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Millstone Baypass: Another Proposal

These articles were published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on November 18,

1998. All rights reserved.

Though the controversial Millstone Bypass proposal

has undergone some major modifications, it continues to remain

controversial.

The new design for the elimination of the Route 1 traffic lights at

Harrison Street and Penns Neck, unveiled by the state last Thursday,

November 12, offered some protection for the Delaware & Raritan Canal

and for the elm trees that line Washington Road leading into

Princeton.

The Department of Transportation’s redesign does not change the basic

bypass — a l.8 mile roadway that would begin near the Amtrak

bridge

and Route 571 and curve through land owned by Sarnoff Corporation

and go over Route 1 just south of Harrison Street. But the redesign

would eliminate the previously proposed connection between the bypass

and Washington Road on the West Windsor side of the canal. Traffic

would now flow from the grade separated overpass at Route 1 to

Harrison

Street, where it could then proceed along Harrison toward Nassau

Street

or turn left on Faculty Road to connect with Washington Road.

This plan would also preserve all the elm trees along Washington Road,

five of which would have been removed under the original plan. And

the revised plan would keep Washington Road open between Route 1 and

the D&R Canal. It would permit southbound traffic on Route 1 to turn

right onto Washington Road and head into Princeton via that elm-lined

entranceway. And traffic leaving Princeton could use Washington Road

to access Route 1 southbound.

One factor in the redesign appeared to be the inclusion of all 100

elm trees along Washington Road on the state register of historic

places. That was largely due to the lobbying of the citizens’ group

called Sensible Transportation Options Partnership (STOP) and another

group, Friends of the Washington Road Elms.

But STOP apparently won’t stop its opposition to the

plan. "It has failed to resolve the basic transportation issue,

which is what all this is about in the first place," says Alan

Goodheart, a Harrison Street resident and member of STOP. "This

is not much different from the original plan except that now they

have decided to keep Washington Road open."

Goodheart feels that once the estimates are made public of how much

traffic would be added to the Harrison Street and Faculty Road

intersection,

this proposal will be rejected. "But the good thing that has come

out of this new proposal is that now the DOT has been able to break

things loose and get things moving in a positive way. The new proposal

is a positive political gesture, in that the DOT was willing to make

changes in the design," says Goodheart.

"They have cut out the truly bad environmental aspects of the

previous plan, and now we can do something about traffic

improvement,"

says Goodheart. What the DOT has to do, he says, is figure out a way

to evenly distribute the traffic between the three roads, and not

overburden any one particular road. "This plan has got people

to keep at it and propose more ideas. Hopefully we will see something

good," says Goodheart.

But Lynn Middleton, DOT project director, thinks it’s already pretty

good. "We would not have proposed this plan unless we thought

it would work. Minor changes in traffic patterns at Harrison will

ensure that the road is not overburdened."

Just seeing some movement towards building the bypass is regarded

as a positive sign by many. Dianne Brake of the MSM Regional Council

says that if the community feels that this is a better design they

will back it. "What the MSM wants is to see the bypass built.

And keeping the trees and the waterways are important to us too. We

are happy that Washington Road can be kept open." Brake said she

would wait to see the numbers from the DOT before she gave an opinion

about the traffic concerns at Harrison and Faculty road. "MSM

will support the town in whatever decision they make to see the bypass

built," she says.

While no one has done a poll, many motorists who regularly drive into

and out of downtown Princeton would argue that the more roads, the

merrier. Keeping Washington Road open has to be considered a major

improvement. And reinstating the proposed connector road along the

canal from the bypass to Washington Road would be another improvement.

That would involve cutting down only five of the "historic"

elms, but in the interest of improving traffic flow that hardly seems

criminal.

As Goodheart says, "Stay tuned. There will be more to this."

— Teena Chandy

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Bristol-Myers Squibb

Executive Bake-Off?

Bristol-Myers Squibb executives must have grimaced at

the Market Place column in the New York Times last Wednesday, November

11. Responding to announcements of several new high level executive

appointments, the Times suggested that the company was opening up

a "battle royal" to determine the successors to the current

CEO and executive vice president.

Among the players: Christine A. Poon, president of medical devices

and the highest ranking woman at this pharmaceutical firm, will leave

her post at Convatec, 200 Headquarters Park Drive, on December 1.

She has been appointed president of international medicines, reporting

to Donald J. Hayden Jr., who will now be president of the worldwide

medicines group.

The new president at Convatec, for the medical devices group, is John

L. McGoldrick, formerly the general counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb.

McGoldrick, a Princeton resident, had been an attorney at McCarter

& English in Newark before joining the pharmaceutical firm.

The responsibilities of Richard J. Lane, president of United States

medicines, have been expanded to include worldwide franchise

management

and consumer medicines in the United States and Japan. Michael F.

Mee, the chief financial officer, will now also be in charge of global

business services.

These executive changes could be the company’s attempt to put everyone

on their marks in a race to replace Charles A. Heimbold Jr. (chairman

and CEO), and Kenneth Weg (executive vice president), both of whom

could retire within three years. Heimbold has been quoted as saying

he will not leave until a replacement has been chosen.

Bristol-Myers Squibb, meanwhile, has been honored by the Home Health

Assembly for Orzel, its new oral cancer therapy that, for colorectal

cancer patients, can eliminate trips to the clinic for chemotherapy.

Current colon cancer treatment calls for intravenous therapy, and

there are no other oral drugs available in the United States. Orzel

is now in Phase III clinical trials.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company/Convatec, 200

Headquarters

Park Drive, Skillman 08558. John L. McGoldrick, president of medical

devices group. 908-904-2200.

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Management News

Princeton Materials Institute, Bowen Hall,

Princeton

08544. 609-258-4580; fax, 609-258-6878.

Anthony Evans succeeds Peter Eisenberger as director of Princeton

Materials Institute. A native of Wales he has worked at the U.S.

National

Bureau of Standards, Rockwell International Science Center in

California,

and the University of California at Berkeley and at Santa Barbara,

and at Harvard. He joined the engineering faculty as professor of

mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton this year.

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Expansions

NovaSoft Information Technology Corp., 707

Alexander

Road, Princeton 08540. Neil Bhaskar, president. 609-419-4200; fax,

609-419-4242. E-mail: toms@novasoftinfo.com. Home page:

http://www.novasoftinfo.com.

NovaSoft Information Technology has expanded its operations to Europe

and India. The new European subsidiary in the UK will operate with

Paul Kehnschneider as sales director and Neil Westerby as director

of resources.

"Our UK office allows us to dramatically increase our available

services to our clients. I am confident that this addition to our

team will keep our momentum rolling towards our NASDAQ by 2000

goal,"

says Neil Bhaskar, CEO of NovaSoft.

NovaSoft recently merged with Trilogy Technologies, based in India,

to form NovaSoft Trilogy Pvt. Ltd., based in Chennai, India. Bhaskar

is chairman of the newly merged company and Anand Kumar of Trilogy

is managing director/president.

Trilogy brings 52 employees and six current branch offices to the

newly formed NovaSoft Trilogy located throughout India. "Trilogy

is a natural partner for NovaSoft. With our outstanding growth, we

were looking for another fast-growing company to continue our

momentum,"

says Bhaskar.

Novasoft presently has its main office on 707 Alexander Road, and

a subsidiary at 3570 Quakerbridge Road. Construction on a new office

on Quakerbridge Road, five times the size of its Princeton office,

is expected to be completed by the end of December.

Founded in 1993 as a conversion company for computer language and

database with six employees, Novasoft has over 220 employees

worldwide.

NovaSoft has been named to the INC 500 and its 1998 revenues are

projected

at over $20 million.

Seber Logistics Consulting Inc., 218 North Centre

Drive, North Brunswick 08902. James J. Seber CMC, president.

732-940-1200;

fax, 732-940-1284. E-mail: info@seberinc.com. Home page:

http://www.seberinc.com.

Seber left Andersen Consulting to open a logistics consulting office

on North Centre Drive; he does supply chain analysis, customer

service,

and network analysis (locating warehouses to balance costs and

services).

His clients include J&J, Hershey, Mars, Procter & Gamble, and Hewlett

Packard.

An alumnus of Fairleigh Dickinson, Class of ’76, he stayed at FDU

for an MBA. He worked at Revlon, Polaroid, and Terumo (a maker of

medical supplies) before moving to Connecticut to work for American

Hospital Supply and later to join Andersen.

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Name Changes

Princeton Armored Services, 245 Whitehead Road,

Trenton 08619-3250. John M. Opaleski Sr., president. 609-890-6700;

fax, 609-890-1266.

The bright-yellow cash-carrying cars have a new owner. CDC Systems,

based in Elizabeth, has bought Princeton Armored Services for an

undisclosed

sum. The Princeton armored services company has 178 people, in

contrast

to CDC Systems (Coin Deposit Corp.), which bills itself as the largest

armored services company in the Northeast. It has 1,200 employees

serving 1,000 customers in four states.

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New in Town

Premier Financial Planning, 711 Executive Drive,

Montgomery Commons, Princeton 08540. Constance J. Herrstrom CFP.

609-924-2424;

fax, 609-924-2524.

Constance J. Herrstrom has opened an office for investment planning.

She is a registered investment advisor and certified financial

planner.

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Leaving Town

R.G. Investment,

Richard Gillman has retired and closed his financial planning office

at 15 Tamarack Circle. Calls are being taken in Newtown at

215-860-3880.

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Milestones

Bankruptcy Filed: Daniel L. Naif, proprietor of Naif

Systems,

a multimedia training firm formerly located at 707 Alexander Road.

Chapter 7 was filed November 5.

Died: Werner O. Haag, 72, on November 9. As a senior

scientist

at Mobil Research & Development Corp. he discovered a way to

manufacture

the major component of polyester fibers for clothing.

Died: Dr. Marvin Shuster, 69, on November 12. He was chief

medical examiner for Middlesex County. Shuster was the first medical

examiner in New Jersey certified in forensic pathology by examination.

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