08831 Reigns in Monroe

Adult Education

Video Out of the Box

Win $$ at Work

Flood Relief

Main Street Or Mall Street?

E-Mail for Employers

Nominations Due

Corrections or additions?

These articles by Barbara Fox were published in U.S. 1 Newspaper

on October 27, 1999. All rights reserved.

Diversity Issues: Then and Now

James Williams II has been through the crucible

times of civil rights in the South. Now he is dean of libraries at

the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he will speak on how to

reframe the goals of higher education in a talk on "Community

and Diversity in the New Millennium," on Thursday, October 28,

at 4:30 p.m., at Rutgers’ Livingston College. Call 732-445-4085.

Williams, the son of a postal employee, grew up in Montgomery during

the years that George Wallace was governor of Alabama. He majored

in psychology at Morehouse College, Class of 1966, and earned graduate

degrees from Emory. While in Atlanta, he sang in the choir of Rev.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s church. "He was a fraternity brother

when I was at Morehouse, and he came to talk to us," says

Williams.

After a stint at Wayne State, he came to the University of Colorado

as dean of libraries.

If being allowed to compete counts as affirmative action, says

Williams,

he owes his job to affirmative action. "The administration here

acted affirmatively to provide me with equal opportunity. Getting

the opportunity means that you have the opportunity to be at the

starting

line with everyone else. This institution put me at the starting

line,"

says Williams, "and I got an opportunity to compete."

Williams will speak on how to reframe the goals of higher education,

"in order to prepare people to live, both in the neighborhood

campus that they are living in now, and in the ones they are going

to create to be the neighborhood of the future. I will address my

remarks to the future."

Some may decry the voluntary segregation that exists on most campuses

when students of one race often socialize almost exclusively together.

That’s not a problem, says Williams, because it is natural for

campuses

and cultures to have many different subgroups — dorms, clubs,

fraternities, and so on. Subgroups are fine, as long as there are

common threads between the groups, and as long as those threads are

based on values. "But it is important that you then step back

from that and work on a set of what I call common threads, values

that will determine what our institutions of higher education will

be," he says.

He quotes the Carnegie Foundation’s study, "Campus Life in Search

of Community," to tell how "the common threads between the

subcommunities are the glue that hold us together." He expresses

these "threads" as they apply to a campus, but they could

apply equally well as a mission statement for a small or large

business.

"We need a business world that mirrors these aspirations,"

says Williams:

Educationally purposeful. Are the students and faculty

sharing common academic goals?

Open. Is freedom of expression uncompromisingly protected?

Is civility powerfully affirmed?

Just. Is the sacredness of the person honored, diversity

aggressively pursued?

Disciplined, Do people accept their obligations to the

group? Are there well-defined governance procedures for behavior for

the common good?

Caring. Is the well-being of each person sensitively

supported?

Is service to others encouraged?

Williams will tell a parable about a vision of hell and a vision

of heaven. In hell, there is an enormous table set with delectable

food and drink, yet the people around the table are unhappy and

hungry.

The utensils they are given are so long they cannot not feed

themselves.

In heaven, the table is the same, the food and drink are the same,

and the utensils are the same, but everyone is well fed and happy.

The difference is, that people in heaven were feeding each other.

In enlightened self interest, by helping others, we ultimately help

ourselves, says Williams. "That was one of the things we heard

over and over at Morehouse College," says Williams, "that

as a man of Morehouse, having had this opportunity, you must give

back a measure of your life to society."

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08831 Reigns in Monroe

Like West Windsor, which rallied to support a unified

zip code for six different zips within the township, Monroe now has

a new zip code (08831) and a new post office. The Monroe zip code

now includes parts of Hightstown (08520), Cranbury (08512),

Englishtown

(07726), Jamesburg (08831) and Spotswood (08884).

Bob Reese is the postmaster presiding over operations at the

Monroe Township Post Office on Perrineville Road, 609-409-8170; fax,

609-409-8165. The township donated eight acres, worth an estimated

$1 million, for the post office to build a 26,283-foot facility that

cost $4.5 million and will house more than 100 workers. It was

designed

by Shalini Mohan at Urs Greiner Consultants Inc. in Paramus and Joseph

A. Natoli of Pine Brook did the construction. The old Jamesburg Post

Office at 13 East Rail Road in Jamesburg will offer window service

(732-521-0403; fax, 732-521-1653).

Those in the new zip code need to notify everyone of the change. If

your zip code is Englishtown or Hightstown, do this immediately,

because

wrongly coded mail will be delayed by one day. It will go from the

distribution center to Englishtown or Hightstown and not be trucked

to Monroe on the following day. Those businesses located in Spotswood

and Cranbury have an advantage; for about a year the postal service

will shuttle miscoded mail twice a day, so it won’t get delayed.

In the pipeline is another potentially new zipcode arrangement.

Montgomery

Township has started the process to consolidate five zipcodes. A

questionnaire

to determine residents’ preferences is being prepared by the township

recreation department.

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Adult Education

Adult classes have always done well in Princeton,

whether

at Mercer County College, or the Princeton YWCA, at Princeton Adult

School, or at any of the school-district sponsored programs. These

programs are about to get a major competitor: The Learning Studio

is coming to town. It reportedly plans to renovate the building

formerly

occupied by PickQuick Papers on Route 1 South, next to Triangle —

Your Creative Center.

Based in Langhorne, the Learning Studio has long been attracting the

many U.S. 1 workers who live in Pennsylvania to its classes. In

addition

to the for-fun sessions — including lots of singles opportunities,

cooking, dance, and exercise instruction — the Learning Studio

has a hefty component of business-oriented classes, including at least

three dozen different computer classes, each with several dates.

Except for the computer classes, which run about $140 per day for

non-members, the two-hour night classes are usually $29 or $35 with

a $5 discount for nonmembers. Membership is $50. Call 215-752-5657

or check the website at http://www.learningstudio.com. Some choices:

Want to increase your presentation skills? Consider "Speak and

Grow Rich," taught by Dottie Walters, author of a book by

that name, on Wednesday, October 27, at 5:30 p.m.

If you have had it up to your ears with your current job and want

to make a career change, Daniel Levine will reveal the secrets

of how to make big money doing voice-overs. Levine is a Tony-nominated

composer who wrote the book "You’re on the Air," and his

course

is Saturday, November 6, at 10 a.m. or Thursday, December 9, at 7

p.m. Other new career-building options are "Making Money Doing

Medical Billing from Your Home," with Lisa Castro, on Monday,

November 8, at 7 p.m. and "Learn How to Make $100,000 a Year as

a Private Investigator," taught by Ed Pankau, private

investigator,

on Saturday, December 4, at 1 p.m.

In real estate Remax broker Sally Witt shows how to buy a property

with no money down on Thursday, October 28, at 7 p.m. and follows

that up with one on how to buy foreclosed properties on Thursday,

December 16, at 7 p.m. Cost: $29, or $49 for couples. And if you don’t

have enough cash to buy even at a sheriff’s sale, attend "Back

to Black: get completely out of debt," given by Dave Ireland,

retired Eastman Kodak executive, on Wednesday, December 1, at 6:30

p.m.

For entrepreneurs, Cathy Nissley, president of CIC Creative,

teaches "Master the Five Keys to Success in One Night" on

Thursday, November 25, at 7 p.m. When the Learning Studio opens in

Princeton, will it siphon off some of the Princeton YWCA’s adult

education

business? Maybe, but it just may carve out an entirely new market.

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Video Out of the Box

New and unusual display techniques can now put video

just about anywhere — live events, Broadway shows, museums, retail

stores, signage systems, or computer networks, etc. Non-traditional

displays can include plasma screens, LED screens, LCD screens, Digital

Micro Mirror Device projectors, or LCD projectors. Other specialty

systems might be videowall processors, scalers, signage software,

and control systems to tie it all together.

The October meeting of the Moving Image Professionals will discuss

"Video Out of the Box," the technology of displaying video

in a non-traditional display environment. On Thursday, October 28,

networking starts at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting is at 7:15 p.m. in

Princeton Theological Seminary’s AV studio on the ground floor of

Templeton Hall.

Peter Scharff of Scharff Weisberg will give an overview of the

pluses and minuses of each system using specific examples of hardware

and software for each area. His 20-year-old company is based in

Manhattan

and has warehouse space in New Jersey. It has four divisions:

audio/video

staging, show control, audio rental and sales, and systems

integration.

Its specialty is "video out of the box" systems for live

events

as well as for museums, retail stores, public spaces, and corporate

visitors centers. His current clients include Nasdaq, Pfizer, the

Guggenheim Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History.

During the networking period, in observance of Halloween, a make-up

artist will demonstrate on a willing subject.

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Win $$ at Work

If you have an Internet connection at work, and you

do your searching through the iWon.com search engine, you could win

$10,000 in a daily cash giveaway.

Here’s how it works: Do your searches and your shopping and your stock

tracking using the http://www.iwon.com search engine, which

is similar to Yahoo, Excite, and the other Internet portals.

Participation

is free, but you log in your information before you begin. Almost

every time you click you earn points that are deposited in a lottery,

from which the prize is chosen. Your entries are displayed and updated

on a real-time basis through an entry tracking system that appears

at the top of each page. In addition to the daily prizes, $1 million

will be awarded every month and $10 million on April 17, income tax

day.

One recent winner: a retiree in Jamesburg, Irwin Kaplan, who is said

to have won the daily $10,000 prize on October 22.

Launched in early October, the portal is financially backed by CBS

and uses technology from Sapient Corporation and Inktomi Corporation.

Founders Bill Daugherty, formerly senior vice president of the

National Basketball Association, and Jonas Steinman, formerly

of Chase Capital Partners, both have MBAs from Harvard Business

School.

CBS has invested $30 million in the company and is providing $70

million

in advertising.

One little problem with entering the iWon sweepstakes: If you win,

how do you explain all that Internet surfing to your boss?

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Flood Relief

Crisis counseling is available to those affected by

Hurricane Floyd, says Robert Eilers of the state division of

mental health services. The state has received a grant of more than

$150,000 to provide immediate crisis counseling. Call 800-382-6717

for the counseling hotline.

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Main Street Or Mall Street?

Coffee shops, flower shops, and gift shops have reached

critical mass in Princeton, but in Lawrenceville, residents are hungry

for more.

A recently-released study of Lawrenceville reveals the kind of

businesses

likely to succeed in the village. The Main Street Project, launched

in 1995 to help resurrect the downtown shopping area after the mall

boom, released a 50-page market analysis of the village of

Lawrenceville,

an area which extends two blocks in the heart of town along Route

206. The study is packed with useful tidbits about the residents,

the kind of businesses they do and don’t want, and efforts the village

is making to attract more businesses to the area (call

Lawrenceville

Main Street at 609-219-9300).

The good news is that Lawrenceville businesses are already

reporting

growth. Roughly 35 percent of business owners interviewed in the study

said that business improved during the past few years. The reason:

the "de-malling of America," or the migration of shoppers

away from vast parking lots and highways.

Lawrenceville has the best of both village and mall: with nearly

20,000

cars passing through it each week, the town has as much exposure as

it did during the colonial era, when it was a jumping stagecoach stop

between Philadelphia and New York. On the other hand, small town life

and a restrictive speed limit keep noise pollution and accidents to

a minimum.

The study also identifies some of the drawbacks to

Lawrenceville:

namely, a parking shortage and lack of specialty shops. According

to the study, Lawrenceville has little "browsing" appeal.

The majority of shoppers (equally split between village and township

residents) come to the town to run errands only. The main draw to

the town now is a video store and gourmet eating establishments.

If Lawrenceville has not prospered like its neighbor, Princeton,

perhaps

it is also because villagers and township residents have very

contradictory

tastes and purchasing habits. All residents of the village classify

as "upscale" shoppers, or yuppies, according to the study,

whereas people who live on the town periphery behave more like rural

or small town working families. A successful Main Street will have

to provide something for everyone, no small challenge.

Other survey results:

The most desired businesses include ice cream parlors

and hardware stores. A pharmacy and fitness center were also ranked

high on the list.

Income levels are increasing. In eight years the median

household income rose nearly $13,000 and is expected to rise another

$10,000 per year within the next four years, according to the study.

The minority population is growing. There are more

African-Americans,

Asian Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics in the community.

To increase commerce in the downtown area, the Main Street

Project

report proposes more parking and better signage. It also suggests

distinct street furniture and lighting, an enhanced information kiosk,

continued development of the recreational path in and around the

village,

storefront display assistance, retail workshops, and more special

events.

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E-Mail for Employers

Due to the rising cost of postage, the Employer Update, the Department

of Labor’s seasonal publication, won’t be issued in print anymore.

Beginning this fall, subscribers can only view the newsletter online,

at http://www.state.nj.us/labor. The current issue and three

backdated issues are available on the Web.

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Nominations Due

Nominate yourself or a client for the "Small Business Person of

the Year" contest sponsored by the U.S. Small Business

Administration.

Special awards will go to a small business exporter, a young

entrepreneur,

and small business advocates in the areas of minority, women, veteran,

accountant, financial services, and media. Still another prize will

go to an entrepreneur who received assistance from the SBA and has

developed his or her business into a large business.

"We are looking to individuals, chambers of commerce, banks, trade

associations, and other business organizations to submit nominations

and sponsor candidates," says Francisco A. Marrero, state

SBA director. The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 12.

To receive guidelines call Harry Menta at 973-645-6054 or E-mail

harry.menta@sba.gov.


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