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These articles by Barbara Fox were prepared for the October 18,

2000 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Broadband: Onepath Goes the Last Mile

Futurists like George Gilder make grand predictions

about how wonderful it will be when big pipes to the Internet are

available everywhere. Trouble is, these big pipes, commonly referred

to as "broadband," are generally only available to commercial

office buildings. Homeowners remain frustrated with their inability

to get the big pipe connections extended through the "last


to their houses. house. While waiting to tap into inexpensive


bandwidth, these homeowners are now turning to cable modems or DSL.

"The dismal service business is in clear contrast to the computer

business, where many competitors vie for the consumer dollars and

do so by deploying the latest technology as fast as they can,"

writes Les Vadasz, executive vice president of Intel and head of Intel

Capital. He reviewed Gilder’s most recent book, "Telecosm,"

in the Wall Street Journal on October 12. "The last mile —

the connection between the consumer and the rest of the network —

is the choke point where the deployment of new technology is happening

at a pitifully slow rate."

The Forrestal Center office of OnePath Networks is one service firm

that is working frantically on the "last mile" problem for

residential customers and has just received a $40 million vote of

confidence. This round of financing was led by Aurum-SBC Investments,

a first-time investor, along with Patricof & Co. Ventures and Geneva

Merchant Banking Partners.

OnePath had gotten more than $54 million of investment in previous

rounds. Follow-on investments for this round are from CIBC World


Israel Seed, and Israel-based Apax Partners. This "mezzanine"

round is expected to tide the company over until it can do an IPO.

The company’s U.S. clients include DualStar, Hughes, Pan Am Sat,


Bell and Vyvx. International customers include Alcatel Marconi, Astra,

British Telecom, Hyundai, Samsung and Singapore Telecom.

In July OnePath released iPath products, which deliver high speed

data plus CATV and DBS entertainment video to multiple dwelling units.

Delivery is by a single wire or fiber into a building without using

a cable or DSL modem. Various major service providers are issuing

these systems.

HomePath, another product, is a Passive Optical Network (PON) access

system for single family homes. When released in the second quarter

of next year, it will deliver high speed data, video, and voice over

a single fiber.

"Our iPath and HomePath product lines," says David S. Stehlin,

CEO and president, "are gaining wide acceptance, and this new

investment allows us to grow at an even faster rate." A graduate

of the Naval Academy, Class of 1979, Stehlin spent five years as an

officer in the Marine Corps, before working at a North Carolina fiber

optics company and serving as president of Keptel in Tinton, New


When Stehlin set up his office here last year, the firm was known

as Foxcom. It is a privately-held Israeli company, founded in 1993

by Howard Loboda, and has grown to 32 employees here (with the goal

of having 40 by December) and 100 workers in Israel (toward an


figure of 120 by the end of the year). Foxcom changed its name to

reflect a move from a focus on video to full convergence.

Onepath Networks, 600 College Road East, Suite

3400, Princeton 08540. David Stehlin, CEO. 609-514-1800; fax,


Home page:

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Front Porch Splits

Front Porch Video, a digital video software company

launched in 1996 by Jay Yogeshwar and Dean Harris, has reorganized

and split. With Harris as the new president, Front Porch Video moved

from Franklin Corner Road to Penns Landing in Philadelphia. In May

Yogeshwar created another company, Front Porch Digital, in Cherry

Hill, and did a deal to make it a public company, and it is traded

on the over-the-counter market.

Harris and Yogeshwar had worked together at the Toshiba Advanced


Technology Center in Princeton, developing the first DVD pre-mastering

system. This system was installed at the Time-Warner California Video

Center in Los Angeles and was used to create many of the initial DVD

discs that came to market. Yogeshwar and Harris then leveraged their

experience to found Front Porch Video to provide consulting and custom

software development for digital video and DVD (U.S. 1, April 21,

1999). Front Porch is an engineering term for the beginning of a video

signal — the entry point is called the "front porch."

Harris, the new president of Front Porch Video, went to Drexel, Class

of 1978, and was a consultant at Bell Labs before joining the DVD

project at Toshiba. The company moved to Philadelphia to be closer

to the workforce, says Miguel Clarke, the marketing director, but

the firm is still working with consultants at Sarnoff Corporation.

From four full-time people in 1999 it has grown to 12 employees.

Clarke points to the firm’s new video archiving application, developed

in collaboration with the company’s Japanese-based partners,


and Daikin USA. Temporarily named Front Porch Workstation, the product

allows the user to capture, index, and store video for archiving,

streaming, DVD creation, etc.

Yogeshwar says he decided the first company’s "work for hire"

model was difficult for a small company to sustain. "I wanted

to make a clean start, take new ideas, and back it up with capital

to develop new products," he says. He says his new 12-person firm

is creating products and services for broadband, but he also offers

standard DVD production services to improve cash flow.

Front Porch Video, 326 Kater Street, Penns Landing,

Philadelphia 19147. Dean Harris, president. 215-783-6702; fax,


Home page:

Front Porch Digital (FPDI), 1810 Chapel Avenue

West, Suite 130, Cherry Hill, 08002, 856-663-3500 fax, 856-663-3503.

Jay Yogeshwar, CEO. Home page:

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American Computer Products, 1877 Brunswick Avenue,

Lawrenceville 08648. Halim Jung, general store manager. 609-656-7993;

fax, 609-730-1057. Home page:

In June Halim Jung moved his computer store from Quakerbridge


Center to Route 1 south, just south of Lawrenceville Shopping Center.

He sells computers, parts, and service, both retail and wholesale,

and is open daily.

Stow Company Mini Storage, 2660 Route 130 North,

Cranbury 08512. H.W. Gleeksman, general partner. 609-655-5151;

fax, 609-655-5478.

The 15-year-old self storage company opened a second location at 10

Pleasant Hill Road near Exit 8A in Monroe. It offers 200 alarmed


heated and/or fan cooled, plus an indoor loading and unloading area.

A Touch of Ivy, 51 Everett Drive, Suite A-50, West

Windsor 08550. Ivy Weitzman, owner. 609-750-9004; fax, 609-750-9008.

Ivy Weitzman moved her wholesale fabrics and home accessories company

from Witherspoon Street in Princeton to the office park just off


Road. About 15 full-timers work here.

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Crosstown Moves

Center for Health Care Strategies Inc., 353 Nassau

Street, Princeton 08540. Stephen A. Somers PhD, president.


fax, 609-279-0956. Home page:

In January, this nonprofit affiliated with Woodrow Wilson School will

expand to Lenox Drive. It administers health care programs funded

by foundations, principally Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Trenton Business Assistance Corporation, 209 East

Front Street, Trenton 08608-2102. Deborah Osgood, executive director.

609-396-8271; fax, 609-396-0559.

The community development small business loan fund has moved to from

36 South Broad, the Trenton Business & Technology Center and has a

new fax number. It offers financing and technical assistance to


in Mercer County.

Christoffersen & Wenczel, 123 Franklin Corner Road,

Suite 201, Lawrenceville 08648-1305. David G. Christoffersen, managing

partner. 609-844-0800; fax, 609-844-9770.

David G. Christoffersen has moved his practice from Lawrence Commons.

His general practice includes personal injury, estate planning and

administration, and real estate.

The son of an RCA patent attorney and a school teacher turned


Christoffersen went to the Lawrenceville School and received his law

degree from Willamette College in Salem, Oregon, in 1983. After three

years of criminal law, he earned a masters in tax law, then practiced

law with various firms. In 1992 he moved into Arthur Wenczel’s office

in Lawrence Commons. Wenczel is now of counsel to the firm.

Herman Panacek Landscape, 335 Hopewell-Lambertville

Road, Box 65, Hopewell 08525. Ron Totten, president. 609-466-8408;

fax, 609-466-8405.

The residential and corporate landscape construction moved from


Avenue in downtown Hopewell to Hopewell-Lambertville Road.

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Name Changes

Innotrex (SysNet Consulting), 650 College Road,

Suite 1700, Princeton 08540. Romi Singh, president and CEO.


fax, 609-520-0510. Home page:

To celebrate how SysNet Consulting has changed its name to Innotrex,

signifying "innovative technology and resource exchange,"

the company is staging a party on Wednesday, October 25, from 5 to

8 p.m. at its College Road headquarters. Reservations are required.

The firm is a full service IT solutions provider with offices in


Chicago, New York, San Jose, and Yardley. In June the firm moved 18

employees from Yardley to College Road (U.S. 1, May 10). It now has

100 employees nationwide.

"We don’t specialize in any one field but have a range of clients

from small to small and medium businesses, to Fortune 5s and


says Romi Singh, president and CEO. Some of the clients are Merrill

Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, Nasdaq, Bristol-Myers

Squibb, and GE.

Accountants on Call, 125 Village Boulevard, Suite

240, Princeton 08540. Dominique Debald, branch manager. 609-452-7117;

fax, 609-987-0681. Home page:

Millennium Staffing, 125 Village Boulevard, Suite

240, Princeton 08540. Dominique Debald, branch manager. 609-987-0088;

fax, 609-987-9449. Home page:

When Accountants on Call bought Olsten Financial Staffing last year,

the two firms merged. The branch manager, Dominique Debald, is a


Township native who majored in finance at Clemson, Class of 1995.

She decided she would rather work in a people-oriented position,


first with Robert Half, then at Olsten Financial Staffing in Rochelle

Park. With the merger, she was transferred to the Princeton office,

a temporary and permanent agency specializing in contingency-based

searches for accounting financial services.

Debald is also manager of a second company at this address, Millennium

Staffing. Based in Saddle Brook, it offers executive administrative

support personnel — assistants, word processors, presentation

assistants, desktop publishers, and customer service.

"We saw there was a huge market for skilled administration staff.

Our office does not do creative services yet, but soon we will hire

people with a graphic arts background to sell and recruit for that

side of the business," says Debald.

The firm has a skills assessment and training system, ProFinder, to

evaluate the skills of each candidate on various Windows software

packages. Online tutorials are available. Assignment professionals

get such benefits as holiday pay, vacation, referral bonuses, health

insurance, prescription plans, and vision care.

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Contracts Awarded

International Hydronics Corp., 5 Crescent Drive,

Princeton Business Park, Suite A-2, Box 243, Rocky Hill 08553-0243.

Robert B. Bruns, president. 609-921-9216; fax, 609-921-8282.

The International Hydronics process team — Bruce Bruns, Ray


and Al Mindler — has been awarded a joint patent with Xerox


on a process for the removal, recovery, and reuse of selenium from

a process waste stream. Xerox has been using this process since 1993

and has saved more than $100,000 per year in chemical and water usage,

haulage, and disposal costs.

The firm does environmental analyses, specialty laboratory services,

process evaluation and development.

QLM Marketing, 470 Wall Street, Princeton 08540.

W. Robert Lipsky, chairman, CEO. 609-683-1177; fax, 609-924-8007.

Home page:

The Home Service Store is a new client for this national marketing

agency, says David Reiff, executive vice president of QLM. A


service provider, the store is based in Atlanta.

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New Jersey State Nurses Association/Institute for

Nursing, 1479 Pennington Road, Trenton 08618-2661. Andrea


CEO. 609-883-5335; fax, 609-883-5343. Home page:

Rosemary "Mimi" Cappelli, assistant professor of nursing at

the College of New Jersey, has been named president elect of the


She will succeed Jo Anne Penn as president in 2002. Cappelli has a

bachelor’s from the College of New Jersey, Class of 1973, and a


from NYU.

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Mary Louise Burton, 58, on October 6. She had been housing

coordinator with Princeton Borough.

Lee Stang-Harr, 72, on October 7. An artist whose work

is included in galleries and collections across the country,


painted a mural that hangs in the Cranbury Post Office.

James Azah Carter, 71, on October 12. An all-around


he played professional baseball with the Newark Eagles in the Negro

Baseball League. He retired in 1994 from Princeton University. A


will be held Saturday, October 21, at 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist

Church of Princeton.

Caroline B. Champlin, 51, died October 15. She wrote five

novels under the name Caroline Llewellyn and was a member of Sisters

in Crime, a mystery writers group. A service will be Thursday, October

19, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Church on Mercer Street.

Stanley R. Perrine Sr., 73, died October 16. A former

West Windsor mayor, he was a farmer who operated a landscaping and

snow removal business and founded the Hollyfield Nursery and Garden


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