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This article by Barbara Fox was prepared for the February 5, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
Life in the Fast Lane
Those who think the Nassau Park shopping center traffic
is a mess — and that is the universal opinion — are hoping
that the Rouse company will ease the gridlock when it develops the
Wyeth site on the opposite side of Route 1 by building an overpass.
"We should learn from mistakes," says Kristin Appelget, a
member of the township council and president of the Princeton Regional
Chamber of Commerce. She points out that a cloverleaf has been built
at Quakerbridge Road, and that traffic would need to get from Nassau
Park to the Wyeth property. "That this intersection will play
a large role in how Rouse determines the potential layout."
The Rouse company will present its ideas and take input at a meeting
on Tuesday, February 11, 8 a.m., at the Mercer Oaks golf course club
house. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Princeton Regional and Greater
Mercer County chambers of commerce, and continental breakfast will
be served. Cost: $20. Call 609-420-1776.
Emergency rooms were reported to be 50 to 75 percent
busier on Monday, February 3, when an estimated 12,000 New Jersey
doctors went on strike to protest malpractice insurance costs and
to lobby for a cap on legal claims. "The majority of extra cases
are pediatric or geriatric," says Ron Czajkowski of the New Jersey
Hospital Association. Smaller hospitals canceled 20 to 30 non-emergency
procedures, and larger hospitals canceled more than 100 procedures.
The NJHA released a survey of member hospitals that showed 33 percent
of doctors are reluctant to provide charity care because they are
afraid of getting hit by medical malpractice claims.
"It is a pretty united effort," says a spokesperson for the
Medical Society of New Jersey. Some physicians say they are willing
to keep on delaying non-emergency procedures until they get legislative
action. They were scheduled to demonstrate in Trenton on Tuesday,
February 4. Trial lawyers oppose the physicians goal: a $250,000 cap
on malpractice suits. Also opposed is the New Jersey Public Interest
In an effort to narrow its focus, Bristol-Myers Squibb
cut 45 research jobs at its Route 206 facility, 29 workers in Hopewell,
and 39 researchers in Wallingford, Connecticut. They have one month
to wind down their research; their last day will be March 5. One hundred
thirteen people amounts to a small percentage of the total of 4,300
researchers in the United States, but it belies the assumption that
only administrators need worry about job security.
Provinceline Road, Box 4000, Princeton 08543-4000. James B.D. Palmer
MD, chief scientific officer. 609-252-4000. Also 311 Pennington-Rocky
Hill Road, Box 5400, Princeton 08543-5400. 609-818-3000. Home page:
Karen and Todd Dieterly moved their company, TDK Systems
Group, from western Maryland to Hamilton Square in December. She is
the president and CEO and he, an engineer and former Marine, is executive
vice president. TDK does systems engineering and integration and environmental
systems and services. It qualifies as both a women-owned and a veteran-owned
Their company has the project management contract for installing smart
cards in state government buildings. So far, cards for secure employee
entry have been installed at the Capitol and the Department of Motor
Vehicles. "As funds come available to the state, we keep adding
buildings," says Karen Dieterly. Todd has been commuting to New
Jersey for several years to work on state contracts, and they have
children ages 3, 11, and 12, so they moved the business. The children
attend school in Ewing and they are having a house built in Columbus.
Todd and Karen met at a church in Pennsylvania. She was a graduate
of Northhampton Community College in Pennsylvania, and he was an aviation
technician stationed at Andrews Air Force base.
"After one year of being a military wife, I said that was enough,"
says Karen. Todd left the Marines after six years of service, enrolled
in a community college, then transferred to George Washington University,
graduating in 1990. Meanwhile Karen worked at Geico. "We toyed
around with opening our own business, and in 1999 we said, `Let’s
go for it.’"
How did they get their first state contract? By working with another
contractor on Y2K contracts. "The state liked our work and wanted
to keep us on," says Dieterly.
Hamilton Square 08690. Karen S. Dieterly, president and CEO. 609-890-0700;
fax, 609-890-7766. Home page: www.tdksystemsgroup.com
Lawrenceville 08648. Elizabeth A. Duffy, headmaster. 609-896-0400;
In June Elizabeth A. Duffy will succeed Michael Cary
and be the first woman headmaster in the history of the nearly two-century-old
A successful fundraiser and administrator, Duffy majored in molecular
biology, Class of 1988, and is executive director of the Illinois-based
Ball Foundation, known for its efforts to improve schools and develop
careers for students in grades K-12. Lawrenceville School has 800
senior high students from 25 countries and 38 states, and almost three
quarters of them are boarders.
At Stanford Duffy earned an MBA and a master’s degree in educational
administration. Her jobs have included being vice president of the
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, working for the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation, administrator of the student volunteers council
at Princeton University, and assistant master of the university’ Rockefeller
College. She co-authored two books. Married to a graduate of the Lawrenceville
School, John Gutman, she has a two-year-old daughter and a six-month
Duffy’s predecessor, Cary, is a graduate of Bowdoin (Class of 1971),
Brown, and Yale Divinity School, and he came to Lawrenceville from
Maureen Nash has succeeded Joan Doig as vice president
for human resources at Princeton University. Nash went to Cornell
University and has master’s degrees from Boston University and Fairleigh
Dickinson. Her most recent job was as vice president for learning
and development at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
She has also held positions at Fidelity Investments in Boston and
in Tokyo, Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto Company, and Northeastern University.
Daniel Scheiner has been acting vice president since Doig retired
in 2001 and will return to his job, which focuses on implementing
a web-based human resources environment.
08544. Maureen Nash, vice president for human resources. 609-258-3000;
fax, 609-258-1294. Home page: www.princeton.edu
Plaza, Suite 105, Cranbury 08512. Thomas Richman, manager. 609-409-1300;
fax, 609-655-2887. E-mail: cbplans.com Home page: www.cbplans.com
The three-person benefit planning company moved from 8 South River
Road last fall. It offers benefit plans for small to medium-sized
Princeton 08540-6237. Walter O’Neill, senior vice president. 609-720-8670;
fax, 609-720-7783. Home page: www.ayers.com
The Princeton branch of the Ayers Group, a company specializing in
human resource consulting and career transition services, has moved
from its offices at 214 Carnegie Center to 7 Roszel Road. A spokesperson
says the move was made to obtain more space in a "nicer facility."
Ayers, with six staff members, is now located on the fifth floor of
7 Roszel Road.
Floor, Princeton 08540. 609-921-1800; fax, 609-921-8484.
When his lease at 211 Nassau Street expired last month, Ron Berlin
moved his general architecture practice to the second floor of 360
Ursula Meyer opened a small office on Nassau
Street last year for a United Kingdom-based market research firm,
and the company is now in a capital raising phase. Its proprietary
technology, devised by Richard Silberstein of Melbourne, Australia,
tests ads by measuring brain activity.
Clients are being handled through the firm’s London office, until
recently headed by Achi Racov, who died in December. In an August
15, 2002, article in the Media Guardian, a Pre-Diction spokesperson
says that this technique can gauge emotional reactions more accurately
than surveys ask questions, because the right side of the brain has
no speech ability.
The ad testers wear headsets that measure the brain’s electrical activity.
Their emotional responses are tested to graph high and low points.
Then they watch TV for an hour, while software analyzes the emotional
response the ads evoke and predicts whether the subjects will remember
the message. The name of the company is intended to mean "before
08542. Ursula Meyer, business manager. 609-924-1441; fax, 609-924-1341.
Home page: www.pre-diction.com
in an automobile accident. He had taught and coached soccer at the
Base-Ten Systems and for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools transportation
department. A memorial service will be Friday, February 7, at 1 p.m.
at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.
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