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Step Back To The 1940s With Spotswood Office On Aging

The Spotswood Office on Aging to host special live performance of “Franklin Delano Roosevelt: An Arsenal for Democracy” on May 15. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Archives

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Revisit the 1940s with “Franklin Delano Roosevelt: An Arsenal for Democracy” on Tuesday, May 15 at 12 noon at the Spotswood Office on Aging. This special presentation is hosted by the Spotswood Office on Aging in conjunction with the Senior Resource Center. It was made possible through a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities as part of their Public Scholars Project. The presentation is free and open to any borough resident 55 years of age or older. Non-residents over the age of 55 can attend as a quest of a Spotswood resident.

Audience members will be transported to a tumultuous point in United States history. On December 20, 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in the beginnings of his unprecedented third term in office. The world was in crisis as Nazi Germany was cutting a swath of destruction and devastation across Europe.

In this live-action piece, Neill Hartley will portray FDR. Hartley is a professional actor, educator and director, appearing in movies and television in "The Sixth Sense," "First Freedom" and "House of Cards." The actor has also performed in regional theater productions as well as in local and national television commercials. He's directed several area theater productions.

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"An Arsenal for Democracy" focuses on Roosevelt's thought process during this time of turmoil as he makes his plea to support America's allies with resources to assist their war efforts.

To attend this noteworthy live-action performance, residents 55 and over should telephone Beth Blatt at 732-251-3432 to reserve a spot. Additional information can be obtained by telephoning Blatt or emailing her at

The Spotswood Office on Aging is located at 1 Arlington Avenue.


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