Hilton Realty has a Class A feather in its cap, having bought 821 Alexander Road from Advance Realty. A four-year-old, 44,000 square-foot Class A building, it is on the corner of Vaughn Drive, next to the Princeton Junction train station, and is known as Princeton Metro Center III. The price was not disclosed.
This purchase represents Hilton's second from Advance in 2005. Earlier this year Advance sold 902 Carnegie Center at Carnegie Boulevard West and Canal Pointe Boulevard, and Hilton has started construction for that 140,000 square-foot Class A office building. Transactions often come in twos and threes, says Hilton Realty's Mark Hill. "After we close a deal, one of our first comments is, 'Do you have anything else for sale?' A buyer and seller need to be comfortable with each other, and once you are, maybe there is more business to be done."
Princeton Metro Center III is fully leased, and among its tenants is the company that constructed it, Bovis Lend Lease, which has its pharmaceutical division in 21,000 square feet there. The other tenants are two financial management firms (Global Value Investors and Jamison Eaton & Wood), two consulting firms (Princeton Social Capital and Six Sigma Qualtec), and a law firm, Wong Fleming.
Hilton Realty, owned by George H. Sands, owns shopping centers, warehouses, and office parks, and it has in the neighborhood of 3,000 tenants. Among its Princeton area properties are Research Park, Montgomery Center, Lawrence Executive Center, and 1060 State Road.
"Location is key for us, " says Hill. "We like to manage our properties on a daily basis, and you need to be there to do so."
Hilton Realty Co. LLC, 194 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542. George H. Sands, senior partner. 609-921-6060; fax, 609-924-1992. www.hiltonrealtyco.com
Starting this week defense attorney Robin Lord will take the spotlight as she attempts to prove former Epigenesis CEO Jonathan Nyce innocent on charges of killing his wife on January 16, 2004. Jury selection is expected to begin in the court of Judge Bill Mathesius, and the trial is expected to last a month.
Nyce, the 54-year-old founder of Epigenesis, has been free on $750,000 bail for nearly 10 months, but he has been confined to his parents' home in Pennsylvania and wears an electronic tracking device. Lord got Nyce's bail reduced from $1.7 million but was dealt a setback last month when Judge Mathesius denied her motion to suppress her client's confession to the police.
According to Hopewell Township and state police, Nyce killed his 34-year-old wife, Michelle, in the garage of their home after she returned from seeing her lover in a motel. Prosecutors also say that Nyce tried to make the death look accidental by driving her car, with her body in it, into a creek. But tracks in the snow leading from his car allegedly matched his footprints. Nyce now says that his wife lunged at him with a long sharp knife. No knife has been found.
Nyce was the subject of a U.S. 1 cover story, "Flipping Off the Asthma Switch," on March 17, 1999, when his company was at Cedar Brook Corporate Center. He planned to use antisense therapies to disable harmful genes and make the treatment of respiratory diseases as easy as flipping a genetic switch.
Sandy Durst of Stark & Stark continues to represent Teddy Rivera, Michelle's father, who is applying for custody of and visitation with the three children (U.S. 1, August 11, 2004).
In 1989, when Lord was working in the public defender's office, she successfully defended a Haitian man who was being investigated in the Cissy Stuart murder case. Lord was the attorney for a 27-year-old burglar in the 1997 robbery of Sovereign Bank on Nassau Street, and she defended the 18-year-old driver of an all-terrain vehicle when he ran over and killed a women before the international bicycle race in Trenton in 2002. One of her current clients is Bernard Green, 23, said to be a Bloods gang member, charged with threatening the life of a Trenton detective.
Helping Kids Speak Their Minds
'I wanted to be a speech pathologist since I was 15 years old," says Terri Rossman, owner and executive director of the Princeton Speech-Language and Learning Center in Research Park at 909 State Road. Rossman recently moved her office after eight years at 133 Wall Street, doubling the company's office space to 2,000 square feet.
While originally focused on improving the foreign accents of adults,as well as developing business, professional, and social speech skills, the 10-person office now specialized in language-based learning disorders, voice disorders, stuttering, autism, Asperger's syndrome, and other causes of language disabilities affecting pre-school through school age children.
"There is more of a demand for child-based language services. We've learned much more about learning disorders, how language development affects reading, and this has opened new avenues of how we need to look at children," says Rossman. "If children continue for years without proper attention to their language development, it presents a real problem later. We see an impact on all aspects of their lives. Even social skills are impaired."
If a child can't understand questions or pose them in school, they fall behind academically. One type of learning-based issues is selective mutism, a disorder that is more common than most people realize. Selective mutism is seen in children who have normal language skills, but high-anxiety in social settings, who refuse, or are not capable of, speaking in school.
Mary Ann Raymond assists Rossman as the director of the center, and is a board-certified speech language pathologist. Formerly she was the director of outreach at the Newgrange School in Princeton. She has worked with Rossman and the center for five years.
One speech pathologist at the center specializes in feeding disorders, including food refusal that may be caused by sensory issues. A child may refuse to eat certain foods due to an aversion to the tactile sensation, color, or temperature of the food. A child having difficulty managing oral muscular control may fail to eat adequately and gain weight. Some children overstuff food into their mouths or are unnaturally messy eaters. Treatment includes desensitizing children to the areas that overstimulate them, as well as stimulating areas that are underutilized.
Another area served is apraxia, where there is difficulty transmitting speech methods from the brain to the mouth. This demonstrates an inability to sequence movements and is treated by repeated patterning to create connections in the brain that are not functioning correctly.
Rhonda Wolmack specializes in voice disorders and vocal abuse in children who scream, but also with teachers, coaches, and professional singers. Constantly abusing the vocal cords can result in nodules and hoarseness. Treatment involves retraining the muscles, and using other muscles and breath support to communicate more efficiently.
Rossman says that most parents realize between 15 and 18 months of age whether their child is having oral difficulties. Classic indicators are a child who is not babbling, or producing a wide repertoire of sounds. As the child's interaction with the outside world expands, it becomes increasingly critical that the child's auditory skills develop appropriately.
The center's professionals do presentations for other medical professionals, as well as parents, both in New Jersey and out of state. In addition, the center offers speech and language summer camps. Camp Fun and Games is held at Montessori/New Horizon for children 3.5 to 8 years old. Lasting for six weeks, the camp runs three days a week for three hours each day, and maintains speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and special education teachers on staff.
Camp In Sync is held at the Princeton Charter School for 8 to 13 year olds and focuses on school-learning, social skills, language skills, and reading comprehension. It runs July 5-28, from 1 to 4 p.m., three days a week.
Camp Ready Readers is an intensive reading program that provides a jumpstart for 4 to 6-year-olds at risk of developing reading disorders. Two week sessions, in July and August, will be held in the center's office, four days a week for 1.5 hours each day. Campers typically have a personal or family history of language delay.
To deal with the development of social skills, the center runs Chatterboxes, small groups of children ages 3-5 that focus on language expression, listening skills, and paying attention. Kid Power is geared for children ages 5 through high school to provide strategies, as well as explicit training, in social skills. Participants are handpicked and put into groups based on age and social difficulties. The eight to ten week sessions are ongoing, with the next one starting in June.
Rossman, who is married and lives in Princeton with her husband, Barry Rossman, a urologist, has three children. She grew up on Long Island, and received a BS in speech audiology from Ithaca College in 1979, and a MS in speech-language from Boston University.
Rossman says speech-learning disabilities occur for several different reasons. "It may be a history of ear infections that caused speech to develop inefficiently and not mature adequately. It's during the early years, the prime time of auditory system development, that lack of stimulation really impacts a child's ability to process sounds into speech," says Rossman.
Rossman found her calling in high school by attending a job fair at Hofstra University. "I observed a speech pathology clinic there and there's never been a day that I've regretted being in this field. It's been a really exciting journey."
Princeton Speech-Language & Learning Center, 19 Wall Street, Princeton 08540. Terri Rossman, executive director. 609-924-7080; fax, 609-924-6563. www.psllcnj.com
Mathews, Shepherd, McKay & Bruneau PA, 100 Thanet Circle, Suite 306, Princeton 08540-3674. Robert G. Shepherd, managing partner. 609-924-8555; fax, 609-924-3036. Home Page: www.mathewslaw.com
Formerly known as Mathews, Collins, Shepherd & McKay PA, the Thanet Circle-based law firm has added a partner and changed its name. Brooks R. Bruneau, the new partner, is a 1986 alumnus of Colgate who went to Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. He joins Robert G. Shepherd and Diane Dunn McKay, the other partners in the eight-attorney firm.
The intellectual property firm was founded in 1980 on Nassau Street by the late Hume Mathews. Bruce M. Collins retired at the end of last year.
Daniel J. Graziano & Assoc., 3685 Quakerbridge Road, Box 3333, Trenton 08619-3333. 609-890-0400; fax, 609-587-8331.
The law firm of Brotman, Graziano, and Hubert has been reorganized. Daniel Graziano is on Quakerbridge Road, and Craig Hubert and Dennis Brotman are now with Fox Rothschild. Graziano does family law, wills, estate planning, commercial litigation, real estate, and zoning and planning.
NOP World Consumer Sector, 1060 State Road, Box 158, Princeton 08542-0158. Brad Fay, group senior vice president. 609-683-6100; fax, 609-683-6211. Home page: www.nopworld.com
Formerly owned by a British company, NOP World has been bought by a German one for nearly $694 million. United Business Media, a publishing firm, sold NOP to a market research firm, GfK Aktiengesellshaft, based in Nuremberg. This division was founded as Response Analysis and has also been known as Roper Starch.
UBM has promised to return more than one-fourth of the sale price or 17 percent of UBM's current market value to the shareholders. David Levin, CEO of UBM, said in a press release that the sale would help NOP employees have "significant opportunities as part of a larger market research group."
NOP World is a leading provider of both syndicated and custom primary research and consulting support services. GfK is a pure market research company, and with the acquisition it will be one of the world's largest.
Start-Up: Computer House Calls
Gary Parks and Michael Chaput opened Datalisk Technologies to offer computer maintenance and repair services to small companies and residential clients.
In addition to doing checkups, regular maintenance sessions, and basic repair, Datalisk acts as an intermediary for other IT services, such as recommending a reputable web hosting service provider. "Our focus is on maintenance and on demystifying computers to our clients, which is different from a traditional break/fix service model," says Parks. "We teach clients how to maximize their computer as their primary business tool."
The charge is $75 an hour, with a one-hour minimum, or $65 an hour for nonprofits. but the discount for first-time clients is $40 an hour for the first two hours. New clients also get a free two-page written report of potential problems. To scrub a virus takes about an hour, he says, and to rebuild a system would take several hours.
A Hillsborough native, the son of a librarian and a mechanical engineer, Gary Parks is married to a Rutgers archivist. He studied urban forestry (i.e. shade trees) at Rutgers University, Class of 1995, and then - with jobs scarce in that field - he took classes at Chubb Institute and got a job working for Inacom Information Services to do IT consulting at Johnson & Johnson. Then, at Merrill Lynch, he provided remote support for toplevel managers in 70 national offices.
He remembers getting mid-flight calls to talk an executive through a computer crash. "They didn't care about the expense, because that PowerPoint demo was going to get them a $20 million contract. But after Y2K Merrill Lynch eliminated my entire department, which represented a third of the IT staff."
He configured software for Fortune 50 companies at Candle Corporation, which has network monitoring and response time software. In 2001 Parks formed his first company, MP Technologies, to do troubleshooting.
"Over time I found myself working for more small companies, and when I brought in a partner, Michael Chaput, I launched DataList Technologies, which specializes exclusively in small business and residential IT support." In addition to the two partners, DataList has three other employees.
Chaput, also an alumnus of Rutgers and Chubb, is married to a graphic designer and they have a preschool son.
Though he has been working with computers from the age of 11, Chaput's first real job was at First Concern of New Jersey, Inc. where he designed, installed, and maintained a multi site, corporation-wide computer network system. He has also worked at Computer Wizard of New Jersey, Service Press Inc. and Gill St. Bernard's School.
The company makes house calls, almost exclusively, and Parks credits the "computer doctor's" equivalent to the "bedside manner" for his success so far. "My older clients tend to assume they are stupid when they encounter a computer problem," says Parks. "A great deal of my business is being able to assure them this is a new technology, and it's not their fault, to make them feel comfortable and at home with it. A lot of it is being a nice guy to them."
Datalisk Technologies LLC, 65 Berkshire Court, Hillsborough 08844. Gary Parks, 866-861-2897; fax, 908-359-7333. Home page: www.datalisk.com
Start-Up: Bilingual Aides
Georgette Shamyer, with her Peruvian-born mother at her side, has opened Bilingual Personal Resources on Main Street in Lawrenceville. The firm offers bilingual (Spanish and English) correspondence, office administrative support, and translation services.
"My mother has been doing this on the corporate end for 10 years," says the 26-year-old Shamyer. "I do the driving and the typing."
"We work with several different attorneys, real estate companies, and financing companies that aid the Latino community," says Shamyer. "We help them get housing, buy a car, get working contract - whatever they need. We do documents, tax preparation, and financial counseling. We write letters for their credit records, get financial aid for college, and go with them to meetings. If they need plane tickets bought over the Internet, I find the best rates and use our credit card and they pay us in cash. I have even actually started some private computer classes."
Shamyer credits her mother with encouraging her to attend and graduate from Mercer County Community College. "My mother went with me, and now she teaches there part-time," she says.
Shamyer's mother prefers to remain in the background of this business, because she continues to work for corporations and teach English as a Second Language at MCCC. Born in Peru, she came to the United States with her sister, and went back to Peru to get a college degree. Since her husband died 23 years ago, she has been a single mother, and since an auto accident a dozen years ago, she has been disabled.
Nevertheless, says her proud daughter, "she has done every job known to man," including working for corporations like Lenox and Mobil, doing training, translating manuals, and acting as the liaison between human resources executives and Latino employees.
If you think that the nuances of translation don't matter, says Shamyer, think again. "Ahorita," the word for "now" in most Spanish-speaking countries, means "later" in Puerto Rico.
Bilingual Personal Resources, 2665 Route 206, Lawrenceville 08648. Georgette Shamyer, owner. 609-620-9000; fax, 609-620-9100.
Will Innovation Zones Include Princeton, Too?
Princeton has been champing at the bit, ever since the state set up "Innovation Zones" in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden and left Princeton out. Former Governor James McGreevey established these zones last September to lure high tech industries to those parts of the state by offering such perks as incentives from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
Now Assemblymen Upendra Chivukula, a Democrat representing parts of Somerset and Middlesex counties, is co-sponsoring a bill that would expand the New Brunswick/North Brunswick zone to include South Brunswick, Piscataway, Franklin Township, Princeton Township and Borough, Plainsboro, and West Windsor.
The new map for this Innovation Zone would, therefore, include the Sarnoff Center, Princeton University, Princeton Corporate Plaza, Research Park, Princeton Service Center, and Windsor Corporate Park, among others. Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital were already included.
Among the EDA-sponsored perks suggested for Innovation Zones: The Springboard II Fund cap increases from $250,000 to $300,000. This EDA fund offers direct investment for companies that are almost ready to bring a product to market.
The Business Employment Incentive Program increases by five percent, up to the maximum grant award of 80 percent.
BEIP grants are based on the amount of state income taxes withheld by the company during the calendar year from the new employees hired. Technology companies must create a minimum of 10 new jobs.
The Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program allocation increases by up to $10 million per year. Under this program qualified technology companies sell their tax losses or R&D credits to profitable New Jersey corporations for at least 75 percent of their value. Of a total of $60 million, $5 million has been designated specifically for participating Innovation Zone businesses this year, and it goes to $10 million annually in future years.
The bill passed the committee stage and could be voted on in the Assembly before the summer break on June 30.
"By creating a means for a collaborative support system between universities, hospitals and businesses across the state, New Jersey will continue to lead the way academically, technologically, and economically. Innovation zones create a network for businesses in central New Jersey and maintain a pipeline of new employees through relationships with institutions of higher education," says Chivukula.
New Jersey Economic Development Authority, 36 West State Street, Box 990, Trenton 08625-0990. Caren S. Franzini, CEO. 609-292-1800; fax, 609-292-5722. Home page: www.njeda.com
Michael Wiley has been named Innovation Zone Project Officer to manage the three current "technology neighborhoods" or Innovation Zones in Newark, New Brunswick, and Camden. A native of south Jersey with BA, MBA, and JD degrees from West Virginia University, Wiley has done commercial contracting, intellectual property/technology licensing, and business development experience for such organizations as Lucent Technologies, Rutgers University's Office of Corporate Liaison and Technology Transfer, and Avaya Inc. At Avaya he negotiated commercial contracts, software licenses, and alliance agreements.
"The EDA and the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology are working cooperatively with many state agencies to coordinate resources that support the financial, infrastructure, workforce and needs within these Innovation Zones," said Tim Lizura of EDA in a press release.
Headwaters Technology and Innovation Group/Hydrocarbon Technologies Inc. (HDWR), 1501 New York Avenue, Lawrenceville 08648. Theo Lee, CEO. 609-394-3102; fax, 609-394-9602. Home page: www.headwaters.com
Molecular scientist Bing Zhou at Headwaters NanoKinetix (a division of Headwaters Technology and Innovation Group) has patented a catalysis process that can help keep trace amounts of contaminant heavy metals out of pharmaceutical products. Instead of using a liquid catalyst comprised of heavy metals, Zhou uses nanotechnology and a solid catalyst. "While ingested in minute quantities, these metals are not broken down or excreted from the body and could build up over time," says a press release.
Kos Pharmaceuticals (KOSP), 1 Cedar Brook Drive, Cedar Brook Corporate Center, Cranbury 08512. Adrian Adams, president and CEO. 609-495-0500; fax, 609-495-0920. Home page: www.kospharm.com
On May 3 Kos announced its first quarter income had more than tripled, partly on higher sales for cholesterol-lowering drugs, Niaspan and Advicor. These drugs got a boost last year when American Heart Association guideline essentially tripled the number of women who are candidates them. Kos has agreed to let Barr Pharmaceuticals co-promote the two products, and Barr agreed to provide back-up manufacturing services for the products.
Digital 5 Inc., 101 Grovers Mill Road, Quakerbridge Executive Center, Suite 200, Lawrenceville 08648. Gary Hughes, CEO. 609-243-0015; fax, 609-243-9231. Home page: www.digital5.com
Digital 5 Inc. is partnering with Florida-based Intellon to help audio-video manufacturers develop products with Intellon's HomePlug technology.
HomePlug can be embedded in routers, notebook computers, TVs, and DVRs to obtain high-speed network access through existing home power lines, and it simplifies the networking process. Meanwhile Digital 5 can wirelessly connect televisions and home stereos to a home computer network.
The combination of HomePlug and Digital 5's secure streaming technology will provide a complete hardware and software package for original equipment manufacturers.
"Digital 5's user interface and out-of-the-box support for virtually any digital content format makes their solution a perfect match for HomePlug's ease of use," says Cameron McCaskill of Intellon.
AIG Aviation (AIG). 212-458-3400
The aviation insurance office of the Atlanta-based firm closed at 214 Carnegie Center, and one employee moved to the New York office.