Spreading the Y2K Word

Keeping Score

Corporate Angels

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These stories by Peter J. Mladineo and Barbara Fox were published

in U.S. 1 Newspaper

on April 29, 1998. All rights reserved.

Survival Guide II

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Spreading the Y2K Word

Major players like Bellcorp and AT&T are helping get

computers into schools (see story above) and they also want to help

small and medium size businesses cope with the potential infection

from the "Millennium Bug," the computer date problems that

may occur when the calendar turns from December 31, 1999 to January

1, 2000.

"We are finding that too many businesses, especially small and

local government," says Grace Polhemus, "either believe

that the millennium bug is hype — that people are making this

into a big deal because they want to make money — or don’t have

a detailed knowledge and understanding of what this is all about,

which has prevented them from doing the planning and funding."

Polhemus heads Technology New Jersey, based at the Carnegie Center

(http://www.technologynj.org, 609-419-4444). Her organization

has formed Task Force 2000 to bring the public and private sectors

together to deal with the Y2K crisis. She is planning a conference

on Thursday, June 11, at the East Brunswick Hilton. "Businesses

such as Prudential, IBM, and Bellcore, will be there talking to small

or medium businesses about what this crisis is all about —


best practices, and case studies," says Polhemus.

"After the conference the vendors will be putting on workshops

and seminars every month, so that the companies and governments will

no longer be in the dark. They will have the information and resources

needed to develop a successful conversion plan," she says.

Polhemus lists 30 companies as members of the task force. They include

such international computer firms as AT&T, Bellcore, Computer


Digital Equipment Corp., IBM Global Services, and Sun Microsystems.

Then there are the law firms: Reed Smith Shaw & McClay and Greenbaum,

Rowe, Smith et al. Year 2K computer firms expected to give seminars

include HexaWare Technologies on Independence Way, Transformation

Systems on Emmons Drive, and Visionet Systems on Route 1 South.

"The competitiveness and very survival of New Jersey businesses

are threatened," says Polhemus. "The severity of the Y2K


will depend largely on how quickly government and businesses become

aware of the risks and act accordingly."

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Keeping Score

Representatives from the Princeton and Newark chapter

of the Service Corps of Retired Executives will judge the Awards for

Excellence Program sponsored by the New Jersey Business and Industry

Association. The judging, to be held at the Palmer Inn on Wednesday,

June 24, will include such categories as Enterprise, Outstanding


Public Service, and Environmental Quality.

Small business owners who have a problem or simply need a sounding

board can schedule no-charge confidential consulting sessions with

members of SCORE, a volunteer arm of the United States Small Business

Administration. Sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at the


Chamber and on Wednesday in Jamesburg. Call 609-520-1776 for an


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Corporate Angels

<B>Union Camp Employee Community Service Program

donated $450 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County. The program

allows employees to get work release time to visit a child during

the school day, at the school, once a week. Mentors and Big Sisters

and Brothers include Paul Watson, George Eischen, Dan Seiter,


Schonewolf, John Catino Jr., and Tracy Pullene. Call 609-888-2227.

J. Houston Witherspoon of St. Louis funded the


of 50 apartments for single, older students on Emmons Drive. They

will be dedicated on Monday, April 27, at 11 a.m. Call 609-497-7760.

The Opticians Association of America, through its


foundation, has given a $10,000 refraction lane to Raritan Valley

Community College’s ophthalmics department.

The Provident has donated $10,000 to the Battleship New

Jersey Foundation to be used to bring the ship from the Puget Sound

Navy Yard and fit it out as an education museum in Bayonne, at the

former Navy terminal, soon to be a $2 billion



Publisher Harold McGraw Jr. (Princeton University Class

of 1940) has donated $5 million to endow a center for innovative


and effective learning, with an electronic classroom and a multimedia

resource lab.

The American Cancer Society raised nearly $100,000 to

fund cancer research at its "Blown Away" gala on February

21. The sponsors of the event include the Medical Center at Princeton,

the Princeton Medical Group, Princeton Radiology Associates, Roma

Federal Savings Bank, Thomas Edison State College, the Tuchman


American Cyanamid, and Maurice T. Perilli.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gave $200,000 to


Foundation. The three-year grant is part of the RWJF’s New Jersey

health initiatives program. Carrier was one of four applicants for

the prize. The money will be used so Carrier can develop a unique

type of after-care program for high school students in recovery from

substance abuse.

The New York Community Trust gave Rider University a


grant to complete the cataloging and preservation of its Louis A.

Leslie collection of shorthand materials. Its 15,000 samples show

a slice of life before the advent of the printed word, and takes


specimens from around the world and history. It includes whole books

inscribed in shorthand by authors Sir Isaac Pitman and John Robert

Gregg. The collection also has letters from Civil War soldiers to

magazine editors and sweethearts, as well as shorthand editions of

the Bible.

Bell Atlantic-New Jersey gave Westminster Choir College

a $50,000 grant to enhance its on-campus technology. The funds will

help to underwrite a new arts and science computer lab that contain

24 multimedia workstations with access to the ‘Net.

Princeton University gave $100,000 to the Princeton Arts

Council’s $3.5 million renovated building at the corner of Witherspoon

Street and Paul Robeson Place. The building is being redesigned by

Michael Graves, and is scheduled for groundbreaking in spring of 1999.

The Prudential Foundation gave a grant of $35,000 to


Players in support of its arts in education mentoring program, which

teaches theater to youths in three Newark schools. Prudential also

gave a $25,000 grant to the Shoestring Players, which will allow ten

Newark elementary schools to participate in Shoestring’s storytelling

residency program.

HiTOPS received a $12,000 grant from the Horizon


and a $10,000 grant from the NYMEX Foundation to assist the work of

its teen council, which provides education workshops for area teens

on sex-related topics, such as pregnancy prevention and homophobia.

Ernst & Young paid for setting up a model accounting


at Rider University. The Ernst & Young Resource Center, on the third

floor of Sweigart Hall, has six Dell Pentium computers, recessed under

transparent tabletops, thus blending modern technology with a


tax reference library — the Research Institute of America tax

service, an Internet product that can be more up to date than monthly

versions of CD-ROMs.

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