#b#HomeFront Opens New Family Center#/b#

HomeFront, a group that helps homeless families, has turned a former Marine barracks in Ewing into a “Family Preservation Center” where the organization’s more than 450 clients — two-thirds of whom are children — can improve their circumstances.

The 42,000-square-foot building houses classrooms, preschools, computer labs, a kitchen where clients can learn to prepare meals, and an art studio. Adult clients, mostly mothers, can pursue GEDs, job training, and use the Internet to look for jobs and apartments while young children are cared for in preschool classes.

Connie Mercer, founder and CEO of Homefront, said in a press release that the project to build the center started eight years ago. The group now owns the entire 8.5-acre former naval base, and has begun renovations with a single building. Creating the Family Preservation Center was a $6 million project done with donations from more than 1,000 donors, including former HomeFront clients. The largest donation was a $1 million challenge grant from the Tepper Family Charitable Foundation.

“It has taken hard work and incredible community support to turn the vision of the Family Campus into a reality,” Mercer said. “And now that our new ‘forever home’ is completed, it is time to fill its rooms with the energy, the education, the support, and the love it takes to transform lives.”

Other features at the new Family Campus include 38 residential rooms, with the ability for the first time to accommodate families with men in them. The new facility will also allow the group to begin new programs such as a 24-hour childcare center and music and performing arts classes. It will also host other community agencies on site.

“Even as we settle into our new ‘home,’ we are already full of plans and working on next steps for the campus, with a regional diaper bank and a civic engagement center already in the works. We are moving ahead with all of the work we do, so we can help families build a better future for themselves. And we know that, just as they have been along every other step of the journey, we will be supported by all the caring, giving members of this community. We couldn’t do what we do without everyone’s support.”

HomeFront Family Preservation Center, 101 Celia Way, 609-883-7500; fax, 609-883-5360. Connie Mercer, CEO. www.homefrontnj.org.

#b#New in Town#/b#

Institute for Spirituality and Healthcare, 10 Forrestal Road South, Room 201, Princeton 08540; 609-514-2600; fax, 609-514-2643. Terance E. Leers, assistant director. www.spiritualityandhealthcare.org.

The Institute for Spirituality and Healthcare, a group dedicated to “spirituality-based practices” for healthcare, has opened an office on Forrestal Road South. Founder Joseph Pierce Farrell, a former Navy corpsman, is a practitioner of meditation and is the director of the Genesis Lab for Healing Research.

The group’s website says it is “engaged in researching and documenting the efficacy of spiritually based practices and intervention to achieve rapid healing benefits across a wide array of health concerns.”

Ennopple, 101 College Road East, Princeton 08540; 609-688-6886; fax, 609-228-4133. Prakash Ahuja, CEO. www.gameshastra.com.

Ennopple, an IT consulting company, has opened an office on College Road East in the same location as the headquarters of video game developer Gameshastra. Gameshastra is the American branch of a Hyderabad, India-based video game company. The two companies have the same owners.

#b#Expansions#/b#

Cambridge School, 100 Straube Center Boulevard, Pennington 08534; 609-730-9553; fax, 609-730-9584. Deborah Peters, head of school. www.thecambridgeschool.org.

Cambridge School, a private school founded in 2001, has added a ninth-grade classroom to its campus at Straube Center. The day school, which is for children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities, previously offered only K-8 classes.

The school’s curriculum involves project-based learning and the teaching of “metacognitive” strategies aimed at improving thinking, and the ninth-grade curriculum will include traditional high school subjects like algebra and biology.

The opening of the new wing marks the first time Cambridge has offered high school level classes to its 125 students. Officials said Cambridge had no plans to offer higher grades than ninth.

#b#FDA News#/b#

Taiho Pharma U.S.A. Inc., 202 Carnegie Center, Suite 100, Princeton 08540; 609-750-5300; fax, 609-750-7450. Masayuki Kobayashi, president. www.taiho.co.jp.

The FDA has approved a cancer drug made by Taiho Oncology. LONSURF is meant for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) who have been previously treated with certain other medications.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. In the U.S. there were an estimated 136,830 patients diagnosed with cancer of the colon or rectum in 2014, and in 2012, there were an estimated 1.1 million individuals living with the disease. Of those, about 27,400 patients will have had their cancer spread to another part of the body.

The FDA approval of LONSURF is based on results from a successful Phase III recourse trial.

#b#Management Moves#/b#

New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, 238 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington 08534; 609-303-0373. Linda Schwim­­mer, CEO. www.njhcqi.org.

Linda Schwimmer has been named the new CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, replacing retiring president David Knowlton.

The institute is a nonprofit group dedicated to improving transparency and accountability in the healthcare industry.

Schwimmer previously worked for Horizon Healthcare Innovations, a subsidiary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

She also served as director of legislation and policy for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. Schwimmer also has experience in the federal government, having clerked for a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge and worked as an attorney at the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. For over a decade, Schwimmer was a lawyer in private practice, specializing in bankruptcy and commercial law. She has a bachelor’s from Berkeley and a law degree from Georgetown.

#b#Leaving Town#/b#

Alt Tab Tech, 433 Wall Street, Princeton.

Alt Tab Tech, a computer and mobile device repair business, has closed its office on Wall Street in Princeton. Its phone number was disconnected and its website was down.

Kroll Direct Marketing Inc., 666 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro.

Kroll Direct Marketing, a bulk mailing company, has moved out of its Plainsboro Road offices. Its employees now work from home offices.

#b#Deaths#/b#

Frank N. Elliott, 89, on September 24. He was the president of Rider University from 1969 to 1990.

Eileen Grieb, 67, on September 21. She was a bookkeeper with Case Pork Roll in Trenton.

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