Prosecutor: Area Man Faces Child Porn Charges

An area man is facing up to 15 years in prison on charges in connection with computer child pornography download and distribution, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Tuesday.

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Focus: Black & White Spring River Tones

Spring has sprung — sort of.

Well, the sun was shining brightly on the first day of spring, anyway. And while last week’s lingering patches of snow remained in spots throughout the Rumson-Fair Haven area, buds were popping up from underneath them.

The scene on the banks of the Navesink River at the foot of Battin Road in Fair Haven was still, mild and calming — signals of springing into a warmer sunset took hold.

It was a stark, black-and-white kind of scenario. Take a look. (Oh, and don’t forget to click to enlarge …)

Happy spring; and good night.

— Elaine Van Develde

Rumson Memorial Set for Former River Rats Purser, Warner White

Former longtime Fair Haven resident and purser of the River Rats, Elijah Warner White, died on March 14 at Riverview Medical Center. He was 91 and living in Red Bank prior to his death.

A memorial service for White is slated for March 25 at 2 p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, 4 East River Rd., Rumson.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925 to the former Florence Gage and Percy Warner White, he earned degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Michigan. He relocated to New Jersey to work as an electronics engineer at Bell Labs, Holmdel.

Warner was a skilled photographer and a member of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury.

He served with the US Army 94th Infantry in combat 1944-45.

He was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, long-time resident of Fair Haven, and past purser of the River Rats Sailing Club.

Warner was predeceased by his son Christopher in 1997.

He is survived by: his wife of 65 years, the former Janet Brown; his son Philip; daughter Margaret (Peggy) Milliken; grandchildren Kathryn LeTrent and Robin Milliken; and great-granddaughter Margaret LeTrent.


The Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, is entrusted with the arrangements.

— Edited obituary, courtesy of Thompson Memorial Home.

Prosecutor: Operation Justice Served Links 45 Area People to Drug Ring

A five-month undercover investigation involving the collaborative efforts of federal, state, county and local authorities dubbed Operation Justice Served has resulted in a Monmouth County grand jury returning on Thursday a 100-count indictment linking 45 area people to a Freehold-based drug distribution ring involving heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced.

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Retro Fair Haven Brownie Dance

With St. Patrick’s Day’s arrival, thoughts of those of Irish heritage turn to all things green, the luck of a four-leaf clover, fun and a dance or three — like the jig, clogging or river dancing.

Well, back in 1968, the girls of Fair Haven Brownie Troop #6 did a little dancing of their own, but it was none of the above.

The girls did some square dancing on the stage of the Knollwood School auditorium. The song the dancing was done to was Bow Belinda — “Bow, bow, bow, Belinda … Bow, bow, bow, Belinda … Bow, bow, bow, Belinda, won’t you be my partner?” OK. It was so bad, it was cute. And check out those knee socks.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day takes us back to that little dance, some familiar faces and awkward moments in dance. Though, the girls swirling around are keeping step rather well.

Recognize these, at the time, future RFH girls?

Retro RFH Gym Class

RFH gym teachers of the 1970s Photo/RFH yearbook
RFH gym teachers of the 1970s
Photo/RFH yearbook

With the sting of the cold and longing for that breath of warm fresh air, thoughts turn to days spent in the young teen sweat-infused gym at RFH. Oh, the ritual of that mandatory indoor exercise.

Ahhh, memories. More like a little PTSD remembrance of the torture the class was for some — especially when stuck inside. When you’re not an athlete and, for that matter, can barely volley a ball (and I mean barely), gym class day was the day of trying to get some sort of note of excuse from your mom to get you out of the embarrassment. Forgery became a talent. Though some moms could feel the uncoordinated kids’ pain and easily relented with prompt penning.

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Focus: Morning Rumson Island View

There was a bitter chill in the air in Sea Bright this morning; but the view from the marina of Rumson’s Gunning Island was vivid this morning.

The predicted snow, or what was left of the little that fell on Tuesday, had disappeared.

The sun was out and the memories of many years’ worth of good summer times were warm ones.

Check it out and remember  …

— Elaine Van Develde


Rewind: Read Across America in Fair Haven Schools

Superintendent Sean McNeil as Beast, Sickles School Principal Cheryl Cuddihy as “Fairy Godmother” and third grade teacher Rose Raibick as Mrs. Potts.
Photo/Fair Haven School District

The Fair Haven school district recently hosted a Horton the Elephant-sized celebration of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Each year, the March 2 birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, a/k/a Dr. Seuss, is remembered throughout the U.S. with the Read Across America program.

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Retro Rumson St. Paddy’s Parade

Well, in time step with a relatively new Rumson tradition, the borough’s fifth St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Sunday.

So, to celebrate the five-year milestone, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day offer a look back to parades of the past four years.

Take a glimpse at some snapshots capturing memorable moments of the March march down East River Road …

— Elaine Van Develde photos