Expansions

Management Moves

Name Changes

Down-Sizing

Leaving Town

Out of Business

Deaths

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This article was prepared for the

January 9, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights

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Life in the Fast Lane

If you worry whether abused and neglected children

are being taken care of properly, consider the work of an agency new

to Mercer County, CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates. Last year

Lori Morris opened Mercer’s chapter of CASA in the office of the

United

Way on Princeton Pike.

In court, her agency advocates for abused and neglected children.

To make sure the child is safe and getting needed services, one

volunteer

takes the case of one child — visiting the child, the foster

parents,

and the relatives, and making a report to the judge. The goal: To

find a permanent home for each child.

Volunteers get a 30-hour training program plus 12-hours of in-service

training per year. Volunteers commit to a minimum of one year and

generally serve from three to 15 hours a month. An open house for

the next volunteer orientation will be Thursday, January 24, at 5:30

p.m. Call 609-637-4910 for the location and to make a reservation.

A native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, Morris went to Smith College, Class

of 1982, and earned a doctorate in sociology at Northwestern. When

she and her husband moved to Princeton Junction, she worked at

Educational

Testing Service and volunteered for the Child Placement Review Board,

an agency that helps the family court and the Division of Youth and

Family Services decide where children should be placed. "That

started my interest," she says.

Morris left ETS to be a consultant at Rutgers on a project studying

the work of CASA. Then she co-founded the Mercer chapter with Carolyn

Miller and John Catalano. CASA has just completed its first volunteer

training session, and Judge Gerald Council has initially assigned

them seven cases from Mercer County Family Court.

CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates, 3131

Princeton

Pike, Building 4, Suite 113, Lawrenceville 08648. Lori Morris,

executive

director. 609-637-4910; fax, 609-895-1245. Home page:

www.casamercer.org

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Expansions

American Lung Association of New Jersey, 29 Emmons

Drive, Building A-20, Princeton 08540-2006. Shirelle Dover-Jones,

program director. 609-452-2112; fax, 609-951-9237. Home page:

www.lungusa.org

On January 29, the five-person Princeton office of the ALA will

consolidate

with the Toms River office and move to a 2,800 square foot space in

Cranbury. The new eight-person office will be at 109 South Main

Street,

Suite 18, Cranbury 08512, 609-918-0313; fax, 609-918-0314. The state

office is in Union, and there is another regional office in Fairfield.

It offers education programs, workshops, and support groups regarding

tobacco and lung health for both corporations and the community

Hopewell Valley Community Bank, 3800 Quakerbridge

Road, Hamilton 08619. Thomas E. Guckin, vice president. 609-586-0600;

fax, 609-586-0837. Www.hvcbonline.com

The local commercial bank, based in Pennington, has opened its second

branch. It has $65 million in assets, says James Hyman, president

and CEO. Branch manager Thomas E. Guckin has his banking roots in

Hamilton; he was formerly with CoreStates New Jersey.

The Rutledge Center Inc., 2681 Quakerbridge Road,

Suite A-2, Mercerville 08619. Richard Politi, president. 609-587-4252;

fax, 609-587-4007.

The corporate training and marketing firm moved from 2109 Pennington

Avenue in Trenton to 2,000 square feet on Quakerbridge Road. It was

founded in 1979.

Selective Insurance Company of America (SIGI),

1395 Yardville-Hamilton Square Road, Box 7950, Trenton 08650-7950.

Edward F. Drag II, vice president & branch manager. 609-890-2200;

fax, 609-588-5031. Home page: www.selective.com

The insurance company moved from 1 AAA Drive to Hamilton-Yardville

Road but is keeping the same phone and fax. It is based in

Branchville,

New Jersey.

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Management Moves

Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company, 177 Franklin

Corner Road, Suite 1-A, Lawrenceville 08648. Martin Fimiani, exclusive

agent. 609-896-4844; fax, 609-896-1095.

Upon the retirement of Hugh Fallon, an Allstate agent at this address,

Martin Fimiani took over Fallon’s client list and as of December 3

is now the exclusive Allstate agent here. Several months passed after

Fallon retired before Fimiani was able to reopen the office. Fimiani

was formerly a lab technician at RCA in Somerville but has been an

Allstate agent for 34 years. A resident of Jackson, he also has an

office in Old Bridge. The phone is the same, but the fax is new.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124

Montgomery

Road, Skillman 08558. Nancy Coffee, program director. 609-921-3272;

fax, 609-921-8455. Www.1860house.org

Nancy Coffee has been named the new position of program director at

1860 House. A Lawrenceville native, Coffee has a bachelor’s degree

in ceramics from Colorado State University. She has been a program

administrator at a community arts program in Colorado and has worked

in K-12 educational programming and development of supplemental

instructional

programs.

The position of executive director, previously filled by Katharine

Vaucher, has been eliminated.

"Programs are the life blood of our organization, and the addition

of Nancy Coffee to our staff will have great impact on our

community,"

says Larry Shiller, board president. The Montgomery Cultural Center

is a non-profit cultural arts center for visual, literary and

performing

arts.

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Name Changes

Ray J. Barson, 350 Alexander Street, Princeton

08540. 609-921-1100.

Ray Barson has closed his practice and is now a partner with

Szaferman,

Lakind, Blumstein, Watter, Blader, Lehmann & Goldshore PC on Grovers

Mill Road (609-275-0400; fax, 609-275-4511. Home page:

www.szaferman.com He focuses on real estate matters.

Computer Sciences Corporation, 101 Grovers Mill

Road, Quakerbridge Executive Center Suite 202, Lawrenceville 08648.

John Easter. 609-799-6100; fax, 609-716-5650.

Formerly known as Policy Management Systems Corp., this insurance

software company has officially changed its name.

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Down-Sizing

PHC/Aetna U.S. Healthcare (AET), One Prudential

Drive, Cranbury 08512. Joe E. Salsberry, service center head.

609-708-3000;

fax, 609-708-2347.

The national service center expects to lay off about 1/6 of the 1,100

employees at this location for a total of 6,000 people nationwide,

or 444 in New Jersey. Aetna lost 1.8 million plan members this year.

Half the cuts will come in the service sector, but cuts will also

be made in IT and HR. About 5,000 jobs were taken last December, half

through attrition.

Paytrust Inc., 2572 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville

08648. Ed McLaughlin, president and CEO. 609-720-1818; fax,

609-720-1819.

Home page: www.paytrust.com

Paytrust Inc. has moved its corporate offices from 26,000 square feet

on the third floor of Quakerbridge Executive Center to the location

of its call center at 2572 Brunswick Pike, where it has 50,000 square

feet. About 50 people work here plus 250 more workers nationwide,

including at a call center in Sioux Falls.

"We had the extra space, and the two locations were less than

five miles apart," says Laurel Cecila, the spokesperson. "All

the people on Quakerbridge moved to Brunswick Pike." The

electronic

bill paying and presenting service received its sixth round of

financing

last August.

Paytrust, also known as Secure Commerce Services, had been subleasing

from Computer Sciences Corporation (formerly Policy Management Systems

Corporation). CSC now has that space — 26,000 square feet —

available for sublease through Robert Bull of the Studley Corporation.

This Internet service enables consumers to receive, review, approve,

and pay all bills electronically.

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Leaving Town

Croda Adhesives Inc., 200 Upper Ferry Road, Ewing

08628. 847-481-2600.

Sovereign Specialty Chemicals purchased the adhesives manufacturing

division of Croda and, last summer, moved the business to Arlington

Heights, Illinois.

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Out of Business

PrinVest Corp., 3 Princess Road, Lawrenceville

08648. Rudolf A. Tervooren, president. 609-844-9828. Home page:

www.prinvest.com

This company was dissolved as of December 31, says the person who

is charged with closing the books. She declined to provide more

information.

Founded in 1990, the company owned its building here and at one point

had 50 employees (U.S. 1, July 6, 1994). It was an asset-based lender

financing small and middle-market companies and offered custom

financing

programs.

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Deaths

Jane E. Kochis, 65, on December 17. She was a broker at

Weichert Realtors in Princeton and West Windsor and Plainsboro.

Denis James, 54, on December 16. A sixth degree black

belt, he owned James Karate in Ewing.

Lillian Brobst, 62, on December 19. She was a registered

nurse who had worked for Donald F. Smith and Associates on Princeton

Pike (now Rue Insurance).

Russell W. Snedeker, 75, on December 19. He had worked

at Princeton University and RCA.

Rosemary Allen Little, 63, on December 23. She was the

public administrator of politics and law at Princeton University’s

Firestone Library.

Denise Durso Moreno, 50, on December 28. She was a

financial

planner at Sarnoff Corp.

Umberto "Bert" Roberto, 70, on December 29. He

owned Hinkson’s office supply on Nassau Street from 1960 to 1997.

Giuseppe Spera, 74, on December 31. He owned Pizza Star

at the Princeton Shopping Center and Rosa’s Pizza Star in Hamilton.

Alexander F. Wojciechowicz Jr., 62, on January 5 in a

plane crash in Puerto Rico. A Princeton Township resident, he owned

two medical device companies in Farmingdale. Also killed in the crash

were his daughter, Katherine Angrick, and her husband, son, and

mother-in-law.

His wife, Carol, has been active in Princeton charitable and civic

organizations.

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