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A look, in photos, of latest area events, local everyday people and places.

Retro Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parading

Drum roll, bagpipes and march … In time-step with a relatively new Rumson tradition, the borough’s sixth St. Patrick’s Day Parade was on March 10, a precursor to St. Patrick’s Day the following weekend.

Photos of the six-year milestone are still surfacing. So, to commemorate it, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day offer a look back to parades dating back to the first in 2013. Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect could not make it this year. But, thousands of snapshots have been taken since the parade’s inception.

Take a glimpse at some of the most memorable moments of the annual March march down East River Road … Your favorite year?

— Elaine Van Develde photos

Retro RFH Spring Fever Drive

A little RFH spring fever springing in the 1970s? Photo/George Day
A little RFH spring fever springing in the 1970s?
Photo/George Day

The weather is warming up. People are shedding coats and getting out and about more.

The thaw has started. Call it classic spring fever.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day is dedicated to the good old days of catching a hint of spring fever at RFH.

These guys of the 1970s are hanging outside by what was the Junior Lounge at the high school and they’re looking a little restless.

While we’re not certain, it certainly seems like they are a little antsy and looking to break out of the confines of the school, shed their coats and any inhibitions they actually have left and do the “happy days are here again” dance … or ride … ride into some spring fever-like antics.

There’s no telling what they were actually up to, but it looks like Ray Francis is warming up his car and they’re swinging from the trees.

Whatever it is that they were up to, they were off and springing into a good start, that’s for sure.

Know any of these guys and what they were actually up to? Give it a gander and a guess … 

Oh, and thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for this photographic gem!

A Time to Run: Remembering RFH’s Keith McHeffey

The following was originally posted in 2017 in remembrance of Keith McHeffey. It is being posted again as a reminder that the annual race to honor his memory and help others, The KDM 3-Mile Run, is set for Saturday.

Keith McHeffey and friends
Photo/courtesy of Gregg Kennedy

He was raised in both Rumson and Fair Haven. He was an RFH graduate. He was a friend to many. He had a gift for making people laugh and love life. Then he lost his life in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. He was Keith McHeffey.

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Retro Fair Weather Times

Call it literal. With the not-so-fair weather lately, thoughts tend to turn to the hometown warmth and fun that is the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair.

Everyone in the Rumson-Fair Haven area knows that it’s a tradition. So, in keeping with the tradition and the hopes for rising temperatures and more signs of spring, we celebrate summer fair fever.

Never mind spring. We’ll just jump right to summertime when the fair livin’ is laced with a lot of Fair Haven love.

The Retro Pic(s) of the Day offer a glimpse back many decades to the earlier days of the fair.

Check out the apron. Remember Sal’s Tavern in Red Bank? And who are those ladies at what is now the Super 50/50, but used to be the car raffle booth.

All’s fair.

Thanks to the FHFD for the archived photos!

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro RFH Graduation Daisy Chain

RFH 1978 graduation, replete with daisy chain Photo/Daryl Cooper Ley
RFH 1978 graduation, replete with daisy chain
Photo/Daryl Cooper Ley

The following was originally posted in May of 2017. It is being re-run in honor of the RFH Daisy Chain girl who passed away recently — Daryl Cooper Ley. In high school social circles, it was considered a popularity status symbol to be chosen for the chain. Daryl wasn’t all too thrilled about it at the time. It had confirmed what her closest friends knew. That she was cool. It was often repeated to her. “I didn’t think so,” was always her answer. Sorry, Dar. We win. Got the last word. You were. RIP, Dar. You are remembered … in our hearts, souls and print, like it or not! 

It was considered a privilege and honor. They were chosen from the junior class at RFH to serve as the debutante-like ushers for the graduating class. All dressed in white and supposedly gracefully toting a chain of daisies, the Daisy Chain girls were a fixture of high school finery at graduations in the 1970s.

The origins of the somewhat upper-crust tradition date back to the 1900s, but this Retro Pic of the Day was snapped in 1978.

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Retro RFH ‘Honey Bun’ Valentine

RFH Freshman Follies 1975 rendition of Honey Bun with Stephanie DeSesa, Ward Tietz and Elaine Van Develde Photo/George Day
RFH Freshman Follies 1975 rendition of Honey Bun with Stephanie DeSesa, Ward Tietz and Elaine Van Develde
Photo/George Day

Our Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a Valentine of sorts.

It takes us back to the stage of the 1975 Freshman Follies when Ward Tietz, class president, got all dolled up with a hula skirt, coconut shell top and a festive cigar to help your own Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect editor and best friend, since deceased Stephanie DeSesa, do a rendition of South Pacific’s “Honey Bun.”

Considering the regalia, spirit and setting, this one’s a warmer upper on yet another chilly day.

Though, poor Ward Tietz ended up with a very itchy rash from those coconuts. Still, he was a true trooper of a Honey Bun.

Who’s your Honey Bun? Recognize the sailors?

Oh, and many thanks, again, to the fabulous George Day for yet another treasure of a photo.

Retro RFH Winter Swim

RFH Polar Bear Club circa 1970s.  Photo/RFH yearbook
RFH Polar Bear Club circa 1970s.
Photo/RFH yearbook

No, it’s not the swim team.

This Retro Pic of the Day takes us back to a time at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) when taking a dip in the ocean at the chilliest of winter times was, well, very cool as a Polar Bear Club member. Yes, it was a club back then.

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