Prosecutor: One Guilty Plea in Sarah Stern Murder

As part of a plea agreement, one of two area teen suspects implicated in the Sarah Stern murder agreed to testify against the co-defendant in exchange for a guilty plea to seven charges, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in a released statement.

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Ken Curchin: Fair Haven’s Centenarian

Video and stories by Elaine Van Develde

Ken Curchin has been all over the world. He’s done and seen a lot. He flew a B-17 Bomber in World War II. He married his best gal and became a dad to five children. He was a barber in his family’s shop on Mechanic Street in Red Bank. He jumped off the Fair Haven Dock. All this and he says, with an eye twinkle and a his own brand of hearty hyena chuckle, that he’s “never been in the newspaper until now, sons a b******!”

Well, this is the second (or, we’re told, third) time, Mr. Curchin. Born on April 19, 1917 in the building that is now Frame It Yourself on River Road in Fair Haven, he is 100 years old today. Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect caught up with him for a second time on Easter. And what a time it was!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Curchin! Listen and learn … (Be sure to click the video to enlarge!)

Prosecutor: Barricaded Area Man Arrested on Warrant for Assault, Weapons Charges

A 38 year-old Tinton Falls man who had an outstanding warrant on the charges of third-degree aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he barricaded himself in a home and hid in the attic, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced.

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Focus: Solitude & Dusk at Fair Haven Dock

Sometimes a little solitude, a stroll and a serene scene down by the Fair Haven Dock is the best thing for the soul.

While the scenery may look the same, no two riverfront snapshots in time are ever identical. Each moment is unique. Each picture different. The effect, too,  of given day down by that Navesink River can change like, well, the seasons.

It’s spring in Fair Haven. And that riverfront stroll is as soothing as the sun’s warm embrace. That’s because it’s a walk home.

Take a look …

— Elaine Van Develde

Remembering RFH’s A.J. Bruder

This slideshow, memorializing RFH Class of ’78 alum A.J. Bruner, was originally run on April 15, 2015. April 15 marked the 21st anniversary of A.J.’s untimely death. We are running it again today to pay tribute to A.J. say, “You are remembered.”

The popular class officer, athlete, writer, artist, singer-songwriter, friend to many, son, brother, cousin, and all-around great guy died of lung cancer at the young age of 36 on the day of the 100th Boston Marathon — April 15, 1996.

He is memorialized by many at the annual RFH A.J. Bruder Memorial  Run and is remembered daily by countless people whose lives he touched with his generous, contagious spirit.

Take a look at the A.J. of RFH days. Godspeed, A.J. Bruder. Thank you for enriching our lives!

 Many thanks to George Day for the photos of A.J.!

Retro Egg Hunt with RFH Kids


Easter egg hunt with RFH grads from Class of 2006 Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Easter egg hunt with RFH grads from Class of 2006
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Well, ’tis the season for the classic Easter egg hunt. There were a few last weekend in the R-FH area. And there are bound to be more over the Easter weekend in many a back yard.

So, this Retro Pic of the Day offers a hippity hop back to the 1990s with a glimpse of two Knollwood and RFH grads from the Class of 2006 on a front yard egg hunt of their own on Forman Street in Fair Haven.

These two showed off their prized Peeps and stowed away whatever the heck else they found in those plastic eggs. Money?  Hmmm. Though they were pretty pleased just to have a couple of Peeps each.

No golden egg was involved, but they had a good time.

Do you recognize these little ones?