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These articles by Barbara Fox were prepared for the February 25, 2004 issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
New Airline at Mercer Airport
Even before Shuttle America finishes closing down at Trenton-Mercer Airport, another airline will pick up the route to Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.
Boston-Maine Airways, headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will schedule three round-trip flights now and intends to add four more flights and additional destinations. The introductory price will be $100 one way.
Shuttle America had said the route was profitable, and that it was closing in deference to the requirement of its sister company, US Airways, to deploy its planes elsewhere. Pan American Airways, the sister company to Boston-Maine, went bankrupt in 1998, and now operates as a regional carrier. Four years after Boston-Maine was founded, it owns its planes, and it flies to destinations in New England as well as to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Though Boston-Maine owns 727s, it will fly 19-seat turboprops out of Trenton-Mercer. Future destinations from Trenton-Mercer might be Baltimore-Washington International, Groton, Connecticut, and Martha’s Vineyard.
Alphanet Learning Solutions moved from Campus Drive, where it was subletting from Princeton Softech. The two-person office has a new phone and fax. It is an authorized education center for Microsoft, Novell, and Citrix.
Princeton Social Capital has moved into offices at 821 Alexander Road. The consulting, investment, and education company, headed by Curt Bassett, president and CEO, specializes in a broad range of activities involving non-profits and philanthropists.
Its staff, recruited from Wall Street and from academia, offers expertise in philanthropy, foundation management, non-profit investment banking, non-profit organization law, social policy, social investment, research, planned giving and charitable tax giving. The company’s Foundations & Strategic Philanthropy School trains philanthropists, their staff, and their advisors through a combination of seminars and online courses.
Princeton Computer Support has moved from Princeton Business Park (Crescent Avenue in Rocky Hill) to Princeton Service Center. It does computer network sales, installation service contracts, support plans, cabling services, VOIP telephony, multimedia, software, and repairs.
Founded in Belarus, Russia, Epam moved from Emmons Drive to Lenox Drive and has a new phone and fax. The privately held firm has about the same amount of space, 8,000 square feet, but wanted to upgrade its image for its North American headquarters, says an employee. Epam does consulting in sales force automation on PCs for various industries, domestic and foreign. The programs are webcentric and adaptable for either Internet and intranet use (U.S. 1, June 16, 1999).
Jeff Friedman moved from one address to another in Lawrenceville. He does digital media design and development, specializing in interactive communications for the web, kiosks, CD-ROM and DVD, streaming and interactive video.
Software developer David Young moved his office from Trenton to Hamilton in October. Working primarily for insurance and brokerage firms, he is an executive consultant for software architecture who opened his business five years ago. His office shares space with the scrapbook retail store, Nettie’s Scrapbooks, operated by his wife Lynette.
Mark Manta moved his office of a Pittsburgh-based law firm from Mountain View Office Park on Bear Tavern Road to Independence Way. Phone and fax are new.
Ridolfi, Friedman, Frank, Edelstein & Backinoff PC, 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 6A, First Floor, Lawrenceville 08648. Robert N. Ridolfi, managing partner. 609-896-2900; fax, 609-896-3115. Home page:
The law firm of Ridolfi, Friedman, Frank, Edelstein, and Backinof, which had offices at 3131 Princeton Pike, dissolved as of December 31, 2003. The attorneys have taken separate offices.
The firm was founded in 1975.
Attorney Nathan M. Edelstein, formerly with Ridolfi, Friedman, Frank, Edelstein, and Backinoff, opened a law office at 123 Franklin Corner Road on January 1. He specializes in general litigation.
Early in February the travel agency, American Express Revere Travel, moved from its office on Hulfish Street and consolidated with the existing American Express office on Nassau Street.
The ailing economy plus a switch in teenage buying patterns has dampened the prospects for the shoe industry, says Bob Perkins, who designs, develops and sources products for the footwear industry (U.S. 1, August 16, 2000). He moved the four-year-old company from 12 West Delaware Avenue in Pennington to an address in Lawrenceville, and the phone/fax is new.
The athletic shoe business is down, he says, because teens that used to spend $150 on a pair of shoes are now spending that money on electronics – cell phones and games – and clothing. And because of the economy, people are shopping for generic shoes at WalMart rather than branded shoes.
"We have shifted our focus to private label business, which is very competitive, but you can also make more of an impact," says Perkins, who is a 1981 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. He works with agents and factories in Taiwan and Korea but the shoes are made in northern China.
"Sandals are now our biggest growth opportunity," says Perkins. "And there are some signs the industry is on the rebound."
Perkins comes from a long line of shoemakers. In Endicott, New York, one of his grandfather’s was a shoemaker, and his mother, grandmother, and his other grandfather worked for Endicott Johnson, the shoe manufacturer.
Vectramed, a pharmaceutical R & D working on compounds for site delivered drug delivery, has left its offices at 10 Plainsboro Road. Its employees are continuing their work in labs, including that of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It is working on pharmaceutical compounds for site directed drug delivery.
Transport Dynamics left its offices at the 103 Carnegie Center and is under the roof of Princeton Consultants at 2 Research Way (609-987-8787). Its focus was Pilots+ software for real-time operations planning – scheduling and routing – for large transportation firms.
All seven employees at U.S. Dermatologics have set up home offices, says spokesperson Carolyn Marrow. The Franklin Corner Road office is closed. The company focuses on patented patch therapy for treating pain.
Bruce Constant has moved his architectural practice from Princeton to Burlington. He does design, management, facility planning, and programming.
Altec/Enex Company moved from Campus 130 in Cranbury to Somerset, and phone and fax are new. It imports stainless steel sinks and other plumbing products.
Doing business as Enex International, Altec sells the imported sinks and other miscellaneous plumbing supplies to retain chains in Kentucky and Wisconsin. The firm also exports some industrial technologies to the Mideast.
After nearly three years of having an office at 3131 Princeton Pike, COMQuest Research has moved that office to Mt. Laurel. The six-year-old firm is a global provider of market research, analysis, and consulting services in brand image and customer satisfaction.
The publisher moved from Princeton Avenue in Lawrenceville to Yardley in November, 2003. Twice weekly it publishes regional editions of Construction Data News, with information on jobs in bidding and planning stages.
DPRA moved its Research Park office to Virginia. Founded in 1961 and based in Manhattan, Kansas, it does environmental health and safety consulting. At one time 11 people worked in the Princeton office, which opened in 1998.
Timothy P. Horan, 53, on February 21. He was sergeant at arms for the New Jersey State Senate.
Ronald Lee Greer, 57, on February 20. A computer consultant, he worked at Risk Management Enterprises in Cranbury
The new attorney for Jonathan Nyce, the former CEO of Epigenesis who is accused of murdering his wife, has negotiated a more lenient bail agreement. Trenton attorney Robin Lord negotiated the change with Judge Maria Sypek.
Instead of $1 million cash bail, Nyce is being held at Mercer County Correctional Facility on a $2 million bond. Lord says it is still not likely that Nyce will be able to come up with the $120,000 to $200,000 cash needed to secure the bond.
If he does manage to post the bond, Nyce must stay in New Jersey, not live in Pennsylvania where his three children (ages 12, 10, and 5) are being taken care of by his brother. Because Nyce is considered a flight risk, he would be able to see the children only in New Jersey and only under supervision of his brother.
Nyce, 54, was arrested January 18 for the murder of his 34-year-old wife, Michelle, and he hired Lord as his lawyer two weeks ago. Thomas Meidt, assistant prosecutor, says that Nyce killed his wife after she returned from a motel meeting with her lover, and that he slammed her face into the garage floor. Then, say prosecutors, he loaded her body back into her car and drove the car into the creek.
The defense maintains the killing was accidental, and that the victim lunged at Nyce with a knife.
Four years ago Nyce was convinced that he was a pioneer in what he called "the pharmacology of the future." The company he founded, Epigenesis, was the subject of a U.S. 1 cover story, "Flipping Off the Asthma Switch," on March 17, 1999. He planned to use antisense therapies to disable harmful genes and make the treatment of respiratory diseases as easy as flipping a genetic switch. He left Epigenesis in March, 2003.
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