Birthday Wish for Mom: Staying Home with My ‘Fair’ Lady

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?” ~ Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz

For the love of home and a Fair Haven mom … that’s right.

Sometimes a birthday without her is about lighting the candles, making the wish, sustaining the simple legacy of going home, staying home with my mom, Sally Van Develde.

Yesterday would have been her 98th birthday. If she had lived to blow out all those candles on her cake, I wondered what she would have done. What her wish would have been.

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Retro Rumson Snowy Estate Magic

“I remember when my grandfather moved here way back when Rumson Road was considered one the ‘most beautiful’ in the country,” said RFH Class of ’78 grad Monica Sheehan of what many might call a picture perfect postcard of the snowy day shot of sleighing down the driveway on the estate of the historic mansion The Hermitage.

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Prosecutor: 31-Year-Old Gets Six Years for Overdose Death Liability

A Long Branch man has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to the first-degree crime of strict liability for drug induced death, or distribution of the drugs that caused a fatal overdose, in connection with a February overdose death, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said on Friday.

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Prosecutor: 27-Year-Old Arrested in Sea Bright for Luring 13-Year-Olds

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged with luring two 13-year-old girls into his vehicle in Sea Bright with the intent of sexually assaulting them, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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