Remembering My Fair Daddy

The following piece was originally published on Aug. 31, 2015. It is being re-run, with changes only in the amount of years that have passed, in memory of my father, Bill Van Develde, former longtime Fair Haven Fire Company member, president and captain of the Fire Police and chairman of the Stock Room at the fair, on the anniversary of his death on Aug. 30, 1983. RIP, Dad. You are missed. Thank you for all the embarrassing moments that I didn’t appreciate enough. Thank you for making Fair Haven my home. Thank you for being a real dad. See you on the fair grounds …

Retro Fair Haven Firemen's Fair stock room days in the 1970s Photo/FHFD booklet
Retro Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair stock room days in the 1970s
Photo/FHFD booklet

By Elaine Van Develde

It’s been 38 years, but I can still see his face and that kooky Brylcreemed hairdo. I can still hear his crazy belly laugh and that signature “Take ‘er easy, buddy!” I can still see him slapping kids on the back, forever clutching his trusty clipboard, pencil perched behind his ear, sweat on the brow and finger wagging.

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Retro Fair Balloon Lady

Sally Van Develde selling balloons at the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair Grab Bag Booth
Sally Van Develde selling balloons at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair Grab Bag Booth

A reprise to honor the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair and those things that never disappear like helium balloons into the dark sky … Memories of a special lady — my mom.

Growing up in Fair Haven with parents in the fire company, Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair time meant time spent inflating punch balls during the day and helium balloons at night.

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Rumson Rec to Host Family Fun Nights

Rumson Recreation has announced that new Family Fun Nights are to be hosted at Victory Park.

The nights, on Sept. 2 and 9 from 6 to roughly 7:30 p.m. will feature concerts by The Band of the Two Rivers and DJ MO Talent, respectively.

Rumson Rec asks that attendees bring their own chairs, blankets and snacks for the festivities. With Band of the Two Rivers there will be music, socializing and the river view.

With DJ MO, there will be some “family fun music” and contests.

Prosecutor: Physical Therapist Indicted in Criminal Sexual Contact Incidents

A Manasquan-based physical therapist has been indicted on illegal sexual contact charges involving two former employees, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced.

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Prosecutor: Three Indicted on Criminal Sexual Contact Against a Minor Charges

Three area men have been indicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact against a minor at an unnamed Red Bank eatery where they all had previously worked together, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced.

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Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair Factoids & 2021 FYI

Carousel rider at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair circa 1990s
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

The Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair opens tonight after a rare one-end-of-summer hiatus due to COVID-19. And with the fair known as the largest in the state has always come a lot of tradition. 

There are, however, some fair traditions that have and have not endured through the years. Do you know what they are?

We do.

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Prosecutor: 23-Year-Old Arrested For 18-Year-Old’s Drive-By Shooting Murder

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the fatal Monday night shooting of an 18-year-old, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey said.

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