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Retro River Rats Rite

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

Call it a ratty reprise …

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 per se. It was more like a little club. Still is. In fact, it’s that time of the year when kids start signing up for summer River Rats fun. In fact, it’s about that time to sign up for the Rats season.

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 Pleads Guilty to Fatal 2016 VFW Shooting

A Monmouth County man has pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter for his role in the fatal April 2016 shooting at a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post following a funeral repast, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Wednesday. 

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Prosecutor: Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Easter Incident

An Ocean Township man has been charged with attempted murder and weapons offenses in connection with a shooting incident on Easter Sunday, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Tuesday.

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Prosecutor: Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Sex Assault of Toddler

A man has pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and possession of child sexual assault images in connection with June 2017 incidents in Long Branch, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Tuesday.

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Prosecutor: 20-Year-Old Gets 15 Years for Attempted Robberies, Burglary

A Monmouth County man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of attempted armed robbery and attempted burglary in connection with incidents in two towns, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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Happy Retro Easter Times

No matter the religious belief, Easter and spring both signify rebirth. And there are many festive traditions and celebrations surrounding it all.

Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of Rumson-Fair Haven area people donning their best Easter outfits, bonnets and all, hunting for chocolate and eggs, prizes and even a few Peeps. And then there are those visits with that freakish Easter Bunny and tussles at the hunts that provoke the most classic of miserable children poses.

But, most of all, it’s a time to reflect on new beginnings giving birth from the most treasured of memories. Here are some from our friends and neighbors over the years …

Happy Easter! Happy spring! Happy blooming!

Scene Around: Former Fair Haven Police Chief Sworn in as County Undersheriff

There’s a new undersheriff in the county and it wasn’t that long ago when he was the Fair Haven police chief.

Darryl Breckenridge, a near-lifetime Fair Havenite, was sworn in by Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden as the officer who runs the law enforcement division of the Sheriff’s Office, the largest agency of its kind in the county.

Most recently, Breckenridge served as the director of the Monmouth County Police Academy. He held the position for three years following his retirement from the Fair Haven Police Department, where he served for decades.

As director of the Police Academy, Sheriff Golden said in a post that “under his leadership and the hard work of staff attained national accreditation in police training.”

With the new position, Golden said that “Breckenridge is proud to lead the largest law enforcement agency in Monmouth County and eager to maintain and enhance public safety initiatives.”

Retro RFH Egg Hunting

Easter egg hunt with RFH grads from Class of 2006
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Well, it’s that classic Easter egg hunt time of the year. There have been many over the years and this past weekend in the R-FH area.

In Fair Haven, officials call it the quickest event of the year, usually lasting a mad rush few minutes, if not seconds. In Rumson, the hunts have lasted a bit longer, with age groups and the Victory Park scenario. Yet, there’s usually always a few stumbles and tears when grasping for that prized egg. In Sea Bright, kids are beached with a hunt.

And there are bound to be more egg hunts over the Easter weekend in many a back yard or living room, depending on family tradition. The home hunt offers a bit more time and less competition for those eggs — or whatever.

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