Where Route 1’s three lanes drop to two lanes in South Brunswick, the New Jersey Department of Transportation says it might make some minor improvements but has no plans to add the third lanes any time soon.
Sandra Gutarra, a spokesperson for the NJDOT, presented potential improvements at a meeting in South Brunswick on August 28. Among the possibilities: an extra lane at the intersections of New Road and Henderson Road and a modification of the intersection of Route 1 at South Brunswick Square and Whispering Woods Boulevard. Also possible are new signs at Raymond Road, Sandhill/Major roads, Blackhorse Lane, and Cozzens/Adams lanes.
Even these small improvements are only penciled in. “Everything is being reviewed. We have not determined the start date,” says Gutarra.
South Brunswick officials, along with U.S. Representative Rush Holt, are pushing the DOT to take advantage of $7 million in federal funds that could finance a study that would be the first step in adding the third lanes.
Trade Fair Moves
A glance through the list of exhibitors at the Princeton Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair on Friday, September 7 (U.S. 1, August 29), reveals not only some old friends, but also some new ones, along with some others who have undergone changes since we last heard from them.
U.S. 1 senior editor Barbara Fox assembled the following list of news items from the Chamber’s roster of participants. For details ask the exhibitors at the fair, or ask Fox herself, who is also likely to be there for part of the day:
Enable Inc., 13 Roszel Road, Suite B-110, Princeton 08540; 609-987-5003; fax, 609-520-7979. Sharon J.B. Copeland, executive director. Home page: www.enablenj.org.
Enable, a not-for-profit organization for people with disabilities and their families, is expanding its headquarters at 13 Roszel Road with a move from Suite 116 to Suite 110. Before the move, it occupied 9,000 square feet. Enable is in temporary space now, while part of the building is being renovated. Soon it will move its day care program, which currently serves about 20 people in Ewing, to the Roszel Road location.
Other services offered by Enable include in-home services and support, respite care, home modifications, and residential supports such as group homes.
Kirsten Yard, who will represent Enable at the chamber trade fair on September 7, says she hopes to recruit volunteers — individuals and organizations. “Because we have residential homes, the consumers we serve welcome friendly visits,” says Yard. She offers corporations, schools, and faith-based organizations such service projects as landscaping, painting, or window washing for the group homes. Volunteers are also needed for doing crafts or staging parties at the day care facility.
Ricoh Business Systems, 2245 Kuser Road, Suite 102, Hamilton 08690; 609-689-2486; fax, 609-689-2480. J. Sheruda, branch sales manager. Home page: www.ricoh-usa.com.
Ricoh Business Systems, a document management consulting firm, expanded by moving from 2271 Route 33 to Kuser Road in Hamilton. Based in West Caldwell, it nearly doubled in size and has about 15 people working at this office.
Sign-A-Rama of East Windsor, 859 Route 130 North, East Windsor 08520; 609-490-1400; fax, 609-490-1212. Michele Long. Home page: www.signarama-nj.com.
The sign company nearly doubled its space with a move from 1,600 square feet at 370 Route 130 South (East Windsor Town Center) to 859 Route 130 North. The move took place during the week of August 20. Phone and fax are the same.
The company does custom designs, banners, commercial real estate signs, site signs, full color graphics, trade show displays, vehicle lettering, and magnetics.
Winfree Business Growth Advisors, 36 Steeplechase Road, Robbinsville 08691; 609-443-4712; fax, 609-443-4712. Edward Ras, franchise owner. Home page: www.winfree.org.
After 25 years in corporate life, Edward Ras decided to pursue what he liked doing best — working directly with small businesses to grow sales. He bought a franchise of Winfree Business Growth Advisors, based in Kentucky and known for its Black Belt sales training program.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where his father worked for the state highway department, Ras graduated in 1979 from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre and began his sales career with Eberhard Faber, selling art products. Moving from agent to vice president of sales and national sales, he also worked for Uchida of America and Kolo, a start-up.
“I always had a coaching and mentoring approach,” says Ras. “In regional and national positions, I had account responsibility but never had a chance to work with the sales people.” Now he will focus on the small business owner who believes he can double or triple in size if he puts a selling system in place — or a process in place so he is not doing all the work. “We use the Black Belt system on the front end and have a four-year coaching program. With the right circumstances, we guarantee results.”
Winfree’s competitors are Sandler or Action International, but Ras says, “we are more results oriented, focused on the selling side, helping customers develop a marketing plan, staying with our customers all the way to the customer retention process.”
Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan Inc., 108 Church Lane, East Brunswick 08816; 732-821-9090; fax, 732-821-4211. Michele Tuck-Ponder, CEO. www.gsofdr.org.
The Girl Scout organization will make its first and last appearance at the chamber trade fair on September 7 under the name of the Girl Scouts of Delaware Raritan. That’s because a merger of three councils is expected to take place on October 1.
The Delaware-Raritan council, with its 5,300 adult members and services for 12,000 girls, will merge with the Camden County and South Jersey Pines councils to form the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, with 11,000 adult members and 27,000 girl members. Though the council office will move to Cherry Hill, there will be a service center for equipment and supplies maintained in East Brunswick. Two mobile resource centers will be added.
Delaware Raritan currently serves all of Mercer and Middlesex counties plus parts of Monmouth County. Units in Somerset and Union counties have moved to other councils, part of a statewide consolidation from 11 councils to four councils.
Michele Tuck-Ponder will leave her job as CEO of the Delaware-Raritan council.
The consolidation, dubbed a “realignment,” is a nationwide initiative, says Natasha Southerland, who is charge of GSDR communications, and who will have the top communications job in Cherry Hill. “It will enable Girl Scouts to deliver more programs and services to wider range of girls and volunteers. Our girls will be able to access programs in Cape May and girls from Cape May will be able to experience programs in New Brunswick and at the statehouse in Trenton. We will be one of 109 ‘high capacity’ councils formed throughout the nation formed to help reposition the Girl Scout movement for today’s girls.”
Recently added to the roster of trade fair exhibitors are Great Eastern Energy, Just Right Specialty Group, SERV, Special Olympics New Jersey, Bucks Magazine, Marriott Vacation Club, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Princeton National Rowing Association.
New in Town
American Disabilities Corporation (ADC), 812 State Road, Suite 103, Princeton 08540-1400; 609-430-2320; fax, 609-430-2331. Neil C. Tucker, managing director. www.ameridiscorp.com.
American Disabilities Corporation has opened an office in Princeton to sell medical products and supplies for disabled persons and caregivers. Explains one of the firm’s founders and managing directors, Neil Tucker: “We’re in the business of misery reduction.” Tucker and his business partner Paul Kurisko have known each other since kindergarten.
After being approved by the Small Business Administration as a small business enterprise, they launched the business at the Small Business Development Center in Trenton a few months ago. “We have parents who are aging,” says Tucker, “and saw a need for innovative and useful medical products to be brought to market.”
Although the firm does not manufacture its products, it “wraps and carries” thousands of products already in the marketplace that fit its criteria. The partners are focusing in particular on compression therapy and wound care, but they also keep their eyes open for useful items. One offering, for example, is a portable wheelchair shower for people who don’t have a shower stall large enough to accommodate a wheelchair. The unit attaches to the kitchen sink and includes a basin that the wheelchair can roll into. When the shower is over, the item folds up into a 4- by 4- by 6-inch space.
The partners also run an E-bay store with the same name. They are redesigning their business website for E-commerce and envision a web site dedicated to the caregivers, www.caregivers-oasis.com. “It will be an information portal for caregivers, family members, and clinicians, on stress management and self care,” says Tucker. “The operating theory is that you can only help other people if you can help yourself.”
Tucker expects a large market for his firm’s products. “There are 50 million disabled plus the rising tide of baby boomers plus the current senior market,” he says. Although the partners decided to start the firm in Mercer County — “we wanted it to be in the capital county first” — they are beginning to move out into Somerset, Middlesex, and Ocean. Their goal is to have name recognition and customers statewide.
The partners have different strengths. About Kurisko, who used to manage a chemical company, Tucker says, “He’s the operations guy,” and adds, “I’m the gregarious front guy.”
Tucker has a bachelor’s of science in health education in 1991 and master’s degree in education from the College of New Jersey. In addition to being a certified massage therapist, he did advanced training as a lymphedema therapist (treating the slight swelling in the arm that sometimes accompanies breast cancer) and sold compression therapy products for Lymphedema Products. His interest has led to a new product, Lymphedivas, which is a designer compression sleeve to help these women.
ClinTech Research LLC, 675 Route 1 South, New Jersey Technology Center, North Brunswick 08902; 732-623-4193; fax, 732-601-2586. Sri Srivastava, CEO. www.clintechresearch.com.
Along with software development, the usual target for offshore savings, managing the data for clinical trials is another operation that can be moved offshore. ClinTech Research, a clinical research organization founded in 2005, expanded to the New Jersey Technology Center late last year. It proposes to save money for pharma and biotech clients because it has one foot in the United States and the other in India, at Lucknow, 300 miles north of New Delhi.
“Being in the industry for more than 20 years, we know the FDA requirements. The standards, we follow here, and we get the work done over there, but we maintain the quality,” says Sri Prakash Srivastava, president and CEO. The four-person management team communicates with the U.S. clients from this office, and 12 people are at work in India.
The son of an engineer, Srivastava has a PhD in biochemistry from Banares Hindu University. He came to the U.S. in 1985 for post doctoral work at Minnesota, and he taught there and at the University of Michigan. His first industry job was at Parke Davis, and he also worked at Pfizer and Purdue Pharma. He is married and has two school-aged children.
From Lucknow, the firm does global clinical data management, manual data entry, and data processing. Preclinical studies — testing the drug on animals to be sure it is not toxic — can be accomplished through institutions that are GLP certified according to FDA requirements.
For U.S. based pharma and biotech clients, ClinTech can also provide software development services. “We are taking the mystery out of that,” he says. “We understand the regulations in this environment. Our leaders work with the team in India, and here we communicate directly with the user.”
The ARC of Middlesex County, 219 Black Horse Lane, Suite 1, North Brunswick 08902. 732-821-1199; fax, 732-247-5590. Richard Sheridan, executive director. www.arc-middlesex.org.
After moving its main office from Milltown to North Brunswick two years ago, the ARC of Middlesex County moved one of its day programs for the developmentally disabled to the same space from 285 Ridge Road in Dayton. The organization runs 13 group homes and 6 day programs and provides family support and recreation.
Francis Anthony Dahlen 64, a geoscience professor at Princeton University, on June 3. A memorial service will be Friday, September 7, at 2 p.m. at Princeton University Chapel.
Robert Jay Lau, 56, on August 28. A graphic artist and music historian, he had worked at the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped.
Albert J. Hanson, 80, on August 22. He had been regional vice president of McGraw-Hill.
Brigadier General William Whipple Jr., 98, on August 23. A water supply expert, he had worked for the state Department of Environmental Protection. A memorial service will be Saturday, September 8, at 11 a.m. at Princeton Windrows.
Arnold Smolens, 86, on August 23. He had worked at Princeton Bank & Trust. A memorial service will be Saturday, September 8, at 2 p.m. at the Princeton Quaker Meeting, followed by a reception at the Nassau Club.