FMC Scientist Charged In Explosion

FMC Corporation scientist and Cranbury resident Dalbir Sethi has been charged in connection with the explosion that destroyed a car and rocked an otherwise quiet residential neighborhood on Plainsboro Road on September 25.

Sethi, 65, was arrested at his home in the 100 block of Plainsboro Road on October 3 and charged with causing or risking widespread injury or damage and obstructing the administration of law, according to Sgt. Steve Jones of the New Jersey State Police. Officials kept mum for nearly two weeks while they investigated.

Jones said in a phone interview Tuesday, October 7, that Sethi had taken home chemicals from FMC’s facility on Route 1 and Plainsboro Road. On September 25 those chemicals triggered an explosion at Sethi’s home that blew up a car. Police consider the explosion a mishap and found no connection to terrorism.

No one was injured in the blast

Bob Kasubinski, manager of the Plainsboro plant, which develops and researches agricultural and industrial chemicals, declined to comment Tuesday, October 7.

The Kelsey Group Is Acquired by BIA

The Kelsey Group has been acquired by BIA Financial Network of Chantilly, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. All Kelsey personnel, including cofounder and chairman John Kelsey, will remain and the company will retain its offices at Montgomery Commons.

Founded in 1986, the Kelsey Group provides research, data, and analysis on print and electronic Yellow Pages, and small-business marketing, and local media.

BIA is a financial advisory firm with clients in the media and communications industries.

The two companies offer clients a view of local advertising markets as they affect traditional media, new media, entertainment, technology, and telecom. The Kelsey Group’s value, in part, lies in the industry conferences it holds on the impact of new media.

“The addition of the Kelsey Group to the BIAfn family enables us to meet a wider set of customer needs during a real time of transition in the media industry,” Tom Buono, president and CEO of BIA Financial Network, said in a prepared statement. “The Kelsey Group’s ability to identify and forecast changes in local markets and businesses through its own research and consulting complements BIAfn’s services to a different segment of the media industry.”

Under the agreement, the Kelsey Group, led by CEO Neal Polachek, will operate under a newly formed subsidiary, BIA Advisory Services LLC, which will also include BIA Consulting and BIA Research. John Kelsey, who founded the Kelsey Group in 1986 with his wife, Pam, will oversee conference planning and execution while continuing his role in client relations and business.

BIA, 613 Executive Drive, Montgomery Commons, Princeton, 08540; 609-921-7200. Neal Polachek, president.

Liz Claiborne Closes Dayton Warehouse

Liz Claiborne, 120 Herrod Boulevard, Dayton 08810; 609-395-3119; fax, 609-395-3138. Bruce Ralston, distribution manager.

Barely four months after turning its cosmetics line over to Elizabeth Arden, Liz Claiborne has closed its only central New Jersey warehouse, leaving approximately 100 workers out of a job.

“When we licensed the entire cosmetics business to Elizabeth Arden, we were informed that Elizabeth Arden did not need our Dayton facility and that it was going to run the business through its own facilities in Stamford, Connecticut, and Roanoke, Virginia,” says Dana Stambaugh, a spokeswoman for Liz Claiborne in New York. “Without having a cosmetics business of our own to run anymore, we had to close the facility. A handful of associates have been retained to support the business through the transition to Elizabeth Arden.”

Stambaugh says the warehouse employees were offered severance packages, but did not elaborate.

New in Town

R. M. Stark & Co. Inc., 262 Wall Street, Princeton 08540; 800-786-8003; fax, 516-977-9840. Syed Naseem Zaidi, senior VP of operations. www.rmstark.com.

R.M. Stark, a full service investment brokerage with offices around the country, has opened an office on Wall Street. It is the second location for the firm in New Jersey, the other being in Denville.

Crosstown Moves

DMV – Fonterra Excipients, 902 Carnegie Center, Suite 440, Princeton 08540; 609-858-2111. Sonja McElhinney, global customer service manager. Home page: www.dmv-fonterra-excipients.com.

DMV-Fonterra, a Germany-based manufacturer of solid-dose and inhalant excipients, has moved its U.S. sales office from Wall Street to Carnegie Center.

The 100-year-old firm, whose product is the inert material used to deliver medicines, opened its Wall Street office early this year as a temporary location until its Carnegie Center offices were ready.

Faithful & Gould (ATK.L), 100 Canal Pointe Boulevard, Suite 212, Princeton 08540; 609-514-0900; fax, 609-514-9888. Paul Wood, CEO. www.fgould.com.

The construction management firm of Faithful+Gould will be moving to the 740,000-square-foot PrincetonSouth Corporate Center in Ewing at the beginning of 2009.

The company has signed a lease at 200 PrincetonSouth, a 153,600-square-foot Class A office building. Other tenants at the new building include Valuation Research Corporation, Mercer Oak Realty, and Berkley Life Science.

Faithful & Gould is moving because its lease at 100 Canal Pointe Boulevard will expire at year’s end. The company employs 50 and will not be adding or subtracting any jobs because of the move, according to spokesman Dan Shovlin.

Shovlin says that energy efficiency is one of the reasons for its move to PrincetonSouth. The complex was built with sustainable design features, including low-emission glass windows, a high-efficiency HVAC system, and environmentally sensitive interiors.

Faithful & Gould was established in 1947 and has grown into a multinational firm. It has more than 20 offices in the United States and Puerto Rico, plus several locations in Europe and Asia.

SERV Behavioral Health Systems, 20 Scotch Road, Trenton 08628; 609-406-0100; fax, 609-406-0307. Gary Van Nostrand, president and CEO. Home page: www.servbhs.org.

SERV Behavioral Health Services has move its operations at 666 Plainsboro Road to its headquarters office at 20 Scotch Road.

Leaving Town

Andrew Garrett Inc., 103 Carnegie Center, Suite 101, Princeton.

The Princeton office of finance firm Andrew Garrett has relocated to Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The company, which had been S.W. Bach & Company, was purchased by Garrett less than one year ago.

The office Langhorne office can be reached at 215-809-2031.

Century 21 Cross County Realty, 1047 Washington Boulevard, Robbinsville 08691.

Century 21 Cross County Realty has changed its name to Century 21 Advantage and moved its offices to Palmyra in Burlington County.

Samantha Manava (AIG), 4105 Route 1 South, Suite 13, Monmouth Junction 08852.

The financial offices of Mashood Z. Siddiqi apparently are no longer located in Wynwood Plaza.

The firm was connected with AIG, the insurance giant that collapsed in mid-September.

Princeton Biomedical Communications, 103 Carnegie Center, Suite 109, Princeton 08540.

Princeton Biomedical Research and the Princeton Institute for Continuing Medical Education have moved their offices to Bradley Beach. No phone number is available, but the firm can be contacted at 514 McCabe Avenue, Bradley Beach, 07720.

Yash Technologies, 347 Plainfield Avenue, Suite 201, Edison 08817; 732-253-7741; fax, 732-253-7742. Jacob George, principal. Home page: www.yash.com.

After four years at Jefferson Plaza the Yash Technology IT firm has moved its New Jersey regional offices to Edison.

The office, part of a national company headquartered in East Moline, Illinois, was opened in 2004 by Jacob George and employed six.

Management Move

Hands on Helpers, 120 John Street, Suite 5, Princeton 08542; 609-921-8893; fax, 866-211-9475. Adrienne Rubin, executive director. www.handsonhelpers.org.

The board of trustees of Hands On Helpers, the volunteer clearinghouse of Mercer County, has appointed Adrienne Rubin to the position of executive director.

Rubin previously served as associate director for class affairs at Princeton University’s Alumni Association. She had worked at the university for more than 13 years. She holds an A.B. in music theory and composition from Princeton and is a former associate of the Society of Actuaries.

Name Change

Anthem Institute, 651 Route 1, North Brunswick 08902; 732-448-2600; fax, 732-448-2665. Dennis Mascali, school director. www.anthem.edu.

The Chubb Institute, the nationwide chain of technical schools with four campuses in New Jersey, has changed its name to Anthem Institute.

Chubb, founded in 1970, was bought in 2005 by High Tech Institute of Arizona. HTI is the parent company of Anthem.

Deaths

Edgar Jacob Denlinger, 69, on October 4. A microwave engineer, he worked for Sarnoff for 30 years, retiring in 2003.

Robin David Peters, 52, on September 28. The Skillman resident was an early pioneer in cable television, working on installations around the country.

Dora Cecile Seyfarth Verbeyst, 85, on September 27. She and her late husband, Louis, owned and operated Verbeyst Dry Cleaners in Princeton.

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