New in Town

Pharmaon, 11 Deer Park Drive, Suite 201, Monmouth Junction 08852; 732-329-0936; fax, 732-329-0938. Xianguo (Karl) Zhao PhD, president. Home page:

Pharmaon, a pharma and biotech research firm specializing in analytical research studies for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology, animal health, and food and dietary supplement industries, has opened an office on Deer Park Drive.

Headed by Karl Zhou, the firm provides product development and formulation, in vitro metabolism nutrient studies, and bioavailability studies.


FRABA, 1800 East State Street, Suite 148, Hamilton 08609; 609-750-8705; fax, 609-750-8703. Eric Lavin, general manager. Home page:

FRABA, the Germany-based developer and manufacturer of high technology products for industrial automation applications, has moved to Hamilton.

Formerly located in a 1,500-square-foot space at 14 Washington Road, the company has moved to a 6,000-square-foot facility on East State Street.

The move took place because FRABA is expanding its production capabilities. The company has experienced recent growth, and needed space for its growing number of employees. The company has recently added four employees, bringing its personnel rolls up to seven.

Crosstown Moves

Archi-Tech Systems Inc., 275 Phillips Boulevard, Ewing 08628; 609-882-2447; fax, 609-882-8169. Paul Gray, president. Home page:

Archi-Tech Systems, a 15-year-old company specializing in database management software for the pharmaceutical industry, has relocated to Phillips Boulevard from Silvia Street.

Arora and Associates PC, 1200 Lenox Drive, Suite 200, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-844-1111; fax, 609-844-9799. Surinder S. Arora P.E., president. Home page:

Construction engineering and land survey firm Arora and Associates has relocated from 3120 Princeton Pike to Lenox Drive. According to the company, the move was to make more room for its 72 employees.

Comfort Keepers, Nottingham Way, Hamilton 08690; 609-890-2888; fax, 609-890-2008. Stephanie Howe RN, client care coordinator. Home page:

Stephanie Howe, owner of the Hamilton franchise of Comfort Keepers, a nationwide provider of non-medical services for senior citizens, has moved from its offices at 1337 Route 33 in Hamilton to Nottingham Way.

Comfort Keepers has over 550 independently owned and operated offices worldwide.

Gaylord, Rubinstein and Popp LLC, 850 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 308, Trenton 08628; 609-771-8611; fax, 609-771-8612. Samuel M. Gaylord Esq., principal. Home page:

The law firm of Gaylord, Rubenstein, and Popp, which specializes in workers’ compensation law, has moved from 1230 Scotch Road to Bear Tavern Road. THe firm also practices product liability, personal injury, and medical malpractice law.

Trace Detection Technology and Supplies LLC, 3 Nami Lane, Suite 7B, Mercerville 08619; 609-586-9300; fax, 609-586-9227. Paul B. Weber, president. Home page:

Trace Detection Technology Supply has moved its offices to Nami Lane in Hamilton. Founded in 2003, the company supplies swabs to law enforcement agencies charged with finding the smallest traces of evidence at a crime scene.

Mobile Aware (Broadbeam), 12 Stults Road, Suite 138, Dayton 08810; 609-655-3737; fax, 609-655-1282. Kevin McCloskey, CEO. Home page:

Mobile Aware, a middleware software developer focused mainly on the mobile technology industry, has moved its offices from 2540 Route 130 in Cranbury to a smaller space in Dayton.

According to the company, which formerly went by the name Broadbeam, its lease was up on Route 130 and the firm found it had more space than was really needed. In the spring Mobile Aware reported that it had cut about 20 of its 43 jobs at the Cranbury office, but there is no change in personnel connected with this move.

The office is part of an international company with offices in Dublin, London, and Boston.

Clive Samuels & Associates Inc., 1 Independence Way, Princeton 08540; 609-520-1600; fax, 609-520-0974. Clive Samuels, president. Home page:

CSA Consulting Engineers, a 67-person company, has moved from 105 College Road to Independence Way.


The Princeton Packet Inc., 300 Witherspoon Street, Box 350, Princeton 08542; 609-924-3244; fax, 609-921-2714. Jim Kilgore, publisher. Home page:

The Princeton Packet, publisher of a dozen community newspapers in central New Jersey, has consolidated all its satellite offices into its Princeton headquarters.

The Packet publishes two editions under its own banner and 11 community newspapers each week, plus a weekly arts and entertainment edition and various magazines. It operated satellite offices in Allentown, Hopewell, South Brunswick, and Hillsborough until recently and has combined all outer offices into Witherspoon Street.

Whether the move will cost any positions is unclear. The company historically has employed “runners” to take inter-company mail to and from its satellite offices, editorial assistants, and receptionists. The Packet does plan to continue publishing all its papers and will still provide commercial printing.

Closing Down

Charter Private Safe Deposit Company, 128 Stanhope Street, Princeton 08540. Jim Medalia, principal. Home page:

Open just since April 7, Charter Private Safe Deposit will close on November 25, CEO Jim Medalia announced in a letter to creditors.

“I have been notified by our investors that the anticipated additional capital investment will not be forthcoming due to the extraordinary credit and market events that have unfolded over the past few weeks,” he wrote in a letter dated November 10. “In light of these harsh circumstances I simply cannot find any way to remain open.”

The company received $750,000 in start-up funding from 13 investors and could accommodate between 1,000 and 1,500 boxes in its facility.

Medalia is best known for an earlier business venture. He was the founder of Just Balls, the Kingston-based dot-com that sold all manner of sports balls and raised as much as $10 million in venture funding. Medalia says that he parted ways “amicably” with Just Balls after its then CEO decided to move away from Internet sales.

After he left Just Balls, Medalia and his wife, E-Ping, who was COO of Charter Private, began development of NWatt, a company that sought to help consumers cut their energy bills by upgrading to more energy-efficient appliances.

In an April interview, Medalia said that he was sure that taking safe deposit boxes upscale was a winning idea. He saw privacy, enhanced personal service, and security as draws that would appeal to businesses and to wealthy individuals.

He saw a niche, and got investors onboard. Now after less than eight months, New Jersey will lose its only standalone safe deposit facility.

Siemens Medical Solutions, 500 College Road East, Suite 106, Princeton 08540.

Siemens Medical Solutions, specializing in healthcare information technologies, appears to have left its offices on College Road East.

The offices were part of Siemens, an international healthcare information and publishing conglomerate based in Germany. SMS’s Princeton offices are vacant and the telephone number is no longer working. Siemens corporate website no longer lists the College Road location among its offices.

A spokesperson at SMS’s Malvern headquarters did not say why the Princeton office was closed or what became of its 35 employees. The company can be reached at 610-219-6300.

Alphabet Soup: Books for Kids and Their Parents, Lawrence Shopping Center, 08648. Home page:

Alphabet Soup, seller of books and tapes in 12 languages, has left its location at the Lawrence Shopping Center.

Started in 1999 by Susan Sternberg as an alternative to large retail chains, the store focused on multiculturalism, life issues, and special needs. “People ask how I will compete with Barnes & Noble,” Sternberg said in 1999. “The answer is, I’m not. They don’t carry what I have and I don’t carry what they have.”

The store location is now closed, the phone number temporarily disconnected, and the website no longer connects.


Marcia P. Harman, 65, on November 16. She was project coordinator of the NJ AIDS Partnership.

Dr. Rufino Montenegro, 71, on November 11. He was a cardiologist and internist at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Hamilton.

Katherine Ann Smith, 56, on November 2. She was deputy attorney general of New Jersey and general counsel for the New Jersey Sports Authority.

Violet Fitch, 94, on October 27. She was a pianist, piano teacher, and a member of the Princeton Recorder Society.

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