Women: Don’t Be Afraid of the MBA

Fixing Princeton For the Future: Bob Hillier

Deadliest Road? Try Route 1 in Northern Jersey

Brownfields Redevelopment

Ernst & Young Winners

Corporate Angels

Patriotic Giving

Corrections or additions?

These articles by Kathleen Spring and Bart Jackson were prepared for the July 2, 2003 issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Internet Resources for Job Hunters: Vidhya Srinivasan

Job hunters who think of the Internet primarily as a

place to look for job postings may well be taking a shortcut that

leads nowhere. "Job seekers should not go only to job sites,"

declares Vidhya Srinivasan, a human resources pro. "The

Internet will not get you a job," she continues, "but it will

lead you to a job."

Srinivasan gives a free talk on "Job Searching on the World Wide

Web" on Tuesday, July 8, at 1 p.m. at the Lawrence branch of the

Mercer County Library. Call 609-989-6920 for more information.

Insatiably curious, Srinivasan has ferreted out a bounty of websites

that help job hunters with everything from resume preparation to

networking

to salary negotiation. She began mining the Internet as a college

student in Chennai, India, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in

applied mathematics before going on earn an advanced degree in human

resources management. Stints with an Indian branch of an Australian

bank and with a recruitment firm followed.

Two years ago, Srinivasan moved to the United States, where her new

husband, Ramesh Lakshminarayanan, works as a software engineer for

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. The two met through their families. "It

was an arranged marriage," she says. And it has worked out well.

"It is interesting to know a person more after marriage,"

she says, explaining that she and her husband enjoy learning more

about each other every day.

But while Srinivasan’s marriage was in keeping with tradition, her

courtship had 21st century elements. "We communicated through

E-mail," she says with a laugh.

In everything she does, Srinivasan says, she seeks to be innovative

and creative. This shows in her adaptation to her new homeland, where

she not only gives lectures at the library, but also teaches computer

skills at SeniorNet. Using skills she obtained after becoming

interested

in web design, she works on websites for both Young Achievers and

for the Association of Women in Science.

Almost ready to head for full-time employment herself, Srinivasan

shares these strategies for making full use of the Internet in landing

the perfect job:

Use company websites to guide cover letters. Corporations,

and some small companies too, take their mission statements very

seriously

— at least in theory. A job candidate who can talk the talk has

an edge. Go to a company website not just to look for open positions,

but to scrutinize its mission statement — and more. To what

charities

does the company contribute? How strongly does it value diversity?

Into what countries is it expanding?

Use all of this information in crafting a custom cover letter and

in deciding what experiences to include in a resume. Read press

releases

on the site for news of product launches and new initiatives.

Scrutinize

executive biographies. Take notice of the schools from which

executives

graduated.

Drill deeper. Moving beyond official company websites,

Srinivasan recommends WetFeet (www.wetfeet.com). Here job seekers

find company profiles, interviews with decision makers at prominent

companies, in-depth case histories of how employees in dozens of job

titles landed their current gigs, city guides, information on

internships,

and strategies targeted specifically at MBAs, career changers, and

undergraduates.

Find out what you are worth. Another of Srinivasan’s

favorites

is Salary.com (www.salary.com). Plug in zip code or region (Trenton

area, Middlesex County) and job title and learn what others in the

job to which you aspire are making. Here we learn, for example, that

insurance adjusters in area code 08540 (Princeton) make between

$40,492

and $52,517, that landscape architects in the Trenton area make

between

$42,186 and $61,839, and that editors in Princeton Junction make

between

$46,602 and $63,824.

There is a warning that actual salaries can vary widely based upon

education, experience, and company size. A custom salary evaluation,

taking all of these factors into account, is available for a fee.

The site has a number of other tools, including advice on instant

messaging, telephone etiquette, negotiating benefits and options,

and saving enough for college — and then saving enough to become

a millionaire.

Choose your employer. Srinivasan points out a neat feature

on Fortune.com’s (www.fortune.com) website. Go to the

"Careers"

heading, scroll down and look for the fairly small "career

opportunities"

heading on the far right-hand side. A click pulls up a short quiz,

asking for some basic employer preferences. Answer, for example, that

you would like to work for a large, ethnically diverse company with

low turnover where there is no significant job training and a list

of employers pops up. For those criteria, Fortune.com suggests that

Starbucks, Medtronic, FedEx, Charles Schwab, Agilent Technologies,

and Goldman Sachs could be a good fit.

The site contains lots more for job hunters — and for those who

soon will be job hunters. There is a 12-question quiz to help the

nervous determine how likely it is that they are about to be fired.

Should the worst happen, there are also lists of the best companies

to work for, and best states in which to work. New Jersey appears

to have made the cut because of Merck’s presence within its borders.

Build up your network. Srinivasan likes ExpertCentral

(www.expertcentral.com) for a couple of reasons. It is site where

self-styled experts offer information and advice on almost anything

— federal contracting, frugal living, Internet appliances, action

figure collecting, sports gambling, labor safety, and on and on.

"It’s

free," she says. "It’s amazing."

Experts — volunteers all — are ranked by users on the clarity,

thoroughness, and timeliness of their responses. Srinivasan has always

gotten the information she was seeking in less than 24 hours.

This site could well be used by job hunters looking for information

on a company, an industry, a locale, or a trend. But, adds Srinivasan,

it is also a fine networking tool. Those asking questions tend to

strike up an E-acquaintance with those who answer them.

Internet friendships can also grow up among subscribers to news groups

focusing on jobs as well as on any number of general interest chat

sites. If marriages can be made on the Internet, why not job matches

between E-buddies?

Srinivasan does not keep the good job hunting sites to herself.

She and her husband have built up a list of some 100 premier sites

with the help of their friends, who circulate links, constantly add

new finds, and share the wealth. In addition to talking about the

best way to use these resources during her upcoming talk, Srinivasan

is creating links to the sites for the Mercer County Library

(www.mcl.org).

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Women: Don’t Be Afraid of the MBA

Your internist may well be a woman. There is a pretty

good chance that your divorce lawyer is a female, too. It is not

unusual

to find a veterinarian in a skirt when you bring in your puppy for

his shots. It does not seem strange anymore to hear sound bites from

women politicos — or to predict that it is only a matter of time

before we have a Ms. President in the Oval Office.

Despite the mainstreaming of women in top tier professions, the

child-bearing

sex is still seriously under-represented in one discipline. While

women make up at least half the entering classes in college and in

most graduate programs, including law and medicine, they take up just

29 percent of the seats in MBA programs — and far fewer than that

in fast track Executive MBA programs. What’s more, the percentage,

while more than double that of the 1970s, has not budged in more than

a decade.

Faced with this statistic, and eager to tap into a promising market,

Princeton Review, a test prep company with headquarters in New York

and offices at 252 Nassau Street, is holding its first ever "Women

& MBA" seminar on Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Alexander

Library on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers. There is no charge.

For more information, call 609-683-0082.

J.T. Levier, assistant director of marketing for Princeton

Review,

is still putting together the panel for the event. One definite is

Liz McCormick, an MBA who teaches courses on preparing for the

GMAT, the SAT-like test many business schools rely upon to evaluate

prospective students. Others addressing those curious about MBA

programs

include current MBA students and representatives of area women’s

business

groups.

Levier says there will be ample time for questions. He anticipates

that the number one question will be "why is the student

population

(in MBA programs) only 29 percent?"

A much-cited study, published in 2000, supplies some of the answers.

"Women and the MBA: Gateway to Opportunity" is a two-year

study undertaken by Catalyst, a non-profit research and advisory

organization

that works to advance women in business professions, and the

University

of Michigan Business School. Sponsors of the study include Chase

Manhattan,

Eli Lilly, Ford, Whirlpool, and Proctor & Gamble. The paucity of women

in MBA programs drew this attention because those who hold these

degrees

make up a good share of the talent pool for corporate leadership.

Careers in corporate management are among the most lucrative and,

at the top levels, confer power that extends into the community and

into government.

While no more rigorous than law school or medical

school,

business school is different in a way that is key to women. Other

professional schools draw most of their students directly from

colleges,

but business schools prefer that their students spend time in the

real world before enrolling. In many of the most elite programs, and

in virtually all of the Executive MBA programs, significant work

experience

is a requirement.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal’s CollegeJournal explains

why this timetable is a problem for women. "Students typically

are about 28 years old when they enroll for their MBA degree, creating

what one business school official calls `a biological collision.’

As they near 30, many women are focusing on marriage and children

and are reluctant to begin a demanding MBA program. Medical and law

schools attract more women, in part because they tend to begin right

after college, while most business schools seek applicants with at

least four or five years work experience."

Beyond less-than-ideal timing, business schools often are shunned

by women because of math fear. In many female minds, business equals

math, and math is the enemy. At a premier business school, Chicago’s

Graduate School of Business, where only 23 percent of students are

female, Dean Don Martin, quoted by CollegeJournal, says "We’re

a full-menu school offering 13 concentrations including general

management

and entrepreneurship, but people think only quant jocks come

here."

While women have pushed aside the glass ceiling over the operating

room and the judicial bench, they appear to lack the tools — or

the will — to climb into the corporate suite in any great numbers.

The Catalyst/University of Michigan study found that nearly one-third

of all women MBA graduates and nearly half of all African American

women graduates find the business school culture "aggressive and

competitive." The women reported that they often could not relate

to case studies, and were discouraged to find so few women mentors.

After the study was published, many business schools launched efforts

to up their female enrollment. But they found that targeted marketing

was not enough. The CollegeJournal reports that "snagging more

women has been a maddening seesaw experience for many schools."

After an aggressive push to enroll more women, Southern Methodist

University upped its percentage of female MBA students to 36 percent,

only to see it fall again — to 28 percent. Stanford University

jumped to 41 percent after the study was published, only to drop back

to 38 percent.

Keeping up the push to enroll women is worth the effort, the

Catalyst/University

of Michigan study concludes. Those who earn the degree, while often

still uneasy in corporate careers, generally report that the degree

is a valuable asset.

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Fixing Princeton For the Future: Bob Hillier

The Boomers have hit 50 and the demographics have

changed.

More and more this ex-hippie generation is looking less and less

kindly

at that showy suburban estate plopped atop an acre of crabgrass. That

was their parents’ dream — not theirs. Increasingly, middle-age

Boomers are trading in the large yard with endless upkeep, for

smaller,

better situated digs. They seek a base camp close to the action —

whether it be athletic, cultural, social, or educational action. In

short, they are rediscovering the easy access of city life.

Ranking high on the Boomer scale of desirability, Princeton has begun

to bulge with popularity and abundant new business opportunities,

and the resulting density is causing some angst. Choices need to be

made, an issue at the forefront of an upcoming talk on "Princeton,

the Best Little City in the World," which takes place on Thursday,

July 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the Doral Forestal. Cost: $45. Call

609-521-1776.

Sponsored by the Princeton Chamber of Commerce

(www.princetonchamber.org.)

this meeting features Bob Hillier, founder of the Hillier

Architectural

Group. He promises to present "a bit of a forecast, a few of the

challenges, and several of the future benefits" Princeton has

in store.

Few families have witnessed so much change in their hometown, and

have had such a great hand in it as the Hilliers. Hillier, son of

J.Robert Hillier, an inventor who ran RCA Laboratories for a decade,

attended

Princeton Country Day School, Princeton public schools, and the

Lawrenceville

School. In l929 his

mother opened the Flower Basket, which she later expanded

to three flower shops. After graduating from Princeton University,

Hillier based his architectural firm in town and today Hillier

(www.Hillier.com)

employs more than 300 people in six offices around the world. Current

projects include the restoration of the U.S. Supreme Court building

and the Virginia Capitol.

"What really gets people upset," says Hillier, "is when

I label Princeton a city. But Princeton is a very vital place to live

in an very urban sense." He points out that the name

"Princeton"

has cache around the globe, and, for some, is even more attractive

than Manhattan.

Residential draw. Without the exceptionally high density

of a big city, Princeton offers residents and visitors plentiful

access

to restaurants, continuing education, healthcare, and a high level

of cultural activity. The streets are safe. Commutation to New York

is, well, doable, yet growing numbers of residents, finding jobs close

to home, are able to cut out the train commute. And best of all,

Princeton

has a real downtown — a central place where most items on a

shopping

list can be found and most recreational and social needs can be met.

It is these factors that have are creating a Renaissance in Newark

and other East Coast cities, but, as Hillier notes "Princeton

is more idyllic and less expensive" than many other choices.

Prestige and business. Princeton’s 3,565 businesses boast

an enormously high percentage of research and development endeavors

in everything from software to space travel. These are centered on

a hub formed by Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced

Study,

the Theological Seminary, and Westminster Choir College. Over the

years, parallel businesses have naturally moved into the area to take

advantage of this brain-and-expertise trust. Professional artists,

financiers, and inventors continue to find fertile soil and similar

minds here.

Pressures of success. Hillier says that "it is about

time Princeton began to admit to itself that it is a city. A small

city, with plenty of unique character, but a city nonetheless."

This challenge immediately divides its citizenry into camps.

Population

growth around the Princeton area has been exponential and shows little

sign of slowing. But the idea of transforming the village of nostalgic

memory into an urbanized center is taking some getting used to.

Inherent in the process of city living is the problem of traffic.

Cars require ample roadways and storage (preferably not on the same

strip of macadam). In the late l980s plans were developed to replace

traffic lights with eight new overpasses on Route 1. With some of

the work done, traffic is moving more smoothly, but rush hours still

feature 5-mile-an-hour crawls and fender benders aplenty. As for car

storage, one has only to witness the library expansion for which

parking

has been the prime problem. Parking is a problem for the hospital,

too, and has long been a major headache for merchants. Yet any mention

of a new parking garage causes an outcry, complete with lawn signs

proclaiming that Princeton "is Not a city!"

Some modest proposals. "It is clear that what

Princeton

needs to do is sit down and plan long range its demographic

future,"

says Hillier. "Where will Witherspoon Street be 20 years from

now? What sort of housing will be required for how many?" This

type of planning can go smoothly, and the town can retain its

character

if constant community input is solicited, he insists.

Quality housing is one area in which Hillier sees a desperate need

for new zoning. Any Princetonian satisfied with the status quo might

want to take a walk down Witherspoon Street at the start of the work

day, and watch the dozen or more people who head for work out of each

rundown house. "For the landlord, these houses are not worth the

capitalization," explains Hillier. "Roughly 20 percent of

any building’s value is the land cost. So, to generate any income

stream, these people must be crammed into these houses."

He suggests that if zoning allowed three story structures on these

properties, apartments could be built, and the family unit cost could

be cut by one-sixth. The structure would become worth the lot.

"The

same number of people would live on the same space," says Hillier,

"but they’d be living there in apartments, in much better quality

— and in legal density."

Hillier says that higher housing density would also be a boon

around the Princeton Shopping Center, Palmer Square, and the stretch

of Route 206 near Bayard Lane. In the past, several opportunities

were missed through lack of forethought. Hillier laughs and points

out that it is currently impossible to cross Princeton without making

a left turn — the prime initiator of traffic jams. Today,

Princeton

is as an ultra-desirable, high quality place to live. To maintain

that, Hillier states, "we need to face the facts of growth and

plan well. This town can retain its charm and it will continue to

work."

— Bart Jackson

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Deadliest Road? Try Route 1 in Northern Jersey

July 4th, one of the biggest getaway weekends of the

year, is upon us. It brings, as usual, pleas for sane driving and

projections of expected highway fatalities. Yet, a new study indicates

that a drive to the shore can be a lot safer than a drive to work

— especially for those whose offices line Route 1.

With 7,329 crashes and 20 fatalities in 2001, Route 1 leads the list

of New Jersey’s most dangerous highways, according to a study

undertaken

by the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic

Safety Administration, and the National Motor Carrier Association.

The next most dangerous road, Route 9, did not even come close to

Route 1’s record for vehicular mayhem. That road saw 4,114 crashes

and 12 fatalities during 2001. In fourth place was another road that

passes through Princeton, Route 206, on which there were 2,726

accidents

and 15 fatalities. Close behind was another area artery, Route 130,

on which there were 2,209 accidents and 7 fatalities.

Danger on New Jersey’s highways has spurred passage of a "Safety

First" initiative. Passed on June 25, the legislation doubles

fines for speeding and aggressive driving on the state’s most

dangerous

roads. It also increases fines for out-of-state overweight trucks,

and earmarks cash collected from fines for the establishment of a

Highway Safety Fund to be used for highway safety programs and

enforcement

by state and local police departments.

Other safety measures on the horizon, or already in place, include

highlighting the Aggressive Driver Hotline. Signs on Route 1 are

already

exhorting drivers to report aggression by dialing #77 on their cell

phones. (But one has to wonder how hunting for a pencil, getting close

enough to read a wild driver’s license plate, and dialing a phone

will add to highway safety.)

In addition to publicizing the bad-driver hotline, there are plans

to expand the 100-mile safety barrier program, allocate $20 million

for engineering and technological highway improvements, add 500 miles

of raised pavement reflectors over the next two years, and expand

driver education programs.

While the new report puts Route 1 squarely in the spotlight, the news

is not as bad as it could be for Princeton-area commuters. The long

route, which runs through more than half of the state, is the most

dangerous. But no section of Route 1 between Trenton and New Brunswick

made the list of the top 10 most dangerous 5-mile stretches of roadway

in the state. A team of reporters from News 12 New Jersey analyzed

accident data and determined that the McCarter Highway in Newark takes

that honor, claiming the lives of 24 of the 748 people who died on

New Jersey’s roads in 2002. The Garden State Parkway in Woodbridge

and a stretch of Routes 1 and 9 in Linden tied for second place with

19 traffic deaths each.

Meanwhile, some are placing blame for Route 1’s woes on trucks. Trucks

were involved in 35 percent of the accidents along that road, a

greater

percentage — by six percentage points — than were involved

in fatalities on the New Jersey Turnpike during the same period. There

is some sentiment in favor of banning trucks from Route 1 unless they

are making local deliveries. It is thought that some trucks choose

the road, already clogged with commuters and shoppers, as a way to

beat tolls on the Turnpike. While some favor the ban, others point

out that the trucks could well just divert to other roads, roads like

Route 206, which passes through Lawrence, where residents, worried

that trucks are shaking their historic home apart, have organized

to move the multi-wheel vehicles elsewhere.

The debate will continue, as traffic — from both cars and trucks

— promises to only get worse. The new report on some of its most

serious effects is sobering — for both vacation drivers and

commuters.

Best to be alert and aware, no matter what the route.

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Brownfields Redevelopment

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has

established

a Brownfields Redevelopment Office to make it easier for

municipalities,

developers, and businesses to access financial resources available

from the EDA for the remediation and redevelopment of brownfield

projects

in the state.

"The new office is an outgrowth of Governor James E.

McGreevey’s

announcement to consolidate brownfield financing programs within the

EDA and supports the state’s commitment to provide easy access to

the financing tools that can help municipalities, developers, and

businesses clean up contaminated and underutilized sites and make

them usable again," EDA Executive Director Caren S. Franzini

says in a prepared statement.

The EDA Brownfields Redevelopment Office can be reached at

609-341-2723

or by E-mail at brownfields@njeda.com You can also learn more

about EDA brownfield programs at www.njeda.com

In early May Governor McGreevey signed legislation appropriating an

additional $40 million to replenish the Hazardous Discharge Site

Remediation

Fund (HDSRF), which is managed by the EDA in conjunction with the

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The program

offers grants and loans to municipalities and private parties for

investigation and remediation of contaminated sites.

Under the HDSRF program, municipalities may apply for grants and loans

up to $2 million per year for investigation and remedial activities

for properties they own or for which they hold a tax sale certificate

and have a comprehensive plan or realistic opportunity to develop

within a three-year period. Private parties required to perform

remedial

activities and individuals who want to conduct such actions

voluntarily

may qualify for loans up to $1 million per year if they are unable

to obtain private funding.

The Brownfields Redevelopment Office also administers two recently

introduced lending programs that make up to $10 million in short-term

loans available to developers to offset predevelopment funding gaps

for projects in older communities and to meet funding requirements

for brownfield site remediation.

One program provides smart growth predevelopment loans and guarantees

up to $1 million for noncontamination-related site preparation costs,

including, but not limited to, land assemblage, demolition, removal

of materials and debris, and engineering costs. Eligible projects

include commercial, industrial, office, and mixed-use projects in

urban and developed suburban communities. Projects must have municipal

support and be part of a local development plan.

The second program, the Brownfields Redevelopment Loan Program,

enables

developers who have a signed Brownfield Reimbursement Agreement with

the Commerce and Economic Growth Commission to borrow up to $750,000

for up-front, interim remediation funding. The anticipated brownfield

reimbursement must be pledged to pay principal and interest on the

EDA loan.

Financing under both programs is available for up to three years at

below-market interest rates, adjusted quarterly with a 3 percent

floor.

The maximum amount that can be lent to a single borrower under the

two programs is $1 million.

The EDA Brownfields Redevelopment Office also administers the

Petroleum

Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade and Closure Program

in conjunction with the DEP. Business owners and operators who have

fewer than 10 petroleum underground storage tanks in New Jersey, have

a net worth of less than $2 million and cannot obtain a commercial

loan for all or a portion of the costs may qualify for 100 percent

of the eligible project costs. Homeowners in need of remediation due

to a discharge from a home heating oil tank may also qualify for

financing

assistance.

The Brownfields Redevelopment Office will also be able to connect

businesses and developers to the various EDA low-interest bond, loan

and guarantee programs available for the development of projects once

cleanup has been completed.

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Ernst & Young Winners

Three entrepreneurs from the greater Princeton community

won honors last month in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year

program: Gregory Besner, CEO of Restricted Stock Systems Inc.

at Research Park, and Richard and George Rebh, CEO and

executive vice president of FLOORgraphics Inc. on Vaughn Drive. The

Rebh brothers won in the marketing, manufacturing, and distribution

category, and Besner won in the emerging growth category (see story

on page 37).

"On behalf of the entire team at RSS, we’re honored to have been

chosen for this award for entrepreneurial leadership," says

Besner.

"The work we’re doing and the systems we’ve been developing are

resulting in a better way to manage complex restricted stock

procedures,

and we’re very grateful to be recognized for that."

Thirty-one finalists competed for prizes in seven categories. Other

New Jersey winners included Stephen DePalma, CEO of Schoor DePalma

in Manalapan; Gregory E. Murphy, chairman, president, and CEO of

Selective

Insurance Group in Branchville; Mark E. Kolb, CEO of Taratec

Development

Corporation in Bridgewater; Sal Torre, president of Bon Chef in

Lafayette;

Clive Meanwell, executive chairman, and David Stack, CEO, of the

Medicines

Company in Parsippany; and Peter J. Cocoziello, president & CEO of

Advance Realty Group in Bedminster.

To be eligible, the nominee must be an owner/manager of a private

or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent

performance

of the company (or organization) and an active member of top

management.

The winners demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such

areas as innovation, financial performance, level and nature of risks

taken and obstacles overcome, and personal commitment to their

businesses

and communities. New Jersey’s award recipients now compete with the

winners of 37 other regional programs for the national awards, to

be announced November 22 in Palm Springs, California.

Previous Princeton area winners of the state contest have included

Martin Levine of MarketSource. The most recent national winner

is Florida-based Jeno F. Paulucci, nicknamed the "frozen food

king" for creating such brands as Chun King Chinese cuisine and

Michelina’s frozen entrees.

"These outstanding owners and CEOs of New Jersey companies were

honored for the ingenuity, hard work and perseverance that has allowed

them to create and sustain successful, growing business ventures,"

says Keith L. Brownlie, program director of the state Ernst & Young

contest.

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Corporate Angels

<d>Bristol-Myers Squibb has underwritten part of

the cost of expanding a community-based health education program

called

"Lighten Up, Princeton!" The program ran for 90 days last

fall. The expanded program, which includes a computer work station

and a public health nurse on site at specified hours, will be based

at the Wild Oats Market on Nassau Street beginning Tuesday, July 1.

It will then move to the Princeton Senior Resource Center for two

more months.

The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies has given a

$625,000 grant to Rutgers to support 21 programs across various

disciplines

on its Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses. Three

new and 18 existing programs will benefit.

Of the total grant amount, $345,000 goes for research purposes.

Fellowship

and other student support programs account for $175,000, and the

remaining

$100,000 is earmarked for support outreach programs.

New Rutgers projects to receive support under the grant include the

summer undergraduate internships at the Center for Molecular and

Behavioral

Neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark. The internships will allow students

to work year-round on research, instead of suspending their work when

the school year ends.

The grant also will fund a research study by Rutgers’ Center for State

Health Policy to assess the quality and effectiveness of options

available

for moving the elderly from institutional to community-based care.

The study’s results will be shared with state and local policymakers,

advocacy groups, and the healthcare industry.

The third new beneficiary is "Mason Gross Presents," a

performing

and visual arts series run by Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts.

The grant will support educational outreach and assist the school

in producing performances and exhibits, including a show in downtown

New Brunswick of artworks by Asian artists.

The grant brings total gifts from Johnson & Johnson to Rutgers in

fiscal year 2003 to more than $1.5 million.

The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey raised $60,000

during its 11th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, June 2. Remarkably,

the event took place under sunny skies, start to finish.

Nearly 200 golfers participated in the event, which took place at

Bedens Brook Club and also at Cherry Valley Country Club. All proceeds

of the event helped benefit community programs and services in Mercer

and Middlesex counties.

Major sponsors were Fleet Bank, Johnson & Johnson Consumer

Company, and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

Fleet Bank announced a $15,000 grant to Rider University’s

"Minding Our Business" summer youth entrepreneur program in

the Wednesday, June 4, opening ceremonies for its new branch at 200

East State Street in Trenton.

The "Minding Our Business" program provides instruction to

middle school students in Trenton.

Montgomery Friends of Open Space, which was formed one year

ago to preserve land in Montgomery Township, has had its first

success.

Earlier this month, the township purchased the 39-acre Platz farm

on Dutchtown-Harlingen Road, near the foothills of the Sourland

Mountains,

and permanently protected this land as open space.

Montgomery Friends faced a challenge, because the property was already

under contract to a developer, Wildflower Estates, which had planned

to put 10 houses on the tract. Wade Martin of USB PaineWebber,

a financial advisor to both D&R Greenway and Montgomery Friends, was

able to provide the financial planning tools that created a case for

preservation that both the landowner and the developer could

understand.

Mercer Street Friends Food Cooperative extends thanks to members

of the National Association of Letter Carriers for collecting

food during the recent Stamp Out Hunger food drive. More than

half-a-billion

pounds of donations have been taken to food banks and food pantries

over the past 10 years as a result of the letter carriers’ efforts.

Trenton Postmaster Joseph Sautello provided the trailers that

transported

the food to the Mercer Friends’ warehouse. Help in loading and

unloading

the trucks was provided by area letter carriers and mail handlers,

members of the Mercer County Central Labor Council, students

from Lawrenceville School, and the crew from the Rescue

Mission of Trenton.

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Patriotic Giving

The Lost and Found Gallery at 20 Nassau Street is

sponsoring

Happy Birthday America, a benefit exhibition for the Trenton Area

Soup Kitchen.

Throughout the month of July, Lost and Found will feature works

created

by nationally-known artists and designers that showcase such patriotic

themes as Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty, and the American flag. Art forms

include flag sculptures, quilts, pillows, rugs, folk art whirly gigs,

dolls, clocks, and home furnishings.

Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of these items, which will

be on display at area stores as well as at the gallery, will go to

the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. To donate art or to make a contribution

to the soup kitchen, call Kerri Nichols at 609-695-5456.


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