Focus: Rumson Halloween Fun

The weather and spirits were on the side of all the good ghouls who came to the grounds of Forrestdale School for Rumson’s Halloween parading and festivities.

Hundreds of costumed kids and families gathered for games, goodies and socializing.

Take a look (And don’t forget to click to enlarge!) … Oh, and Happy Halloween!

— Elaine Van Develde

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Focus: Trucktoberfest Fun

Well, you could say the third time was a charm for the first annual Fair Haven Trucktoberfest.

The new, more family-friendly, sponsored by the non-profit Foundation of Fair Haven, had been put off twice before Saturday due to inclement weather.

But, Saturday it was this time. And the weather was fine and, by the looks of the faces and the mood, people were pleased.

Take a look (Don’t forget to click to enlarge!) …

— Elaine Van Develde

 

 

Retro Fair Haven Halloween Parading

It’s a longstanding tradition — the Fair Haven Halloween Parade.

I remember it well — from my first parade trek back in the late 1960s to the ’70s, 80s, 90s and now.

It all started at age 7 with a wish to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. That little dress-up fantasy was foiled when my mother couldn’t get the gingham outfit together, my pigtails were not so poised for the silver screen look and my sister refused to crawl down Hance Road as Toto. I guess it was bad enough that from the age of 3, she was forced by this pint-sized dominatrix 5-year-old Dorothy to crawl on a makeshift Funk and Wagnall’s encyclopedia Yellow Brick Road to Oz in the living room.

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A Homecoming, Farewell for Fair Haven’s Evelyn Murphy

She’s coming home. Longtime Fair Havenite Evelyn Halliday Murphy will be honored and bid farewell on Friday and Saturday in her hometown community where she lived most of her life, raised a family, volunteered and was a bright, kind comforting everyday presence — a gentle, beaming reminder around every corner of what hometown really means.

Evelyn passed away at 97 on Sept. 3 at the home of her son, David, in Florida, where she had been living. The family is reuniting with the community to say goodbye in the town she loved surrounded by people and places she loved.

Many remember her bright red hair, warm smile and kind no-nonsense words. A volunteer at Knollwood School, the Fair Haven Election Board  and Church of the Nativity, where her funeral service is set for Saturday,  Evelyn also participated in local theater and worked at Steinbach’s Department Store in Red Bank for 35 years, retiring at 83.

Evelyn eventually came to Fair Haven from Tarrytown, NY, where she was born. She had spent her summers in Rockaway Beach where her parents ran a restaurant on the boardwalk.

Shortly after World War II, Evelyn met her husband, John. In 1950, they moved to Fair Haven, where they raised their seven children. After John’s death in 1980, Evelyn continued to live on Hunting Lane until moving to Jensen Beach, Florida, where she lived with her son David and daughter-in-law, Dorothy and eventually passed away peacefully.

In addition to her husband, Evelyn was predeceased by her brother, Herbert Halliday. She is survived by: her children, Christopher, Kenneth, Timothy (Karen), Thomas, David (Dorothy), Eileen Pedersen (Jeffrey), Jeanne Wnorowski (Mark), ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

For all those in the community who would like to say goodbye and honor Evelyn Murphy’s memory, visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 28 at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Rd., Fair Haven at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. The interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Middletown.

You may visit Evelyn’s memorial website at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com.

Services Set for RFH Alum Doug Sidun, 59

From John E. Day Funeral Home (edited) … 

Douglas Sidun Photo/John E. Day Funeral Home
Douglas Sidun
Photo/John E. Day Funeral Home

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) alumnus and former longtime Fair Havenite Douglas Day Sidun, most recently of Little Silver, passed away peacefully on Sunday. He was 59.

Born in Red Bank to his parents, Cyril and the late Eleanor (Day) Sidun, Doug graduated from the University of Denver, CO, with a bachelor’s degree after graduating from RFH.

He continued school at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Services in New York City and began his career working as a funeral director at the John E. Day Funeral Home, which was established by his grandfather, John E. Day in 1932.

Doug was a member and past president of the Red Bank Kiwanis Club, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fair Haven Council, the Monmouth and Ocean County Funeral Directors Association, the Chamber of Commerce, and a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Red Bank.

He also enjoyed snow skiing and water skiing.

Doug strongly believed that each and every family he served in the community reminded him how individual we all are in what we need as we grieve for a loved one. His commitment to each family was to learn more about them and their loved one. He firmly believed the end result should always be a meaningful and memorable final tribute.

He is survived by: his three loving daughters, Victoria, Kristen, and Natalie Sidun; his father, Cy Sidun and his wife Carol; his five siblings and their spouses, David and his wife Linda, Charles and his wife Virginia, Andrew, Jeanne Sidun-Wark and Theodore and his wife Jennifer, and his ten nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m..

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony of Padua RC Church in Red Bank on Friday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m.. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in Doug’s memory to The Kiwanis Club of Greater Red Bank, P.O. Box 8221, Red Bank, NJ 07701-8221. Please visit Doug’s memorial website available at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com.

A Fair Haven Police Officer’s Part in the Fight Against Childhood Cancer


He’s a Fair Haven police officer. He’s a Middletown firefighter. He’s a husband. He’s a dad. And he’s a fighter for what he feels is the right thing to do. But, John Waltz will tell you that the latest volunteer project he was involved in was not about him or his fight at all. It was about kids all over the country and the fight to find a cure for childhood cancer. He just played a small part in the much bigger scheme of the cause and its hopeful end. Now he, and the others involved, are asking for your one-two punch in the fight as well.

In August, Waltz, along with fellow firefighters and a host of children with cancer, adults and others, fought their part of the good fight by participating in a music video aptly dubbed Fight and sponsored by Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer filmed at  Middletown Fire Department’s Fire Company 1, Station 8.

The video, released today, features the song written by singer/songwriter Taylor Tote and filmed by Right Stuff Studios. Its message is a simple, poignant one of the day-to-day fight.

“I have to say it was truly moving to be a part of it,” Waltz said in August after filming. “I couldn’t believe the suffering of these poor children and seeing how hopeful they are. Seeing the pain they are in made me very sad. But they are such heroes.”

Tote, after being chosen as the band for the next Infinite Love fundraiser, forged a friendship with non-profit founder Andrea Gorsegner’s children Natalie Grace and Hannah Rose Gorsegner.

Natalie Grace was the inspiration behind Infinite Love. Now 6 and in complete remission since 2014, she was diagnosed in August of 2012 with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The family launched into an effort to fund childhood cancer research and raise awareness of the disease.

“About two months into Natalie’s fight, the Gorsegners quickly started discovering the ugly truths behind childhood cancer, like for one that it’s the number one disease killer of our children in this country,” an excerpt from the Infinite Love website says. “As one shocking stat after another began to unfold they knew that they had to do everything that they could to raise both awareness and funding for research, and so they began campaigning via Natalie’s Facebook page asking that everyone send them just a single dollar to go towards childhood cancer research. In just three short years the family has raised nearly half a million dollars with every penny having gone towards fulfilling research grants!”

Funds have been raised and donations made to the cause in every way from personal family contributions, such as time and talent, to a $1 drive for the cause to bake sales and even firefighters just passing hats.

Mom Andrea “was the driving force for this project. She was determined to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research,” Waltz said. A photographer, Andrea, for instance, has offered free photo sessions for cancer patients and families. There have been classic galas and more.  Anything and everything for the cause, the kids, the research, the cure.

Now, the latest effort is the video.

“I was absolutely honored to be a part of this and I really didnt know on such a large scale that children were so affected and I took a stance and a promise to Andrea that if she needs anything or I can help in any way with future anything she does or needs I am in the game 110 percent,” Waltz said.  “I was truly touched, saddned and honestly honored to be part of a collaboration that hopefully raises tons of money and the video goes viral.”

And that’s the goal.

The challenge is to make spread the word, purchase it from iTunes and spread the word. All proceeds from the iTunes purchases benefit the cause. So, getting it to go viral is the goal. To care, all you need to do is share … the video, Waltz said.

Read more about the video and Infinite Love by clicking here. 

For the full list of video credits, click here.

Focus: Fair Haven Halloween Parade Fun

Sunday was a great fall day for a Halloween parade — the Fair Haven Halloween Parade.

The longstanding tradition started many years ago … and continues in the same fashion: Costumed parading from Knollwood down Hance Road to River and the Fair Haven Firehouse for prizes, cider and donuts.

Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect could not be there this year. But, the site’s followers have offered their photos of the day, with a little before and after happenings captured.

Take a look …

Thanks to Susan Sorensen, Bonnie Wiehl and Jenny Costello for the photos!

Fair Haven Fire Chief Michael Wiehl's little blueberry girl Photo/Bonnie Wiehl
Fair Haven Fire Chief Michael Wiehl’s little blueberry girl
Photo/Bonnie Wiehl
Uncle Sam and Miss America Photo/Jenny Costello
Uncle Sam and Miss America
Photo/Jenny Costello
Fair Haven Firehouse round-up Photo/Susan Sorensen
Fair Haven Firehouse round-up
Photo/Susan Sorensen
Fair Haven Firehouse round-up Photo/Susan Sorensen
Fair Haven Firehouse round-up
Photo/Susan Sorensen
Mayor Ben Lucarelli and incumbent councilmen Jonathan Peters and Rowland Wilhelm Photo/Susan Sorensen
Mayor Ben Lucarelli and incumbent councilmen Jonathan Peters and Rowland Wilhelm
Photo/Susan Sorensen
Fair Haven Firehouse Halloween Parade round-up Photo/Susan Sorensen
Fair Haven Firehouse Halloween Parade round-up
Photo/Susan Sorensen
Fair Haven Firehouse Halloween Parade round-up Photo/Susan Sorensen
Fair Haven Firehouse Halloween Parade round-up
Photo/Susan Sorensen
Halloween fun at the Fair Haven Firehouse Photo/Susan Sorensen
Halloween fun at the Fair Haven Firehouse
Photo/Susan Sorensen
Halloween fun at the Fair Haven Firehouse Photo/Susan Sorensen
Halloween fun at the Fair Haven Firehouse
Photo/Susan Sorensen
Halloween fun at the Fair Haven Firehouse Photo/Susan Sorensen
Halloween fun at the Fair Haven Firehouse
Photo/Susan Sorensen

Halloween fun at the Fair Haven Firehouse Photo/Susan Sorensen
Halloween fun at the Fair Haven Firehouse
Photo/Susan Sorensen
Halloween fun at the Fair Haven Firehouse Photo/Susan Sorensen
Halloween fun at the Fair Haven Firehouse
Photo/Susan Sorensen