In 2016 then-West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh touted plans to reduce the car traffic lanes on Canal Pointe Boulevard and make it more bike and pedestrian friendly. He called it a “road diet.” NJDOT’s plan for Route 1 southbound north of I-295 is the exact opposite — a road fattening that will add lanes between Nassau Park Boulevard and the Quakerbridge overpass.

According to a press release by the agency, crews have already begun clearing trees for the $14 million project, which will be completed in 2020. Route 1 southbound will get a third express lane, and an auxiliary lane from Nassau Park Boulevard to the Quakerbridge Mall loop ramp.

NJDOT is also beginning a year-long repaving project on seven miles of Route 1 in both directions between Quakerbridge Road and Ridge Road. Throughout construction, shoulders will be closed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., with temporary overnight single and double lane closures between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The expansion is intended to make the road safer for travelers, but the road improvement seems mainly aimed at motorists. NJDOT publishes a “complete streets” guide that encourages road projects to make room for pedestrians and cyclists. West Windsor and Lawrence townships have also adopted “complete streets” resolutions. (U.S. 1, February 17, 2016.)

As of press time NJDOT had not responded to a request for information how this road widening project accommodated pedestrians and cyclists.

#b#Management Moves#/b#

College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Box 7718, Ewing 08628. 609-771-1855. R. Barbara Gitenstein, president.

The College of New Jersey has appointed Kathryn A. Foster, above, as president. She will begin work on July 1, taking over the post from Barbara Gitenstein, who has been president since 1999.

Foster has served as president of the University of Maine at Farmington since 2012. Before that she spent 18 years as an administrator at the University of Buffalo. Foster is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied geography and environmental engineering. She has a master’s in city and regional planning from Berkeley and a doctorate in international affairs from Princeton.

“My belief in the value of diversity and inclusion has deep roots,” Foster said. “It was matured by my Peace Corps experience of being young, female, and white in apartheid-era Swaziland, a black-African nation which revered elders and men.”

“In Dr. Foster, we have found the ideal person to lead our college,” said TCNJ board chairman Jorge Caballero. “She is an accomplished academic leader with a passion for public education. She embodies our values and brings visionary leadership, a strong academic perspective, and long-range strategic planning skills that will continue to position TCNJ for the future as a national exemplar.”

#b#Wage Theft#/b#

Houlihan’s, 3371 Brunswick Pike, Mercer Mall, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-419-0200.

Two companies that own the Houlihan’s restaurant in Lawrenceville along with 16 other locations throughout New Jersey and New York have been ordered to pay $5 million back wages and damages to 1,471 employees to resolve a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The agreement is part of a consent judgment filed on April 2, 2018, that is pending review and approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

The Department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Saddle Brook-based A.C.E. Restaurant Group Inc., A.C.E. Restaurant Group of New York LLC, the individual restaurants, and Runestad violated the FLSA when they denied overtime pay to employees who worked more than 40 hours a week at multiple restaurants. They also violated the law’s minimum wage requirements when they included ineligible, non-tipped employees in a mandatory tip pool, retained portions of employees’ tips, and routinely deducted money from employees’ paychecks for meals while also requiring them to pay for meals.

“The Wage and Hour Division works to ensure that employees receive the wages they have rightfully earned, and that employers who fail to comply with the law do not gain an unfair competitive advantage over those who do,” said Wage and Hour Regional Administrator Mark Watson, Jr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

#b#Crosstown Moves#/b#

Supremia USA Inc., 2 Princess Road, Suite 2-C, Lawrence­ville 08648. 609-897-9688. Robert Catalano, vice president.

The company, which specializes in international corporate promotions, has moved from Morgan Lane to Princess Road.


Nathaniel Hartshorne, 91, on March 28. He was an editor and freelance magazine and newspaper writer whose stories appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times, Family Circle, the Ladies’ Home Journal, and American Heritage.

Theresa Marie Makrancy, 65, on March 26. She was the owner of Quality Floral and Garden Center in Hamilton.

Dr. Frank G. Pilkiewicz on March 28. He was a doctor and scientist who worked in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry at companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Liposome Company before starting several companies of his own. He established a new line of antibiotics, Abelcet and Myocet, and developed drugs for various forms of cancer. Services will be held Thursday, April 5, at St. David the King Church, 1 New Village Road, West Windsor.

Jean R. Petrone, 88, on March 26. She was a real estate agent for Carnegie Realty.

Adaline Tallau Brady, 79, on March 27. She was a librarian for Rutgers who was instrumental in developing the Center of Alcohol Studies’ Alcohol History Collection. She also was head of reference for the Library of Science and Medicine and later became faculty chair. She earned a doctorate in library studies and retired in 2002 as behavioral science resources librarian.

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