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Women March On

Members of the League spoke March 4 at the XL Huddle: Call to Action, a follow-up event to the Women's March of Asbury Park. LWVTO member Dallas Grove introduced the League's work to a new audience, and told how -- and why -- she started the Township of Ocean League over 40 years ago. The League's focus is on policy, not partisanhip, she said, and the League studies before it takes a position. She encouraged those in attendance to visit the League's table, and to sign up for Action Alerts. "What you believe in, whatever you showed up here for today ... follow that", she said. She closed noting that the League deals in facts, "not alternate facts," to the delight of the crowd.

Dallas Dellinger Hlatky, daughter of League members Peggy and Ted Dellinger and one of the Women's March organizers, subbed for Peggy, who was scheduled to speak but who was ill and unable to attend. She noted that the women who founded the League are the same women who got women the right to vote. The League, she said, is a trusted source that does its homework. Many of us, she said, say we do this for our kids, and she does, too. But, she added, she also does it for her mother, and all the women who came before and helped make the world as good as it is. "I do it for my Mom," she said, "because I know what she expects of me, I know who she raised me to be."

After action report: scores of attendees visited the League table and signed up -- online, in real time, for Action Alerts. You can, too, right here.

Nuclear Famine, Nuclear Winter

Have you ever wondered what would happen if in Kashmir Pakistani push came to Indian shove came to nuclear exchange? Would radiation rain down on us here? Would we have spectacular sunsets? Would the smoke from burning cities obscure the sun and plunge the world into cold and darkness, and an end to civilization?

If you attended the November League meeting, you'd know the answers to those questions, presented by Dr. Alan Robock, Distinguished Professor of climate science in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. (If you didn't attend the meeting, you can watch the video.)

Dr. Robock graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1970 with a B.A. in Meteorology, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an S.M. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1977, both in Meteorology. Before graduate school, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. He was a professor at the University of Maryland, 1977-1997, and the State Climatologist of Maryland, 1991-1997, before coming to Rutgers. Prof. Robock has published more than 370 articles on his research in the area of climate change, including more than 220 peer-reviewed papers. His areas of expertise include geoengineering, climatic effects of nuclear war, effects of volcanic eruptions on climate, and soil moisture. He serves as Editor of Reviews of Geophysics, the most highly-cited journal in the Earth Sciences. His honors include being a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a recipient of the AMS Jule Charney Award. He was a Lead Author of the 2013 Working Group 1 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007). He recently served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which operates the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

For more information about Dr. Robock and his research interests, see his website

Voting Information From The County Clerk

The Election Division of the Monmouth County Clerk's office has a new website with helpful information about how to register, where to vote, election results, voting by mail, and many more topics, including how to contact the office for further information or answers to questions. Also available are any forms necessary, with details on where to send them.

You can find them here.

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