LWV ILO consensus meeting on Food Safety (parts I and II) on March 11th at 11  AM in the Garden Room at the park at 130 Engle St, Tenafly.

Consensus: The LWV has reserved the meeting room of the Paramus Public Library, 116 E. Century Road, Paramus, on Wednesday, April 2 from Noon to 3:00 pm for its Agriculture Study presentation and consensus.  All local leagues and their members are invited.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014



Information on Daisy Bates an
this film:



March 6, 2014

Contact: Barbara Ostroth
                201-965-3105 cell


The Teaneck League of Women Voters and NCBW/Bergen-Passaic chapter are co-sponsoring the screening of DAISY BATES: FIRST LADY OF LITTLE ROCK on Sunday, March 30th at 2PM in the Teaneck Library auditorium in celebration of Womens’ History Month.  This film viewing will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Theodora lacey, retired TPS educator and civil rights activist.  Light refreshments will be served before and after the movie, provided by the NCBW.

 Daisy Bates was in Little Rock, AK in 1957---the right time to help her fellow citizens. She was “a complex, unconventional, and largely forgotten heroine of the civil rights movement who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957” (PBS description.) Come see and discuss this woman’s role in a turning point in American history.

The non-partisan Teaneck League of Women Voters has been active in hosting candidates’ forums, voter registration as well as participating in discussions and studies on local and state current events issues for over 60 years.  The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Bergen/Passaic Chapter (NCBW), is a 501c3 non-profit organization made up of progressive women of African descent who advocate through national and local actions and strategic alliances for leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. 

For more information on this event, please contact (LWV) Naomi Cramer at 201-692-8163 or (NCBW) Gwenette Reese at 201-927-4288.

March 6 Board Meeting and Women's History Discussion-- Details below.


Celebrate  Women’s History Month
“Women Who Made a Difference in Your Life”
March 6, Barbara's house, 7:30 p.m.
After Board Meeting 

The woman who had an influence on you may  be a historical figure, national icon, a  community activist---  or someone  closer to you--- such as a  friend, mother, sister or grandmother. 

Think about what she  did that was an example to you , what she  said that made a difference in your life.

You are encouraged to bring  letters, diaries, news articles, pictures or other items, whatever you need to let us know how important that woman was to you.

Bring your ideas and memorabilia for the hour-long discussion on March 6th at Barbara 's house after the Board meeting.

The Gallup Poll site has the men and women who command our admiration in 2013. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama top the listing.


Candidates Forum 

This spring is Teaneck’s bi-annual Municipal Election scheduled for Tuesday, May 13th

There will be a Candidates’ Forum on April 24, 7 PM, at Teaneck High School.

LWV Consensus Preparation: 

Agricultural (US) and Education (NJ, Charter Schools)
Check our Studies page for links

Agricultural Consensus Meetings 

Information: LWV ILO consensus meeting on Food Safety (parts I and II) on March 11th at 11AM in the Garden Room at the park at 130 Engle St, Tenafly.

Consensus: The LWV has reserved the meeting room of the Paramus Public Library, 116 E. Century Road, Paramus, on Wednesday, April 2 from Noon to 3:00 pm for its Agriculture Study presentation and consensus.  All local leagues and their members are invited.


Friday, January 31, 2014


The LWV NJ web site has not only a video on this, but a discussion guide about the documentary. 

The video and discussion guide are on the  front page.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Mark the date:
General Membership  Meeting:
Program Planning 2014

January 6, 2014
Joyce's House

Teaneck, Dec. 26, 2013

LWV Teaneck member Ellen Busteed is being sworn In

to the  River Edge Town Council on January 1, 2014

At 11 AM

At the River Edge Borough Hall,

705 Kinderkamack  Rd., River Edge.

Come and cheer on one of our own
as she begins her term.  ###

Teaneck, October  19, 2013


From LWV NJ: Public Question Analyses for 2013 November General Election

From Save Our Schools: Interviews with Candidate

To help inform your voting decisions, Save Our Schools NJ asked all the candidates where they stood on critical public education issues.
Gubernatorial Candidate Surveys
Legislative Candidate Surveys, by district

Teaneck, October  17, 2013
Thursday Octobe4 24 7;30 PM



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Letters to the Editor
 from LWV Teaneck

Teaneck Suburbanite

Urge Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act


To The Editor,

As the summer heat began to build in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated decision which gutted key components of the monumental Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. The decision in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder erased fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that have been effective for more than 40 years and opened the floodgates for a wave of attacks on voters. Only strong action from Congress can fix the Court's mistake.

Before the ink was even dry on the decision, several states rushed to implement racially discriminatory anti-voter laws, including several states where the League of Women Voters had previously succeeded in blocking voter restrictions in the courts and state legislatures. Sadly, this is only the beginning. Without a strong VRA, our ability to fight off anti-voter legislation and keep our elections free, fair and accessible is significantly weakened. As we approach the 48th anniversary of this historic civil rights legislation, the VRA remains an essential protection against the thinly veiled discrimination that still threatens Americans' right to vote. Congress needs to move swiftly to overcome this decision and restore the effectiveness of the VRA.

The Shelby decision is a call to action for all who believe all Americans should have fair and equal access to the ballot. Now is the time to contact your member of Congress and tell him or her to repair the VRA before any more damage is done.

Doris Thurber

On behalf of Teaneck League of Women Voters Board of Directors

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LWV Teaneck Contact Information 2014

LWV Teaneck Board members with Sen. Weinberg during Town Council proclamation of 60th Anniversary/90th anniversary of 20th Amendment adoption.

League of Women Voters of Teaneck Board of Directors


Arlene Gartenberg, Vice President, Program Planning

Shirley Sosland  and Barbara Ostroth,
Co-Vice Presidents Voter Services

Joyce Jacobs, Secretary

Ellen Busteed, Treasurer

Louise Williams, Membership and Assistant Treasurer


Janet Austin, Women's History

Naomi Cramer Observer Corps

Pat Libutti, Education and Blogger, LWV Teaneck

Doris Thurber, Editor, League Lines

LWV Teaneck Voter Registration and Candidate Forums

Voter Registration, Shirley Sosland

Basic Information:Upcommg Forums 
LWV Teaneck's Voter Service VP's looking back and forward

LWV Teaneck scheduled voter registration at the Back-To-School Nights in the Teaneck Public Schools last September and October. While we gleaned very few new registrations, we did give out a number of forms for absentee ballots and changes of address, explained the multiple election opportunities last fall (the special election for NJ Senator and the General Election on November 5), and also spoke to some residents about future interest in joining the League.

This spring is Teaneck’s bi-annual Municipal Election scheduled for Tuesday, May 13th. There will be a Candidates’ Forum on Thursday, April 24 at Teaneck High School.

League of Women Voters

Click on the link rosee:

Frequently Asked Questions about Registration and Voting, Know your State’s Deadlines, and sections on major issues (Campaign Finance Reform, Civil Liberties, Election Administration, Ethics and Lobbying Reform, Global Climate Change, Health Care Reform, Tax Policy, etc.) make the League site an essential one for voters. Voter information is provided in English and Spanish.

New Jersey Board of Elections

To register to vote, turn to this central site. All the information you need, including down loadable registration forms (in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Gujarati.)

  • Voter Registration, Arlene Gartenberg

    New Jersey Board of Elections

    To register to vote, go to this central site. All the information you need, including down loadable registration forms (in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Gujarati.)

    Election Information 


    Candidates discussing rules of the

    Forum with Barbara King, Moderator. April 2011

    Candidate's Forum

    Board of Education April 23, 2012

    Moderator's Training, 2009. Sandy Matsen, former president, LWV NJ, trainer. This event was sponsored by LWV-T. led by LWV T President Doris Thurber.

    Moderator's Training, 2009. Sandy Matsen, Former president, LWV NJ, tra


    The Red Card is displayed by a League member when a speaker runs out of time. Candidate's Forum, Council, Oct. 2010.

    LWV Teaneck History

    Sixty Years of a Grand Idea 1952-2012

    It was April 1952 in Teaneck. A small group of women, determined to “make a difference in government,” formed the League of Women Voters in Teaneck. The Teaneck League is now celebrating its sixtieth anniversary as a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Members, men and women, look back to sixty years and more of active involvement and advocacy.

    Many things have changed since these early days, when few members worked outside the home. Today, most members combine jobs, family, volunteer work, and family. As the organization has grown and adapted to the changing role of women in our society, its members have continued to “make a difference in government’ through its involvement in public policy issues.

    The League is best known for its public service work, which includes stations set up outside supermarkets and in schools to register voters. Voters depend upon the League to provide unbiased information in both print and in public forums.


    Prominent due to press coverage recently are the Candidates’ Forums, moderated by a professionally trained moderator. The Forums are held before both Board of Education and Town Council elections each year. The Forums are accompanied by Voter’s Guides, in which each candidate answers questions prepared by the League. Less well known are the discussion groups and informational meetings held on policy ideas.

    Members of the Teaneck League, like League members throughout the country are at the same time participating members of the League of Women of the United States and their individual state and county Once the League reaches consensus, or membership agreement-on an issue, the organization seeks to affect governmental action through lobbying its legislators. To enact or oppose relevant legislation. The League has occasionally gone to court in the public interest. In Teaneck, the League has long been involved in education, planning, and zoning, community relations, township budget and recreation issues.

    In the past, Know Your Town and Know Your School, have been published and disseminated throughout the community. The League has sponsored discussion groups to further good intergroup relations. League members have consistently served as observers at Board of Education and Town council meetings. The League has held a number of forums to inform the public on education issues such as school reorganization and the impact of the state’s “thorough and efficient education” law. It has brought in experts to discuss the non partisan form of government. In its support for good planning and zoning,

    The Teaneck League has studied the town’s Master Plan and made recommendations for the Planning Board and Council. The organization has encouraged development that balances the need for housing and revenue with the preservation of open space and parks. The League strongly supports affordable housing for seniors for senior citizens and families.

    Louise Williams, Moderator, Debate, Rochelle Park, Teaneck League members have joined their counterparts; elsewhere in New Jersey on studies of such issues as the administration of justice, including support of a Family Court, transportation, land use, fiscal policy, education (charter schools, 2000), , immigration (2009) and other issues.

    Click here to see a list and explanation of New Jersey studies done by LWV. LWV NJ positions can be found here.

    On the national level, Teaneck League members have participated in a study of individual liberties during the McCarthy era, a study leading to support of china’s entry into the United Nations, and studies on disarmament, statehood of Washington, DC, and many issues affecting the environment, civil rights and human needs, and the health care financing and delivery system.

    Most recently (2012) The Federal Role in Public Education and Privatization of Government Services have been examined and developed into consensus, or member agreement.
    Click here for a list and positions of the LWV US.

    Within the League itself, the Teaneck League began the process that led the League of Women Voters of the United States to adopt a policy in support of women’s reproductive rights. It also encouraged the national, state, and county leagues to enter as amicus curiae, the Fair Housing Council’s law suit against racial steering.

    The League of Women Voters of Teaneck is now a thriving, multi-issue organization of women and men whose ages span several generations. Its members are united by the strong belief that the individual citizen can make a difference in government and that each of us has the right and responsibility to learn the issues and make their views known to elected officials. It is an idea that is as important today as it was in 1952.
    ---Prepared and updated using the 1992, May 6 article in The Suburbanite

    Annual Meeting Programs


    Most Recent Calendar: 2013

    LWV Teaneck at State Education Forum. 2011

    League of Women Voters of Teaneck Calendar   
    October-Nov 2013


    Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 pm LWV Teaneck

    Membership meeting

    Sunday, October 27 Candidates Forum for Bergen

    County Freeholders and Sheriff at Temple Emeth,

    1666 Windsor Rd., Teaneck


    Bergen County Freeholders, 9:30 - 11 am

    (R) John Felice,* John Mitchell,* Maura DeNicola*

    (D) James Tedesco, Christopher Tully, Lorraine Waldes

    Bergen County Sheriff, 11 am - 12 noon
    (R) Michael Saudino*

    (D) James Mordaga

    Free and open to the community - light refreshments

    will be served. All dietary laws strictly observed.

    Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northern

    New Jersey's Jewish Community Relations Council, in

    cooperation with local synagogues and the Bergen

    County Y, a JCC.

    For further information, contact JCRC 201-820-3944

    * denotes incumbent

    Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 pm, Auditorium, East
    Brook Middle School, 190 Spring Valley Road,

    Paramus, LWV Bergen County candidates' forum for

    NJ Senate and Assembly seats in Legislative District


    November 4 by 3 pm, The deadline to apply in-person

    for a mail-in ballot for the November General Election

    at your County Clerk's office.

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013, General Election; poll

    open 6 am to 8 pm.
    Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 pm. LWV Teaneck
    Membership meeting for study and consensus on Human Trafficking at the home of Arlene,
    Let Arlene know if you can or cannot attend .