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Thursday, March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010
Help us Celebrate Women's History Month

In the upcoming weeks, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey will be celebrating Women's History Month by posting inspirational stories of women we admire in a blog series.

To kick off the series, we are asking for submissions from our members and supporters sharing the story of a woman that you personally admire. This woman can be from any time period, any walk of life, famous or not - as long as you believe she deserves to be honored.

Often times, our female heroes are overlooked or left in shadows. I hope that you will take this chance to educate the public and shine light on a woman that deserves to be celebrated.

Please send your submissions to and remember to watch our newsletters for the announcement of the publication of our first Women's History Month blog.

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Alternative Energy for NJ
Spotlight on Local Leagues
Alternative Energy for New Jersey Conference
8 Days Left to Register at the Regular Price

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm - Agenda
Location: NJHA Conference Center, Princeton Directions
Registration: Postmarked by March 19 -
$30 Member, $40 Nonmember;
Late registration by March 31-
$40 Member, $50 nonmember


Please join us, Saturday, April 10, for a full day event (including both breakfast and lunch) as we closely examine alternative energy sources, energy policies, and energy efficiency.

Speakers include:

*Presentations from local League research on biomass, solar, nuclear, geothermal, and wind.

*Keynote luncheon speaker Governor James J. Florio on New Jersey energy policy.

*Scott Minos, U.S. Department of Energy, on energy efficiency.

*Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, on smart grid technologies.

Learn More About This Event
Spotlight on Local Leagues
Encouraging Dialogue Around the State

Recent Event Coverage

Congratulations to the League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township for hosting a successful panel discussion about the upcoming census (pictured). This important dialogue stressed the importance of being counted. The Lawrence League wrote a well received op-ed promoting the event as well as educating the public about the census. also covered this event with a wonderful follow up piece:

The League of Women Voters of Burlington County also deserves praise for their reception celebrating our 90th anniversary. In addition to celebrating the League's past and present, the Burlington County League honored 10 New Jersey women with ties to Burlington. The women honored are from a variety of professional backgrounds, including a state senator, a newspaper editor, and a commander of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. All of these women were recognized for their work improving and supporting democracy. You can read more about the event and the honorees in the Burlington County

Congratulations to the League of Women Voters of Hopewell Valley on bringing together government experts and local mayors to discuss the often difficult to approach and sometimes controversial subject of municipal consolidation. The dialogue, which was open to the public, was broadcast live on local television channels and will be re-broadcast on March 28 - find out more.

Upcoming events

The League of Women Voters of Mountain Lakes will host "Running and Winning" Workshop for high-school aged women. Tomorrow, March 12, the Mountain Lakes League of Women Voters will bring together 60 high school women for the opportunity to explore public service as a career. Participants, who applied for this chance, will interview and talk with female politicians and political operatives, including League Executive Director, Anne Ruach Nicolas and the Director of the Division on Women, Janice Kovach. Additionally, these students will organize and run a mock campaign. The League believes that "in order to achieve greater representational gender parity, people must inspire an interest in public service and develop leadership potential in young

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Red Bank Area will sponsor Openness in Government:Building Transparency.

March 19, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Road, Manalapan, Free

The public is invited to view and participate in the live webcast of the 5th Annual Sunshine Week National Dialogue provided by Americans for Less Secrecy, More Democracy. This year's program will focus on transparency in the Obama administration. High-level government officials including Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, and Miriam Nisbet, Director of the new Office of Government Information Services, will discuss the Administration's new initiatives and their effect on the public.

The League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area will host a panel discussion celebrating Women's History Month - The Female Economy: The Changing Role of Women in the Great Recession.

March 25, 7:30 pm, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 100 Harter Road, Morris Township, Free

While some women have broken through the "glass ceiling", the majority are still subject to issues such as gender equity, the public's insensitivity to work and family schedules, and the changing family structure. How do women navigate a changing economy and prepare for retirement both financially and from a psychological perspective? Panel speakers addressing these issues include Dr. Anne M. Lanagan, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Sociology, College of St. Elizabeth, Barbara Piermont, Financial Consultant, Retirement Specialist, John Kraeutler, Economist.

The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area is sponsoring their 5th Annual Meet the Mayors Breakfast.

March 27, 9am - 11 am, Crane's Mill, West Caldwell

The guest speaker for this even is Bill Dressel, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Municipalities. His presentation will be on "The Municipal Agenda: Today and Beyond". This will be an opportunity to hear how future state legislation may affect property taxes. Local mayors are very supportive of this event and many will be in attendance. There is no charge for this event, but advanced registration is required. Please email Helen Faulkner to RSVP

Interested in getting involved? Join the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and help start the dialogue in your community!