Dancing for RFH’s George Giffin

By George, it was an evening all about dance and raising funds for a good cause!

The George Giffin Memorial Dance-a-Thon was dubbed a good time for all on Saturday.

The popular Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School science and dance teacher and coach passed away last year. In finding a fitting way to memorialize him and garner some money for Monmouth Day Care Center, his daughter Debra Schluter and a committed group of volunteers set the dance-a-thin in motion — literally.

Take a look at the slideshow above for a glimpse into the event, and remember George Giffin.

“When you get that beat, you have to moooove your feet!” — George Giffin.

— Elaine Van Develde

Fire: Rumson VNA Show House Up in Smoke


The historic Rumson mansion known as Blithewald was all set for a Saturday Gatsby-themed gala to kick-off its month-long feature as the Visiting Nurse Association’s (VNA) fifth Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House — until a fire ravaged it.

The 19th century home to the Widener family, at 76 Buena Vista Ave., went up in flames on the upper floors and roof area at about 12:55 p.m., according to first responders at the scene.

As of 3:45 p.m., firefighters from several surrounding towns and beyond — Rumson, Fair Haven, Middletown, Red Bank, Little Silver, Sea Bright, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, Shrewsbury and Asbury Park — were still arriving at what was still considered an active fire.

Smoke could still be seen billowing from the roof and upstairs. And firefighters were still on the scene at about 7 p.m.

There were no reported injuries, authorities said.

Fair Haven Fire Department thanked Tinton Falls Fire Co. No. 1 for covering Fair Haven while its firemen assisted at the Rumson fire.

The VNA released the following statement in the late afternoon:

Today, Blithewald, the house that designers, staff and volunteers have been preparing for the fifth edition of the Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House event to benefit VNA Health Group, caught fire and sustained heavy damage. The cause is unknown and we thankfully have heard of no injuries to anyone at this point.

We are tremendously grateful to the first responders and to our staff members and volunteers who were on the scene to respond to the emergency.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the first responders and the homeowners as they assess the damage.

Blithewald, a historic treasure from the Gilded Age, was the setting for the fifth edition of the Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House. Proceeds of tours and the Preview Gala were to benefit VNA Health Group.

We will provide updates about the Stately Homes-by-the-Sea Preview Gala that was scheduled for Saturday, April 25th and the opening of the Show House tours, which were scheduled to begin on April 28, 2015 as information becomes available.

This is a breaking news story. Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect will add information as it becomes available. 

 — Elaine Van Develde

Police: DWI, Mischief & Missing Meds

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


• Linda Vicinio, 50, of Freehold, was arrested on April 11 in the area of Hudson Avenue and charged with DWI (driving while intoxicated) by Patrolman Stanley Balmer.


• The theft of medication was reported on April 14 to have occurred sometime between April 3 (when the medication was last seen) and 14.

Patrolman Tanner Shea took the report.

• An incident of criminal mischief was reported to have occurred at the Morford Place parking lot on April 11. The victims reported that an unknown person or persons scratched a parked vehicle around its entire length.

Patrolman Jorge Torres took the report.


Focus: RFH Prom Time

The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) junior prom is over, but the memories will, no doubt, linger for a lifetime.

Prom is just one of those milestones that remains etched in the mind of a teen — indelibly.

Well, Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect asked for snapshots of some of those moments and got them.

So, take a look at our slideshow above. that encapsulates the start of the Friday night event of a teen lifetime at Battleground Country Club, Manalapan. Be sure to click on the lower right icon to enlarge. Enjoy!

Many thanks to Grato Images, Doug Borden and Daryl Ley for the  photos! Grato says there are more to come, so check out the site by clicking here.