American Repertory Ballet, Box 250, New Brunswick 08903-0250; 732-249-1254; fax, 732-249-8475. Vanessa Logan, executive director. www.arballet.org.
Mary Pat Robertson is retiring from the American Repertory Ballet, Princeton Ballet School, after serving as its director for 30 years. Robertson started teaching at the school in 1980 and became the director in 1986.
Robertson, who is only the third director in the school’s 62-year history, will stay on board until June. In the meantime, the board of directors will search for a successor.
“Princeton Ballet School has been guided by Mary Pat’s extraordinary leadership for 30 years,” said Patrick Brady, chairman of the board of the school. “The steadiness, depth of instruction and overall stewardship she provided made Princeton Ballet School one of the most highly regarded dance schools in the nation.”
Educated at Wellesley and Stanford, Robertson moved to Princeton in 1980 after several years of study and performance in New York. She started teaching for Princeton Ballet School immediately, while also teaching at Princeton University, New York University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, and the Lawrenceville and Peddie schools. She was founding director of Teamwork Dance, a modern dance repertory company, and has choreographed work for numerous New Jersey arts organizations, including Opera New Jersey, Opera Festival of NJ, Princeton Pro Musica and VOICES.
“It has been a great pleasure to have been able to work with so many talented colleagues and young dancers over the years,” Robertson said.
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Specialty Vehicle Solutions, a maker of SWAT team vans and other police vehicles, has moved from Prospect Street to Silvia Street in Ewing. A representative said the company would not grant an interview about the business because of the nature of its work.
Among its products are vans that are designed to look like ordinary vehicles on the outside, but which contain equipment that allow police officers to conduct surveillance.
The SVS website lists signals intelligence (intercepting transmissions), crime scene vehicles, command vehicles, and bomb disposal vehicles among its products. It has sold a number of trucks to the state of Texas among other government clients.
According to public records, the firm declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2014.
T.J. Tindall, 65, on January 26. He was proprietor of the Light Gallery on East Broad Street in Hopewell and an accomplished guitarist with 38 gold and platinum hits. (U.S. 1, February 20, 2013.)
Rene Chester “Chet” Arsenault, 79, on February 7. He owned Wine and Spirits Marketing in Plainsboro.
Robert J. Bousquet, 72, on February 10. He was a supervisor of testing for the Trenton Board of Education and an adjunct professor at Rider and Mercer Community College.
Martin J. Maloney, 55, on February 6. He was a civil engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff in Princeton who loved to restore wooden boats and vintage tools.
Brian Stone-Sapp, 28, on January 30. He was an on-call PC repair and education consultant who also operated a car detailing business out of his family’s garage.
William Cirullo, 67, on February 15. He was principal of Riverside School in Princeton for 30 years.