New in Town


Contracts Awarded

Crosstown Moves

Leaving Town


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This article by Barbara Fox was prepared for the August 21, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Brandywine Buys New Home for CUH2A

Brandywine Realty Trust has bought 1000 Lenox Drive, the building that currently houses Highlands Insurance Group, and will lease it to CUH2A. Brandywine is a full-service real estate investment trust that owns 270 properties with 21 million square feet. It paid $7,575,000 for the property, including the 52,000 square foot building plus developable acres. Highlands has ceased writing insurance policies and is in a reorganization period.

John R.A. Scott, president of CUH2A, says his firm will move to Lenox Drive in November, 2003. CUH2A currently occupies 60,000 square feet at 211 and 104 Carnegie Center. The move, he says, will help eliminate space redundancies, but the staff size (288 here, plus those at offices in Atlanta, Chicago, and London) will remain the same. CUH2A does architecture, planning, and engineering (www.cuh2a.com).

Brandywine Realty Trust (BDN), 2000 Lenox Drive,

Suite 102, Lawrenceville 08648. George D. Sowa, vice president.

609-895-9595; fax, 609-895-9899. Home page:


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For the Disabled

Among the careers that will always be in demand, even

in a recession, are those that involve caring for people with


Allies Inc., a young organization that supports individuals with


disabilities, has expanded from 900 feet in Robbinsville to 2,200

feet on Route 33.

Allies Inc. was founded by Krystal Odell, who had been chief operating

officer of Community Options, the Farber Road-based company with


goals. Several of the officers at Allies, including vice president

Elise Gambino, had also worked at Community Options. Odell is an


of Seton Hall, Class of 1979, and has a master’s in education and

counseling from Rider. When she left Community Options it was to be

the director of the New Jersey Division on Disability, and she left

that post in 1999 to found this agency.

Allies receives state funds to support 140 people in 47 residential

programs — group homes, supervised apartments, and supportive

living, 47 programs. Another supports the employment of 40


In addition to the 20 people who work from the headquarters office,

the agency employs about 120 field workers.

Allies Inc., 2275 Route 33, Suite 303, Hamilton

Square 08619. Krystal Odell, president. 609-689-0136; fax,


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New in Town

Image Arts Etc., 301 North Harrison Street,


Shopping Center, Princeton 08540. James Lee, co-owner. 609-924-8544;

fax, 609-924-8499.

The digital photography company, new at the shopping center, provides

an assortment of services for both the business and the individual.

These include graphic design, art reproduction, digital editing, and

portrait and event photography. Founded in 2002 by co-owners James

Lee and David Chambers, the company hopes to expand its staff size.

Insulation Contractors Inc., 3A Marlen Drive,


Business Park, Hamilton 08691. 609-890-0036; fax, 609-890-2415.

In August Insulation Contractors moved to Hamilton Business Park.

The firm declined to give further information.

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Learning Center of Princeton, 601 Ewing Street,

Suite C-4 Princeton Professional Park, Princeton 08540. Jo Ann


executive director. 609-921-0200; fax, 609-799-7647. Home page:


Learning Center of Princeton, 50


Road, Princeton Junction 08550. 609-799-6700; fax, 609-799-7647.

The Learning Center has opened a second location on Princeton


Road. It offers supplemental and enrichment instruction to students

from age five through adult.

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Contracts Awarded

Center for Health Care Strategies Inc., 1009 Lenox

Drive, Suite 204, Lawrenceville 08648. Stephen A. Somers PhD,


609-895-8101; fax, 609-895-9648. Home page: www.chcs.org

The Center for Health Care Strategies will partner with Children’s

Futures in assisting Trenton-area hospitals and health clinics improve

the quality of prenatal care.

The three-year project, Improving Maternal and Newborn Health Care

in Trenton, will be conducted by CHCS’ Best Clinical and


Practices initiative. CHCS is a nonprofit that administers health

care programs, principally funded by the Robert Wood Johnson


Isles, 10 Wood Street, Trenton 08618. Martin


president. 609-393-5656; fax, 609-393-9513. Home page:


Isles has received a $639,000 grant from the Community Housing


Organizations program of the New Jersey Department of Community


The grant will help to rehabilitate Bellevue Court, a 22-unit home

ownership project. Along with the Isles grant, the city of Trenton

received a $660,313 grant from the State Balanced Housing Neighborhood

Preservation program for the same purpose.

The Trenton-based agency promotes self-sufficiency in distressed


through its affordable housing, job training, community gardens,


restoration, and urban environmental education programs.

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Crosstown Moves

Corporate Printing and Copying Inc., 29 Emmons

Drive, G-40, West Windsor 08550. Stewart Lapidus, owner. 609-520-0777.

The 16-year-old commercial printing company moved from 7 Deer Park

Drive in Monmouth Junction to 29 Emmons Drive in West Windsor.


to owner Stewart Lapidus, the company moved in order to get closer

to its Princeton-area customer base. Lapidus says he started the


in 1986, when he owned Creative Coupons in South Brunswick, so that

he would no longer have to send out for his own printing. The new

location is the same size, roughly 1,400 square feet, with no change

in staff size.

Industrial Packaging Supply, 107-A North Gold


Robbinsville 08691-1603. Ron Kocheran, vice president. 609-259-6888;

fax, 609-259-6885. Home page: www.nncrew.org

The 12-year-old company moved from 182-H Ridge Road in Dayton to North

Gold Drive and has a new phone and fax. It distributes flexible


films and machinery.

Prints of Windsor, 1274 Route 130 South, Windsor

08561. J.F. Heinz, owner. 609-448-3400; fax, 609-448-0684.

Founded in 1986, the commercial printing and desktop publishing


moved from 2025 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, to 1274 Route 130

in East Windsor. Owner J.F. Heinz cited financial reasons for the

move, with their 1200 square feet of space and staff size of three

remaining unchanged.

Ash-Lor Laminates Inc., 1700 Sylvan Avenue,


08619. Norm Mayfield, president. 609-448-0200; fax, 609-448-1195.

Home page: www.ashlor.com

The cabinetry company has moved from 5,000 feet at Windsor Industrial

Park Hamilton. It does cabinet refacing, custom counter tops,


windows, and remodeling.

JRM Construction, 2277 Route 33, Golden Crest


Center, Suite 411, Hamilton 08690. James R. McCagg II, president.

609-587-6742; fax, 609-586-0639.

Last spring the construction company moved from Lexington Square


to Golden Crest Corporate Center. The company specializes in custom


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Leaving Town

ExecuTrain of New Jersey, 2 Tower Center Boulevard,

East Brunswick 08816. 732-937-9600; fax, 973-539-1666. Home page:


The world’s largest computer training and support firm has reorganized

and closed its Tower Center office in East Brunswick. Training


are being handled through the Mount Laurel office. Most of the Central

Jersey business, says Andy Atkins, chairman, is from Fortune 1000

companies that need onsite training.

Executrain’s managers bought out the company, which had been sold

to Boston-based IDG in the early 1990s. "Such buybacks by


owners are rare, and in terms of company size and high awareness of

the ExecuTrain name, this is one of the most significant," says

the press release that told of the buyback.

"We hit 2001 and that changed a few things," says Atkins.

"I brought back the founder, Mike Addison, and Ray Kelly is the

CEO. We have 100 locations in the United States and 230 offices in

35 countries worldwide." Founded in 1984, ExecuTrain is


in Alpharetta, Georgia, and has trained more than 10 million people


Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services,

1 Mall Drive, Suite 500, Cherry Hill 08002. Allan Smith, branch


609-671-1080; fax, 856-667-0933. gateway-funding.com

The mortgage company has moved from 1230 Parkway Avenue, Ewing, to

Cherry Hill.

Westaff, 190 Route 18, East Brunswick 08816.


fax, 732-296-1277. Www.westaff.com

The temporary staffing service closed an office at 123 Franklin Corner

Road and business is being handled from East Brunswick.

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Maurice A. Mather, 82, on August 13. He had been a funeral

director at Mather Funeral Home, now known as Mather-Hodge Funeral

Home on Vandeventer Street.

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