Wayne F. Jentis Esq., Counselors at Law LLC, 475 Wall Street, Princeton 08540; 609-921-0033; fax, 609-921-8668. www.myfamilyattorneys.com
Attorney Wayne Jentis has moved his practice from 112 Nassau Street to Research Park.
Jentis practices family law, criminal defense, bankruptcy, wills and estates, real estate, debts, and traffic matters. He earned his bachelor’s from Rutgers in 1984 and his J.D. from Seton Hall.
Ras Labs LLC Inventions & Information, 501 Forrestal Road, Suite 226, Princeton 08543; 908-296-9056; fax, 609-243-2418. Lenore Rasmussen, owner and scientist. www.raslabs.com
Ras Labs, which develops materials for prosthetics and automation, has moved from Ski Drive in Hillsborough to Forrestal Road.
A few years ago the company left 7 Deer Park Drive so that owner and scientist Lenore Rasmussen could work from her home and develop grant proposals.
The mother of three sons, she has patents for intelligent materials for future prosthetics and automation. For instance, one of her patents is for “electro responsive” smart material, a soft substance that responds to electric stimuli. A synthetic polymer chemist, she majored in biochemistry and chemistry at Virginia Tech, has a master’s in biophysics from Purdue, and earned a PhD from Virginia Tech.
Chiacchio & Chiacchio, 23 Route 31 North, Suite A-30, Pennington 08534; 609-771-9700. Michael Chiacchio, partner.
Chiacchio & Chiacchio, a law firm specializing in family matters, has moved from 810 Bear Tavern Road in Ewing to Pennington.
NLP Wordsmythe LLC, 3 Cedar Lane, East Windsor.
NLP Wordsmythe, which provides communications coaching and training for individuals, groups, and businesses, is no longer doing business at 3 Cedar Lane in East Windsor. The company’s website is down and the number is no longer in service.
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Northeast Spa & Pool Association, 6-B South Gold Drive, Hamilton 08691; 609-689-9111; fax, 609-689-9110. Lawrence Caniglia, executive director. www.nespapool.org
The Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA), a swimming pool industry trade organization and the producer of the Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show, has opened an office on South Gold Drive in Hamilton. The office will serve as headquarters for NESPA, which provides education, training, and services to roughly 825 members in Connecticut, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Eastern New York.
Lawrence Canigli is the executive director of NESPA. A resident of Mount Laurel, Caniglia graduated from Rutgers in 1974 with bachelors’ in history and secondary education. He earned his J.D. from Oklahoma City University in 1977 and began a legal career.
In 1984 Caniglia opened his own law firm, McInerney & Caniglia, which he ran for 15 years. In 1999 he became the executive director of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania — Order of the Sons of Italy in America, a fraternal organization seeking to preserve the “cultural and social benefits of the Italian people.”
Caniglia took over NESPA in 2004. Part of his job has been to quell worries that the pool and spa industry might be going the way of the RV. After the Wall Street meltdown of 2008, sales in the recreational vehicle and the pool and spa industries took huge hits. Seeing them as luxuries, people steered clear. “We hear of pool dealers in the Sun Belt going out of business,” Caniglia writes on NESPA’s blog. “Sales off more than 50 percent. I don’t think we are going the same way.”
Caniglia says that the main thing that hurt the RV industry (gas prices that reached past $4 per gallon) was the very thing that helped drive whatever business the pool and spa industry did last year. “People built pools so they didn’t have to contend with transportation costs,” Caniglia writes. “Second, even though the real estate market took a huge dive, the savvy home owner knows that having a pool in her backyard actually increases the value of her home. The last I checked, having a $100,000 RV in the driveway didn’t increase the value of anybody’s home.”
Derma Sciences Inc. (DSCIOB), 214 Carnegie Center, Suite 300, Princeton 08540; 609-514-4744; fax, 609-514-0502. Edward J. Quilty, CEO. www.dermasciences.com
Derma Sciences, which develops and markets a full range of wound management and skin care products, has raised $29 million by issuing approximately 3.5 million shares of stock at $8.25 per share.
The money will be used to finance Phase 3 trials for a compound that will treat diabetic foot ulcers, to hire additional salespeople, to repay debt, and for general corporate purposes.
Former Dow Jones employee Jacqueline Bucco, 32, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on June 23 to stealing more than $400,000 from the company over a two-year period. According to police, Bucco admitted to tapping into a dormant company system and transferring funds contained therein to three bank accounts when she worked for Dow in Monmouth Junction between 2009 and March of this year. She is scheduled to be sentenced in October and faces up to 20 years in prison.
James Basso, 82, on June 22. He was the owner of Colonial Motors in Robbinsville since 1968.
Decimus Marsh, 82, on June 22. He was the chief financial officer and tax collector for Princeton Borough for 32 years.
Doris Peskin, 91, on May 9. A longtime teacher and social advocate, she established the English for Speakers of Other Languages program in the Princeton Township school system in the 1950s and later helped establish Princeton Community TV. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m. at the Stonebridge community in Montgomery.