Prosecutor: Suspended Cop, Sister Plead Guilty to Health Insurance Fraud

A suspended police officer and his sister pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges in connection with a health insurance fraud scheme, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Tuesday.

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Retro Fair Haven Dock Daydreaming

Summer days down by the Fair Haven Dock Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Summer days down by the Fair Haven Dock
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

The chill in the winter air is slated to thaw a bit this weekend. It’s this frigid time of the year that many in the Rumson-Fair Haven area find themselves daydreaming about those summer days down by the river, anchored by sand between the toes at the Fair Haven Dock.

Summer fun in Fair Haven doesn’t get any simpler or more treasured. Ending the day down by the Fair Haven Dock has been a time-honored tradition for kids since, well, the dawn of time.

OK, so that’s a cliche. But, any kid who has grown up in the Rumson-Fair Haven area has a dock or 100 stories to tell.

The Fair Haven Dock has always served as a symbolic rite of passage and bonding spot. Back in the day, when you got invited to, literally, go jump off the dock after school, you were in with the cool crowd.

It was never really allowed and still isn’t, but it was really the invite that was the clincher anyway. The chicken-hearted, law abiders wouldn’t dare not show up in the face of all that promise of popularity, but most stayed dry, save for a little walk on the shore and dipping of the toes.

There were also the kids who toted their crabbing gear down to the dock — still do — and oftentimes even brought back a bucket of crabs for dinner.

Then, there was just plain hanging out and having fun.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors Fair Haven Dock summer days of many generations with a photo of some buddies down by the river from a few years ago.

Recognize anyone in this crew? They are of the cell phone generation, but still seemed to value the time at the dock a lot more. Just look at those smiles.

Some things never change, and that’s a good thing when it comes to days down by the dock in Fair Haven.

— Elaine Van Develde

Focus: Black & Blue Branching Out by the River

It was hauntingly comforting — the icy, howling wind and the stark hues of black and blue along the Navesink River in Fair Haven Wednesday at dusk.

The wind whistled, beckoned, and the air cut like jagged-edged glass.  It was a solitary, striking scene. Black branches jutting across a blue sky and seascape.

It was all so cold and clear-cut, yet still warm like a cup of cocoa. It’s home.

Take a look …

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro RFH Cartwheels with George Giffin

RFH teacher George Giffin does a cartwheel to cheer on the cheerleaders in the 1970s. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
RFH teacher George Giffin does a cartwheel to cheer on the cheerleaders in the 1970s.
Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

With this howling chill in the air lately, people are pretty primed for the arrival of spring. In fact, you could say that they may even be doing cartwheels over it.

Well, in light of that excitement to spring into the warmer season, the Retro Pic of the Day gives a glimpse back to a beloved teacher who danced and, yes, did cartwheels over any exciting event — or just for plain old fun.

That teacher was George Giffin, otherwise referred to as Giff. He was a science teacher and was particularly famous for his ballroom dance class. And, boy, could the man dance!

The RFH community lost Giff on May 15, 2014; and, to ask just about any RFH grad or member of the community, it was a tremendous loss.

Last time this editor caught up with Mr. Giffin, he was grabbing some lunch at Fairwinds Deli. In his 80s, he was still dancing and actually launched into a little routine right there with a little cha-cha-cha and “When you get that beat, you gotta mooooove your feet!”

Who will dance or do a cartwheel when spring arrives in memory of Mr. Giffin? Oh, and send us your pics if you do!

Memorial Set for Rumson’s Addy Bennett

Many people in the Rumson area have fond memories of the talent, warm smile and demeanor of one of the borough’s most longtime residents — Adelaide Bennett.

Adelaide, known as Addy to friends and family, passed away at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, surrounded by her loving family, on Feb. 7. She was 95.

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Retro RFH Paradise: P House

 

Peninsula House in Sea Bright in the 1970s. Photo/George Day
Peninsula House in Sea Bright in the 1970s.
Photo/George Day

It’s as if it was still there. Sometimes, if you close your eyes, like any good memory, you can see it. It all comes back — blankets you in a Tsunami of heart smiles.

The bitter chill is in the blustery winter air; and our Retro Pic of the (George) Day hones in on a chilly snow-capped view with warm summer memories of a favorite historic beach club turned bar/restaurant by the sea at night.

It was called Peninsula House, or P House for short, and it was the Rumson-Fair Haven area go-to hangout — especially for RFH grads.

It was huge and magnificent. The old historic hotel in Sea Bright used old hotel rooms as cabanas. Its wrap-around porch with rocking chairs was an outdoor lounging area seemingly perfectly tailored to locals catching up. There was a backgammon room, a formal dining room. Outside, bands played in a tent near the pool, the beach only a dance step away. It was always bustling, brimming with good vibes.

Tim McLoone played there frequently; and, everyone who took Giff’s RFH ballroom dance class tested their light (and heavy) feet (or whatever you could call those moves) on the dance floor to his music.

What are your memories of Peninsula House? And what was your favorite Tim McLoone rendition to dance to?

Many thanks, again, to the fabulous RFH grad, George Day, for the photo!

 

RFH Stage Set for ‘Night of FUTURE Broadway Stars’ Benefit

The stage is set for area teen talent and Broadway stars to bring downtime house at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) to benefit homeless youth with the third annual Night of FUTURE Broadway Stars.

The proceeds of musical extravaganza set for April 3 at 7 p.m. goes to the homeless youth programs and services offered at Covenant House in Asbury Park, serving Asbury, Long Branch, Keansburg and other shore towns.

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