Scene Around: Yes, Deer

It happens. The occasional suburban deer crossing.

Sometimes it stops traffic — like Tuesday afternoon on Fair Haven Road in Fair Haven.

From McCarter Pond to the other side of the road, three deer decided to pay a visit to a neighbor’s.

There were no casualties, as is often the case at night especially. No. Everyone just stopped and waited for them to stroll across the street.

Put the coffee on. They may paying you a little visit soon.

— Elaine Van Develde

Sickles School Students Taught Another “R” Subject — Respect

Just like reading and writing and ‘rithmetic, the subject of respect is taught at Fair Haven’s Viola L. Sickles School all school year long.

It’s state mandated — at least a week. Dubbed aptly the Week of Respect, Sickles students participated in meaningful activities designed to reinforce lessons about kindness and acceptance.

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Retro RFH Gaggle of Halloween Gals

RFH Halloween of 1977 with a gaggle of girls Photo/George Day
RFH Halloween of 1977 with a gaggle of girls
Photo/George Day

It’s in the air. Halloween.

That means it’s about that time that people start planning their costumes — or not.

At RFH, oh so many bewitching moons ago, there was a lot of planning going on to celebrate the season. Halloween was a full-day of tricking, treating and staying in costumed character in the high schools hallowed halls.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day is an ode to the camaraderie celebrated within a gaggle of girls all for the sake of friendship and a just plain fun full day of RFH Halloween.

Some of these costumes may not pass muster in the guarded school daze of today. Which ones do you think those might be? Then again … Recognize any of these good ghouls? OK, who’s the ghost?

Scared o’ them!

— Elaine Van Develde

Thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for this peek back in RFH time!

Focus: Nightfall River Reflections

You could call it falling for the Navesink River.

Wednesday night was one of those still, quiet fall nights down by the river at the Fair Haven Dock. It was in the air. It was on the water. Reflection. A lot of reflection. It’s easy to see and instinctively know why when it is also a place called home.

Take a moment to reflect … Good night, home.

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro Supreme RFH Talent

A Supreme act in the 1974 RFH Freshmen Follies Photo/George Day

Oh, the rain has stopped and the clouds have made way for crisp, sunny fall air. That’s definitely something to sing about — even dance about. No rain dances please, though.

That’s one thing. But another is that fall in RFH land has customarily been the season for shows — a Tower Players production and/or a variety show of sorts.

And, back in those 70s days, there was an annual Freshmen Follies. Yes, there was. Nothing quite like it anymore — not that there’s anything wrong with that.

But, this show was something special. It got the newbies in the high school up, out of their freshmen shy shells and spewing all sorts of talent.

Back in 1974, a few guys took playing to that talent show tune to heart and set themselves free on stage. They got some wigs (don’t ask from where), some of mom’s mod maxi dresses, a little glitter and even a floppy hat (Hey, they were in!) and they sang something supreme — literally.

These guys were Diana Ross and the Supremes. Kevin Reed, if we’re not mistaken, was Diana, albeit a shorter version with nowhere near the amount of hair. The floppy hat was a substitute. And the other three, well, they were the Supremes.

Know what song they were singing? Anyone? And who are those other beauties. Don’t be shy now …

Someone set them free … Talk about a good wig-out! Priceless.

— Elaine Van Develde

Again, we thank George Day for this supreme gem! 

Retro RFH Bug Lounging

Lounging on the VW at RFH in the 1970s Photo/RFH Yearbook
Lounging on the VW at RFH in the 1970s
Photo/RFH Yearbook

The rain has stopped. The crisp fall air has swept its way in.

So, it wasn’t a rainy Monday, but, despite the weather, sometimes a student, or anyone else, just feels the urge to close the book on a hectic life and open it over their face as a little shield.

What better way to practice that lounging craft than by resting on the back of a VW Bug and hoping what’s on the printed page sinks in through osmosis.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors that sort of moment in time on a Monday that may have ya down with this shot from the RFH 1975 yearbook.

Know these slackers? Who had the VW bug bug?

Happy Monday …

Fair Haven Students Build Skills with Bricks 4 Kidz

Fair Haven elementary school students recently enjoyed a unique learning experience, courtesy of Bricks 4 Kidz.

Kindergarten through third grade students at Viola L. Sickles School participated from Sept. 26 to 30 in the enrichment program designed to teach children STEM concepts through hands-on learning using LEGO® bricks.

Director Melina Stock visited Sickles for an instructional in-school field trip. This consisted of active building sessions for individual classes with the goal of creating finished models. Working with a Bricks 4 Kidz original design and LEGO technic bricks, the students built their mechanical masterpieces: colorful sailboats for first through third graders (with varying levels of challenge based on grade level); and shiny red apples with bright green stems for kindergarten students.

This was the first of eight Bricks 4 Kidz in-school field trips planned for Sickles students this year, sponsored by the Fair Haven PTA and the school district. Bricks 4 Kidz has been offered to Sickles School third graders as a weekly winter lunch time LEGO program for three consecutive years.

“We take children’s interest in building with LEGO bricks and bring it to the next level by providing education concepts to first through third graders using Bricks 4 Kidz technic project kits,” Stock said. “For example, this month I reviewed non-friction and friction tech pins and how and why they move the way they do.

“Next month I will build on the students’ understanding and introduce another interesting mechanical concept.

“We love providing educational enrichment to the students at Sickles School — their high levels of interest, excitement, and attention always add up to a dynamic learning experience.”

Bricks 4 Kidz provides educational and developmental benefits in:

  •   Creativity and Problem-Solving
  •   Spatial Intelligence and Fine Motor Skills
  •   Organization
  •   Following Directions
  •   Sequencing
  •   Goal-Directed Persistence
  •   Fine-Motor Skills
  •   Cooperation and Teamwork“This is great for helping students learn how to work together as well as follow step-by-step instructions,” Sickles School Media Specialist June Sustick said as she and Stock supervised and encouraged a third grade class of master builders.

    Working in teams of two, the students created picture-perfect sailboat models complete with a rolling on the waves motion thanks to the inclusion of a small motor and battery pack.


— Edited press release from Fair Haven School District


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