Crosstown Moves

Zone 7, 540 Route 31, Ringoes 08551; 609-443-1772; fax, 609-482-4843. Mikey Azzara, owner.

Zone 7, a farm produce middleman, has moved from 339 Princeton-Hightstown Road to 540 Route 31 in Ringoes. The company is a farm fresh-distribution service that picks up the ingredients from New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania farms and delivers them weekly to area restaurants, grocers, and institutions.

Named after this area’s agricultural growing zone, Zone 7 works with organic and sustainable farmers to offer fruit, berries, vegetables, mushrooms, eggs, honey, cheese, grain products, and other farm-fresh food. The company was founded in 2008.

“Zone 7’s role is to act as a direct link between farmers and chefs. We create a new and dependable outlet for farmers and offer a consistent and reliable source of locally grown products to chefs and grocers,” says the company website.

Companies and organizations Zone 7 delivers to include: the Blue Rooster, Cranbury; Chambers Walk Cafe, Lawrenceville; Elements on Bayard Lane; Emily’s Cafe & Catering, Pennington; Eno Terra, Kingston; Hopewell Valley Country Club; Greenacres Country Club, Lawrenceville; Mercer County College; Mediterra on Hulfish Street; Nomad Pizza, Hopewell; Rat’s Restaurant, Hamilton; Blue Bottle Cafe, Hopewell; and Tre Piani in Forrestal Village.

Music Together Princeton Lab School, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton 08542; 609-924-7801; fax, 609-924-8457. Ken Guilmartin, founder and CEO.

Music Together is moving from 66 Witherspoon Street to a new space at the Princeton United Methodist Church on the corner of Nassau Street and Vandeventer Avenue.

Music Together is an international early childhood music and movement school for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. It offers classes in more than 2,000 communities in over 40 countries.

“Originally offered to the public in 1987, Music Together pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement,” says a press release.

The international company established its headquarters at 66 Witherspoon Street in 1988. Although Music Together relocated the headquarters to its own building in Hopewell in 2006, the Princeton Lab School continued to run classes for families out of the Witherspoon location. The lab school is the research and development arm of Music Together.

The six-week Music Together summer session will begin at the church on Monday, July 9.

“Although we are a bit sad to leave our home of 14 years, the church is a wonderful space. We’re going to be in a beautiful Music Together classroom in the new education wing,” says Princeton Lab School director Sarah Orfe.

“We want to encourage opportunities for parents and children to share experiences of play and growing together. It will be a joy to hear the sounds of music and children in the halls of the church,” said Princeton United Methodist Church Pastor Jana Purkis-Brash.

Management Moves

The Bank of Princeton, 183 Bayard Lane, Princeton 08542-3719; 609-921-1700; fax, 609-921-8350. Andrew Chon, chairman.

The Bank of Princeton has named Edward J. Dietzler as bank president. Dietzler was previously the bank’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

His appointment was by a unanimous decision of the board of directors, according to Andrew M. Chon, bank chairman. Dietzler was named acting president in January, replacing Steven C. Ackmann, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.

“Ed has proven his abilities while performing the duties of acting president,” said Chon. “He has enhanced relationships with our customers, investors, and employees. He has great enthusiasm and is guiding us through an exciting period of growth.”

Dietzler has been with the bank since September, 2009, as a senior officer and member of the executive committee. He has overseen the day-to-day operations of the bank’s 11 branches and has been closely involved with its mergers and acquisitions activity and risk management oversight.

A veteran banking executive of more than 25 years, he was a managing director at Bear Stearns Bank and Trust in Princeton. Previously, he was with Yardville National Bank as first senior vice president of capital markets, and GMAC Mortgage Corporation as the director of risk management.

A resident of Langhorne, PA, he earned both his bachelor’s in finance and MBA from Widener University.

Founded in 2007, the Bank of Princeton has eight branches in New Jersey and three branches operating under the MoreBank name in Pennsylvania. The bank currently has two new branches in the development stage in Philadelphia and New Brunswick.

School Expansions

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Old Queens Building, 83 Somerset Street, New Brunswick 08901; 732-932-1766; Robert L. Barchi, president.

New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), 120 Albany Street, Tower 1, Seventh Floor, New Brunswick 08901; 732-249-2220; fax, 732-249-4671. Christopher J. Paladino, president.

Rutgers University officials have announced plans to build a $295 million expansion of its campus on College Avenue as part of a public-private partnership.

The plan calls for the construction of the first new academic building on the campus in nearly 50 years, housing for 1,300 students, an honors college, a parking garage, and a 30,000-square-foot outdoor plaza.

The university board agreed in June to authorize school administration officials to enter into negotiations with the New Brunswick Development Corp. (Devco). The nonprofit company is also behind several other major mixed-use projects in New Brunswick.

The 800,000-square-foot project also calls for new facilities for the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, which owns most of the redevelopment site.

“This will now make Rutgers one contiguous campus that runs for about 15 blocks from the New Brunswick train station all the way to the Raritan River,” said Christopher Paladino, Devco president.

Glenn Patterson, New Brunswick director of planning, community, and economic development, said the plan could help businesses in town because it would increase the number of students on campus, rather than spread them out around the area.

The project would be funded through residential and dining fees, general operating revenues, and state tax credits secured by the development company. If approved, completion is projected for the fall of 2016.

Recent Devco projects include Gateway Transit Village/The Vue; the Heldrich; New Brunswick High School; Child Health Institute of New Jersey; Wellness Plaza; the Middlesex County Administration Building; the Middlesex County Family Courthouse; the Middlesex County Courthouse Renovation; the Riverwatch Residential Community; Skyline Tower; and the State Theater Renovation.

The Hun School of Princeton, 176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton 08540; 609-921-7600; fax, 609-683-4410. James M. Byer, headmaster.

The Hun School of Princeton has received approval from the Princeton Regional Planning Board to construct a new $8.5 million building to promote global programs.

The building, called the Global Commons Residence Life Building, will be located adjacent to Carter Hall and will require the removal of three tennis courts. Plans call for the building to house an activity center, a book store, a mail center, two classrooms and, 56 beds for residential students, including international students. The planning board approved the project on June 21.

“We’ve recently developed a curriculum in global studies, and the classrooms in the new building will be constructed with the ability to connect with sister schools around the world,” said Michael Chaykowsky, Hun’s director of facilities. “The new building will promote the theme of global citizenship that we want to introduce to our students. It will also keep us competitive with other independents schools in the area.”

The building is scheduled for completion in late 2014. According to school officials, Hun has received $5.76 million in donations toward the project. “We are fortunate to have a number of dedicated parents and alumni who have stepped forward to make leadership gifts in support of the Global Commons,” said Assistant Headmaster for Advancement Andrew Hamlin. “We have to raise another $3 million. If all things go as planned we will begin construction next spring.”

Lawyer Richard Goldman of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, the firm representing Hun, said the school will try to meet LEED silver environmental standards for the project. The Princeton environmental commission asked the school to look into adding solar panels to the roofs, but Goldman said it would not be economical. Goldman said the building will include green features like low-water-use fixtures.


Robert S. Van Buren, 57, on June 27. He was a logistics manager for Carter Wallace in Cranbury.

RoseJane Phillips, 75, on June 26. She was employed by McGraw Hill Publishing Company in Hightstown. She started as a part-time employee and retired after 26 years as the Book Club general manager.

Frank J. Brandle III, 63, on June 22, He worked for Educational Testing Service and for IBM in Dayton.

Joan Gillingham Hopewell, 86, on June 17. She worked as a secretary for Johnson and Johnson Aviation in Ewing, retiring in 1990.

Dr. Enrico Carmine Zambrano, 89, on June 19. He specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and began his practice at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton. He also worked as an emergency room physician at St. Francis, Robert Wood Johnson in Hamilton, and Helene Fuld in Trenton. He was also Mercer County Medical Examiner and physician for the Trenton police and fire departments.

Richard L. Craven, 80, on June 18. He worked at American Standard Company in Trenton and served as its union president. He retired 16 years ago after 35 years of service.

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