Base Ten Turmoil

Childcare Change


Crosstown Move

New in Town:

Leaving Town


Contracts Awarded

Management Moves

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These articles by Barbara Fox and Melinda Sherwood were published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on May 19, 1999.

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Life in the Fast Lane: Dow Jones

Reuters and Dow Jones are combining their Internet-based

business information services. The new joint venture, Dow Jones Reuters

Business Interactive LLC, will target business users at their desks

through Internet distribution, says Richard Tofel, Dow Jones spokesperson.

The new service will have the archived contents from the Wall Street

Journal but it will also have the news services in 20 languages presently

available on Reuters Business Briefing (

The combined venture will not include the Wall Street Journal Interactive

Edition, the digital new media products that Reuters has, or the real-time

financial newswires that each produces.

A Dow Jones executive, Timothy M. Andrews, will head the firm, and

Reuters will pay Dow Jones a sum of money over time, says Tofel, but

the amount to be paid has not been made public.

Andrews, the president and chief executive officer of the joint venture,

will have his office in the New York metropolitan area. That could

include the Princeton campus, which has a new empty building and 300

Dow Jones Interactive employees.

Andrews is an alumnus of Ball State in Indiana. Except for a brief

stint in public relations, he has been with Dow Jones for 15 years,

most recently as vice president and editor of Dow Jones Interactive.

Two of the six executives reporting to him are from Dow Jones: Skip

Grossman, vice president of strategic relationships, and Clare Hart,

vice president and director of global sales.

Andrews will have a board of directors divided evenly between Reuters

and Dow Jones. On the Dow Jones side, the directors are L. Gordon

Crovitz, senior vice president of electronic publishing, and Dorothea

Coccoli Palsho, president of Dow Jones Interactive Publishing.

"Reuters and Dow Jones both have successful interactive business

services," says Andrews, "and merging them will allow us to

reach more customers faster to meet their rapidly changing needs."

Meanwhile, under Coccoli Palsho, Dow Jones Interactive will continue

to independently publish the Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition,

the largest paid-subscription site on the Web. Soon it will add a

new free Web portal site at

"The large general-interest portal sites aren’t productive for

businesspeople," said Peter R. Kann, Dow Jones chairman and CEO.

As announced last month the new site will serve business people needing

information, services, or Web resources. Users will be able to do

free searches on premium sites and pay only for what they wish to

read or download.

Dow Jones Interactive Publishing, Ridge Road and

Route 1, Box 300, Princeton 08543-0300. Dorothea Coccoli Palsho, president.

609-520-4000; fax, 609-520-4010. Home page:

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Base Ten Turmoil

At the Base 10 shareholders’ meeting last week chief

executive Thomas E. Gardner had asked for approval to float additional

shares of common stock, but that move was rejected by shareholders

who had earlier forced Gardner to revamp his board (U.S. 1, May 19).

Not to worry. "It becomes a moot point," says Gardner. "The

extra stock was not for existing management but to incent the management

of any acquisitions we might make."

He had been talking to two acquisition possibilities: Select Software

Tools and Almedica Technology Group. Now he has dropped the former

and is continuing talks with the latter. "We are confident that

this transaction will create a solid platform for future growth and


The board shakeup took place as scheduled. "We have now had a

board meeting and initial orientation sessions with the two new directors

and are pleased with the way everyone is coming together behind the

common goal to increase shareholder value," says Gardner.

Base Ten Systems Inc., 1 Electronics Drive,

Box 3151, Trenton 08619-3151. Thomas Gardner, president, CEO, co-chairman.

609-586-7010; fax, 609-586-1593. Home page:

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Childcare Change

Some 80 Carnegie Center children will find themselves

under new management on July 1. The Family Resource Center, a nonprofit

doing business as Carnegie Family Center, has notified parents that

a new child care provider will assume the lease — children may

stay at the Carnegie Center or move to the Lawrence Day School, another

Family Resource Center facility, on Carter Road. Meanwhile Harsh and

Sonia Chadha, owners of eight central New Jersey locations of the

national franchise Kiddie Academy, have been invited by landlord Boston

Properties to provide services at the Carnegie location.

"If we do assume operation of the school," says Chadha, "we

will do everything to assure the transition is as seamless as possible."

He hopes to hire the same teachers, saying that his firm "provides

a positive and fun work environment with good pay and benefits. Today

we take care of 1,000 families a day, and we have in excess of 200

staff members." The Chadhas have facilities in North Brunswick,

Cranbury, Hillsborough, Lebanon, Rockaway, East Hanover, Morristown,

and Branchburg. They are also opening new facilities in Lawrenceville

(at Manors Corner), Bridgewater, and Chester. The 18-year-old Kiddie

Academy is based in Bel Air, Maryland, and has 61 units in 11 states


The Carnegie Center has been aware for some time that the Family Resource

Center was struggling to meet its rent, and it had offered the site

to at least one other area provider — which turned it down on

the grounds that the facility is simply too small for profitability.

Asked how he intended to make a profit, Chadha says his operation

has "a lean administration." He outsources payroll and accounting

and he and his wife handle all other administrative duties.

"We are the premium provider of daycare," says Chadha. "Our

curriculum includes computers, music, dance, and we even teach Spanish."

A program called Parent Watch lets parents use the Internet to get

a camera’s eye view of their child’s classroom.

A native of northern India, where his father was a physician, Chadha

went to the esteemed Doon School (comparable to Eton in Great Britain)

and the University of Delhi (Class of 1976) before earning his MBA

at the Wharton School, working at Dun and Bradstreet, and then going

into business on his own in the early 1990s. "Then child care

was an industry with a poor reputation. All the negatives that did

exist presented a new opportunity to make a difference to the community

that we serve. Taking care of children is one way of giving back to

society," says Chadha.

"The goal is to have a seamless transition before the end of June,"

says Micky Landis of Boston Properties, owner of the building. "The

intention of the new operator is to keep the rates consistent and

keep as many of the staff as would like to stay."

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International Software Group (ISG), 55 Princeton-Hightstown

Road, Suite 103, Princeton Junction 08550. Ajay Chopra, president.

609-799-0622; fax, 609-799-0662. Home page:

The computer consulting firm moved with 20 people from Station Drive

to take up most of one floor at 55 Princeton-Hightstown Road. Not

to be confused with International Software Consulting on Thanet Circle,

it does quality assurance testing and enterprise resource provider

(ERP) solutions as well as Year 2000 work. Its clients range from

Lucent Technologies and Citibank to small trucking companies and the

school administration for Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Gary Mertz Architect, 65 South Main Street, Building

A, Level 2, Pennington 08534. 609-737-7976; fax, 609-730-8296.

After three years working from a home office, Gary Mertz has moved

to Pennington’s Main Street office center. Mertz, 42, grew up in Bergen

County, where his mother is a gerontologist and his father worked

for National Industries for the Blind. As a result of vocational testing

he worked as a carpenter for four years, then went to North Carolina

State, and studied architecture at Drexel. While working for five

years with Johnson Jones at 20 Nassau Street, one of his major projects

was a counseling center at Montclair State. His wife, Sarah, is associate

executive director for the American Red Cross on Alexander Road.

Mertz’ current projects include an addition to the Lakeview Child

Center in Hamilton and the just-finished NovaSoft building on Quakerbridge

Road (U.S. 1, May 12). His work on Tom and Mary Evslin’s home on Library

Place is featured in Better Homes & Gardens this month, and he and

Sarah hope their dream house will also end up in those pages. But

first they have to find a piece of land.

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Crosstown Move

Microcon, 432 State Road, Princeton 08540. Sujoy

Banerjee, president. 609-921-7890; fax, 609-921-7820. Home page:

Sujoy Banerjee has moved his computer consulting and training firm,

once located on Roszel Road, to a 20-acre wooded site near Princeton

Airport with an indoor swimming pool and a tennis court. "The

facility is ideal for clients, vendors, and most important, our employees

with pre-school children," says Banerjee, a native of Jamshedpur,

India. He has a master’s degree from Virginia Tech.

One consultant, for example, was able to bring her infant to this

worksite, and when her husband was transferred to Washington, D.C.,

she was able to continue to work on projects for Microcon.

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New in Town:

Tie Dyes to Ties

Network Access Systems, 45 Stouts Lane, Suite 11,

Monmouth Junction 08852. Bruce Lin, general manager. 732-355-9770;

fax, 732-355-9774. Home page:

Network Access Systems, an assembler and reseller of network computer

systems, has opened an office at 45 Stouts Lane in Monmouth Junction.

The company sells nearly 300 network-ready systems a month to resellers

in the area. Scott Williams, sales manager, says the business has

been growing rapidly. "A year ago we were in tie-dyes," he

says, "now we’re in ties."

After a brief stint working for area computer companies, Williams

co-founded the business a year ago with Bruce Lin, whom he met while

attending Rutgers University. Now they have 15 employees and approximately

50 clients in the area.

Despite its youth and size, Network Access Systems has been able to

convince major suppliers like Intel, Microsoft, Western Digital and

3COM to sell the company its subcomponents. "We’re bucking the

trend as pertains to volume," says Williams.

Williams says he and Lin started the business as a way out of corporate

America. "We’re grassroots over here," he says. "We’re

a bunch of hardcore computer people and we want to take an unpretentious

approach to business."

Pharmaceutical Clinical Associates, Box 2586, Trenton

08690. Phil Schirmer, director of business development. 609-586-4141;

fax, 609-586-1987.

This personnel consulting and placement agency for pharmaceutical

companies and their subsidiaries was founded in March by Phil Schirmer.

"We have about 10 clients both in the U.S. and Canada," says


Schirmer majored in psychology at Stockton State, Class of 1989, and

worked in the pharmaceutical and clinical research field for eight

years before starting his own firm.

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Leaving Town

CPU, 6 Penns Trail, Suite 105, Newtown PA 18940.

Doug Engbrethson, vice president. 215-497-9033; fax, 215-497-9039.

Home page:

The fulfillment center has more than tripled its space in a move from

1,400 square feet at Princeton Meadows Office Center to 5,000 feet

in Newtown. Some of the personnel are transferring (the firm has locations

in California and North Carolina) and there will be new hires for

a total of 20 workers. Founded as Cassette Productions Unlimited it

is known as CPU now because it works with all kinds of duplication,

packaging, and fulfillment services for audio and video cassettes

and CD-ROMs, and among its chief clients are the pharmaceutical companies,

which send out materials for continuing medical education.

MDS Pharmaceutical Services, 4 Whippany Road, Morristown

07960. Henry Pan MD PhD, president and CEO. 973-898-0149; fax, 973-898-1326.

Canada’s largest health science company — sometimes known as Canada’s

Johnson & Johnson — opened a contract research organization office

(CRO) on Research Way last year (U.S. 1, January 14, 1998). Last week

Henry Pan moved the four-person office to Morristown.

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Edwin William Tucker, 38, on May 14. He was the lead guitarist

with a popular Princeton-based band, the Groceries. A celebration

of his life will be Thursday, May 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Magic

Moon Cafe, 9 North Main Street, Pennington.

Cathy Ganges, 57, on May 16. She worked at CCL Label on

Marlen Drive.

Philip S. Stout, 42, on May 17. He was an animal research

technician at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Barbara L. Walczak Evans, 57, on May 18. She worked in

the dental offices of James and William Hipple at 3100 Princeton Pike.

Kitty Forward, 64, on May 18. She was the proprietor of

Princeton Consignment Boutique at the Village Shopper on Route 206.

Arnold Ryden, 54, on May 18. He was vice president of

Princeton Junction Engineering on North Post Road.

Sheldon Judson, 80, on May 19. He had been a geology professor

at Princeton University.

Bambe Mickel Cross, 32, on May 21, after being struck

by a car while riding her bicycle. The driver, William H. Oderwald,

48, of Titusville, was charged with drunk driving and aggravated manslaughter.

Cross was an environmentalist with the Department of Environmental

Protection Green Acres Program.

John P. Gallagher on May 22. He had worked at the Sarnoff

Center and at Princeton University.

Martin M. Surasky, 56, on May 23. He had been a floor

stockbroker at Dean Witter Co.

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Contracts Awarded

The Women’s Law Project, 1908 Riverside Drive,

Trenton 08618. H. Joan Pennington, executive director. 609-394-1506;

fax, 609-394-2574.

The nonprofit organization providing sliding scale and pro bono legal

services has received a grant of $236,998 from the Office of Justice

Programs in the United States Department of Justice to expand its

services for domestic violence victims. The funds will be used to

train and appoint attorneys specializing in domestic violence in Mercer,

Burlington, and Ocean Counties. Women’s Law Project (WLP) was founded

in 1997 by H. Joan Pennington, under the aegis of the National Center

for Protective Parents Inc.

Hailing the grant as an essential and powerful endorsement of WLP’s

mission to secure quality legal representation for domestic violence

victims Pennington says, "These women have lost their children,

lost their property, and even lost their safety by going into court

unrepresented or representing themselves." WLP’s attorneys work

in collaboration with the shelter in Mercer County operated by Womanspace

and the shelters in Burlington and Ocean Counties operated by Providence


AlphaGraphics Printshops of the Future, 12 Stults

Road, Suite 100, Dayton 08810. David Kovacs, general manager. 609-860-9444;

fax, 609-860-9449. Home page:

AlphaGraphics Printshop on Stults Road completed ISO certification

requirements on April 16, making it the only printing establishment

to conform to the quality standards set forth by the International

Organization for Standardization for industrial businesses and international

commerce. New procedures for taking and tracking orders, production,

packaging, and delivery will enable the company to maintain quality

and identify and correct errors. "ISO just gives us the extra

seal of approval," says David Kovacs, general manager of the franchise.

Late last year the printshop moved from 4095 Route 1 to a larger space

at 12 Stults Road in South Brunswick. Printing presses, full color

equipment, bindery machines and several new people have since been

added to the staff.

Mastergraphx, 45 Stouts Lane, Suite 14, Box 567,

Monmouth Junction 08852-0567. Robert E. Copeland, president. 732-329-0088;

fax, 732-329-0024.

Mastergraphx, a commercial printing company, has just bought a color

perfecting press. A spokesperson says this should make projects faster

and more efficient.

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Management Moves

The Windrows at Princeton Forrestal , 2 Azalea

Court, Princeton Forrestal Village, Princeton 08540. Paul M. Lewis,

executive director. 609-514-0001; fax, 609-514-0005.

Paul M. Lewis is now executive director at this retirement community

developed by CareMatrix Corporation of Needham, Massachusetts. It

includes Chancellor Park (an assisted living community), Forrestal

Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and independent villas

and townhouses. Lewis went to the University of Vermont and has an

MBA from Boston University.

MediMedia Managed Care LLC, 425 Phillips Boulevard,

Suite 100, Trenton 08618. Bradley Kozar, president, COO. 888-724-2302;

fax, 609-882-6202.

Robert P. Navarro has been appointed senior vice president in charge

of new product and business development at this 23-person agency.

With bachelor’s and doctor of pharmacy degrees from the University

of Minnesota he has been director of pharmacy services at United HealthCare

and managing director of the information service bureau of Express

Scripts/Value Rx, one of the largest pharmacy benefit management firms

in the nation. He was co-founder and first president of the Academy

of Managed Care Pharmacy and has edited two textbooks.

Sarnoff Corporation, CN 5300, Princeton 08543-5300.

James E. Carnes, president & CEO. 609-734-2000; fax, 609-734-2040.

Home page:

For the first time the Sarnoff Corporation has a chief financial officer,

James S. Crofton. As CFO and vice president, he will direct financial

and purchasing function and will also be responsible for internal

computer services. An alumnus of Michigan State with an MBA from the

University of Michigan, he has been chief financial officer at EA

Industries and spent more than 20 years at Unisys Corporation.

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