Originally created 02/04/01

Pocket change



HURRIED HELP

The 4-in-1 Pen & Highlighter from Sharper Image is a nifty little number that can come in handy when you're on the go. It contains a ballpoint pen, a pencil, a highlighter and a stylus for your electronic organizer. It's available at Sharper Image stores for $35. Mail-order requests cost an additional $5.95. Call (800) 344-4444.

PR FOR PR

The Council of Public Relations Firms is trying to drum up publicity for a deserving cause: itself.

The nonprofit New York-based trade association's news release touts the virtues of a career in public relations and seeks recruits.The council linked the higher demand for good PR professionals to an increased need by companies to better communicate their messages because of the growth and complexity of technology and media.

The U.S. Department of Labor says PR jobs are expected to increase faster, through 2006, than the average of all other occupations.

CITY SLICKERS

A Web site for outdoor activities, GORP.com, now has a feature that helps readers plan weekend getaways with an outdoors twist. The City Weekender lets you select from more than 24 U.S. cities. Check it out (at www.gorptravel.com/weekends).

HOT ROOMS

If a stroll on the Common, shopping at Copley Square or a concert at Symphony Hall sound like the makings of a winter treat, consider the special rates at two luxurious Boston hotels.

The Eliot, an all-suite hotel on Commonwealth Avenue, offers a suite with marble bath and private pantry for $235 per night through March. The Eliot is home to Clio restaurant, with a 15-course tasting menu. Call (800) 44-ELIOT or visit www.eliothotel.com.

Posher still is Fifteen Beacon, a boutique hotel where every room has a gas fireplace and a poster bed spread with Italian linens. Fifteen Beacon's restaurant is The Federalist. Through March 21, the rate is $495 a night, with free in-town Mercedes sedan service. Call (617) 670-1500 or visit www.xvbeacon.com.

PRACTICE SAFE SURF

Employees with Internet access might want to be discreet when exploring cyberspace, a new poll concludes.

According to a recent study of 3,400 executives, 40 percent of companies track employee use of the Web. The survey - conducted by brilliantpeople.com, the online arm of Management Recruiters International Inc. - also found that 64 percent of respondents said their companies have formal policies to curb possible Internet abuse.

The survey also showed that retail, transportation and financial companies were the most likely to have Internet policies.