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Rumson, Fair Haven Students Sprint into Tri-District Olympics

From left, Matt Newman and Tommy Coene begin the 800-meter race at the RFH Tri-District Olympics
Inspired by the Special Olympics, Rumson-Fair Haven area students from Knollwood, Forrestdale and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High (RFH) schools recently competed in what was dubbed the Tri-District Olympics.

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RFH Class of ’78: Revving Up for a 40th Reunion

The year was 1978. Springsteen and Saturday Night Fever were hot. So were alligator shirts, espadrilles, top siders, Sun-In hair and dark baby oil and iodine enhanced tans.

Life was pretty carefree for a class full of 314 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) students who were about to graduate.

Now, 40 years later, still dancing to a high school beat, fearless leaders of the same crew are preparing to host the RFH Class of ’78 40th Reunion.

Recently, the reunion committee gathered at the venue for the Aug. 18 reunion — Sea Bright Beach Club. They’re pretty “psyched,” as many RFHers of the 70s used to say.

And, they’re reminding all that counting today, there are only FIVE days, until June 18, left to get your money in before the price goes up! After June 18, it goes up $10 and $20 if payment is made at the door.

Classmates are reminded to: either make checks ($108 each for drinkers, and $98 for non) out to Leanne Bell and send to Lisa Lindeman Luckett (message her on Facebook for address); or pay via PayPal.

When paying via PayPal, enter Select the Friends and Family option.

With all payments, please Include your email, phone number, high school name and guest’s name.

So, ’78 classmates, do the Hustle, get those payments in and get set to “boogie on down” in your hometown! In the meantime, check out the committee’s photo op (above). Yes, still crazy after all these years …

Prosecutor: Authorities Investigate Unattended Deaths

A Facebook post from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office … 

“The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is currently investigating 2 deceased occupants within a home in Long Branch. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office was notified and responded to assist Long Branch Police with the joint investigation into the deaths.

“Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni and Long Branch Police Department Chief Jason Roebuck wanted to ensure residents and others in the area that this is an isolated incident and there is no reason to be alarmed and there is no further threat to the public.”

Retro RFH Buds & Bridge

There’s nothing like a best buddy — or a few best buds. There was also nothing like the combination of best friends and the iconic bridge that was a leftover statue or cement billboard of sorts from the McCarter estate in Rumson.

So, to pay tribute to both buds and the bridge, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day offers a glimpse of both in milestone moments of friends paying homage to one another by painting the bridge way back in time.

The painting in these shots were messages to buddies to let them know they were special enough to risk limb, espadrilles and the long arm of the law catching them not only painting, but posing for a pic of their homage artwork.

The featured shot is of this editor’s best friends perched atop the bridge in ode to their buddy’s RFH Class of ’78 Senior Variety Show finale rendition of the then-popular What I Did for Love from Broadway’s A Chorus Line — “Kiss today goodbye” … 

It was close to graduation time and the sentimentality was setting in for buddies who would be separated by miles and college choices, but not hearts. Not ever.

This is the stuff you just never forget. As the song goes, “Won’t forget, can’t regret what I did for love.” No forgetting. No regrets. Ever. Not with besties in your hometown and heart. Though, one is no longer with us, she is never forgotten. RIP, Steph. Thank you — for all the laughs, the risks and the love.

The other pic is of a bunch of buddies paying ode to a pal’s 18th. The pic was sent to us a while ago, so we can’t recount its history. Anyone?

The bridge and buddies. Who needs anything else?

Did your RFH pals ever paint the bridge with a message for you? Nothing quite like it.

— Elaine Van Develde


Retro Fair Haven Day with Lifetime Friends

Fair Haven Day 2015 with lifetime friends
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Fair Haven Day is now a new tradition in the community.

So, after Saturday’s seventh Fair Haven Day, we look back to the third, the Fair Haven Day of 2015, and remember a bond of friendship that started in the small 1.7-square-mile borough that will always be home to many.

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Memorial Set for Former Fair Havenite Joe Truex, 54

The community is in mourning. The marquee and memorial buntings draped on the Fair Haven Firehouse mark the passing of one of its own … one who served a community he loved.

Memorial services are set to begin on Tuesday for former Fair Havenite, Rumsonite and avid community emergency services volunteer Joseph B. Truex Sr.,54, who passed away on June 6. He was living in Little Silver at the time of his passing.

A life celebration is set for 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. It will be followed by a mass of christian burial on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank. Interment will be private.

From Joe’s obituary … 

Joe Truex

Born in Oceanport to Raymond and Rita, Joe was well-known as a civically-minded man who constantly gave back to his community. He served in the Fair Haven Fire Department for 16 years and was a three-time captain of its First Aid Squad.

Before that, Joe had served as captain of the Rumson EMS. He was also a more than 20 year member of the Middletown Auxiliary Police Department.

Joe is predeceased by: his father, Raymond; and his brothers Michael and Thomas.

He is survived by: his beloved wife Ethel; his mother, Rita; his loving sons, Raymond, Joseph Jr., Brian, Benjamin, David Ruthenbeck Jr. and Kevin Ruthenbeck; his dear grandchildren, Tyler and Skylar; and his siblings, Philip, Jake, Kate Portee and Patricia White.

A tribute to Joe will follow after his funeral. RIP, Joe. You are remembered.

RFH Tower Players Applauded with Awards

RFH Tower Players 2017-18
The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) Tower Players are taking a bow for a successful awards season.

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Prosecutor: Man Arrested for Discarding Dead Body

Authorities have made an arrest in connection with the discovery of a dead body in Wall Township, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said on Wednesday.

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Police Report: Sexual Assault, Burglary, Weapons Possession, DWI, Drug Possession, Assault by Auto

The following May arrests were reported by Red Bank police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

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RFH Students Aspire to Change Lives in Uganda

The Home Run Derby is fun for participants and spectators alike, and this year’s event raised over $2,000 for Change A Life Uganda.
Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) students are changing lives in Uganda.

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