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Sep 07, 2017

Bell Works is Buzzing

By Lori Draz

The many faces that were at Bell Works for the Solar Eclipse viewing event.

On August 21, the nation was mesmerized by a total solar eclipse. While New Jersey only saw about 70% of the moon’s passage across the sun, Bell Works and the surrounding community celebrated the rare moment on the celestially suited Bell Works campus, where the Big Bang Theory was discovered. More than 1,000 stargazers came together to look at nature in action. The event, sponsored by Blue Blaze Financial, offered the curious crowd special viewing areas on the Terrace, overlooking the pond, and on the front lawn, with spectacular views from any spot. The first 1,000 guests received complimentary special viewing glasses, and the viewing event included beverages, refreshments, and live music by Data & the Analytics. Who knows what new discoveries may have been uncovered during this rare heavenly event?

On September 14, Bell Works will also host a town hall-style meeting for the Sixth Annual New Jersey Planning Summit, with the theme Moving Forward in an Uncertain World. The highlight will feature this year’s gubernatorial candidates. The interactive town hall summit begins at 2:30 p.m. and will focus on land use planning and economic development. Following the presentations, the floor will be open for participants to engage as a community and offer ideas and recommendations as a planning and economic blueprint for the future.

In other news, International Flavors & Fragrances is planning to open a creative laboratory at Bell Works. IFF felt that making the move will attract talented employees who would be charmed by the “wow” factor of the exciting Bell Works community of businesses. The company researched several locations, but in the end, the incredible amenities that exist now and are in development made it a clear choice. Ralph Zucker, the president of Somerset Development noted, “IFF has a history of being one of the innovative companies in the nation, and it’s only fitting that they’ve found a new home at Bell Works.”

Once the home of some of the most monumental technological inventions of the 20th century, Bell Works reimagines the historical building as a workplace of the future. Today, Somerset Development is transforming the building into a mixed-use metroburb, complete with offices, retail, dining, healthcare, recreation, and hospitality. To learn more, visit www.Bell.Works.