All posts by Elaine Van Develde

Scene Around: A Fair Havenite’s Beautiful Morning & Forecast

Sunrise view from Manhattan
Photo/Bill Heath

It’s not the musical Oklahoma, but the song “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” certainly came to mind when seeing this snapshot from Fair Havenite Bill Heath, retired borough police officer and now a captain with SeaStreak Ferries.

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Prosecutor: Man Convicted in 2018 Animal Cruelty Case

A 36-year-old Long Branch man has been convicted of fourth-degree animal cruelty for locking an 8-month-old dog in a cage and leaving it in the rising tide in Sandy Hook Bay in July of 2018, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced on Thursday.

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Retro RFH Singers’ Song

It’s that time of the year when the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Tower Singers sing — in concert. The Tower Singers are singing this year, of course. There will be the usual high school winter concert. But, their first gig this year will be in touring fashion to the town next door, Red Bank, on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. at Garmany.

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Retro RFH Foul Weather Funning

The RFH boys of the Class of 1978 lounge and play backgammon Photo/George Day

Snow day, anyone? Really, what’s an RFH student to do when the studying mood hasn’t struck, the weather stinks and a little peppering of now is not quite snow day worthy? Hang out in the Senior Lounge and play backgammon, of course. Or something like that. We stress “something like that.”

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Memorial Set for Longtime Fair Havenite & Volunteer, Nancy Drake

A memorial has been set for longtime Fair Havenite Nancy Badt Drake on what would have been her 89th birthday, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday at John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank. A service will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Nancy passed away on Nov. 7 at Brandywine Assisted Living in Shrewsbury.

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Police Report: Theft & Shoplifting

The following recent criminal incidents were reported by Shrewsbury police:

• There was a report of a shoplifting in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on Nov. 21. The victim reported that merchandise was stolen.

Patrolman Kyle Ludwig is investigating.

• A shoplifting of $189 worth of merchandise from a store in the area of Broad Street was reported on Nov. 16.

Sgt. Jessica Boyd is investigating.

• There was a report of a theft in the area of Broad Street on Nov. 16. The victim reported that $550 worth of property was stolen.

Patrolman Joseph Barnicle is investigating.

• There was a report of a theft in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on Nov. 16. The victim reported that property was stolen.

Patrolman Daniel DeCristofaro is investigating.

In Memorium: Former Rumson Country Day Head Master & Oceanic Library President, Skip Sykes

Former president of Oceanic Free Library and Rumson Country Day School Head Master Donald “Skip” Sykes passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at his Rumson home after a long illness.

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A Retro Happy Thanksgiving from the Kids’ Table

Thanksgiving at the kids' table in the 1960s with Kate and Ben Hamilton Photo/Hamilton family
Thanksgiving at the kids’ table in the 1960s with Kate and Ben Hamilton
Photo/Hamilton family

It’s Thanksgiving, and, yes, it’s all about giving thanks.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day is an ode to just that.

It’s a snapshot back in time to the 1960s with a sibling duo from Fair Haven — Ben and Kate Hamilton. Ben passed away and Kate had posted this picture on Facebook giving thanks for him. RIP, Ben.

The photo brings back memories of the era the kids’ holiday table. Remember that one?

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Retro Thanksgiving shopper

Oh, it’s that time — when people are gobbling up final hour deals on their Thanksgiving meals.

So, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day take us back to one supermarket of the past, another old standard, and turkey dinner deals of the 1960s or 70s? Guess what year these Red Bank Register ads were published.

Remember Finast? Remember where it was? Well, the store’s turkey day sale involved the bird at 49 cents a pound or a beef roast for 98.

And how about this Foodtown ad? The offer there was the same for the Thanksgiving bird — 49 cents per pound. Though the Foodtown roast was $1.09. And how about those nuts at 39 cents? If only the price of nuts wasn’t so nuts nowadays. Bacon, too. When was the last time you saw bacon sold for 69 cents per 1lb package?

A long time ago, that’s when. For the food prices of yesteryear we give thanks — or a little cry.

How much did you pay per pound for your bird this year?

Prosecutor: Woman Convicted of Vehicular Homicide in 2016 Pedestrian Collision

A 50-year-old Keansburg woman who was texting while driving has been convicted of vehicular homicide in connection with a 2016 collision that resulted and took the life of 39-year-old Yuwen Wang, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. 

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