Software’s Perl

Women & Addictions

Last Minute Tax Filing

‘Net in the Public Interest

Hiring Urban Women

Professional Secretaries

Chronic Fatigue

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These articles by Barbara Fox and Teena Chandy were published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on April 14, 1999. All rights


Software Embryo

Here’s a chance to learn about a new software that isn’t

owned by Microsoft. In fact, it’s not even on the market. It was


at the University of Arizona by seven people, two of whom are now

working at Princeton University.

Larry Peterson and Andy Bavier will discuss the Scout

Operating System on Thursday, April 15, at 8 p.m. at Sarnoff


The meeting is free, but a dinner with the speaker will be at 6 p.m.

at the Rusty Scupper. Call 609-924-8704 for reservations.

Peterson is on the faculty of the computer science department and

Bavier is a research staff member at the department. Their operating

system, Scout, is optimized for input and output over a network that

can be used for such devices as cameras and video receivers. It could

be run in a set-top box to decode MPEG video and display it on


for video-on-demand.

Network connectivity on intranets, says Bavier, will be more


than it is now, and all sorts of devices will contain computers. Scout

will help these devices talk over a network. For instance, a bank

lobby camera can easily be plugged into a network because it will

configure itself to talk to other computers over the network.

"The main abstraction of Scout is called a path," says Bavier.

"The word path is used in a special sense in Scout, and means

the extension of a network connection into the host operating system.

Scout makes the path its primary abstraction, with resource


scheduling, optimizations, fault-isolation, and security done on a

per-path basis."

The current version of Scout can be downloaded for free from

For the final version, potential clients include the cable companies

— and, of course, Microsoft.

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Software’s Perl

Take an all-day workshop in Perl, a multi-purpose


language, at an all-day workshop on Saturday, April 17, at 9 a.m.,

at Sarnoff. Sponsored by the Princeton ACM/IEEE-CS Chapters, it

costs $100 including lunch. Call 609-924-8704 or go to

The instructor, Nancy Blachman, is also author of the "find

your date online" book (U.S. 1, February 10). With degrees from

Stanford, Berkeley, and the University of Birmingham in the UK, she

is a programmer at Fuji Securities and has written several books on

mathematical software.

Perl is used for many Web applications because it is both flexible

and portable. And because beginning programmers can start slowly,

using a subset of the Perl language, Perl is easy to learn. No


with Perl is needed for this course but those who know Awk, C, Shell,

or Unix will have an advantage. Blachman’s goal is for all students

to be able to write and execute a Perl script.

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Women & Addictions

<B>Margaret S. Clark, a dance movement therapist

and counselor treating addictions, eating, and trauma disorders, will

give the keynote address, "Unveiling the Whole Self" at the

fifth annual "Women and Their Addictions" conference sponsored

by the YWCA Princeton. This community event for men and women who

work with or whose lives are affected by women and addictions will

focus on "Serving Hidden Populations in Addiction and


The conference will be Monday, April 19, at 5 p.m. at the Jewish


of Princeton. Cost, including a light supper, is $35. Preregistration

is required. Call the YWCA Adult Program office at 609-252-2006 or

609-497-2103. You may register in person at the YWCA during business

hours, or charge your registration by calling 609-497-2100.

Participants can also attend one of the following workshops:

In and Out of the Closet: Lesbian, Bi-sexual, or


Experience in Addiction Recovery.

Addiction and the Elderly: The Impact of Multiple Losses,

Prescription Medications, and Treatment.

Cultural Diversity: Cultural differences in Identifying

and Treating Substance Abuse and Addiction.

Double Trouble: Challenges in the Treatment of Psychiatric

Illness and Chemical Dependency.

The Disabilities-Addictions Connection: Prevention and

Treatment for People with Disabilities.

Family Systems Theory: Impact of Addictions on the Whole


College-Age Women: Drug and Alcohol Abuse on Campus.

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Last Minute Tax Filing

When in doubt, use an extra stamp. Tax returns often

require more than the one-ounce 33 cents postage, says Steven


Princeton postmaster. The current rates: up to two ounces 55 cents;

three ounces 77 cents; four ounces 99 cents; and five ounces $1.21.

The Princeton Post Office at 213 Carnegie Center will keep its


service windows and lobby open until 12 midnight on April 15, to


last minute federal and state income tax filers.

The Postal Service is bracing itself for the annual onslaught of


tax filers, says LaMarca: "I know that many people wait until

the last minute to file for a variety of reasons. On the 15th, they

have enough to think about without worrying when the post office is

going to close."

LaMarca offers last minute filers some tips on beating the rush:

Use first-class postage: The IRS recognizes the first

class letter postmark as proof that the return was mailed on time.

Write clearly: Handwritten tax return envelopes should

be legible and include a return address.

Double check postage: Tax agencies do not accept postage

due mail. Tax returns bearing insufficient postage will be returned

— taxpayers will be penalized for filing late tax returns.

Mail early in the day: Avoid a trip to the main post


by mailing returns or extension requests early in the day at any post


Mail returns in local mail boxes: This avoids a mad rush

to the post office. But keep in mind the final pick up times of the

boxes. Look for the last time posted on the box to ensure returns

will have an April 15 postmark.

Use registered mail: This is a good idea for customers

who send original receipts to tax agencies.

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‘Net in the Public Interest

The Internet provides the very best vehicle in providing

elected officials with instant feedback about public policy questions,

and officials have invested a substantial amount of money to have

their own websites. But the private sector has not fully grasped the

power of the Internet in grass roots lobbying, says Steven E.


founder of Capital Public Affairs.

Some will discuss the challenges facing businesses today and why the

Internet can be a powerful force behind your grass root lobbying


at the electronic commerce seminar organized by Technology New Jersey

on Tuesday, April 20, at noon at the PSE&G Training Center at 234

Pierson Avenue in Edison. Cost: $30. Call 609-419-4444 for more


Among Some’s topics: how your business can integrate the Internet

into your ongoing grass roots lobbying programs, and how to motivate

your employees to take advantage of the Internet as a communication


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Hiring Urban Women

The Mercer Chapter of the New Jersey Association of

Women Business Owners is sponsoring the eighth annual job fair


by the Urban Women’s Center of Trenton. It will be Wednesday, April

21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carver YMCA, 40 Fowler Street,


Free resume writing workshops will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday,

April 20.

Companies wishing to participate may purchase a vendor table for $60,

which includes breakfast and lunch. Fax requests for registration

to 609-392-0999. Anyone seeking a job may contact the Urban Women’s

Center at 609-932-5959.

The Urban Women’s Center provides programs that empower women to


independent through education and employment. The Job Fair is held

annually to encourage employers to employ applicants who are clients

of the Urban Women’s Center.

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Professional Secretaries

<B>Carol Cronheim, Governor Whitman’s senior policy

advisor for cultural affairs and former acting secretary of state

will give the keynote address at the one-day training session hosted

by the Institute for Business and Professional Development at the

Mercer County Community College.

The session to celebrate Professional Secretaries Day is organized

in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Human


Development Institute, and the International Association of


Professionals. "A Gift of Training" will be held on Wednesday,

April 21, at 9 a.m. at the Princeton Marriott Forrestal Village. Cost:

$98. Group rate: $85 for five or more participants registering


Call 609-586-9446 for more information.

Marge Smith, former executive director of the Princeton YWCA,

will present the morning seminar titled "Building Constructive

Relationships with Colleagues and Supervisors." Under her


the YWCA grew from 8,000 to 14,000 members, the eighth largest in

the nation. Smith’s presentation will include topics such as


Communication Skills," "Managing Multiple Requests and


and "Maintaining a Positive Attitude."

The afternoon seminar, "Balancing Your Career and Life," will

be presented by Linda Meisel, executive director of the Jewish

Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County. Meisel will

cover topics such as "How to Gain the Respect and Credibility

You Deserve Being on the Front Line," "Dealing With Difficult

People," and "Strategies for Handling Stress."

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Chronic Fatigue

Doctor, why am I so tired?" the question often asked

by chronic fatigue syndrome patients. Patricia Fennell will

attempt to answer it. She is the keynote speaker for "Treatment

Modalities & Coping Strategies," a chronic fatigue syndrome and

fibromyalgia patient conference on Saturday, April 17, from 9:30 a.m.

to 4 p.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Cost: $25. Call 732-418-8110.

Fennell, a social worker, directs the Albany Health Management


and is senior clinical consultant at the Capital Region Sleep Disorder

Center of the Albany Medical College. Also speaking is Mark


Hall, who has recovered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrom (CFS) and

multiple chemical sensititivy complications and is the author of


& Fatigued in the Toxic 21st Century."

Karen Wei-Ru Lin, director of graduate medical education at

UMDNJ-RWJ Medical School, will speak about pain management with


Chinese, and alternative medicine. Richard N. Podell is a


professor at the medical school and principal investigator for Phase

III clincial trials for Ampligen. He also wrote a book on CFS.

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