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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
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
takes the case of one child — visiting the child, the foster
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
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.
Pike, Building 4, Suite 113, Lawrenceville 08648. Lori Morris,
director. 609-637-4910; fax, 609-895-1245. Home page:
Drive, Building A-20, Princeton 08540-2006. Shirelle Dover-Jones,
program director. 609-452-2112; fax, 609-951-9237. Home page:
On January 29, the five-person Princeton office of the ALA will
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
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
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.
Suite A-2, Mercerville 08619. Richard Politi, president. 609-587-4252;
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.
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
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.
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
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
says Larry Shiller, board president. The Montgomery Cultural Center
is a non-profit cultural arts center for visual, literary and
Ray Barson has closed his practice and is now a partner with
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.
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.
Drive, Cranbury 08512. Joe E. Salsberry, service center head.
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
08648. Ed McLaughlin, president and CEO. 609-720-1818; fax,
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
bill paying and presenting service received its sixth round of
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.
Sovereign Specialty Chemicals purchased the adhesives manufacturing
division of Croda and, last summer, moved the business to Arlington
08648. Rudolf A. Tervooren, president. 609-844-9828. Home page:
This company was dissolved as of December 31, says the person who
is charged with closing the books. She declined to provide more
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
Weichert Realtors in Princeton and West Windsor and Plainsboro.
belt, he owned James Karate in Ewing.
nurse who had worked for Donald F. Smith and Associates on Princeton
Pike (now Rue Insurance).
at Princeton University and RCA.
public administrator of politics and law at Princeton University’s
planner at Sarnoff Corp.
owned Hinkson’s office supply on Nassau Street from 1960 to 1997.
at the Princeton Shopping Center and Rosa’s Pizza Star in Hamilton.
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
His wife, Carol, has been active in Princeton charitable and civic
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