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League Newsletter September 2011

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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 Volume 26  Issue 1
 September 2011 

In This Issue

Back to League Night

About Our Speaker

Voter Service Report

Committee of the Whole

Dates to Consider

September 10:
Statewide Voter Registration Day

September 13: COTW meeting
Any member may attend. 
Contact Rita Ludlum for details

September 19:
Back to League Night
Township Hall
 – 7 PM 

September 20:
Princeton Borough Mayoral Debate at Jewish Community Center, Princeton - 7:30 PM

September 26:
Princeton Township Committee Debate on Public TV - 7-8 PM

September 28:
Princeton Borough Council Debate on Public TV - 7-8 PM

October 1:  Princeton Public Library Princeton Future program on consolidation -9 AM -12 Noon

October 18:
Last day to register or change address for the General Election

November 8:

The League of Women Voters
welcomes information
about issues
in our League area
encourages comments at

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


Back to League Night
Please Join Us for Back to League Night
DATE: September 19 at 7:00 PM

PLACE: Princeton Township Hall

SPEAKER: Ben Dworkin - 

"The Most Competitive Game of Musical Chairs

You've Ever Seen;

Dynamics of New Jersey's

Congressional Redistricting Process"

This event is open to the public.

About our Speaker
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Ben Dworkin was named the Director of the Rider Institute for New Jersey Politics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rider University in July 2008.  In September of that year, the Institute’s name officially changed to The Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics, honoring its founder, the late Dr. David Rebovich (1949 – 2007). 
As Director, Professor Dworkin oversees the Institute’s day-to-day operations, organizes programming, provides internship, academic and professional guidance to students, and has built a reputation as one of New Jersey’s most insightful political analysts.  He has appeared on numerous network and cable news shows, and is frequently quoted by The New York Times,Wall Street JournalUSAToday, and all of New Jersey’s major newspapers. 
In his position, he brings together experience in academia, public relations, government, and political parties and campaigns.  When announcing his appointment, Rider University cited Professor Dworkin’s “combination of political savvy, media knowledge and student-centered focus.” 
Prior to academia, Professor Dworkin spent several years in the private sector.  He served as President & CEO of Dworkin Strategic Communications, and before then, a Vice President at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery, a leading New York-based corporate public relations firm. 
Before his work in New York, Professor Dworkin was Deputy Research Director for the New Jersey Assembly Minority office in Trenton.  He helped oversee a staff of several other policy analysts and developed expertise in insurance, law, health care, public safety and veterans' issues.  In this position, he wrote and edited legislation, policy analyses, floor speeches, talking points for use in debates and media interviews, as well as overall strategy.
Through much of his career, Professor Dworkin worked on political campaigns, focusing on message development, press relations, advertising development, debate preparation and field operations. 
An award-winning journalist for his work with the New Jersey Jewish Standard, New Jersey's oldest Anglo-Jewish newspaper, Professor Dworkin has also been published in local newspapers throughout the state and is recognized as a leading political observer and freelance film critic. Miramax featured Professor Dworkin on the DVD of the Oscar-winning film, Life is Beautiful.
Professor Dworkin is a graduate of Princeton University and received his Masters degree from Rutgers University.
He lives with his wife and daughter in East Brunswick, NJ. 

Voter Service Report from Chrystal Schivell
Voter Registration – We are acknowledging the League's statewide voter registration drive on Saturday, September 10 with tables at the following venues:         

McCaffrey's in the Princeton Shopping Center - 9AM - 4PM   

Montgomery Farmers' Market - 9AM - 1PM
Kingston Community Picnic at the Laurel Avenue School -
3PM - 7PM

If anyone would like to run her own drive between now and October 18, I have the materials.  Voter registration is valuable and a good way to get the League's name out, but I simply don't have time to coordinate it.  I welcome anyone who does.
Forums –I have already scheduled three forums and hope that Princeton League members will come in person to hear the candidates for Princeton Borough mayor and that they will send in their questions for the televised forums. 
     Questions from the audience will be taken at a forum for Princeton Borough mayoral candidates hosted by The Jewish Center of Princeton.  The forum begins at 7:30PM on Tuesday, September 20 at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street.  It is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area in cooperation with Princeton Community TV
       As we did last year, the League is also sponsoring two live, TELEVISED forums to be aired on Princeton Community TV and streamed at

            Princeton Township Committee – Mon. Sept. 26  7-8PM
            Princeton Borough Council – Wed. Sept. 28  7-8PM

EMAIL your questions for these candidates as soon as possible to
Video of all three forums will be archived at,, and
       Anne Zeman and I are trying to organize a forum among the six candidates for the 16th legislative district.  Montgomery has been in the 16th, but Princeton and South Brunswick are newcomers.  Anne and I hope to hold the forum in mid-October but are still in the process of getting candidates to agree to participate. 
       Keep an eye on our League website,, for news about this forum – or better yet, if you haven't already done so, go to the site and click on “Subscribe” so that you will automatically receive information about League events via email.
Questions – With all these forums and the likelihood of publishing voters' guides as well, either on our website or in the Packet,  I desperately need questions for the candidates.  The deadline for questions for Princeton candidates is September 12.  Questions for Montgomery, West Windsor, Plainsboro, South Brunswick and the 16th legislative district may come in later, but before the end of September.  Last year, teamwork paid off and League had great questions from members.  I trust we can do just as well this year.  THANK YOU.


Committee of the Whole
At our annual meeting in June, 2011, with no candidate for president of Princeton Area League, we returned to organizing the leadership of our League as a Committee of the Whole.

Our current board members (Rita Ludlum, Ellen Kemp, Frieda Gilvarg, Chrystal Schivell, Beverly Kestenis, Edith Neimark, and Nancy Hall) are willing to continue with some current activities. We seek others who might be interested in League activities, such as helping to organize a study of League positions. 

Rita Ludlum
Membership- Frieda Gilvarg, Nancy Hall
Publicity – Edith Neimark
Treasurer – Ellen Kemp
Voter Services – Chrystal Schivell
Update Editor- Beverly Kestenis
Member at Large – Anne Zeman
Webmaster – Sandy Shapiro