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The Metuchen-Edison Historical Society has received a $31,523 grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP). The grant will enable the historical society to engage historic preservation specialists in preparing a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Short Hills battlefield, located in the northwest corner of Edison. This grant is the first federal grant ever received by the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society.

Todd Simmens, a former director in the tax practice in the Woodbridge office of BDO Seidman LLP, has been admitted to the partnership at BDO Seidman and is now a tax partner.

Simmens, 39, serves as a tax partner and national director of tax controversy and procedure for BDO Seidman. He focuses primarily on assisting clients in resolving tax disputes, Internal Revenue Service procedure, reportable transaction rules and penalty issues. Simmens has served as a law clerk to U.S. Tax Court Judge Joel Gerber and as legislation counsel to the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation.

He is also the co-author of a soon-tobe released BNA tax management portfolio on reportable transactions. Simmens is a member of the American Bar Association, where he serves as a subcommittee chair in the tax section, as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a Master of Law degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, a juris doctor from Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Drexel University.