#b#Investment News#/b#

Edison Partners, 281 Witherspoon Street, Suite 300, Princeton 08540. 609-896-1900. Chris Sugden, managing partner. www.edisonpartners.com.

Edison Partners, the venture capital firm, is leading a $7.5 million Series A financing round in Chicago-based marketing company ItemMaster. Edison described ItemMaster as a company that creates online and in-store content for brands, driving online sales. Chicago Ventures also participated in the round. The funds will be used to accelerate the company’s expansion efforts with retailers and penetrate new product categories, such as over-the-counter pharma and beauty.

ItemMaster’s website says the company “activates brands.”

#b#Golf Development#/b#

Greenacres Country Club, 2170 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-896-0259. Albert Costantini, general manager. www.greenacres-cc.com.

Another central New Jersey golf course has to cut back its land holdings to survive. A part of the Greenacres Country Club is being sold off for a 17-building, 97-unit age-restricted townhouse development. The Lawrence planning board approved the plan on November 21.

Dave Friedman, son of the golf course’s founder, told the planning board the club sold the land for revenue in the face of declining membership and interest in golf. Residents of the new development will also become social members of the club with an opportunity for expanded membership.

Greenacres was founded in 1938 and includes a golf course, a tennis court, a pool, a spa, a gym, a bar, and two dining rooms. The course, last updated in 1982, will be reconfigured to go around the townhouses.

Other area golf clubs have faced challenges of their own. Hopewell Valley Golf Club recently changed its membership model to drum up more business. And Princeton University is considering development on the current site of Springdale Golf Club as part of its campus master plan.

#b#Medicine Donation#/b#

Sandoz, 100 College Road West, Princeton 08540. 609-627-8500. Peter Goldschmidt, North America head. www.us.sandoz.com

Generic drugmaker Sandoz has reached an agreement to donate 10 million doses of medicine a year to Americares, a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine, and medical supplies.

The initial donation will include more than 25 Sandoz products for treatment for infections, cardiovascular conditions, eyecare, skin conditions, and musculoskeletal pain.

“Limited access to healthcare poses a significant barrier to long-term social and economic development around the world,” said Peter Goldschmidt, president of Sandoz U.S.

“Our collaboration with Americares will hopefully help thousands of people receive treatments that would otherwise be unavailable to them. At Sandoz we are passionate about helping people around the world access high-quality medicine with a particular emphasis on meeting specific health needs in underprivileged communities.”

According to the World Health Organization, more than 400 million people lack access to essential health services and more than 2 billion cannot afford the medicines they need.

“This new collaboration with Sandoz will allow us to increase deliveries of some of the most essential and desperately needed medications to partner hospitals and health clinics in over 90 countries,” said Americares president and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis. “Together we will give more patients in need a pathway to good health and opportunity so they can reach their full potential.”

#b#Management Moves#/b#

SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc. , 20 Scotch Road, Ewing 08628. 609-406-0100. Regina Widdows, president and CEO. www.servbhs.org.

Regina Widdows has been named the new CEO of SERV Behavioral Health System, a 42-year-old statewide nonprofit organization headquartered in Ewing. Widdows replaces Gary van Nostrand, who retired in August after 15 years.

SERV provides residential and support services to adults recovering from severe and persistent mental illness, and adults and youth coping with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Regina joins SERV having built a successful career serving consumers with mental health needs and intellectual/developmental disabilities,” said SERV board chair Richard Anderson “With critical executive-level experience, Regina will lead SERV as our company expands its offerings to populations in need.”

Widdows said it was an honor to join SERV. “I will be committed to maintaining and refocusing our energies on SERV’s core mission, and the performance necessary to accomplish our initiatives. We will build upon our strengths and deep rooted legacy to ensure our sustainability and success, and execute on our collaborative strategy in the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare,” she said.

Widdows’ most recent position was as senior vice president of program and clinical operations at Bancroft, a behavioral health organization with sites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Previously, she held executive positions in hospital systems in Pennsylvania, including Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania and Brandywine Hospital, and was associate executive director of Lenape Valley Foundation in Doylestown.

A resident of Ivyland, Pennsylvania, Widdows received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from West Chester University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple.

On her first day at SERV, Widdows addressed the staff in the corporate office on Scotch Road and via videoconferencing to offices throughout the state. She said she plans to meet with staff personally in town hall-type settings to hear their ideas as to how SERV may improve and enhance its provision of services.

Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, 669 Chambers Street, Suite B, Trenton. 609-688-0881. Adriana Abizadeh, executive director. www.laldef.org.

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund has named Adriana Abizadeh its new executive director. She replaces Maria Juega, who founded the group 12 years ago to promote civil rights for Latin Americans.

Before joining LALDEF, Abizadeh was special projects coordinator for St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, a Camden-based group that promotes home ownership. She has a bachelor’s in political science from Rutgers and a master’s in public policy from Drexel.

The LALDEF grew out of a Princeton group called the Latin American Task Force. When it was first founded, the LALDEF worked out of a borrowed church basement. Since then it has expanded and now operates its own community center, the Welcome House in Trenton.

#b#Learn to Lend a Hand with Taxes#/b#

The United Way of Greater Mercer County and Mercer CASH Campaign (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) are looking for volunteers to work four to eight hours a week to help low-income residents prepare taxes. The campaign is hosting training days in early December for potential volunteers.

The campaign’s goal is to help everyone making $65,000 or less complete their tax returns for free.

Training sessions will be held at the United Way of Greater Mercer County’s offices at 3150 Brunswick Pike, Suite 230, in Lawrenceville. There are three different two-day courses. The first is on Friday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday, December 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second course takes place Saturday, December 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, December 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The third course is Friday, December 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, December 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, E-mail carrie.pabreza@uwgmc.org or call 609-637-4900.

Volunteers must participate in a training program where they will receive practical knowledge in tax law, the TaxWise software, as well as hands-on practice completing tax returns. Volunteers will be required to pass the IRS test in Link &Learn on the IRS.gov website.

Last tax season the group helped 2,460 Mercer County families and individuals, getting an average refund of $6,600 per household.

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