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79th Annual Meeting

posted May 10, 2011, 10:10 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
,Please Join the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area
for Our Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting
DATE: Thursday, June 9
PLACE: Windrows – off Route One
TIME: 11:30- 2:30 PM
SPEAKER: Donna Liu - "New Ways of Communication"
MENU:  Quiche Lorraine or Mushroom Quiche, Salad, Fruit Tart; Beverages provided
COST: $20
Please make out your check to LWV- Princeton Area and send, by June 2, to

The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area
PO Box 253
Kingston, NJ 08528

For further information:

About our Speaker
Donna Liu will be our speaker at our annual June meeting. Donna Liu is a digital journalist who has lived in Princeton with her family since 2002. She founded AllPrinceton 
in 2010 as an online hub for community news and information. She is now the director of AllPrinceton. As Director for Strategic Initiatives at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Liu oversaw the use of new media in public policy education. She was the founder and executive director of the UChannel Project, a multimedia portal for recordings of public lectures and events from an international consortium of universities. She was also the WWS facilitator for PolicyNet, a social networking tool hosted by CIGI (the Centre for International Governance Innovation), and dedicated to collaboration in teaching and learning about public policy.
Liu has taught courses in mass media and television news at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton in 2002, she was a news producer and manager at CNN for 18 years. She founded CNN International’s Asia Production Center in Hong Kong in 1995 and launched the network’s first Asian regional news programming. Professional recognition includes an Emmy for coverage of the Tiananmen protests in China in 1969, and an ACE award for coverage of the 1991 Gulf War.

Valerie B. Jarrett to speak

posted Mar 29, 2011, 6:51 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ]
Senator Wynona Lipman Lecture in Women's Political Leadership

Valerie B. Jarrett

Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and
Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls

Monday, May 2 - 5:00 pm
Douglass Campus Center
Rutgers University
100 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ
Directions here.

  • Co-Chair, Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team
  • Senior Advisor, Obama for America 2008
  • Former President and Chief Executive Officer, The Habitat Company
  • Served on Boards of University of Chicago Medical Center, University of Chicago, Local Initiative Support Corporation, The Joyce Foundation, Museum of Science and Industry
  • Past Positions Include Chairman, Chicago Transit Board; Chairman, Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange; Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Finance Chair, Obama for Illinois 2004, Inc.
  • New York Times Magazine article: The Ultimate Obama Insider

This event is open to the public, free of charge.
No RSVP is necessary, but if you wish to receive updates or 
announcements related to this event, please sign up here.

More information about the Senator Wynona Lipman Program in 
Women's Political Leadership and Senator Lipman available here.

Virginia Lockwood, past LWV President

posted Mar 24, 2011, 6:43 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ]
Virginia Chapman Lockwood, 100, died March 12 at home. The celebration of her 100th birthday on September 15, 2010, included a receipt of a letter of birthday greetings from President and Mrs. Barack Obama.

Born on September 15, 1910, in Portland, Maine, she was the daughter of Philip Chapman, a prominent local lawyer and banker, and Gladys Doten Chapman, a leading figure in Maine’s early women’s suffrage movement. 

She attended the Waynflete School in Portland, class of 1927, playing both basketball and leading roles in dramatic productions. At the time of her death she was the oldest living graduate. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1931. There she had been Freshman Class President, Student Government President, and one of its last surviving members.

She returned to Portland to teach at Waynflete, during which time she met and subsequently married William Lockwood, a young economics instructor at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The couple moved to New York City where she began what was to become a lifelong dedication to teaching children in the primary grades, starting with her first job at the Dalton School.

In 1941, she and her husband moved to Princeton. While Mr. Lockwood served abroad in the Army during World War II, she raised two young boys and became active locally in the League of Women Voters (president from 1945-1947), the YWCA, the Princeton Group Arts, and even found time to act with the Princeton Community Players.

After the war, when her husband joined the faculty of Princeton University, she added a daughter to her family, and took up teaching third and fourth grades again, first at Miss Fine’s School and subsequently at Princeton Day School, after the merger between Miss Fine’s and Princeton Country Day School. She retired in 1969 after 23 consecutive years, having taught more than a generation of Princeton children. During this time, she continued to remain active in the affairs of the Wellesley Club of Central New Jersey and the League of Women Voters, while traveling frequently abroad with her husband. They travelled to the Far East and annually to her summer home in Maine on the shores of Casco Bay.

Following her husband’s death in 1978, she became an active Docent at the Princeton University Art Museum for many years. She also took up writing poetry with a passion, becoming a fixture of U.S. 1, the local Princeton poets’ cooperative, who often held their monthly meeting at her home. Her verse appeared in several publications and she frequently participated in poetry readings at the Princeton Arts Council, Barnes & Noble, and other location

She is survived by her two sons, William Jr. and Stephen; her daughter, Julia; and four grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be private. Contributions in her memory may be made to the U.S.1 Worksheets, c/o Mimi Danson, P.O. Box 127, Kingston, N.J. 08528.

Second Annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony

posted Mar 10, 2011, 5:07 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ]
Senator Robert Menendez announces
The Second Annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony
Monday, March 28, 2011 at 6:30 PM
Performing Arts Center, Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ.

Held in honor of Women’s History Month, it will highlight the many achievements that trailblazing women have made over the years to New Jersey. 

This Year’s Honorees are:
Kathleen DiChiara President/CEO Community FoodBank of NJ
Major General Maria Falca-Dodson Commander, NJ Air National Guard
Zulima V. Farber Member, Lowenstein Sandler PC
Danielle Kovach NJ State Teacher of the Year, 2011
Jeannine LaRue Senior Vice President, The Kaufman Zita Grou
Alice Stokes Paul Women’s Suffragist (1885-1977)
Janet Sharma Executive Director, Volunteer Center of Bergen County

Please note that space is limited. RSVP:  

Implications of Health Care Reform for Children of New Jersey

posted Mar 8, 2011, 10:44 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Invites You to a Policy Forum:
"Implications of Health Care Reform for Children of New Jersey"

Friday, March 18, 2011 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall 

Enactment of federal health care reform creates the opportunity to improve health care access, coverage, quality and outcomes for children in New Jersey. Key components of federal health care reform that will be examined include health insurance exchanges, new eligibility and enrollment standards, and a new vision for Medicaid and CHIP. These provisions can expand health insurance coverage, improve the quality of coverage, and reduce costs for children and families. This policy forum will highlight important research, major provisions of health care reform, and various strategies that New Jersey can adopt as it implements reform - all with the goal of better health care for children.

The format for the event will be presentation and discussion. Three researchers will each give a 15 minute overview of compelling research that is shaping the health care debate as it pertains to children. The second panel will begin with each person giving a five minute overview of his or her views and then spending the remaining time asking the researchers questions. The goal of this format is to have the second panel shape the discussion about how the research impacts decisions that New Jersey must make as it implements health care reform with an eye to improving care for children.

A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot

posted Mar 4, 2011, 2:38 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:58 PM ]

Thursday, March 17, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike (entrance at Darrah Lane & Business Route 1 South) 
Free and open to the public

Former journalist Mary Walton, author of A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballotwill speak about Alice Paul, a New Jersey Quaker who was the leader of the militant wing of the suffrage movement from 1913 to 1920. The book's release in August 2010, marked the ninetieth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the vote.

This program is sponsored by LWV of Lawrence Township and the Friends of the Lawrence Library. 

An Evening With Former NJ Governor Thomas H. Kean

posted Feb 18, 2011, 3:20 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
The State of Politics Today

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Reception: 6:30 PM
Speech, followed by Q&A with audience: 7 PM

Rider University, Mercer Room (located within Daly Dining Hall)
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Free and open to the public. RSVP to Susan Cuccia at 609-896-5350 or via e-mail at

The former New Jersey Governor and chairman of the national commission investigating the 9/11 attacks visits as a part of an ongoing Governing New Jersey series produced by The Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics.
For more information, go to

Ready to Run

posted Jan 28, 2011, 8:03 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ]
The Center for American Women and Politics invites you to... 

Ready to Run

Friday & Saturday, March 18-19, 2011

Ready to RunTM: Friday, 4:15 - 8:00 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Pre-conference programs for women of color: Friday, Noon - 4:00 pm

Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers-New Brunswick
Reserve your space now - early bird rate available only until Feb. 14th! 
 Register online here

Why Get Ready to Run in 2011?
Ready to Run

You care about what happens in your community, your state and your nation. You've worked hard on the issues that matter most to you, taken leadership roles in professional life and as a volunteer, and helped others advance in politics. You have the skills, the knowledge, the willingness to serve. Why not step up yourself?


Following the 2010 census, state legislative districts will be redrawn, creating new and open seats - and that means opportunities will open up at every level. Newcomers fare best in races for open seats, making 2011 a great year for women like you to run anwin! 

Program Overview
Ready to RunTM is a bi-partisan program for women who want to run for office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, become community leaders, or learn more about the political system.

Participants will walk away with:
  • "how-to" instructions on running for office
  • fundraising and media skills
  • real-world advice and best practices from experts
  • more effective leadership skills
  • a better understanding of party politics
  • internet strategies for campaigns 

The conference features two tracks to meet your needs: Track 1 - I'm Ready to Run, Now What? andTrack 2 - I'm Not Ready to Run Yet, But...

Special Pre-conference Programs for Women of Color
Three pre-conference programs will be offered on Friday, March 18, to encourage more women of color to run for office:
ón Latina
Questions about the program? Visit the program web site or contact Deanna-Marie Norcross at (732) 932-9384, x223 or

Please forward this message to your friends and colleagues!
 Center for American Women and Politics
 Eagleton Institute of Politics
 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
 191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Redistricting in New Jersey: The Challenges Ahead

posted Jan 13, 2011, 4:00 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ]
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Educational Testing Service
Conant Lounge C, Conant Hall
660 Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541

with featured speakers
Benjamin Brickner, author of "Reading between the Lines: Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting, Their Reform in Iowa, Arizona and California, and Ideas for Change in New Jersey"
 Len Preston, Chief for Labor Market Information, New Jersey State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
 Ingrid Reed, Former Director, New Jersey Eagleton Project, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
This free program is open to the public.
Advance reservations are encouraged due to space limitations.
For further information or to register, Contact
Nicole Plett, 609-771-1665 or

Co-sponsored by
The Leagues of Women Voters of Lawrence Township, Hopewell Valley, the Princeton Area, and Hightstown-East Windsor.

The League of Women Voters welcomes women and men to participate in all events.

Tax Caps: What They Are and How They Work

posted Nov 18, 2010, 2:07 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:59 PM ]
The League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township
invites you to a presentation by

Richard S. Krawczun, Lawrence Township Municipal Manager

The calculation of municipal budgets and property taxes is not simply the addition of expenses divided by the number of taxable properties in a municipality. There are numerous factors and formulas that go into creating a municipal budget and calculating both the property tax rate and the tax levy. In recent years, more attention has been given by a range of stakeholders to one component, tax caps. At this informational session, the Lawrence Township Municipal Manager will explain in plain language what tax caps are and how they work in the context of municipal finances.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7:30 P.M. to 9 P.M. 
Lawrence Township Police Headquarters Training Room
2209 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

This free program is open to the public. Advanced reservations are encouraged due to space limitations.
Contact for further information or to register.

The League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township
welcomes women and men to participate in all of its events.

New Jersey Future to Honor Ingrid Reed

posted Nov 13, 2010, 9:14 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
Longtime League member Ingrid Reed will be honored for her commitment to New Jersey and its communities.
November 21 at Morven.

31st Annual Interfaith Service and Peace Conference

posted Nov 11, 2010, 7:35 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
Global Abolition of Nuclear Weapons:
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Interfaith Service 11 a.m., Princeton University Chapel

Annual Conference 1:30 - 5:00 p.m., Princeton University Art Museum