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YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton 08540; 609-497-2100; fax, 609-683-5674. Judy Hutton, CEO. www.ywcaprinceton.org.
YMCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton 08542; 609-497-9622; fax, 609-497-9031. Kate Bech, CEO. www.princetonymca.org.
The Princeton YMCA and YWCA have struck an agreement to reorganize their facilities and offerings so that the Princeton Family YMCA will operate entirely from the Athletic Building and the YWCA will operate from the Program Building and the Bramwell House, all located at 59 Paul Robeson Place.
“As you may be aware, the missions of the YMCA and YWCA — two separate national organizations — have developed and expanded over time. As a result, the Princeton Family YMCA and the YWCA Princeton have found themselves with a few similar services in overlapping facilities, which can be confusing,” wrote Kate Bech, CEO of the YMCA, in a letter to members.
Beginning in September, the YWCA will provide all childcare and preschool programs and the YMCA will provide all sports programs as well as aquatics and summer camp day programs. The YMCA will continue to provide Childwatch services for members, and all off-site programs such as after school and Princeton Young Achievers programs.
“We have developed a solid plan that will refocus our programming by reorganizing our campus — so we can continue to enrich the quality of life for everyone in our community,” YWCA CEO Judy Hutton said in a statement.
Agricola, 11 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08542; 609-921-2798; Jim Nawn, owner. www.agricolaeatery.com.
Main Street Coffeehouse Bakery, 56 Main Street, Kingston 08528; 609-921-2778. www.mainstreetprinceton.com.
Main Street Catering, 5 Crescent Avenue, Princeton Business Park, G-5, Box 144, Rocky Hill 08553; 609-921-2777. Teri Lands, director. www.mainstreetcatering.com.
Main Street Euro-American Bistro & Bar, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton Shopping Center, Princeton 08540; 609-921-2779; fax, 609-921-6801. John Marshall, owner. www.mainstreetprinceton.com.
Jim Nawn’s Fenwick Hospitality Group, owner of Agricola Restaurant and Great Road Farm, has purchased the company that owns Main Street Bistro & Bar in Princeton, Main Street Cafe in Kingston, and Main Street Catering in Rocky Hill.
Main Street Restaurant Group has been in business for more than 30 years and was owned by founder Sue Simpkins and her son, John Marshall.
Late last year, also Fenwick struck a deal with Princeton University to build a bar and a bistro in the former Dinky station buildings on University Place.
As reported by Planet Princeton, Nawn said Fenwick would bring its farm-to-table centered approach to the Main Street eateries.
“We recognize Main Street as a brand that served Princeton wonderfully for many years,” Nawn said. “Looking for ways to expand how we serve the Princeton area and utilize our farm and local growers, the Main Street businesses will allow us to broaden our reach and do so.”
Marshall said becoming part of Fenwick would benefit the Main Street restaurants.
“The timing and fit with Fenwick is right, and the opportunity is great for Main Street and our dedicated, talented staff. Becoming part of Fenwick Hospitality Group will optimize our reputation, venues and accomplishments, benefiting both organizations and setting the groundwork for exciting future offerings,” he said.
Community Options Inc./Enterprises Inc., 16 Farber Road, Princeton 08540; 609-951-9900; fax, 609-951-9112. Robert Stack, president and CEO. www.comop.org.
Community Options Inc., a nonprofit group that provides employment and housing to people with disabilities, has opened a flower shop in Edison that is aimed at helping its employees as much as it helps its customers.
The shop, Vaseful Flower and Gifts, is similar to the group’s other enterprises, including the Daily Plan-It shared office space at 707 Alexander Road, in that it is staffed by disabled clients of Community Options. At Vaseful, individuals learn floral processing and arrangement, shipping, and distribution.
Said Vaseful program manager Melissa Alancourt: “It is great to see what they can come up with if you unleash their creativity. The end results are amazing.”
Vaseful is one of several entrepreneurial businesses operated in New Jersey by Community Options to train and employ people with disabilities, while earning minimum wage or better. Presents of Mind is a boutique gift shop located in Flanders, where individuals learn customer relations skills and inventory management. Community Options also utilizes three complete office, conference, and copy centers, known as the Daily Plan It, which provide tenancy to various small businesses. Individuals there receive training in clerical work and customer service. They are located on Alexander Road, Farber Road, Moorestown, and Morristown.
Community Options Enterprises managing director Andrew Park said that “Vaseful is the home of some of the most talented florists in Middlesex County, and they offer our 15 program participants with disabilities at Vaseful hands-on training on how to design a beautiful flower arrangement and help run a flower shop. Our program participants are doing an amazing job of enhancing their vocational skills at Vaseful.”
Vaseful is located at 256 Route 1 North in Edison. It delivers flowers directly to residents of Princeton and nearby towns. All purchases fund programs to aid individuals supported by Community Options.
First Bank (FRBA), 2465 Kuser Road, Hamilton 08690; 609-528-4400; fax, 609-587-8353. Patrick L. Ryan, CEO. www.firstbanknj.com.
First Bank has expanded from Mercer County into Hunterdon County with a new branch in Flemington. The new branch is located on Route 31 in the Prestige Plaza. Brent Cronnell, formerly a manager at TD Bank, is the branch manager. The branch’s assistant manager is Brian Ballentine.
First Bank has 10 branches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc., 20 Scotch Road, Ewing 08628; 609-406-0100; fax, 609-406-0307. Gary Van Nostrand, president and CEO. www.servbhs.org.
Lisa A. Coscia, chief operating officer of SERV Achievement Centers Inc., has been named CEO of SERV Behavioral Health System, succeeding Gary van Nostrand, who has led the group since 2001.
She will take over for van Nostrand when he retires July 1. In the meantime, Coscia has been named executive vice president of operations for the nonprofit, which is based on Scotch Road and helps clients recover from mental illness or developmental disability.
“We are very pleased to welcome Lisa as the next CEO,” said Richard Anderson, chairman of the SERV BHS board. “Her credentials make her an excellent choice to replace our outgoing chief. Lisa has a proven record as a senior executive and will bring great new energy to our organization.”
SERV is a 42-year-old statewide nonprofit organization serving adults and youth with mental illness and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities in 10 counties.
For the past year, Coscia has headed SERV Achievement Centers’ operations. In her new position, she will oversee the entire organization made up of several nonprofit companies including: SERV Achievement Centers (serving adults and youth), SERV Centers of N.J. (serving adults with mental illness), SERV Properties & Management (providing homes) and The SERV Foundation (fundraising).
Prior to joining SERV in 2015, Coscia was the CEO of Hunterdon Developmental Center. Coscia has a master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology from New York University and a bachelor’s in psychology and an associate’s in liberal arts from the College of Staten Island.
Coscia said she is poised to guide SERV through the challenges faced by all community providers in the state. “It is my privilege to assume the leadership position in a company that possesses such a successful history in the care and treatment of individuals with behavioral health challenges and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” she said.
“The solid foundation has uniquely positioned the agency to successfully meet the present challenges and future changes.”
Charles Struck, 88, on February 13. He worked as a research scientist at RCA in Princeton and was past president of the Electrochemical Society.