Lessons Learned by RFH Girls Soccer Team from Olympian Christie Rampone

It was a motivational moment for Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s female athletes — specifically, soccer players.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Christie Rampone on Monday made an appearance at a team practice at Rumson’s Meadowridge Field East.

During an informal session, Rampone described participation in high school soccer as a “privilege.”

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Retro RFH Tech Crew at Work

RFH Tech Crew of 1977 working on the set of Plaza Suite Photo/George Day
RFH Tech Crew of 1977 working on the set of Plaza Suite
Photo/George Day

‘Tis the season for the tech crew for the RFH Tower Players’ fall show to get to work on building a set.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day revisits the set of the fall show of 1977 — Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite.

The set was quite ornate, in keeping with the decor of the upscale Plaza Hotel in New York City, where the show was set.

In this photo, reflected in a mirror over the hand-crafted fireplace are crew members Jamie Blake and Tom Campbell. Looks like these guys are actually laying a carpet to mimic the lush interior of The Plaza’s rooms accurately. Check out the small detail of the light switch cover. They even wall-papered. These guys did very nice work.

The guys and girls on crew were considered pretty cool and from diverse extra-curricular backgrounds back in the day.

Is it still as widely accepted as “cool” to be on crew? We’ve noticed a dip in popularity of the activity by sheer virtue of the fact that far fewer have signed on.

Tech crew people are an integral part to a show’s success. These guys work very long hours and labor pretty intensely over little-known behind-the-scenes details. Have you thanked a techie lately?

Thanks again, George Day, for this photo contribution!

Hail to the Fair Haven Chief on Retirement Eve

You could say that Fair Haven Police Chief Darryl Breckenridge’s days are numbered.

That’s because the chief’s last day of work is Wednesday.

At the end of the day, the Fair Haven native is hanging up his police chief’s hat and walking out of the office he first walked into decades ago as a kindergartener in the borough and years later set up office as a cop.

While he’s been mum on in what direction post-Fair Haven police retirement take him, Breckenridge looked back in a recent interview with much love for and pride in his work and community.

So, in honor of the chief’s last day, we take a look back at some moments in his career.

Best of luck, Chief!

Effective Oct. 1, Fair Haven Police Captain Joseph McGovern will become acting chief/captain.

For information on Darryl Breckenridge’s retirement dinner in October, click here.

UPDATE: Holding Off on Gearing Up for Fair Haven Oktoberfest

UPDATE: Don’t get your lederhosen on just yet. Despite the rain-or-shine, move-forward original declaration, the event, due to uncertain Joaquin storm repercussions, Fair Haven Oktoberfest has been postponed, according to Councilwoman Susan Sorensen. 

Sorensen advised on the Fair Haven Facebook page that people should check the page for updates and a new date. 

Stay tuned.

Original story, posted on Sept. 29 …

Hoist up your lederhosen and grab your beer stein. It’s that time of the year again in Fair Haven — Oktoberfest time.

For the fourth year, The Foundation of Fair Haven (a 501C3 non-profit group) is sponsoring the fundraiser on Saturday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Smart Start Preschool and adjacent River Road municipal lot.

The proceeds of the adults-only event will benefit special community events, such as Fair Haven Day, some   borough capital improvements and other amenities.

“A very dedicated committee has been hard at work for many months and excited that the Fair Haven Oktoberfest has now become a fun outdoor fall tradition celebrating the Borough of Fair Haven,” Fair Haven Borough Councilwoman Susan Sorensen, also president of The Foundation, said. “We hope that the residents come out and support this event. We have some community restaurants providing authentic Oktoberfest food, a great local band, RipTide, providing music and, back by popular demand, the Pong Tournament.”

This year’s Oktoberfest will feature RipTide, traditional Oktoberfest food from local eateries, games, seasonal beer and sangria.

The cost for admission is $25 and includes the food and entertainment. The beer and sangria are to be purchased separately as is inclusion in games.

Tickets are available at Fair Haven Borough Hall or by contacting Sorensen at susan.sorensen6@gmail.com or via Facebook or blasts with a link.

Fair Haven Oktoberfest is a rain-or-shine event.

Retro ‘Register’ School Tech Daze in Rumson

The Tandy and gifted and talented Rumson students Photo/Red Bank Register archives
The Tandy and gifted and talented Rumson students
Photo/Red Bank Register archives

Apparently, it was considered a gifted and talented trait in the early 1980s to be well-versed in the operation of a Tandy computer — or whatever you want to call it.

This Red Bank Register photo went unpublished in March of 1982.

It shows Rumson students, clad in the oh, so traditional preppie fair isle sweaters and turtle necks, gathering around the ol’ Tandy in this promo for a “conference on gifted students for elementary school teachers and administrators to be held at Brookdale Community College on March 26,” a photo caption in the archives of the 2011 Monmouth County Library exhibit entitled Red Bank Register: 40 Photographs, 1976-1985 said. “The Model 3, released in July 1980 and sold at Radio Shack, featured a 2.03 MHz processor; it predated by more than a year the first IBM PC, introduced in August 1981.”

So, the Retro Pic of the Day takes us back to that March 13, 1982 with a copy of an unpublished Register photo of that day.

The exhibit featured the work of several Register photographers. The photos came from years’ worth of preservation of negatives from the work of Carl Andrews, James J. Connolly, Carl Forino, Dave Kingdon, Don Lordi and Larry Perna.

While the records did not indicate which photographer took the RFH shot, it’s a classic, so we’re sharing it in our look back for the day.

So, have you ever worked on a Tandy? What about a word processor? Recognize anyone?

 

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Fair Haven Super Moon Gazing

It was a lot of things — the full moon on Sunday was a harvest moon, a super moon, a blood moon and, yes, it was a moon in full eclipse mode to boot.

Skies were a bit hazy, but, post-eclipse, the moon managed to peek through and cast an irdescent glow.

Fans of the movie Moonstruck might simply call it “la bella luna.” Bella. Take a look.

Don’t forget to click on the lower right icon to enlarge!

— Elaine Van Develde

Area Man Arrested on Violation of Court Order, Contempt; $21K Bail

The following recent arrests on contempt of court warrants were made and reported by Middletown police:

• Robert Mason, 36, of Shore Boulevard in Keansburg, was arrested on Sept. 14 by Detective Keith Hirschbein and charged with providing false Information to a police officer and on contempt of court warrants issued by the Highlands, Holmdel and Phillipsburg municipal courts.

He was held on $6,005 bail.

• Howard Eastmond, 34, of Thompson Avenue in Middletown, was arrested on Sept. 16 by Police Officer Erica Weeks and charged with violation of a court order and on contempt of court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was held on $21,124 bail.

• Eric Collins, 36, of Neptune Place in Middletown, was arrested on Sept.14 by Patrolman Ryan Maguire and  charged with simple assault and on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Keyport Municipal Court.

He was released after posting $778 bail.

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Detour: West Front Street Milling & Paving

If you’re headed down West Front Street, from the border of Red Bank through Middletown, any time from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, you may need to find an alternate route.

The street will be closed overnight on four nights, from 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. from Monday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Oct. 2., according to a release from Middletown police.

During the closure hours NJ Natural Gas will be milling and paving the road from Hubbard Avenue, right across the West Front Street Bridge (or Hubbard’s Bridge) to Half Mile Road, which is a route to the Garden State Parkway.

The four-day overnight West Front Street closure marks the final phase of the improvements to the NJ Natural Gas infrastructure.

Police advise that drivers follow posted detours.

Police Report Theft, Burglary, Criminal Mischief, DWI, Drugs

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

Criminal incidents

• An incident of criminal mischief was reported to have occurred at a Waverly Place residence on Sept. 15. The victim reported that someone tampered with the front door lock and dead bolt, causing damage.

Patrolman Dawn Shield took the report.

• A theft was reported to have occurred at Riverview Plaza on Sept. 15. The victim reported that while in the emergency room of the hospital, two prescription bottles containing medication and her social security card were stolen from her pocketbook.

Patrolman Kristin Altimari took the report.

• A theft was reported to have occurred on Sept. 17 at a South Street residence. The caller reported that within the past 10 days, someone stole an antique armoire from the barn on her property.

Patrolman Gary Watson took the report.

• A robbery was reported to have occurred on Bridge Avenue on Sept. 18. There was a report of six black males assaulting three Hispanic people. Cash was reportedly stolen from the victims’ pockets and the perpetrators fled on foot.

Patrolman Benjamin Springer took the report.

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Drug Drop-Off at Rumson PD

From Rumson police …

Got drugs? You can drop them off at the Rumson Police Department on Saturday.

The department is taking part in the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the 80 East River Road police headquarters.

People can drop off unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter pills and patches.

Liquids and/or sharp objects, such as needles, will not be accepted.

Police Report Prostitution, Drug Arrests & More

The following recent arrests were made and reported by Middletown police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

• Crystal Sharkey, 26, of Bayview Avenue in Keansburg, was arrested on Sept. 14 by Detective Keith Hirschbein and charged with prostitution and promoting prostitution.

She was released pending a court date.

• Peter Plein, 60, of Boulevard Lane in Glen Rock, was arrested on Sept. 14 by Detective Daniel Sullivan and charged with prostitution.

He was released pending a court date.

• Marie Finley, 35, of Prospect Avenue in Middletown, was arrested on Sept. 14 by Detective Lt. Paul Bailey and charged with providing false information to a police officer.

She was released pending a court date.

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