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Retro Little River Rats

A 1976 River Rats crew Photo/courtesy Marc Edelman, Facebook
A 1976 River Rats crew
Photo/courtesy Marc Edelman, Facebook

Summers in the Rumson-Fair Haven area are rife with river-oriented activities that have become tradition.

River Rats’ sailing “camp” is no exception. OK, nobody was camping. It was more like a little club. Still is.

It’s been a sort of rite of living on the Navesink passage for decades — since 1955. Kids learn how to boat and do a lot of summer fun bonding in the process.

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Prosecutor: Man Charged with Attempted Dog Drowning Jailed Until Trial

Aaron D. Davis, who was arrested last week for attempting to drown a caged dog in Highlands, was ordered to remain in jail pending trial by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James J. McGann.

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Retro Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair Take-Out

Fair Haven Firemen's Fair take-out booth of 1995 Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair take-out booth of 1995
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

It’s that time again. Time to start setting up for the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair — the end-of-the-summer tradition that’s been celebrated for more than a century in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

The rides are arriving and the kitchen crew has already started prepping and cooking up some of that classic fair food for which people line up all night long.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors the fair kitchen and take-out booth. It’s a shot from the summer of 1995.

They had musssels marinara for $3 and quarts of that famous fair clam chowder for $6.

Recognize the ladies taking orders? One is no longer with us. But both were pioneer women of the Fair Haven First Aid Squad. One is still a member and you’ll see her in the dining room at the fair.

Just looking at this photo can’t you smell that fried seafood in the air already?

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro Dude Ranch Hangin with Knollwood Kids & Teachers

 

There’s nothing quite like a final class trip — with class clowns, friends, foes and teachers. Yes, teachers.

This particular trip was taken in 1974 to a dude ranch somewhere with Fair Haven’s Knollwood School soon-to-be grads and teachers. Where, none of the old folks in the pictures can remember. Hey, some of us don’t even remember the trip.

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Prosecutor: Area Man Arrested on Sexual Assault, Luring & Child Endangerment Charges

A Monmouth County man has been arrested and charged with attempted sexual assault, luring and endangering the welfare of a child and could face up to 15 years on prison, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Friday.

William McMahon, 64, of Keansburg, is charged with one count each of second-degree attempted sexual assault, second-degree luring or enticing child, third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child.

McMahon was arrested as a result of an undercover investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit and Monmouth County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that commenced in late July.

The case background … 

An undercover detective, posing as a 14-year old boy, responded to an-online posting by McMahon seeking to have a “sleep over” with the child. During the course of further on-line discussions, McMahon made clear his interest in having sex with the juvenile.

On Aug. 3, McMahon traveled from his home in Keansburg to an indoor entertainment center in Freehold Township, where he believed he would meet the 14-year-old boy to further his plan to sexually assault the minor.

McMahon was found outside the venue and subsequently arrested by officers from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and U.S. Bureau of Homeland Security.

If convicted of second-degree attempted sexual assault and luring charges, McMahon faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in New Jersey state prison, Megan’s Law, and parole supervision for life. If convicted of the third-degree endangering charge, McMahon will face a maximum sentence of five years in state prison.

McMahon remains incarcerated in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold since his arrest. He is scheduled to have a detention hearing on Aug. 9 in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James J. McGann at 9 a.m.

Focus: Fair Haven Night Out Fun

Fair Haven police reported that there were an awful lot of community leaders, emergency responders and resident cohorts having a suspicious amount of fun at Tuesday’s National Night Out.

From all accounts and snapshots, the evidence has been mounted for a solid conviction.

Police also reported a sighting of recently injured Patrolman Dwayne Reevey having fun and looking like he’s on the road to strong recovery.

Take a look …

Photos/Susan Sorensen

Police Report: Assault, DWI, Defiant Trespass, Drug Dealing & Possession, Criminal Restraint

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

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Prosecutor: Authorities ID Man Who Left Dog Caged in Rising Tide; Warrant Issued

From the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office … 

A warrant has been issued for Aaron D. Davis, 36, of Long Branch in connection with the case of “River,” the dog who was left in a cage in Highlands.

Anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Aaron Davis or that may have witnessed anything, please notify the Monmouth County SPCA Animal Cruelty Hot Line 877-898-7297 or alternatively, the Highlands Police Department at 732-872-1158.

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Outtake: Retro Cheer for a Class of ’78 40th Reunion

“Hey, purple! Hey, white! You look so good to me! Hey, hey, hey, hey …”

Well, the time is drawing nearer for classmates and clowns alike from the RFH Class of ’78 to be reunited at their 40th (ouch) reunion.

The class was known as a particularly friendly, fun bunch. Studious, too. Hmmmm …

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