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"Career development" is the
at Mercer County Community College, where several new professional
training classes and programs have been added to the fall line-up.
It’s now possible to get a certificate for "HTML Author,"
"Web Administrator," and "Web Developer" within a
few weeks time. For those who want to beef up technical skills, the
courses are a bargain; for employers who need to train staff for the
21st century, they are a steal.
The Web Administrator Certificate program, a 10-session evening class
beginning on Tuesday, September 14, requires a bachelors in computer
science as a prerequisite. Students learn to understand Internet
design, trace IP routing, configure Web servers in NT and Unix, and
address Web-related security issues. Cost: $600.
The Web Developer Certificate, a 16-session course offered in the
evenings beginning Tuesday, October 19, only requires an associates
degree in computer science. Students learn to plan Internet and
applications, create basic PERL programs, process HTML forms, create
The HTML Author Certificate is a 10-session course for anyone who
has basic Windows 95 Internet-user knowledge. Students learn the
of developing HTML documents and creating Web pages using frames and
tables. Evening classes begin Thursday, September 30. Cost: $540.
The new "Medical Practice Management" a four-course program
offered in conjunction with the Medical Society of New Jersey, is
designed to help office managers learn new management techniques,
financial issues, regulatory compliance, and information technology.
Classes begin on Wednesday, September 15. Cost per course: $390. The
"Certificate in Clinical Research and Drug Development," a
four-course training program for research assistants, research
or data coordinators in the pharmaceutical field, begins this fall
For those interested in the hospitality field, there is a
Training" course, and it’s now possible for Mercer County
to earn a four-year bachelors degree in hotel, restaurant and
management from the University of Delaware through courses at MCCC
campuses and distance learning programs. On the travel side, MCCC
offers "Professional Tour Planning and Escorting" and
Specialist — Western Europe."
A 56-hour "Certified Assisted Living Administrator" exam
course begins on Tuesday, October 26, and the "Substitute Teacher
Institute," another new education program, begins on Monday,
MCCC’s Division of Corporate and Community Programs offers hundreds
of classes for professional and personal development and will soon
be expanding into a $6.8 million building under construction on the
West Windsor campus. For information call 609-586-9446. For a complete
list of credit and non-credit courses go to http://www.mccc.edu.
They add two new flights and take away three. That
much sums up the story of Eastwind Airlines since it took off at
Airport four years ago. The Greensboro, North Carolina-based airline
recently dropped the Pittsburgh and St. Petersburg destinations, only
shortly after adding them, and the popular Boston flight was nixed
as well. A week later the buzz surrounding the "beeline"
when several members of Eastwind’s senior management were booted by
parent company U.M. Holdings in Haddonfield.
On July 29 Eastwind announced that president and CEO Terry V. Hallcom
and vice presidents Scott Glasser and Michael Kopay were relieved
of their duties "effective immediately." Nearly 60 of 250
employees were laid off and two of the company’s five Boeing 737s
were grounded. Virginia-based aviation consultants Mort Beyer & Agnew
are stepping in to restructure the carrier.
In its hey-day as a commuter airline, Eastwind offered daily
from Trenton Mercer Airport to Boston, Washington, Greensboro,
St. Petersburg, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. But the airline
lost $29 million since 1995 and owes back rent on the airport to
County, and on two of the company’s five Boeing 737s. Financial woes
were only part of the problem; earlier this year customers started
complaining about double billing, horrible delays, and Eastwind even
saw a few incidents of passenger "flight rage."
In an attempt to create additional revenue, two of Eastwind’s fleet
of five are now chartered out to tour companies. That leaves only
three planes in the air, traveling to Greensboro, Trenton, and
Commuter schedules for the three cities are still the same: a Boeing
737 leaves Trenton-Mercer Airport at 7:05 a.m. and lands in
North Carolina, at 9:05 a.m. The evening flight leaves Trenton at
7:45 p.m. The direct to Orlando leaves Trenton at 7:50 a.m. and
at 11:05 a.m. One way fares are as low as $59 and $79 with advance
While Eastwind flights are being scaled back, ShuttleAmerica has been
adding flights to its schedule, with prices as low as $29. Norfolk,
Buffalo, and Wilmington are among the destinations.
For Eastwind, call 800-644-3592 (http://www.eastwindairlines.com).
For Shuttle America, call 860-386-4200 or
Princeton Airport on Route 206 is getting a major
Over the next nine months, a new runway, 500 feet longer and 15 feet
wider than the existing one, is being built 250 feet north of the
existing runway, on 50 acres of land that the airport purchased in
January for $1.7 million. Still, no big planes in sight. The new
merely brings the 90-year-old airport up to current FAA standards
Contractors are currently grading the land for work on the new runway,
which will measure 3,500 feet long by 75 feet wide and include a newer
and safer lighting system. The existing runway will become a full
length taxiway, something the airport never had. The project, costing
roughly $4.5 million, is funded in part by federal block grants from
the Federal Aviation Administration and the Division of Aeronautics.
Construction is scheduled to be done some time in the spring of 2000,
but at no point, says a spokesperson, will the airport actually be
A charity sports match can raise both money and morale.
For instance, the WPST radio station regularly fields an "All
Star" softball team for such charity challenges. A Washington
Road-based software company, Cylogix Inc., picked up the challenge
and will play the WPST/7-11 team on Thursday, August 12, at 5:30 p.m.,
at the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School Field. Proceeds will
the Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company. Call Judy Jones
at 609-750-5118 for information.
Here’s what it would involve: your office must procure the field,
set up a 50/50 raffle or a silent auction, and arrange to sell
Your company’s team members seek pledges for hits and runs. Call
Vaughn, mid-day host at WPST, to sign up for a slot. Most of this
season’s dates are taken, so try now for next year.
WPST brings the sound system, provides free publicity (two dozen
of the game), and gives away prizes and merchandise to those
Someone from WPST announces the lineup, calls the game, and does a
live post-game report on the station announcing the amount of money
your company has raised.
The website at http://www.wpst.com
results, and photos of each game. future games include one with
Life Sciences on Wednesday, August 18, to benefit the National Burn
Victims Foundation; Withum Smith & Brown on Thursday, September 9,
to benefit the Princeton Youth Fund, and Bloomberg Financial on
September 15, to benefit a literacy charity, Everybody Wins.
"I never would have put myself on a softball team, but we are
just having a good time," says Vaughn. The daughter of a
in Maplewood, she graduated in 1997 from Bryn Mawr College, a woman’s
college that eschews such commercial majors as communications or media
studies. Instead, she majored in English and something called Growth
and Structure of Cities, and now in her mid-day time slot she does
a retro cafe. "I listened to ‘PST at Bryn Mawr," says Vaughn,
"and I have fallen into this with a real passion."
Last year the radio station raised more than $25,000 for 18 charities.
One recent game with the team from Princeton University’s molecular
biology department, named the Dominant Lethals, raised $3,200 for
the American Cancer Society. "This year we are already up to
and have played only six games, and are extending our season through
October," says Vaughn.
<B>Hewlett-Packard has awarded an equipment grant
of $22,199 to Community Options to implement its national information
technology plan. The donated equipment will be used at its five New
Jersey offices, to strengthen its existing employment programs for
people with disabilities receiving support in New Jersey as well as
its national fundraising efforts (http://www.comop.org
donation to HiTOPS (Health Interested Teens’ Own Program on Sexuality)
for its core program, educational outreach and clinical care for
Media Award by the New Jersey affiliate of the Literacy Volunteers
of America (LVA). Over the past year, Comcast’s New Jersey cable
have contributed more than $12,000 in grants to LVA’s community
around the state.
first year college scholarship awards to 16 graduates of Princeton
Regional High School for study at 14 colleges this fall. The
funds its awards from current contributions through an annual direct
mail campaign and from limited endowment income.
The 1998-’99 campaign, the most successful in more than a decade and
augmented by generous local foundation and corporate gifts, marked
the first step in the Foundation’s attempt to endow a larger number
of scholarships. Individuals or institutions interested in working
with or contributing to the foundation may contact Judy Leopold
has helped the renovation of the Trenton-based Wilson Neighborhood
Center, which had original fixtures dating back 30 years. George
Donegan of Syska & Hennessy, the project manager and chief plumbing
designer of the center, coordinated the effort, after hearing
reports about the project’s shrinking budget from architect Peter
Lokhammer. Kohler Company donated fixtures; Tennant Associates,
flush valves, traps and insulation kits; Symmons, faucets, Wheelock
Inc., fire alarm devices. Maloney & Curcio came through with a
fountain, and Dolan & Traynor with floor drains.
Calling all paving contractors, calling nearly everybody
else in the construction business. The New Jersey Alliance for Action,
the 25-year-old statewide nonpartisan nonprofit that concerns itself
with infrastructure and economic development, solicits ads for the
program book for its 25th anniversary celebration. It will be
October 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the New Brunswick Hyatt. The ads range
from $400 to $700, and the dinner costs $200. Call 732-225-1180.
The alliance seeks to help community organizations find state and
federal financing, permitting, and regulatory approvals for various
projects. The list of alliance members tells the story: contractors
of all kinds, engineers, materials dealers, trades, and various
of commerce. For instance, everyone connected with roads is a member,
from the asphalt pavers and the crushed stone association to the mixed
concrete association and the American Concrete Institute.
All those who attend the dinner will get a copy of a history of the
alliance written by Muriel Smith
on the group.
grants "wishes" and provides need for children living with
HIV/AIDS in the NJ/NY area, needs a website designer to offer a bid
on website design and construction for a secured site. It should be
consistent with the marketing approach to reach 18 to 34 year-old
people, and visitors should be able to 1.) E-mail a response saying
they can provide that wish, 2.) purchase an item through an online
affiliates (requires frame and SSL capacity), and 3.) refer the wish
to a friend through a pop-up window. E-mail
or call 973-564-2212.
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