Rewind: RFH Bike Lane, Please

A witchy retro bike ride at RFH circa 1970s Photo/George Day
A witchy retro bike ride at RFH circa 1970s
Photo/George Day

Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli has been on a mission to make Rumson-Fair Haven area streets more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly.

It’s pretty common knowledge. So, in keeping with the safe streets theme, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day offers a glimpse back to times at RFH in the 70s when a couple of witches on a tandem bike took a ride across campus. They never hit the streets.

They didn’t need a bike lane, because people just seemed to back off as they flew through.

Know who these two are? The bike?

Many thanks, again, to George Day for this glimpse into the RFH past!

Tri-District Music Festival Set for RFH

The Tri-District Music Festival will soon strike a collaborative chord at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH).

Slated for 7 p.m. on the evening of April 7, the free and open-to-the-public performance will feature student musicians from RFH, Rumson’s Forrestdale School and Fair Haven’s Knollwood, according to a press release from RFH.

Tri-District features student musicians from Forrestdale School in Rumson and Knollwood School in Fair Haven as well as RFH.

The concert, the release said, brings the high school and sending district students together to perform in various musical capacities and then in a finale featuring all entities: orchestra, chorus, combined band, jazz band and flute choir.

This year’s musical selections will feature: a medley from The Sound of Music by the combined band; Dragon Hunter, an original work, by the orchestra; Lean on Me, as arranged for the GLEE television series, by the chorus; Santana’s Evil Ways, performed by the jazz band; and Pachelbel’s Canon, by the flute choir.

The Grand Finale featuring all performers will be Adiemus, a new age/classical composition that was featured in a 1994 Delta Airlines commercial, the release said.

Student musicians will perform under the direction of Bill Grillo, Mel Chayette, John Lebitsch, Barbara Leutz, Sara Marino, and Vince Mottern.

Arrests Nearby: Marijuana, Criminal Mischief & More

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

• Alexander Prasad, 25, of Manalapan, was arrested on March 25 in the area of Alston Court and charged with possession of a CDS (controlled dangerous substance), under 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia by Patrolman John Camarca.

• Trey Rasmussen, 23, of Princeton, was arrested on March 22 in the area of Broad Street and charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and resisting arrest by Patrolman Tanner Shea.

• Tara Thurber-Snyder, 34, of Bradley Beach, was arrested on March 20 in the area of Mechanic Street and charged with defiant trespass by Patrolman Ashon Lovick.

Retro Boating in Rumson

Kayaking on the Navesink River in Rumson Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Kayaking on the Navesink River in Rumson
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

It’s almost that time — to warm up with fun on the Navesink River.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day is dedicated to balmy evenings with friends on the river in Rumson.

These guys had their boat out for a little motoring.

Kayakers and paddle boarders love to take to the river, too. Then there are the water skiers, sailors and loungers.

What’s your favorite river activity?

Crime Close By: Theft, Criminal Mischief & More

The following recent criminal incidents were reported by Red Bank police:

• A incident of criminal mischief was reported to have occurred sometime between March 23 and 24 on an East Front Street building. Someone sprayed graffiti onto the side of the building.

Patrolman Garrett Falco took the report.

• An attempted burglary was reported to have occurred on March 22 at an Alston Court residence.

The victim reported that someone attempted to gain entry to the home, but failed. Police reported that a screen on a rear window of the residence was cut, and there were pry marks on exterior sliding glass doors and bilco doors leading to the basement. No entry was gained.

Sgt. David Hicks took the report.

• A theft was reported to have occurred at a Locust Avenue residence on March 21. The victim reported that someone gained entry into the residence and stole and iPad.

Lt. Robert Kennedy took the report.

• A theft was reported to have occurred at a Chapin Avenue location on March 20. The victim reported that an unknown person or persons stole an iPhone, credit card and debit card from a desk area.

Inv. Jorge Torres took the report.

 

Sickles Students Lunch with a VIP

First grader Ava Strandberg and her VIP, mom Stacey, enjoy the fun at Sickles School's Lunch with a VIP celebration. Photo/courtesy of Fair Haven School District
First grader Ava Strandberg and her VIP, mom Stacey, enjoy the fun at Sickles School’s Lunch with a VIP celebration.
Photo/courtesy of Fair Haven School District

The following is an edited press release from the Fair Haven School District:

This year’s Lunch with a VIP was a success at Fair Haven’s Viola L. Sickles school in Fair Haven.

Sponsored by the Fair Haven Parent Teacher Association, the lunch event, this year held from March 11 to 13, offers first-, second- and third-grade students the opportunity to enjoy lunch, treats, and fun activities with their own special VIP adult guests at a festive celebration.

“It provides them with a unique opportunity to connect with their loved ones during the school day, and to create a lasting memory,” said Jen Halcrow, who served as event co-chair with Suzanne Duffy.

This year’s event featured coffee for the adults, donated by Booskerdoo in Fair Haven, and cupcakes by Cupcake Magician on Monmouth Street in Red Bank (a hit with everyone).

A photo booth, a BINGO game and a Just Dance activity, led by Sickles School Principal Cheryl Cuddihy, added to the fun.

“It was such a pleasure to watch the different generations share stories, collaborate on Just Dance moves, and strategize for Bingo!” said Cuddihy. “We love having guests visit our school, and we were delighted to spend time with our VIPs.”

Day is Done: Sunset for Patrolman Henne

After being posthumously promoted from Fair Haven Police Department Special Officer Class II to Patrolman at his wake on Friday night, the final radio call for Robert J. Henne, badge # 37, was made. And his new badge number was retired.

The patrolman was laid to rest on Saturday. The sunset that chilly night at the Fair Haven Dock in Henne’s hometown was as warm and serene as the smile of the officer etched in the memory of so many. RIP, Patrolman Henne.

A memorial tribute to Robert J. Henne will follow.

A Retro RFH Surf into Spring

The RFH surfing guys of the 1970s Photo/George Day
The RFH surfing guys of the 1970s
Photo/George Day

That winter chill is still in the air. The beach is pretty barren. But thoughts of catching a wave into spring weather are with many in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

So what better memories to share with the Retro Pic of the (George) Day than those that come with a surfing crew of RFH students in the 1970s.

These guys had a reputation for knowing how to have fun on and off a board.

This scene, caught by RFH grad George Day, shows them at Sea Bright Beach in not-so rare form.

It was a bit too chilly for a surf, so I’m guessing they took turns with one surfing at a time while the others acted as the wave — or not.

Fun times at RFH! Remember these guys?

A Bulldog for an RFH Dawg Family?

Louie, an American bulldog mix is up for adoption at the MCSPCA. Photo/screenshot of MCSPCA website
Louie, an American bulldog mix is up for adoption at the MCSPCA.
Photo/screenshot of MCSPCA website

Our furry adoptable friend feature of the week is a guy after the ol’ RFH heart — Louie, a two-year-old American  bulldog mix.

Louie, according to the Monmouth County SPCA website, was a stray. He is high energy, loves to play with other dogs and has been tapped as a quick learner.

Louie is in a foster home right now, but needs a forever home.

Several Locals Arrested on Contempt of Court Charges

The following recent contempt of court arrests were reported by Middletown police:

• Jeffrey Kowal,18, from Rutledge Drive in Red Bank, was arrested on March 10 on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was held on $1,000 bail.

• Wayne Carhart, 36, of Church Street in the Belford section of Middletown, was arrested on March 10 by Patrolman Michael Reuter on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court.

He was held on $2,000 bail.

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A Retro RFH March Madness?

RFH Basketball in the 1970s Photo/George Day
RFH Basketball in the 1970s
Photo/George Day

In keeping with the whole March Madness theme, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day takes us back to a basketball sideline scene of the 1970s at RFH.

Here’s the question: What the heck is Andy Koch photographing as the score-keeper stares in a state of captivation?

The players: Check out the looks on their faces. And look at that wooden desk.

Caption this one, friends and fans!

Thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day (RFH Class of ’78) for capturing yet another great moment back in the day and sharing it with us!

RFH Students Help Habitat for Humanity Build for Sandy Victims

The following is an edited press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School:

The Habitat for Humanity Club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) has been officially named an affiliate campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity International.

RFH, one of only two official campus chapters in Monmouth County, was recently awarded a disaster services grant totaling $11,100 from Habitat for Humanity International and State Farm®.

The $11,100 grant will be used by the RFH Habitat for Humanity Club for the House That Youth Built, a youth-based service project, for the Henn Family of the Port Monmouth section of Middletown.

The Henns were displaced from their Port Monmouth home in 2012, when it was deemed uninhabitable due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The family, consisting of a widow raising her 18-year-old granddaughter, has been living in a Keansburg apartment for more than two years.

The House That Youth Built engages schools from Monmouth County in fundraising efforts to help the Henn family to rebuild their home. Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County hopes to raise $60,000 through the campaign in order to construct the home, which will be the fifth build resulting from displacement by Sandy.

The RFH Habitat for Humanity Club, with over 110 student members participating in builds, clean-up projects and fundraising, provided a boost to the campaign by applying for and receiving the grant.

The money will be presented to Habitat for Humanity/The House That Youth Built by a representative from State Farm, a supporter of Habitat for Humanity since 1994.

“We are so grateful to be a part of rebuilding this community after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy,” said the Club’s Faculty Advisor and RFH science teacher Susan Pagano. “I am extremely proud of all our student members who volunteer so much of their time and energy.”

RFH Habitat for Humanity Club Officers for the 2014-15 school year are: co-presidents, Allie Geiger and Sarah Nelson; vice president, Tommy Babcock; secretary, Tommy Lenskold; and treasurer, Lindsey Corydon.

“Our community was greatly affected by Superstorm Sandy, and as students we recognized that we could really make a difference to a family in need; applying for the grant was a no-brainer,” said Sarah Nelson. “We are excited that several local schools are also participating in the House That Youth Built program.”

For more information or to donate to “The House That Youth Built” campaign, visit http://share.habitat.org/henhome.