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JOYCE LUHRS NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF HISPANIC BUSINESS COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION OF NJ

          Joyce Luhrs, president of the Bergen County based marketing, public relations, grants and management solutions firm Luhrs & Associates, has been named vice president on the board of trustees of the Hispanic Business Council Scholarship Foundation of NJ, Inc. (HBCSF).  The HBCSF, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization located in Teaneck, New Jersey, has a mission to advance the educational aspirations of Hispanic students throughout the state by providing scholarships for an undergraduate degree so that they may become professionals, leaders and valued citizens of the community.

             "In over two years, Joyce Luhrs has quickly risen up the ranks in the organization as a volunteer, a member of the Advisory Council, a trustee on the board of trustees, and now, Vice President.  She has the range of experiences in the nonprofit and business sectors needed for the position.  Her marketing campaign for the Foundation's annual scholarship/stipend awards resulted in a 103% increase in the applications received and a record number submitted in 2012.  I look forward to her continued contributions in public relations, marketing, fundraising, and many other areas as Vice President,” said Hector Banegas, President Emeritus, HBCSF.

              Ms. Luhrs brings to the Foundation extensive experience working with businesses and nonprofits to promote and increase their image and name recognition and revenues in various markets.  A nationally published author and columnist, she has written articles for various publications, including the chapter, A Grant Writing Primer, in Charity Channel’s In the Trenches. You and Your Nonprofit.  Her company, Luhrs & Associates, is a marketing, public relations, grants, and management services firm that works with businesses, celebrities, entertainers, artists, nonprofit organizations, and schools.

            Called “Robin Hood to the Region’s Poor” by The Record of New Jersey, she has assumed leadership positions on several boards of directors.  She also serves on the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley and the community based organization Leonia Arts.  Her other philanthropic activities include providing pro-bono one-on-one consulting about public relations and publicity to nonprofit leaders attending the Center for Nonprofits’ annual conferences and serving on the scholarship review panel of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for several years.           

            Ms. Luhrs received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.  She held a Leadership New Jersey fellowship and public policy fellowships from the University at Albany, State University of New York-Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, the City of New York and the Washington, D.C. based Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. 

            She has received numerous awards, including a New Jersey Women of Achievement Award from Douglass College/the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s Adult Volunteer Group Award, and several other honors.

 

About Luhrs & Associates

            Luhrs & Associates provides marketing, public relations, and management solutions for businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the United States.  Clients include celebrities, businesses, schools, and nonprofit organizations.  Results are achieved with polished marketing and public relations strategies, plans, and campaigns; expert community outreach; program development and management; article development and placement; and management services.  For further information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

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Leonia Chamber Musicians Society Moves November 4th Concert to All Saints Church

Due to the storm and a resulting power outage, the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc.'s first concert of the season on Sunday, November 4 has been moved from the Leonia United Methodist Church to All Saints Church, 150 Park Avenue, in Leonia.  The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, available at the door, are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors over 65, and free for students under 18.  For information, call 201-947-3923.

STOP Human Trafficking Now Forum to be Presented by League of Women Voters of Northern Valley

 

 

 

         The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley (LWVNV) will present the forum, STOP Human Trafficking Now, a panel discussion on prevention, awareness and advocacy.  The forum will take place on Monday, November 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Tenafly Middle School auditorium, located at 10 Sunset Lane in Tenafly, New Jersey. 

         Co-sponsors of the forum are the Northern New Jersey National Organization for Women, National Organization for Women of New Jersey, and the National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section.  The event is free and open to the public.

         The program will include a keynote address by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, author and prime sponsor of the Human Trafficking, Protection, Prevention and Treatment Act, and a panel discussion. 

         The following experts will participate on the panel:  Ingrid Johnson, a nurse and the mother of a victim, will present the personal struggles victims face; Patricia Devine Harms, Chair of the Junior Leagues of New Jersey State Public Affairs Committee, will discuss advocacy and human trafficking; Captain Joe Rampolla with the Park Ridge Police Department, will examine emerging cyber technologies in human trafficking and law enforcement challenges; and Andrew Yeager, Certified School Psychologist and Student Assistance Counselor, will talk about the psychological effects of victimization and exploitation.  Ann Moscovitz, Past President of the LWVNV, will moderate the panel.

         For further information about the forum, contact 201-944-0544 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

About League of Women Voters

            The League was an outgrowth of the 19th amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.  With over 800 local Leagues throughout the country, the organization gained prestige by maintaining its nonpartisanship; sponsoring candidates’ forums for local, state and national elections; holding registration drives; disseminating nonpartisan information on candidates; and holding public meetings to discuss current issues.  League membership is open to both men and women of voting age who support its mission. 

            The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley draws members from Alpine, Bergenfield, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Edgewater, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Leonia, Montvale, New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, River Vale, Tenafly, Washington Township and Woodcliff Lake.

            For a membership packet and other information about the League, visit the organization’s website at www.lwvbergen.org, call (201) 947-0756, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

MARSHA HELLER OF LEONIA TO EXHIBIT NEW PAINTINGS AT CLIFFSIDE PARK FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

 

The Center Garden, Coes Road. Painter: Marsha Heller.

 

          Artist Marsha Heller of Leonia will present the exhibition, New Paintings and Pastels, from December 1-27 at the Cliffside Park Free Public Library.  The library, located at 505 Palisade Avenue, Cliffside Park, New Jersey, is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.  An opening reception will be held on Thursday, December 6 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

            The show features pastel and acrylic paintings from the artist’s landscape series.  The scenes are from Ms. Heller’s own garden, beautiful areas she has visited on her tours as a musician and others created from her imagination.  Her palette is bright and attractive, creating a feeling of optimism and joy.

            The exhibition reflects the training and work she has undertaken as a painter and a professional musician, playing the oboe.  Born into a family of artists, Ms. Heller studied at Oberlin College, Salzburg Mozarteum, The Chautauqua School of Art, and The School of Visual Arts.  In New York, she trained with the renowned oboist, Harold Gomberg, and credits her painting teachers, Irving Marantz, Revington Arthur and Sam Feinstein, with influencing her work significantly.           

            “I let certain subjects in my paintings shimmer, as certain notes in a melody vibrate, lighting up canvas or phrase from within.  My landscapes celebrate the sensuality of nature as found in the corners of my garden in Leonia and places encountered in my travels as a musician.  I want my paintings to bring light and sunshine to the viewers' lives,” said Ms. Heller.

            She has received high praise for her art from leading arts publications. 

            “Miss Heller’s color creates a shimmering surface in her landscapes. Warm and cool, light and dark they dance around the canvas until flowers, bushes or trees emerge from a tapestry of  marks. The seductive mosaic of color is satisfying in itself.”

             -- Artspeak Magazine

            Ms. Heller’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Israel, and Cuba.  Several locations in New York City have shown her work, including Montserrat Gallery and the Citicorp Building.  She was juried into the Chautauqua National Annual Show by Kim Foster of Kim Foster Gallery in New York City. 

            In New Jersey, she has exhibited her work at many sites, including one-woman shows at Fairleigh Dickinson University and The Riverside Gallery in Riverside Square Mall.  She exhibited her series “Summer Gardens” at her brother Yaacov Heller’s Gallery 22 in Boca Raton, Florida.  Her work can also be seen on her website, www.MarshaHellerGallery.com, and at Saatchi Online Gallery.

            For more information about the exhibit or Ms. Heller’s work, call 201-400-8430.

 

 

HISPANIC BUSINESS COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION OF NJ ANNOUNCES 2012 RECIPIENTS

Photo: Edward Chase Images


            The Hispanic Business Council Scholarship Foundation of NJ, Inc. (HBCSF), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Teaneck, New Jersey, awarded $40,000 in scholarships and stipends for course-required materials to 19 current college and college-bound Hispanic students.  The 2012 scholarship recipients and stipend awardees were drawn throughout the state.  From 1993 to the present, the foundation has awarded $365,500 to 139 students throughout the state.

            The HBCSF has a mission to advance the educational aspirations of Hispanic students so that they may become professionals, leaders and valued citizens of the community.  The foundation accomplishes this by providing scholarships for a college education based on academic excellence and financial need. 

 

Award Recipients

            The following students received scholarship awards ranging from $2,000-$4,000.

Bergen County

            Keysi Castillo, Garfield.  $3,000.  Ms. Castillo, a 2011 HBCSF scholarship recipient, is currently a student at Ramapo College pursuing an undergraduate degree in Spanish education with minors in Latin American Studies and Italian.

            Sebastian Faciolince, Ridgefield Park.  $2,000.  Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Mr. Faciolince was also a 2011 HBCSF stipend recipient.  Mr. Faciolince graduated from Bergen Community College in May with an associates degree in drafting and design technology.  He is currently studying Architectural Engineering at Essex County College.

Essex County

            Geovanna Castaneda, Belleville.  $4,000.  Ms. Castaneda is presently a student at the College of Saint Elizabeth majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry.

            Martin Ventoso, Newark.  $3,000.  Mr. Ventoso, a 2011 HBCSF scholarship recipient, is the HBCSF 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by Mercedes-Benz USA. 

A graduate of Saint George’s School in Rhode Island, he is currently a sophomore attending The Johns Hopkins University.

            Christopher Ventura, Newark.  $2,000.  Mr. Ventura is attending Rider University and pursuing a double major in political science and American Studies.

 

Hudson County

            Elaine Gomez, Union City.  $4,000.  Ms. Gomez was HBCSF’s 2011 recipient of the Platinum Sponsors Outstanding Achievement Award and a 2010 scholarship awardee.  A chemical engineering student at New Jersey Institute of Technology's Honors College, she is also a volunteer tutor on the campus and conducting environmental research. 

            Michael Ippolito, Hoboken.  $3,000.  Mr. Ippolito, a graduate of Hoboken High School, is attending Stevens Institute of Technology.  He plans to pursue chemical biology studies in college.

            Juana Sanchez, Union City.  $3,000.  Ms. Sanchez graduated from High Tech High School and is enrolled at Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey.

            Melissa Santos, Union City.  $4,000.  A sophomore at Seton Hall University, Ms. Santos is pursuing studies in political science and a pre-law track.  A graduate of High-Tech High School in North Bergen, she was a 2011 HBCSF scholarship recipient.

            Monica Tavarez, Union City.  $2,000.   Ms. Tavarez graduated Union City High School this year and is attending Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey.

Morris County

            Emilio Eriksen, Denville.  $2,000.  A graduate of Morris Knolls High School, Mr. Eriksen is a student at Kings College pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.

 

            The following students received stipends of $1,000 to be used for course-required materials.

Essex County

            Jasmine Figueroa, Newark. Ms. Figueroa, a 2011 HBCSF stipend recipient, is enrolled at New Jersey City University and pursuing a degree in P-3 Special Education and Psychology.  Upon graduation, she plans to become a teacher.  She is an active member in her community volunteering with Girl Scouts of America and the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

            Lino Genao, Newark.  A graduate of Essex County College, Mr. Genao is studying chemical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

            Gabrielle San Roman, Cedar Grove.  A graduate of Cedar Grove High School, Ms. San Roman is an accomplished musician pursuing a degree in Music Education and Choral Conducting at Westminster Choir College.

 Hudson County

            Angelica Llerena, Union City.  Ms. Llerena is a graduate of Union City High School and a first year student at Montclair State University.

Morris County

            Ruth Dominguez, Morristown.  A graduate of Morristown High School, Ms. Dominguez plans to major in biology and minor in psychology and hopes to become a pediatrician.  She is enrolled as a first-year student at Drew University.

            Eva Payano-Veras, Boonton.  Ms. Payano-Veras is currently a senior at Montclair State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Passaic County

            Anjelly Apolinario, Passaic.  A graduate of Passaic High School, Mr. Apolinario is attending William Paterson University and plans to pursue a degree in mathematics.

            Rosalyn Grullon, Paterson.  Ms. Grullon graduated from the Academy of Health Sciences and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in biology at The College of New Jersey.

            To date, the 2012 sponsors instrumental in providing funding for this year’s awards by platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels are as follows.  Platinum sponsors are Quixote Dunes, Inc. and Wells Fargo Private Bank.  Gold sponsors are Berkeley College and Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC followed by silver sponsors Lowenstein Sandler Attorneys At Law and Unilever.  The bronze level sponsors are Booz | Allen | Hamilton, Luhrs & Associates, New Jersey Accounting Services, Inc., Prudential, PSE&G, The Center for Better Smiles, LLC, and U.S. Financial Services, LLC.  In-kind sponsor is Edward Chase Images.

            The 2013 HBCSF scholarship application may be downloaded at the organization’s web site.  Donations are welcome and may be made online or sent to HBCSF, 429C Cedar Lane #313, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666.   For more information about the recipients, sponsorship opportunities, donations, and other inquiries, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.hbcsf.org.

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF NORTHERN VALLEY PROVIDES RESOURCE ABOUT STATE BALLOT QUESTIONS

 

           The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley is providing residents in Bergen County with a resource to help them assess two state questions that will appear on the ballot in the upcoming General Election.  The League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund has posted simple, straightforward analyses about the two public questions that will appear on the November 6 ballot.

            The Building Our Future Bond Act, the first public question, authorizes the State of New Jersey to issue 750 million dollars worth of bonds to New Jersey’s postsecondary institutions to build, equip and expand higher education facilities.  The second public question asks voters to approve an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution allowing contributions set by law to be taken from the salaries of Supreme Court Justices and Superior Court Judges for their employee benefits.

            For each question, the League provides background information and offers reasons to vote yes and to vote no.  The League takes no position on either public question.  New Jersey voters may call the League of Women Voters of New Jersey’s toll free voter assistance hotline, 1-800-792-VOTE (8683), to request information about the public questions or other voting related concerns.

 

 About League of Women Voters

            The League was an outgrowth of the 19th amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.  With over 800 local Leagues throughout the country, the organization gained prestige by maintaining its nonpartisanship; sponsoring candidates’ forums for local, state and national elections; holding registration drives; disseminating nonpartisan information on candidates; and holding public meetings to discuss current issues.  League membership is open to both men and women of voting age who support its mission. 

            For more information about the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, visit the organization’s web site, contact (201) 947-0756 or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">e-mail.   

 

Leonia Chamber Musicians Society to Hold Annual Home Gala Benefit Concert

 

 

 

2012-2013 Season Event Opener

 

            The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. will hold its annual Home Gala Benefit on October 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., as a prelude to the opening of the 2012-2013 concert season.

         The event, scheduled to take place at a private home in Leonia, New Jersey, will feature short classical music selections performed by the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society and guest artists.  The Society’s professional musicians, who perform in the major concert halls of New York City, will generate the excitement of a live performance during the gala benefit.  A reception of elegant desserts and champagne will be served.

         As seating is limited, reservations must be made in advance.  Admission is a $40 tax-deductible contribution per person.

         All proceeds go to The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization,  to support its mission to enrich the cultural environment of the community by presenting a series of high quality, affordable, and accessible chamber music concerts.  


         For reservations and season subscription information, contact Daryl Goldberg at 201-947-3923 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

LEONIA CHAMBER MUSICIANS SOCIETY OPENS 2012-13 SEASON ON NOVEMBER 4

 

 

 

-- PNC Bank Leonia Branch to Sponsor Concert --


            The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Bergen County, begins its 2012-2013 season with the first of three concerts on Sunday, November 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m., at the Leonia United Methodist Church located at 396 Broad Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey.  Tickets, available at the door, are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors over 65, and free for students under 18.

         PNC Bank-Leonia Branch, a supporter of community-based events and activities, is sponsoring the opening concert to help continue the tradition of quality concerts at affordable prices.  Musicians, living in Leonia and neighboring communities and currently appearing at leading concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, will perform. 

         The concert will be performed by the following professional musicians and members of the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society:  Edward Brewer, harpsichord; Daryl Goldberg, cello; Marsha Heller, oboe; Theresa Norris, flute; and William J. Scribner, bassoon.  They will be joined by guest musicians Michelle Baker, French horn; Mitchell Kriegler, clarinet; Roy Lewis, violin; and Beth Robin, piano.  All the musicians perform in the major concert halls of New York City with the orchestras of the American Ballet Theater, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Queens Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, New York Pops and New York City Opera, among others, in addition to teaching and performing throughout New Jersey.

         Music by composers Amadeus Mozart and George Frideric Handel will be highlighted in this inaugural concert of the new season.  The program will present Mozart Quintet in E flat major for piano and wind instruments, considered by the composer to be “the best thing I have written in my life."  Pieces by Handel will be played, featuring harpsichordist Edward Brewer and the Hummel Trio for flute, cello and piano.

         Refreshments will be served after the concert, and the audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the musicians.

         The two remaining concerts this season will be held February 10, 2013 at Civil War Drill Hall Theatre, 130 Grand Avenue, Leonia and April 10, 2013 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 150 Park Avenue, Leonia.  Both concerts begin at 7:30 pm.

         Subscription rates for all three concerts are $45 for adults and $35 for seniors.  Checks may be made to the attention of Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 473, Leonia, New Jersey 07605.  To be on the mailing list and receive subscription forms for the new season, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Daryl Goldberg at 201-947-3923.

         The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a tax-exempt nonprofit, welcomes tax-deductible contributions to the organization to continue the tradition of quality concerts at affordable prices in the community.

Dancing Empire: Four Centuries of Spanish Dance. World's Only Flamenco Comedian to Perform in Leonia.

 

BALAM Dance Theatre presents Carlos Fittante, Barbara Romero, Robin Gilbert, and Inma Heredia, the world’s only flamenco standup comedian, Inma Heredia, in its new program, Dancing Empire: Four Centuries of Spanish Dance.

BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) premieres Dancing Empire: Four Centuries of Spanish Dance, a new program celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.  This spectacular program will be presented at the Leonia Public Library, located at 227 Fort Lee Road in Leonia, New Jersey, on Saturday, October 13 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The event is FREE and open to the public.  For further information, contact the Leonia Public Library at (201) 592-5770.

BALAM, a New York City-based company, offers a new vision of contemporary dance by fusing ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles from around the world with Balinese theatre. 

This program features Inma Heredia, the world’s first and only Flamenco standup comedian and BALAM’s Resident Guest Actor, as host and entertainer.  The dancers performing in this special program are Barbara Romero, guest artist and co-director of Danzas Españolas; Carlos Fttante, artistic director of BALAM; and Robin Gilbert, BALAM principal ballerina.

The New Jersey audience will be entertained by the rich diversity of Spanish dance and culture through a sophisticated line-up of traditional and original dance choreographies in different styles, including Spanish Renaissance and Baroque, Sephardic, Escuela Bolera, Andalusian Folk-Flamenco, and an original BALAM mask dance.  Heredia, graced with her critically acclaimed “salero”, charismatic charm and humor, will add to this eclectic mix performing popular Spanish songs.

 

Inma Heredia

 From Seville, Spain, Heredia has trained at the London’s Stopgap Theatre Company, the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, among others.  She has performed for industry luminaries, including Academy Award winners Olympia Dukakis and Pedro Alomodovar; Academy Award nominee Alfonso Cuarón; and actors Eve Ensler and Alfred Molina. 

Her many television credits include appearing on Supercanal, Telemundo, Univision, HBO’s Latino Habla and Habla Ya campaigns, Comedy Central, and the 2001 and 2002 Latin Grammy Awards.  Heredia has performed at the United Nations in the Culture for Peace And Public Service Day, the legendary Apollo Theatre and the Comedy Store in Hollywood.

 

About BALAM

Founded by choreographer and movement researcher, Islene Pinder, BALAM Dance Theatre offers a new vision of contemporary dance that is rooted in the dazzling opulence and magical aura of Balinese theatre.  The New York City-based dance/theatre company creates a unique entertainment experience that has universal appeal. 

 

Audiences of all ages and backgrounds enjoy BALAM’s innovative movement alchemy where dynamic athleticism, detailed skills, and movement techniques from around world are fused and enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy stories. 

The company educates the community about dances and cultures throughout the world.  Through its Out & About Series, free and affordable performances, workshops and creative events at the grassroots level are made available for families, children, students and community residents.

 

BALAM has been featured at numerous festivals and venues including First Night New York; Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Downtown Dance Festival; and has also appeared throughout the United States and internationally.  The company has received praise from the New York Times and Village Voice, the Governor and people of Bali and the Indonesian Consulate of New York, as well as others. 

 

For further information, call 646-361-9183 or visit BALAM Dance Theatre on the web at www.balamdance.org.  Stay updated about the company’s new work, events, activities and announcements on its blog, http://www.balamdancetheatre.blogspot.com/, or follow the company on Facebook, www.facebook.com/balamdancetheatre.

 

BERGEN COUNTY RESIDENTS: REMEMBER TO REGISTER TO VOTE

 

The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley offers voting information and resources to assist Bergen County residents with registering to vote and understanding the new vote by mail program.

 

             The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley (LWVNV), drawing members from over 20 towns, reminds Bergen County residents that there’s still time to register to vote for the General Election on Tuesday, November 6.  In New Jersey, citizens who are not registered have until Tuesday, October 16 to complete a voter registration application.  This year, New Jersey also implemented the new vote by mail option.

            “We urge everyone to vote in the upcoming General Election on November 6 and remind citizens who have not registered to vote to do so by October 16.  The League of Women Voters has several resources available to the public on its web site about the voting process, such as the new vote by mail ballet,” said Joyce Luhrs, member of the LWVNV board of directors and public relations chair.

 

Eligibility Requirements

            To be eligible to vote in New Jersey, a person must be a United States citizen, 18 years old by the next election and a resident of the county for 30 days before the election. 

            A person is ineligible to vote if serving a jail sentence or is on parole or probation as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law or has been adjudged mentally incompetent.  In New Jersey, ex-felons can register to vote.  Any person who is no longer in prison or has completed his or her term of probation or parole can register to vote.

            Voter registration application forms are available from the Division of Elections, the Commissioners of Registration office in Bergen County or from each town’s Municipal Clerk.  The form may also be downloaded, completed and mailed or hand delivered to the Bergen County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections.  Faxed copies are not accepted because an original signature is required to register.  

 

Vote By Mail Application

            In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by mail in any election.  A voter no longer needs a reason to request a vote by mail ballot, but an application must be completed.  To vote by mail, complete and return the application for vote by mail ballot obtained from the Bergen County Clerk’s Election Division or at the local municipal clerk's office.

            To receive a ballot by mail, the County Clerk must receive the application by October 30.  A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m. the day before the election.

            The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of an application for vote by mail ballot, unless the person is a Military or Overseas Voter, as an original signature is required.

            A mail-in ballot packet will be sent to the voter to complete and return.  This ballot represents a vote cast in the election.  For further information, contact the Bergen County Superintendent of Elections, One Bergen County Plaza, Room 380, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601 or call (201) 336-6100.  

 

League Voting Resources

            The League of Women Voters of New Jersey’s website offers additional resources that will aid voters in understanding the election process.  For further information about registering to vote, the application for vote by mail ballot program, or other questions, contact the League of Women Voters of New Jersey’s toll-free voter assistance hotline, 1-800-792-VOTE (8683).

            For further information about the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, contact (201) 947-0756 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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