Focus: Summery Sunning Down by the River

It may be an unofficial start of summer that’s taken hold, but the sun was scorching like it was pretty official down by the Navesink River on Monday in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

The National Weather Service says “patchy fog” is going to hit tonight until early tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. After that, it’s supposed to be sunny and 70 degrees.

Take a look at the above photos for a glimpse into the sunny day in both Rumson and Fair Haven. 

Memorial Day Remembrance: R-FH Area Vets Who Have Passed

Their faces are the faces at the core of a close-knit community.

They were neighbors, dads, and just plain friendly faces around the Rumson-Fair Haven area towns. They were also veterans.

They served. They fought for freedom in World War II and the Korean War.

They lived their lives with hometown pride, honor and respect. They were founding fathers, friends. They were cornerstones of the sense of community that is the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

The gift of their legacies bears no upscale real estate market value. They passed along a love of country and community that is priceless.

Thank you, in a Memorial Day ode, to the veterans of the area who have passed. You are cherished, honored.

Take a look at some of their faces and remember.  Thank you to those vets who are still with us.

— Elaine Van Develde

— Photos, courtesy of families of the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

UPDATE: Memorial Day in Rumson, Fair Haven

UPDATE: Due to the forecast of inclement weather, the Fair Haven Memorial Day Parade has been canceled. There will, instead, be a ceremony at Knollwood School at 9 a.m.. So far, the Rumson parade is still on with the ceremony to follow at Victory Park.  From the Rumson website: “Due to weather concerns, announcement will be posted 7.30am Monday re: the status of the Memorial Day Parade and location of the ceremony.”  Click here to access the Rumson website. 

Memorial Day parades and ceremonies start the day on Monday, an hour apart, in Rumson and Fair Haven.

Continue reading UPDATE: Memorial Day in Rumson, Fair Haven

Retro RFH Surfing into Summer

RFH Class of '78 surfing buddies Photo/George Day
RFH Class of ’78 surfing buddies
Photo/George Day

With the unofficial start of summer on the cusp, thoughts of the good ol’ days of cool surfing with RFH guys prompt a thumbs up, just like in the photo.

This crew caught many a wave in all kinds of weather. In fact, they were known for literally chilling out at Sea Bright beach with a board whenever the opportunity arose — and that was often.

It’s safe to say that these surfing dudes of the RFH Class of ’78 didn’t care to bother to wait to shed the down vests for wet suits. These guys spent plenty of summer days together. But, they usually didn’t wait for the seasons to change to catch that wave and lots of good times.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a tribute to friendship of all seasons and, yes, high school friends surfing into summer days together.

You know them. You’ve seen them before. Can you name these guys?  There’s another iconic photo of them that features something that would probably not be allowed in the yearbook these days. Do you know what it was?

Many thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for this photo!

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro Stokes Trip

A trip back in time to Stokes State Forrest with the sixth graders of Knollwood in the early 1970s. Photo/Peter Mauger
A trip back in time to Stokes State Forrest with the sixth graders of Knollwood in the early 1970s.
Photo/Peter Mauger

It’s that time of the year when Fair Haven schools tradition takes hold and all good Knollwood sixth graders prep for their trip to Stokes State Forrest.

The holding of class in the great outdoors from the Tuesday after Memorial Day through Friday has been a mainstay seemingly since the dawn of time.

Students explore and learn, tutored and supervised by parents and teachers. They leave, sleeping bags in tow, on a couple of buses early Tuesday morning. They arrive, after about 100 rounds of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” (in the ’70s anyway), in a mass dump of untamed spirits into the wilderness.

They bunk in cabins, eat Sloppy Joes and other tasty slop in a mess hall, wake to trumpeting, swim in the lake, canoe, learn a little more, explore a little more, get lost in the woods at the hands of some well-meaning, compass-illiterate parent running the pathfinder class, sing Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley (I know, uplifting) and tell stories about the Jersey Devil — well, at least they used to. And, since kids are, well, kids, they play pranks on one another — ahem … at least they used to.

There was that time when the flag was raised for the morning Pledge of Allegiance and everyone ended up saluting not only the flag, but someone’s underwear.

But, I digress …

So, in ode to times of a lifetime in Fair Haven, the Retro Pic of the Day, courtesy of former Fair Havenite Peter Mauger, is a salute to pre-teen pranksters and the Stokes experience.

Recognize anyone? What do you think they were up to? Favorite Stokes prank? Hang down your head and remember with us!

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro Sea Bright Summer Daze: Public Servant, Patriot & P-House

Elisha Slocum poses on Sea Bright Beach circa 1937. Photo/courtesy of Jo Ann Slocum Mazucca
Elisha Slocum poses on Sea Bright Beach circa 1937.
Photo/courtesy of Jo Ann Slocum Mazucca

Call it retro summer daze with many different messages.

With the coming of the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day, our thoughts are not only of the warm summer kind, but all about patriotism and community public service.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day, courtesy of former longtime Rumsonite Jo Ann Slocum Mazzucca, is a snapshot of all those things. The picture, taken in 1937 on Sea Bright Public Beach, is of her great, great grandfather, Elisha Slocum, the great, great, great, great grandson of Revolutionary War patriot Lt. John Eaton.

Set with the iconic Peninsula House in the background, Slocum is properly dressed, not quite for summer weather, in front of a rowboat. Elisha was the father of Alfred (JoAnn’s grandfather), who was a former Sea Bright councilman and fire chief, Jo Ann said in her Facebook description of the photo.

Now, that’s a lot of retro in one beachy patriotic community photo!

If Peninsula House were still standing, which patriot of the past would you like to have a cocktail with and in which room?

— Elaine Van Develde

 

A Fair Haven Sign-On

It’s a sign of the times — Fair Haven’s new LED digital sign at Borough Hall, that is.

After decades of dealing with updating an old fashioned marquee sign outside of official borough headquarters on River Road letter-by-letter, event-by-event coupled with a combination of not being able to keep up and just plain age-induced wear, a new sign was commissioned.

And, “it’s just about ready to go,” Mayor Ben Lucarelli said. “This is a much better option for us. The old sign was just falling apart and this one is just much more cost-effective. We couldn’t see hiring someone, or taking time away from a borough employee to keep up with changing the sign consistently and on a timely basis. This LED digital sign can be updated right from the computer and holds several alternating messages. It just makes so much more sense and it’s going to be very sturdy and nice looking.”

There was an advisory committee charged with choosing a sign that would fit in with the character of the borough and get the job done of efficiently notifying residents of events and important messages as they drive by Borough Hall. After doing some research and mulling design ideas, this is what the committee came up with.

The price for the sign, including installation, was roughly $30,000, which at least one official balked at in a past meeting, but Lucarelli and other officials said was worth the product in the long run and is a one-shot payment.

The sign, officials have said, will not be as flashy as Red Bank Regional’s when lit and will get the messages out.

— Elaine Van Develde

A Showing of Student Art at Deane Porter

The annual Deane Porter School Art Show is highly anticipated by the Rumson community. This year was no exception.

Original work by students in kindergarten through third grade was showcased on the evening of May 19.

“The annual Art Show is a fantastic event that showcases the creative, imaginative, and beautiful work of the Deane Porter students,” Deane Porter Art Teacher Robin Yaeger said. “My students work hard in the art room week to week; and having the opportunity to show the community their masterpieces is a very rewarding experience for them and for me.”

Featured projects by grade level:

• kindergarten — paper sculptures, Chinese lanterns, stuffed fish, Monet landscapes, and self-portraits in which students imagined themselves as kings and queens;
• first grade — turtle sculptures, Chinese dragons, self-portraits in Starry Night by Van Gogh, and weavings;
• second grade — ancient Egyptian portrait masks with digital cartouches, African-inspired masks, coil pottery, and Picasso portraits;
• third grade — Dia de los Muertes sugar skulls, Kimmy Cantrell faces, slab pottery, and Matisse-inspired collages.

Digital art was featured once again, as Deane Porter has received additional iPads for use by art students in all grades. The iPads were purchased through a PTO grant.

— Edited press release from the Rumson School District

RFH French Students Create iBooks for Haitian Orphans

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) students have created iBooks ® that will soon be enjoyed by children in Haiti.

The imaginative original stories — written in French, the language of Haiti — were created by the second and sixth period classes of French II teacher Christine Berg.

The iBooks ® will be stored on two iPads ® and shipped to an orphanage in Haiti. The project, coordinated through the Haitian People’s Support Project, is being funded by a grant from Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey.

The adorable and colorfully illustrated story books are entitled Le Soleil d’Haiti (Haiti’s Sun), La Journee d’Emmanuel (Emmanuel’s Day), and Nadia et le Chat (Nadia and the Cat).

The participating students in Berg’s section two/French II class are: Joseph Afflitto, Olivia Benedetto, Matthew Caldwell, Colleen Fagan, Katherine Gagliardi, Alyssa Hull, Caroline Kane, Blake Lerner, Julia Marchese, Olivia McDermott, Jeremy Nives, Courtney Parton, Armani Rodriguez, Joseph Sestito III, Madison Taylor, and Michael Taylor.

Participating section six/French II students are: Lara Baez, Timothy Bull, Ella Campbell, Olivia DeBonte, Theresa Duffney, Madyson Fanning, Jeanne Gagliano, Kenneth Gilvary, Laura Higgins, Grace Karagjozi, Natalie Livingston, Thomas Montalbano, Annabel Morris, Caroline Peitler, Chloe Reynolds, and Kelli Tuttle.

— Edited press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School