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League Newsletter May 2017

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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 Volume 31  Issue 5
  May 2017

    In This Issue

    Annual Dinner Meeting

    Chrystal Schivell Earns Award

    Celebrating Diversity

    Tale of Two Tigers

    Membership Update

    Next Meeting

    Citizen's Guide to Government

    2017-18 Calendar

    Business Meetings

    September 12, 2017
    November 14, 2017
    January 9, 2018
    April 17, 2018


The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

welcomes information
about issues

in our League area and
encourages comments at

Annual Dinner Meeting
The Annual Dinner attracted 38 guests, among them Nancy Hedinger, LWVNJ President, and members of Leagues as far away as Red Bank and Mountain Lakes. Nancy saluted Grace Sinden’s 50 years in League and spoke of Grace’s contributions and her personal influence as a mentor to Nancy.  A show of hands revealed that the Princeton Area League has many 50-year members.

In the business meeting led by Chrystal Schivell, members voted to approve the Princeton League positions, the budget, and the leadership committee. Grace asked that members keep an eye on a bill (S1632/A3770) that limits the use in multifamily dwellings of light frame wood construction that may have contributed to the fires at Avalon properties in northern New Jersey. She may ask the Princeton League in the future to advocate based on our Housing and Environment position.

Ingrid Reed introduced the speaker, Dr. Sam Wang, professor at Princeton University in the Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Molecular Biology. She noted that Sam’s interests and talents are wide-ranging. His research concerns how the brain learns during development and adulthood, but he has also pioneered the analysis of state polls to track Presidential races.  He founded the Princeton Election Consortium and writes about politics and neuroscience for The New York Times, The American Prospect, The New Republic, and The Washington Post.

Wang and Slide
Sam spoke on the topic, “Can Math Help Save Democracy? Gerrymandering, Statistics, and the Supreme Court.” He explained that he is working on a statistical standard whereby the Supreme Court may be able to identify partisan gerrymandering, thus leading to election reform. To read details of the problem and Sam’s exciting solution, click here.

Click here for more photos from the Annual Meeting.

Vote-smallVote! NJ Primary Election June 6, 2017
For links to Gubernatorial Primary Debates, go to


Chrystal Schivell Receives Distinguished Service Award from LWV-NJ
Chrystal SchivellChrystal is the epitome of a League person—she is fair and equal to all, creating a nonpartisan political environment that earns the trust of all, especially candidates she is working with on forums or candidate debates. Her active participation in all Voter Service activities has encouraged participation of citizens in their government and we in the Princeton Area have been especially fortunate to have her enthusiasm and guidance. Click here to read more.

LWV-Diversity“Standing Together” Rally to Celebrate Diversity by Gathering Individuals of Many Backgrounds
Nancy Hedinger, LWVNJ President, and Princeton Area members Lee Forbes and Chrystal Schivell carry a poster at the rally, held at Mercer County Community College on Sunday, May 7. Kudos to the East Windsor-Hightstown League, especially Judith Arnold and Deborah MacMillan, for their activism in organizing this stand against racism.

A Tale of Two TigersA Tale of Two Tigers:
Princeton's Historic Consolidation

by Chad Goerner

Written by a former mayor of Princeton Township, A Tale of Two Tigers is available as a Kindle book as well as in a paperback edition. Mr. Goerner includes the League in his dedication: 

"This book is dedicated to all of Princeton's elected officials, volunteers and members of the League of Women Voters who have fought for consolidation since 1952. The battle for untiting Princeton Borough and Princeton Township comprised numberous skirmishes over the course of six decades, but finally the efforts culminated in victory. Your contributions made it happen."  

Membership Update
Grace Sinden2 2Congratulations to Grace Sinden for reaching her 50-year anniversary. Grace was recognized at Convention and our annual meeting. Our other (more than) 50-year members are Earlene Baumunk Cancilla, Lenore Danielson, Roslyn Denard, Frieda Gilvarg, Rita Ludlum, Sandra Rabinowitz, Ingrid Reed, and Rachel Soffen. 

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 12, 2017, from 7-9 PM, at the Suzanne Patterson Building in Princeton. Lee Forbes will lead the meeting, focusing on election and Voter Service plans. 

CG2017The 2017 LWVNJ Citizens Guide to Government is now available. It contains: Contact information for all NJ State and Federal elected officials

NJ Legislative and Congressional district listings

County and Municipal government information

Click here for an order form.

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