#b#Acquisitions#/b#

1st Constitution Bank (FCCY), 2650 Route 130 North, Constitution Center, Box 634, Cranbury 08512-0634; 609-655-4500; fax, 609-655-5653. Robert F. Mangano, president and CEO. www.1stconstitution.com.

1st Constitution Bancorp will acquire the Rocky Hill, Hillsborough, and Hopewell branch offices of Amboy Bank. The purchase represents approximately $110 million in deposits and is subject to regulatory approval, but 1st Constitution expects to close the deal by spring.

According to Robert Mangano, president and CEO of 1st Constitution, the deal includes the real estate on which the acquired branches sit, valued at $4.6 million. When the deal closes, 1st Constitution expects to have approximately $800 million in total assets.

#b#Contracts Awarded#/b#

Orchid Cellmark Inc. (ORCH), 4390 Route 1 North, Princeton 08540; 609-750-2200; fax, 609-750-6405. Thomas A. Bologna, CEO. www.orchid.com.

Orchid Cellmark, a provider of identity DNA testing services, has been granted a three-year extension to a forensic testing contract with the Illinois State Police. Under the contract, Orchid Cellmark is the sole private DNA testing provider to the department through November, 2013. Orchid Cellmark has been providing DNA testing to the department since 2004.

Fox Run Apartments, 60 Fox Run Drive, Plainsboro 08536; 609-799-2710; fax, 609-799-6052. Rebecca Sarrand, office manager. .

Avalon Bay Communities, a residential developer based in Washington, D.C., has acquired Fox Run Apartments as part of a national, three-complex deal. Avalon bought the 776-unit property from Vantage, for $86.5 million.

The real estate investment firm Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, based in Florham Park, marketed the property on behalf of the sellers, Angelo Gordon & Company and Vantage Properties, which bought the property in 2009.

Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton 08541; 609-921-9000; fax, 609-734-5410. Kurt F. Landgraf, president. www.ets.org.

Educational Testing Service acquired Computerized Assessments and Learning (CAL), a computerized assessment company based in Lawrence, Kansas, for an undisclosed sum.

CAL, formed in 2005, provides online testing for large-scale and local assessment programs focused on the K-12 market, developed in cooperation with the University of Kansas. The company will operate as an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS, remain in Lawrence, Kansas, and continue to fulfill its current state and association contracts.

According to ETS, CAL created and refined the most up-to-date computerized assessment platform in the world. In 2008 alone, the CAL online assessment system reliably delivered almost five million computer-based tests without delays or interruptions in service, an asset ETS desired.

#b#Crosstown Moves#/b#

Agile Therapeutics Inc., 101 Poor Farm Road, Princeton 08540; 609-683-1880. Al Altomari, president. www.agiletherapeutics.com.

Agile Therapeutics, which makes transdermal drugs, including a contraceptive patch, has moved from Research Park to Poor Farm Road. The move comes almost two months after Agile named Al Altomari its new president and CEO, in place of Thomas Rossi.

Curry, Connelly & Kukfa PC, 510 Route 130 South, Suite A-2, Second Floor, East Windsor 08520; 609-301-8032; fax, 609-301-8033.

The law firm of Curry, Connelly & Kufka, which practices real estate, municipal court, matrimonial, wills, estates, personal injury law, has moved from Cranbury to Royal Plaza in East Windsor.

EnfoTech and Consulting, 1368 How Lane, North Brunswick 08902; 732-839-1688; fax, 732-214-8619.

EnfoTech, an environmental software and consulting firm, has moved out of its office at 11 Princess Road in Lawrenceville and now operates in North Brunswick

#b#Expansions#/b#

Vantage Communications, 370 Scotch Road, I-95 Corporate Center, Ewing 08628; 866-353-8357; fax, 267-756-1060. Harry Barfoot, VP marketing. www.vantageip.com.

Vantage, a software development firm specializing in linguistics and in VoIP has acquired Digital Ingenuity, a Philadelphia-based VoIP provider for an undisclosed sum. The deal expands Vantage’s reach into the education, medical, and insurance industries.

#b#Leaving Town#/b#

Atlantic Lining Co. Inc., 9B Princess Road, Lawrenceville 08648.

Atlantic Lining, a supplier and installer of geosynthetic liners for landfills and ponds, has left its office in Lawrenceville. The company now operates in Jobstown and can be reached at 609-723-2400.

#b#Management Moves#/b#

PlanSmart NJ, 118 West State Street, Trenton 08608; 609-393-9434; fax, 609-393-9452. Ann Brady, president. www.plansmartnj.org.

PlanSmart NJ, a regional planning, research, and advocacy group, has named Ann Brady its new president. Brady replaces Dianne Brake, the agency’s president for 20 years who will stay on as a senior policy advisor.

Brady has served as PlanSmart’s vice president for 12 years. She came to the agency in 1992 as a project planner. She had worked in transportation and environmental planning around the country and had worked in land use in Burlington County.

At PlanSmart, Brady worked to ease traffic problems along Route 1 and Route 130. She also was involved in the open space planning for the Mercer County Green Links Project and water resource protection in two watershed management projects.

Brady also has been a fundraising force for PlanSmart. She led the capital campaign that helped the agency buy its headquarters across from the State Capitol. She also was responsible for raising nearly 90 percent of the organization’s revenues last year.

PD/LD Inc. (Photo Diode-Laser Diode), 30-B Pennington-Hopewell Road, Pennington 08534; 609-564-7900; fax, 609-564-7901. Vladimir Ban, CEO. www.pd-ld.com.

PD-LD Inc., a maker of LEDs, detectors, and lasers, has named Uri Abrams as its president. Vladimir Ban, the company’s CEO, was also serving as president, but will now act only as the CEO.

Prior to the appointment, Abrams served as the company’s chief operating officer. He has worked at PD-LD for more than 12 years.

Abrams earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Drexel University. He also holds a master’s in operations & financial management from Drexel. Before joining PD-LD, he held numerous operations and manufacturing management positions with Trane and Heraeus Electro-Nite.

#b#Name Changes#/b#

SRI International, 201 Washington Road, Box 5300, Princeton 08543-5300; 609-734-2553; fax, 609-734-2040. Curtis Carlson, president & CEO. www.sarnoff.com.

SRI International, a California-based nonprofit research and development organization and parent company of Sarnoff Corporation, has completed the integration of Sarnoff that was announced last year.

With the name change comes a formal change in leadership. Sarnoff’s acting president and CEO, Mark Clifton, is now vice president of SRI’s products and services division in the company’s engineering and systems group. Curtis Carlson will remain president and CEO of SRI

Sarnoff Corporation has been a wholly owned subsidiary of SRI for more than 20 years. The integration leverages similar business models of client-sponsored R&D plus technology licensing and spin-off ventures. Both organizations work with a broad range of government and business clients, including the Department of Defense and DARPA; National Institutes of Health; National Science Foundation; Departments of Homeland Security, Energy, and Education; the Army; and aerospace and defense industry contractors.

#b#New in Town#/b#

Tamir Biotechnology Inc., 11 Deer Park Drive, Suite 205, Monmouth Junction 08852; 732-823-1003; fax, 732-230-3794. Charles Muniz, CEO. www.tamirbio.com.

Alphacell, a Bloomfield-based biotech R&D firm specializing in infectious disease treatments, has moved into Deer Park Drive and changed its name to Tamir Biotechnology.

The company, whose name is a conjunction of “TArgeted MIcro-RNAs,” develops drugs to treat major infectious diseases such as SARS and Dengue fever. It also is researching a cure for human papilloma virus and yellow fever.

Charles Muniz, the company’s president and CEO, is a 20-year veteran of sales, marketing, and management. He started his career with Digital Equipment Corp., where he managed Fortune 100 and defense-related government accounts. After DEC, Muniz founded TriStar Technology Inc. and Digital Creations Corp. According to Business Week magazine, he also negotiated television network, management, and sponsorship contracts for many high profile athletes. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Pace University.

SciStaff Services LLC, 814 Executive Drive, Princeton 08540; 609-945-2275; fax, 609-589-3961. Sajid “Bob” Modan, president. www.scistaffonline.com.

SciStaff, a placement agency for the pharma and biotech industries, has opened an office on Executive Drive.

The company, founded in 1998, previously operated in Berkeley Heights. Sajid Modan, president of the firm, previously served in several pharmacovigilance positions Pfizer and was a pharmacist at Eckerd. He earned his degrees from St. John’s University.

Hand & Stone Franchise Corp, 200 Horizon Center Boulevard, Suite 203, Hamilton 08691; 609-587-9800; fax, 609-228-3140. Todd Leff, CEO. www.handandstone.com.

The parent company for the national Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa chain has set up its administrative offices in Hamilton’s Horizon Center. Hand & Stone opened a spa location in Hamilton Marketplace, across the street from Horizon Center, last summer.

The company was founded by John Marco, a longtime physical therapist who opened the first spa in Toms River in 2005. Marco began franchising the following year with the help of Todd Leff, now the company’s CEO and veteran of the franchise industry. Leff, in fact, is the man behind the expansion of Cottman Transmissions in the 1990s. Between 1990 and 2006 Cottman grew from 120 locations to 400 under Leff’s watch. In 2006 he became CEO of AAMCO Transmissions and united the two companies under a single ownership.

Before he entered the franchise game Leff was a senior trial attorney in the federal Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. He took on that job in 1985, a year after he earned his law degree from Temple. He also holds a bachelor’s in political science from Villanova.

According to the Bergen Record, Leff had planned on retiring to the golf course when he stepped down from AAMCO. Three months into his retirement, however, Leff said he was drawn to Hand & Stone because he wanted to help grow a small company into a major player. He said the type of business — which appeals to a retiring Baby Boomer market — should prove its worth.

Hand & Stone has 12 locations in the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey market and locations in nine states and Canada.

#b#Deaths#/b#

Oleg Grabar, 81, on January 8. A distinguished scholar of Islamic art and architecture and a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, he wrote “The Formation of Islamic Art,” first published in 1978, and the two-volume Pelican history of Islamic art and architecture that have become standards in the field. He also wrote monographs on the Dome of the Rock, the Alhambra, and the Great Mosque of Isfahan.

Robert Malinowski, 56, on January 7. He was a community service associate at Educational Testing Service.

John Havens, 30, on January 5. He had worked for Princeton BMW since 2004.

Mariagnes Lattimer, 86, on January 4. A top black scholar, she developed the black studies program and taught the first courses in black history for Passaic County Community College before becoming a longtime faculty member at Rutgers University. In the 1970s she was the assistant dean of the Graduate School of Education, the first African-American woman to attain such a post at the school.

Dunstan McNichol, 54, on January 4. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with the Star-Ledger, his coverage of influence peddling in the McGreevey administration led to the governor’s eventual downfall. He last worked for Bloomberg Newsin Trenton, covering finance and the state government. See story, page 55.

Peter Aberger, 69, on January 3. He was a French professor at Rider University for 35 years.

Al Perilli Jr., 62, on January 2. He was the purchasing manager at Trenton-based DiStefano Plumbing Group for the past 24 years.

Harry Bartlett, 63, on, January 9. He was director of quality assurance at Bristol-Myers Squibb in New Brunswick for 38 years. Later he was employed with Perrigo Pharmaceuticals as a senior director of Global Quality Systems.

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