Retro Santa Trauma II

The Harvey boys' visit to Santa at the Fair Haven Firehouse 2015 Photo/Paula Harvey
The Harvey boys’ visit to Santa at the Fair Haven Firehouse 2015
Photo/Paula Harvey

The following miserable children with Santa photo and narrative was originally posted in 2015. We just can’t resist featuring this classic again. Meet (or re-meet) the Harvey kids … 

The search continues for Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect’s miserable children with Santa photos.

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R-FH Area Holiday Celebrating & Giving

As the classic song goes, it’s that most wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for tree lighting, Santa arrivals, community cheer and a lot of giving.

So, to kick off the weekend in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, the season of celebrating and giving is getting a big jump start with the annual Rumson DPW Toy Drive today and tonight and Fair Haven’s tree lighting, Santa visit and holiday stroll through the business district.

It begins today from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Rumson with the annual toy drive, which is a festive community gathering packed with holiday spirit.

“The employees of the Rumson Public Works Department will once again be volunteering their time to collect new toys for needy children,” the Rumson website announced. “They are asking you to help by donating a NEW, UNWRAPPED toy for a boy or girl.”

And this isn’t your ordinary drop off and run toy drive. People in the area like to gather, socialize, sip on some cocoa and give. The event, for those who cannot make it on Friday, is also run on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And down the road in Fair Haven, Santa is coming to town again on the firetruck. The borough’s annual tree lighting and celebrating starts at 5 p.m. with Santa arriving at 6 p.m. at Memorial Park at the corner of Fair Haven and River roads.

The usual holiday festivities will ensue, with games, crafts, song, photos with Santa and a stroll in the business district where businesses will hold open houses, offer refreshments, specials and socializing.

You never know who you’ll run into — a snowman, a neighbor or an old friend. It’s all about the Fair Haven community spirit tonight.

And, continued over the weekend …

Fair Haven Councilman Christopher Rodriquez is reminding folks to
“please bring a new unwrapped toy to one of three locations on Saturday: Rec basketball games at Knollwood and Sickles gyms and the Library. Send me a message if you have questions about timing or anything else and thanks for bringing joy to kids in need.”

And at 39 Parker Avenue, resident Maria Ruscigno, in an effort to give back the kindness she and her family received when their son was hospitalized, is conducting a pajama drive for Jersey Shore University Medical Center to keep sick kids and their parents cozy through the holidays and beyond. The collecting is being done right on her porch. She invites residents to stop over and see her decorations and drop off some PJs.

“Happy Friday Fair Haven friends, we are still collecting Pajamas for Jersey Shore Medical Center families!!!” she said in a Facebook post. “Swing by this weekend check out the small display we did and perhaps donate a pair of Pajamas.
39 PARKER AVE!!!!!!!!”

Happy holiday celebrating, all! See you around the towns!

 

Retro ‘Ho No’ Santa!

George Clark shuns Santa with tears in 2012
Photo/courtesy of Ann Clark

You know the drill. It’s that time of the year when the kids want to visit Santa — or not. It seems that since the dawn of time, when Santa time comes, there’s always at least one squirming, miserable child plopping on Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap with a cringe bigger than his signature belly accompanied by Fright Night screeches and tears rolling down his or her cheeks.

Everyone knows the scene well. It’s classic. The holiday tradition that goes terribly awry.

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Memorial Set for Longtime Area Doctor, Joseph M. Kyrillos, 89

Longtime area pediatrician and father of former Senator Joe Kyrillos, Dr. Joseph M. Kyrillos, of Red Bank, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 3 at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor. He was 89.

From Dr. Kyrillos’ obituary … 

Dr. Joseph M. Kyrillos
Photo/courtesy of Thompson Memorial Home

Known as a man who was devoted to his family, friends and patients, Dr. Kyrillos was a global traveler in his lifetime. He was an avid gardener, a skilled bridge player and most recently, an accomplished painter.

Born in Byblos, Lebanon on Dec. 11, 1929, he graduated from College de la Sagesse in Beirut. Dr. Kyrillos then went on to obtain his medical degree at Saint Joseph’s University, French Faculty of Medicine, and came to the United States to complete his residency in pediatrics at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark.

Dr. Kyrillos was married to Marguerite Kyrillos (nee Shlala) for more than 60 years.

A practicing pediatrician in Middletown for more than 50 years —first in private practice and later with the Medical Health Center of Middletown — he saw his last patients at age 85.

He is survived by: his wife, Margo; his children, former Senator Joseph Jr. and Susan Kyrillos, of Middletown, and their children Max and Georgia, Jean-Claude and Barbara Kyrillos, of La Jolla, CA, and their children Alexandra, Christina, Carl and Ben, Dr. Janine Kyrillos of Narberth, PA and her son Eddie, and Jean-Paul and Dannielle Kyrillos of New York City and their children Caspian and Calliope; and his brothers, Jean Kyrillos and Antoine Kyrillos and their families, of Beirut, Lebanon.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at Thompson Memorial Home at 310 Broad Street, Red Bank. A funeral service will be held at Tower Hill Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank, on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. Dr. Kyrillos’ family in Lebanon will also be celebrating a Catholic Mass in his honor at their church in Beirut.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Riverview Medical Center Foundation, Pediatrics Department, 1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank, NJ 07701.

Police Report: Aggravated Sexual Assault, Robbery, Assault, DWI, Marijuana, Disorderly

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

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Retro Visit from Santa

Santa comes to the Connor home in Fair Haven circa 1960s
Photo/Connor family

Santa has begun making the rounds lately. He’s been seen in Red Bank and is slated to arrive via a time-honored gala entrance festooned with tree lighting festivities in Rumson, Fair Haven and Sea Bright soon. It’s that time of the year.

But, what you may not realize is that the Santa of the streets where Rumson-Fair Haven area folks live has always been known to make many house calls. It’s pretty common knowledge that Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick has been known to not only hitch a ride on the Fair Haven fire truck to make a grand entrance at the annual tree lighting or appear at the firehouse for those classic photos with the kids, but he has also been sighted on the firetruck, sirens blaring, stopping off at some kids’ houses, gifts and ho, hoooooliday greetings in tow.

That little tradition started way back when with a few visits to good little girls and boys about town. House calls.

In fact, in our featured Retro Pic of the Day photo from the 1980s, Santa popped in on a couple grandchildren of the longtime Fair Haven Connor family. These little ones are now in their 30s.

Which Connors were sleighed by Santa in this shot? And how about that Santa? Know him? There’s one longtime Fair Haven Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary member who says this is her favorite Santa? Why?  Hmmmm …

Thanks to the Connor family for sharing this gem! 

Memorial Set for Former Rumsonite, RFH Grad Lee Heinsius, 62

Former Rumsonite and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) graduate Lee A. Heinsius passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, at Riverview Medical Center after a long, courageous battle with lung disease. She was 62.

A memorial service for Lee is set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Saint George’s By The River Church, 7 Lincoln Avenue, Rumson. Burial will be private.

From Lee’s obituary … 

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Prosecutor: 20-Year-Old Man Indicted in Teen’s September Murder

A 20-year-old man has been indicted on murder and related charges in connection with the September fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Monday.

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