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BridgeE4 ComicsE5,8 Let It 0utE3 MoviesE6,7 TelevisionE9 Tuesday, January 1, 2002 Section E InfoLine: 624-INFO (4636) The Indianapolis Star O wfww.lndyStar.com Navajo learned warrior's ways and helped to win a warE3 It takes more than antibiotics to beat a coldElO INSIOE Moms Ideas to make your Ufe easier. Today's topic Pets & You Decorate your home to be attractive and durable for your pets. Page E2 Coming tomorrow Food Soup mixes can be the foundation of tasty meals. Daily theme pages Sunday: Outdoor Recreation How-to Page Monday: Family & Relationships Tuesday: Pets & You Wednesday: Food & Nutrition Thursday: Fashion Friday: Health & Fitness Saturday: Faith & Values date! 7. W ' . ' r . V - Danielle P. Richards Knight RidderTnbune Curb warrior: Glen Bolofsky, who helps motorists beat New York parking tickets, has been fighting city hall since 1993. Business thrives on parking tickets Cell phone becomes sole link for some ' f. i . v Jk ,-..,. n W v 1 ( launched www.parkingtJcket .com for the general public. "If you don't know better, you are going to pay the ticket," Bolofsky said. "People don't know that they can fight the ticket. They think they have to pay it or you get in trouble." With parkingticket.com, the accused offender puts all the information from the ticket on the Web form and pays Bolofsky half the cost of the fine by . credit card. A program analyzes the ticket and says how to fight it, and gives a letter that can be sent to the city. If the ticket is dismissed, parkingticket.com keeps the fee. If it is upheld, the fee is refunded, less $1 for administration. Even city officials admit there is no shortage of reasons to have a ticket dismissed. If the wrong make of car is on the ticket, if the address of the alleged violation is not specific enough, if the agent's signature is missing all are grounds for dismissing a ticket, according to a brochure issued by the New York City Parking Violations Bureau titled Your Rights When Disputing a Parking Ticket Jim Moses, spokesman for the New York City Finance Department, which oversees the violations bureau, said the city has no problem with Bolofsky's service and, in fact, has a solid record of helping people fight tickets themselves, "We're not looking to take money from people that should not have gotten a ticket in the first place," he said. The city received $390 million in ticket revenue last year and issued 10 million tickets. A third were dismissed, and another third had the fine Angela Edwards staff illustration Former accountant in New Jersey helps people avoid fines on the streets of New York City. By Hugh R. Morley The Record (Bergen County, N.J.) FAIR LAWN, N.J. Whoever said you can't fight City Hall never met Glen Bolofsky. The 45-year-old Fair Lawn, N.J., resident has been doing it for years. Since 1993, he says, he has helped people beat more than 100,000 New York City parking tickets. With a showman's ear for publicity and a few well-placed friends in the city's parking enforcement administration, the former accountant has built a career and a company studying and exploiting parking ticket regulations. Bolofsky has published calendars and books on the subject. One was called How to Beat a Parking Ticket Another was Secrets of the Parking Violations Bureau: Confessions of an Ex-Judge. But his most notable success has been a computer program he invented emdr markets through his Paramus, N.J.-based Parking Survival Experts, Administrative Law and Response Manager helps owners of commercial-vehicle fleets take the pain out of fighting hundreds, sometimes sands, of tickets. By combining information from four databases, the program logs the details of a ticket, compares it with regulations and hunts down errors in the ticket. It then spits out a letter that can be mailed to the Parking Violations Bureau. In October, Bolofsky Single parents struggle with balancing love life and sensitivity to children. Cutting loose from land lines fits mobile lifestyles better, young urban professionals are finding. Ry Irene Sege The Boston Globe There was a time when anyone who wanted to reach Karl Prinz could . call him at work, at home of on his cell phone, beep him, e-mail him, leave a voice-mail message. Then he accidentally broke his beeper and never fixed it. Guess what? He could manage without it. Next, he disconnected the phone in his Beacon Hill apartment. .That's how Prinz, 33, veteran of the Hub's club scene, co-owner and manager of the Leather District haunt Trio, simplified his life. He ditched his land line. Like a small but growing number, he decided his home phone was superfluous. "For me, it cut down having too many phones around," says Prinz. "I have three lines just for myself at the office. I have to make decisions about which phone to pick up. The one at home got axed." Christopher Rogan, a 24-year-old medical student, has said goodbye to divvying up the monthly phone bill, and figuring out who called Walla Walla, or, worse, the horror stories he's heard of being left with the hefty long-distance bills of a roommate. Gone, too, is the inconvenience of changing his phone number every time he changes his address. When Rogan and See Cell phone, Page E3 By Courtenay Edelhart - courtenay.edelhart.indystar.com Hen Williams was 4 years old when her Darents H split up, and even though it's been several years, she hasn't warmed to the idea of ness, all those things become a lot more important." School psychologist Beth Bruno is a stepmother and the author of Wild Tulips, a collection of essays about parenting and family life. A common pitfall for single parents is to rush into a new relationship too quickly, Bruno said. They're hungry for the closeness they used to have, but you can't manufacture that," Bruno said. "Love is a complex process for any man or woman, and people her mother dating. "I don't like it because there aren't many men I like," said Ellen, now 11. For single parents, it can be tricky to strike a balance between the desire for a love life and Single parents' tips for dating Psychotherapist and author Dr. Lois Nightingale says a single parent should look for these qualities in someone he or she is dating: Playful, light and fun with kids. Doesn't try to discipline kids. Setting rules, boundaries and giving consequences needs to be done by the birth parent. Not jealous if you need to put the children first or when they need your attention. Willing to be introduced into the lives of the kids slowly. Doesn't want to exclusively do activities with children or only activities in which kids are excluded. Willing to model respect and adoration for you in front of your children. Does not use alcohol or drugs to excess. Is patient when children express jealous and interfering behaviors. Will accept your boundaries about how much affection you are comfortable with expressing in front of your kids, and at what pace. Understands that kids do grow up and that life-partners are together long after the kids have left home. should proceed very, very slowly when children are involved." Whether to introduce a date at all is a big decision. Tool repairman Kevin Burdine and ex-wife Jennifer Burdine, both 30, discussed dating after they divorced and agreed that 5-year-old son Trevor wouldn't meet a significant other unless it was serious. They didn't want him to get emotionally attached to someone who sensitivity to children. Youngsters complicate the logistics of dating and the already awkward process of getting to know a potential mate. Parents must weigh not only their own chemistry with the date, but also how that person might get along with their kids. Children should be the first priority, but, at some point, parents have to consider their own happiness, said Ellen's mother, Sue Williams, a Carmel business analyst Youngsters accept dating a lot better when both parents are mature about the way they interact with and talk about each other, said psychotherapist and author Lois Nightingale. The road to becoming a veterinarian isn't easy jn I" - ' . ' ' - By Dennis Selig Knight Ridder Newspapers Having been a guidance counselor for the last 12 years, Mrs. Owens had seen a number of her students go on to rewarding careers. She was looking forward to her afternoon appointment with Daniel, a bright, friendly lOth-grader. Daniel had shown great aptitude in science and math and had expressed an interest in veterinary medicine. "Hello, Daniel, come in and have a seat," invited Mrs. Owens. "In our earlier meeting, you mentioned that you were interested in veterinary medicine. Are you still interested?" Decorating: Take your pets into consideration. Page E2 "Yes ma'am, after reading Ail Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot and discussing it with my parents, I am even more certain that being a veterinarian is something I'd like to consider," he said. "I have always loved animals, whether it was a pet or an injured bird or squirrel." "Well," said Mrs. Owens, "I Just received information from the American Veterinary Medical Association and from the veterinary school. I think you See Road, Page E3 and mother of three. That doesn't mean you don't listen to your kids," Sue said. "But they have to recognize that you have feelings, too, and if it's the right person, eventually they'll come around." Julie Goldman, 31, lives on the Northside and is a divorced mother of two. She holds boyfriends to a higher standard now than she did before she had children. "You really think long and hard about the kind of person you want to introduce into your children's life," she said. "Character, trustworthi- wouldn't be around long. Kevin, of Mooresville, said he's grateful for good rapport with his ex, and he's glad he and Jennifer set ground rules in advance. "I think it would be a lot harder if we hadn't talked about it ahead of time," he said. It's wise not to expose your child to every person you go out with, Bruno said. But she's also dubious about the opposite extreme. "You can't completely shield a child from your love life," she said. See Date, Page E3 If there were resolutions to be made, these would be 2002's Most resolutions are lucky to live beyond Groundhog Day. There are stories of a woman in Broken Sidewalk, Texas, who actually kept her resolution not to eat chocolate-covered raisins until just before Labor Day, but this Is an unconfirmed report and, therefore, must be treated f Mike Redmond Another year. Amazing how they keep coming around whether you want them to or not. I guess I am of two minds about that. On the one hand, I don't relish the idea of it being 2002 already because I am much too young and handsome (OK. OK: immature) to be ... to foolish enough to conduct these experiments on my own house. I will be nicer to telemarketers. Except, of course, the ones who call in the daytime. Or at night. I will stop introducing myself to strangers as "Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman." And. finally: I, Mike Redmond, on Jan. 1, 2002, do hereby resolve to grow up and start acting my age for a change. Although to be honest, it's a good thing I'm not making resolutions again this year. That one probably wouldn't even last the morning. Contact Mike Redmond at: 1-317-444-6388 or at mike.redmondindystar.com. O lndyStar.com: Click on Indiana Living to access Mike Redmond's columns. 1 will no longer feed the dog tidbits from my plate at supper. Not only is this bad for her, according to the vet, but she's getting a little pushy. The other day she showed up at the table with a napkin tucked Into her collar. I will refrain from using bad language when my &!! computer locks up. I will do my best to follow the advice of Dr. Shecky, the world's funniest (he thinks) physician, who says I shouldn't eat anything with a label on it. From now on, before I eat anything, I will remove the labels. The next time I ride my motorcycle to work, and the Boss asks if I came in on a hawg, I will simply say "Yes. sir" instead of "No, the pigs don't like it when you attach the handlebars to their heads." I will learn to use the power tools I have bought, although I'm not going to be and that led to the resolution. Which T believe lasted until Jan. 3. Jan. 4 at the latest. What can I say? There was a fresh package of Oreos in the cupboard, calling to me. So I don't make resolutions anymore. I carry around enough guilt already, just as a matter of course. Why do something that I know is just going to add to the load? (Neither, for that matter, do I binge on beer, fried bologna sandwiches and double-pepperoni pizza anymore, on New Year's Eve or Any Other Eve. I have been known, however, to Indulge In a few Oreos from time to time.) Anyway, I have been giving the matter some thought, and if I were to make resolutions, they might be like this: I, Mike Redmond, resolve on Jan. 1, 2002, that: as Urban Myth. I stopped making resolutions a long time ago. Oh, I tried: "I, Mike Redmond, on this date of Jan. 1, 1979, resolve never again to eat Oreo cookies, fried bologna sandwiches or double-pepperoni pizzas." This was because I had spent New Year's Eve eating Oreo cookies, fried bologna sandwiches and double-pepperoni pizzas with what we might call alcohol-powered abandon. New Year's Day dawned uncomfortably for me. be. . . to be the age I am going to be in 2002. On the other hand, 2001 was such a mess that I am glad to see it over and grateful for the fresh start we get, beginning today. It is tradition at this time of year to make resolutions, promises to ourselves which we then, in a tradition that goes back generations, set about breaking. p.ijy-jwaijiu'JW'aAW ujLM.iiiifc'wiitijij,!!. qv 1 J" ".' hi'JUlJ i-f4' '.I'li.l J .1" flT.riilir ri t t fti'.l.n: j.rrr ' . WVv H 0

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