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Survival Guide II
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
"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."
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
<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.
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.
foundation, has given a $10,000 refraction lane to Raritan Valley
Community College’s ophthalmics department.
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
of 1940) has donated $5 million to endow a center for innovative
and effective learning, with an electronic classroom and a multimedia
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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