Bootstrap Controversy

Video Advances

New in Town

Expansion

Attorney Moves

Crosstown Moves

Leaving Town

Management Moves

Name Changes

Correction

Deaths

Corrections or additions?

These articles were published in U.S. 1 Newspaper

dated Wednesday, December 23, 1998. All rights reserved.

Life in the Fast Lane

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Bootstrap Controversy

For the 10 families that moved into their own homes

last fall, Walden Woods was a dream come true. When Bootstraps was

featured in U.S. 1’s "Habitat’s Helpers" Helping Hands issue

(December 17, 1997), these families were all happy, grateful, and

excited about moving into their own homes inn West Windsor Township.

A year later, faced with the reality of paying the bills on their

homes, the picture is slightly different. Some of the new homeowners

believe they have been excessively and unfairly charged by Bootstraps.

The matter now rests with the American Arbitration Association.

Bootstraps: Self-help Homes and Communities is the Mercerville

non-profit

organization that created Walden Woods, a build-it-yourself affordable

housing development on Bear Brook Road with donations, grants, and

subsidies from sources as diverse as the United States Department

of Agriculture, the Borden Foundation, and Home Depot. Founded by

Jay Tyson, a Princeton-educated civil engineer, Bootstraps helped

the families obtain low-interest mortgage loans and trained them in

home construction.

Some of the families with bills close to $5,000 say they trusted Tyson

and he let them down. They complain that the purchases were not

properly

accounted and that they were billed excessively. And the holiday

season

is an especially bad time to be hit by such bills.

The bills are accurate and the expenditure was approved by the

families,

says Tyson. The families were given monthly statements detailing all

the costs and a copy of all the invoices and they knew there would

be overruns from April. "For most of the construction period,

we held meetings every two weeks. The families were not regular and

one or two of them seldom attended," says Tyson. "They have

always been welcome to sit down with us and review their records in

full detail. Our Board of Trustees also spent a lot of time reviewing

expenses with them in early summer, and they agreed these expenses

were legitimate."

Tyson says that the overruns resulted from the homeowners wanting

to have upgraded interiors, which in several cases led them to spend

more. "And they misunderstood the role of the contingency fund

and interpreted this as free extra money." The funding source

for the project, the USDA’s Office of Rural Development, has concluded

that the costs are charged correctly, says Tyson. He is confident

that the Township and the arbitrators will reach the same conclusion.

Tyson adds that the homeowners who have been complaining do not speak

for all of the families. "Three of the families have paid for

the overruns and two families have no contest." The houses were

estimated to cost the homeowners around $100,000, less than half the

assessed value at West Windsor. "Mortgages are based on each

family’s

income and is never more than 31 percent of the family income,"

says Tyson. The families who own houses at Walden Woods have incomes

ranging from $20,000 to $43,000 per year, significantly below Mercer

County’s median family income of approximately $60,000.

All things said and done, Walden Woods is an example of what can be

achieved when a community comes together, says Tyson. "In spite

of all the difficulties, we feel that the families, in combination

with the government and the many volunteers and funding agencies,

have done a remarkable job in building homes that are well above the

standard of what is normally possible in the realm of affordable

housing."

Tyson adds that work on the second phase of Walden Woods, a group

of six more houses, is progressing smoothly.

— Teena Chandy

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Video Advances

By this time next year, you will be able to edit this

year’s holiday videotapes in amazing ways. Ever wanted to remove

someone’s

ex-spouse from a Christmas tree scene? Or make your own Roger the

Rabbit flick?

Sarnoff Corporation has just released the first-ever object-based

authoring tools for MPEG-4 video. "People who do websites or

multimedia

production ultimately can use this to replace JPEG as the standard

video file on the web and in other places where JPEG is currently

used," says Tom Lento, Sarnoff’s spokesperson.

"Our new authoring tools give users abilities they’ve never had

before," says Ya-Qin Zhang, director of Sarnoff’s multimedia

technology

laboratory. "In fact, they let users do things that are difficult

or impossible on multimillion-dollar professional equipment used in

motion picture editing."

This tool is for hardware and software providers, who will use it

to create packages that will allow consumers to zap strong multimedia

content into presentations and websites. "It analyzes video and

designates the items into objects which you can then manipulate as

separate entities. Instead of working with frames you are working

with objects that cut across frames. You can add, subtract, alter,

edit, drag, drop, and put synthetic objects such as animation into

live video," says Lento. First you have to convert your VCR tape

to digital. "Then just plug a camcorder into a PC equipped with

an encoder and edit the video in real time."

These video editing packages should be on the market for the holiday

season in 1999.

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New in Town

JRS Architect PC, 707 State Road, Suite 104,

Princeton

08540-1434. Fran Consoli, project manager. 609-688-9100; fax,

609-688-9060.

E-mail: fcc@jrsarchitect.com. Home page: www.jrsarchitect.com.

Earlier this year James Lalli opened a branch of the architecture

firm headed by John R. Sorrenti, president and based in Mineola, New

York. "We wanted to move in the Princeton area and get work from

Philadelphia," says Lalli. The firm just completed a gamma knife

(high profile brainscan) project for Columbia Presbyterian. Among

its other clients for interior design, furniture, and "ground-up

design" are Columbia Presbyterian First Union Bank, and Chase,

with the most recent project being Sperry Credit Union in Long Island.

Lalli went to the New York Institute of Technology Class, Class of

’92.

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Expansion

Cascade Media Group Inc., 335 Wall Street,

Princeton

08540. Jon Conant, president. 609-430-9080; fax, 609-430-9086. E-mail:

sales@cascademediagroup.com.

As a result of buying another firm, Computer Applications East, Jon

Conant’s Cascade Media Group moved from 254 Wall Street to another

Research Park location and now shares space with Speedway Blues, a

soft goods sales and marketing company. Conant’s firm offered

telecommunications

services, with a focus on computer telephony. Computer Applications

East, founded by Peter Palladino, did Windows-based and Novell

networks,

network faxing, Microsoft office, E-mail, virus protection, and

database

application design and development. Now, says Conant, "We do the

wiring to help people move in and change offices. Anything to do with

IT infrastructure."

Among the services are premise wiring, computers and networking

(including

providing specialty software), telecommunication systems (including

call accounting, audio and video conferencing), and computer telephony

(with call centers, automated database lookup, and visual telephony).

Conant went to Southern Illinois University, Class of ’81, and started

out as a programmer. "I’m one of the people that started the Year

2000 problem at Blue Cross and Blue Shield," he jokes. He worked

at Computer Associates in St. Louis, then moved to Holmdel, and then

the company moved to Princeton. He formed his own company in 1991.

Conant is retaining the name Cascade Media, he says, to communicate

the turmoil going on the industry. "The end result is that the

cascade flows into a nicer smooth stream. And everything is media,

whether video image, voice, or data."

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Attorney Moves

Buckley & Theroux, 707 State Road, Suite 103, Box

322, Princeton 08542-0322. William Theroux, managing partner.

609-924-9099.

Kalison McBride & Jackson PA, 3131 Princeton Pike,

Building 1B, Lawrenceville 08648. John Zen Jackson. 609-620-9600;

fax, 908-647-6226.

The firm formerly known as Jackson & Buckley is now Buckley & Theroux

and all numbers have been changed. The named partners are William

Theroux and Sean Buckley. It emphasizes health care and civil

litigation.

Meanwhile John Zen Jackson, a certified civil trial attorney, has

moved north and configured a new firm at 645 Martinsville Road, Box

814, Liberty Corner 07938, 908-647-4600; fax, 908-647-6226. Along

with Daniel R. Esposito and Alison Wholey Mynick he is now with

Kalison,

McBride & Jackson PA, which also has an office at 3131 Princeton Pike.

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Crosstown Moves

Princeton Fuel Oil, 125 Hovey Avenue, Trenton

08540.

Ed Griffin, general manager. 609-924-1100; fax, 609-890-7576.

Princeton Fuel Oil has shifted its operations from 220 Alexander Road

to 125 Hovey Avenue in Hamilton Township. "We had our warehouse

in Hamilton for many years. It was where our trucks were coming and

going and it made more sense to shift to Hamilton so we could see

the trucks come and go," says Ed Griffin, general manager. The

220 Alexander Street property that the company owns is being rented

out — one tenant is Marsha Childs Contemporary art gallery.

It was difficult for the trucks to come and go in Princeton, says

Griffin. "But we are still Princeton Fuel Oil and Princeton is

still the center of our business."

Arlington Capital Mortgage Corporation, 33

Witherspoon

Street, Princeton 08542. Stephen S. Thompson, branch manager.

609-921-3131;

fax, 609-921-8558.

Arlington Capital Mortgage Corporation has moved back to 33

Witherspoon

Street from 228 Alexander Street.

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Leaving Town

VGen Personal Computer, 11 Princess Road, Suite

G, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-219-9005; fax, 609-219-1027.

For six months this computer company occupied space on Princess Road,

but it vacated the premises last month and now the phone has been

"temporarily disconnected," according to the phone company.

The full name of the firm was Voyager General, and it reportedly

offered

personal computers for distance learning, according to CEO Deborah

Jones.

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Management Moves

New Jersey Pharmacists Association, 3 Marlen Drive,

Suite B, Robbinsville 08691-1604. 609-584-9063; fax, 609-586-8186.

Home page: www.njpha.com.

Thomas Ireland has resigned his post as president.

Regional Business Partnership, 1 Newark Center,

22nd Floor, Newark 07102-5265. Samuel F. Crane, president.

973-242-6237;

fax, 973-824-6587. E-mail: rpb@rpb.org.

William M. Freeman, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-New Jersey,

has been elected chairman of the board of the 1,300-member regional

business organization. He has also been elected to the board of

directors

of Summit Bancorp and was appointed to the New Jersey Commission on

Higher Education.

Trenton Business and Technology Center Inc., 36

South Broad Street, Trenton 08608-2102. Dan B. Strombom, manager.

609-396-8801; fax, 609-396-8603. E-mail: tbtc@mccc.edu. Home page:

http://www.mccc.edu./sbdc/incubator.html.

Dan B. Strombom has been appointed manager of the business incubator

that offers low-cost office space, business support services, and

free onsite management counseling. He has 20 years experience in

business

development at the federal commerce department and as a faculty member

at Rutgers. He also started his own business, based on a patented

invention that is licensed in this country and the United Kingdom.

The TBTC is directed by Mercer College’s Department of Corporate and

Community Programs. The center has an economic development program

assisting small businesses, providing office space and services, and

free small business counsel.

Carrier Foundation, Route 601 (Blawenburg Road),

Box 147, Belle Mead 08502. Richard Sarle, president and CEO.

800-933-3579;

fax, 908-874-4818. Home page: http://www/carrier.org.

Vince Haba Jr., has been named director of the Carrier Center for

Counseling in Belle Mead. Formerly he directed Carrier’s South

Plainfield

Counseling Center. He has MSW and LCSW degrees.

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Name Changes

Alta Services, 3525 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton

08619. Ginger Brikowski, office manager. 609-631-0474; fax,

609-631-0492.

Formerly known as Managed Care Systems Inc., this company, which

administers

managed care for workers’ compensation cases, is now known as Alta

Services LSC. It is owned by Selective Insurance.

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Correction

U.S. 1 received a word of thanks, and a correction, regarding the

article on Chip Durell and Durell Builders (December 9). Vincent J.

Scozzari Jr. of V.J. Scozzari & Sons Inc. wrote that he was

"pleasantly

surprised" to see his firm’s name included. But, he added, U.S.

1 was incorrect in reporting that Durell had built the skating rink

at Princeton Day School. Scozzari says his Lawrenceville Road-based

firm designed and built the facility.

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Deaths

William L.C. Hui, 84, on December 14. He had been a

chemical

engineer at the Sarnoff Center and the state Department of

Environmental

Protection.

Dennis J. Starr, 52, on December 18. He was a history

professor at Rider U niversity.

Holiday Schedule

U.S. 1 concludes its 1998 publishing schedule with this issue. The

next issue will be Wednesday, January 6.

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