Free for Y2K

SCORE at Summit

College Credit in High Schools

Nominate an Edison

$10 Flu Shots

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These articles by Barbara Fox and Peter J. Mladineo were published in

U.S. 1 Newspaper on August 26, 1998. All rights reserved.

Year 2K & Utilities

"I think it’s important for people to make their own risk analysis,"

says Rick Cowles, author of "Electric Utilities and

Y2K." "I have compiled data so you can research

on your own and make your own decision about the level of personal

vulnerability that you have for yourself and your business. I believe

everybody has a personal stake."

As part of the ongoing Year 2000 series sponsored by Technology New

Jersey, Cowles, director of Industry Y2K Solutions, will speak on

Thursday, August 27, at 8 a.m. at 212 Carnegie Center, Suite 110.

His subject: "Watt’s the Problem? Year 2000 and the Electric


Industry." Cowles is a founding member of the Computer


for Social Responsibility’s Y2K working group and has been featured

on National Public Radio.

Also on deck for this session for telecommunications, utilities, and

water industries are Eugene Gorzelnik, director of


for the North American Electric Reliability Council

(, on "What

Electric Utilities Are Doing about Year 2000," and Henry J.

Knitter, account manager for Tava Technologies, on "Y2K Impact

on the Telecom Industry and Associated Manufacturing Issues."

Cost: $30. Call 609-419-4444 (

After a stint on a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine, Cowles worked for

Public Service Electric & Gas for 15 years and then went into


"There are so many layers to this problem," he says.


in general and government agencies and regulated companies haven’t

grasped some of the concepts of interconnectedness of the utilities

and inside the utilities. PSE&G has multiple worldwide power


installations, and just being able to address the internal


is really a daunting task. Very few people really seem to grasp the

holistic view."

Cowles’ book is selling extremely well, he says, primarily on the

Internet through "It starts out with a layman’s


and rapidly motors into more technical detail."

"I can tell you there will be some significant problems with


problems on a regional basis," he says. But compared to other

states New Jersey will be better off than other regions, in part due

to the "very strong programs" that PSE&G and Jersey Power

and Light have in place. Also New Jersey has just a couple of major

players compared to states like Minnesota, which has 173 different

power companies.

The Year2K fixes and deregulation are coming down the road at the

same time, and this is unfortunate, he says. "My personal opinion

is that any talk of deregulation needs to be put on the back


says Cowles, "but there is too much momentum behind deregulation.

It is similar to the implementation of the Euro."

He has a major discourse on deregulation on his website at,

where he talks about how power in California went from four cents

to $5,000 per kilowatt hour in an emergency when a couple of plants

tripped off line. The power companies wanted deregulation, he says,

so they could get out and compete in the marketplace. "But it

will be hard for any company to be competitive if they have Y2K


Too much manpower and money and resources are directed toward


efforts because of the current time table."

"I don’t think anybody knows what will happen," says Cowles.

"I live with this thing `24 x 7,’ and even as close as I am to

this issue, I believe all the experts are working with Ouiji boards

trying to foresee the future."

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Free for Y2K

A free kit of worksheets and templates can help


work through their Year 2000 vulnerabilities. You need to do this,

says Irene Dec, vice president of corporate information


for Prudential (E-mail: It’s not enough to

merely look at your hardware and

software: "The year 2000 is a business problem, not just a


challenge. It impacts all governments and businesses globally,


from the federal government to local municipalities."

"At Prudential we have moved aggressively on the Year2K fix so

that it will be a non-event to our customers. Also a year ago we put

together a Year 2000 kit for small businesses that cannot afford to

hire a consultant," says Dec.

Available free on Prudential’s home page


the kit explains what the Year 2000 problem is, helps you answer the

question `What do I have to do?’, and offers a 15-page plan to help

you solve your Year 2000 problem.

Dec will distribute free copies of the kit on Friday, August 28, at

8 a.m., as part of a series of Year 2000 seminars sponsored by


New Jersey at 212 Carnegie Center. Platinum Technologies sponsors

this session on municipalities and schools, which also includes


Davis, the senior executive of Montgomery County in Maryland;


Tucker, vice president of Platinum Technology; Ed Lambert,

director of data processing for the City of Newark; Morris


a councilman for North Brunswick Township; and Bernard


vice president of Year 2000 education for Caliper Learning Network.

For $30 reservations, call 609-419-4444.

Dec also participated in a full-day audio conference was held on the

Internet to mark the 500th day before the millennium. The audio


is available at

The three phases of Year 2000 solutions are, says Dec, awareness,

assessment, and action. Her kit provides worksheets and templates

similar to those you would use for a "do-it-yourself" will.

One of the worksheets, for instance, is an inventory, and it tells

you what you need to look for, how to document it, and where to get

information. For instance, you must write down the manufacturer’s

name, model number, year of manufacture, and serial number for each

of your computers. Then you go to that manufacturer’s website and

look up whether that particular model is Year 2K compliant.


webpages can also yield compliance information on cellular phones

and software.

The worksheet helps you figure out what you are using a particular

computer or piece of equipment for. Is it supporting a core business?

Or are you only doing word processing on it? And what system is it

running on? The core business worksheet requires you to estimate the

risk factors for hardware and software for each function: accounts

payable, accounts receivable, advertising and marketing, invoicing,

payroll, and tax reporting.

"Prudential put this together a year ago, not to sell it, but

to help our small business customers," says Dec. "We have

taken it to the schools and sent it to the federal government. We

wrote it internally, based on the experience we had from a large


perspective, and we simplified it."

A business owner can track through the worksheets and realize, "It

is not a big deal for us, all I need to do is replace one PC,"

or "It is a big deal, but it will not bring us to a halt."

The most slippery piece for any entrepreneur is in the area of


and suppliers.

"If I am not going to be able to get my supplies, I may want extra

supplies in the fourth quarter, or I may want to think about who I

would go to if my current supplier is not capable," says Dec.

She says the kit differs from software products that run on the PC

(such as those profiled in last week’s issue of U.S. 1) because the

software doesn’t usually "give your start to end plan."

"The key is, it’s important to get started. It is a business risk.

You need to take action," says Dec.

Also in the Technology New Jersey seminars: Financial institutions

and banks take center stage on Wednesday, September 2, when the


Technology-sponsored seminar features a talk by Kathy Tucker,

a vice president, on "Risk Based Testing for the Year 2000 and

Present Case Studies." Also Tri MaGia, with the Office for

Thrift Supervision, and James Kinder, vice president of


technology for ADP, will discuss "Critical Success Factors for

Meeting the Year 2000 Challenge." Robert Wahl, a PC support

specialist for Trenton Savings Bank, will address "Think Big:

The Banking Y2K Problem."

On Thursday, September 3, the healthcare and insurance industry


will hear from Tucker, Dan Grant of Parallel Technologies


on accelerated Y2K testing, and Marjorie F. Chertok, an attorney

with Greenbaum Rowe, who discusses "Current Year 2000 Developments

in Health Care and Insurance Law." Also there will be a case study

by Raymond Roy of AITE.

The series concludes with a session for manufacturers on Tuesday,

September 8. Call 609-419-4444.

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SCORE at Summit

The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) chapter

631 hosts five small business workshops beginning in October. The

cost is $50 for all five sessions or $20 per individual session. The

seminars run from 6:45 to 9 p.m. and take place at the Summit Bank

Training Center, at 2 Centre Drive in Jamesburg. Call the Princeton

Chamber at 609-520-1776 for more information


Several aspects of entrepreneurism, from business insurance to


plans will be covered during this series. The first seminar, "Are

You Right for Your Own New or Existing Business?" is on Tuesday,

October, 6, and will be conducted by Jack Walfish, professor

and retired chairman of the manufacturing management department at

the Fashion Institute of Technology and chairman of SCORE chapter

631. Also Gerald J. Bose of G. Bose & Associates discusses


to Prepare a Business Plan: Your Road Map to Success."

On Thursday, October 8, it’s "How to Finance Your Business: What

the Bank Looks For," by Aavo Reinfeldt, a senior region

leader at Summit Bank, and "Legal & Risk Management," by


Stark, an attorney at Stark & Stark. Discussions of business


by Michael Leibowitz of Abacus Insurance Agency, and


Your Business for Profit," by Martin Lapinsky, a St. Peter’s

College professor, are given on Tuesday, October 13.

On Thursday, October 15, Gerald Abbattista a CPA with Amper,

Politziner & Mattia discusses business accounting, and Morris


of SCORE discusses "Buying a Business or Franchise." The


wraps up with a hands-on workshop by Walfish on Tuesday, October 20.

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College Credit in High Schools

Virtual classes are convenient, but some people like

the discipline — and the interaction — of actually sitting

in a classroom. And though community education courses are the


way to pick up an extra skill, "regular" credit courses may

actually be more cost effective.

An in-county resident pays $71 per credit hour ($213 for a three


course) for any of the courses at Mercer County College, and some

of these courses are offered in the more traditional night school

locations — the local high school. This year off-campus courses

are available from Mercer County College at Ewing and Hightstown high

schools. The 14-week courses start the week of September 8, and the

registration deadline is Tuesday, September 1.

At Ewing the college offers Business Letter and Report Writing on

Tuesdays, Beginning Spanish on Tuesdays and Thursdays, English


on Wednesdays, and Introductory Psychology on Thursdays.

At Hightstown both Business Organization and Management and History

of Western Civilization to 1648 are on Tuesdays, Developmental


Across the Life Span is Wednesdays, and Beginning Spanish is


For information call 609-586-0505 or E-mail:

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Nominate an Edison

Nominations are due October 1 for the New Jersey


Hall of Fame, which recognizes the inventing heritage of a state that

produced Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. At a February banquet

outstanding inventors will be inducted into the Hall of Fame,


in 1987. Also some New Jersey inventors who hold current patents will

receive "Inventor of the Year" citations. Last year Quentin

T. Kelly of Worldwater Corporation in Hopewell was honored for

his solar-powered pumping stations.

Nominees for induction into the Hall of Fame should have made


contributions to the advancement of knowledge and human welfare in

social, technical, or economic fields. The "Inventors of the


will be judged on one or more inventions covered by current United

States patents. One corporation will also receive an award for


an outstanding commitment to innovation, fostering the development

of inventions among their employees."

For information call the headquarters at New Jersey Institute of


at 973-596-5625 or E-mail:

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$10 Flu Shots

Get shot at work and save your boss money. Nurses from

the Visiting Nurse Association can administer flu shots to employees

at your work location. Flu coordinator (how’s that for a job title?)

Evelyn Eggert R.N. cites a New England Journal of Medicine Study

that showed those who had flu shots had 43 percent fewer days of sick

leave due to upper respiratory illness than their un-vaccinated


The study estimated that each vaccination saved $46.85 per person.

Use the following formula to calculate flu costs: Multiply the cost

of a lost work day by the average of lost work days due to flu


five) and then multiply that figure by the average number of employees

who will get the flu (10 to 20 percent of the total workforce).

If the thought of arranging a flu clinic gives you a headache,


these more serious symptoms of the influenza that you might get if

you don’t. "Symptoms start as chills and fever," says Eggert.

"These signs are often accompanied by headache, backache, and

an overall sense of weakness. Sore throat, runny nose, inflamed or

watery eyes, and flushed skin commonly occur."

Workers with these symptoms aren’t going to be getting much work done.

Mostly they are going to be spreading germs to other people,


in close work areas and poorly ventilated environments. These germs

are distributed by person to person contact through coughing,


touching, and even breathing.

"The more employees who attend your vaccination clinic, the more

cost effective your clinic becomes," says Eggert. Call her at

609-395-3461 extension 1148 to discuss scheduling a clinic from


1 to December 1.

Eggert claims that a two-day case of sore arm is the most common side

effect, but that other side effects, less common, are fever and


Malaise? Sounds like a great reason to take a sick day.

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