Legal Postings

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Between the Lines

Maybe you have seen the gentleman in the morning rush

hour, swaying and posturing in the plaza of Princeton University’s

Woodrow Wilson School off Washington Road, seemingly oblivious to

the traffic grinding just yards away from him, his body movements

echoing the soaring columns behind him.

"It must be Tai Chi, or something like that," our boss

thought,

as he passed the serene exerciser morning after morning. Our boss

isn’t much of a physical fitness nut but he was impressed by this

scene. So, when it came time to cast a cover photograph for this

year’s

U.S. 1 Health & Fitness Directory, the order went forth: Find a

martial

arts practitioner who is also part of the business community and ask

them to meet photographer Craig Terry at the Woodrow Wilson School

plaza.

Melinda Sherwood of our staff, who rode herd on the Health & Fitness

Directory this year, put out the call to a half dozen fitness and

martial arts schools. Within hours a nomination came in from the

Princeton

Academy of Martial Arts. Joanne Shu, an employee of Merck in Rahway,

practices the Indonesian martial arts discipline Pentjak Silat weekly

at the martial arts school. And yes, she would be happy to be

photographed.

Shu, a 1992 West Chester graduate with a degree in chemistry and

biology,

originally considered medical school. "But I found I wasn’t much

of a people person," she says. "I liked the research better

than the clinical side." So now she is working for Merck and

easing

the pressures of her job and daily commute — from her home in

Morrisville, Pennsylvania, to her office in Rahway — with doses

of the martial arts.

Her workouts are not intended to turn her into a combatant. With

Silat,

Shu says, "you don’t need a lot of body strength. You use the

other person’s energy to perform `sweeps’ and `throws’ and

`takedowns’."

Adds Shu: "I like the focus and the discipline and the

self-discovery.

I’m just interested in the journey."

One of the advertising features in the Health & Fitness Directory

(page 61) helps explain this growing interest in the martial arts.

"The martial arts provide us a greater understanding of ourselves

through the practice of the art, just like the painter, the dancer,

the entertainer," says Denis James of James Karate Self Defense studio

in Ewing. "It’s not about the medium. It’s about what we discover

through using that medium."

In salute to our health and fitness theme, this issue also contains

Tricia Fagan’s stories of two men who have undergone their own

journeys

— Jim Clingham’s recovery from heart disease (page 47) and Gerry

Schwab’s survival of a heart attack and his transformation into an

advocate for more health education in the workplace (page 51).

Along the way Melinda Sherwood provides vignettes of the stress relief

techniques of a half dozen Princeton area business leaders. Like the

community itself, the preferred forms of relieving stress are

multi-faceted — everything from karate to yelling to crying at the

movies.

And what about that man at the Woodrow Wilson School — who is

he and what’s his journey? We don’t know. Since our last sighting,

alas, Washington Road has been closed in one direction to facilitate

safer pedestrian crossings and other improvements — and in the

process it has been turned into a commuter’s nightmare. Our boss

avoids

it like the plague. Oh well, signs of progress are not necessarily

signs of fitness.

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Legal Postings

A little more than two years ago U.S. 1’s Barbara Fox

warned employers not to take too seriously the faxed solicitations

they were getting, urging them to purchase legal posters advising

workers of the many laws and regulations that govern the workplace.

Those solicitations warned of hefty fines if an employer failed to

post such notices. But — Fox determined — both the federal

and state departments of labor feel they have more pressing issues

to face in the workplace. A federal spokesperson decried the

"scare

tactics" and pointed out that all the posters can be obtained

for free.

Now comes an even more impressive and official-looking notice in one

of those envelopes sealed on three sides, with a warning to the

postmaster

that "if undeliverable as addressed, please refer to section 150

of the official DMM." Inside is an austere "Compliance

Notice"

citing state and federal requirements. And inside that is the real

meat, the sales offer for "space saver, all in one" posters

ranging from $19.95 to $99.95, marked down from $199.95.

Readers surely are reaching for their wallets, but again our advice

from two years ago: It is far more important to follow the letter

of the law than to merely post letters regarding the law.


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